Trees Go On Growing, That’s All (2019)

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01 “WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?”

There are no more butterflies
under my t-shirt.
There are no more stories
to tell each other.
I sip my wine. You drink your beer.
Love is not here.

What’s in your dreams?
What’s on your mind?
Where do you go to
When you close your eyes
and you smile?

Every morning you take the train to stay away from this silence.
Everything i take a chance to stay awake with my music and science.
We sleep in different bedrooms,
and it doesn’t feel weird.
Love isn’t here.

But what’s in your dreams?
What’s on your mind?
Where do you go to
When you close your eyes
and you smile?

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva


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02 ТАНЦУЙ

Ты мой Млечный Путь, я твоя Андромеда.
Жизнью моей по чуть-чуть, не оставляя следа,
не грозя бедой, не замедляя бега,
становишься.
Сквозь хаос седой
мчатся Арктур и Вега.

Пять миллиардов лет – как одно мгновенье.
Пять миллиардов лет ждать чуда прикосновенья,
вглядываться, не пряча лица,
верить неизбежности
космического танца,
таять от нежности.

Танцуй,
танцуй о том, о чём словами не рассказать.
Твоё и моё одиночества
притяжения суть превратит в сияющий квазар.
Танцуй, смотри мне в глаза.

Ты мой Млечный Путь, я твоя Андромеда.
Мне с рукава стряхнуть звёзд твоих пыль и недо-
сказать трёх слов,
но ты задержишься до утра
и позабудешь вдруг, что я тебе не сестра,
не дочь, не мать, не жена,
вернёшься с порога и на
один космический миг
заменишь собой мир.

Танцуй,
танцуй о том, о чём словами не рассказать.
Твоё и моё одиночества
притяжения суть превратит в сияющий квазар.
Танцуй, смотри мне в глаза.

Ты мой Млечный Путь, я твоя Андромеда.
Где твоё жало, смерть? Ад, где твоя победа?

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva


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03 SOLITUDE

Solitude.
I glide like a boat from one shore to another,
not sure if I will be back.
I met you
right after the storm when I lost my ways,
my eyes full of salt and my sails all torn.
I trusted your headings –
the tongue and the looks of a stranger to guard me from solitude –

dead calm seas.
Close your eyes and breathe.

Days and days
we travel in silence.
Your colours fly over my mast,
I forget where I’m coming from.
I can’t tell the sky from the water:
I may well be drowned,
and I feel we’re not heading home –

dead calm seas.
Close your eyes and breathe.

Love me deeper than ocean’s
abyss keeps its secrets,
Hold me, hold me strong,
so I don’t float away,
so I’m not carried away by cold currents of solitude.

Solitude.
I glide like a boat from one shore to another,
I carry the gold of my children’s souls,
I carry the silver of prayer for those who got wrecked,
but I know we’re soon switching roles.

Dead blue seas.
Close your eyes, just breathe.

Love me deeper than ocean’s
abyss keeps its secrets,
Hold me, hold me strong,
so I don’t float away.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

 


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04 CASSANDRA

 

Your lips are moving,

But there’s no sound,

No one hears you.

 

Your faith was strong,

But the curse is stronger,

No one believes you now.

You cry for help,

But people pass by,

People look past you.

 

You wear a smile,

So no one sees you,

No one knows you now.

Watch me. See me.

Listen. Hear me.

Stay. Believe me now.

And I’ll believe in you.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

 


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05 IS ANYTHING WRONG?

I used to say
I’m ready, show me the way.
Then another year or two
Would pass me by.

Is anything wrong?
Oh, love, is anything right?
And how will we know
Will time make us wise?

People outside
They know just what to do,
They look at me,
And they think that I know too.

Is anything wrong?
Oh, love, is anything right?
And how will we know
Will time make us wise?

I’ve found a home:
Now will life begin.
I can wait another year or two,
But not one moon more.

Is anything wrong?
Oh, love, is anything right?
And how will we know
Will time make us wise?

 

– Song by Lhasa de Sela

 


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05 NOBODY

Nobody hears
the grass growing.
Nobody hears
the time running out of space.
Nobody hears me crying my heart out.
Nobody hears,
Nobody hears.

Nobody cares
for world shrinking.
Nobody cares
for dreams coming so untrue.
Nobody cares for me being so still.
Nobody cares,
Nobody cares.

