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by Amelia Ray

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    Amelia's third album, recorded with Holcombe Waller in Palo Alto, California. 1996.

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Amelia's third album, recorded with Holcombe Waller in Palo Alto, California. 1996.

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released January 1, 1996

Amelia Ray: vocals, acoustic guitar, bass
Holcombe Waller: backing vocals
Recorded by Holcombe Waller.

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Amelia Ray San Francisco, California

Amelia Ray is a travelling musician. This California native has taken her original soul rock music to Iceland, Senegal and many cities and festivals across Europe. When she isn't composing, recording or performing, she's dreaming of Jiro's sushi and learning new languages. ... more

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Track Name: Upstairs @ Lixa's
Upstairs@Lixa's
She turned the light off and bid me close my eyes
I turned around and felt her hand wrap 'round my thighs
My knees went weak and my head started to swoon
She said, "Babe, you gotta keep quiet, 'cause my old lady's in the next room"

Upstairs @ Lixa's, we were having a drink
My mind went blank and I forgot to think
She put the dog out and he barked all night
Upstairs @ Lixa's, I was feeling alright

I played big casanova and scratched my head
She took her clothes off and pushed my on the bed
I said, "I don't know what is wrong with me,
But if you ain't workin' no overtime, at least, then won't you agree?"

Upstairs @ Lixa's, we were having a drink
She blew my mind out, I found it in the kitchen sink
She put the dog out and he barked all night
Upstairs @ Lixa's, I was feeling alright

She said, "It's time to go, the sun is here,
But there's one thing that i want you to know, dear:
I ain't real big on no domestic dispute,
So slip out the back and grab your hat, baby, I'll be calling you."

Upstairs @ Lixa's, we were having a drink
My mind went blank and I forgot to think
She put the dog out and he barked all night
Upstairs @ Lixa's, I was feeling alright
©1995 A. Ray. Annabel Is Her Mother Today (ASCAP).
Track Name: That I Wouldn't Do
That I Wouldn't Do
We were falling apart, we fell away
I had dreams of seeing some better days
But, look at us now, I can't believe
That all of our routines have changed in a heartbeat
And if you ask me to stay, I will
If you ask me to fly, I will
There's nothing you could ask of me
That I wouldn't do
I don't expect much, never got my hopes up high
But if you're giving me a chance to make you happy, the least I could do is try
Still things could change a little, I know, and only in a matter of days
That's why even though I'm happy now
I'm always prepared to say
That if you want me to go, I will
If you ask me to fly, I will
There's nothing you could ask of me
That I wouldn't do
Take my heart you take my mind, take my body, baby, if you got the time,
Well there's a little bit of lovin' for you to share, and if you want me to,
I'm gonna take you there, well I want to know what you're feeling
Alone before you call me on the telephone, I want to hold you all
Through the night, kiss and tell you it's going to be alright
And if you ask me to stay, I will,
If you ask me to fly I will
There's nothing you could ask of me
That I wouldn't do
©1996 A. Ray. Annabel Is Her Mother Today (ASCAP).
Track Name: Orchard
Orchard
Should've taken you for what you were worth,
Should've believed what you said,
But that's all hindsight now, and I'm through
Taxing my head
If you had told me before there was more,
I might've understood
Now, it's too late, our relationship's at stake,
And there's that look in your eyes,
And my insides are feeling no good
I didn't see much sense in the reasoning you gave to me
But now, the wrongdoing is done and i'm the one
Who needs you to see
Time has done nothing but make me feel a little more
Pain is imminent and real, baby, i'll
Settle for a call or a knock on the door
Never gonna fall in love again,
Not as hard as I did with you
There's nothing but pain left when it's
All through
Ain't nobody's feet gonna carry me, 'cept the
Two I got below
When I make it where I'm going, baby, I'll
Be sure to call and let you know...
©1996 A. Ray. Annabel Is Her Mother Today (ASCAP).
Track Name: Boxers
Boxers
She don't like to be understated
She don't like to be understood
She'll never show you where the fragile side is while the getting's good
She'll sit you down and she'll be real straight with you
Uncover all you darkest lies
She'll taker her shirt off and she'll look you in the eyes
She'll say, "Man to man, I want you to realise"
And you will
She's real comfortable around people
And we all think she such a blast
If you wanna dish out bullshit, she'll say, "Kiss my ass"
But, like all, she's got one secret
One place where pretension she lacks
If you want to go there, be prepared to not come back
'Cause when it all comes down, there's no white, no white and no black
There's boxers
Boxers
She leaves the "underwear" for the feminine kind,
The boxers's what she wears
We got a cover for our inner child, we got a cover for our pride
But she's got a cover for her feminine, physical side
There's boxers
Boxers
She leaves the "underwear" for the feminine kind,
The boxers's what she wears
©1996 A. Ray. Annabel Is Her Mother Today (ASCAP).
Track Name: Leaving for Tennessee
Leaving for Tennessee
It's late and the liquor flows like blood
I'm not the only one who's shaking from the cold
Inside the trees talk softly with the wind
But we are separate beings, not at all like them
I can't stay awake and watch you fall again
"I'm tired of cleaning up your mess," she says
I cannot believe you are not amused
By me there's a telephone, a bible, a syringe
Which one will I choose, which one will win?
I can't go to sleep, 'fraid I just might fall
Everybody has so much to say when their mouths
Are full of alcohol, most of it's true
If I could find one reason why
I wouldn't want to stay with you
I can't go to sleep, 'fraid I just might fall
©1995 A. Ray. Annabel Is Her Mother Today (ASCAP).
Track Name: E.R.C.
E.R.C.
I see you slowly close your eyes
As I disappear beneath your fabricated smile
It's warm, and you won't compromise
Just stare silently all the while
You don't know that you are every rebel's chance
I say, "No," and, then, inside
You keep calling me with that sultry look that you give to me
I know it's only in my mind
But there's something that keeps bringing me back every single time
You might know that you are every rebel's chance
I'm sure someday I will break
And cross that precious line
You must know that you are every rebel's chance
©1996 A. Ray. Annabel Is Her Mother Today (ASCAP).
Track Name: Proboscis
Proboscis
I can see you need a little help now
Sorry, but I haven't got the time
All the answers running 'round in your mind
Are answers to the questions you allow
She can see you need a little help now
Subtlety has never been your form
Her eyes are as a July Texas thunderstorm
And you must decide if she is for real
Can't cut cavalry, 'cause girl's grown grief has gone mad
Must try honesty and offer the best that you have

