Elephant Heart

by Kira Hooks

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Produced and Engineered by John Avila
Mastered by Reuben Cohen (Lurssen Mastering)
Album Artwork: Micah Thomas
Title On Album Artwork: Bruno Justi
Recorded at Brando's Paradise in San Gabriel, CA
Copyright 2014

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released April 27, 2014

FEATURED CO-WRITERS:
Alejandro Millan - Stepping Stone
Mariela Arredondo - Latin Lover
Rick Garcia - Elephant Heart

CREDITS:
Kira Hooks (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, keys, kazoo, background vocals)
Bruno Justi (guitar, arrangements)
Diego Ruvalcaba (drums and percussion)
Isaac Watts (drums, percussion, and bass)
Rick Garcia (co-writer on Elephant Heart)
Dennis Hamm (organ)
John Avila (bass, background vocals, producer, engineer, horn arrangements, general arrangements)
Jake Wilson (sax, flute, clarinet)
Jeff Waldon (sax)
Chase Bland (trombone)
Elliot Deutsch (trumpet)
Mariela Arredondo (background vocals and co-writer on Latin Lover)
Dawn Red-Sun (background vocals)
Michael Kohl (background vocals)
Doug Lacy (accordion, steel drums)
David Contreras (drums, arrangements)
Chris Tan (bass)
Fabio Poian (drums)
Sandro Feliciano (drums)
Alejandro Millan (featured singer and co-writer on Stepping Stone, keys)
Caylen Crawford (guitar)
Vinicio Toledo (electronic effects, arrangements)
Elizabeth Frascoia (horn arrangements)
Alfredo 'Fredo' Ortiz (percussion)
William V. (Billy) Malpede (string arrangement)
Paul Cartwright (Violin)
John Avila, Kira Hooks, Chris Tan, Vinicio Toledo, Bruno Justi, Paul Zewell, David Contreras, Alejandro Millan (general arrangement credits)

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Track Name: Elephant Heart
'Elephant Heart'

Oooo....Oooo....Oooo....Oooo

Fated to never forget
And forced to always remember
Yearning for some peace of mind
While patiently cooling the ember

Oooo....Oooo...Oooo...Ooooo.

When instinct and reason collide
To protect in the presence of danger
Keeping an eye open wide
Starts feeling like it’s second nature

I’ve never been one to wonder why
Elephants scream and bellow or cry
They know what they’ve seen
They know what they’ve felt
Yelling out loud that they’re captive to hell

Ay oh ba-oom-ba-day-oh
Ay oh ba-oom-ba-day-oh
Ay oh ba-oom-ba-day-oh
Ay oh ba-oom-ba-day-oh

ba-oom-ba-day-oh
ba-oom-ba-day-oh
ba-oom-ba-day-oh

I’ve never been one to wonder why
Elephants scream and bellow or cry
They know what they’ve seen
They know what they’ve felt
Yelling out loud that they’re captive to hell

Oooo...Oooo....Oooo...Oooo...

So tame your savage temper
Careful don’t take it too far
Imagine having to carry
The weight of an elephant heart
Track Name: How Beautiful Life Is
How Beautiful Life Is

Subtract all your sorrows
And add up the good
There’s so much we’d like to
Understand if we could
And all of the good things
Ain’t so hard to miss
Just look at how beautiful life is

All that you’re hearing
Are insecurities
You don’t wanna listen
To positivity
Slow it down
And focus on this
Just look at how beautiful life is

Oh that sun’s up above hangin’ high
Till the moon rises up
And the constellations shine
Gravity’s the only thing that’ll pull your smile down
When you know how 
to love and be free

All of our problems
Make a mess in our heads
Put it aside, do somethin’ happy instead
But if we acted on what we insist
We’d see how beautiful life is

Oh that sun’s up above hangin high
Till the moon rises up
And the constellations shine
Gravity’s the only thing that’ll pull your smile down
When you know how 
to love and be free

Don’t you worry baby
Things will come in time
Keep your eyes wide open
Leave your worries left behind X6
Track Name: When I Run Into You
When I Run Into You

The sweetest song is in your smile

When you’re laughing I’m a child

Floating in a sea of stars

Where all my dreams come true

They do...

