Yesterday is a Distant Dream

by OJ Law

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1.
03:30
I was on a rooftop next to a fire That was started at the scene of a party That I attended through someone I didn't know well Who did not show up at the rooftop we've arrived at in this story I surveyed the scene And my heart deflated See all the horrors and strangers all around me To my right A girl I didn't know was telling stories About some guy in her life How he left her traumatized "I don't know why I love him so." The girl turned to me with glazed eyes And confessed to my surprise She was lost and was looking for a guide Someone to love and to confide in Love him Suddenly the room goes quiet Enough to drop a pin 'Cause a telephone was ringing out a recent top ten hit And the lady going crazy Pulls out her phone And she stares at the phone number Her face turning pale As she rolls her eyes up to the heavens She picks up the call And obscenities too rude to sing She must've said them all And she's laughing Or she's crying Well I can't tell But she starts to break down And shivering She softly tells the caller She says "Who are you? I don't know who you are." I just want someone to love Anyone.
2.
Living life, not living lies All shadowed ashed veneer Blossom glowing, autumn falling Felt the air go thin And you come and you go just like the breeze Holding softly, breath caress Our bliss is heaven's sins After darkness into dull ache Weigh your penance Weigh your penance And you come and you go just like the breeze I don't know what I said that was so wrong Our love is a fragile thing confused with lust I don't know what I said that was so wrong Our love our love our love Only once or twice Had a sweet talking line And a sting in my eye Only half of the time I see you in my life And the clouds in the sky Are the doubt in my mind And you come and you go just like the breeze.
3.
Every time I see you Babe, I need you more and more Justify these minutes Will I see you anymore? I was looking for you I was looking for you I was looking for you I was looking for you Under the sounds of the city Neon glowing in my mind Fast-tracking data Speed dating Meeting faces Name-tagged hearts Every time I hear your voice I'm melting to the core Just to have you near me Heart it races Heart it soars Every time I turn You're with someone else Strangers inviting Inclined to keep options open wide Every time I hear your voice I'm melting to the core Just to have you near me Heart it races Heart it soars I was looking for you I was looking for you I was looking for you I was looking for you Into a crowd of delectable people Where hands are gripped so tight Beverages downed As we dance to the sound of the city So alive.
4.
04:13
Everybody knows that Life is what you make of it And now everything is perfect But we're the ones who are struggling around Soon it will be daybreak People posing questions are aroused "When will you get married? When will you go find a proper job?" But in this life We might not know where we're going We try to say the words they want to hear But it's only a lie to bide the time Before we move on own Sentimental musings Memories of a childhood that has passed When I was a young'un Things were once like this But now they're not How do you explain that This map that we've chosen is unmarked? All we see is ocean All directions are uncharted isles But in this life We might not know where we're going We try to say the words they want to hear But it's only a lie to bide the time Before we move on own.
5.
Why don't we go and take a trip And get away somewhere? Why don't we go and take a trip And get away somewhere? A place with sand A sky so blue The city lights A view for two Why don't we go and take a trip And get away somewhere? I don't mind We can go somewhere Anytime Say the word, I'm there We could hop on a plane Or ride a bus Or hike somewhere if it's not too far Or take a road trip Cross country Or sail across the sea Why don't we go and take a trip And get away somewhere? Why don't we go and take a trip And get away somewhere? A place with sand A sky so blue The city lights A view for two Why don't we go and take a trip And get away somewhere? I don't mind We can go somewhere Anytime Say the word, I'm there We could travel to the jungle and camp all night Or lie on a beach from dusk 'til light Or stay at a hotel, watch TV Or scale a mountain peak Why don't we go and take a trip And get away somewhere? Why don't we go and take a trip And get away somewhere? A place with sand A sky so blue The city lights A view for two Why don't we go and take a trip And get away somewhere? Why don't we go and take a trip And get away somewhere?
6.
When the sun come up And I know things were alright 'Cause you give me life In a world where tears are drying And I love you forever Love you 'til we die When the sun goes down In the stillness of the night I'm at peace. When the moon at night Sends our fears all into slumber And we're holding tight As the sky turns into thunder And we're lost for words As we gaze into our heavens Hope we see sunrise Ten thousand times and more Together. Sun moon and sky.
7.
04:13
