Lovers Dreamers Fighters

by Lo Carmen

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1.
If I could see what you want me to see If I could be who you want me to be Then I would change right out of this dress But I’m growing tired, too tired to guess I see a place but I can’t get to land There’s no moon This song has no tune There’s nothing left to croon There’s no past Nothing to cling to There’s no future there’s nothing to run to There’s no history There’s no mystery Don’t you miss me Oh don’t you miss me Oh and I know I know you wanna go Somewhere I can’t see Now I’m all at sea Now its so quiet But you wanted truth Well lets blow off the roof Tell me whats true to you If I could find My way in the dark We’d hit it out of this park Right out of this park If I could catch the tear from your eye And swallow it dry Maybe I’d cry But we’re just lovers, dreamers, fighters, schemers, thinkers, drinkers tonight We’re just lovers, dreamers, fighters, schemers, thinkers, drinkers tonight Lovers, dreamers, fighters, schemers, thinkers, drinkers tonight Lovers, dreamers, fighters, schemers, thinkers, drinkers tonight We’re just lovers, dreamers, fighters, schemers, thinkers, drinkers tonight If I could be who you want me to be If I could see who you want me to be Then I would be who you want me to be Now I’m all at sea I’m all at sea
2.
Sometimes its hard To let a man go Sometimes its hard To let a woman know Sometimes its hard To sit and watch the grass grow Sometimes its hard Cos you gotta mow Sometimes its hard To turn your back on a brother Sometimes its hard When you find another There’s some things You just have to do Sometimes its hard Calling your mother, its true Sometimes its hard Sometimes its not If you run You’ll miss what you’ve got But if you stay, who is to say Sometimes its hard Sometimes it pays So never row too far away I’ll always lend an ear to what you have to say I know that I, I can’t be everything But when times are hard, you and I can always sing
3.
It's lucky I looked down Because the last thing I remember I was fightin' the feelin' I could fly I'm guessin' it ain't hard to work out why Sugar sure is sweet and ever since The night that we did meet I been comin’ up with reasons to run home A man like you should never be alone And the last thing I’ll remember To be true Is closin’ my eyes and hearin’ you Walkin’ down the hall in your boots To me Gunshots or fireworks Or tires blowin’ in the dirt Noises in the night that you don't wanna know We’re just waitin’ to fall down like dominos Just like our mothers, we never look back Sometimes I can't see a goddamn thing We're just rolling tires down the road Whatever we can’t carry is borrowed The last thing I’ll remember To be true Is closin’ my eyes and hearin’ you Walkin’ down the hall in your boots To me
4.
It’s a one step, it’s a two step, it’s a misstep, it’s a waltz, One you don’t know Its a night, like tonight, like the night, when you thought you might just go You never learned how to dance Did you? When I first saw you I didn’t know what to do It's a heart stop, an eyes lock, across the room, a night in June It's a cliche, but please may, I hold your hand anyway It's a hit, it's a miss It's no more than this Oh it's everything You never learned how to dance Did you? When I first saw you I didn’t know what to do It's a foxtrot, a fandango, an I know where you wanna go It's a rhumba, its a polka, it's a why don’t you wanna It’s an arabesque, it’s a good guess, its a oh who could care less, I’m gonna Its a jitterbug, a cha cha cha, a shot in the dark Everyone wants what they got on that ark Its a can can, its an oh man, you know I’m your biggest fan You never learned how to dance Did you? When I first saw you I didn’t know what to do Its a step up, a step down, a ladder, a hand up, a rung, a song you ain’t sung It's a prize, it's a promise, it's a romance, it's a run girl, you better run fast It's a high five, it's a touch down, it's a knockout, it's a drag down all nighter It’s the first wave, it’s the last page, it’s the golden engraved lighter You never learned how to dance Did you? When I first saw you I didn’t know what to do
5.
Tell me they can’t tell Oh you know I fooled them all so well C’mon boys, I been around the world And I’ve been rung like a bell I been lyin’ to myself But I saw the story through Nobody ever knew Anything I didn’t want them to Now I’m facing facts And I know, I know there ain’t no turning back I been hoping’ for a miracle But they’re so damn hard to come by these days And its never gonna be same Now I’m just a girl Wearin’ rhinestones in the rain Mascara runs but I don’t Dreams may die but I won’t I can see now in the dark See everything in black and white Dreams can burn so hot, so hard, so true Til they give up on you Til you’re swimming’ in the blue Just swimming’ in the blue And iIts never gonna be same Now I’m just a girl Wearin’ rhinestones in the rain I always felt the moon would guide me Always felt something inside me Made me different from the rest I defied them to deny me I rode that workhorse to the ground Through the sunrise, through the stars, through the town I’ve lit up the night With a fever that once burned so bright And I’ve fallen behind You used to tell me I’d be alright And its never gonna be same Now I’m just a girl Wearin’ rhinestones in the rain
