Undress My Mind

by Yazan

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1.
I waited in line Just for you to sign A piece of paper with a print of your picture It was the only thing of yours that I could find That yellow dress That wild hornet's nest I took one look at you and knew you were a mess But no one here would have guessed I asked you your name It was all over the walls It was the kind of thing where I could see All of your charms and all of your flaws But I had a fraudulent feeling It was a feeling of fraud The cheap lines you threw at me Made me feel like I was being ripped off And now that I know How much you can afford Oh now baby well I do feel a little bored Oh my my Oh hell yes Who knew that taking off all your clothes Would leave such a dirty mess? I had a fever for you Just like everybody else But I caught you with your finger in your nose And I knew you were just as sick as anybody else Undressed and unarmed Still impossible to charm Each tooth in your smile was another bullet in my eye But I know you didn't mean me any harm You'd fallen for me It's so easy to do I'm a victim I'm a trickster I'm a young politician And I'd do anything for you You sharpened your breath You took off that mask And everything I found underneath was Right out of a dream I once had I've wanted more of you and some of your sweet sugar too It's something I’m feeling and it's making me blue I always want a little more of you It's something I’m feeling and it's making me blue I always want a little more of you
2.
04:14
Sunrise But I’m going back to sleep I’m still learning how to dream My babe Don’t love me no more I’m walking out that door She treats me Like she don’t know my name But I love you just the same I bought what I could not afford Oh now babe I’m broke Sun’s going down And I ain’t had your loving yet You treat me Like you don’t know my name But I love you just the same I walked Outside alone Oh my babe was gone I walked Outside alone Oh now babe
3.
03:12
I wrote you a letter You turned to confetti And as you tore it into something new All of its secrets became clear to you The words on the paper Came sputtering along Things you could never ignore They honked on the horn And announced themselves at the door So, no, it's not your fault But it is your gift, yes To be able to talk like you do I'm hoping one day that I'll understand you too The world is an oyster Tight and unkind But eventually it ends up comin round You've gotta learn to swim deep if you want to hear something profound You taught me those things That you didn't even know That you didn't even ever care to ever know You only knew to do the things you knew But we still keep falling for you Your hair is still perfect And those letters that you wrote All spoke to everybody in the room Your words are forever, but you know you're just passing through Now you're leaking and rusted And you're covered in dust You can't sleep but you can't help but dream You recall all the nights when you knew how to make them all scream Oh Paul!
4.
My very first time I was with you You eased my mind and put me in a mood Never before was I so inclined as I was my very first time My very first time I remember it so I made up my mind Yes, I wanted to go I’ll never forget for all of my life how I felt my very first time I never had a feeling so deep inside of me as I did my very first time My very first time I had to think twice But along you came and you were so nice I can’t remember ever feeling so fine as I did my very first time
5.
I walked all over town wearing a frown a mile long Looking for a spot of you doing things I said I’d never do I finished in second place before I even knew I was running a race And you taught me how to gamble too oh how I lose, oh how I lose I walked all over town wearing a frown Every time I dream of you I feel like a fool I waited for you to come home I should have known, I should have known I watched you crying walk out my back door I never felt so sorry before I lost my friend Now she’s gone and that’s the end
6.
04:18
My love left me on a sunny day I prayed for rain to wash my blues away Wash these blues away It rained for 90 days and nights If you see my baby, tell her I’m doing all right Babe I’m doing fine I drank myself to sleep And every night you haunted my dreams Oh my baby won’t you have a drink with me I started to singing, picking my guitar If you see my good gal, please give her my regards Give her my regards I sang myself to sleep Every night for 42 weeks Sing my baby Oh won’t you sing with me? I couldn’t help but to start to shuffle my feet And to this day I don’t know what came over me But babe, it set me free I sang myself to sleep And left behind all my misery Sing my baby Oh won’t you sing with me?
7.
Terran Holiday Seems so far away More than anything So unsettling And then we came and made it till we’re this far all in my mind I went home with you Like you told me to Something we barely knew We took home and took hold to And then we came and made it till we’re this far all in my mind
8.
02:52
Oh my little Liza Oh what tortures you? What more can I do? Oh you little wild thing I got no more tricks to try I've run out of lullabies I can't sing no more tonight Oh my little babe now No need to cry so loud I'm all you got in this world No one else hears you crying No one to wipe your tears You live to die and that's all there is Your mother's dead and gone from this world No more drinking mother’s milk No more swearing Oh Lord I don’t think I’ll go on!
9.
Yeah, hi it's me Calling you From the street No, nothing's new With me What about you? I've been out all night Havin a good time I watched the sun rise You do what you gotta do If you want to feel Something new You hated to be tickled but you love to be teased I tried to sing you something but you fell right asleep I wanted to be someone but you just wanted me You just wanted me Oh now babe I can't lie In a bed with you for another day No, I can't lay In a bed with you Oh now it's time For me to go And live my life And if Our paths should cross again You might look at me But you won't know who I am You hated to be tickled but you love to be teased I tried to sing you something but I fell out of key I wanted to be someone but you just wanted me You just wanted me Here I am
10.
May I confide My dream last night I undressed my mind and shined a light an ancient sight too bright for my eyes I undress my mind to see the divine outside of time I strengthen my spine And my centers align I take the time To slowly unwind to do something right Day after day night after night I sit in the shade and I bathe in the light I feel so alive Like a flower petal Spiraling down toward the ground that never arrives I feel like a child who has learned how to fly I feel like the sun melting the sky I feel I am one with the original I What do I believe? Who do I fear? Do I know my name? How can I disappear? My mind is always there Naked and clear Eternally here Forever free I undress my mind

about

To undress your mind is to strip it away of all incidental aspects -- your beliefs change, your thoughts change, your biases change, but underneath all of it, something remains eternally, and that is you, and you share that essence with all creation.

I recorded this album after 10 days of silent meditation, and after several years of rather noisy experimentation. The songs on it loosely tell a story of a life of alienation and sadness, and the transformation to a sublime sense of belonging in the world. This transformation came for me through music and through learning how to let myself sing.

Thank you to everyone and everything that has inspired me to sing, and thank you to everyone who has listened to me sing! Thank YOU!

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released July 2, 2013

All songs written and performed by Yazan
Engineered and Mixed by Will Manning at The Pound Pad, Jefferson, GA (villagerecordist.com)
Logo, layout, and design by Menkerios Andemicael (menkerios.com)
Mastered by Matt Tuttle at IAS Studios (ph: 336-817-6342)
Produced by Yazan with Will Manning

Shoulder Tap Records SHT013

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Yazan is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from New York, playing a blend of rural country blues, folk, and psychedelia.

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