Baby I'm A Maze

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Still trying to figure it out ... you are welcomed to join the journey,

Here is what I did since the last album (6 months), plus some old salvaged materials.

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released April 7, 2015

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Dror Kessler Israel

The ferociously loud rooster in the neighboring yard, the red alert sirens of falling Qassam rockets, the lack of a car in a small town on the edge of the country … the elements on nature indeed! … all give way to Dror Kessler when we puts down yet another heart piercing song on his kitchen table.

Hailing from Israel, recording for the past 15 years and performing solo for the past 5 years
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Track Name: המשולש והרצועה
הייתי שם יד על המשולש
מנגבו באצבעות, משמן בזיתים
מסיט ווילונות, מרטיב שיחים
מצית מסגדים, מצלצל בפעמונים

הייתי שם יד על המשולש
על אותו וואדי מתעורר
עד היינו נאנחים בדואט, בסרגל
גם לזה הייתי מתרגל, אריאל

הייתי שם יד על המשולש, אלא מה,
הכל שם כפרים ומכשולים
סמטאות צרות, עדרי עיזים
רעמים וחזיזים

אז אסתפק לי ברצועה, צרה היא אומנם,
אבל חוף לה, מוצא אל הים
ועל צווארי נוחה היא היום
עד שתבוא שריקתה,
עד אז אחלום
Track Name: בלעדיו
לא צריך יותר
עליו לוותר
לנוח

לא צריך לישון
לבהות בארון
שבוע

ואולי, בלעדיו
אהיה שוב עם עצמי
במנוחה, בשקט
ואמצא שוב מי אני
קצת בעצם
ואחלום לי על אותה
הרגשה שבבטן
ואדע זאת הזדמנות נוספת

לא צריך מקום
טירה או ארמון
לברוח

לא צריך דמיון
תמונות בעיתון
לשכוח

ואולי, בלעדיו
אהיה שוב עם עצמי
במנוחה, בשקט
ואמצא שוב מי אני
קצת בעצם
ואחלום לי על אותה
הרגשה שבבטן
ואדע זאת הזדמנות נוספת
Track Name: Pretend (2014)
When I was just shy of 17
The days were short, the nights were kings
We stayed awake to sing a song
We never thought we could do wrong
Oh yea ... and that's when I found lust ...

In the back room of a store
Our bodies pressed on to the floor
Until we lost all track of time
That's when you told me you were mine
Oh yea ... and that's when I found out ...

And now I waken from a dream
Where I keep asking you've been
I wrote a letter to you:
"My lovely girl ... Why have you been untrue?"

You're bursting at the seams
Tripping over our best dreams
I'm warning you ...
But my mind's already set ...
So I pretend

Then I became 21
I flew a plane, I held a gun
I met a girl ... oh so sweet
She took my love and went to sleep
Oh yea ... and that's when I found pain ...

On the back of a magazine
In moving pictures on a screen
I've built a world so long and wide
When she'd call, that's where I'd hide
Oh yea ... and that's when I found love ...

It's a story about a man
Trying to be the best he can
Every now and then,
He understands, the meaning of his life

Locked up in some bedroom
See him howling at the moon
He's warning you
But his mind's already set
So he pretends ...

Now most folks think its a sin
To live alone, to be seen
To steal away the time
To never ask nobody for a dime

But I'm happy to recede
Not ever to succeed
I'm warning you ...
'cause my mind's already set
I won't pretend

... and that's when I found love
Track Name: No Longer Neeed (Chilled)
Take your wives out to the sea
Where the sand and sun are free
'till they're crying out for love
Asking only to be free

From the kids that they have born
From the scars that time has worn
From all decency and creed
'till their heart no longer bleeds

And as they thank you for the ride
Wave your hand, put on a smile ...

Take your boys out to the streets
Give them music and critique
'till they stay awake all night
Getting ready for the fight

Against all ordinary forms
Against all law and uniform
'till they're ready to ascend
Into a life you've always planned

And as they thank you for the ride
Wave your hand, put on a smile ...

You're no longer needed
We know it all, now we're even ...

So is a man to live alone?
From himself he's never torn
Or should he open up the gates
For the class of 88?

Should he take it all with stride?
Wave them off and stay inside
Or should he go out to fulfill
His new dream, up on the hill?

