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released November 3, 2015

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Track Name: My Weight of the Shame
One night the rain and fog held our town
I asked you what to do
You said ‘Choose the things that you can leave behind
and take the rest with you’

I left the house late that very night
my only guidance was the pale moonlight
I must have read a thousand rhymes
and I must have walked a thousand miles

Sometimes I can’t help thinking of the past
and how little that I knew
How long this journey was bound to last
and how I’d make it without you

Sometimes I wear it off in solitude
and when I don’t know what to do
I close my eyes and try my best
not to remember you

I tend to look for someone else to blame
Someone to carry my weight of the shame
But the words that I can’t leave behind
are those you buried in my mind

‘The more you struggle, the more you find
My hands are tied now, but yours are free’
That’s what you said to me
So now I look for someone else to blame
Someone to carry my weight of the shame
Track Name: The Judge
My hope was of the fragile kind, it couldn’t stand the test of time
The moment that it cracked it ached, it shut me out for years, and when it
hit the ground and disappeared, I wished that I had never seen
her beauty before my eyes
Cause that’s when I began to loose myself

If I could live those years again, I’d go somewhere I’ve never been
I’d take some chances that I didn’t dare until I found myself
just waiting for the judge to speak her mind and set me free
now I rewind and then I realise, a verdict wasn’t up to any judge
It was only up to me
And maybe there will always be another wish that breaks, and then you’re
free to choose again, and after all that was the moment when I
learned to raise my head and seek out distances my eyes can’t capture
Somewhere there across the ocean
there’s a land just waiting to be seen

All you sailors and you seekers
How was the shore you had on mind
what was the wish you left behind
when you cut the ropes and drifted far away, to the Sea, to the Sea

I am not a sailor but I’ve seen a beach or two
it is a place on earth where one can very easily be blinded by
the moon or by the sun, and when the sea is strong and warm
and all the fear you had is gone, then you can easily
be taken far away and say some things that you were never meant to say
to someone who was never meant to be there anyway
The word is spoken now, you cannot take it back
and she will smile the smile you wished to see
and when you look at her you find yourself unable to object
And then your lips start moving slowly
you sing a song that’s wholy
a song you saved for moments on a beach like this
and for a smile like hers
and it’s too late to turn around and walk away
And when there’s nothing more to sing or say
the sea has got a melody
that whispers all the words she needs to hear

The words are of a fragile kind
they make you analyze your mind
to see if they left a trace behind
something you can trust this time
And you hope she’s feeling just the same
and you wanna see her face again
you hope the judge that speaks today
will treat you like an honest man
Like an honest man
Track Name: Sleeping Dogs
You never left me on my own
I remember
When you used to have a lady at your door

Now she’s holding someone’s hand
Now who’s going to make you a man

Drive
Drive as fast as you can
Let the dark road
remind you that it’s all in your hands

Now she’s holding someone’s hand
Now who’s going to make you a man

Now she’s holding someone else’s hand
She’s a queen in someone else’s land
The sleeping dogs will never understand
...
Who’s gonna make you a man
Who’s gonna make you a man
...
Track Name: Imperial Splendor
I don’t wanna go home
I wanna stay here
and watch the sun go down
Cause I found the million dollar recipe
and now I’m right
where I should be

It’s such a perfect bay
with a mountain view
it harbours my illusions
I’ll stay for a hundred years
if that’s what it takes
to rid you of all confusion

I’m the mooncracker
I’m a real beachshacker
I’m a selfish fucker
I’m the true imperial splendor
The sweet-talk diplomacy
is not art to me
it’s just a cheap disguise

I had a word with the man in charge
and I sentenced him
to invisibility
I said
‘I don’t care who you think you are
don’t come running to me
I won’t give you no advice’
Happy go hippie go lucky go
find your own show
find your own place
cause this is my space

I’m the mooncracker
I’m a real beachshacker
I’m a selfish fucker
I’m the true imperial splendor
The true imperial splendor
I’m the true imperial splendor

I don’t wanna go home
I wanna stay here
and watch the sun go down
Track Name: On Your Side
All those years
gone by
I never really paid attention

Just a blueprint
for affection
is what is left of our emotions
The last few days
changed my view
I see a different reflection

I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I wonder how I can tell you

If it seems right
if you don’t mind
I’ll be around if you want me to

All those words
that I wrote
no longer lend me their conclusions

The perfect bay
that I found
no longer harbours my illusions

Now that I’ve come
full circle
there’s one thing I want you to know

I’m on your side
I’m on your side
I wonder how I can tell you
If it seems right
if you don’t mind
I’ll be around if you want me to
Track Name: The Wanderer
I met a man, who turned his back on man’s ambition
To those who think this world’s one great competition
- a race you couldn’t count him in

And so he walked, from mountain to mountain
To clear his thoughts, to make sense of it all
his eyes fixed on a new horizon

I walked with him, and as we wandered around
I wondered if he ever got the urge to walk back down

And he said
‘All known rivers lead to one big sea
In one place is not the place I wanna be
And all these roads just lead you to some town
As for me, I’m only searching for the higher ground
And I won’t stop ‘till that mountain is found’

I knew a girl, she was hard to understand
She took me in, but she never took my hand

I was a stranger
in her world
there’s no love, there is no man
who could occupy this girl

She said
‘I’ve met so many men who have claimed to be
the prince who’s come to resque me
But I’m not in despair, no I don’t need no man
I could tell you, but you’ll never hear me plea
I need only me to tell me that I’m free’

There was a time, when all I did was dream
A state of mind, or somewhere in between
When I searched, for a piece of ground
To make mine, and to make it worth

Every single step that I have made
has lead me to believe that what I find
Floating in that space not far behind
are mountains only if they seem to be
casting shadows of my dreams of you and me
Track Name: The Sound of a Perfect Day
The song I hear in the dawn of a perfect day
It’s the very same
as the shimmering tune that Orpheus used to play

The joy we feel, with nothing in our way
It’s so very frail
The carefree sound of children laughing when they play

The sound of a perfect day

The state you’re in when a dream leads you astray
It is the very same
when a song is on its way

Just listen when it plays

Listen when it plays
Listen when it plays
A song is on its way
It is the very same
as the shimmering tune that Orpheus used to play

- The sound of a perfect day
Track Name: Solan Hill
We walked across the fields
with burning skin and determined will
We reached the peak of Solan Hill
where view is bright and the air is chilled

We built a camp under a moonlit sky
where summer had left the river dry
And we saw the cloud burst into tears
as they hadn’t cried for many years

We saw the sun rise over polished hills
we saw the mist let go of its mighty grip
Every departure is a quiet wish
Please don’t let this one - slip away

If you pass through this valley again
leave me a message in the dry river sand
If you come during the August rain
stay ‘till the monsoon beauty lands

Can you remember how it feels
when the polished hill reveals
in the sudden change of season
to leave for greater reason

We saw the sun rise over polished hills
we saw the mist let go of its mighty grip
Every departure is a quiet wish
Please don’t let this one - slip away
Track Name: And I Know
You hit the string
where what is pure begins
Where no one loses
and no one wins

And I felt that song
resonate within
Shimmering through
every mask I wear

And I Know, and I know, and I know
when I’m with you
I will be me again

And I Know, and I know, and I know
when I’m with you
I’ll just be me again

I sense in you
hard rain and fire
I see calm waters
reflect desire

There is a moment
with everyone you meet
Your heart is set
or sweeps you off of your feet
And I Know, and I know, and I know
when I’m with you
I will be me again

And I Know, and I know, and I know
when I’m with you
I will be me again
And I Know, and I know, and I know
when I’m with you
I’ll just be me again