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The Opposite Side Of The Sea

by Oren Lavie

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Jason Norwood
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Jason Norwood Like probably thousands of other people, I discovered Oren Lavie through the stellar video for "Her Morning Elegance". His vocals are incredibly warm and emotive, and it's not just "...Elegance" that impresses me--it's one of the finest song collections I've heard in quite a while. Favorite track: Her Morning Elegance.
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Anthony Childs Classy. Textural. Well-produced. Subtle. Interesting lyrics that probably work well without the music (always a bonus). He's overdue for a new album in my opinion. As in, I'm looking forward to it. Favorite track: Locked In A Room.
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released February 1, 2007

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Track Name: Her Morning Elegance
Sun been down for days
A pretty flower in a vase
A slipper by the fireplace
A cello lying in its case

Soon she’s down the stairs
Her morning elegance she wears
The sound of water makes her dream
Awoken by a cloud of steam
She pours a daydream in a cup
A spoon of sugar sweetens up

And she fights for her life
As she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain
As it pours

And she fights for her life
As she goes in a store
With a thought she has caught
By a thread
She pays for the bread
And she goes...
Nobody knows

Sun been down for days
A winter melody she plays
The thunder makes her contemplate
She hears a noise behind the gate
Perhaps a letter with a dove
Perhaps a stranger she could love


And she fights for her life
As she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain
As it pours
And she fights for her life
As she goes in a store
With a thought she has caught
By a thread
She pays for the bread
And she goes...
Nobody knows

And she fights for her life
As she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain
As it pours
And she fights for her life
As she goes in a store
Where the people are pleasantly
Strange
And counting the change
As she goes...
Nobody knows
Track Name: The Man Who Isn't There
Look at the sky
It belonged to a guy
That I know
And I thought I forgot
Long ago

Look at the trees
Didn’t stop at the top
Not for him
Used to borrow the wind
For a walk

Look in his eyes for a dying flare
Look for the wind in his yellow hair
And pretend you
See the man who
Isn’t there

Look at the sea
Used to save all his waves
For hellos
Used to climb
Up his highs, down his lows

Look at the birds
Used to flock as he walked
Through the street
Used to fly down
And march at his feet

Look in his eyes for a dying flare
Look for the wind in his yellow hair
And pretend you
See the man who
Isn’t there

Look in his eyes for a dying flare
Look for the wind in his yellow hair
And pretend you
See the man who
Isn’t

There.
Track Name: The Opposite Side Of The Sea
On the opposite side of the sea
The opposite side of the day
The colors are brighter and glee
The people unusually gray

On the opposite side of the sun
The ground is too hot to stand on
Too hot to stand on so they run

On the opposite side of the waves
The edge of a town to be saved
And quiet by night it’ll keep
For those who still dream
There’s no sleep

On the opposite side of the sea
You’ll find her
But the waves will pull you under
On the opposite side of the sea
You’ll find her
But the waves will pull you under

On the opposite side of the wind
A woman is wearing it thin
The opposite side of her skin

On the opposite side of the blue
Some people are waving at you
They say it is love that they’ve got
You’re almost convinced but you’re not

On the opposite side of the sea
You’ll find her
But the waves will pull you under
On the opposite side of the sea
You’ll find her
But the waves will pull you under

Reach your hand out
Someone’ll take it
Strip you down and leave you naked
That’s what they do to strangers, you see
That’s what they do to strangers, you see
On the opposite side of the sea
Track Name: Locked In A Room
Locked in a room
With a sink and a broom
And the walls are all white
But you think it’s all right
Because of a wonderful picture
Of a bridge which is covered with frost
And a man comes across

Locked in a room
It is nothing but walls
And you search for a chair
But there’s nothing at all
And the one thing you find
When you look at the floor
Is a key but there isn’t a door

Now that you’re locked in a room
There is room to assume
You are there for a cause
You’re not sure what it was
When you’re locked in a room

Locked within a room, a memory
Locked within a room you stand
Locked up away, with no light of day
Locked in a room you begin
To find your way out
You find your way in

Locked in a room
With your memory far
You don’t know where it is
But you know where you are
In the dark of a room
With a wall out of which
Comes a lamp but there isn’t a switch

Locked in a room
It is small, it is not
It is empty and cold
So you fill it with thoughts
Of a wonderful nature
And in various sizes, you doubt
You could think your way out

And now in the room,
‘cause you’re locked
And the moon is no clock
And when nobody’s speaking
The silence is ticking
When you’re locked in a room

Locked within a room, a memory
Locked within a room you stand
Locked up away, with no light of day
Locked in a room you begin
To find your way out
You find your way in

