The Projector

by Icarus

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Hello. If you are reading this, then by some strange miracle I have found my way into your hands. My name is Icarus. These are my thoughts, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. You can always find me here.

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released June 3, 2016

All songs written, performed, and produced by Andrew Lovely.
Bass guitar/percussion by Daniel Kousathanas.
Artwork by Anthony Richard Martinez and Yuqi Lu.
www.yuqisart.com

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Icarus Athens, Greece

Icarus is the musical project of Greco-American songwriter Andrew Lovely.

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Track Name: The Morning Sun
On a highway dream street
There's a bus stop, where the sunset it bleeds
Always blushing, blushing red for you here

I've been thinking about change
You know, the kind you can't ask for
And I need just a little bit more
To find all my desire

And the bus stop, it treats me kindly
You know, it's always on time
But if you're down to pick me up
I'm down to bum a ride

'Cause I got love for everybody
Everybody
I got love for everybody
Everybody

On my rooftop there's a gypsy
Under a yellow tent, he plays for me
Always singing, singing blue, blue tunes here

I got love for everybody
Everybody
I got love for everybody
Everybody

And the gypsy, he plays so nicely
Won't you come, come sit with me?
We can hear that full moon sun rise
On his lonely gypsy beat

'Cause I got love for everybody
Everybody
I got love for everybody
Everybody

The morning sun, it bakes my cookies soft
Warms up my dark chocolate heart
Melts my blues away
Just like your sugar babe
Sweet honey
You know I got love for everybody
But not like I got love for you babe
Track Name: I Can't Hide
When you look at me
I know you can see me
When you look at me
I know I can't hide

I don't know who I am... I don't

Running circles in my head
Chasing my own tail again
I can't tell my left from right
But I want to be in control

Shut my windows, lock my doors
I just want to be alone
Safe and sound in my bed
Safe and sound
Safely dead

When you look at me
I know you can see me
When you look at me
I know I can't hide

Everything I say is a lie
Everything I am is a lie
It's all lies

When you look at me
I can see you see me
When you look at me
I know I can't hide

Everything I say is a lie
Everything I am is a lie

When you look at me
I can see you see me
When you look at me
I know I can't hide

I don't know who I am... I don't
But I'm not alone... no
Track Name: Uncle Sam
I saw Uncle Sam walkin' down the street
His feet tired
His head wired shut
He was lookin' to make a killing
Off those living
In a rut

He was lookin' at all the display kings
The beauty queens
The neutered dreams
The TV screens stacked high
As they towered over the city square
He looked up with a sigh
Sayin', "I'm so proud of you babe"

I saw Uncle Sam in the winter's heat
His belly achin'
His humor shakin'
His backbone breakin'
His big glove, "Number 1"
He was wavin' it at the choir
But no one was singing a response
So tell me, why is it so loud in here babe?

I saw a little girl jump out a manhole
Blind as Justice
As high as a first kiss
And drunk off his first drink
Sam likes to think he knew her
She had come to claim her kingdom
She could not find it in the sewer

"Why is it so dark up here babe?
What's your name?
Who put you in charge
While I was away?

Why Sam do you abuse me?
Keep me 'round just to use me
Don't you know who I am?
Sam?
Why do you persecute me?
Don't you know you're gonna lose me?
You don't know who I am,
Do you Sam?"
Track Name: Gravity
I got ice in my blood
I got eyes between my eyes
All the lines between lines
I never learned to read

I got fire in my head
When it burns, it burns red
But every spark must have an end
In the cold blue sea

Gravity so blue
Gravity so blue
Gravity just blew me a ways back down
But yes I will rise up
You know I'll be risin' up
Just to hear my blue bird sing for me

I am fear
I am love
I am fire ice
I am fear
I am love
I am fire ice

I got love in my heart
But I don't know where to start
All the lives between lives
I never learned to live

I got fear in my bones
But my bones they'll just break
Broken bones will burn away
In a warm blue flame

Gravity so blue
Gravity so blue
Gravity just threw me a ways back down
But yes I will rise up
You know I'll be risin' up
Just to hear my blue bird sing for me

I am fear
I am love
I am fire ice
I am fear
I am love
I am fire ice
Track Name: Maria
Can I ask you for a dance?
Do you wanna take a chance?
I have loved you for a long time

Is it reasonable, and can you understand?
Maybe you are just a woman, and I am just a man
I have loved you for a long time

I've been on the road, looking out the train
On the shifting landscape, as the seasons change
You were always on my mind

Is it reasonable, and can you understand?
Maybe you are just a woman, and I am just a man
I have watched you for a long time,
In this crowded smoky bar.
I have caught your gaze, it escapes
Beyond these walls,
To the shoreline
Can you take me to where you're going?

