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Lene Lovich: Shadows And Dust

Lene’s most recent album is available and dancing.

photo: Les Chappell
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Lead vocal, voices, saxophones: Lene Lovich
Music, backing vocals: Les Chappell
Occasional bass and synthesizers: Mike Thorne

Produced by Lene Lovich and Les Chappell with Mike Thorne
Recorded in Norfolk, England
Transfer and additional recording by James Rosenthal at the Stereo Society, New York
Mixed by Lene Lovich, Les Chappell and Mike Thorne at the Stereo Society, assisted by James Rosenthal
Mastered by Joe Lambert at Classic Sound, New York

Ghost Story

Lyrics

through a mirror shattered I see
someone who looks something like me

sudden silence – altered state
losing touch, isolate

let the fragments of the soul
come together
you’re dead they said how can that be?
does my heart beat? am I just a
memory?

cold confusion – no escape
broken spirit, recreate

the ghost in me speaks to the ghost in you
the story lives and every word is true
the ghost in me speaks to the ghost in you

if I could see the light – I could be the light
let the fragments of the soul come together

don’t be afraid

the ghost in me speaks to the ghost in you
the story lives and every word is true

don’t be afraid

the ghost in me speaks to the ghost in you

Sanctuary

Lyrics

Run, run away – don’t look back
Run to a place where it’s safe to be

Sanctuary

Your wounds are deep, you cannot sleep
The overwhelming pain beneath
The twisted soul keeps saying you’re the victim
It’s getting tough, you’ve had enough
Why can’t it be the way you want?
Now everything is going out of order

Run, run away – don’t look back
Run to a place where it’s safe to be

Sanctuary

So sad inside, you want to die
But it’s a hollow sacrifice
The bitter ending to a tragic story

Sanctuary

Nobody’s perfect in this imperfect world
If the message is important, let the message be heard
If the mission is impossible, do your best to survive
We can fight again tomorrow

Sanctuary

A change of scene is what you need
Somewhere to mend your broken dreams
Let’s hide away until the war is over
Let’s deviate, open the gate
Release the pressure on the brain
You know it doesn’t matter

Run, run away – Sanctuary

Run, run away – Sanctuary

Run, run away

Sanctuary

Shape Shifter

Lyrics

How would you like to spend some time …
Would you like to spend some time inside somebody else’s mind?

I could be you and you could be me
We could understand the reasons why
We be the way we be
If I could be you and you could be
We could understand
How would you like to spend some time inside somebody else’s mind?

Satisfy your curiosity. How do you know you don’t want to be me?

Let’s take a holiday into an unknown territory
Let’s take a holiday into an unknown identity

I’m tired of the game that we always play
The same old game every night and day
This life is done, the time has come
To shift into another one

I could be you and you could be me
We could understand the reasons why
We be the way we be
If I could be you and you could be me
We could understand

Let’s take a holiday into an unknown territory
Let’s take a holiday into an unknown identity

Shape-shifter

Maybe there’s a way we can share a synchronicity

Shape-shifter

If I could be you and you could be me
We could understand
We could understand the reasons why
We be the way we be

How would you like to spend some time inside somebody else’s mind?

Remember

Lyrics

In the rush of the crowd on the steps
Leading out to the market place
Where two lovers could meet hidden deep by the swell of the mob
We agree to dissolve, disappear, to risk all for the sake of love
I only know – you didn’t show

Remember
life goes on

No one’s in said the monstrous grin
Through the crack in the frozen door
From the hall I could hear the familiar song that was ours
Then laughter rang out and the sound cut me down like an avalanche
I only know – I lost control

Remember

Life goes on and circumstances change
We live and learn till time runs up
And given chance we two will meet again
To play once more the game of love

Days go by in empty isolation
Cold, immobile like a stone
I wait submerged
Till some familiar presence stirs
My static world begins to race
I look up and see your face

Eye to eye we perceive something more
Than a casual interest
There’s a feeling inside that our hearts cannot easy deny
So we stop and we stare as our memories gallop the centuries
I only know – I love you so

Remember

Life goes on and circumstances change
We live and learn till time runs up
And given chance we two will meet again
To play once more the game of love

Gothica

Lyrics

In a forest dark and deep…
Night has fallen, but I’m too afraid Too afraid to sleep
I close my eyes and then I see The light come shining down

GOTHICA

In a house upon a hill…
Something stirring on the stairway Disturbs my senses, still
I take a candle and I climb The stairs begin to shake

GOTHICA

Everybody needs a refuge from the ordinary
Everybody needs to breathe
It’s a necessary dip into the unknown ocean
It’s essential fantasy

GOTHICA

It’s a place I cannot see
Only sometimes, when I recollect my dreams

GOTHICA

In a howling hurricane…
Hidden by a rock, I shelter From the storm, the driving rain
Pounds a message in my ear I have nothing more to fear

And the stranger at the gate seems to know my name

Everybody needs a refuge from the ordinary
Everybody needs to breathe
It’s a necessary dip into the unknown ocean

