Return of the Ulysses

by Simon Mas

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Recorded in Newcastle upon Tyne in September 2011.

This album has been completely (and proudly!) self-financed. There's a suggested price, but if you feel like paying a bit more... you will help me producing more music!

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released December 6, 2011

Matthew Roberts: drums, percussions, vocals
Peter Morris: bass, guitar (on "Home"), keyboard, vocals
Simon Mas: vocals, guitars, keyboards.

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Composer, arranger, musician... Simon is a tongue in cheek fellow living in Italy, that finds that 400 characters are too little to write a bio. Maybe he can interest you in visiting his website should you be intersted to discover more? Only the future will tell! (Thank you for listening, by the way! :) ) ... more

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Track Name: Home
This track is instrumental.
Track Name: Return to Night Life
It ain’t been easy, but I’m here once again
hitting the outside world with the fools and the girls
that alleviate my pain today
a placebo gone astray…

It ain’t been easy, but I’m trying hard again
crawling out in vain just to feel cold and restrained
my smiles, my lies, my carelessness.

Yes, I’m bleeding from my mouth
and my head is a big mess
I claim that I’m alright
but my words are meaningless.

I have lost my faith
I have lost my place in here
there’s no sign on my face of the life I’ve thrown away
of the chances that I had.

Yes, I’m bleeding from my mouth
and my head is a big mess
well, I claim I am alright
but my words are meaningless.

I fake it like I’m used with everything
to convince myself it’s all good:
these unfulfilled desires, this emptiness,
perhaps they will go away…

It ain’t been easy, but I’m here once again
hitting the outside world with the fools and the girls
that alleviate my pain today
a placebo gone astray…

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Tend to Me
I feel I’m losing strength
my body couldn’t stand without a helping hand
I’m stuck half conscious where I lay.

I’m losing faith these days
reality seems strained and lost into a dream
that seems so very far away.

Stop your worrying voice from striking me with poison darts!
Can we talk about it later?
Now I need you to come rushing back…

I’m losing touch with myself
my body feels like slipping into a distance
whence there’s no coming back.

Stop your whispering voice from lecturing me about my idleness!
can’t you see I’m not myself?
I really need you to come rushing back and

Tend to me
no matter what the hell you think I’ve done.
Tend to me
I might look safe but I’m not whole nor in control.
Tend to me
I’m missing any reason not to let things go.
Tend to me
I need your healing cares
Now!

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Pills
They look so good
they must feel well
I’m not so sure I can say the same:
a bit too fat,
not enough hair…
they look so good
I am a mess!

The gods are here
they just look swell
they’re never old
they don’t even sweat
I’m not as cool,
I was born old:
what can I do to be like them?

I try to smoke
to lose some weight
buy some new clothes to look like them
I try to think
to find some way:
my mind just aches,
my mind is dead.

Not hip enough
I just feel shame
it doesn’t work: the pain’s still here.
I cannot live and feel this way
I cannot live!
Oh, what a waste!

Hey, doctor, listen here
I don’t seem to be able to face my own life
Come on now, I need some pills
to help me keep my breath and stop my sighs.
They are looking at me
from magazine covers and TV screens…
doc, I really need some pills
to overcome confusion and be free!

Now I feel new
I smile again
feeling complete at day break
I have my pills
I couldn’t care less
I have my pills
my pills are sex!

I am a god!
I am the best!
Now I feel goo, don’t feel regret…
Here I stand tall,
here I attest:
my pills are life
my pills are great!

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: One Short Commercial
Well the working day is getting closer
and you, you’re still unsatisfied
you turn around still feeling nothing
still craving for that something you don’t have.

It seems your unconfessed desires
conspire to poison your icy blood up
now you still lack a formal identity
and have no commercial sex appeal!

Just before your new ambitions
could engulf you in pain and lies
so many answers will be heard
no need to conjure your brains up
so close to heaven
so close to eternal life
just another short commercial
before giving up.

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Life in Buildings
I hear what’s happening
when I’m home alone
I don’t talk too much
the city moves around
running around in circles
spinning away from me.

It’s time for new visions
new plans populate my mind
I live by the windows
no one by my side
all alone all evening
alone when it starts.

My life in buildings
everything is clear
revealing itself now
new shades and new lights
same hues of night
it’s my life in buildings
all mine.

