Seems So Civilized

by Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers

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“If Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies and Merle Haggard had a baby, she would have grown up to be Carrie Clark….Clark and company have crafted songs that explore and even celebrate humanity—all the while hinting at the darkness that lurks just beneath the surface of the civilized.” Mare Wakefield, Performing Songwriter

“Seems So Civilized, the new album by Clark and her band, the Lonesome Lovers, bears the stamp of her active mind and homegrown aesthetic. Drawing on classic country, blues, jazz, and cabaret, she proves as refreshing yet tricky to pin down as Nellie McKay.” Kurt B. Reighley, The Stranger

"The band Carrie Clark And The Lonesome Lovers has an album titled Seems So Civilized and its vocalist, keyboardist, and guitarist Clark and her players run the gamut of chanteuse pop from stately almost-gospel like "I Saw You (Hovering)" to ribald sexy romps such as "Just For Tonight." These would be great songs to hear on a jukebox in a David Lynch film just before an FBI agent comes in to investigate the murder of a torch singer." Chris Estey - three imaginary girls astropop

"Carrie Clark has created, with her superb band and friends, a collection that portrays what she is up to, what she is capable of, and why she is one of the most creative artists working today in the Northwest. Truly, this completely fulfills the promise found in her first and second CDs. It is impossible to categorize, though she seems inclined to stress its country roots. To my ears, it goes well beyond any classification, ascending to a rich and varied sound all its own." Bill Fisher - Victory Review

“Throughout her ten years in the Seattle music scene, Carrie Clark has simply been known as, well, Carrie Clark. Even with her band in tow, she was always, simply Carrie Clark. If you think about it, it sounds lonesome. So Clark has decided to share the lonesomeness with band mates Dayna Smith on bass and Greg Fulton on guitar, by dubbing them The Lonesome Lovers. Hopefully, everyone will be happier now.” John Ginn - Eugene Weekly

Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers, joined forces with Toronto Producer, Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Kinnie Starr, The Sadies, The New Pornographers) for her third independent release, “Seems So Civilized.” A musical juxtaposition of strength and fragility winding through an Americana set combining country, blues and cabaret music, “Seems So Civilized” is a true reflection in the growth Carrie has made as a songwriter and musician since her first CD, “Release the Butterfly.”

Carrie has been a fixture in Seattle's music scene for the last ten years. Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers perform regularly along the west coast and tour nationally. Their live shows have been described as captivating and engaging by fans and media alike. Carrie’s winsome voice travels from power to tenderness in one breath while charming audiences with songs about one night stands, love lust divas and dark lullabies. They have performed in venues such as Seattle’s Showbox, and Tractor Tavern as well as stages in San Francisco, Austin, Albuquerque, Nashville, LA and Phoenix sharing the stage with bands such as Jared Clifton (Radio Nationals), David Garza, Halou, Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”) Two Loons for Tea and Laura Veirs.

Oregon grown and brought up on Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Crystal Gayle records, Carrie is self taught on piano and guitar. Her self taught nature towards songwriting complemented by Fulton and Smith’s scholastic musical backgrounds has created a musical experience weaving dark melody lines and driving country rhythms. “I am a generally happy person, but songwriting seems to bring out the dark side of my emotions. You have to have both, so in order to stay happy, the darker side of me is given to the songs I write.” “Seems So Civilized,” is receiving national and international radio play including stations feature interviews on NPR radio programs and highlights in local and national media publications.

Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers are currently performing locally in Oregon and Washington with regular tours across the US and in Europe. Please visit www.carrieclark.com for tour information and new releases.

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released December 2, 2011

Produced, recorded and mixed by Darryl Neudorf at his home studio, Richmond Hill, Canada
Except tracks for “Just for Tonight” and bass, drums and percussion tracks for “I Saw You (Hovering)” recorded by Vincent Gates at Common Tone Studio, Seattle, Washington
Mastered by Peter J. Moore at The E ROOM, Toronto, Canada

Carrie Clark is lead vocals, keyboards and acoustic guitar

The Lonesome Lovers…
Dayna Smith is bass, backing vocals and vibra goiiing™
Greg Fulton is electric guitar, lap steel, acoustic guitar, four string guitar, banjo, chimes, mandolin and backing vocals

Guest Lonesome Lovers…
Darryl Neudorf is backing vocals on track 3 and the king of campfire stoke-age
Tracy Pillsworth is backing vocals on track 3 and our super star tour guide
Michelle Josef is drums and percussion on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Steve Klodt is accordion on tracks 3, 5, 8 and 11
Larry Bichler is drums and percussion on tracks 4 and 7

