Love or Something Like It

by Lobelia

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1.
Battleships, they fall from our lips What a terrible sound I practice semaphore, you fix the flags before Oh but we're running aground If it's rocky between the waves, would we have gone straight ahead and just drifted apart Battleships, how they fall from our lips and it's breaking my heart All this time, we've been anchored All this time, out to sea All this time, holding out for When you had all this time for me. It's battle cry, as we list to the side And the storm rages on I take the wheel before, you crash the tidal bore Oh, but we're coming around There's hope in between the waves Should we dropped anchor and Thrown our past in the sea The battle cry, falling silent beside Our abandoned debris
2.
Fall 03:16
Fall He sees me leaving, he'll never ask me to stay Love an emotion, that only gets in the way Of life, or work...he's the rational kind. Love is the last thing, that would enter his mind. If he were asked he might call me naive Head in the clouds and my heart on my sleeve If he were asked he'd express his dismay Reality never was my forte Chorus: And I'm older now, God knows I'm no wiser I can read the signs, a little better that's all And I've made mistakes, but I know what really matters I can stop myself, if I'm starting to fall. Sometimes my heart feels, so battered and bruised From all the years that I wasted on you Sometimes my heart feels so cruel to be kind And like a clock I just slowly unwind
3.
Crazy hazy summer days Dancing 'round in pouring rain It's not love...just something like it There's a gentleness behind your eyes You say it's been there, since you were a child It's not love, just something like it. I believed that I didn't care After all, love and war ain't fair And I believed that I didn't know I'm an old fashioned girl You got no space in your world I need love...not something like it So stand aside and let me go I've got my own mind, it's time that you know I need love, not something like it. I'm not your puppet on a string I don't raise my voice when you tell me to sing That's not love, it's nothing like it. I believed that I didn't care After all, love and war ain't fair And I believed that I didn't know I'm an old fashioned girl You got no room in your world I need love...not something like it
4.
You 05:34
I'm on the train headed to somewhere Thinking of you That's how I spend most of my time now So it's nothing new And I could just go far away Iffen I got a clue But I figured this too shall pass As these things tend to do I dreamed that we made different choices In our lives And though they seemed wrong at the time In the end they all worked out right And I'm frozen here to the ground Waiting for that faint little sound When my heart tells me that it's true All this time, it could have been you. And I think about speaking my mind now But what would that change? I'd still be here wishing for sunshine While you pray to stop the rain And maybe we'll meet in the middle If the path doesn't change But after all of these years Taking it just seems so strange. I dreamed that we made different choices In our lives And though they seemed wrong at the time In the end they all turned out fine. And I'm frozen here to the ground Waiting for that faint little sound When my heart tells me that it's true All this time, it could have been you.
5.
Ghost 03:22
She won't be able, to live with my ghost With my name upon the lips you love the most Like a shadow cast on all that's passed between us you will know She won't be...me. She won't be willing, to lend you the strength To recognise the rope you're hanging yourself with And as the ship goes down and all has drowned in some forsaken sea She won't be...me. I am at your side In your corner you will find me And I can't make you change your mind But love for you will never leave me Never leave me. She won't be able to recognise That the mythology of new is full of lies And the person that you thought you knew can't look you in the eyes She won't be...me.
6.
Oh California You have done me wrong Coveting a dream that he sold for a song And all the plastic faces Frozen in a smile Staring at the feet that never walked this mile And all I know is that I love you still Even if it's not to be All I know is that I'll always feel California you have kept secrets from me. Oh California Do you think it's fair That you are in my life though I don't want you there Everything is broken, shattered by degrees As I pick up the pieces for not one but three All I know is that I love him still Even if it's not to be All I know is that I'll alway feel California you two kept secrets with me Oh California, I still believe
7.
I knew things were desperate When he left here that day His eyes wouldn't meet mine at all Just please don't be stupid, was all I could say He mumbled "I love you, I'll call." I knew things were over when I boarded that flight As I steeled up my mind for the fall We hadn't been close in a very long time it seemed like she just didn't want me at all. It's ok if you want something more It's ok if you've found someone new It's ok if you no longer love me that way... But don't lie, and say that you do. Don't say anything We're over I still love you, I still want you
8.
I feel so tired I could sleep till the end This bed like an anchor While the sea closes in And I feel so lost that I can't even breathe Your memory, the pillow That is smothering me You left me, you left me this song Scrawled on paper and envelopes You left me, you left me this song Scrawled on paper and envelopes. I was blindsided, I had no way to know No we weren't happy But I thought that how love goes And I feel so angry Your voice rings in my ears Who gets the pardon From the last 20 years? You left me, you left me this song Scrawled on paper and envelopes You left me, you left me this song Scrawled on paper and envelopes. I could forget you Move on and stand clear But I'll never forgive you For leaving me here
9.
Winding roads, never knowns Falling beneath our feet, fast asleep From hanging on Guiding light, milky white Believing in more than this Is hardest when you're all alone. We'll say goodbye tonight The last thing we want to do Your name filling lungs like air As you prepare, we do too. Never fair, too much to bear Stretching from weeks to years Fighting fears that never fade Falling leaves, wait and sees Blue skies between the trees Pasting seams that never mend. We'll say goodbye tonight The last thing we want to do No Pain no wait and sees As you breathe out, you fly free And we'll say goodbye tonight The last thing we want to do No Pain, no wait and sees We breathe out; you fly free.
10.
I ran away to an island Built up a castle in white sand Set my whole life to remote and Breathed a sigh of relief I ran away to a new life Looking for something that felt right Making my way in the half light I was a real sight to see And I feel I'm losing myself I am in irons, torn out to sea And I wonder if you can tell When you will notice There's nothing left but deep blue sea I towed the line to the rope's end Hoping to find a break to mend But found only dashed expectations And an anchor secured by debris. And I feel I'm losing myself I am in irons, torn out to sea And I wonder if you can tell When you will notice There's nothing left but deep blue sea

