Songs from Bed

by Arnavah

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about

11 original songs carry you into a world of lovers, dreamers and meditators. Recorded in Kenya, with a stellar lineup of Kenyan musicians, the album is a unique, worldly blend of folk, rock, blues and afro-fusion, replete with Arnavah's 'touching voice - exotic and familiar at the same time' - and powerful lyrics.

' “This music will take you out of yourself.” Often said - rarely achieved. Finding music that takes you to another place is, for some reason, becoming increasingly difficult. Just when I thought it was only an experience from my youth ‘Songs From Bed’ by Arnavah took me somewhere else.' - Folkwords review by Tim Caroll www.folkwords.com/albumreviews_78658.html

Other listeners describe 'Songs from Bed' variously:
- timeless
- warm and soulful
- meditative, thoughtful
- compelling rhythms
- great vibes, soothing and uplifting

Songs from Bed is an album to kick back and relax to, to take on a road trip, and yes, to listen to in bed.

The full album download includes a digital booklet with lyrics

Thanks for listening. Have a seat. Lie down. Be sure to check out at least a few different tracks because there's various styles and sounds on the album.

In the hope that this music gives you many hours of pleasure.

Peace and love

credits

released June 7, 2012

All music and lyrics by Arnavah (Nathan) Krystall

Arnavah - Lead vocals (all tracks), guitar (1,2,3,4,6,7,9,10,11), programming (3)
Emmanuel Uzele - Guitar (1,2,4,5,8,10,11), bass (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10), backing vocals (1,2,5,6,7,8,10)
Isaac Anyanga - Percussion (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9), additional vocals (4)
Joseph Hellon - Saxophone (1,8) and flute (9)
Morris Kavisi - Drums (1,3,6)
Hugo de Groote - Violin (11)
Kombo C. Burns - Guitar (3)
Xu Ying - Backing vocals (11)
Kibby Kenneth Mocho - Programming (3,5,7)

Recorded at Indigo Productions, Nairobi
Executive producer: Arnavah

Co-produced and engineered by Indigo Productions (Abbi Nyinza, Kibby Kenneth Mocho), Emmanuel Uzele and Arnavah

Mixed by Kibby Kenneth Mocho, assisted by Arnavah
Mastered by Barry Gardner at www.masteringmastering.co.uk

Original cover art by Thomas Mairura Obutu
Concept and design by Arnavah and Vismaya Nice Genise

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Track Name: With a Smile
How do you write a song without music
How do you whisper a song that is not heard
How do you hum a tune without a melody
How do you sing a song without words

How do you open your heart without another
How do you fall in love with the whole wild world
How do you see everyone as perfect
Every man every man every woman boy and girl

Watch it all fade away
Tomorrow or today
It’s only gonna stay for a while
Watch it all fade away
Tomorrow or today
Watch and sing it with a smile

Whoa-oh-oh
Ah-ah-ah
Whoa-oh-oh
Watch and sing it with a smile

How does a worm float into a butterfly
Tell me, how does lotus rise up from the mire
How does light penetrate the darkness
So clear, so gentle, so fine

How do you open your heart without another
How do you fall in love with the whole wide world
How do you see everything as perfect
Every way, every path, every turn

Watch it all fade away
Tomorrow or today
It’s only gonna stay for a while
Watch it all fade away
Tomorrow or today
Watch and sing it with a smile

Whoa-oh-oh
Ah-ah-ah
Whoa-oh-oh
Watch and sing it with a smile
Track Name: All Ways
Staring into space
gazing at the moon
all so far away
and it’s coming soon

It’s a long flight
across the endless sky
it’s a hop skip and a jump
through the universe
oh yeah we’ve been gone so long
oh yeah we’re almost there

So wander and forget your name
travel till you lose your home
let the sun and stars be the only compass
for your heart

And all ways
all ways
all ways
roam

It’s a long flight
it’s a hop skip and a jump
through the universe
oh yeah, we’ve been gone so long
oh yeah, we’re almost there

So dance across the burning desert
whirl with the coming storm
fall in love so often
that you lose your mind

And all ways
all ways
all ways
shine

Staring into space
gazing at the moon
all so far away
yeah it’s coming soon

So all ways
all ways
all ways
fly….high!
Track Name: Tell Me
Tell me how to sing this song
Tell me how I can’t go wrong
Tell me how to make it long
with you

Tell me where I gotta go
Tell me whether fast or slow
Tell me what I have to show
to you
so you
can know it’s true

Tell me how it is for you
Tell me what I gotta do
Tell me what I have to show
to you
yeah you

You can tell me in words
You can tell me in smiles
You can tell me today
You can take a while

Tell me what is in your heart
Tell me why we’re far apart
Tell me how to make a start
with you
Xu Ying

Tell me tell me tell me baby
Tell me tell me tell me tell me baby
Tell me tell me tell me baby

Yeah tell me
Yeah tell me
Yeah tell me
Track Name: Love on Holiday
Your eyes are in the mountains
your hair is in the night
birds are singing of our love
our hearts will never die

(Chorus)
Is it love that lasts forever
is it love that wants to stay
is it a full-on heart connection
or is it love
just love
is it love
love on holiday

Your taste is on my lips
your shape is on my bed
footsteps echo in the hall
when will we meet again

(Chorus)

Your dreams are on my pillow
your scent is within grasp
words are travelling in between
the future and the past

(Chorus)
Track Name: To the Bone
too hot
in the sun
too hot
in the shade
if not
for the sea
our love
would fade

too late
in the night
too late
in the day
if not
for the wind
our love
would decay

and it’s turning me
our love’s burning me
to the bone

too wet
in the bed
too wet
on the ground
if not
for the sand
our love
would drown

too set
in our ways
too set
in our lies
if not
for the fire
our love
would die

and it’s churning me
our love’s burning me
to the bone

too tight
in your arms
too tight
much too close
if not
for the sky
our love
would explode

too hot
in the sun
too hot
in the shade
if not
for the sea
our love
would fade

and it’s learning me
our love’s burning me
to the bone
Track Name: Helpless for You
Waiting hesitating praying to confess
Send it through the airwaves, post a kiss
Helpless in the darkness, words can’t express

