A Chronicle of Midnights

by George Zhen

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    On his fourth studio album, A Chronicle of Midnights, George Zhen takes the listener on a journey filled with questions. Questions about faith, about love and universal connections. Layered with dense instrumentation and threaded with themes of love and loss, Zhen dares the listener to join him on a musical exploration that is both haunting and revealing.
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1.
I've got this little problem That I'm hoping to resolve I've got this little problem I look outside my window And the water keeps rising up I look outside my window I'm trying not to panic It all seems logical enough I'm trying not to panic So I try and amuse myself with abuse and dinosaurs Yeah I amuse me It was a summer of delight When my demons all took flight After some brand new thing I stumble in the darkness Try to formulate a plan I stumble in the darkness With every bit of retrospect I conjure up applause I've got this little problem The moon seems beautiful at night I walk on it some times Like some bright new thing What you think Isn't what you say Why do you believe In some brand new thing What you think Isn't what you say Why do you believe In some bright new thing What you think isn't what you say Why do you believe in some Some brand new thing
2.
Gold Like the break of morning Cold And without warning It can be sold Feathers in the sheets Divine design to ride on the wings of beasts I deface Your Eminent Grace Sung By the voice of evil Bells will be rung To the beat of your subatomic heart Lay it on down Well everything you deem Halfway impossible becomes the stuff of dreams I deface Your Eminent Grace Airlock your testimony to the void of space Oh I deface Your Eminent Grace Gold Like the crest of evening Everything's gone cold now Oh I deface Your Eminent Grace Airlock your testimony to the void of space Oh I deface Your Eminent Grace Airlock your testimony to the void of space Oh I deface Your Eminent Grace Airlock your testimony to the void of space
3.
Teacup 05:41
We still believe in the better part of human nature Somehow we still believe that happiness is coming back Clouds up there in the sky made animals and funny faces That was until you said goodbye Now they're just a harbinger for rain We're waiting for the sunshine I'm so afraid that we’re never gonna meet again Something in the way you smile with a little bit of sadness Standing at the water's edge Getting dizzy in my tea cup Wondering how we're gonna live When we're all too busy dying All too busy dying Deep is the dark that hovers on the edge of morning Sweet is the lark whose overture comes as a warning Don't have to give a damn but you may want to give a listen To the song of the dark And the harmonies bounding back We're praying for the sunrise I'm so afraid that we’re never gonna meet again Something in the way you smile with a little bit of madness Standing at the water's edge Getting dizzy in my tea cup Wondering how we're gonna live When we're all too busy dying All too busy dying I'm so afraid that we’re never gonna meet again Something in the way you smile with a little tinge of madness Standing at the water's edge Getting dizzy in my tea cup Wondering how we're gonna live When we're all too busy dying All too busy dying We're all too busy dying All too busy dying We're all too busy dying All too busy dying We're all too busy dying All too busy dying
4.
Ghost 05:44
Please bring her back to me She's screaming at the preacher Holding my breath too long No matter how you try You'll never really understand what we've gone through I'm picking up all the puzzle pieces Strewn up and shredded before you That's when we realize the color of her eyes are not the same What you wanna do? Change your point of view? Tell me why you did this Tell me why you did this to me Oh it all seems so strange We're gonna wrap my arms arounf the clowns Walking next to me is a ghost you can't see And she thinks you'd better leave Repeating all those stupid things they say like You got another one still All those foolish strangers Got another one still You know that God will save you (Count down from 10 with me ...9... 8... 7... etc...) Trying hard to smile Walking down the aisle it's no use They recognize me You know it all seems so crazy But you don't kno9w what I can do I know you've got to say the one thing on your mind You gotta open up your soul And turn around and show it to the world Walking next to me is a ghost you can't see And she thinks you'd better leave Repeating all those stupid things they say like You got another one still All those foolish strangers Got another one still You know that God will save you Got another one still Visit Cassadega Got another one still
5.
Red 03:27
