Roxana Amed

Roxana Amed

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Roxana Amed singer-songwriter, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of the most amazing and soulful voices in Argentine music.

Her expertise writing shows a lyrical and musical language that follows the tradition of musicians such as Luis Alberto Spinetta, emblematic figure of the avant garde rock in Argentina, and Joni Mitchell, considering the jazz, folk and rock genres in commited combination with poetic lyrics capable to cross any cultural gap.

Through this unusual and particular mix of such unavoidable qualities as an author and a performer, she became an icon of new music.

After a celebrated career in Argentine jazz, awards winner and nominations as songwriter, with a solid education in Literature and Filmmaking, she built her singular figure to finally deliver her two powerful works, Limbo (2004) and Entremundos (2006), defying the structured rules of a limited market, providing her work international perspectives through the talented artists she worked with, such as Pedro Aznar (ex Pat Metheny Group), with whom she produced her two albums.

Entremundos, considered by Rolling Stone magazine among the 5 top Argentine jazz albums in 2006, also shows Amed recording her own Spanish translated version of Tom Waits´ and Kathleen Brennan´s Georgia Lee, in duo with León Gieco (legendary Argentine artist of Latin America folk/rock music, one of the very first musicians to be produced by Gustabo Santaolalla). With Georgia Lee, and Joni Mitchell´s Amelia, in duo with Pedro Aznar and included on her first album, Amed became the first Spanish spoken artist to record celebrated versions in this language, receiving enthusiastic comments from Mitchell herself for Amelia exquisite rendition.

This original and independent artist, role model for the younger generations claming for new and alternative ways of making music and even to her own contemporary colleagues, changed the concept of the singer songwriter and expanded the borders of jazz songs in her country. Roxana Amed always goes beyond her own limits through her confessional and testimonial lyrics, sustained by her overwhelming musical performances and is destined to represent the best of Argentine music tradition.

Lyrics

Lonely People

Written By: Roxan Amed

LONELY PEOPLE
WANDERING IN THE STREETS
THIS INVISIBLE GUN
AGAINST THEIR HEARTS.
LONELY PEOPLE
WONDERING IF A DREAM
IS A GIFT FOR LUCKY PEOPLE.

LONELY PEOPLE
CRYING IN THEIR SLEEP
STARS ARE RAINING TEARS
THEY ARE LONELY PEOPLE
TRYING TO BELIEVE
LONELINESS IS A BEAUTIFUL GIFT.

AND WE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE
SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE
AND WE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE
SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE.

LONELY PEOPLE
GLOW UNDER THEIR SKIN
BLOW OF BROKEN WINGS.
THEY ARE LUCKY PEOPLE
BLEEDING FOR A DREAM
THAT’S A GIFT FOR LONELY PEOPLE.

AND WE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE
SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE
AND WE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE
SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE.

WHY CAN’T WE FORGET
THE ROSES THAT FALL
THE LETTERS THAT BURNED
WHY CAN’T WE FORGET?

WHY CAN’T WE FORGET
THE DAYS THAT ARE GONE
OR THE WORDS UNHURT
WHY CAN’T WE FORGET?

IF WE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE
SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE
IF WE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE
SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE.

Vanishing

Written By: Roxana Amed

HE VANISHED
LIKE A CLOUD WITH THE WIND
LIKE THE SWAY OF THE WILLOWS
WITH THE BREEZE
LIKE A WAVING HAND ON A TRAIN
THAT WON’T COME BACK AGAIN
HE VANISHED AWAY.

WE VANISHED
LIKE THE SHADOWS WITH THE MOON
AND THE SONG WE COULD HEAR
FADED SOON
LIKE A WEDDING DRESS ON A CHAIR
OR THE FLOWERS IN MY HAIR
WE VANISHED AWAY.

I’LL VANISH
LIKE MUSIC IN THE SEA
LIKE THE TASTE OF THE WINE
IN THAT KISS
AND THE FORGIVING LOOK ON HIS FACE
AND THE WARMTH OF HER EMBRACE
I’LL VANISH AWAY.

Amelia (Spanish version)

Written By: Joni Mitchell (Spanish version Pedro Aznar)

CRUZANDO EL DESIERTO ARDIENTE
SEIS AVIONES VI PASAR
DEJANDO SEIS ESTELAS POR SOBRE EL PEDREGAL
UN HEXAGRAMA ESCRITO EN LOS CIELOS,
LAS CUERDAS EN MI DIAPASÓN
AMELIA, UNA FALSA ALARMA MÁS

LOS JETS Y SU ZUMBIDO
QUE ADORMECE LA ATENCIÓN, ALTERAN TIEMPO
Y ESTACIONES CON SU TRISTE CANCIÓN
Y ASÍ LA VIDA SE TORNA UN ÁLBUM,
FETICHE DE POSTAL
AMELIA, ES UNA FALSA ALARMA MÁS

LA GENTE TE CUENTA ADÓNDE FUE
TE DICE ADÓNDE IR
PERO HASTA QUE VAYAS AHÍ NUNCA PODRÁS SABER
DONDE UNOS HALLAN UN EDÉN
OTROS SIEMBRAN DOLOR
AMELIA, ESO ES UNA FALSA ALARMA MÁS

