Ocean Noises

by Kevin Olken

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released March 1, 2011

Vocals and Guitar: Kevin Olken
Drums: Skylar Adler
Bass: Bob Raymonda
Trumpet: John Cummings
Violin: Alexandra Jenkins
Cello: Lawrence DiBello
Produced by: Graham Stone

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Track Name: Samsara
Samsara

I’m falling down the walls again
And I can’t tell my only friend
From the water, white flames
We swam, we swam

Ocean noises in my sleep
The words you speak distorted swear the secrets you won’t keep
Automatons with toys and guns and elephant megaphones
Playing the eraser on your breath
And in your home

And I can’t feel my bones
Can’t see the worlds with the creeping souls
Wandering the streets with cardboard signs
Yelling answers at the questions of the passerby
Those fickle fading figures hanging on your mind

I’m falling down the walls again
And I can’t tell my only friend
From the water, white flames
We swam
We swam

By Kevin Olken
Track Name: Rainbows
Rainbows

Wake my little child
Sheep won’t put you out
And your pills
Won’t wake you up
Won’t wake you up

Attics in my mind
The rooms I’ll never find
Doors that lock
I think about
I think about

Let the fire in

Sit down my mechanic mind
To test the ribbons that I tie
I try
To come undone
I come undone

Rainbow pills and fucked up dreams
Distort the value of what I see
Is real
It’s all real
Real to me

By Kevin Olken
Track Name: Monoliths
Monoliths

I got all I know from you

I lost my hand on all my friends
gone and forget the times I had with them
time keeps creeping in, keeps creeping in

I had something in my head
explaining the colors of blue green and red
but lost in sunlight and drowned at sea
I lost what it meant and I think it lost me

and all your prisms and all your crimes
step in the light sun rise and shine
to all your days left hung to dry
all that you see and all that you cry

I got all I know from you

I had something in my head
explaining the colors of blue green and red
but lost in sunlight and drowned at sea
I lost what it meant and I think it lost me

and all your prisms and all your crimes
step in the light sun rise and shine
to all your days left hung to dry
all that you see and all that you cry

By Kevin Olken
Track Name: Hidden Doors
Hidden Doors

I woke up out of sync
Human tears human thoughts I think
no more
I woke up beyond the grave
of all our promises we made
but never kept

The doors locked now
I’m not coming back

You move this way
You move like colors soaking up the fray
On my blanket
On my head
In those memories
When I go to bed

The doors locked now
I’m not coming back

Those thoughts I had thought
Long ago I don’t know
If I think them now
Maybe I don’t know
Where they go
or where I go

I woke up out of sync
Human tears human thoughts I think
no more
I woke up beyond the grave
of all our promises we made
but never kept

The doors locked now
I’m not coming back

By Kevin Olken
Track Name: Carry On
Carry On

run my fingers on the tide it comes
like frozen figures in the cold ocean
we fall into a grave that floats brackish stains
like ribbons on the water how they carry on
carry on

we watch the fields growing thick with it
rise up and we might breath with it
go fuck and we’ll be born with it
living unaware we will carry on
carry on

who are we
fooling
we are strangers
to ourselves

By Kevin Olken
Track Name: Time is Telling
Time is Telling

Dance a thousand circles
Dance the ice age off
Walk down the walls

To endless desolation
Radical revolution
has escaped our past
and fallen down at your feet
Stand up stand up stand up
Ravin in the clubs in the cave in your hot air balloons
Stand up stand up stand up
If its the last thing
We do

Time is telling
Falling in a spell
The bells are ringing
Bring me back to hell

No no no
The wolf lies toothy grins
Little red
Riding hood when will you begin
The wolf lies toothy grins
Little red
Riding hood when will you
Begin your journey home
While your grandmother sits
And dies alone
Alone

It doesn’t matter how it ends
It doesn’t matter how it ends
It doesn’t matter how it ends
It doesn’t matter how you end
It doesn’t matter
It doesn’t matter
It doesn’t matter
It doesn’t matter how you ends
but we all know
how it
begins.

By Kevin Olken