Yoni Arbel

by Yoni Arbel

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Hardware Palace Such a dope record. Yoni's diverse talents and eclectic songwriting/arrangements are showcased beautifully by Danny's production and Jon and Jesse's contributions are the icing on the cake. Favorite track: You Should Know.
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This is the self-titled, self-produced debut EP by multi-instrumentalist songwriter, Yoni Arbel.

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released November 22, 2016

Music and lyrics by Yoni Arbel.
guitar, bass, saxophone, flute, voice, keyboard, and percussion by
Yoni Arbel.

Drums on track 1: Jesse Paller

Violins and voice on tracks 3, 5, and 6: Jon Golabek-Kaye
Track 3 co-written by Jon Golabek-Kaye

Mixed and Mastered by Danny Golliger

Cover Art by Guy Bloom

Photography by Geraldine Cardenas Abilo

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Track Name: Chill Out
Chill out, man,
I'm slipping and tripping all over my foes,
About to lose my shit,
So I'm a' sit myself in child's pose.
Everyone knows, that everything that comes goes,
Last train scattered, and I'm left out here in tattered clothes.
They say you gotta hit rock bottom every now and then,
In order to be uplifted, get the spirit back in your system again.
The music's on my side, it's always been a loyal friend,
When she don't call or turn away, that seems to be a common trend.
But I ain't sweating or regretting,
Or getting all resentful and disrespecting,
Because I've got you on my side, living life in an easy stride,
Check it out. I've got nothing to hide.

On the other side of the game,
We come from different worlds but we play it the same,
and I hope that I have been able to gratify you.

I'm that jingly keys jungle kid,
They hang on from a carabiner,
Loophole on my jeans,
Maintain a sane, serene demeanor,
Gleaning from a teeming brain,
cognition can be dissonant.
Tell me know, what do you think,
Is there such thing as permanence?
Six years I was studying on a hill up in Bel-Air,
Put on a kippah, smoked some weed, grew out my hair.
Thought I was the shit but now I know I'm just a piece of it,
Aloof and introverted, but at least not quick to call it quits.
What can I rap about? I grew up in a bubble.
Fool-proof from failure, no problem staying out of trouble.
Keep it short and simple, sweet and understated,
Just got a little faded, so I'm feeling a little elated.

Since three, I've been circling spanning spaces like these.
Balancing on the rocks and ducking under the trees,
These seemingly inconsequential moments of contemplation,
were in fact the beacons of this humble creation.

Organs and affections, senses and dimensions,
Fed with the same food and hurt with the same weapons.
Don't you know, you know you gotta take it slow,
you can't rush the way things naturally grow.

On the other side of the game,
we come from different worlds but we play it the same,
and I hope that I have been able to gratify you.
I've never felt so close.
I've never felt so close to another,
I hope that I have been able to keep it so true.
Track Name: Eat Me Drink Me
Ayy
I see you want me baby,
Come I'll take you to my room.
We'll dance a little maybe,
Under the light from the moon.
And with some satiation,
We'll watch the sunrise,
And with deep admiration,
I look into your eyes.
You go that extra mile,
Come take me for a spin,
You got that certain style,
So on point like a pin.
You make me lose control,
Mad with temptation,
It's you I want to hold,
You're my salvation.

I wanna hold you closely,
Come I'll take you in my arms,
Already told you mostly,
How I'm drawn into your charm.
We hear the music playing.
That beat feels so good.
It seems the music's praying,
Dumbek saying that we should
Make love tonight with passion
Laugh all night when we're done
Indulge in tender action,
Escape with good old fun
And when I'm with you honey,
Our love's a fortress,
You never cease to stun me,
My girl's gorgeous.

You've got that certain style,
So on point like a pin.
You go that extra mile,
Come take me for a spin.
You make me lose control,
Mad with temptation.
It's you I wanna hold,
You're my salvation.

So come and take my hand,
Before the night ends.
Forget your plans
And all your friends.
I feel we're vibing well.
Thanks to that heavy groove.
One last dance together.
I love the way you move.

I see you want me baby,
Come I'll take you to my room.
We'll dance a little maybe,
Under the light from the moon,
And with some satiation,
We'll watch the sunrise,
And with deep admiration,
I look into your eyes.

