The Escapist

by Gaba Kulka

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released September 8, 2014

THE PLAYERS:

Gaba Kulka - vocals, piano, ukulele, mandolin, various keyboards, percussion
Robert Rasz - drums, percussion
Wojtek Traczyk - bass, double bass, backing vocals
Wacław Zimpel - clarinets



WSZYSTKIE PIOSENKI / ALL SONG BY
Gaba Kulka

OPRÓCZ / EXCEPT
„Keep Your Eyes Peeled” by Queens of the Stone Age / Josh Homme

NAGRANO W / RECORDED AT
Tonn Studio (Łódź) & Fonoplastykon (Wrocław)
by Maciej Staniecki, Krzysztof Tonn, Marcin Bors

MIKS / MIXED AT
Fonoplastykon by Marcin Bors

PRODUKCJA / PRODUCED BY
Marcin Bors & Gaba Kulka

ORYGINALNA GRAFIKA / ORIGINAL GRAPHIC ART BY
Mikołaj Chylak / mikolajchylak.com

PROJEKT GRAFICZNY / DESIGN BY
Gaba Kulka & zespół wespół / zespolwespol.org


Dziękujemy za pomoc i wypożyczenie instrumentów
Miłoszowi Pękale i Pawłowi Szamburskiemu,
oraz Konradowi – za zieleńca.

Management & booking Mariusz Nowicki
maniek@toinenmusic.com / +48 604106948
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Progressive pop: a motley mixture of styles, from jazz, to piano rock, to weillesque cabaret. Gaba Kulka has written and recorded four albums of her own songs, and she continues to play live and partake in numerous genre-bending projects ranging from electronica to heavy-metal covers. ... more

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Track Name: The Escapist
My hair gets curly in Taiwan, I guess I’m happy when
I’m there
Quit telling me that it’s because of all the hot and
humid air
My sun goes up when your sun goes down
My heart was damaged in my sleep, but when I dream
I’m on the mend
I melt into the storyline until I don’t know where I am
And the flag drops down, and the world exhales
The escape artist, the escapist is nowhere to be found
– she’s gone
Slipping away into other people’s fantasies, the places
she calls home – bye, bye
And the language that she speaks you will
never understand
Until you sell your soul to the pictures
running through your
Shooting through your brain
Bombs away
Track Name: Bad Wolf
Don’t follow, I just don’t follow
Must have grown old when I wasn’t looking
I’m sorry, I’m in a hurry
All this beauty crashing into me incessantly
I need a deadline I need a friend

and all this light making my eyes water
and all the noise making my heart shudder
and all the brilliance driving me homesick
How come?

Bad Wolf, Bad Wolf throw me a line, draw me a sign
I’m coming back, I’m gonna fix it, fix it

Confetti covers up the damage done
depending on the damage
As nature fires its warning shot across our bow we
soldier on
inventing once again the final place to run

It’s always out there, not in here
It’s a wild-goose chase
through the middle of time
through the middle of time and space

making my eyes water
and all the noise making my heart shudder
and all the brilliance is driving me homesick
How come?

Bad Wolf, Bad Wolf throw me a line, draw me a sign
I’m coming back, I’m gonna fix it, fix it

It’s always out there, not in here
It’s a wild-goose chase
through the middle of time
Track Name: Phantom Limb
Like a man in an accident I keep moving in shock
I’m doing the things I normally do
I’m doing the things I normally do
Standing up straight with a broken back
and I’m not even thinking
I’m not even thinking
I’m not even thinking about you

There and then I was certain that a phantom limb
is better than none, better than none
I wish I was wrong, it’s better than none
Limping along to the same sad song
I never should be singing
never should be singing
I never should be singing alone

it goes
If there is love in my heart, I will make it
If there is love in my heart, I will make it
If there is love in my heart, I will make it
If there is love in my heart, I will make it
yeah
right
Track Name: Z Marcepana
Serce krwawo kroję na dwoje a twoje twarzą w dół
układam
Potem obie krwawe połówki słodkim kremem
przekładam

Pamiętaj jeśli strach zaszemrze gdzieś w przedsionku
z rana
Historia ta zmyślona a królewna z marcepana
Z marcepana
Z marcepana

Pozostawiona sama sobie łykam jak komunię
z ich kawy niedopitej i siadam gdzie siedzieli
lecz pamięta dzikie zwierzę miesiące oswajania
wciąż szeptem i dotykiem „ty jedna i jedyna” więc

Pamiętaj jeśli strach zaszemrze gdzieś w przedsionku
z rana
Historia ta zmyślona a królewna z marcepana
Pamiętaj jeśli strach zaszemrze gdzieś w przedsionku
z rana
Historia ta zmyślona a królewna z marcepana
Z marcepana
Z marcepana

Niebezpiecznie wpływać na cokolwiek
Patrząc w niebo zmieniasz ziemi kurs
Track Name: Mastodon Heart
kill the first thing that you see on your way back home
your children have grown they won’t meet you along the road
now that you know what you know and your heart’s grown cold

come along now
pay your dues

The beast made a promise and promise it always keeps
and your job’s to keep all your children off the streets
your mastodon heart doesn’t know where to stop it
just beats
and it beats and it beats and it beats

and it charges blindly it charges blindly
it charges blindly it charges blindly ahead
ahead

a good man is hard to find
placid and anodyne
but you’re made of blood and clay
you’re made of blood and clay
so toil toil toil
toil toil toil

the beast made a promise and promise it always keeps
your mastodon heart doesn’t know where to stop it
just beats
and it beats and it beats

and it charges blindly it charges blindly
it charges blindly it charges blindly ahead
ahead
Track Name: Wielkie Wrażenie
Atlas słów jadalnych, niejadalnych
być może trujących – nie wiem – spróbuj
zagryzam językiem i połykam
nie uronię ani sylaby
i kłamię k iedy muszę ale wolę
niedopowiedzenia, pół-prawdy
uczę się od lat
uczę się od lat