All songs written and published by Carrie Clark © 2006 (BMI)
Except “Adeline” Lyrics © Carrie Clark / Music © Carrie Clark, Greg Fulton and Dayna Smith
“Saturday Sun” © Nick Drake, Warlock Music, Inc. (BMI)
Lyrics available at www.carrieclark.com
Toy piano sound on Sweet Betty Blue from the eXtensible toy piano project

Graphic design and layout by David Bessenhoffer
Cover Photo by Ed Geiger, band photo by Bradley Enghaus, piano photo by Carrie Clark

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Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers Seattle, Washington

Carrie Clark is watching you. Oh, maybe not literally, but one constant running throughout Between the Bed Sheets & Turpentine is her keen eye for the telling detail and quirks of human nature. These thirteen originals span a gamut of styles, from classic country and surging rock to mischievous music hall numbers and jazz, but all of them showcase her astute powers of observation. ... more

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Track Name: Long Black Coat
Long Black Coat
Music & Lyrics © 2004 carrie clark

He wears a long black coat when it rains to keep him dry
He wears a long black coat when it rains to hide from the sky
She wears a red velvet scarf when the snow falls in May
She wears a red velvet scarf to give her comfort from the day

He wears a ten gallon hat to fill with his ten million tears
He still cries when he thinks of her even though its been so many years

He carries a cross to his chest even when he doesn’t believe
He carries a cross to his chest to take away his grief
She wears a long yellow ribbon tied tightly in her hair
She wears a long yellow ribbon so her soldier knows she cares

He wears a ten gallon hat to fill with his ten million tears
He still cries when he thinks of her even though it’s been so many years
He wears a long black coat when it rains to keep him dry
Track Name: Adeline
Adeline
Lyrics © 2005 carrie clark
Music © 2005 carrie clark, greg fulton, dayna smith

Adeline was a wistful child haunted by dreams of an unknown harm would seek comfort from her father before the dew. Her father charmed would take her in his arms stroke her braids and tip back his head and say, Adeline, there’s no one else like you

As she grew the dreams would too and until one day she had thought it through she would drive until the dreams lay in her wake. But anywhere she lay her head the dreams would come and they’d raise the dead. So she drives faster than the dreams can feed her pain

Sun screams across the sky with the moon on its tail.
She drives another hundred miles without the time to unleash her sails
The highway miles they float on by much faster than she can gather ties to the ones she’s met then left so far behind.

Cat tails turn into suburban trails truck stop malls and urban sprawls that blur the lines between county and state divides. Forgotten dreams split at the seams of those who try but cannot see, just lose sight of who they are and what to be

A Whiskey neat and a smoke so sweet her wings would fly if she could lift her feet, So she drives as far as her head will lay her way. She’ll, light another cigarette, burn it through before she casts her net along the twisted road that drives her from her dreams

Sun screams across the sky with the moon on its tail.
She drives another hundred miles without the time to unleash her sails
Long dirt roads lead her from, take her farther down will they bring her around or will Adeline just roam

Sun screams across the sky with the moon on its tail.
She drives another hundred miles without the time to unleash her sails
So she drives another 1000 miles leaving the dead souls as they cry, Adeline, there’s no one else like you, Adeline, there’s no one else like you, Adeline, there’s no one else like you…
Track Name: Josephine
Josephine
Music and Lyrics © 2005 carrie clark

Her name is Josephine. She writes poetry, when the moon is full, and she can use it’s pull. Her name is Josephine. A Cheshire grin with ruby lips she’ll melt you with her charm, but then will only bring you harm. Her name is Josephine. Jet black hair and cold blue eyes that drill into your soul and bleed you till you’re dry

So bolt the doors shut off the lights, cause she’ll call unto the night. With her wildest charms she’ll find your arms and leave you high and dry. So bolt the doors shut off the lights, cause she’ll call unto the night. With temptation she’ll be knocking at your door

A drop in the bucket is all you are to her. Fantasies and dreams only enrapture her. At the time, you hear her siren’s call she’ll summon your desires and then she won’t return your calls. Like a spider she’ll wrap you in her web, then she’ll suck you dry and leave your heart for dead

So bolt the doors shut off the lights, cause she’ll call unto the night. With her wildest charms she’ll find your arms and leave you high and dry. So bolt the doors shut off the lights, cause she’ll call unto the night. With temptation she’ll be knocking at your door

She’s ENCHANTING, daring, CHARMING, disarming. She’s PRECARIOUS, vivacious, RECKLESS and so devious. She’s WONDERFUL, magical, DECEITFUL make you maniacal. She’ll drive you till you’ve almost lost your mind.

