Dust

by Omri Lahav

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1.
At the Door 03:52
The world around me is changing I gotta go with the flow maybe it's time to stop pretending and let the child in me grow We’re not getting any younger Seasons come, seasons go they say it's time I got brighter there is so much I don't know 'cuz I've been waiting for so many years just standing at the door Waiting, stricken with fear but I'm not gonna wait anymore Not gonna wait anymore The endless promise of tomorrow keeps me stubborn, keeps me bold I never felt safe in your castle I’ll roll my dice on the road Like the ice that I walk on I’m wearing dangerously thin I lost my way for a moment but I’m not prepared to give in 'cuz I've been waiting for so many years just standing at the door Waiting, stricken with fear but I'm not gonna wait anymore Not gonna wait anymore The world around me is changing I’m just watching it go Heading again for the exit not gonna wait anymore
2.
She is a silly cat, silly girl, silly teen can’t tell the difference between good and evil her teeth are white, her jeans are clean she'll buy anything they'll sell her All the horny teens, scary stuff and she’s trying to reach the unreachable When she says, could I show you how Americans make love? It's easy to think America is lovable Los Angeles is burning down but Hollywood sleeps just fine Alcohol is a depressant, blurring but has the desired effect on her moves She says I know a place and starts walking Man, she doesn't even wait for an answer What’s that siren in the background? She says hey babe, it's downtown L.A. You should never risk waking up the hounds especially if you would like to go down there Los Angeles is burning down but Hollywood sleeps just fine And there is probably someone still waiting up for her but she doesn't seems to care she sings along with the radio and what do you know, it’s Sloopy Knows that she is turning them on while she's so far away… so far away from home Los Angeles is burning down Sloopy lives in a very bad part of this town Los Angeles is burning down and everybody there tries to put her down everybody there tries to put her down
3.
Road 04:29
Road is winding ever on underneath a blazing dawn Like a stream that never found the sea tree and stone are all I see Running to the morning rush weeping in the evening's hush Road is winding ever on on until my heart turns home Road is pouring ever on through a blazing winter storm Like a dream forgotten by the dawn surely no one knows I'm gone Running under summer's rain weeping in clear, winter's sun Road is pouring ever on on until my heart turns home Road is calling ever on as dusk is crawling for the dawn Like a child without a name I see the road and I will ever, ever be Running to the morning rush weeping in the evening's hush Road is calling ever on on until my heart turns home
4.
Smoke 04:47
So many things have changed since I last set foot in London the air full of smoke and the man that I spoke to have both brought a sting to my eyes Clouds heavy with rain may darken the skies, but wash clean the city my place on Trafalgar is still open late the faces I’ve known are still here Maybe it’s me that has changed, broken and bent by the years and the longing… and the city knows me far too well to be fooled I can’t shake the night, and I can’t shake you - even in London so far away from the person you always imagined I someday could be So it is me that has changed, broken and bent by the years and the fighting… and the city knows me far too well to be fooled Going down London town, walking a road I’ve walked a thousand times before Going down London town, feels like the first time that I walked it on my own Wanderlust is a traitorous tune that will find its way every time on a plane or a boat, or a dusty old road the song is the same, but are you? Going down London town, walking a road I’ve walked a thousand times before Going down London town, feels like the first time that I walked it on my own
5.
Womb 03:49
It's never about justice though we like to think it is We like to think that violence serves a greater deed It's just about power Kings rule, not mothers It’s just about power It's never about love though we know that it should be It's the control of one another which bounds us in our fear It's never about sex Even when we think it is Freedom does exist in bed But we are never free It's just about power Kings rule, not mothers It’s just about power That's the core of anything and everything we do Both sides imprisoned silent, waiting for the womb
6.
We had all this time but I got in between I let my guard down once, and all my dreams came barging in Now the last train home is tearing through the night but from the cold platform, it’s just another distant light She said if you’re gonna go just go but you’d better be sure, you know… This time if you’ve gotta go just go but you’d better be sure Guess that I never thought that I would have to choose but as the trains roll by, I’m reaching for my traveling shoes I had to break my heart to keep my sanity I had to lose it all to find out what I really need She said if you’re gonna go just go but you’d better be sure, you know… This time if you’ve gotta go just go but you’d better be sure
7.
You could tell a million stories you could sell a million lies as if saying them will make them come alive but before you start believing the legend of your name take a moment to remember that like me you’re just a man There's a time and place for glory and a time and place for fact and the fact is that your glory is misplaced so before you go believing the religion you have made understand that the control you think you have is only in your head In my dreams I often find myself alone and cold and naked on the street And of all the wolves and snakes that could have come for me, it's you I fear to meet I take no comfort in your promises, you've shattered them before and what little faith that I had left in you you’ve broken too I believe that every human has the right to life and peace we're not born to feed the armies of the rich Still you'd have us all believing - to kill and to be killed in a war with good publicity and yield, is an honor fit for kings In my dreams I often find myself alone and cold and naked on the street And of all the wolves and snakes that could have come for me, it's you I fear to meet I take no comfort in your promises, you've shattered them before and what little faith that I had left in you you’ve broken too
8.
Denver 04:09
Back then were the years when adventure was everything He left it all behind all he saw, was gold in his eyes He laid his bag down far west of all he knew Where the Colorado River runs fast and sparkles at dawn A Chinese man with a fancy camera in here with me where did the days go, when gold was glory and not just a stop, on the way to Denver At first he would work for days at a time No sunlight or fresh air not enough gold dust to pay for a beer As I recall it was mid-May when he hit that golden vein most boys work their whole lives without getting there A tattooed pink haired girl in here with me where did the days go, when gold was glory and not just a stop, on the way to Denver An almost deaf old man in here with me He remembers the days when gold was glory and now it’s the last stop, on my way to Denver
9.
There is nothing left for me here that old swing’s been broken for years down, down, driven to the ground down, down, ever down Memories of the child that I was shadows dancing up on the walls round, round, never make a sound round, round ever round So I might slip away tonight and leave this old life behind lift the weight from my shoulders – I think time is on my side I’m so sick of playing the clown the mask I wear is wearing me down same, same, oh it’s all the same same game, different name So I might slip away tonight and leave this old life behind lift the weight from my shoulders – I think time is on my side
10.
Tango On 04:22
Hey Charlie, can you feel it, son? The wind you brought in is carrying me So Charlie, what are you up to now was the risk we took worth it at all? Believe me, Charlie, I've been trying hard not to let my flaw bring me down Hope that you, Charlie, march through this road that I paved for you with my own hands Times, they are changing and I know I won't fit in unless you show Wish you could make it, ‘cause I can't remember how to walk alone I just tango on On many crossroads, Charlie, I was wrong it was just too hard for me to do right Be careful, Charlie, keep your focus boy the day you stop looking you're done How's love, Charlie, did you learn from me at all? I Hope they stay till after dawn Goodbye Charlie, I'm too old and too blind use my pearls with pride Times, they are changing and I know I won't fit in unless you show Wish you could make it, ‘cause I can't remember how to walk alone I just tango on
11.
Wanderlust 04:37
Every year in December, since I was a boy wanderlust tears at my roots Top a hill, by a river, under a tree flights of fancy would carry me But the weather was changing, the rain beating down and the fire you lit warmed my bones So on the road that I should have walked dust never rose Every year I remember, still just a boy trading my dreams for a plan On a plane, or a steamboat, far 'cross the sea I had promised myself I would be Though the weather was raging, the rain beating down and the shelter you built kept me dry Oh, the road that I should have walked calling me now The price to be paid for decisions I made is a thousand sleepless nights. Walking around old London town was I ever truly happy? Now the years ran before me, I'm not a boy wanderlust tore out my roots Top the hill, by the river - I used to dream but I see now, it's just a stream And the weather keeps raging, the rain beating down as I ache for a fire I knew Oh, the road that I should have walked dusty and cold The price to be paid for decisions I made is a thousand sleepless nights. Walking around old London town was I ever truly happy?

