Pax Romana

by Ebn Ezra

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about

Ebn Ezra is the project alias of synthesist / composer Ethan Wells created as an experiment and to challenge himself by creating music using nothing but a personal laptop computer. 'Pax Romana'' is the culmination of this idea, recorded over the course of 10 months in various different settings and locations i.e. while traveling, while in public and while in isolation in his bedroom. The result is a lush, personal and intimate pop album, inspired by the internet, nostalgia and our current social dependance on technology, peering into a world of life through a computer screen.
Sit back and let 'Pax Romana' be your sonic guide through an idyllic stroll in virtual reality.

credits

released April 4, 2017

All songs written and recorded by Ethan Wells
All song DATA / MIDI instruments programmed by Ethan Wells
All vocals recorded using built-in laptop mic
All instrumentation recorded in MIDI
All arrangements by Ethan Wells

Cover art design by Ethan Wells
Image by Arata Isozaki 磯崎 新 (1983)


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Track Name: Pax Romana
Good morning
While you were sleeping
I was reloading
These ruins are glowing

And I
Think I can see the light
Yeah I
Think I can see the light

Good evening
Regenerating
Gradually Pulsing
Morphing and shifting

And I
Wish you were here
Yeah I
Wish you were here

O
To be in the peace of your presence
O
To be in the light of your love
When I was still so young
When I was still so young
When I was still so young
When I was still so young

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O
To be in the peace of your presence
O
To be in the light of your love
When I was still so young
When I was still so young
When I was still so young
When I was still so young

When I was still so young...

When I was still so young...
Track Name: Take Forever
Love
What a mean, mean machine
It took me
And it took you too

And was it so long ago
That your soul was so uncontrollable?
O my heart
I dont wanna know

O
Just take it
You already have it
Just take it
You already have it

Take forever with me
Take forever with me, my love
Take forever with me
Take forever, forever

(Take it, It's yours)

O
I love, love her so
I would say
She could have me as her own

And is it so special that
You're so inclined to see the rest
Of my heart?
I need to know

O
Just take it
You already have it
Just take it
You already have it

Take forever with me
Take forever with me, my love
Take forever with me
Take forever, forever

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Love, love, love
What a mean machine
You have me
Now do I have you too?...

Just take it
You already have it
Just take it
You already have it

Take forever with me
Take forever with me, my love
Take forever with me
Take forever, forever

Take forever
Take forever
Take forever
Take forever

Take forever
Take forever
Take forever
Forever
Track Name: Across The Green Steppe
I would walk
Across this great green steppe of ours
To be in your light
The peace of your presence et cetera

(Et cetera, et cetera)

And I gotta say
I could be there if you want me to
O I want you so badly
It only takes effort et cetera

(Et cetera, et cetera)

Not unlike
The flowering fruit
That blooms on the tree

No I'm not
Afraid of where
This could lead, lead, lead

Hallelujah
(O hallelujah)
Hallelujah
(O hallelujah)
Hallelujah
(O hallelujah)
Hallelujah

We could waltz
Across this great green steppe of ours
O our love is forever
They can't come between us et cetera

(Et cetera, et cetera)

And those other boys
They don't know you like I know you
O they can't seem to get it
They're sheep without shepherds et cetera

(Et cetera, et cetera)

O in my life
The love that I longed for
Made me feel so blue

But this time I...
Think this love
Could be true, true, true

Hallelujah
(O hallelujah)
Hallelujah
(O hallelujah)
Hallelujah
(O hallelujah)
Hallelujah

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(Hey!)

O girl I know, I know
I know that I love you

And I just wanna be
Where you are, tonight

'Cause I dont wanna feel
Alone forever

And I all I know is that
I feel free when you hold me tight

O hallelujah
Hallelujah...

Hallelujah
(O hallelujah)
Hallelujah
(O hallelujah)
Hallelujah
(O hallelujah)
Hallelujah

(O hallelujah)
Track Name: Morphing & Shifting
All of the things that you asked me
To do and to say
Was I real or was I
Someone else, Someone fake?

And every night I get down
And I pray
(I get down and I...)
That if you were to ask me to change
That I could say
(O that I could say...)

