freedom from want

by Sidewalk Cellist - Clara Shandler

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Vancouver's Sidewalk Cellist is taking the classics out of the concert hall and throwing them to the streets with a nearly-indestructible carbon-fiber cello! Clara Shandler provides a musical mix of everything from jazz to heavy metal for audiences of all shapes and sizes.

Proceeds from Clara's music benefits music education projects in Burma and Cambodia. Visit www.singingtree.ca for more information.

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released October 28, 2013

Clara Shandler - cello, vocals, keys, composition (www.sidewalkcellist.com)
Dr. Timothy Van Cleave - percussion (www.timothyvancleave.com)
Mark Haney - double bass (www.markhaney.ca)
Anita Eccleston - trumpet (www.anitaeccleston.com)
Stefan Mears - producer (www.somasoundsystem.wix.com/installations)
Jeremy Hannigan - artwork, illustrations (www.jeremyhannigan.com)

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Track Name: Stranger
Stranger

some factors never falter
some tears will never be shed
I will never bind my eyes
your ears will have me read

let me roam and watch me wander
but don't ever, ever be a stranger
lips and tongues and hands may part
but there's something very stubborn about my heart

you let me in you brought me close
the subtleties evoked a ghost
risking destruction, I made my sting
panic is impatient, a terrible thing

let me roam and watch me wander
but don't ever, ever be a stranger
lips and tongues and hands may part
but there's something very stubborn about my heart

in our freedom we are falling
is it love that gives us wings?
open air and space for breathing
strengthens the beauty we are seeking

let me roam and watch me wander
but don't ever, ever be a stranger
lips and tongues and hands may part
but there's something very stubborn about my heart
Track Name: Tie and Untie
Tie & Untie

a passion that results in sweaty sheets and sticky fingers
an ever-moving moment that turns hours into seconds
knots of legs and feet tie and untie,
tie and untie,
tie and untie
forever doesn't exist,
death, distance, or difference this will end,
oh no, it can't be so

the only sacrifice is an hour or two of sleeping
the looks you give me, so much better than sleeping
minuets of toes smash lovingly,
smash 1-2-3,
smash lovingly
forever doesn't exist,
death, distance, or difference this will end,
oh no, it can't be so

take out the words, the roses, the validation
give our love a fighting chance
thicker skin and stronger backs want more, more, more,
I could, almost everyday
Track Name: Betel Red
Betel Red

I regret my desperation,
I recant the stones I've cast
harbouring insecurities
burdening loaded masks

I'll find comfort in my solitude and fill myself with peace
dissolve impulse and cowardice, seek patience not defeat
in silence I will await a greater understanding
my role, my life, my influence, and a sense of what is fading

I regret my great consumption
I recant my selfish ways
suckling and conspiring
expecting, desiring more

I'll find comfort in my solitude and fill myself with peace
dissolve impulse and cowardice, seek patience not defeat
in silence I will await a greater understanding
my role, my life, my influence, and a sense of what is fading

if my love can shelter some darkness from your eyes
then all my love I offer to help you to the skies
I'll stand naked in the fires of the world
strip me of my weaker skin and you'll be left with quite a girl
Track Name: Trickle Down
Trickle Down

I've been waiting for the love to trickle down
I've been searching for any sign of rain
the earth is dry enough and sad as it is
the living hunger, they thirst for so much more

when, will it all pour down?
will you surrender your comfort and crown?
if you are free, feel the power of love
the love of power, seduces and drowns

the distance between us has grown so vast
but its not the differences that will last
we are one family, we share one home
divide and conquer to pleasure your own

when, will it all pour down?
will you surrender your comfort and crown?
if you are free, feel the power of love
the love of power, seduces and drowns

there's no satisfaction in wanting more
believing the void is anything but inside
the comforts surround us, distractions galore
but its what we're missing that's worth so much more

when, will it all pour down?
will you surrender your comfort and crown?
if you are free, feel the power of love
the love of power, seduces and drowns
Track Name: The Wall and Cavern
The Wall and Cavern

we're quite dissimilar after all
you're two dimensional, you're a wall
you're shallow and you're thin, quite unlike the one in Berlin
when east met west, the wall did fall

one side was painted, the other was grey
hardened and naked, guarded by day
it took a fool to get close, naive to the danger
shot by the guards, spilled blood for a wager

if you are a wall than I am a cavern
twisting through shadows with light to return
the echos may fade but I'm still full of song
no use for defences, my insides are strong

I refuse to be fearful, I refuse to withdraw
no regret once rejected, better burned then left raw
for love is abundant to transcend all despair
but we must cultivate it, must be willing to share

there's no excuse to be lonely, we make our own vacancies
longing can empty our minds of our peace
the flesh is both burden and temptation
success so ugly, breeding infatuation

the human race cannot be won
are you chasing the bait, are you fleeing the gun?
will you stand tall, high enough to exclude me?
I refuse to climb, and just pretend to be free
Track Name: So Much So Badly
So Much So Badly

where do we go from here?
where do we run off to?
I can't stay here, I can't stand still
I need to see far corners of many worlds

but I'll miss you,
I'll miss you night and day
I need a part of you, I need a part of you, I need a – piece
to fit in my pocket

where do we go from here?
There's no way I'll leave you
when I'm on m'own, on my own, on my own
I'm never, ever alone

but I'll miss you,
I'll miss you night and day
I need a part of you, I need a part of you, I need a – piece
to fit in my pocket

where do we go from here?
I don't want to loose you
I can't hold on, I can't let go,
I can't stand to hear that you'll never know

but I'll miss you,
I'll miss you night and day
I need a part of you, I need a part of you, I need a – piece
to fit in my pocket
Track Name: Sugar and Poison
Sugar and Poison

flesh and bones, sugar and poison
can't keep my secrets from my face
we're both made of the same stuff
we're both whispers and rambles
and there's stuff on the inside
that nobody sees

I want to be open, I need to be free
you can break my heart
but you can't break me
I can't stop hoping, I wont stop dreaming
that love will find me
in the end

flesh and bones, sugar and poison
can't keep my secrets from face
I've tripped and I'm falling
will I find my wings?
will I soar up circles?
will I reach the skies?