One Room Palace

by odessa chen

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released September 1, 2003

Odessa Chen, guitar, vocals, keys
Devin Hoff, bass
Scott Amendola, drums
Josh Kilbourn, drums
Matt Brubeck, cello
Natalie Haas, cello

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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: For a Song
your problem is you can’t turn the t.v. on again
dial for assistance
you’re not virtual enough and you can’t fake it

will you be the one who fails to fail ?

death wish charms they buy it up for a song 
a photo overexposed just made more negative
and more remote
give away these failures choreographed for centuries
give them away as gifts to your enemies

will you be the one who fails to fail?
everyone loves you far away an arms length is all it takes
Track Name: One Hit (Wondering Why)
baby, count down the days,
they’re thieves blow them away
are you in need of a cure?
someone or something to fall on your knees before...

baby, overhear, fireflies trapped in jars
go on and shed false splendor
i want to see beyond the glare

tires through water
things folded and tucked away
not unlike the many things we don’t discuss...

you’re a one hit wondering why...
a star consciously falling out of the sky
a one hit wondering why...

baby, you do it to yourself
tie yourself to the train tracks
then scream to me for help
Track Name: Where Heaven Should Be
in the dream it’s as it always was
we speak like a body speaks to itself
without words
in the dream the trees gather by the roadside
as still as you heart

i am here to mend
what can’t be mended
here to defend

{when will you come?
your lips will be what wake me from this world

in the dream it’s as if no time has passed
as it was after all your friends have gone
and the blood in your pounding veins had calmed

in the dream i reach and you are there to touch
kisses move like whispers
or wind through and empty church

time rolls back
like stormclouds in reverse
and somewhere in the place where heaven should be
side by side we sleep

{when will you come?
your lips will be what wake me from this world
Track Name: Side by Side
i had what everyone wants
a glimpse, one true word
and was not blind to it

but still i didn't know
that you can travel side by side
a great distance
hold him close for many years
his pulse so near
that it seems from your own no different
and that one day
on a day like any other
it stops

i've done the best i can with what's been given
i've seen with my own eyes a night sky
that could wreak you with it's beauty

felt the rhythmn of infinity
in the placement of the stars
i've gazed into favorite eyes
seen them close for the final time
all that we all know and hold onto
are our bridges of water
leading us to song

you can travel side by side
a great distance
hold him close for many years
his pulse so near
that it seems from your own no different
and then one day
on a day like any other.....
Track Name: Fringe
oh, mistakes a fall under the guise of grace there is awe caused by the would be there is a fractured sky a split second blind spot to me there in the version, the wrong side down certain synapses keep firingbreathe breathe no one can displace {odessa chen}

i remember the day we met and the site was some surprise you feed your anger you torch your skies some part says i knowthere could be any reason you ought to knowdon’t leave the sidewalk and fly on high your heart is sold again you've preached your liescan this be? or will it not be? i shouldn’t knowi remember the day we met how you looked when you said your name running only on batteries {charles dennison}
Track Name: Default
comitted different crimes of indifference
but serving the same sentence

{it’s ceased to be coming or going
it’s just misfit light rushing motion, metal
you won’t touch me
won’t see me
your looking but not looking close
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not enough compassion for your damage
not enough to last us

{it’s your real thing
but to me it’s just a story
you can’t touch me
can’t see me
your looking but not close
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i have my own self
my own so
but i’m not talking about it to anyone
to anyone

it’s my secret
Track Name: Snow Angels
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: Sleep Music for Jeff
This song is an instrumental