Life at the Zoo

by Imran Ahmed

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All songs written and recorded by Imran Ahmed

Album Cover by Stephanie Noritz

Special thanks to my family and to all of my wonderful friends who commented on drafts of songs over the years. Especially: Tom, Ezra, Andy, Maria, Crystal, Allison, Joe, Mike, Teisha, John, Luke, Rebecca Sue, Parisa, Rachel. I know I emailed you a lot. Your comments made the album better :)

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released May 17, 2014

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Imran Ahmed Brooklyn, New York

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The Deli magazine compared Imran Ahmed's music to Serge Gainsbourg and added that the music "compliments hammocks rocking sexily in exotic locations."

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Track Name: I'm Not from This Town
I saw you outside of the restaurant
You were acting very nonchalant
I said I came here all alone
You said "I'm not from the town you are from"

Well I could see you on my arm
you lowered your eyes to the ground
I said can show you around
You said "I'm not from this town"

Well what was I to do?
I gave myself away
you were in a foul mood
but it was the day for me
Track Name: Let's Go Outside
let's walk outside we can sit on the porch
we can trot to the beach lay in the sand
we can look for the star that points always north
let's go outside hand in hand

let's go outside we can eat on the grass
i know these type of crowds you can't stand
the night's still young let's make it last
let's go outside hand in hand

I understand sometimes you're hesitant
but tonight there's no need
and sometimes you get choked up inside
but there's people and things to see
let's go outside and make some memories
Track Name: My Corrina
My Corrina, she's got it badly
she is so crazy about her love
she lets me kiss her, under her jaw bone
she's got no problem about her love

It's just a calling, I feel her falling for me
what are we gonna do?

my Corrina, she's got it badly
she is so crazy about her love
she thinks she's subtle, she say's who's that girl?
I try to console her, "Corrina, you are my love."

it's just a calling, I feel her falling for me
And in the morning, she says, "it's morning, darling...
What are we gonna do?"

Corrina! She laughs, she laughs.
She talks between her teeth.
She clings to my shirt. She knows what she needs

Bella Corrina! Bella Corinna! Bella Corrina!
Bella Corrina! Bella Corrina! Bella Corrina!
Smile at me love! Smile at me love!

Bella Corrina! Bella Corinna! Bella Corrina!
Bella Corrina! Bella Corrina! Bella Corrina!
Smile at me love! Smile at me love!

My Corrina, she's got it badly
she is so crazy about her love
she lets me kiss her, under her jaw bone
she's got no problem about her love

It's just a calling, I feel her falling for me
what are we gonna do?
Track Name: You Know Me
It's not one lie, if I were born one hundred times
I would fall in love with you each and every life
and when we kiss, beneath bed sheets
I'm dancing on the edge of a faint

and when I spend my day with you, it's what I want to do
and when I spend my night with you, it's what I want to do

at the ridiculous parties, your hair wound carelessly
all the pretty people chit-chat, I taste your apricot shoulder-blades
and at our Sunday match, racket twirling in your hands
with focus you toss the flannel-fluffed tennis ball

and when I spend my day with you, it's what I want to do
and when I spend my night with you, it's what I want to do

the brass trumpets search for love
in the crowded alleys, between Brooklyn streets

but me, I spend my day with you, it's what I want to do
and when I spend my night with you, it's what I want to do
you know me
Track Name: I Need You
I met you in a village cafe
you had a bowler hat and a polka-dot shirt
I was fumbling with a stubborn song
you flashed your dazzling smile

they say happiness ain't sustainable
but I think you and I can prove them wrong
I got kitschy art dreams
come and dream them with me

I need you
honey

you're one of the loves, of one of my lives
I've got a serious coat, but I'm a fool
I could hobnob with the best of them
come and hobnob with me

we kissed on the platform beneath broken lights
with blood on the walls, a bum on the side
and i ain't one to romanticize
it's a found memory

I need you
honey

walking the bridge, stuck in the middle
a million degrees, you had a bad temper
said you wanted to leave, I said, "no,
honey, please don't go..."

