From the celestial factory

by Royo

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From the celestial factory. Some songs were written a long time ago. They shed their skin and grew under a different sky. Other songs were inspired by stories i read, heard or imagined. Stories of loss and renewal. Stories of awakenings and epiphanies.
Everyday be grateful, whatever comes your way, the magical sway.

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released March 1, 2017

Written, performed & recorded by Royo in his clothes closet
Produced by Royo and Riley McMahon
Additional vocals by Marguerite Royo
Lap steel guitar on 73 by Riley McMahon
Percussions on The Portrait and 73 by Marc Righter
Sax on The last Conquistador and Strange Days & vocals on The Portrait by Hawk Smith
Bagpipe sample on Small Talk courtesy of Michel Royo
Mixing and Mastering by Riley at NWS, Brooklyn
Art by Royo
Cover design by Nicole Rogers of Studio Kenney, LLC

To Gaby and Robert

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Royo New York, New York

Originally from Belgium, multi-instrumentalist Thierry Royo is a member of the music collective Pablo’s Eye and the global groove band Casa Mantequilla. He lives with his family in New York City.

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Track Name: Small talk
Small talk

The wind came over one day
We talked for a while
But he couldn’t stay
He left with the roof
Took a few walls down too
I did not call him back
Though I wanted to

The rain dropped by today
She cried for a while
I told her to slow down
She filled up the buckets
And flooded the basement
She felt much better
When she left

Once upon a time
Night crashed on the couch
She brought a black cat
And a blanket of stars
She blew out all the lights
And told me her dreams
In the morning she was gone
Things are not what they seem

I called Tomorrow and he said
Let me take what’s left away
We’ll make a fire red and hot
Leaving you with only today
Let’s open the door
And blow a kiss in the wind
Let’s open the door
And la di da di da

Blow a kiss in the wind
Track Name: Evergreen state
Evergreen state

Looking at the rain
He forgets everything
Everything he wants to say
To make her stay
In an evergreen state
They never shed their leaves
So close to each other
On each side of the rift

Don’t
kill me with your eyes
Those grey eyes are made of steel
And could melt my heart

Sitting for hours in cars
waiting for clues
Unable to see through
To know what’s false or true
If they can’t hide their scars
can’t they fix what’s broken?
Or just remember
the meaning of the blues

We are watching you
Because the night belongs to you
We are watching you
Because the rain will wash it away
We are watching you
Because the night belongs to you
We’ll be watching you
after the last scene is over

Don’t
kiss me with your eyes
Those grey eyes are made of steel
And could melt my heart
Track Name: Red house
Red House

We will find a red house
Empty and cold
But close to the clouds
We will live in a red house
No keys on the door
But far from the crowds

In a red house

We will live in a red house
There will be a garden
With honey and wine
We will dance
In the red house
With tall birds on our hands
We’ll watch the sun rise

Bridge:
No more sleepless nights
No more black sails and cries
On the edge of the cliff
We’ll ride high
and fly


Come with me
To the red house
It could be our home
A refuge from the storm
Follow me
To the red house
No keys on the door
At the end of the road

To the red house
Follow me to the red house
Track Name: 3000 sutras
3000 sutras

she is waiting
for the mountain
to be closer
she is waiting
she turns her back to danger
to the claws of anger

she is looking
at a picture of her sister
she is looking
she gave her heart to strangers
when she was in the cities of the plain

she is standing
at the edge of the desert
a statue of salt
who never looked behind her


weightless
she is weightless
she can see at last
weightless
she is weightless
she broke the cast
weightless
she is weightless
all things must pass
weightless
she is weightless
a princess from the past

she is standing
apart from the others
she is standing
in the cold air she shivers
all the arrows missed her

she is looking
at the man who took her picture
she is looking
at the place he was last year
you’re the last princess
he told her

she is waiting
been there for years
feels like a day
she says
the same 3000 words a day

she says
the same 3000 words a day

weightless
she is weightless
she can see at last
weightless
she is weightless
she broke the cast
weightless
she is weightless
all things must pass
weightless
she is weightless
a princess from the past
Track Name: Vwazami
Vwazami


Entends les voix amies
Entends les voix amies

Le souffle de la mer
Les coussins d’air
Le lit des rivières

Entends les voix amies
Entends les voix amies

Oublie l’orage
Les instants de rage


Entends les voix amies
Entends les voix amies

Sous le toit des étoiles
Sur le tapis du monde

Oublie les fous
Les causeurs de remous
Les filous

Entends la pluie
Entends la pluie
Le chat te sourit

Entends les voix amies
Entends les voix amies
Track Name: The last Conquistador
The last Conquistador

Have you heard the story
Of the man and his plastic boat?

