DUST (Full Album)

by Aled Ordu

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"This stunning debut is a raw blend of soul music with blues and folk influences. Impressive vocals and artful writing make this a must-listen."

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released March 21, 2015

Cover Photography: Elizabeth Bloomfield
Cover Design: Aled Ordu

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Track Name: Can I Say
can we say your name next to mine
i think that would be so fine
like wind and fire
if we join our names

can we say your name next to mine
i think it's about that time
to unify
if you feel the same

cuz i've roamed
so far to find my way
but i'm home
each time i see your face

can i say your name
your name next to mine (2x)

can i say your name next to mine
i think that would be so fine
like wind and fire
if we join our names

cuz i've roamed
so far to find my way
but i'm home
each time i see your face

can i say your name
your name next to mine (2x)

(guitar solo)

cuz i've roamed
so far to find my way
but i'm home
each time i see your face

let's be honest to our hearts our dreams our goals
we'll keep our own lives
no deceit or lies
nothin' less than the best we can do

can i say your name
your name next to mine (2x)
Track Name: Same Direction
Hey Mr. Trucker I'm a confidence man
side of the road paper bag in my hand
You turn the heat up
I'll rest my feet to keep the radio off I talk as smooth as I can

Could ya help me
to the closest little town to get a welcome taste of freedom
Would ya help me
before the radio announce just what the men who stole the key done..

(Chorus) I don't need to know where you're goin'
All I wanna know is if you're walkin' in the same direction

Me and Tucker had a wish and a plan
Still shared a chain when we split from the gang
We shook the guards but the widow took it hard
Cuz when the shackles hit the ground I stole a carpenter's van

Lord forgive me
for the trials and tribulations of our desperate little getaway
Oh forgive me
I'm an educated man without the time to find a better way.

(Chorus) I don't need to know where you're goin'
All I wanna know is if you're walkin' in the same direction

'Til they catch me 'til they catch me 'til they catch me
I'm your confidence man

Won't you help me...
Track Name: Too Soon In Time
Sometimes we fall
too soon in time

(guitar and vocal solos)

Sometimes we fall
too soon in time
Track Name: When You're With Him
You'd walk the steps - I'd meet you at the door
It felt like the world forgot to rotate
When wearing less I'd give you so much more
Cuz no one can love you like a soulmate

So when you're with him - do you still feel like my lady?
When you're with him - does the distance feel crazy?
When you're with him - do you whisper amazing?
When you're with him - have you replaced me?

You find yourself - things fall in place
(that's what they say)
Well somebody must have made a mistake
Alone at night, and when I wake
(and though we talk)
You won't say the words to take away pain.

So when you're with him - do you still feel like my lady?
When you're with him - does the distance feel crazy?
When you're with him - do you whisper amazing?
When you're with him - would you carry his babies?

And though I have so much to rejoice for in this world
And now I feel so much more prepared to love you girl
And though you said you never fade away from me
Girl now you're with him - so what else can I believe?
Track Name: Later is Gone
What's the gain in still standing
If later is gone?
Who is to blame for withstanding
and moving on?

Anguished and strained we can't control what's happening
all this feels wrong
And if all's been arranged and this was God's commanding
can we respond?

(Are we restricted from the)
rules of the game and the larger plans?
Are we just pawns?
(So tell me)
what's the gain of still standing if
later is gone for you

(Aled guitar solos)

Staring at walls
throughout a tuesday
Racing the stars - wanna swerve
towards a tree

Forcing each step
in a new way
Finding your own thoughts
Your enemies

What's the gain in still standing
If later is gone
And who is to blame for withstanding
and moving on?
Track Name: Dream of You
i lie awake at night - mind is racing so
no matter how I try - I just can't let it go
the moment I close my eyes
my troubles only grow

'cuz I dream dream dream dream dream
dream of you 'till mornin' time (2x)

and when i wake up to the sunshine
i get up ... just to draw the blinds

(doo wop solos)

i thought i found in you the one to be my wife
but i'm down here on the floor
i thought i found in you the one to share my life
but i'm six feet deep i'm low
'cuz the last time i was feelin' good
i hurt you ... and made you go

now I dream dream dream dream dream
dream of you 'till mornin' time (2x)

and when i wake up to the sunshine
i get up ... just to draw the blinds

(guitar solos from Toney and Aled)

now I dream dream dream dream dream
dream of you 'till mornin' time (2x)

and when i wake up to the sunshine
i get up ... just to draw the blinds

(doo wop outro)
Track Name: Distant Lights
Distant lights beyond the window
you struggle just to see
And the night howls
But you can't even speak

