Yesterday is a Distant Dream

by OJ Law

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Timeout Kuala Lumpur's Album of the Year for 2012.
A Deezer pick for Best of 2012.

Featuring the songs Lovers' Tiff, Fantastic Adventure (feat. Liyana Fizi), Yoñlu, and Start/Stop

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released September 15, 2011

Written, performed, and produced by OJ Law during the years 2009-2011

All songs composed by OJ Law
Except “Knife”, Lyrics by Francesca Cricelli and OJ Law

“Fantastic Adventure” features vocals by Liyana Fizi
All songs published by Super Stellar Sound Recordings
Sub published by Universal Music Publishing
All songs ⓟ & © 2011
Era Long Past.

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Track Name: Rooftop
I was on a rooftop next to a fire
That was started at the scene of a party
That I attended through someone I didn't know well
Who did not show up at the rooftop we've arrived at in this story

I surveyed the scene
And my heart deflated
See all the horrors and strangers all around me
To my right
A girl I didn't know was telling stories
About some guy in her life
How he left her traumatized
"I don't know why I love him so."

The girl turned to me with glazed eyes
And confessed to my surprise
She was lost and was looking for a guide
Someone to love and to confide in
Love him

Suddenly the room goes quiet
Enough to drop a pin
'Cause a telephone was ringing out a recent top ten hit
And the lady going crazy
Pulls out her phone
And she stares at the phone number
Her face turning pale

As she rolls her eyes up to the heavens
She picks up the call
And obscenities too rude to sing
She must've said them all

And she's laughing
Or she's crying
Well I can't tell
But she starts to break down
And shivering
She softly tells the caller

She says
"Who are you? I don't know who you are."
I just want someone to love
Anyone.
Track Name: Now We Disappear
Living life, not living lies
All shadowed ashed veneer
Blossom glowing, autumn falling
Felt the air go thin

And you come and you go just like the breeze

Holding softly, breath caress
Our bliss is heaven's sins
After darkness into dull ache
Weigh your penance
Weigh your penance

And you come and you go just like the breeze

I don't know what I said that was so wrong
Our love is a fragile thing confused with lust
I don't know what I said that was so wrong
Our love our love our love

Only once or twice
Had a sweet talking line
And a sting in my eye

Only half of the time
I see you in my life
And the clouds in the sky
Are the doubt in my mind

And you come and you go just like the breeze.
Track Name: Metropolitan #1
Every time I see you
Babe, I need you more and more
Justify these minutes
Will I see you anymore?
I was looking for you
I was looking for you
I was looking for you
I was looking for you

Under the sounds of the city
Neon glowing in my mind
Fast-tracking data
Speed dating
Meeting faces
Name-tagged hearts

Every time I hear your voice
I'm melting to the core
Just to have you near me
Heart it races
Heart it soars

Every time I turn
You're with someone else
Strangers inviting
Inclined to keep options open wide

Every time I hear your voice
I'm melting to the core
Just to have you near me
Heart it races
Heart it soars
I was looking for you
I was looking for you
I was looking for you
I was looking for you

Into a crowd of delectable people
Where hands are gripped so tight
Beverages downed
As we dance to the sound of the city
So alive.
Track Name: Yoñlu
Everybody knows that
Life is what you make of it
And now everything is perfect
But we're the ones who are struggling around

Soon it will be daybreak
People posing questions are aroused
"When will you get married?
When will you go find a proper job?"

But in this life
We might not know where we're going
We try to say the words they want to hear
But it's only a lie to bide the time
Before we move on own

Sentimental musings
Memories of a childhood that has passed
When I was a young'un
Things were once like this
But now they're not

How do you explain that
This map that we've chosen is unmarked?
All we see is ocean
All directions are uncharted isles

But in this life
We might not know where we're going
We try to say the words they want to hear
But it's only a lie to bide the time
Before we move on own.
Track Name: Fantastic Adventure (feat. Liyana Fizi)
Why don't we go and take a trip
And get away somewhere?
Why don't we go and take a trip
And get away somewhere?

A place with sand
A sky so blue
The city lights
A view for two
Why don't we go and take a trip
And get away somewhere?

I don't mind
We can go somewhere
Anytime
Say the word, I'm there
We could hop on a plane
Or ride a bus
Or hike somewhere if it's not too far
Or take a road trip
Cross country
Or sail across the sea

Why don't we go and take a trip
And get away somewhere?
Why don't we go and take a trip
And get away somewhere?

A place with sand
A sky so blue
The city lights
A view for two
Why don't we go and take a trip
And get away somewhere?

I don't mind
We can go somewhere
Anytime
Say the word, I'm there
We could travel to the jungle and camp all night
Or lie on a beach from dusk 'til light
Or stay at a hotel, watch TV
Or scale a mountain peak

Why don't we go and take a trip
And get away somewhere?
Why don't we go and take a trip
And get away somewhere?

