String Of Pearls

by Annabelle Chvostek

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1.
Je t’ai vue hier soir Cachée dans le noir Sous la lune argentée Tes cheveux comme la nuit
 Tes joues comme des fruits
 Ma chérie, t’es une vraie beauté Oh là là
 Oui, oui ça va, Oh la gaieté, Felicité, felicité Je glisse sur ta peau et on fait des sursauts Mon amour, mes cuisses sont chaudes I saw you last night in the soft moonlight
 And it wasn’t a moment too soon
 Your hair black as night and your cheeks fit to bite My darling, how do you do? Oh my, here is my thigh Oh yes,
this is the best I swim in your skin and we roll and we win And the morning begins to bloom
2.
I’ll grow a pearl This grain of sand got under my skin If I revolve, evolve and spin I’ll grow a pearl A string of pearls Each one a story under my skin Would not give up, did not give in A string of pearls Shimmering silken in their glow Little planet system tougher than bone I got through all this and I can show My string of pearls Turning swirls of all I’ve known
3.
Cannabin 05:32
Cannabin, Cannabin Take me in oh take me in We made it past the Zollverein So kiss my cheeks oh cherubin I've run away with Jacobin We have a plan and we will win But who will reign after the king The tyrant and the guillotine Aaaah We were tired and we were thin We followed that young Franciscan His eyes were soft but oh the sins Profane Illumination grins Go ask Walter Benjamin This rose my heart, these streets my kin Ambrosia for my nuclein Oh Cannabin oh Cannabin Aaaah Oh revolution now be won On dewdrops drying in the sun While we have foggy fire-lit fun All vessels brimming deep crimson And if the die-off comes again We've cinnamon and soft mullein We'll wear it in our beaks and then We'll smooth the edge with Cannabin Aaaaaah
4.
Walls 05:02
Before the sky turns into walls Can we watch the dusk fall Purple light on the snow I know you made the call I know you made the call And I’m happy, I’m happy I know you made the call And I’m happy with it all I had a dream last night There were holes in the walls Filled with other peoples stuff Couldn’t keep track of it all I know you keep it out I know, I know I know you keep it out I know that you do The light’s an open palm And the branches keep us calm We don’t leave today But when we do we won’t be gone When we do we won’t be gone And I’m happy, I’m happy I don’t know what’s going on But I’ve been happy all along I’m a holy fool And a killer too And I leave it all with you
5.
C’est pas facile D’être humain D’être humain D’être humain C’est pas facile D’être humain C’est pas facile, c’est pas facile Il y a mille petite douceurs Dans la douleur Dans la douleur Il y a mille petite douleurs Dans la douceur Dans la douceur Personne n’a dit que ça serait simple Personne n’a dit que Ça serait si beau Les fleurs et la merde La fumée et l’air pur Le bruit et le calme L’exquis et l’affreux Malgré tous ces détours Je t’aime encore Je t’aime toujours C’est pas facile
6.
Come Back 03:06
I'll sell off all my gadgets and trade them in for wine Empty empty everything We're running out of time I’ll throw my books into the fire To share its blessed heat I’ll give up all my carbs, just let me have a little meat I spun into a spiral with a tablet and its news Sensationalist crap intended to the heart confuse Eroded by a sickening tale That crushes to despair The sun still warms the flowers yet I cannot feel the air Come back! Oh go away Come back! It's best to stay This little life we build I do not want to stray Come back! Oh go away (we’ll find a way!) Come back come back! The mugshot of the perpetrator branded on my brain A vision of his actions Ignitions of its pain Consumption is consuming me I have to turn it off and with it tiny house dreams and the meme inspiring trough Teetering with teacups Too many on the tray In morning mist a dinosaur has knocked them down to play Pick up the little pieces Add them to the wall Calm now start unveiling It's time to make the call Come BACK...! Everything at fingertips with every feed the brain trips A day is such a loaded thing but chasing it would only bring Another and another day of churning minds that leak and spray Oh where am I? So far away Come back! Come back!
7.
J'veux pas finir mes jours à Tombouctou La peau tirée par des machines à clous Moi je veux être fripé, triplement fripé Frippé comme une triplette de Belleville J'veux pas finir ma vie à Acapulco (Acapulco) Danser tout raide avec des gigolos Moi je veux être tordu, triplement tordu Balancé comme une triplette de Belleville Swinging Belleville rendez-vous, marathon dancing doum dilou Vovo cancan, balais tabou au Belleville swinging rendez-vous J'veux pas finir ma vie à Singapour Jouer au dico, manger des petits fours Moi je veux être idiot, triplement z'idiot Gondolé comme une triplette de Belleville J'veux pas finir ma vie à Honolulu Chanter comme un oiseau ça n'se fait plus Je veux ma voix brisée, triplement brisée Swinguer comme une triplette de Belleville Swinging Belleville rendez-vous, marathon dancing doum dilou Vovo cancan, balais tabou au Belleville swinging rendez-vous J'voudrais finir ma vie à Katmandou C'est bien plus doux de faire des rimes en "ou" Mais je veux être givré, triplement givré Swinguer comme les triplettes de Belleville Swinging Belleville rendez-vous… X2
8.
There is a light in the forest There is a face in the tree I'll pull you out of the chorus And the first one's always free You can never go a-hunting With just a flintlock and a hound You won't go home with a bunting If you blow a hundred rounds It takes much more than wild courage Or you'll hit the tattered clouds You must have just the right bullets And the first one's always free You must be careful in the forest Broken glass and rusty nails If you're to bring back something for us I have bullets for sale Why be a fool when you can chase away Your blind and your gloom I have blessed each one of these bullets And they shine just like a spoon To have sixty silver wishes Is a small price to pay They'll be your private little fishes And they'll never swim away I just want you to be happy That's my only little wish I'll fix your wagon and your musket And the spoon will have its dish And I shudder at the thought of your Poor empty hunter's pouch So I'll keep the wind from your barrel And bless the roof of your house
9.
When I was seventeen I tried to save the world But how do you save the world? In its melting, fiery roar I found that I’d stopped playing my guitar Was too busy for all that The waiting world could wait no more A vastness came to view, I was tiny I was few With my bigger picture actually quite small If I could talk to me then now I’d say relax and take some time Don’t give up too much to give your all. Halfway through and now I know I’ll never Fall upon that moment I imagined where I’d Settled and resolved All anxieties be solved Halfway through I know I may never know When I was twenty and my mind began to spin A messianic din Constellations of all stars Theologies to haul through twisted darkness And the beauty that befalls On the starry ship to mars I thought that they were prophets Who would take me round the world with my bigger picture actually quite small If I could talk to me then now I’d say relax and take some time Don’t give up too much to give your all. Halfway through and now I know I’ll never Fall upon that moment I imagined where I’d Settled and resolved All anxieties be solved Halfway through I know I may never know In my thirties when I toured so many towns Ilfracomb to Parry Sound Truth more humble than the dream I had times that were so glamorous and fun But I lost a lot of friends Broke my body for the team Now I’m at the stage where a disillusion stays Loves leaders leave this life before their time I am talking to myself Sunlight and love are greatest wealth Slow down and be simplicity sublime Halfway through and now I know I’ll never Fall upon that moment I imagined where I’d Settled and resolved All anxieties be solved Halfway through I know I may never know
10.
The Fool 03:34
In the tarot The fool is good He takes a risk (Makes a wish - 2nd time) Jumps off a cliff And if you insult him He doesn’t get mad Just takes it and leaves it And then he is glad He never thinks twice No need to ask why Delicious spice He’s learning to fly Oh but oh, if only I knew That that fool was me I certainly feel like a fool But at least I am free
11.
That smile is for me I’m gonna put it in my pocket, (put it in my pocket) keep it for when I need Nothings gonna stop it, (Nothings gonna stop it) Firefly, you’re my firefly Firey little willow Whispering free Tiny rising pod of electricity You just love You just love That’s what I love about you You just love Come and walk with me Far away from trouble (far away from trouble) In the core of our hearts we are free We’ve got our little bubble (got our little bubble) Firefly, you’re my firefly (Silent diamond floating, gorgeous omen setting, Firefly sparkling so free, swimming in air effortlessly, Firefly) Molecule if life and luminosity Flooding all my cells In darkness I can see You just love You just love That’s what I love about you You just love The world is spinning and I know what’s going on Keep sparking up the shadows as you go along You just love You just love That’s what I love about you You just love
12.
My baby baby baby Stares into the light I don't know what she sees there It must be quite the sight Maybe it's a memory of another time in flight My baby baby baby Stares into the light My baby baby baby Sleeps upon my chest Her feet are at my waist And her head is at my neck My heart is all exploding In this sweet moment of rest It's the best The best My baby baby baby Dreams into the night Her face is ever-changing Her little smiles are bright Her eyes are little butterflies Dancing in their flight My baby baby baby Dreams into the night

