Azure Ray

Azure Ray

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Azure Ray is Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink, two talented musicians who have been making music together since the age of 15 with their first band "Little Red Rocket." After parting ways in 2004, Taylor and Fink pursued solo projects and bands such as Art in Manila and O+S. In 2009 they reunited!

Biography

Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink met at age 15 at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where they first collaborated musically. Before Azure Ray, the two were in a band called Little Red Rocket. After playing an acoustic set in Athens, Orenda and Maria were approached by Brian Causey of Warm Records.

Soon after, Little Red Rocket disbanded, and Azure Ray became their main project. Azure Ray has released four albums--two on Warm Records (Azure Ray and Burn and Shiver) and two on Saddle Creek Records (the November EP and Hold on Love). Although they started out in Athens, Georgia, Maria and Orenda later moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where they took part in the growing music scene.

In addition to playing in Azure Ray, Orenda and Maria have worked with several other groups, including Now It's Overhead and Japancakes. They have also collaborated with artists such as Moby (they co-wrote and performed "Great Escape" on 18) and Bright Eyes.

In 2004, Maria and Orenda decided to focus on projects other than Azure Ray. Maria's first solo album, 11:11 was released in May of 2005 to critical acclaim. Two years later Maria released her followup solo album, Lynn Teeter Flower, followed by her latest release on Nettwerk Records entitled Ladyluck in 2009.

Orenda released her first solo album, Invisible Ones, in August of 2005. Toward the end of 2006, Orenda helped form the band Art in Manila and release a record with the group O+S in 2009. Her second solo album, Ask the Night, was released in October 2009.

Earlier this year, the duo decided to reconnect and begin writing new songs for Azure Ray. Having both moved to Los Angeles, the pair is enjoying writing together once more with plans to record a brand new Azure Ray album in January 2010.

Lyrics

Hold on Love Album

Written By: Azure Ray

THE DEVIL'S FEET

When i was a child a story was told
about the devil and a girl oh so bold
he offered her riches, a fortune of gold

and lovers abound
but she lifted her soul
she lifted her soul clean oh clean
and like the story was told
on a dark country road
the same man appeared to me
but I reached
I reached
through the rain to the devil's feet

now twenty years later to the place i return
where i scorned the angels for a passion that burned
there set in the tree a knot twisted and turned
the face of a creature hell bound
so long ago could my mind have played jokes on me
as darkness sets in unavoidable sin
the truth i try not to believe
that i reached i reached
through the rain to the devil's feet

NEW RESOLUTION

follow blind
heavy eyes hold position
you were right on time

it was a lucky prediction
move on move on
it's like the clock is pacing
the break of dawn and our hearts are racing
move on move on
no there's nothing changing
don't undermine
my new resolution
just to find

a different light a new direction
move on move on
now the records skipping
i won't forget i won't forget the way you said
move on move on
there's no point in waiting

WE ARE MICE

it's all in the eyes
the reckless way we dream to die
our past is our future

the present lies
somewhere between our hearts and minds
for those with no future
we'll touch hands on the street
smile and keep moving on towards the heat
so keep this a secret our lot in life
they are elephants we are mice
we'll walk this earth somnambulant kin
with broken hearts that cannot mend

losers first and second men
we'll do our best to blend in
you could reach out for my hand and i yours
deliver water to soothe the burn
we'll drink our tears and thirst for more

it's our lot in life
they are elephants we are mice
so keep this a secret

keep this a secret
we are mice

LOOK TO ME

lay your head in my lap
let the sound of my laught comfort you now here in the cold
your face gets wet as the drink slips from my hand

the faster i drive the harder i cry don't worry i'll get us there
and i look down at you
you look up at me
we're a real fucked up family
we make it home this place is a mess
the smell of cologne mixed with all that we own
not much i must confess
i hold your hand as you slip from me
as i watch your breath i say to myself one day this will all end

and i look at you
you look at me
we're a real fucked up family
all night i feel it inside
but i know you're right as i begin to pack
without raising your eyes i hear you sigh oh you'll be back
because i look to you and you look to me
we're a real fucked up family

THE DRINKS WE DRANK LAST NIGHT

riding on these waves
holding on to what you say
everything will be okay it will work out one way

but i've drifted way too far my arms my legs have grown too tired
and could you be inspired now i'm just tired
and on a swing you push me hard
so i'll come back to where you are
and you know i'm never far no decisions nothing hard
and i knew that it would ring tonight i'll take the bus or the next flight
i won't give up on what feels right
if you see these tears fill in my eyes
it's just the wind that makes me cry

if you could feel this pain inside
it's from the drinks we drank last night
it's from the drinks we drank last night
the shadow of our past projects on clouds of dust and gas
the ones where my eyes will rest a silhouette of loneliness
if you see these tears fill in my eyes
it's just the wind that makes me cry
if you could feel this pain inside
it's from the drinks we drank last night
it's from the drinks we drank last night

