Lovers Dreamers Fighters

by Lo Carmen

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‘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

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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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Track Name: Lovers Dreamers Fighters
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
Track Name: Sometimes Its Hard (feat. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy)
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
Track Name: Last Thing I'll Remember
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
Track Name: You Never Learned How To Dance
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
Track Name: Rhinestones In The Rain
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
Track Name: I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
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
Track Name: Hold Your Lover Close
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
Track Name: Put Another Record On
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
Track Name: Parting Gifts
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
Track Name: A Tree In Winter
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

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