Not your type

by Hera Hjartardottir

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    From the Herasings.com blog:
    Remember, remember the 5th of November...
    I've been waiting for this day for a long time...

    8 years ago I signed a contract for the release of my third album 'not your type' which was also my first officially released album in Iceland. Today, that contract expires :)
    I won't go into too many details, but what this means for me is that I can now release it myself :) It has been sitting like a caged bird on a shelf for so many years, there were no more copies of the physical album made after it sold out in Iceland, and it has only really been available from one online site. I've never seen any income from sales of this album, online or otherwise..

    now if you buy this album :) it goes directly towards the creation of my next album!!
    I've been asked about this one so many times its wonderful to finally be able to share it. I'm so proud of it, although my voice is young ;) there are some amazing musicians playing with me and incredibly talented people who made this album happen..
    It was after the release of this album that I won the Icelandic music award.

    The photos are also some of the last that were taken with my naked face ;)
    Seems so strange to see it now after all these years..

    On bandcamp which is where you get it from, you can listen to the whole thing for free! and name your own price/donation for downloading single songs or the whole album - everything goes towards the new album! (anyone who donates $100 or more gets a thank you credit on the next album :) ) (over $150 and I'll send you a thank you letter and package via snail-mail) *sadly no kickstarter options as I'm not US based so we are doing it here on the blog and via bandcamp!

    Hope you enjoy it, so glad I can share it
    The whole-album-download includes special extras ;) photos, video and more..
    ... more

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released January 1, 2002

Album credits:
Hera: vocals and guitar
Guðmundur Pétursson: Electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, hammond organ and keyboards.
Jakob Smári Magnússon: Bass guitars
Arnar Geir Ómarsson: Drums and Percussion
Eyþór Gunnarsson: Piano on ''suffer from you'' and keyboard on ''makebelieve''
Jóhann Hjörleifsson: Drums and percussion on Makebelieve
Brent Dowson: Piano on ''itchy palms''
Helen Webby: Harp on ''itchy palms''
Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir: cello on ''Naughts and Crosses'' and ''sleepyhead''

Cello arrangements by Guðmundur Pétursson

Produced by Guðmundur Pétursson except:
Itchy palms - produced by Hera, Makebelieve - produced by Eyþór Gunnarsson

Recorded by Ívar Bongó and Gunnar Smári Helgason at Grjótnáman and Sýrland studios 2002
Mixed by Gunnar Smári Helgason at Hljóðsmárinn

Makebelieve - recorded at Studio Sýrland 2001
recorded and mixed by Addi 800
Itchy Palms - recorded at Blast studios nz 2000
recorded and mixed by Andy Fox-Hulme

Mastered by Gunnar Smári Helgason at Hljóðsmárinn

All songs written and performed by Hera.

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Track Name: Not your type
No, I'm not a nice girl
no I'm not, as great as you believe.
I haven't been waiting for mr right.
I'm not that easy to deceive.

No my eyes don't sparkle like diamonds,
no my lips aren't as red as a rose.
No my skin is not as smooth as silk but,
you never compliment my nose.

Guess I guess I'm
yes I guess I am
yes I guess I'm
kinda pro, kinda pro, kind of programmed for an asshole!

Don't treat me like a princess;
I'd rather be a wicked witch.
Be careful when you call me cutie pie,
I might turn out to be a bitch!

You're living an illusion.
You say I'm perfect and I'm not!
I will never stop denying you politely,
I don't want the roses that you bought.

Because I guess I'm
yes I guess I am
yes I guess I'm
kinda pro, kinda pro, kind of programmed for an asshole!

How do I get away from your heart...
you're too much of a nice guy to hurt.
My life feels like a fairytale nightmare,
it's like you're Ernie and I'm Bert!

Go find yourself a new girl,
someone who appreciates your love,
c'os I guess I'm kind of programmed for an asshole.
I won't be your turtledove!

C'os I guess I'm
yes I guess I am
yes I guess I'm
kinda pro, kinda pro, kind of programmed for an asshole!
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: Chameleon girl
Chameleon Girl

I wanna be your chameleon girl
I wanna see, the unseeable things,
and I wanna be, invisible sometimes
and I wanna be calm when you´re angry.

