Heartaches and Ashes

by Tal Cohen-Shalev

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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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Track Name: Gods and Men
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
Track Name: Beggar's Song
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
Track Name: Heartaches and Ashes
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
Track Name: Two Years
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
Track Name: Not No More
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
Track Name: Into Myself
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
Track Name: Factory Girl (song for Edie Sedgwick)
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
Track Name: Bugle John
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
Track Name: Lady Muse
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
Track Name: Born on the Wind
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