Leslie Sakal

by Leslie Sakal

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about

I'm so happy to finally be releasing a collection of some of the things I've been working on. Some of these songs are old, and some of them new. I am so incredibly excited to be able to have something to share with everyone. Forgive the spiel, but as this is my debut album, I'd love to say thank you to a couple of the wonderful people in my life:

I would not be anywhere without the support of my friends. They have truly been my family and I am blessed to have them in my life. These are just a few:

Steve Paxton, Tom Adler, Polly Ferber, Paul Brown, Daniel Siuba, Dave Badstubner, Benito Plaza, Adam Cook, Stephanie Nagler, Annie Ritchie, Lynn Marie Rusaw, Larry Hinz, David Grey, Melanie Monsour, Martin Delabano, Michael Munoz, Suzanne Kimbrell, Marc Uchniat, and the rest of my musical and non-musical family.

My parents, for always encouraging me to be creative and supporting my dreams. There are no words to describe how much they have done.

Scott Jarrett, for being my mentor and teacher in the studio. I could not have created this without his help and guidance.

And lastly, Elise Southwick, for teaching me three chords on the guitar and giving me the confidence to sing, in exchange for a bologna sandwich our first year living in the desert.

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released August 24, 2012

Recorded at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formally College of Santa Fe) Recording Studios.
All tracks engineered and mixed by Leslie Sakal except for tracks 4, 6, 7, and 11, which were engineered by Scott Jarrett.
Cover art by Riley Holloway.

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Track Name: Not Getting Old
I’m not getting old today
But sometime, my memory may start to fade away
will you hold me tight and tell me
we lived our lives like we always hoped we would?

Cause I have seen the face of a woman weathered
who never had a dream and never thought she could

Cause dreams, they never die
and dreams they never quit
we’re only capsules in which they live
and if we don’t chase them the run away
and follow someone who won’t let them float away

It is my hope that when someday I look back
that I can say, I lived my life with no regret
Track Name: Tuesday
You know what hurts my heart
the most these days is all around me
and now the sun’s been hiding away

It hurts my heart to see
these skyscrapers pretending they’re mountains
and I know what I want to do
but how do I get there?

We don’t think of consequence
it’s only “what can you do for me?”
and now we can’t do anything ourselves

It hurts my heart to see
these skyscrapers pretending they’re mountains
and I know what I want to do
but how do I get there
Track Name: Smoke
Smoke settles on my lips
the taste of the salt that’s covered your skin
the hips of the mountains dressed so barren
a kiss in the moonlight to catch morning’s grin

A hint of your breath mixed with mine
a glint in the night where lovers collide
the moon ever graceful bears its light
and casts ghostly shadows through the pines

And you’ll breathe softly, softly singing

I dream of your warmth and embrace
the small of your back and curves of your waist
with hands held so tightly and wound with mine
a pause in the nighttime where I catch your eye

And you’ll breathe softly, softly singing
Track Name: Fall With the Choir
I’m chasing down that sunset
but a smoke plume rises high
if I ever catch that green flash
then I’ll just claim myself to the fire

And one day I won’t be here with you
when I’m caught in the arms of a flume

I’ll get over that mountain
but it’s no menagerie
all the earth is the same color
if you just find what’s underneath

I’m stuck up in some rain cloud
in a gray inflicted sky
will I fall with the rest of the choir

How do I break it up
and put it into words
that you would understand
How do I hold you close
without ever really knowing how

I’m kicking all the dirt up
every time I leave my home

It leaves the quietest cover
over everything I own

I try to keep my heart clean
but the soot just settles down
it’s the purest love that I’ve ever found
to the purest love that I’ve ever found

How do I break it up
and put it into words
that you would understand
How do I hold you close
without ever really knowing how
Track Name: A Sea Chantey
Down, tumbling down my friend
you picked a long way to fall
you thought the waves would catch you then
and carry your body out to sea

Alas, a jagged rock you felt
and I saw your body mangled
underneath me

I cry
shallow, sharp tears at first
as I cry
Oh lord, won’t you help me now
cause I don’t ask for much these days

