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NITIN SAWHNEY - BEYOND SKIN (1999) 1. Broken Skin 2. Letting Go 3. Homelands 4. The Pilgrim 5. Tides 6. Nadia 7. Immigrant 8.

Serpents 9. Anthem Without A Nation 10. Nostalgia 11. The Conference 12. Beyond Skin 1. BROKEN SKIN Today at 15.45 hours India conducted 3 underground nuclear tests in the Bogram r ange. Hope falls softly from your hands Dreams burn deep beneath the land Time casts shadows overall Sweating fever, rain or river Brushing winds beneath your call Broken skin, distant fear Shattered worlds of endless tears Hidden fires, distant lies Buried hopes beneath the cries Broken skin, distant fears Silent lips, so far, so near Silence, it is every hope apart Two flames burn deep beneath one heart Teardrops flow faster with the tide Raging over calmer waters As the timeless land divides Broken skin, distant fear Shattered worlds of endless tears Hidden fires, distant lies Buried hopes beneath the cries Broken skin, distant fears Silent lips, so far, so near Broken, distant, shattered Hidden, distant, buried Broken, distant, silent Cold games repeat on eastern shores Strong winds blow over colder wars Proud lips stay silent in the rain There are half a million voices in the song without a name Broken, distant, shattered Hidden, distant, buried Broken, distant, silent

Shattered Hidden, distant, Broken, distant, So far Shattered There are half a Distant Shattered Distant Shattered There are half a

buried silent million voices

million voices.

Just 5 miles from India s nuclear test site children play in the shade of the vill age water tank. Here in the Rajahstan desert people say they re proud their countr y showed their nuclear capability. 2. LETTING GO Now I often talk of my heart How can I turn to the dark And the swaying silence I see There s nothing I can hold on to You can t breathe If I hold you tight You can t breathe If I hold you tight Don t be afraid of letting go Don t be afraid of letting go Not of anything, not of anyone All alone here with my demons Am I ready to move on To a person or place Alone Away from here And I miss you And I m losing you And I found you I choose to Follow my heart Don t be afraid of letting go Don t be afraid of letting go Not Not Don Don Don Don Don Don of anything, not of anyone of anything, not of anyone t be afraid of letting go t be afraid of letting go t be afraid of letting go t be afraid of letting go t be afraid of letting go t be afraid of... go.

3. HOMELANDS No lyrics available

4. THE PILGRIM Woke up in the morning in a temple Kinda lucky on my feet for it was central So I walk across the village Saw a group of kids pillage And I thought to myself I might be mental You see Pilgrims in the town All seem to hold a frown Say all they wanna be is diggy down You know Speck thought he d ask But figured it s just a mask This guy s on something else that s profound I m not the stool or the fool or the leader here to rule Not the lover or the fighter who came here to duel But I thought I looked into, but I walked into So I can understand all the rules, cool? Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet Might take a village ever long to see that Don t break your ties with my pal compromise And the kid you wanna be you can be that Who s ever watched the world that s my motto Don t ever wanna play the head honcho, dig it up If you try to push I won t beat around the bush Straight up you re getting dissed on the pronto Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet Might take a village ever long to see that Don t break your ties with my pal compromise And the kid you wanna be you can be that If I could, I d solve the problems of the world that exist If I could always chill, I would without resist If you weren t so literal, brother you might get it Pack my bags, tambourines and jeans, so don t sweat it Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet Might take a village ever long to see that Don t break your ties with my pal compromise And the kid you wanna be you can be that Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet Might take a village ever long to see that Don t break your ties with my pal compromise And the kid you wanna be you can be that Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet As the journey continues I gain current instincts I feel I know what they must be thinking, for instance When they speak in riddles I m left with the question But won t stop arguments to kill attention They all got a sixth sense to be one another So pilgrims seek refuge undercover Where it s fly like birds to live a lot is absurd

Try telling that to this kid named Unver Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet Might take a village ever long to see that Don t break your ties with my pal compromise And the kid you wanna be you can be that Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet Might take a village ever long to see that Don t break your ties with my pal compromise And the kid you wanna be you can be that I met him on tour a week on for twenty four He was born in the village, but left in ninety four Now he s still got probs he doesn t know how to solve I said, Unver, I ve been there before In the light of understanding I forgot it Sometimes the boat shakes when you rock it I told him we are like family, a part of humanity Don t overdo, and don t toss it Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet Might take a village ever long to see that Don t break your ties with my pal compromise And the kid you wanna be you can be that Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet Might take a village ever long to see that Don t break your ties with my pal compromise And the kid you wanna be you can be that He dug and moved on with his life Cause he digs and it gets real dark at night Don t want a collar that s blue or a reflection of you Just wants us to get his plight Myself I d like the years just to take me away It might leave a part of this world in dismay But the village calls the pilgrim in Negroes After all I m just one needle in the hay Now what I m speaking in is symbolics But you can call it what you want to call it See all that I do is throw words, and I hope that you caught it Only got one arrow but I aim for two targets Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet Might take a village ever long to see that Don t break your ties with my pal compromise And the kid you wanna be you can be that Life is like a puzzle not pieced yet Might take a village ever long to see that Don t break your ties with my pal compromise And the kid you wanna be you can be that You can be that You can be that. 5. TIDES

