Language of Ghosts

by Scott Zuniga

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released September 30, 2014

All songs written and produced by Scott Zuniga

Co-produced by Maurice Chammah and Matt Puckett

Additional production and arrangements - Christopher Cox & Grant Johnson of Fat Fuse Music

Engineer - Grant Johnson
Additional Engineers - Brad Bell (Isla’s Promise, Witness Protection Program, Blood of a Poet, Slow Motion), Evan Kasper (Witness Protection Program)

Recorded and mixed at Good Danny’s in Austin, Texas
Additional tracking and mixing at Public Hi-Fi, Ohm Recording Facility, Church House Studios - Austin, Texas

Packaging and logo design - Sam Stroman & Scott Zuniga
Photographs - Ty Arnold (taken in Palmyra, Syria, 2010)

© 2014 Scott Zuniga. All rights reserved.

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Scott Zuniga Austin, Texas

Scott Zuniga is an Austin-based singer-songwriter who combines storytelling with lush melodies to create immersive, dream- like compositions.

Trained as a videographer, Zuniga's storytelling approach frequently incites listeners to describe his music as “cinematic.” His first album, Language of Ghosts, was funded by an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign.
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Track Name: Isla's Promise
Lyrics:

Isla warned me you would always let me down / You were nice when we were rhyming / You built a life when I was floating on your back / And married a man just like me

Now all these unfinished songs that I send in secret / Take me back, take me back / Oh how I wish that I wish I could have you back / But Isla warned me you would always let me down / You were nice when we were rhyming

Oh once in our lives we grow these lungs made of limes / And we sink farther from the surface above me / But you sank farther as my head and hands filled with water / I was just a boy with needs

And you built a life when I was floating on your back / And married a man just like me

Now all these unfinished songs that I send in secret / Take me back, take me back / Oh how I wish that I wish I could have you back / But Isla warned me you would always let me down / You were nice when we were rhyming / Yeah you were nice when we were rhyming
Track Name: For Always & Forever
Lyrics:

A darkness came / A mellow road and a car / To drive me away from it all / But nothing could make me unfeel this way / No darkness could shadow the face of my pain

Then silence came / In the form of a room / Where nobody changed at all / But nothing could make me unfeel this way / No silence could cover the sound of my pain

When lightning came / I was a board on your home / I absorbed all the flames / And I died for you / But nothing could make me unfeel this way / No lightning, no fire, no fuel, no flame

For always / Forever
Track Name: Witness Protection Program
Lyrics:

She’s talking in Italian in the other room / Breaks my heart every time / When she asks me / Why’d you start so young? / You could have been a better one / But you came into my life like this / And it tasted so much better when I was young

She’s crying over someone in the other room / Breaks my heart every time / So I ask her / Why’d you wait so long? / You could have found a better one / But you came into my life like this / And it tasted so much better when we were young

I never go by my real name / The kids and the dog have fun / But you and I know what’s been done cannot be undone

I killed a man and so I had to pay / But I gave up their names instead / Now I ask myself / Why’d I start so young? / I could have been a better one / But they came into my life like this / And it tasted so much better when I was young

I never go by my real name / The kids and the dog have fun / But you and I know what’s been done cannot be undone...Ooh...
Track Name: Transylvania Crush
Lyrics:

You said you don’t want to sleep in the dark with me / It’s just I can’t stand the light in my eyes when it falls down on me / Your blood, my blood, oh well, now it all tastes the same / Have a taste, remove the pain and step into my technicolor shade

You kiss my lips and I bite your wrists / I got a crush on you why don’t you come follow me? / Your blood, my blood, oh well, now they’re one and the same / Just a taste, remove the pain, you’re welcome to my technicolor shade

My love for you / Starts when life ends for you / I’m holding on to night and to you / I’ll have forever when I have you

We’re gonna hang from the tree of life and burn out all the lights / We’re gonna hang from the tree of life and burn our eyes / Your blood, my blood, oh well, now we’re one and the same / I stab into the taste of you and now I know I’ll never thirst again

My love for you / Starts when life ends for you / I’m holding on to night and to you / I’ll have forever when I have you
Track Name: I Am a Coin
Lyrics:

I don’t understand all these names you gave me / Or the little games you invent to save me / While I hide out in your safe / Night and daytime you come borrow me

I plant a little seed so you get discouraged / I can make a man feel like his hurt is all he’ll feel in this world / And there’s so many men in this world

I’m the root of all this city’s evil / And the one who’s feeding all your people / While I fall down and inflate / And when you are sleeping I stay awake

