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Lead vocals: BETTY, Kit Hain, Sarah Jane Morris
Vocalise: Lene Lovich
Horns: The Uptown Horns
Percussion: Allan Schwartzberg
Rhythm and keyboards: Mike Thorne

Recorded and mixed at the Stereo Society, New York
Assistant engineer: James Rosenthal
Production director: Jeanette Buckley
Mastered by Leon Zervos, Absolute Audio, New York

Dedicated with gratitude to Buxton Orr and Michael Tippett

Scroll to the individual tracks for lyrics, details and to stream audio of the first half of any tune.

Intro – Coming Quietly

Primary vocals: BETTY, Kit Hain, Sarah Jane Morris
Vocalise: Lene Lovich
Trombone: Bob Funk

‘It’s OK, I’ll come quietly’ are the first words uttered by the suspect on being arrested by the police in the classic English detective novel.

Self-Imposed Exile

written by
Marianne Faithfull & Joe Maverty

Primary vocals: Sarah Jane Morris
Vocalise: Lene Lovich
Flugelhorns and muted trumpet: Larry Etkin
Drums: Allan Schwartzberg

Lyrics

Free souls don’t live in suburbia
I was stranded, stranded, I must have been blind
Self preservation, the only way to attack
Chinese numbers tattooed on my back

We were victims of the present time
Juvenile delinquents, fallen angels
Played the part without relief
Broken hearts like leaves on the street
Self preservation, the only way to attack
Chinese numbers written on my back

I’m in self-imposed exile

We were searching, searching for a space
Living for a moment, just a moment
Take what we wanted, don’t seem much
Time for time to sit and watch
Self preservation, the only way to attack
Chinese numbers tattooed on my back

I’m in self-imposed exile

Free souls don’t live in suburbia
I was stranded, stranded, I must have been blind

I’m in self-imposed exile

You Got Me Anyway

Primary vocals: BETTY Secondary vocals: Sarah Jane Morris Horn section: The Uptown Horns Tenor saxophone: Arno Hecht Drums: Allan Schwartzberg

Lyrics

It was 1998 like a Hollywood scene,
Everybody on the dole, trying to live a little dream
And it was 1999 and a difficult time
We were laughing every day, singing songs and blowing minds

Singing
I don’t want to love you, but you got me anyway
Singing

All the things that I’ve done, all the places I’ve been
Every hour lasts a day, every day another dream
All the things that I’ve said, never meaning to say
All the times I could go, never wanting to stay

I don’t want to love you, but you got me anyway
And I get so alone every night in my sleep
I’ve a terrible feeling there’s no-one around to help me

Carry on, carry on, to the end to the end,
Looking hard into the sun for a better friend
Never die, never die as the years go by
Cos we laugh, go on, yeah life goes on

Singing
I don’t want to love you, but you got me anyway
Singing

Pretty Vacant

Primary vocals: Kit Hain
Vocalise: Lene Lovich
Saxophones: Arno Hecht , Crispin Cioe
Drums: Allan Schwartzberg

written by John Lydon & Glen Matlock

Lyrics

There’s no point in asking, you’ll get no reply
Just steam in, don’t decide
Got no reason, it’s all too much
You’ll always find us
Out to lunch

We’re so pretty, oh so pretty
Vacant
We’re so pretty, oh so pretty
Vacant
And we don’t care

Sprawl Don’t ask us to attend, ‘cos we’re not all there
Don’t pretend ‘cos we don’t care
I don’t believe illusions, ‘cos too much is for real
Better stop your cheap comments
‘Cos we know what we feel
buy Thorne’s Sprawl CD
from CD Baby
We’re so pretty, oh so pretty
Vacant
And we don’t care

First Love Song

Primary vocals: Sarah Jane Morris
Vocalise: Lene Lovich
Horn section: The Uptown Horns

written by Tim Hardin

Lyrics

You are the only love song I’ve ever sung
I’ve ever sung without pain that makes me sing
I know you heard me when I say
You are the only one
I hope to have a place for what I bring

You’ve taken my heart
You’ve taken my heart without going away
I know you knew from the start
You were the only one I ever really wanted to stay
I really wanted to stayMore than once in my life
I have found out
I have thought about making this woman a wife.
Only once in that time
Have I thought that together
We could stay within a reach of my mind

You are the first love song I’ve ever sung
Sung without the pain that has made me sing
You are the only one.
I hold to have
Hold to have a place for what I bring

Interlude 1 for solo piano

written and performed by
Mike Thorne

Natural Beauty

written by
Lene Lovich & Les Chappell
Primary vocals: BETTY
Horn section: The Uptown Horns
Drums: Allan Schwartzberg

Lyrics

One time so wild – ultra free
We danced upon a paradise complete
Handsome – happy – nothing to hide
Natural beauty

Long time outside memory
We lost a lot of energy it seems
So low – static – nothing inspired
Natural beauty
See how beauty fades when faith has broken down
Where has beauty gone?

