Not so sweet

by Hera

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Just 18 years of age HERA’s song “Itchy Palms” was chosen as the title track in the Icelandic produced film “Hafid (The Sea)” and she performed the song live at the film’s premiere in September. “The Sea” went onto win 8 Edda Awards that year (the Icelandic film industry version of the Oscars) and has since been distributed in over 30 countries worldwide.

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released January 1, 2001

Hera Hjartardottir - vocals and guitar
Bryce Collier - bass and tibetan meditation bells
Helen Webby - Harp
Keith Petch - Guitar
Brent Dowson - Piano
Joseph Veale - Drums
Fiona Pears - violin
Recorded at Blast studios Christchurch New Zealand

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Hera New Zealand

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: Water me more
Water me more

Sometimes you tell me the truth, sometimes you lie.
You compare your friends to flowers boy
well, water me more.. water me more.

You compare your friends to flowers boy,
well water me wet. With tears, blood, and sweat
let it drip, let it drip - drip onto me

And my petals grow... they'll reach out like fingers,
and my thorns will grow... so won't you kiss me before.
And I know... I know that you'll linger...
if I ever get you, to water me more.

Sometimes you tell me such lies, that I want to cry.
You compare your friends to flowers boy
don't let me dry..
don't let me dry.. I'll wither and die

And my petals grow... they'll reach out like fingers,
and my thorns will grow... so won't you kiss me before.
And I know... I know that you'll linger...
if I ever get you, to water me more.

You've got me tortured, just giving one drop at a time
I'll get you back - fuck the flowers, I'll be a vine.
and twist you in me, I'll twist you in me
twist you in me.

And my petals grow... they'll reach out like fingers,
and my thorns will grow... so won't you kiss me before.
And I know... I know that you'll linger...
if I ever get you, to water me more.
Track Name: Dirty lingerie
Dirty Lingerie

I’m gonna stand, and I’m gonna wait,
I’m gonna try and hold my breath - till I know
that somebody’s coming - to save me...

I’m dressed in dirty lingerie!
and I’m standin on a corner - waiting for a taxi
that I dialed 1/2 an hour ago....
I got hit on by a Siamese clown,
got so drunk that I fell down.
and my boyfriend met some Spanish "ballerina"
So I’m standin on this corner - and I’m crying out loud
"take me - anywhere!"
got mistaken for some lady called... "magic mindy"

I’m gonna stand here, and I’m gonna cry,
I’m gonna really really try to hide
from the people across the road - at the "dress up party"

My friend thinks she’s met a really nice guy,
He’s really hairy with an ape-like face
and my Sailor sailed off now - with a "ballerina"

I’m dressed in dirty lingerie!
and I’m standing on a corner - waiting for a taxi
that I dialed 1/2 an hour ago....
I got hit on by a Siamese clown,
got so drunk that I fell down.
and my boyfriend met some Spanish "ballerina"
So I’m standin on this corner - and I’m crying out loud
"take me - anywhere!"
got mistaken for some lady called... ´Exotic Cindy´

Then finally, my ride arrives,
surprisingly good looking for a taxi driver
"Hi, my name is Andy Ray - where you going?"

I’m dressed in dirty lingerie!
Track Name: Sunday morning
Sunday Morning

I woke up early Sunday morning,
the sun shines nicely through my door.
I went and threw up, in the bushes.
Feeling sicker than before...
       It´s a Sunday I´m not feeling so fine,
       It´s a Sunday I´m not feeling so fine,
       It´s a Sunday I´m not feeling so fine...   Anymore

Again to sleep, a little later.
In my stomach - there´s a war,
I'm hoping now that when I wake up
I'll feel better than before...
       It´s a Sunday I´m not feeling so fine,
       It´s a Sunday I´m not feeling so fine,
       It´s a sunday I´m not feeling so fine...   Anymore

It´s the wine, it´s the wine - oh how I whine..
It´s because I didn't eat - or because I didn't drink
before I went to sleep
oh the wine, it´s the wine
hey listen to me whine about the wine I drank on Saturday night.

It's a dizzy Sunday morning...
I'm feeling shipwrecked on the shore,
and I don't ever want to wake up
lying in a puddle on the floor!
       It´s a Sunday I´m not feeling so fine,
       It´s a Sunday I´m not feeling so fine,
       It´s a Sunday I´m not feeling so fine...   Anymore... Anymore.
Track Name: One of those days
One of those days

It's one of those days when you go
to one of those places that you know,
and one of the people you avoid, is there to stay..

