alien

by liz solo

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liz solo's first solo album

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released January 1, 2011

recorded, mixed and produced by liz solo, mike kean and steve abbott
at the black bag media collective studios, st. john's, 2010
Mastered by Ron Anonsen

a Sniz Wreckerds/Rock Can Roll Records release, 2011

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Track Name: a place for you
oh this is pain
i visit with it every day
it has a face
it has a name
it takes the shape of the place
where the last standing traces
remain

he got all different
in the end
became concerned with strange things
like money he owed the government
started drinking at home alone
every night
waking up in the morning on the kitchen floor
feeling like he's been in a fight
but he'd been home alone all night

i've made a place for you

wind over the mountain
scatter it around
over the place you used to play
when you were a little kid
it's hard to imagine that now
and they gathered together
recited the words
just the way you laid it down
'relinquished you to the air
until you're everywhere'
you've become a part of this rocky ground

and i've made a place for you

indie rock house
falling down
built up on a shaky foundation
wood laid right on top of the ground
and it's so hard to even have an idea
on this impossible, impossible town
gotta drag it all up
from the very, very bottom
then watch as it gets pulled
all the way back down
and i don't want to think about
everything that's happened
i don;t want to wonder about
what's gonna come
i don't want to think about nothing
i'm just gonna sit here in the dark
and beat on my stupid drum

and i've made a place for you
Track Name: world theatre day
merry fucking assmas
you bunch of fucking cunts
oh i hate every single one of you
i hate all of your guts
and i hate all of the lights in the windows
shining over this phony scene
oh my good old friend
you used to love this time of year
how you;d hate it
that' it's so green

it was the worst one on record
it was a terrible, terrible year
and i had to face it
had to stand there
had to take it
without you there
you're not there

so happy fucking theatre day everybody
you know it's happening all over the world
going by the storm i don't say
mike's headache is gonna go away
what do see out that window jenny, my girl
feel the movement of the ages
time quietly creeping
we'll keep analyzing our phases
while the baby keep sleeping

here's to everything we've built that's broken
here's to starting all over again
here's to me and Jenny standing in the window
watching the snow turning into rain
the snow is turning into rain
so ha[[y fucking birthday
happy happy valentines
me and jenny are in the window
keeping the dream alive
Track Name: beautiful girl
all you ever talk about is girls
all you ever write about is girls girls
all you ever think about
all you ever do
is about girls girls girls

and i am not a beautiful girl
i am the ugliest girl in the world
i am not a beautiful
not a beautiful girl
i'm a scary woman

oh and the sun it plays
through the window on your face
til you're like a picture
on a screen
talking at me
from far away

oh i wish i had a wave
or i still had my wings
cuz if i had
either of these things
i would ride away

cuz all you ever talk about is girls
all you ever write about its girls girls
all you ever think about
all you ever do
is about girls girls girls
Track Name: orphans
dee married ray
on a cold february day
the sky was pissing rain
and the city was grey
they stood hand in hand
in the eyes of the law
and made their vow
and then they ran away
took a long long ride
on a train

oh we can keep it together
and we'll keep on trying
cuz we're here for laughing
we're not here for crying
and now we're not orphans anymore
baby you're alway in my head
and every night
we'll go to bed

living low down in the part of the city where
it's all run down and nobody cares
barely enough for getting by
even when the welfare cheque is on time
somebody's baby's crying
in the room down the hall
she's staring out the window
at that big blank wall
her tears run down
racing to hit the floor

oh we can keep it together
and we'll keep on trying
cuz we're here for laughing
we're not here for crying
and now we're not orphans anymore
baby you're alway in my head
and every night
we'll go to bed

she standing in the kitchen
pacing back and forth
he's been gone all night again
like a hundred times before
he's keeping a date
with his demons
and every single night
it's always the same
til he comes crashing down the hall
with his eyes rolled up into his brain

oh we can keep it together
and we'll keep on trying
cuz we're here for living
we're not here for dying
and now we're not orphans anymore
baby you're alway in my head
and every night we'll go to bed
every night we'll go to bed
tonight, come on, let's go to bed
Track Name: blue streak
you walk
you talk
a blue streak
your two cheeks

a tear drop
falling down
sometimes it's a hard world
for my good boys and girl

i am
a willful woman
i lose my balance
when i fly too high

you run
you have fun
the brightest little ones
shining
underneath the sun

you walk
you talk
a blue streak
your two cheeks
Track Name: transhuman
the new sound
is going around
and i’m in the crowd
watch the resident girl
reshaping the world
with a plundered growl
am i all washed up
am i choking on dust
obscured in a backwater town
while the new sound
keeps going around
driving me underground
 
there’s only one way to feel it
and that’s with all of your heart
you can’t buy you can’t steal it
only try
only bend
only struggle
for your art
 
stockholm’s a bust
trying to catch up
to the good old amerikan way
i got a tight first,
i got a broken wrist
on this, a sorrowful day
i’m an old girl
this is the old world
skint in a mediaeval town
while the new sound
keeps going around
driving me further underground
 
there’s only one law to live by
and that is the rule of your heart
do all you can just to get by
while you cry
while you bleed
while you suffer
for your art
 
transhumanist think-tank together
can’t keep a big man down
gonna control the stars
conquer the weather
can’t push progress around
all your dreams of achievement
lull you to sleep
in the corner of some dim room
and that's where you all sit
watching your silver ships
piercing the orb of the moon
 