You spoke your will to fly away
and have your arms spread out as wings
you thought the wind would carry you
and you fly yourself to a different bay

Alas, the gust was all too fair
and I saw you tangled up and with the wind

I cry
shallow, sharp tears at first
as I cry
Oh lord, won’t you help me now
cause I don’t ask for much these days

The sound of trumpets will fill the air
as they carry your body ‘long the shore
a sweet and airy, soft funeral dirge
will haunt the rocky cliffs forever

And when the pyre surrounds your bones
all the smoke will seep up under your skin

I cry
shallow, sharp tears at first
as I cry
Oh lord, won’t you take her in
cause I have somehow lost my hold

Oh lord, won’t you take her in
cause she has nowhere else to go

Down, tumbling down my friend
you picked a long way to fall
Track Name: I'd Call It Home
Oh, this desert’s left me dry
and I just wish it would rain one last time
I’m looking for a place I can call my own
but if you were there, I’d call it home

All this love has made me so sad
but I know one day it’ll pass
I’m not looking for a friend or a helping hand
cause I know this whole thing ends

Maybe a change of scene will do me well
or even a second chance at goodbye

Now, I’ve felt a change of heart
and overcoming that is the hardest part
I’m happy here with peace of mind in all that I do
and now I have to leave that too

I don’t want to hear the truth
what would life be like without you
you’ve nurtured me and watched me grow and held me so tight
until our love passed away in the night

Maybe a change of scene will do me well
or even a second chance at goodbye
Track Name: The Picture Song
You had a picture of me
hidden safely away
and today you went to find it
but it was nowhere to be seen

You were searching, you were frantic
it was the only one you had

And my features softly fading
in that photo in your mind
you can’t remember what I looked like
or what I grew into overtime

When you called me you were crying
you were looking out to blame
all the memories you had built there
somehow lost in a fit of rage

You were saying something hurtful
but I couldn’t walk away
cause I know it makes you saddest
when I shut you out again

You had a picture of me
hidden safely away
and today you went to find it
but it had somehow gone away
Track Name: Soul Seeker
Why are you always running scared
you pray things you see won’t always be there
and just know that even though you’re leaving by yourself
that I’ll be here, sitting where you left me on the shelf

Maybe your faith will be enough
to keep you well
but I have learned
there’s always calm before a swell

It’s no wonder you haven’t shown a smile in so long
it’s stamped all over that front that you think you’re putting on
and you can say that you’re “just fine,” all you fucking want
it’s time to own up to all those feelings you don’t want

Maybe your faith will be enough
to keep you well
but I have learned
there’s always calm before a swell

Journey bound
I hope that you find what you are looking for
and I’ll be around if you need help along the way

Soul seeker,
give a little guidance on the way
Track Name: Everybody Wants To Change You
You might find that everybody wants to change you
and I must admit that at times I want to change you too

Everybody walks the same
and everybody talks the same
and I just want to know your name

It might feel like we have all the time in the world
when really in the first place we were never given any at all

Cause everybody dies someday
everybody rots away
but first I want to know your name

Take a look back on how far we all have come
I don’t want to explain myself when I tell you what I want is wrong

Everybody wants the same
everybody needs the same things
and I just want to get to know your name

How many times do I have to tell you know
temptation is the worst thing when you know you’re about to go

I just want to know your name
and maybe even care for you some day
Track Name: Oh, My Friends
As of late I find the words hard to come by
when all I want to do is turn to you and say
you’ve been my constant in this world of changes

And I was hoping that you’d stay

If there’s one thing that I should know by now
is life just fucks you up when it shoves you to the ground
then turns around and plays the song in just the right key

And I was hoping that you’d sing that song with me

Oh my friends,
if I could find the words to say
I would give them all away

When I look back on all the things I’ve learned
and think of all the times we’ve been so sorely burned
and wonder what we’ll say and feel when we are older

I’m just hoping that we’ll laugh

Oh my friends,
if I could find the words to say
I would give them all away

As of late I find the words hard to come by
when all I want to do is turn to you and say
you’ve been my comfort in this world of changes

And I was hoping that you’d stay
I was hoping that we’d always stay this way