Parlor Walls

by Kara Suzanne

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Parlor Walls is certainly more Nashville than Big Apple. Yes, there’s country in this album. But don’t expect paeans to pickup trucks or tear-in-the-beer ballads about cheatin’ hearts. Elements of folk, rock and blues are all there, too. But the brilliant thing about this release is how all of the genres congeal together, melodiously, in the same pot. The band bridges the divide between blues, country, folk and rock; but they’re also not afraid of burning those bridges when the muse summons. The music fits under the umbrella of Americana/roots music without getting wet, but in another sense, this is roots music without roots. It’s as close to the farm as it is to the freeway. And that might be what’s most refreshing about this release; it’s homeless and it belongs somewhere at the same time. - Chris Zebo, Maroon Weekly

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released 26 January 2010

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The Gojos:
David Cieri - keyboards
Steve Lewis - guitars
Bill Mead - drums
Jordan Scannella - basses
Kara Suzanne - guitar & vocal

Additional Musicians:
Dan Brantigan - evi, flugel horn, trumpet
Geoff Burke - tenor sax
Alysse Fischer - harmony vocal
Rick Kwan - melodian organ, prepared piano
Dennis Lichtmann - clarinet
Putnam Murdock - acoustic guitar
Josh Sinton - bass clarinet
Wake Up With Me Choir - John DeLore, Michael Leedy, Steve Lewis, Nic Marshall, Tomiko Peirano, Bryan Pugh, Kara Suzanne, Courtenay Symonds

All songs by Kara Suzanne ©2010 Sublimity, LLC. www.sublimitynyc.com

Produced, recorded and mixed by Bryan Pugh www.pughtube.com
Mastered by Kevin Blackler www.blacklermastering.com
Assistant Engineer - Adam Armstrong
Recorded at Dreamland Recording (West Hurley, NY), One East Recording (New York, NY) and in Prospect Park (Brooklyn, NY)
Mixed at Fourare Studios (Brooklyn, NY)
Mastered at Blackler Mastering (Brooklyn, NY)

Management by Margaret Holmes
Album artwork by Chad Pugh www.thebigpugh.com
Album cover photo of Kara Suzanne by Craig McCord

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Kara Suzanne New York

Part sullen cowgirl, part seductive cabaret singer and all soulful folk-rock songstress. Kara bewitches audiences with her original songs that are simultaneously heartbreaking and carefree. She's this generation's answer to Dolly Parton and Patty Griffin.

- Jack Douglas
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Track Name: You're for Real
Feels like a ploy to employ me for life
Performing acts to distract me from time
Wash it all down with a round of good old propaganda
I want to believe
I want to believe that indeed
You're for, you're for real
That you're for, you're for real
Track Name: Madeliene
The night before the morning after
A bird frozen in amber for all the world to see

With all the fleeting forms
He had loved and lost
His kindred albatross evermore
The one and only Madeliene

A rainy beach at Manzanita
Where they grew up on other sides of town
He saw her once and he knew her always
Finally this time around

With all the fleeting forms
He had loved and lost
His kindred albatross evermore
His one and only Madeliene

An awake heart, her hopes for man
Written in her little tune, lalalalalalala
Cause she knows she will be alright
And he knows she will be alright
Track Name: Eyes Wide
Undertaker, take me under
Hide me from myself
I might fight you or delight you see with me
You can never tell

Eyes wide open against the wall
It's funny I can't see, nothing at all

Ink-stained wretches and old man letches
Can do no harm to me
I got it covered like it's G.I. Jane time
When you're chained I make great company

Eyes wide open against this wall
It's funny I can't see, nothing at all

Slow down, baby slow down
Slow down baby, slow down baby slow down
Slow down baby, you've got nothing on me

Sabotage in camouflage
Isolated greatest threat
Then I see it's just little old me and rationality haven't met

Eyes wide open against the wall
It's funny I can't see, nothing at all
Track Name: Parlor Walls
Will you rock me like a child
Man how I lived in style
Just like a little queen
Always fed and always clean

We had a little house
Clothes that Momma made
Still I questioned and I cried
Asking where and asking why

Like why's that man use a street for a bed
And why's he beggin' us for our pennies to be fed (or so he says)

Tell me Daddy what could bring a man that low
Well my dear, he said, the fear made it so
Made it so, made it so, well my dear the fear made it so

I was never one, for watching Parlor Walls
How I wish that were true
Cause they've got me and they've got you
They've got me and they've got you

