Samsara: The Sketches

by Vivek Shraya

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1.
04:44
I know that we both are the same, you and I I know that we both carry the same light So I talk to myself the way I would you And I hold myself the way I would you 'Cause what I feel is not fire Not a flame to burn for a few days Not passion, but more like the Pacific I know that I could have come any way So from the mouth of the sun, as a boy, I came And I know I could have come at any time But I made sure that our paths would be aligned 'Cause what I feel is not fire Not a flame to burn for a few days Not passion but more like the Pacific Whatever you are, let me know it Whatever you'll be, let me own it And what I feel is not fire Not a flame to burn for a few days Not passion but more like the Pacific Open and vast and vacant for you
2.
03:33
Sometimes he comes to visit me The ghost of your past love to taunt me All the things I will never be As long as you're trapped in his memory Don't say a word I know you still hurt So I guess I'll wait Sometimes I dream you're next to me And the borders between us are imaginary All the things I could be Are trapped in your uncertainty I know this will hurt Don't know if this will work So I guess I'll wait I've been second before, I'll be second again Every second it takes, I guess I will wait Sometimes I sail the ocean fearlessly No need for a compass, just some company All the things that are meant to be Aren't trapped by borders or history So I guess I'll wait
3.
03:45
Cut my heart open to see If you still lingered inside me Now I want to trade this heart in for another I want to wear the clothes of another And I have done everything I can But I can't simulate love Cut off all my hair and my youth After you had run your fingers through I wanted to feel the warmth of another Can I forgive myself for this desire? And I have done everything I can But I can't simulate love Cut me open and you would know That I am more than the skin that clothes me Music and blood I want to know there is no other I was in it for the long haul Now I look for love in every wall But I can't simulate your love
4.
03:04
Like a rose I am wilting I can barely lift my head off the floor Lover I'm holding on no more O mass of flesh, release these bones This spirit wants to hurry home Like a dream We were timeless In your kindness I found a sea Sweet ocean, embrace me The secrets of my past lives Dissolve into your crashing tides For lives more precious are few Let there be no life without you
5.
03:29
Centuries of my lonely architecture Crumbled with one kiss Perfect woman, perfect desire Let me ask you this Would you carry my future in your womb? And every sunset and midnight moon? Centuries of my lonely fabric Was ripped with three words I had been sworn to silence But somehow I heard Would you always save me with your smile? Share this life even for a while? Simple things wear heavy masks Maybe this is too much to ask But I want to watch your wrinkles grow Build a home and let you know That centuries of my lonely travels Ended the day you were born Perfect woman, perfect marvel Every century from now is yours
6.
03:16
It's just one of those days Remembering the machine What is mine, in my mind? What is lost, what is resigned? All I have is this feeling It won't be long now 'til this car I'm driving crashes That's why I drive so reckless It's just one of those mornings You can see it in my heroin eyes Blue and black and beaten But I am not defeated 'Cause I have is this feeling It won't be long now 'til this car I'm driving crashes That's why I drive so reckless What do you do when you realize Your life is America? All the waters in all the seas Couldn't wash your America free
7.
03:42
You left me Scattered our things and lives By the riverside Drove away, the highway wide Didn't see me running behind Now I know that love made you blind But didn't I say Bear not my burdens But bear with me? I wronged you I scattered our maybes Over the Mississippi I thought that something was missing A something fantasy of nothing Now I say Bear not my burdens But bear with me And if I can't have you for myself Then neither should anybody else I left you With my scattered remains as proof Of my guilt and truth And I guess good things can be said If all we ever did Was kill each other with So much love
8.
What is left after the wreckage? Just the mark of your tires printed over my chest Where you ran me over, baby You run me over I guess it was me that crossed the street Me that said: "If love is a gun, then take my life" What is left after the night? Just the mark of your absence on my mind You keep me from eating, baby You keep me from sleeping I guess it was me that crossed the street Me that said: "If love is a gun, then take my life" What is left after enough time passes? I was terrified that I couldn't live without you Now I'm terrified that I can, baby I'm terrified that I can I guess it you that was the smart one You that said: "If love is a gun, then let me go"
9.
03:26
The land is dying, my love And God is sleeping, my love All we have are these hands to touch each other into life The oceans are dying, my love But I have enough tears to quench your thirst All we can hope is that we dry together in this wet cement I know I could make it alone I know I could make it on my own But I set my house on fire, my love To share your shelter, my love All I can do is hold you by your feet and say please I know I could make it alone I know I could make it on my own But you remind me of home Or at least the way home used to feel long ago Long ago, do you remember freedom? Do you remember freedom? Or we were always in this bind? The land is dying, my love I can feel it in my blood Should you ever decide that you want out You will never see me again

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A single-voice, single-guitar project.

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released October 26, 2002

Written by Vivek Shraya.
Produced by Vivek Shraya & Greg Johnston.
Guitar by Greg Johnston.
Vocals by Vivek Shraya.

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