Doubt is gone
 and love is real

Everyday I feel you’re healing all the 

things I never thought would go
And leave my heart in two

I’m through..I'm through

If I had the words for the happiness I feel
It’s indescribable and never felt so real
You got kisses warmer than the sun in early June
Everything is perfect when I run into you

Here’s to you and 
here’s to me
Less of I and more of we
Took it with an open heart
Doesn’t have to be so hard
Who knew, who knew

If I had the words for the happiness I feel
It’s indescribable and never felt so real
You got kisses warmer than the sun in early June
Everything is perfect when I run into you

Beauty has it’s set of games
Everyone I loved brought me shame
There’s a world I wish I could’ve seen
But everything brought you to me


Can't take my smile away
This happiness that I feel
Your love is real
You got kisses warmer than the sun in early June
It's perfect when I run into you

Your love guides me

And reminds me (vamp)
Track Name: Latin Lover
Latin Lover

I don’t know what got me
Threw my mind off guard
He was in tune with the rhythm
Beating in my heart
And we free-styled went wild in unfamiliar ways
It didn’t take long till I discovered the trap of a Latin lover



He traps my vanity
Drives me to insanity
Claws digging into me
With no room to breathe

He traps my vanity
Drives me to insanity
Claws digging into me
With no room to breathe

A die hard casanova
With fire in his touch
Going crazy
I was feeling way too much
Hypnotized while passion rises
Couldn’t keep my cool
It didn’t take long till I discovered the trap of a Latin lover

He traps my vanity
Drives me to insanity
Claws digging into me
With no room to breathe
He traps my vanity
Drives me to insanity
Claws digging into me
With no room to breathe

No se que me atrajo
Tanto hacia ti

Tus besos, tus caricias hacen 

Mi corazón latir

Sigo tu ritmo, me acerco a ti

Solo te pido no me hagas sufrir


He traps my vanity
Drives me to insanity
Claws digging into me
With no room to breathe
He traps my vanity
Drives me to insanity
Claws digging into me
With no room to breathe (repeat)
Track Name: Sedusa Electronica
Sedusa Electronica

Got a little friction
Smoke is risin

Not too fast now
Breathe heavy and slow
It’s like an addiction
Salty and sweet
Mesmerizin

Can ya take the heat

Steamin hot and silky smooth
Stimulate your inner groove
Move in closer to my ear

I won’t stop until I hear

Oooo...Ooo...

Push and pull me
Dirty and sly
Electrifyin
'
No need to try
Gettin too good now

Move this way

Don’t stop what you’re doin
You're makin me crazy

Steamin hot and silky smooth
Stimulate your inner groove
Move in closer to my ear

I won’t stop until I hear

Ooo...Ooo...Ooo..Ooo..

It's a long ride (repeat)

Ooo...Ooo...Ooo..Ooo..
Track Name: 38 Balloons
38 Balloons

It must’ve been the smile that he wore 
Or eyes that were alarming like a broken, open door
I fell into a quick and gentle swoon
Hearts were flying high above like helium balloons

Waiting for the answers on a limb
Fractured every single time we’re governed by a whim 

It must’ve been the way he spoke his words
An unexpected light had shined upon what once was blurred
Draining all our tears, sweat, and blood
Invested in the hunger of wanting to be loved

Hazy from his sweet and velvet wine
The sense of who I was became more difficult to find
A vision lost within a static fray
Heady as I felt my conscious slowly slip away

Dreams of falling stars dissolve and dust the corners of our eyes X4
Track Name: Bittersweet
Bittersweet

I crave the knock on my door
And the kiss from your lips
The smiles we both wore
There’s nothing better than this

You capture the words that I’d never say
And make me feel like every bit is okay
We’re bittersweet, and that’s why we’re taking it slow
That’s the part I love most

The twinkle in your eye
Mmm, the taste of your skin
Ooh, I’m really tryin
To fix the way things have been

Oh, I know we get out of control
That’s how we are
It’s taking a toll
We’re bittersweet and that’s why we’re taking it slow
That’s the part I love most

What’s the rush to make it feel right
When you leave, when I’m out of your sight
Somethin’ keeps you comin’
And now it’s a need
I’m waiting for the day
You say we’re ready


We’re both right
And we’re both wrong
Difference is that thing that’s making us stronger
We’re bittersweet and that’s why we’re taking it slow
That’s the part I love most

We’re bittersweet and that’s why we’re taking it slow
That’s the part I love
That's the part I love
That's the part I love
That's the part I love
That's the part I love most.
Track Name: Stepping Stone (ft. Alejandro Millán)
Stepping Stone

Ooooo....

Stuck within an endless maze

Tethered by my yesterdays

Fell into the same routine

Fear is what we haven't seen

Healing took an open heart

To weave into a work of art

Pieces of our tapestry remain

Falling in the arms of the universe

It'll all come to you

Patience in creation

Oooo....

