It Takes A Village

by ZASKA

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My Body So scandalous Renegade soldier God I trust Keep my composure Workin’ late Rest when I’m under Make it out Every day closer Now don’t you know I wake every morning and in my ear Lucy’s cold rhapsody Her words hang like a heavy mist So softly creeping in I light a flame and boldly walk as seas Of shadows part for me Stand my ground time and time again I am the prophecy you overlooked, now look My body hurts, my body runs from me My body crude, my body aches at ease Carry this cross somehow My body, my body My body, my body Too fabulous, Nameless boy Wonder Too ravenous To dampen this hunger Now don’t you know I wake every morning And at my door Lucy’s cold melody Her knock constant and deafening But I won’t let her in Keep my gaze on heaven above Knowing soon it will part for me Paid my dues now it’s time you know I am the prophecy you overlooked, sure look My body hurts My body runs from me My body crude My body aches at ease Carry this cross somehow My body, my body My body, my body (Repeat untill end)
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Close To You Close to you, close to you Close to you, close to you Close to you, close to you Close to you, close to you Painless ache, you give it In friendly supply Your life, let me live it Your death, let me die The years melt to minutes When you’re by my side This love knows no limits This love’s suicide Entered this world an awkward shape Misfit in every way, my fate From chaos there was no escape ‘Til my best mistake And now your waters swallow me Extinguishing my memory The saint of fleshly charity I just want to be Close to you I just wanna be close to you Close to you I just wanna be close to you Close to you Oh baby, I was too afraid to admit it You are the best thing that’s ever happened to me, baby Miss your sweet slavery Miss the whip, staining me Your forgiveness I can’t outrun As trusting as a loaded gun Senile and only just begun Every inch undone And now the end it creeps to me Will take my leave in ecstasy No regrets or apologies I just want to be Close to you I just wanna be close to you Close to you (Repeat until fade)
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12 Weeks 00:55
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Swan The lines on your face never bothered me at all Each one a track I beat closer, to you The lines on your face never bothered me at all Each one a crack I see nothing, but you Bi yeh id dun no no no no nu na na no Bi yeh id dun no no no no nu na na no na no na no The lines on your face never bothered me at all Each one a track I beat closer, to you The lines on your face never bothered me at all Each one a crack I see nothing, but you Bi yeh id dun no no no no nu na na no Bi yeh id dun no no no no nu na na no na no na no (Repeat until end)
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U So silent your dwelling Your presence so loud One foot in the heavens One foot on the ground In utero every Fabric of you wound Burning as you descend Your comet earthbound The tide is creeping in Gentle waves of you lap Upon my shore Growing in strength They wash over every atom That came before Faint your starlight Now in plain sight Angels unite To bear new life The 8 ball has spoken Cannot predict now Will I be your shelter Will I make you proud One quarter swallowed whole Time unhinges its mouth And out you pour No turning back, the plate awaits 1 brave step to you forever more Faint your starlight Now in plain sight Angels unite To bear new life Ah_______ Ah_______
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Doubt 01:12
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No Easy Way Out A little something you like For every inch that you fought The totem coin keeps you prayerful Won’t quit ‘til you have the lot Over our bodies you climb Beyond the average devout You’ve made it clear who you care for There’s no easy way out An ugly truth washed up ashore Sand in your mouth, won’t be long The howl of nations you ignored Now what was precious is gone Care for me now Care for me now A little something you like Tint every pain, problem solved Whispers creep in under your door Exterminate, your default For every dog comes a time To cast the chains off his snout I hope that day you’ve prepared for There’s no easy way out The silent edge wages it’s war Tell me whose side are you on A fitted gag for every roar Now all that’s precious is gone Care for me now Please care for me now A little something you like Pretend it isn’t your fault These days you’ve got to be careful Now there’s no easy way out The trumpets crying tone so pure Everyone’s new favourite song For us there will be no encore When everything precious is gone Care for me now Please care for me now
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It's Ridiculous Reality’s piling up I keep a straight face but it’s calling my bluff The pressure rains from above, from above Some days I’ve just had enough Throw down all my clubs Take my ball out the rough And run just like Forrest Gump Forrest Gump You can always run but you can never hide The wolf at your door, just a matter of time Oh put on a nice suit and stand in line Anything for peace of mind It’s ridiculous, how you gonna live like this? Slavin’ every day to make enough, just to exist It’s ridiculous, 9 to 5 you want to quit But the bills are due and the pay cheque you can’t resist It’s ridiculous, forget about happiness Take your crumbs and pennies Shut your mouth get on with it It’s ridiculous, spend yourself for their wallet The human race down on their knees In the name of profit Can’t stop right now, have to rush So tired of telling myself one last push Is it really worth so much? Worth so much The belly of the beast you cant satisfy No struggle left in you Lord knows you have tried Oh you have to give in just to survive That’s how the system’s designed It’s ridiculous, how you gonna live this this Slavin’ every day to make enough, just to exist It’s ridiculous, 9 to 5 you want to quit But the bills are due and The pay cheque you can’t resist It’s ridiculous, forget about happiness Take your crumbs and pennies Shut your mouth get on with it It’s ridiculous, spend yourself for their wallet The human race down on their knees In the name of profit It’s all ridiculous It’s ridiculous It’s ridiculous It’s ridiculous
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Take 156 00:19
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No One Knows Chase, elude and design me When you’re done, I’ll come say hello No one knows where to find me Every answer, let it go Chase, elude and design me, When you’re done, I’ll come say hello No one knows where to find me Every answer, let it go Chase, elude and design me When you’re done, I’ll come say hello No one knows where to find me Every answer, let it go Chase, elude and design me, When you’re done, I’ll come say hello No one knows where to find me Every answer, let it go No one knows No one knows No one knows No one knows
12.
Perspective 01:13
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Wear Little time you wear Prudent face is fair Honey scent helps me breathe Lucid eyes that stare Graceful, every hair Waters raised you beneath Knew you Lord I swear Before you were here Waited so patiently Winter’s had its share You now fill the air Thin embrace, now at ease Ooohhh, oohhh, ooohh Ooohhh, oohhh, ooohh (Repeat ‘til end)
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Cannot Will Not The weeks, the months the years So hard to put it down To know that one day You’ll be gone and not around And when the skies above Call you out of this dream With you, you’ll take a piece of me I’ve never heard the beating Drum of time so loud With every tick another tear Falls to the ground I understand now you’ll Return to dust beneath As peaceful as a fallen leaf As the nights pass on End their rule each day As the sands must blow away Vagabonding Cannot, will not Dare forget you Cannot, will not Dare forget you In your Arcadia its edge I never saw At peace, ascending trees Distracted from it all I blinked and on my lips The first taste of a sin Never to enter there again And now letters faintly Appear upon the wall Your roots within this world recede Their hungry crawl My love for you adheres To no limit or end My keeper and my dearest friend As the nights pass on End their rule each day As the sands must blow away Vagabonding Cannot, will not Dare forget you Cannot, will not Dare forget you Cannot, will not Dare forget you Cannot, will not Dare forget you
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The Village 02:24

