OFF THE EMPIRE

by Shine Like The Sun

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credits

released October 1, 2016

This album was RECORDED in an attic somewhere in Provence with the help of Gérard "Blue Jay" Roustan and Pharoah Smeaton-Russell.

It was MIXED & MASTERED by the great Patrick Jauneaud at "La Grandinelle" studios in the Cévennes.
 
A 19th century Himalayan Mandala of Amitāyus was used to create the ARTWORK. It was put together by Photographer Ugo Petronin with the help of Painter Nicolas Nicolini.

All songs were WRITTEN and COMPOSED by Léo Roustan, ARRANGED and PERFORMED by Léo, Pharoah and Jay.

SPECIAL THANKS to Laure Perrotin for always believing in me, but also Thomas Lefebvre, Guillaume Bonnet, Marcello Zerilli, Roger Buro, Ugo Petronin, Nicolas Nicolini and Guillaume Massa.

"Off The Empire" is DEDICATED to the memory of Jonathan Pasquet and Ella Calvayrac.

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Shine Like The Sun Marseille, France

SHINE LIKE THE SUN is a folk-rock project led by multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and shape shifter Léo Roustan. Somehow building a bridge between modern times and the origins of music, SLTS are troubadours travelling through time /// coming in from the sun with their debut album out NOW ! ... more

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Track Name: Deepwater
I heard you’re going out to sail
And you’re finally set to see
The ocean and the living species be
But I will follow your trail

I know waves and current are strong
I see the warning signs at dawn
My faith in you will never fade away
See now you’re in my song

Deepwater go long
You’ll cut the grey wind straight
Deepwater your engine growls
You’re only here asleep

Now I live inside of you
Your body made of wood around my soul
The sound of geese is nature’s call
They invite me out all day long

Deepwater go long
You’ll cut the grey wind straight
Deepwater your engine growls
You’re only here asleep
Track Name: Stay Where You Are
We came down from trees to the ground
When the land was wild
We grew up we got an empire
We ate the beast alive
My dear brother don’t you know
The world is wide
We should try to save our lives
But we can’t let it die

It’s either you go
Over the flow
it’s either you go

Or you stay where you are
Stay where you are
Stay where you are
Stay where you really see how

We set up the very first bank
It was only to play
When we started using our tanks
We were feared night and day
My little sister don’t you know
It would be a lie
If I said you were safe at home
When others were dying

Now you know we could
Burn on the run
But you know we should
Shine like the sun

Still you stay where you are
Stay where you are
Stay where you are
Stay where you really see how
Track Name: Siren Lover
Siren lover
Come back this way
I’ve seen your eyes
In a lifetime far away
Wild lover
You made my day
Walking through the forest
Your song is how I pray

And if the world is shaking outside
I’m in the countries of my mind

I hear your whistle blow
And I sing you a song
From the top of a hill
I hope I reach you
I hope you hear me

Silent lover
My ship is wrecked
I dive in your waters
I swim all the way

Too bad it causes pain in my heart
Breathing only through your kisses

I’ve seen the mighty river god on my way to love
And how he could have killed me
Don’t want to drown, got things to do
Don’t really know how long I can hold you

Comes a time for me to go now
I’ve got a million miles to walk

I might have enough air
To sing you a song
From the top of a hill
I hope I reach out
I hope I get by

And if the world is shaking outside
I’m in the countries of my mind
I hear your whistle blow
I might have enough air
Too bad it causes pain
Track Name: When You'll be Mine
On a land off the empire
I travelled all around
In a place covered with sand
My true love I have found

See her hands how they fit like a glove
With a smile she sends me above

You’ll be inside a little mine
When you’ll be mine

In a tree off the ground
We travelled to the sea
In a place covered with blue
My true love I have found

If she wanted to be on her own
Then I could die if she needed
I could leave her all alone
Doesn’t she want to see
Young children be ?
I’m sure she would cry

You’ll be inside a little mine
When you’ll be mine
Track Name: Free
When I saw your little butterfly
Coming up through the wall
I knew you were on the other side
I could hear you call

I was left here to cry
But you came for me
Now we could be free

Then we ran all through the fields
At night, we hid during the day
Crossing rivers at the break of dawn
There was nowhere to stay

