UNDONE

by Arian Saleh

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released June 11, 2013

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Arian Saleh Brooklyn, New York

Bay Area native now in Brooklyn. Varied influences - from tango music to electronica, gypsy traditions to dub reggae - have helped develop a unique sound that is a rich blend of all these things.

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Track Name: Underhill
Uptown is a humbling sound when I ask to take you home
It's true that the story I brewed could've left me quite alone
You showed that the string that you bowed was looped around my heart
Now we're here on a night so clear in a cab right at the start

And I know
I found you
And I know
I found you

You play coy like the moment's your toy and you're scared you'll break the spring
My thoughts skip at the thought of your hips and I fidget with my ring
Your plan is to quiet my hand as your fingers sneak through mine
I try to find the appropriate line but can only think 'sublime'

And I know
I found you
So it goes
I found you
And I know
I found you
No more could have been
No more should have been

Fourth floor as you push open the door you sing, "sorry for the mess"
I smile and yet all of the while wonder when you'll lose that dress
So fine as I pull open the wine you start to burn one down
I can tell it's time we both fell as your gown slips to the ground

And I know I found you
So it goes
I found you
And I know
I found you
So it goes
I found you
No more could have been
No more should have been
No more could have been
No more should have been
No more should have been...
Track Name: Shadows
I don’t know why you try
When you know there’s none left
I don’t know where you fly when
You know you’ve not been sent
How can they know to buy when nothing looks for sale to me
It’s only the wandering eye that finds the time and finally sees

All we are, are shadows in this empty room
With but one light, to give us breath
And every voice, that calls a name it’s never heard
Just tests the taste, and leaves it cleft

Open up every sky
And you’ll see the ground floor
The higher I try to climb I
Forget what I left for
What if I chose to live and let the rest just tumble free
Who would’ve guessed that you and I would never end up we?

All we are, are shadows in this empty room
With but one light, to give us breath
And every voice, that calls a name it’s never heard
Just tests the taste, and leaves it cleft

Cracks while you hunt and spy
All the sounds you can’t hear
Much more than a willful eye
You just need a desperate trained ear
Lift up the cork and tilt then drink until your teeth turn black
Better to be poor, the rich have made a sport of heart attacks

All we are, are shadows in this empty room
With but one light, to give us breath
And every voice, that calls a name it’s never heard
Just tests the taste, and leaves it cleft

All we are, are shadows in this empty room
With but one light, to give us breath
And every voice, that calls a name it’s never heard
Just tests the taste, and leaves it cleft
Track Name: Undone
I came to wash and saw the well had run
We should’ve let it grow
Mud on my shoes, oh the things I’ve done
We should’ve let it grow
I caught a glimpse but it tumbled through my hands
We should have more to show
I took my time and instead I left a chance
We should have more to show

Instead of counting down
We should have more to show
We should have more to show

But I’m not for you, not for anyone, no not anyone
It’s done
Just keep this far from everyone, your setting sun
Too long
Nothing was clear it had not begun, there was not a song
Hold on
It’s time to run from everyone, have we come undone?

You told me once, all of this will pass
But we should’ve let it grow
All your advice let loose as just a gasp
We should’ve let it grow
If you could pause and back back away
We might have more to show
Behind our shades we blink right through the day
We should have more to show

Instead of counting down
We should have more to show
Instead of counting down
We should have more to show

But I’m not for you, not for anyone, no not anyone
It’s done
Just keep this far from everyone, your setting sun
Too long
Nothing was clear it had not begun, there was not a song
Hold on
It’s time to run from everyone, have we come undone?

Each morning brings a chance of rain
Each moment I cannot contain
Still won’t make me follow through
I gave you all the hope I’d sewn
I sold you all the lies I own
And now I cannot follow you
We always did as we were told
Lived life as if we would grow old
Oh darlin’ what a thing to do
One line to put it all in place
In time I might forget your face
If only this page had more room…

Instead of counting down
We should have more to show
Instead of counting down
We should have more to show
Instead of counting down
We could have more to show

But I’m not for you, not for anyone, no not anyone
It’s done
Just keep this far from everyone, your setting sun
Too long
Nothing was clear it had not begun, there was not a song
Hold on
It’s time to run from everyone, have we come undone?
Track Name: Stormborn
Call off the wolves
Before they tear us all apart
Before they even start it seems you’re drunk on blood
And here I am a lamb
With nothing in this wood to give me light or love
Just the memory of a hand
Pulled back to bare a fang and burn the neighborhood
So was it all a lie?

