Roots and Roads

by Yossi Sassi band

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1.
Wings 04:57
I wish I had my wings I know I could fly high up in the sky But trees have roots down deep So I'm bound to fly up in my mind I think I found my wings I know I could fly high up in the sky My roots are there somewhere My wings are everywhere On land and air Now I have found my wings I know I can fly high up in the sky My roots are there somewhere My wings are everywhere On land and air
2.
Palm Dance 04:51
3.
Root Out 06:13
Missing rays of sun, its warmth against my leaves Helping me feel as one, as roots go deep beneath I hoped you would stay, to rest under my branches I miss the days of endless bloom Blossoming high, as you're passing by When harvest came you were prepared I wasn't aware of the sun and air I should kept spare One by one we fall, failing to recall What happened to the rest, before we took the test Reaching in despair, hanging in thin air You want so much to share what I can hardly bear You say that life's unfair, so don't just stand & stare It's time to be aware of your darkest scare You can easily be there; without the glasses you wear Time to break this fear's affair Time to go, time to root out Towards the sun, a full home run At the end of the day, you earn to stay for another spin Can't always win
4.
Mr. NoSoul 02:15
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We are all traveling trees Roaming the lands of nature Doing our best to live simple lives To grow our roots and prosper But when you cut the trees you don't like There'll be no place for you too There's a flame burning all It won't stop till all trees fall There's no us and them, no right and no wrong You're a tree just like me So don't cut me down History just keeps repeating There's nothing new under the sun Pain is pain, sorrow is sorrow No matter where your tree comes from When it burns, it burns the same Can't you see it's the same old flame It keeps repeating, it's never ending It just changes its name But when you cut the trees you don't like There'll be no place for you too
7.
Winter 08:20
8.
Thundercloud 02:23
Seems like I can do it on my own I feel like I can pull it off You gave me all the wings I need You gave me more than you could know Time over time, I'm thinking what you would do Getting used to who you are, how you are And seems like I can do it on my own Feels like I need no one But I need you, I always needed you Seems like I can do it on my own You gave me all the wings I need I feel like I can pull it off You gave me more than you could know
9.
Our whole notion of work-life balance is messed up Actually our whole perception of life balance is distorted Do you think day-care centers for children in workplaces Help you feel closer to your loved ones? Running around like mice in business labs Squandering precious days for someone else's interests Life that's based on recipes from broken shelves We depend on everything except ourselves Driving, texting, selfie-observing the landscape Lab grown fruits yet no fruit tree around Can't avoid the truth, it's simpler than it seems The one that dies with the most money never wins Running around like mice in business cage Scattering your best days for someone else's caprices Life that's based on recipes from broken shelves We depend on everything except ourselves Roads diverge, one known, the other less known Take the road less traveled to make the difference Make your trip count before it expires
10.
Roots are always showing your truth Will you ever set the path to be yourself Live in peace with what's left? And the days, they seem so long now Each tick tock on your clock shows you what is dear Every day we are here How can you live without a home How can you live without yours Roads, there are so many How can you choose which is right and which is wrong If you don't know your song? Choice is up to you now Take the things you want to keep and lose the rest Can't you see we are blessed? How can live without a home How can live without yours
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Now my leaves have fallen My timber fades And when they'll cut me down My roots are stronger than ever
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credits

released May 25, 2016

All music & lyrics by Yossi Sassi, except "The Explorientals": Music by Yossi Sassi, Or Lubianiker, Shay Ifrah, Roei Fridman , Ben Azar
Produced by Yossi Sassi

The Yossi Sassi band
Yossi Sassi – Vocals, Guitars (Electric, Nylon-String, Acoustic, 7-Strings), Bouzoukitara, Bouzouki, Charango, Oud, Saz, Chumbush, Keyboards on "Madame TwoSouls", "Road Less
Traveled"
Or Lubianiker – Electric Bass
Shay Ifrah – Drums
Ben Azar – Guitar solos 2 and 3 on "Palm Dance", Electric Guitar on "The Explorientals"
Sapir Fox – Vocals ("Road Less Traveled", "Bird Without A Tree", choir on "Wings")
Roei Fridman – Percussion

Guest musicians
Zaher Zorgati - Vocals on "The Religion Of Music"
Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal – Guitar solos 1 and 4 on “Palm Dance”
Diana Golbi – Vocals on "Root Out"
Roy Zu-arets – Piano
Yoav Efron - Keyboards on "Wings", "Rizes Kai Dromoi", "The Religion Of Music", "Thundercloud"
Bob Katsionis - Hammond and additional keyboards on "Rizes Kai Dromoi"
Ariel Qassis – Kanun
Daniel Hoffman – Violins
Itzhak Ventura - Arabic, Turkish and Persian Ney
Danielle Sassi - Flute
Yankale Segal – Fretless Bass on "Bird without a tree"
Assaf Perelmuter – Lap steel, Diddley bow
Harel Shachal – Clarinet
Dan Piloni Kark, Jonathan Jacobi, Liron Schaffer – Choiron "Wing"

Management & Production Management: Raya Kosovsky
Cover art sculpture: "Suspended orange tree" by Ran Morin,
environmental sculpture & planning
Cover, booklet artwork and photos by Irene Serrano Espejo
Cover art photo by Cobe Tamshes
Band photo by Ami Bornstein
Album Design by Guy Nakash

Legal consulting: Ivri, Kerner & Co .Law Offices
Special thanks to our families and Jeremy Shotts

Engineered and recorded by Liron Schaffer at Jaffa Sound Arts, Tel-Aviv Jaffa
Assistant engineer – Aner Baruch
Guitars technician – Benjamin Millar
Drums technician – Ami Bornstein
Zaher Zorgati recorded by Kevin Codfert @ X-Fade studio
Mixed by Liron Schaffer at Jaffa Sound Arts
Mastered by Jonathan Jacobi at Jaffa Sound Arts
Pre-production & additional recordings by Yossi Sassi at Simplyossi studios

Madame On Steroids:
Arranged by Ben Azar
Guitars recorded by Ben Azar at Ben Azar's studios
Ben Azar - Guitars
Or Lubianiker - Bass
Shay Ifrah - Drums
Mixed by Liron Schaffer at Jaffa Sound Arts

Quarter to Rizes:
Arranged by Roei Fridman, Yakir Sasson and Elyasaf Bashari
Recorded at Extension Studios by Yakir Sasson
Yakir Sasson - Trumpet
Elyasaf Bashari - Oud, Bass
Mixed by Aner Baruch at Jaffa Sound Arts

"Thundercloud" is dedicated to anyone who lost a dear person.
In loving memory of Shmuel (Shmil) Yair (the biggest heart ever),
Shay Milstein (the midey lives forever) and Amira Salach, my
beloved grandmother. To my father David Sassi, recovering from a
hard stroke – You gave me all the wings I need.

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Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra Israel

Familiar worldwide to music fans by his unique trademark signature sound, Yossi Sassi merges roots with contemporary music, and pioneers Oriental Rock.

With over 25 years as a Producer and Composer/Arranger, as well as founding member of "Orphaned Land", Sassi was voted as the "Top Newcomer of 2012" by 'Rock Hard' magazine readers, and considered for Grammy nomination submission in 2016.
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