Animal Love

by Charlene Kaye

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released 01 May 2012

www.charlenekaye.com

Produced by Tomek Miernowski
Recorded and mixed by Tomek Miernowski at Grand St recording in Brooklyn, NY.

All songs written by Charlene Kaye except -
"Animal Love 2" and "Forever is a Long Time" - by Charlene Kaye and Tomek Miernowski
"Woman Up" - by Charlene Kaye and Dave Scalia

Mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound.

Charlene Kaye: vocals, acoustic guitar on 8, electric guitar on 5 and 10, piano on 1, 3, 5 and 8, Fender Rhodes on 4, Mini Moog on 1, MicroKorg synthesizer on 4, Yamaha organ on 5, tambourine on 7 and 10
Tomek Miernowski: bass, all guitars except where noted, all synthesizers except where noted, piano on 1, vocals on 2 & 4, Yamaha organ on 5
Dave Scalia: all drums and percussion except where noted, additional production and programming on 1, 2, 4, 7, 9 and 10
Megan Cox: piano on 4 and 10, backing vocal on 1, 7, 9 and 10
Theo Katzman: backing vocal on 1, 3, 7, 9 and 10
Seth Faulk: backing vocal on 1, 7, 9 and 10

String arrangements for "Forever is a Long Time," "A Million Years," "I Dream an Ocean" and "Animal Love 2" by Andrew Sherman.

String players:
Hiroko Taguchi: violin
Jonathan Dinklage: violin
Whitney LaGrange: viola
Dave Eggar: cello

Drum tech by Artie Smith

THANK YOUS:

First and foremost, a thousand thanks, respect and love to Tomek Miernowski for all your hard work and talent in making this record what it is. It would have been a very different record without you and it would not have been nearly as good. Thank you. Also, can I get a chip?
Thank you Dave Scalia for your humor, loyalty, emotionalism and hot beatz.
Thank you Megan Cox for your friendship, wisdom, and for always being up for the adventure.
Thank you Liann Kaye for getting it, loving it and making it better.
Thank you Kimberly Chou for all your wisdom and cool.

Thank you Mom, Daddy, Nat, Artie Smith, Seth Faulk, Theo Katzman, Darren and the Criss family, Ricky Rollins, Dave Rowland, everyone at Team StarKid, Andrew Sherman, Ken Rich, Shervin Lainez, Charlie Wagers, Cheryl Andrey, Paloma Bassani, Christen Thomas, Rae Votta, Ross Federman and Lara de Bruijn.
Finally, one huge, heartfelt thank you to all my Kickstarter backers who helped make this record possible. I could not have done it without you and I appreciate it more than words can say.

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Track Name: Animal Love I
Animal Love I

This crowded room has a hundred ghosts
But it's your pretty green eyes that please me the most
I fully know this is dangerous
But I've never been too good at control

Cuz when I look at you baby it's like looking straight into the sun
And I don't wanna look away cuz I know I'm gonna lose my guns
Go ahead and take my conviction
Go ahead and take my everything

So let your bones show, let your bones show
Won't have to hide, have to hide hide anymore
Our animal love, animal love
Will be enough to protect the both of us

You're crouching low like a jungle cat
But something tells me I'd be content to be trapped
One fleeting look and there goes my breath
But no pleasure comes without consequence

Tell me, is this for the moment
Or do you really think we could last?
Boy, I really need to know, I don't have time to be played like that
But suddenly you're reaching for my hand
And every sturdy brick crumbles to sand

So let your bones show, let your bones show
Won't have to hide, have to hide anymore
Our animal love, animal love
Will be enough to protect the both of us

Sick and tired of being alone
Take my hand, I don't wanna go home
I just want a little bit of your ecstasy
The stars won't know what hit them
When they brought together you and me
Track Name: Forever is a Long Time
You can't escape the feeling
That rises from the root
The sputter, then the silence
When two hearts run out of fuel
We painted little pictures
To escape the big
But now the light is fading
And all our love with it
And it won't quit

