No such thing as ghosts

by LESLIE LOW

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about

The songs were written in between tours and when I wasn't working on Oscilla. It felt like a visitation from someone I once knew well. The first was the title track in September of 2013. It was distinctly very much like my older material but with some mild Balinese rhythmic influence and also an outpouring from my subconscious mind, the melodies and song structures from my teenage growing up years of listening to cantopop.

By February of 2014, I had demos of about an album's worth of material. Decided to record them properly and put words to those that were half-formed and finish up the album.

- Leslie Low

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released September 14, 2014

No Such Thing As Ghosts
Leslie Low
The Well Recordings 2014
33 1/3 rpm


Side A
Coming right up
Big road
Declaration
Despair
Be helpless

Side B
Just like water
No such thing as ghosts
Some perspective
On a tilt


Recorded in Bali and Singapore from February to March 2014
Mixed by Justin Seah
Mastered by James Plotkin

Photographs by Vivian Wang
Art direction and layout by Sean Lam

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Track Name: Coming Right Up
Coming right up

If the bottom falls free pick it by left of the very right wrong
And the light dust forms enveloping the rich fairies in the banyan
While the ego takes form in a smiling-frowning-admonishing politician

Coming right up
Right up next to you
Right up next to you
Right up next to you
Coming right up

If the bottom falls free again pick it up by left from the very right wrong
And the light dust forms developing the witch fairies in the banyan
While the ego takes form in a smiling-frowning-admonishing politician

Coming right up
Right up next to you
Coming right up
Right up next to you
Coming right up
Right up next to you
Track Name: Big Road
Big road

Innocence is so fleeting
It was there once and then it's gone
We used to wonder
What it'll be like to pack my bags and go
Down the big road
Go down hoping to grow up
Going down
Going down
The big road
And it will take you to the city of broken contracts
Meaningless language
Double meanings
Many friendships that don't mean much
Life is so fleeting
It was there once and then it's gone
We used to wonder
What it'll be like to sell my soul
To a job
9 to 5
Go home
Sleep
Wake
Eat
8 to 6
Go home
Make love
Then kids
Bills
Move out
Get a car
No sleep
'Til work
And then what then now my friend?
Then comes the weekend binge
Then sloth away again
Hangover
Sunday family tribal
Have a beer and watch tv
Then the Monday blues come
Forget the road you came down from
Track Name: Declaration
Declaration

What you declare now
Will be used against you some day
Will be studied and framed
Spun-up for the blame

Diamond fingers of the self-righteous ones
Don't let them bring you down
It's their perspective

And we have ours
I really don't care
What you declare now
Will be used against you
every day now

So just float in your own haunted waters and resonate the sea
Just ourselves in our own waters, resonances
Waters, resonances
We're connected to the sea
We're connected to the sullied sea
Track Name: Despair
Despair

Living on spare change takes your dignity away
Living on the streets
Homeless and helpless
Kindness is rare
What do I know about the troubles they have?
If they've been abandoned by loved ones doesn't mean we shouldn't be big enough to care for them
but love is rare
And there is no heart here
And there is no heart here
Just a fortress and security guards
Guarding all that they have
What does it mean?
Do we take it all in?
While another one dies alone
While we're busy buying a flat
Living in Singapore
So rich
It says that it's so
Where does it all go?
Whose pockets?
Mine are empty
Yours are full
No there is no heart here
No there is no heart here
No there is no heart here
Just a certificate of entitlement
Just a certificate of entitlement
Just a certificate of entitlement
Just a certificate of entitlement
Track Name: Be Helpless
Be helpless

Do you feel pride?
Never
Do you feel shame to be a part of this?
Will we be blameless if we kept quiet with our heads down and be blind to the plain disregard for the helpless peoples?
And be blind to the plain disregard for the helpless peoples?

When we take sides we crumble
Then we're divided and conquered
Do you feel shame to look into the mirror?
Will I be blameless if I kept quiet and be blind to the plain disregard for the helpless peoples?
And be blind to the plain disregard for the helpless peoples?

They're expecting to be feared
They're expecting to capture minds and the masses
Plenty of room to kiss their asses
There's plenty of room to swallow your pride
Plenty of room to kiss their asses
Plenty of room to butter the bread
And be helpless
And be helpless
And be helpless
And be helpless
And be helpless
And be helpless
And be helpless
Be helpless
Be helpless
Track Name: No Such Thing As Ghosts
No such thing as ghosts

Do I have to stay here?
Rooted in a fear that cripples your every thought
Cripples every move
Until all of life suffers
Beneath your deck of cards
Do I have to stay here?
Helpless in my thoughts
I awaken in a daydream of bad behaviour
People venting every day here
Do I stay here?
Do I?
Do me a favor please
Remind me to find the best way to speak my mind
Please remind me to step outside the confines of the space pre-defined
Before the next time comes around
But when the next time comes around it'll be the same
The same again

Do I have to stay here?
Swallowing my pride
Silent in my stride
My head's forgetting what it's like to be held up high
Hold it up high
Do I have to stay here?
Biting my shackled tongue
Eating my humble pie
I don't have to stand here
In the circle that you've drawn
Conveniently withdrawn from all feeling
No feeling
No feeling
Cold fish
No feeling
Cold fish
When the next time comes around
It'll be the same
And when the next time comes around
It'll be the same
No such thing as ghosts
No such thing as ghosts
No such thing as ghosts
No
No amount of pure in white can change my mind
Track Name: Some Perspective
Some perspective

If it's wrong or right
It's a matter for your mind
If it's closed or wide open
In the years of life do your thoughts reside in a museum?
Is it possible to be blind to our differences?
I don't believe that we're different
Deep down inside we must be the same
It's not wrong I think
But maybe you know better?
Is it wrong to wish for this?
You tell me
I don't really know
Never certain
How can you be so sure?
I don't know
Please don't lose your mind
It's not worth it
It's not worth it
What's bothering your mind?
Mine is so heavy
Let's try to take it easy
Take it easy
Don't feed it
Let it go
Track Name: On A Tilt
On a tilt

When you tilt down by the waters
If your heart won't dream
All the sun dials are off-centre
Watch time break free

So we are a part of all this mess
Can we extricate ourselves from this?
We're still in denial
We're still in denial

I can't go out every day now
It's just too much for me to handle
I spend all my free time at home
Alone
Doing this

So we are a part of all this mess
Can we extricate ourselves from this?
We're still in denial
We're still in denial
Think we're too far gone?
Or they don't care?
They don't
What do they care for?
Their own families and extended families
So we are a part of all this mess
All this mess
On a tilt