Took a step outside of me

Finally let my spirit be

Chained my hands and bit my tongue

Beauty took a breath and sung

I'm building love on my own

Oh there’s always gonna be a stepping stone

Falling in the arms of the universe

It'll all come to you

Patience in creation


Falling in the arms of the universe

It'll all come to you

Patience in creation
Falling in the arms of the universe

It'll all come to you

Patience in creation



I'm building love on my own

Oh there’s always gonna be a stepping stone



Falling in the arms of the universe

It'll all come to you

Patience in creation
Falling in the arms of the universe

It'll all come to you

Patience in creation

Oooo...
Love and patience come on me...
Put my faith in you...



Oh there’s always gonna be a stepping stone
Track Name: Can't Hold Hands With Time
Can't Hold Hands With Time

Better keep on movin’
Leave it all behind
You can try to flip the hourglass
But you can’t hold hands with time

You got change in your pocket (gotta know that)
Your nickel’s worth a dime
Are you savin’ big or losin’ it all
Oh, you can’t hold hands with time

It takes the time it takes to let things grow
No worries ‘bout tomorrow
Force will stop the flow
It takes the time it takes to let things grow
Gotta let it show

Clocks keep on tickin’
What’s really on your mind
Face the facts, don’t you look back
Oh, you can’t hold hands with time

It takes the time it takes to let things grow
No worries ‘bout tomorrow
Force will stop the flow
It takes the time it takes to let things grow
Gotta let it show

Here we go!

Breakdown Outro:
All night (all night), all day (all day), shadows chasin' time away X4
Now oh woah woah oh woah, oh woah woah (oh woah woah) oh oh X4
Track Name: Feel At Home
Feel At Home

Had a talk the other night
bout the way we see the world
There's a lot of things we share
But we still ain't so sure about us

He said
Can you understand me now
I just wanna make my mother proud
Gotta do the things to help me grow
Doesn't get much easier
When lovin you is all I really want
It's all we need

Eager eyes with broken smiles
Just tell me that you'll stay a while
I'm feelin everything you're feelin' too
It breaks the strength inside of me
Don't know my own identity
But I know I feel at home
I know I feel at home
I know I feel at home with you

Sometimes it isn't fair
Somethin' bout the way you stare
I'm sorry for the words that did us wrong
Catch myself wonderin'
Am I really listenin'
Don't blame me if I don't


Eager eyes with broken smiles
Just tell me that you'll stay a while
I'm feelin everything you're feelin' too
It breaks the strength inside of me
Don't know my own identity
But I know I feel at home
I know I feel at home
I know I feel at home with you

I just wanna learn to love you
I just wanna learn to love you
I just wanna learn to love you
Track Name: Try To Hold On To You (Goodbye)
Try To Hold On To You (Goodbye

Light as a feather
Stiff as a board
Imagination is a double edged sword

Playin games
I've been a joker
Did it all to feel a little bit closer

Oh, 
I found the heart to say goodbye
Look you in the eye

I know I’ve been cryin’ too long
Reachin out a hand

Didn’t wanna understand
The reasons I’ve tried to hold on to you
Try to hold on to you
Try to hold on to you

Took a chance
Heavy shoulders
Didn’t say enough
Oh I shoulda been bolder

Lookin round
I found your letter
All you wanted was for me to feel better


Oh, 
I found the heart to say goodbye
Look you in the eye

I know I’ve been cryin’ too long
Reachin' out a hand

Didn’t wanna understand
The reasons I’ve tried to hold on to you
Try to hold on to you

I won’t give in to me
I won’t give in to me
I won’t give in to me
I won’t give in to me

Oh, 
I found the heart to say goodbye
Look you in the eye

I know I’ve been cryin’ too long
Reachin out a hand

Didn’t wanna understand
The reasons I’ve tried to hold on to you
I try to hold on to you
I'm tryin
Track Name: Underground Sky
Underground Sky

There’s a loss of direction deep inside
I’ve kept a collection of collection of compasses I hide
It’s funny we travel and leave our hearts behind
Following patterns, shapes, and figures we find

Open up and feel around
Heavy winds and broken wings brought us down
We’ll fly through the underground sky 
Where there’s no clouds to hide in or glide through
I’m right on the edge
But I feel alive

We are what we know so we say
Constantly looking for the tricks of the trade
There’s careful minds with careless answers
But to be fair
Should we blame them
Are they aware

Open up and feel around
Heavy winds and broken wings brought us down
We’ll fly through the underground sky 
Where there’s no clouds to hide in or glide through
I’m right on the edge
But I feel alive
We’ll let go to all we have known
And sink through the beauty below us
And the eagles will follow us down
And the eagles will follow us down
And the eagles will follow us down
In time

We’ll fly through the underground sky 
Where there’s no clouds to hide in or glide through
I’m right on the edge
But I feel alive
We’ll let go to all we have known
And sink through the beauty below us
And the eagles will follow us down
And the eagles will follow us down
And the eagles will follow us down
In time