And thank them all for the ride
Wave his hand and smile with pride?
Track Name: אשת העולם הגדול
אשת העולם הגדול
משקלו כנוצה
אך למי זמן לשקול

יש לעשות את הכל
אך בבטן מתקתק לו שעון
הוא מחול

ילדים, הם צריכים לאכול
התקרות מזכוכית
כן, רואים לך הכל

שחרור האישה
ממי וממה?
תגידי לי את
מי בונה פה תקרה

שחרור האישה
ממי וממה?
תגידי לי את
איך הפכת לשפחת

שחרור האישה
ממי וממה?
הרקולס וסיזיפוס נחים בפינה
שפחה מרצון אותם מחליפה
רואים לך הכל, התקרה כאן שקופה
עצרי לשעה, קחי נשימה
האם את זוכרת חיבוק, נשיקה
הגוף שלך צריך קצת - אהבה
Track Name: My Love Is Big
My love it is big, it gets bigger every day x2
Won't you come down and hug me
'Cause my baby's away

My will is strong, it gets stronger every day x2
Won't you come down and test me
'Cause my baby's away

I'm thinking deep thoughts, getting deeper every day
Won't you show me some kindness
'Cause my baby's away

You might think that I'm dirty ... getting dirtier every day x2
Won't you come down and clean me ...
'Cause my baby's away

Life seems so hard, that's what I hear people say x2
Well I'm gonna make it easy on you
My baby's away

You can rob and steal (and cheat), to get what you want x2
Well today is your luck day
But honey please don't

'cause my love it is big, it gets bigger every day x2
Won't you come down and hug me
'Cause my baby's away
Track Name: Today (1998)
When you say:
"Everything will be OK"
Oh, do you mean you're going away today?
When you say:
"Look at me and ask me twice"
Oh, do you mean its time to close our eyes?

Today, the feeling's gone astray
Today, the feeling's gone away

When you say:
"I'll always be right by your side"
Oh, is it time for me to start to cry?
When you say:
"I'll never be away from you"
Oh, is it time for me for being blue?

Today, the feeling's gone astray
Today, the feeling's gone away

When you say:
"Everything is going to be OK"
When you say ... everything's away
Today, the feeling's gone away ...

Rock
Track Name: Stop Resenting (Scott Pilgrim - Launchpad McQuack)
I / can't be sure
but I think I heard you / crawl through the door,
You / didn't say a word
And I think you tried to go to bed / but instead you went to floor

You've been out drinking with the other boys again
Telling them we're only friends
Making out and making noise,

Oh, Stop pretending / that this isn't really ending,
And I will stop resenting you / when you stop resenting me,

I / waited up late
Maybe / a bit too late
until you / finally came in
Where do I end / and where do you begin,
You've been out partying with the guys I've never met,
Drinking beer and smoking cigarettes,
Killing brain cells and killing me,

Oh, stop pretending that this isn't really ending,
And I will stop resenting you when you stop resenting me,
Track Name: My Dear (2000)
It's been six years since my girl left me
I wonder why she still attracts me
I work so hard trying to fix myself
I try so hard, but I can't escape
It's been six years since my girl left me

It's been six months since I first saw your face
I wonder why I think we're in the race
I work so hard trying to fix myself
I try so hard, but I can't escape
It's been six months since I first saw your face

It's every round, like it's the first
Like I never been there, never seen the place
It's been six months since I first saw your face

It's been six days since I left you alone
I wonder why I still think you're my own
I work so hard trying to fix myself
I try so hard, but I can't escape
It's been six days since I left you alone

It's every round, like it's the first
Like I never been there, never seen the place
I work so hard trying to fix myself
I try so hard, but I can't escape

... my mind
The life, I could fine
The lies, I left behind
And you, you are so kind

It's been six hours since we last kissed my dear
I wonder how can I still feel you near
I've worked so hard trying to fix myself
But it finally feels like I found my place
It's been six hours since we last kissed my dear

Now every round feels like first and last
Like I've always been there, even in the past
It's been six hours since we last kissed my dear
Track Name: נסיך מקומי
מי אתה אדוני?
כמה זמן אתה כבר פה?
עירוני? קיבוצי?
משפחתי? בן של מי?
סטודנט? פעיל חברתי?
מי אתה אדוני?
שדרותי אמיתי?
או תייר סדרתי

באת לכאן, אל השממה
לפרק לעצמך את הנשמה
לחסוך קצת עלויות
לעגוב על הבנות המקומיות
להיות מסוגל לומר
"אני בשדרות, שם הכל אוכל
כי אין שם כלום
ואני … אני עצום!"

