The Lighter Side Of​.​.​.

by Laura Imbruglia

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1.
I used to be content with knowing nothing, Like someone hanging pictures in the dark. I ignored every warning and listened to my heart; Knowing it was deaf and dumb and blind and full of lies. You pulled the rug from under me. You left me in a desert with no trees. I’m suffering from shock and I’m feeling very lost. Wouldn’t be surprised at the lives that this has cost. Take me to the sticks ‘cause I’m fixed on seeing stars. I forget they’re there. You don’t see them down here. To see you moving on is more than hard. So don’t make it worse by dragging me behind the car. And telling me every regret you have is wreaking havoc with my heart. If you ever wanna take me back, I hope I have more dignity than that. How you s’posed to breathe when your lungs are filled with frost? Wouldn’t be surprised at the lives that this has cost. Take me to the sticks ‘cause I’m fixed on seeing stars. I forget they’re there. You don’t see them down here. One day the dust will settle down with my heart. I’ll stop being resentful and drift apart. Until then I gotta grit my teeth, If he loved me he wouldn’t leave. And that should be all I need.
2.
I see brown on the ground and assume that it’s somebody’s blood. When it could have easily been sap from leaves or the remnants of mud. I don’t know why I always assume the worst. Blame my parents, blame the Government, blame you first. Now I’m not trying to abuse you or make you pay. But you need reminding- you didn’t lose me, you threw me away. And these days I’m fine, but there was a time when I was looking for a strong foundation… …to hang my sad body from, to hang my sad body from. I’m glad I didn’t do it, ‘cause lately I’ve had a lot of fun, had a lot of fun. Now I know I didn’t know the meaning of the word, Now I know I didn’t know the meaning of the word, Now I know I didn’t know the meaning of the word, Now I know I didn’t know the meaning of the word. And so I’m moving on and I’m thinking about other things. And I bet everybody’s glad ‘cause heartbreak can sometimes get really boring. I met a man who said “More than a handful is a waste”. I feel the same way about talented people with bad taste. If I could solve the problems of the world with a child’s mind, Mama Cass would give the sandwich back to Karen and they’d both survive. But there’s deeper roots, I wish it weren’t true. How high do you climb ‘til you find the right view… …to throw yourself off in to, to throw yourself off in to… The hills too high, the sun’s too bright, the sky’s too blue. Now I know I didn’t know the meaning of the word, Now I know I didn’t know the meaning of the word, Now I know I didn’t know the meaning of the word, Now I know I didn’t know the meaning of the word. I’ll try to be more like the Sea, take the money and run.
3.
Time doesn’t only fly when you’re having fun, I’ve realized I had a lot of goals and achieved none. Oh, I don’t know what I’m doing with my life; don’t know what to do about it. I’m tired of all the smoke and mirror balls, I took the eggs from my basket and just threw them at the wall. Now there’s nothing underneath to catch my fall. I don’t know what to do about it. I get by by telling myself lies and hoping they’ll come true. Still I know nobody steals your show unless you allow them to. It takes sheer blind self-belief To sail your ship out there and just expect that you’ll succeed. With the sea of scary monsters at your door, You’ll wonder what you’re doing it all for. But you have two choices; Curl up and die, Or focus all your energies and set the ship alight. Take it from me, baby, it’s no fun, To justify a wasted life to anyone. You got by by telling yourself lies just hoping they’d come true. But you know nobody stole your show unless you allowed them to. Unless you allowed them to.
4.
Pauly 02:16
I had a boy who knew I loved him all along. He got upset because I hadn’t wrote him a song* So I delivered one to his letter box, But it was full and I could only fit in the chorus. It went… “You’ve been my man since I was a little girl, Everyone knows you’re the sunshine in my world, Pauly…” There was a time when he was always by my side. What do I do now he’s away and I have things to confide? He is a special one, my Mum’s adopted son. I’ll will myself to early death the day he is gone. Because he’s been my man since I was a little girl, Everyone knows he’s the sunshine in my world, Pauly… Pauly, oh…. *Paul pointed out to me after I recorded it that the 2nd line is grammatically incorrect. Oh dear. Oh well.
5.
Don't 03:54
I’ll drag your lifeless body out of that burning house. And in your pain you’ll say to me that you didn’t mind being doused. Well if you’ve lost all feeling, you need to move around. Let’s take a walk to Melbourne and just crash on Pauly’s lounge. Don’t cry. Don’t look behind. Battling your memories is often half the fight. I promise I don’t own the kind of music that she likes. We’ll drink a lot of red wine and listen to The Smiths. I’ll lend you some sad albums for when you dwell on it. Don’t cry. Don’t look behind. The hunger only eats you when someone takes the cake, I wish you weren’t compelled to keep on feeding that belly ache. Don’t cry. Don’t look behind.
6.
I know where you’ve been, But I still love you and I want to let you in. You can come and go as you please, That doesn’t mean that I’m naïve, I know a dog remains a dog even on a short lead. I talked it over with all my friends, They all think you’re a bad person… But I wanna be your girlfriend, I still wanna be your girlfriend. As soon as you leave your girlfriend, will you be mine? Define the look that’s in your eyes, ‘Cause I know a lot of things are only in my mind. But at the risk of sounding mean, She don’t belong in your team, I do! And you could join me here in my room… I talk it over with all my friends, They tell me I’m a bad person… ‘Cause I wanna be your girlfriend, Even though you have a girlfriend. I’d like you to leave your girlfriend and make you mine. So many feelings I don’t relay to you, Hoping that my E.S.P. somehow gets through. I’ve got a feeling I’m barking up the wrong tree, You’re never coming to me.
