Unrelenting Sun

by Ara Astourian

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released February 10, 2015

recorded December 2014 - January 2015

All songs written, arranged, and performed by Ara Astourian. Recorded and mixed by Ara Astourian in Pasadena, California. Mastered by Dave Osti in Arcadia, California.

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Thanks to Dad for hitting ⌘-spacebar while I recorded the guitar part on Waitin' For The Rain. Thanks to Hovik for generously lending me his bass at the 11th hour. Thanks to Ike for helping create the cover artwork. Thanks to Dave for taking an interest in me and my music and mastering the album. Thanks to all those who gave me the opportunity to workshop these songs by coming to my monthly shows at Old Towne Pub. And thanks to you for taking the time to listen.

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Track Name: Kill Me (I)
Out in Tennessee, I met a man of ministry,
Told him I'd believe if only I could see the sin within me.

Then out across the sea I walked the streets of stilted city,
Learned that I could be so lonely I would beg a man to kill me.

Kill me.
Track Name: The Road To Nowhere
Even when the way is wide,
Even when the day is dry,
People gotta take the time
To rest a while.

Just have a little fun,
Then we'll move on.

So we're headin' down the road,
Yeah, we're headin' down the road,
Now we're headin' down the road
To nowhere.

Even though they told you that,
Now you see it ain't that bad.
People never understand
What they've never had.

And, really, there is just so much to see,
And this road will probably
Be just as fast.

So we're headin' down the road,
Yeah, we're headin' down the road,
Now we're headin' down the road
To nowhere.

I've been headin' down the road,
I've been headin' down the road,
I've been headin' down the road,
To no...

I've been headin' down the road,
I've been headin' down the road,
I've been headin' down the road,
To nowhere.
Track Name: Bad Water
Till I know it's warm enough,
I just watch the water run.
Once I'm in, be about one quarter hour
Till I'm done.

I know it's true.
What will I do?

When in the very same span of time,
Some young man risks his life,
By quenching thirst with some bad water and will
Pay the price.

I know it's true.
What will I do?

That's the kind of true you know I wish I never knew
Because it pushes me,
To look around and think about the things that I could do without
Easily.
Trouble is that I just stop at noticing,
And I don't change a single thing.

I know it's true.
What will I do?
Track Name: I Helped A Honeybee
It was a sunny Sunday like any other,
The air was crisp and cool.
I was in the backyard walkin' around,
When I saw it in the pool.

Oh, me! A honeybee
Trying to take flight.
So I grabbed a leaf, saved the little one,
And set her in the light.

I helped a honeybee!
I helped a honeybee!
Yeah, I set her free from a quandary.
Said I set her free from a quandary.

No longer just a day like any other,
Given what I'd done.
Oh, the little she-bee was walkin' around
Tryin' to dry off in the sun.

When she flew away, I called out,
"Be the best bee you can be!"
Lucky for her, she got a firsthand lesson
In charity from me.

I helped a honeybee!
I helped a honeybee!
Take a look at me - how exemplary.
Take a look at me - how exemplary.

Never mind the jealousy or the infidelity...
(I helped a honeybee!)
That earn me all my enemies, blemish all my memories...
(I helped a honeybee!)

I helped a honeybee!
I helped a honeybee!
Keep an eye on me - you might learn something.
Keep an eye on me - you'll probably learn something.
Track Name: A Violent Light
You're so pretty,
You really are.
But I know you never wanna come back home,
And it breaks my heart.

I've never seen eyes like yours.
I've never seen a smile like yours.
Even in a violent light,
You were still a perfect sight.
But I don't see you anymore.

Cause you're done trying,
You say you are.
You know I'll never make it on my own,
Don't break this heart.

So you got a little bruise,
What's that next to all I do for you?
And now you think you'll get away,
Who you think you're foolin', baby?
Not me - not anybody.

So come home, darlin', to,
A brand new start.
We know, if it ever has to come to blows,
I won't go as hard.
Track Name: Unrelenting Sun
Everywhere they're livin', movin' unaware,
Just as though the threat of it was never there.
They come and go,
On and on without a care.

