oblio EP

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oblio's first promotional EP available for free downloads. - All songs © 2012 oblio & La Bahia music, (except "Needle In The Hay" by Elliott Smith/Kill Rock Star Records) All rights reserved.


released 23 April 2013



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oblio Los Angeles, California

Oblio is an alternative rock duo from Los Angeles, CA. The band consists of Blake Russell and Free Hallas. The band's self-produced debut promotional EP is available online for FREE.

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Track Name: Low Expectations
Low Expectations by Blake Russell & Free Hallas © 2011

You cynical fool, open up your eyes.
There were days when we dreamed, now you don't even try.
I partake, you partook, and developed my fears…
Now all my lost hopes fill up inside here.

You know the place your headed, I can't see where you're taking me.
Your hopes and dreams for your life… they don't occur, or I can't see.

Partially protected, but I'm open at the flank.
Tried to be leader, but the fish head stank.
I got a lot of muscle, but my head's too strong.
Now I'm living pretty good, probably won't last me too long.


I wanna be the lover of a girl like no other,
I wanna be good so I can stay out of hell.
I try to learn my lessons, but I don't know why I bother…
'cause it probably won't go that well.

Of all my faults and failures, the two I love the most:
She's the hole inside my head, and He's the Holy Ghost.
From all this celebration, the poisons I misuse…
No more lying for the wolf boy, no more poor excuse.


Love me… I don't know if you do… So I'll wait and see.
Hate me… if you knew me like I do, then probably.
Take me… to the low side of my pride… and the gates of hell…
…where I'd buy back my soul, but it probably won't go that well.
Track Name: Burning Girl
Burning Girl by Blake Russell & Free Hallas © 2012

Do you still feel the fire burning girl?
The guilt in your desire could melt the world.
And the steam that rises up from when you cry…
It's clouding up the sky my burning girl.

Aaah… Aaah…
All the sky's filled up with the tears of the burned girl.
Aaah… Aaah…
All the sky's filled up with the tears of the burned girl.

She's a wallflower in the dead of the night.
Oh, but bring her out and she wilts in the light.
Another day, I'm not up to the task…
Another day for you to put on your mask.


If you give up inside my burning girl,
Could you find a place to hide yourself from the world?
From the faces there that stare into your soul,
And the prying eyes that burned and left a hole.
All my soul's filled up with the tears of the burned girl…

All the places you would go, and your faces I don't know…
Through the twisted ways we turn, I always seem to leave you burned.

Aaah… Aaah…
All my soul's filled up with the tears of the burned girl.
Track Name: Lilly (Electric Version)
Lilly by Blake Russell & Free Hallas © 2012

On a road, some dirty country home... you made me feel so welcome.
I knew you wanted more, when you opened up your door.
In your eyes, I feasted on dragon's fires. At your empty table I...
…never once was hungry… and it satisfied my soul.

Lilly you're a blind girl, but through you I see.
Even as a caged bird, you can brake me free.
Whoever you speak to wear reverent faces.
And wherever you pass through become holy places.
Lilly, stay with me.

Out at sea, I felt you there with me. No matter where you'd be, you know that…
I would follow through to the bitter end with you.
Sing with me, we'll erase the memory. I'll write you a melody for you…
…to drown your sorrows to, if I'm not there with you.

Lilly, I don't know how… but you know my ways.
Your hand is on my brow, and I feel your gaze.
Whoever you speak to wear reverent faces.
Wherever you pass through become holy places.
Lilly, stay with me.

(acoustic breakdown)
Up in space, I dreamed I saw your face there, floating without a trace and I'm…
alone and in my starship in an orbit around you.
There you are, I stand in wonder and awe. The pain of being so far away,
Can't hinder my plans 'cause I'm coming down to land.

(Repeat 1st Chorus)
Track Name: Then I Wake Up
Then I Wake Up by Blake Russell & Free Hallas © 2012

Oh those times, when I see you dancing… to my favorite song.
The little things that get to me… but do I get it wrong?
All the times I bought you flowers, you put them in your hair.
Such a pretty sight to see, until you disappear…

'Cause that's when… I wake up!
Just right when… everything's right!
Oh, that's where… everything's sunshine,
'Til I wake up… all alone in the night.

Oh man, all those times when… you would pass me in the hall.
I'm watching in wonder from afar… pressed against the wall.
Sometimes I feel like I've told you, just how pretty you really are.
Sometimes I make a little mistake, and push my luck too far…


If I play this song enough, maybe you will hear.
Easier than screwing up, embarrassment and fear.
If I sing to you enough, you might know I care…
and next time I wake up… you'll be waiting there.

Track Name: Needle In The Hay (Elliott Smith Cover)
Needle In The Hay by Elliott Smith

Your hand on his arm
Hay stack charm around your neck
Strung out and thin
He's calling some friend trying to cash some check
He's acting dumb
That's what you've come to expect

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

He's wearing your clothes
Head down to toes he's a reaction to you
You say you know what he did
But you idiot kid
You don't have a clue
Sometimes they just get caught in the eye
You're pulling him through

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

Now on the bus
Nearly touching this dirty retreat
Falling out 6th and Powell a dead sweat in my teeth
Gonna walk walk walk
Four more blocks plus one in my brain
Down downstairs to the man
He's gonna make it all ok

I can beat myself
I can't be myself
And I don't want to talk
I'm taking the cure so I can be quiet
Whenever I want
So leave me alone
You ought to be proud that I'm getting good marks

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay