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The Seven Seas

by Elephant Stone

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Born to a world of sorrow and pain Born to a time of so much disdain For those who find joy in the eyes of a child And beauty in light, and calmness of mind (Chorus) So, bombs bomb away And kill another man No thought of the cost Rebuilding the land So, bombs bomb away And kill some mother’s son Make sure to send a note Of how we had won So, bombs bomb away Bombs bomb away Blow them to dust Bombs bomb away Why do you think you must? Imagine a time of purity and peace Of body and mind, of land and sea But history has told of no such tale: “The gods did war with the demons in the air” Repeat Chorus Bridge A religion of man, if only we could see A life of hope and eternity No more war, no pain, no grief Transcending this shell, ascending to peace Repeat Chorus
2.
How Long 04:05
How long have you been gone My Love, why are you so withdrawn Alone am I can’t you see Do I need a sign to beg you please Come let’s go and leave this land To far-off shores without a sound Shout out and say what you mean Come out from this reality I know your heart is back home In time, together we shall roam Across the sea, to far-off lands Together we’ll be Just like we planned I know that the sun lies eastward I know where my heart belongs Back home where my love lies waiting Back home where we are one Day dawns and I’m still here Too far to reach and to see clear Your songs fill my heart Your highest peaks and your holy ghats Sing blackbird in the dead of night Lead the way and give me light I know that the sun lies eastward I know where my heart belongs Back home where my love lies waiting Back home where we are one How long can I wait for your touch? How long can I wait for your love? How long can I stay in this place? Back home is where I will wait…
3.
I Am Blind 04:12
I am like a wall Too high to hear your call I do not honour you Feeling two-foot small I hide within these walls I do not speak the truth I cannot face All the lies and the disgrace That we all know is true Still you wait for me No matter where I be I will come back to you I am waiting Till the day that I am free From petty, hurtful feelings I am blind, this you can see Speaking the sweet words To make the god’s souls stir I resolve to seek my truth Of you, me, and he All together are we I contend to follow you I cannot face All the lies and the disgrace That we all know is true Still you wait for me No matter where I be I will come back to you I am waiting Till the day that I am free From petty, hurtful feelings I am blind, this you can see I am blind, but you can see me
4.
I’ve lived a life of a thousand lifetimes Searched through land and sea and air Climbed the peaks of the Himalayas Scoured the abyss of the Dal lake I’ve sailed across the seven seas From Black to Red, from blue to green Crossed through all three worlds: Heaven, earth, and far-off shores But how long can I hold onto The love that I know is you? I’ve flown across the whole blue sky On the backs of winds up high Heard celestial sounds of Brahma Played from hearts of the Ghandarvas But how long can I hold onto The love that I know is you? And wait for the moment If only I was patient…
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(instrumental)
6.
I’m not the boy of seventeen I’m not the child that touched your feet Things have changed for you and me Not as we were and what we’ll be The love has changed, the love is new But nothing’s left for me and you Time’s run out, we’re on our own Love from you is like blood from a stone Time heals all Or so I’ve been told (uh-huh)
7.
Are you as foolish as you let on Who are you fooling Is it the stars above? Why must you do this Is in your hands? Where are you going Somewhere far? A promised land? Oh, you heartbreaker Commander and thief Left no trace But an empty space For us all But that’s a lot of love to let go Were you as simple a you had us believe Were you just fooling you and he? Please make peace Why did you leave us Was it something we said? Please come to great us In the end My dear friend Oh, you heartbreaker Commander and thief Left no trace But an empty space For us all But that’s a lot of love to let go All the wasted years Now I can see without any fear All the searching tears Hear my call I love you dear
8.
Love of mine, what gift of mine Shall I give to you this dawn? A morning song? But mornings don’t last so long The sun will rise behind those eyes And brighten a darkened day But like a rose This song will fade away Fleeting as it is, here we’ll stay On and on, we’ll sing a morning song A gift, a tune, never staying long Friend of mine the bells do chime To mark a brand new day A melody to get you on your way A gift like this is so easily missed No name to its tune Shining bright and leaving us too soon Turning days to gold and months to June On and on, we’ll sing a morning song A gift, a tune, never staying long
9.
You sold your heart for a dime You left when you had done your time But is it so? Don’t you know? Don’t you know? I loved you so Don’t you know? Don’t you know? You hurt the ones you love the most You walk through life like a ghost But is it so? Don’t you know? Don’t you know? I loved you so Don’t you know? Don’t you know?

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The Seven Seas is the 2009 Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut album by Elephant Stone.

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released May 5, 2009

Produced by Jace Lasek and Elephant Stone
Recorded and mixed at Breakglass Studios (Montreal, QC) June – October 2008
Additional recording at Mountain City Studios (Montreal, QC) by Adrian Popovich and Joseph Donovan
Mastered by Dave McNair at Masterdisk (New York, NY)
Album artwork by Chiraag Bhakta (pardonmyhindi.com)
Songs by Rishi Dhir © 2009 (SOCAN)
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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund for this project.

A special thank you to all our family and friends.
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Elephant Stone Montreal, Québec

Debuting a decade ago, the psych-pop creation of Rishi Dhir has released six critically-acclaimed albums, toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, been nominated for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and picked up praise from the likes of NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, Clash Magazine and more. ... more

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