How To Build A Kite

by Jonathan Meur

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released July 12, 2015

All songs written and arranged by Jonathan Meur

Drums arranged by Adam Shah Additional piano arrangements by Elizabeth Saw Additional bass arrangements by Manson Koh

Jonathan Meur: Vocals, Guitar
Tamara Yousry: Vocals
weish: Vocals
Gabriel Lynch: Vocals, Guitar
Elizabeth Saw: Keys, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
Syafiqah ’Adha Sallehin: Accordion
Cheryl Lim: Trumpet
Debra Leong: Violin
Ani Umedyan: Violin
Gevorg Sargsyan: Cello
Edmund Song: Double Bass
Manson Koh: Bass
Adam Shah: Drums

Recorded and mixed by Leonard Soosay at Snakeweed Studios
Mastered by Matthew Gray at Matthew Gray Mastering

Artwork Concept, Layout: Jonathan Meur
Paper Creations: Winnie Leung, Jonathan Meur
Photography: Clarence Aw
Make-up: Marie Soh
Assistance: Natalie Cheng, Esther Tay
Logo: Archer Alif

Produced by Jonathan Meur

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Jonathan Meur Singapore

Singapore-based French-Mauritian singer-songwriter addicted to the creative process. A fusion of folk, pop, rock and classical, his music has drawn comparisons to the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Kings of Convenience and Regina Spektor.

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Track Name: Mind Travels
I went back to the forest we used to drive through
But this time I stopped and took the time it took
And I ran for miles
I wanted to feel how it feels to be a forest

I travelled this far in my mind
I travelled, I travelled this far

On the airways of my mind
Nothing can keep me from floating
I do without tower or pressure or carrier
Nothing can keep me from floating

I lay on the sand where the waves
Of my awakenings would come to vanish
One by one they hit me, soft like murmurs
And the heartbeat of the ocean
Resonated through my body
Through my body, through my body
I wanted to know what it means
To return to where you were born

I travelled this far in my mind
I travelled, I travelled this far

On the airways of my mind
Nothing can keep me from floating
I do without tower or pressure or carrier
Nothing can keep me from floating

To the red roofs and carpets of flower-white
To the fortress of sugar-green gold
To the earthy brown on my feet
Nothing can keep me from floating
Nothing can keep me from floating
Nothing can keep me from floating

I went back to the forest we used to drive through
I wanted to feel how it feels to be a forest
Track Name: Toy Hearts
Big hearts, small hearts, huge hearts
Toy hearts come in all shapes and sizes
Star hearts, round hearts, square hearts
Toy hearts come in all shapes and sizes

If you break your toy heart, we’ll buy you a new one
If you break your toy heart, then we will fix it, we will fix it

Train hearts, sail hearts, jet hearts
Toy hearts in to win love races
Jump hearts, dive hearts, speed hearts
Toy hearts in to win love races

If you break your toy heart, we’ll buy you a new one
If you break your toy heart, then we will fix it, we will fix it

We all hurt sometimes
Then other times
We’re the ones who get hurt
If love were just a game

Blue hearts, green hearts, dark hearts
Toy hearts available in different hues
String hearts, wind hearts, drum hearts
Toy hearts available for different sounds

If you break your toy heart, we’ll buy you a new one
If you break your toy heart, then we will fix it, we will fix it

We all hurt sometimes
Then other times
We’re the ones who get hurt
Picture hearts as replaceable toys

We all have the same, same aspirations
The same, same longing
The same desire to find ourselves someone

We all are the same, same hopefuls
The same, same love fools
We make the same mistakes over and over

The same, same hopefuls
The same, same love fools
We make the same mistakes over
And over

Then other times
We’re the ones who get hurt
If love were just a game
We all hurt sometimes
Then other times
We’re the ones who get hurt
Picture hearts...
Picture hearts as replaceable toys
Track Name: Cities & Seas
I never knew my time spent in the sun
I never knew my soft spots
I never knew my defiant nature
And I never knew my seriousness

In ways I don’t always understand are yours
In ways you won’t imagine are yours

I never knew every stage, every song
I never, never knew my wisdom
And I never knew every blooming horizon
And I never knew my worldliness

In ways I don’t always understand I owe to you
In ways you can’t imagine I owe you

And if I’m sometimes blind, soon I’ll remember
Thank you for, thank you for cities and seas
If sometimes words fail me, I’ll find them again
Thank you for, thank you for, thank you for cities and seas

I never expected such challenge
And I never expected such journeys
And I never guessed, never guessed, never guessed
These people, these friends, these accomplices

In ways I don’t always understand are yours
In ways you won’t imagine they’re yours

And if I’m sometimes blind, soon I’ll remember
Thank you for, thank you for cities and seas
If sometimes words fail me, I’ll find them again
Thank you for, thank you for, thank you for cities and seas

And it isn’t defeat to let you hear
No it isn’t defeat for me to bow
Track Name: Love Like This
I look into your eyes you blush
I mean to keep my cool I rush
We do the movie, the flowers
The sunset and the first kiss

Shy love, clumsy love, blooming love
I want love, love like this

Love, who doesn’t want love like this?
Love, I want love, love, love

You end the sentences I start
I openly hope we never part
We do the talking and laughing
Always with understanding eyes

Real love, strong love, trusting love
I want love, love like this

I put my hands around your waist
I move in and kiss your face
We get locked, you and I, we get lost
We get caught in a moment

