From Hello to Goodbye

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released October 6, 2014

All songs written, played and home recorded by a Singer of Songs.

Laura Räsänen sang and played the violin pretty much everywhere.
Germán Gadea played the trumpet on ‘Autumn rain’, ‘Another day’ & ‘If I go’.
José Rosselló played & home recorded drums on ‘Another way of saying hello’, ‘Another day’, ‘Come back to me’, ‘The runner’ & ‘If I go’.
Rosa Otero, Vanesa Castelo, Mireia Alonso & Laura Monge sang on ‘Map of lost places’.

Aubben Renée dreamt some of the words of ‘Come back to me’ and was kind enough to send them to me.
Art by Lucía Mussini.
Photos by a Singer of Songs, Rosa Otero & Marina Matiukhova.
Mabel Alonso is the guide. Whichever way she goes, we follow happily. So if you want us to travel towards you, she’s the person to contact at mabel@soncanciones.com.

More helloes, goodbyes and stuff in between on www.asingerofsongs.com & www.soncanciones.com.

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a Singer of Songs' music has been compared to snowflakes falling in slow motion. To a blanket on a cold night and dogs howling into the night. Somebody called their album the soundtrack to a loser's life. The band thinks that's the biggest compliment they ever got.
But yeah, you probably want some useful information. Well, they live in Barcelona and they sing songs. That's about it.
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Track Name: Another Way of Saying Hello
ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING HELLO

Can’t you see I walk in tedious circles around the essence of me
But there’s laughter and joy and flirtatious conversations
With people who’d rather agree than disagree
This house I’ve built with things I thought I’d need
It has served me well but perhaps it’s time to throw away the key

Broken brother will you hear me out
Broken brother please step out of the crowd
Broken brother I have missed you so
Broken brother every time you go away
It’s just another way of saying hello
Broken brother no more whispered words
Broken brother now shout to be heard
Broken brother we have been bought
Broken brother was it us who sold out
It’s just another way of saying hello

No, I did not know

In doubt we’ll rise and we’ll see clearly below
All things that once mattered and that now must go
All past experiences have added up to nothing real
Except right now, right here, and you and me

Broken brother will you walk with me
Broken brother it is time we flee
Broken brother on this all time low
Broken brother let me draw you close now
It’s just another way of saying hello

No, I did not know
That we were saying hello
Track Name: The Question is the Answer
THE QUESTION IS THE ANSWER

Do you know what it is that I’m after
Loud words, silent sighs or silly laughter
Still you walk up to me, unafraid
Glue my eyes to the lines your hips draw in the air

I should be upfront with you
Happiness will make me fat and bald
And maybe sometimes cruel
Why can’t I can’t I can’t be your man

Do I know what it is that you’re after
Loud words, silent sighs or silly laughter
I’m afraid if I embrace you I will break you
I will waltz around your needs, maybe re-shape you

I must be upfront with you
Happiness will make me fat and bald
And maybe sometimes cruel
Why can’t I can’t I can’t be your man

Do we know what it is that we’re after
We look up and know the question is the answer
Track Name: Autumn Rain
AUTUMN RAIN

Wind like a howl
Kept the flames alive
The blanket had shifted
It was neither yours nor mine
You talked in your sleep
About wolves coming back
Birds taking off
A horse shivering in its track

You’d close the curtains and tell me
We had stars to count
I fell asleep on your belly
When I woke up I found
You were dancing to the sound of
The first autumn rain

My skin like a canvas
Your fingers like paint
We hang on to each other
Like a ball to a chain
On the wet asphalt
The world ain’t nothing but stains
The dark air around us
Your eyes luring lakes

We’ve been stuck here for ages
It’ll be ages before we go
The wind left like rain
It’ll come back as snow
You were dancing to the sound of
The first autumn rain
Track Name: I'll Follow You
I’LL FOLLOW YOU

Oh what a brave mistake to make
To just get up and leave
Despite everything that is at stake
Oh what a beautiful lie to embrace
To believe that all will be resolved
Simply walking away

All I want for you
Is to be happy from now on
And when everyone else is gone
The battles I fight proven wrong
I’ll follow you
When everything has fallen through

Oh what a soothing way to fade
To just live by the sun
And hang on to what’s sure to remain
Oh what a cheerful place you sought
Where everyone’s trying so hard
To be someone they’re not

All I want for you
Is to be happy from now on
And when everyone else is gone
The battles I fight proven wrong
I’ll follow you
When everything has fallen through
Track Name: Another Day
ANOTHER DAY

