Escape From Fat Kat City

by J Hacha De Zola

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CMJ- "Like a lounge lizard weaned on Primus, J Hacha De Zola cranks and curdles and clomps around his slithery croon tunes."

Songwriting Magazine (UK) - "The music of New Jersey native J Hacha De Zola stalks the periphery of society, the dark corners where slippery characters meet and down-and-outs go to drown their sorrows."

MAGNET Magazine - "Delightful theatrics.”

Stereo Embers Magazine -"“A wobbly and battered desolation that brings to mind Mark Lanegan fronting The Doors. It’s stunning stuff.”

SLUG Mag- "Not since The Hold Steady 'Separation Sunday' has a concept album provided both emotional depth and entertainment."

Utne Reader- "One could be forgiven for assuming J. Hacha de Zola is a transient, back alley carnival showman followed through town by a band of tangle-haired misfits. The kind of alluring character found in old children’s books."

Adams World- "Escape From Fat Kat City features a distinct Doors influence, as Hacha De Zola almost sounds as if he's a visitor from another era of music."

Jersey Beat- "This brilliant artist writes brutally honest songs.”

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released January 8, 2016

Debut Record by J Hacha De Zola
Released Jan 8th, 2016
Produced by J Hacha De Zola & Jerry Ramos
Engineered/mastered by Jerry Ramos
Mercury Recording Studio, Rahway, NJ.

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J Hacha De Zola New York, New York

With musical influences as culturally diverse as the city he grew up in, Jersey City NJ artist J Hacha De Zola blends several fundamental styles of music in a manner that may be initially difficult to characterize succinctly. His self-stylized “urban junkyard” sound feels like a composite of various musical forms across a wide spectrum of bluesy-folk, jazz, latin, funk to psychedelia. ... more

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Track Name: Strange
I feel so strange
Everybody
they look at me strange
i know i should not complain
As long as i maintain

I feel so lost
all around me
these lines have been crossed
i know i gotta win at all costs
so i cut my loss

i feel all these emotions
inside of me
oh inside of me
crawled out from inside
a hole in the galaxy
of this galaxy

Oh i feel so strange
all around me
the colors have changed
i know i should not complain
as long as i maintain

i feel all these emotions
inside of me
oh inside of me
crawled out from inside
a hole the galaxy
of this galaxy

Oh i feel so strange
Everybody looks at me strange
i know i should not complain
as long as i maintain

i feel all these emotions
inside of me
oh inside of me
crawled out from inside
a hole of the galaxy
of this galaxy

Oh i feel so strange
all around me
the colors have changed
i know i should not complain
as long as i maintain
Track Name: Better Run
Hey what ya say now baby?
Tell me you are thinking of me?
Dont ya know the sky is falling?
So your world is crumbling down
Down
The only way is down

Ya better run
Sometimes love is no fun
Ya better run
Sometimes this love is no fun

Government will eat you
Shadows of war looming
(the) Whole world is burning
(the) Angels are revolting
Now
The only time is now

Ya better run
Sometimes love is no fun
Ya better run
Sometimes this love is no fun

Now baby tell me your sorry
And you'll never leave me
And you'll need me always
And you'll only think of me
Me
You'll only think of me

Ya better run
Sometimes love is no fun
Ya better run
Sometimes this love is no fun
Track Name: Black Sparrow
Black Spring
The fawning fool stood alone
Helpless
the pining lovers thought of home
Rhythm
Of my world
(will) dance & cry

She was a black sparrow
Bars in her windows
Cars casting shadows
Wings sharp as razors

Half crazed
Loneliness gripped his soul
Passing
Round and round
Here we go
Love me (her)
But i hope you know

She was a black sparrow
Bars in her windows
Cars casting shadows
Wings sharp as razors

She was a long, long way from home
She was a long, long way from home
Track Name: Let It Go
If I could
Id catch a star
Find a way to bring it down
(I'd) tie it up
Around my neck
And wear it as i walk around

Some might say
Its my usual way
To try so hard but it cant be found
It may be
Within my reach
I let it fall to the ground

Let it go
Let it fall to the ground
Like every little thing i touch
Let it go
The emptiness you feel
Makes that other shit not hurt so much

Hows about
you tell me baby?
Taste the ashes from my mouth
The music is over
This dance is over
And I'm a long long way from home

Blood shot eyes
Grey light skies
I feel so far away
I see your face
Its out of place man
Your eyes give you away

Let it go
Let it fall to the ground
Like every little thing i touch
Let it go
The emptiness you feel
Makes that other shit not hurt so much

May you reap
What you sow
You really think you are in control?
The days are dark
And bright with pain
You'll never see home again

Some might say
"Its the price you pay"
What more is there left to say?
Ill fight you hard
Till i fall
And i wont have it another way

