Zafa!

by Charles Lavaigne

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1.
I know a step is not a walk I know a drop is not a sea But it´s a damn good way to start If the word is right If the word is right If the word is right If the word is right And i may know not how to get there But i sure as hell know where i´ve been And if there ain´t no road i´ll build me one If the word is right If the word is right If the word is right If the word is right And i will bark on your tree Until the sap comes running down And as it comes i´ll take it all and i´ll be Poor in spirit for you Mourn and meek just for you Hungry thirsty for you Pure in heart just for you Glorified just for you Persecuted for you Crucified just for you Resurrected in you And many stories have been told And many tongues have sung your song But as i open my mouth you´ll hear me out If the word is right If the word is right If the word is right If the word is right And this word it will be sorrow And this word it will be joy Cuz where i put the word i put the heart And the heart is right And the heart is right And the heart is right And the heart is right And i will bark on your tree Until the sap comes running down And i will lay at your feet Until the Jewels fall from your crown One by one your idols fall As we watch with morbid eyes Some go young and some go old As they go back to their fire Willy nilly warriors come But they die befote they´re born If you wanna cast great shadow Make your dealings with the sun Poor in spirit for you Mourn and meek just for you Hungry thirsty for you Pure in heart just for you Glorified just for you Persecuted for you Crucified just for you Resurrected in you
2.
Filomena 04:14
Filomena está sentada con la luz en el pulgar ni las flechas ni las anclas le van a hacer dudar las heridas de adentro que vienen y van nadie sabe el principio ni el final ella engendra en las montañas llena de electricidad los grillos se me aceleran y la luna se me va ay dio! ella viene ella viene ella viene y va ella viene ella viene ella viene y va aguanta Filomena en la tierra en el cielo soy herida en el tiempo en el cielo en la tierra las venas están abiertas en la tierra en el cielo soy herida en el viento en el cielo en la tierra las venas están abiertas.
3.
Room 7301 04:50
It was at the infirmary The room 7301 You promised i´d be your queen As soon as you got back your crown Stolen some years ago By thieves from the ocean I told you to go back to sleep And sang you this little song River oh river Sweet little one You have your head full of dreams And your eyes filled with stars I´d rather you stay with me But now you must go out Into the world But you´ll always be my favorite one The prick of the needle in my arm To send me away The sorcerers conspiring Whether to amputate And from this other side I see through the veil Of your dress against the backlight Until i no Longer feel the pain River, oh river Sweet little one You have your eyes full of tears And your head in the clouds Come down and fetch the key That lies hidden under my tongue But if you run never turn your head son Can still feel your smell in the sheets Still fresh from the unmade bed The children are all asleep And you´re running wild my friend
4.
Balloons 03:39
Balloons Over my head balloons Down here at the bowl You walk through the door And light up the room Balloons That float in a haze Balloons The spell it is cast As you take my hand And we begin to dance Lost in a dream Where the price it is high And i´ll pay with my sorrows There where im going Marianne Can you hold my hand tight so tight Cuz it feel like im fading There must be some way out There must be some way out There must be some way out But all i see is Balloons Deep blue balloons Shaking for me Staring at me As i stare at you Balloons That burst in your mouth Balloons You laughed so hard That i had to kiss Your champagne lips My heart is a carrousel spinning out of control and you should know there is violence there where im going marianne the waves they beat loud so loud against the promenade dont ever let me go dont ever let me go dont ever let me go for all i have is balloons for all i have is balloons for all i have is balloons.
5.
Satellites 03:56
I´d be walking in the streets Looking for a glimpse of you The Light flicker through the bottles And all the drunk will sing their tune As the sun fades You know it will rise up again But im not so sure When you do The way your eyes fit into mine And for that momento we stop time Why dont we throw away our shoes I´d like to walk barefeet with you As the sun fades You know it will rise up again But im not so sure When you do And while the world burns We could have another round But now you are gone Tell me why As the sun fades You know it will rise up again But im not so sure When you do Tomorrow will be another day And i´ll look for your face again.
6.
Mira la flor del puerto Que yo un día encontrar Ñao le tengas miedo Es sólo un sueño y pasará Ya se pasará Ya se pasará Danzan al son del viento Estatuas de sal El alcohol de la madera en lenguas de mar el corazón de la niebla tiene la espalda mojá y to el que quiere sobarlo pronto se pone a llorar niñas lindas vienen y van ñao precisan naves pra navegar navegar navegar navegar navegar navegar navegar navegar navegar Y la nave va sangrando Perdida en altamar Y a pesar de la tormenta yo sigo bailando En algún lugar Debajo del horizonte Sale un sol con mil espadas Que lentamente va clavando Sobre la madrugada Sobre la madrugada Sobre la madrugada. Mira la flor del puerto que yo un día encontrar Ñao le tengas miedo Es sólo polvo y pasará Ya te pasarás Ya te pasarás.
