Human Nature

by Kuri

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"If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. If you leave a white post alone it will soon be a black post. If you particularly want it to be white you must be always painting it again; that is, you must be always having a revolution. Briefly, if you want the old white post you must have a new white post. But this which is true even of inanimate things is in a quite special and terrible sense true of all human things. An almost unnatural vigilance is really required of the citizen because of the horrible rapidity with which human institutions grow old." - G. K. Chesterton

These songs were recorded in December 2015 and June 2016 at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia.


released October 14, 2016

Kuri • Piano, Guitars, Bass, Accordion, Drums, Percussion, Vibes, Vocals
Bria Siemens • Violins
Matthew Janzen • Cellos [2,3,5,6]
Natalie Bates • Harmonies [3,4,5,6]
David Dueckman • Euphonium [1,2,4]

Strings & Horns written and arranged by Kuri,
performed by Bria, Matthew, and David.

Lyrics written by Kuri.

John Raham • Mixing, Engineering
Graemme Brown • Mastering

Max Funk • Artwork Painting
Colton Floris, Kuri • Logo Design
Kuri • Artwork Design

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.

© Kuri 2016



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Recording artist from British Columbia, Canada

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Track Name: Illumination
She believes that everything they ever said was wrong
But coming up she played the part so she could get along
Now illumination's got her all caught up and terrified
But twenty-one is still too young to think she's out of time

She believes that everything they ever said was right
Poetic light to see the world and help it satisfy
Now Illumination's beautiful it brings the words to life
But you and I both know that beauty shouldn't justify

Now she concedes that every answer left is still unknown
But she can't seem to close her eyes and let this question go
Track Name: We Used To Walk
Show me how they used to walk
It’s been a long time since we’ve done that
There’s something in the way they thought That caught my mind
And brought it back to that time and space and peace of mind

How can we redefine
What’s never been described

It must be in the way we talk
From age to age the meanings change
It’s just an antiquated thought with some new face
It’s all the same til’ we fall asleep and let it rot

How can we redefine
What’s never been described
And why can’t we just decide

Tell me when your words come out are they under the sun
They’re all some words already sung
Tell me when your foot falls down does it carry your sum
Well if you can’t walk how can you run
Track Name: Human Nature
He was in love with a dancer but wasn't in her plan
So he went looking for answers he wouldn't grasp
It's human nature to want something you'll never have

The world went away for the summer; he spent it with his mind
Questioning all the intentions he'd leave behind
It's human nature to think what you can't quite describe
That's how it starts, but I'm sure that it's fine

His desperate need for affection soon led to other forms
Spitting them out at confession behind closed doors
It's human nature to do what your heart can't endorse
They call it remorse

Have I offended my love? He said oh no, It's not that way
Hanging on to the good, he swore his mind was in its place
We're all just after the world, it's bound to sometimes get away
But I'm sure it's okay

Handing away his transgressions to some reductive lord
Hoping his slight imperfection would run its course
It's human nature to need some impeccable force to be at the source
Track Name: A Dream
If I could dream and never stop
I would never bore
Just cut my hair to keep me young
And lay me on the floor
So what if I need you
I want it more
Whatever it comes to
I want it this more

Cause I love it
Don’t stop
And I’ve found that

When it’s real it never rots
Until you interfere
So leave me now alone in thought
So I don’t have to hear

But what if I need you
I want it more
Whatever it comes to
Just give me what I’m asking for

Cause I love it
Don’t stop
Don’t tell me I’m wrong
Cause I’m not

But what if I need you
Well everything is clear here so I don’t wanna stop

But what if you come to
Then lay me back to sleep so my mind cannot

And what if it plays
If there’s half a bit of truth then I’ll probably get along

And what if it breaks through
Then my body takes a shot but it doesn’t mean I’m wrong
And I don’t wanna stop
Track Name: Time Beat It Out Of Me
Time beat it out of me
We were so in love now you won’t speak
Time beat it out of me
Like a song sung drunk my days are free

Cause you had an answer but not to my question
It gave me a symptom without and infection
Good luck with that cure

Time beat it out of me
Like a song sung drunk my days are free
Time beat it out of me
But if I drink too much my words won’t be
No they won’t be words anymore

Cause you were a mother when I was an orphan
But can all institutions maintain their importance
The table always turn
And they turn both ways like they always do

Time beat it out of me
Now we’re just the same one pod two peas
And time beat it out of me
And I love our days, our days are free
Track Name: Champing At The Bit
Don’t tear me apart; undo
It’s just I’m a sentimental heart, unglued
Is this awakening or falling down slowly Into

A dream
Where everything I see is crude
Where everything I am is now not so absurd

Don’t mind those kerosene highs I fuel
One thought ready to ignite a fool
And when the light went up
I was champing at the bit to keep it bright

Coddled by the first heavenly sound or heavenly sight
I just can’t seem to put up a fight

A dream
Where everything I see is crude
Where everything I am is now not so absurd

And it’s true
That despite how far I run
That light keeps shining after dark
And it’s not what I want