Tell me Daddy what could bring a land that low
Well my dear the fear made it so
Made it so, made it so, well my dear the fear made it so

Then the bad times came and they took poor dad's light
And he went down in the dark
I couldn't fight though how I tried

Tell me Daddy what brought you this low
Well my dear my fear made it so
Made it so, made it so
I'm sorry my dear
Track Name: Bits of Blue
Take me down to the corner store line me up like you do
Fortune hunters sniffing around taking in my new bit of blue
Horses at the O.T.B. are running like I'm making to do
Cause my love, won't wait for you

All around town I see your face, stops my breath like you do
They say you're wanted in five states
Being chased by old bits of blue
Those poor little kids in P.E. are running like I'm making to do
Cause my love, won't wait for you

I saw Marylou flirting with you, when I'm not around
I guess she'll do
But you probably won't be satisfied cause her eyes
aren't the right shade of blue
And that little girls mascara will be running like I'm making to do
Cause my love, won't wait for you
Track Name: Doses
Little doses of you are all I can stand
With the closeness of you I do what I can
Hiding from you and your shady demands
You've never had no love for my heartland

You'll drink and I'll cry
But we never seem to ask each other why
You wait for me to fall
Cause you always under estimate me

Little doses of you are all I can stand
With the closeness of you, I do what I can
Hiding from you out back behind the van
I'm saving what I can of my heartland

You'll drink, but I won't cry
That's the last I'll ever be your alibi
You went straight to Montreal
Cause you always under estimate me

I wonder why
I wonder why
I wonder why if you were never good for me
how can I be good for you

Little doses of you are all I can stand
With the closeness of you I do what I can
Divided from you just as I planned
I chased you from my heartland

I'm sure you'll drink and be mystified
Try to find me with your spies
Now you're stuck in Montreal
Now you'll never under estimate me again
No you'll never under estimate me
Track Name: General Henry
Seventeen peaches and cream
Feelin' extreme like a dream
Take me back, take me back to know

Broken bones and naked eyes
Always watching on the sly
Take me back take me back to know

If you called I would follow you home
If you called I would follow you home
If you called I would follow you

A band of boys in my hand
Playing sounds that smell like man
Take me back, take me back to your show

Virgin drink of bathtub rye
Blatant touch and secret sigh
Why don't you take me back, take me back to your show

If you called I would follow you home
If you called I would follow you home
If you called I'd follow you

If I could if I could find a way
If I could if I could find a way, son
If I could if I could find a way
I would stay
Track Name: A Little Spin
Take me for a little ride she said
Take me for a little spin'
Don't sit around and medicate
Let's create a little sin

She'll take you, and break you and make you cry
But what do you care of bewares
When you're so high?

Summertime in the sand she thinks
I've got to have me that girl
I've been around this great big world
Never felt this kind of lure

But she'll take you and break you
And make you cry
But what do you care of bewares
When you're so high?
Track Name: Not Doin'
It's not what I want to do boys
It's not what I want to do
I can't spend every little minute of this old life
Not doin' what I want to

I met a woman downtown sporting London Fog
She told me putting myself down is like back-handing God
And do you have some change to spare?
I said Mother, if only!

It's not what I want to do boys
It's not what I want to do
I can't spend every little minute of this old life
Not doin' what I want to

I met a man on a bridge in a sleeping bag
He told me to shut my mouth tight if I got nothin' nice to say
And do you have some change to spare?
I said Father, if only!

I met a cousin in a bar it was lit up red
He told me we could all be one if it wasn't for our heads
And do you have some hope to spare?
I said Brother, in spades!
Track Name: Divisadero
Gabriel you're not an angel
You're not an angel are you Gabriel
Gabriel you're not an angel
You're not an angel are you Gabriel

We rode up Divisadero
And the light shined through your hair so fine
The taste of you is like an echo
It will haunt me 'til the end of my time

It's Sunday morning again
The weeks roll by and the ride takes me
Further from you
That's alright now I can live
I've got all this love to give
To myself

Gabriel you're not an angel
But you might have been when you were young
Did life take the goodness from you?
And from you all I could do was run

It's Sunday morning again
The weeks roll by and the ride takes me
Further from you
That's alright now I can live
I've got all this love to give
To myself
Track Name: Wake Up With Me
Darlin' wake up with me
We're the same can't you see
No thoughts of later or yesterday
Why don't you wake up with me

How long has this been going on?
But we've been too blind to see
How long has this been going on?
But we've been to tired

The now is all we have