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Leaving Me Dry

by Natalie D-Napoleon

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1.
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?
2.
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…
3.
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?
4.
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……
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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.
8.
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
9.
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.
10.
so brand new 03:15
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.
11.
The Road 03:08
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

about

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

Natalie D-Napoleon is an Australian-American singer-songwriter and poet who formed a US-based trio with Kenny Edwards (Linda Ronstadt) and Dan Phillips. Natalie’s latest album, You Wanted to Be the Shore But Instead You Were the Sea, was recorded with one mic in a hundred year old chapel and features Phillips along with James Connolly (Van Dyke Parkes) and Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams). ... more

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