Been Around

by A GIRL CALLED EDDY

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A little more than a year ago we released a very special album from a new project called THE LAST DETAIL, a super group, formed by FUGU and A GIRL CALLED EDDY. Or in other words, Mehdi Zannad and Erin Moran. Just over a year later, here we are releasing an album that many people didn’t ever think would every come, the second A GIRL CALLED EDDY album. While her debut came out in 2004 to much critical acclaim and was produced by Richard Hawley, it has been a while to say the least. But here is “Been Around” and yes, it was definitely worth the wait. Very much worth it.

Throughout her career she has collaborated and provided vocals on projects as varied as Ron Sexsmith (“Exit Strategy Of The Soul”), SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, to French superstar Phillip Katerine’s indie classic “Parlez Vous Anglais, Mr. Katerine?”. Her debut album saw her out on tour supporting acts as diverse as Josh Ritter, Rufus Wainwright, THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH and THE CURE. And with that first record Moran has gathered a rather impressive list of fans: from Jane Birkin, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Tracey Thorn to Robert Smith, Don Henley, Jarvis Cocker and Burt Bacharach to name just a few.

“Been Around” has arrived looking like a classic. Referencing her heroes from Laura Nyro, and Van Morrison, to Steely Dan and PREFAB SPROUT, she has put together a collection of songs that still sound completely her own. They bring an essence of the past and real heart to the present. To a 21st century desperately in need of this kind of elegance, soul and inspiration, it is welcome indeed. Echo’s of Karen Carpenter and even Jackie DeShannon can be felt in the lead track “Been Around”, brimming with soulful horn sections and background vocalists, it is classic, high-flying soul-pop at its best. “Big Mouth” reminds us of the pristine, fragile sounds she created with Richard Hawley on her debut, a dialogue of light and shade. Those dialogues are the stars of an album that consciously aims toward the light and to contrasts. “Jody” is a fine example of this. A goodbye to one of her best and oldest friends, it’s a song thats bursting with life while grieving over death, all wrapped up in an evocative New York City narrative to boot. “Lucky Jack (20-1)”, an ode to her philandering but lovable father and the unpredictability of being the child of an alcoholic.

“Charity Shop Window” a collaboration with one of Moran’s hero’s, the Oscar wining songwriter Paul Williams (“We’ve Only Just Begun”, “The Rainbow Connection”) is a song sounding like a cross between a Tom Waits, Burt Bacharach and THE BEACH BOYS tune all at once. Sublime. “Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart” as Moran admits is a direct homage to Queen Chrissie Hynde for all the inspiration she has brought to her. “Not That Sentimental Anymore” might be the most lyrical piece on the album. A point of reflection about the passing of time, growing older and disenchantment with life, with the gigantic lines: “Think I’m turning into stone... I’ve become the Berlin Wall”. “Two Hearts”, a blistering radio-ready pop song with a hint of ELO and brit-pop. “Come To The Palisades!” a teen-age reminiscing of New Jersey amusement parks, summers, beer and love... Moran's lyrics are at their best in songs like “Finest Actor” with “There could've been moments, but they were just scenes” and the Josh Rouse-like “NY Man”.

The arrangements on this album work on a different level to Morans debut. Where that album was steeped in dark melancholy, this record seems to bathe in the warm yellow Kodachrome-glow of the best of the 1970’s. A looking back, but not pastiche. A sense of genuineness and heart permeates every track. This is an album so full of detail and wonder that we could go on and on.

But we are here just to say that we feel this record can be listened to from so many angles, so many points of view. This is record for everyone. Produced with Grammy winning Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves), Erin and Daniel have created something truly special together. Tracked mainly in Nashville, the list of guest appearances reads like a who’s-who of the best of music city: THE WATSON TWINS (Jenny Lewis), Victor Krauss, Jim Hoke and many others all make appearances.

“Been Around” is an enormous record. Made with love. Made the old-fashioned way. Perhaps thats where its timelessness comes from. Is reaching this exceptional and rich level of composition and emotion justification for such a long silence from A GIRL CALLED EDDY? Is that a question even worth asking? You haven't heard an album like this in fifteen years. She’s back. Dig in and enjoy.