7.
I could have been your wife, I’d waste my whole damn life. Let you knock me up, we could raise a pup. I don’t even want to, but I know I want you. So if it made you stay, I’d learn to live that way. Oh it doesn’t get much worse than this, When you’d sell your soul just for a kiss. I don’t even want to see you any more. A ghost can’t cast a shadow on the floor. I fell under the wave and I’m just trying to recover. When you’re wondering if you had love or just some kind of cancer, A lesson pleads; the question leads you straight to the answer. Oh… Name your price, spin some lies, Hide your eyes away and I’ll be fine. I’ll be fine.
8.
I’d like to see you in Cinema-scope, Gimme some more length on this rope. You use the long end to flog the mare, And make believe that smell’s not there. Well when it all falls apart, You can have my heart. You come alive when she goes away. And I can hear what you’re trying to say, Without the pillow over your face. Honey, I know it’s not my place. But number 1 on my list of loathes… is watching you shrink in your clothes. So when it all turns to shit, Bring me your broken bits. When it all falls apart (and it will), You can call my heart your five dollar bill. I won’t mean a lot to you but I’ll be better than nothing. I don’t mean a lot to you but I’m better than nothing.
9.
Older Man 01:58
I had my heart broken by an older man, Now I wouldn’t recommend getting involved with them. They’ll suck the youth right outta you and strip you of all the innocence they can. Maybe it was just the man I had. But if I’d have known two years ago I’d have these bags under my eyes, I probably would have picked a younger guy. I can handle a younger man with a house that’s a bit messy. The trade-off is- his skin has elasticity. We’ll leave the dishes out, let the cockroaches crawl everywhere for all I care, Look at us, we’ve got heads full of dark hair. I’m hurting and now I’m bursting with spite. And if he’d have known two years ago he’d have to endure songs like these, He probably would have picked a more mature lady. Oh well, oh well, oh well. Oh welly well well, welly well.
10.
I know you must have a reason to do what you’ve done, But it’s hurting me irreparably, so I hope you have a good one. The pain inside is easy to describe- My heart just feels so heavy that it’s curving my spine. All my worst nightmares came true. And all my paranoid delusions too. In school they said imagination was a gift for the lucky few. I imagined you were in love too and I’m not feeling lucky now, to tell you the truth. The mess you made is always on display… when I don’t have to say anything, it’s written on my face. All your worst nightmares can come true. And all your paranoid delusions too…. I know there’s plenty more fish in the sea, And it’s no good wanting someone that doesn’t want me. But why don’t you want me? Why don’t you miss me? Why don’t you love me like I do you?
11.
It finally ended and I fell into a heap in the corner, Nobody was there to pick me up the third time. And everybody’s saying “Look, I’m sorry but I told you”, Well, I don’t wanna believe that you’re no longer mine. But you’ve gotta learn from your own mistakes and nobody elses, If it takes 2 years for me to learn it’s someone else’s turn, That’s a lesson I have to learn. But don’t break my heart and expect to get off scot-free, I’ve got a guitar, an acid tongue and an elephant’s memory. I wouldn’t let anybody else do these things to me, It’s dangerous to love someone unconditionally. But you’ve gotta learn from your own mistakes and nobody elses, If it takes my life for me to learn you’re a parasitic germ, That’s a lesson I’d like to learn. And when I choose the right trail I hope I know, But I move like a snail – really slow, really slow, really slow.
12.
Terrible Disease Covered in talcum powder, I woke alone. The sound was getting louder, a heavy drone. I tried to remember all I’d been taught, But in the heat of December I lost the plot. All I’d known was never there! Teach me it all again, this time I’ve got a bottle. I’ll jam the lessons in there, I’m a calm axolotl. Doc, I’ve got a terrible disease, I cannot hear, there’s music in my ears. Don’t send me out to bat, I’ll just sit on the bench And try to justify why walking fish get a mention. Doc, I’ve got a terrible disease, I cannot speak, my mouth is filled with feet. It’s so difficult to explain, I’m talking to a wall. If I had a skull made out of cellophane, would that redeem me at all? Coming to the conclusion I might need prescriptions, To control my eternal internal conniptions. Doc, I’ve got a terrible disease! I cannot see the forest for the trees. I cannot hear the music in my ears. --- Living On Light Living on light, you’re scary when you’re sleeping. Living on light, I’m feeding as I’m breathing. Living on light, I ventured out into the woods. I read every word in the book. Well I said it, I guess, but no one knows. Taking my time, I can’t see it but I still believe it’s there. And I don’t mind, my teeth are rotten and I pulled out all my hair. It’s such a crime to see a spider with 8 legs only using 2. I only have to hear your voice to see your face.

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released February 4, 2010

Producer: Nick Huggins
Co-Producer: Laura Imbruglia
Recorded at Pocket Full Of Stones, Richmond VIC
Out April 2, 2010 on CD and VINYL through Ready Freddie Records/MGM

Guitar/Vocals/Piano: Laura
Bass/Lead guitar: Nick Huggins
Drums/Percussion: Robbie Avenaim
Guests: Davey Lane, Christian J Best, Christopher Bolton

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Laura Imbruglia Melbourne, Australia

Australian songwriter Laura Imbruglia has been releasing records since the early noughties, covering a range of genres from folk to throat-tearing punk, dark country, psychedelic rock and everything in between.

Laura’s fourth album “Scared Of You” (produced by Nick Huggins) was released 29 March 2019.
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