Beautifully Undone (Songs I Wish I'd Written)

by Lobelia

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I've been thinking of doing a covers record for a long time, though the mix of well known and should be well known songwriters on this album are quite an eclectic mix to say the least. This record was a great leap forward for me...in that it sounds exactly as you'd I do when you hear me live, with the exception of the harmonies but the sounds are largely unprocessed and many are quite simple in arrangement.

My wish is that the songs have enough of my own spin to make them come through as something that somewhere along the line, with enough inspiration and a healthy dose of muse, I could have been lucky enough to have written myself. They certainly all feel close to my heart in lyric and melody and I thank all the wonderful songwriters of these fantastic songs for making my life better for them being in it.

I hope that if you don't know the songs that this record will inspire you to go and check out the brilliant songwriters who wrote them. There are links on the liner notes of each song. Enjoy!

credits

released June 1, 2011

Guitars and vocals: Lobelia
Bass: Steve Lawson
Mixing and mastering: Steve Lawson
Engineering: Lobelia and Steve Lawson
Recorded at Muswell Hall Studios, London.

Special thanks to Tim Hall (mearsie and zola too!) for the use of the lovely studio and lots of space to work and create.

This album would also not have been possible if not for the wonderful Baby Flapjack, whose birth turned me into a blubbering bowl full of inexpressible emotions and has kept me from releasing any of the drivel I've written since his birth. (Slowly getting back on track with writing now thankfully)

Thanks to Steve Lawson for his unending support and for helping me gain the confidence needed to grow and enjoy every aspect of being a musician. His love and guidance have made a huge difference in my life and in my writing and performing as well. Plus, he's lovely. Sorry Illico. He's still mine. ;)

Thanks to all the lovely people who support us by coming out to see a show, listening to our music, interacting with us online, buying an album or (quite legally) sharing our stuff with their friends. :) We love you and we appreciate every last bit of it.

Thanks to bandcamp for being amazing as usual, and to Limelight for making it so much easier to license music! Wheee!

Lastly, thanks to all the amazing songwriters that inspired this album by writing the incredible songs contained herein. I REALLY could not have done this without you.


Beautifully Undone: Lindy
Junk: Paul McCartney
It's a Shame About Ray: The Lemonheads
Moon River: Henri Mancini
Consider Me Gone: Sting
Toledo: The Blue Nile
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) : Dead or Alive
Beautiful: Rob Szabo
God Loves Everyone: Ron Sexsmith

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Lobelia Birmingham, UK

Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lobelia has been featured in Billiboard Magazine, PBS and worked as a studio musician for 10+ years, She books and hosts a variety of songwriter nights for Birmingham's best small artist-led venue, Tower of Song and is an advocate for sustainable touring, She travels the world performing at house concerts and small venues. ... more

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Track Name: Beautifully Undone
I don't remember what it used to be like
The things that I'm not proud of
And the only reason I kept coming back to you
Is I thought I was in love

But I don't think about you anymore
And I don't know what the hell I came here for
When I'd rather just fall right off of your floor
And come beautifully undone

And I don't recall San Francisco at all
It falls right from my memory
And the only thing that really exists
Is where you thought you'd found me

But I don't think about you anymore
And I don't know what the hell I came here for
When I'd rather just fall right off of your floor
And come beautifully undone
Track Name: Junk
Motorcars, handlebars, bicycles for two
Brokenhearted jubilee
Parachutes, army boots, sleeping bags for two
Sentimental jamboree

Buy, buy says the sign in the shop window
Why? Why? Says the junk in the yard.

Candlesticks, building bricks, something old and new
Memories for you and me

Buy, buy says the sign in the show window
Why? Why? Said the junk in the yard.
Track Name: It's A Shame About Ray
I've never been too good with names
If the cellar door was open
I could never stay away
I guess it's probably not my place
But either/or I'm hoping for a simple way of saying

It's a shame about Ray
In the stone under the dust his name is still engraved
Some things need to go away
It's a shame about Ray

If I make it through today
I'll know tomorrow not to leave my feelings out on display
I'll put the cobwebs back in place
I've never been to good with names but I remember faces

