Samsara: The Sketches

by Vivek Shraya

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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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Track Name: The Pacific
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
Track Name: Borders
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
Track Name: Cut
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
Track Name: Devotion
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
Track Name: Madrid
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
Track Name: The Machine
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
Track Name: So Much Love
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
Track Name: Love Is a Gun
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"
Track Name: Cement
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