Hungry Ghost

by Aly Tadros

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1.
Rivers 03:21
I Collect Rivers Left my home on the Rio Grande in a sleepy desert town 17, a pitcher full of dreams and the thirst to wash it down Some people build up picket fences The certainty of stone Some people got driftwood riddled in their bones I, I Collect Rivers Broke my heart on the Delta blues up and down the Mississippi 2am in a smokey bar slinging songs at anyone listening Some people drown themselves in lovers The comfort of a drink Some people just keep moving, swim before they sink I, I collect rivers Had tea by the Bosphorus Floated the Nile Met a good man on the Hudson He asked for a child I said I can't sit still I don't want to leave Waiting on the waters To wash over me I can’t sit still, no I don’t want to leave Waiting on the waters To lead me to the sea Lead me to the sea I, (x4) I collect rivers
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do do do do do do, ohhh There’s a pit-pit patter of footsteps up the floorboards It gently wakes me awake The radiators singin' And the tea kettles screeching This kind of silence is new There's a beep up the street like, do do do do do do Garbage truck preaching their blues I’m right at home Settled as stone in the loud silence of the city in the loud silence of the city So just try and shake me with your bills and your laws stacked up higher than God I'll write me a lick To the street sweeper’s hiss Cause, this kind of silence is free There's a beep up the street like, do do do do do do Garbage truck preaching their blues I’m right at home Settled as stone in the loud silence of the city in the loud silence of the city Richer than a king Smarter than a scientist Fatter than a cat Fuller than the moon In the loud silence of the city in the loudest silence of the city - do do do do do do, ohhh (x4) There’s a pit-pit patter of footsteps up the floorboards It gently wakes me awake The radiators singin' And the tea kettles screeching This kind of silence is home.
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You will meet at a cafe On a Sunday afternoon When she leans in to kiss your cheek Your chest will start to bloom You will tell her she's beautiful Meaning every word She will laugh, and let you hold Her hand in yours This is how you This is how you Find your way into her heart This is how you This is how you Lose her As you wander up and down Bars on Houston street She will wrestle off her guard Shed it piece by piece And in the back of crowded bar You will kiss her slow Press her up against your scars She will get too close This is how This is how She'll find her way into your heart This is how This is how You lose her And all of the stories you've told yourself On the shelter of being alone If no one can reach you No one defeats you Leave her out in the cold When she tries to get through Burn the road behind you. This is how (x6) you lose her (X2) Silence is your best defense against her Silence is your best defense against her This is how (x6) you lose her (X2)
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Your Escape 03:05
Say you need a break from the nine to five I got what'cha need (Make you feel alive) I got the red dress you got the time I want some mischief and you, my dear look so good tonight I'm not looking for forever And you're looking like today You could be my dirty secret I will be your escape. I think I've got your bit of bliss abuzz in my fingertips Like the quiet before a kiss no, no, no, no Don't be afraid of it I got the red dress you got the time I want some mischief and you, my dear look so good tonight I'm not looking for forever (for forever) And you're looking like today (like today) You could be my dirty secret (your escape) I will be your escape. I'll get you where you want to go Don't you wanna feel less alone Your secrets safe with me here. Cause i got the red dress If you’ve got the time I want some mischeif And I’m gonna bet You got a real dirty mind I'm not looking for forever And you're looking like today You could be my dirty secret I will be your escape Let me be your escape.
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I count the freckles on your skin to pass the time until you wake up again your constellations are my meditations The silent stars that draw me in Don't need a lullaby I've got my peace of mind Lying with you by my side I'm higher than the moon tonight I wonder what it is you see, what are you dreaming, stirring in your sleep? Your every motion ripples in the ocean that pulls you closer into me Don't need a lullaby I've got my peace of mind Lying with you by my side Don't need a lullaby I've got my peace of mind Lying with you by my side I'm higher than the moon I’m higher than the moon I’m higher than the moon tonight.
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Alberta 04:28
Your hearts hid out Like the sliver of a moon Under brooding skies it’s light fills the room Aint nothing for miles But perfect white snow Soldier, stay a while I hear it gets cold You could come inside Rest your head here Lay on by the fire You could come inside There’s nothing to fear lay on by the fire and when the storm rolls through I wanna take care of you Shelter you Cause I’m not afraid to bruise Your wounds and your wars They do me no harm Leave the fire to the stove, love I’ll keep you warm You could come inside now Rest your head here Lay on by the fire You could come inside There’s nothing to fear lay on by the fire and I’m not here to bandage you Lord knows I’ve been tempted to But I‘ve seen my share of battles too lived my life afraid to lose I want someone to see the winter through won’t you come inside Rest your head here Lay on by the fire Cause you could come inside There’s nothing to fear Just lay on by, lay on by the fire We’ve got nothing to fear love (x4) (oooooh) Your hearts hid out like the sliver of a moon But your light fills the room Still your light fills The room
