Ars Amatoria

by pHoenix Pagliacci



"Ars Amatoria" is an R&B album with much depth and audible depiction. This album is a collaborative effort between words and emotions, between love and honesty, between poetry and song. "Ars Amatoria" is a collection of literature from the ancient Roman poet Ovid. Translating into "Art of Love", this album is an auditory cohesion of poetry and song, designed to provide an array of emotion to the listener, allowing for multiple definitions of an often misinterpreted, misunderstood concept: love.


released February 14, 2016

Married to My Books was written by pHoenix Pagliacci.
Nobody Compares to You was was written by pHoenix Pagliacci and produced by E. Jones of The Soul Council for Jamla Records.
As You Sleep was written by pHoenix Pagliacci.
I Need You was written by pHoenix Pagliacci and produced by Tone Mason.
Man Like Me was written by pHoenix Pagliacci.
Gossip Folk 2.0 was written by pHoenix Pagliacci and produced by Rich Kidd and LordQuest.
B.A.F. was written by pHoenix Pagliacci and Tass Nata. Produced by KemiKAL
Last Night was written by pHoenix Pagliacci.
Claustrophobic was written by pHoenix Pagliacci and produced by Neutronz and DJ NaNa.
When I'm With You was written by
Everyday was written by pHoenix Pagliacci and Junia-T. Produced by Junia-T.
Recording was done by DJ Mercilless at Tabernacle321.
Mixing & Mastering was done by Fizo for Herd the Trains.
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Track Name: Fiance of My Books (poem)
They said I'd never love again, I didn't buy it
I'd been in love before, so again I thought I 'd try it
They warned me not to do it, as refreshing as it looks
I was told to stay engaged as the fiance of my books

But I chose not to listen, now I'm on page 4
Chapter 6 of "Why the Fuck Don't He Want Me No More?"

Flip the page back a bit, scannin through chapter 3
Readin "How I Can Change Him and Make Him Love Me"

Put the book down a bit, jot a couple of notes
Cause I'm guaranteed an A+ if it's all quotes

So I study Chapter 12 of "What He'll Say to Hint He's Done"
Read the preface from the author: "Dedicated to the one"

Didn't think that the book would be of any use to me
So I turned off the books and turned on the TV

"Are you tired of being just the chick on the side?
Well now you can do so and still have your pride!

"New and improved desensitization!
It works fast, works quick, and is sweeping the nation!

"Call the number on your screen to find out how!
Only so and so left, so hurry, act NOW!"

Turned the TV off quickly and opened the pages
Of a book I had not touched in so many ages

Blew the dust off the cover, the pages seemed new
Read the title out loud: "How to Love You For You"

Read that book front to back in a matter of minutes
Seemed like it had not enough pages within it

After closing the cover and reading the end
I decided that I was my only true friend

I vowed always to be there for me, no matter what
And would ignore my heart and follow my gut

They said I'd never love again, I didn't buy it
I'd been in love before, so again I thought I 'd try it
They warned me not to do it, as refreshing as it looks
I was told to stay engaged as the fiance of my books
Track Name: As You Sleep (poem)
...and as you sleep tonight, just know
My love for you each day does grow
And every time you close your eyes
For your pain I apologize
Whenever you lie down I pray
That in my life you’ll always stay
I’m thankful my wrongs you’ve made right
And appreciate you every night
There will be times when I’m not there
But somehow, know I’ll always care
I can’t afford to lose a friend
I know will be there til the end
And so I cherish you forever
What we have will perish never
As you sleep, this one thing know
I’ll never stop to let you go...
Track Name: Man Like Me (poem)
I realized today I need a man like me,
A man who loves Hip-Hop and R&B
A man who's just fine with chillin for a while,
Doesn't judge cuz his girl's got her own damn style.

A man who can cry and not hide in his sleeves,
A man who can speak what he truly believes
A man who knows just how to make me giggle
Loves the way that I walk, dip, sway and wiggle

I woke up to needing a man like me
When my soul is enslaved, he will set me free
He will write me a song with no paper and pen
If I don't recollect, he'll just tell me again

If I tell him "not now", there's no love lost,
He'll be there when I need him, no matter the cost
We can laugh if we want, we don't need any humor
He'll believe his own girl over any old rumor

When I'm being a bitch, he'll still love me the same
When I make a mistake, he'll correct and not blame
He will tell me I'm beauty, a queen in his eyes
We will always be honest,we'llhave no room for lies

If I ask if he likes it, he'll tell me he doesn't
He'll text me at work and make me wish I wasn't
He'll get mad at me but he'll never react
If he has to step out, I know he'll be right back

We can go out for dinner and movies just 'cause
And do all of the things that a real dream team does
We can go on vacation and never leave town
He'll know just what to do when his girl's feelin down

On the rainiest day, he'll know just what I want
I'll come over and chill, we'll listen to Avant,
Lee Carr, Anthony, Raphael and Mystique
all the things he would say if he could only speak

I realized today that this man hasn't met me
There's no man around who can say that they get me
So until the day that is the day there are no more,
I'll look in the mirror for what I long for.
Track Name: Last Night (poem)
Last night was the last night...

Last night, I reached out to you, to save you
but you jumped before I could grab you
because you couldn't wait

Last night I had every intention of coming back
of being happy
of being with you with you with you with you with you
but you didn't want to hear it

Last night I wanted to talk to you
I was upset but still wanted us
Still wanted to give you me
but you hung up so abruptly

Last night I thought about everything we've been through
about all the pain
all the pleasure
all the rain...
but you didn't want to wait for my umbrella ella ella eh eh eh

Last night I tried to wait out the pain
I tried to turn it into peace
but with every text
every call
every stop
I realized I was going the wrong way

And part of me wants to scream
but only on the inside
Part of me wants to be mad
but only until forever

But I refuse to cry
because you let go
I wanted to save you
I wanted you to be safe
I wanted to be safe with you

I wanted you to be out of harm's way, away from the frigid waters that turn you oh so cold, oh so cruel. oh so careless...
but you looked at me, then your watch
because you couldn't wait
you couldn't wait for me.

That's why I couldn't cry.
Not last night.
Track Name: When I'm With You (poem)
When I'm with you,
eternity is a step away,
my love continues to grow,
with each passing day.

This treasure of love,
I cherish within my soul,
how much I love you...
you'll never really know.

You bring a joy to my heart,
I've never felt before,
with each touch of your hand,
I love you more and more.

Whenever we say goodbye,
whenever we part,
know I hold you dearly,
deep inside my heart.

So these seven words,
I pray you hold true,
"Forever And Always,
I Will Love You."

- Chris Engle -