The sound of pouring rain
Or pool fun far away
An ice cream van that fades
Sun stains

Wind on desperate nights
Corners where stray dogs hide
Sorrow in a smile
Old minds

I will wait another day

Slow trains and church bells
The way old leather smells
Songs played on one string
Birds flinch

Handprints on a wall
Small dreams growing tall
The scent of her on me
Stained sheets

I will wait another day

An exit to long for
A secret back door
Never wanting more
Track Name: Sand in my Shoes
SAND IN MY SHOES

The very moment it started happening
I knew it could be great
Kids were playing, bees were humming
Our heads among sparkling waves

The salt burns on my back as if to insist
You gave me skin
When there was nothing else to kiss
Now there’s sand in my shoes
And I drag myself towards you

The very moment it started happening
I knew it was too late
Like a cup that’s been mended
But remains broken all the same

We watch the sun as it bleeds slowly to death
We pull up the blanket
Like it’s everything we’ll ever have
Now there’s sand in my shoes
And I drag myself towards you

The very moment it started happening
I knew it was too late
Track Name: Come Back to Me
COME BACK TO ME

Why do we always meet on the dark side of the street
On the emptiest corners of this town
All the talks at closing time standing under neon lights
Then embrace ‘til there’s no-one around

You say give me a village that’s the size of a cup
Or the promise of a city that’ll swallow me up
Though there’s nothing I can say
That’ll keep you from going away
You’ll come back to me

I wish we could go back to laying coins on the tracks
Lie down and wait for a train to appear
The bright sun in our eyes like a graceful disguise
And a silence in which we both disappear

You say let’s take a boat or pick a random road
Let’s just listen to what life has to say
Though there’s nothing I can do
For me to hang on to you
You’ll come back to me
Track Name: Map of Lost Places
MAP OF LOST PLACES

Quiet forgetfulness I seek
Lost places where no-one wants to be
A path covered by grass and weeds
A rusty car carcass under a tree
The dried up river out front
Green fields faded into reddish grey
The house almost bare-boned now
Running out of peeling coats of paint

All I want to do now
Is pretend that I did everything right
All I want to do now
Is ignore there is a world outside

Light crawls in through every crack
The waste time dumped creeps towards the back
I stand amidst fading rags
Our default setting is a sense of lack
There’s words on every wall here
No-one kids no-one about what they mean
It’s hopeful fools the world feeds on
Our awkward truths here for all to see

All I want to do now
Is pretend that I did everything right
All I want to do now
Is ignore there is a world outside

Maybe one day I’ll be back
Not to hide I’m broken but to heal
And maybe I will draw a map
Of all the lost places inside of me

All I want to do now
Is pretend that I did everything right
All I want to do now
Is ignore there is a world outside
Track Name: The Runner
THE RUNNER

When the house is still quiet and the day ain’t but a promise
He puts his running shoes on
Early morning air hits his face like a bullet
He takes a deep breath and then he’s gone
Into the silent suburb that he now calls home
He feels concrete shiver under his feet
Far away the fields burn to gold as if to say
They’re the promise he once made but didn’t keep

He ran yesterday like he runs today

Cars, houses, people blend into the same thing
The world gets blurrier the faster he goes
Adrenalin starts pumping, sweat pours down his face
His heart is racing like it’s never raced before
Like a one-way journey or a mad escape
No looking back, the future will catch up
Out there the horizon like a line to cross
No one will ever try harder than he does

He ran yesterday like he runs today

The air’s too loud to hear people saying
That someday we all run out of road
When his muscles start aching
He tries to go faster than he already goes
But he is so out of breath sometimes

He ran yesterday like he runs today

He’s running away…
Track Name: If I Go
IF I GO

You, you were at peace with hell
While you thought it would keep you warm
But now, now that it starts scorching
You want to go to war
We measured, we measured our stature
In jetlags and smooth words and pats on our backs
The good times we once had
Before good became bad, before bad became sad

Now the enemy’s closer than he’s ever been
And I try to keep standing
But I get pulled down from within

If I go…

You, you said we could, you said we would
Keep this thing real
But all I have achieved, the only relief
Is that I am still here
So I wave, I wave at the birds
I wave at the sun and the trees then I fade
Stay, stay you said, stay
Stay, we can make this a useful mistake

A toast to the past and the present gets the pills
I’ll try to stay sober
But I cannot promise anything

If I go…
Will you know?