Parlor Walls

by Kara Suzanne

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1.
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
2.
02:49
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
3.
03:18
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
4.
03:21
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
5.
03:09
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
6.
02:37
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
7.
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
8.
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?
9.
02:54
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!
10.
03:47
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
11.
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

about

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

credits

released January 26, 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 Woodstock, 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.

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