Ode to Youth

by mzii

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I made this album to raise funds for schools in Cambodia (to buy basic necessities such as toilets), because music is something I am decent at, and love doing. After hours and hours of working on this, I feel that it's at a level to be sold. But don't think of it as buying my music; think of it as giving to charity, with free tunes as an added bonus :D

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released May 1, 2016

All songs (including vocals and instrumentation) by mzii, apart from the beginning of Love Hades, which was a sample of Amelia Winter's voice. Thanks to my family, especially Amelia, my absolute favourite person in the universe ever; Ashvin, for listening and being my #1 fan; Junior for being an inspiration; the rest of PTO for the music experience; the Trifecta for the qual times and mems, and everyone else who has encouraged me and given me the confidence to go through with this.

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Track Name: Dare
You think it’s disgusting how easily I can write a song
I think it’s disgusting how easily other people get along
But here I am with my music and lyrics instead of consequences
Instead of what’s going on in my daily life, I suppose it’s just one of my defenses

Can’t be fired from a one man show as much as you wanna see me go (many times)

I think it’s apt that the sky is heaven; everything is perfect but us
The aliens must think of Earth as heaven, when they get here they’ll make such a fuss
But here I am dreaming of times when people ask me interesting questions
For now my reflections will have to do, we can safely ponder our redemption

Can’t be fired from a one man show as much as you wanna see me go (many times)

(To protect from evil, to protect from harm, from anything that might set off my alarms)
Track Name: Ode to Youth
I’d like to dedicate this song to my twelve year old self: terrified of growing up

I am noisy inside, let me sell a piece of my mind
The part that makes me care, I don’t wanna, don’t wanna care
At all for this
Find a beast and cut him up, I’ll never let him curse my luck
It’s my favourite kind of show and you know I wouldn’t wanna miss
It all for this

Set me loose in a jungle and I’ll go wild
Lock me in this room and I’ll go insane
I’d say it’s the fault of everything around me,
But apparently it’s just my teenage brain

Aaaaaahhh never wanna grow up (x4)


Terrorise the avenue, I got my friends I got my crew
Occupying pavement, living just to make a dent in
Our bucket lists
Mess with her, fight me, I wanna leave a legacy
Truth or dare, cut my hair, I will never play fair
Don’t want to marry, or kiss

Set me loose in a jungle and I’ll go wild
Lock me in this room and I’ll go insane
I’d say it’s the fault of everything around me,
But apparently it’s just my teenage brain

Aaaaaahhh never wanna grow up (x4)
Track Name: House of Eternal Madness
(You won’t leave alive.)

Welcome to the house of eternal madness
The place where you will join the ranks of us immortals
Go through with the blood vows, and take your place in the hall
‘Cause you are now, a monster’s daydream, after all
Don’t be afraid, don’t let them take your blade
Keep it by your side, where insanity resides
Not quite within, just as close as you keep your skin
(Just as close as you keep your skin)


Whatever they give you, don’t drink it. It will change you into one of them. Into …into… w-what are they? I don’t know. I’ve never gone in the house. You’re mad for trying. You won’t leave alive - they’ll kill you in there. The house of eternal madness [laughs] you will die there.

(You won’t leave alive.)
Track Name: bones&flowers
Maybe I didn’t mean it, I don’t know
Maybe I’ve lost all feeling, I don’t know
Maybe this world is not real, it’s all in my head and the pain you feel
Is a manifestation of my creation

I’ve always hated making decisions
I’d always pass the knife so I wouldn’t have to make the incisions

Yes, no, maybe, I don’t know, I don’t know (many times)

Maybe I’m destined for greatness, I don’t know
Maybe my days are all wasted, I don’t know
Maybe I’ll never succeed but my skeleton will be the seed
Facilitating the life of a new breed

When I die, put my bones inside
A pot full of flowers, and let them devour me

Yes, no, maybe, I don’t know, I don’t know (many times)
When I die, put my bones inside
A pot full of flowers, and let them devour me
Track Name: Retro
I was born at the wrong time, take me back
Castles, big dresses crowns, yeah I live for that
Milkshakes in the diner with the radio on
All of history’s good good times are gone}

Married off by the time I’ve hardly turned twelve
To a man I don’t even know very well
For the sake of my parents gaining livestock
The last goat they had, well it’s in the pot

I wanna live retro, all my kids getting polio
Well I bathed last year, I’ll never do it again
And I killed for this land so just tell me when

I wanna live retro, get lynched because I tried to vote
The priest says it’s a sin and I’m already cursed
And then I’ll be stoned in front of the church

Retro (x6)
I wanna live, wanna live, wanna live retro

I was born at the wrong time, take me back
Roaring twenties in the jazz clubs, talking smack
Peroxide blondes and a state of civil unrest
It’s not like that anymore, you know we missed the best

Times for girls, times for boys in the wartime
Hundreds of thousands of lives lost at their prime
The way we’d kill native people like animals
The way we’d kill animals like they weren’t lives at all

I wanna live retro, all my kids getting polio
Well I bathed last year, I’ll never do it again
And I killed for this land so just tell me when

I wanna live retro, get lynched because I tried to vote
The priest says it’s a sin and I’m already cursed
And then I’ll be stoned in front of the church

Retro (x6)
I wanna live, wanna live, wanna live retro
Track Name: Love Hades
Rising from the depths, I hope I seem alright to you
The air is so bright here, even when it’s night here, it makes me feel blue
‘Cause I prefer the darker side of the spectrum
What a disappointment, this is not what I was expecting

Choking on the pollen, I’m drowning in your flower crown
You may be princess here, but you’d be my queen below the ground

Darling, take my hand, I’m bringing you home to Neverland
We’ll be surrounded by people who never age
Persephone, I built your throne, of sentiment and human bone
A beautiful life of prose just turn the page

Don’t escape me now, you are the only thing I see
There’s a gaping hole shaped just like your soul inside of me
But there are voices asking me if I’m what you are worth
Would it destroy you to be kept underneath the earth?

Choking on the pollen, d-d-drowning in your flower crown
You may be princess here, but you’d be my queen below the ground

Darling, take my hand, I’m bringing you home to Neverland
We’ll be surrounded by people who never age
Persephone, I built your throne, of sentiment and human bone
A beautiful life of prose just turn the page

Golden flames will encase your head, your new crown as the ruler of the dead
Strike fear into the hearts of enemies just by taking a breath, you can do as you please
Can do as you please
Track Name: good morning sister
Good morning sister, are you awake?
Sunlight is dawning, and soon will break
I require your company across the hills
Join me on an adventure full of excitement and thrills

The trees will stand tall and so will we as we clamber through their hair
Don't forget the sandwiches, but other than that I haven't a care

Good morning sister, are you on the lookout?
We're searching for a special plant upon which polo mints sprout
Do you recall the way it used to be?
With only just the two of us without number three

The rooms were expansive places filled with hiding places, every one of them was where we wanted to be
Visible breath and mud-caked wellies on the shoe rack of our grandmother's garage with the tyre swing all the children wanted to see

Good morning sister, I am afraid.
That I won't make it so much further past coming of age
It doesn't seem so bad though, when you consider the alternative
I'd far rather die happy and young than with a miserable life lived

The trees would stand tall and so would we, if we clambered through their hair
Don't forget the sandwiches, but other than that, I haven't a care.