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Track Name: Been Around
Been around enough to know I’m broken
Been around enough to know nothing’s sure
Been around enough to be a little grateful
Been around enough to miss my heart when it was pure
Been around enough to know the story
Been around enough to know how it ends
Been around enough to tell the smoke from the mirror
Been around enough to tell the true from fair-weather friends

I’ve been around enough to dry some tears
Been around enough to trace the years upon my face
This is the place I’m happy to be

Been around enough to know that winter
Is gonna guarantee another spring
Cage a singin’ bluebird and you’ll never
Never ever get that bird to sing
Been around enough to know I’m lonesome
Been around enough to know it’ll pass
If I give it time and maybe open my heart
Been around enough to know the die is never cast

Carrying around the weight of a lifetime of dreaming
Never really seen the end of the road
If losers never quit then I’m thoroughly equipped
To keep on keeping on
Track Name: Big Mouth
Lately every word I say to you is coming out wrong
Baby you’re making me feel like I just don’t belong

You break my heart and then you do it all again
It’s just the things I say keep getting in the way

Every time I go and open my big mouth
What’s it all about
Everytime I go and open my big mouth
What’s it all about
I just can’t win

You got a way of talking to me honey
Makes me feel dumb
Twisting and turning every word that’s on the
Tip of my tongue

You break my heart and then you do it all again
It’s just the things I say keep getting in the way

Every time I go and open my big mouth
What’s it all about

I just can’t ever win
We go round, round, round

Pick apart the feelings like shadows on the ceiling
I stop before I start
All your judge and jury it’s tearing me apart
I just can’t win
Track Name: Jody
Jody was a friend of mine
Met him back in ’89
He was drummer
Liked to walk from Brooklyn down
Into the city
Watchin every girl go by

You know he did
You know he did

Jody wore his clothes real tight
Rude T-shirts and leather
Jody had a camera’s eye
He liked taking pictures
Of girls you’d never see in Vogue
Cause he believed
All women were a sight to behold

You know he did

We talked about movies and Cuddles Sakall
Hours on the phone about nothing at all
He liked to call me kid, I liked it when he did

Jody was a friend, Jody was a friend of mine

I miss him so, I miss him so

Jody said he had a brother, wrote a song for Peggy Lee
Jody moved down south to Tallapoosa back in 2003
I never saw his face again on Greene Street not
A trace again
Jody didn’t like everybody but I’m glad he liked me

We talked about movies and Cuddles Sakall
Hours on the phone about nothing at all
He liked to call me kid, I liked it when he did

Jody was a friend, Jody was a friend of mine
Track Name: Charity Shop Window
She saw his coat in the charity shop window
Where the past lives on at a bargain price
Long ago dreams find another chance to live again

Memories are cheap in the charity shop window
She can almost hear if she really tries
The sound of his voice
and their first hello
Their last goodbye

Typewriters, guitars
Autographs of the stars
Her hearts’ like some forgotten souvenir

Broken 45’s
Other people lives
Books half read, love gone dead

A wedding dress promise yellowed with age
She just can’t turn the page

She saw his coat in the charity shop window
As the rain and the wind blows
She can almost hear if she really tries
Their first hello their last goodbye

She just can’t turn the page
Track Name: Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart
Might be on the street, maybe on the train
Might be in the dark standing in the rain

Maybe not tonight, might not be today
But I promise you it’s gonna happen anyway

Ooh-when you least expect it
Ooh-that’s when it’s gonna get you
Watch out watch out

Someone’s gonna break your heart
Someone’s gonna hurt you bad
Someone’s gonna talk so sweet
Someone’s gonna break you
Someone’s gonna make you cry

And I hope it’s soon
And I hope you do see
That bitter smile smiling back at you
Baby when it does
You won’t see me cry
No, I won’t mind at all when she tells you lies

Ooh-when you least expect it
Ooh-that’s when it’s gonna get you
Watch out watch out

Someone’s gonna break your heart
Someone’s gonna hurt you bad
Someone’s gonna talk so sweet
Someone’s gonna break you
Someone’s gonna make you cry

Before we say goodbye
As sure as the sun’s gonna shine
You don’t have a bulletproof heart
Baby it’s just like mine

Someone’s gonna break your heart
Someone’s gonna hurt you bad
Someone’s gonna talk so sweet
Someone’s gonna break you
Someone’s gonna make you cry
Track Name: Not That Sentimental Anymore
Have I grown up or just grown old
Is it there’s no one to hold
The state of my heart has got me alarmed
When life has lost all, it’s charm

I hate to admit but everything’s changed
The pictures have all re-arranged
What brought me to tears just yesterday
Now only gets in my way
You can wax romantic (till the cows come home)
It won’t make any difference
Think I’m turning into stone

I thought I was but maybe I’m
Not that sentimental anymore
I thought I was but baby I’m
Not that sentimental anymore

