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Plays & Sings Torch'd Songs, Charivari Hymns & Oriki Blue​-​Marches

by Chris Lee

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I need a hog between my thighs A steed of steel to share the ride The open road sings threnodees A million cities singing out their siren melodees Trying to blind my lonesome eyes We're star-cross'd lovers to a "T" So let's just call the whole thing off E.g., we both worship D&G But you're a fashionista And I'm a philosophe Trying to hide my lonesome eyes Breaking open wide this little heart of mine Breaking open wide this big heart of mine
City Woman 03:42
City woman, like a machine You don't know the trouble she seen City sirens making the scene Broken belles and elegantines And the subway's teeming with queens tonight My Madonna, how does it feel To have every heart you can steal? Every ankle, every blush Every eyelash causes a crush Hungry sighs and heavenly thighs for miles Little angel say it ain't so Say you never treated me so What would ever make me believe You would ever boogie with me? (Would you ever boogie with me?) My beloved city woman Will I ever know your name? Say, can you see some other way? Lord it's too late
I am a songbird at war Slinging my bodies like a whore A yellow woman, a frozen star, that's all Lost in the forest of a song Maybe I need more Maybe for sure I am a-feeling home (southern) grown Longing the humid sound of home In yellow moonlight, greater stars will fall for vibrations bright and strong [Chorus]
Slow as the sun She sails on Not even a sign To pin hopes on All my life I've been waiting for the day I'll wake up and stop living this way Seasons roll by Half lives lived Still she makes me wait For what she never gives All my life I've been waiting for the day She'll wake up and start looking this way All my shame is washing away Waiting by the phone everyday Everybody loves in their own way And I'm afraid that mine is here to stay Slow as the sun She sails on Not even a sign To pin hopes on All my life I've been waiting for the day She'll wake up and stop living this way [Chorus]
Mount Venus 06:08
I don't want to come down I don't want to silence my sound Even if I know she'll never come around She's a revolution that would make Copernicus smile Such a revelation to my lonesome eyes She's the one who makes me come undone She's a billion suns She don't need anyone She is a holy war worth fighting for She is a billion suns at once Mississippi visions Calling Carolina minds Running like a river, slightly out of time Her beauty is a black bear Her beauty is a mountain of light Her beauty is the one thing I can know tonight [Chorus] A Venus in her stride Is like an eagle's glide To see it makes me right inside My heart explodes in rhyme She slays me every time A walking tremor of sublime She shines so hard
Breathe slow Sing like a bird who would know Highway space and the politics of sway Holy circuitry done gone wrong So long since I had faith in a song
On the Beach 07:58
To Be Known 05:03
She whispers like angels She sits upon thrones She makes me play these wild and senseless games She makes me play the Dane And to bring her home Gonna sell my weak and lonesome soul To be known Cause she's my religion Cause she bangs my drum I'm gonna play these wild and senseless games I'm gonna play the Dane [Chorus]


The sophomore album from Brooklyn-based, and North Carolina-born singer/songwriter CHRIS LEE. A decidedly down-tempo and low-key, eight-track affair of the heart and soul, fueled by a deft sense of melody, and an acclaimed sweet and natural croon. Primarily acoustic songcraft, with the exception of a cover of Neil Young's "On the Beach" featuring burning guitar leads from SMOKEY HORMEL (BECK, TOM WAITS, MARIANNE FAITHFUL), and percussion from STEVE SHELLEY.


released September 11, 2001

Produced by Steve Shelley & CL
Words & Music by CL (c) Carolina Songcorp (bmi)
Except "On The Beach" by Neil Young

"City Woman", "In Yellow Moonlight", "Mount Venus", "On the Beach" & "To Be Known" recorded and mixed by Aaron Mullan at Manning Electric, NYC
"Lonesome Eyes" recorded by Aaron Mullan & mixed by John Siket at Manning Electric, NYC
"Slow as the Sun" and "The Politics of Sway" recorded & mixed by Doug Easley & Stuart Sikes at Easley-McCain, Memphis, TN

Played by Steve Shelley (drums) Jeremy Wilms (bass, guitar, keyboards) Andrew Burnes (bass, guitar) Aaron Johnson (trombone) Jordan McLean (trumpet) Doug Easley (pedal steel) Smokey Hormel (guitar) & CL (guitar, voice, etc)

Photography by Julie Ann Bleha & CL

Originally released on Smells Like Records


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Chris Lee is a Brooklyn-based, North Carolina-born singer-songwriter. He has released four albums and performed throughout the US and Europe.

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