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Shimmering gifts of sentiment
Justify nobility
Speculate, don't criticize 'em
Nothing left but harmony

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Pull one brick from an endless wall
Would it drown us all?
And I'd do anything to see you smile again
But I'd go anywhere so as not to feel the pain

Nothing is done without effect
There's nothing done that won't reflect

You are lost to me, and I don't get it
You are lost to me, and I don't get it
You are lost and ain't nowhere
Better hold the phone

And I wanna' live and the fear is all gone
Wanna' protect, and I know what it's from
I wasn't made for secrets like these
Chinese whispered memories

You just need love like you say you do
May there never be a time when it won't get through
Yeah, you know how it is when something fits
And there's just a question of doing it

-- Beth Orton


Orton's main page is here.
Two Lone Swordsmen's main page is here.

*Or my attempt at transcribing a remix whose lyrics sound markedly different from those in the original version. [sigh]

The Madness of Our Love

Sound clips available directly from the artist. (Yay!)






I don't want to stop the madness of our love
Crazy things we do, I never tire of
Pebbles thrown against my window, while the city sleeps
The feeling that we'll be together for keeps
Passion ebbs and flows, and feeds the fire
Your midnight calls incite me with desire
You're some demented angel from above
I don't want to stop the madness of our love

Late-night embraces, no sleep leaves traces
Of mornings after, days gone by
The silent parting, stopping, starting
It all comes down to you and I

So come, My Love, be here with me
Let's not trifle 'bout eternity
We're here right now, and that's enough
I don't want to stop the madness of our love
No need to stop the madness of our love

-- Denise Jannah (music)/J. Gannij (lyrics)


Jannah's main page is here.

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So Many Rivers To Cross

Sound clip of Marcia Ball's cover version available here.






Hello, long distance friend
So good to hear your voice again
In my memory, you seem to stay
So close and yet so far away
So close and yet so far away

We've got a good connection, and that's hard to find
I can't wait forever on this telephone line
'Cause it's getting late, and my room's so dark
I sure could use a little heart-to-heart
Yes, I sure could use a little heart-to-heart

But I'm so many miles from your loving
So many miles from your touch
So many roads standing between us
So many rivers to cross

I got your letters
I got your postcards, too
And I get the picture, yeah, of me and you
We've got short hellos and long goodbyes
Like two trains passing in the night
Like two trains passing in the night

Operator, please try again
I got disconnected on the other end
And now I'm low on change, and high on time
There's a lonesome whistle coming through the line
There's a lonesome whistle coming through the line...

-- Jodi Siegel/Daniel Moore


Ball's homepage is available here.

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Okay, Cut The Music (2009 Edition)

Just a little PSA for old and/or new LJ friends:

This journal doesn't jump much, I admit. It's basically a storage space for whatever songs I'm listening to obsessively over and over again, patterning a fic and/or piece of artwork after. Yes, I'm freely indulging my free-roaming pretensions-- for free! (Because I'm too broke cheap to shell out for a paid account.)

Which brings me to the Rhapsody dot com thing. I have used them to link to several sound clips, but I am not a Rhapsody dot com subscriber. In fact, I recently heard some less than flattering things about them from somebody I know IRL. So bear in mind that mine is a marriage of convenience to them and to any other company I'm linking to in this journal. No endorsements, no compensation, no harm, no foul, at least until further notice. Caveat Emptor, blah blah blah.

Thanks. Enjoy the show, and please make sure that your cellphone stays switched off during the performances. ;)

-- cleome45

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Fighting With Fire

Sound clips available here






He wants to keep in contract
He wants to buy the things he doesn't understand
He wants all the credit
He wants the right to the soul of every man

Well, I'm not above him, but I want to go
Down below the surface, where he lives

Fighting with fire
Money is the only thing he has

He wants to get down to business
It's a long way down
But he'll go the extra mile
I wonder when all this started?
Who left him empty-hearted
When he was a child?

Well, I'm not above him, but I want to go
Down below the surface, where he lives

Fighting with fire
Money is the only thing he has
Money is the only thing he has...

-- Sam Phillips


Phillips' homepage is available here.

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Nobody To Blame

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Gather 'round, People
Come hear the call.
You gots to come down to the Judgment Hall.
You talk about sin, all about vice,
You talk about it, yet forget to see the light.

You got nobody to blame
When The Devil come 'n call your name.

You got one hand out,
The other in your pocket
You got no shame, he wants this soul in his locket.
To finally win, you've sunk so low,
For a hundred bucks, he gonna' save your soul.

You got nobody to blame
When The Devil come 'n call your name.

Find me a preachin', political man
Might be somebody, your best friend
To watch your back, a trusted soul
Listen to you howl when you lose control.

-- James Solberg


Solberg's homepage is available here.

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Red July Prelude

Sound clips available here.






When I was young, I would swing on a swing.
Cares would go flying so far and away.
Dreams I would dream would come crashing through
And the stars they would cry, for the last Red July.
Slow as the turtles would crawl, the sunset would bleed
And the mountains stood firmly in place.
When I was a child, and the music was blaring
Angels fled, fearing the last Red July.

Red July, don't want another
Don't want to see another Red July.
Not another Red, running down my head
Thinking of all those sad, sad things that we said
That July.

-- KJ Denhert


Denhert's homepage is available here.

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Illusion Suite

Sound clips available here.





Romance
A glance of poetry
And yes, your smile
Light in the trees.
I hold your love
As it's my own.
Or is this just a sweet illusion?

Fate will
Decide if this is true.
I long
To make this vision last
But I know
I can't go on like this.
To live inside a sweet illusion
Drifting in your poetry
I was blind, but now I see
All this passion
Right here in my heart.

To be
Trapped in
A sweet illusion

Please let me go
Sweet illusion.

-- Stanley Cowell (music)/Dean Bowman (words)

Saxophonist/Composer Jane Bunnett's page is here.
Singer/Songwriter Dean Bowman's MySpace page is here.
Short Artist Direct bio of pianist/composer Stanley Cowell is here.

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Stealaway

Sound clip is here.





In Cochabamba
La Paz, Bolivia
High in the Andes
Or high through the Pyrenees
Oh, it would be a breeze

Let's book a flight today
I need a holiday
Why don't we just steal away?
Stealaway...

Go down to Sri Lanka
Or Andalusia
Fly down to Bali
See Serches by the sea
It would be heavenly

Let's book a flight today
I need a holiday
Why don't we just steal away?
Stealaway...

-- Fay Victor (music) /Jochem Van Dijk (words)


Victor's homepage is available here.

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The Good Life

Sound clip of the Betty Carter (1930-1998) version is here.





Oh, the good life full of fun seems to be the ideal
Mmmm, the good life lets you hide all the sadness you feel
You won't really fall in love, for you can't take the chance
So please be honest with yourself, don't try to fake romance

It's the good life, to be free and explore the unknown
Like the heartaches, when you learn you must face them alone
Please remember, I still want you, and in case you wonder why
Well, just wake up, kiss the good life goodbye.

-- Alexander Sacha Distel (music) /Jack Reardon (lyrics)


Biographical page about Carter available here.

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