Don't let them know this is your place to go,
and don't let them know, here's where you've come to cry,
and don't let them know how much you want them to leave..
Don't let them know this is your private place
and don't let them know you thought that there'd be no one there
and don't let them know how much you want to be alone..

It's one of those places that you go,
your favourite tree to sleep right by,
and some other person, you don't know - is sleeping there..

Don't let them know this is your place to go,
and don't let them know, here's where you've come to cry,
and don't let them know how much you want them to leave..
Don't let them know this is your private place
and don't let them know you thought that there'd be no one there
and don't let them know how much you want to be alone..

To one of those places that you know,
one of the places you always go,
and one of the people that you know - is waiting there

Hello dear person that I know,
thank you for waiting while I go,
I'm glad that there´s no one else around
I'm here to stay...

You let her know this is your place to go,
and you let her know, here's where you've come to cry,
and you let her know how glad you are that she's there..
you let her know this is your private place
and you let her know you're glad that there's no one else
and you let her know how much you want her to stay..
with you.
Track Name: Broke the glass
Broke the glass

In a jersey, in a room, I am sitting on the bed,
on the floor inside a bottle, there's a message,
a message for me..
but you said don't break.. the glass.

In my sandals, on a sunday, I am sitting on the porch,
in a bottle in my hand, there is a message,
a message for me..
but you said don't break.. the glass.

          Don't play riddles with me boy.
          There's no use in testing,
          and I don't have a lesson to learn...

with some wire in my hand, I try to fish it out
but now I'm furious, it's glued
to stay inside..
but you said don't break.. the glass.
           
          Don't play riddles with me boy.
          There's no use in testing,
          and I don't have a lesson to learn...

Well I had, to get it out, just get it out,
and so I did.. c'os I was curious
-you needn't even know..
oooops, I dropped.. the glass.

          Don't play riddles with me boy.
          There's no use in testing,
          and I don't have a lesson to learn...

And now it's folded in my hand,
I open up, and look to see
-and I´m expecting something nice - or something sweet..

           It said "I know you - now I've showed you
           how I told you all the time..
           I know you better - than you think you know yourself.
           and I knew.. you´d break.. the glass."
Track Name: Naughts and crosses
Naughts and Crosses

Lady in Black VS Lady in White
playing naughts and crosses, with lipstick on the mirror.
Lady in Black says to Lady in White
"I'll be the exes, and you'll be the zeros"

Lady in White wears a sugar-sweet lipstick,
while Lady in Black wears a deep-devil-red..
Lady in White says to Lady in Black
"please, play fair.. with me."

"Keep your pawns by your side,
don't hide behind your king.
Try and stay standing - and fight for your side,
Keep your crown on your head,
be a balanced-little-girl"
says the lady in black, to the lady in white...

" I'm the present keeper of the man in grey we both want
for my honesty.. " says the Lady in White
" But I have a Black way the way that I am, I can lie, lie,
lie him back to me.."

"Keep your pawns by your side,
don't hide behind your king.
Try and stay standing - and fight for your side,
Keep your crown on your head,
be a balanced-little-girl"
says the lady in black, to the lady in white...

" Please be nice to me - I never did anything wrong to you
why do you want what is rightfully mine?
Please find your own  - and leave me alone, c'os one day...
one day he'll see through your lies...."

"Keep your pawns by your side,
don't hide behind your king.
Try and stay standing - and fight for your side,
Keep your crown on your head,
be a balanced-little-girl"
says the lady in black, to the lady in white...

And  one day...
one day they'll see through her lies....
Track Name: If I confessed
If I confessed


If I confessed, to the things I could have done
well, I'd be somewhere else.. today.
I might be locked up in a cell, thinking of the things I should have done
but didn't do.

       And things, went the way they did,
       and I'm glad it's so now.
       And things got the way they are
       supposed to anyhow,
       and I'm glad it's like it is
       so don't tell me that I'm wrong..
       all along.

If I explained, all the things I didn't do
but wanted to be doing... to you.
You might be looking at me now
thinking "oh my, what a pornographic girl"

       And things, went the way they did,
       and I'm glad it's so now.
       And things got the way they are
       supposed to anyhow,
       and I'm glad it's like it is
       so don't tell me that I'm wrong..
       all along.