A place with sand
A sky so blue
The city lights
A view for two
Why don't we go and take a trip
And get away somewhere?
Why don't we go and take a trip
And get away somewhere?
Track Name: Sun Moon and Sky
When the sun come up
And I know things were alright
'Cause you give me life
In a world where tears are drying
And I love you forever
Love you 'til we die
When the sun goes down
In the stillness of the night
I'm at peace.

When the moon at night
Sends our fears all into slumber
And we're holding tight
As the sky turns into thunder
And we're lost for words
As we gaze into our heavens
Hope we see sunrise
Ten thousand times and more
Together.

Sun moon and sky.
Track Name: Start/Stop
I've got a song I sing in metaphors
Secretly coded lies
You've got words you speak like poetry
Breaking hearts of former lives

I sing a song so full of venom
Leaving destruction behind
All the letters you wrote are torn up
Burning in a fire
Burning with desire

And we want to stay together
Walk through stormy weather
Brave the highs and lows and the fight
'Cause it's thin ice that we're treading
People we're forgetting
Feelings of the ones left behind

Girl, you'd better stop (stop)
Listen, don't hasten your decision
Baby, stop (stop)
Listen, don't hasten your decision
Baby, stop (stop)
Listen, don't hasten your decision
Before we start over.

Girl, you'd better stop (stop)
Listen, don't hasten your decision
Baby, stop (stop)
Listen, don't hasten your decision
Baby, stop (stop)
Listen, don't hasten your decision

I've got a melody so dissonant
Making all the ladies sigh
You've got a novel full of mystery
Forcing tears in grown men's eyes

I've got a chord that makes the heart race
Teasing emotion out
You've got an ending twist so different
Oh it's so inspired
Shocking and inspired

And we want to stay together
Walk through stormy weather
Brave the highs and lows and the fight
'Cause it's thin ice that we're treading
People we're forgetting
Feelings of the ones left behind

Girl, you'd better stop (stop)
Listen, don't hasten your decision
Baby, stop (stop)
Listen, don't hasten your decision
Baby, stop (stop)
Listen, don't hasten your decision

Oh, you make your own decisions
Oh, you make your own decisions
Oh, you make your own decisions
Oh, you make your own decisions
Track Name: Knife
You cut me up
Into little pieces
And throw me into the ocean
For the fish to eat
You're tearing all of my branches down
And pile them in a bonfire

You turn the knife
Cut into an open wound
And throw the bandages
Locked inside an empty room
You pull me down
Over a mountainside
And fall into a web of hurt and lies

And I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm a cigarette that's burning softly
I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm a cigarette stubbed out

Knife
Slicing lovers out of me
You rat me out
Unraveling all the mystery
You chew me up
Spat out like some used up gum
Lost of its flavor, out of worth

You cross me out
Torn out like a diary
Erasing memories
You rewrite your history
You white me out
Wipe me out and over
For forcing out your heartache out of sight

And I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm a cigarette that's burning softly
I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm standing alone and bare
Oh I'm a cigarette
Oh I'm your cancer love.

I'm your cancer love.
Track Name: Lovers' Tiff
Some signs
They come out from the clearing skies
They make me realise
What we once had, yeah

Slip slide
We travel to the fairer side
And we can empathise
A weekend end
Undecided

In time
Right before I rewind
Right before we decline
Right until we lose sight
Right before we

I don't I don't I don't
Don't want to talk about it
We don't we don't we don't
We don't communicate
We go we go we go
Around in circles
I don't I don't I don't
Don't want to talk about it
We don't we don't we don't
We don't communicate
We go we go we go
Around in circles now

Landslide
The changes we don't even try
That we can't recognise
The weakness
No no no no
Slip slide
A failure to protect our side
Can we forgive ourselves
And start over?
Undecided

In time
Right before I rewind
Right before we decline
Right until we lose sight
Right before we

I don't I don't I don't
Don't want to talk about it
We don't we don't we don't
We don't communicate
We go we go we go
Around in circles
I don't I don't I don't
Don't want to talk about it
We don't we don't we don't
We don't communicate
We go we go we go
Around in circles

Don't wanna talk about it
Don't wanna fight about it
Don't wanna cry about it
Don't wanna talk about it
Don't wanna fight about it
Don't wanna sing about it.
Track Name: Yesterday is a Distant Dream
Once I thought that I would rule the world
When I was just a child
With ideals and dreams

And I was beautiful
Once upon a time
Yeah I was beautiful
Once upon a time

In this life of lies
Which is breaking me
Into pieces of my past
Shedding like dead skin

I was beautiful
Once upon a time
Yeah I was beautiful
Once upon a time.
Track Name: Fear of a Broken Heart
If somebody took my place
Would you turn around and tell a lie?
If somebody took my place
Would you turn around and tell a lie?
If somebody took my place
Would you turn around and tell a lie?

But word spreads fast
And then I realise
And then I realise

All smiles and thoughtful gestures
Then you turn around
And then you walk away
All whispers and gentle kisses
Then you turn around
And then you walk away.

If somebody took my place
Would you turn around and tell a lie?