All I want is what I’m after
Heads will roll with all my laughter
Now what use is all your banter?

Put back your mask
I’m ashamed I had to ask
In the name of our past I wash my hands of you
Take no chance you wouldn’t give
I’ll live as proof
I’ll live as proof
I’ll live as proof

All I want is what I’m after
Heads will roll with all my laughter
Now what use is all your banter?

All been arranged
Taken care of and explained
The cage has been maintained so tuck that voice away
And now it’s mine to kill
Track Name: Nothing
There’s still light
Even when you blacken your eyes
There’s still light
Even when no mirror you find
There’s still light
Even when your fingers are blind
There’s still light
Even when, you’ve been buried by lies

And I know
There’s nothing anyone anyone, could ever do or say
And I know
Wherever you may go you may go, nothing will ever change

Where’s the night?
Scratch it and tear it until it has died
Where’s the night?
Rip it and wear it until it is right
Where’s the night?
Blink it and drink it until it’s inside
Where’s the night?
Grin it and bear it, don’t share it until there is light

And I know
There’s nothing anyone anyone could ever do or say
No no no no
Don’t give up don’t let go don’t let go
Tomorrow wears no chains

No chains, for you to throw down
None that you can’t see
No chains, you’re free to go now
Do not wait for me
No chains, for you to throw down

And I know there’s nothing anyone anyone could ever do or say
And I know wherever you may go you may go nothing will ever change
No no no no don’t give up don’t let go don’t let go
Tomorrow wears no chains
And I know there’s nothing anyone anyone, could ever do or say
Track Name: One Through Ten
Tell me your name
I’ve been living here so long, how can this feel so wrong?
Darling won’t you please explain
Won’t you tell me your name
If the walls are all caving at least we’ll be skin to skin
Then if it’s all the same
Won’t you tell me your name

Never gonna let you go, never gonna lose your taste
Only gonna miss these walls, only wanna hold your face
How could I not know you?
Did I just hope for change?
How do I know it’s true when only this remains?
So please tell me your name

Did we just get in our own way, leave when we should’ve stayed?
Oh no there’s no one to blame
So please tell me your name
How I wish we could mend these tears
It all seems to go nowhere
And your kiss just runs off like the rain

Never gonna let you go, never gonna lose your taste
Only gonna miss these walls, only wanna hold your face
How could I not know you?
Did I just hope for change?
How do I know it’s true when only this remains?
So please tell me your name
Track Name: G Minor Shufflisto
He-hey watch that, don’t he need space for what he’s buildin’
Oh-hey scratch that, he’s carving out the hurt he’s shieldin’
His smoke hides eyes from his face
Or maybe he’s just burned it away
He-hey catch that, the moon is crumblin’ down around you
Oh-hey go flat, your pound of flesh for my pound of dew
All roads are leading to your grave
Now stop revealing that you’re only its slave

Looks to me like things are startin’
So bust it wide for it’s forgotten
It’s not my fault this earth is bleedin’
It’s just the shit that I’ve been given

He-hey ex-pat, your happy feet have left us cryin’
Oh-hey scratch that, cause all you’re sellin’, man I’m buyin’
We crossed that ocean in a day
So now so easy just to give it away
He-hey latch that, they’ll bust it down and ask for reason
Oh-hey out back, just bribe the wind and change the season
Your love was only but a phase
A malady that leads me straight to the end of days

Looks to me like things are startin’
So bust it wide ‘fore it’s forgotten
It’s not my fault this earth is bleedin’
It’s just the shit that I’ve been given

He-hey react, I tap your knee you blow the house down
Oh-hey stand back, if I don’t save you then we both drown
Unleash your future from it’s cage
Then maybe you sir can look back and act your age
He-hey don’t pack, you’ll only need that smirk your wearin’
Oh-hey attack, the rope is there so drag the chair in
It’s time to move to outer space
If only just to put us into our place

Looks to me like things are startin’
So bust it wide ‘fore it’s forgotten
It’s not my fault this earth is bleedin’
It’s just the shit that I’ve been given
Just the shit that I’ve been given
Just the shit that we’ve been livin’
Just the just the just the just the
Just the just the just the just the
Just the just the just the just the…
Track Name: Cut Me Loose
There’s something lacking in all the games that you play
In all the names that you say
That would be me

There’s something lacking in all the tears that you dry
In all the years that go by
That would be me

There’s something lacking under the sheets of your bed
Up from your feet to your head
That would be

There’s something lacking under the swing of your hips
Off of the sting of your lips
That would be me

