HELLO .​.​.​i like you.

by Delia Olam

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about

"Olam" means World in both Hebrew and Arabic and I draw a lot of inspiration creatively from our new global society in my craft, as well as from the different countries and cultures I've lived in and seen. Musically, I've travelled through early folk, medieval and grunge-punk to dub, electronika and pacifica. Eventually I learned to trust in all that you really can do with "4 chords and the truth."
Ultimately, this album is a selection of tracks from the 40 or so songs that I had managed to write by the time I was about 23, and had by then been writing and gigging in different contexts since I was 16, including a couple of key years singing and performing for non-English speaking crowds in Tahiti, French Polynesia, which really helped hone what was to become my chatty, inter-song banter and performance craft and just felt really ready to put something down 'on tape' and share that with the world. Especially, while these songs were still alive in me.
That being the case, and my songwriting being as personal and revealing as it tends to be (because I write as an emotional and maybe even psychological compulsion; with a desire to understand and explore the landscape of something - a question, an impulse - and it is often not until the song all unfolds from me that that understanding occurs), it is more of a musical record of those pivotal years of my life than any kind of 'concept' album. It so happens, however, that contemplation on things of the spirit, a passion for service and the teachings and Writings of the Baha'i Faith have consistently played a role in my life, so that is naturally reflected in the lyrical content of a lot of the songs. Sometimes, however, the lyrics also touch on the necessary primary (primal?) colours of the singer/songwriter: teenage/unrequited/blissful/friend-inspired - love. Of course. And the growth of a steelier kind of courage as youth's beautifully dazzling blind strength gradually shifts away; or was that just the melancholy of loneliness, living far from home on an isolated, if paradisiacal island? It all went into the music anyway. And the music became this album. Enjoy.

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released October 15, 2012

Delia Olam - vocals and guitar on all tracks; Mick Wordley - 9 different instruments (try and spot them!), and engineering; Lyndon Gray - Bass, Double Bass; Damien Eldridge - Drums; Emma Luker - Violin; Jasmyn Ridley - Piano; Daniel Pierce - Guitar; Tom Barnes - Engineer; Brett Taylor - Engineer

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Delia Olam SA, Australia

This is my first album and it's really pretty good. Before recording it with a killer band I did maaany years of solo gigging, collaborations with electronika, house and dub djs, writing children's music, singing lead in a grunge punk all-girl band, taking the bass line in 4 part a capella harmonies, making medieval music at school and singing along to Kate Bush and David Bowie records in the dark ... more

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Track Name: WithFire...
Leave it to me
To mess it all up again
It turns out I needed a test
And wouldn't you know
I couldn't let go
I had to go in for the rest

Will I be gold? Or will I be scolded?

Leave it to me
To choose the fire
Warm water is just not enough
To make me believe
In my purity
My edges are still so rough

Oh! God!
Will I be gold? Or will I be scolded?

My habits have come
A haunting me
I'm eating again mindlessly
And watching again
Brainless Telly
And avoiding the telephone
My belly is bulgeing and full
But I still want more

Leave it to me to live optimistically
I still have plenty of love left
And didn't you know
There's hope for us all
Purified by the fire we are blessed

Oh! God!
May I be gold? And in your love folded..?
Track Name: Yesterday(Today)
Yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision
But today well-lived
Makes every yesterday a dream
Of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision
Of hope

Look well, therefore, to this day.
Track Name: BoxOfLight
I've got a box that is full of light, of light
No words I have found can describe the delight of this light...

And this box this box this box of light
I will share it wih you (if you want me to)
But if I do can you promise me you will
Look inside for yourself
Please please

Don't take my word
Not over your own
Don't take my word over yours
Look for yourself!

There has come a man with words of light, of light
No words I could find would describe the delight of their light

And these words these words these words of light
I will share them with you (if you want me to)
But if I do can you promise me you will
Look inside for yourself
Please please

Don't take my word
Not over your own
Don't take my word over yours
Look for yourself!

What good are your eyes if you do not
Look?
What good are those ears if you do not
Listen?
What good is that mind if you do not
Reason?
What good are our lives if we do not
Question!

Don't take my word
Not over your own
Don't take my word over yours
Look for yourself!
Track Name: OAmi(ThisIsAHiddenWord)
O Ami
Dans le jardin de ton coeur
ne plante que la rose d'amour
et du rossignole de l'affection
et du desir ne relache pas ton etrainte
attache toi soigneusement
a la compagnie des justes
et abstiens toi de toute relation
avec les impies
Track Name: NeverBeen(Limits)
Never been
Out of my depths before
Never needed
Courage
Never tried something
I have failed
Maybe I have limits too
Wouldn’t that be something…
Track Name: (AsYouHave)Faith...
Maybe you’re right. Coz maybe it ain’t so bright
To try something that’s often failed before
But maybe you’re wrong. Coz maybe I am strong.-er
Than any who’ve tried before but maybe
that’s not the point. Just maybe the point is faith
Well hey hey –

I’ve got faith. I’ve got faith
Yes, I’ve got faith. And as you have faith…

I listened when you said: Get a side-job, get a real job
Be sure to win your bread.
I was attentive as you told me: Be cautious, be wise
Save some for plan B - But Plan B's not for me, coz -

I've got faith. I've got faith
yeah, I've got faith. And as you have faith...

And maybe it’s hard living sometimes
But I prefer it that way to half way
Guess I just wasn’t cut for living half way
Maybe you are
the same?