6.
They say good intentions Pave the way to Hell Well I slipped, I stumbled, I fell… Dignity walked out the door Pride went crawling across the floor I heard voices and I called your name I called for more and they came, they came Devil got a hold of me Shook me out hung me from a tree I'm not the girl I planned to be Tonight Well alright I just slipped, I stumbled, I fell I slipped, I stumbled, I fell Decorum made a run for it Grace hid beneath a table til it quit Consequence be damned I said I'm not waiting round for any man Propriety stopped by last night Askin’ if I felt alright Shame crept in as the sun came up And offered me another cup Regret called in bout 9am I said I'm never talkin’ to you again Things look different in the morning light You can pack your bags, slink back in the night I slipped, I stumbled, I fell Now I can't help where my mind might go I'm tuned in to my own radio I dug a hole and got down in it So deep, so deep I couldn't quit it Yes I’m a dreamer but I’m wide awake My heart trembles And my bones quake I swallowed it whole I took the cake I was afraid my heart would break Yes I slipped, I stumbled, I fell I slipped, I stumbled, I fell
7.
Hold Your Lover Close Let’s get married in the Spring We’ll go on down to Rita’s and buy ourselves a ring Cos we’ve done everything, everything else And as two lovers grow If you don’t forget to Breathe him in and lay her low If you don’t get under her skin Then go Hold your lover close Tell them which way the wind blows Take off their clothes, don’t step on their toes Tell them everything you know And if things come inbetween If your words don’t say the things you mean Nothing comes for free Work a little harder for me Diamonds can come loose Sometimes love can be a noose There’s no point in being obtuse Just hold your lover close Hold your lover close Tell them which way the wind blows Take off their clothes, don’t step on their toes Tell them everything you know You’ve kissed all the pretty girls You’ve spun your web all around this ol’ world And I’ve given it all whirl And given it all to you Phases and philosophies Someone else may take the place of me If that ain’t where you want to be Just hold your lover close Hold your lover close Tell them which way the wind blows Take off their clothes, don’t step on their toes Tell them everything you know Just hold your lover close
8.
We used to meet above the record shop Never thought of nothin' Til the music stopped Well it was perfection, I remember The shades were shut all the month of September Now every morning And every afternoon I think of you baby in your little room Singin’ baby baby baby put another record on Lets slip into our favorite song And don’t hold back Cos we ain’t got long Life is short And time is fleeting When time is bought Love takes a beating Ah the time was always right Whenever we was meeting Now everybody’s asking me Where you’ve gone Oh but I know you’re here with me When I put a record on Baby baby baby put another record on Lets slip into our favorite song And don’t hold back Cos we ain’t got long In the afternoon While the children played Well we’d shut the doors To the passing trade You'd say Its your turn girl You choose Ten thousand titles I’d end up putting on some old blues Days were cool Nights were hot Never thought of nothin’ Til the music stopped I know you’re thinking of me baby I’m thinking of you too Wherever you are just put a record on It’ll bring me closer to you Baby baby baby put another record on Baby put a record on Its all we can do Baby baby baby put another record on Lets slip into our favorite song And don’t hold back Cos we ain’t got long
9.
Parting Gifts I’m tired of the truth dear Just tell me lies I’m sick of the youth Pull the wool over their eyes I’ll slip into the crowd now I’ll get ravished by songs I’ll turn it up too loud I’ll beat my own gong Don’t follow me down there Don’t call me up Don’t bring it on over Get your own lovin’ cup Don’t ask me no questions I got no answers left That’s not really a tear dear I’m just a little bereft Everyone tells you Life can be cruel But I listen to no-one Now who’s the fool? Champion of nothin’ Ruler of none I’ll sleep with the fishes Wake me when it’s done I hear the snow’s coming Here by Saturday night So let’s hide away Just turn out the light Don’t check the accounts Don’t let your shoulder get chipped Don’t fire up the doubts Don’t take any lip You’re showin’ no mercy You’re fading into the light There’s no point in mourning It wouldn’t be right You extinguished the flame You’re healing the rift Today the world is on fire Is that your parting gift? The way today started Could break any heart So let’s end it right dear Dance me round in the dark
10.
Darlin’ I’ll be like a tree in winter Standin’ still through the harshest of snows I will not break I will not splinter These are the things The things a tree knows Arms bare and waitin’ Hail down upon me Take shelter beneath me When the winds blow I know there’s not, there’s not much to see now But when the Spring comes The blossoms will grow Watch from your window As the sun rises I will still be there Wherever you roam Darlin’ I’ll be like a tree in winter When you are done I’ll lead you home I will not break I will not splinter These are the things The things a tree knows