And when the chemicals fade
It takes a miracle to sleep
When you're lost
silence ain't what you need

So you turn on your song
and let it repeat
And you watch
as all of the darker days begin to retreat

(Slower Section)
And when you're gone
and look back on where you've roamed
I hope you find
All the things that bring you back home

When the chemicals fade
Takes a miracle to sleep
When you're lost
Silence ain't what you need

So you turn on your song
and let it repeat
And you watch as all of the darker days
begin to retreat.
Track Name: Somebody Nice
Had me about five dime-a-dozens
It felt like my hand to play - but it was hard to maintain
And then SHE arrived all of a sudden
As fine as a prime fillet - so I wandered her way, and she said:

Don't waste my time, I'm saving mine
for somebody nice who'll stay home

To my surprise she wasn't bluffing
This girl had a time and date for our wedding day
I said girl I was lost before I found you
But I've got the will change - just at my own pace

So if at times I go out searching
Just help me find my way home

As you may guess I ruined a good thing
And found out the price to pay - was watching her fade away
With tears in her eyes she left with nothing
But she wrote me a note that said: If you find love again...

Don't waste her time so she can find
Somebody nice who'll stay at home
Track Name: She's All I Want
I can't sleep comfortably
in a bed that's make believe
Been enlightened by the fall and through it all
you've cared for me

But when I'm real
about the way she makes me feel
There's extraordinary pain
I'm feeling

She's all I want
she's all I want and need
'Cuz she knows
how I bleed

Can we salvage some of the bond
I never deceived you lady - and I loved you greatly
But can you understand I hadn't planned
what's happening..

Still I'm wondering -
am I such a mess?
Am I childish selfish cold-hearted man
because I want something else?

I wish I could rise above it all
and study the possibilities
Like what if I don't answer this call?
And just forget about love..

But she's all I want
She's all I want and need
'Cuz she knows
How I bleed (2x)

(Slow Section)

See I'm fine during idle time
and I'm fine with a busy mind
and I'm fine today
and I'm inspired to say

I'm even fine when I think I see your face in crowd
And when I hear your voice sayin' I love you
so loud..
You always made me feel so confident and proud

But when I drink, when I drink, it's when I drink
I think of you
Said when I drink, when I drink, when I drink.. I think of you
Track Name: No Grass is Greener
Aled:

She dwells in the forest
to wood nymphs notorious
Inspiring the light that exists
in the cracks of my mind

Said she dwells
beyond trees, on the rocks
under creeks
in plants and in places unforeseen - it's amazing.

No grass is greener
no air is cleaner
Nobody makes me come to life
like she does

Shilo:

She circles the skyway
she picks out a runway
She chases the canyon down below
and her wingtips glow.

She sighs
the plane glides
But she wants more than a desert
more than hunger

No grass is greener
no air is cleaner
and nobody makes me come to life
Like she does

No grass is greener
no air is cleaner
and nobody makes me come to life
like she does..
Track Name: Train and Plough
I've been plowing these fields for many a moon
built a nice house - dirt floors, two rooms
and I was walking home, beneath the evening sky
I seen that old ranch hand - he would not let me by

He said 'stop boy! - take the long road around!'
but he looked mighty nervous as he tried to stare me down
Same man who used to hang slaves who ran away
Same man who put babies in the river as gator bait

And those screams
those screams those cries
Stayed in my mind
So it's hard to sleep sometimes

So I walked away
as if going towards town
and when he stopped watching
I ran home on the ground

I passed the old barn
heard a noise from inside
and as I walked closer
my eyes went so wide

Two men on my lady
doing the worst kind of harm
'Cuz one held her body
while his friend restrained her arms

And oh - she screamed
she screamed she cried
Burning my ears and my soul
and my pride (2x)

With machete in hand
I stayed close to the ground
My lady was watching
so she kicked one man down

I cut his throat
and killed his friend while he died
She wiped her tears
and said oh they gon' skin us alive

(I said) 'burn the house, head south
and forget me or try'
and they'll follow my trail
and I'll run 'till I die

Oh she screamed
she screamed she cried
Sayin' if you go
why can't I?

She screamed
she screamed she cried
Sayin' if you go
why can't I?

Oh our dreams
they drowned in our eyes
Until we heard that train coming
off in the night.
Track Name: Sweet Thought
I just want a sweet thought
for the long walk home
I just want a sweet thought
for the lonely road home

Peace on my mind
something to make me feel alright

I just want a sweet thought
for the long walk home
I just want a sweet thought
for the lonely road home