Her name is Josephine. She writes poetry, when the moon is full, and she can use it’s pull. Her name is Josephine. A Cheshire grin with ruby lips she’ll melt you with her charm, but then will only bring you harm. Her name is Josephine. Jet black hair and cold blue eyes that drill into your soul and bleed you till you’re dry

So bolt the doors shut off the lights, cause she’ll call unto the night. With her wildest charms she’ll find your arms and leave you high and dry. So bolt the doors shut off the lights, cause she’ll call unto the night. She’ll drive you til you’ve almost lost your mind.
Track Name: I Saw You (Hovering)
I saw you
© carrie clark 2003

I saw you crying, love had left you once again
I saw you weeping, following that worn road again
I saw you trying to pick up the wings that once flew
I saw the quiet break inside of you

I saw you laughing as tears roll down your face
I saw you bending to fall so far from grace
I saw the kindness you wished he gave
I saw you hovering above your grave

Hovering, you reach to the sky. Quivering, you cry out why
Shivering, you’ve been this way before. Love, love it’s not yours

I saw you forgiving like an old faithful friend
I saw you beginning to fall down again
I saw that promise will you follow through
I saw you hovering love should find you

Hovering, you reach to the sky. Quivering, you cry out why
Shivering, you’ve been this way before. Love, love it’s not yours

I saw you crying, love had left you once again
I saw you weeping, following that worn road again
I saw you trying to pick up the wings that once flew
I saw the quiet break inside of you

Hovering, you reach to the sky. Quivering, you cry out why
Shivering, you’ve been this way before. Love, oh love, oh love it’s not yours

I saw you crying, love had left you once again
I saw you weeping, following that worn road again
I saw you trying to pick up the wings that once flew
I saw the quiet break inside of you

Hovering, you reach to the sky. Quivering, you cry out why
Shivering, you’ve been this way before. Love, oh love, oh love it’s not yours
Track Name: Have You Heard Them Talking
Have you heard them talking
© 2004 Carrie Clark

Have you heard them talking
I hear life’s fine but
John’s not walking through the mines anymore
Though they say he’s just fine

Like sand drifts
The sun lifts
Backs breaking the fields
As the sun drops a young boy reveals

Other names replace faces and traces of those before
Closed doors and broken windows a life from the shadows before
You are nothing lost to make something a search until they call
You are nothing lost to make something a search until the aspen falls

Have you heard them talking
Naive and lost, or so it seems
No longer part of this time
No longer part of this day dream

Other names replace faces and traces of those before
Closed doors and broken windows a life from the shadows before
You are nothing lost to make something a search until they call
You are nothing lost to make something a search until the aspen falls

Have you heard them talking
Track Name: Just for Tonight
Just for Tonight
Music & Lyrics © 2003 Carrie Clark

Take off your shirt close the door, turn on the lights, well I am yours
Yes I am yours, yes I’ll be yours, just for tonight.
A little ice to cool my drink, pour me some wine so I can’t think
That I’ll be yours, yes I am yours, just for tonight.

I’m looking for a boy to bring this girl a little joy and woo me into the morning dew. I’m looking for a boy to be my little toy and play my games the whole night through. I don’t want no complications, no philosophical conversations. And I’ll be yours, yes I am yours, just for tonight


Take off your shirt close the door, turn on the lights, well I am yours
Yes I am yours, yes I’ll be yours, just for tonight.
Spend the night whispering to me enacting out all our fantasies
Cause I am yours, yes I am yours, just for tonight

I’m looking for a boy to bring this girl a little joy and woo me into the morning dew. I’m looking for a boy to be my little toy and play my games the whole night through. And when the morning comes, the night will have faded with the charms. That I am yours, yes I am yours, just for tonight

Because it can be so lonely
Allowing the demons to run wild
Temptation fulfilled is the only
Way to forget what’s inside

So take off your shirt and close the door, turn on the lights, well I am yours, yes I am yours, yes I’ll be yours, just for tonight.

I’m looking for a boy to bring this girl a little joy and woo me into the morning dew. I’m looking for a boy to be my little toy and play my games the whole night through. And when the morning comes, the night will have faded with the charms, that I am yours, yes I am yours, just for tonight
Track Name: Lullaby
Lullaby
Music & Lyrics © 2003 carrie clark

Sweet night, red wine
chocolate cream pie and you.
Cherry sunshine, with you I lie
Safe in your arms.

