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1.
Convoluted in cloudy memory Sneaking into my thoughts Vaguely remember Something, something Something, something Was lost There you are Dust from the stars Everything, nothing more Particles for the heart Dust from the stars Had a hint in my pocket Now my pocket disappeared In the end it didn't matter Felt you near There you are Dust from the stars Everything, nothing more Particles for the heart Dust from the stars The stars Shhhhhhhh… Secret message in my head P- pull the cork- open it F- find the answer Write it down Buh-buh-buh-bury it deep Buh-buh-buh-bury it deep Buh-buh-buh-bury it deep There you are Dust from the stars Everything, nothing more Particles for the heart Dust from the stars Dust from the stars There you are Dust from the stars Everything, nothing more Particles for the heart Dust from the stars.
2.
Dark when I go to work Dark when I come home Living in artificial light Brings me so far down Memories and reality Find their way to destroy me Leaving me in misery I can’t shake When the sun hardly comes out When the sun hardly comes out When the sun hardly comes out I get down Down, down, down Everyone is buying things Going to big parties All I want to do is sleep And hide But nightmares wake me up Haunted by spiraling thoughts Just don’t see any joy Or peace When the sun hardly comes out When the sun hardly comes out When the sun hardly comes out I get down Down, down, down Nothing that I do Seems to change a damn thing I’ll just keep pushing through Until the light of spring When the sun finally comes out When the sun finally comes out When the sun finally comes out Lifts me up Up, up, up, up, up…
3.
How could I have known? Life would change in that instant How could I have known? Nothing would ever be the same How could I have known? I would fall in love so deeply How could I have known? You would be my everything I couldn’t know, I wouldn’t know, I didn’t know I couldn’t know, I wouldn’t know, I didn’t know I couldn’t know, I wouldn’t know, I didn’t know I couldn’t know, I wouldn’t know How could I have known? My childhood would all be over How could I have known? Her time would end so abruptly How could I have known? I would mourn for countless years How could I have known? You would save me from myself Looking back can break your heart Looking back can show you All the strength you have gained <Instrumental Break> Would you change anything If you knew the unknown? Would you change anything If you knew the unknown? How could I have known? Time would be stacked against him How could I have known? His mind was slowly fading away How could I have known? Stress and heartbreak would consume me How could I have known? You would be my sanity I couldn’t know, I wouldn’t know, I didn’t know I couldn’t know, I wouldn’t know, I didn’t know I couldn’t know, I wouldn’t know, I didn’t know I couldn’t know, I wouldn’t know
4.
Out there, out there- somewhere We can talk about it, we can talk about it It won't change a thing We can analyze it, we can try to fight it It won't change a thing We can cry about it, we can cry about it It won't change a thing We can hold each other, help each other through it It won't change a thing- no no Out there, out there- somewhere We can disengage... disassociate It won't change a thing Pretend it hasn't happened, that it was all imagined It won't change a thing Delude ourselves on purpose like we're confused and worthless It won't change a thing Hide away, make our escape It won't change a thing Hope- they say there's always... hope Out there, out there- somewhere Hope- they say there's always... hope Out there, out there- somewhere We can talk about it, we can talk about it It won't change a thing We can cry about it, we can cry about it It won't change a thing We can hold each other, help each other through it It won't change a thing It won't change a thing.
5.
03:09
You were you yesterday You were you And it broke my heart Through and through I put up all defenses in my mind Anytime I go to see you I make sure their holding strong But you were you yesterday You were you You were witty You were charming For a moment you were you And I didn’t want to leave No, I didn’t want to go ‘Cuz I never know who you will be Next time I come around (whistle) The sadness that strikes Even just thinking of you Washes over like a dark cloud Above that never moves And I try to remember The good times we all had But the memories are distant Broken and shattered But you were you yesterday You were you I should hold onto the moment A reminder of the truth Now is all there is now Now is all we have Focus on the present The past is in the past When you were you You were you But now is all there is now Now is all we have And you are you now You are you And now is all there is now Now is all we have You are you now You are you And now is all there is now Now is all we have You are you You are you You are you You are you
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We shield ourselves Everyday From negativity That comes our way We’ve taught ourselves How to deal How to pretend We do not feel It leaves me drained It leaves me sad I feel alone Pent up and mad But I just fake it ‘Til I make it Through the day And I go home And you melt it all away Yeah, I go home And you make me feel safe To be real, to be raw When I’m with you I’m my true self And I am home You are my home I feel like I’m A chameleon Blending into Situations When I’m out with Family or friends Different sides of me Show their heads Yeah, I’m still me Authentically But different sides of my Personality Come out to play Exhausting me By the end of the day So I go home And you melt it all away Yeah, I go home And you make me feel safe To be real, to be raw When I’m with you I’m my true self And I am home You are my home Life can be hard to balance Learning how and where we fit Finding people and locations Where we feel legitimate Life can be hard to balance Learning how and where we fit Finding people and locations Where we feel legitimate Life can be hard to balance Learning how and where we fit Finding people and locations Where we feel legitimate For me its home Where you melt it all away Yeah, I go home And you make me feel safe To be real, to be raw When I’m with you I’m my true self And I am home You are my home So I go home And you melt it all away Yeah, I go home You make me feel safe To be real, to be raw When I’m with you I’m my true self And I’m home You are my home
7.
