Exile

by Johanna Glaza

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released February 28, 2020

Piano, ukulele, lungs - Johanna Glaza
Tape manipulations, atmospherics, radiophonics, beats - Ed Deegan


All songs written by Johanna Glaza
Produced and mixed by Ed Deegan
Recorded to tape at Gizzard Studios London

Design by Egle Limantaite
Photography by Willie Nash

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Johanna Glaza London, UK

Johanna Glaza is an independent London-based artist writing long baroque folk songs with an avant-garde twist. With her bewitching voice and engaging melodies Johanna is a unique and captivating performer whose songs seethe with character and mystery.

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Track Name: Exile
All roads are tangled
Like your hair
And my exile takes longer
Than you said

It was easy too easy
To open the door
Much harder to close it
And find the way

Home home home

A temple I build
You call it- prison
You build us home
But then I flee

You hold me
And then you break
You hold me
And then you break

Home home home

Who will draw a map
Of the bruises upon our hearts
Perhaps our children
Who were never born

Sometimes I am just a mountain
A glass mountain
And your heart is a wolf

Howling gracefully
On the top of the mountain
O-o-o-o O-o-o-o
Howling gracefully
On the top of the lungs
O-o-o-o O-o-o-o

I hold you
Oh I hold you
And then I break

Home home home

It was easy too easy
To open the door
O-o-o-o O-o-o-o
Much harder to close it
And to find the way home
O-o-o-o O-o-o-o

We have limited time
To escape my dear
Till death do us part
Till death do us part

I see the fields
Covered with the fog
And I think of you
And your kind heart

Who is the glue?
Who is the chain?
Track Name: Dear Life
One month
Two months
Three months
Since you’ve gone away
Each month is like a girl
That gracefully swims away

Dear dear dear life
Carry me carry
Carry me through
Dear dear dear life
Don’t give up on me
Don’t don’t don’t

I pack my anger
Into a tiny box
Too dangerous too keep inside
Too dangerous to throw away

Dear dear dear life
Carry me carry
Carry me through
Dear dear dear life
Don’t give up on me
Don’t don’t don’t

Oh I know
Time is a cage
And you are a bird
So I break the cage
Oh I break the cage

And if you ask me to
I won’t sing for you
I won’t wait for you

Dear dear dear life
Carry me carry me
Like the river

Don’t give up on me
Don’t give up on me
Don’t !

Now you are a bird
Who lost all songs
And I’m just a tree
That holds her bird

Carry me carry me
Carry me carry me
Don’t give up on me
Don’t don’t don’t
Track Name: Isabella
Oh Isabella how I am tired
Tired of dying again
In the garden under apple trees
You have buried me hundred times

And love stories sometimes they are happy
You don't have to be so dramatic

Let us hide, hide in the garden
Monsters that we've got inside
Will not find us here today

Oh Isabella Oh Isabella
Can't you think of some other game

Ooooooooooooooooooo...
Please no more...

Happy birthday Isabella

Isabella Isabella
We don't want to

Die again
Track Name: Lonely Island
Here comes the storm
Comes the wind

Here comes the beast
On the wings

Yet she will stand
She won’t move

Staring the wind
In the eyes

If I die don’t bury me here
But carry me carry to the other land
She said
Carry me carry to the other shore
I don’t belong here

This lonely island is not my home
This lonely island is not where I belong

I loose the edge
I loose the ground- she said

It’s easy to fight
Hard to be still

It’s easy to fight
Hard just to breathe

Every night she would cross the lake
Carry her heart to the other side

Every night she would cross the lake
Carry her heart to the other side

How how
How how

This lonely island is not my home
This lonely island is not where I belong

This lonely island is not my home
This lonely island is not where I belong

Here comes the storm
Comes the wind

Here comes the beast
On the wings

Yet she will stand
She won’t move

Staring the storm
In the eyes
Track Name: King's Alive
Like a graceful king
Pierced long time ago
Yet here I stand alive

All words are like wild horses
They run away
I can’t gather them
I can’t shout them out

I’m my own king
I’m my own priest
Carrying my body
Carrying my body home

Tell my bones
Tell my heart
Their king is wounded

Tell my bones
Tell my heart
Their king is wounded

Tell the dog of my heart
Let it stop barking
It’s time for it to run away into the wild
And to become a wounded wolf

To protect our nights
To protect our lonely nights

Tell my bones
Tell my heart
The king’s alive

Tell my bones
Tell my heart
The king’s alive
Track Name: Catch and Escape
In the snow
In the mud
Hiding her heart

Love’s wondering
Like a wounded beast
She cannot catch
She cannot tame

It’s not mine anymore
It’s not mine anymore
No longer can I hold it

And each footprint
On the snow is a proof
Of my barefoot love

To the edge
To the edge
Takes us each and every step

Clothes falling down
Like wounded soldiers
Defeated by your love

Your arms full of pain
Your arms full of longing
Tell them to burn
But do not touch

We shall die
Like noble kings
Without fears
Without false promises

But death has learnt
To linger for longer
While watching our games of

Catch and escape
Catch and escape
Games

Turn around turn around
No I won’t turn around
Turn around turn around
No I can’t turn around
Track Name: Albion
We heard the voice of slumberous Albion, and thus he spake,

Idolatrous to his own Shadow words of eternity uttering: 

O I am nothing when I enter into judgment with thee! 
If thou withhold thine hand; I perish like a fallen leaf:

O I am nothing: and to nothing must return again: 
If thou withdraw thy breath. Behold I am oblivion. 

He ceasd: the shadowy voice was silent: 
but the cloud hoverd over their heads 
In golden wreathes, the sorrow of Man; & the balmy drops fell down. 

And lo! that son of Man that Shadowy Spirit of mild Albion:

Luvah descended from the cloud; in terror Albion rose: 
Indignant rose the awful Man, & turnd his back on Vala. 

We heard the voice of Albion starting from his sleep: 

Whence is this voice crying Enion! that soundeth in my ears? 

O cruel pity! O dark deceit! can love seek for dominion?

Dominion...

And Luvah strove to gain dominion over Albion 
They strove together above the Body where Vala was inclosd 
And the dark Body of Albion left prostrate upon the crystal pavement, 
Coverd with boils from head to foot: the terrible smitings of Luvah.

Then frownd the fallen Man, and put forth Luvah from his presence

Saying. Go and Die the Death of Man, for Vala the sweet wanderer. 

I will turn the volutions of your ears outward, and bend your nostrils 
Downward, and your fluxile eyes englob'd roll round in fear: 
Your withring lips and tongue shrink up into a narrow circle, 

Till into narrow forms you creep: go take your fiery way:
And learn what tis to absorb the Man you Spirits of Pity & Love. 

Love love... love love...

They heard the voice and fled swift as the winters setting sun. 
And now the human blood foamd high, the Spirits Luvah & Vala, 

Went down the Human Heart where Paradise & its joys abounded, 

In jealous fears & fury & rage, & flames roll round their fervid feet:
And the vast form of Nature like a serpent playd before them 
And as they fled in folding fires & thunders of the deep: 
  
Vala shrunk in like the dark sea that leaves its slimy banks. 
And from her bosom Luvah fell far as the east and west. 

And the vast form of Nature like a serpent rolld between,
Whether of Jerusalems or Valas ruins congenerated, we know not: 

All is confusion: all is tumult, & we alone are escaped. 

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