And people curse my name/ For all they’ve got is not all they want / People bite my face and place their bets on my tails or head

I’m the little coin that sends you working / Sweat along your brow until you’ve fallen / And you lay down in the earth
When you’ve quit talking / I’m still alive!
Track Name: Blood of a Poet
Lyrics:

You’re the one with the gun, spill the blood and now the poet is gone / So’s his son / Watch them bleed in the street from their hands and feet / A crowd would sweep the city for a party of guns / But their ghosts said the killer was one / So I will follow the scent of the train and know where you’ve run

As for me I believe in one thing now / That a man is born free of fault or sin / But the day that that man follows bad arrows / He’ll remain in my chains till kingdom come

Don’t tempt me the wound is more beautiful / Now that I’ve got all my ducks in a row / See I’m saving my money for America / Where I’ll buy all my sins’ weight in gold

But I dream as my son and wife go hungry / As a man I should hunt tomorrow’s bread / Find the smile that stands every day at sunrise in the doorway of the Miracle Inn / Big change they will pay me if I swallow my pen / And I dust off my gun like they told me and follow the plan / So I will follow the cents that they pay me and deliver their man

Oh I gave my smile as payment / To the morning before I ran / I returned his shots in defense / I killed his shadow and then I ran

As for me I believe in one thing now / I’ll remain in his chains till kingdom come / From this train I can hear his dogs acomin’ down the valley on a shadow of death / Chilling cries of revenge for the poet who’s dead

And all my bones he will break and deform cause he’s in love with his chains / So I follow my sense to the future and stay on this train / Yeah I will ride common sense to the future and stay on this train
Track Name: Hero
Lyrics:

If you had seen me, you would have believed me / And you would have smiled, you would have fed me / But that doesn’t matter, cause I wasn’t hungry / I was too busy to be, I was the star in the spotlight / And the rain, it couldn’t hurt me anymore / Cause I was invincible for a while, I was a hero

And all the people gathered around me / They shouted, “Protect us!” I said, “Adore me!” / I was untouchable, if not superhuman / And I had a megachrome heart made of aluminum / And the pain, it couldn’t hurt me anymore / Cause I was invincible for a while, I was a hero

And I could transform my life into worth / With the powers in my fingers I saved the Earth

But then you showed up and busted my bubble / You took every strain I had of anger and you made it double / And all the while I painted a face so you couldn’t catch me feeling that way / And your words, no they couldn’t hurt me anymore / Cause I was invincible for a while, I was a hero

And I could transform my life into worth / With the powers in my fingers I saved the Earth

So here’s my problem / Do you still want me? / Or should I leave it and not let it haunt me? / Help me decide so that I don’t die so powerlessly

And the pain it couldn’t hurt me anymore / I was invincible for a while, I was a hero / I was untouchable for a while, I was a hero / I was un-helpable for a while, yeah I was your hero
Track Name: Slow Motion
Lyrics:

This is all your fault / Now I can’t stop looking / I’m gonna break my machine / I let go of everything / It’s all happening in slow motion

I calm down for comfortable living / No time to do everything / When I tend to overthink / My body sinks into slow motion

Turn around the clocks of my reckoning / A life lived at double speed / When played back at 30p / Feels to me like slow motion
Track Name: Rock Bottom
Lyrics:

Momma don’t worry / I finally see / Now that I’ve hit rock bottom / Well it’s all up from here
No momma don’t listen / To the lies about me / Because when I hit rock bottom / I was finally free

Just hold me now / Stay here with me / Carry me home / So I can sleep now

I leveraged my heartache / And my golden boy charm / I made my way to the bottom / That’s where I heard the alarm

So momma take courage / Now I finally see / That a life on the bottom / Well it isn’t for me

Just hold me now / Stay here with me / Carry me home / So I can sleep now
Track Name: Past, Present, Future
Lyrics:

When we met you would hold me from your heart / You were cold when I was hot / And you were never in the mood / And then my family moved

You grew up so far from my heart / Where the bruises all left scars / But you were never one to brood / That’s why I made a move / My Love

I am your past, present, future my love / I sing with confidence come back to me, come back to me
Track Name: Starboard
Lyrics:

Boat don’t let me down this time / I found my light off starboard
You’re too slow / You warmly go / By cloud to die off starboard

Run away from the world / The demons and the pretty girls / Will pull you under / Thoughts and thunder off starboard
In the flash of a light / We are born then we die / A forming circle / Of love so perfect off starboard

The night killed the sun and his glory / Now there’s no warming, until morning

Boat don’t let me down this time / I found my light off starboard