A Part of Your Soul

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1.
Tango 05:41
Are you breathing, are you safe? Sign the treaty, stay awake Turn the pages, cross the line Wash the faces, spend the dime Feel the shiver, feel the pain You’re not a sinner if you pray Don’t you worry, I’ve got your back Don’t be sorry, don’t be sad And then the days come, when you’re old Are you ready to let go? Dance a tango, sing a song Enjoy the sun burn. Nothing’s wrong.
2.
I would like to hear what you’ve got to say I would like to see inside your cave Sleep in your bed, eat from your plate Become your habit and then your fate I will take your shaking hand And lead you to the promise land I’m telling you I will understand I will not simply condescend Look in my eyes, what do you see? I’m not hiding from you anything I want you to know my intentions are clear I will have you yes I will Hey You will stay with me Night and day I will treat you right I will keep you warm I’ll sit beside you in my throne Fields of roses, boxes of gold Anything you want anything at all I’ll tell you the truth, I’ll feed you a lie Color it red, color it white I’ll show you the cards I’ll teach you the moves Who lives and who dies -- I will let you choose We’ll dance in the fire, we’ll walk on the moon It will never end or it will end too soon I want you to know, my intentions are clear You’re not going anywhere, you’re staying here. Hey You will stay with me Night and day
3.
No matter how cold, no matter how dry Tonight is the night to say your goodbyes I’ll walk on the side of the road that I rolled I’ll look for a brind and I’ll turn her into a whore I’m leaving tonight the things I once borrowed A half of your heart, a half of your sorrow But know this my love, when I go, You’ll be missing a part of your soul All the pretty flowers in your bedroom Will turn into sand, I know it’s cruel And when you sweep the with your red broom You’ll know the joy won’t come soon. I’m leaving tonight the things I once borrowed A half of your heart, a half of your sorrow But know this my love, when I go, You’ll be missing a part of your soul After days and nights and years After grins and laughs and tears When the moon swallows the sun You won’t remember that I’m gone I’m leaving tonight the things I once borrowed A half of your heart, a half of your sorrow But know this my love, when I go, You’ll be missing a part of your soul
4.
Say what you want But I don't want you Be all you can But I don't want you You've got deep blue eyes But I don't want you You've got straight white teeth But I don't want you You like acid jazz But I don't want you You stay up all night But I don't want you Your daddy is a president But I don't want you Your yo yo yo yo yo yo yo I just don't want you It's simple as this melody I don't want you I don't want you I don't want you I don't want you
5.
Little boy with a shell in his hand He killed for love hid the gun away Man in a suit prayed for a day He lied for love laid low in LA Mentally ill picked his brain Ate gum for love gone farther astray Crazy old man buried in the sand He died for love he died alone Do you my friend remember the rain The tears of dead a poet could say Nobody cares yet everyone pays The price for love, It’s never the same
6.
Солнце в океане тонет не глядя На луну на зеленой поляне, на вены в холодной ванне Волки воют на небо, птицы плачут на камни Я с нетерпеньем жду света, но знаю что будет с нами Chorus: Дай мне горячей травы. Холодную руку и все позади Деревья гнутся от боли, луна тает как мыло Вески наливаются кровью. Ночь ничего не забыла.
7.
When You Go 04:43
When you go, remember to say “oh, I don’t know” If you stay, remember to say “hey, let’s play” Either way, I’ll ask someone who prays to pray All the way you have the strength to play that old game When you laugh, I’ll be next to you and I’ll laugh When you cry, I’ll be next to you and I’ll try When you go, remember to say “oh, I don’t know” If you stay, remember to say “hey, let’s play”
8.
Boo 06:10
In a small town where it’s never hot nor cold In a small house lived a girl named Boo Every day she was wandering the streets Telling people Satan’s tales of love One day she came home, walked into her bedroom Looked at the wall, but the mirror wasn’t there Her reflection was on the floor broken into many Many many… pieces.
9.
Spring 03:36
Сердце сжимает солнце С крыльев падают звезды У меня на руках счастье Моя весна Теплые, мокрые, в клочья драные листья Лижут холодные губы Дразнит меня горе мое Моя весна Сладкая ночь кормит небом Утро зальет все рекою Спит на груди счастье мое Солнце мое... моя… моя… моя... весна.
10.
Ankara 03:19

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“A Part of Your Soul”, the fourth full-length album by the San Francisco-based VARONA, has been in the making for over a decade, and the songs that make it up have their origins further back yet, and have gone through many transformations. For all their tendency towards experimentation, VARONA take a very meticulous approach to songwriting, arrangement and production. The result is a work of precise weirdness. W.H. Auden’s once suggested that poetry be defined as clear expression of mixed feelings. By that standard, “A Part of Your Soul” is nothing if not potently poetic, filled to the brim with emotional ambiguity and contradiction. The band’s stylistic influences are no less mixed than the feelings their songs evoke. Barely-contained anxious spasms of screamy post-punk; frenetic, cheerfully-destructive experimentation of Downtown jazz; literary melancholy of late-20th century Russian-rock songwriting, are not so much ingredients here as deep-set roots, and what results less a cocktail than an exquisitely strange hybrid mutant not quite like anything else springing from San Francisco’s fertile musical soil.

credits

released December 20, 2017

Love, peace and many thanks to all.

Zhenya Kogan — vocals (except 5), guitars (except 9), lyrics
Keith Yates — saxophones, clarinet
Brandon Bradshaw — drums, percussion
Elyse Weakley — keyboard (1, 8, 10)
Anya Kogan — keyboard (2, 3, 6), vocals (5), back vocals (2, 8)
Aaron Madsen — bass (except 10), guitars (1, 2, 7, 8, 9)
Brian Rourke — bass (10)
Nancy Kuo — violin (1)

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Aaron Madsen at Madhouse Studios and beyond. Except Ankara — recorded by students at Ex'pression College of Digital Arts.

English translation of Sun in the Ocean by Max Abelev.

Artwork and design by Vladimir Zimakov.

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