Paper Lanterns

by Charlotte Kerrigan

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1.
Tear tracks on my pillow, you’ve been talking in your sleep Blurred lines in the mirror, there are secrets that you keep You think I can’t see what we’ve become You think I don’t know what you have done You better stop better stop before I see the truth in your eyes Better stop better stop with your dirty little lies You better stop better stop before I see the truth in your eyes Better stop better stop with your dirty dirty little lies Question marks on my face, the rumour mill’s pinned you down She’s got you in her grips, the talks all over the town You think that I can’t see what we’ve become You think that I don’t know what you have done
2.
Shame 04:48
Pasted your face in his place last night Don't look at me that way yeah I know it's not right I got shame oh I got shame Called out your name in his place last night Don't tell me its wrong yeah I know it's not right I got shame oh I got shame I'm all to blame, it happened again, I got shame Woke up this morning on the wrong side of town Picked up this monkey now I can't put it down I got shame oh I got shame Whiskey on my breath and yesterday's clothes Lies on my tongue oh you know how it goes I got shame, oh I got shame I'm all to blame, it happened again, I got shame I got shame, oh yeah I got shame. Do dootin do do doo do do I got shame I'm all to blame, it happened again I got shame Drifting through life with this broken down soul Bleeding out pain like my heart’s got a hole I've got shame, Oh I’ve got shame Weary of the minefield of lies and deception Wondering if I'll ever find the path to redemption I got shame, Oh I got shame I'm all to blame, it happened again, I got shame
3.
Everybody needs to have their moment in the sun You feel the heat, take the applause and then you’re done Don’t be afraid when your light fades You must remember how far you’ve come Echoes of your former glory flicker in the glow You falter now with fiery grace, a paper lantern in the snow Everybody needs to feel the wind upon their face You breathe it in, air fills your lungs like an embrace You don’t have long the storm is too strong It takes you over when you end the race A moment in time, you promise you’re mine You take me dancing under cloudless skies
4.
Argue in the day time, party through the night Raise that bottle to your lips, and get ready for the fight Turn the radio up to drown out the shouting Ain’t nobody need to listen to your mouthing Drums and bass kick in and so do you Tomorrow we’ll all be black ‘n blue You're getting into your stride now, just settling in, Your house is your castle yeah you're the King Power is your drug, adrenaline through your veins You can't wait for the hit again Oh you’re the star of the show Take another shot there’s no telling how far you’ll go
5.
I met a man, he was playing guitar He had a wink and a smile for every girl in the bar He wore a hat and a vest you could see he had style The dimple in his cheek made the whole place sigh But the best thing of all, if you know what I mean Was the way that he wore his Tangerine Jeans (Tangerine Jeans) Oh Tangerine Jeans Baby the man knows what he’s doing When he’s wearing his Tangerine Jeans He leaned on the bar, checked his teeth in the glass He had a twinkle in his eye oh you knew he had class He walked with a swagger yeah he knew how to move You could tell just by looking he had nothing to prove But the best thing of all, if you know what I mean Was the way that he wore his Tangerine Jeans He sang a song for the crowd, and he strummed on his gat He arched a perfect eyebrow he was such a cool cat He caught an eye or two you knew he’d have his pick If you wanted a piece you’d have to get in quick And the best thing of all, if you know what I mean Was the way that he wore his Tangerine Jeans And the best thing of all, yeah you know what I mean Was the way that he wore his Tangerine Jeans
6.
He’s no soldier won’t bear no arms He’s no fighter won’t do no harm So they put him in jail, tied him to the rail, post no bail They put him in jail, tied him to the rail, post no bail Lived the wrong life for his time Loved the wrong kind for days gone by So they put him jail, tied him to the rail, post no bail They put him in jail, tied him to the rail, post no bail Don’t get too bold, do what you’re told Toe the line and you’ll be fine You’re no soldier don’t bear no arms You’re no fighter don’t do no harm Or they’ll put you in jail, tie you to the rail, post no bail They’ll put you in jail, tie you to the rail
7.
Desire 04:18
If you dig down deep, nothing’s as it seems it’s dangerous Scratch away the thin veneer to reveal A soul that’s full of longing and it’s dangerous Desire it is coming for you, Desire oh desire Desire it will tear you in two, Desire oh desire Mediocrity will eventually grind you down That protective shell of normality it’s gone It’s gone and now it’s dangerous You can’t fight the feeling it’s been missing for too long And now it takes you over It will take your heart, it will break it apart and leave you believing That you’re in your right mind when you’re out of your mind And oh it’s dangerous
8.
Bustling along in the city street Or rambling down a country lane, it’s all the same Kicking that stone gotta keep it rolling Don’t stop now gonna keep on moving, that’s the game (Cos I’ve been) Back on the road for a while again Tryna find something make me smile again Back on the road, back on the road my friend Yes I’ve been back on the road for a while again Tryna find something make me feel alive again Back on the road, back on the road my friend Wind in my hair and sun on my face No need to hurry I can pick my own pace, get out of the race Singing along and tapping my feet Turn the radio up till I’m feeling the beat, yeah life can be sweet but then I’m ... Dootin dootin doo dootin do do Dootin dootin doo Dootin do do doo doo doo
9.
Revolution can come quietly sometimes, creeping up on you from behind You don’t have to be waving a flag to make a difference to your life We gotta help ourselves (we gotta help ourselves) We gotta heal ourselves (we gotta heal ourselves) We gonna save the world (we’re gonna save the world) We gotta choose ourselves (we gotta choose ourselves) There’s nothing left to lose We gotta help ourselves (we gotta help ourselves) Standing still in the surge of a crowd is not an easy thing to do Holding firm onto what you believe until the tide turns with you

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All songs by Charlotte Kerrigan
Engineered by Lee Prebble at Surgery Studios, Wellington NZ
Mastered by Mike Gibson at Munki Studios, Wellington NZ
Artwork/Photography by Karolina Stus www.karolinastusphotography.com
Design by Steph Casey Beetroot Creative www.beetroot.co.nz
Produced by Charlotte Kerrigan

credits

released March 20, 2020

A massive thanks to:
All the musicians and singers who lent their time on this album, your generosity is outstanding
Bluesette boys - Ryan Gatling and Derek Johnson for all your musicality and friendship
Lee Prebble for your brilliant ear, technical skills and great humanness Steph Casey general all round legend and friend Ben Fardey for the loan of your beautiful guitar Ryan Edwards for songwriting advice and encouragement Janet Holborow for your incredible musicianship
David McGurk for effortless cajon/percussion Steven Hall for that epic electric guitar solo
My beautiful backing singers Jessica Clough, Petra Rasmussen, Steph Casey, Jess Deacon, Annette Esquenet, Steph Dyhrberg, Kylee Martin, Liz Manins
My parents Liz and Howard Manins for your never ending support as well as BVs (Mum) & harmonica (Dad) My sister Jessica Manins for advice, encouragement and directing my music video My boys Billy and Jaime who add my songs to their playlists and my husband Josh who weathers it all

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Charlotte Kerrigan Wellington, New Zealand

Bluesy folk soul singer-songwriter Charlotte Kerrigan has been performing in Kapiti for over 15 years with both her original music and covers band Bluesette, and covers group Retro Divas. As well as performing and directing at Coasters Musical Theatre, Charlotte is also co-director of The Wellington Community Choir and writes/arranges songs for this vibrant all-comers choir. ... more

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