Wonderland

by Roman Rising

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Featuring mellow bossa cuts and courteous hat-tips to reggae, world, electronica and folk, "Wonderland" is Roman Rising's debut solo album.

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released September 4, 2012

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Roman Rising Boston, Massachusetts

Roman Rising is a multi-genre artist known for his work with the bands One Drum, Sindoolaa, De La Buena, Urban Empress and the UrbanItes, and Tristan Royalty Squad. His new album "Wonderland" is inspired by a confluence of electronica, folk, world, reggae, jazz, bossa/samba, and rock. ... more

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Track Name: Phénix
Je vois un phénix volant dans les airs
Je vois un phénix émergeant des cendres
Je vois un phénix brûler une maison de verre
Je vois un phénix qui s'envole sans souci

Un oiseau, une flamme, les deux criaient mon nom
Volez dans les airs puis venez m’enlever
Tout ce dont je crevé n’est qu’un baiser
Oh phénix, tu me fais frémir de passion

Rise, phénix rise, phénix flies, born again
Die, phénix sighs, phénix dies in a bed of flame
Rise, phénix rise, phénix flies, born again
Die, phénix sighs, phénix dies in a bed of flame

A bird of flame calling out my name
Symbolizing change through trials of pain
It took a while for the change to come
But it’s here to stay and we’ve just begun
To fly, to soar, to shine like stars
Coming out of hiding, coming out of the dark
The longer the wait, the greater the prize
It’s time sublime for the phénix to rise

Je vois un phénix volant dans les airs
Je vois un phénix émergeant des cendres
Je vois un phénix brûler une maison de verre
Je vois un phénix qui s'envole sans souci

Un oiseau, une flamme, les deux criaient mon nom
Planez dans les airs puis venez m’enlever
Tout ce dont je crevé n’est qu’un toucher
Oh phénix, tu me fais frémir de passion
Track Name: Come Brother Now
Come brother now to a foreign land
Got to take a soldier by the hand
Mama mama come look at the dawn
Of an endless war we all have wrought

Come sista now do you hear the sound
Of a gun being fired into a crowd
Hear my voice, there's still the people
Who dare to say we're all not equal

Got to hold on to the hands of the people now
Don't let our differences separate our hearts
We've all got to realize there's something wrong
This is our world, and we've all got to stand our ground

Come family now, do you hear this song?
Try to come together before too long
Remember differences need not be
An excuse to ignore similarities

Got to hold on to the hands of the people now
Don't let our differences separate our hearts
We've all got to realize there's something wrong
This is our world, and we've all got to stand our ground
Track Name: Songbird
Come walking out through the sunshine dear
Keep smiling, the blue grass it grows high here
Just waiting for someone like you to come
And join me, step out into the sun

I have to tell you a story now
This music didn't come from me, you know how
A songbird singin' up in the trees
Sang me this melody that you hear

Songbird sang so sweetly
I felt my spirit rise in greeting
As I lay beneath the morning sun
Songbird I wish I knew why you chose my ears to hear you
And why haven't I heard you since that day

The water, source of life, can you see
Reflections of who we are meant to be
Enchanted by things that look like the truth
Distracted and wasted away our youth

Between the sea and the endless sky
Is music that comes to me by and by
Oh songbird singin' up in the trees
Release me, your song has flown with the breeze

Songbird won't you hear me
You sang your song now you won't come near me
As I lift my voice to sing the tune
Songbird why'd you leave me
You filled my cup but you took my feelings
Won't you come and set my spirit free?
Track Name: Distant Dream
Distant dream
I look at her and she's breathing low
I watch her sleep

Distant dream
Vanilla scent as she lays with me
Slow mornings spent in bed

Distant dream
We're in the car, NPR is on, we're listening

Distant dream
All her plans to visit Panama, we'd go around
and 'round and 'round, the dreams we found
Burnt to the ground, destroyed our little world

To wrap your heart around a firecracker
Fuse is lit, clinging tight together
Sometimes fire sparks from air
Sometimes water drowns our dreams
Come up for air, but it's not there