ACROSS THE OCEAN

now i've travelled across the ocean
with the same shoes just longer hair
i still carry that picture in my wallet

from the photo booth yeah it's still there
just give me some kind of sign
is this the right place
or the right time
now i've landed in the midwest
where you lived so long ago
remember i was always freezing
and now i'm covered up in snow
please give me some kind of sign

is this the right place
or the right time

IF YOU FALL

let's talk and we'll fill the air with imagery that lasts forever
so this is love that's a lovely thought
you have to care for it to keep it together

if you fall will you get up
you're stuck in a dream will you wake up
and if you fell in love will you hold on to it
and if it's cold will you stay warm
you drift too far will you swim towards the shore
and if you fell in love will you hold on to it
let's sing and we'll fill the air with melodies that blend together
you speak so sweet with words so delicate
a glass i hope will never shatter

if you fall will you get up
you're stuck in a dream will you wake up
and if you fell in love will you hold on to it
and if it's cold will you stay warm
you drift too far will you swim towards the shore
and if you fell in love will you hold on t

November EP

Written By: Azure Ray

NOVEMBER

so i'm waiting for this test to end
so these lighter days can soon begin
i'll be alone but maybe more carefree
like a kite that floats so effortlessly

i was afraid to be alone
but now i'm scared that's how i like to be
all these faces, none the same
how can there be so many personalities
so many lifeless, empty hands
so many hearts in great demand
and now my sorrow seems so far away
until i'm taken by these bolts of pain

but i turn them off and tuck them away
till these rainy days that make them stay
and then i'll cry so hard to these sad songs
and the words still ring, once here, now gone
and they echo through my head every day
and i don't think they'll ever go away
just like thinking of your childhood home
but we can't go back, we're on our own, oh

but i'm about to give this one more shot
and find it in myself
i'll find it in myself

so we're speeding towards that time of year
to the day that marks that you're not here
and i think i'll want to be alone
so please understand if i don't answer the phone

i'll just sit and stare at my deep blue walls
until i can see nothing at all
only particles, some fast, some slow
all my eyes can see is all i know, oh

but i'm about to give this one more shot
and find it in myself
i'll find it in myself
do do do...

FOR THE SAKE OF THE SONG

Why does she sing these sad songs for me, I'm not the one
to tenderly bring her soft sympathy I've just begun
to see my way clear it's plain, if I stop I will fall
I can lay down a tear for her pain, a tear and that's all.

What does she want me to do?
she says that she that knows moments are rare
I suppose that it's true
and on she goes to say I don't care when she knows that I do.

well, maybe she just has to sing, for the sake of the song
and who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong.

She'd like to think I was cruel,
she knows that's a lie for I would be
no more than a tool
if I allowed her to cry all over me.

Oh my sorrow is real even though I can't change my plans
If she could see how I feel then I know she'd understand

does she actually think I'm to blame?
Does she really believe that some word of mine could relieve all her pain?
Can't she see that she grieves just because she's been blindly deceived
by her shame?

well, maybe she just has to sing, for the sake of the song
and who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong.

I know nothings what it seems, maybe one day she'll start to realize
that if she abandons her dreams then all the words she can say are only lies
when will she see that the gain is only to lose?
All that she offers me are her chains, and I got to refuse.

but it's only to herself that she's lied
she likes to pretend it's something that she should defend, with her pride
and I don't intend to stand here and be the friend from whom she must hide.

well, maybe she just has to sing, for the sake of the song
and who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong.
well, maybe she just has to sing, for the sake of the song

NO SIGNS OF PAIN

standing in front of you
they fade into the wall
and leave behind nothing
nothing at all

I know I don't understand how they forget
how some will just pass us by
and take what they can get
I know I don't understand how weightless they must be
without feeling
without feeling
without feeling

grasping with my fingernails
as they tear through your skin
leaving no signs of pain
no wounds to mend

I know I don't understand how they forget
how some will just pass us by
and take whay they can get
I know I don't understand how weightless they must be
without feeling
without feeling
without feeling

I know I don't understand how they forget
how some will just pass us by
and take whay they can get
I know I don't understand how weightless they must be
without feeling
without feeling

