Clara Engel

by Clara Engel

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released April 23, 2006

All Songs Written by Clara Engel

Clara Engel: Voice, Guitar
Morgan Doctor: Drums
Christina Miter: Percussion
Mitchell Girio: Bass
Stephanie Mark: Viola
Paul Swoger-Ruston: Guitar
Joel Dalton: Keyboards

Mixed and Engineered by Mitchell Girio
Mastered by Richard G. Benoit

Cover art by Stanislas Gros

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Clara Engel Toronto, Ontario

Guitarist, songwriter, singer, visual artist.

Based in TO.

Portrait of Clara by Yuki Komura

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Track Name: Black Garlands
come down.....

april sun wanes
prisms of gold
and knives of light
slash the fields open
the sun is far and cold
this garden where i was born
reckless sailor left behind
forgotten in the morning

I see far away lovers
under an old oak tree
the song of their bliss
it rises like a sea
some sweet refuge
from this longing and cold
but I never find shelter
in anyone's arms

I hear the highway singing
a hymn darker than coal
drones deep enough
to unearth buried suns

come down you black garlands
make a bed for me
your dark nectars have poisoned my sleep
I've fallen far
inside and deep
now I'm ready to go
now there's nothing holding me

april sun wanes
prisms of gold
knives of light
slash the fields open
Track Name: Farther Than Portugal
landscapes fly away
I stare at my fingers
and sleep is far away
farther than Portugal
when I am far away

when I am far away
pouring eclipses into bottles
write my name
in the river
then forget me
find another
far away
farther than Portugal
when I am far away

landscapes fly away
into the sad eyes of a stranger
in dreams i touch your face
it's abalone and sea salt
but the ocean is far away
farther than Portugal
when I am far away

landscapes fly away
past nights of wine, earth and ashes
but no ride can take
you far from your homeland
no ride can take
you deeper than dreaming
when i am far away

landscapes fly away
i stare at my fingers
and sleep is far away
farther than portugal
when I am far away
farther than Portugal
when I am far away
farther than Portugal
when I am far away
Track Name: Whip Dance
whip dance quickening
silver
sleek
a rose between your teeth
your teeth
whip dance quickening
silver
sleek
a rose between your teeth
your teeth
whip dance rips red
fibers drawn electric
current in your palm
whip dance dawning
dark as blood
as flowers breaking
through the mud

in the morning
we'll sprout horns

as twin demons
as satyrs sing
our song runs wild
a bloodthirsty howl
for love
Track Name: Turkish Love Song
the scene is dim
a violin is weeping on the street corner
passers by float arm and arm through the night
in my cold seabed room
without warmth of arms or fire
I fell asleep and a strange metal flower cut me
I woke up crying
I have nothing left for bleeding
and now from my chest
a tarnished blossom blooms
cut it off
my skin is screaming
dig it out
it's cold as knives

the scene outside is now deep and black
the violin shrieks wild and burning
its death rattle runs on fire
down my spine
and this metal flower
odourless as winter
it's cold and bitter
and now there's blood on my fingers
tell me what have i ever done to you?

now you've wound your chain around my neck
I feel your hands in mine
your breath on my lips
you've burnt your circle
black
into my chest
you've branded me sleeping
you've sown my blood
with your metal roses
Track Name: Tabu
if there is no ending
if there is no start
I'll lick your
fire center
I'll put my ear
to your heart

you shining black pearl
cast in with the coal
I've watched your dance blossom
like tempests are born

if there is no ending...

dread flower
of knowledge
you've poisoned my child
black flower
of yearning
the sky
is getting dark

if there is no ending...
Track Name: From Berlin To Broadway
from berlin
to broadway
how many cheaters
how many players
have you been

from berlin
to broadway
it's all eyeliner
graceful charades
and the only love you make
is make-believe

from berlin
to broadway
beauties undress
it's razors and whiteface
bloody skyline
burlesque bouquets
come on, drive me mad

from berlin
to broadway
over the rainbows
through back alleys
pots of gold
champagne and candy
only bring you down...
Track Name: Circus Horses
wouldn't you like to buy me a ticket?
would you be so kind, give a poor soul a ride?

circus horses
ride
faster
ride

the sun king is here
he stares past the streamers
the reaper is here
in cufflinks and a tie

wouldn't you like to buy me a ticket?
would you be so kind, give a poor soul a ride?

circus horses
ride
faster
ride

the wine and the fast
brought the thin man to heaven at last
the tents red as sun
the sun howls
like burning glass
between the whiteface clowns
sword swallowers
and high wires
I hear ragged strains
echoes of an old time choir
and the horses eyes blaze silver
with fright
all these hungry faces
fly back into fire

circus horses
ride
faster
ride