Sarah Slean

Land & Sea

album.sas_landsea_cdSeptember 27, 2011
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LAND TRACKS

1. Life
2. The Day We Saved The World
3. Set It Free
4. Everybody’s On TV
5. Amen
6. I Am A Light
7. New Pair of Eyes
8. Girls Hating Girls
9. Society Song

SEA TRACKS

1. The Cosmic Ballet
2. Everything By The Gallon
3. The Devil & The Dove
4. Napoleon
5. Attention Archers
6. You’re Not Alone
7. The Right Words
8. The One True Love
9. My Eyes & Your Eyes

This double album package is available on vinyl and in unique bundles in Sarah’s store.
This album is currently available in Canadian iTunes store in a special deluxe edition that includes instrumental tracks of the songs on Sea and the music video for ‘Set it Free’.


Life

Nights, nights, of the ice age
when soft, the land was asleep,
like the ice, ice in our memories
melting finally
in the fire of life
Life!
O a heat divine!
Life!
This fire that created universes,
Life, life…
Their old world in ruins,
the dreamers fell to their knees
No common war to arrange them,
they dreamt of common peace
It’s the end, end of an empire
no more lines in the sand,
and the dawn dawn of a new world,
gone, imperial man
in the fire of life
Life!
O a heat divine,
Life!
This fire that created universes
Life, life!

The Day We Saved the World

this place
was in horrible shape
and no one wanted to see
that’s when
Hope rose up again
to shake us all from our sleep
and we woke up singing
get up get up there’s time there’s time
get up get up and fight and fight
get up get up and see the light
that was on the day,
the day we saved the world
one day
you will have to face
the same emergency days
believe now
that your heart will know how
to make the magical change
and we’ll all start singing
get up get up there’s time there’s time!
get up get up and fight and fight!
get up get up and see the light!
that was on the day,
the day we saved the world.
I remember the waters rising again
I remember the fields of green
I remember the windmills turning around
when blind
what a beast is mankind
what a god when he sees
and when we all start singing

Set It Free

woman in present danger
banking on some lost puzzle piece
somebody rearrange her
tell her she’s got all she needs
but what do I do with my sorrow?
well if you’re asking me…
set it free!
throw it into the sea
get it under your feet!
oh let go of the leash!
you gotta set if free
runnin’ your poor self ragged
trying to outrace these stubborn blues
baby put down that baggage!
oh that story’s old news
but what do I do with my sorrow?
well if you’re asking me…
so what’s the use?
untie the noose!
feel it, it’s just a moment away!
imagine the peace
when you set it free
so please…

Everybody’s on TV

oh divided young
cat has got your tongue
you don’t say anything
when all around you the clock is ticking
don’t know what to say?
say it anyway!
it’s all an opera
with your aria not yet written
and now we’re lining up to see
the movie of our vanity
everybody
everybody
everybody’s on TV
doctor doctor please
it’s still the same disease
but it’s hard to operate
when the patient’s alive and kickin’
how to slow us down
enough to look around
‘cause the unexamined life
well it’s certainly not worth living
now we’re lining up to see
the movie of our vanity!
everybody
everybody
everybody’s on TV
so beautiful a screen
from the sublime to the obscene
in the land of TV
who needs a life to lead
when you can watch it all for free

Amen

tired of this game
tired of this race
tired of these chains
that bind me
wanna be free
free to let go
let all that is good
inspire me
and I
I keep running on empty
thinking maybe I’ll see a sign
that if I open up my heart will someone say
Amen?
tired of this scene
and all that it means
no company cool
will define me
tired of this screen
staring at me
no radiant box
can confine me!
and I
I keep running on empty
thinking maybe I’ll see a sign
if I open up my heart someone will say
Amen
and out of the dark, the darkest night
I want to follow my heart into the light
so what am I waiting for?
I keep running on empty
thinking maybe I’ll see a sign
and if I open up my heart someone will say
Amen

I Am A Light

all are deserving of
this love so great great great
it’s inexhaustible
so give it all away
and don’t ask anymore
what is my way way way?
you are a miracle
so let it play play play
I am a light
I am a light
a light a light a light
there is no hurry now
I take it slow – ow – ow
I don’t need anything
I am the one I love
but it’s hilarious
‘cause all the while-ile-ile
all I can dream about
is how to make you smile
I am a light
I am a light
a light a light a light
the source of everything
is in our eye-eye-eyes
I see the good in yours
seeing the good in mine
I am a light
I am a light
a light a light a light

New Pair of Eyes

everything’s tender again
the veil fell apart in my hands
every tree in the city is marvelling with me
we’re watching the miracle dance
everything’s coming alive
strangers are meeting my eyes
it’s like a ray of sun
shines out of everyone
and I
I have a new pair of eyes
and oooo oooo I
love how the world, oh it shines
it came for me there in the dark
where everything luminous starts
I whisper at last, and though I know it must pass
the sails have come out in my heart
a mystery man came to my door
he said “all that you wanted is yours
throw out your jars of tears
all of the useless fears,
you won’t need them anymore!”

