Morro Bay

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    Released in November of 2013, Brazzaville's latest effort is a concept album which tells the story of Anabel, a girl growing up in the dark world of drugs and prostitution in 1970s and 80s California. It follows her from before her birth until after her death and explores the themes of human suffering and the soul's immunity from it.

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released November 19, 2013

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BRAZZAVILLE Barcelona, Spain

Brazzaville was founded by David Arthur Brown in Los Angeles in 1997. Brazzaville's songs are filled with images of outcasts and misfits dreaming of escaping to a better world. He grew up in Koreatown in the 1980s. His father, a trucker, used to take him to the shipyards in San Pedro to pick up containers and haul them to the trains in Vernon. ... more

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Track Name: Earthquakes
EARTHQUAKES, MURDERS AND ALLIGATORS

Drifting through the cosmos they enfold you
The stars are like a billion flakes of snow
A tiny melody within without you
Now it seems it's time for you to go

Go now honey we'll see you later
Don't be frightened by the world
Earthquakes, murders and alligators
They can't hurt our little girl
Don't be frightened by the world

Your mama did the best she could to raise you
But she was just too young, still running wild
Alcohol and motel rooms and strange men
The judge said it was no place for a child

Go now honey...
Track Name: Ustalichka
USTALICHKA

Ustalichka
Nobody knows what to do with her
16 and her lipstick's blue
Ustalichka
Danger is all around out there
But she doesn't seem to care

Clove cigarettes and rum
In the warm California sun
With pink sunglasses
And a piercing in her tongue
Her foster home in LA
Seems 20 million miles away
And a new life's waiting
In San Francisco Bay

Ustalichka
Hitchhiking up the highway 1
In the warm California sun
Ustalichka
Watches the surfers on her way
To the cold San Francisco Bay

Clove cigarettes and rum...
Track Name: From the East
From the 17 hundredth floor
She watches the swallows soar
Storm coming from the east
From the east
From the east
A cumulonimbus dream
Like poppy fields and whipping cream
And tears flowing from the east
From the east
From the east
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

She's so far gone
In old Hong Kong
Dim red lights
With wooden pillows

Her boyfriend was named RD
He said you never had no dreams like these
The needle is sharp and clean
It's from the east
From the east
A warmth and some distant bells
The sweetest thing she ever felt
The smoothest road into Hell
Is from the East
From the east
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

She's so far gone...
Track Name: Dyed Red Hair
Pale skin and dyed red hair
Little pink flowers on her underwear
Long nights on the boulevard
Purse full of Trojans, light blue leotard

A small town in nowhere USA
Barely 15 when she ran out to LA
Big dreams to one day be a star
Somehow she landed on the boulevard
Oh the boulevard
Track Name: Morro Bay
It's almost dawn
She walks down Market Street alone
Some drunken johns
Left bruises on her arms

This ice cold world
Gas station bathroom roadside girl
Fluorescent stalls
With gang graffiti on the walls

But maybe one day
Some clear blue Sunday
She'll meet a guy who wants to stay
Someone who loves her
Kisses and hugs her
Along the shores of Morro Bay

The highway home
Back to the sky where we belong
It feels so long
When you're on your own

But maybe one day....
Track Name: Soft Parade
Summer days
Remind me of the Soft Parade
17 in LA
And my heart kept breaking

So long ago
Road trips down to Mexico
With On The Road
And Gravity's Rainbow

La la la la la la

The desert wind
It blew in like a long lost friend
Just you and me
At 3 AM
And the waves crashing on the sand

Did the Heaven's know
One day I would fall so low
A roadside girl
With no shelter from the cold

La la la la la la
Track Name: Broken Dreams
Some are young and some are old
Some just want a girl to hold
Some are kind and some are mean
They treat you like a trampoline
And some they want to save your soul

Dawns in motel rooms
Sunday mornings
Early June
Pills and alcohol
Lonely truck stops
Bathrooms stalls

Lovers come and lovers go
And life it passes by real slow
Then one day you wake to find
That you're no longer 29
Just an old girl on the stroll
Track Name: Oh My Love
Oh my love
They used to treat you like a queen
5 star hotels
But you're no longer 17

Oh my love
It felt so right when you began
The sweetest tears
From poppies in Afghanistan

Oh my love
The darkest hour's before the dawn
Downtown LA
The dirty streets the setting sun
Track Name: Going Home
It's late September
Summer's over
And I'm on this beach alone
And I'm going home

The wind's grown colder
It's not like the gentle breezes
Back in June
And I'm going home
Summer's gone
I'm going home

Goodbye pain
Goodbye failing liver
I'm going home
Goodbye courts
And detention centers
I'm going home
Summer's gone
I'm going home

The waves and boulders
Wild California coastline
Highway 1
I'm going home
The first breath of water
Leads to a transcendental
Sense of calm
And I'm going home
Summer's gone
I'm going home
Track Name: Salty Shore
I left my sins
On the salty shore
Those earthly tears
I won't cry no more
I traveled home
Through the deep blue sea
Back to the stars
And they welcomed me
Back to the stars
And they welcomed me

I lived a life
Full of joy and pain
It broke my heart
Time and time again
A rebel child
And a roadside girl
I grew tired and old
In the roadside world
I grew tired and old
In the roadside world

So I left my sins on the salty shore...
Track Name: Soft Parade 2
Summer days
Remind me of the Soft Parade
17 in LA
And my heart kept breaking

So long ago
Road trips down to Mexico
With On The Road
And Gravity's Rainbow

La la la la la la

The desert wind
It blew in like a long lost friend
Just you and me
At 3 AM
And the waves crashing on the sand

Did the Heaven's know
One day I would fall so low
A roadside girl
With no shelter from the cold

La la la la la la
Track Name: Earthquakes-long version
Drifting through the cosmos they enfold you
The stars are like a billion flakes of snow
A tiny melody within without you
Now it seems it's time for you to go

Go now honey we'll see you later
Don't be frightened by the world
Earthquakes, murders and alligators
They can't hurt our little girl
Don't be frightened by the world

The hospital it smelled like disinfectant
Florescent lights were too bright for your eyes
Your didn't make a sound when the doctor slapped you
Just listened to your teenage mother cry

Go now honey...

Your mama did the best she could to raise you
But she was just too young, still running wild
Alcohol and motel rooms and strange men
The judge said it was no place for a child

Go now honey...