amber smith (2012)

by amber smith

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released February 21, 2012

Imre Poniklo - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Oszkár Ács - bass, vocals
Bence Bátor - drums
Zalán Póka - keyboards
Gergely Szabados - additional guitars

erhu on track 5 by Gábor Cserkész
guest vocal on track 4 by Enikő Hodosi
backing vocals on track 7 and 9 by Eszter Polyák
strings arranged by Dávid Vesztergombi

Recorded at Metropol Studio, Magyar Rádió and amber smith rehearsal room 2011 by Dániel Sándor and Eszter Polyák.
Mixed by György Ligeti except track 2 by George Shilling
Mastering by ABNornal Studio

Artwork by José Simon -

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Track Name: Unanswered
So that’s where we finally meet
Though you don’t belong to this city
Your eyes are reflecting fear
„Oh God, please don’t make me bitter”

Your smile was not sincere
And you tried so hard to stay witty
The last thing you said to me
„Now you win, but i’m not sure who’s the victor”

Wait - i’m not asking you now to explain yourself
But you have to understand, i won’t descend
Any lower, anymore
For now, it’s like a myth you cling to, always uncomfirmed
Like the catholic God you pray to, unanswered
For how long
Should one hope?
Track Name: Square 1
She’s the kind of girl, you never meet but you want to know
It’s a sudden urge, getting under your skin, oh honey
It’ s a pleasant burden, something you can have but you can never own
But if the chemicals work, she’s taking you where the dogs are running

You can tell me anything,
When you’re out of wit and you can’t proceed
You’ll be calling me
To get things done
There’s nothing i can guarantee
But the times we have, oh the fun we’ll have if you stick by me

It’s a slight return, it’s a mystery that you’ll never solve
When you’re stuck in a twirl, sitting in the bathtub, smoking
Like a love that hurts, like a song that hits too close to home
If you bear it well, she’s bringing you the soothing morning

Don’t tell me that, you just can’t stand
The mess we’re in, ’cause i know well
You love it when, you get attached
And you can have, your drama, and in the end’re crawling back, to start again
Track Name: Bourbon and Soda
She was my soul sister, driving away, on an American highway
She was my soul sister, driving away, like an American highway

But that’s nothing a little Bourbon and soda wouldn’t fix
But that’s nothing a little Bourbon and soda wouldn’t fix
Track Name: Faster than the speed of light
You’ve taken me
To a place i never had wished to be
And though i was aware of the fact
we’re changing
I never shared your belief
That what we’ve been
Will slowly fade away with time

I’m not trying to make a statement, or reach consent
I lost my will to look into your head
We’re equally right or wrong, so let’s face it, and embrace it
You can’t deny the past, it’s still there

So sing with me
song as if they’re meant for you
Days when maybe you were true
You can see
The first day of your life
If we leave
Faster than the speed of light
Track Name: Ise
On one of the last days
You slept in a wet room
Wishing you were back home
With a new life in your womb
We locked in ourselves there
Nowhere to go to
And I can’t really blame you
You had that animal instinct always

But that’s why I loved you
Even losing myself
Not that I had to
But that’s fine as long as
You know what not to do
But I’m not supposed to
Stressing over something’s gone

Now how much I hate it
What I had praised that
You can’t break the circle
And everything comes back
If I could’ve perfected it
Just like Bill Murray
Though that couldn’t have saved me
For my father made sure that one day
I’m back into my pieces
I can’t escape it
So I guess that’s it for me
Call in the builders
It’s time for restructuring
And when I’m ready
I’m still the same, yet I’m something new

…so, my body starts breathing
With paint so comforting
And hundreds come to see me
To witness the glory
Of perfect recycling
It’s mankind’s small victory
Over mortality
So drink with me, cause
You don’t need to warn me
Won’t get too excited
I already foresee
Get to the point when
I can’t resist and
I let you destroy me
But I shouldn’t worry
Another 20 years will come soon
Track Name: If i had a reason
These are the days when the golden streaks
Of sun cut through the open spheres
Erase the books and useless words
And songs that will be never heard

These are the times we’ll live our dreams
We’ll rule the caves, for trees extinct
We’ll find our peace in shadow where
The sun won’t burn us into ember

These are the days our holy scripts are
Slowly sinking into the sea
Time for us to abandon work
And cherish life, what it’s worth

These are the days we’ll grow our wings
To get away, but no one seems
To mind there is nowhere to go
And it’s too late to fight our war

These are the times for the choir to sing
The song we kept in our memories
The time to neglect all your chores
As nothing matters anymore

If I had a reason not to worry
I wouldn’t write these words, believe me
If I had a reason not to worry
But I see your eyes are already burning

Let me be the first to go
Track Name: Your life is my death
Another desperate night
Can’t get my head around
Your list with all my crimes
Stare at the wall, calling your name
I know you’re still not sleeping
But I’m not sure you hear me…
For all the times you cried
How I must change my life
You can’t stand seeing me writhe
It’ll take more time
To find you again
I’m waiting for that Thursday
But there’s one thing that stops me:

Your life is my death but if i
need to decide
I will stay, stay---
You may dislike, but i stand my
Ground and i won’t get away, away
day and night,
In and out
I feel like I’m running round and round
“Just one more time” -
With my mouth so dry
I know I ask for this every time
But you seem so fine
With your new-found pride
When we could have had a whole lifetime
But you expect me now
Just to get by
With old photographs and regretful sighs
You’re my shrine
But I know I
Built you once on blood-stained ground
If I look outside
At the melting sky
Is that the sign how I lose my mind?
Well, I had died
So many times
So what’s the deal if I’m straight or a liar?
So take my life,
You decide
How to stop this, cause I need to stop now

You say, “I want to see you try
Either/or, I don’t mind”
With an obnoxious smile
It seems you’re convinced, I was born yesterday
You add – it’s worth living
But there’s one thing that concerns me:

Your life is my death and I might add
Even if I go insane
No one sees why
I won’t move despite
Our life leads me to the grave, grave
Track Name: Cinnamon in my pocket
The year of paper
When we were closer
I thought i found myself, while i was shattered
Reading your letter
Now i know better
With gravel in my shoes
I couldn’t have got away

It’s kind of funny
When you’re pushed to the edge
You find what it takes to survive
If you’re fine, i’m happy
Though you still have to learn,
How to look straight into my eyes

The year of leather
we drifted further
Another way of life - can’t really blame her
Though i’m still battered
What does it matter?
With cinnamon in my pocket
I know i’ll be okay

…i know what i said, but i’m actually stronger without you
I admit there are things i regret
Ad things you did that i’ll never understand

I made my point, i hope one day it gets to you
So let me tell you a memory instead
And i will keep your picture in my had
Track Name: Hong Kong falls
A winter day
Yet felt like it was summer
The humid air’s just partly to blame
I led the way
A path that we discovered,
Hours from the city we stayed

But i’m not mad
I’m not mad

For as long as i am breathing,
nobody can take this day from me

How we laughed
Supporting each other,
though it was getting harder to breathe
I grabbed your hand
You said we’re not just lovers, but friends
-and i was fool to believe it

But i’m not mad
I’m not mad

For as long as i am breathing,
nobody can take this day from me