State Of Grace

by Little Annie & Baby Dee

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  • Little Annie - You Can't Sing The Blues While Drinking Milk

    The autobiography of Little Annie aka Annie "Anxiety" Bandez, featuring forewords from Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons), David Tibet (Current 93), Baby Dee, Lydia Lunch and David J (Bauhaus)

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released 19 November 2012

Thanks to Tom Gagen, Greg James, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Eric Chenaux, Alice O'Malley, Joseph Carvell, Chris Cundy, Jordan Hunt, Laura Moody, Euan Rodger, Emma Smith, Charlie Stock, Kevin Turley, Phil Oxby, Mason Le Long, Robin Jax and Richard Guy

Special thanks to Andrew WK for the use of his marvellous piano. The Hammond B3 was provided through the generosity of the late Jeanne Flieschmann Bruce.

Recorded at Clockwerke Mobile Unit, US, by Tom Gagen and Greg James, and Farheath Studio, UK, by Angus Wallace and Chris Pawlusek, 2012
String arrangements recorded at Soup Studios, UK, by Sam Beer and wind arrangements recorded at Taylor John's House, UK, by Mason Le Long
Produced and mixed by Richard Guy and Mason Le Long
Mastered by Chris Pawlusek

All music and lyrics by Little Annie & Baby Dee EXCEPT Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer by Stevie Wonder and Pilgrim Traveller by Sister Wynona Carr

Little Annie: vocals
Baby Dee: vocals, piano and Hammond B3

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: vocals on "State of Grace"
Joseph Carvell: double bass
Eric Chenaux: guitars
Chris Cundy: wind arrangements, soprano, tenor and bass saxophones, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Jordan Hunt: string arrangements, violin
Laura Moody: cello
Euan Rodger: drums and percussion
Emma Smith: violin
Charlie Stock: viola

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Track Name: Angels Gone Before
Little Liza was a looker
Moved down town to fashion model
Got turned out, became a hooker
Polish doll eyes rimmed with glamour
She was our hometown Cinderella
Barely legal she got murdered
Didn't make the local papers
Fame such a fickle drug

To all our
Angels gone before
We pour this first sip on the floor
Angels gone before, this one's for you

For those we've loved and left behind
In suburbs just north of despair
Where angry gangs of pack girls roam
And gloss their bitter sneers
To beauties past their sell-by dates
In strip bar malls they congregate
With weary wombs they contemplate
That good year in their lives
The guys who sit in Lincoln Park
Reminiscing in the in the dark
Washing down their tuinal
With Mad Dog 20/20
Picking at their battle scars
Acquired in the heroin wars
Talking 'bout the guys they met
In prison at Valhalla

To all our
Angels gone before
We pour this first sip on the floor
Angels gone before, this one's for you

Billy's wife had hated guns
'Til the day she ate one
And Billy never shut his mouth
As he pushed their baby carriage
To those we lost or passed away
Nodded off on judgement day
Dropped the soap, or dropped a dime
Ran out of love, ran out of time

To all our
Angels gone before
We pour this first sip on the floor
Angels gone before
This one's for
You
Track Name: Love To Break The Fall
For hours I gaze in the mirror
For some trace of the face once called mine
There's nothing about it I recognize
An illusion now ravaged by time
Held tight to the reigns of the future
While embracing the wounds of the past
Blurring the edge of the present
Avoiding the now of this nuclear winter

Lord knows, I'm terrified, paralyzed
Lord knows, this ain't the first time
Lord knows, I'm not the only one
Feels like there's nothing in sight but the end

Need some light to guide me
A map to navigate the storm
A blanket to cloak me when ghosts come a callin'
Some love to break the fall

Yet here I stare reminiscing
'Bout opportunities passed
Be it choice or by chance or my lust for romance
Your gifts right before me I've missed

The creator has a marvelous plan
Need not understand
Is what it is
Be what shall be
But God knows, sometimes your children got me
Running for cover

Need some light to guide me
A map to navigate the storm
A cloak to hide under when ghosts come a callin'
Some love to break the fall
Track Name: State Of Grace (w/Bonnie 'Prince' Billy)
I'm not one to run from a challenge
Willingly to lay down and die
Cash in my chips
Call it a day
Give up the ghost
You choose the cliché
Not very often I've folded
No matter how lousy my hand
And though optimistic
I'm not masochistic
That's why I got us a plan

For something strange is upon us
I can feel it deep in my bones
Time to cut our losses
Time to cut and run

So meet me on the Bronx side
Of the Willis Avenue bridge
As dusk turns dusty orange
You will know me by the fear in my eyes

While we got something left to lose
We gotta get out of this place
Blow this busted city
And find a state of grace

So meet me on the Bronx side
Of the Willis Avenue bridge
As dusk turns dusty orange
You will know me by the fear in my eyes

While we got something left to lose
We gotta get out of this place
Blow this busted city
And find a state of grace
Track Name: Pilgrim Traveller
I am a pilgrim traveller
On the long road home
I need the Lord to guide me
While on this road I roam
He guided my mother before me
He kept her all the way
I know He'll do the same for me
If I keep travelling in this heavenly way

Yes, he promised to give me protection
If I live by his direction
I'll do the best I can
I know I'll make it if He holds my hand

Yes, He guides me on the highway
Keeps me from the ruts of sin
While travelling on this journey
I'm going to live so I can make it in
He guided my momma before me
He kept her all the way
I'll do the best I can
I know I'll make it if He holds my hand