You can see you need a little help now,
I can see you've felt this way before
It's not something you would like to choose to ignore
And, if you do, that something could go wrong
All the pain and agony of waiting
Will certainly lead to mastur...
©1996 A. Ray. Annabel Is Her Mother Today (ASCAP).
Track Name: Falling Rocks and Puddles of Mud
Falling Rocks and Puddles of Mud
Sit down, tell me how you feel, tell me 'bout the way she done you wrong
I know I'm treading in the water of a piscine where I probably don't
belong
If you don't really want to talk about it, you can ask me to be gone
That's better, and, yes, I got your letter full of all the details of
Your sadderday
Trying to find some love in this world with a strange girl, well, hell,
There must be a better way
"Find myself a monastery for the ordinary," is what you say
Well, it's a long road for those who've lost their heart
You've gotta walk down barefoot from the start
That's it, don't be so hard on yourself and no one else can do the same
Finish your story about your girl, I'm sorry, but I have forgotten her name
Tell me what a ho she is and how her actions were so inhumane
Well, it's a high river for those who've been betrayed
Sometimes you gotta swim in the water before you get to wade
Well, it's a long road for those who've lost their love
You gotta watch for falling rocks and puddles of mud
©1996 A. Ray. Annabel Is Her Mother Today (ASCAP).
Track Name: Celaine's Blues (The Perfect Fan)
Celaine's Blues (The Perfect Fan)
I. Crisis
You say you love me, you say you care
You say you'll always be right there
But when you hold me, baby, all I can feel is the cold night air
You say you don't want a lover to tie you down
Sometimes I wonder if you even want a lover around
Wasn't too long I had to rejoice in the love that I'd found
Seems when you were alone, you wanted someone to stay all night
Now that you got me, baby, you don't want to treat me right
You say you love me, you say you care
You say you'll always be right there
But when you hold me, baby, all I can feel is the cold night air
II. Self-loathing
Workin' for the man, tryin' to find a special plan
Like how to be the perfect fan
Spend my time just thinkin', maybe I shouldn't take up drinking,
While my life is sleepin' and noddin' and winkin'
So how can you tell me it's getting better when plebeian suits me to the letter?
Try to change my style, rarely give much more than a smile
My head in shambles all the while
So how can you tell me it's getting better when thespian suits me to the letter?
Maybe when I rise, I will be satisfied and wise;
The answer clearly in my eyes
So how can you tell me it's getting better
When librarian suits me to
the letter?
I don't understand how i can change
When the first thing that's noticed is my name
Decisions and choices rush through my brain
My heart's doubled over with the pain
So how can you tell me its...?
III. The Medic
It's alright, you don't need to pretend with me
Hell, yes, it's a fight, but I'm not your enemy
I know the light going down the road can get dim
You say you don't know just what's become of Mace
Say you got to go and join the human race
I say, honey, you're probably better off without them
'Cause you don't need to belive or follow behind the fashion
But you gotta belive in, you gotta be right with, you gotta believe in yourself
You can escape in your television dream,
But it will rape your thoughts of things unseen
Wake up and take a walk outside, the world is waiting for you...
You got to be strong and take it day by day
But it's not wrong if you ask for help along the way
Time is just for you to do what you wanna do
'Cause you don't need to belong to a certain sophisticated circle
But you gotta belong to, you gotta be right with, you gotta belong to yourself
Don't waste time worryin' about what could have been
Just pick yourself up and start all over again,
Over again,
I won't let you fall, if there's damn thing I can do,
So just stand tall and let them worry about you
For a change,
My lover, my friend
'Cause you can't trust in the world to bring you complete satisfaction
But you can trust in, yes, you can lean on, you can trust in me
©1996 A. Ray. Annabel Is Her Mother Today (ASCAP).