(Yeah)

I would do it, I would do it
I would morph for you

(Yeah)

Teleporting, Shapeshifting
I would shift for you, o yeah

But would you still love me?
If I was a different man?
O would that make you happy?
If I was a different man

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Progress is progress but you gotta meet me
Half way
'Cause heaven knows I'm the key
And you are the cage

And love is something beautiful
They say
(Yeah, thats what they tell me...)
But it's a bit morphic
In the most peculiar way
(O in the strangest way)

(Yeah)

I would do it, I would do it
I would morph for you

(Yeah)

Teleporting, Shapeshifting
I would shift for you, o yeah

But would you still love me?
If I was a different man?
O would that make you happy?
If I was a different man

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I would do it, I would do it
I would morph for you

(Uh-huh)

Teleporting, Shapeshifting
I would shift for you, o yeah

But would you still love me?
If I was a different man?
O would that make you happy?
If I was a different man...
Track Name: Leander Underwater
He's got both feet
In the water
But his whole mind
Is on her eyes tonight, tonight

And you shouldn't have
Made him feel such sorrow
You should have known
He comes from only light, alright?

You broke his heart
What choice did he have?
You broke his heart
What choice did he have?

Leander's going home
To the place that he loves
Beneath the waves

He's got both hands
In his pockets
Wearing his
Favorite shirt, that day

And he wishes that
She could come with him
But she can't...
Begin to understand

...

You broke his heart
What choice did he have?
You broke his heart
What choice did he have?

Leander's going home
To the place that he loves
Beneath the waves

...

And now he's got both eyes
On the future
But he won't forget
The love that he had back then, back then

And no he never
Ever meant to hurt her
It's just that he
Wishes her something better

...
Track Name: Song For The Set Sun
Take
My hand
I wanna be your man
I hope you understand

Say
That I can be your baby
I wanna be the one
The one to make you happy

O lord
How long has it been since we set it?
I'm sorry that I left it
(I'm sorry, I'm sorry that I left it)
O lord
How long has it been since we set it?
I'm sorry that I left it
(I'm sorry, I'm sorry that I left it)

You
My moonlight and my maker
My glory and my savior
I wanna be your angel

Say
That you feel it too
(O that you feel it too)
And I will say it too
How truly I love you
(How truly I love you)

O lord
How long has it been since we set it?
I'm sorry that I left it
(I'm sorry, I'm sorry that I left it)
O lord
How long has it been since we set it?
I'm sorry that I left it
(I'm sorry, I'm sorry that I left it)

O lord
How long has it been since we set it?
I'm sorry that I left it
(I'm sorry, I'm sorry)
O lord
How long has it been since we set it?
I'm sorry that I left it
(How long has it been?)

I wanna be your man
I wanna be your man
I wanna be your man
I wanna be your man
Track Name: The Boy Who Loves You
Just
Like
An arrow
That shot me through my heart
O girl you hit me out of nowhere

Whoa
Like a face I've seen somewhere
Memory out of thin air
That I cannot begin to believe

'Cause your a dream or something better
You save me from my nightmare
O girl are you an angel sent from heaven?
An angel sent from heaven?

And baby I'm so sorry
That I am just a man
When you deserve an angel sent from heaven
An angel sent from heaven

But here I am
Here I am
Just a boy who loves you
And I just wanna hold you
(I just wanna hold you)
O here I am
Here I am
I'm the boy who loves you
And I just wanna hold you, hold you, hold you

Hold you
Hold you
Hold you

What
Was
Once sadness
Is now just joyfulness
because of you

And what
Was
Once darkness
Is now just radiance
And I thank you

'Cause since you came and saved me
I've seen the light you gave me
For you I would've waited all my life
Waited all my life

And so I wanna give you
All the love in my heart
For you're the one I've waited all my life
Waited all my life

So here I am
Here I am
I'm the boy who loves you
And I just wanna hold you
O here I am
Here I am
I'm the boy who loves you
And I just wanna hold you, hold you, hold you

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Like two hearts that beat and make a pattern
Your rhythm is mine
Like one lonely wave across an ocean
Can form a tide

And it was so lonely in my life
Without you in my world
But at last I have the answer
Now and forevermore...