He guided my momma before me
He kept her all the way
I know he'll do the same for me
If I keep travelling in this heavenly way
Track Name: Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer
I never dreamed you'd leave in summer
I thought you would go then come back home
I thought the cold would leave by summer
But my quiet nights will be spent alone

You said there would be warm love in springtime
That was when you started to be cold
I never dreamed you'd leave in summer
But now I find myself all alone

You said then you'd be the life in autumn
Said you'd be the one to see the way
I never dreamed you'd leave in summer
But now I find my love has gone away
Why didn't you stay?
Track Name: Paincheck
Welcome to our toxic swimming pool
The lifeguard is a sadist
But the water's as warm as blood

Here we are again my friend
Tussling in the weed-filled garden
Older but no wiser
As way back when
Lighting fires
Burning fingers
Least we are consistent
In our lack of comprehension
Yet
Got that profile
Ripe for plunder
Wounded beauty
Dented glamour
Cheekbones sharp as razors
But
Let's be honest for a moment
We don't heal up like we used to

Gonna take a rain check
A pain check
As tempted as I am
Gonna take a rain check
A pain check
But thanks for asking, babe

I would have gone to hell with you
If you had only asked me to
And back again my friend
To somewhere else

But that was in another life
When I was someone else's wife
And you were someone else
For you, my dear, are a wound that never healed

Gonna take a rain check
A pain check
As tempted as I am
Gonna take a rain check
A pain check
But thanks for asking, babe

Like all good serial killers
You took souvenirs
Satin sheets, silken noose
Turin shroud of tears
So put away the good wine
The slow jams, the Barry White
Let's call this what it is, my dear
Before we call it a night

Gonna take a rain check
A pain check
As tempted as I am
Gonna take a rain check
A pain check
But thanks for asking, babe

You wonder how low I can go
Doll, you'd be surprised
If you think I'm joking
Look into my big red eyes
If truth's the first victim of war
Then love's the first of truth
Gotta know when cute ain't cute no more
Can't blame it on our youth

Gonna take a rain check
A pain check
As tempted as I am
Gonna take a rain check
A pain check
But thanks for asking, babe
Track Name: Gown Of Tears
See now how I glow under the spotlight
In my shiny sequined gown of un-cried tears
Behind the pain, the pathos and bravado
So much of me that was has disappeared

Killing time limping down once familiar streets
Humming some French melody of loss
When suddenly your memory sneaks up on me so violently
Recklessly and viciously knocks me to the ground

Staggered by your ragged green eyed beauty
As you roll out of the rubble dust and ash
I turn my life into a fun house mirror to reflect
You looked at me and you saw you
I looked at me and saw you too

See now how I glow under the spotlight
In my shiny sequined gown of un-cried tears
Behind the pain, the pathos and bravado
So much of me that was
So much of me that was
So much of me that was has disappeared

And that ragged scar that maps the road to your lovely mouth
That always knows the perfect thing to say
If truth be in the wine, I'll choose vodka every time
Who knew that grown-ups played so rough

But see now how I glow under the spotlight
In my shiny sequined gown of un-cried tears
Behind the pain, the pathos and bravado
So much of me that was
So much of me that was
So much of me that was has disappeared
Track Name: Back In The Day
Back in the day
We walked together
Back in the day
When we knew better
Back in the day
We were each other
We were special

Back when we had all the answers
Back when we never were wrong
Back when we healed instantaneously
And our bodies and stories were young
Back when we'd do it tomorrow
And tomorrow never would come
Back when we thought all the answers
Be found in a three minute song

Back in the day
We were together
Back in the day
Thought we knew better
Back in the day
We were each other
We were something

Back when the future was endless
And days were created to dream
Back when we thought we were special
Exempt from life and all of it's pain
Back when we had all the time in the world
And time was something to kill
Back when we lusted for drama and danger
To muffle the sound of the truth

Back in the day
We were so clever
Back in the day
We were forever
Back in the day
Never say never
We were different

Back when we figured we'd seen it all
And thought we were something to see
Thought the world started and ended with us
And nothing happened before
Back when we fashioned our passion
Back when we could pretend
I'd die without you beside me
Without me your world would end

We'd never say
We'd never say
Never be the one to say
Back in the day

Back in the day
Track Name: State Of Grace
I'm not one to run from a challenge
Willingly to lay down and die
Cash in my chips
Call it a day
Give up the ghost
You choose the cliché
Not very often I've folded
No matter how lousy my hand
And though optimistic
I'm not masochistic
That's why I got us a plan

For something strange is upon us
I can feel it deep in my bones
Time to cut our losses
Time to cut and run

So meet me on the Bronx side
Of the Willis Avenue bridge
As dusk turns dusty orange
You will know me by the fear in my eyes

While we got something left to lose
We gotta get out of this place
Blow this busted city
And find a state of grace

So meet me on the Bronx side
Of the Willis Avenue bridge
As dusk turns dusty orange
You will know me by the fear in my eyes

While we got something left to lose
We gotta get out of this place
Blow this busted city
And find a state of grace
Track Name: Perfect Gift
I've the perfect shade of lipstick
In a perfect case of platinum
Encased in a cocoon
Of lush and regal velvet
Resting safely in a purse
Of fine Italian leather
Leather soft as butter
Soft as joy remembered
Enchanted eyes
Crimson mixed with violet
Wrapped in a tomb of gold

Yes, I've the perfect shade of lipstick
Draped in fabric precious
Enveloped in the finest leather
Locked in a special chamber
A vault
Which once
Held my
Heart