Love & Desolation

by Andrew Huang

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1.
04:26
i want to go all the way with you hold you close when you're feeling blue make you believe that love is true forever i'll make you a mix tape every day kiss your lips in the pouring rain i'm hanging on to every word you say forever ooh, girl you make me sing don't want to be apart, not anymore these walls are crumbling down to the floor don't want to be in love with any other lover, oh oh i want your love at any cost i'll jump in the sea and swim across climb to the highest mountaintops and shout your name i want to see the light that's in your eyes i'm waiting for you, standing here outside i'm holding up this boom box 'til i die, if that's what it takes ooh, girl you make me sing don't want to be apart, not anymore these walls are crumbling down to the floor don't want to be in love with any other lover don't want to be apart, not anymore these walls are crumbling down to the floor don't want to be in love with any other lover, oh oh i don't want to be alone again don't want to be out on the road again i don't want to wait until some perfect time i don't want anything to end with you don't want to be just a friend to you i want your love, and there's every reason why don't want to be apart, not anymore these walls are crumbling down to the floor don't want to be in love with any other lover don't want to be apart, not anymore these walls are crumbling down to the floor don't want to be in love with any other lover, oh oh
2.
i don't need to cry anymore it began so long ago, oh i don't need to cry anymore now i know it won't bring you home, no who told you that everything will be all right oh oh you want to know it oh you want to dream that everything will be all right oh oh everything will be all right carry you around in my heart but i feel your memory go, oh i'll carry you around in my heart i've got that heavy glow, oh who told you that everything will be all right oh oh you want to know it oh you want to dream that everything will be all right oh oh everything will be all right we'll lie dormant there's nothing that i want to feel anymore there's no such thing as real life real life was a dream i had of you we'll lie dormant there's nothing that i want to feel anymore there's no such thing as true love true love was a dream i had of you everything will be all right who told you that everything will be all right oh oh everything will be all right everything will be all right oh oh you want to know it oh you want to dream that everything will be all right oh oh everything will be all right
3.
i've wasted many days and nights trying to get the feeling right feel like an actor in my own life living like a parasite i don't need this poison or this pose baby, i don't need your ghosts your fatal reasoning's exposed i'm driving down a different road and now i'm saying aw yeah uh, i'm gonna get it right i'm gonna live it like everything is better now aw yeah uh, i wanna feel this good i know i can i should always and forever now i never look back i'm not holding on anymore i never look back i'm never coming back to this now i know what i'm dealing with been to the bottom of the abyss i know that it's so dangerous don't make me turn around and see anything you've done to me 'cause now i'm saying aw yeah uh, i'm gonna get it right i'm gonna live it like everything is better now aw yeah uh, i wanna feel this good i know i can i should always and forever now i never look back i'm not holding on anymore i never look back oh, will this fight never end oh, i'm only gonna say again that i never look back i never look back i'm not holding on anymore i never look back i never look back i'm not holding on anymore i never look back
4.
04:19
her name is sara and we're mind-linked, yeah and we're mind-linked, yeah i love her in her black and white stripes and berets and i don't care about anything else, not anything else she doesn't smile much, but when she does, i want to kiss her face these were the best years of my life being with you is all that i need, all that's right, woah sara, be mine you know that it's time you're all on my mind, you're all i'm thinking of sara, be mine you know that we'll shine there's no one beside you i could ever love sara, be mine her name is sara and she loves to dance and she loves to dance wish i could hold her ever closer in this bliss this is our era oh this is our time oh this is our time and i just want it to stand still and stay like this with all these days what could we do being with you is all that i want, all that's true, woah sara, be mine you know that it's time you're all on my mind, you're all i'm thinking of sara, be mine you know that we'll shine there's no one beside you i could ever love sara, be mine you know if it were up to me it'd be 'til the end of time oh i don't know how you put up with me your touch is magic you can do anything at all (she can do anything) and it's automatic i'll always be there when you call (i'll be there for you) it would be so tragic to be apart, to be alone to be without you, to have nowhere to call home sara, be mine you know that it's time you're all on my mind, you're all i'm thinking of sara, be mine you know that we'll shine there's no one beside you i could ever love sara, be mine you know if it were up to me it'd be 'til the end of time but i don't know how you'd put up with me i need somewhere to call home
