On the Asian Road - FAWM 2017

by The Karlos Kollective

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about

So my fourth FAWM (feb album writing month) was something very different. I am travelling through Asia and during February i went from South India to Sri lanka and finally to Thailand.Many of the songs relate to my experiences both musically and lyrically.
Despite being on the road I had £20 indian acoustic guitar, a small bongo and some Child shakers to record with. Recording equipment wise I was using my iphone for separate track recordings ( a few are done 1 take live) and i downloaded Audacity free on my laptop.
Recording venuse ranged from indian guest houses with building work going on outside, bungalows in the jungle, bungalows by the sea and even one airport.
I have tried to put the location on each song.
Also , as always, i couldn't have done this without the help of a few collaborations. My bro in law Dave Askew wrote the lyrics for a few songs and I had great fun putting a melody and lyrics to two songs created by John Cooperider. You will spot those as they have fantastic studio production compared to jungle trees falling down as I play. Also a big thank you to Amanda West for letting me use her beautiful words for her song as well.
Ironically this journey isn't about music creating for me. It is more about self discovery but as it turned out, having a challenege like this to complete taught me a great deal about myself and patience and being stripped for all my usual layering and instrumentation gave ,me a writing freedom i haven't had before.
Also people keep asking me "are you having a good time". Its a logical question i suppose and i can't deny their have been some amazing experiences on this journey. However, it is also very hard when you are trying to do something many people don't understand. Sometimes this comes out in my songs, although mostly I am trying to reflect the positive beauty we see everyday, everywhere in this strange old wonderful world of ours.

For the latest news and releases check out
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Videos are available at The Karlos Kollective youtube channel.

Please check out
sheeaunmusic.com for more of Amanda West's beuatiful lyrics.

Also I worked with John Cooperider on two tracks. You can check out his 32 track FAWM album here
ZeCoop.bandcamp.com

As well as his facebook page
Www.Facebook.com/zecoopmusic

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released April 21, 2017

©karlosharrison
©DRAskew
©AmandaWest
©JohnCooperider

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Hi there. The Karlos Kollective is a group led by Karlos Harrison.We produce a range of original songs in various styles including punk/indie/pop/anthems/ballads/harmonies/ acoustic and much more. Thank you so much for visiting for a listen and all the songs are available to purchase through this site. Keep eyes peeled for brand new album coming in November 2016 ... more

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Track Name: Soma Street
Look of destruction
It's time to ignore
All of our troubles that have gone before
Raft on the ocean
Feeling unknown
Doesn't mean I'm standing here alone
Because you're like a zombie
But we all are zombies
It's us against the world with no guarantees

Oh Soma Street
We are all trying to reach
Soma Street
Feel the off-time beat

So mass destruction
A military whore
A man with finger on the button cloned from Zsa Zsa Gabor
Across the ocean
We're not much better off
We might as well be ruled by a drunk Hasselhoff
Pontificate just to please
Because you are the big cheese
We fight against them all come on and join me
It's us against them all so together we'll meet

Oh Soma Street
We are all trying to reach
Soma Street
Feeling the off-time beat
Harmony in the street
The energy Eastern sweet
We are all trying to reach
Soma Soma street

We are all zombies
It's us against the world with no guarantees
Track Name: Govinda Rahde Rock
INTRO
Jai Radhe radhe radhe shyam
Govinda radhe jai shri radhe X2
Govinda Radhe radhe shyam
Gopala radhe radhe X2

SECTION 1
Jai Radhe radhe radhe shyam
Govinda radhe jai shri radhe X4

Jai Radhe radhe radhe shyam
Govinda radhe jai shri radhe X2
Govinda Radhe radhe shyam
Gopala radhe radhe X2

INSTRUMENTAL

Jai Radhe radhe radhe shyam
Govinda radhe jai shri radhe X2
Govinda Radhe radhe shyam
Gopala radhe radhe X2

Jai Radhe radhe radhe shyam
Govinda radhe jai shri radhe X2
Govinda Radhe radhe shyam
Gopala radhe radhe X2

CHORUS
Oh Radhe shyam X4
Govinda
Oh radhe shyam
Govinda radhe radhe

CODA
Jai Radhe radhe radhe shyam
Govinda radhe jai shri radhe X2
Govinda Radhe radhe shyam
Gopala radhe radhe X2

Comments
Track Name: Weeping Angels
There's someone talking to me
There's people talking to me, oh lord
Why would it always read, that you can't ever be seen

There's someone talking to me
I always hear yet concede
its an author's malaise inside
and no one else can get there and so I hide

In the dead of the dawn
you wake up with a fright, a sight
oh in the dead of dawn
Will i always be frightened inside?
Oh lord
Why don't you come to me
then i'll stop to see
that your light doesn't shine anymore

Breathe away your tower of strength
I can look out in this day and feel my heart entwined
with light and dark aligned
Everyday it comes
wages a power struggle long
know it always saved a life for me again

bring the light let it shine evermore

Comments
Track Name: Conditioned Me
ooo i wish you knew
the things back then
you now know aren't true
the mind can't move
so you want them
to make it right

I bet you hope
that no-one else
would make an ass of you
but they want to
how do you make it right?