Eat Me Drink Me
Eat Me Drink Me...
Track Name: You Should Know
You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When you play those silly games.
You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When I'm craving your embrace.
You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When we're tripping through this phase.
You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When I'm lost in your crazy maze

Lost in your crazy maze baby,
Your mixed messages have gotten hazy.
Feeling confused and abused,
pampered with love and then used.
I was too naive to know what was coming.
Affection one day and then the next you're running.
Trying to get you back but you just act cold as stone.
Beauty of a goddess, but ugly at the bone.
Tattoo on your hip and a dream catcher bellyring
Ignoring all the signs and instead I thought myself a king.
So I was hyping it up, feeling in love.
Right around then you decided, that you were having enough.
Telling me lies,
Whenever we talked you averted my eyes.
I always wondered if you were putting on a disguise,
Sold and sour sweetness our bits before the residue
Percolates the mid-type power, this is what I wanna do.
Through all the hype, it's a fucking damn shame, the way you play those silly games!

You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When you play those silly games.
You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When I'm craving your embrace.
You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When we're tripping through this phase.
You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When I'm lost in your crazy maze

מתי היא תפסיק עם כל המשחקים?
אני כבר לא יודע מה אפשר להאמין.
אני פתאום מרגיש מוזנח ומבולבל,
שוברת לי את הלב ולא אכפת לה בכלל.
אולי לפעמים היא זוכרת את הימים,
כששנינו היינו כל כך מבסוטים.
אני פשוט משועבד ליופי שלה,
והיא רק גורמת לי אכזבה

(Translation of the Hebrew)
When will she stop with all the games?
I no longer know what to be believe.
I suddenly feel neglected and confused,
She breaks my heart and doesn't even care.
Maybe sometimes she remembers the days
When the two of us were so happy together,
I am simply enslaved to her beauty
And she only causes me disappointment.

You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When you play those silly games.
You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When I'm craving your embrace.
You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When we're tripping through this phase.
You should know by now it's a fucking damn shame
When I'm lost in your crazy maze

You should know alright,
You should know tonight,
You should know alright,
You should know tonight.

Snapped out of this daze,
Gone through this phase,
Finally escaped from your stupid little maze.
No more games, no more shame,
Let's leave each other be,
It's driving me insane.
I'm moving on, you are too,
You didn't teach me much, but we still grew.
I don't need you, and you don't need me,
Let's say goodbye forever and set ourselves free,
Ooo yeah
Track Name: That's Plenty
We're passing the time with some chile and lime,
Shamelessly pounding down shots of tequila.
Since when is being tipsy a crime?
We're just dancing in a circle, hava nagila!
The down of today is the up of tomorrow,
So smile, circumvent the sorrow.
The lens through which we live is called attitude,
It works best with a little dose of gratitude.

Fulfillment is fleeting, the news is misleading,
Our leaders deceiving, we're sick of this shit.
The poor and the needy, the rich and the greedy,
The earth doesn't care, we all rot in it.
But the evening is ripe, and I'm feeling right,
Able to vibe because this bass line is cute.
So ignore all the hype and ignore all the hoot,
I retreat to my room to sing with my flute.

Let is simmer there,
All tight in the pocket.
Take a breath of air,
Allowing your spirituality to skyrocket.
Now is the time, time is the key,
Key to creative conception.
How can I die without having tried,
tried to put all of my best in?

All really wanna grow,
I really wanna show you what I've got,
I do this all the time,
Always on the grind,
But it's harder on the spot.
You don't need to call,
because all be banging on the door,
stomping on the floor,
Searching for some more.

There's a man on the stand, hands in the air,
It's hard to understand why we all need to care.
Fuck it, apathy's easy.
Ha!
Track Name: Hey Hey
Hey Hey!
Hey hey I love you.
Wait wait,
I wanna trust you,
Can I
Stay stay,
yes you can stay here.
Afraid,
afraid of what might happen.

Loving, lying, kissing, mah, yelling obsentinities,
Eating each other alive,
Hugging, choosing waiting, nu, chasing reveries,
Miracles help us survive.
Hoping, singing, thinking, what, about everything,
How do we manage to thrive?
Spirit, passion, action, ay, ready for anything,
Miracles keep us alive.

I want,
I want to save you.
I'm scared,
Because they hate you
Fuck them!
Stay strong,
because you can take it.
How long?
How long must we be tested?

Home's here!
Right here, not ashamed,
We have no other!
I wish,
It's tough but we play the game,
We could be brothers,
can we?
I pray!
It's dry we need some rain,
To live the full dream.
They say,
fly away, it's too insane,
That we can make it some day

Loving, lying, kissing, fuh, yelling obscenities,
Eating each other alive
Hugging, choosing, waiting, nu, chasing reveries
Miracles help us survive.
Hoping, singing, thinking, uh, about everything,
how to we manage to thrive?
Spirit, passion, action, ay, ready for anything,
Miracles keep us alive.