Tells You To Fight (2019 Re​-​Release)

by Renee-Louise Carafice

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"Carafice takes you in deep, not because she wants you to wallow in her pain, but because she has to show you where she has been in order to point the way through. The astonishing thing is that, for all its harrowing passages, the album ultimately offers comfort and solace. But it is her melodies as much as her lyrics that can send a shiver. Sung in a voice alternately girlish and ancient, they start out like old folk tunes yet invariably make unexpected twists and turns." --NZ Listener


released February 27, 2019

All songs written and composed by RL Carafice.
Produced by Ben King.
Engineered by Nick Abbott.
Renee-Louise Carafice: Dobro, guitar, piano, melotron, vocals
Angel Ledezma: drums
Matt Lux: Bass guitar, upright bass
Copyright Bird Army Records.


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Renee-Louise Carafice Las Vegas, Nevada

Experimental pop songstress Renee-Louise Carafice kicks out songs like her life depends on it... and at some points in history her life literally has depended on it.
Radio New Zealand states that she is "terrific in both senses of the word: excellent, and a bit terrifying as well".
Renee-Louise lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she raises birds and writes music in her bedroom.
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Track Name: The Girl / Saint / Sufferer
While love should lift and break chains
She's spinning in her sorrow gowns
She's bending on shattered knees to keep her violence down
She's gaining the world and she's losing it all to the burden she bares
And playing the lady while you go off drowning in your fears...
I'm trying to sing of the girl / saint / sufferer.
Track Name: Asylum Escape Song
The nurse will slip up and I'll be gone
Into the starry oblivion.
Track Name: (I'm Your) Bodhisattva
I know that you know
That I've had my share of medical jargon and sorrow
So don't go feeling lonely there...
I'm your bodhisattva.
Track Name: To Run (For Emily Dickenson)
Turning about
And inside and outside itself
Twitters and clicks the pieces of beauty and life...
Pushing their mechanical limbs to crack the shell
Picking their tiny nails to break the frame
Knowing that life will be a treat again
Seeing that truth will taste so sweet again
Crying that I should have my feet again
To run.
Track Name: House On Fire
Hello savior
Swear like a sailor
Smoke like a chimney
Say it like you mean it
Swear like a sailor
Smoke like a chimney...
House on fire
We were like a house on fire.
Track Name: I'm Laying Low
This is not a song where I get free
Or the boys come and dynamite me to liberty
So I'm laying low
Wishing my brothers around me.
Track Name: Lorazepam
It's a woe so sweet
It's a sad, soft sleep
With the hint of a smile on your face
And warm wet cheeks
There's nothing as horribly beautiful
As sedated sleep.
Track Name: Sweet, The Leaves Of Jamestown
I can sing America!
I can sing America!
With the words of the beaten I sing America!
Track Name: Song For A Cruel German Psychiatrist Woman
The god in these people is stronger than it is in you
Where is the god in you, Hitler Woman
There is a god in him, it's apparent
He's saying prayers to himself and you and I hear them.
Track Name: Hooded Song
They say don't fall astray from what you know
But I can't recall what it was I know
This one will make me someone else I feel.
Track Name: A Lady Of The Sea
And I realized
If I were to be a lady of the sea
I could never be wed
There are more important battles to be fought
Than the battles in my head.