I need you
honey
Track Name: Sweetness
Sweetness is what I'm looking for
Blindness is all that I have found

Sweetness is what I'm looking for
Blindness is all that I have found
come to my door, tell me you don't love me no more
come to my door, tell me you don't love me no more

and the moon is rising, the day got me going

down by the docks, I whistle to the clouds
down by the docks, I whistle to the clouds
they whistle back

Sweetness is what I'm looking for
Blindness is all I've ever found
Track Name: Life at the Zoo
Boy have i got a story for you
I'll tell it slow, I'll tell it so true
and I'll go rambling on and on
about life at the zoo
my dream in the morning

and with my arm around your waist
we walk across the village stone bridge

waking me up with a frightful stare
I turn on the lights, throw back your hair
and twirl my fingers between yours
hum a little tune, until you tell me the story
where innocence fought time
in your dream
you woke before the victory scene
oh but you already know who wins
so how we could we go back and sleep?

and with my arm around your waist
we walk across the village stone bridge
of course we did
Track Name: More than I Need
In the back of your house
the back of your car
the back of your head
you know you still love me

and in the heart of your town
the heart of your street
in your heart
you know you still love me

so give me all of your moon
let me get more than I need
Let me sing you out
Let me get more than I need

in the heat of the sun
the heat of your sheets
in your heat
you know you're thinking only of me

so let me get all of your moon
let me get more than I need
Let me sing you out
Let me get more than I need
Track Name: At your Door
You don't know it, but I'm sitting by your door
You don't know what I'm going to say
I don't know either, but I think that's for the best
I don't know how it's gonna go

But I'm at your door
I don't know what I'm doing
I'm at your door
hoping for good news

I got my ticket, one way down the line
no way back, the decision binds
but you let your guard down
when you're with someone for so long
no way back, you feel a burn

And I'm at your door
I don't know what I'm doing
I'm at your door
Hoping for good news
Track Name: Forgiveness
I asked her kindly, will you forgive me?
I asked her kindly.

Pastor please, will you do me a little favor
I'm such a fool. I didn't know I could be so cruel
So will you tell her for me, tell her for me?

I am a brute, I'm uncouth, I'm a ruffian
I'll end up a skeleton if I don't change my ways.

I asked her kindly, will you forgive me?
I asked her kindly.

You used to have eyes for me
now you have only dirty stares for me
but is it a dichotomy: good, bad, am I only one?
at two in the morning, you used to grab my arm
say, "what are you doing?" keep me up
I'm weary all day long.
Track Name: Sally Winters
Sally Winters don't write to me
She act a fool, she make no move
she don't write to me no more
Track Name: I was your Man
I was your man you were my girl
we shared a love all of our own
we had many days, very light
I was your man, now you're gone

my darling, I hate that I saw you cry
you run away without saying good-bye
now I walk the streets all very alone
I was your man, now you're gone

I was your man you were my girl
we shared a love all of our own
we had many days, very light
I was your man, now you're gone

My sugar, I hate that I saw you yell
you stomp your feet, it shook the ground
and I'm a jaded soul, barreling around
I was your man, now you're gone
Track Name: Simone Staring Away
Four mosquito bites in the last minute
I'm uneasy, I'm sweating, I'm ready to leave
you grab my sleeve and say wait one second
my name is Simone, I'm on ecstasy
would you like to talk to me

and in the midnight heat, you spoke nonsense to me
you said humans are a very strange breed
i'm up all night writing about Simone
staring away

take your lead you waltz to me that jazz song's got your limbs free
visions of Simone in all her fury giving her smoky soul only to me
and would you like to dance just please
summer leaves time in the day

and in the midnight heat, you spoke nonsense to me
you said humans are a very strange breed
i'm on my knees writing about Simone
staring away
looking up at the dawn
stars in her eyes
leaning against my side
staring away