If I'm confused, about the things I want to do,
well I just go to sleep.. and dream.
I don't do anything until
I know exactly what to do.. and then I do.

       C'os things, go the way they go
       and I'm glad it´s so now,
       and things got the way they are
       supposed to anyhow,
       and I'm glad it's like it is
       so don't tell me that I´m wrong..
       all along.

Tonight we'll go, and we'll look, into the sky,
and think about the things, that we've done..
and we´re glad it´s like it is,
and no one can convince us, that we're wrong

       C'os things, went the way they did,
       and we're glad it's so now.
       And things got the way they are
       supposed to anyhow,
       and we're glad it's like it is
       so don't tell us that we´re wrong..
       all along.
Track Name: Morning song
Morning song

When the morning is still grey
The birds aren't awake yet
And neither should I be.
The sky isn’t blue

I’m traveling across the world
In a grey car
It’s taking forever and I’m slowly
Missing you

Missing you..
And the morning is still grey
The birds aren’t awake yet
So I’m waiting for the sun.

I hold a yellow rose
That’s wrapped up in tinfoil
Given to me by a wise man
Who lives across the road

And I miss him too..
And the morning is still grey
The birds aren’t awake yet
So I’m waiting for the sun

We stop at a station
To pick up some petrol
The morning is slowly turning
Slowly turning blue

I have marks on my face
From leaning on the window
While watching the road and thinking
Kind of thinking of you.

Thinking of you..
And the morning is kind of blue
The birds are awake now
but I’m waiting for the sun..

The morning is grey again
I’m out of the car now.
So I give you a call and wait
To listen to your voice

I’m sure I'm going insane
Because I hear a new voice
Why is it a girl that answers
Then quickly she gives it to you.

She gives it to you
And the morning is grey again
The birds are awake now
But I guess I won’t see the sun today

I won’t see the sun – today.
Track Name: Suffer from you
Suffer from you

I want to get over you soon,
and I want to feel different when I look into your eyes.
And I'm tired of lying naked, alone with the moon
thinking- my, what a lonely night..

Love feels like daggers, stabbing my heart,
my life feels like it's gone the wrong way from the start.
But I´m hoping that one day - you'll come back to me
-and please me again.

though you treated me wrong,
you treated me wrong,
you kew I'd suffer, suffer from you..

I wish that you were as great as I thought,
and I wish my friends would tell me you're the one - I ought to be with
I wish you'd never, been so cruel,
and torn me apart..

though you treated me wrong,
you treated me wrong,
you kew I'd suffer, suffer from you..

I wish to the stars, I didn't miss you so much,
and I hope that one day I'll get over your touch,
my judgement is broken - because I want you back
but don't break my heart again.

though you treated me wrong,
you treated me wrong,
you kew I'd suffer, suffer from you...

I knew I'd be shattered, I knew I'd be blue,
I knew my heart would be broken - by you,
But I'm hoping that one day - you'll come back to me
-and please me again.

though you treated me wrong,
you treated me wrong,
you kew I'd suffer, suffer from you..
I suffer from you.
Track Name: Precious girl
Precious girl

She thinks what everybody's thinking,
She drinks what everybody's drinking,
She knows what everybody knows
And everybody knows her!

She feels what everybody´s feeling,
She deals what everybody´s dealing,
she shows what everybody shows
And everybody knows her!

       Precious girl,
       would they really know,
       if you died, you´d be alone
       and Precious girl
       They know themselves also..

She lies when everybody´s lying
She cries when everybody´s crying
She grows like everybody grows
And everybody knows her!

She moves when everybody´s moving
She grooves when everybody´s groovin
She´ll flow like everybody flows
And everybody knows her!

       Precious girl,
       would they really know,
       if you died, you´d be alone
       and Precious girl
       They know themselves also..

She screams, what everybody´s screaming
She dreams, what everybody´s dreaming
She'll go, where everybody goes
And everybody knows her!

       Precious girl,
       would they really know,
       if you died, you´d be alone
       and Precious girl
       They know themselves also!..
Track Name: Doctor doctor
Doctor Doctor

Doctor Doctor, why are my eyes so sore?
Doctor Doctor - sure I've been crying
-but surely that isn´t why.
Doctor Doctor.. help fix this pain in my eyes.

