The World I Am Livings In

by Frances Livings

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1.
Don't Ask Me If I Miss You I do not possess a photograph in a silver frame I bear no lovelock in a locket I wear no mascot on a chain Your image is in pencil on paper oh so thin the wind softly picks you up and carries you away again So don’t ask me if I miss you 'cause I do not want to lie there is nothing to tell you not a thing to say your voice on the phone it just echoes in space Cause I never write you letters by soft candle light and I don’t caress the bedclothes when you’ve been here for the night There is never a tomorrow a future or a dream you slip through my fingers you just fade away I never really long for you or want you to stay I lose you, I just lose you I lose you when you're not here I lose you, I just lose you I lose you when you're not here But when you press yourself against me when you kiss me deep and strong when you lose yourself with me when I move, move with you when I lose myself with you Cause I love you when you're here with me but I don't when you're gone so don’t ask me it I miss you cause frankly – I don’t No I don’t
2.
When Love Falls Apart We once shared a bed, a kitchen, a cup But now I share loneliness when I wake up The lines on your forehead, each one I know the shape of your body, every inch head to toe The party tricks that you used to perform and every bad joke – I know them all When love expires, when love falls apart when you are just left with a broken heart there is nothing that can soothe the pain it's like starting your life from the beginning again when a part of your history comes to an end it’s when you lose – your very best friend Now I am just left with the mem’ries we share with heaps of photos, half a cup, half a chair my life's packed in boxes – ready to go heading for loneliness oh, heading out slow When love falls apart there is no more to say when love gives up on you – love goes away When love expires, when love falls apart when you are just left with – with a broken heart there is nothing that can soothe the pain it's like starting your life from the beginning again when a part of your history comes to an end it’s when you lose – your very best friend There is nothing that can soothe the pain there is no one you can really blame it's a part of your history that comes to an end it’s when you lose – your very best friend It’s when you lose – your very best friend
3.
It Will Never Be The Same You overheard that phone call it was late at night you heard me whisper longing words and what you‘d sensed was right I knew you had been crying when I looked into your eyes I am sorry – I have hurt you there have been so many lies – Now I feel so ashamed it will never be the same I have played the lovers’ game now everything has changed What I have done was so terribly wrong yes, I’m the one to blame that everything has changed and it will never be the same You punish me with silence but watch each single move asking, are you yearning for his touch? or even telling me the truth? Your hands are barely tangible - more detection than touch and instead of love-making we lie at night like two matches in a box But I feel so ashamed it will never be the same I have played the lovers’ game now everything has changed What I have done was so terribly wrong yes, I’m the one to blame that everything has changed it will never be the same My passion I had once only reserved for you but darling, you don’t kiss me now like you used to do Am I the one to blame? That we will never be the same? We both let so much slip away And things just had to change What I have done was terribly wrong yes, I have caused this pain everything is change nothing stays the same everything is change nothing stays the same everything is change nothing stays the same nothing, nothing, nothing
4.
I’ll Be Leaving Soon Suitcase in the hallway I packed it years ago but no destination no vision and no goal I’ve transited my life but only in my mind journeys without travelling so many million times Feeling like a photograph an image, just a still an instance that was captured and frozen in it’s will My life has gathered dust as I sit here in the dark entangled in a cobweb cradled by a question mark But now I know – I‘ll be leaving soon! I am almost on my way The present will be past Oh and I’ll be moving fast I’ll be moving on – at last! Habits seem to stick to me like gum under my sole memories cling like ivy my mind’s on cruise control now everything’s in motion cause nothing stays the same flowing like a river I am moving on again Now I know – I‘ll be leaving soon I am almost on my way The present will be past oh and I’ll be moving fast I’ll be moving on – at last! Cause now I know – I‘ll be leaving soon I am almost on my way The present will be past oh and I’ll be moving fast I’ll be moving on – at last! The present will be past I’ll be moving fast, I’ll be moving on at last! At last, at last, at last…
5.
Eating the Darkness I turn the key and stare into a long, dark corridor I see the furniture - untouched and cold the emptiness starts to unfold Dust has settled with no delay upon my absence, during the day while everything’s just frozen in its place from when I left at twenty past eight I’m always on time, never too late but what difference does it really make? And I sit here eating the darkness and the darkness eats at me I’m fading into the wallpaper on the second floor apartment number two-o-three This is no chosen solitude no PMS or a crappy attitude a cheery bumper sticker, a slogan of the day can’t make this loneliness go away Wandering rooms like in quarantine I’m starring at the clock, on elasticated time brain waves flickering, mercury mind like a black’n white TV in 1969 Losing my mind, losing my mind? Just starring at the clock on elasticated time – And I sit here eating the darkness and the darkness eats at me I am fading into the wallpaper on the second floor apartment number two-o-three Am I just another Eleanor, my face in a jar, stuck by the door? my feelings, bits of cargo on a long conveyor belt just carried away while I evaporate Sit here and wait, sit here and wait But what difference does it really make? And I sit here eating the darkness and the darkness eats at me I am fading into the wallpaper on the second floor, apartment number two-o-three Apartment number two-o-three…
6.
Pebbles In My Hand All I’m holding now are these pebbles in my hand washed by the waters the seas and the sand All I’m holding now are these pebbles in my hand washed by the waters my tears and the sand I sit by the waters here by the sea these pebbles, these pebbles these pebbles and me I sit here by the waters here by the sea these pebbles, these pebbles these pebbles and me It’s all I’m holding It’s all I’m holding It’s all I’m holding
7.
