Leaving Me Dry

by Natalie D-Napoleon

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Natalie has dedicated a career to exploring a meandering path through Americana. Having been a staple of the Perth music scene for well over ten years, her evolution through ensembles such as Bloom and Flavor of the Month saw her sharing her time between California and Western Australia before she settled in Santa Barbara, California.

She has more recently made her mark on American roots music through recordings such as “After the Flood” and “Here in California”.

Since releasing the two EPs, Natalie has toured America, playing shows with a diverse array of musical icons like Kenny Edwards, Victoria Williams, Mark Olson (The Jayhawks), John Doe, Glen Phillips and Todd Snider.

Having received a prestigious Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts Music Production Grant, Natalie recently recorded her album in Santa Barbara.

Recorded at the famed Sound Design Studios, which has given rise to recordings by Beck, Radiohead and Depeche Mode, the album’s production was helmed by David Piltch. Having worked closely with the likes of kd lang, Madeleine Peyroux and Bonnie Raitt, Piltch quickly got to the heart of Natalie’s musical message.

A cast of musicians was duly assembled, the pedigree of which equaled their talents. With Piltch on bass, Linda Ronstadt’s longtime sideman, Kenny Edwards, contributed guitars and mandolin. The album would ultimately be Edwards’ last recorded statement prior to his untimely passing.

Aaron Sterling (Fiona Apple/John Mayer) handled drums and percussion while Dan Phillips (Glen Phillips) played piano, Hammond B3 and sung. Melanie Robinson (Tim Rogers/Gurramul) contributed cello, Phil Parlapiano (Grant Lee Buffalo/Lucinda Williams) accordion and banjo, Greg Leisz (Wilco/Sheryl Crow) pedal steel and folk icon Victoria Williams stopped by to play banjo and add backing vocals.

From Edwards’ rollicking electric guitar on the spritely “With the Speed of Love,” through to Victoria Williams’ bounding banjo and backing vocals on “The Well Song,” Dan Phillips’ plaintive piano and Melanie Robinson’s haunting cello on “Leave a Light On,” to Greg Leisz’s melancholic pedal steel on “The Birds and the Trees,” the roots-infused orchestration on Leaving Me Dry poignantly underpins Natalie’s emotive serenades about love lost, love found and the long roads traveled to find redemption.

Opportunities like those that heralded the production of Leaving Me Dry don’t come along very often. Fittingly, neither does an album like this.

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released July 2, 2012

LEAVING ME DRY CREDITS
(See also "Bonus Item - PDF Liner Notes")

1. How Can I Love You So? (ND-Napoleon/GS Ferstat)
2. The Deep Blue Sky (ND-Napoleon)
3. The Well Song (ND-Napoleon)
4. With The Speed Of Love (Memories Become Traces Of Tears) (ND-Napoleon)
5. Leaving Me Dry (ND-Napoleon)
6. Leave A Light On (ND-Napoleon)
7. Remember To Breathe (ND-Napoleon/GS Ferstat)
8. The Birds And The Trees (ND-Napoleon)
9. Don’t Be Scared (ND-Napoleon/GS Ferstat)
10. so brand new (ND-Napoleon)
11. The Road (ND-Napoleon)


Produced by David Piltch
Engineered and mixed by Lynne Earls
Recorded at Sound Design Studios, Santa Barbara, California, and EarlyPro Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Mastered by David Locke


Natalie D-Napoleon: Vocals and Acoustic Guitars
David Piltch: Upright and Electric Bass
Kenny Edwards: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar and Mandolin
Dan Phillips: Piano, Hammond B3 and Backing Vocals
Aaron Sterling: Drum and Percussion
Greg Leisz: Pedal Steel
Victoria Williams: Banjo and Backing Vocals
Phil Parlapiano: Accordion and Banjo
Evan Hillhouse: Wurlitzer
Jesse Rhodes: Backing Vocals

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Natalie D-Napoleon Santa Barbara, California

Raised on Croatian folk songs and American standards like "Blue Bayou" upon a farm clinging to a working class town near Perth, the singer-songwriter (family legend has it that she's related to THE Bonaparte) makes her mark on the roots music scene with original lyrics, impassioned delivery and her lamenting reflection on the human condition.

Leaving Me Dry is her debut solo album release.
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Track Name: How Can I Love You So?
How Can I Love You So?

