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Recorded on 16th May at AL's bar in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dedicated to Bára Bjornsdottir - my grandmother (recorded on what would have been her birthday)

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released May 30, 2008

Hera Hjartardottir - vocals and guitar
James Wilkinson - guitar and backing vocals
Michael Kime - double bass
Recorded by tandem studios
Mixed and mastered by Toby Ricketts
produced by Foolsday ltd.

All songs recorded live at AL's bar 16th May 2008
except *soundcheck song, recorded at tandem voice booth by Toby Ricketts, and **Feels so good recorded in Auckland, New Zealand featuring Ross Burge on drums, Marcus Lawson on bass, Stephen Gallagher on keyboards, David Long on guitar, Vocals and guitar by Hera -produced by David Long.
All songs written and performed by Hera Hjartardóttir.

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Icelandic singer/songwriter, based in Christchurch New Zealand.. much more info at www.herasings.com or see videos at www.youtube.com/herasings

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Track Name: Soundcheck song
Soundcheck song

This is just a soundcheck song.
A song so I can see if this sounds right.
Tell me if it takes too long - and I'll hurry up.

Testing, testing - why do they always say the same thing, same thing?
One two, one two, 16, 47, 28
How's this? How's this?
La la lalla lalla la

So this is just a soundcheck song.
I'm never going to play it otherwise.
Is this sounding right or wrong? - now how's this?

Testing, testing - why do they always say the same thing, same thing?
One two, one two, I've got a stone in my shoe..
How's this? How's this?
La la lalla lalla la

So I thought I'd write a soundcheck song,
and now I always know what I sound like
it always used to take so long - now how's this??

Testing, testing - why do they always say the same thing, same thing?
One two, one two, I've got a stone in my shoe..
How's this? How's this?
La la lalla lalla la
Track Name: Believe me
Believe me

This is the best day, of my life today
the sun is shining bright and I am more than ok
I'm in love.. I'm in love.

But I know you don't believe me.. I know you don't believe me.
I know you don't believe me... Yea I know you don't believe me.
down, down, down, down, down.. who's down....

I'm happy lying here, looking at the sky
So overcome with joy that I will never cry again.
No never more..

But I know you don't believe me.. I know you don't believe me.
I know you don't believe me... Yea I know you don't believe me
down, down, down, down, down.. who's down....


But if I changed the song.. and told you that I'm loving like this.
told you that I love his tender kiss
the way he whispers wonders in my ears

Then you might just believe me.. you might just believe me..
you might just believe me.. yea you might just believe me..

So will you listen to me now, hear what I have to say..
know that I am happy so much more than okay, okay..

But I know you don't believe me.. I know you don't believe me.
I know you don't believe me... Yea I know you don't believe me
down, down, down, down, down.. who's down....
Track Name: Upside down
Upside down

Thank you for the walk in the snow.
Thank you for not letting go, when I fell on you,
and you fell too,
and we fell down, and upside down I smiled..

Upside down.... upside down upside down

Do you remember?

Thank you for being there
when I got out of bed and fell on my head
so clumsy I just cried and bled
c'os I fell down, and upside down you smiled..

Upside down.... upside down upside down

Do you remember?

Thank you for coming out
when we all got drunk and splashed about,
remember rolling down the hill
We all lay down and upside down we smiled...


Upside down.... upside down upside down

Do you remember?
Track Name: Sorry
Sorry

I still remember when you told me
you loved me, a long long time ago..
I still remember when you told me
you’d hold me and never ever, let go.

I still remember all the little things,
still remember when you said,
are you seeing anyone..
I said...
do you wanna see me?

I still remember the time
you told me everything was gonna be fine
and then you left me.
I still remember the next day
when you came back to my door and you
said you were sorry...
sorry sorry sorry sorry...

I still remember all the little things,
still remember when you said,
are you seeing anyone..
I said...
do you wanna see me?

I still remember when you said to me,
you said to me that you would never say anything bad.
I still remember when you lied to me
you told me that you would never feel sad with me..
well now that’s a lie.

I still remember all the little things,
still remember when you said,
are you seeing anyone..
I said...
do you wanna see me?

I still remember when you told me, you loved me
a long long time ago.
Track Name: The day before
The day before

I hate that you don't love me anymore.
I hate that you don't talk to me the way you did before
But I don't see you walking out that door..
Why won't you just leave me, and let me to explore?

and I'll explain it to you now.. straining to be calm
I don't want to be the one that you settled for
So I will love you.. Each day a bit less than the day before.