It's a shame about Ray
In the stone under the dust his name is still engraved
Some things need to go away
It's a shame about Ray
Track Name: Moon River
Moon River
Wider than a mile
I'm crossing you in style someday
Dream maker, you heartbreaker
Wherever you're going, I'm going your way
Two drifters
Off to see the world
There's such a lot of world to see
We're after the same rainbow's end
Waiting round the bend
My huckleberry friend
Moon river...and me.
Track Name: Consider Me Gone
There were rooms of forgiveness
In the house that we shared
But the space has been emptied
Of whatever was there
There were cupboards of patience
There were shelf loads of care
But whoever came calling
Found nobody there

After today, consider me gone

Roses have thorns, and shining waters mud
And cancer lurks deep in the sweetest bud
Clouds and eclipses stain the moon and the sun
And history reeks of the wrongs we have done

After today, consider me gone

I've spent too many years at war with myself
The doctor has told me it's no good for my health
To search for perfection is all very well
But to look for Heaven is to live here in Hell

After today, consider me gone
Track Name: Toledo
Because of Toledo
I got sober and stayed clean
The pick ups in the wild prairies
The shadows dancing in between
Girl leans on the jukebox
In a pair of old blue jeans
Says I live here but I don't really live anywhere

Because of Toledo
Tuesday it's raining
And I'm pulling on my shoes
I guess I quit believing in
The early morning news
There's a boy orders coffee
And he settles down to think
How the women that you love sometimes
Are the water that you drink
Then another faded waitress dressed in pink

Cries for Toledo

The lipstick and the cocaine traces
One face in a thousand faces
I stumble through so many places
Cause of Toledo

Yeah
Yeah yeah
(oh)Yeah
Yeah yeah

Because of Toledo
The highway looks so thin
I see another motel sign
Think of pulling in
Write your name upon the mirror there
It's the only name I know
But I guess that I'd be only chasing rainbows
Back to Toledo
I think I'll go
Track Name: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
If I get to know your name
And I get to trace you private number baby
All I know is that to me
You look like you're lots of fun
Open up your loving arms
Watch out here I come

And I have set my sights on you (and no one else will do)
And I have got to have my way now baby
All I know is that to me
You look like you're having fun
So open up your loving arms
I want some I want some

You spin me right round baby right round
Like a record baby right round round round
You spin me right round baby right round
Like a record baby right round round round.

And I get to be your friend now baby
and I think I'll move in just a little bit closer
All I know is that to me
You look like you're lots of fun
So open up your loving arms
Watch out here I come

You spin me right round baby right round
Like a record baby right round round round
You spin me right round baby right round
Like a record baby right round round round.

I want your love
I need your love
I want your love
You spin me right round baby right round
Like a record baby right round round round.
Track Name: Beautiful
you never tell me that im beautiful anymore
you only treat me like a medical condition
you understand me like a metaphor
youre a student in a class
will i get better in a year or two?
forgive me if i ask

automatic
you vote for conversation
you ask me how i am
but keep to twenty words or less
why ask?

new and improved
another product you consume
its true
and it happens every day
it does

you never tell me that im beautiful anymore
you only treat me like a medical condition
you understand me like a metaphor
youre a student in a class
will i get better in a year or two?
forgive me if i ask

in a panic
that smells like competition
on your mark, get set, depend
line me up with other brands
on the shelf

new and improved
another product you consume
its true
and it happens every day
it does

you never tell me that im beautiful anymore
you only treat me like a medical condition
you understand me like a metaphor
you're a student in a class
will I get better in a year or two?
forgive me if I ask
Track Name: God Loves Everyone
God loves everyone
Like a mother loves her son
No strings at all
Unconditional
Never one to judge
Would never hold a grudge
'Bout what's been done
God loves everyone

There are no gates in heaven
Everyone gets in
Queer or straight
Souls of every faith
Hell is in our minds
Hell is in this life
But when it's gone
God takes everyone

Its love is like a womb
It's like the air from room to room
It surrounds us all
The living and the dead
May we never lose the thread
That surrounds us all

The killer in his cell
The atheist as well
The pure of heart
And the wild at heart
Are all worthy of its grace
It's written in the face
Of everyone
God loves everyone

There's no need to be saved
No need to be afraid
Cause when it's done
God takes everyone

God loves everyone