Nobody sees
the Earth slowing,
Nobody sees
the light raining through my skin,
Nobody sees my Lord’s angels coming.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

 


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06 DISSOCIATION

Just one kiss, one touch,
I can not go on like this anymore.
It’s just one way, I swear, do I ask too much when the winter seeps through each door.
One….

Hurt me bad,
Make me feel alive.
I’m going mad,
Kiss me, hurt me, save my mind.

Just one word,
if you don’t want me why won’t you let me go?
It’s been too many moons since I remembered how to dream and who I was.

Dissociation – so hard to live, so easy to lie,
This situation – no heart to leave, not time to die.

Hurt me bad,
Help me feel alive.
I’m going mad,
Kiss me, hurt me, save my mind.

Dissociation…

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

 


 

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07 НЕБОЛЬ

 

Напоминай мне, пожалуйста,

Что я волшебный, как лес,

Что я весёлый, как дерево,

Серебряный хвост,

Что я никто и нигде,

Паровоз и вуаль,

Корыто с яблоком сонным,

Подсолнечный нос.

 

Напоминай мне, пожалуйста,

Что будет пион,

Велосипед и термометр,

Слон и манжет.

Что я тот мальчик и бабушка,

След от колёс,

Что я зажмурючь от боли,

А это не боль.

 

– Lyrics: Dina Barinova. Music: Alisa Apreleva

 


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08 RAIN

 

Wait for me until I’m back

From the land of green and gold,

Let the daydreams stay untold.

 

Wait until I learns to see

Through the looking glass of time –

Now it hurts my eyes and I’m

Crying.

 

Right before the dawn

The night is at its darkest.

Dive into colourful world

Of the morning dreams –

For there’s that you belong.

 

Pray for me before the dark,

Say my name to silent streets.

You’re my glorious defeat.

 

Hide your face into the rain,

Take a breath, then let me go,

When the silence starts to grow

Through your heart still longing

To never be lonely.

 

Right before the dawn

The night is at its darkest.

Dive into colourful world

Of the morning dreams –

For there’s that you belong.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

 


 

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09 TREES GO ON GROWING, THAT’S ALL

 

I told you

I could see the time flow through

the tress as they grow, but you said

you could not understand,

and I could not prove it was true.

 

Hurt people hurt people.

Don’t you worry: we’ll keep it a secret.

Go anywhere, I’m easy to find,

You are forever mine.

 

You told me

There was no reality

Beyond what you say, count and touch,

The rest ain’t much –

Oh, was it so hard to see?

 

Hurt people hurt people.

Don’t you worry: we’ll keep it a secret.

Go anywhere, you are easy to find,

You are forever mine.

 

Nights and days

Felt like dancing on the blades,

Yet I was the one to blame,

The words were in vain,

So we danced whilst the music played.

 

Hurt people hurt people.

Don’t you worry: we’ll keep it a secret.

Run anywhere, you are easy to find,

You are forever mine.

 

When you pain

Started growing though my mind,

Started bleeding through my veins,

I had no place to hide

And I knew there was no escape…

 

Hurt people hurt people.

Don’t you worry: we’ll keep it a secret.

Run anywhere, you are easy to find,

You are forever mine.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

 


 

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10 ABOUT LOVE

 

Starting low,

Just an inch behind your heart,

It will slowly

Take your days and nights apart,

Like a gleam of the weightless pain,

Like a razor-shaped splinter of absolute happiness,

It is about love,

About love…

 

My days are so long,

I’m drowned,

The hours are above my head,

I’m counting to seven –

So nothing ahead could hurt your dreams anymore.

I’m so happy, so free underneath this ocean of time.

And it is about love…

 

Waves of the warm wind

Are lulling my fears to sleep,

As I walk down the streets,

As I’m reading the faces of people,

As I’m making myself a promise

to never get back to the blue,

as I’m thinking of you.

 

Day adjourns,

And the nightfall brings my mind astray,

Taking turns, memories come and disappear

To let me go my way

To the fields of the golden glow,

Where no one is a stranger,

Nor need there’s to count the days,

Where all is about love.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

 


 

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11 TIDES

 

You make me happy

Like nobody ever before,

When I think back, oh,

I didn’t know how I wished for

Someone to make me sing.

 

I’m growing stronger

Since very first day that we met.

Trust does take longer,

But I  know I’ll never regret

That our dreams took wing.

