In Tokens & Charms

by Prateek Kuhad

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released January 21, 2015

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Prateek Kuhad New Delhi, India

With the release of his much awaited debut album, In Tokens & Charms, in January 2015, Delhi-based singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad firmly established himself as one of the frontrunners in the Indian independent music scene.

Prateek, with his unique blend of minimal, folk arrangements and pop rock melodies, effortlessly captures life’s complexities in his songs.
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Track Name: Oh Love
Don’t worry about me, I’ve got another Hour or so to kill
Don’t worry about me, I’ll find another place to begin
It’s overdone, have faith, have patience my love
It’s an overture, the rest is yet to come
Oh, it’s time, oh love, be mine No go slow, so high, solo
Don’t worry about me, i’ll fake another trip to reverie
Don’t worry about me, i’ve got a million tricks up my sleeves we’ll never know, how near, how far can this go
So don’t you fret, my dear, by now you should know
Oh oh, it’s time, oh love be mine behold these eyes, oh love be mine
Behold these eyes, there’s a fire that burns inside my soul, go feign another side of you tonight,
is for another time
for another time
Oh oh, it’s time, to make up your mind Don’t waste time, oh love be mine
Oh love be mine
Track Name: Holding On
It was shown and behold her hair was golden
Her eyes were blue, as the sea was bold
And free
Her eyes were bold and free

We grew with the town, we laughed and we frowned
Our eyes withdrawn, but our hearts were bold
And free
Our hearts were bold and free.


We walked with our shadows behind us and close
We danced with our bodies with me
holding on to you
And you holding on to me

We painted the sky, with blues of a thousand kinds
We were fools, for the moon was ahead all this while
The moon was ahead all the time

So broken and done, our souls and our bones
May be old and sore, but our eyes they shone like the sun
Our eyes they shone like the sun

We walked with our shadows behind us and close
We danced with our bodies with me
holding on to you
And you holding on to me
Track Name: Flames
cold feet were a trademark with you
and all the old games we played
and all the flames that did fade

truth be told, all our dreams are sold
and all the foul play we hate
and all the flames that did fade

So true to my game,
I did hope it would change
for my pride is you
my only find is you
and all my time is you

before i try to bleed
before my soul does sleep
I’m overwhelmed with you
my only find is you
and all my time is you


So true to my game,
I did hope it would change

for my pride is you
my only find is you
and all my time is you
Track Name: Into the Night
When I was young I could tell between the moon and the stars
And I would hold my breath underwater for a minute and a half

you came along, to be my baby
And then you came along, to be my darlin

Love, when did I learn to be perfectly fine, with the
wind in my hair and the cold of my feet
was gone then you came along to be my baby
love, then you came along, to be my darling

It was love before I even held your hands
It was love and I could tell that I was weak
in the knees and so we danced our time away
into the night

I thought I was, born in a jungle but I was born
in a palace of green and I couldn’t stay
another night without holding my knees between yours
another night without feeling your lips on mine

baby if they, call me a failure you could be my prize
if my life is a joke, you could be my smile
another home, another land, another city
if it means that i could be a better man in your eyes

It was love before I even held your hands
It was love and I could tell that I was weak
in the knees and so we danced our time away
into the night

It was love, before i even closed my eyes
It was love and I could tell that you were holding your breath
And so we sang our hearts, out into the night.
Track Name: Go
Don’t leave me hanging sideways
We are drunk and driving highways
and our bodies are inclined

to escape the morning light you
bring your hopes up with the sunrise
but our heart lies someplace else

we are hidden behind these window sills
and we are hidden behind these sheets that never end

if you go, I won’t even know
when you leave, i won’t even show it now

i did try to be your lover,
it was beautiful under covers
and our bodies were inclined

we are wasted in our youth and
we are spent and we are clueless
did we question our souls

we are hidden behind these window sills
and we are hidden behind these sheets that never end

if you go, I won’t even know
when you leave, i won’t even show it now
Track Name: Fire
Oh, would you call me a liar
If I told you my love, had no end

Oh, would you call me a liar
If I told you my love, had no beginning

No one was hiding
what we were trying to find
was always there

we were just not aware
we were folding our jeans
to step into the salty sea
let the sand stick to our toes
until we fall asleep

Oh, would you call me a liar
Oh, can you hold my fire, for me.
Track Name: Held You Tight
I hold my breath and
slow my heart beat when
You console me
Babe you showed me the light

when i’m lonely
when i’m over the edge
you can fool me
babe you showed me the light
I have held you tight
could not open my eyes

I pride myself in
knowing you so well
but you know me
babe you showed me the light

In my heartache, in my
lonesome time
babe you found me
babe you showed me the light
I have held you tight
could not open my eyes

so lets start over
I’ll pour my heart out to you
oh i’m clueless
babe you showed me the light

so we saunter
through a thousand suns
we’ll just wander
babe you’ll showed me the light

I have held you tight
could not open my eyes
Track Name: Be At Ease
I'm glaring wildly at traces of love
Staring blankly at signs from above
Breathe under the sun, living without kin or kith
We are all looking for someone to be at ease with.

And wined and dined, a trollop at nine
Believe it or not, she’s doing fine
Often, everything that we know turns out a myth
We are all looking for someone to be at ease with.

Ease, to be at ease.
To be at ease
To be at ease

A drop of luck, a pinch of fate
Lift your heart, it’s never too late
Sow your blood, reap your flesh, hold steady your scythe
we are all looking for someone to be at ease
and we are all looking for someone to be at peace
Track Name: Cold Shoulders
We crossed our desires, we crossed our eyes
in tokens, in charms, in smoke, in kind
we spent it all,
we buried our cause
we straightened our spine

swayed and fettered, swooned and crowned
even the bliss is pain somehow
I read up on glances and tethered to chances
eloped with the sounds

How did you perceive me
How did you complete me
cold shoulders apart
sway into my arms
slip into my heart

I stumbled with grace in my stride
I cordoned my hopes to one side
I slipped on my swerves
I balanced on curves
I slowed down my ride

oh when you were faded, you looked away
when you were spoken, when you refrained
I called in my favours
I called in my troops
I left you alone

tired of being only
the rain, the sun, the lonely
cold shoulders apart
sway into my arms
slip into my heart
Track Name: Artist
She thinks of herself
as an artist
She walks to the show
like a queen

Her demeanour is slick
and she can turn you down with a flick of her fingers
if she feels it

She thinks of herself
as a lady
she walks by the aisle
with grace

her hair flows down her neck
and she might even give you a peck on your lips
if she feels it

She thinks of herself
as an artist
ooooh, she’s an artist