Farewell Beirut, O Scarlet Tramp

by Sami Basbous

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released 22 February 2010

Brad Barr played electric/acoustic guitar on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4,5, 7, 8 & 9, banjo on 1, 9 & 10, bass on 8, 9 & 10, drums on 9 & 10, piano on 10, accordion on 8, back up vocals on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 & 10 and guimbri on 8.

Chris Bartos played bass on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 & 11, electric/acoustic guitar on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 11, violin on 1, 2, 4, 5 & 11 and Ukulele on 5.

Andrew Barr played drums on tracks 1 & 5.

Sarah Pagé played the harp on tracks 2 & 4.

Youri Slovak played violin and string parts on tracks 2, 3, 4 & 7.

Eric Thibodeau played drums on tracks 2, 4 & 7.

Cédric Dind-Lavoie played upright bass on tracks 3 & 7.

Diely Mori Tounkara played cora on tracks 1 & 3.

Gordon Allen played trumpet on tracks 2, 9 & 10.

Levy Bourbonnais played harmonica on tracks 1 & 7.

Akua Carson and Anna Goren sang back up on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 & 9.

Hoda Adra sang back up on track 9.

Sami Basbous played guitar on track 8 and produced track 6 with Mat Schmitz.

Additional percussions, music bits and sounds by Chris Bartos, Brad Barr and Sami Basbous.



Produced & Arranged by Brad Barr, Chris Bartos & Sami Basbous.

Mixed by Vid Cousins and Sami Basbous at Monkey Puzzle Sound Studio, Montreal.

Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal.


© 2010 - All songs composed, written and sang by Sami Basbous.

Self-financed and recorded at different intervals in 2009.

Thank You:

My brothers Fadi and George, Dad, Mother Angele, Mother Rachel, Marylar, Michael Maher, Florence Deniau, Hoda Adra, Chris Burke, Susan Rait, James Gager, Wissam Mansour, Alexandre D, Alexandre T, Lily, Dani, Leila Mroueh, Johnny and Femi, Soeur leyla, Bumps, Prof. Nasnas, Nelly Chemaly, Rita Awn, Tamima Dahdah, Elie, Ghazy F, Adolfo Smith, Michael Byrnes, Anne De Mo, Frank Smith, Tacfarinas, Gilad, Adam, Chérine, Mélisande, Will Scott, Alain Auger, Mariam Nour, Stéphane, Greg, Bill, Ignacio, Marc, Ayo, Peter, Bashir, Lhasa de Sela, Fredéric, Kevin Taylor, Abdel, All those who believed in me and encouraged me through the years. The Healing Light.

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Track Name: Call The Angels
Glad I’m feeling free
You can count on me
To flee the place I’m in
When the light fades in
With a broken heart
And a stalking star
Don’t know where to turn
Bridges round me burn.

And I pray with all my heart
God gives me another start
Anywhere is my home, under blue skies
Never been a lucky boy
Weathering the storms, I just get along
Couldn’t give up on a dream, yet it’s been so long
Mother you wouldn’t know me, if you saw me.

Mama, mama won’t you call the angels
Papa, papa don’t you call the cops, Oyibo
Mama, mama won’t you call the angels
Papa, papa don’t you call the cops

So glad I’m feeling free
Well you can count on me
To swallow my pride
For a gracious ride

Eyes analyze my case
Spit bane in my face
Still I hold it high
Deep inside I cry
Luck is nothing but a ploy, with devastating charms
Tracing down my palm, not gonna give up on a dream
Till I run out of steam
Mother you know me best, I come from your breath.

Mama, mama won’t you call the angels
Papa, papa don’t you call the cops, Oyibo
Mama, mama won’t you call the angels
Papa, papa don’t you call the cops

Mama, mama, mama the angels
Papa, papa, papa the cops
Mama, mama, mama the angels
Papa, papa, papa call the cops

Sami Basbous
Track Name: Beautiful
Big, black, tall,
Noble looking
Golden eye-powder shimmer
Indian glasses
Petal lips
Brushing all trouble aside

She was beautiful, beautiful
She was beautiful, beautiful

Cunning young skinhead kid
Thin, thin white
Willowy
Pierced eyebrows
Bitten lips
Marking territory with sex

