All at Sea

by Riaz Ahmad

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1.
Pray to God 04:57
She’s crossed the world for a man she’s never seen Left home for a stranger’s family, aged nineteen She's scared they want her to be the quiet wife But wild by nature, she dreamt of a different life And she prays to God, he will never lay a finger on her She prays to God, he will never lay a finger on her The garden fills her heart with so much joy No words in anger, and at her feet her baby boy Dancing dizzy they tumble to the floor Hearts stuck in their mouths when dad stumbles through the door And they pray to God, he will never lay a finger on her And they pray to God, he will never lay a finger on her Can you see the light in her eyes Can you see She sits in her empty nest, alone each day Her baby is long gone and she begins to pray Pray for him, mistakes he won’t repeat If he loves his woman right, her work’s complete And she prays to God, he will never lay a finger on her And she prays to God, he will never lay a finger on her And she prays to God, he will never lay a finger on her
2.
Blank Canvas 05:10
She came on a summer’s day To see a man, about a room He made her feel so welcome That she knew, this could be home Unpack boxes, join yoga classes, smile awkwardly at important men in the office who are eyeing her Starting anew, When she comes home in the evening he’s there Listening to every word When she looks into his eyes He’s searching for some peace of mind With an eagerness to please A blank canvas is what she sees A blank canvas is what she sees He notices a yellowed postcard on her bedroom wall Memories of loved ones, at every port of call She’s sweet in a special way And her smile lifts the gloom High hopes he can make her stay And a love, will bloom But when she looks into his eyes He’s searching for some peace of mind With an eagerness to please A blank canvas is what she sees A blank canvas is what she sees When she looks into his eyes He’s searching for some peace of mind With an eagerness to please A blank canvas is what she sees A blank canvas is what she sees She left in an awkward way His heavy heart, She has her youth Her first grown up heartbreak And she couldn’t tell the truth
3.
All at Sea 03:48
The first kiss, I’ve waited so long The dam bursts, and I throw off my life belt Swim to you, and I bury my nose in your curls I may drown, but I don’t care right now Because at last there’s peace I can sleep I can eat All at sea no longer Finally I’m free To say what I see So why, am I still worried? The first week, I build my hopes up so high But they sink like stones when we start to fight Ripples of truth, you tell me to go slow and take my time But these waves they keep pushing me from side to side to side And at last there’s peace I can sleep And I can eat I'm all at sea no longer Finally I’m free To say what I see So why, am I still worried? The last word, your time to be heard, no peep from me To hear you tell, I cast my own spell all along The kiss you regret and how you wish that I’d forget So low your voice, you leave me no choice and glide away
4.
We stand round the bed, she’s hanging by a thread, One big happy family again, Red lips turning blue, I look over at you, Eyes shut tight you refuse, To let her hurt you again, my sensitive twin, You built a wall and no one climbs in, Made you feel second best, young mind never at rest, so you ran far as you could get Now she’s drifting away, you came back too late, to say Be kindly, be kindly, a gentle soul like yours needs time Now the beeps stop, your guard suddenly drops Say you came home hoping to make up, Feeling brave, maybe expecting a fuss Plus recognition for your pain, years spent alone and tears all in vain Now she’s drifting away, you came back too late, to say Be kindly, be kindly, a gentle soul like yours needs time

about

Riaz is a guitarist and singer-songwriter based in Oxford and Devon.

The four songs on his first solo EP, All at Sea, are an eclectic mix; from tabla and sitar-based fusion (“Pray to God”) to jazz-folk tinged numbers, with mandolin, horns and fingerstyle guitar (“It’s Not a Crime”/”Blank Canvas”).

Lyrically, the EP covers themes of family, migration and love, with the narrative style influenced by trad and modern folk, while the production is inspired by artists like Moses Sumney and Bon Iver.

credits

released February 21, 2020

Credits:

Riaz Ahmad - Vocals, guitars, bass
Veena Sathiendran - Sitar
Janan Sathiendran - Tabla/percussion
Andrew Mayling - Guitars, bass
Kenan Khazendar - Guitar
Oli Whitworth - Organ, piano, violin
Greg Hooper - Piano
Esther Ng - Double Bass
Simon Mayor - Mandolin
Gary Alesbrook - Flugelhorn
Ed McClements - Drums

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Oli Whitworth
Produced by Oli Whitworth and Riaz Ahmad
All songs written by Riaz Ahmad, All at Sea co-written with Kenan Khazendar





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Riaz Ahmad:
riazahmadd@hotmail.com
www.riazahmadmusic.com
www.instagram.com/riazmusic
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