Doctor Doctor, I have a throbbing pain - in my lower back.
Doctor Doctor, can you see where she stabbed me
- right in the middle there...
and Doctor Doctor.. you're supposed to help me with the pain..

  Sure I've been crying,
  sure I've been feeling,
  a little bit lonely,
  a little bit cheated,
  but Doctor Doctor..
  you´re supposed to help me with the pain..

Doctor Doctor, why is my heart so sore?
Doctor Doctor, sure it's been broken
- but surely that can be fixed?!?
and Doctor Doctor... help heal this pain in my heart..

Doctor Doctor, Doctor Doctor,
Doctor Doctor, help me Doctor,
Doctor Doctor.... you´re supposed to help me with the pain..

Doctor Doctor, I've found the medicine for me..
so fuck me Doctor - make my life a better place to be..
Fuck me Doctor..
you´re supposed to help me with the pain.

Doctor Doctor, Doctor Doctor,
Doctor Doctor, Fuck me Doctor,
Doctor Doctor.. you´re supposed to help me with the pain.
Track Name: Suits me
Suits Me

If you're looking through my window,
you will see that I am sitting on my bed, and I´m waiting.
If you´re walking down my hallway,
you will hear that I am running a bath which I´m taking..

I've got everything that I need,
got soap in the shape of love-hearts and flowers,
gonna light a couple of candles,
gonna lay down, and take the world as it takes me..

it takes me..

If you´re walking past my wardrobe,
you will see that all my underwear is lying on the floor now.
and if you really listen to me,
you will hear that I am singing to myself - in the bathtub...

I've got everything that I need,
got soap in the shape of love-hearts and flowers,
then I'm gonna think about you
with my waterproof - rotating - vibrator

it suits me..

I've got scratches on my back - gonna be just a little bit louder next time...
a slap across my ass, it´s a little bit pinker today..
got bite-marks on my neck - never ever gonna forget you
for the rest of my life..  oh life, life
it suits me...

If you're looking through my window now,
you will see that I am lying on my bed, and I'm dreaming...
gonna dream about the angels,
and anything I want to dream about, as I´m breathing

I've got everything that I need,
got my pillow with a pattern of love-hearts and flowers,
and underneath the covers-
I've got my waterproof - rotating - vibrator..
it suits me..

I've got scratches on my back - gonna be just a little bit louder next time..
a slap across my ass, it´s a little bit pinker today...
got bite-marks on my neck - never ever gonna forget you
for the rest of my life..  oh life, life
it suits me...
Track Name: Forbidden fruit
Forbidden fruit

Forbidden fruit, whas what they called you.. from the day,
the day that you were born.
You were an illegal accident.. they tried to hide you,
and Apple was your name.

Golden hair, and blue eyes, you were oh-so pretty..
apple cheeks, you smelled like candy - Apple
You seemed so perfect, so equipped for life..
wished we could have kept you, kept you - in the cradle.

From the day that Apple learned to walk - she walked the wrong way,
with every-single-step, slowly leading her to an early grave.
The day that apple ran away, was the day her mothers eyes turned grey,
her special -little -girl, that everyone had told her she never should have had.

Golden hair, and blue eyes, you were oh-so pretty..
apple cheeks, you smelled like candy - Apple
You seemed so perfect, so equipped for life..
wished we could have kept you, kept you - in the cradle.

She was so perfect, so unsure. Attracted strangers..
we thought this was the way - so we sheltered her from evil.
But now I´m standing, by her grave. They found her lying in a ditch.
They don´t know how she died, but she had a lot of scars on her face.

Golden hair, and blue eyes, you were oh-so pretty..
apple cheeks, you smelled like candy - Apple
You seemed so perfect, so equipped for life...
wished we could have kept you, kept you - in the cradle.
Track Name: You don't
You don't

I see you in the mornings, when I wake up by your side.
I feel you in the evenings, when you´re oh-so nice for a little while
but I don't talk to you, and you don´t talk to me.
You´re harder than a rock, or a brick, or a concrete block will ever be.

       you either did - or you didn't
       you do - or you don't
       you would - or you wouldn't
       you will - or you won't

It's one of those evenings when we're told
that nobody cares - and nobody knows
wether you're hot or cold.
It's one of those evenings when we're sold
to anyone who cares to put a bid on your heart and soul..

