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A Tale so Familiar

by Nana Adjoa

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1.
Opening the box, I hid from everyone
 Count the layers of dust, years coming off Carried the key close me, and I changed all the locks I lift the lid to unleash, my abandoned heart I put it away, from you
 I put it away, for good
 Tried to follow through Knuckles knocking on wood But a heart not turned to stone, Apparently can't be denied Her misplaced hope
 A long lost fight, cause Sometimes love is evil Sometimes love is evil
 A thousand tiny needles Sometimes love is evil My heart out on parole, looking for a loophole
 But you know in time, that you won't be in control
 A craving that can't be cured , a hole that never heals A shared desire, you know how it feels.. ..Feels like a burn,
 Hot and cold
 And you know how it goes
 People tend to get too close
 All those little boxes, buried away And they all look just the same small coffins, heart shaped
 Just in case, cause Sometimes love is evil Sometimes love is evil
 A thousand tiny needles Sometimes love is evil
2.
DOOA 04:33
The mother of my mother, breaths a sigh after 89 years living life
 She doesn't need to speak, to speak her mind That much I've learned in only 25 Still many years To become peers If grandma wants to say goodbye Hasn't she finally earned the right She says I don't need to be afraid, no Only of a death too long delayed Seems so surreal
 I don't know how I feel My first grey hairs have arrived
 No true love's yet in sight
 She lost her love long before his time
 And now she wants to join him in the endless night So the rules must bend she says Time to meet and greet the end Dying of old age
 A blessing so many hope awaits Body becomes cage
 A burden, are you ready to face Dying of old age
 A blessing so many hope awaits Body becomes cage
 A burden, are you ready to face Dying of old age
 Old bones broken by, the wait Body becomes cage,
 There is only one one final escape, escape
3.
Simple thing
 What does it mean
 To a king or queen
 To old and young
 In different tongues
 To no-ones and nomads Why am I so bad
 At simple things Simple thing
 To keep it light
 Break my wings
 While I'm in flight
 And I feel it now
 As I'm falling down
 There's something heavy about Simple things Make believe is trying to keep me from your side, from your side Fantasies, that run so deep
 to keep it light, keep it light Simple fling Child's play to you Elementary stuff
 You called my bluff
 Cause these invisible strings People seem to pull
 I want to see them too
 I want to feel aligned
 But I must be blind
 To simple things Make believe is trying to keep me from your side, from your side Fantasies, that run so deep
 to keep it light, keep it light In the clear, I disappear, I want you here
 In my wordless world, no strings attached, no marionettes Where I can connect, my idle wish, for your simple kiss Make believe is trying to keep me from your side, from your side Fantasies, run to deep
 to keep it light, keep it light
4.
Simmer Down 04:42
In this house you can let go of your lows Untie your shoes and cut loose, all tight ropes Eat my bread, drink my sweet ageless wine Close your eyes, believe me, don't ask why The fire burns, let it fight through the cold The record spins, it tells your tale, untold I know that you think you don't deserve Anything, certainly not love A tale, so familiar
 The pale face of failure Simmer down, all I need is your trust
 Slowing down your pulse and its rush
 Cause I've been here many times, so try and forget Anything, that is not worth your strength These walls are filled with old tales and small holes Pictures used to hang here, now their gone
 Their stories stayed, can you hear what they sing A victim's blues, how someone lost something A tale, so familiar The pale face of failure

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released August 22, 2019

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Nana Adjoa Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam-based singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa is a sonic explorer, armed with a deft poeticism and a fierce sense of musicianship. Behind the multi-instrumentalist’s bold approach to songwriting is an unflinching sense of curiosity and an openness to endless possibility. ... more

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