Girls Hating Girls

you don’t really wanna know me, do ya?
no, you’d rather overthrow me, it’s alright
I can see it in your mannered lack of manners
thirty-something can be one big high school,
I knew that before I came here, but tonight I don’t
care.
Line ‘em up,
line ‘em up
Knock ‘em down, knock ‘em down
The words we use to light the fuse
Girls Hating Girls
Line ‘em up,
line ‘em up
Knock ‘em down, knock ‘em down
I’ve seen your kind a thousand times
Girls Hating Girls
all the ones who wanna tear you down are
always coulda woulda should haves, it’s alright
I don’t blame you for the mannered lack of manners
but I’m not in the demolition business
so you take your party elsewhere ‘cause tonight I
don’t care!
when you’ve got lovely friends like these
I ask you who needs enemies
you shoot to kill I aim to please
Line ‘em up,
line ‘em up
Knock ‘em down, knock ‘em down
The words we use to light the fuse
Girls Hating Girls
Line ‘em up,
line ‘em up
Knock ‘em down, knock ‘em down
I’ve seen your kind a thousand times
Girls Hating Girls
A game, a crime, a waste of time
Girls Hating Girls

Society Song

please don’t waste your pity votes on me
I have riches you could never see
so fix your sad eye
on someone worthier
I’ve got somethin’ better up my sleeve
Tuesday night down at the monster’s ball
I’ve got dirty laundry on them all.
and I’d crack the whip and burn down this house
of cards
but my inner-Cinderella calls
sing your society song
it never changes
I will not sing along
but how did you get it so wrong?
in a room of strangers
I’m glad I don’t belong
I’m not one to rage against the scene
a nicer girl there’s surely never been
but you take the grand prize
in ego-tist-icat-acrobatic master of conceit
too much for me!
sing your society song
it never changes
I will not sing along
but how did you get it so wrong?
in a room of strangers
I’m glad I don’t belong
I take it as it comes
no shakin’ in my shoes
that’s for you and truth of
just who you have become
the company you keep
bittersweet on the tongue

The Cosmic Ballet

One said April is the cruelest month
when worn out promises return
but there’s more wisdom in the iris bud
than all our centuries of words
see as the flower opens
what is there to say?
Oh, hear the vow unspoken
in its sweet decay
this eternity of ebb and flowing…
oh the cosmic ballet
all my life I tried to kill this longing,
tried to cure it, make it right,
but how it tugs me to my destined places
like a moon upon the tides
how can the dream be broken
if the dreamer learns?
these are the fires I poke in,
but I’m never burned
ebb and flowing of an ancient ocean…
oh the cosmic ballet
sweet dancing,
sweet dancing,
a dancer you must be
sick woman in a sick bed waiting
light fast fading in her eyes
somewhere else another light is forming
turning into newborn cries
on the wind is sighing,
calling out our names
saying no, no there is no dying
only changing face
you my darling are the rest and motion…
of the cosmic ballet
sweet dancing,
sweet dancing,
and dancers you shall be.

Everything By the Gallon

Everything by the gallon
Nothing at all half-way
He said to me
It’s the only way, only way
and when I meet my dying day
I won’t be watching the clock
cause I’ve heaved and wept and overslept
i’ve squeezed out every drop
Beauty lives and it’s out there
There’ll be songs to sing lengths to go to
This is just the beginning
I am on my feet I’ll be dancing soon
When did my fine attentions turn
away from the task at hand?
Drink up drink up,
if you call yourself a man!
And when I meet my dying day
I won’t be watching the clock
‘Cause I heaved and wept and overslept
I squeezed out every drop
Beauty lives and it’s out there
There’ll be songs to sing lengths to go to
This is just the beginning
I am on my feet I’ll be dancing soon