Locked in a room
With a sink and a broom
And the walls are all white
But you think it’s all right
Because of a wonderful picture
Of a bridge which is covered
With frost
And a man comes across...
Track Name: Ruby Rises
Ruby rises at dawn
With a sigh and a yawn
And a dream lingers on
In her dream she’s a swan

With a cloud over head
Ruby swims out of bed
She removes from her hair
Monsters made out of air
And she screams with no sound
As her feet touch the ground
As her feet touch the ground

She’ll be a morning shadow
She’ll be a morning shadow
With the sun that rises
She dematerializes

Ruby rises at dawn
With a sigh and a yawn
And you search for a trace
But there’s none in her face
Of the thoughts that she keeps
They are lost in her sleep
They are lost in her sleep

She’ll be a morning shadow
She’ll be a morning shadow
With the sun that rises
She dematerializes
Track Name: A Dream Within A Dream
The road stretches on
From unknown destination
Across open streams
Through fields of carnation
It enters a city, a building
It stretches ahead
It stops at the feet
The feet of his bed

He’s aware of a small inclination
A dream in a dream
He pays no attention
Oranges hover
And faces all over
He knows
Is how the dream goes

Caught within a dream
Within a dream
A man within a man
Caught within a thought
Within a thought
And oceans so deep
He will drown in his sleep

The wind whistles low
And the windows are yielding
The telephone rings
In the opposite building

A voice with a likeable,
Unrecognizable air
It runs in the walls
It isn’t quite there

He’s aware of a change in the weather
A dream in a dream
He’ll think of it later
A wonderful melody line
That he couldn’t quite get
He couldn’t remember
He’ll never forget

Caught within a dream
Within a dream
A man within a man
Caught within a thought
Within a thought
And oceans so deep
He will drown in his sleep
Track Name: Trouble Don't Rhyme
If you only had been physical
But you’re cynical
And you won’t let as much as a touch
Be a touch

If you only had been lyrical
But you’re logical
And it’s making you sore
When I talk metaphors

‘cause trouble don’t rhyme
Trouble don’t rhyme
Well they do sometimes
They do sometimes

If you only had been curious
Not so serious
And your grammar is right
But your structure is strong
And nothing belongs

‘cause trouble don’t rhyme
Trouble don’t rhyme
Well they do sometimes
They do sometimes

If you only had been physical
But you’re cynical
Track Name: A Short Goodbye
Sweet melodies
Breaking on a sullen ear
Will endear
And bring memories
Sweet melodies

Sweet melodies
Cross an ancient battle field
Soaring still
And clean memories

Say a short goodbye
A short goodbye now
A short goodbye now...

Sweet melodies
At a trembling finger stroke
Will evoke
A skin memory
Sweet melodies

Sweet melodies
Paint a quiet evening pale
And a trail
Of white memories

Say a short goodbye
A short goodbye now
A short goodbye now...
Track Name: Don't Let Your Hair Grow Too Long
Don’t let your hair grow too long
Leave your yellow raincoat on
Don’t get wet
But don’t get warm
Don’t change the time on your watch
Always reach, but never touch
Stay a picture on the wall

Don’t let your step grow too bold
Don’t let your hands go too cold
Don’t forget, but don’t recall
Keep that distance in your stare
Leave your step up in the air
Always near but never there
And stay a picture on the wall
Track Name: Blue Smile
Black clouds in battleships
Are covering the sky
The sky a purple cry
A philharmonic sigh

The sky would disappear
The sky would disappear
You know it’s somewhere near
Today you wouldn’t share the sky
...is gone

Goodbye
Blue sky
You made me happy for a while
And how you gave me
Your blue smile

A bird is often heard
And hardly ever seen
A sound that’s sweet and round
And lingering between...

A sailboat by a pier
The sky that disappeared
You know it’s somewhere near
Today you wouldn’t share the sky
...is gone

Goodbye
Blue sky
You made me happy for a while
And how you gave me
Your blue smile
Track Name: Unhidden Track: A Quarter Past Wonderful
Too late, somehow
It’s quarter past wonderful now
And I say
What have we done to ourselves
I mean, what have we done?

Got nothing new
Telling me, telling you
And the sky isn’t blue
Like the blue that we knew

Don’t know how
But that
Something extra delicious
Something sweet but nutritious
Something good
But I guess that we blew it
I mean I guess that we knew it
I mean I guess that we did

Don’t ask me how
It’s quarter past wonderful now
And I say
What have we done to ourselves
I mean, what have we done?

Got nothing new
Telling me, telling you
And the sky, it is clear
But it’s no longer here

Don’t know how
But that
Something extra delicious
Something sweet but nutritious
Something good
But I guess that we blew it
I mean I guess that we knew it
I mean I guess that we did