Egoist

by Varona

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1.
Rain 02:31
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
2.
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?
3.
Shadow 04:46
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
4.
Be My High 04:43
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
5.
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
6.
Crawling 04:32
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...
7.
Sarah 04:35
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...
8.
Zver 03:37
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.
9.
March 4 02:48
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!
10.
Egoist 04:46
Hey, why do you look so sad? Hey, what’s making you so mad?
11.
Concussion 03:37
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?
12.
Fire Drills 02:55
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

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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.

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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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