Now You Know Nashville

by Lo Carmen

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1.
I arrived with nothin’ ‘cept a copy Of a dog eared tour guide But I knew where to get my coffee And where to get my wash and dried So I set out to see the sights And find the place I hoped I’d call my home I’d travelled long and well prepared I planned to make my future there Open hearted, wide eyed and alone But I had ‘Now You Know Nashville’ Gripped tightly in my hands And every time I turned a page I got closer to understandin’ I was standin’ on a corner tryin’ a read my map And make some sense of anything When on my shoulder I felt a tap And when I turned my heart did sing There he stood, yeah, a cowboy type Can I help you Miss? he drawled He took me all around the town Really knew how to show me round Every step we took I was enthralled He said now you’re getting’ to know Nashville It’s hard to hold right in your hands And every door that we went through I began to understand We whirled and twirled Around his world Until it felt almost like home I knew it could make it then Knew I could make it on my own Time to lay it on ya girl He smiled large and sat me down Watch out for sharks and real smooth talkers Keep away from Johnnie Walker And I know you’ll make it in this town I didn’t mean to break your heart I know you’re fresh off the bus And I never like to see a girl go wrong Think of it as public service You know I never meant to hurt ya And now you got the makin’s of a song And now you know Nashville Now you hold it in your hands And with every song you sing I know you’ll understand And now you know Nashville There’s a dream in every plan With every song you sing I know you’ll understand
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Half A Man 03:18
I made his long days fly by And gave his cold nights a glow He filled my mind with dreams I gave up long ago He walked straight by me The room emptied of sound I had my back to the door And then he slowly turned around He was hunting you down He was hunting you down Yeah you were his queen But I was his clown He was looking for you But he wound up with me He took off his boots And I sat down on his knee He whispered Oh girl I am but half a man But I'll give you all That half a man can I made him so happy And we were so gay Until you strolled Back into town today

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“Now You Know Nashville/Half A Man” is what some generations may call ‘old fashioned country’, I call it authentic. And when you add Carmen’s experience-etched voice to tales of dreaming big and the wonderment, woes, and characters of Music Row…you have all you need to create your own cinematic imagery. (Global Texan Chronicles)

Beautiful atmospheric authentic country music from the heart and soul….sweet honky-tonk groove… that heady and lonesome sound … full-hearted and heavy emotion. (Post To Wire)

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released May 10, 2019

Recorded and mixed by Chris Mara at Welcome to 1979 Studios, Nashville TN

Lo Carmen - vox, gtr, tambourine, backing vox
Dave Roe - double bass
Justin Amaral - snare drum
Russ Pahl - pedal steel

Produced by Lo Carmen
All songs © Carmen

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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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