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released July 2, 2019

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Diana & the Dishes Chicago, Illinois

Garnering comparisons to Ben Folds and Fiona Apple, as well as the Beatles and the Gershwins, Chicago band DIANA & THE DISHES presents a unique, high-energy recipe of pop, soul, tight musicianship, sharp songwriting, and contagious fun. Their debut album, “Take A Picture,” was listed in Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 for 2011. ... more

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Track Name: Another Pretty Face (single)
Stop right there
this is getting so unfair.
You’ve got to let me catch me breath
while I try not to stutter and try not to stare.
Ooh boy, get out
before you make me scream and shout
cause I know by now, no way no how,
beyond a shadow of a doubt that

Oh I’m never gonna get to you
and there’s nothing I can do

You’re just another pretty face
just another sad case of the
shivers and the jitters and the
heartbeat race
and you’ve got your woman and I know my place
so what they gotta give you such a
damn pretty face?

VERSE 2
Now I swear it was not my plan
to want another woman’s man,
but my heart made up it’s mind
it was gonna become your numner one fan.
My love is so white hot
it would burn down everything that she’s got
but you want her, and I’m just a blur.
What does she do that I do not?

Oh yeah, my pain is the price I pay.
Maybe I like it, maybe I like it this way.

I’d hijack a limousine
I’d make a new flying machine
I’d jump from a speeding train
dressing in high heels and cellophane

I’d rescue you on a milk-white steed
I’d learn to be all the things you need
I’d up the anti, I’d cross the line,
You got to me mine
You got to me mine
You got to me mine
You got to me mine

Oh but I’m never gonna get to you
And my heart is turning so black and blue.
Is there nothing
Is there nothing I can do?

You’re just another pretty face
just another sad case of the
shivers and the jitters and the
heartbeat race
and you’ve got your woman and I know my place
so what they gotta give you such a
damn pretty face?

You’re just another pretty face
You’re just another pretty face
You’re just another pretty face

You’re just another pretty face
just another sad case of the
shivers and the jitters and the
heartbeat race
and you’ve got your woman and I know my place
so what they gotta give you such a
damn pretty
Track Name: If The Gates Hadn't Opened (solo guitar mix)
How did you get here?
By land or by sea?
By want or need or serendipity?
How did you get here?
What gave you the gall
to steal land and people and not care at all?

But you’re here and so am I
And no one can tell us the reasons why
Cause we are not special or holy or high
And I don’t know where we’d be
If the gates hadn’t opened for you and me.

How did we get here?
Locks on the doors
What’s mine is mine
There ain’t enough for yours.
How did we get here?
Deaf dumb and blind
Pretending those people aren’t humankind.

But I’m here and so are you
And it’s plain and simple what we oughta do
Cause we were just lucky
And they are just new
And I don’t know where we’d be
If the gates hadn’t opened for you and me.

How did I get here?
On the back of a dream
On dirt and despair and ocean liner steam
How did I get here?
With a helping hand
From strangers and saviors who understand

That we’re here and so are they
And where there’s a will
There’s always a way
Cause once we were all just where they are today
On our knees at the Golden Door
Built on labor and land that was never paid for
Tell me where would we be
O Land of the Free
If the gates hadn’t opened for you and me?
Track Name: Old News (single)
You used to want me every minute of every day
You used to want me back as soon as I went away
Now I can’t even get you outa your chair
It’s as if I wasn’t even there

You treat me like I’m old news, baby
Like I’m old news baby
Like I’m just old news
Like I’m old news baby
Like I’m just old news

I know I’m not the brand new toy I once was for you
I’ve lost some luster and trust me baby so have you
But I want you more, I want you more than ever
And you were now, but now you’re never

Is there nothing that I can do
To put some loving back in to me and you
Where did it go (where did it go)
What have I done (what has she done)
To deserve this cold shoulder and this blocked black sun

Do you only want to fiery flame
Of a a love affair where you barely know her name
We’ll that ain’t you and me
And it ain’t never gonna be
If you don’t want this hot cold
burning deep down in my soul
You gotta set me free!
Track Name: Be Here Baby (single)
Falling down out of the sky
that’s how you came to me
I know enough to not ask why
you know anti-gravity.