It’s essential fantasy

It’s a necessary dip into the unknown ocean

It’s essential fantasy

Craze

Lyrics

I’m aware of something buzzing in the air
Rash ideas
Nothing but a fad, it’s nothing serious they say
Just a passing phase

Craze, new craze

I’m aware of everyday insanity
On someone’s street
Never mind the madness, it’s not happening right here
Just ignore the heat

Craze, new craze

Tear away the skin, the danger lurks inside
Take another look, we wear a thin disguise

Craze, new craze

I’m aware of gathering infection
A slow disease
We don’t feel the pain, but we are hurting anyway
It’s a deadly game

Craze, new craze

Tear away the skin, the danger lurks inside
Take another look, we wear a thin disguise
And everything we see is of our own design

Craze, new craze

The Insect Eater

Lyrics

Earwigs in my fridge at midnight put me in a dancing mood
I climb up to the windowsill and watch the neighbors in the nude
Voyeuristis, cataclysmis! They think I’m frightfully rude
Then, my master’s voice comes through

Renfield, where are you? Whatever I say, you must do
Sallow girls drained of blood, leaves them in his trail

Tis my job for him to find, victims
Victims to assail

London is my larder. Renfield, please try harder

Earwigs in my fridge at midnight put me in a dancing mood
I’m bouncing down the high street now, shopping for new clothes
I buy a pair of gothic shoes, showing off my toes
Once more down Oxford Street, I shop for a Mac and fries
Looking for a toothsome girl to soften with my lies
I hear the master calling me

That one, with big brown eyes and creamy, luscious, juicy thighs
Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly
Let me sink my teeth into your neck
It’ll make you feel so high

He throws his cape around her. A hiss and a suck and a hiss
Then Dracula releases her, another pallid, gothic miss
As he wipes the blood from off his lips, he says with a simpering purr

That look of rigor mortis will soon be de rigueur
Renfield, you just gave me an exquisite surprise
So eat your fill of bedbug soup and ladybirds and flies
Cockroaches and millipedes and a million spider’s eyes

Earwigs in my fridge at midnight put me in a dancing mood
But it’s not my night for insects

What’s required is human food

Little Rivers

Lyrics

Not a cloud in the sky – no clouds

Not a cloud in the sky
Warm thoughts and sunny smiles

It’s a wonderful life
Bright enough for you and I

But somehow, somehow
We lost the light

Isn’t it strange – isn’t it?
Isn’t it strange, the weather’s changed

Red rose, I cry little rivers inside
Can you read my mind?
Red rose, I cry little rivers inside
Cos I can’t explain
It’s a crying shame

We’re two of a kind – we are
We’re two of a kind
In shock, we don’t revive

Well, maybe you’re right
What’s dead deserved to die

But somehow, somehow
We should have tried
Tried to believe in life

Isn’t it strange – isn’t it?
Isn’t it strange, the colours fade

Red rose, I cry little rivers inside
Can you read my mind?
Red rose, I cry little rivers inside
Can you read my mind?
Cos I can’t explain

It’s a crying shame

Can we start again?

The Wicked Witch

Lyrics

Uh- oh the wicked witch, what a wicked thing she is
Ay-oh, better run
Uh- oh the wicked witch, what a wicked thing she is
Ay-oh, better run

Look out now cos here she comes

Welcome to my world
(Take care … beware)
Devastating seeds I sow, dancing demons I control
Horror scenes that spike your sleep are just a little part of me
Endless, dreadful, freaky vibes terrorize your feeble minds

Uh- oh the wicked witch, what a wicked thing she is
Ay-oh, better run
Uh- oh the wicked witch, what a wicked thing she is
Ay-oh, better run

Look out now cos here she comes

Antithesis Apocalypse (Her wish is your command)
(Take care … beware)
Run, run, but you cannot hide
None can escape

The wicked witch!

Uh- oh the wicked witch, what a wicked thing she is
Ay-oh, better run
Uh- oh the wicked witch, what a wicked thing she is
Ay-oh, better run

Look out now cos here she comes

Antithesis Apocalypse (Her wish is your command)
(Take care … beware)
Evil entities I know, freeze the heart and eat the soul
Morbid tears will not suffice – I’ll do more than make you cry
Endless, dreadful, freaky vibes terrorize your feeble minds

Uh- oh the wicked witch, what a wicked thing she is
Ay-oh, better run
Uh- oh the wicked witch, what a wicked thing she is
Ay-oh, better run

Look out now cos here she comes

Antithesis Apocalypse A wicked, wicked, witch!

Light

Lyrics

In the dark there is light
In the dark there is light
In the dark there is light
There is lightIn the midst of the dark there is light
Forget the dread that preys on your mind
A special friend will you defend
Who is always on your sideIn your deepest despair it’s all right
A helping hand would hold back the fright
One hope in hell to break the spell
Who could save you from yourself

Save you from yourself

Light
There is Light
Light
There is light