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Debbie Harry meets Lou Reed and does him up against the wall while Gang of Four plays in the background.

Greg did all the music and production. He rules!

The first song I've ever posted here with an explicit label on it. Damn punks!
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Lyrics
Old raincoat,
dead hairdo,
a pocket full of rubbers
and a box of cigarettes,
last night's party running down her face,
lost one of her stilettos.

Been raining for an hour,
doesn't really matter.
It's the story of her life.
No one in this town,
uses a fucking umbrella.

Boy candy,
boy candy
boy candy
body candy,
chew her up
and spit her out
but save the paper
for later

Her roomate Benny,
he's a dancer,
looks in the mirror every day,
takes the measure of his body,
watches his face turning gray.

Boy candy
boy candy
boy candy
boy candy
chew him up
and spit him out
but save the paper
for later.

(instrumental bridge)

CHORUS

And I'm walking on
some kind of street like that,
cracks in the pavement
waiting to pull
me down to the ground.
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Uploaded: May 04, 2008 - 11:38:49 PM
Last Updated: May 09, 2008 - 02:21:14 PM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 08:02:59 AM
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gail60 said 3491 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
awww why
Why the F bomb....With all the talent you have, I would never have thought you needed to go there. I just hate it when we can't think of something more creative than that word to put in a song, or use period. I'm sure everyone will probably love it, so what do I know? All the best to you.
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stacey said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
why NOT the F bomb?
It's just a word. Don't give it any more power than that by making it so. Sometimes, it's the only word that works.
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ledebutant said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)

Thanks, Gail
First Gail, let me thank you for being honest in your reaction to the song. I consider you a musical friend and I really want to make it clear that I don't see what you said as anything negative towards me, but as a sign that you feel comfortable enough with me to speak your mind. Thanks for that.

I did consciously choose to use that word and it was a creative choice, not that I had run out of ideas. It was actually something that I considered carefully, because I know that it's a powerful word and has the power to disrupt the flow of the lyrics and the listening experience. It's kind of like the cayenne pepper of words. You really only want to use it sparingly and in a considered way.

I chose to use it because these characters are just plain not "gosh darn" kinds of people and it's a word that would be used freely in their world and a word that I chose to use to convey the disappointment, anger and disgust of the character in the first verse. Another reason I chose that expletive in particular, rather than a different one, was because of the assonance created with the U in fucking and the U in umbrella. Musically, it sounded good.
gail60 said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Thank you Lisa
I appreciate your response. To be honest, If I had thought a little longer I probably would not have replied at all and you would have never known my opinion one way or another. I have always enjoyed your music and this was just more shock value than I cared to listen to. I should have paid attention to the explicit warning that I somehow missed. I am old fashioned in the sense that I consider cussing such a waste of time and the nastier the word is, the more I detest it. That one word is my absolute least favorite that I feel is very over rated and entirely over used! You are so right in knowing that it was not a personal remark towards you, only that I was disappointed that it was used. All of this is only my opinion just like you have yours...That is what makes the world go around. I still love your music, that has not changed.
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Feter said 3491 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Boy Candy
its Punk sista ! ... great singin and arrangment
who plays the guitar ? loops ? sounds real ..
great one !!
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ledebutant said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Thanks, Feter
That's my man, Greg on guitar. He really did great work here.
Peter Bauckham said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
It's great
to hear your vocals against such a different backdrop Lisa. And as I like VU and Lou Reed I thought this worked really well ' Excellent product too!

Well done both of you.

Peter
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ledebutant said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)

Thanks, Peter
I love VU and I had a very, very bad cold (which is STILL lingering) for most of the week before the deadline and I was really struggling. Thank goodness for Lou and his example. If it weren't for me feeling I could copy his vocal stylin's, I'd have been dead in the water because I had no voice this week.
jiguma said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
I beat Ed!
Classic DH sound with a little something extra (a little like Barbara Morgenstern or maybe Liz Phair in places). Top backing track Greg.

Full of surprises Lisa!

:)
Neil
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gregd said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Thanks Neil,
It was a blast putting this one together with Lisa.
-g
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ledebutant said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Firsties!
You totally beat Ed!!! He still hasn't showed up, actually. You can make him cry about this one. Thanks, Neil!
jiguma said 3489 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Ed missing in action
He hasn't turned up to my new one yet and it's been two days - most unusual!

Probably locked himself in his room with his Telecaster and won't come out ;)

Neil
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ledebutant said 3489 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Yay!
Ed playing and recording, over Ed commenting and spoiling us rotten is a trade I'll take any day! I hope you're right.
said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Nice
I personally dont mind you using the words 'fucking umbrella' in your song and I don't think that just because you are talented it should preclude you from using language in any form at all. The word 'fuck' in a song can be as musical and creative as any other (or as non musical and non creative depending on the perpetrator)

I found this to be an interesting track musically and vocally and it seems to be a bit of a departure for you.

