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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
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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?
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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!
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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.
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Diana Lawrence - piano Dave Saenger - guitar David Keller - cello Dan Thatcher - bass Bob Parlier - drums
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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
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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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I don’t know what’s going on with me I had always acted sensibly Till we started keeping company Now I only wanna be with you Use to run around the world all day Busy buys with my work and play Now there’s just one place I wanna stay I only wanna be with you You are not the man I pictured in my plan of what my hear would do But funny as it seems you’re making all my dreams come true You You’ve got something I cannot define, Something that makes me yours and makes you mine I guess all my silly plans are gonna have to wait in line Cause I only wanna be with you You turn me inside out You turn me upside down You make me feel just like a queen and like a clown It wasn’t very nice to just push me into paradise when I don’t know my way around. I hear passion isn’t always wise And you might be just heartbreak in disguise You may me just another man full of lies But I see something holy burning in your eyes that keeps on making me realize, realize, realize I only wanna be with you I only wanna be with you There’s nothing else I wanna do I only wanna be with you
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THERE’S A BANK OF A RIVER NEAR A TOWN I KNOW WHERE THE BRUISED AND THE BROKENHEARTED PEOPLE GO AND THEY SWEAR THEY HEAR SOMEONE SINGING SOFT AND LOW: YOU’LL FIND YOUR OWN RIVER SOMEDAY THERE’S A BRANCH OF A CEDAR IN AN ANCIENT WOOD THAT CAN SHELTER YOU BETTER THAN I EVER COULD AND THEY SAY, IN ITS SHADOW, THIS IS UNDERSTOOD- YOU’LL FIND YOUR OWN CEDAR SOMEDAY THERE’S A PEAK OF A MOUNTAIN WHERE THE AIR IS CLEAR AND THE SNOW FALLS AS GENTLY AS A SINGLE TEAR AND IF YOU HUSH YOUR BREATHING, YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR: YOU’LL FIND YOUR OWN MOUNTAIN SOMEDAY YOU’LL FIND YOUR OWN MOUNTAIN SOMEDAY THERE’S A PLACE IN A BUILDING ON A QUIET STREET WHERE THE MOUNTAIN AND THE CEDAR AND THE RIVER MEET AND YOU’D NEVER BELIEVE IT, BUT IT’S AT YOUR FEET YOU’LL FIND YOUR OWN MOUNTAIN YOU’LL FIND YOUR OWN CEDAR YOU’LL FIND YOUR OWN RIVER SOMEDAY
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Telegraph 04:03
Silent spark Lightning in the wires underground Pressured pulse Asks if something lost could still be found Every tear, every laugh Every breath a telegraph Every thought a telegraph Everything a telegraph Can you hear me? I’m sending it out Can you hear me? I’m sending it out to you. Listen close Can you hear the quiver on the air? Breath in sharp Are you sure the sound was really there? Dash dash dash Dot dot dot Maybe rescued maybe not Dot dot dot Dash dash dash Save my ship before I crash Can you hear me? I’m sending it out Can you hear me? I’m sending it out to you. Please receive my telegraph I know you’re out there underground Silent wire Waiting for the energy to change Hold my breath Pray I haven’t traveled out of range Every heart broke in half Beats just like a telegraph
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Little Boy Lost, where you gonna go Your eyes like the ocean and your skin like snow Cold is the snow, deep is the sea Dark are you secrets under lock and key Lock up the questioners, lock up the fools Set free the demons and breaks all the rules Don’t break down, set yourself straight Empty that belly of booze and hate Little Boy Lost, where you gonna go Your eyes like the ocean and your skin like snow Look out the window, what do you see? A whole lot of nothing and a single tree One tree growing in the middle of a field In the middle of a man who’s lips are sealed Kisses on the lips so desperate strong Something’s been burning there all along Burn baby, burn, black as the night You ain’t giving in without a damn good fight Little Boy Lost, what you gonna do When the snow and the ocean finally make you blue Sweet smile, touch of your hand, Not much else can I understand Understand the good book, understand sin, And boy did I feel it when you walked in Walk away, baby, follow the sound Find your soul that’s wondering around Around and around and gone my friend I hope it’s your beginning but it’s sure my end Little Boy Lost Little Boy Lost, where you gonna go Your eyes like the ocean and your skin like snow
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shiver softly on my skin autumn’s ready to begin give me time till snow and storm i’m still learning to stay warm people talk and i reply i go places, days go by, nights are getting cold they say i can’t feel much anyway take a picture of this place take a picture of his face love him cause it’s going fast this time wasn’t meant to last let me float out on the sea hide instead a hollow tree curl up in a seed of grain till the peace can thaw the pain autumn’s ready to begin keep me safe till spring’s reborn i’m still learning to stay warm

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released November 1, 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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