I could play it, I could say it, I could tell the world about you
I could shout it, sing about it, it couldn’t come close to you
Helpless in the darkness, blackness turns to blue

If only you knew me you’d stay far away
If only you knew me you’d be here to stay
Cos there’s so many hearts, a thousand different selves
So much heaven, sometimes disguised as hell

I could play it, I could say it, I could tell the world about you
I could shout it, sing about it, it wouldn’t be you
Helpless in the darkness, helpless for you
Helpless in the darkness, silence will do
Track Name: Can You Stop the World
Can you stop the world
it’s moving way too fast
I want to smell the sound of spring
make love in the grass
bless the flowers that we grow
before the future’s past

I want to feel the taste of night
I want to rest assured
I’ve done all that a man can do
so baby can you stop the world

Can you stop the world
have we lost control
our feet are worn the brakes don’t work
the joke is getting old
it’s time we got each other’s back
and put the past on hold

It’s time for a closer listen
it’s time the hearer’s heard
if time is an illusion
then baby can you stop the world

Can you stop the world
be silent and be still
open up the heavens
using just your will
open up your mind
and watch it from a hill

Don’t speak another sentence
not another word
just answer me this question
baby can you stop the world

It’s time for a closer listen
it’s time the hearer’s heard
if time is an illusion
then baby can you stop the world
Track Name: A Song
There’s a song in the sun
lighting our way
singing yes
there is love today

There’s a song in the moon
shining bright
singing yes
there is beauty tonight

There’s a song in the trees
a song in the stars
a song everywhere we turn
there’s a song in the seas
a song in our hearts
we’ve just gotta listen and learn

There’s a song in the rain
showering down
singing yes
there is peace all around

There’s a song in the air
a song in our breath
singing yes
yes yes

There’s a song in the trees
a song in the stars
a song everywhere we turn
a song in the seas
a song in our hearts
we’ve just gotta listen and learn
Track Name: Shangri-La
A minstrel played a flute last night
music blew the sands
into a web of black and red
a tale of far-out lands
I tossed and turned in bed last night
like a prisoner behind bars
and all that I could dream about
was going to Shangri-la

I’m taking the bag from under my bed
the one that’s always there
I’m packing my things in the dead of night
I’m wondering what to wear
I hear they dress in rainbows
they sleep beneath the stars
and all they do is dance and sing
over in Shangri-la

I’ll be riding on the slow train
or in a caravan
with tambourines and violins
and a magic gypsy band
My sweetheart is in Kathmandu
or maybe Pokhara
I might see her on the way
on the way to Shangri-la

It’s my final destination
a never-ending trip
you know there ain’t no turning back
once the flame is lit
You don’t need to say goodbye
you’re right here in my heart
I’m taking you all with me
all the way to Shangri-la
Track Name: She is the World
She doesn’t know what day it is
but she knows when it’s gonna rain
She puts her hands upon my breast
to wash away the pain

She shivers when I touch her
she whispers in my soul
Her kiss is everlasting
she makes my body whole

(Chorus)
She is the desert
the mountain and the sea
She is the world
a mystery to me

I see her in the forest
I see her in the trees
I see her before she disappears
and leaves so quietly

Does she live next door to me
or on the other side of town?
Is she wearing blue jeans
or a silk white wedding gown?

(Chorus)

She rides into a fairytale
she hop scotches through time
She flies on a flamingo
she dances on a rhyme

I see her in the clouds
I see her in the sun
I see her everywhere
and in everyone

(Chorus)
Track Name: Waiting for You
in my mind
in the night
we are together
tight alright
but in the day
in the sun
we’ve not yet set out yet
taken the plunge
but as surely as poorly
as this chime rhymes
it’s a matter of fate
a matter of time
and if you ask me
why i’s on the shelf
and if you ask me
why i’s by myself
i’s just waiting for you
waiting for you
to come along

when i was a boy
i had me a girl
she deposed me foreclosed me
heart unfurled
unraveled i traveled
to timbuktu
didn’t know then
i was looking for you
from year to year
face to face
all disappeared
without a trace
like a seed among weeds
that’s never been sown
and if you ask me
why i’s all alone
i’s just waiting for you
waiting for you
to come along

there was a time
i was on the run
abandoned my shoes
laces undone
shipped out hid out
ten miles underground
where the harlot wore scarlet
the preacher frowned
i saw you arrive
looking half-hypnotized
the vagabond from beyond
behind those brown eyes
a refugee an accessory
from way out of town
and if you ask me
why i never settled down
i’s just waiting for you
waiting for you
to come along

from a 12-string to a 6-string
to a spanish guitar
i’ve played on the street
serenaded a bar
a thin violin
felt pretty darn good
but not half as good
as this old chunk of wood
a banjo in durango
almost settled the score
a harpoon in khartoum
left me crying for more
by a lone saxophone
i was nearly bewitched
and if you ask me
why i never got hitched
i’s just waiting for you
waiting for you
to come along

this love’s the last love
the love of my life
many have been there
as husband and wife
but there’s no hurry no worry
to put up my boots
and the turtle he crawls
in a shell not a suit
the ocean in motion
swells up and subsides
one day you’ll float in
on one of these tides
don’t mean to presume
don’t wanna assume
but if you ask me
why i’s still on the moon
i’s just waiting for you
waiting for you
to come along

waiting for you
waiting for you
waiting for you
to come along