about

Love Or Something Like It is the breakup album for the breakup that never happened. The first full-length studio release by songwriter Lobelia Lawson in 13 years and arguably the best writing and performance of her career. Produced by Juno award winning producer/songwriter Rob Szabo, Love or Something is textural and deep, but with an edge of positivity and tongue-in-cheek lyrics that Lobelia's songs are known for.

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released February 14, 2017

All songs written by Lobelia with the exception of:

All this time: co-written with the brilliant academic/songwriter Emily Baker emilybakermusic.bandcamp.com

Say That You Do: co-written with amazing producer/writer Rob Szabo
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Guitars: Lobelia and Rob Szabo
Piano: Lobelia and Rob Szabo
Programming: Rob Szabo
Vocals: Lobelia with the exception of Rob Szabo on Say That You Do
Bass: Steve Lawson on Fall, Love or Something, and Paper and Envelopes
Produced by Rob Szabo and Lobelia
Engineered and mixed by: Rob Szabo with the exception of:
Paper and Envelopes: Mixed by Steve Lawson
You: Mixed by Ian Shepherd
All tracks mastered by mastering wizard Ian Shepherd
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This album was funded through PledgeMusic and would not have been possible without the help of the help of so many amazingly lovely people and even those who stopped by my house to drop by some funds for the album. I don't know where I'd be now without this project which helped me through the toughest year I've ever known.

Special thanks to: Leslie Collier, who helped me refine the album cover and was a great cheerleader for me throughout this project. He always makes me smile with his emailed jokes when I need it most. Love you Papa!

Rob Szabo: I am so pleased that we got to do this album together. What a joy and a luxury to hang out for 9 days working on this. It wouldn't have evolved into the amazing unique project that it is without your help. Thanks for getting what I wanted to do, and for all the encouragement and positive cursing!

Ian Shepherd: What a wizard you are! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help getting this album to sparkle.

Emily Baker: I'm always inspired by you as a human and as a creative force. So pleased to put the song we wrote together first.

Emma-Jane and Jen: Thanks so much for putting up with me and giving me a home for 9 days while I was in Canada recording this album. Was so nice to come home to such amazing folks each night.

Steve Lawson: Whilst you brought this album about by breaking my heart at the start of 2016, I'm proud of how far we've come, at how dedicated you've been to being a better person...a better husband, a better friend, a better father to Flapjack. I don't know anyone else who would have been able to bear the weight and truth of some of these songs, and to help me work on them as well. I'm glad that you're part of the break-up album that never happened. I'm glad we're still happening.

This album is dedicated the the memory of my beautiful mother Nancy Collier and my gorgeous departed friend Donna Delorme. The universe gained two beautiful souls when you passed. We'll miss you forever.

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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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