From Hello to Goodbye

by a Singer of Songs

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
03:43
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
4.
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
5.
04:27
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
03:47
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…
10.
09:11
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?

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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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I sing songs in the bathroom. In packed and empty venues. In gardens, sheds and churches. Once in a weird Finnish gym and also in the oldest house in Switzerland. On a boat and in a bus and in a horse farm. In noisy Italian bars and spookily silent Belgian rooms. On my own and with people.
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