Yes or No

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lyrics

Music: Wayne Shorter
Lyrics: Angelica Matveeva
Solo: Franco Ambrosetti (trumpet)
Arrangement: Tuomas Juhani Turunen and Joakim Toftgård

Theme:

Tell me yes or no
Tell me yes or no
Tell me yes or no,
It cannot be hard
I want to know the truth
Tell me yes or no
Tell me yes or no
Tell me yes or no,
You must tell me that
I want to know the truth
Hiding comfortably behind
Facades of sparing lies
Will cost you more, cause in the end
The truth you just can’t hide
Tell me yes or no
Tell me yes or no
Tell me yes or no,
You must tell me that
I want to know the truth

Franco Ambrosetti’s trumpet solo:

Never mind if you don’t
Care about me as much as I want
For matters most is that I can
rely on you to be as honest as you can with me
without you having to be rude or equivocal

Right now my heart runs in circles
And it doesn’t dare to trust you,
Yet it falls into a whirlpool
of full-blown euphoric dream

And if you wanna make me stay,
You just have to say that,
Don’t you see that I don’t want to play a game uncertain

And it would really make sad if you should let me go,
But I prefer to know,
Instead of guessing and be tumbling down to wishful thinking
Leading to obsession of a fervent gambler,
No, permit me to retain my sanity and calmness,
Please, don’t tell me you don’t know,
Don’t tell me I am free
To come and to go,
Won't you tell me yes or just no,
don't make it hard to know

As you start out you think
that the structure will support you when you need it most,
If you play by the rules,
But no greater misconception disillusions as much as this one,
Believe me, I know
If there’s one thing I have learned – you earn your right to live your dream in your own league without succumbing to absurdity and pushing others
To-o-war-rrrrrrrr-rds
Towards ab-sur-di-ty,
It kills your being, it makes you
so
weak
and
though
you
can
win
the
price is your mental health state

And if somebody questions you
As to why you do what you do
And tries to break the ground under your feet – you just ignore them,
You should tell them they should pose themselves the fundamental question “yes or no?”

You’re gonna chase your dream without excuse or shame,
Without shyness, without hubris,
Without remorse, without regret,
Without modesty
And that’s your power

And yet you will be discouraged too often to be in a good mood,
With second thoughts riddled,
Prepare yourself for constant struggle and no easy ways,
Betrayal round the corner,
Feeling ten years older and more powerless

Don’t try it, just do it,
And don’t despair, try harder if they say it is impossible - prove otherwise
Victory or defeat, you know that either will be bittersweet

Thank you, whose kindness has lifted me up,
I admire your genuineness and your warm generosity
I’ll remember you forever, cause you are so exceptional
I cherish every moment you said “yes” to me

credits

from Vocalese, released January 26, 2015
Music: Wayne Shorter
Lyrics: Angelica Matveeva
Solo: Franco Ambrosetti (trumpet)
Arrangement: Tuomas Juhani Turunen and Joakim Toftgård

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Angelica Matveeva is a versatile singer, composer and lyricist whose specialty and artistic goal lies in carrying out concept projects.

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