Now maybe you are right
Yes the sun is looking bright-er
Than before - We’ll try Something that’s
Often failed before. We’re strong
But above all

We’ve got faith. We've got faith.
Yeah, we've got faith and as you have faith

...So shall your powers and blessings
be.
Track Name: ThisOne
This one’s for you, all you friends back home
I wish you were here together we could roam

I must have thought I was made of rarer stuff
I thought I could get by on my own when time’s got rough
but I must confess my weakness now:

I need you all the same
I lov you all the same

And This one’s for you all friends in Europe found
I wish you were here so we could lark around

I must have thought I was made of rarer stuff
I thought I could get by on my own when time's got rough

There is a fire in my heart
And it is burning me up
If you’ve got the water for my heart
You’re welcome any time
you're welcome any time

This one’s for you Island friends who know
The spirit of my heart better than any else and so
though I must have thought I was made of rarer stuff
and I thought I could get by on my own when time's got rough

There is a fire in my heart
and it's burning me up
if you've got the water for my heart
you’re welcome anytime…
Track Name: Glory
I just want glory not for me but of me.
Glory
That I might be for God what God has been in me

I won’t give up. I will keep my faith
and I will shine
As God made me to

And you will shine too as our liberation is bound
For in the eyes of God we’re one

We won’t give up. We will keep our faith
and we will shine
As God made us to

I’ll give my life; I’ll give my all
For what I have remembered and you will be in me
Through all as I am here in you

And we find the more we give away the more we have
To give away
It’s a feeling at the start of a day that if we don’t give away, we’ll whither away
It’s a fountain full of fire and of fuel

We’ll give our lives; we’ll give our all
for what we have remembered
we'll lay it down we'll burn it up
we'll give until it hurts
and you will be in us through all
as we are here in you

I just want glory, not for me but of me
glory
Track Name: HeartAndBlood
Now I know
The difference
Between my heart and my blood
I spilt my blood on paper
For you and I thought
My heart was aching for you
But really it was my blood
That was aching
Yearning
For my heart
Oh my heart – she has suffered
She’s suffered for you
For my heart
Oh my heart – she has suffered
She’s suffered for you…
Track Name: True
Why do you
Try to make me
Believe in you
When patently I already do…?

Your efforts
To be cool are cute but
They’re winning you no extra
Points with me…

Cause I like you
The truth is simple
Sometimes and you are
True…

Why do you
Try to impress me
With all that you say
When all that you do
Is already on display?

And all that you do is beautiful
And all that you are is precious
And all that I see when I look at you
Is true…

Cause I like you
The truth is simple
Sometimes and you are
True…

Why do you
try to make me
believe in you
when patently
I already do.
Track Name: ...ToHappiness
When early I wake in the morn
And I’m lying in bed, take a moment to – pause –
Before I rise
Cause the man next to me in the bed
Sleepy face closed and legs wrapped round mine
He’s a slow riser and he like’s to cuddle.
So I squeeze him until I see that unconscious smile
And then I can get to my feet and greet the day…

I’m married …to happiness

Oh God! Refresh and gladden my spirit
Purify my heart, illumine my mind
I will no longer be full of anxiety
No, I will be a happy and joyful being…

I'm married ...to happiness

Do you know what makes you happy? Would you weave yourself to it?
Are you sure that that is freedom? Or are you prisoner to it?
Choose in strength your happiness then lock your self to it
Yes, choose in strength your happiness then lock lock lock yourself to it…

I'm married ...to happiness
Track Name: (Only)Adore
I could be afraid. I could let you drag me down with you
I could take a bow. Leave this dusty stage with you but

I won’t let you down (no). I will not let go (first)
I will drag you down with me. If you don’t let go
In time. If you don’t let me go In time

I won’t say I don’t like you. That would be a lie
But I don’t ‘like’ you the way you ‘love’ me so
You must surely die-ya-die-ya-die-ya-die.. oh

I won’t let you down (no). I will not let go (first)
I will drag you down with me. If you don’t let go
In time. If you don’t let me go In time

I can only adore you.
So take your bottomless, Pathetic, pitiful and self-effacing love
To someone who’ll love you the way you do.
I can only adore you.

You’ve become familiar. I’m afraid I’m ‘fond’
I couldn’t live without you now. Don’t go listening to me now cause

I won’t let you down (no). I will not let go (first)
I couldn’t live without you now so
Please don’t let go In time
Please don’t let me go.(you know I will)

I will always adore you.
Track Name: JoniSong
The painter, the poet, the dancer and me
We four were each part of each of the other three
At that time we shared clothes and secrets and habits we
Had a sense of being known and being loved profoundly

But now our cupboards clothes are all our own
Now in different lands we wander alone
Now we orchestrate our lives anew
And the only songs we knew
Will change...

You've always been like a Joni Song to me
So let this be part of yours
Let this freedoms ever be
Like when we met, I said
"my dog has your name", you said,
"my cow has yours"
And we both smiled, the rhythm started
Bada bada woo

And Blue only made me happy with you
Driving through the sun we were two
Adult lives just begun and it was something true

But now your love to another has flown
Now in separate cars we drive alone
Now you orchestrate your life anew
And the Joni Song I knew
Will change

And change is good!
Change is divine
I will not touch wood
Let it come
I'm ready
I'm fine!
Like when we saw Maria Callas
And stayed up late sharin words,
Silence,
Sharing space

And Blue kinda makes me sad now without you
Driving throuh the sun thinking we two
Separate lives begun and though it's something true

Now! Our love to others has flown
Now! In separate cars no longer alone
Now! We orchestrate our lives anew
And the Joni Songs we knew
Have changed.

The painter, the poet, the dancer, and me
We four are each part of each of the
Other three
We share dreams and
Allergies and
Travel stories we
Have a sense of being part of something like a
Family

So now we can share in what those dreams become
Now from different lands new qualities won
Now when I look at each of all here of you
I know my love
And I know my love

Hasn't changed...