the sun on my face
your hand on my skin
all the love that it takes
to become transhuman

the new sound
the new sound
the new sound
Track Name: expression is not a crime
oh my wretched tears
of sad misgiving
over all the dirty little deeds
that need forgiving
how could you do that to us
you know we tried so hard
but it's gonna take
much more than you've got
to break the purest heart

because i, i'm gonna fight you
i'm gonna rise to the occasion
because i, i've got he right to
and i'm gonna fight you
you this dead city is mine


he built that scaffolding
from alley wood and nail
then he built it up real big
so he could tell the people how he feels

chem trails criss cross the sky
existing on stalks and seed
not living above the law
but underneath

because i, i'm gonna fight you
i'm gonna rise to the occasion
because i, i've got he right to
and i'm gonna fight you
you this dead city is mine

holding on to
all the little tiny pieces
keep it stuck up together
with wet paint and body greases
this city may be dying
but this city, this city is mine
and in my city baby
expression is not a crime

because i, i'm gonna fight you
i'm gonna rise to the occasion
because i, i've got he right to
and i'm gonna fight you
you this dead city is mine
Track Name: walking wounded
oh he's drunk again
he's all punk rock again
now he's running with the scissors
got his hair cut off
now he's falling down the stairs again

there's a maze of lines
carved along his arms
now he's down in the alley
with his clothes half off
showing all the girls his charms

he can't help himself
he just hurts himself
it's all running away
can't get over the pain
of his childhood
so he's got something to prove
one of the walking wounded
what do you do
when you've tried everything
that you could

oh the moon is high
it's an all seeing eye
watching over this
colonial town
as the hard rain
is coming down
oh it falls in sheets
turns to ice as it hits the streets
and though he got no shirt
rolling down these rolling hills
aw, it don;t really hurt

now he's awake again
in a hospital room
and when he tears at the bandages
all underneath
the scars are in fresh bloom
so he curses the nurses out
as he takes the elevator down
weaving barefoot
through the traffic
in an open backed dress
running all the way downtown

he can't help himself
he just hurts himself
it's all running away
can't get over the pain
of his childhood
so he's got something to prove
one of the walking wounded
what do you do
when you've tried everything
that you could

now he's drunk again
he's all punk rock again
Track Name: flipside
hey flip
there's nothing wrong, nothing wrong with it
yeah we're all on a sinking ship
going down down down
and i'm afraid i'll dream of you
i know that if i do
everything will all be true
what they're saying about you

oh without you
i'd be standing alone in the dark

hey flip
how many shows, how many trips
yeah you light the way
you guide the star
it's a tried and true tradition

and all those young upstarts
i overheard what they said
and i don't have to forgive them
because i know they know
what they did

hey flip
they're playing square ball
and jump the ramp
out in front of your house
i walk by every day
when i call the kids in
from your street where they're playing
and at night
they keep a light inside
it's reflecting
off the back of my eye

hey flip
i'm gonna, i'm gonna get a grip
while you light the way
you guide the star
get yourself a good place
at the spirit bar
while i'm small, getting smaller
in this this tiny town

yeah, we're all on a sinking ship
and we're all going down
Track Name: opus in fred minor
she's standing on the periphery
she's wearing her little blue shows
her eyes are dark
she's standing there
the girl that was made for you

she listened to her radio
she listened for your voice
so open wide
so not afraid to show
like a song
in a world of noise

but he said
you can't have
you can't have
you can't have
you can't have me
you can't have me

we take you there and it's summer
the ground is burnt like a desert
way down, down
oh so far down
the sky goes on forever

and i heard
goodbye son
goodbye son
i can't go on
i can't go on
without you

you're everywhere i go
and you're nowhere
can you, can you still me
when i return
into the ether
will you be there
to meet me

will you be there
to meet me
Track Name: i do it for me
well it was two years ago
when you did your last show
i couldn't make it, baby
i couldn't go
i was playing somewhere else
but i was standing over there
i was thinking about you
standing right here
working that empty room
hey baby, that's rock and roll

but now the night is quiet
cuz i don't hear you screamin
girl you play that fucking guitar
like a fucking machine
you play that guitar
like a machine

well now you're looking at me
from up on that wall
i don't even know
how i'll make it at all
oh baby it's just too much
you were always right there
when i was feeling low down
now in this dirty little town'
tell me, who can trust
now that you're gone

and every night is quiet
cuz i don't hear you screaming
i don't do this for you
i do it for me
i don't do this for you
i do it for me

i remember the moment
a hard point in time
you took me in your arms
and you told me goodbye,
oh goodbye
you said everything's unfinished
everything's undone
but everything considered, baby
we had so much fun
didn't we have fun

everything's unfinished
everything's undone
but everything considered
we had so much fun
aw, didn't we
have all that fun
Track Name: love song to the alien
where did you come from
how far away
how did you find me
in this lonely place
on my island
turning in space

you said you found me
because my light
shone like a beacon
in the black of the night
and from two hundred million
light years away
you came,

how many moons love
how many year
i have waited in vain love
for you to appear
along every horizon
on the curve of the night
i sit by my window
and i scan the skies
looking for you

where did you come from
how far away
how did you find me
in this lonely place
on my island
turning in space