5.
out 'til 4 on a friday night again and no one's getting younger but we're just fine what else do i need but you, my friend if we have each other and a bit of time i need the roof down on a crowded car now it's been a while, but we've come so far we're gonna reach for the furthest stars tonight let's get you up off the kitchen floor and kick down these prison doors i'm right here, right now, and i'm all yours tonight lights and music, we live inside of the sound it doesn't even matter that one day we'll be gone roaring laughter and morning afters abound you know we could go anywhere, but we can't go wrong no i need the roof down on a crowded car now it's been a while, but we've come so far we're gonna reach for the furthest stars tonight let's get you up off the kitchen floor and kick down these prison doors i'm right here, right now, and i'm all yours tonight every night, i dream of dancing oh if i could be dancing with you but in this life, they want to hold me down but i won't let them hold me down, hold me away from you i need the roof down on a crowded car now it's been a while, but we've come so far we're gonna reach for the furthest stars tonight let's get you up off the kitchen floor and kick down these prison doors i'm right here, right now, and i'm all yours tonight every night, i dream of dancing oh if i could be dancing with you but in this life, they want to hold me down but i won't let them hold me down, hold me away from you no you're the only one i'll dance with now and they're never gonna hold me down you're the only one you're the only one, oh no one can hold
6.
she only had one wish: not to end up like this afraid of her last kiss from a man she hated she's still on the edge she's still on the edge she's on the edge she's still on the edge she's still on the edge in over her head her children have the fear that only grows around here forced to be austere, she holds a hand over each ear she can't just pretend she can't just pretend she can't pretend she can't just pretend she can't just pretend that it's okay again take my hand and walk into the light they leave their home behind, but not the memories in their minds with nothing left to try, she knows she can't keep on crying she's right at the end she's right at the end she's at the end she's right at the end she's right at the end and she needs a friend take my hand and walk into the light
7.
03:31
before our swan song, when the night's long you raze the spires, you hurl them to the sea lay waste to landscapes in my heartaches the less you speak, the less you look at me you take away my breath, my heart, my blood desolation, devastate you take away what's left, my light, my love desolation, decimate your name is winter, and we wither your eyes are haggard, gazing at the sea where are you, moonchild, is it too wild to think that you could drown out my dreams you take away my breath, my heart, my blood desolation, devastate you take away what's left, my light, my love desolation, decimate you move the stars you turn my world you do, you do my mind is a fallacy maladies colliding with the coldest reality you had mastery picked me up i felt like i'd never come back to gravity chased our lucky stars through galaxies started families, we had fantasies every ever after was happily then we hit the apex and the apogee i built you a palace, you banished me called you majesty, you gave me amnesty i was your canopy when the sun rained fire and you spit my love back to me callously my tragedy is my safe place this rhapsody is my gateway i embrace fate, even if it means catastrophe and you take away my breath you take away my breath, my heart, my blood desolation, devastate you take away what's left, my light, my love desolation, decimate you move the stars you turn my world you do, you do
8.
05:06
we strike at night but we don't seek blood we're the sound of light show you what it means to be in love ah, trust, you can face another day with us this is what we give to you this is what we live to do you counterfeit the light you feel you could be right so try the gods, defy the odds tonight ah, tonight you came alone so we act as one so far from home give you all the strength to be in love ah, hush, you can live a thousand lives with us this is what we give to you this is what we live to do see it in my eyes: the winding road the will of men and truths untold the pegasides' dreamscape the time in your bones you counterfeit the light you feel you could be right so try the gods, defy the odds tonight ah, so try the gods, defy the odds tonight ah, tonight

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In 2011, I fell in love with 1985. After a lifetime of dismissing the eighties as cheesy and juvenile, I finally saw through the washes of reverb to the spirit of the songs themselves and the way that they make you feel: like you're riding a unicorn to the top of a mountain made of laser beams in outer space. Which is the feeling I tried to capture in 9 months' work on LOVE & DESOLATION, a record that is at once completely eighties and completely me, now, wearing gold spandex.

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released July 10, 2012

Saxophone on 3 by Mike Wark.
Additional vocals on 3 by Ly Moffatt and Tanya Casole-Gouveia.
Structural guidance on 4 and 5 by Hannah Hart.
Art by Heather Andrews.
Written, recorded and produced by Andrew Huang.

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