JUST A FAINT LINE

I called you on the phone
I said I was confused and in a daze
you said this uncertainty one day I would crave
so I wrote down exactly how I wanna live
and now it's a promise I'll never give

and it's a faint line
I'll trace to recreate
a semblance of love
of some stability

it's just a faint line
I'll trace to recreate
a semblance of love
of some stability

it's just a faint line
I'll trace to recreate
a semblance of love
of some stability

it's just a faint line
I'll trace to recreate

I WILL DO THESE THINGS

I will take your childhood dreams
and turn them into to beautiful film
I will take your most important things
cast them gold fill a mueseum

so your heart doesn't know where mine's been
I'll never let your heart go where mine's been

I will kiss away every tear
they'll disappear in my mouth
and I will believe in all your fears
you let them in, I'll let them out
and put them in their place, my love

so your heart doesn't know where mine's been
I'll never let your heart go where mine's been

Burn and Shiver Album

Written By: Azure Ray

FAVORITE CITIES

So it's grey, well so are my favorite cities
And we have, we have all the time in the world here
We'll just stay tucked in the shade and our eyes they can't be blinded

We'll just stay tucked in the shade
So it's grey, well so are my favorite cities
And the sky on such a memorable night
And we have, we have all the time in the world here
That's a lie, that's a lie...

THE NEW YEAR

We pried open my window
Let the summer fush in
And we laughed with the new air

Now I lay and watch the green leaves
Dance and whisper sweet breath
A promise of a new year
On this day, we were born into the new year
And after the winter broke
We held hands and we ran
And we agreed that it had been a long one

SEVEN DAYS

They're seven days below us
That keep me hovered above the ground
And nights just blend into the morning

Definition is the first to go down
If i were to stay here between us
I might forget where i'm bound
So i can't stay in between us
I guess i'll walk away
And here to read the future
But forced to breathe out the past
And too many conversations
To uncover what was purposefully lost
Now we all look so desperate

Showing the guidance that we lack
And we used to be so wistful
I guess we feel it's safer holding back
If i were to stay here between us
I might forget where i'm bound
So i can't stay in between us
I guess i'll walk away

HOME

Just an hour and we'll be home
With my family that i chose
You're my family

And on the pavement still gripping the phone
You came and wrapped your arms around my soul
And we were shaking and you're so much a part of me
And so this is why i'm here
When we called you
You came so fast
And sat beside me while hours and days past
I'll always thank you for that
And there you were

With your heart made of gold
So strong, the only thing holding us up
And we knew you would always be so close
And so this is why i'm here
And then there was you
You always made us laugh
And you would help us to find the right path
And there is no one as full of life
And so this is why i'm here

HOW YOU REMEMBER

And you tread on the water
When you know you can touch the bottom now
It's the southern way, said your mother,

'Stay in shallow, shallow water
Don't touch the ground'
But then a slithering, sliding form
Catches you before you reach the shore
And as he strikes, full of venom
You reach out towards the trouble
You've got him now, but how?
And you thrust him to the sky
Arms raised high, you make a y

There is no fear, there is no pain inside
As you twist and write
This is how you remember yourself
Arms raised high, needing no help
And ou know you can't keep this steady pose
You must release him somehow
But as you loosen your hold
The fight you felt, it is old
It's over now

His body, lifeless and cold
You throw him down
And you raise your arms up to the sky
Raised high, you make a y
There is no fear, there is no pain inside
As the sun still shines on these drying lines
This is how you remember yourself
Arms raised to heaven, needing no help

THE TREES KEEP GROWING

I never expected you to love me
The way I loved you
To have you near

Was all
I wanted
Just to have you near
It's funny how you can forget there's a world outside yourself
Where the trees keep growing and the cars keep moving
Without you there
And it's funny how you can forget there's a world outside yourself
Where the one who loves you keeps on living
Without you there

A THOUSAND YEARS

I'm saving all i'm not giving
But it's overflowing, evaporating in the air
As i'm walking, i know i'm not breathing, i'm not breathing only air

It's filled with words once spoken by people everywhere
And i can hear all the whispers that have lived a thousand years
It just took me being open for them to reach my eager ears
Now they've reached my eager ears
And i hope i'll be ready
When my light, when my life divides

WHILE I'M STILL YOUNG

With the brushing of our shoulders
I lived a life with you
We had a son or daughter who had my eyes

And your laughter echoed after you
All of this in a brief stare
A feleeting glimpse of happiness shared
That made our bodies burn and shiver
As we passed each other unaware
I am not to think of your face, of your name
For when I do, you are there
Lying next to another
I can only wonder

Lesse mon cour vous abondonne
Depuis je suis encore jeune

YOUR WEAK HANDS

You held my hand
Led me to the water
You pushed me in

I went under
They were your firm hands
That made me falter
you held my hand
Led me to the altar
You wept for me
Lord, absolve her
They were your weak hands
That made me stronger

