Out Of The Black

by Tiki Black

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Released July 16, 2013 on No Sugar Added Records.

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released July 16, 2013

Tiki Black: All lyrics/music, lead/backing vocals; piano for Powder Masks
John Ellis: Piano for all tracks except Powder Masks
Sidiki Dembele: Nkoni, Djembe
Michael Christopher Calvert: Original Cello arrangement
Rachel Shakespeare, Leos Strings: Cello; additional Cello arrangement
Matt Owens: Upright Bass
Niko Paterakis: Piano Arrangement for Open your eyes
Chris Hamilton: Percussions (sticks)
The album is produced by Chris Hamilton and Tiki Black.
Cover photo: Anna Simon at Studio Lotus
Additional photos: Matt Austin (Austin Brothers Ltd)
Design: 3E Web Media
(c) 2013 No Sugar AddEd (NOSE) Records

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"Warm, embracing and timeless" - Spiral Earth

"Moments of extraordinary vision" - Liverpool Sound and Vision

'Songs that tug at the heartstrings without ever giving the impression they were written purely to do so'. Glasswerk
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Track Name: Free Like Smoke
http://tikiblack.com/songs/free-like-smoke/

Close your eyes, Pretend that nothing happened And believe that thus Truth will hide
Close your mind, Pretend that you're ignorant And believe that thus you escape the martyrs' side

But when the truth is stuck in your throat, Bad breath Are you a victim, a scapegoat? Bad faith And when your life is stuck in your throat, Bad death Are you born to survive? Bad fate

Shut your ears Pretend no ghosts haunt your heads And towards future pasts take a ride
Shut your dreams, Pretend you're only human And believe the child in you has die

But when the truth is stuck in your throat, Bad breath Are you a victim, a scapegoat? Bad faith And when your life is stuck in your throat, Bad death Are you born to survive? Bad fate
And you're free like smoke When you'd breathe, you choke

Lock your heart, Pretend you're nothing human And disguise cowardice as pride
Lock your wrongs, Get confused in denials And reject on others what you can't abide

But when the truth is stuck in your throat, Bad breath Are you a victim, a scapegoat? Bad faith And when your life is stuck in your throat, Bad death Are you born to survive? Bad fate
And you're free like smoke When you'd breathe, you choke
Track Name: Listen
http://tikiblack.com/songs/listen

I know of a mountain as high as our fears rise
And clothed of the many golden dresses of the same lies
And its first wrinkle settles in the cell where the why died
And swiftly deeply anchors where habits abide
Listen…

I know of a fountain as low as our faith lies
It reflects the many promises of a higher prize
And the bait is taken in the cell where the why died
And leaves us hooked and hanging high and dry
Listen…

Bridge. (Instrumental)

Our journey is unwritten yet the signs lead our lives
And the letter of the law rules while its spirit dies
Every shortcut leads us then to the cell where the why died
So did the why die so we can merely survive?
Listen…
Track Name: Swollen
This bread has leaven
It had my mind all swollen
I took it out like the snake’s venom
And I spat it out because it’s poison
I don’t want this feed, no more
The last straw broke me down No more lies no more twisted words
I am not hungry Leave me out I am not hungry No, no Leave me out of the king’s feast

This bread has leaven
It had my soul all swollen
So I stepped out of this fast glory train Before my blood got too blue for my vein
I don’t want this puff no more The last straw blew me up No more lies no more empty words
I am no trophy Leave me out I am no trophy No, no Leave me out of the king’s parade

I cannot be living numbed inside No I can not breathe buried inside I cannot be loving scared inside… No more frills to hide the hell inside My body’s swollen I cannot breathe Let me out
I cannot breathe Ah, Ah Let me out of the king’s cage
Track Name: Out Of The Black
Verse 1.
Pain sharpens the blade of her knife
And swims my vein to twist each wound in my life
Some pills dive in my soul to diffuse her rile
And to bribe each grin into a smile

Their chase rides on my nerve and crawls right within
I'd scratch their itch but it's not good for my skin
So I sprinkle some of my spice out of its rack
And I sneeze their insolence out of the Black

Verse 2.
Fear crouches in the marrow of my spine
And sends her shiver crawling up and down its line
Each tribe erects its rules and chants on my stage
To tame my wild heart back inside a cage

Those bars are narrowing my vision, my choice
I'd scream them down but it's not good for my voice
So I dig a hole right through all of that flack
And I express myself out of the Black

Bridge
My soul is crackling her chrysalis
My ghosts will soon meet their nemesis
Each layer peels off and there appears
Out of the Black a breath of fresh air

Verse 3
Pain sharpens the blade of her knife
And swims my vein to twist each wound in my life
Some love dives in my soul just to pat her back
And to bribe each grin out of the Black
Track Name: Escape
She’d walk for long, she’d walk for far She’d sometimes run so much she’s fast
She’d try to escape her ghosts But isn’t she getting lost? She’d want to run, run

She’d hit the shelter of her pain She’d whip it all on to kill the insane
She’d try to escape misery She feels so is she? She wants to run, run

She’d fill and fool her needs of love with What’s left of news, what’s left of machos
She’d try to escape being lonely Is she forsaken, is she free? She wants to run, run

She’d turn her life a shrink-time story And cut it short to fit the hour
She’d try to escape destiny Has time ever been so much money? She wants to run, run