France has carried out the first of a planned series of underground nuclear test s at Modoroah Isle in the South Pacific. The French Defence Ministry said the ma gnitude of the explosion was approximately the same as the bomb dropped on Hiros hima. 6. NADIA No lyrics available 7. IMMIGRANT ... also heavily advertised in local newspapers and dailies. That they are encou raging for people to come down here and work. And then we went to the embassy an d they showed us Kew Garden pictures and pictures of the various parts of Englan d. That it is all that beautiful and everything is just right. And that s why we j ust applied for the voucher. You burn my flame within your hands You know when my destiny falls This time has insecurity I feel, makes me restless inside Will you take me there To a distant place I ve never been before I could leave this world I could follow you like oceans to the shore You could take me there Make the rivers of my mind flow to my dreams You You The You hold your secrets from my eyes see where the furthest rain falls day breaks over in the streams know where my rivers will flow

Will you take me there To a distant place I ve never been before I could leave this world I could follow you like oceans to the shore You could take me there Make the rivers of my mind flow to my dreams And I And I And I Where dream of places far from here call your name to the wind wish the night would take me to another world no one knows your face or asked your name

Will you take me there To a distant place I ve never been before I could leave this world I could follow you like oceans to the shore You could take me there Make the rivers of my mind flow to my dreams Make the rivers flow Will you take me there Will you take me there Oh yeah

Take Take Take Take

me me me me

there there there, yeah there, yeah yeah

Take me there Will you take Will you take Me there Take Take Take Take Take Take Take Take Make Take Take Take Make Take Make Take Take Take Make Take Make Take Take Take Make Take Make Take Take Take Make Take me me me me me me me me there there there, yeah there, yeah yeah there there there, yeah there, yeah yeah

the rivers flow me there me there me there, yeah the rivers flow me there, yeah yeah the rivers flow me there me there me there, yeah the rivers flow me there, yeah yeah the rivers flow me there me there me there, yeah the rivers flow me there, yeah yeah the rivers flow me there me there me there, yeah the rivers flow me there, yeah yeah.

8. SERPENTS No lyrics available 9. ANTHEM WITHOUT A NATION Villagers say they re already suffering side effects. The government scientists sa y there was no radiation leak. 10. NOSTALGIA

....One day perhaps we will come back to this country and bring our children to show them, you know. And what we had to sacrifice to be in that country, you kno w. But I think in the initial state that we had a lot of struggle. But with god s grace and his kindness we are okay now and our children are okay as well. Dreams, dreams, dreams, dreams I can feel your dreams Dreams I can see you I can touch your memories But I can t hear you I can feel your dreams Dreams I can see you I can touch your memories But I can t hear you Words that fall like dust and rain Words that, words that Worlds that echo in your eyes Worlds that, worlds that I I I I I I I I I can can can can can can can can can t t t t t taste taste feel feel reach across a thousand years touch the soil feel the hopes touch the soil feel the hopes beneath your whisper you left behind beneath your whisper you left behind

almost almost almost almost

Words that fall like tears from trees Words that, words that Worlds that echo in your eyes I can t taste I can t feel Thousand years I can t hear you I can t see you I can t taste I can t touch you I can t feel I can t reach you I can t hear you I can t see you Thousand years I can t taste I can t feel Thousand years I can t taste I can t feel I can t reach you cross a thousand years I can t taste

I can t feel I can t reach you cross a thousand years I can t taste Dreams I can t feel Dreams Thousand years. 11. THE CONFERENCE No lyrics available 12. BEYOND SKIN On July 29th at 5:29 AM the gadget turned the pre-dawn sky as bright as the sun as the first atomic mushroom cloud rose above the horizon. We knew the world would not be the same... A few people laughed, a few people cr ied, most people were silent. I remembered the lines from the Hindu scripture, t he Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu was trying to persuade the prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. I suppose we all thought that, one way or another . A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the lines from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. back to main page Jan s Lyrics - All lyrics are copyright protected

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