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Big Dreaming Ants

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1.
You know how to shout and pray, and wave your pitchforks, You know how to barricade your classroom doors, You know your Lord, and how he’s awaited You know this revolt of yours will never get old or antiquated You know the words to your national song You know the melody, and you ride it along You know you don't feel, feel it at all You know the drill, drilled to belong You know your opinion, and you know how to sell it You know all your life you've been living on credit But you don't know the value of the cards you've been dealt You know the words to your national song You know the melody, and you ride it along You know you don't feel, feel it at all You know the drill, drilled to belong You know the words (words) You know the melody (melody) You know the drill, drilled to belong
2.
Words bend, coming out of your mouth Bullshit, through the tourist route A dissonant chord, Your battle sound. Your last reward, Has been handed out. Your cardboard castle is coming down. Your cardboard castle is coming down. Your cardboard castle is all worn out, Your cardboard castle White lie paint, smeared on your outsides Still wet, it will never dry You’re a smokescreen saint, with your pretend high I'm done with it, I see through your lies Your cardboard castle is coming down. Your cardboard castle is coming down. Your cardboard castle is all worn out, Your cardboard castle
3.
Throw Stones 03:10
Try not to see red, Count back from ten, until I land, take a deep breath. Leave your little lion's den. no I'm not going to throw stones I'm not going to let go of my veiled violence How could you tell? Was it the bottled-up smell? Does it really show? The thing that scares me most. I won't (won’t) I'm not going to throw stones (stones) I'm not going to let go of my veiled violence My mission to recognize, tons and tons of liquid lies, Takes me to the boiling point, Take in everything, overflowed But I won't (won’t) I'm not going to throw stones (stones) No, I'm not going to let go and vent my violence no (no) I'm not going to throw stones (stones) I'm not going to explode and vent my violence Count back from ten, until you land.
4.
No Room 03:29
There ain't no room left in my mind. There is no room, left to fantasize, I imagine my way out, of this cubicle life There is a chance, where you assume, there ain't room. Talking to a voice, on the other end, There's a big mess....message been sent, Through the phone held hostage in your hand When you're on and when you talk, you leave no room. Keep your silence Signals, all mute Your feedback siren Leaves nothing to choose Out of touch Just mono output A single thought, Just mono output There ain't no room left in my mind. There is no room, left to fantasize
5.
How long is a month? hours, minutes, by the ton some 30 solo nights where low 'n high tides, Take turns, as she pulls. Hanging on, beyond the sky. And I'm trying. Can you see her, at large My lonesome solution Wherever you are In lesser light pollution How big is the moon? How heavy her heart, When she thinks of me, Or am I guilty of wishful thinking, Anything, to get me through, this waiting game, waiting on you While she keeps on hanging on her crater-filled body, oh Can you see her, at large My lonesome solution Wherever you are In lesser light pollution How long is a month? Some 30 solo nights, until a new moon sheds her light, She's out of my reach, She's out of my sight, invisible in the blue, But I cannot hide, How much I miss you, How much I miss you, how much, how long, how heavy, how big Can you see her Can you see her
6.
Every Song 03:44
Every song, is already copied Every emotion, already embodied Every word, has been overheard Every rhyme, has been deferred Every song, has been rewritten Everyone, has learned it different Every accord, three dots dimmed Every war, each a hymn Every verse, has been called with response Every chorus, has been prolonged
7.
Brothers and sisters Lend me your ears Listen to my story Of love and death I felt deep in love With her and her heart The girl of my dreams You know what I mean Love and death Walk hand in hand The way to the grave To the grave Is just the same Love and death Walk hand in hand The way to the grave Is just the same On our wedding day She gave me a kiss With tears in her eyes It was the kiss of death Love and death Walk hand in hand The way to the grave Is just the same Love and death Walk hand in hand The way to the grave Is just the same Love and death
8.
Two arms, strong enough, to keep me in She doesn't mind, from time to time, she lets me win A torn up, rule book, that is who she is Her unplanned blue tattoo, that is what you miss She's stronger than you Hauls it all on her own Stronger than you Better at holding on, and letting go She’s stronger than you A diamond to the bare bone She’s stronger than you Inside, of your eyes, she sees your tears She is a big sponge, soaking up, the blood we spilled Her voluntary, free love, that is what you miss She's stronger than you Hauls it all on her own Stronger than you Better at holding on, and letting go She’s stronger than you A diamond to the bare bone She’s stronger than you She’s stronger than you She’s stronger than you She’s stronger than you
9.
Look away, or I'll see right through. The power plays, all rigged by you. Hang my head, as cowards do. With all heads bowed, Shepherds turn into sheep, somehow. Who do we look to now? New or old ornaments don't fool me. I'm colonized, I know the hive, I am that bee. And I have learned to pretend, that I know how it feels to be free. With all heads bowed, Shepherds turn into sheep, somehow. Who do we look to now?
10.
White, silver stripes, Blue dot, black star. Big dreaming, little ants, It’s just, who we are. Square circles, running ‘round, on spare parts. I want to change, our future, stop a war. I want to change, I want to change what's to come I want to change, I want to change the book I want to change, I want to change the subject I want to change, into... Deep red, old flags, from the past, hanging down. And the joy, the joysticks, Army of drones, homeward bound. Clean green, green screen, on my phone, I'm allowed. To change, our future, my future, from my couch. I want to change, I want to change what’s to come I want to change, I want to change the book I want to change, I want to change the subject I want to change, into... I want to change the way I feel I want to change the way it looks I want to change my attitude (I want to change) My initials, my name (I want to change) A butterfly in a cage (I want to change) and you want the same (I want to change) I want to change direction (I want to change) I want to change, a raw resurrection (I want to change) and you want the same (I want to change) I want to change