But in its fire, the sky prefigures,
What they always said the one would soon deliver.
Started slow and started small,
But gettin' bigger.

People standing underneath an unrelenting sun,
God is laughing, I am on the run.

It's here, it's here,
The moment I'd been moving toward.
Now I know what I didn't know before,
In sin, in sin,
What once was waiting at the door.

People playing underneath an unrelenting sun,
God is laughing, I am on the run.
People playing underneath an unrelenting sun,
God is laughing, I am on the run.

Run.

But in its fire, the sky prefigures,
What they always said the one would soon deliver.
Started slow and started small,
But gettin' bigger.

In its fire, the sky prefigures,
What they always said the one would soon deliver.
Started slow and started small.
But gettin' bigger,
It's gettin' bigger.

People burning underneath an unrelenting sun,
God is laughing, I am on the run.
People burning underneath an unrelenting sun,
God is laughing, I am on the run.

Unrelenting sun, down on everyone,
God is shouting, "Nowhere left to run!"
There's nowhere left to run.
There's nowhere left to run.
There's nowhere left to run.
Track Name: On My Own
Get a call out to a bar,
Just after dark.
So I roll down Villa Knolls,
Take the train to Highland Park.

Grab a single seat beside the door,
Watchin' people as they board.

I'm on my own.

I walk into the dive
Envisioning a real good time.
But I spend most of the night
Hangin' out with Jon Charles Wright.

He's a pretty good guy, just not the kind
Of a good time that I had in mind.
And in my mind...

I'm on my own.

I'm sure next time,
It all will go just as I'd like.

Get a load of my hope -
You'd think I'd never had nights like this before...

When I'm on my own.

I'm headed home,
And I'm on my own.
Track Name: Waitin' For The Rain
I’ve lived here all my life,
It’s always been pretty dry,
This year, not a single thing descending from the sky.

But I heard a rumor risin’,
Out beyond our own horizon,
There’s a storm that’s formed, and that storm is comin’ by.

They say it’s comin’ tonight,
I’m waitin’ for the rain, waitin’ for the rain, waitin’ for the rain.
I swear they better be right,
I’m waitin’ for the rain, waitin’ for the rain.

The wind has been too much to bear,
Dust blowin’ in the air,
Coverin’ my skin, it’s in my eyes and in my hair.

If there’s truth in what they’re sayin’,
I’ll be out there in that rain,
I’ll be clean, no matter what it means, I’m gettin’ there.

They say it’s comin’ tonight,
I’m waitin’ for the rain, waitin’ for the rain, waitin’ for the rain.
I swear they better be right,
I’m waitin’ for the rain, waitin’ for the rain.

It’s been a rule for all of time,
Would take a fool to deny,
When water falls, water rises,
Waitin’ for the rain.

It’ll turn the dirt to mud,
Gather up into a flood,
Rise against my sweat and blood,
Waitin’ for the rain.

Wash me down or wash me out,
There’ll be no way about it,
Put an end to all this doubt,
I'm waitin’ for the rain.

Let it kill me, I don’t care,
Or carry me away from here.
It could take me anywhere,
Take me anywhere,
Take me anywhere.

They say it’s comin’ tonight,
I’m waitin’ for the rain, waitin’ for the rain, waitin’ for the rain.
I swear they better be right,
I’m waitin’ for the rain, waitin’ for the rain.
Track Name: Hey
Hey,
I left my home.
And as it goes,
I'm on my own.

Hey,
The way is wide,
The day is dry,
The sun is high.

I need help.
I need help.
Cause I can't seem
To help myself.

Hey,
I wait for rain,
I pray for rain,
I beg for rain.

I need help.
Track Name: Kill Me (II)
You were the one,
And then I wronged you,
And it was not long before
I knew what you would do to me.

And when I am alone, it won't let me go,
I know you're gonna show,
Know you're gonna show,
Know you're gonna...

Kill me.

I fill my ears and eyes
Till I'm deaf and blind,
To what is hiding
Here inside me.

But when I am alone, it won't let me go,
I know it's gonna show,
Know it's gonna show,
Know it's gonna...

Kill me.

Kill me.