Distant dream
I look for her but she's not around
I loved her so, walked out that door
Came back no more
Adieu
Track Name: Hummingbird
Hummingbird you've flown into my world
And everything is now impearled
Time stops whenever you're around
My heart is held, I am spellbound by your delicate grace
The laughter that flows in your wake
Sweet honey, sweet honey nectar you bring
The sweetest bliss

Hummingbird you've come into my life
And look how clouds have passed us by
Warm breezes flowing all around
And flowers call out for your touch
And you're hovering near
Then tracing a flight ‘round the stars
Hummingbird, sweet honey nectar you bring
The sweetest bliss

Hummingbird dances so freely
Treasures my secrets completely
Hummingbird kisses me windy
Tends my garden with her kiss of nectar
Track Name: Seeds
Darkness deep within
Light that's outside in
Darkness hides inside
Fears that won't subside
Years spent all alone
Nowhere left to turn
Seeds of dark do grow
If we water them

Choices we all make
Learning how to live
Grow from our mistakes
Crumble into hate
Light and dark are poised
Balanced on a string
Seeds will tend to grow
If we water them

Sunshine on my face
Clouds faded away
Hold me, we are one
Dancing in the sun
A calm that grows within
Darkness can't prevail
Seeds of light do grow
If we water them
Track Name: Embrace
Embrace the rhythm (embrace the rhythm) if it's the last thing you do
Make sure the music (make sure the music) is the last thing you lose
Just let your spirit (just let your spirit) blow the wind at your blues
Embrace the rhythm (embrace the rhythm) if it's the last thing you do

Just listen to the music, let the rhythm fill your soul
Surrender all your fears, let the music take control
Unlock your restless body, and abandon all your tears
Don't spend a wasted lifetime, regretting all your fears

Embrace the rhythm (embrace the rhythm) if it's the last thing you do
Make sure the music (make sure the music) is the last thing you lose
Just let your spirit (just let your spirit) blow the wind at your blues
Embrace the rhythm (embrace the rhythm) if it's the last thing you do

Be honest with yourself, has your life come undone?
You thought you'd be eternal, running circles ‘round the sun
Your life is far from over, my friend guess again
It’s time you let the music help you to transcend

Embrace the rhythm (embrace the rhythm) if it's the last thing you do
Make sure the music (make sure the music) is the last thing you lose
Just let your spirit (just let your spirit) blow the wind at your blues
Embrace the rhythm (embrace the rhythm) if it's the last thing you do
Track Name: Time
Change is all around, brings me up and down
Flowing like the tide, challenging my mind
Trouble is within coiled up like a spring
Waiting for a knock inside a ticking clock
Lost without a trace, fallen in disgrace
Couldn't compromise, couldn't live a lie
Waiting for the day when grief will pass away
Waiting for the rain to wash away the pain

Time is changing me (gives me new eyes to see)

Change is all around, moves without a sound
Breaking through the chains keeping me enslaved
Time is like a flame calling out my name
Burns the open page written by my rage
Change is calling out, its deafness like a shout
Crying out again, it's driving me insane
Like water wearing rock, the pleading never stops
In circles running ‘round until I'm buried in the ground

Time is changing me (gives me new eyes to see)

Time is changing me, flowing over me like water from the ocean's deep
Time is changing me, flowing over me (something's coming over me)
Time is changing me, flowing over me (change it wields an open blade)
Time is changing me, in the things I feel, the answer's always found within
Track Name: Your Eyes
Once again I'm lost and I can’t find my way
Around and through the labyrinth of day
By day an icy wind enfolds my heart
Implores but I am haunted by those
Dreams that lead to distant lands
I'm weary of my life's demands
Mistakes I've made I can't deny
And now you're gone and I’m dreaming of your eyes
Glowing like twin sunsets, pregnant with the morning

I feel so alive when I look in your eyes
And open my heart to the love in your smile

My fears do subside when I look in your eyes
They melt the fortress of ice around my heart

I feel so alive when I look in your eyes
Reflecting the light… the light

Behold as the golden dawn breaks night
Could your eyes be rising?

In your eyes I found a mirror to my soul
The search revealed a diamond in the coal
Burning bright we drift and dance into the night
Fallen stars maybe, but stars still shine their light