Egoist

by Varona

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about

Wrapping up a conservative tour on the west coast, Varona returned to the studio, releasing their 2nd gem in 4 years, Egoist (2009). Varona's line up consists of electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, drums, percussion, saxes, clarinet, bass, and keys. Combining elements of John Zorn's avant garde arrangements, Gogol Bordello's charisma, and the international smatterings of Devotchka. Varona's tribal rhythms, melodic grooves, and angsty-yet strikingly beautiful lyrics are an energetic mash up of styles and cultures.

credits

released February 3, 2009

Zhenya Kogan
— vocals, guitars
Keith Yates
— saxophones, clarinet
Brandon Bradshaw
— drums, percussion
Anya Povzner
— keyboard
Chris Lorentz
— electric bass, upright bass

Lyrics:
Zhenya Kogan (1-5,8,10-12)
Keith Yates (6,7)
All (9)

Recorded by students at
Ex'pression College of Digital Arts

Mixed and mastered by
Aaron Madsen at Madhouse Studios

Artwork, design and printing by
Vladimir Zimakov

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Track Name: Rain
I am the rain, the rain that pours all day
To me walls, faces, and the streets are all the same
No matter how clean, I wash it all away

I am a stone, a stone that stays the same
And even if I had a brain, I couldn’t move away
And even if I was to move, I’d still be gray

I am a rainbow, pretty and gay
But I’m not stable, can’t last one day
Track Name: Hole in the Wall
Give me... Give me...
Give me a reason, reason to breathe on

Show me... Show me...
Show me a trace, a trace to erase off my face

Is there a hole in my wall?
Is there a flaw in my soul?

Crawl... crawl...
Under the floor... under the floor...
Try to explore a little more of the other side

Roll... roll...
Into a ball... into a ball...
Fly, fly high in the sky

Is there a hole in my wall?
Is there a flaw in my soul?
Track Name: Shadow
Birds and fish, caught in the rain
What an absurd mistake, what a terrible shame
Absurd mistakes heal a broccoli brain
Giving a second chance, braking the chain

And you know it, you got it, you feel it, it is in your veins
You can smell it, taste it, but don’t remember its name

Put your arms around, put your legs around, be my shadow
Wrap your mind around, wrap your lips around, be my shadow

Birds and fish, caught in the rain
What an absurd mistake, what a terrible shame
Absurd mistakes heal a broccoli brain
Giving a second chance, braking the chain

Put your arms around, put your legs around, be my shadow
Wrap your mind around, wrap your lips around, be my shadow

Put your arms around, put your legs around, be my shadow
Wrap your mind around, wrap your lips around, be my shadow
Track Name: Be My High
In just a bit of a while I’ll get a little high
A little soft, a little dry

Babe, bah-bye, I’ll get a little high
And after awhile – a little higher

My oh my, oh tell me why
My oh my, oh tell me why
My oh my...

Take your time, take mine
Be my high, be mine

My oh my, oh tell me why
My oh my, oh tell me why
My oh my, oh tell me why
Track Name: Never Get to Talk
I know a girl. I know her well
I like the spell. I like the smell
But we never had a chance to talk

I know a man. He’s like a friend
He wears the brand. He is the brand
But we never had a chance to talk

There is a place, a weird maze
That knows the face, key to my case

I know a god. He’s just a god
He likes to play. He risks a lot
But we never had a chance to talk

I have a dream, sweet dream
Like rocky road I scream
That they all never get a chance to talk
Track Name: Crawling
Crawling over rooftops
Sliding down the walls
Underneath the window
Crawling down the hall

Thought I heard you breathing
Thought I caught your breath
Your breast slightly rising
Signs of past intent

You rise like you’re floating
You move across the room
Hinting at the moment
That comes to greet you now

Thought I heard you breathing
Thought I caught your breath
Your breast slightly rising
Signs of past intent

Cradled, held, embraced
Face, silent...
Awaits a moment now at hand
Like a worm intention...

Intentions... intentions... intentions... intentions...

A mist entangled Moon
Sits easily around the phallus
Lovers’ hearts hang hopeful
On this dark and promising night!

Intentions... intentions... intentions... intentions...
Track Name: Sarah
Floating cows, exploding throats
Mother’s milk, rowing boats
Stay by the river

Exploding throats, floating lips
Golden teeth, aluminum trees
Stay by the river

Did you hear that sound, Sarah?
Did you hear that sound, Sarah?

Dynasties, populations lost
Amnesty, electric shock
Stay by the river

Did you hear that sound, Sarah?
Did you hear that sound, Sarah?

Sarah... Sarah... Sarah... Sarah...

Children wandering, biting on a dream
Big breasts, pink limousines
Stay by the river

Did you hear that sound, Sarah?
Did you hear that sound, Sarah?

Sarah... Sarah... Sarah... Sarah...
Track Name: Zver
Когда стучатся в дверь,
Сначала верь, потом проверь кто там,
А там возможно самый добрый зверь.

Он одинок, но приволок с собой сто грам и две мадам —
Все вам

А девы дико голодны, они мечтают кто куды... айды...

Промчалась ночь, промчалась прочь, и ты не прочь,
Проверь кто там, а там...

Когда стучаться в дверь,
Сначала верь протом проверь кто там,
А там возможно самый добрый зверь.
Track Name: March 4
Gargling grumbling frog
Flitted furtively through the fog
Minding its own business
Shaking off misty morning madness
— A-ha! — Thought the creature, —
I sense spring in the air!
Track Name: Egoist
Hey, why do you look so sad?
Hey, what’s making you so mad?
Track Name: Concussion
Why are you here?
Out of hope or fear?
Did you come for me?
Would you rescue me?

What’s my name?
What’s my name?
How do you know me?
Am I insane?

Why am I here?
What did I do?
Oh baby, what did you hear?
Oh baby, what if it’s true?
Oh baby, what did you hear?
Oh baby, what if it’s true?
Track Name: Fire Drills
Fire drills are all that I hear
Senseless fear is all that I feel

Will you tell me, when the end is near?
Will you close my eyes, when I’m not here?

I’ll stay with you no matter what I say
I’ll be with you no matter what you do