Strength

by Sing Bandana Singh

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Recorded live off the floor over two days, this album speaks to having everything fall apart, and still being okay; to moving to an entirely new place, and the strength required for the journey.

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released September 16, 2012

all lyrics and vocals by Bandana Singh
all music by Sing Bandana Singh
Recorded and mixed by Vikas Kohli at fatlabs.com
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at mojitomastering.com

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Sing Bandana Singh Toronto, Ontario

Sing Bandana Singh is a Toronto based an alt/rock female fronted project influenced by punk, grunge and North Indian Classical musics.

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Track Name: These Things
These are the things that I wrote to throw away.
These are the things that I could never say.
This is the disappointment that I faced.
This is the sadness that calls out your name.

These things, they fall apart,
These things, they aren’t real.

This is the unicorn, last of its kind and its form.
If you cut him up, hugs + kisses for all.
These were the words that you said to me while you were drunk:
Like all the other things, you didn’t mean at all.

These things, they fall apart,
These things, they aren’t real.

Oh this is dangerous
I’ve called your bluff
I’ve pulled, I’ve pulled the curtain back.
I thought you had everything, all lined up,
Good and Stable,
Stable,
I guess not.

See I don’t give a....
I’ll laugh last.
I killed your unicorn
with my bare hands.
The magic is gone, but
Do I regret?

No.

These things, they fall apart,
These things, they aren’t real.
Track Name: Take Me Away
My heart’s so cold
It’s barely beating.
Oh my legs
have folded underneath me.
And I
Have no words
to say to you,
Oh my one true love,
I’ve failed you.

They’re coming to
Take Me Away.

They’re coming to
Take Me Away

I don’t believe
In the things they want me to believe.
So I’m sorry my darling, my love but
We need to leave.

Right now.

She said,
Darling I
have loved you all along.
I know that you’re a good man, who’s
Principled and Strong.
I know that we won’t have
Much
But we’ll have each other and the
Knowledge that,
We did right by all the others.
Oh we won’t have
Much.

They’re coming to
Take Us Away.

They’re coming to
Take Us Away

I don’t believe
In the things they want me to believe.
So I’m sorry my darling, my love but
We need to leave.

Right now.

Bury my jewelry in the sand,
Maybe we’ll come home once again.
If we are never to return,
Maybe someone new will find them -
they will be worn....they will be worn.

We run.
Track Name: Hush
Hush little baby, don't say a word
Mama's going to buy you a mocking bird.
If that mocking bird don't sing, well
Mama's going to buy you a diamond ring. And
If that diamond ring is brass -
Mama's going to buy you a looking glass.
Lookout to the world you see and
know that you're never going to be in it without
me.

Mama knows one day you'll try to fly away
So I'm going to clip your wings.
You're not as strong as the other birds here,
And I'm just trying to protect you dear.
You see I once tried to fly away and
They shot me down midair.
They said I was bright and beautiful but,
I wasn't allowed to go anywhere.

So I had a son. And they praised me so.
I gave up my dreams to fly to love you and watch you grow.

One day you'll have a bride of your own and then you will know,
she will have no
value,
until she's had a son of her own.

She shall have a son. She shall have a son. She shall have a son.
She shall
have a son.
Track Name: Heartbreaker
The silver Moon
is stealing Light away
From a Sun
who's sleeping so soundly.

What joy this Light brings,
but short lived is the calm.
This thievery will be caught
at the break of dawn.

So parcel the time
like a precious gift.
Leave no moment un-cherished.

This Light is borrowed
she must return home soon.
Longing all day
the embrace of the Moon.

He is a barren rock floating through the void,
Wondering why he doesn't shine without her.

He is no gentleman
He has no character
He is a heartbreaker.

And the moon lives in the night sky all alone
Sharing his darkness with all the stars that come and go.
The Light she wonders once in a while
what became of the Moon and his Cheshire smile.
The Sun is warm and full of life,
The Moon is cold and charmless without her the Light.
So there is no fulfillment - no sacrifice -

But there will always be
Desire in his eyes.
Track Name: Automatic Man
Automatic Man
He was a fine one.
Carried out the plan.
Never thought to defy them.

He rose, he rose, he rose
Up on high, was given the open skies
And more, but
Never had the courage to fly or soar.

I thought
I could love
A man who has
success + potential to go far
But in the end
I wanted more.

Automatic man,
He was a shy one.
Never spoke a word,
Unless assigned to him.
He said, ‘Don’t ask,
Questions now,
I only have the answers
That have been supplied.”

I thought
I could love
A man who has
success + potential to go far
But in the end
I wanted more.

I wanted more
A man who could afford
To speak his mind, to be
Heard.

Don’t ask questions now
He said
“I only have answers
Answers
That have been given.”

I thought
I could love
A man who has
success + potential to go far
But in the end,

I wanted more.
Track Name: Spinning Records (100)
Let’s go for a ride downtown;
I will show you
All the places I have grown
And some places I have yet to learn

How they’ve made me.
I see the Spinning Records
They taunt me as I try to
Go about my business…

And I get up to go to school or work
Day in and day out and day in and day out
Over and over again.

There are men praying on the 100
There are girls singing in the subway
I am crying on the streetcar

Another one let me down.

I caught my reflection in the
Window of the subway train.
See these dark circles nervous twitches -
All markers of my early aging.

There are lines inked into my skin.
Not from the passing of years
But the stress of living here.
Never sleeping, always questioning

How are we living?

As I’m breathing in
The exhaust of our industry.

There are men praying on the 100
There are girls singing in the subway
I am crying on the streetcar

Another one let me down.

From my living room
The sun and planes go down
The sky she puts on
A black toxic sequin gown.
Track Name: Canary
In these hard times
There will be gold mines,
So don’t just fall away,
Live through the heartbreak.

In these gold mines,
There many be hard times,
But this Canary, he will sing,
This Canary – he must see spring.

Oh I know he’s working hard,
Taking care,
Of the people he loves.

But where have you gone, where have you been, where do you go?
How do you get so far away from yourself?

Minds wander,
Minds travel,
Down paths that sometimes unravel. but
Open the windows and push back the screens,
Open the doors and invite yourself in.

Eggs crack
Shells break,
Without death life claims no stake.
Feathers pierce through the skin;
Birds soar or die trying.

Oh I know he’s working hard,
Taking care,
Of the people he loves.

But where have you gone, where have you been, where do you go?
How do you get so far away from yourself?

But where have you gone, where have you been, where do you go?
How do you get so far away from yourself?