Interplanetary Traveler

by lauren hoffman

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about

I wrote these all of these songs either while traveling, or while reflecting upon traveling, in India, Australia, Isreal, Europe, New York, and Virginia (my home).

In contrast to my earlier records which were sardonic and cool ("Megiddo"), confessional and raw ("From the Blue House"), or melancholy and tragic ("Choreography"), this album is comparatively hopeful and upbeat. There are certainly veins of melancholy throughout, because how can we know what is light without acknowledging darkness? But on many of these songs, I was making a concerted effort to capture my feelings when in an 'up' mood, to share more of my gratitude, my joy, and my heart.

Recorded in Isreal, there are international flavors to the arrangements, such as an Arabic string part on "Celebrate", a reggae-ish groove on "In This Life", and the Greek Lyra featured on the title track. But in the end, I am a Virginia girl, and after all my roaming and rambling I found there is no place like home; "Sweet Lazy Day" closes this collection with the sounds and sights of central Virginia's wooded rolling hills and old-fashioned American songwriting.

I loved making this record, I love sharing these songs, I hope you will love them too.

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released January 12, 2010

Produced and arranged by Assaf Ayalon and Lauren Hoffman // Recorded by Assaf Ayalon at Afrokaliptus Studios in Hod Hasharon, Israel // Mixed by John Morand at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, Virginia //

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lauren hoffman Charlottesville, Virginia

Lauren's albums include her slinky, sexy, and sardonic debut "Megiddo", the raw, acoustic "From the Blue House", beautifully tragic "Choreography", and most recently, the more upbeat and sweet "Interplanetary Traveler".

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Track Name: Interplanetary Traveler
I’m an interplanetary traveler
When I took the job I was too young to know
What I would grow up to be
What it would be like to be
A woman in love

Well there’s nothing quite like leaping star to star
In your interplanetary car
There’s nothing like the ground beneath your feet rushing away
And everything you see is fresh and new, waiting for you
And everything you see is fresh and new

Well there’s nothing like a beautiful new face
To fall in love with in each brand new place
There’s nothing quite like learning how to love in a foreign tongue
And everything you do to each other is new, a revelation
And everything you do to each other is new

Well there’s something to be said for staying still
But I don’t know if I ever will
The traveler in me is just to strong, she’s pulling me on
And everywhere I go I never know if I’ll find my way home
And every time I leave you wouldn’t believe how hard it can be

So now my heart is battered like a shield
Growing tougher every time it heals
The engine turns and so I dry my eyes and take to the skies, one more time
And every star I see is a love that I knew waiting for me
And every star I see is a love that I knew waiting for me
Track Name: Surrender
It’s a masquerade
Until you take a chance and show your face
We’re all strangers here
But I want someone to know me
I want someone to show me who I am

Well you can’t live your life in a golden cage,
One is all you got you know, he said

Surrender to my love, surrender

It’s a silly game
Hiding all your cards and hoping you’ll be safe
I want to fall in love
No I don’t want to fall in love
I want to fall in love
No I don’t want to fall in love

Well you can’t keep your heart in a golden cage,
One is all you got you know, he said

Surrender to my love, surrender

And I will be the ship that sails you to land
And I will be the heat to warm your small hands
Yes my love I know, you can survive on your own
But tonight I’m yours alone, so… yeah…
Track Name: Pictures From America
From here your land it seems so far, like a distant star
And from here your ways they seem so strange
But yeah, face to face we could be friends, in another age
And yeah, face to face we could be lovers, in another age

I’ll send you pictures of the view from my window in America

I’m making tea I’m breaking bread on a quiet day
And you’re in your bed you try to sleep but your hands are shaking
They tell me war is justified, to forward all mankind
And peace only comes through sacrifice
Do you think they’re right?

I’ll send you pictures of the view from my window in America

My god, the television loves to say you’re my enemy
I wonder what you’ve ever done to me?
Cuz yeah, face to face we could be lovers, in another age
And yeah, face to face we could be friends

I’ll send you pictures of the view from my window in America
Track Name: Prove The Moon
When you really know how beautiful you are
You can rest inside that space
Relax and radiate
Flood the world in silence with your grace

When you really know how beautiful you are
The voice of love inside so loud
You’ll forget to be so proud
Nothing more to prove to the restless crowd

I see you as a diamond in a shadow,
Blind to your own light..

