Dust

by Omri Lahav

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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, Avraham Tal, Guy Paz, Or Hilay, Nathaniel Ayzick, Omer Spencer, Gilad Jacobsen, Abigail Bodner 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

Omri Lahav (30), is a professional musician.
Having built a career around scoring media projects, producing and playing on albums for various artists - Lahav is now releasing his debut solo album, "Dust".

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Track Name: At the Door
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
Track Name: Downtown Point of View
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
Track Name: Road
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
Track Name: Smoke
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
Track Name: Womb
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
Track Name: The Last Train Home
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
Track Name: Faith and Fate
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
Track Name: Denver
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
Track Name: One Last Glance
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
Track Name: Tango On
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
Track Name: Wanderlust
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?