about

As a professional musician - I've spent my life producing and playing on other people's albums.

On December 2014, my life changed.
I had separated from my partner and best friend of 9.5 years, and resolved to follow my dreams - knowing they would take me far, far away from my home land of Israel.
​Before I turned the lights off and left my studio for the last time, I knew I had to do it...
It was time to record a debut solo album, one that is 100% me.

That journey lasted until May 2016, and took me to unexplored new heights, with some good friends and amazing musicians.
I am excited and humbled to share the resultant recordings with you all!

credits

released May 22, 2016

...when all is said and done – I could never have raised Dust without the amazing few, who pushed the bounds of friendship and can only be considered family.

My deepest gratitude:
To Itay Haruvi, who was with me since the very first day of recording, his nerves of steel helped me keep my cool throughout this intense process.
To Bar Guzi and Yotam Ronen, for writing some of the texts, steering me right and being true friends for most of my life.
To Johnny, Shir-Ran, Avior, Ofir, Inbal-Rotem and Infy, for lending their unique voices to my music and bringing it to life so masterfully!
To Inbal Kim Nahir, for shooting the stunning photos that surround this album, and to Alex and Xenia for the graphic design!

I reserve a special thank you to Yael, Eyal, Liron and Ofir for their endless strength and support.

And to those who lent me their ear, their gear and the wisdom of their years - Sapir Wolloch, Etzy Tal, Marta Mc’Cave Dayan, Gilad Jacobsen, Avraham Tal, Guy Paz, Or Hilay, Abigail Bodner, Nathaniel Ayzick, Omer Spencer and many others who helped in subtle ways they may not even be aware of: This is not my album, it’s ours.

…I really need to sleep now.



Omri Lahav - Vocals, guitars, bass, Celtic harp, accordion
Jonathan Linav - Piano, B3 organ, Fender Rhodes, backing vocals
Bar Guzi - Drums, percussion
Yotam Ronen - Tin whistles
Ofir Lahav - Tin whistles
Shir-Ran Yinon - Violin, viola
Avior Rokah - Trumpet
Inbal-Rotem Sagiv - Backing vocals
Infy Snow - Backing vocals

Recorded and mixed by Itay Haruvi
Mastered by Yuval Silberstein
Piano recorded at Ogen Studios, by Eyal Mahabad

Downtown Point of View, Denver, Tango On lyrics by Bar Guzi
Womb lyrics by Yotam Ronen

Album photography by Inbal Kim Nahir
Graphic design by Alex & Xenia

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Omri Lahav Israel

As a professional musician, I've spent my career
producing and playing on everyone else's albums.

In 2014,I resolved to follow my dreams - knowing they would take me far away from my home land of Israel, to Los-Angeles, CA.

Before I turned the lights off and left my studio for the last time, I knew I had to do it...
It was finally time to record a solo album - one that is entirely my own.
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