Tahloumbi

by Lissa

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“I have mostly been honest in penning words to paper...but smoke and mirrors have been there, I just haven’t been quite aware.” Lissa sings these words with vulnerability but not without strength.

Recorded at a property in the Blue Mountains named ‘Tahloumbi’, Lissa has been calling this place her second home since childhood. “It was fitting for me to find a haven here and to record and name the EP after the property. The landscape inspires me and offers respite. I felt like I could come back after the process with something to offer people that was truly genuine."

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released March 26, 2016

Lissa - vocals, guitar, editing and production, album design
Peter Kukura - engineer
Emily Mann - album artwork

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Lissa Sydney, Australia

Lissa is a Sydney artist who has quietly graced the scene for a number of years now. Sharing the stage with artists such as Clare Bowditch, Diesel and Katie Noonan, she has consistently delivered songs straight from the heart with melodies that are left to float around long after she's delivered them. ... more

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Track Name: Run
You wanted sleepovers
With midnight feasts and candy
While I was fearing waking up
And walking out that door

And then he came along
Suddenly I faded
‘Til one day there was none of me
Left to give at all

Don’t think you’ll ever find
What it is you’re seeking
As long as we are weak and frail
We might forget to call

So run, run ‘til you are tired
Make, make your legs grow strong
And run, run ’til you are tired
Count, count all of my wrongs

I held you dear to me
Though you kicked and screamed
Reasonable it seemed;
The only child against the wall

No one can save you
Save the one who knows
Your mother’s fear of death
And who will iron your father’s clothes

So run, run ‘til you are tired
Make, make your legs grow strong
And run, run ’til you are tired
Count, count all of my wrongs
Track Name: Whatever Path
They picked me up and placed me
In a land that once was home
But nothing feels familiar
Mother says I’d better not
Be too long
But I guess I’ve got to walk
Whatever path my feet are on
I’ve got to walk whatever path
I find my feet are on

The cathedrals feel taller
And the streets can only crawl
The sun sets back to front
Mother says be carefu
lOf the city girls at night
But I guess I’ve got to walk
Whatever path is in my sight
I’ve got to walk whatever path
I find is in my sight

Times of change; they help us grow
Right now all I want to know
Is when will we be near again?

I’m sitting in a hotel room
The TV ratlling
Some empty company
Mother says if it’s too hard
To simply come on home
But I guess I’ve got to walk
Whatever path my feet are on
I’ve got to walk whatever path
I find my feet are on
Track Name: A Few Words
You grew up learning too early
That we are cruel
You bandaged your own wounds
When you realised that bleeding
Was wasted time

And you loved deeply
Again and again
But they never quite do see
Past the cover to chapter three

And it sounds silly but I wanted to say
A few words that just might make your day

I notice you,
God knows I do,
I notice you

You can wear a skin of leather
So I cannot be moved
But it’s not up to me, it’s up to you

And you’ve hurt deeply
Again and again
But you never quite do see
That it’s you who’s not free.

And it sounds silly but I wanted to say
A few words that just might make your day

I notice you,
God knows I do,
I notice you
Track Name: Frivolous
I decided to walk the wire again
See the rocks below, but look ahead
Wondering how I said yes
To death, defying madness

The heart is, the heart is
A frivolous thing

Will I be condemned this time
For dancing with the man of lies?
On the rooftops of denial
Under stars that see a while

The heart is, the heart is
A frivolous thing

Thorns keep me leaning
Cover me with your wings
Oh thorns keep me leaning
Cover me with your wings

The heart is, the heart is
A frivlous thing
Track Name: Smoke and Mirrors
I have mostly been honest
In penning words to paper
And I have always believed
That songs break barriers down

But smoke and mirrors have been there
I just haven’t been quite aware

Like a briar dressed up in roses
Winter leaves begin to fall
You’re seeing me in the raw

I have tried to be the anchor
Holding everything together and at peace
But then my own boat started sinking

But smoke and mirrors have been there
I just haven’t been quite aware

Like a briar dressed up in roses
Winter leaves begin to fall
You’re seeing me in the raw

Tear down the curtains
I’m ready to see out
As well as let you in
Pull off my lashes
And wipe my apricot cheeks
See my freckled skin

Like a briar dressed up in roses
Winter leaves begin to fall
Hide the mirror in the closet
See the smoke fall to the floor
You’re seeing me in the raw
Track Name: Rubber Band
Are you listening?
Do you hear anything?
Or am I like a buzzing fly that you so
Easily shoo away
Without thinking how it might feel?

Are you listening?
Do I mean anything?
Or am I like a nagging cold that you
Ignore for three, four days
Hoping it will simply go away

But I am not a fly or a cold
I’m finding as I’m growing old
A rubber band eventually will snap
So I best hang up before it comes to that

Are you wondering why
This river’s running dry?
When you gonna take the time to
Survey the land, make a plan,
Just how you’re gonna get this garden
Grown?

But I am not the answer for you
And I cannot make spring buds bloom
A rubber band eventually will snap
So I best hang up before it comes to that
Track Name: In Step With You
Summer or Winter
Spring or Fall
Doesn’t really matter where we go
At all
As long as I’m in step with you
As long as I’m in step with you

The city, the suburbs
The country afar
Never want to stop loving who
You are
And always try to walk with you
As long as I’m in step with you

My fears may sometimes creep in
And when they do simply hold me

Facing a lifetime of valleys and peaks
Knowing that you’ll be my strength
When I’m weak
And always look ahead with you
As long as I’m in step with you
Mmmm...
As long as I’m in step with you

My dreams may sometimes creep in
But if they do simply tell me

Summer or Winter
Spring or Fall
Doesn’t really matter where we go
At all
As long as I’m in step with you