Is there more stuff like this on the horizon?

b
gregd said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
More?
I hope so.

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ledebutant said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Ta, Bryn
It was a departure for me, but I have wanted to do something like this for a long time. Debbie Harry is a massive heroine of mine and has been since I was a little girl. So, doing this song was very fulfilling for me, though I do so wish I hadn't had a cold at the time. Greg's a wonderful musician and I'd definitely work with him again one day. That'd be swell.
echoroom said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
When I met you in the restaurant...
... i could tell you were ledebutant.

Nice attitude sister, and what a mouth.... do you kiss your mother with that!!??? Boy candy - you sound like a real maneater, baby... wanna come over here and make something of it???

More guys, and Lisa, great lyrics, and a delivery Like Debbie meets laurie )A)
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ledebutant said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Make something of it?
Hey Steve, you know what they say. Dreaming is free. LOL!

You dork!

You know Big Science was like a religion for me in the 80's so it's very cool to be compared to her. You're right, I ripped her off, too.
ktb said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
ear candy
Lisa, great track. Creative, edgy, and fits the challenge perfectly. Kudo's to you both.

I thought your vocal captured that sullen, street smart, give a f*ck attitude, in a big way.

Greg: the backing tracks are waaaay cool. The dissonant jazzy piano and thrash guitars just go unbelievable well together. Completely different, and I love it.
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gregd said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
KTB
Thanks a bunch. I'm a sucker for dissonance in any setting. Glad you like it.
-g
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ledebutant said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Thanks, John.
Glad you liked the vocals and I agree with you about Greg's backing track. He's got one of those brains with cool stuff in it.
renecalvo said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
brava
Everything you do. You do well. I love the lyrics and stark minimalist instrumentation. True to the era (well... except maybe the piano would be out of tune. :) )
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said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Time stops...
...I'm in a bus station, rainy crappy grey day with watercolor smears on the dirty glass, warming myself with a cup of bad coffee when I see her walking by outside for just a moment. Cheap raincoat. Dead hair. Nobody glances at her - she might as well be part of the sidewalk, the buildings, the stained walls with cheap fliers decorated with garish images of nobody punk bands...

And I think... she has a mouth that could sing bitter words with such poetic sweetness that a single, elegant profanity would pass for a lover's kiss.

And then she's gone... And my coffee tastes even worse.
Rebsie said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Nice work
Great collab chaps! The music bed is dark and unsettling in all the right ways and the vocal flows into all the cracks and crevices. Excellent lyrics and solid performances all round.

I second what Bryn says about the use of the word "fucking". Such words exist to give a specific nuance of expression and are as valid a part of the language as any other word. It's used here in an appropriate context and does exactly what it's meant to do.
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chemystery said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
word
To me, this is like beat poetry set to music. Very very cool.

Oh, and 'fuck' is just another word to be used when appropriate. As it is here.
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Marv said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Marvelous!
chew her up
and spit her out
but save the paper
for later

Been there - Done that! Got my nose rubbed in it.

Marv
damiengh said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
moody
Like the edgy quality you captured with both the lyrics and the both punctual and sporadic drum hits. The guitar/piano sound has a Steely Dan flavor to it of sorts.

Nice combinations bring this song a unique but reminiscent toughness made effective with your soft pleasant voice.

The bad girl guys love to love, despite the dire consequences.
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five_extra_arms said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
T-Shirt!
Ha ha! How cool!

Very unique timing on the singing and the instruments. Such a relaxed approach to jazzy punk song. Very unique.

I particularly like the simplicity of the chorus. Boy Candy.

I bet you have at least one safety pin in your t-shirt, and it's probably already ripped.
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stacey said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
This be very cool!
So different from the other stuff I've heard of yours, and I like that you're going for it! The music is great! I had to count it off to see if it was in 5/4 time, but it's not. It's just a very interesting 4/4. Way cool and complex rhythm and instrumentation.

The lyrics are so Studio 54! Wait, I meant, the lyrics are so fucking Studio 54!

Great vocals Lisa. I love the duality of your lilting voice with the racy lyrics. NICE!
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Diviner said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Very interesting
Not my normal genre however I am glad that I listened to this track, its really good. The music is top esp the drums. The lyrics are really good and well sung to create a punk vibe. Good track, well enjoyed.
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perceptualvortex said 3491 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Stark and angular
Cool voice from Lisa, as usual, and I like Greg's interesting musical backing... sometimes it feels jangly and sometimes super smooth. It's new territory as backing music for Lisa. The rain, the cracks in the sidewalk and the general attitude make me think of Polanski's movie "Repulsion". Great collab, guys!
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michael2 said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
you know
i don't use a lot of swears, but there is something so good about hearing Lisa swear. Greg: excellent job with the music, Lisa: you kicked some butt on this one...