Sweet night shines moonlight
stars guiding your dreams
Sail on my knight, into the starlight
rolling oceans of blue.

Ode to, ode to, ode to the one I love

Sweet sunrise wake up sleepy eyes,
feel the soft light on the dew.
Sweet sunshine, wake up sleepy eyes
my love for you

Ode to, ode to, ode to the one I love
Track Name: Another Day
Another Day
Lyrics & Music © 2003 carrie clark

Wind blows dark the sky turns to grey
Light a spark as another drifts away
Kindred hearts find nothing in the ash
Restless souls, the night fades to black

Another day finds time to slip away
Another year slipped and gone away
No one here to take his sadness from his heart
But the lone night and the ash succumbs, the dark

Wind blows dark the sky turns to blue
Palette shifts to a darker hue
No one speaks a chill takes the air
Quiet souls breathe in despair

Another day finds time to slip away
Another year slipped and gone away
No one here to take his sadness from his heart
But the lone night and the ash succumbs, the dark

Eyes burn quiet tears are not alone
Silence rings down to his bones
Distance brings lovers to their knees
Shadows pass quiet through the trees

Wind blows dark the sky turns to grey
Light a spark as another drifts away
Kindred hearts find nothing in the ash
Restless souls, the night fades to black

Another day finds time to slip away
Another year slipped and gone away
No one here to take his sadness from his heart
But the lone night and the ash succumbs, the dark
Track Name: Let it Rain
Let it Rain
Music & Lyrics © 1995 carrie clark

Sadness creeps in frustrations, I give in.
So many thoughts, I can’t let out
So many tears, for so many years

So let it rain, let it rain

Fire inside, with passions that burn.
To let it all out, when will I ever learn?
I want to scream, but all I do is smile.
And smother the flame

So let it rain, let it rain, so let it rain, let it rain

Hey mister, is that sunshine in your hand,
Can life be so bright & balloons so red
He said that rain clears away the sorrow making way for tomorrow

So let it rain, let it rain, so let it rain, let it rain
Track Name: Home is
Home Is…
Lyrics & Music © 2004 carrie clark

Armadillo artifacts, ranch tracks, cowboy hats
King size roof racks, out of state tire tracks
Mississippi neon green and LA technicolor magazine dream queen
Palm trees, skinned knees, whiskey and seven if you please

Here there and back again. It’s easy to forget what state you’re in
County lines blend with picket signs and welfare lines
Home is, home is, home is

Mystified new age times, California red wines
Jagged lines they hypnotize, empty signs, cocaine lines
Metal bands, Australian fans, time change, Calgary’s rain,
Stars shine, americanos to a climb 7000 feet to the top of the

Long highway becomes a lonely night sky
Dotted lines keep whizzing by, sage to fir
And fir to sand, home is, home is

Seems so civilized, you and me
A place where you can lock them up throw away the key
A land of lost votes, broken hopes
A war no one asked for so who can be, so that she can be, so that he can be or who can be free

Hard rock, mega blocks, chrome botts, halter tops
Sunset strip, rocket ship, Harry’s gonna give another trip
Dark eyes, bar room flies, cheese and green chili home fries
No lies, let’s legalize, it’s all commercialized through the continental divide

Here there and back again. It’s easy to forget what state you’re in
County lines blend with picket signs and welfare lines
Home is, home is, home is
Track Name: Sweet Betty Blue
Sweet Betty Blue
Music & Lyrics © 2002 carrie clark

Her mother wore pearls, took a hold of her world
At 18 packed her bags to go.
Off to the states, why bother to wait
She was off to gain fortune and fame.

A nurse in the war, she traveled so far
Where was the future she had dreamed?
A soldier soon called and despite of it all
Born to this world Betty Blue

Sweet Betty Blue, Sweet Betty Blue
Only a child were you
Sweet Betty Blue Sweet Betty Blue
The world will not change just for you

Growing up on a fast track, her mother she never looked back
She was just a girl in her own mind.
Her family she called and despite of it all
She took off and left Betty Blue

She tested her fate as she moved through the states
Finding ways to escape responsibility and pain
Of losing to war her soldier before
She brought into this world Betty Blue

Sweet Betty Blue, Sweet Betty Blue
Only a child were you
Sweet Betty Blue Sweet Betty Blue
The world will not change just for you

She followed her path, but she finally turned back
Never found her fortune or her fame
She took off her pearls, turned her back to the world
And said Betty I’m coming home for you

Sweet Betty Blue, Sweet Betty Blue
Only a child were you
Sweet Betty Blue Sweet Betty Blue
The world will not change just for you