The cold chill of winter
laid out in shades of green
my old reinforced thoughts
have just become concrete
nothing is worth believing
when nothing is worth my trust.

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Stimulation
Stimulation
heaven’s knocking at your door
just in time to knock you out.

Stimulation
you can say it’s too late today
just to mask your own decay.

I’m your servant, I’m your worker
empty and still dreaming…

Stimulation
silent eyes light up again
new desires infuse our brain.

Stimulation
wheeling and dealing again
cutting up against the grain.

No one owns me, no one sells me
stimulation pulls me…

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: No Clouds on the Horizon
Memories forgotten
and the echoes of the changing times
opening like flowers
hidden shapes along my path.

The landscape stays the same
with every building I’m passing by
stuck in shapes now lost in time
almost like a game…

The weariness of my nerves
the alluring sound of my goodbye
I’m lost in my remembrance
within my dreams and my past.

I move across the darkness
my feet they barely touch the ground
I’m the Herod of my silence
now I know at last…

No clouds on the horizon
so far only peace before my eyes
I must go on and keep on trying
to make some sense of these strange times.

Clouds and cherry blossons
the songs of rivers full of life
these memories are fading
they’re left behind where they won’t last.

I look beyond today
and I still find traces of my past
I am coming down my mountain
the spring will come at last…

No clouds on the horizon
I must leave this desert far behind
I must go on
try to follow the geometries of nature’s mind.

No clouds on the horizon
my hope is blooming in my eyes
I’m sure it will all pass
I’m sure one day the rain will come…

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: I Went to See the Gypsy
I went to see the gypsy
when darkness fell outside her tent
I went to see the gypsy
about the troubled nights I had.

I gave her my money
every penny I had left
I sat down beside her
my future in her hands.

I went to see the gypsy
when candles lit up in her tent
I went to see the gypsy
to tell her of my nightmares.

I was weary of my visions
sleeping was a concern
I couldn’t even close my eyes
I thought I was going mad.

She took her head looking at my hand
she took her cards and slowly went through them
“My dear young man, you’ve been cursed” she said
“I’m your only hope, trust in me, I’m your friend.”

“Take off your shoes, take off your clothes
stand on your feet, shake up and dance
lift up your soul with no regrets
live for the day, wake up and sing!”

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.
Track Name: His Face All Red
He came out from the woods last night
the man now drinking at the pub
they say he’s my brother who has returned
but that’s not me, that can’t be right.

He has the keys to my brother’s house
he’s wearing my brother’s fine blue coat
he told everyone he got lost
lost in the woods like a little mouse.

But I left him there in silence
I left him there his face all red
I left him there in the dark
I walked away and didn’t look back.

He looked like him even to his wife
who cried for him well into her nights
he talks the same fooling everyone
but no, not me, I don’t trust my eyes.

‘Cause I left him there in silence
deep in the woods his face all red
I left him there like sleeping
his face all red – I simply walked away.

Oh, how they laughed, they all laughed at me
when I proposed I could hunt the beast
that came from the woods where monsters sleep
to plague our land and to taint our dreams.

Oh, how they laughed until he stood tall
“I will join my brother if you all allow”
then all the sneers turned into cheers
my brother, the hero, they could really trust him.

We entered the woods and there we got lost
we stepped across a stream, the hours passed
then we found a glare, a deep hole in the ground
and the beast jumped out, bloodthirsty, ferocious.

I ran and hid to save my life
my brother shot, the beast fell down
once again, he had saved the day
once again, I felt ashamed
and even though he couldn’t tell
deep inside I felt a strange rage.

I left the corpse in the hole in the ground
I cleaned his blood off my old clothes
then I left and found my way back
I told them the beast had killed my brother.

But he came out from the woods last night
I will be damned, that can’t be right
they say my brother was saved somehow
that’s not true, I can’t believe my eyes.

I don’t feel safe when the sun goes down
that man is roaming our streets at night
his face taints my dreams somehow
I must escape or I’ll lose my mind.

‘Cause I left him there in silence
his bloody dead, his face all red
his lifeless corpse like sleeping
into that hole I left it before I fled.

Yes, I left him there in silence
laying underground his face all red!
Yes, I left him there as I fled
I left him dead
his face was all red!

©2011 Simon Mas. All rights reserved.