BTW: F@*K
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guitapick said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
deborah meets lou...
...didn't even read the description and it came to mind...

...very cool tune...like ice...

Great collab


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bud said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
What a great collaboration
there's a wonderful contrast and harmony all at the same time. Lisa - your voice / performance of the song is really spot on for this sort of thing and greg's arrangement / playing is the perfect blend of smarty pants punk jazz. This is such an authentic NY Lower East Side avant garde sound - it's just great. Well done. Maybe more suited to the Mudd Club than CBGB - but I'm not complaining.
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Outtaorbit said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Ahhh surviving
tomorrow, ... coffee and the paper... got a light?


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Vic Holman said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
jazz wave punk
interesting mix of styles. from smooth vocals to a bit edgy music bed. a nice blend for a cool listen. excellent lyrics too.

Now I use to know this girl that was so into Blondie and looked like her that...... ah, i better shut my mouth
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dajama said 3490 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Excellent
Love the picture the lyrics paint (more of a movie, actually...) and the vocal performance is perfect - a little vampish, a little cynical, a little rebellious. Sweet. The guitar is outstanding - lovely tone, perfect for the vibe of the song - and great playing. Great addition to the CBGB canon. Nicely done to both of you. Peace.
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buckhorn said 3490 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Definite Debra
in the delivery. The right attitude with the delivery. Cool to hear something a little different from you. I like the lyrics a lot too. Good one. Regards
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lengold said 3490 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Although this
is alluding to days gone by, I find it also bang up to date. I can actually imagine this as a hit now. Fantastic sound bed and wonderful lyrics/vocals. Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len


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lavalamp said 3490 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Was looking foward to this
Really weird in a cool way. Digging the random guitar. Lisa, really nice delivery and lyrics. Spreading your wings. Can't say enough, but DIG IT!

Dave
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VicDiesel said 3490 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Tough girl in the making
Great tune. The lyrics and the whole arrangement come together very nicely for a moody streetwise atmosphere.

Bit of a change of pace for you? I don't recall hearing much like this.
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davisamerica said 3490 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
right then
always love your work ... especially love the exchange between you and gail ... two very classey artist comparing notes honestly and respectfully .. what's not to like ... great tune.
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said 3490 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
You hit it..
right on the head with the description.

Wonderful piece of work.

Love the guitar playing and your voice is cool and confidant as always.

Impressive!!


C.
said 3489 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
ecclectic
almost a spoken word thing going on... kinda hardcore for you, i must admit. great mood, exellent production. well played, my friends...
Allen Dean
ledebutant said 3489 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
You know
I was kind of forced into the spoken thing because my voice was really shredded, but I think it did end up working with Greg's music. It is true that this one is darker than what I usually do and I think that's what people must mean when they've been saying it's a change of pace for me, since I've never been much of a belter, anyway.

Thanks Allen!
rustykangaroo said 3489 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
1 cool i-pod tune
great vocals on this. alot of people would have trouble sounding this cool!! i know i would!!!! ha ha!! you really have to flow with this vocally to make it work and you did great. i also like the lyrics especially the first verse. it has a good groove as well feels like your walking as your telling the story, so its a good 1 for everyone's i-pod's.
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Willywagga said 3489 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
popping brilliant
I know but seriously I love everything about this but particularly the raunchy voice and quirky guitar, my fav CBGB entry so far.







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Scott Carmichael said 3488 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
is it hot in here
remember my last comment reguarding the innocence in your voice..... forget everything I said... I'd like to comment, but first I think I'll go see if the wife is busy!
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ledebutant said 3488 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Hah!
Scott! You crack me up! That comment made my afternoon.
Pete_NB said 3488 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Greg and Lisa together!
Seemed like an odd pairing but it works well. You bring each other to a different place, just as this song transports the listener.

Mucho frickin cool.
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thoddi said 3488 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
huh
Cool description. You even sounded like Debbie Harry at points here.

Maybe on purpose or maybe not, but the way the drums are mixed in here, making it clear to the listener that this is not real drums is the cool way to do them. Trying to make boxed midi drums sound like real seldom works. Good choice!

I can dig the laid back way you sing this Lisa. Suits the rough edge of the song and you sound confident.

Very good lyrics to match the rock'n roll touch in the guitars and overall feel of this tune.

Well done, both of you!
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Axgrinder said 3487 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Sorry for the delay!
This is really cool! Nice mix Lebeu' very tight and clean performance! enjoyed this much. Thanks!