Well you don’t have to believe in the sun
You don’t have to prove the moon
Let yourself shine
Beauty, I see you

When you really know how beautiful you are
You’ll see yourself in every thing
In waterfalls, in fools and kings
And gods will shine upon us when you sing

But if you never know how beautiful you are
I will know it for you, I will see the truth
And love the light that shines behind
The Clouds you can’t break through

I see you as a diamond in a shadow,
Blind to your own light..

Well you don’t have to believe in the sun
You don’t have to prove the moon
Let yourself shine
Beauty, I see you
Track Name: Let It Go
Rainclouds came into view
Let them pass, what else can we do?
I know darlin’, it’s not easy sometimes
To open your heart, and quiet your mind

But whatever can be lost let’s let it go
Leave the stars to rule the sky and let the rivers flow
In your heart I see a sunflower full in bloom
And all I want to do it be in love with you

Here we are between earth and blue sky
Falling and stumbling til somehow, our hearts collide
You know darlin’, I feel so helpless sometimes
Yeah but we fly into the unknown together, and I know I’ll be alright

So whatever can be lost let’s let it go
Leave the stars to rule the sky and let the rivers flow
In your heart I see a sunflower full in bloom
And all I want to do it be in love with you
Track Name: The River Takes Me
So the world changed
Or is it me?
The crickets are a symphony
The channel changed on everything I knew
Where the clouds always so white?
Was the sky always so blue?
I don’t know where I am when I’m with you

The river takes me there
Stars caught in my hair
And everything I see is your love staring back at me
Every sound becomes a song
And we sing it all night long

I feel a tingle on my skin
Is it from without, or from within?
Like the night becoming day it’s hard to tell
Where the line is between me and you
In the darkness of this room
I don’t know who I am when I’m with you

The river takes me there
Stars caught in my hair
And everything I see is your love staring back at me
Every sound becomes a song
And we sing it all night long
Track Name: Celebrate
He’s not the kind of bird you can put in a cage
And I love to watch him fly
Even if he flies away
His heart is like a flower
It opens when I shine
Our bodies telling secrets as our love is multiplied

And I want to
Celebrate this day, celebrate this love
Celebrate your eyes when you shine on me from above
Looking down at me like an angel and straight into my soul
I forget the world outside and everything I think I know

This love has no tomorrow
This love has no mind
Your head is on my shoulder and our fingers intertwined
And I know I’m alive

And I want to
Celebrate this day, celebrate this love
Celebrate your eyes when you shine on me from above
Looking down at me like an angel and straight into my soul
I forget the world outside and everything I think I know

I’m not the kind of bird you can put in a cage
And he loves to watch me fly
Even if I fly away
My heart is like a flower
It opens when he shines
Our bodies telling secrets as our love is multiplied
Track Name: Firefly
I’m a firefly, making light for you
I’m a bluebird singing and this is your song
I brought the sun for you on a chariot of gold
And I’ll make rain for you, to kiss you when I’m gone

I’m a summer rose and I’ve grown for you
From the earth and sun to fit in your palm
I am the ocean waves and I break for you
On the shore I’m reaching, reaching for your arms

All the rivers flow from my love
All of this I made for you
All the mountains grow from my love
All of this I made for you
All of this I made, for you

In the autumn breeze remember my caress
And in the falling leaves, listen for my breath
I am the winter sky, I am a thousand starry eyes
And in the cold cold night I’m sleeping by your side
Track Name: In This Life
I thought my hands were tied
But I took them from behind my back
And made a thing of love you see
I made it for my enemy
Who hates because he’s full of fear
And hurts whoever so comes near
Well I took a blow and turned my cheek
For faith is that which need not speak

Can we see
That love is only one
Can we heal
The damage we have done
In this life

I know you want to find the light
I know you want to do something right

Sometimes my faith wears thin
When I see the state we’re in
When making peace is done with guns
The terror is for everyone
There is another way
There’s got to be another way
If in our hearts we all want peace
Why can it not be in our reach?

Can we see
That love is only one
Can we heal
The damage we have done
In this life
Track Name: Sweet Lazy Day
Sandpaper cheek on mine
Smoke and cinder scent in my hair
Winter to spring, oh how it brings
A sweet lazy day in a southern breeze with you

I remember honeysuckle grew
Dragonflies landing all around our feet
Blessed are those who come to know this peace
On a sweet lazy day in a southern breeze with you

Scrambling over a fallen tree bridge
Brambles and thorns pickin’ at my jeans
The sun overhead makes her way slowly to bed
On a sweet lazy day in a southern breeze with you