I see red I see red I'm all out of love Someone above is punishing me So I don't believe I see red I see red I see red How can the world Everyone's world keep turning While mine comes to a stop Grands to a halt And pins me here in time In the red light That burns me Burns me up Burns me up Burns up the night Burns up the night I see red I see red In my head
6.
The boy on the swing Knows everything That they say about him He puts it away And waits for the day He can use it on them The First Bank of Empathy and Shame Wrote a note against his name On which he built this crooked tower It blocks out all the light And he prays to himself at night "Let 'em be angry Let 'em be fools Let 'em smoke grass Forget about the past Break all the rules Let 'em go hungry Feed 'em nothing but fear Let 'em drink tears Let them drink tears" "Drink Just Tears"
7.
I’ve been awake Not breathing for hours Since I’ve been awake I’ve seen starlight turn to gray It’s an easy thing to get caught up in flowers Till the hornets come to play They sting everything No matter how bitter they seem No matter how sweet If all I had to do way pray I’d probably do it every day I’d do it every day IU’d probably start to Believe in something greater than I was Oh I’d probably start to believe There’s hope for a world that’s so cruel Make no mistake Sunday’s are perfectly paved Not with sermons but with graves and glory Nothing will ever change that truth For if God once was He left here long ago Just a figure carved in stone Time rolls on Turning into dust That gathers around you Thick and churning Filtering it all away Relentless burning Filtering it all away All the details burning so You never know Which way to go… If all I had to do way pray I’d probably do it every day I’d do it every day For if God once was He left here long ago Just a figure carved in stone Then there were angels Smiling at me I never wondered What they might be They were angels Seventeen angels
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It's a matter of space It's a matter of space We have to clear a way to leave the womb It's a matter of time It's a matter of time Before we just turn to shadow It's a matter of dreams It's a matter of dreams Do we believe they can come true It's a matter of love For the stars up above Which one will we run to? It's a matter of mind Over matter and time Retrograde and afterglow It's a matter of facing All the tings we're replacing Need a place to go Will we look outside our room Just to find we face the wrong side of morning? We can run until we crawl Listen as Cassini falls Its a perilous climb Such a perilous climb To eye the summit we may never know It's a matter of strings And theoretical things (Not to mention water) We can stay here and grieve If we want to believe Earth can be our only home It's a matter of space Beyond Tranquility Base We need a place to go Will we look beyond out moon Just to find we face the wrong side of morning? We'll run until we crawl Listen as Cassini falls
9.
Here comes the helicopter -- second time today Everybody scatters and hopes it goes away How many kids they've murdered only God can say If I had a rocket launcher...I'd make somebody pay I don't believe in guarded borders and I don't believe in hate I don't believe in generals or their stinking torture states And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate If I had a rocket launcher...I would retaliate I want to raise every voice -- at least I've got to try Every time I think about it water rises to my eyes. Situation desperate, echoes of the victims cry If I had a rocket launcher...Some son of a bitch would die
10.
Remember when we were five We had such deep conversations Without ever using words Nobody heard us Frozen forever in time We'll always be tethered together Victims of circumstance Identical at a glance And I gave you every chance To say something Blue jeans - motor oil A scarab alone in the desert Beautiful and a curse A clone in a black hearse Hello there it's midnight I'm staring up into the heavens Wondering if you are Behind every new moon and star or just a passenger in my car? Say something Say something.... Faith is my dispensary It fills me up when I'm feeling depleted sometimes This is my apology For those of you that I may have offended at one time But I ran out of tears before I ran out of time I ran out of tears....

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released January 20, 2021

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George Zhen Coral Springs, Florida

Multi-instrumentalist George Zhen weaves melody and songcraft into a sound that is uniquely his own. Piano, guitars, various programming and studio skills on bass and drums have melded into something that is very, very Zhen. You know it when you hear it.

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