Natural beauty still survives
I can see it in your eyes
O precious fire of life
Come shining through

Sometimes minds freeze easily
We let ourselves get mesmerized
Dazed – indifferent – nothing to drive
Natural beauty
See how beauty fades when faith has broken down
Where is beauty now?

The fire burns eternally
Inside the heart
Of you and me
Forever
As we live and breathe
The fire burns eternally

Windows of the soul convey
An elemental beauty underneath
Know it, show it, Appreciate
Natural beauty
See how beauty reigns when faith is undenied
Let that beauty shine

Download a free Supernatural Beauty club remix of this original tune by Mike Thorne.
The joke in the title is that Lene wrote the lyrics to Supernature, a cheesy late 70s disco hit from the French producer Cerrone.

A Flower Opens Gently By

Primary vocals: Kit Hain
Vocalise: Lene Lovich
Horn section: The Uptown Horns
Drums: Allan Schwartzberg

written by Rick Nelson

Lyrics

Feeling
Crowded sidewalks burn
Lonely
Couples never learn

Paying tribute to our dead with empty words we never said

Goodbye, so long

Spilling
Time at every turn
Living
Lives of no return
Stately figures compromise, a flower opens gently by

Goodbye, so long

Like the fearless barks
Of frightened dogs
We hide behind
Some worthy cause
As anger starts its empty rise, a flower opens gently by

Goodbye, so long

It hurts
So bad to lose a friend
There’s a valley
Where the river’s been
While you wingless birdmen try to fly, a flower closes gently by

Goodbye, so long

Black Lace Shoulder

Primary vocals: Sarah Jane Morris
Vocalise: Lene Lovich
Trumpet: Larry Etkin
Horn section: The Uptown Horns
Drums: Allan Schwartzberg

written by Peter Godwin & Duncan Browne

Lyrics

I’m not tired, I’m not sleeping, I’m not thinking
Uninspired, I’m just wasted on your love
I’m sliding with the rain across your window
As I hide in the sheets like a phantom on the run

Flesh to flesh, and I’m rising
Flesh to flesh, and I’m rising
‘Don’t talk, only touch,’ you said
‘Don’t watch me too much,’ you said

I hear my silence as it weeps before your eyes
On my black lace shoulder

Did you whisper? Are you waiting? Do you know me?
Unimagined in your unawakened love
I’m empty like a stranger in your valleys
I’m lost in the wind and I long to come to rest

Face to face, without feeling
Face to face, only stealing
‘Don’t give me your heart,’ you said
‘We’re much too apart,’ you said

I hear my silence as it weeps before your eyes
On my black lace shoulder

It’s not over, it’s not clearer, it’s not daylight
Unenlightened by your superstitious love
I’m falling from this fantasy of feeling
I’m lost in the night and the rain won’t lead me home

Flesh to flesh, and I’m sinking
Flesh to flesh, without thinking
‘Don’t think that I’m cold,’ you said
‘My love will unfold,’ you said

I hear my silence as it weeps before your eyes
On my black lace shoulder

Toys Take Over

written by Captain Sensible

primary vocals: Kit Hain
vocalise: Lene Lovich
horn section: The Uptown Horns
trumpet: Larry Etkin
drums: Allan Schwartzberg

Lyrics

The Toys Take Over
Dolly’s getting ready for the nurse’s role
And Golly’s very nervous of remote control
He’s seen what’s going on every day
And he knows what’s going to happen

The Toys Take Over

The jack in the box on the window sill
Threatens to jump unless we all stand still
Cos it’s early learning not early warning

So Cindy’s busy posing by the mirror frame
She doesn’t really care about the latest game
And Teddy’s not sure about the action man
Or the way he holds his rifle

The Toys Take Over

Interlude 2 for solo piano

written and performed by Mike Thorne

Ships That Pass In The Night

written by Carol Lipnik

Primary vocals: BETTY
Vocalise: Lene Lovich
Trumpet: Larry Etkin
Baritone saxophone: Crispin Cioe
Trombone: Bob Funk
Drums: Allan Schwartzberg

Lyrics

Ships that pass in the night

Touch Touch Touch
And they
Brush
Feed
Rush
Speed
Hush
Bleed

Touch Touch Touch
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Floating bodies, float on water
Is it pleasure is it pain?
Shadows calling, siren warning
Is it pleasure is it pain?
Or is that the way it sounds when your heart is being drained?