And the tiger in me meows, at the lack of your attention
and the wolf inside me howls, at the naked moon.
And the crow inside me cries, c´os you have no intention
to be nice - because you couldn´t give a shit.

       you either did - or you didn't
       you do - or you don't
       you would - or you wouldn't
       you will - or you won't

I guess after this afternoon - or at the end of the day..
I'm gonna have to talk to you, I'm gonna have to say
you don't think of me - so I don't think of you
and waiting around, playing your game was not the right thing to do.

       you either did - or you didn't
       you do - or you don't
       you would - or you wouldn't
       you will - or you won't

It's one of those evenings when we're told
that nobody cares - and nobody knows
wether you're hot or cold.
It's one of those evenings when we're sold
to anyone who cares to put a bid on your heart and soul..

       you either did - or you didn't
       you do - or you don't
       you would - or you wouldn't
       you will - or you won't
Track Name: Should I stay or should I go
Should I stay or should I go.

I've cried so much that I don't think I could cry anymore
unless you tell me "please go away girl, go away girl"
then I'll walk away - and cry some more

I've cried so much and I've told everybody that I'm feeling down,
but I can't say why - because I made a promise, which I'll keep,
because I made that promise - just to you

and I can't keep the pain inside  much longer - I've got to let it go...
or my mind will soon explode.
and you've got to tell me - should I stay or should I go..
should I walk away from you?
yes you've got to tell me - should I stay or should I go..
should I walk away from you?

I've cried so much for the past - wee while
that I think that now my eyes must be dry,
and I don't think I could cry much more
even if I walked - right out the door from you

and I can't keep the pain inside  much longer - I've got to let it go...
or my mind will soon explode.
and you've got to tell me - should I stay or should I go..
should I walk away from you?
yes you've got to tell me - should I stay or should I go..
should I walk away from you?

I think that now, for the rest of my life
I will never cry - ever again
because I've used up all my tears on you
and I'm quite happy, I'm not blue...

and I can't keep the pain inside  much longer - and so I let it go...
but my mind did not explode.
and you've got to tell me - should I stay or should I go..
should I walk away from you?
yes you've got to tell me - should I stay or should I go..
should I walk away from you?
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 that´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: Beautiful face
Beautiful Face.

She was different - in every way.
The way her deep-blue eyes sparkled with grace.
We all saw, but didn't know what to say to her.
Look at her beautiful face.

He was a stranger, and he sure didn't know.
Saw her reflection in a bottle of beer.
Infatuation was beginning to grow..
he felt the need to be near her.

       Oh is she an angel girl?
       Or is she a quiet demon,
       and purity - cherishes her name.
       and we wonder, how we wonder..

She was a fairytale princess with wings.
Her smile amazing, like the half- crescent moon.
She made a puddle, of all beautiful things.
Oh and she left us, left us too soon..

       Oh is she an angel girl?
       Or is she a quiet demon,
       and purity - cherishes her name.
       and we wonder, how we wonder..

He must have known, she was somebody's daughter.
She wouldn't take the things he wanted to give.
He chopped her up and placed her into the water...
But what's the reason why he wouldn't let her live?...

And So we wonder, because nobody knew her..
They locked him up and threw away the key.
Was he the only one, who saw the true her?
She was the Angel we all wanted to be.

       yes, she was an angel girl
       Or was she a quiet demon?
       and purity - cherishes her name.
       and we wonder, how we wonder..?
Track Name: Snowman
Snowman

He feels, he knows, it's cold outside.
And he sees, he holds, the broomstick in his hand.

It's late, it's cold, and you shiver in your sleep.
And he wonders, what you're dreaming of..
With coal-chips for eyes, and a carrot his nose,
he smiles sweetly through the rocks.

He's the snowman, and no man wants you more.
you made him, you gave him life.
he's the snowman, and no man wants you more.

And placed on his head, is your grandfather's hat.
And around him, is the scarf you used to love.
And lining his chest, a collection of buttons.
You put a lot of love in your snowman.

He's the snowman, and no man wants you more.
you made him, you gave him life.
he's the snowman, and no man wants you more.

Each morning you dress just to kiss him on the cheek.
He'll be standing, waiting by your window..
He smiles but he knows that he has to go away.
The sun looks angry peeking through the clouds.

He's the snowman, and no man wants you more.
you made him, you gave him life.
he's the snowman, and no man wants you more.

He feels, he knows his time has come..
and she falls asleep, not knowing he'll be gone
when she wakes up.