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Max Zaska explains: "It's a concept album about community that parallels the birth of my first child with the birth of this album and the people that I needed to make both happen."

This community includes more than 25 artists on the album drawn from the very best of Irish new music, including Wyvern Lingo, Loah, BARQ and members of Little Green Cars, Gypsies on the Autobahn, Super Silly, Come On Live Long, Booka Brass Band, and a host of in-demand session players.

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released February 1, 2019

Performers: see track credits and liner notes pdf

Music and Lyrics by Max Zaska, except where noted.

Produced by Max Zaska
Executive Producer James Smith
Horn arrangements by Max Zaska
All other arrangements and album concepts by Max Zaska and James Smith

Guitar, bass, keyboard, organ, drums, and percussion for all tracks (except Swan) recorded at Hellfire Studios, Dublin and engineered by Joe McGrath.

Guitar, bass, organ, Wurlitzer and drums recorded on Swan at Orphan Studios, Inchicore, Dublin and engineered by Graham Byrne.

All other instruments recorded at Wolfhound Sound Studios, Dunboyne, Meath and engineered by Ken McCabe.

All tracks mixed by Ken McCabe and Max Zaska at Wolfhound Studios and Yellow Door Studios.

Additional mixing for It’s Ridiculous by Andres Daza and Pat Howard at Daza Records, Florida, USA.

Mastered by Fergal Davis Mastering.

Art direction by Max Zaska, Adele McAlear and Conor Breen.
Album artwork by Conor Breen. Photography © Felix Zaska.
Logo design and plec design by Michele Burgevin, Stevie Appleby, Max Zaska and Adele McAlear.
Marketing and label services by Adele McAlear
Trademark Max Zaska.
© 2018 ZASKA MUSIC (IMRO)
℗ © 2019 Max Zaska

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