Book of Songs (April 2017)

by Sophie Koh

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Book of Songs is Sophie Koh's 4th studio album. Made in Australia.
"Pop Songs, influenced by Chinese Poetry and Art, recorded with Western Classical instruments"

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released April 6, 2017

Produced by J.Walker & Sophie Koh

Mixed & Engineered by J.Walker
String arrangements by Caerwen Martin
Piano arrangements by Sophie Koh
Additional string & clarinet arrangements by Sophie & J.Walker

This album was recorded in Sophie's lounge in Brunswick, J.Walker's
home studio in Jumbunna and an old school hall in Korumburra

Sophie Koh - Lead vocals, Backup vocals, Pianos, Wurlitzer, guitar
Caerwen Martin - Cello, Backup vocals
Louise Woodward - Viola, Backup vocals
Greg J. Walker - clarinet, 2nd viola

Mastered by John Ruberto
Album design by Cara Whitelaw
Artwork by Sophie Koh
Sophie plays Yamaha Pianos

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Track Name: Paper Kites
So it feels like
Summer days are over
I’m coming up to meet you honey
Take you to the moon

Fire of Flowers
Dust and full of wonder
I’m coming up to see you honey
I won’t be too late

Songs I left you
Put it through the fire
You belong to me now honey
Yellow Paper Kites
Track Name: Yellow Rose
I will go, Seven Seas, I have roamed
Been so long,
All the Morning Clouds have gone

Sound of your Voice, Gathers speed,
Whisper me home
Happy Rain
Understands and looks on

Yellow Rose, Come with Me
I won’t be Alone
Underneath, I do Love you the Most
Oh Yellow Rose
Track Name: Tiger not the Hare
Down by the river, by tiger mountain
Flash through the trees yellow and gold
Drawn by the hunt and backed into a shadow
When our eyes meet, frozen in time
Fast as I run, my instinct said so
I cannot see the violence in you

Got out of a mess into a magic dream
All gold, all gold
Somebody said you’re gonna have to be
The Tiger not the Hare

I’m out of view, I can see you in your shadow
I hear your breath, be still my heart
Now all I am, by the river and the mountain
Last falling leave, last golden sun

Got out of a mess into a magic dream
All gold, all gold
Somebody said you’re gonna have to be
The Tiger not the Hare
Track Name: Once a Little Girl
I was once a little girl
Who hurried on the world
I was told the things
I could take away

Sun’s out a golden band
Sometime not long ago
I was blossoming
Open my heart

Ah

He calls me a little bird
Who carried all the world
He’s written to me
Calling for my heart

It turned so many springs
I am falling for your love
I’m falling deep
Falling for your love

Ah
Track Name: I Want to Dance
I want to dance
Around my little silhouette
I want to dance
With me and my little silhouette
Dance, Dance, Dance

I want to dance
And slide around this masquerade
I want to dance
Don’t care about those little waves
Dance, Dance, Dance

Don’t make a sound
Don’t wanna be too careless, fearless
My true heart
And silk white sleeves
Will promenade
Look at me
All around, my silhouette
Will sing with me
Dance with me
When will you believe?
I want to Dance
Track Name: Play with Gold
Play with Gold

I fell in love with a man that was long ago
I fell to sleep with the story that I could keep
He told me so
If I hadn’t seen what it was like to
Play with Gold

I fell in love from a fire from a star
I would have starved in the hunger of all this romance
All this heart
If I hadn’t seen what it was like to
Play with Gold

They say love hurts
When you’re looking at
An empty purse
In a Laundromat
You feel much worse
Then but other that
You stay away
Stay away tonight

I feel asleep and I woke
In a thunderstorm
Fell in love with another
Who tried again and called me home
If I hadn’t seen what it was like to
Play with Gold
Track Name: Gan Lan Shu ( Olive Tree) 橄榄树
ENGLISH TRANSLATION:
Do not ask where I come from
My hometown lies far away
Why do I wander on?
In distant lands, I wander on.

For the birds that wheel in the sky
For the brooks that flow in the valleys
And for the vast green meadows,
In distant lands, I wander on.

And then, and then
For my dream-spun olive tree
Olive tree

Do not ask where I come from
My old hometown lies far away
Why do I wander on?
Why do I wander on, far away?

For my dream-spun olive tree.

Do not ask where I come from
My old hometown lies far away
Why do I wander on?
In distant lands, I wander on.

MANDARIN LYRICS:
不要問我從哪裡來
我的故鄉在遠方
為甚麼流浪
流浪遠方 流浪
為了天空飛翔的小鳥
為了山間輕流的小溪
為了寬闊的草原
流浪遠方 流浪
還有還有 為了夢中的橄欖樹
不要問我從哪裡來
我的故鄉在遠方
為甚麼流浪
為甚麼流浪遠方
為了我夢中的橄欖樹
Track Name: Green Bird on the Maple Tree
If I was forever. If I had your
heart. If I had been chosen.
If I took the part. If I had
been older. If I took the time.
For I would be wiser. Why
was I blind? That green bird
on the maple tree. In my
arms, half asleep. Hand in
hand, it had no luck. It had
to think, it had to go. It had
no luck, it had to go.
Something I said to you.
I could not deny. Had not
imagined. That kind of life.
Something I said to you. You
could not believe. What kind
of lover. No guarantees. Oh
the night, seeking life. Had
to be, had to go. Something
has sent you away. Sent you
away, sent you away. That
kind of lover. So eager to
please. Had to deny it. In
some kind of grief. If I was
forever. If I took the time.
If I had been older. Those
warning signs. Oh green bird
on the maple tree. In my
arms, half asleep. Hand in
hand, it had no luck. It had
to know, it had to go. It had
to know, it had to go. Had no
luck, it had to think. It had to
leave. Something has sent
you away. Sent you away.
Track Name: Her Beauty 她的美 (Tā Dè Měi)
某一天
宁静的晚上
你离我而去
去向何方
告诉我 为什么
还有什么 没对我说
我在害怕
我不好过
她的美 究竟 藏 在那里
也许 在她嘴角 的浅笑里
也许在她 温柔 的手心里
我明白
我们都在 寻找爱
你我一样
我明白
从你的眼瞳
我看到了她
你从不说
她在你心中
她的美 究竟 藏 在那 里
也许在她 嘴角 的浅笑 里
也许在她 温柔 的手心 里

English Translation:
Someday. Quiet the Night.
You left me, Go far, go
where? Tell me why. What
is not said to me. I’m afraid.
I’m having a hard time. Her
beauty, where is it hiding
exactly? Maybe it’s with her
mouth, her shallow smile.
Maybe in her gentle palm.
I understand. We are all
looking for love. We are
the same. I understand.
Through your eyes, I see
her. You’ve never said.
She is in your heart. Her
beauty, where is it hiding
exactly? Maybe it’s with her
mouth, her shallow smile.
Maybe in her gentle palm.
Track Name: Song for the Birds
There is a place. There is a
house. Only two days. Worth
finding out. Something I said.
Injured your heart. And so
I sing. Song for the Birds.
You’ll always be in my heart.
Written by Sophie Koh
Sophie: Vocals, Piano
J.Walker: Cello