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released September 24, 2020

BIG DREAMING ANTS

All songs written and composed by Nana Adjoa except “Love and Death”
“Love and Death” written by Ebo Taylor
All songs produced by Wannes Salomé & Nana Adjoa except “No Room”
“No Room” produced by Wannes Salomé, Nana Adjoa and Tim Schakel

NATIONAL SONG
Nana Adjoa: Bass, double bass, percussion, guitars, synthesizers, piano, and vocals
Wannes Salomé: Additional keys and programming
Mats Voshol: Drums
Jonas Pap: Violin, viola, cello, and double bass
Thijs van der Klugt: drum engineering

CARDBOARD CASTLE
Nana Adjoa: Bass, double bass, percussion, guitars, synthesizers, piano, and vocals
Wannes Salomé: Additional keys and programming

THROW STONES
Nana Adjoa: Bass, double bass, guitars, synthesizers, piano, organ, percussion, and vocals
Wannes Salomé: Additional keys and programming
Mats Voshol: Drums
Jonas Pap: Violin, viola, cello, and double bass

NO ROOM
Nana Adjoa: Drums, percussion, bass, guitars, synthesizers, piano, organ, and vocals
Wannes Salomé: Additional keys and programming
Tim Schakel: Guitar

IN LESSER LIGHT POLLUTION
Nana Adjoa: Drums, percussion, double bass, guitars, keys, and vocals
Wannes Salomé: Additional keys and programming
Jonas Pap: Violin, viola, cello, and double bass
Eelco Topper: Vibraphone

EVERY SONG
Nana Adjoa: Drums, beat programming, percussion, bass, double bass, synthesizers, organ, harmonium, and vocals
Wannes Salomé: Additional keys and programming

LOVE AND DEATH
Nana Adjoa: Drums, percussion, bass, guitars, synthesizers, piano, and vocals
Wannes Salomé: Additional keys and programming
Daniel van Loenen: Trombone
Lisa Lukaszcyk: Additional vocals

SHE’S STRONGER
Nana Adjoa: Drums, percussion, bass, guitars, synthesizers, piano, and vocals
Wannes Salomé: Additional keys and programming

WHO DO WE LOOK TO NOW
Nana Adjoa: Drums, percussion, bass, guitars, synthesizers, piano, Philicorda, harmonium, and vocals
Wannes Salomé: Additional keys and programming
Eelco Topper: Vibraphone

I WANT TO CHANGE
Nana Adjoa: Bass, guitars, synthesizers, piano, percussion, and vocals
Wannes Salomé: Additional keys and programming
Mats Voshol: Drums and percussion
Jonas Pap: Violin, viola, cello, and double bass
Thijs van der Klugt: Drum engineering

Recorded at Studio Kluizenaar, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Studio Kabaal, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Mixed by Peter Kriek [Lost Orchestra]
Mastered by Alex Geurink
Artwork: Shop Around

Special thanks to Wannes Salomé for recording this album with me, zooming in at the details and out to see the bigger picture, and making the process so much easier, smoother and fun! Also, a special thanks Dennis Van Leeuwen and Sydney Miller, for helping me make this album a reality.

P+C 2020 Bloomer Records
All songs Published by Day Four Publishing (adm. By Cloud 9 Music BV)

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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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