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Nineteen

by Uliya

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Nineteen is out today on my birthday, 10/25, and available on all streaming/downloading services. It debuts my mixing skills, and features my vocals/songwriting/music production. It is a rework of the vocals from a track I released in 2016 as part of my Life Is Grand EP. This version is a cinematic electronic ballad, inflected with the sounds of South Asia.

This release marks the 10 year anniversary of an event that changed my life on my 19th birthday, but most importantly, a turning of the tide for this water baby. I’ve always been in love, since the day I was born, probably before. I’m reclaiming that feeling of being in love with everything, and reclaiming the sacredness of my body, mind, soul, and heart. I guess I could say that 29 is a bigger deal for me than 30 will be.

In Nineteen, I ruminate about love, loss, healing, and strength. It centers a positive love experience in the present that helps to heal wounds formed from a negative/traumatic one in the past. As with all my music, my hope for Nineteen is that it can transport listeners to deeper states of reflection, healing, and loving, and help to inspire new futures.

Cover art by me, photo by Abhas M, www.abhasmisraraj.com

lyrics

I never knew there was a gentle love
A patient love
A curious sensual love
I never knew that you'd be special love
That you'd open me
I'm drowning in this flood

You took me back there
I felt nineteen all over agin
You healed my wounds, babe
The ones he placed inside of my head, that night on his bed

It's like we had powers to bend time and space
It's like we traveled back and put you in his place
I wanna hold you and never let you go
But you don't belong to me I don't know you anymore
You don't belong to me I will do this one my own

Our bodies entangled like they'd met before
They'd touched before
Centuries ago
I only met you but a minute go
Now I'm sneaking around like a child
Wanting more

You took me back there
I felt nineteen all over agin
You healed my wounds, babe
The ones he placed inside of my head, that night on his bed

It's like we had powers to bend time and space
It's like we traveled back and put you in his place
I wanna hold you and never let you go
But you don't belong to me I don't know you anymore
You don't belong to me I will do this one my own

I wanna do over
I wanna
I wanna
I wanna do over
Yea
I wanna do over do over do over
I wanna do over
Yea

It's like we had powers to bend time and space
It's like we traveled back and put you in his place
I wanna hold you and never let you go
But you don't belong to me I don't know you anymore
You don't belong to me I will do this one my own

You took me back there...

credits

released October 25, 2018
Mastering: Bob M of Subvert Central Mastering

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Uliya Houston, Texas

Uliya's influenced by heavy rain; colors like cobalt blue; their healing journey; artistic comrades; diaspora; the inevitability of change; and fluidity.

They create from their digital home, monsoon dreaming. They hope you keep in touch by visiting www.uliyx.xyz and subscribing to their newsletter.
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