I've got a song I sing in metaphors Secretly coded lies You've got words you speak like poetry Breaking hearts of former lives I sing a song so full of venom Leaving destruction behind All the letters you wrote are torn up Burning in a fire Burning with desire And we want to stay together Walk through stormy weather Brave the highs and lows and the fight 'Cause it's thin ice that we're treading People we're forgetting Feelings of the ones left behind Girl, you'd better stop (stop) Listen, don't hasten your decision Baby, stop (stop) Listen, don't hasten your decision Baby, stop (stop) Listen, don't hasten your decision Before we start over. Girl, you'd better stop (stop) Listen, don't hasten your decision Baby, stop (stop) Listen, don't hasten your decision Baby, stop (stop) Listen, don't hasten your decision I've got a melody so dissonant Making all the ladies sigh You've got a novel full of mystery Forcing tears in grown men's eyes I've got a chord that makes the heart race Teasing emotion out You've got an ending twist so different Oh it's so inspired Shocking and inspired And we want to stay together Walk through stormy weather Brave the highs and lows and the fight 'Cause it's thin ice that we're treading People we're forgetting Feelings of the ones left behind Girl, you'd better stop (stop) Listen, don't hasten your decision Baby, stop (stop) Listen, don't hasten your decision Baby, stop (stop) Listen, don't hasten your decision Oh, you make your own decisions Oh, you make your own decisions Oh, you make your own decisions Oh, you make your own decisions
8.
04:12
You cut me up Into little pieces And throw me into the ocean For the fish to eat You're tearing all of my branches down And pile them in a bonfire You turn the knife Cut into an open wound And throw the bandages Locked inside an empty room You pull me down Over a mountainside And fall into a web of hurt and lies And I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm a cigarette that's burning softly I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm a cigarette stubbed out Knife Slicing lovers out of me You rat me out Unraveling all the mystery You chew me up Spat out like some used up gum Lost of its flavor, out of worth You cross me out Torn out like a diary Erasing memories You rewrite your history You white me out Wipe me out and over For forcing out your heartache out of sight And I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm a cigarette that's burning softly I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm standing alone and bare Oh I'm a cigarette Oh I'm your cancer love. I'm your cancer love.
9.
04:00
Some signs They come out from the clearing skies They make me realise What we once had, yeah Slip slide We travel to the fairer side And we can empathise A weekend end Undecided In time Right before I rewind Right before we decline Right until we lose sight Right before we I don't I don't I don't Don't want to talk about it We don't we don't we don't We don't communicate We go we go we go Around in circles I don't I don't I don't Don't want to talk about it We don't we don't we don't We don't communicate We go we go we go Around in circles now Landslide The changes we don't even try That we can't recognise The weakness No no no no Slip slide A failure to protect our side Can we forgive ourselves And start over? Undecided In time Right before I rewind Right before we decline Right until we lose sight Right before we I don't I don't I don't Don't want to talk about it We don't we don't we don't We don't communicate We go we go we go Around in circles I don't I don't I don't Don't want to talk about it We don't we don't we don't We don't communicate We go we go we go Around in circles Don't wanna talk about it Don't wanna fight about it Don't wanna cry about it Don't wanna talk about it Don't wanna fight about it Don't wanna sing about it.
10.
Once I thought that I would rule the world When I was just a child With ideals and dreams And I was beautiful Once upon a time Yeah I was beautiful Once upon a time In this life of lies Which is breaking me Into pieces of my past Shedding like dead skin I was beautiful Once upon a time Yeah I was beautiful Once upon a time.
11.
If somebody took my place Would you turn around and tell a lie? If somebody took my place Would you turn around and tell a lie? If somebody took my place Would you turn around and tell a lie? But word spreads fast And then I realise And then I realise All smiles and thoughtful gestures Then you turn around And then you walk away All whispers and gentle kisses Then you turn around And then you walk away. If somebody took my place Would you turn around and tell a lie?

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Timeout Kuala Lumpur's Album of the Year for 2012.
A Deezer pick for Best of 2012.

Featuring the songs Lovers' Tiff, Fantastic Adventure (feat. Liyana Fizi), Yoñlu, and Start/Stop

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released September 15, 2011

Written, performed, and produced by OJ Law during the years 2009-2011

All songs composed by OJ Law
Except “Knife”, Lyrics by Francesca Cricelli and OJ Law

“Fantastic Adventure” features vocals by Liyana Fizi
All songs published by Super Stellar Sound Recordings
Sub published by Universal Music Publishing
All songs ⓟ & © 2011
Era Long Past.

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