Be well,

Ax
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Nick_Flash said 3487 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
great song
certainly does have that Blondie feel to it. Great vocal delivery. It's always fun to do something a little different.
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racerat said 3486 days ago (May 10th, 2008)
Kinda
Has a D Boone Minutemen vibe to it, too. Or Lounge lizards. Very jazzy and spastic at the same time. Skanky, just the way I like 'em. Really cool.
Philip
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egobandit said 3485 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
OOOh
the drums on this work well. I like the laid back singing with the sparse guitar great collab. I like the lead and piano. the f bomb I think works well with the whole mood of the song
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peacepiano said 3484 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
Combo
Love the combo. Your vocals grab the soul of this style and Greg's parts are very punk. Just the song for an evening at the club.

Thanks
Bill
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said 3482 days ago (May 14th, 2008)
Man....
If you would have taken more time to think it through, I know you'd avoid pictures of roses on a piano. I know you can do better than that LeDeb. Oh wait, that wasn't you. Sorry.
Love the song. It reminds me of old Bauhaus stuff revived in a modern way. Totally love it. In fact, I'm going to put it on my ipod and listen to it going to work today. Great job chaps!


Monkaton said 3480 days ago (May 15th, 2008)
The Peanut Gallery's Two Cents
I liked your lyrics especially "last night's party running down her face." and the pocket full of rubbers and box of cigarettes.

In your arrangement had you thought about a simple beat and guitar? It seemed to me that a simpler arrangement would have made the lyrics and your vocal stand out more which in turn would have emphasized the desperation of the narrator. Something more like Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side." Seems as though you could have built to a musical climax by starting slower and simpler and ending with the accented guitar and drums.

It is still a fine effort.
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BossHook said 3478 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
I love the
plaintiff delivery - does capture that S. Vega rawness when she first hit the scene. Great odd time musical performance. I don't think they ever heard such improvisational adroitness at CBGB, at least not when I was there!

Lightman- said 3477 days ago (May 19th, 2008)
Great
I really like you vocals.... It has feelings, in the singing.... Really great... And i like the rhythm, and the guitar.... Great song.... Thanks for sharing....
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bonnieprincejohnny said 3476 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
Sweet as candy.
I enjoy songs that contain 'fuck' even those with basic lyrics that go along the lines of 'fuck,fuck.fuck.fuckitty fuck' - providing the melody has sufficient intrigue and singability and this wee choon is no exception. As has been mentioned the Steelyesque quality in the music together with the breathy delivery sure hits the spot. A quality listen and a sexy vibe.
Aw the best doll.
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richardhowardjones said 3470 days ago (May 26th, 2008)
Mean Streets
Been close to that, so all the more reason to relate to it. Thank you
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ledebutant said 3470 days ago (May 26th, 2008)
Mean Streets
Hey, welcome to macjams. Thank you so much for the comment and I'm very glad you enjoyed the song.
said 3467 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Cool!
Very cool work. The music work is unusual but great, the vocal delivery was cool over the great soundbed. I liked the work here.. thanks for sharing!
Mangwisto said 3449 days ago (June 16th, 2008)
Sweet.
To a certain extent it put me in mind of Pretty Girls Make Graves. One of my favourite bands. I see comments about the use of the F word. I've no idea why this word is considered so bad. It is actually a great and the most versatile word in the dictionary. I don't want to argue with anyone about that though. It just crossed my mind. Really depends on the use. Oooh contoversy!
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dolby said 3441 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
Man I'm so...
...so, so late on this! But it's worth the wait. Genuinely a great track and fantastic to hear you going out on a limb like this. I love it from start to finish; the fidgety drums, the hopelessly out of time guitar, the trebly sound mix, the sexy vocal. Straight off a Blondie rehearsal studio cassette. Great. And coming, as I do, from northern England, where swearing is actively encouraged (if not compulsary) - the more swearing the better, as far as I'm concerned:-)) Love it!


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ledebutant said 3441 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
!
All this time I thought you were an expat American!
Bob6stringer said 3353 days ago (September 19th, 2008)
You had me at "Old raincoat"
What boy (even dirty old bastards like this one) can resist such fresh sonic meat? I was aching to do a CBCB's cut but work got in the way. Thanks for this great tune. Fits well in any decade.
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Nolan said 3339 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
F* yeh!
I'm not exactly sure how to articulate this, but bare with me... Sometimes I come across MacJams songs that seem to transcend the posting of songs on a Macintosh-made music sharing website. This is one of them. The sound, the style, the concept - it just strikes me as being a little "more" than I would normally find here. Maybe it's the edginess, or the crazy arrangement, but it's exciting to listen to songs like this.

Cool lyrics, Lisa. I love "last night's party running down her face". Very nice. And your breathy vocals are perfect against that arrangement. Great work.
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Sunbeam said 3195 days ago (February 25th, 2009)
Hello
You sing very good, and I like your voice. I am 10 yearse old and live in Sveden. So what? you can sing good
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ledebutant said 3192 days ago (February 27th, 2009)
Hello back
Thank you sweet, Sunbeam.
ramonaji said 2964 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
I love it!
just dig your voice so much!
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