7 SONGS AND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

by VELVET ASHES

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This demo CD was recorded in a makeshift basement studio in winter 2011/12. All songs written by Nico Spahni and performed by Velvet Ashes.

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released 17 April 2012

Nico Spahni: guitar, vocals, banjo
Marie Alexis: vocals & percussion
Simon Mathys: accordion, blues harp on True Tall Story, background vocals on Fictional Lives

Mixed and mastered by Klaus Grimmer

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Velvet Ashes Winterthur, Switzerland

Velvet Ashes have been playing in the field of acoustic singer-songwriter Indie folk since 2009. Influenced by a wide range of music styles but without being restricted by any one of them, guitar, mandolin, violin and bass underpin the mostly two-part vocal line. The song texts unfold tales of heart-wrenching tragedy and subtle comedy that could have been taken from real life. ... more

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Track Name: BEEN TRYING HARD
Tell me how to say I want you
By my side to touch and kiss your
Slender neck, purple lips

But I fear I’d smudge your lipstick
Scratch your neck or you may get sick
Cause of my, clumsy try

I’ve been trying hard you know
To make you notice me
This song is proof enough to show
My feelings are for real

I’ll show you how much love I’ve got to
Give you day and night and tattoo
Your blue eyes, on my thighs

Would even take you out on Friday
Write poems and maybe an essay
On your sweet, lovely feet

I’ve been trying hard you know
To make you notice me
This song is proof enough to show
My feelings are surreal
Track Name: DON'T LISTEN TO THIS SONG
Don’t listen to this song
Unless you want to cry
But I don’t want to see
Your pretty face in
Tears are running down your cheek
Pondering your loss
Now that I am gone
Now that you’re
Alone that’s now what you are
You’ve taken it too far
Let others judge your deed
We’re through once and for all

And now you’re sorry
You say you want me back
Want to hit the sack
with me

And you’re sorry
You’ve got a aching heart
You feel torn apart
For me

Don’t try to prove me wrong
You cannot write a song
As good as this one here
So save your words but
Always keep me in your dreams
Cause that’s where we can meet
That’s where we’re complete
That’s where you love
Me until the end of time
Is slipping through my hands
Don’t wanna be just friends
I need you by my side

And now I’m sorry
I wish I’d never sung
this song here all along
for you

And I’m sorry
I may have acted queer
I’ve never been quite here
For you

Tears are running down my cheek
Pondering my loss
Now that you are gone
Now that I’m alone
Track Name: YOUR HEAD ON MY PILLOW
I’ve seen you around
I feel that I have found
Someone so profound
And beautiful at once

I like the way you walk
I like the way you talk
To me around the clock
But I want something more

Come home with me
Cause I want to see
The person under that skirt
Then you agree
I first have to pee
When I come back into the room

I switch off the lights
I pull back the sheets and
Right on my pillow you sleep
You even snore
My God what a bore and
Right on my pillow you sleep so tight

You linger on my mind
You’re one of a kind
I cannot help I find
You exceptionally cute

I like the way you talk
I like the way you walk
Barefoot on a rock
You’re so cool and brave

So come home with me
And make love to me
Inaugurate me to your world
Here is the key
To my dormitory
I surely will be right with you

I switch off the lights
I pull back the sheets and
Right on my pillow you sleep
You even snore
My God what a bore and
Right on my pillow you sleep so tight
Track Name: WHY DON'T BUY ARMANI ANYMORE
Yesterday I got her letter
She writes that she would be better
If she was a ghost somewhere off the coast
Or any other place I couldn't get her
Or any other place I couldn't get her

When I once was at the end of my tether
I ran into this girl named Heather
She was young and fair and she had golden hair
And she tickled me at night with a feather

I promised that I'd never forget her
I promised that I would never let her
Out of my heart, out of my heart
In sunshine or in rainy weather

She brushed my hair
She washed my face
With morning dew

Heather, I wasn't that clever
Heather, let's get back together
Heather, I wasn't that clever
Heather, let's get back together

But yesterday I got her letter
She writes that she would be better
If she was a ghost somewhere off the coast
Or any other place I couldn't get her
Or any other place I couldn't get her

I don't know what it was that upset her
Was it my Armani sweater
I pawned my wedding ring to buy the goddamn thing
I thought I would look so much better

Now life without her is an endeavour
This was meant to last forever
It's all Giorgio's fault that I was enthralled
And our love has been pushed through a shredder

She brushed my hair
She washed my face
With morning dew

Heather, I wasn't that clever
Heather, let's get back together
Heather, I wasn't that clever
Heather, let's get back together
Heather, I wasn't that clever
Heather, let's get back together
Heather, I wasn't that clever
Heather, let's get back together
Track Name: TRUE TALL STORY
Hey you
I got a tall story to tell
It’s true
Except the facts may be wrong

I saw
Right on the porch of my house
A squaw
Wearing a polka dot skirt

Why on earth
Would someone wear
A polka dot skirt?

She said
I got it from my mother-in-law
Too bad
The dots didn’t match with her shoes

Okay
Got a can of paint in the fridge
Child’s play
To solve the problem right now

Why on earth
Would someone wear
Shoes that don’t match her skirt?

I wish
I didn’t have to tell you this
Fresh fish
Is what I got for fixing her dots

I swear
I learnt my lesson that day
Don’t care
’bout mismatching shoes no more

Why on earth
Would someone give me
A bucketful of fish
Track Name: FICTIONAL LIVES
I’ve seen you walking, pushing a stroller
It’s been a thousand years or a bit more
You’ve got some more wrinkles, in the eyes still a twinkle
There’s now a grey streak in your once pitchblack hair

I know you’ve been round, seeing the world
It seems to me that you’ve seen enough
You’ve got yourself married, you’ve got 16 children
But you don’t have me, now that’s hard to ignore

Who would you be if you had chosen me
Would I be true if I had chosen you
Who would you be if you had chosen me
Would I be true if I had chosen you

We’d live in a castle, have plenty of servants
A waiter would fall in love with you
I’d go fishing daily and play ukulele
And wouldn’t care we’d be drifting apart

We’d grow old together, look after each other
Have cats and dogs and a budgerigar
I’d sprinkle the lawn while you pickle a swan
That would keep our bellies full for a year

Who would you be if you had chosen me
Would I be true if I had chosen you
Who would you be if you had chosen me
Would I be true if I had chosen you

We’d live on the streets, hustle for food
You’d carry a sickly child in your arms
Wearing rags, looking for shelter
A dying spark of hope in our hearts

Who would you be if you had chosen me
Would I be true if I had chosen you
Who would you be if you had chosen me
Would I be true if I had chosen you
Track Name: RUN TO ME
Dream on my sweetheart
Dream on bout me and see how the tide recedes

I’ve never felt closer
Closer to you
Than now that we’re fading away

So take your courage and run
Take all your courage and run, run to me

I’ll dream on my darling
I’ll dream about you and see how our our shattered hopes bleed

You’ve never felt closer
Closer to me
Than now at the end of our way

I’ll take my courage and run
I’ll take all my courage and run, run to you