O here I am
Here I am
I'm the boy who loves you
And I just wanna hold you
O here I am
Here I am
I'm the boy who loves you
And I just wanna hold you, hold you, hold you

Here I am
Here I am
O here I am
Here I am

Here I am
Here I am
O here I am
Here I am
Track Name: Polycrystalline
Could you keep me in your clutches
Keep me safe
O baby I'm tired of crying
Cause I know that they've been lying

(They've been lying)

And baby your so beautiful
But I'm broken
So use your hands to heal me
'Cause I know that you can

(That you can)

There's a bell that rings and rings so clearly
Its like you're polycrystalline my baby
Beyond the most beautiful thing
I have ever seen, I have ever seen

Send me off into the night I'll be your soldier
Your protection
What we have is perfection
O its my only conviction

(I'm convinced of it)

'Cause there's something in your eye
That says forever
That I feel I could never get over
Its how I know its all worth while

(Its worth while)

There's a bell that rings and rings so clearly
Its like you're polycrystalline my baby
Beyond the most beautiful thing
I have ever seen, I have ever seen

Its like you're polycrystalline
With your multifaceted sheen, O
Its like you're polycrystalline
Something out of my wildest dream

Its like you're polycrystalline
With your multifaceted sheen, O
Its like you're polycrystalline
Something I have never seen, never seen, never seen...

Something I have never seen

There's a bell that rings and rings so clearly
Its like you're polycrystalline my baby
Beyond the most beautiful thing
I have ever seen, I have ever seen

Its like you're polycrystalline my baby
its like you're polycrystalline my baby
beyond the most beautiful thing

I have ever seen
I have ever seen

I have ever seen
I have ever seen
Track Name: Reprise
O
To bee in the peace of your presence
O
To be in the light of your love

O all my life
Ive seen the light
Track Name: Gimme Back My Baby
Gimme back my baby
I know it sounds crazy
But take it or leave it

'Cause all I think of lately
Is how he stole my girl
And I cannot believe It

So gimme back my baby, o
Gimme back my baby
I can't wait forever
I'll treat her right
You can count on me tonight

Tell me how could a love
That started so strong
End up out in the gutter

Looking back I think of
All of the times
That we laughed together

Tell me what went wrong
When all along
We were happy together

But then my baby left me
Walked right out on me
And left me shattered

So gimme back my baby, o
Gimme back my baby
Its driving me crazy
I'll treat her right
You can count on me tonight

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So gimme back my baby, o
Gimme back my baby
I can't wait forever
I'll treat her right
You can count on me tonight, tonight

Gimme back my baby
Gimme back my baby
Gimme back, O gimme back my baby
Track Name: Mysterious Girl
The moment you
Made yourself
Known to me

The second you
Said your name
And hello to me

O how could I
Forget such a face
And candor?

O how will I
Be the same
Ever?

Oh no
Oh no

The silly things
You said that day
I remember

(Yeah I remember)

The pieces of
Broken Light
On your shoulder

(O how the sun shined so bright)

The warm heart that
Washed out all
My sadness

A gleam of hope that
Shines amidst
All the madness

But
She's a mysterious girl
(Uh-huh)
Here one moment gone the next, O dear
(Uh-huh)
Yeah, she's a mysterious girl
(Uh-huh)
I wish I could know her
I wish she could stay in my world, stay in my world
(Uh-huh)

The lovely things you
Said implied you
Were lonely

The seconds of
Silence that
Followed slowly

The moments of
Contemplation
Excess

In odysseys of
Noes and in of
Yeses

But
She's a mysterious girl
(Uh-huh)
Here one moment gone the next, O dear
(Uh-huh)
Yeah, she's a mysterious girl
(Uh-huh)
I wish I could know her
I wish she could stay in my world, stay in my world
(Uh-huh)

Just stay in my world...

Just stay in my world...

...

...

O
She's a mysterious girl
(Uh-huh)
Here one moment gone the next, O dear
(Uh-huh)
Yeah, she's a mysterious girl
(Uh-huh)
I wish I could know her
I wish she could stay in my world, stay in my world
(Uh-huh)

Oh no
Oh no

Oh no
Oh no
Track Name: From Upon The Tower, On The Orange Hills
From upon the tower
On the orange hills
I see her

And no I can't do the math
And I can't sing the song
But I need her

O if love is an ocean
Then teach me how to swim
If love is a problem
The teach me the equation

From inside my chamber
Down the hall
I ponder

Doe she think of me
Like I think of her?
I wonder

O if love is a prison
Then throw away the key
If love is final
Then resign me