QUISIERA QUE ESTÉ A MI LADO HOY
CÓMO HE DE OBEDECER
SU VOLUNTAD DE YA NUNCA VOLVERME A VER

ASÍ ES QUE ESCONDO ESTE DOLOR
Y EL CAMINO SE VOLVIÓ OBSESIÓN
TE DIGO, AMELIA, FUE UNA FALSA ALARMA MÁS

FANTASMA DE AEROPLANOS,
EL CIELO LA DEVORÓ
O EL ANCHO MAR, IGUAL QUE YO QUERÍA VOLAR
COMO ICARO ASCENDIENDO
EN BELLOS BRAZOS QUE NO LO SOSTENDRÁN
AMELIA, ERA UNA FALSA ALARMA MÁS

CREO QUE NUNCA AMÉ DE VERDAD
ME TEMO QUE ES ASÍ
SIEMPRE ENTRE NUBES EN LO ALTO DE MI HELADO CONFÍN
Y VIENDO TODO DESDE ALLÁ ARRIBA
EN SUS BRAZOS ME FUI A ESTRELLAR
AMELIA, APENAS UNA FALSA ALARMA MÁS

PARÉ EN EL HOTEL "LOS CACTUS"
A ENJUAGAR LA SOLEDAD
Y ME DORMÍ EN LA ALMOHADA DE MI VAGABUNDEAR
SOÑÉ CON SIETE CUARENTA Y SIETES
SOBRE CAMPOS SIN ALAMBRAR
SUEÑOS, AMELIA, SUEÑOS Y UNA FALSA ALARMA MÁS.

Hotel Room

Written By: Roxana Amed

IN A ROOM
OF AN OLD HOTEL
WINTER FALLS
ASHEN COLD ON THIS BED
SMOKE AND CIGARRETTES
BUT YOU…

IN A ROOM
AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
NIGHT FALLS
TEARS RUN DOWN THESE WINDOWS
WHILE THE CITY STARTS TO SHINE OUTSIDE
BUT YOU…

YOU, YOU WILL NEVER BE MINE
YOU FAR AWAY FROM THIS NIGHT
YOU BREATHING STILL ON MY MOUTH
YOU KISSING ME IN THE DARK…

IN A ROOM
OF A LOST HOTEL
LETTING GO
MEMORIES WITH THE RAIN
WHILE GOODBYES
ARE FALLING ON MY BED
CAUSE YOU…

IN THE ROOM… THAT YOU LEFT, NOTHING’S MINE BUT THIS PAIN, COLD AND TRUE
LIKE A ROOM IN A OLD HOTEL…

Differente

Written By: Roxana Amed

YOU WERE BORN DIFFERENT
WITH THESE BONES OF YOUR OWN
AND DIFFERENT GHOSTS PLEADING
FOR A DIFFERENT HOME AND A DIFFERENT SONG

WE WERE BORN DIFFERENT
SKIN UNREAD, CURSED OR CHARMED
DIFFERENT TRUTH WHISPERING
ABOUT A DIFFERENT GOD AND A DIFFERENT HEART.

DIFFERENT IS FREE FROM THE PAST
DIFFERENT IS THE FLAG OF THE BRAVE
DIFFERENT IS ONE AND ALONE
LIKE THE THRILL OF A STAR.

DIFERENTE NACISTE
DE ESE VIENTRE INFERNAL
SANGRE HUÉRFANA Y LIBRE
DE LAS SANGRES MALDITAS O SANTAS QUE TRAES.

VINIMOS DIFERENTES
ENGAÑOSA IGUALDAD
NI SIQUIERA EN LA MUERTE
CAEREMOS IGUAL.

DIFERENTES PUERTAS QUE ABRIR
DIFERENTES PIES PARA ANDAR
DIFERENTE CUNA AL NACER
DIFERENTE LA TUMBA TAMBIÉN.

Goodbye

Written By: Roxana Amed

I TELL YOU
IT’S THE LAST TIME LEFT
THE LAST TO MOURN
I SAY THE LAST TEAR FELT, BABY
AND THE LAST FEAR OF ALL.

IT’S THE VERY LAST END
OF THE VERY LAST ROAD
AND THE LAST REAL PAIN
SINCE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN.

(THAT”S WHY I”M TELLING YOU)

IT’S GOODBYE , MY BABY
IT’S GOODBYE
IT’S THE TIME, MY BABY
TO GO BY
BUT I’LL SEE YOU SOON
ON THE OTHER SIDE
SITTING BY THE ROAD
PLAYING YOUR GUITAR.

ES EL ULTIMO LLANTO
Y LA ULTIMA SED
SON MIS ULTIMOS BESOS
SOBRE TU PIEL.

SON LAS ULTIMAS PIEDRAS
BAJO TUS PIES
ES EL ULTIMO RIO
QUE VERAS CORRER.

Discography

Limbo (2004) EMI - S-Music Records © Roxana Amed
Entremundos (2006) S-Music Records © Roxana Amed