Soft breeze in the garden blows
feelings abound inside you cannot show
all the clinging that we think we need
was never any good for me

Strong breeze teaches life untold
no-one lets you sit with inner glow
all the people say you must achieve
they could never know what's good for me
to feel free
Track Name: Master Key
Clocks tick around
Reminding me
Life is passing by too randomly
Breeze bricks on the outside
Searching for sun
Now begin

Footprints in the snow
Pretend it wasn't you
Why not drop on over
so much I want to do
Call it out,

Believe in what you've been, to me
Would I know the things I know... without you
it's true

This is now...calling out, spinning out, running out of time
This is how...rolling out, calling out, spinning into rhyme
We are Rolling out, calling out, life of living free
Master Key

This is now...calling out, spinning out, running out of time
This is how... be rolling out, falling out, spinning into rhyme
We are calling out, sanctuary
Master Key

Let's make this a fixture
More than boy meets girl
You complete my picture
And paint a better world
Knowing, we will coalesce, hoping

Let's make this a fixture
More than boy meets girl
You complete my picture
And paint a better world
Knowing, we will acquiesce, hoping

Don't Look backwards, looking forwards
There's only you and me
Looking forwards....now it's here
Don't look back...running forwards
LovE might just Appear
Believe in, hoping

This is now...calling out, spinning out, running out of time
This is how...rolling out, calling out, spinning into rhyme
We are Rolling out, calling out, life living free
Master Key

This is now...calling out, spinning out running out of time
This is how...rolling out, falling out, spinning into rhyme
We are calling out, sanctuary
Master Key
Track Name: The Looking glass of hope
Two steps forward one step back, for me
Do you recall the scene
untouched ruins glistening in green.
Has that satisfied any soul in my life?

There is nothing you can do or say
the addict hides the pills and also hides what he really wants to say
don't cry
nothing here has been fortold
thats a lie.

In the looking glass of hope
there is touching eye to eye
of everything thats packed and locked away
cos i know right then,
don't fear the hidden treasures of your yesteryears.

So in the looking glass unknown
the people who you meet create a symphone inside of hope
feel their heart beat
and walk along that pain trod road with a smile
Track Name: Generation Dreams
Sit down
have a book read
turn the pages
is your brain deaf
is the light on
maybe mornings are best left

Sit down
draw a pattern
keep creating
satisfaction
now there's a light on
but its morning
how strange?
rearrange

Don't believe the lie you've been sold
the red pen is not true to your soul
so rejoice your mind it not old
don't regret or forget
The system's centuries old
just a factory to produce what we're told
i knew when blood's running cold
a battle in my head
still i regress

Struggling with more equations can this be
a path for the life, the present, the real me
Inspire don't rely on
the cold facts
re-read
Imagination of the young holds the key
lifting dead weights off your flowing wings then you'll see
life turns a light on
for everyone to be free

Wake up and see how it's been
The league tables ahead of your dreams
The child who sees stars in minds eye
clipped around the head, and told "you're not there"
When the truth is finally told
thousand lives of change will unfold
Now true meaning of life can be sold
No battles in their heads
Inner strength
comes progress
Track Name: Middle of Something too good
Verse 1
You're the strength I don't have
When I try hard to laugh
You're the happiness gone
When I drain my wine glass

Refrain
And when everything seems just too perfect I ask
Is this the middle of something too good

Verse 2
Your the hat on my head
Your my foldaway bed
When my world is too fast
You'll always outlast

Refrain
And when everything seems just too perfect I ask
Is this the middle of something too good

Bridge
How can this seemingly wonderful thing
Happen to me just like that
I don't understand why this has come my way
I just know I can't ever go back

Repeat verse 1
You're the strength I don't have
When I try hard to laugh
You're the happiness gone
When I drain my wine glass

Refrain
And when everything seems just too perfect I ask
Is this the middle of something too good

Outro
Is this the middle of something too good
Track Name: Free my soul
Free my soul, don't worry me
The door is closed, but you have the key
To dream a dream you need

When you bleed, empty streets
Gather like a storm around your feet
A shimmering glow of light disturbs your scene

When you laugh pulsating beats
Impress upon their hearts of the one who meets
Be the one you meet

When you bleed empty streets
Gather like a storm around your feet
A shimmering glow of light disturbs your scene