My heart is mixed with happiness and pain.
I don't believe in letting everything just stay the same.
With me it has to be an even game.
I'd rather be alone if I've been loving you in vain

and I'll explain it to you now.. straining to be calm
I don't want to be the one that you settled for
So I will love you.. Each day a bit less than the day before.

I hate that you don't love me anymore.
I hate that you don't talk to me the way you did before
But I don't see you walking out that door..
So now I'm leaving you, and I am going to explore..

I'll explain it to you now.. I'm straining to be calm
I don't want to be the one that you settled for
So I will love you.. Each day a bit less than the day before.
Track Name: Cause of my pain
cause of my pain

You've been on my mind, since yesterday.
I meant to go home, you said to stay (please stay..)

You made me believe that in only one day
I could fall head over heels in a wonderful way..

And now you, are the cause of my pain, pain pain
and now you.. are the cause of my pain!

I just want to know, where do I stand?
I thought making love and love went hand in hand..

And now you, are the cause of my pain, pain pain
and now you.. are the cause of my pain!

If you just wanted one go why'd you ask me to stay?
Now I just want you to know that I'm on my way..

I'm on my way, to cause, you some pain - pain - pain!
I'm on my way, to cause you pain!
Track Name: Angel by her side
Angel by her side

Hey,  tell her you're gone.
And all those days you spent together fade away.
An angel stands by her bedside now
Brushing flowers from her hair

It's darker now outside and shadows start to play
And all those nights you spent together fade away
The angel stands right by your side now
Pulling strings to make you see

You will cry it's okay
And you will find the right way
It's not always easy

You can't walk out, you'll regret it you will
You can't walk out, you'll regret it you will
You can't walk out, you'll regret it.

Hey, alone in the dark.
And all those dreams you shared together come to mind.
The angel dancing in your mind now is her,
Flowers in her hair.

You will cry it's okay
And you will find the right way
It's not always easy

You can't walk out, you'll regret it you will
You can't walk out, you'll regret it you will
You can't walk out, you'll regret it.

It's brighter now outside and flowers start to play,
And all your shadows and those nightmares fade away.
Your angel lying by your side now, sleeping
Flowers in her hair.
Track Name: Nothing new
Nothing New

I keep my wine in a cupboard under the stairs.
Said one old man to the other
I don't take water in my whiskey he said,
(unless it's a really cheap one which I hardly ever drink)

And I wasn't hearing anything new
but I was listening too...
Yes I was listening too..

I'm at a wine tasting in the back bar.
I'm stationed with two old men with a lot of tales to tell.
We have some food and wine but what was bizarre
was the woman who sold the wine, just wasn't there to sell

And I wasn't hearing anything new
but I was listening too...
Yes I was listening too..

In this red room - I feel so good to be here
is it the wine or do I really need a kiss?
in drops the owner and he whispers in my ear..
'Why don't you write a song about this?'

I wouldn't be singing anything new..
but now I'm sharing it with you.....
Yes now I'm sharing it with you.
Track Name: Ofie
Ofie

Ofie.. have you found what you're looking for?
Ofie.. I don't cry for you anymore..
But I'm here, to settle the score.

Ofie.. you will know when you hear this song
Maybe, I'll forgive you and move on
but your dirty dirty lies, went on too long..
your dirty dirty lies...

And I don't expect, an apology.
It's been so many years so I shouldn't be singing this song.
And you never knew, how much you meant to me
but now that I know who you are, I know I was wrong.

Ofie.. this is obvious, not your name.
Hoping, you've regretted and felt some shame.
You really played the worst, kind, of game.

And I don't expect, an apology.
It's been so many years so I shouldn't be singing this song.
And you never knew, how much you meant to me
but now that I know who you are, I know I was wrong.

Ofie.. there's no essence, there's only air.
Sweetness, was disguising the 'nothing there'
And every day I'm glad you're not here.

And I don't expect, an apology.
It's been so many years so I shouldn't be singing this song.
And you never knew, how much you meant to me
but now that I know who you are, I know I was wrong.

Ofie... you're surrounded in misery..
You don't know it, but you're just an accessory.
I know you didn't count on my memory.
Track Name: Hafid thennan dag
Hafið þennan dag



Hún synti aldrey fjær en augað sá.

Ég var svo ákveðin og óreynd þá..
Ó jú, ég vissi að hún vildi mig..