7.
Remember the lotus on that little island In the middle of the lake Remember the fire Remember the holding Of our hands as we sang To him from the shore And the wind how it carried The sound of our voices Making ripples across The surface And i can feel the island And i can feel the island And i can feel the island Is approaching Is approaching Back to us We where five hundred The nuns in the fortress Locked away inside With the princess And do you remember beloved sister when he appeared inside wrapped in rainbow light and the cloud of smoke coming from the valley and the fire that turned into water and him shining so peaceful and him shining so brightly in the middle in the middle of it all and i can feel the island and i can feel the island and i can feel the island is approaching is approaching back to us
8.
The watchman 05:13
See these chains They´ve been disguised I was raised to live to love them Been evicted out of myself Left outside for years to wonder Many miles deserted in this sorrow land See this picture She´s my daughter She must be inside Somewhere hidden See, her name is I´ve forgotten But if you call She´ll come out, yeah Boy, you must believe I think i hear her inside She is Kingdom She is lover She is beauty She is wonder She is lightning She is mountain Will you burn with her When the time come All her children armed to the teeth With grace and love. I´ve seen her light I´ve seen it rising over the fields And in her eyes Above the pain everyday is revealed Y mi hija Está ardiendo En el centro de mi pecho En medio de la oscuridad Y las lágrimas que van bajando En la hora más solitaria Cuando el grito no sirve de nada I´ve seen her light I´ve seen it rising over the fields And in her eyes Above the pain everyday is revealed She is Kingdom She is lover She is beauty She is wonder She is lightning She is mountain Will you burn with her?
9.
Treehouse 04:35
Made a painting of you Would you like to see? It´s red and Bellow With bits of green The stroke is clumsy But at least you´re smiling Or so it seems And though i know you´re far away Somewhere out there lost in time I do wish you´d come and see me And tell me that it´s alright Come up to my treehouse and play with me a while Everyone seems so high and satisfied I´ll take the ride too But i just feel i cant today The kids are talking through Their machines They´re drinking lemonade and then they´re Drinking beer As life slips through our hands Trying to look for something real And i´d like to think you´re still a part of me Sometimes out and sometimes deep within But it´s on days like these i could surely use a lead Come up to my treehouse and lay with me a while Everyone seems so sad and satisfied I´ll take the ride too But i just feel i cant today Come up to my treehouse and lay with me a while Everyone seems so high and satisfied I´ll take the ride too But i just feel i cant today.
10.
Bitter end 04:40
Raven in the morning And vampire in the night Roaming in the alleys Looking for a spark Oh but i became a servant When i saw it in your eyes Wild wild wild Wild wild wild Cherry eyes Flying from the distance i see the cannonballs from a jealous pirate that wants to hurt my boat oh but i became a sailor when i heard the siren´s song oh my sail oh my sail-or soul tell me now, did i ever really go let me know,did i ever return or was i stuck in some story from the past that was told by some friends who said they´d be with me till the bitter till the bitter bitter end I know that i was failing When you saw me on the street But next time i promise I´ll try to be discreet Oh but i became a mirror where you saw your dirty feet Oh babe Oh babe Aint it sweet tell me now, did i ever really go let me know,did i ever return or was i stuck in some story from the past that was told by some friends who said they´d be with me till the bitter till the bitter bitter end.
11.
La chichigua 07:38
My chichigua is dancing in the wind Shaking her tail like Jennifer Lopez With her wings of metallic silver Winking her light at the birds above But soon my joy then turned into worry When i saw manolito come Carrying something sharp in his left hand And when he passed by the cord let go Ay chichigua! As it was fading in the sky Ay chichigua! My fist in manolito´s eye Ay chichigua! And then we rolled into the ground Ay chichigua! Until we saw my mother´s frown Ay chichigua! And then we heard this screaming guy Ay chichigua! As he was pointing to the sky Ay chichigua! And he said it was Jesus soul Ay chichigua! Trying to fertilize the sun Many days they did go by as i was staring into the sky Hoping so that i could see my chichigua flying wild Looked all over the neighborhood and also looked through my telescope confused it with the brightest star but was told it was Venus and meanwhile in outer space an unidentified object floats it´s chichigua and she´s looking kinda bored then a comet passing by, said “do you want a ride?” and she said “sure babe, these high heels are killing me” Mars! Jupiter! Saturn! Uranus! Neptune! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Wormhole! Ay chichigua! What the hell am i doing here Ay chichigua! Flying over boca chica Beach Ay chichigua! And when i gaze into the shore Ay chichigua! I see my kite is flying me! Ay chichigua! Also the sun the sky the clouds Ay chichigua! Are held by lines onto the ground Ay chichigua! And a girl flying over the sea Ay chichigua! Says “were lost in a chichigua´s dream”