about

‘divine… a real charmer… soaked in experience, in the kind of poetry that only comes from a life lived.’ Clash Magazine

‘perhaps the most sincere Americana record produced in recent years’ Culture Collide

‘sultry vintage soul and cosmic country sounds …Carmen is simultaneously reflective and a storyteller … gorgeous twangy pedal steel, sensual vocals, haunting guitar and harmonies, and a drumbeat that conveys a quiet loneliness.’ Glide Magazine

‘It’s hard for a song to strip one down to the bone, but that’s the power of music and the magic of Lo Carmen.’ Atwood Magazine

credits

released November 10, 2017

Lo Carmen - vox, guitar, tambourine
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - special guest vox
Dave Roe - double bass, electric bass
David ‘Ferg’ Ferguson - acoustic and electric guitars
Russ Pahl - pedal steel, guitar
Matt Combs - mandolin, violin
Paul Griffith - drums, tambourine
Pete Abbott - drums, tambourine
Justin Amaral - drums
Tony Buchen - baritone guitar, mystery vox
Jackie Berkley, Bambi Savage, Emma Swift
- harmony vox -

Produced by Lo Carmen
with additional production by David ‘Ferg’ Ferguson

All songs © Carmen
except ‘Sometimes Its Hard’ © Carmen/Young


Recorded by :
David ‘Ferg’ Ferguson & Sean Sullivan
at The Butcher Shoppe
&
Chris Mara
at Welcome to 1979 Studios
Nashville, Tennessee

Additional recording by:
Tony Buchen at Kingsize Soundlabs
&
Lenise Bent at Evergreen Studios
Los Angeles, California

Mixed by:
Sean Sullivan
at The Butcher Shoppe

Except Tracks 3 & 4
Mixed by Tony Buchen
at Kingsize Soundlabs

Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering

Album cover photography by Katerina Stratos

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Lo Carmen Los Angeles, California

Lo Carmen has a way with words, confessionary tones pervade her songs; equal parts rolling narratives, romantic rumination and restless, slow burning country soul. Using her gifts for wry lyricism and close to the bone observation, Carmen spins gold from playful twists of phrase, letting her lyrics and gilded vocals shine among the supernatural country arrangements. ... more

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