Walkin' down South Street
My heart's feelin' heavy
My head's feelin' empty
And I've got no place to go
No shoes on my feet
A childhood memory
I'm loving that feeling
Of the sand between my toes

There are whole worlds
Within and without us
How can I love you so?
How can I love you so?
When I just don't know?

You said to me
We're all born free
The cage door is open
And I don't know how to fly
At 17 I burnt you onto me
I still feel the scar and
I know it's always there

Chorus

Flames and tears and fear won't keep me
They won't keep me from lovin' you

There are whole worlds
Within and without us
How can I love you so?
How can I love you so?
When I just don't know?
Track Name: The Deep Blue Sky
The Deep Blue Sky (aka Jeff Tweedy’s 54th Beard)

You grabbed me and held me tight
Said ‘Don’t leave, don’t go outside tonight’
I said ‘What about your wife and your kids?’
You gave me a kiss and said
‘You’re way too good for this’.

Dry clean my best black dress,
Put it on and wrap those pearls around my neck
Meet in an out of the way place
Where we’re sure no one will recognize your face.

Chorus
I can’t hide the loneliness inside
Can’t fill it with a million stars
Can’t fill it with that deep blue sky
I can’t hide the lonely fool inside
Still falling for the wrong lover
Still dying each time

Dusty motels and cold sheets
Text messages sent while she sleeps
Never wake in the same bed
Count the hours that you spend with her instead

Chorus

Meet me tonight at 10 o’clock at the Café Delight
Leave your ring on the dressing table
Don’t even say a thing
Shhh…..don’t even say a thing
Shhh…..don’t even say a thing


I can’t hide the loneliness inside
Can’t fill it with a million stars
Can’t fill it with that deep blue sky
I can’t hide the lonely fool inside
Still falling for the wrong lover
Still dying each time

Still falling for the wrong lover
Die a little more each night…
Track Name: The Well Song
The Well Song

You can lead a horse to water
But you cannot make it think
That it’s anything but a horse
That’s being lead to drink

You can take a woman to a well
You can ask her why it’s dry
But do not make her cry
No, do not make her cry

If I needed you, would you come to me?
Would you hurt yourself to help me in my need?
If I needed you would you find me
Even if all I wanted to do was hide?

Don’t need to own a watch
To see time fly by
The lines beside your eyes
The new creases in your smile

Oh baby can you tell me
When we missed the boat
The price of love’s worth more than gold
And a free ride home

If I needed you would you bleed for me?
Would you open up your heart to find out where it leads?
If I needed you would you find me
Even if all I wanted to do was hide?

I can wait and I can think
I can wait and think and fast
I can wait until those mountains turn
From rocks into sand

When my time is up
Will we drink from the same cup?
Will we find out about love
When it’s all been given up?
Track Name: With the Speed of Love (Memories Become Traces of Tears)
With the Speed of Love (Memories Become Traces of Tears)

Everything fades, love fades,
The pain of betrayal
Crippling fear and the bitterness of loss,
The tug and pull of lust

Nothing is permanent all things fade with time
How cruel is time
To make us forget joy
How kind she is to ease our pain

I’m as quiet as a cup
That’s about to overflow
What’s a kiss worth if it’s stolen
Count 5 seconds let the fear in

What do you fear, all things fade with time
How cruel is time
To make us forget joy
How kind she is to ease our pain

My shadow looks like the age-rings on tree
There’s an invisible line that separates you from me

Oh I’m so tired
Won’t you pick me and lay me down
And help me forget,
Help me forget about time……
Track Name: Leaving Me Dry
Leaving Me Dry

You’re leaving me dry
I’m not gonna talk about how many times I’ve cried
Like walking through the desert with bare feet
I’m torn up, bruised, battered and beat

I’ve been a refugee from my own company
I gave up everything I had
For this chance

When I find my way back home
I’m gonna mark it in blood and stone (stone…stone…stone)
While the ravens circle round my head
Gonna pull up the sheets and stay in bed

The smell of forgiveness is sweet
As I crush the petals beneath my feet
Beneath my feet

You’re leaving me dry
Through the valleys, the mountains and the mire
With lips so dry I cannot even speak
Or see the treasures that lay at my feet

I’ve been a refugee from my own company
I gave up everything I had
For this chance

I’ve been everything to everyone
And nothing to me
Now I wanna be knee deep
I wanna be knee deep
I wanna be knee deep
Track Name: Leave a Light On
Leave a Light On

Just another night I turn out the light
Without you by my side
Just another day that I wake up
The sheets soaked wet, my head tongue-tied

