ying-sun

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About ying-sun

guitar / vocals / sarcasm

Turn Away

the hawk is circling the city
there’s fever and there’s famine in the streets
bravery’s been outlawed, candor made a sin
and these days every morning tastes a bit more like defeat

just close your eyes and make a wish
everything will be alright
close your eyes, give us a kiss
everything will be alright
close your eyes and turn away, what you can’t see can’t hurt you baby
turn away, everything will be alright

the sky is bruised and swollen
the land belongs to gangsters and the like
the mayor is […]

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Can’t Put You Down

i’ve been hiding behind my eyes
i’ve been living inside my lies
tight around me like a second skin
oh, my brittle armor

i’ve been searching crowds for your smile
i’ve been a child
i’ve been a fool
i’ve been running from you
and you’re not even there
you were never really there

i can’t put you down
i can’t wash the taste of your name from my mouth
i can barely remember myself
but you remain
you always remain

i was sure that you had disappeared
never to be seen again
but yesterday i heard your […]

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You Should Know

with lips like cocaine
and music in her teeth
she laughs like a bandit
she loves like a thief
they caught her red-handed
knife up her sleeve
she’s nothing but trouble
boy, she’s just what you need

you should know, you should know
the things she’s scared to confess
the knot you put in her chest
you should know, you should know

she’s a carolina river
you’re california’s son
she thinks that you’re dangerous
you think she could be fun
her man doesn’t know you
she hides your name ‘neath her tongue
his metalwork hands
can’t hold her when […]

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The Map

i was trapped in a land where the meek and the wealthy
set fire to courage in the streets every night
i felt their eyes on my back so i packed my things quickly
and was three hours gone by the time of first light

the moon was a pendant round the neck of the heavens
the river was empty, caked with the drought
my mind danced through past, future and present
my thoughts were of her the night i set out

riding on roads wide as the […]

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Wouldn’t Change a Thing

the night sky hangs heavy
i can feel it on my back
chinatown smells sour
crazy maria’s going on about the zodiac

chester’s hitting on sailors
who can’t even remember their own names
me, i’m kneeling in the alley
laughing at my own shame
laughing at my own shame

but i wouldn’t change a thing
i wouldn’t change a thing
i wouldn’t change a thing
’cept that you would be here too

jessy’s dad is a fascist
she says it’s ’cause he used to surf
her mom put me in the hospital
now she keeps […]

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The Hunger

he was a child
she was alone
he was on fire
she was a stone
he stood in the street
she walked in the night
she tasted him
he tasted her
and it felt alright
except for

the hunger

they were afraid
he was alone
they stayed indoors
he had no home
he walked in the night
she laughed in the street
he meant her no harm
he just wanted some
short-lived relief

from the hunger

the years had passed
like drops of rain
his life was long gone
but the hunger remained
he couldn’t escape
he couldn’t resist
searching for calm
he stepped into the dawn
to feel […]

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Shadow of Manhattan

the place was empty
she knew my name
i kissed her shoulder
she smiled like rain
i wrapped her in flannel
and opened the sky
i became her secret
the reason that she cries

the first frost of the season is a whisper on the wind
like the rumor of her breath on my skin

i’m in the shadow of manhattan
i’m in the shadow of manhattan
i’m in the shadow of manhattan

her words, an orchard
an offer, a caress
her touch like almonds
like silence, like breath
we swam in the bay where she was […]

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Blame

you spend your life begging for pity
then complain when you don’t get love
you stab your friends, you stab yourself
then you cry about the blood
you wear your skin like a chain
you’re always looking for someone to blame

but it’s you
it’s always you
by now you should know that’s true
it’s you and only you

you’re quick to sin
you’re quick to cast stones
you’re the prodigal son
but you never come home
everybody leaves
it’s always the same
you point your finger at them
but they’re not to blame

no, it’s you
it’s always […]

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Homecoming

i’ve been away in the land that my parents were born in
where gunshots and rooster calls announce the arrival of morning
i’m looking over the wing
which is over the clouds
which are over the sky
which is over the ground where you’re waiting
are you still waiting for me?

i’m coming home
i’m coming home
i’ve been away and i’ve been alone
but i’m coming home

i went away and i never answered your question
coy and mysterious, i danced at the edge of suggestion
i know i’ve pushed and i’ve […]

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