Annapurna

by Gino Brann

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'Annapurna' was written while trekking through the Annapurna mountain range of Nepal during July-August 2011. The journey was full of inspiring landscapes, the warmest and most welcoming people I've ever encountered, breathtaking mountains, and rain. Lots of rain. This album has been made to celebrate that experience.

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Update: a review! www.busanhaps.com/article/thundering-silence-review-gino-branns-new-album-annapurna

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released January 30, 2013

all songs by Gino Brann

-Personnel-
Gino Brann - guitar, bass, lap steel, vocals
Jim Batcho - percussion
Jim Batcho, Mike Edmunds, Anthony Garcia, Michael Laveck, Violet Lea, Melanie Lenau, Kelsey Smith - vocals

-Album cover-
Annapurna Range, ca. 1975. Photograph by "Smokin'" Joe Avallone
Thank you for the beautiful picture, travel advice, inspiration, and friendship. Rest in peace.

-Production-
Parts of 'Annapurna' were recorded independently at various guesthouses, teahouses and flophouses in Nepal. Special thanks to my porter, Sanjeev Chaudhary, and the Gauri Shankar Guest House in Pokhara.

Parts of the album were recorded with Michael Laveck at Mica Mountain Works in Busan, South Korea.

Mixed and mastered with Michael Laveck at Mica Mountain Works.

www.micamountainworks.com

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Track Name: Leeches
Got too many leeches crawlin on my shoes
Got too many leeches crawlin on my shoes
Got so many leeches that I don't know what to do
Get em off, just get em off

Got too many leeches hangin on my clothes
Got too many leeches hangin on my clothes
Got so many leeches that I don't know where to go
Get em off, just get em off

Where's the salt? Where's the matches?
I'm gonna burn these bastards down to ashes
Get em off, just get em off

Got too many leeches suckin on my skin
Got too many leeches suckin on my skin
Got so many leeches that I don't know where to begin
Get em off, just get em off
Get em off, just get em off
Get em off
Track Name: At the Temple
Well, the prayer wheels were turning at the temple
The smell of incense was heavy in the air
And the monks were all chanting a tune that felt so familiar
And when I close my eyes and sing it, it takes me back there

And they sang Om mani padme hum
Om mani padme hum
Om mani padme hum
Up at the temple, they gave me a song

Well I wondered aloud if I'd like living at the temple
I wondered if there were some answers that I might find
Wondered if all of this thinking might somehow be harmful
But if nothing is permanent, then neither's my mind

So I sang Om mani padme hum
Om mani padme hum
Om mani padme hum
Down at the temple, they gave me a song

My credit's no good but my karma ain't bad
I'm a buffalo roaming the hills
And all this soul searching might come to an end
If I could just keep my mind still

Om mani padme hum
Om mani padme hum
Om mani padme hum
The jewel in the lotus gave me a song

So we sang Om mani padme hum
Om mani padme hum
Om mani padme hum
Up at the temple, they gave me song
Track Name: Those Eyes
Brought some goods up to Mustang to trade
Tibetan wool and a drum to play
Always following the middle way
And always followed by the Buddha's gaze

Circumstances led me back to the plains
I found Lumbini underwater with rain
But no god would let that city drown
With those eyes following me around

Those eyes follow me around
Straight up to heaven from the lonely ground
They watch in silence as I float on down
Those eyes follow me around

And as I'm walking through the gates of Lo
Or wandering comfortably on this plateau
Those eyes are watching me wherever I go
From Kathmandu on down to Ohio

With these two ears I'll listen to the trees
And with this mouth I'll finally learn to breathe
With this guitar I'll move the speed of sound
With those eyes following me around

Those eyes follow me around
Straight up to heaven from the lonely ground
They watch in silence as I float on down
Those eyes follow me around
Track Name: The Enlightened One
Modern day religions
They make no sense to me
They lock you in their prisons
And tell you that you're free

And I'd become so vain again, vain again, I could
Not hear myself think
I'd walk out in the rain again, rain again
Just to get myself a drink

But then the enlightened one showed me
No matter what you believe
When you're on top of the world, baby
It's a miracle just to breathe

I was a man of silence
I was a man of dreams
But only men of violence
Had the loudest screams

I found myself alone again, alone again, wondering
Just where did I go wrong?
Could someone point me home again, home again
Or was I too far gone?

But then the enlightened one showed me
No matter what you believe
When you're on top of the world, baby
It's a miracle just to breathe
Track Name: Annapurna
Annapurna
I'm climbing closer