Audra

by Audra

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Somewhere between a Tim Burton landscape and a Dorian Gray painting.

Based out of Mesa, Arizona, Audra is Bret Helm (vocals, bass), Bart Helm (guitar, piano) and J. DeWolfe (drums, percussion). Audra broke out onto the national scene in 2000 when they signed with indie label, Projekt Records. After two well-received albums and well-over 300 live performances, the band decided to leave Projekt and go back to the ‘do-it-yourself’ approach that started their career in the mid-90s. 

Much like other ‘family’ bands such as Oasis, The Black Crowes and Jesus & Mary Chain, Audra is fueled by the unique chemistry that is generated from brothers Bret and Bart Helm.

This self-titled album is Audra's debut and was originally released on July 11, 2000 on Projekt Records.

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released July 11, 2000

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Audra Mesa, Arizona

Formed in 1991 by brothers Bret & Bart Helm in Mesa, AZ. They have since released 3 full-length albums (2 via Projekt Records) & have a new album coming August 2019 (featuring a guest appearance by Mike VanPortfleet of Lycia). Over the years, Audra has performed with Peter Murphy, The Mission, Gene Loves Jezebel, Nitzer Ebb, AFI, She Wants Revenge, Concrete Blonde, New Model Army & many others. ... more

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Track Name: In All Our Androgyny
I can see it in the sky
Like I can see it in the mirror
The way the light hits the ground
The way it touches the side of my face
I can see it in the clouds
Like I can see it in my eyes

Being there is like holding yourself
Like kissing yourself
In all our androgyny

I can see their faces change
Like I can see my own at midnight
The way they seem as a mask
The way I’m a stranger to myself
I can see it in the water
Like I can see it where the rivers meet

They are taking what is given to them
I would not hesitate to take it again

Being there is like holding yourself
Like kissing yourself
In all our androgyny
Track Name: Venus
There is another world
A place only I can see
I stare at the possibility
Of stepping through
Not only myself but with you

When you’re alone
There’s always something...

And I hear a voice
And it’s so soft
It’s like touching the air
It whispers poetry
When the lights go dim

Venus left me standing alone
The sun is a candle left to burn
After your eyes close
Nothing exists for me

I need to get drunk
On your tears
On your fears
And on your body
On your body I fear I am lost
Track Name: Don't Whisper My Name In The Dark
I’m screaming out to all of you
But you don’t even hear me
There is a black shadow passing over me
And it’s at that moment
When you regret ever thinking in the dark

You are all in front of me
But are your eyes really seeing me

I am here
Suffering
From myself
In the worst dream
Of my life

Don’t whisper my name in the dark
Disappear and become air
Say goodbye
I’ll go away
I can’t come back
Where I’m going to

I’ve burnt my candle to the ground
I’m dripping all over the ground
Don’t whisper my name in the dark
There are no secrets just a voice
Just a voice

Don’t whisper my name in the dark
Because I’m not there
Track Name: Spiked With Black And Rum
Hiding behind superstitions
Gets me nowhere
I know what it’s like
To have clipped wings
I can’t even fly anymore
The past has fallen
With my hair to the ground

And I’m left dizzy
Spiked with black and rum
Staring into the eyes of a doll
That looks back
Through glass and emptiness
My problems lie in my obsessions

There are no stars, only images
Track Name: What Your Eyes Had Seen
Lying on crimson sheets
Still young with a friend on the road
I see you in my mind laughing
Now in front of everyone in a metal box

Eyes closed with bullet holes
Don’t you cry out for your mother
She’s too far away to listen
But she sees you now
Like your father
Who looks a lot like you do

The motel screams
But it was time to sleep
Time to sleep through the night
But the door swung open
In a crystal haze
Now your night lasts forever
And now your night lasts FOREVER

In my dream I found you
Smoking with a glass in your hand
They walk up to you hand in hand
And I imagine what your eyes had seen
Track Name: Flowers
I have some flowers
That I wanted to give to you
I picked them from a garden far away
Where no one will notice they’re gone

I want to walk up to your,
To your window and knock softly
And hand them to you one at a time
Until your arms are filled

I have some flowers
That I’m bringing especially for you
I thought that they would match your eyes
In the garden I’ll tie them together

I want to walk up to your,
To your window and knock softly
And hand them to you one at a time
Until your arms are filled

I have some flowers
That I’ll leave on your doorstep
I’m leaving them with no name
I’ll run and hide in the soft shadows
Of your garden and walk away

I want to walk up to your,
To your window and knock softly
And hand them to you one at a time
Until your arms are filled

But even if I could knock
You would have never answered
If you knew it was me
Track Name: 2 Girls In 1 Dress
2 girls in 1 dress
On the sidewalk
It’s been so long
I forgot how to sleep

I’m looking on the streets for you
I’m looking in the alleys for you

2 girls in 1 dress
Lie dead on the sidewalk
It’s been so long...

It's been so long
I forgot how to sleep

I’m looking on the streets for you
I’m looking in the alleys for you

2 girls in 1 dress
Lie dead on the sidewalk

Tonight I’m crying backwards
My shadow looks the other way
Track Name: Cupid
Oh, don’t let me die that way
Alone with a scream
Cold in the night
Black, pink and red

Terror on their faces
Terror on mine
“I’m sorry,
He’s dead.”

Concrete tears a trail
To a path in a garden
Unmarked friends
Lying in eternity

Oh, don’t let me die that way
Alone with a scream
Cold in the night
Black, pink and red

Terror on their faces
Terror on mine
“I’m sorry,
He’s dead.”

Concrete tears a trail
To a path in a garden
Unmarked friends
Lying in eternity

An ancient soul encased
In a youthful body
A flying god
Striking hearts with a purr
Track Name: The Dancing Images
“Don’t.” says a beautiful lady
“Do.” says another
He opts for a quick drink in postponement
I’ll be waiting, I’ll be waiting

He rolls his way across the floor
To see the dancing images in the glasses

The mirror does not display as much as he’d like
Yet does he really want to see
What’s behind the door

And is he ready
To unleash something he can never contain

The bar is closing and all that remains
Are the two frail hands and the face of a ghost
I’m waiting. I’m waiting

The bar is closing
And all that remains
Are my two frail hands

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