Can I ask you for a dance?
Do you wanna take a chance on me?
They say that I'm no good
Got poison in my blood
'Cause daddy was a killer
And I'm my father's son
Yeah, the whole world swears that I'm no good
Do you believe them?
Are they in control?
Track Name: Genesis
On the long nights of my country days
Got a heartfelt song, and it's hard to sing
And my songbird, stuck in her cage
Shh...
Don't sing so loud now...
'Bout what the crows don't wanna hear about
I know you can't stay, but...
Please don't fly away

When the Snake got you in the Garden Eve
Eden seemed like some kind a' dream
And the Fruits of the Apple Tree it seems
Those same Fruits they stole our Rainbow

But you never cared for Rainbows and such
And me my head it's in the Clouds too much
But still I feel like something was lost
Between the Sky and the Ground below us

I lost you...
I lost you...

And the folks here, yeah they treat me well
With the luxuries of a fine hotel
But still I find it kinda hard to tell
When the roads go, I know
All too well

And I never cared for luxuries much
And the best bail bonds can't stop a jail bust
When the next bus got bars full a' rust
And the next flight it took off without us

I'd save you if I could save me
I think we're drowning
In a teaspoon of water
Track Name: Good Heart
I got this voice inside my head
Tryin' to fool me into thinkin'
That there's something to defend
When I'm feelin' so defenseless

I got so many friends
But my friends they just don't get me
In this world we're born alone
And we leave it oh so lonely

And my enemies they too
Yeah my enemies are many
But to me they're just like friends
So my enemies can't hurt me

I got nothin' to protect
No, my soul don't need protectin'
It was here long before me
I was here long before me

My breath ain't even mine
It's just blowin' in the wind
It flows through everybody
And comes right back again

I don't know just where I begin
I don't know just where I end
So nobody can take my life
Unless it's given up to them

You know, I ain't got much
But I got a good heart
And if you're tryin' to find me
I'm right here in this song

You know, I ain't got much
But I got a good heart
And if you're tryin' to find me
I'm right here in this song
Track Name: Living Ghost
Takes my flowers
All my flowers
Cradles them in her arms

Takes my roses
All my roses
Then rushes them to the graveyard

A living ghost
A ghost of you
She's a shadow
She's a shadow
A living ghost
A ghost of you
She's a fire
Fire burns you

Takes my memory
Takes my memory
Turns my love against me

Takes my vision
Takes my hearing
'Til I believe what she tells me

A living ghost
Stole your soul
Plays dress up
With all your clothes
A living ghost
Stole your face
Took your license
And your name

And I know you
You have left me
You've left me here all alone

But I promise
I won't forget you
Mistake you for the ghost

A living ghost
A ghost of you
She's a shadow
She's a shadow
A living ghost
A ghost of you
She's a fire
Fire burns you
Track Name: I Ain't Here
You been knockin' on my door
Still I don't know if anyone's home
I ain't here
I ain't there
I ain't quite anywhere

If you see me, that ain't me
Who you knew, a memory
If you hear me, don't be fooled
It's someone else you're talkin' to

People say it's never too late
But still I feel like time has passed
Too much time to get back
It's too much time to get back

You been knockin' on my door
Still I don't know if anyone's home
I ain't here
I ain't there
I ain't quite anywhere
Track Name: Pretender
Fever dream
Fever love
Fever’s got me
Can’t give up
Got a friend from soul to soul
Loves me so
Told me so
Got a friend who knows my heart
We cross the border in her black car
Every mask it wears a smile
Every word is dressed in style
Can we drive just a little while?
Pretender?

Oh Pretender…
Will you write me?
Will you think of me?
Oh Pretender…
Will you miss me
When I’m gone?

Fever dream
Fever love
Fever longing
Can’t give up
Graveyard on the edge of town
Beyond all lights
Beyond all sound
I got a friend who’s always down
Takes me there, shows me around
There’s a whisper in the air
There’s a shadow on the wall
Is that you standing there?
Pretender?

Oh Pretender…
Will you write me?
Will you think of me?
Oh Pretender…
Will you miss me
When I’m gone?

Oh Pretender…
Do you pray for
Who you prey on?
Oh Pretender…
Will you miss me
When I’m gone?
Track Name: The Projector
Butterfly tornado around your heart
It was always raining, it was always dark
I bought a projector, I turned it on

Took a ride to the station to see you off
I said my goodbyes, you said "fuck off"
Now don't look back, look back at me
It would be a promise that you can't keep
And you don't care

I prayed for reunion, I prayed for the truth
Careful what you wish for, it might come true
I was blowing out candles and thinking of you

Butterfly tornado around your heart
Poetry and paintings, songs and stars
It was just the projector
I turned it off

I saw a black cloud
A lonely crowd
A line of hungry people
You see, everyone wants
Everyone longs
To be inside your cage