The Seven Seas

by Elephant Stone

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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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Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more. ... more

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Track Name: Bombs Bomb Away
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
Track Name: How Long
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My Love, why are you so withdrawn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…
Track Name: I Am Blind
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
Track Name: The Seven Seas
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…
Track Name: The Straight Line
(instrumental)
Track Name: Blood From a Stone
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)
Track Name: Oh, Heartbreaker
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
Track Name: A Morning Song
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
Track Name: Don't You Know
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?