Invisible Stories

by odessa chen

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PLEASE NOTE THIS CD IS MOSTLY ALREADY RELEASED MUSIC WITH ONLY ONE NEW SONG. All Songs are Re-arranged for String Ensemble.

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released April 24, 2013

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odessa chen San Francisco, California

Cinematic and spectral, Odessa Chen’s music is a journey, intimate as a long held secret. Each song, like a tiny rowboat maneuvering in the dark, transports us to the deepest part of the lake where the stars shine brightest. Through despair towards transcendence each snapshot in time speaks of the romance of heightened experience, pivotal moments, and the rush of love. ... more

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Track Name: Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble - Snow Angels
Snow Angels
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picking up all
frequencies at once
ones you only hear
perfectly still...
i recall
the snowfalling
soft as geese
white as the throat
of that flower...

{let me ly in your arms
let me ly in your snow angels

looking for signs in the sky
following ghosts following visions
i hear your breath
sliding like a wing past my ear
and see your footsteps
scar the surface of the snow

{let me ly in your arms
let me ly in your snow angels

no longer hoping
no longer waiting
no longer no longer hurting
no longer waiting
and no longer losing
no longer searching
no longer lost

{let me ly in your arms
let me ly in your snow angels
Track Name: Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble - Kill the Lights
Kill The Lights
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it’s bright white
won’t you kill the lights

retrace steps
moving right then left

blown the leaves
see the swingset swings
everyday pulled down like paper shades

damn the day
how it hurts to leave a trace
miles conspire to erase
but i still see your face

majesty, threadbare beauty
no where town
clotheslines blown down

oh!
backways by the trains
the sky spills the last grim light
shadows roll from my feet
like bolts of fine black silk

pale birds
there where the heart was
come close and they fly
Track Name: Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble - The Ballad of Paper Ships
The Ballad of Paper Ships

on this night
parting like oyster shells, the clouds

on this night
i see us riding through the cornfields
cradled in your arms

on this night
i lay my burdens down
to sink or to sail
wishing boats farewell

on this night
memories like bits of paper
blown around the streets at night
ghosts casting netsuntil the morning light

so, so close
so close, we rocked like boats, anchored
to go, to sail with abandon
on this night

on this night
i’ve played my last good song
so turn the record player on...
Track Name: Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble - Between Twilight and the Morning
Between Twilight and The Morning
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pretty baby, i hear
the music drawing near
it's in the wind
it's in the tears
it's in the space between twilight and the morning
it's in the space between today and tommorrow

pretty baby, i hear
the moment drawing near
it's in the cars
it's in the gears
it's in the space between twilight and the morning
it's in the space between today and tommorrow

hold me close now, i hear
the midnight drawing near
we're under a black sky and there's nothing we can do
here in the space between twilight and the morn-ing
here in the space between today and tommorrow

so hold me close now, i hear
drums drawing near
all we have is there in this room
dancing as the cars skid out
making patterns, patterns, patterns in the snow
and there's nothing, nothing, nothing we can do

here in the space between twilight and the morn-ing
here in the space between today and tommorrow, Oh!
between today and tommorrow
Track Name: Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble - Ave Maria
Ave Maria
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ghost light
and the street lights turn on
and the moon
reads this days last rights
and it’s you that i think of
when the girls sing...
hallelujah, maria, maria

all the blame
drives the doves away
and i saw it coming
maria, maria

and the clouds turn dark
outside your kitchen window
and the clouds sail by in the shapes of ships
to carry you away
hallelujah, maria, maria
Track Name: Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble - Small Birds
Small Birds
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sleep, oh
sleep, don’t make another sound
winter flashes on the fieldslike home movies

sleep, oh
sleep, bright in the sky you are
small birds thrown towards the naked moonlike stones

there in the cold
there in the fields
there is a bright light shining
can you see it?

there in the cold
there in the fields
there is a black bell ringing
can you hear it?
can you hear it?

bom, bom, bom!
Track Name: Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble - Harm
Harm
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i just wanted the curve of your shoulder
pressed between the pages of a book, just once
i just wanted to sleep beneath the surface of the water, just once

and that’s all i swear that’s all
i didn’t mean you any harm

i just wanted to drink a cupful of your tears, just once
just wanted the drape of your body pulled between me and the world

and that’s all i swear that’s all
i didn’t mean you any harm
i didn’t mean you any harm