No more swooning at Annie Hall
Cause I’ve become the Berlin Wall
No manipulating string lines
They broke my heart enough times
Should I give up or call it a day
The memories are fading away
Where do you turn when nothing’s the same
When you’re tired of playing the game
Track Name: Two Hearts
Two hearts
Hearts like lonely blackbirds
Tapping at the window
Hiding from the rain
Two hearts
Hearts that want the same thing
Both of them believing
That they will find the love they’re missing

Oh, baby won’t cha call my name
Cause I can’t sleep
And I can’t dream alone
I’ve been waiting all my life
In a tower above
If I can’t find a way to win your love
I’ll wait for you

Two hearts
Hearts like lonely blackbirds
Flying through the grey skies
Hiding from the pain
Two hearts
Pulling on the same string
Moonlight on the same wing
Until they find the love they’re missing

Oh, baby won’t cha call my name
Cause I can’t sleep
And I can’t dream alone
I’ve been waiting all my life
In a tower above
If I can’t find a way to win your love
I’ll wait for you

Oh, baby won’t cha call my name
Cause I can’t sleep
And I can’t dream alone
I’ve been waiting all my life
In a tower above
If I can’t find a way to win your love
I’ll wait for you
I’ll wait for you
I’ll wait for
Track Name: Lucky Jack (20-1)
Old man every now and then
I want to know why you left
Why it was so easy to forget
Old man from the look of it
You’re the lucky one
You learned to run
And everytime we thought that it was over and done
Just like the sun you’d come back again

Old man everybody said
I was the apple of your roving eye
Why’d you always have to make her cry
Old man she gave the world to you
You turned her heart black and blue
She even turned her pretty hair
From brunette to blonde
No magic wand could ever make you stay

Why was there always something better out there
Cheap perfume and women named Nancy
Or whatever tickled your fancy

Old man every now and then
I want to know why you left
Why it was so easy to let go
Old man tears and cigarettes and all your pony bets
They’re all off now
And everytime we thought that it was over and done
Just like the sun you’d come back again
Track Name: Come To The Palisades!
Funny how we still remember
Words to the song they played
Ghosts of a teenage summer
Come to the Palisades
And like a fade to black
It all remains intact

You and your rollercoasters
Me and my souvenirs
Death defying kisses in the funhouse
We got drunk on love and beer
A polaroid of you from 1982

(Ooh wee ooh)
The memory makes me lonely
(Ooh wee ooh)
It’s makin’ me wanna cry
(Ooh wee ooh)
Why’d we every have to say goodbye
Come to the Palisades

We'd sit and watch the moon rise on the water
A pirate’s son and Neptune’s daughter
Said we’d always stay
Said we’d never change

Palisades swings all day or after dark
There’s still a trace of you in my heart

And like a fade to black
It all remains intact
We can never go back

(Ooh wee ooh)
The memory makes me lonely
(Ooh wee ooh)
It’s makin’ me wanna cry
(Ooh wee ooh)
Why’d we every have to say goodbye
Come to the Palisades
Track Name: Finest Actor
He was the finest actor of his generation
He sure fooled me

He was the finest actor of his generation
Left all his stand-ins behind in the dust at Penn Station
He sure fooled me

He moved like De Niro and talked like O’toole
Inside I was scared but he made me feel cool
He smelled of tobacco guilt, and red wine
And sooner or later the guilt it was mine

He played to the camera instead of with me
Said “honey don’t pin your hopes on a ship lost at sea”
He could’ve been Burton, Harris or Dean
They could’ve been moments but they were just scenes

He was the finest actor of his generation
In retrospect there’s no doubt that he’s found his vocation
He sure fooled me
He sure fooled me
Track Name: NY Man
Oh NY man
Better than the other man
Oh, NY man
You’re the only thing I understand

Since I left the neighborhood
My spirits gone and I’m not feeling so good
And everything you said would happen all came true
They do things really different here
They don’t do like you do

Oh NY man
I hear the subway see us walking hand in hand
On autumn afternoons
Smoking on fire escapes through summer moons

Since I left the neighborhood
My song is sad and I’m not feeling so good
I called you from the airport just to say hello
I wanted you to stop me
Not to let me go
I liked the me that I was when I was with you

Oh NY man
I left rich but I’m back cap-in-hand
Oh, what a fall its true I’ve made a mess of it all

Since I left the neighborhood
My spirits gone and I’m not feeling so good
Track Name: Pale Blue Moon (Bonus Track)
Once in a while the night in its stillness
Under a pale blue moon
We all fall in love
You can’t keep it in if you try
Don’t know why

Once in your life you might find them
Sparks in an autumn sky
You’ll be caught between
What you wish for and the thing you can’t deny

And it’s a pale blue moon tonight

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