Love & Desolation

by Andrew Huang

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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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Track Name: Boom Box
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
Track Name: Everything Will Be All Right
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
Track Name: Never Look Back
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
Track Name: Sara
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
Track Name: Every Night I Dream Of Dancing
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
Track Name: Walk Into The Light
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
Track Name: Desolation
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
Track Name: Defy
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