If we fight, we can talk it out
If we fight, we never take it out on each other too long
If we fight, we can talk it out
And that’s real, oh, real love, real love, baby

Love, who doesn’t want love like this?
Love, I want love, love, love

Love, who doesn’t want love like this?
Love, I want love, love, love

Love
Who doesn’t want love?
Who doesn’t want love, love, love?
Track Name: A Straight Line
I only wanted to be somebody to you
And now
Oh now
Now that I am

I’ve packed away all of my worrying
Banished all my doubts and anguish
I have found myself a straight line
A line that always leads me straight
Back into your arms

I only wanted to be your person
And now, now that it’s true
Now that it’s real
Now that it’s happening for me

I haven’t a reason left in me to wonder
I’ve put a lock on my baggage
I have found myself a straight line
A line that always leads me straight
Back into your arms

And the feeling is so right
Oh the feeling is so, so right
I’m holding on to a straight line
I’m holding on to that straight line

Cause the feeling is so right
Yes the feeling feels so right
I hope it never
I hope it never
I hope it never
It never fades away
Track Name: Aquarians
Aquarians may be quite a handful
But if you treat us right
You’ll find a faithful friend
Unless you get us down
Unless you drive us up walls
Then you’ll wish you had never even met us

We may have a temper
But it’s in hibernation most of the year
It can happen we lose our cool
But we usually keep it together

Aquarians like me
With split personalities
I drive my friends crazy sometimes...
Maybe most of the time

But I don’t mean to
It’s just that I don’t want to have to choose
Who I should be most of the time
I want to be a clown and responsible
Carefree like a kid but dependable too

Oh what an honour
Oh what an honour
To get to be a carrier of water, a carrier of water
To get to be carried by the wind, carried by the wind
The wind
Oh what an honour

Aquarians may be quite a piece of work
But if you treat us right
We’ll do right by you
And if sometimes we go M.I.A.
It’s not that we’ve forgotten, no

It’s probably just because we’re lost
In one of the worlds we’ve created
But we’ll be back before too long
Aquarians are faithful, faithful friends
Track Name: The Rainbow Mark
She was a child of sun and rain
Neither light nor really water
As bright and warm as her father
As spontaneous and elusive as her mother

To the glaciers, the lakes and the rivers
She never was part of the band
How could she ever find a place
Within the rhythm they shared?

She carries in her the rainbow mark
She is the sun and the rain as one, as one
She carries in her the best of two worlds
She carries with her their best intentions

The stars would only come out at night
While she was sound asleep and out of sight
If she’d ever known they existed
She’d have reached out to them

She carries in her the rainbow mark
She is the sun and the rain as one, as one
She carries in her the best of two worlds
She carries with her their best intentions

I see you, I see myself in her
She is the sun and the rain as one, as one
I see our future, a future as her
She is the sun and the rain
And she’s neither and both at once

She was a child of sun and rain
Neither light nor really water
Track Name: Madeleines
There’s no way, no spell, no machine
That could take us back to special moments
But the smallest things, quietly, slowly reveal
For us to relive them

The smell of glue stuck to young fingers
Molasses and their unadulterated sweetness
Chlorine clinging to my skin
The stench of rain on fresh tar

A madeleine, a madeleine
A madeleine caught me by surprise
A madeleine, a madeleine took me back in time

An old home bearing a new name
The bittersweet taste of gato pima and the like
Children bathing in a garden
The way we used to

A madeleine, a madeleine
A madeleine caught me by surprise
A madeleine, a madeleine
One, two, magic, and I’m back
To a former version of myself
A younger version of myself

There’s no way, no spell, no machine
That could take us back
To special moments
But the smallest things slowly reveal
For us to relive them
And before you know it

We’re talking and laughing and singing
Into swivelling fans again
Yeah we’re talking and laughing and singing
Into swivelling fans again

Damn you, madeleines
You get me good, madeleines
Track Name: I Do Know You
You say I’m yours, a book easy to read
You can tell when I drift away
From empty conversations
When I’m wise or full of it
Or an unknowing inspiration
And you tell me that you’ve seen me shine
Even out from under the spotlight

So you know me, you know me, you know me
But, hey, I do know you too

I know your hurtings and your strength
I see them in the smile in your eyes
So many stories of you in these eyes
Oh, and a fire burning
I understand your fights
I share your mission and your doubts
And I swear you’ve a knack for overcoming

So you know me, you know me, you know me
But, see, I do know you too

And all of the truths
And all of the certainties of this moment
May come to end

But if we know this like we know this
If we know this
Well, that’s an ocean sailed
An ocean sailed
Track Name: Repeat
Love is tumble, falter, regret, hurt
Repeat, repeat, repeat
Battles won, lost wars, scars
Repeat, repeat, repeat

And all chances of becoming the wiser
For your crashes and burns
Vanish with every last drop
And the sound of a crack in the dam

We never, never learn
We never, never learn

I love you, I love you
I love you and I just can’t let go of you
I love you, I love you
I love you and I want you to know it

I love you, I love you
I love you and I just can’t let go
I love you, I love you
I love you and I want you to know

Love is the eye in a storm, order in madness
Repeat, repeat, repeat
In a fog a lighthouse, a sanctuary
Repeat, repeat, repeat

And all chances of becoming the wiser
For your crashes and burns
Seem all too useless in the face of attainable bliss

We never, never learn
I’m glad we never learn

For there are words I’d never utter again
There’s a feeling I could never give again
So history repeats itself
Until the chain is broken