He was beautiful, beautiful
He was beautiful, beautiful

(Instrumental) I’m on no pills. No I got no pills

At dawn the earth was set on fire
Time of the old moon comes a choir

Boys and girls, young and old
Color the world with a smile
Freaky sister. brother misfit
Walk the night together for a while
Girls of the night flare the sunshine
Boys of the night burn the sunshine
Demon, angel beam the sunshine
Hoes of the night excite the sunshine
Night drags fix the sunshine
Dogs of the night call on the sunshine
Night performers play the sunshine
Loners of the night, ray of sunshine
Loving people of the night kiss the sunshine
Creatures of the night bring in the sunshine

Sami Basbous
Track Name: Meant
My soul is resting on the solace of strangers
Sweet bitter longing as old as it's new
Blanket the heart, hands of an angel
Coating of light, love I once knew

Vessel and harbor
Castle and chamber
As you reveal to me,
What love is meant to be

Time like a circle beyond and before me,
Eternally floating not a second nor year
Nothing but nothing I feel can ever hurt me
And a bright moon of tear appears only to clear

Soothing and tender
Rapture and splendor
As you reveal to me
What love is meant to be

Holding inside very first breath
Slowly releasing my abundant last
Beauty beyond, pleasure surreal
Kernel the glide, valiant the mast

I’ve loved you forever
Forever and ever
As you reveal to me
What love is meant to be
You reveal to me
Love is meant to be

Sami Basbous
Track Name: Hungry Wolves
Oh gentle cloud of sorrow
Clothing a moonlit sky
How well you paint my shadow
Can you hear my heartfelt cry?

I gave you filth and art
Exposed demon and child
If I’m to slit my heart
You’d taste the Blood seeking a high

Hunt the silence in a scream
Hungry wolves howl inside my heart, aha…

You shine within me sleeping
I seem to measure dreams
Another world I leap in
Spirit in ethereal realm

I will go out tonight
Bred from a shabby cloth
Wait for the blinding light
Hit till I die like a moth

Seek the silence in a scream
Hungry wolves howl inside my heart, aha…

Stripped from the wild, however brave
Hungry wolves roam round hungry graves

Following ancient trails
I’ll keep away from harm
Sew the scar tear the veil
Echo the clan’s alarm
Oh if I lost reason
I haven’t lost my aim
What if I lost my reason?
Did I comply with brain?
True if I fail to reason
I overcame the game
Conforming to no season
My soul you’ll never tame
In loyalty or treason
You can call me any name

Hunt the silence in a scream
Hungry wolves howl inside my heart aha…

Stripped from the wild, however brave
Hungry wolves roam round hungry graves

Yin moon shade the night
A luminous rite
Yang sun heal the day
Wed the hunter to the prey
Hunger the crave
Summon the wild

Sami Basbous
Track Name: Solemn Stupor
Late at night, devil-scent
The ghost of love came and went
Left a love-bite, a souvenir,
For a while to remember

I play along with your spell.
Knowing it cannot serve me well.
Raise a worthy fight steal a kiss
Shortly so I surrender.

In the morning light
You’ll turn into a dream
Stripping me of all means
To confirm you
So I live for the night
The coma where we belong
When I’ll hum to your song
Morphia streaming

Ooh super!
Solemn stupor!
Love is crystal mirror clear
Ooh super!
Solemn stupor!
Offer valor to my fear.

Like the sea, so bounds the night
With a keeper moon lending light
Sound waves set out on drowning the blues
Widowed souls come to know you

The dawn of bedlam drums
Quell the wail bite the bone
Stone the heart, bleed the urge
Awe alarming
That ours were looted nights
Shadows adverse to touch
Cups we could never fill
Sighs escaping

Rather said, ample done
Yearning hearts keep a silent gun
Kindling solitude with venomous drops
Threatening dear life with romance

Sami Basbous
Track Name: Angel Dust
Blowing opiate smoke from your pouting revolver.
I know you tell me lies, so I do you favor
Your feverish kiss bears a venomous flavor.
Your blood orange lips are coated with sulfur.

Don’t you know why?
I come to fly
Lust angel lust
My angel dust

I could light a matchstick on your sable lipstick.
Smear violent words on your satin mask.
You can trick holy souls into stained heretics.
If you know the means, it’s not your task.

