Braids

by Eiks

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1.
Bottled Dream By Eiks A lost soul in his teens is Wandering the streets of Angel Comes to you for a brief attention Flicked away like a cigarette ash He drifts along the pavement a slow race throughout the night Until he has enough change to oil the spinning wheel It's not too late How some would pay for your youth Time is rolling You keep on fixing It's not too late In his bottled dream a cinema screen Shows the faces of his old friends Lying in an empty college corridor with tears down his cheeks He doesn't really dream anymore The numbness is his only comfort Keeping everything bare, a soothing void It's not too late How some would pay for your youth Time is rolling You keep on fixing It's not too late
2.
Making Hay 04:01
Making Hay By Eiks I had no idea that you’d been Making hay inside my heart And had built a cosy home Now you're leaving this town Leaving me stunned and snagged You’ve no idea that you are Leaving all this hay As your new life begins across the ocean The home you had built stands alone Overgrown with ivy, an empty shell in the woods I could grow sails from my arms To make this crossing to see you But the stars to navigate with Have all been shot to pieces I had no idea that you’d been Making hay inside my heart And had built a cosy home Now you're leaving this town Leaving me stunned and snagged You’ve no idea that you are Leaving all this hay
3.
Kind of Blue 03:29
Kind of Blue By Eiks A row of shiny whisky bottles salute him A couple in the corner Her flaked red nails caressing her drink As the clock strikes midnight he carefully places the needle The last train rumbles in the distance The smoky night sky glows in a kind of blue The soft lights tenderly carry you home Shadows dance to your steps As you waltz to your door A yellow crescent moon In a glass of cold gin Neatly placed coasters eavesdrop into to the drunken tales As the clock strikes midnight he carefully places the needle The last train rumbles in the distance The smoky night sky glows in a kind of blue
4.
Ride forever ride By Eiks Reluctant steps Silent paint within Melting armour drains into a pool of shame Ride forever ride Ride forever ride Where the pounding wind lifts you up to the sun Let those hooves kick dust and gold Away from the sharp spears of a tongue A clench of fist Boxed in by four walls A cry for help swallowed like a bitter pill Ride forever ride Ride forever ride Where the pounding wind lifts you up to the sun Let those hooves kick dust and gold Away from the sharp spears of a tongue
5.
Tread Lightly Words from Requiescat by Oscar Wilde Music by Eiks Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. All her bright golden hair Tarnished with rust, She that was young and fair Fallen to dust. Lily-like, white as snow, She hardly knew She was a woman, so Sweetly she grew. Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. Coffin-board, heavy stone, Lie on her breast, I vex my heart alone, She is at rest. Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life's buried here, Heap earth upon it.
6.
Willow Tree 03:22
Willow Tree By Eiks A flickering flame surviving the night Dawn slowly inches closer To my waking hours The cold wind bends the will Like a willow tree weathering a storm Wavering courage and wilting spine Placing pennies on a pendulum Keeping the clock in perfect time When imperfection overstays Forever making me trip over The cold wind bends the will Like a willow tree weathering a storm Let me see a bathing skylark In the shadows of my heart
7.
Fallen Apples Lyrics by Eiks Rays of sun piercing between sycamore trees Like fallen apples, we lie side by side I want to wake up with you Under a canvas of blue A shower of kisses for our shoots to grow Precious slumber on your shoulder Palms touching on the other side of sleep Let the falling petals settle on us Like a gentle burial Sink into soil, roots digging deep below We lie side by side like fallen apples We lie side by side like fallen apples We lie side by side like fallen apples
8.
Away They Fly By Eiks Follow the river and you will find Two sisters who are fighting by the shore Follow the horses and you will find A blind man who dreams in colour He plays the fiddle For the birds to sing to Away away they fly Away away they fly As far as the eye can see The sunset burns your eyes The sky unfold its shadows Follow the glens and you will find A mother who lost her dear baby Follow the ship and you will find A homesick crew They drum the bottles For the birds to sing to Away away they fly Away away they fly As far as the eye can see The sunset burns your eyes The sky unfold its shadows
9.
Braids 03:53
Braids By Eiks In a small room, lost in my own world Raucous laughter and smoke fill the living room A call to prayer drifts from the nearby minarets In a small room, lost in my own world Shaping stories like moulding clay A sharpened pencil on a notebook poised Racing on the edge of the Milky Way Kitten claws hook my braids Spikey thistles bite when playing on dusty rocks A clatter of plates and strangers crowd the dining room White stone walls cool down As the city lights begin to shimmer In a small room, lost in my own world Shaping stories like moulding clay A sharpened pencil on a notebook poised Racing on the edge of the Milky Way Kitten claws hook my braids In a small room, lost in my own world
10.
The Fall 04:11
The Fall By Eiks Whilst I was away, the seasons changed Sun-kissed skin, reaching out for a woollen throw The fall arrives suddenly with a chill The roses on a summer dress folded away Gather some dreaming damsons in a harvest Save them for later in a jar Let them rest Let them rest Whilst I was away, the seasons changed The hazy summer lights were tinged with wistful hue The fall arrives suddenly with a chill The wind turns a page for nothing stays still Jumping on a back of a dusty truck Hold my hand and stay here for awhile Leaving the fields behind Leaving the fields behind
11.
Curtain Call 03:19
Curtain Call By Eiks Lying on a porch with the sun in my face The waves are urging me to leave this place Mother is singing next to me The bickering and the quarrels Bind us as one If I had taken Eugene's hand If bouquets were thrown in Upper East Side Tortures of ifs and maybes Time is running out But for now I wait for my curtain call Faded glamour like an old stain on a wall There is someone upstairs roaming in the dark Dusty cocktail dresses and diamonds to be sold An aristocrat drinking wine from a paper cup If I had taken Eugene's hand If bouquets were thrown in Upper East Side Tortures of ifs and maybes Time is running out But for now I wait for my curtain call

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released July 6, 2017

All songs written, arranged, produced, and performed by Eiks
All songs mixed by Arie van der Poel and Eiks
All songs mastered by Arie van der Poel

Elena Jáuregui Narváez - Violin (Bottled Dream, Kind of Blue, Away They Fly)
Evva Mizerska - Cello (Bottled Dream, Making Hay, Kind of Blue, Away They Fly, The Fall)
Jamie Amos - Bass guitar (Making Hay)
Jonny Bridgwood - Double bass (Bottled Dream, Kind of Blue, Fallen Apples, Curtain Call)
Matt Snowden - Drums (Bottled Dream, Making Hay, Ride Forever Ride, Fallen Apples, Curtain Call)
Tom Poslett - Second guitar (Kind of Blue)
Alan Guy - Ears

© 2017 Eiks
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Eiks UK

Artist of the Month, Folk Radio UK.

Eiks is a Japanese-British singer-songwriter based in London who writes atmospheric songs with intriguing lyrics and haunting vocals in both acoustic and electric styles. Her inspiration comes from urban life in London, her childhood in Jordan to life in Japan as well as her extensive travel experiences, writing on either the piano or the guitar. ... more

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