When you´re feeling blue, I wanna be yellow,
when you´re seeing stars, I wanna see the same
When you want a kiss, I´ll gladly give it to you
and I wanna be food when you´re hungry...

Chameleon girl, chameleon girl,
I wanna be the chameleon girl.
I wanna change for you
and I wanna change for me,
but mostly for me, c´os I want you...

If you need a hand, I wanna be handy,
if you want a hug, I wanna be close.
If you only need, just someone to be there,
I wanna be the one who is there...

Chameleon girl, chameleon girl,
I wanna be the chameleon girl.
I wanna change for you
and I wanna change for me,
but mostly for me, c´os I want you...

If you feel so nice, and sweet and romantic,
I wanna be the girl, accepting your love.
I you want a girl with black hair and blue lipstick
I can change for you.
Yes I can change for you...

Chameleon girl, chameleon girl,
I wanna be the chameleon girl.
I wanna change for you
and I wanna change for me,
but mostly for me, c´os I want you...

But I think that if, I just didn't like you,
then things would be different, and I would be me.
I don´t mind the change if I get to be with you,
I can change for you.
Yes I can change for you...


Chameleon girl, chameleon girl,
I wanna be the chamelion girl.
I wanna change for you
and I wanna change for me,
but mostly for me, c´os I want you...

Chameleon girl...
Track Name: 4bidden 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: 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: 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: 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: John
John

John, you were everything, to a lot of us...
The way you just said Hello, in the morning to me,
brightened my day... brightened my day...

Maybe heaven just wanted you home...
Maybe god, accidentally sent us an angel on earth...

John, I wish you knew, how much we love you...
how much we care... our gentle giant,
big John.

Maybe heaven just wanted you home...
Maybe god, accidentally sent us an angel on earth...

John, there wasn't a bad bone in your body...
big John, our gentle giant...
John heart.

Maybe heaven just wanted you home...
Maybe god, accidentally sent us an angel on earth...

John, you were everything, to a lot of us...
The way you just said Hello, in the morning to me,
brightened my day... brightened my day...
Track Name: Makebelieve
Makebelieve

Make believe girl, with the red red rose in her hair
You see her walk past, does she know you are there,
Tell her you've seen her, you dream about her·

Ribbons and string tied to snowflakes, and things that aren't there
She's all in her world and she just doesn't care
How many people are looking at her.


You took her hand
You led her to somewhere new,
You told her that fish can't fly,
You told her her dreams weren't true.
And why... she cried.
And why... she called.
And if it's going to be like that
I'll never grow up at all.


Beautiful woman with roses and stars in her hair,
Wearing a smile as she floats through the air,
How many people are staring at her...

Tell me now woman, with roses and stars in your hair
Why do you glow as you glide through the air,
talk to the wind and then say you don't care..?


When I was young
I met a man so blue,
He told me that fish can't fly,
He told me my dreams weren't true.
And why... I cried.
And why... I called.
And if it´s going to be like that
I´ll never grow up at all·

She´ll never grow up at all,
I´ll never grow up· at all.
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 knew 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 knew 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 knew 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 knew 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: I wanna run
I Wanna Run

I don´t miss you, there´s too much to do now
I´m glad to be far away from where I was,
though I love you, I´ve got too much to prove
and I´m glad to be free from your chains and your grasp.

And I... wanna run
and I... wanna be free
and I... want to see the sun
in the morning shining back at me...

I am sorry for the puns and the cliche´s
but I´ve got to be really straight with you now.
I don´t want you waiting for me
so I tell you to stand for yourself and be proud

C´os I... wanna run
and I... wanna be free
and I... want to see the sun
in the morning shining back at me...

And I thank you for being good to me
and treating me right, giving all of your love,
but I hope you can understand me
and know that I´m not the one you´re dreaming of

C'os I... wanna run
and I... wanna be free
and I... want to see the sun
in the morning shining back at me...

And I... wanna run
and I... wanna be free
and I... want to see the sun
in the morning shining back at me...