Not bound for glory
He just let the time float
It was just a small boat
He didn’t need much more
Than the deep water
And the kindness of strangers

Fishing stars in the mud
Don’t go look for him now
The river was his only friend
Wrapped around him till the end

Were you up this morning
When he paddled by
Were you up this morning
To see him go by?

Maybe tomorrow
I’ll find the Gulf of Mexico
Maybe tomorrow
I’ll find the Eldorado
Track Name: The portrait
The portrait

When I woke up this morning
I wanted to draw your face
I didn’t find any paper
So I used the window pane
I worked all day
On the portrait
My fingers on the wet glass
When you came home that night
You opened the window
I said wait
It was too late

Everywhere I looked
Everything I saw
There was something to be made
Exactly as it was
Everywhere I looked
Everything I saw
There was something to be made
With nothing added

I drew a line
It was just a line
I drew one more
It became a face
Night and day
He painted
Night and day
When he was done
there was no empty space

Everywhere I looked
Everything I saw
There was something to be made
Exactly as it was
Everywhere I looked
Everything I saw
There was something to be made
With nothing added
Track Name: A la radio
TOUS CES CHANTS SI BEAUX
EMPORTES PAR LE VENT
ENTENDUS DANS LES GARES
DES FRISSONS SUR LES TOITS
TOUS CES CHANTS
ENVOLES DES RADIOS
TOUS CES CHANTS
DONT ON RETIENT L’ECHO

DANS CES MOMENTS SI BEAUX
CES CHANTS SONT DES SERPENTS
ENTRELACES EN NOUS
QUAND LE SILENCE DORT
TOUS CES CHANTS
TOMBES DES TRANSISTORS
CES MOMENTS ENCHANTES
QUAND LES YEUX BRILLENT


CHORUS:
TOUS CES CHANTS
ENTENDS-TU
TOUS CES CHANTS

TOUS CES MOMENTS VOLES
TOUS CES MOTS ENVOLES
VOIX MASQUEES
DERRIERE L’OMBRE DES ONDES
TOUS CES CHANTS
TOMBES DES TRANSISTORS
DES INSTANTS ENCHANTES
QUAND NOS YEUX BRILLENT

CHORUS:
TOUS CES CHANTS
ENTENDS-TU
TOUS CES CHANTS
Track Name: Strange days
Strange days

Nature boy
Lost in concrete
Right angles
And endless streets
Summer hits
Melted like ice
Sun angels
Sprawled on asphalt

Empty grid
Liquid sky
Metal birds
Flying too high
Drums and trumpets
A noise so loud
He put his head
In the clouds

Strange days
In the summer haze

City girl
Queen of the maze
Walks away
In the midday haze
She saw coyotes on the bridge
In the glass canyons
Down below

Empty grid
Metal sky
Silver snakes underground
Songs and sirens
A noise so loud
She put her head
In the clouds

Strange days
In the summer haze
Track Name: Question de temps
Question de temps

Tout ce temps passé
Où rien ne s’est passé
Tout ce temps passé
Passé sans se presser
Tout ce temps passé
Passé à paresser
Tout ce temps passé
Tu sais j’en ai assez

Tout ce temps, ces instants
Ces moments ces passe-temps
Tout ce temps renversé dans
Les cendriers, les sabliers
Tout ce temps où j’attends
Que tu prennes le temps
Tout ce temps qui s’efface
Je lui fais la grimace

Tout ce temps passé
Où rien ne s’est passé
Tout ce temps passé
Passé à t’embrasser
Tout ce temps passé
Pas perdu pour autant
Tout peut s’effacer
Avec un peu de temps
Avec un peu de temps

Je t’attends
Tout ce temps
Track Name: Beach 106
Beach 106

I wrote 10 pounds of poetry
Some words weigh a ton
You read the poems by the sea
Until all words were gone
Until all words were gone

Blue moon
At the bottom of the sea
Love words weigh a ton
Each day an empty page
Now all trouble is gone
All trouble is gone
To the bottom of the sea

All trouble is gone
All trouble is gone
To the bottom of the sea
Track Name: 73
73

They kept the fire going
When the sky was ablaze
When hard rain was falling’
When everything was on the brink
They kept the fire going
For a 1000 years

He saw a face in the dark
During the opening scene
Just a black and white smile
Someone he’d never seen
They kept the fire going
For a 1000 years

They kept the fire going
When the Martians were coming
When it seemed to be over
The cold war was burning
They kept the small flame growing
For a 1000 years

Everyday be grateful
For whatever comes your way
The magical sway
Everyday be thankful
For the long walks
The minor chords
The songs of hope
Must keep that fire going
For a 1000 years