credits

released June 10, 2019

This album was recorded between march and september of 2018 in the cities of Barcelona, Donosti and Madrid.

All songs written by Charles Lavaigne

Produced and mixed by Israel Marco

Engineered by Alberto Perez at Sol de Sants Studios (Barcelona)
Assisted by: Calloway Berkeley
Second Engineer: Israel Marco (Donosti)

Additional recording /engineering by

Ojo at El purgatorio Studios (Madrid)
Iván Raymores at Land Ho Studios (Madrid)
Facundo Devitto (Madrid)
Carlos Castillo at Mon Maison Studios (Madrid)

Mastered by Dave Roman at 4130 Mastering

Design and Layout: Héctor Rodriguez

The Band:

Samuel Martin Bona: Drums
Linnea Weiss: Cello
Marlene Mercedes: Piano and Keys
Gilberto Hernández: Bass

Additional Musicians:

Israel Marco: Guitar, percussion, synth
Ilse Topper: Violin
Alisha Buttke: Viola
Steven Geraads: Clarinet
Patricia Gonzáles: Violin
Miguel Angel Bestard: Tuba, Trumpet
Iván Raymores: Bass
Ambrus Horváth (El chúngaro): Trumpet

Background vocals:

Marlene Mercedes, Monica Arruti, María Chinaski, Ilse Topper, Alisha Buttke, Linnea Weiss, Jay Rivera, Gilberto Hernández, Sergio Puello, Chris Bongers.

Thank you:

Ada, Porfirio, Angela, Elsa, Enrique A, Luis C. For your unconditional support and love. All my family. Samuel, Linnea, Gilberto, Marlene and Isra for this crazy ride. Joel, Jacobo, Isaac, for the dominican ride. Mónica, Ilse, Alisha, Chris, Steven, Jay, Sergio, Ojo, Inés, Facundo, Ambrus, Miguel tuba, María Furies, Javi de la muerte, Héctor, Iván, Patricia. Javier (Isra´s dad), for the care. The people from la Aguja, the people from el automático, Fernándo bajo el volcán, Vaz Oliver, Xisco Rojo, Raisa. J y K for the work. Alberto and Calloway at Soldesants, Toné Vicioso and anybody i might forget.

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Charles Lavaigne Madrid, Spain

Charles Lavaigne is a Dominican singer songwriter living in Madrid. His music is rich, crazy and sometimes overwhelming. His songs and albums take the form of a musical roller coaster ride through many styles and places delivered with honesty all the way. So buckle up and let go. ... more

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