Spirits roaring in the darkness
So much treasure, so much rain
Drifting, sighing, sinking, flying
Is it pleasure is it pain?
Or is that the way it sounds when your heart is being drained?

Ships that pass in the night

Touch Touch Touch

From Me To You

written by Janis Ian
primary vocals: Kit Hain
vocalise: Lene Lovich
horn section: The Uptown Horns

Kit Hain at studio mic
Lyrics

I’m leaving by night
I’m leaving alone
I’m leaving it lie
When you waken I’ll be gone
I would not beg for me
As I would not beg for you

Though I’d like to be
the one to see you through

Every step you have taken
Disappears with the tide
You’re torn up and shaken
With changing your mind
You haven’t got the grace
To say you’ll finally decide
And you haven’t got
The strength to stay to fight

They say you are foolish
In wanting the sun
Say you are selfish
In learning to run
Tell you that the darkness
Is a blessing in disguise
For you never have to notice
If you’re sighted or you’re blind
And they’ll do their best
To keep you from the light

Those people who surround you only
Want to see you weak enough to crawl.

They’ll lie for you, decide for you
And buy up all your rights and all your wrongs.

You’re more than beginning
You’re learning to fly
You feel like you’re falling
But it passes in time
I hate to see a friend go down
In flames without a song
So I’m waiting by the doorway
But I will not linger long

I’m leaving by night
I’m leaving alone
I’m leaving it lie
When you waken I’ll be gone
I would not beg for me
As I could not beg for you

Though I’d like
to be the one
to see you through

Le Ballet

written by Jean-Jaques Goldman
translation from the original French by Amy Ziff of BETTY

primary vocals: BETTY
vocalise: Lene Lovich
drums: Allan Schwartzberg

BETTY
Lyrics

In the middle of one colorless hour
Without any warning, almost by chance
I am torn apart with power
From a movement, a scent, a glanceThis heart, my heart is open
And beating at your door
This heart, my heart is beating
And open at your doorAttention, le ballet va commencer
Careful, the ballet will beginI can’t understand what is happening
I think it could be a mistake
He has discovered where I am hiding
The fear and desire I embrace

These words that I’m speaking
Have no meaning, make no sense
These words have no meaning
I speak and make no sense

Car le ballet a commencé
For the ballet has begun

He’s dressed in his best with a voice dipped in honey
I melt into velvet and shine like new money
He speaks to me poetry and dreams of far away lands
I answer in pictures, paintings Florence

Dames et cavaliers, avancez
Lords and ladies, to your places

A glance at his hips to pass the test
A look when she bends, to reveal her breast
She knows the shape of his mouth and his hands
He arches his back and she understands

Car le ballet va s’allumer
For the ballet will catch fire

He knows the secrets and just what to say
With a bit more to drink all shields fall away
Finally free, skin embraces skin
Time is still, as true grace begins

Car le ballet, est bientôt terminé
For the ballet is soon over

Sexual Terrorist

written by
Barry Reynolds & Marianne Faithfull
primary vocals: Sarah Jane Morris
vocalise: Lene Lovich
(photos from Lene’s recording session)
horn section: The Uptown Horns
alto saxophone: Crispin Cioe
drums: Allan Schwartzberg

Lips image

Marianne Faithfull’s original written lyric sheets

Lyrics

What does a woman need
from a man?
Notches on her belt?
But any way to understand
What isn’t known but only feltWell it’s a strange world we’re living in
Sometimes it feels like a war
Well it’s a strange world, not giving in
Who are we doing it for?Why take it lying down?
Who told you life was fair?
Just leave yourself in the lost and found
It doesn’t matter whereBut it’s a strange world and it’s alright
Sometimes it feels like a war
Well it’s a strange world but not tonight
Who are we doing it for?

Sexual terrorist
Sometimes I feel like the enemy
Sexual terrorist
Who do you pretend to be doing it for?

Well it’s a strange world we’re living in
Sometimes it feels like a war
No change there, not giving in
Who are we doing it for?

Sexual terrorist
Sometimes I feel like the enemy

Outro: Going Gently

written and performed by Mike Thorne

Primary vocals: BETTY and Sarah Jane Morris
Vocalise: Lene Lovich
Horn section: The Uptown Horns

Do not go gently into that good night….
(Dylan Thomas)

Basic written horn arrangement