Antoinette

by Arian Saleh

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released January 20, 2017

All songs written by Arian Saleh
Produced by Chuck Palmer and Dave Eggar
Engineered and Mixed by Brendan Muldowney
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian

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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: Antoinette
I broke my hand when I tried to draw your face

Each stroke put cracks into my bones

My tongue tripped up and bled when I came to say your name

Now my, my words have got no place to go

Packed bags and a loaded gun

You always broke what I built for fun

I just took everything, is something wrong with that

They put me on the stand but I could not explain

Why I sat still while you cut through my chest

It wasn’t up to me yet just my neck remains

How I, I always thought that you knew best



Packed bags and a loaded gun
You always broke what I built for fun

I just took everything, is something wrong with that


Packed bags and a loaded gun
If it feels right can it still be fun

I just want everything is something wrong with that
Track Name: Sword and Shield
I look to you and I see everything I wanted us to be
It wasn’t right it wasn’t true and yet I knew it was for me
It’s not my fault it’s not my fault and yet I feel the weight of blame
I clipped your corner with my edge they told me you could not be tamed

How many ways to live a life
If I search farther from you what will I find
How many ways to live a day
I alone can only ask but never say

Each frame is bare and every picture will be silenced by a flame
Since I was young in every word I spoke there hidden was your name
So move now quickly before life arrives and just kicks in the door
There isn’t time enough to visualize that less will give you more

How many ways to live a life
If I search farther from you what will I find
How many ways to live a day
I alone can only ask but never say

And once I’ve gone
And once I’ve gone
Is there a light you could leave on
And I’ll return with all the gifts that only leaving can afford
If love is the shield
If love is the shield
If love is the shield
Goodbye must be the sword

How many ways to live a life
If I search farther from you what will I find
How many ways to live a day
I alone can only ask but never say
Track Name: 66
Wake to the room that you’ve grown Space built on dream but of bone Still lost in thought
With a map that’s store bought
No closer to finding a home
War ever fought but unwon
Wings built for blocking the sun We are ancient writ large
Made of dust
Trapped by stars
You cannot begrudge what’s begun
I am stone and pestle
I’m a blemished vessel
Shaped and shadowed everyday All I seek is peace
Never comes with ease Everything will slip away
Clutching this pen like a blade All that is thought can be made But following suit
Just prepares you to lose
And soon we’ll be burned by the shade
As for me
I choose wind
I choose rain
I am more than a weapon of pain
For when all is lost
I’m at ease with the cost
Knowing mine is a debt can’t be paid
I am stone and pestle
I’m a blemished vessel
Shaped and shadowed everyday All I seek is peace
Never comes with ease Everything will slip away

I am born of spring
Tasting everything
Knowing we can never stay
As I write my story
There’s a certain glory
In not knowing what the day will bring
Track Name: Stung
There’s something I need from you
A word
To show me that the light is green

I saw you and I knew
This breath
Would slip itself into your seam
Oh your lips they pull apart
A smile
A start

Let’s never leave this room again
Unwrap these threads and watch you bend
Don’t ever leave this room again
No I want you to be my end

Let’s both get into something new
For me
It’s you
There’s no time to play it cool
My plan
To tangle you in this sweet sin
Then there’s that word we both adore
More

Let’s never leave this room again
Unwrap these threads and watch you bend
Don’t ever leave this room again
No I want you to be my end

And in the morning only skin
This time
I push you pull and whispers win
And if you shut the blinds and light
You’ll find
Tonight

Let’s never leave this room again
Unwrap these threads and watch you bend
Don’t ever leave this room again
No I want you to be my end
Track Name: Patience
How could we not have seen
The men we would become and not just the boys we’d been
Oh, all we ever recognize
Is every foolish thought, we’d held as such a prize
But then I look to you
And see the kind of truth I’d hold above my head
A crown above the fools
Love, take me at my word
Pull it from my lips and with your measured touch, relieve it of its dirt

Wait, and wait for me
Not for some other kind of man, who only knows to flee Take all this
All you can see
I’d give my self away, but it won’t make me free
For now I’m yours, and yours I’ll be
So come and rest your head

Lies only took us far
And drove a line
Through the center of who we are
All those days wore heavy cloaks
And etched into your face
The words you never spoke
Then, the city held us close
And through its jagged streets we wandered back to love, a sun that only rose Oh, show me who I am
With your voice reveal my name and give it weight, so I may simply stand

Wait, and wait for me
Not for some other kind of man, who only knows to flee Take all this Take all you see
I’d give my self away, but it won’t make me free
For now I’m yours, and yours I’ll be
It’s all we ever said
Track Name: Ways of Seeing
You bid the room farwell
But said goodbye to me
They say in love you fell
You always tripped so easily

Your love’s a carousel
And I’m too short to ride
Excuse me mademoiselle
But I may have to try

Oh we play all of these games
Oh of me against my name

You walked out with such grace
You knew just how to leave
The door slammed in my face
At least that’s how it seemed

As you dressed all in lace
I read between the lines
You covered every place
That I had hoped to find

Oh we play all of these games
Oh of me against my name

And so I wait alone
To count all of your wrongs
Each time you didn’t phone
Was such a solemn song

Just when I thought you’d flown
My eyes reveal the key
The problem purely shown
Was in the ways I see

Oh we play all of these games
Oh of me against my name
Oh we play all of these games
Oh of me against my name
Track Name: Swan Dive
We drove until the road got straight
Until the wind it spoke so clear
Just turn the ash out while you wait
Then you never have to steer

Everyone is running away
So I’ll just drive
Instead of always running away
I’ll drive

Cause I don’t I don’t I don’t want you
I don’t I don’t really care
If I do all that you want to
You won’t ever find me there

Let’s park and let the wheels take root
We’ll build a life here till I leave
Let’s carve each tree with simple truth
And drink the bitter sap they bleed

All the world is falling away
So why not dive?
Instead of always falling away
Swan dive

Cause I don’t I don’t I don’t want you
I don’t I don’t really care
If I do all that you want to
You won’t ever find me there

But I don’t I don’t I don’t want you
I don’t I don’t really care
If I do all that you want to
You won’t ever find me there
Track Name: Disruption Days
Said you wanted me to fall
Instead I chose to fly
And we tried

So come come come
Remain calm calm calm
Cause we
Had it all
Yeah we
Had it all

Said you wanted me to fall
Instead I must ask why
And you lied

So done done done
I feel dumb dumb dumb

Cause we
Had it all
Yeah we
Had it all

Said you wanted me to fall

And we tried