White Angel’s Café You’d made no reservations hadn’t packed no clothes arrived in the clouds so suddenly and stood there at heaven’s doors Did you ring a doorbell or did you walk straight in? I suppose your room was ready at your last stop, the Sunset Inn I know we’re all just passing through But why did life give up on you? Will you log on from heaven, from the White Angel’s Café? Will you tweet me your status update your page sipping on de-caf latte? Have you now grown gracious wings? Are soaring high as your heart sings, off to another place in the endless skies? But when you get a moment Please remember me – Grow me a rainbow, send me a sign! From way up there, cloud fifty nine You were my sturdy castle, my friend Why did it have to end? You were made of sand that day The tide came in and washed you away Won’t you, log on from heaven from the White Angel’s Café Won’t you tweet me your status Update your page And one day, that very far away day, I’ll join you and buy you a de-caf latte We’ll sit and laugh together at your favourite café Log on from heaven! From the White Angel’s Café Tweet me your status update your page sipping on de-caf latte – one day
8.
04:45
True Colors You with the sad eyes don't be discouraged oh I realize – it's hard to take courage in a world full of people you can lose sight of it all and the darkness inside you can make you feel so small But I see your true colors shining through I see your true colors But that's why I love you so don't be afraid to let them show your true colors, true colors are beautiful, like a rainbow Show me a smile then, don't be unhappy, can't remember when I last saw you laughing Oh if this world makes you crazy and you've taken all you can bear you call me up because you know I'll be there But I see your true colors shining through I see your true colors that's why I love you so don't be afraid to let them show your true colors, true colors are beautiful, like a rainbow …if this world makes you crazy and you've taken all you can bear you call me up because you know I’ll be there cause I see your true colors are shining through so don't be afraid to let them show your true colors, true colors, your true colors are shining through so don't be afraid – to let them show your true colors, true colors are beautiful like a rainbow If this world makes you crazy, so crazy, so crazy…
9.
Candy’s Caravan Her name is not a sentiment it’s a number and a brand her tools are patent leather and a swiftly moving hand Footprints wrapped in nylons heart-stub in an old tin can carpets plush, red mirrored walls Welcome to Candy’s caravan! Heart stub left in an old tin can heart stub left in an old tin can A tissue box in solitude on a nightstand without books her trade is a sweet promise her capital, some looks There she leans in the door frame checks a nail, adjusts her tits on vodka breath she’s chanting chanting her sales pitch: Checks a nail, adjusts her tits she’s chanting her sales pitch and she’ll say: Welcome to my magic lounge Candy’s castle of desire nothing you have elsewhere found I will burn for you like fire Pictures of passion I will paint for you in red, pink and orange, purple and blue you'll be my canvas and like paint I will drip I’m top to bottom – velvety lips Oh welcome, oh welcome! Mornings spent with the curtains drawn raw skin, clean scrubbed – all alone the cat has claimed it’s sweet return and pen and paper, mobile phone And she’ll say: Welcome to my magic lounge Candy’s castle of desire nothing you have elsewhere found I will burn for you like fire It's gonna be secret but it's gonna be loud what d’you think sinner, that this was allowed? D’you like my stilettos, wanna see my tattoo? Let me unbutton that jacket for you! Oh welcome, Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! She’s breaking, breaking... Soon enough the night returns come on in, she’s got her tricks – happy pills to turn you on bottle blonde and air-mattress lips She lights another cigarette this is no jazzy Cabaret the long ash slowly dropping and breaking with the day she’s breaking with the day and she’ll say: Welcome to my magic lounge Candy’s castle of desire nothing you have elsewhere found I will burn for you like fire Pictures of passion I will paint for you in red, pink and orange, purple and blue you'll be my canvas and like paint I will drip I’m top to bottom – velvety lips Oh welcome! Welcome! Welcome, welcome, welcome The long ash’s slowly dropping, the bloody tap’s drip-, dripping she’s breaking, she’s breaking drip, dripping, she’s breaking
10.
Lonely In The Night Lonely in the night I gaze into the dark the winds have heaved their chest and sprayed the heavens with stars Violet lined clouds the sky, an indigo blue star spangled darkness I am so missing you, oh – The way you kiss my fingertips the way you touch my hair I was kissing your photograph just wishing you were here, oh – I am lonely in the daytime awake before dawn but even when the morning breaks the sun comes out in vain clouds drift by playfully the sky’s a turquoise blue everything is in it’s place what’s missing, what’s missing is you, oh – You’re the love I thought I’d never find so close, but now so far I cannot kiss or touch your face but I carry you in my heart
11.
Only Time Will Tell Will your raving hunger one day for me be stilled sodden soil, saturated will our love then fail? When will I start hovering and watch you in your sleep? Seeking, and not slumbering on the shores of your soul When will we have spoken our last words of farewell I don’t know, I really don’t know I suppose, only time will tell When will you turn against me like wind that blows from the East no breeze, soft and playfully but gusts, cold and spitefully And when will I know that it’s your very last kiss passion-drained and absent-mindedly placed upon my lips When will we have spoken our last words of farewell? I don’t know, I really don’t know I suppose, only time will tell When will we have spoken our last words of farewell? I don’t know, I really don’t know I suppose, only time will tell I don’t know, I really don’t know I suppose, only time will tell Only time will tell
12.
Please Close Your Eyes Please close your eyes while I walk away I don't want you to see that it's making me cry But the longer I stay the more it will hurt darling, forgive me, I knew right from the start No, don't look at me don't even try to smile ‘cause to heal this pain It’s gonna take a while And the longer I stay the more it will hurt so darling forgive me but I knew right from the start Please close your eyes while I walk away No, don’t kiss me now It will make me stay Please close your eyes while I walk away I don't want you to see that it's making me cry But the longer I stay the more it will hurt darling, forgive me, I knew right from the start Please forgive me for breaking your heart

