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Joe Holt Kitty teaches music at Bennington College, and her dad's the famous pediatrician who's advice helped me survive my triplets. Kitty's a terrific songwriter who's been active in so many scenes over the years. I like her psychedelica from the 70s, choral works from the oughts, and her big hair new wave from 80s CBGB NYC. We suspect her songs inspired Madonna. Favorite track: Heaven Only Knows.
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down to the bottom and still goin down "there's got to be an exit" she says, "i think i'll look around." "next stop! next stop!" sings the conductor of the train, as she looks inside her pocket mirror i'll never see you again bye bye bye bye bye mon cheri they were always fighting and the neighbors always heard them something in her eyesight she says her vision wasn't perfect "how can you say such a thing and pass it off so lightly when you left the window open wide and closed the blinds so tightly?" i'll never see you again bye bye bye bye bye mon cheri "mon cheri" means my darling "bye bye" means i'm goin away forever bye bye bye bye bye mon cheri _________________________________________
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heaven only knows why i love you so a pig in a poke that's what i thought until i found i could not let you go (i could never let you go) what would my friends think? how could i sink to this losing myself on a guy? how could i get so x-cited? so positively x-rated? how could i get so x-cited over heaven only knows heaven only knows why i love you so why? why do i love you? heaven only knows why i love you so _________________________________________
3.
Valentine 03:56
ring ring on the telephone you don't answer cuz you're not at home i drove by and the lights were on so i ring ring on the telephone could it be that you're not alone or are you out with another girl you fell in love with just last night after we had that fight oh valentine why do we have to spend the night apart? valentine without you i am only half a heart valentine last night at the restaurant we had a fight over i don't know what and i walked out just to get you mad didn't look back and now i wish i had can't you forgive me and answer the phone or are you out with another girl you fell in love with just last night after we had that fight oh valentine why do we have to spend the night apart? valentine without you i am only half a heart i'm violently yours, valentine valentine pick up your lonely telephone and valentine don't make me spend my love alone without you valentine why do we have to spend the night apart? valentine without you i am only half a heart valentine i want to hit you kiss you valentine i must be violently in love with you i'm violently yours, valentine oh valentine won't you be mine? _________________________________________
4.
He's The Boy 03:36
there goes the boy i love there goes the boy i been dreamin of he's the one with the long hair he's the one who takes me there (there he goes) he gets his way with all the other girls he gets his trip paid around the world he's got a walk that kills the floor i start to want him more and more there he goes and i wonder if he knows he's the boy that i adore (he's the boy) he's the boy i'm waiting for (he's the boy) there goes the boy i love every night i tell my pillow how much i need to let him know every day i hug the shadow watch him come i watch him go there he goes and i wonder if he knows he's the boy that i adore (he's the boy) he's the boy i'm waiting for (he's the boy) there goes the boy i love hey girls, there goes the boy i love (he's the boy) there goes the boy i been dreamin of (he's the boy) _________________________________________
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(let's take a walk yeh) i hear you whisper in my ear my heart starts racin when you stand so near you squeeze my fingers oh! so tight you got me wishin that tonight's the night! don't want my mama to see what you been doin to me you got me twistin in the dark slippin and i've gone too far ooh ah ooh girl in danger ooh ah ooh girl in danger ooh ooh i'm in ah danger ah! you walk me outside to my car you say good night and then i'm in your arms you press against me and my pumpin heart i have to go now but i just can't find the keys to me car! don't want my mama to see what you been doin to me you got me twistin in the dark slippin and i've gone too far ooh ah ooh girl in danger (girl in ah danger) ooh ah ooh girl in danger ooh ooh i'm in ah danger ah ah (better watch out) ooh ah ooh ah OOH! ooh ah ooh girl in danger (girl in danger!) ooh ah ooh girl in danger ooh kiss me ooh ah ooh sweet surrender (sweet surrender!) ooh ah ooh please be tender (please! please be tender!) (painful pleasure...) oh no oh yes oh no watch out! girl in danger who will save her? girl in danger who will save her? _________________________________________
6.
oo-ee-i 03:50
