Disguised As Fate: 10th Anniversary Edition

by Ariel Bui

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10th Anniversary Edition Remixed and Remastered by Dylan Ethier, 2018. All purchases include booklet with liner notes and lyrics. Limited edition of 100 CDs with digipak cases.

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released September 14, 2018

10th Anniversary Edition Remixed & Remastered by Dylan Ethier, 2018

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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: The End
The End

Another moonlit stroll in the park
Another useless girl in your arms
But you've got to get creative

I simply don't know what to tell you
It doesn't get more plain than that
But if you really want an answer
All you have to do is ask

Even if you've had enough
It's not the end of the world
It's not the end of the world

It's all caving in
Too dark to see
I'm falling again
No saving me

It's not the end of the world
It's not the end of the world
Track Name: Like All Things
Like All Things

How's this any different
from the story of my life?
Constant inconsistency,
it's the only thing I have.

It's been the same since second grade,
but I keep growing anyway
(if you could call it that).

I'd rather think of it as
involuntary velocity--
You try so hard to stop
but life just goes on and on.

And before you know it
the years have come and gone
and all the things you ever loved or held as true
have come and gone too.

Still I'll be here
waiting for someone like you to appear
in my life again
and give me a reason to smile and to live.

But like all things
this love has come to end.
Our tears and memories will dry.
Track Name: So It Goes
So It Goes

What a funny way to go
after all that we've been through
Shake my hand 'cause we both know
this is what we need to do

I've made a new friend
that makes me feel human again
I think that that's a sign
that it's time--
To leave this all behind

It may be months before I sleep again
Filling my empty bed with empty friends
Trying to forget
the emptiness

I miss your arms
and I miss your warmth
But our love was growing cold
so I know--
It was time for me to go

I'm starting all over again
Can't believe
You're just a ghost in my head
And I'm free

And when we meet again
We'll be distant as bookends
Small talk with me
Smile and be sweet

Oh, we'll pretend we didn't know
All the things that made the two of us go
Crazy

You've missed me, I've changed you, you'll say
You don't see us as a mistake
So why don't we lay for the sake
of old times

in each other's arms?
"It won't do any harm."
But when the morning comes
you'll be gone

after all that we've been through.
Track Name: A Rock Still Turns to Dust
A Rock Still Turns to Dust

What are we if not for sharing life?
Ant antennas mingling for the sake of death?
The rock does turn to dust where flowers grow.
A rock still turns to dust, and that is love.

This world is full of walking voids,
An empty life of light and noise
That music someday could become
If we were not so alone.

But fear and hate do overcome
the best of us, and worst of all:
We watch our fellow soldiers fall
and we march along.

Alive in this dying life
Awake in this silent night
I've tried and tried with all my might

Alone in this crowded room
A room with only you
In the corner of my eyes

I thought I could be strong
By standing on my own...

But what are we if not for sharing life?
Ant antennas mingling for the sake of death?
The rock does turn to dust where flowers grow.
A rock still turns to dust, and that is love.

So I reach out for a hand to hold,
But all I feel is sand and your
ego, vices, weaknesses--
And I love you all the more.

This bottle's getting empty fast,
But my heart is filling full
of hope. and truth. and loneliness,
of hate, and loss, and you.

But after all the gaining loving lost
I realize that loneliness and love
Both in their never-ending ways have won.
Yet, in the end...

The rock does turn to dust where flowers grow.
A rock still turns to dust, and that is love.
Track Name: The Give and Take
The Give and Take

I've been let down too many times to tell myself that life is gonna change
Yet somehow I've found that I continue living life and hoping anyway
I've come to terms with the fact that all is fair in love and war they say
Someday I'll learn to understand these twisted rules they've set for me to play

Until then, I'm merely just a pawn
Until then, I'll play along

I've been let down, but so have you and you and you and you and you and you
So let's gather round and share this time to sing along to just a song or two

Until then, just know that you belong
Until then, let's get along

I've lost so much but learned much more
In this game of give or take
And in the end we stand to gain
So much more than we can take

Leave room for mistakes
And times of heartache.

I've been let down too many times to tell myself that life is gonna change
Yet somehow I've found that I continue living life and hoping anyway

Life is a game. No one's to blame.
We play to win just to get by
We'll make up rules but we're such fools
Truth only knows what's wrong or right
And She'll defend it through the night
We'll only find Her if we try
And we'll see Everything is fine.
Track Name: It Was Love
It Was Love

It's a cloudy day, that's all
I've seen many cloudy days before
It has drizzled, it has poured
But listen: i think i hear the birds

I've never cared much for rainbows
They only show when you're at the right angle
And i know they are just illusions
Which makes me think of you again

Life is like a book
It's never how it looks
Life is like your love
It's here and then it's gone

Keep this in mind:
The grass smells sweeter when it's wet
And dreams exist though you forget
And though sometimes i wish we'd never met
It was love.
It was love.

It's a sunny day, that's all
I've seen many sunny days before
I've been warmed and i've been burned
But listen: it was love.
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
Track Name: The Stranger
The Stranger

I saw a stranger on the bus
And strange enough it made me think of us
For so long we shared one road
But like this stranger you I never will know

We shift our eyes so we can't see
The need for love that our stranger's hiding
Instead we stare at empty sceneries
Imagining what it'd be like to be happy

My love for you's disguised as hate
So I can have someone to blame
For the fact that I couldn't make
You love me

A stranger to myself and to the world
With my self-negating thoughts
And yet you ask for me to choose
This way or that, but either way I lose

My hopelessness disguised as fate
Could only serve to make me take this bullshit
But I'll take it with a grain of salt
On my open wounds
Track Name: Little One
Little One

Sleep, Little One
Your life has just begun
This is your rising sun
Sleep, Little One

You are our jewel of hope
There's so much you don't know
Your heart is pure as snow
Sweet Little One

There's a world out there waiting for you
Full of suffering, full of love
I just hope that you'll see
All the love and beauty

Sleep, Little One
Track Name: Change
Change

Please give me the strength
To accept things I can't change
Teach me when to walk away
Without wanting to blame

And teach me when to say
Things won't always go my way
That no one ever stays
That I'll spend my days

On my own, so I might as well enjoy it
All alone, it's so calm and cool and quiet

It's such a lovely day
I think that I'll go lay
For a minute in those warming rays

On my own, 'cause I might as well enjoy it
All alone, it's so nice and warm and quiet

But one day, someone sweet will come my way
And I'll keep him at bay
Because I am afraid

Please give me the strength
To accept that things change
Teach me when to stay
And live for today
Track Name: More Than Meets the Eye (bonus track)
More Than Meets the Eye

Pick up your eyes and look at me
For the first time
Like you’ve never done before
There’s so much more than meets than eye

And someone once told me
That it takes a person
To know a person
And I’d really love to get to know you

But now I know
That this could never work for us
And now you’ve shown
There’s no hope

When I find my place in this world
I guess I’ll just have to leave you far behind
Only in my mind
Could you stick around

Cuz now I know
That this could never work for us
And now you’ve shown
There’s no hope