Ég stökk, og gaf mig í hyldýpið


Ég stökk, af stafni skips, 

ofaní hafið þennan dag 

Hafið... þennan dag,
en enginn vissi það...


Ég vissi alltaf hvað mig langaði,
himinn, loft og land mig fangaði

en nú, nú er ég sjónum í.

Engin tár, ég fann ekki fyrir því

Ég stökk, af vilja og von,
ofaní hafið þennan dag 

Hafið... þennan dag

Draumur minn rættist þar

Ég syndi aldrey fjær en augað sér,
ég veit þið horfið stundum eftir mér.

Ó nei, ég vil hvorki sorg né tár
því ég uppfyllti drauminn þá..



þú stekkur, kanski út
ofaní hafið þennan dag 

Hafið... þennan dag,
en bara ef þú vilt það

Bara ef þú vilt.. það
Track Name: Raking leaves
Raking Leaves

See the leaves are lying, on the dying grass.
You know I'm always thinking of you, and I let the time pass
I want to love you, want to love you, want to spend some time with you
I want to see you, want to be, here with you

Come in, come in.. you're always welcome in my house..
Come in, come in.. you're always welcome in my heart..

I wish you were here with me, I wish I wasn't raking leaves
but now the summer's gone and here I stand and shiver in the breeze
I want to love you, want to love you, want to spend some time with you
I want to see you, want to be, here with you

Come in, come in.. you're always welcome in my house..
Come in, come in.. you're always welcome in my heart..
Track Name: Sleepyhead
Sleepyhead

Wake up sleepyhead,
I know you can hear me, you heard what I said.
Now please open your eyes,
and just realize we are with you.

Wake up sleepyhead,
it´s sunny outside and the bats are in bed
so please open your eyes,
the monsters are gone, we are with you...

For all of the songs that you've sung,
and for all of the things that still need to be done,
we sit by your side
but you need to decide where to go to

For all of the plans that you had,
and for all of the time you spent not being bad,
please open your eyes,
we just want to know that you can do...

Do you know how long you have been sleeping
do you know, it's been three weeks,
and as you rest, we hope you´re dreaming...
we hope you're dreaming...

Wake up sleepyhead.
There's pictures to paint, and there's things to be said,
do you know the tattoo on your back...
hasn't even been colored...

For all of the music you've played,
and for all of your friends who have come to your aid...
please open your eyes,
and just realize we are with you...

Do you know how long you have been sleeping
do you know, it's been three weeks,
and as you rest, we hope you´re dreaming...
we hope you're dreaming...

For what we don´t know, we have cried,
and till you wake up we will stand by your side
so please open your eyes,
and just realize we are with you...

Wake up sleepyhead...
Wake up sleepyhead...Wake up sleepyhead....
Track Name: Itchy palms
Itchy Palms

Itchy palms.. aching hands,
scratch for the longing,
the longing to leave here tonight.

I met him here, found  myself
hiding inside,
he´s just like the mirror - of me..

But I have to go away..
fly into the blue..
can I cry all of me through the earth
- so the tears get to you..

Itchy palms, just like him,
I know that he'll follow,
now that he knows we exist.

Not alone, not a pair,
we´re just like each other,
but placed on the opposite sides

of the world, why so far,
it´s not for the better,
now that we know we exist..

But I have to go away..
fly into the blue..
can I cry all of me through the earth
- so the tears get to you..

You touch like me, I touch like you,
but we don´t touch each other,
we know it´s the right thing to do...

Itchy palms, we´re insane,
playing with fire,
with nothing to lose or to gain..

But I have to go away..
fly into the blue..
can I cry all of me through the earth
- so the tears get to you..
itchy palms.
Track Name: Feels so good
Feels so good.

I'm about to go where nobody goes
and you're about to be where nobody's been
and it's about to seem impossibly real.

and it feels so good, it feels so good
............it feels so good.

I'm about to show what nobody shows,
and you're about to see what nobody's seen,
and I'm about to give what I've never given you before...

and it feels so good, it feels so good
............it feels so good.

Are we going to do what's never been done?
and are we going to meet the moon or the sun?
I wonder if you ah... ahhh do you understand?

and it feels so good, it feels so good
............it feels so good.

And now we've done what nobody does,
and now we've been where nobody goes
and oh, oh, oh... it feels so good!

and it feels so good, it feels so good
............it feels so good.