Buried deep within my mind There is a memory, there is a sound I can’t forget, won’t go away In my subconscious every day A little sinister, a little warped Something I don’t want to absorb Somehow I can’t let it go Somehow it won’t leave the shadows Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh Leave the shadows Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh Come out and fight Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh You know I’ll win Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh This ends tonight Representing the bad, the good The confliction understood A part of me split in two This part of me is part of you The side of us we ignore Selfish and cruel, wanting more We need to conquer, let it go We must destroy lingering shadows Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh Destroy the shadows Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh Come out and fight Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh You know we’ll win Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh This ends tonight If we take the time to Analyze our minds we Can make the changes We will win this fight Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh Destroy the shadows Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh We’ll end this fight Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh We’ll bind together Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh This ends tonight Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh Destroy the shadows Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh We’ll end this fight Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh We’ll bind together Oh-wah-oh-wah-oh Oh-Oh-Oh
8.
There’s no escaping Inevitability Each love story Ends in tragedy I wanna die when you die Without you, no need to survive I wanna live while you’re alive Can’t miss a moment Can’t miss your life No, no, no, no I’d rather die The world is ending In my mind when you’ve gone My home is missing In your arms when you’ve gone All I know, all I am Every dream that we’ve dreamt Future and the past Crumble down when you’ve gone I wanna die when you die Without you, no need to survive I wanna live while you’re alive Can’t miss a moment Can’t miss your life No, no, no, no I’d rather die The only hope that I know Is shinning down from the night sky We are particles of stars When we combust Maybe we’ll combine There’s no escaping Inevitability Each love story Ends in tragedy I wanna die when you die Without you, no need to survive I wanna live while you’re alive Can’t miss a moment Can’t miss your life I wanna die when you die Without you, no need to survive I wanna live while you’re alive Can’t miss a moment Can’t miss your life No, no, no, no I’d rather die
9.
02:50
I love you In and out and up and down All the way and all around There ain’t no way to overstate it. I never Knew I could or if I would Find a love how I should Ya’ just can’t plan for love like this. Oh-oh, you and me make one fine we Oh-oh, you and I no one can deny No no, you and this one have so much damn fun You- you and I. I need you Here and there and everywhere Hand in hand we’re quite the pair No place compares without you there. We’re just like Turtle doves and penguin loves Prairie voles and seahorses Just you and me until the end. Oh-oh, you and me make one fine we Oh-oh, you and I no one can deny No no, you and this one have so much damn fun You- you and I. <Instrumental Break> Oh-oh, you and me make one fine we Oh-oh, you and I no one can deny No no, you and this one have so much damn fun You- you and I.
10.
My love When I am lost When I give up All I need is you My love You back me up When life gets tough You show me how I can get through My love You hold me up You find the strength That I never knew I had I’ll follow you anywhere Anywhere, everywhere Anywhere you go My love When you are lost When you give up You’ll find me by your side My love I’ll back you up When life gets rough I’ll show you how you can get through My love I’ll hold you up I’ll find the strength That you never knew you had I’ll follow you anywhere Anywhere, everywhere Anywhere you go When we reach the end If there is more than nothing I’ll find you, my friend I will follow you Anywhere, everywhere Throughout the unknown I’ll search for you I’ll follow you Anywhere, everywhere Anywhere, everywhere Anywhere, everywhere Anywhere, everywhere I’ll follow you anywhere Anywhere, everywhere Anywhere you go I’ll follow you anywhere Anywhere, everywhere Anywhere you go
11.
04:05
We do what we need to when it needs done Can’t predict everything that comes And it’s hard, never easy but I have you so at least I’m lucky ‘cause You know me and you like me this way And that’s good ‘cause I doubt I’ll change I like you more than my own breath And that’s good ‘cause I’ve been losing it ‘cause It’s hard Soooo hard Oh it’s hard Soooo hard I thought it’d get easier as we aged But the truth is just the problems change Guess I’m tougher than I used to be That’s ‘cause I’ve got you on my team Holding my hand and wiping my tears Helping me process all my fears When I think there’s nothing that can even be done You find the one thing to keep me strong, but It’s hard Soooo hard Oh it’s hard Soooo hard (Instrument Solo) It’s hard Soooo hard Oh it’s hard Soooo hard

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'Roses & Thorns' is a double album release by Kara Square and Piero Peluche. It is an anthology of their collaborations since their 2014 album 'Square Meter.' All of the tracks have been meticulously remastered by Piero Peluche.

'Roses' focuses on the personal side of their songwriting, while 'Thorns' puts a spotlight on the political. Of course, the personal is often political and the political is very much personal, so there is a natural thematic overlap album to album.

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released March 27, 2020

Lyricist: Kara Square
Composer: Kara Square and Piero Peluche
Vocals: Kara Square
Instruments: Kara Square and Piero Peluche
Mixing: Piero Peluche
Mastering: Piero Peluche

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Kara Square Columbus, Ohio

Kara Square is a ukulele slinging, songwriting, and singing music maker. She actively creates custom music for clients of her label Thinkroot Records.

Roses & Thorns [2020] with Piero Peluche
Ukulele Glue [2018] with ccMixter
Ukulele Duels [2015]
Square Meter [2014] with Piero Peluche
Love Songs for Everyone but Especially Uke [2013]
Mourning Time [2011] - Team Smile and Nod
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