Niebezpieczna bo bezobjawowa
dziwna ta choroba która toczy
małe serca te co potrzebują
więcej miejsca więcej nieba
i k łamią kiedy muszą ale wolą
niedopowiedzenia, pół-prawdy
duszą się od lat
duszą się od lat

Wszystko robi na nas wielkie wrażenie
Rzucasz perły przed świnie – wolę świnie od pereł
w idealnym zachwycie nie dostrzegam wrogów

Rozumiem, ale czuję bardziej
i kłamię kiedy daję słowo
Odejdę, ale tylko jeśli
zabiorę was ze sobą
zabiorę was ze sobą

Niepodzielna i niepoliczalna
pod żebrami się rozlewa nocą
Gdy przestanę kochać to przestanę kochać
wszystkich bez wyjątku
i kiedyś się nauczę oddychania
pod powierzchnią jej pięknych fal
Daj mi parę lat
Daj mi parę lat

Wszystko robi na mnie wielkie wrażenie
Rzucasz perły przed świnie – wolę świnie od pereł
W tym zwierzęcym zachwycie nic nie widzę złego

Rozumiem, ale czuję bardziej
i kłamię kiedy daję słowo
Odejdę, ale tylko jeśli
zabiorę was ze sobą
zabiorę was ze sobą
Track Name: Character Actors
Light another one I don’t mind
what’s a little smokescreen between friends
It’s Wednesday night or Tuesday morning
I’m so glad you’re here just
watching this woman dissolve
anytime anything brings her little red heart to a boil

See, they’d trust her with a baby
they wouldn’t trust her with a dog
they say a mad-busy schedule
wouldn’t allow for regular walks
so she draws an escape route
and dreams about never getting caught

But tonight with her confidence gone
drawing the smoke spilling out of your lips
don’t worry – tomorrow

she will be back to falling in love with character actors
who will distract her with local accents
and who’s to say
it’s easier that way
than drowning in all your nicotine smoke

She can’t understand how some people can
hold balance while standing still
and each time she moves closer, she feels safe, she
knows that
she’s got that escape route tattooed underneath all
these clothes

she tells you she loves
drawing the smoke spilling out of your lips
don’t ask her about it tomorrow

she will be back to falling in love with character actors
who will distract her with locals accents
and who’s to say
it’s safer that way
than drowning in all your nicotine

she’s back to falling in love

and that’s not to say
she likes it that way
when she feels really broken
she’ll turn into a joke
and say: I’m breathing
I’m still breathing, I’m only breathing
I don’t really smoke
Track Name: X
I wish I could swing, I wish I could swing
I wish that this thing was more than a theme song
for sad little girls with rock and roll dreams
born in an armour of t-shirt and jeans
come on

love is simple, love is pure

I’m looking at you, and oh what a view
I’m loving the angles, I’m loving the colours
what do I do, what do I do
Mother of god, what do I do

You’re so deliciously opinionated, so full of yourself
I beg you don’t explain, I’m buying everything you sell

love is simple, love is pure
love is easy, love is hard

I look damaged by day, damaged by day
but I blossom in fluorescent light
to be honest with you I don’t care what you say
you haven’t seen me in f luorescent light
You offer a philosophy, stunting me erotically
to be taken seriously
well fuck
that

So deliciously opinionated, so full of yourself
I beg you don’t explain, I’m buying everything you sell

Why don’t we just skip to the part when my heart
goes ah, ah, ah
Why don’t we just skip to the part when my heart
goes [*woof*]
Why don’t we just skip to the part when my heart
goes crack, crack, crack
Why don’t we just skip my heart altogether and fall
into the black
fall into the black

come on

love is simple, love is pure
love is easy, love is hard
Track Name: Christmas Party Song
The snow has covered up the street
the snow has covered up my mind
it felt solitary and delicious
How does a thought lodge in your head
so full and yet so underfed
and fills you with sweet superstition

We walked past a closed candy store
I pressed my face against the glass
Cliché, oh joy, oh horror
Then later in that crowded room
the drunken voice of reason sat down close to me
and softly he implored:

Try not to fall in love, and keep your wits about you
Put on an armour with a charm-repellent shine and
try not to fuck it up – this is important stuff
I know your heart’s as full as a water balloon
It’s a little too much a little too soon
So spare yourself the suffering, girl, I guarantee
you’ll end up blue
trust me, I’ve experience of a similar circumstance of
Trying not to fall in love with you

And as that final thought rang by
I could hear a jangling, breaking sound
of a 1000 new year’s resolutions
and all the smarts acquired by then
and all the self-help, and all the Zen
were lost like small change between cushions

If only this was a little more perfect it’d be easy to ignore
but it’s flawed and therefore beautiful
As a friend I should lend a hand
Probably try to make it easier not to

fall in love and keep your wits about you
Put on an armour with a charm-repellent shine
and try not to fuck it up – this is important stuff
I know your heart’s as full as a water balloon
It’s a little too much a little too soon
So spare yourself the suffering, boy, I guarantee
you’ll end up blue
trust me, I’ve experience of a similar circumstance of
trying not to fall
trying not to fall in love
I’m trying not to fall in love with you