You hold my body like you’ll
never let me go
But you got to know that

I’m not gonna stand in line
I’m not gonna pin you down
If you want me around, then
be here, baby.
I’m not gonna scream and shout
I’m not gonna beg and plead
If I am what you need, then
be here, baby be here.

Running hard and running fast
we didn’t have to think.
Now I want this thing to last,
so don’t turn away from the beautiful brink.

We toss and turn in our own
crazy undertow,
But you got to know that

I’m not gonna stand in line
I’m not gonna pin you down
If you want me around, then
be here, baby.
I’m not gonna scream and shout
I’m not gonna beg and plead
If I am what you need, then
be here, baby.

I saw a flash of a beautiful light.
And then suddenly, it’s out of sight.
Oh, you’re in my arms, then you’re running away.
Why don’t you stay?
Why don’t you stay?
Why don’t you stay?
Why don’t you stay?
Why don’t you stay?
Why don’t you stay?

Be here
Be here
Oh be here
Be here, baby
And now the balancing begins
Try not to hold me breath.
I feel the needles and the pins
but looking down is certain death.
You take my hand, we fly away.
Don’t let me go
I want you so

I’m not gonna, I’m not gonna,
I’m not gonna stand in line
I’m not gonna, I’m not gonna,
I’m not gonna pin you down
I’m not gonna beg and plead
I’m not gonna scream and shout.
Be here, be here
Just be here baby
Be here, be here
Oh baby be here.
Track Name: Slam Jam (July 2019)
Diana Lawrence - piano
Dave Saenger - guitar
David Keller - cello
Dan Thatcher - bass
Bob Parlier - drums
Track Name: Star of the Movie (single)
Do you have a minute to tell me a thing that is on your mind?
Do you have a minute to tell me a thing that you hope to find here?
But you don’t got time for me
Unless I got the hook-up to the keys to the city
To the big big city where the Star of the Movie is you

Oh now you've decided to talk, and you tell me about your art
Sounding like a robot that’s programed to sound like it’s really smart
And has profound opinions
What do you prove
By showing me how steadily your mouth can move?
In the big big city where the Star of the Movie is you, always you

Yeah it’s true
We’re all living that golden dream
But I swear to god it doesn’t have to mean
That every time you shake a hand, or break a smile
You're faking the style of the Star of the Movie

Could you for a second just turn off the sale and look me in the face
If you look for long enough you might remember I’m a member of the human race
And funny thing, so are you
Why don't we treat each other that way too?
In the big big city where the race never ends
The big big city where no one’s really friends
But we’re all in this together and we’re smiling for the camera
And the Star of the Movie
Is you
Track Name: He Wasn't the Only One (single)
He always came home at six o'clock
There was dinner on the table and a smile
He'd talk about his day, and she's say "uh huh" for a while
He never helped with the dishes
He never helped with the floor
Once or twice he thought "well, I should be nice"
But then he thought "well what for?"

Cause she always knew just the thing to do
She always knew how to get it done
And he always had a knack for being bad
But he wasn't the only one
He wasn't the only one

She always got her nails done on Tuesdays
and then she went to the bank
and then she went to the grocery store
and then she filled up the tank
but then she went to his office downtown
instead of going to Penny's and Sears
they told her "He never comes in on Tuesdays."
She said "You've been so helpful, my dears."

Cause she always knew just the thing to do
She always knew how to get it done
And he always had a knack for being bad
But he wasn't the only one
He wasn't the only one

She made the necessary phone calls
She bought the necessary tools and supplies
He left the hotel at the usual hour
after telling the necessary lies
Home at six o'clock on the dot
She served a specially-spiced soufflé
and nobody did the dishes that night
cause he was dead on the floor
and she was bags already packed
cab to a plane to an undisclosed location
for an unlimited stay

She always knew just the thing to do
She always knew how to get it done
And he always had a knack for being bad
But he wasn't the only one
He wasn't the only one

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