State Of Grace

by Little Annie & Baby Dee

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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?
6.
Paincheck 02:59
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
Perfect Gift 02:56
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

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released November 19, 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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