You held my hand
Led me homeward
I looked for you
You were nowhere
Holding tight my hand
Was my own

WE EXCHANGED WORDS

We exchanged words
Through smoke-filled mouths
And then we found our bodies

Speaking loud
And our hearts pressed

Azure Ray Album

Written By: Azure Ray

SLEEP

fill these spaces up with days
in my room you can go you can stay
i can't sleep i can't speak to you

now these years locked in my drawer
i'll open to see just to be sure
i can't sleep i can't speak to you
and so i'm reaching out for the one
and so i've learned the meaning of the sun
and all this like a message comes to shift my point of view
i'm watching through my own light
as it tints the shade of you
hold my wine hold it in

nobody's lost but nobody wins

DISPLACED

It's just a simple line
I can still hear it all of the time
If I can just hold on tonight
I know that nothing
Nothing survives
Nothing survives

I think i'm turned around
I'm looking up
Not looking down
And when i'm standing still
Watching you run
Watching you fall
Fall into me

Am I making something worthwhile out of this place
Am I making something worthwhile out of this chase
I am displaced
I am displaced

And she's my friend of all friends
She's still here when everyone's gone
She doesn't have to say a thing
We'll just keep laughing all night long
All night long

Am I making something worthwhile out of this place
Am I making something worthwhile out of this chase
I am displaced
I am displaced

It's just a simple line
I can still hear it all of the time
If i can just hold on tonight
I know that no one
No one survives
No one survives.

DON'T MAKE A SOUND

you could go anywhere anytime and find someone
but how will you know if he's kind
the sun is out but happiness
only reminds you of the people you hurt
mistakes that you made when you were down
and where are you now
you're sweeping up these sorry streets
and i knew somehow when you looked up and over me
that you could look up these words
but you still won't understand
they mean nothing to you
so write them in the sand
and watch the water wash them away

you could sit on your front porch
and watch the wasps dive down
you could go out every night
and force cheap beer down
you could go all day
and not make a sound

ANOTHER WEEK

i wake up each morning
go to work at eight
come home for dinner
time to celebrate
so i round up my friends
we made it through another week
we may not have much
but we've got what we need
so we go all night
until i see his face
then the party's over
this drink has no taste

he makes me lonely
when he comes around
i tried for years to beat this one down
i've got all my friends
couldn't ask for more
but he makes me lonely
when he knocks on my door

RISE

today i'll crawl out of bed
i can't stand your shadow is too heavy to lift
maybe we'll go for a ride

you said you'd take me nowhere
i said that suits me just fine
i know you've always been near
whispering secrets i know i'm not supposed to hear
hold your heart with two hands
give it to me only to disappear
look how low i've sunk
don't ask me to rise
i'll only lose you when i'm high
all alone in the dark
love survives only when we are apart
your voice still sounds in my ears
soft explosions that blossom with the beat of my heart

4TH OF JULY

we met on that wednesday night
i was down but you were so bright
i remember that wednesday night so well
we played guitar all those afternoons
heard records on the floor of your room
i knew that i would fall in love with you
when you told me my surprise
i looked and asked you why did you tell me now
we were sitting in the chair
you whispered in my ear
let's go home now
i'm thinking of the 4th of july
holding hands looking up at the sky
i remember the 4th of july so well

i know that you're always with me
i feel the strength you're giving me
i know this love will never die

SAFE & SOUND

with every word i live again
through the eyes of another
we'll meet at night wet from the rain
and surprise each other
with how we take away the pain
could you be the one to find me safe and sound
love is how it's lost not how it's found
i don't know those eyes
but i see beauty there always
i know it's wrong to love you from afar
but it's a craze
you recognize my pain
could you be the one to find me safe and sound
FEVER

fever i know you've come to take my love
go away
fever i know your face just like a dove

fly away
fever turn the lights out
take a different road
let us be
fever i know you've come to take my love
go away
fever i know in god i shouldn't trust
he's so far away
fever turn the lights out

take a different road
let us be
fever take a different route
travel a different road
let us be
fever i know you've come to take my love
go away fly away go away

FOR NO ONE

we're the same
we're five years old
still trying to change this mold
in the open air i'm cold
no purpose no reasons told
and while i'm waiting for something to say
i'm here in vain
i picked up this broken key
i'll love no one and let no one love me
i'll wait for morning before opened eyes
no one's crying not yet realized
and in th

Discography

Burn and Shiver (2002)
November EP (2002)
Azure Ray (2002)
Hold on Love (2003)

Set List

Azure Ray sets are anywhere from 30-90 minutes.

November
Hold on Love
If I Fall
We are Mice
New Resolution
The Drinks We Drank Last Night
Rise
Sleep
Safe and Sound