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"More than anything, The World comes across as a half-lit stage presentation for post-Beat hipsters grown weary of all the blare and squall of an overdriven mainstream, looking for literate but unorthodox fare and a chance to once again think while immersing in moody atmospherics. (...) don't do anything else once you've tossed the disc on, or you'll miss more than you ever guessed was there."

~ Mark S. Tucker (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange)


Frances Livings’ first solo album “The World I Am Livings In” pulls at your heart strings. Her soulful contralto voice captures the melancholy of her poetic lyrics which play like a book of twelve musical short stories. Many tell of loss but they all depict the strength of the human spirit.

The musical core is a trio, consisting of voice, grand piano and upright bass which gives the album a very tangible, transparent and acoustic feel. At the same time, each song possesses its own unique sonic qualities: Some are spiked with elevating, almost classical string arrangements, others move in interesting grooves and sounds, using a Rhodes or an electric guitar in the style of European nu-jazz.

This album was recorded with some of Los Angeles’ most accomplished jazz musicians and produced by Greg Porée who has worked with some of the world’s greatest artists, including Joan Baez and Stevie Wonder. Released by Moontraxx Records in 2013, it stays true to the label’s motto “A popular approach to intelligent music!”.

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released March 1, 2013

All songs written by Frances Livings
except
2. When Love Falls Apart, music by Frances Livings and Greg Porée
and
8. True Colors, by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly

Produced by Greg Porée
for Moontraxx Records 2013
Recorded at Nolan Shaheed’s, Pasadena
Mixed by Rob Beaton, Los Angeles

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Frances Livings Los Angeles, California

The London-born artist Frances Livings can be heard on a variety of recordings. Besides music, she has worked as a designer, has earned a PhD in art history and is the founder of the music production company Moontraxx.
Drawing from these different life experiences has made her ability to both craft and tell a story very unique.
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