We were chased in the dark
They knew we ran away
We could hear the dogs bark

We’re only a few miles away
Fom the border tonight
Give me your hands I swear
We won’t have to fight

On the day we escape this place
Then we shall find peace
Somewhere where there would be no pain
But a smile on your face

And when we pass the line
To the other side
We will see the light

We’re only a few miles away
Fom the border tonight
Give me your hands I swear
We won’t have to fight

Free, free, set us free
We could be free
If you set us free
Track Name: Shine On You
I saw you today you came out of grey
You brought me delight from an inner sight
You gave me something to hold inside
I folded my hands and I felt great

Now if I look more I see from your eyes
You had a dream where you found peace
And maybe one day you’ll take me there
Into the fields and there I’ll play

It was spring and I wanted to love
How could I know I would meet you now?

It might be the time
It might be the sun on us
Anywhere we are
I see that light shine on you

Take your things we’re going south
I'll show you where I belong
Down there we’ll need a car
I’ll take you to a place
I swear you have never seen before

I can see through the dawn
You’re happy in your body and mind
Track Name: Real Day
First I hear a sound going round
I open my eyes I see you there
The colours of the sun on your pores
In darkness they shine and I go blind

How can I be asleep?
This was long ago
I know the dream won't last
My heart is tired and so

I wake up to the real day
In pain I still feel
O the poor loss of love
Is everything they say

Getting up quietly even before light
Comes where I stayed
I go down to the room where a fire was
That’s where you lay

I know the dream won’t last
Ad it was long ago
How could I be asleep?
My heart is tired and so

I wake up to the real day
I chose to forget
O the poor loss love
Is everything they say
I wake up to the real day
In pain I still feel
O the poor loss of love
Is everything they say
Track Name: Ashes Of A Storm
O the day I died
I woke up in a room with garden light
I went out through the door
And I cried
But all my tears went dry

I sat beside a tree
It looked into my soul and so I sang
A song for him and I
Grow, garden grow
No roof above our heads

Our body lasts a while
And then one day it’s gone
May I come back this way
In the ashes of a storm

So make it worth to stay
Through all that you’ve done
Enjoy what is today
Be right under the sun

II saw a fountain, blue
I looked through then I dived into its flow
Recovered on the other side
Washed away
See how her water grows

The day your lover goes
Your love won’t fade away
May she come back this way
In the ashes of a storm

So make it worth to stay
Through all that you’ve done
Enjoy what is today
Be right under the sun

Blow my head into your diamond
Right on, right on, right on
I felt it in my head
Right on
Track Name: Little Light
One morning bright
I woke up with hunger to the bone
But I had no one
To feed me to help me carry on

I’m still here
And as you see I’m all alone
I wish I could share this life
With another gentle soul

I’ve been waiting for you to come
I hope that you hear this song
I don’t really feel like chasing you
Indeed I’m afraid

I want to see you again

If I catch your smile
I hang out until dawn comes
You’re a satellite
You dance around in circles till I fall

I’ve seen time pass
And dreams that don’t come true
I shall not wait any longer
I only get one life

I guess I have wasted time
But I sure know how to make it up
I promise I won’t let you down
I’m leaving now

I’ll come find you soon
I want to see you again

Hey there is that you my love?
She cried for a while then she smiled and said

Hello little light
I've seen you come from far, you were a star
In my eyes you shine
Now you’re here we’re not alone, right on
Track Name: Something I'll Always Keep
I know that I’ve burned you
And your heart won’t feel the same
Now your face is drifting
On the rivers of the sun
You could say we had times
But it’s already too long
Say I killed our love
Cause I wouldn’t make your mine

Young lover my heart is black
I will bring you pain
And if I wrote my name
In the cages of your mind
I’m nowhere to be found

It’s not that I don’t love
So many times I cared
It all goes back to that time
My first love still alive
And so I keep turning
I change heart all the time
You were wrong about me
I’m here and then I flee

Young lover you’re in the dark
Cause I took off the light
And if you want revenge
Now I’m out of sight
I would say you’re right

Bye bye, love
I’m sure you’ll make it on your own
Come on, love
You gave me something I will always keep
Spread that love
Please don’t keep it to yourself
It’s all love
Soon you will find someone else