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Down at The Root

by Nana Adjoa

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Gergie One of my all-time favourites. Love the combination of rythm and melody, and what a great voice! Already had the limited LP, but now also in my digital collection :) Favorite track: Late Bloomer.
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Trevor Exter Nana Adjoa is an incredible writer and performer. I first heard her on KCRW and immediately proceeded to buy the albums, this music is graceful, funky and original. Amazing. Favorite track: The Resolution.
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1.
Carmen 03:52
This girl, Carmen, my friend Born safe, dead end She used to talk a lot of, girl stuff Her eager bluff, wasn't quite enough So she defied the night, like a shooting star Only to fall, with her unlucky charm Giving away pieces, of her complete body Little by little, no grace no glory Giving away pieces, of her complete body Little by little Mary was born a virgin, and died a whore Seeking solace to her soul Comfort and money from men Men who’d manage, to ignore So she fell in love with that one son Who already gave away everything Giving away pieces, of her complete body Little by little, no grace no glory Giving away pieces, of her complete body Little by little, no grace no glory My friend Carmen, godsend Born safe, dead end She lost her challenge, she lost her charm Lost hope, for her heart to mend She's in love with a dead man yeah she's in love with a dead man
2.
This gut feeling has returned You can’t ignore it while it burns We’ve grown together as one, Now a single cell, splitting up You gave me all I desired It took everything to get higher It’s time to give the deep-six When you don’t crave for that last fix Oooooh This eternal knot that we’d tied Has loosened up, right on time Cause I don’t want to hurt you no more Seems all that I’m good for Yes I’m biting the bullet hard, And try to keep up my guard This time there is not gonna be A last one who laughs, alas we agree Oooooh Tone down the defense Stop keeping score Please believe me, we deserve more Keep a memento, Sweet memories, Don’t you ever break our reveries This dissolution Don’t make me proud Better to let go then keep up broken vowes The resolution, Beats the doubt, I’m finally ready to say it out loud
3.
Three 04:10
Three new souls, made by two. They remain part of you. Most of all, a trinity, Whole. Each on their own, the nest they've flown. All three, the same, so free, they roam, Through the Bermuda triangles of love. A ghost that haunts your holes, She’ll fill them when you’re going to let her unfold. It's so much more than blood we share, a weight So much more than blood we shed, we gain So much more than blood, runs through these veins Three strong seeds, and eager eggs A petri dish, the biggest prayer All they need are three wishes Came true X & X & X & Y Similar shapes but different wires Equal in their deep desires of love. A ghost that haunts your holes, She’ll fill the voids with all you’ll ever need to know. It's so much more than blood we share, a weight So much more than blood we shed, we gain So much more than blood, runs through these veins Hear me out, sister, the blood we share, red and warm Listen in, brother, the blood we shed, a wet alarm Birth to life and death, next of kin, don’t mean a thing, until You’ll win, lose, forgive, and when all three is done, you’ll know Three new souls, made by two. They remain part of you. Most of all, a trinity, Love A ghost that haunts our holes, She’ll fill the voids with all you’ll ever need to know.
4.
When all truths seem to be temporary And youth slowly starts to lose it's headiness I pursue, one last charm Down at the root, where no harm is done Cover your ears and eyes Blinding Infinite black horizon Blind me It takes two, to make it through the woods that we're all in But you know you're on your own When all you hear are your echo's calling In pursuit of, one last charm Down at the root, where no harm is done Follow them way down Hiding The root of a true howl Howling oooooh when the wait was long But now you found Hiding Infinite black horizon Blind me
5.
Late Bloomer 03:32
It’s been so long since we’ve talked I’m trying not to stumble over my words Your smile and your grin, hasn’t changed one bit How I wish, I’d known that you would be here To you, I’m still a child, while you’ve seen the world Got lost in the wild, so you haven’t heard I’ve started to bloom, late bloomer Hour by hour, late bloomer Flower by flower I’ve grown I’m taking my time, taking my time, honey I’ve grown I’m taking it slow, taking it slow, honey I’ve grown It has taken a turn, taken a turn, honey I’ve grown I’m taking my time, taking my time, honey I used to let it all go to waste. The world, got used to her bitter taste. The thirst, the dust, I left my plants to die But this seed has outgrown it shy. I’ve started to bloom. I’ve grown I was a small town kid, and you’ve seen the world Stepped out of the grid, so you haven’t heard I’ve started to bloom, late bloomer Hour by hour, late bloomer Flower by flower I’ve grown I’m taking my time, taking my time, honey I’ve grown I’m taking it slow, taking it slow, honey I’ve grown It has taken a turn, taken a turn, honey I’ve grown I’m taking my time, taking my time, honey
6.
Honestly 03:22
Honestly, we'll never see it coming. Well I’ll keep watch, you keep the motor running Such a waste of effort and you know it It’s impossible difficult to disarm a bomb in disguise So when it goes off, let it explode Honestly, we’ll never hear it coming. A sirens scream grows out of sweet sound humming Followed by a blast so loud and numbing There won’t be any time left to tell a fella why So let it go now, it’s out of your control People telling you the threat is ever growing People believe that they’re really in control of it People preparing for the things they don’t know and it’s The oldest story in the book overtold, and the People keep telling you the threat is growing People believe that they’re really in control of it People preparing for the things they don’t know and it’s The oldest story in the book overtold, and the
7.
No Sleep 03:28
Both eyes closed, no sleep Counted passed a thousand sheep But in and outside this head Nothing will stop And it’s all right The early morning always comes through And wakes you from your dreams to soon I broke my clock But the ticking will never stop And it’s all right These grey times, praised as golden You and I, both know they are over Honey, it’s over Lights off, dreams on Me, you, in a time-out zone For as long as it lasts Nothing beats this it’s the best Yeah it’s all right Deep in the night, forgot all I knew And awoke to soft morning dew For those with their eyes shut Everything might seem new Guess it’s all right. These grey times, praised as golden. You and I, both know they are over. Honey, it’s over These grey times, praised as golden You and I, both now it’s an omen Honey it’s over Honey it’s over Honey it’s over Honey it’s over
8.
Part of It 03:42
A Bar A Church A Place you’re finally being heard Tell them The truth You’re a liar, is that so absurd? Like you, wanna be a part of it Like you, wanna belong a bit Like you, I want to recommit Like you, Like you Old friends Pass by While you’re still waiting down that line Too bold Too shy The errors left in our design Like you, wanna be a part of it Like you, wanna belong a bit Like you, I want to recommit Like you, Like you Like you, wanna be a part of it Like you, wanna belong a bit Like you, I want to recommit Like you, Like you

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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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