It's a long way to the end of the road
When you wandered, were you swallowed by the valley below?
So focus hard on every following step
Oh, 'cause forever is a long long time to guess
Oh, forever is a long time

Looking down the water
This way a ripple rolls
But turn your face away and
Still you feel the cold
But I'm shaking in my sheets now
There's nowhere left to hide
A hundred thousand mirrors
That shatter you and I
You and I

It's a long way to the end of the road
When you wandered, were you swallowed by the valley below?
So focus hard on every following step
Oh, 'cause forever is a long long time to guess
Oh, forever is a long time

(c) 2012 Charlene Kaye
Track Name: A Million Years
A million years she'd been awake
A million years she prayed
For one familiar soul to help her navigate her way
She stood agog at the spray of stars
And thought aloud each day:
I've been here so long
Holding on, but

Somehow I know
I can't be on this planet alone
And one waits
One waits for me
One waits
One waits for me
One waits
One will wait for me
And time's the only lonely curtain in between

And you could be a lion
Or a buzzard or a bee
However soft your symphony,
I'll know you sing for me
You too wandered the island
With a strange name in your throat
And when you come home
I won't let you go

Somehow I know
I can't be on this planet alone
And one waits
One waits for me
One waits
One waits for me
One waits
One will wait for me
And time's the only lonely curtain in between

Come out, come on out
Wherever you are...

(c) 2012 Charlene Kaye
Track Name: Hummingbird Heart
Turn on the lights, I feel blue
By seven am only seven winks through
Guess once again I'll try my luck
At catching up to speed with my hummingbird heart

I want a sea of faces
Nobody that I know
They'll holler when they hear my name
And then they'll go back home
Won't have to tell you
Won't have it no other way
For your love, your love, your love, your love, baby

Who says that you can't live forever?
Shine down your light, it's now or never
And you said baby watch your head
Look at the crowd, they love you now
But come the morning you'll be left for dead

Somebody catch me, I've gone blind
Can't see for all the stars in my eyes
No more emotion, I'm all drive
Til I get this splinter out of my side

Soon every string surrounding
These wooden legs and arms
Will crumble like a cloud of smoke
And send this puppet down
But I won't regret it
This is the choice that I made
For your love, your love, your love, your love, baby

Who says that you can't live forever?
Shine down your light, it's now or never
And you said baby watch your head
Look at the crowd, they love you now
But come the morning you'll be left for dead

Lyrics and music (c) 2012 Charlene Kaye
Track Name: Poison Apple
Well you don't think that it's working
Cuz you don't think it's sublime
And these windows only hurt you
As you hold me close tonight

I've been dreaming still of wingless birds that circle in the sky
Certain to plummet forth the second they look down from up on high

If I'm relying
On hearing silver bells ring
Then why keep trying

If the angels aren't singing
Hallelujiah
I'm gonna go and bring the poison apple to ya
Once you know, it's down you go
If your birds are hell bent
On seeking the heaven sent
Then don't you try to be content
With anything a little less

So let's carry on
Now that the going's really gone
No more to idealize now that I've realized how I was wrong
And don't bring around that mirror
A would-be curse, to see the worst, and see it all in me

And all these bruises on my wings
From flying far too high to sing the hallelujiah
I'm gonna go and bring the poison apple to ya
Once you know, it's down you go
If your birds are hell bent
On seeking what's heaven sent
Then don't you try to be content
With anything a little less

If knowledge of the future was the only reason why
Then your innocence forsook you
When you brought our love to die
I've been dreaming still of wingless birds that circle in the sky...

If I'm relying
On hearing silver bells ring
Then why keep trying
Cuz you know they won't sing

I thought I knew ya
But you don't think that we belong together, do ya?
So swing your sack over your shoulder and be gone
Oh, what have I done?