 

River is flowing,

I know where it’s going and how.

Tides of tomorrow

are turned by the magic of now.

 

You make me wonder –

Something I missed for  a while.

Dark mourns outnumbered

By ways I can make your soul smile –

And I let you fly.

 

River is flowing,

I know where I’m going and how.

Tides of tomorrow

are turned by the magic of now.

 

You make me happy –

‘Cause you are setting me free.

 

I’m done pretending,

I see what I can be,

I know I have no one to fear.

Still I wish you near.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

 


 

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12 GUIDE YOU HOME (LULLABY 2)

 

If only I knew

you were there,

If only I could

reach out through the salty air –

Then only one word could save my world.

 

The flesh and the bones,

you know I couldn’t fly,

But I could sing a

 

Lullaby – to help you sleep,

Lullaby – to touch you deeply,

To take you home…

 

I had many names,

But you’ve found the one.

For so many days

I’ve gasped for the sun,

From so many roots

Straight up to the sky

Flies

 

Lullaby – to help you sleep,

Lullaby – to touch you deeply,

To take you home…

 

But when our days pass

I will let you go,

For I do not know

How to hold on.

 

I’ll sing a lullaby

To say goodbye,

Lullaby

To make you smile,

To guide you home.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

 


 

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13 ПРОСТЫМИ СЛОВАМИ

 

Тревога и боль

Вдруг невесомей пуха.

Пойду по воде – тебе помашу рукой.

Так тело и кровь становятся плотью и духом.

Мы встретимся снова – запомни меня такой.

 

Простыми словами, маленькими шагами.

Под ногами – переулки московской весны.

Закатами спелыми, лёгкими облаками.

В твоём инстаграме – мои вчерашние сны.

 

Я слушаю ветер, считаю минуты – где ты?

Навстречу небу раскрыты ладони мостов.

И соль на губах, и улицы пахнут летом,

А значит – Питер, а Питер это любовь.

 

Простыми словами, маленькими шагами.

У нас под ногами – переулки весны.

Закатами, спелыми яблоками, облаками.

В моём инстаграме – твои лёгкие сны.

 

Простыми словами, маленькими шагами.

У нас под ногами – переулки вечной весны.

Закатами, морем, яблоками, облаками.

В твоём инстаграме – мои ожившие сны.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

 

 


 

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*14 TOMATO WOOD

 

Memories overflow his lonely days:

All the bad goes, and all the good stays.

Wood and rosin, sips of sunny air –

He has no place to go, but he doesn’t care.

 

Playing in the streets he watches people passing by,

He wonders why

They never smile.

Purple birds are growing silent in the sky,

Song of the strings’s making me cry.

 

She will come exactly 10 to 4,

Glance at the clock, open that door.

She will disappear and he will play

He’ll talk to the sun, he’ll smile to the rain.

 

Walking in the streets she watches people passing by,

She wonders why

They never smile.

Purple birds are growing silent in the sky,

Song of the strings’s making her cry.

 

Dancing in the streets I watch the people passing by,

I wonder why

They never smile.

Purple birds are growing silent in the sky,

Song of the strings’s making me cry.



– Music: Pyort Akimov. Lyrics: Alisa Apreleva

*Will not be performed in the USA

 

 


 

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*15 WHAT WILL YOU HEAR? / CAMOMILES

 

To be defined.

 


 

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16 SING!

 

Sing
in the face of fear,
in the light of day,
in the name of love.

Pray
till your lips crack dry,
till you need not hide anymore
behind the words.

Live
as if you could fly,
as if you were blind and then saw
the sky
full of stars…

Speak
as if words could cure,
as if time’s flown through you,
leaving nothing but the sound.

Sing
in the face of fear,
in the light of day,
in the dark of night,
in the name of love.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva


 

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17 ТАМ, ВЫСОКО

 

Там высоко-высоко,

За ширмой из василькового шёлка,

Звёздных брызг молоко.

Ангелы смотрят, прищурившись, в щёлку веков.

 

Если закроешь глаза,

Ты в тишину окунешься по плечи.

Чувствуй песок под ногами и вечер,

Выдох и вдох,

но потом – возвращайся назад.

 

Я обещаю лететь

Выше, чем сосны старинного парка,

Выше, чем боль и чем смерть…

Я не боюсь не успеть –

Только держи меня за руку.

 

– Song by Alisa Apreleva

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