Let it go
Let it fall to the ground
Like every little thing i touch
Let it go
The emptiness you feel
Makes that other shit not hurt so much
Track Name: Poison Wine
Night came on
dark was the night
blue was the light
Oh come on in

dripping down
like broken glass
flowers of chance
drown in flame

But i want to tell you
oh its people like you
people like you
i wanna be like you
i wanna love like you
i wanna live like you
people like you

Great star
wormwood fall
poison wine
eyes divine
you never get lonely
with the cannibals
crowned in gold
big shiny teeth

Oh but they'll tell you
"its people like you"
people like you
i wanna be like you
i wanna love like you
i wanna live like you
people be like you
Track Name: Hold Tight
All night
way down in the dirt
way down
oh baby, oh baby, oh baby
my baby ran away

oh we all fall down
im not the same
im down
We'll fall down

Hold tight
keep your head high
remember that your goal is to live in the sky
problems will come
problems will go
till the day that you die
hold tight
and keep your head high

What i know
is what i know
what i know
is what i know
She gets high
She gets high

When i look in your eyes babe
i get that fire babe
i gotta let it go
i gotta let it go
down baby down
i aint going down slow

Hold tight
keep your head high
remember that your goal is to live in the sky
problems will come
problems will go
till the day that you die
hold tight
and keep your head high
Track Name: Down
Wide awake
inside the evening
paid in flesh
its not easy
eyes are wild
lost in youth
there's no meaning
in their truths
all the lies
they stir your blood
hands are steady
are you ready?
my arms are open
i'm diving in your ocean

I'm down
down
down
down
down
down

Innocents
bathed in blood
dancing devils
falling angels
spinning plates
turning phrases
with their gods
and their praises
i'm afraid
you cant hide
out of place
out of mind
a canned life
tethered to a lie
so what you gonna do?
tell me what ya gonna do?

are you down?
down?
down?
down?
down?
down?
Track Name: Ice cream & Cigarettes
She was born in the city
beautiful baby
bright child of "god"
apple of her daddy's eye
til he stepped out for ice cream & cigarettes
and he never came back

just a kid and
already guilty of a crime
for being born unexpectedly
for being another mouth to feed
for being a girl
ya see mommy and daddy
mommy and daddy had other plans

Brutalized
marginalized
Her history was a silent one
but She carried Her burden well
So sick of half baked promises
and 5 am declarations
She wondered about life somewhere else

time
time is the only true currency
so whats your time worth to you?
You see
in Fat Kat City
All you do is Time
Track Name: City Girls
All by my hand
They go by
Heart of Hearts
Jet Black
Threadbare over-coat

How come you dont call my name anymore?
Yet you tell me
"i miss you baby"?

I fell for the sky
Love at your feet
The Night in your eyes
Dead end street

My Dark Angel
This Dark Creed
(and) these Serpents
These Serpents on my feet

She got a blade in her cheek
Slick as grease
Open up your belly
So dont you get ugly

You know ya gotta be crazy
She was sweet as candy

She wonders why
You even came
Why you stay?
Or who the hell you think you are?

He was
Fatally romantic
Overly dramatic
Certifiable
Crazy
Oh baby..

All by my hand
They go by
Heart of Hearts
Jet Black

That dream
I was chasing
Was just an invitation
To a broken heart
To a broken heart

She'll break your heart
Track Name: Moonpies & Pennywhistles
Behind the roses
in the hour of bitterness
an eternity of warm tears
drown out
my lost years

Hey yea
dont you say yea
oh it'll be alright
oh you dont know
say hey yea
dont you say yea
oh it'll be alright
but i dont know

i dont know &
you dont know

Midnight proverbs
violent shadow
trembling flower
as mad men
oh they whisper

Hey yea
oh dont you say yea
oh it'll be alright
oh but you dont know
say hey yea
dont you say
oh it'll be alright
i dont know

you can never go home again
you'll never go home again
Track Name: 7 League Boots
I'm leaving on a midnight train
take me far away from here
full moon is shining
pale light
im driving
take me far away from here

right now
because i wont wait
till i find
find my way home
right now baby
right now baby
right now

Cast you from the garden
better say a prayer
this aint no place of mercy
no safety
you'll find none here
take me far away from here
all of our lives
we play this game
a dance on through
a burning flame
and im burning baby
im burning baby
im burning

Worry on my mind
shadows on the wall
i'm hanging by a breeze
been crawling on my knees
7 leagues
7 league boots
Track Name: Blue Sky
Stumbling through the poison rain
Son of a violent Son
alone
with no direction home
Yea but its time to go

Guilty by association
no destination
off we go
down a hole
rabbit hole

Blue sky
find the truth
behind the lies
dark eyes
i'm lost in your sin
come on baby
you gotta let me in

I'm trapped on a singular path
going no where
and moving fast
i know
its time to go
i go alone

They say a body doesn't fall very fast
moving forward
no looking back
unknown
these boots find the road
i'm on the road

Blue sky
find the truth
behind the lies
dark eyes
i'm lost in your sin
come on baby
you gotta let me in