מי אתה אדוני …

כבר ראיתי כמוך מיליון
חושבים שכל אחד כאן אדם קדמון
שאם רק יבואו פה, עם טיפה של דמיון
יציתו את האש, ירפאו כל שברון
ואז יכתבו בעיתון: "הוא עזב הכל
בא אל הדרום, (אל ארץ השכול)
ושם גילה שהוא בעצם יכול
לעבוד על עצמו, לקום ולפול

מי אתה אדוני ...

נסיך מקומי, אני
כאן גדלתי, אני
כאן ביתי, אני
בן של, אני
אם תרצה, גם פעיל חברתי
מזרחי, עירוני
איש אשכולות אמיתי
כן, אני
נסיך מקומי

וכך סובב לו הגלגל
נכנס נסיך במקום מלך שנפל
שושלות שלמות מתקיימות לעד
בבועה - מקום רק לאחד
כי אם יבואו בה שנים או יותר
תתפוצץ, ודבר ממנה לא יוותר
אז מוטב להגן על גבולותיה היטב
וכל חדש לשמור פן חלילה יתקרב

מי אתה אדוני ...
Track Name: Flower Power
"Flower power gained by Lilies I consume
None but the kindness of nature I assume"

Life is simple, here on the ranch
You wake up, water the plants
Shave past recalls off your cheek
Eat your daily portion of fresh leek

Townes' backyard is coming alive
With guitars a-buzzing, a beehive
Pretty rundown but standing tall
Wait no more, or so I'm told

But far a sleep, deep beneath
A mammoth beast inside me breaths
In short lurching growls it speaks
World destruction and havoc it reeks

I'm ready, to live and speak
The language of the simpletons and meek
Let the roving ants be our private fleet
Come my love, let's eat
Track Name: קולפן
2011

כבר כמעט שנה
אני חי ללא קולפן
כבר כמעט שנה
אני חי כמו חצי בן אדם

את מרירות קליפת המלפפון
למדתי לקבל
כמו הייתה מרירות העזובים

את קליפת תפוח האדמה
כמו הייתה גסות הנבגדים

מימים אני אוכל קליפת תפוז
נדקר ובולע
מעכל
ואומר עוד בבקשה

לא עוד

היום קניתי קולפן בשוק
בחמישה שקלים
בחנות צעצועי הילדים
וגם לחם רוסי וגבינה

מעכשיו אני מקלף מלפפון
וגם פושט תפוח אדמה
משאיר פינות קטנות של עור
כדי לא לשכוח, כדי לא לזכור
Track Name: Out Of The Shadows
I met a young girl, down in Mexico
She went along the way
We hitched a ride across the blue sky
And headed down the day

She asked for my name, as I came up
I didn’t know what to say
She called me love as I came down
Down at her legs, where I did stay

Now you tell me, what is the force
That attracts a girl
To such a fine old specimen
Who likes just to play

Now I’m telling you, here’s my thought
You need not beauty nor wealth
I came across many young women there
That I now know pretty well

And then said the girl, with a certain smile
Oh, you’re surly just like me
I wander this world not knowing why
While I keep searching for my misery

She then stopped and told me her life was in a rut
Running and playing in the fields
‘Till one day a man come into the light
And then she slowly disappeared

Now you tell me, what’s a man to do
In such a crazy circumstance
Should he get out to the field and run with no end
Should he stay and learn to prance

Well, I did what I did, you’ll have to figure it out
I’m not telling you a thing
I’m coming out of the shadows, into the light
Down again, your way
Track Name: משמרות משמרות
באביב אשוב אליך
איסורי מצפון אתיר
כקשר של שתיקה הנפרם בין ליל
את שמלתך למשיכת העולם נפקיר

מטה, מטה
עד לרצפת היצור
היצר שם פועל
משמרות משמרות
של חליבת בוקר
אכניס אז ואוציא
עד שנסיים ונסריח

ובינתים,
את אסורה בצריח
Track Name: Wasting My Time
So I became an expert
At wasting (all) my time
Seeking the real answer
I've flown into your eyes

And suddenly I'm dizzy
wasted, out of time

No more seeking answers
Or crying out inside (all the time)
Using the same all words that never change
Not even trying to rhyme

==
Nothing has been broken
Since I have in you, inside
Nothing
==

And now that this song over
I'm getting back to wasting just my time
The feeling is over too
And words never rhyme

Its back to washing the dishes
And standing on my head
Back to selling tickets
To stations with no rails
Track Name: Number One
No one is no one else's number one
For more than a moment one
For more than it takes love
To comfortably settle down

So on that moment make best
Love not with urgency nor with haste
But with fine kingmanship
With greatest awe, grace & spirit

For that day is the one
When your own song is sang
For that day is the one
When your own life, has just began