The Devil & The Dove

one tall tree in the meadow
one bright bloom on the bough
all of life is this longing
to lay your body down
one hand holding the devil’s
one hand holding the dove
fools will bet on their horses
wise men learn to love
ooo deep
ooo deep is love
one path grows in the distance
one path now overgrown
it can seem too rough for the walking
but you never walk alone
endless boats all arriving
on an ever widening shore
there is no door to the kingdom,
the kingdom is the door
ooo deep
ooo deep is love

Napoleon

under great golden statues
there is an ancient grave
the Emperor’s foot is restless
there’s something he wants to say
to the princes of lazy science
and merchants of holy war
he had but one instruction
be careful with metaphor
so every nation be warned
as soon as the last one is mourned
another tyrant is born
to the pirates that came to follow
itchin’ to wrench on the reigns of force
Napoleon sent a message
don’t get high on your only horse.
mother I’ve fear of madness
‘cause I’ve heard him call my name
I followed his ghostly finger
I saw the world in flames

Attention Archers

Attention Archers, a soldier down
he ran off with a dancer from out of town
now I’m a widow but I’m not taken out
it’s the way you dance, not the gown
I came to death’s door and turned the key
but over my shoulder, a symphony
do I hear music? is life not done with me?
back to earth you go, one two three…
dip your feet in the ocean
warm your hands by the fire
do not cry any longer
I am on your side
my dear the mission is incomplete
of course you can cry but you can’t retreat
where is your wisdom? where is the laugh so sweet?
in this marching band, you can’t miss a beat
dip your feet in the ocean
warm your hands by the fire
do not cry any longer
I am on your side
do not cry any longer
I am on your side
I’m on your side.

You’re Not Alone

endeavour to go into it
until sign appears
don’t be afraid of anything
you are guided
it will never be as we imagine it
unless we imagine it to be
I wonder where you are now
I hear you calling me
I’m telling you you’re not alone
a kind of light flows through it all
I hear a voice inside my own
like a waking dream
no you’re not alone
you cannot see or listen to
the very heart of life
it isn’t there, then suddenly
you feel it
going no direction it is everywhere
knowing every word it makes no sound
I was no believer
but I am certain now
certain that we’re not alone
a kind of light flows through it all
I hear a voice inside my own
like a waking dream
no you’re not alone
there isn’t time for anything but mercy
everything is giving birth to everything
nothing in the world is as it seems
light upon the water,
that is the light in me
and it’s telling me you’re not alone
a kind of light flows through it all
I hear a voice inside my own
like a waking dream
and no you’re not alone

The One True Love

all across the battefield
bells of death and sorrow peeled
but in the air above the silence
there were birds
a song that rose from the earth
a song of mourning,
the yearning
yearning of the one true love.
the world, at last, our only church
we bow to thank the universe
for blessings and distressing revelations
every word,
every whisper you heard,
even the darkness is burning
burning with the one true love
the magic wand of empathy
said I am you and you are me
but somewhere on the way we have forgotten
who we are
and we drifted so far
but now and ever
returning, turning to the one true…
Love undoes the mystery
of time before and yet to be
the axle of a wheel that’s ever-turning,
is now
as within, so without
feel it in you, the yearning
yearning of the one true love
let us sing a final verse
lovers dance it unrehearsed,
the beating of their hearts is an ovation
for God
this name we give to it all
wherein the names all dissolve
and turn into the one true love.

The Right Words

you will find the right words
just you wait and see
they’ll be falling from the rooftops
on a blossom covered breeze
and the song you need to hear
it will be singing through the trees
are you listening?
don’t you see?
you are on the right path
you will realize
the tears are there to leave you
with a brighter pair of eyes
and the pain that you’ve been fighting
is an angel in disguise
it is love
and love is wise
throw your heart into the ocean
throw your heart into the sea
you will find that all the right words
just come out naturally
there’s still time to notice,
still time to believe
that a door at last will open where doubt and
darkness used to be
and that the paradise you long for
it’s underneath your feet
whatcha runnin for?
where’ve you been?

My Eyes & Your Eyes

party of all parties we’re in the middle of the whirl
laughing, dancing, music and champagne
my eyes and your eyes, we are the axis of the world
and it’s turning, turning
and if I die tonight my heart will be overfull
this is almost too much beautiful
my eyes and your eyes closing underneath the stars
and you kiss me, kiss me
your mind touches my mind and there’s
a fireworks display
still burning, burning

 
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