It Takes A Village

by ZASKA

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about

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.

credits

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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Track Name: My Body (feat. BARQ)
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)
Track Name: Close To You (feat. Charlie McCabe)
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)
Track Name: Swan (feat. James Smith)
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)
Track Name: U (feat. Carly Coonagh)
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_______
Track Name: No Easy Way Out (feat. Precious Okpaje)
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
Track Name: It's Ridiculous (feat. Louise Gaffney)
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
Track Name: No One Knows (feat. Carly Coonagh)
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
Track Name: Wear (feat. Wyvern Lingo)
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)
Track Name: Cannot Will Not (feat. Loah & Emma Garnett)
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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