Ariel Bui

by Ariel Bui

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released September 30, 2016

Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Andrija Tokic at The Bomb Shelter, East Nashville, TN
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering, Brooklyn, NY

All songs written & performed by Ariel Bui
Guitar & Vocals: Ariel Bui
Backup vocals: Emma Berkey & Lizzie Wright
Drums & Percussion: Dave Racine
Multi-Instrumentation: Jon Estes

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Ariel Bui Nashville, Tennessee

I make music because I can't help it, because I hope it helps, because it's who I am, because it's who we are.

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Track Name: To All the Cowboys
“To All the Cowboys”

To all the cowboys that I ever loved
I hope the open road
Kisses your feet sweet as you did me
Before you had to go

To all the sailors that I ever loved
I hope the ocean blue
Finds you sailin’ in a gentle breeze
Bringin’ you home to me

To all the dreamers that I ever loved
I hope the stars above
Find you awakin’ to the song of a whippoorwill
Remindin’ you I love you still
Track Name: Jump the Gun
“Jump the Gun”

Step back, take a look at that
All the pretty pictures of
All the piggies on the farm
Drew blood

Step back, take a look at that
All the shootin’ you could do
Only took you to
True love

So ain’t no use
To jump the gun
When you know
The bullet’s comin’

No ain’t no use
To jump the gun
When you know
The bullet’s comin’

Why me?
So the sayin’ goes
You’d be as pleased
If I was a ghost

But in my dreams
There in the dark
You were a secret
A secret in my heart

Will you remember when I’m gone
When the harvest comes along
Of my flesh and of my bones
Of my heart and of my soul

I’ve wallowed in the mud
And taken scraps
I ate your love
And you ate it back

I’ve walled in the mud
And taken scraps
I ate your love and you ate it back

So ain’t no use
To jump the gun
When you know
The bullet’s comin

No ain’t no use
To jump the gun
When you know
The bullet’s comin
Track Name: Appraisal
“Appraisal”

Never think she loves him wholly,
Or believe her love is blind,
All his faults are locked securely
In a closet of her mind;
All his indecisions folded
Like old flags that time has faded,
Limp and streaked with rain,
And his cautiousness like garments
Frayed and thin, with many a stain -
Let them be, oh, let them be,
There is treasure to outweigh them,

His proud will that sharply stirred,
Climbs as surely as the tide,
Senses strained too taut to sleep,
Gentleness to beast and bird,
Humor flickering hushed and wide
As the moon on moving water,
And a tenderness too deep
To be gathered in a word.

But never think she loves him wholly,
Or believe her love is blind,
All his faults are locked securely
In a closet of her mind;
All his indecisions folded
Like old flags that time has faded,
Limp and streaked with rain,
And his cautiousness like garments
Frayed and thin, with many a stain -
Let them be, oh, let them be,
There is treasure to outweigh them
Track Name: Sycamore Tree
“Sycamore Tree”

Beneath the sycamore tree
We are not us no more, just you and me
And if I could call you my button ball
This hand would reach to you
But that won’t do

Beneath the sycamore tree
I’ll eavesdrop on birds while you read poetry
And if we’d have done these things all along
We might have not gone wrong
Yet, here we are

Beneath the sycamore tree
We are not us no no, just you and me
And if I could call you my button ball
This hand would reach to you
But that won’t do
Track Name: Moon Over Kentucky
“Moon Over Kentucky”

Oh, the moon over Kentucky
It brings me to my knees
Like the one I almost married
To be Canadian

Oh, the moon over Kentucky
Is like a setting sun
For your wife I will never be
And a husband I have none

Chorus:
Where the grass is blue
I am too
While the moon over Kentucky
Has a yellow belly hue

Oh the moon o’er Lou’siana
It found me awful low
In its glow nothing consoled me
But a distant radio

In a moon over the bayou
I fell in love with you
Broken-hearted Cajun sweetheart
Come a’court me in Nashville

Chorus

Oh, the full moon over Nashville
Is why I write this song
Music City’s got me workin’
To pay off my student loans

From the highway I can see you
Oh my ‘most forgotten moon
Music City’s got me cravin’
Oh that ol’ Kentucky moon

Chorus 2x
Track Name: Since You Went Away
"Since You Went Away"

I heard you were comin’ home real soon
So I sat right down to write you a tune
About all the things I couldn’t say
Since you went away

Why did you not write or call
Like you never knew me at all
You told me you could not respond
So I did my best to movin’ on

I heard you were comin’ home real soon
So I sat right down to write you a tune
About all the things I couldn’t say
Since you went away

I wondered if you had had another
And if you consider me a friend or lover
I miss you but I don’t know if I oughtta
Only to find you at the bottom of another bottle

But I can’t brush you away
Though I know my heart may break
But you been on my mind
Since you went away

I heard you were comin’ home real soon
So I sat right down to write you a tune
About all the things I couldn’t say
Since you went away
Track Name: How It Should Be
“How It Should Be”

Time, you are a ghost
Tomorrow's just as close as here
As far as years

Time, you've got no corpse
No skeleton that begins
Or ends

When I think of all the people I've become
All of a sudden
They all are one

When I think of all the people that I'll be
I will remember
They all are me

We all follow a line
That we think of as time
But it's all in our minds
In our minds

All your life has been set
Infinite determinants determine it
But don't fret or forget
To live it

All our lives we spend afraid
Of the futures we have made
Living our lives day by day
Without god
Without faith

I just wish that we could see
Everything's how it should be
See and then really believe
Everything's how it should be

Everything's how it should be
Everything's how it should be
How it should be
How it should be
Track Name: Empty Casket
“Empty Casket”

Life is just an empty casket
Life is just an empty casket

I bet my eggs all on one basket
I bet my eggs all on one basket
Now life is just an empty casket
Life is just an empty casket

Domesticated animals
Don’t mate, they watch the teleporn
So life is just an empty casket
Life is just an empty casket

You know what you did
And you’ll pay for it
Can’t hide from yourself
Or your suffering

Until you realize….

That life is just an empty casket
Life is just an empty casket
Life is just an empty casket
Life is just an empty casket
Track Name: Open Arms
“Open Arms”

Silenced through the day
Silenced, too afraid to say
Why?

Silenced through the night
What man would touch a child?
Denial is such a fright

Open arms on the truth
Open arms on you
Hold your tongue, hold your place
Open arms on human race

Silenced by the white noise
Silenced by some white boys
With their money and their toys

Open arms on the truth
Open arms on you
Hold your tongue, hold your place
Open arms on human race
Track Name: Summer Love
“Summer Love”

Sun shinin’ down
Out through the clouds
While strawberry flowers
Are turnin’

Cool summer breeze
Caressin’ the trees
In a
Birdsong Symphony

Rail road cars
Viscious dogs
And dew drops
In the alleys

Midnight walks
Were those fireworks
Or gunshots
In the dark

Sweat and skin
I was in
Summer love

Sun shinin’ down
Out through the clouds
While strawberry flowers
Are turnin’

Cool summer breeze
Caressin’ the trees
In a
Birdsong Symphony

Sweat and skin
I was in
Summer love
3x
Track Name: Honey, Moon
“Honey, Moon”

Open my heart
Too soon
When I should know
‘Bout you

Honey, Moon
Wanes so soon
Into the dark
Of something new

Hopelessly
Please be my dream
Dry my tears
Soothe my fears

Come when I call
Soften the fall
And let me be
Your Devotee

Open my heart
Too soon
When I should know
‘Bout you

Honey, Moon
Wanes so soon
Into the dark
Of something new