Red Light Temple

by Vienna D'Amato Hall

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released September 16, 2016

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Vienna D'Amato Hall New York, New York

Vienna D’Amato Hall began her musical career in NYC with the release of her debut, "It's What the Dog Saw."

Her lyrical work has been compared to the realm of Leonard Cohen’s and her blended, musical palette to that of Jackson Pollock’s.

Vienna’s sophomore album, “Red Light Temple,” is a driving album, which takes more risks and plays a tug of war between the visceral and the intellectual.
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Track Name: Violet Sky
Violet sky
Where were you that time when I needed you

The clouds back there had kaleidoscope eyes

And I couldn’t tell what was true

You said I was your muse

Oh isn’t that a thing to be, but it don’t give me much to do

Loving me yesterday was the cheapest thing you could do
So I begged you not to (but you just said)

Pretty thing don’t hurt your head
Just lie in the bed or run through that field again
Please, just don’t..

You’ve got to follow the hollow
You’ve got to follow the…


Violet sky where were you that time when I wanted to show him
What it is to be pink and blue

You said I was your muse

Oh isn’t that a thing to be
But it don’t give me much to do


No, It’s something to be
But it don’t give me much to do
Track Name: King of Keys
You’ve got a hollow gaze drugged with time and dragged with lines
There’s a sweetness behind the blinds
I see, even if they don’t see, why you plead

Wounded thing, aren’t you weighed down by those strings?
Or does it drive you wild, the wind chime keys?
You know, even if we don’t, that salvation rings
Salvation rings



The man with the ivory tan dubs you the thief
Says, “Each key is a cross for a man you’ve left to bleed.”
I know that you were quite deceived
Scars from the women who brought you to your knees

King of Keys


I know, even if they don’t, how it rolls
After twenty thousand hits you become what you’ve been told

The man holding power in his hand, he holds false hope
He doesn’t see the key he’s been looking for hangs from your throat
He knows that we know he is the thief
And one day they will all know that you were free


King of Keys
Track Name: Joshua and Me
Joshua said to me

Cocaine can’t hurt a thing

Twisted like his trusted rosary

I’m so naked now I can hear god breathe

Like it’s nothing

Hey, Joshua and me

Hiding in this hotel room for weeks
I don’t want him and he don’t want me

But we can’t feel a thing

Now, ain’t that how you like it best

Followed me all the way to freedom in Berlin

Every bit of love i’ve ever made

Can be traced back to your ashtray



Hey, Joshua and me

Hiding in this hotel room for weeks
I don’t want him and he don’t want me

But we can’t feel a thing

Joshua said to me
Cocaine can’t hurt a thing



Hey, Joshua and me

Hiding in this hotel room for weeks
I don’t want him and he don’t want me

But we don’t feel a thing


Like it’s nothing
Track Name: Godless Man
I heard your voice on the west coast
I see you've gone and learned to skip the immortal stone
Said your dreams are as dead as the dog
And that you've got a tattoo you don't show anyone

Where is the godless man that they pray to?
I want to go where they can't follow you

Shot my black, metal gun
With blood as ripe as strawberries all over the front
Yes, I left my mother too
Now i'm getting too big for the wolves

Where is the godless man that they pray to?
I want to go where they can't follow you

I look past the Hollywood stars and I see
Your breath is on t.v.

We are all hunters, but I don't bleed strawberry blood
And neither do you
And neither does the liar in the woods
So don't drink from the cup
Or bow to their disciplines
They will hit the sky just to find they never wanted to be free
They just wanted to run, run and burn in the sun
And the wax you think is melting from trees
It's just your mind being mean
And your skin is not of the drum that he was banging on, beating on
Just until he got bored and found a new one
Your skin is holy and it wraps everything it takes to be me

Wish you didn't know how to die
So we could smoke and break our hearts a thousand times
Track Name: Blood Moon
I gave sacrifice under the moon
Now my toes are bleeding and my shoes are ruined
But I never stopped for air
I’ll never stop for you
I hope you never go white

I breathe the longing and I wear its wing
I see your face in the stars and on my skin
When sun sees his shadow
Red roses start unraveling

And there it lies the beast of time on his throne
I’m counting my fingers as he’s holding your throat
And the breeze reminds me of how little keeps us on the bone
Yeah, the breeze reminds me of what keeps us on the bone

I hope you never go white

I come to find birds fall like stones from the sky
The fruit will not ripen and water’s gone dry
But I wouldn’t stop there
I couldn’t stop for you!

I gave sacrifice under the moon
Now my toes are bleeding and my shoes are ruined
But I never stopped for air
I’ll never stop for you
Track Name: Southern Cross
Say, Silvia, god can’t give you all you’ve lost
Say, Silvia, why did you abandon yourself?

We might die on this motorcycle ride
Throw my head back, all I want is sky
I don’t want to die, but I’ll dangle my feet
Southern Cross is religion I could keep

Fly down south whenever it gets too rough
Chase the sun for what it’s worth
Don’t you see the darkness is
Your responsibility

We might die on this motorcycle ride

Throw my head back, all I want is sky
I don’t want to die, but I’ll dangle my feet
Southern Cross is religion I could keep


There’s boundaries in the fields

But not so much


Say, Silvie, are you breathing?
Don’t you live your life in fear, no

We might die on this motorcycle ride
Throw my head back, all I want is god
I don’t want to die, but I’ll dangle my feet

Southern Cross is religion I that I need

Be with me 

But not so much
Track Name: Closer than Skin
You want to be closer than skin to me
Want those eternal shakes
I know that you need them

Had you on that soapbox coming clean
And now you're going to take it all out of me

Choke on your pretty hymns 'till your fingers turn blue
I was never swayed by the sacrificial rule

Feed me a line straight through my teeth
So I can go swinging off that string

Clung to me like some photo from the fire
What if our blood turns and our hands grow tired
Pack our bags and find someplace wild

You want to be closer than skin to me
Want those eternal shakes
I know that you need them

Had you on the soapbox coming clean
And now you're going to take it all out of me
Track Name: Red Light Temple
You’re walking away so you’re fading from me
And how could that really be

I saw the craze sliding 

You became the one that got away



Nicky, I have never felt so free

I want to be a part of your chattering teeth

My skin in salty and your mouth is the sea
I tried to get clear, but it never let me



And hey, my pedestal rebel

I know both sides of surrender
Take me to the Red Light Temple



Don’t want to die a small deity

So I left the universe, or all that it seems
They prey to me when they are in grief

Then they pray on me when they don’t find what they seek



And hey, my pedestal rebel

I know both sides of surrender
Take me to the Red Light Temple