Don’t you know why?
I come to fly
Lust angel lust
My angel dust
Don’t you know why?
I come to fly
Lust angel lust
My angel dust

If the bull comes back for more, don’t mean you’re the matador.
You might hold the bait, but you can’t keep it straight.
No use building your spider web round my zodiac,
You’re unaware my heart is a pyromaniac.

Don’t you know why?
I come to fly
Lust angel lust
My angel dust
Don’t you know why?
I come to fly
Lust angel lust
My angel dust
Don’t you know why?
Don’t you know why?

Sami Basbous
Track Name: Water Brown
Nude I run the field bullets pen my space
On a blazing night cold hands fortify their base
Holding on to my dreams, eyes open wide
May the land bless you all, and leave me blind

You may reach for the sky
I dive in the wide
Deep in the silence of water
The world is fine
Under water brown or crystalline

No place no color, water
No trace no soul or body, water

Once I sailed the sea on a paper boat
Captain of my ship, the only fool to roam
Days and nights I sailed on a siren’s song
Woke up on a shore forsaken long

Poseidon drunk with might
Stepped on an urchin’s spine
Rather than ending my life
The ocean saved
With every beat of it’s heart
A mighty loving wave

No place no color no form, water
No trace no soul or body, nor time water
No place no color, no east, west up and down water
No trace no soul no race or body or from, no where now here, water

Only breath
Only a human breathing
Up and out of the ocean
I swim I drown
In water brown
In water blue or brown
In water brown or
Crystalline.
Track Name: Soot
Was the hardest work
Was a perilous plight
Love had no relevance
Days far from bright

The little was given
Hurried off to the root
One whole worth was put to an offer
Eyes did not flinch
Saw them suffer

Was a servant worker
Far from root
Soul they couldn’t mute
Hanging on rules
Chained by food
This dog’s no good

Sought after lover
There’s a light in the room
Neighbor helped cover
Pain behind closed door

Stories of famine
The way it turns you blind
Circling time
And what’s left behind
Raft’s astray
Bewildered time

Was a prophet of light
Hammered fright
Spoke of what’s good
Hanging on rules
Chained by food
This dog’s no good

The child impelled
Heaven from hell
Drew vivid dream
From fabled well
Sowed a wish
Buried doom
In fertile garden
Hope fairly bloomed
One day just flew above the clouds
One day soared above the skies
Beyond the sky of soot
Beyond the sky of soot
Beyond the skies of soot

Sami Basbous
Track Name: Miriame
This is a song for Miriame
Oh Miriame you pretty girl
Clearly bearing you daddy’s warmth
Mum’s pluck and Lucky vein

Oh honey bunny Miriame
Your uncle’s an amusing fool
His world you surely understand
Is that of castles made of sand

Miriame
I love to watch your folly
Miriame
Even when you brood, you look jolly

Miriame, Miriame

I sill recall when
You told me with a knowing smile
We often ride the same carrousel
But life is no merry-go round

Oh pretty rare bird Miriame
One day you will be wearing peals
Just remember that trinkets too
Look as lovely on a girl
Just remember that trinkets too
Look as lovely on a girl

Oh pretty, pretty Miriame

Sami Basbous
Track Name: I'm Not Here
Keep talking
The words you say the way you smile make me feel that I’m alive
It’s awfully nice of you to have invited me
Thanks for the tea, thank you my dear
And for the comfort, but I’m not here

Keep playing
The way you strum your guitar plucks a young nerve in my heart
Reminding me how often music pulled me through
The lonely years, the time I feared
But it’s no use, cause I’m not here

As if I sense but I fail to understand
I’d let it all fall but I hold nothing
Nothing in my hand

Keep caressing my hair
How tender, then I wish I could do for you the same
But my own touch won’t translate as honest
Maybe in time, these days will meet their end
It’s not so clear, since I’m not here

As if I sense but I fail to understand
I’d let it all fall but I hold nothing
Nothing in my hand

Oh, Thanks for keeping
An eye on me without ever asking anything in return
And how you shoulder my silence
It’s not a perk, it’s not my work, my tiny flat or a thing after another
It not the weather, tube is no bother, nor this world I often don’t comprehend
But If I were to stray, I know to it you’ll see
That I won’t go away, even if I’m not here
Oh I’m not here
Not quite here
No I’m not here

Sami Basbous