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I'll egg on all your dirty jokes Forge the name on your doctor's notes Call in sick when we’re feeling fine Keep you out till the bars are closed Tumblin’ down like we’re dominoes Sing so loud someone calls the cops I will be your alibi Your partner in crime Your partner in crime We’ll make pancakes at dinner time Making out till we lose our minds Watch the sunrise till the sky explodes Your secrets will be safe with me Promise I won’t say a thing You and me up against the world I will be your alibi Your partner in crime Your partner in crime Heart is pounding Palms are sweaty I'm ready In the getaway car Road is open Eyes so steady If you let me I’ll get you far I will be your alibi Your partner in crime Your partner in crime Take my hand, I’m on your side Your partner in crime Your partner in crime You and I… Partners in crime
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A Good Man 02:54
He wasn’t groomed in the ivy league His walls aren’t framed with fancy degrees but paper don’t compare to chemistry A good man is good enough for me He doesn’t dress in Armani suits His wardrobes lined with Levi’s & boots but money can’t account for what he do A good man is good enough for me Been serenaded by the finest poets Wined and dined with Nobel laureates By the time morning comes to they all leave to find something shiny and new He’s never summered in Istanbul He picks me daisies, not antique jewels Oh, to leave him I’d be a fool A good man is Good enough for me Ran my luck against world-class champions Carved my heart for master craftsmen Trust me, girls, this one thing is true... They all just want somethin' hollow to screw He loves me simply, Loves me true he brings me coffee in the afternoon Keep the games, And the players too My good man is good enough for.. (x3) ...me
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You walk in and knock me off my feet A room so full and still you’re all I see Weaving through the crowd I hear my heart beat loud One word and I’m drawn into your lips Take a breath a breath and picture our first kiss Scenes of you and I Racing through my mind Slow this heart Slow this heart Since you left the room it’s pounding with a boom Slow this heart I could rest forever on your chest anchored by the rhythm of your breath hide all afternoon Let me lie with you Slow but steady I am ready Slow but steady Slow this heart Slow this heart Since you left the room it’s pounding with a boom Slow Slow Slow this heart
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Lift Me Up 03:37
Give me cheap merlot on Tuesday nights Gonna lose some sleep to the neon signs that Camel smoke all up in my hair I’ll burn more bridges than I care to say I like my coffee black, language obscene I'll trade all my secrets for shattered dreams Take a long swing of Jim Beam Fall to the curb Never lived saintly But I'll tell you, I've learned I've got nothing to prove Nothing to lose On my way down I’ve paid all my dues earn every bruise When I hit the ground Let the bottom lift me up Let the bottom lift me up I’ve searched for love in stranger's beds Lost count of the selfish things that I said Not asking forgiveness or an easy way out Lord knows I've been knocked down, But I'm standing now I've got nothing to prove Nothing to lose On my way down I’ve paid all my dues earned every bruise Until I hit the ground Let the bottom lift me up I’ve got to see the darkest part of me know I’m never going back again I’ve got to see the darkest part of me and know, and know, and know, I’ve got nothing to prove Nothing to lose On my way, On my way down I’ve paid all my dues Earn every bruise when I hit the ground I’ve paid all my dues Earn every bruise whenl I hit the ground Let the bottom lift me up (x4)
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Drink drank drunk I reeled it my sails and sunk Straight down your line And I hope that’s okay Write, roam, run Oh honey I’ve held that gun And don’t you grow tired Of firing at flames I shouldn’t be smoking And drinking alone But it feels so good To sit with your ghost I’ve been chasing A place of my own With so much road to go And you taste like home. Pretty face With a penchant for good mistakes Wanna lay down your arms And make a mistake with me Chalk it to whiskey nights Littered with neon signs And brace for the fall Heartache and all I shouldn’t be smoking And drinking alone But it feels so good To sit with your ghost I’ve been chasing A place of my own With so much road to go And you taste like home. You last like home So pin me down Screaming my name out loud I shouldn’t want it all But i need this Now : So I’m here smoking And drinking alone Cause it feels so good To sit with your ghost I’ve been chasing A place of my own With so much road to go And you taste like home. You take like home.
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Been picking away at my guitar for hours a melody to help you sleep one last lullaby to a heart beat falling out of time Too broken up to write a song with all the lessons you passed along Written in this note A few things I think I know now walk till you run out of road talk to folks everywhere you go think less about money and more about time Never save the good wine You drove your car till the wheels fell off Rusty sides and torn up seats I never realized You made that sacrifice for me Haggled down to the dime and all those years I called him cheap now I can see He saved every last dime for me walk till you run out of road talk to folks everywhere you go think less about money and more about time Never save the good wine Still hear you laughing from up the street you wouldn’t believe how it embarrassed me Some day I’ll find this note folded in between Photo albums and magazines Then I’ll realize You gave that damn laugh to me Walk till you run out of road Talk to folks everywhere you go Think less about money and more about time Never save Don’t you ever save Never save the good wine

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released December 2, 2016

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Aly Tadros New York

Take the cool intimacy of Norah Jones, the guttural growl of Fiona Apple, and unorthodox guitar work of Ani Difranco – and you’ve got Aly Tadros. The Half-Egyptian/Half-Texan songstress has performed over 700 shows worldwide since her 2009 debut.

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