Leave a light on so I can find my way
Out of this mess I got into
Full of hope and fear and doubt -
The things you can't hold onto

And we can't keep on hiding
Behind the past and what went wrong
And we can't keep on fighting
The stuff that hearts are made of

Build a boat so you can sail away and
Find forgiveness in that wood
Sing a song so you can find the place
Where your heart once stood

La, LA LA LA, La La La, LA

Leave a light on so I can find my way
Out of this mess I got into
Full of hope and fear and doubt -
All the things that you can't hold onto

La, LA LA LA, La La La, LA
Track Name: Remember to Breathe
Remember to Breathe

Got a tattoo of a broken heart
To remind me of how much I hurt you
Like a crack in the windshield
You’ll never know which direction I will go.
Alice you’re dreaming again,
Don’t forget to breathe.
(A voice in my head said…)

Remember to breathe
Remember to hear, remember to feel,
Remember to see –
I don’t know, which way to go.

This life is suffocating me
Like an alien trapped inside a tree
Screaming, screaming let me out
‘Cause I can’t breathe
Alice you’re dreaming again
Don’t forget to breathe.
(A voice in my head said…)

Remember to breathe
Remember to hear, remember to feel,
Remember to see –
I don’t know, which way to go.

Five feet down and one foot to go
Spread my roots deep
I don’t need your air to breathe
I don’t need your air…

Remember to breathe
Remember to hear, remember to feel,
Remember to see –
I don’t know, which way to go.

Remember
to
breathe.
Track Name: The Birds and the Trees
The Birds and The Trees

The crops in the field
Keep staring at me
As if I could help them grow again

The birds and the trees
Keep whistling at me
As if they know it’s my sad song

The babes crying in their beds
They want their Daddy home
But I can’t tell them that he’s gone

All I want to do
Is sit here on this porch and sing
Baby come home, baby come home
Baby come home, ‘cause I know that you’re lost

Now the bank’s foreclosed
Taken everything I own
Even my pride they now possess

The fortune teller says
Pack your bags and go
The wheel has turned on its end

All I want to do
Is sit here on this porch and sing
Baby come home, baby come home
Baby come home, ‘cause I know that you’re lost

Baby come home,
You won’t hear me cry again or complain about
Your boots left in the rain,
Your boots left in the rain,
Your boots left in the rain

All I want to do
Is sit here on this porch and sing
Baby come home, baby come home
Baby come home, baby come home
Baby come home, ‘cause I know that you’re lost
Track Name: Don't be Scared
Don't Be Scared

Woke up in the middle of the night
Got a vice on my head and I'm feelin' uptight
Can't stop thinking about me and you.
In West Hollywood held onto our dreams
As hard as we could
And we ended up walkin' on stars.

Don't be scared of me,
'Cause I won't let you go and
We're not going down

Found Hank's Lost Highway
Then lost my head again in LA
On the 101 from Santa Barbara
Silence and the flame couldn't keep me
From calling your name
When I'm ten thousand miles from home

Chorus

My desire is like a circle
It leads me to dark places
I'm gonna follow it 'round
I'm gonna follow it 'round
I'm gonna follow it 'round
'Til it leads me back to you

Chorus

Don't be scared of me,
'Cause I won't let you go and
We're not going down.
Track Name: so brand new
so brand new

Watching the sun rise over South Beach
Is where I wanna be
Watching the sun rise after the party
From the night before
Feet make circles in the sand,
No need to hold hands, anymore.

Watching the sun rise
Watching the sun rise

Watching the sun rise over South Beach
Is where I wanna be
Watching the sun rise, the wind blows
The smoke out of my hair
At the party I heard The Pixies
For the first time

Watching the sun rise
Watching the sun rise

Watching the sun rise over South Beach
Is where I wanna be
Watching the sun rise after the gig at
The Chelsea Hotel
Can we ever go back to that place
Where it was so brand new?

Watching the sun rise,
Watching the sun rise,
Watching the sun rise.
Track Name: The Road
The Road

I’ve travelled a long way
Along this dark and twisted road
With only my headlights and my shoulders
To carry this heavy load

I was looking for forgiveness
Hoping that it would come to me
Like a shooting star in the night sky
Lighting up the road before me

But I keep driving
Looking for something I can’t find
I think that I lost it
Somewhere near Serpentine

I know that God is holy
And I know that I am not yet whole
Trying to search for those pieces
That will help me find my way back home

My way back home
My way back home
My way back home
Find my way back home

I’ve travelled a long way
Along this dark and twisted road