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Watch official and live videos for the String of Pearls album on YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/AnnabelleChvostekMusic/

Annabelle Chvostek's sixth album 'String of Pearls' brings together her Canadian singer-songwriter tradition and the nostalgia of her East European heritage with a long-standing connection to Uruguay. The songs were arranged and co-produced in Montevideo by long-time collaborator, Fernando Rosa, who gathered some of Uruguay's stellar classical, tango, and jazz musicians to add to a contemporary sound that harkens back to the grittiness of 1930s tango, vaudeville cabaret and swinging hot jazz. On the Canadian side, long-standing bandmate Tony Spina is back on drums alongside members of Toronto's vibrant Jazz Manouche community. Toronto producer David Travers-Smith works his magic in bringing together the Canadian and Uruguayan tracking to attain a uniquely diverse cross-cultural, cross-temporal sonic montage.

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released March 26, 2021

Produced by David Travers-Smith, Fernando Rosa and Annabelle Chvostek.
Musical arrangements by Fernando Rosa.
Vocal arrangements by Annabelle Chvostek.
Engineered by David Travers-Smith, Esteban Pesce, Gustavo de León, Annabelle Chvostek, and Tony Spina.
Recorded at found.sound.toronto and MQGV Studio in Toronto, Estudios Sondor in Montevideo, and at personal studios in Montreal, Toronto, and Montevideo.

All songs written by Annabelle Chvostek except:
Walls (Chvostek/Katz), D'être humain (Chostek/Rosa), Belleville rendez-vous (Charest/Chomet/Chedid), and Just The Right Bullets (Tom Waits).

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Annabelle Chvostek is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and composer whose musical achievements range from folk to jazz to indie-pop. Her latest album String of Pearls is a cross-cultural collaboration between Canadian and Uruguayan artists. You can watch official and live videos for String of Pearls on YouTube. ... more

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