She’d lock herself from outside worlds Cos so much pain waits at her doors
Is she trying to escape her life Or running to feel alive She wants to run, run
Track Name: Etna
Etna, The pressure hits and seals your fate You so fear shame, you so fear hate (Beware) Etna
Etna, You think that you can take it all The first stone even the whole wall (Beware) Etna
Although some pretend it is a weakness To break down You have pushed yourself beyond distress You know now
To rise from the altar of their fears and To cool down Remember all the pain that you have left behind

Etna, The swelling’s distorting your face You’ll soon be running out of space (Breathe out) Etna
Etna, There is only so much of you Soon no more left to hide into (Breathe out) Etna
Although some pretend it is a weakness To melt down You have pushed yourself beyond distress You know now
To rise from the altar of their fears To cool down Remember all the pain that you have left behind

This old blackmail clipped your wings Your breath kept this vicious wheel spinning
Further more And pain and fear hungrier than before.

Etna, When the rock within is breaking The grounds underneath are shaking (Slow down) Etna
Etna, Your heart races ahead of you You can’t keep up that much is true (Slow down) Etna
Although some pretend it is a weakness To run down You have pushed yourself beyond distress You know now
To rise from the ashes of your fears To cool down Remember all the pain that you have left behind

This old blackmail clipped your wings Your blood kept this vicious wheel spinning
Further more And pain and fear thirstier than before.
Track Name: Le Cinquième Élément
Je pleure des chansons de ma larme d’encre Et écoule le désespoir qui entière m’inonde Et me noie et m’immerge dans ce liquide cendre Me plonge dans le stupre et me dévergonde

Je pleure la goutte et se brise le vase Cette larme au coeur veut me noyer la vie Je barbotte et patauge et m’enlise dans sa vase M’engloutit sous sa lie je m’enfouis

Et je nage Un moment libérée Mes bagages Sont restés sur le quai

Je respire l’odeur des fumées hachées Que me souffle ma vie Je m’étouffe des douceurs cachées Du calumet de pédanterie

Je toussote impitoyable tous ces gaz Hors de mes poumons en fumée Et dans la liquide cendre et dans l’extase Je me remets à fumer

Et je vole Libre comme la fumée Mes épaules Un instant allégées

Honte aux sangs bleus Lâchez donc la grappe à ce vin qui me coule dans les veines Et apaise le feu De l’enfer qui me ronge qui me vide et me saigne Laissez la fumée Soufflez veuve vie en moi Et y balayer la poussière qui chaque jour à la terre me rend

Je suis le 5e élément
Track Name: Powder Masks
verse 1. He paints an image of his life With more lies, with more pretending Powder masks spread with a knife Funny isn’t it
verse 2. He gets out and faces the world His face coloured with the script’s pen He plays his role with his heart curled Till the curtain falls and then

chorus. The mask tears out Make up tears away It isn’t funny now The clown breathes again

verse 3. From his choices he tastes the pain Still he smiles and says he’s free While his heart bleeds a bitter rain Funny isn’t it
verse 4. His life is the fluid that goes With the streams of expectations With the whims of trends his day flows Till the night falls and then

chorus. The mask lies down And gives his life a rest I guess No more lies now The clown breathes again

bridge. Will the mask fall as I bend Curtsy of this west-end trend Cut set me free my friend And sound of this act the end

chorus. The mask tears out And pride tears away It isn’t funny now His tears flow again, His tears flow again cos he’s free
Track Name: Silence (No More)
Silence is golden yet my caged soul needs to sing
Silence off her chest and free my inner string
Lift the veil that she throws when she adorns my throat
While she squeezes the life out of my every note
Silence no more

Silence is wisdom once the answers in the wind
Are with mind and tongue as one intertwinned
Only then can she spin her web around my chest
And give my loyal muse a well-deserved rest
Silence no more

Silence is made in heaven so will speak no hell
Denies her peer word the living right to spell
Covers up this madness that’s tearing me apart
And sates her holy void with my muffled heart
Silence no more

Silence is paradise where I delay to stay
For silence advertise(s) a lifetime holiday
And before you know it, you’re confined to a hole
And cannot move a chord to the call of your soul
Silence no more

Silence sealed my lips with a kiss twice a dime
Silence since her tongue is the blade of her crime
Silence held my breath, filled my space, took my time
Silence is the spell that I break with this rhyme
Silence no more
Track Name: Open Your Eyes
Chorus: Open your eyes To the shining sun and the blue skies Open your eyes Have a bite of the moon O word Do not hide in your cocoon

Pre-verse: Not a word and maybe not a pain But the pain grew And the silence I knew Was all in vain

Verse 1: In the beginning was the Word But the Word was made Taboo Now taboos rule the world With promises they woo So is it the difference, indifference That sows the seeds of ignorance That feeds oblivion, silence

Chorus
Pre-verse
Verse 2: In the end was silence And silence fed the taboo Now taboos lead the dance And rock and roll you Have memories shut their doors to the past? Do hearts fake ignorance against martyr? Do ears spit back out all that they hear?

Chorus
End: Little secrets that empower the mighty few Persuading us that it’s peace of mind we choose And we’re brainwashed to think there are truths we can’t hold We wake up to realise that power feeds on the untold