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Polaris

by Akash Vincent

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1.
Who I Am 05:48
I’m changing mask after mask All I feel at home with is my skin, as far from the celebrated it may seem to be I am young, it’s a long way to go before I have weathered the storms To see the fruit that my own heart bears for me Melodies and words On a paper could you tell me who I am? I'll send off these songs To the world as bottled letters But do they speak for me? There are so many faces in frames from which I may choose to be So many lives from which I may choose to lead I will keep myself from getting lost If I remember what my chase is all about It's not to be for them But to find out who I am It's only now that my hands know to tell the anatomy of me from the words that made their way in ink in front of me It's time and time again I find myself realizing I cannot judge my own book by the chapters unfolded to me So my heart, you need to speak to me We need to be in this together you see Show me what hopes you are made up of And show me what scars you need to heal of And I will find for you a life you may find redemption through Where I will always remember Where I will always remember Yes I will always remember That it's not to be for them But to find out who I am
2.
Free 05:26
I come to you with my heart on the outside of my chest Oh won't you hear? Come near to hear the things I have to say Love can be a puzzle But it's here to set us free Oh won't you sing? Come dance to life so strange and go on sing And we run, and we run, and we run Until we find our homes This path we're walking For how long will we be walking like this together? And we love, and we love, and we love To show ourselves how to be free Let's keep it burning I'll keep your love and you keep my love burning Let me see you free Let me see you free We'll both be free In the end we know it's the heart that has it's say Go along without me, don't ever hesitate There's nothing to fear Our love, let’s not let it live on fear I'll stay alive In your heart with these songs if nothing else Come sing along Come drown yourself in these words and sing along And we'll look, and we'll look and we'll look For ways to calm our souls Come rest here while we can Come put your hand in mine while we can And we'll ask, and we'll ask and we'll ask Our hearts a million things It will answer in its own time Yes, it's no news that it answers in its own time
3.
Troublesome 03:51
When you stand in front of me with your head low Oh there's nothing I'd want more than to hold you up and love you so And these eyes that speak so much to me, now tell me Do I not answer your questions? Do I not show you what it is I see? Ask me why I don't ask for you Ask me why I don't plead with you You're a picture I've fallen in love with Though troublesome it might sound to you I will not change your smile, your joy, your laugh So mischievous Even if it means not taking you by your hand Not if it's away from this world so dear to you This world that makes you who you are In all your childish ways, in all your womanly grace In all that you dream so strong You're a picture I've fallen in love with Though troublesome it might sound to you And my hands might not hold you the same And my heart might not love you the same As what you had known for so long But they are only some of the things I can do to make you uncover parts of you And know you're even more beautiful When you're bare and I see the world through you Oh now lay out all your cards to me Show me all as flaws you see And I will kiss them and tell you That they’re a part of what makes one in love with you In all your childish ways, in all your womanly grace In all that you dream so strong You're a picture I've fallen in love with Though troublesome it might sound to you
4.
Anyway 04:30
The world can be in storms and ruins Yet I will find my home in you Pictures paint a life so real through their faded hues We have come a long way my love But all along a wall in between We have learnt a million trades Just not to say how we feel We fall short of means in finding words We fall short of means in speaking through our touch To say there’s no one we hold more dear To say there’s no pain or joy more real than in yours A play of fate and I’m not sure I’m told it has the strength of a stone Should we feel a dearth of something there’s an abundance of? It’s not you whom I’ll ask for answers I’ll wait for life to tell me Why we keep away from people who can make us heal? We fall short of means in finding words We fall short of means in speaking through our touch To say there’s no one we hold more dear To say there’s no pain or joy more real than in yours Because this armour you protect yourself with I can see through all of it now anyway And these dreams you deem unreal for this world I can see them coming alive anyway
5.
Circles 05:47
Shoot him down Burn him alive Gather 'round and watch him take his fall As entertaining as it is We watch it all We watch it on and on There's something wrong If we're pleased in her cries And we crowd up as if for a play We're children who have laughed the same We've all cried the same Yes, some of us have gone astray Still tainted by our own fears But unless we see ourselves in them we're just another killer The things that leave us feeling wronged How come those are that we pass along? In circles we are lining up But fail to tell when something's come back to us And happiness is to you what it is to me In calling them the devil is not where the answer's been Not throwing stones at him Not reeling her in shame Not murder of a name has set us free Not changing minds with fear Not hanging on display and making bets on lives like yours and mine Are you sure that you're not him/her/them in different shoes?

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released August 10, 2017

Fabio Carlucci - trumpet
Rie Ona - saxophone
Utsav Lal - piano
Aman Mahajan- keyboard
Nawahineokala'i Lanzilotti - cello
Abhinav Khokhar - bass
Nikhil Mawkin - drums
Chayan Adhikari - backing voice

Produced by Akash Vincent
Co-produced by Nikhil Mawkin
Mixed and co-produced by Gaurav Chintamani
Mastered by Steve Nagasaki, Nagasaki sound
Trumpet, guitars and cello recorded at The Piano Man Jazz Club by Ananddev Banerjee
Vocals recorded at Quarter Note Studios by Gaurav Chintamani

Artwork by Nandini Bansal

All songs written by Akash Vincent
www.akashvincent.com

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Akash Vincent is a singer-songwriter living in Delhi.

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