Close your eyes
Relive those lies
Breath deep
Confide
In your dark times

Free my soul, don't worry me
The door is closed, but you have the key
To dream a life you need

When you bleed, empty streets
Gather like a storm around your feet
A shimmering glow of light disturbs your scene
Oh when you laugh pulsating beats
Impress upon the hearts of one who meets
A sunken eye encased in wells of fire
You'll see
Track Name: Stuck at the Airport
Stuck at the airport for 15 long hours
Nothing to look at but rancid green towers
everyone looks at me thinking how strange
as I strum my guitar on some green in the haze
Not just playing one chord, here's two and now 3
driving the family insane next to me
I can't stop this repetitive pattern of this day
cos my plane hasn't landed its so far away

Oh we'll never get out of here just accept that as fact
i'll make airport communities just by humming my tat
Nah nah nah nah...............................

So the hours have flown by i'm at the check in
but my luggage is to heavy oh lord what to bin?
Osho book? Djembe? or my nepalese coat
A voice cries "No bin that guitar and save us from those notes!"
at on the plane i still have my guitar
the lady is bored knowing we're going far
She says "oh play as a tune to make all of us smile"
"Sorry but Frannick's only played for the worthwhile
not those without smiles"
So we're finally out of here, bump bump bang we're away
and me and my guitar live to fight another day
nah nah na na ....................
Track Name: Orange Lady
Verse 1
It's close to closing time and she's here
At the chai stall where we meet
and settle down here.
Buy the round and crack a smile
with the orange lady for a while
then have another to confirm, what we've learned

Verse 2
Roaming cattle, monkeys in the trees
Scooters honking rhythms up the street
Like Tom Cruise in Cocktail
The man mixes, joy prevails
sipping chai, wondering why
we are here.

Verse 3
Sleeping old outside
she has fears
Rain clouds drift our way
She sheds few tears
A life of giving for me and you
Could we do the same thing to

Orange lady, come inside
Orange lady, feel her smile
Be Orange lady, for a while
Track Name: Ride of Life
Once within your structured dreams of time
decantors to the brim with old red wine
It lasted so it's not for me to say
"come around and hear my fears today"

The guilt that bubbles underneath the core
when the inner imind and soul demands much more
oh thats the truth arrived
I must grow but how?
Don't know it now so....

Stay away
feel the eyes of others
Make way
Cos all the folks in life
who have so little but need so much
Such strife
The answer's got to be somewhere within me

Sit still
watch the clouds depart and see the signs
of how to rid the guilt and see divine
Teachers, Lawyers, farmers
We all need help you see
ask it now and see the truth in me
TO help others first of all you realise
all the pain behind the eyes could hypnotize
So serve the world today
by serving yourself with inner wealth
don't....

Stay away
be the light for others
your way
Feel the fear inside its ok
imindfully you'll tread the path then you;ll say
happiness inside will come
once we get on board
The ride of life
Track Name: Unknown Star
Having put the bread in the toaster, there's nothing more that i like
than to sit back with a nice hot cuppa wondering what's on the tele tonight
Put the keys in the fiat panda, routine has an effect on my brain
I need to get lost in a vision, board the ten past 7 train...brain drain

Mundane doesn't really explain
how up then its all been the same
stuck in a hole out of my depth
i had to leave it or believe it
Then i saw her hiding behind the stage
unknown star stands strumming her guitar
want the moment to suspend
want it to never end

Remember moments in a day
you're always in my thoughts
been touched by a living guardian angel
who gave me the voice to talk
Only then do i realise
realise this is the thing
Lives pass so quickly and luckily you
have chosen what my life will bring
Make me sing

Mundane doesn't really explain
how up then its all been the same
stuck in a hole out of my depth
i had to leave it or believe it
Then i saw her hiding behind the stage
unknown star stands strumming her guitar
want the moment to suspend
want it to never end
Track Name: The Traveller
Travel for your goals for a while
it's never for yourself, forced smile
reach a stopping point, why stop?
cos everything's the same

All the legends of the age
are strangers to our souls
but all the legends of the day
have stories yet untold
All you people can't find the truth
until you find the inner you

Travel for your goals for a while
it's never for yourself, forced smile
reach a stopping point, why stop?
cos everything's the same
Feel your heart string tugged, don't see
everything you feel in me
on that rolling wheel. get off
its harder than they think

So the rolling hills of 'Kesh
bring out the nomad's dream
The village of Munroe
hides treasures still unseen
There's no point in you being there
until you sit still and be aware

Travel on that road and smile
Our stories still untold, thats worthwhile
What is normality you'll see
its fictionality
Thanks to all the hearts and minds
who keep that world alive for a while
Have you ever lived before you die
Breathe out Love and give

Its all meant to be, all the things that have happened to me