never had a lover didn't even want one cuz boyfriends are like high heels they make you walk you can't run but when you touch me baby oo-ee-i and when you kiss me baby i get high i never thought it could be so-ee-i now when they talk of love i'll know why couples in the park lovers parking in dark cars always used to see them never knew that they were seein stars cuz when you touch me baby oo-ee-i and when you kiss me baby i get high i never thought it could be so-ee-i now when they talk of love i'll know why i'll know why now i understand how we all get through it you pay for love with livin but love's the way to do it cuz when you touch me baby oo-ee-i and when you kiss me baby got so high i never thought it could be so-ee-i now when they talk of love i'll know why _________________________________________
7.
found out something from your friends i read the note you couldn't send me but i can read the signs of love and your body tells me what you're thinkin of i been waiting to catch your eye cuz you're too good-lookin to act so shy now i know you got a crush on me oo babe K I S S I N G i know that you imagine me K I S S I N G i know you got a crush on me wonder how long you felt this way cuz i felt it too but i couldn't say it one of us better make the move cuz the summer'll be over soon K I S S I N G i know about your fantasy K I S S I N G i know you got a crush on me don't be shy don't deny it check that look you got a crush on me K I S S I N G imagine me K I S S I N G KI, SS, ING, your fantasy K I T T Y N G i see the way you look at me K I S S I N G you and me, sitting in a tree K I S S I N G first comes sex, then comes pleasure K I S S I N G then comes Kitty in a baby blue sports car K I S S I N G _________________________________________
8.
Do Ya 03:48
(adeste fideles, laeti triumphantes) someone said look before you leap but i fell right at your feet someone said think before you speak but i had to tell you i had to tell you had to tell you how i feel someone said look before you leap but i fell i fell right at your feet think i couldn't think i had to shout it out i made it public everyone knows how i feel do ya? do ya? do ya like me? do ya like me? do ya? do ya? do ya feel good? feel good beside me? should i be sorry? was i too quick? in such a hurry i think i jumped a bit now tell me i need to know if you want me if you want me you gotta you gotta let me know do ya? do ya? do ya like me? do ya like me? do ya? do ya? do ya feel good? feel good beside me? _________________________________________
9.
all i wanna do is dance until I'm dizzy beat my feet and twist my vision sex and violence sex and violence will do too much minor harmony too much teenage self-pity never wrote the song i could listen to for long but sex and violence good ol' sex and violence will do if i can't have you sex and violence will do maybe you think it's pretty for women to come and go talk about their losses and Michelangelo cuz babies and men i've lost but no one wants to hear the tenderness of tragedy trickle in their ear if i can't have you sex and violence will do if i can't have you sex and violence will do (wanna go sit down on some dumb guy's lap oo creme all over his coat and hat scratch his neck and kiss his eye never see that guy again) _________________________________________
10.
how long? how long can a girl exist without it? how long? how long can she listen to her friends talkin' about it? when she is without it? every night she goes down to the taproom she gets all dressed up, she puts those braids in her hair and then every night she just sits on a barstool cuz there's no one there who dances like you do laughs the way you do makes love like you do no no no no no no no no no you no no no no no no no no no you want some boy to touch me the way you used to but there's no no no no no no no no no you every night she rides home in a taxi and she pays the fare and gets out her keys she unlocks the door to her single apartment once she's safe inside she gets down on her knees no no no no no no no no no you no no no no no no no no no you want some boy to hold me the way you used to but there's no no no no no no no no no you every playground is a desert every love song is a lesson like a toy rusted in the rain nowhere is the boy who can make me new again no no no no no no no no no you no no no no no no no no no you want some boy to want me the way you used to but there's no no no no no no no no no you want some boy to love me the way you used to but there's no no no no no no no no no you _________________________________________

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An album of songs by Kitty Brazelton and Joey Scarperia recorded in New York City, 1985.

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released September 14, 2013

all rights reserved © 1985, Catherine B. Brazelton and Joey Scarperia.
Published by Snicim Vinahel, ASCAP and Woolie Parade Music, BMI

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