Still I can’t
Fight the truth
Why won’t it, cut me loose
In the space you leave behind
That’s the place
I lose my mind
All the tales, you tell yourself
Of heaven sent, and heaven’s wealth
There’s a word you can’t explain
That word is love
It’s my name


There’s something you’ve been reaching for since you were young
Listening for in every song
That would be me

There’s something you want but have been too shy to tell
A thirst that you can’t ever quell
That would be me

There’s something lacking in every smile that you send
In every mile, you pretend
That would be me

And when you fall you know that the drop will be smooth
You may want to stop but won’t choose
Life without me

Still I can’t
Fight the truth
Why won’t it, cut me loose
In the space you leave behind
That’s the place
I lose my mind
All the tales, you tell yourself
Of heaven sent, and heaven’s wealth
There’s a word you can’t explain
That word is love
It’s my name
It’s my name…
It’s my name…
Track Name: Open Your Mind Let Me Out
You're always making weighted wings
And dreaming about finding things
I need to know why you never shout
And I, I came here on my own two feet
Unsure of what I might meet
Open your mind and let me out

Cause I'm lost
In the folds of your fear
I thought I knew the way
Thought that it was more clear
But I cannot escape
And no pinch of the arm
Would ever stop me from
seeking harm

Excuse me while I look away
So hooked on what you never say
I've seen too much to ever speak it loud
And I, I only sought to learn your truth
Instead I found that it's no use
Open your mind and let me out

Cause I'm lost
In the folds of your fear
I thought I knew the way
Thought that it was more clear
But I cannot escape
And no pinch of the arm
Would ever stop me from
seeking harm

Harm, but we treat it like play
Harm, cause our kiss was misplaced
I tried, you tried, everything save for goodbye
And I'm damned if I don’t find my way
Harm, cause our kiss was misplaced
Harm, but we treat it like play
I tried, you tried, everything save for goodbye
And I’m damned if I don’t find my way

And if you wake I'll cease to be
I must get out now to get free
I dreamt of this, but it was all a cloud
And you, you did this long before I came
I'm just here to defend my name
Open your mind and let me out...

Cause I'm lost
In the folds of your fear
I thought I knew the way
Thought that it was more clear
But I cannot escape
And no pinch of the arm
Would ever stop me from
seeking harm
Track Name: Fine Farewell
So, not only do we take, but we destroy
She’s busy with the ache you so enjoy
Examining the hands and bending tidal stones
It’s all about the brand, and so we guild our bones
It’s not enough to pay, we must endure
The money will turn grey, then bleached and pure
They’ll find another way, of pushing you to steal
They’ll build a bigger bomb, and throw away the wheel

But oh, they could never break you down
Go slow, we won’t even make a sound
Oh, slip out of the room, you’ll see
No, there’s no coming back for me

Surrender is a gift, but how we run
Time is not a man, it is a gun
We dance where there are walls, and sing about escape
We dream to fly not fall, but stumble when we wake

But oh, they could never break you down
Go slow, we won’t even make a sound
Oh, slip out of the room, you’ll see
No, there’s no coming back for me

Why do we all believe
That what was lost can be recovered for a fee?
And how can I build a home
When every brick will soon be swallowed by the sea?
I scratch my name into the sand and let the letters lie
For any honesty has promptly been set free
I look ahead and see the sunset rise
And watch my name get swallowed by the sea
It gives me pause and pushes me to leave
It gives me pause and pushes me to leave
It gives me pause and pushes me
To leave

But oh, they could never break you down
Go slow, we won’t even make a sound
Oh, slip out of the room, you’ll see
No, there’s no coming back for me

If I knew it would end this way, I would hold you close
but then I would deceive you
I could give you all that I own
But it would all be dust
And then what would I leave you?
Track Name: Wanderlusting
Leave
I have to leave
I must take my things and go
Breathe
I have to breathe
But the smoke is thick
Its flames will lick us both
I have to show
That I’m built on beat
And so I’ve got to leave
I have to leave
Will they ever wake for my mistake?

Could it be?
That the city’s now the sea
And then, what of me?
Does the time I spend, upend my chance to leave?
I have to leave
‘fore I hesitate and it’s too late

I dreamt about a place
I dreamt about your face
And now I know I’ve got to run away
I saw beyond my eyes
I drank from swirling skies
And every stone has lost it’s shade of grey

So long we held it down
Cut lines right through this town
Now take that road and plug it in my vein

I’ve got to leave
I have to leave
I would trade your love for one more day
And that’s why I must leave