(c) 2012 Charlene Kaye
Track Name: Until the Morning
Someday
I'm gonna rise up
Someday when I make my mind up
Nothing but good's gonna come from my love
Not until I've paid my dues
When it's dark out, I'm gonna light a spark,
gonna hold my breath until the morning
Track Name: Woman Up
The golden boy in the crowd
The world loves him now
And so do you
But his mirror shows only himself
It'd be easy to tell if you had my view

You might go hungry, might go blind (everything fades)
If you keep on keeping him in mind (take it away)
Baby, you can't keep waiting round
Love is your own choice to be found
Something that your body doesn't know a thing about

Girl you've got to woman up
Girl you've got to woman up
Get your rainbow off the rug
And start anew
Girl you've got to woman up
Bite the bullet, not the dust
Cuz the road to better love
Is losing you

So bad you feel when you wait
Your dignity's down the drain
It ain't right if the road only goes one way
It's okay to love hard as long as long as you're loving you first babe
Cuz you can't trust no one else to be your friend these days

You might go hungry, might go blind (everything fades)
If you let your power go this time (take it away)
Baby, I hate to see you cry
But only good's in this goodbye
Step out of the forest and you'll see the trees behind

Girl you've got to woman up
Girl you've got to woman up
Get your rainbow off the rug
And start anew
Girl you've got to woman up
Bite the bullet, not the dust
Cuz the road to better love
Is losing you

(c) 2012 Charlene Kaye and Dave Scalia
Track Name: Don't Make Me Believe
Where you go
Where you go I would follow
Over mountains
Fields and houses

And you have grown
Sure and slow all your secrets
Within my heart
So please,
Don't make me believe
If you don't believe it
Don't make me give
If you ain't receiving
Don't hang me from the highest rung
If you never plan to come for me

Wrong me not
Wrong me not, for I'm weary
I've known your kind
And I don't have the time to be
Disarmed for a dead ending
So go on, make my day
If you really aren't pretending

If I fall, would you follow behind?
Would I want those roaming eyes for mine?
Tell me, if you were free
Would desire still reach this degree?
Oh, baby

Don't make me believe
If you don't believe it
Don't make me weep
If you ain't worth keeping
Don't hang me from the highest rung
If you never plan to come...

Don't make me believe
If you don't believe it
Don't make me bleed
For no goddamn reason
My hopes are at the highest rung
So if you love another one,
Then leave.

(c) 2012 Charlene Kaye
Track Name: I Dream an Ocean
I dream an o...
I dream an o...
I dream an ocean of relief when I see you reaching out for me
Your fingers reaching for my fingers as the riptide gleams

But I know it's not, not the way you feel and I
Know I'm not what you thought you needed
But I could swear I saw in your eyes
More than a trick of the light
Guess you were just one more drop into the blue

Now we're running through my empty house
It's much bigger than I remember now
Hallway after hallway, endless walls without rooms
You rest your hand upon my shoulder
In a way that reminds me of my father
And say you'll lead the way, you'll never leave me alone

But I know it's not, not the way you feel and I
Know I'm not what you thought you needed
But I could swear I saw in your eyes
More than a trick of the light
Guess you were just one more drop into the blue

(c) 2012 Charlene Kaye
Track Name: Animal Love II
Stomach scrapes the rusty pavement
Claws are out, trying to tame it
My mind can't slow its chemicals
The longing grows when you're away

Bed of straw
The mother calls
But no response from miles away
Clouds let go their silver ropes
And there goes hope when ends the day
Take a sip and let it go down

Tell me ooh
What am I gonna do with this love for you?
Can't throw it out the window
Can't poison it out
This animal love
If it's animal love then I'll know it's true
If not you, who did I give it to?
Tell me who
Tell me who

Stomach scrapes the rusty pavement
Take me back, I just can't take it
Til then I will bear this smile
And log the miles til I see your face
Is there nothing I can do now?

Tell me ooh
What am I gonna do with this love for you?
Can't throw it out the window
Can't poison it out
This animal love
If it's animal love then I'll know it's true
If not you, who did I give it to?
Tell me who
Tell me who

And it's a long, long way to go
I know you know
Can you tell me when it is I'll move on?
I'll move on

(c) 2012 Charlene Kaye