Metropolitan Avenue

by Len Xiang

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The album’s cover states the obvious. Metropolitan Avenue is a subway station along the G line in Brooklyn, New York where many have sighted Len Xiang performing on its platform. However, there is much more to this album than meets the eye. “Metropolitan Avenue” is a paradoxical interpretation of the “underground”. The lyrics to the album’s hit song, “Waiting on the Sun”, can be understood in two ways, one that sends chills up your spine in anticipation of an encounter with Dracula and another that tells the dark truth about black American slaves planning their escape, taking revenge and gaining their freedom. Both meanings, hauntingly risqué. “Necromancing”, “Black Magic” , “Killer”, and "Shoot Out" also play with double entendres. Life “underground” as an artist, terror or runaway slave leans to Len Xiang’s deliberate exploitation of the ambiguities of the underground world.

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released March 1, 2017

Recorded Mix and mastered by Mark Evans
Photo by Christopher Chan

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Len Xiang Brooklyn, New York

Len Xiang is a soulful acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter. His music is an eclectic blend of soul, blues, folk, rock and hiphop that tells a story of social consciousness and artfully addresses the collective issues of today.

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Track Name: Waiting on the Sun
Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down
Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down

VERSE 1

It's time for me to feed, tonight's my hunting ground
I've been lost, for a millennia now
The only thing remains, is the blood in my vains,
It's running cold, but burning like a flame

CHORUS

Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down
Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down

VERSE 2

I howl at the moon, the moon is on the rise
You can see eternal, hunger in my eyes
I suggest you run, find somewhere to hide
My damnation, is what's keeping me alive

CHORUS

Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down
Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down

BRIDGE

Ash to ash
Dusk to dusk
The moonlight
Doesn't burn quite as much
The only thing remains, is the blood in my vains,
It's running cold, but burning like a flame
and I suggest you run and find somewhere to hide
my damnation is what's keeping me alive

CHORUS

Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down
Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down
Sun to go down
Sun to go down
Sun to go down
Sun to go down
Track Name: Necromancer
INTRO
Alas,
The twilight

VERSE 1
Death is on its way,
You can see the vultures play,
The very last light of day,
Hunger is kept at bay,
Your silver won’t work today,
From the beast there’s no escape

Sunshine
Sunshine
Leave love and light behind

CHORUS

The Necromancer got your soul,
The underworld won’t let it go,
You can try to take control
Freeze as the hell winds blow

Sunshine
Sunshine
Leave love and light behind

VERSE 2
From the beast there’s no escape
Your silver bullets won’t work today
Hunger is kept is bay
Until the very last light of the day
You can see the vultures play
When death is on its way

CHORUS 2

Sunshine
Sunshine
Leave love and light behind

The Necromancer got your soul,
The underworld won’t let it go,
You can try to take control
Freeze as the hell winds blow

Sunshine
Sunshine
Leave love and light behind

Sunshine
Sunshine
Leave love and life behind

Sunshine
Sunshine
Leave love and life behind

Bridge
Track Name: Killer
VERSE 1
When I was young,
Just a little kid,
My mama noticed,
The funny things I did,
I only want to be,
Just left alone,
Just in my,
Unhappy home,
I’ll never forget that day,
My teacher asked me,
What you wanna be when you grow up,
I said you’ll see
I looked her in the eye
And I said,

CHORUS
Gonna be a killer,
Yeah,
A killer,
Yeah,

VERSE 2
Now when the moon shines,
It’s taking over me,
And I can’t lie,
It’s making me happy,
I’ll never forget that night,
My preacher asked me,
What do you want out of life,
I said to set you free,
I looked him in the eye,
And I said,

CHORUS 2

Gonna be a killer,
Yeah,
A muthafuckin’ killer,
Yeah

BRIDGE

Well I need the band to break it down

I ain’t going back to jail,
Gotta catch me first,
Either one way,
you want me up in a hurst,
Take me alive,
No way,
Take me alive,
No way,
I’m a killer,
I’m a killer,
Coldblooded killer,
A fucking killer,
I’m a killer,
A filthy killer,
Yeah, yeah
Yea, yea
Track Name: Black Magic
VERSE 1
Merlin got a spell on me,
I promised I would not tell,
What a catastrophe,
Got me wishing in a wishing well,
The dragon in the sky,
They seem to laugh at me,
You try to survive,
But doomed for eternity,

CHORUS
And you wish you were anywhere,
But here,
You wish you were anywhere,
But here

VERSE 2
Her eyes are glowing red,
You’re breathing but you’re better off dead,
You thought you escaped this this hell,
But you ain’t seen nothing yet,
The dragon in the sky,
They seem to laugh at she,
She tries to survive,
But doomed for eternity,

CHORUS 2
And she wish she was anywhere,
But here,
She wish she was anywhere,
But here

As her hope and her dreams start to disappear,
She wish she was anywhere but here

VERSE 3
As your skin starts to crawl,
He hides the bite from them all,
Their unit starts to fall,
zombie apocalypse starts to call,
The dragon in the sky,
It seems to laugh at he,
He tries to survive,
He tries day and night,
To stay alive,
To stay alive,
But he won’t stay alive,

CHORUS 3
And he wish he was anywhere,
But here,
He wish he was anywhere,
But here,
As his hopes and his dreams start to disappear,
He wish he was anywhere,
He wish he was anywhere,
He wish he was anywhere,
But here,
But here,
But here,

What cha you know about this black magic?
Track Name: Waiting on the Sun (Remix)
Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down
Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down

VERSE 1

It's time for me to feed, tonight's my hunting ground
I've been lost, for a millennia now
The only thing remains, is the blood in my vains,
It's running cold, but burning like a flame

CHORUS

Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down
Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down

VERSE 2

I howl at the moon, the moon is on the rise
You can see eternal, hunger in my eyes
I suggest you run, find somewhere to hide
My damnation, is what's keeping me alive

CHORUS

Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down
Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down

BRIDGE

Ash to ash
Dusk to dusk
The moonlight
Doesn't burn quite as much
The only thing remains, is the blood in my vains,
It's running cold, but burning like a flame
and I suggest you run and find somewhere to hide
my damnation is what's keeping me alive

CHORUS

Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down
Waiting on the sun, the sun to go down
Sun to go down
Sun to go down
Sun to go down
Sun to go down