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Heartaches and Ashes

by Tal Cohen-Shalev

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1.
Gods and Men 03:45
Just like the ripples from a stone we grow and fade away Growing out of my skin Do a little better each day I had a dream but what's it to you? Two fragile minds that go right through you The way things are for gods and men To stand up tall and fall again Just like the river and the storm we slowly move away Stepping out of our dream Never for the better, no way I had a dream but it's behind me I can't let all these things define me That's the way the blood of men Can be forgotten and washed again
2.
Water to my lips I beg of you Food and shelter and I'll sing to you For a long time I've not spoken My crown of thorns is aching My violin is broken My heart of stone is sinking Brother, can you spare a dime for a lonesome beggar out of rhymes it's cold out and my time's at hand I've lived a stranger in a strange land Spare me, warm my bones and tear these ragged clothes I've roamed this wasteland since when god only knows Some compassion's all I'm needing I'm scorned and bruised and hated On bended knee I'm pleading My tired eyes are faded Brother, can you spare a dime for a lonesome beggar out of rhymes it's cold out and my time's at hand I've lived a stranger in a strange land
3.
The cigarette she smoked left a funny taste Is it all or is there more I've missed? Could not remember all the words she said Suddenly it's hard to cry Got my hands on the wheel, two and ten Thought about the things she said back then Car broke down on the highway, so did I Like a wounded soldier returning to the war Lying in her bed Confusion has me now Running through my head Got my hands on the wheel, two and ten Thought about the things she said back then Car broke down on the highway and so did I The cigarette burned out The night is over It hit me in the back like a thousand lashes When all I'm left with Is heartaches and cold ashes
4.
Two Years 05:08
How you been? It's been the longest time I see your hair has gotten longer Many waters have passesd Wish I could say it made me stronger You spark the shame within my soul Things of which I've no control Gone for two years, maybe more Thought my scars have all been healed Broken mirrors on the floor Make me look the way I feel The sweetest word cannot obscure The meaning and the sanity I've lost Don't brake my fragile state of mind Windows show cold winter's frost You free the monsters in my mind Things I thought I left behind Gone for two years, maybe more Thought my scars have all been healed Broken mirrors on the floor Make me look the way I feel
5.
Not No More 03:49
Tossed my lucky penny into a wishing well Didn't change a thing, oh what the hell Seems I keep making the same mistakes I've done before I was trapped under your siren spell but not no more I lost my tongue when I looked into your eyes Could not see behind all of those vicious lies Once you were a seashell on my own deserted shore Underneath my starry skies but not no more Whenever we're together, we never went that far Many times I've wished upon a falling star Now I see right through you, I don't know what I've bothered for I cried so many sleepless nights but not no more
6.
Into Myself 05:18
Turning to see if I'm still the same Burning my books on an open flame Love weighs in gold, so I've been told But I'm… Into myself Down to my bones Scared of my own reflection in the well Scared of myself Scared of my own crazes and all of the phases and feeling so low Trying to see for myself that I'm lying The feeling is undefined Not carved in stone Nothing is owned but I'm… Into myself Down to my bones Scared of my own reflection in the well Scared of myself Scared of my own crazes and all of the phases I'm feeling so low Once had a notion Mad and depraved Cold as an ocean Fearful as the brave
7.
Santa Barbara wasn't big enough You were ready for the harder stuff You're the boss, apple sauce Queen of horses Found a place where I can rest at ease Think I'll have my breakfast at Tiffany's Andy is this real? You promised me the world But wasn't I just one more factory girl? The needle made the bad things go away Just wanted to be famous for a day Poor little rich girl puffing cigarettes Rolled the dice while losing all the bets Ciao Manhattan, socialite Queen of jewels New York City, falling down a well Checked into the Chelsea hotel Andy is this real? You promised me the world But wasn't I just one more factory girl? The needle made the bad things go away Just wanted to be famous for a day Factory girl, beauty so divine Scattered pills dream of sparkle wine Daddy held her close at night Mommy's angel 28 and broken on the trail It's just another New York fairytale Andy is this real? You promised me the world But wasn't I just one more factory girl? The needle made the people run away I wanted to be loved just for a day
8.
Bugle John 04:54
Hey there Mr. ticket taker, won't you lay your gun I'm just a small town boy Much like anyone I ain't no troublemaker, won't you cut some slack Gotta get out, gotta go You know the only way is through these tracks Come on little two time baby, I did you no harm Loved you from a mile, I took you to my daddy's farm Still you left me with the bottle, left me high and dry If you leave me for another I'd rather watch you turning blue and die Hey now judge, your honor, sir I swear I didn't know Think somebody's drugged my whiskey back a while ago I can't wear this ball and chain I can't bend these bars Better let me outta here before I make somebody here see stars Wait a minute, Mr. Hangman Hold on with that noose Got myself a rich old daddy Turn the cannons loose See you all in hell, I swear that judgment day will come I will perish with the sound of screeching bugles and the roll of drums
9.
Lady Muse 03:47
If you can find no rhyme and reason And the rain is pouring out of season Don't have nowhere to lay your head And you feel you might as well be good and dead She will hold you to her breast For a while make you forget the rest of your troubles And your woes And warm you as the cold wind blows Oh, lady muse, you're always there When the world no longer seem to care at all She knows all about my sinful ways And the guilt will keep on haunting me all through my days No use in looking for redemption high above And there is no consolation in an endless love She will hold you to her breast For a while make you forget the rest of your troubles and your woes And warm you as the cold wind blows Oh, lady muse, you're always there When people just don't seem to care at all
10.
A man was born on the wind 'Round his neck there's a sun hung on a thread In his hand lies a world Illusions of the places I've seen in my head Nature will sing its song and river will flow As our eyes gaze to the heavens below Planets dance and rain clouds floating by The ocean stood still when no seagulls could reply Crows sang so sublime and sheep she wore wolf skin As a sun hung on a thread shines down on a man born on the wind

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released December 9, 2009

Tal Cohen-Shalev: vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, piano and mandolin

Oded Naftali: acoustic guitar and harmonica

Gal Isaiah: electric and double bass

Eli Aizik: drums

tracks 1,3,5,6,7,9,10 recorded and mixed by Daniel Strosberg at Keoss studios, Tel Aviv

tracks 2,4,8 recorded by Ron Or-El at db studios, Tel Aviv and mixed by Tom Gurion at Tabash records

Mastered at MasterOne studio by Tali Cuts

cover art by Tal Cohen-Shalev

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