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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

Track listing

Click below or 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

Locomotive: British Railways, English Electric Type 3 (built 1962) Emergency vehicles: German, Car: T Bird Personnel: Confused, Scale: HO; photo: Molesworth,
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 NextBr.gif 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

Basic written horn arrangement