Ordinary Days

by Julie Lamb

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1.
Woke up this morning With alarm bells in my head Rolled all the way over To the right side of the bed Just need a rest Cos not feeling the best And I'm feeling so tired But I’m gonna get fired Procrastination hits me like a Stonehenge rock Piles of lists of piles of work Have got me locked Just need a rest Cos not feeling the best And I'm feeling so tired But I’m gonna get fired All you “awesome powers” In your corporate towers How do you ask for more? Us “ordinary” people Worship at your steeple But we're bleeding numbers onto the floor My money situation It's never grand Man, just lately It's been getting out of hand Just need a rest Cos not feeling the best And I'm feeling so tired But I’m gonna get fired All you “awesome powers” In your corporate towers How can you ask for more? Us “ordinary” people Shelter in your steeple But we're bleeding numbers onto your floor All you “awesome powers” In your corporate towers How do you ask for more? Us “ordinary” people Worship at your steeple But we're bleeding numbers onto the floor INSTRUMENTAL Woke up this morning Same things go ‘round in my head Roll all the way over To the right side of the bed Just need a rest Cos not feeling the best And I'm feeling so tired But I’m gonna get fired All you “awesome powers” In your corporate towers How can you ask for more? Us “ordinary” people Shelter in your steeple But we're bleeding numbers onto your floor All you “awesome powers” In your corporate towers How can you ask for more? Us “ordinary” people Worship at your steeple But we're bleeding numbers onto the floor
2.
Don’t come in here with your gripes and your attitude Don’t come in here with your opinion on Don’t come in here unless you’re full of gratitude Give us your money, won’t need it for long We’ll take your cash doesn’t matter what latitude We’ll look after you, hey, what could go wrong? We’ll take your money exchange it for platitudes We’ll invest it wisely … and oops - now it’s gone Buyer beware - You mum and dad investors Buyer beware - Is the phrase on the street Buyer beware - Our boardroom’s full of jesters Buyer beware - They’ll keep you on your feet Don’t come in here with complaints from the multitudes Don’t come in here with your opinion on Don’t come in here ‘cos there’s nothing that you can do You gave us your money, eyes open – it’s gone! We’ll take your cash doesn’t matter what longitude Said we’d look after you, hey, we were wrong We took your money so sorry it devalued Invested badly - oops now it’s gone! Buyer beware - You mum and dad investors Buyer beware - Is the phrase on the street Buyer beware - Our boardroom’s full of jesters Buyer beware - They’ll be gone in a heartbeat INSTRUMENTAL Buyer beware - You mum and dad investors Buyer beware - Is the phrase on the street Buyer beware - Our boardroom’s full of jesters Buyer beware - They’ll keep you on your feet Buyer beware - You mum and dad investors Buyer beware - Is the phrase on the street Buyer beware - Our boardroom’s full of jesters Buyer beware - They’ll be gone in a heartbeat
3.
I can’t talk to you anymore You took my words threw them on the floor Creating Scrabble in my mind You seem to think I’m a neophyte Treating me like I don’t have a right I wonder You think you know who I am? I thought that you were never in disguise I thought it was love sitting in your eyes You thought you Were so clever with your lies Life is calling loudly Here I’m standing proudly Without you Movin’ right along Life is calling loudly Here I’m standing proudly Despite you Bring it on! INSTRUMENTAL Life is calling loudly Here I’m standing proudly Without you Movin’ right along Life is calling loudly Here I’m standing proudly Despite you Bring it on! I tell you now you’re a pack of lies There’s nothing, no shock, surely no surprise Attraction over Relationship demise I hear you talking about me now, She wears her intelligence, she wears it well She’d want to… With a face like that I square my shoulders and readjust My back pack of hurt And I seriously wonder Why you’d think like that Life is calling loudly Here I’m standing proudly Without you Movin’ right along Life is calling loudly Here I’m standing proudly Despite you Bring it on! Life is calling loudly Here I’m standing proudly Without you Movin’ right along Life is calling loudly Here I’m standing proudly Despite you Bring it on!
4.
Nothing comes in, no wish no whim Sent by no technology Empty space in the data stream Messed up my psychology Waiting for your call, your text Facebook message, twitter jest Holding breath ‘til you send Approval – Waiting to live in reaction land Not alive unless I’m validated Not in a room unless you’re there Stand in limbo, take a deep breath Statue-like in this atmosphere Sync not automatic Upload not on Download interrupted Now that you’re gone Link no longer valid Now that you’re gone Synapses not firing Upload not on Sync not automatic Upload not on Download interrupted Now that you’re gone Link no longer valid Now that you’re gone Synapses not firing Upload not on Dust motes in sunlight cross my face Nothing stirs in this room If planets align and man’s erased What care I for that doom Living only to react Not alive in this half-life life Just like Copelia, wind-up toy Living for other people’s joy Not alive unless I’m validated Not in a room unless you’re there Stand in limbo, take a deep breath Statue-like in this atmosphere Sync not automatic Upload not on Download interrupted Now that you’re gone Link no longer valid Now that you’re gone Synapses not firing Upload not on Sync not automatic Upload not on Download interrupted Now that you’re gone Link no longer valid Now that you’re gone Synapses not firing Upload not on INSTRUMENTAL Not alive unless I’m validated Not in a room unless you’re there Stand in limbo, take a deep breath Statue-like in this atmosphere Sync not automatic Upload not on Download interrupted Now that you’re gone Link no longer valid Now that you’re gone Synapses not firing Upload not on Sync not automatic Upload not on Download interrupted Now that you’re gone Link no longer valid Now that you’re gone Synapses not firing Upload not on
5.
Take a bit of you time Add a bit of me time Mix it up for us time Sprinkle in some sweet time Sometimes it takes a day to make a difference Sometimes, you're the difference in my day And I, love my independence Though I, depend on you each day Sometimes, I pretend some great resistance But I, won't resist you anyway And I, trust you to stay the distance Though I, can be distant in my way Take a bit of you time Add a bit of me time Mix it up with us time Sprinkle in sweet time Take a bit of you time Add a bit of me time Mix it up with us time Bit of quality time And I am filled with good intentions But I know intent can be misread So I am grateful for your patience Though I am impatient with your shed Sometimes when we get a bit complacent Well I, place a sharp remark Sometimes in that moment we see different But I, know that difference is the spark Take a bit of you time Add a bit of me time Mix it up with us time Sprinkle in sweet time Take a bit of you time Add a bit of me time Mix it up for us time Bit of quality time INSTRUMENTAL Take a bit of you time Add a bit of me time Mix it up with us time Sprinkle in sweet time Take a bit of you time Add a bit of me time Mix it up for us time Bit of quality time
6.
There’s a supermarket on every corner And I’m coming ‘round to your way of thinking So I’m driving home under, Under a questioning mind And I’m coming ‘round to your way of thinking And the closer I get to you the less I’m sinking And I’m driving home under, Under a questioning mind Ordinary Days, Full of Ordinary things When I think of you I smile When I think of you I sing It’s my choice babe ‘Cos you’re choice babe Pohutakawas on every avenue The closer I get to you the less I’m sinking And I’m driving home under Under the clear blue skies The closer I get to you the less I’m sinking And the more I think of you – my cheeks they’re pinking And I’m driving home under Under the clear blue skies Ordinary Days, Full of Ordinary things When I think of you I smile When I think of you I sing It’s my choice babe INSTRUMENTAL Ordinary Days, Full of Ordinary things When I think of you I smile When I think of you I sing It’s my choice babe ‘Cos you’re choice babe There are orange traffic cones on every motorway And my indicators homeward bound they’re blinking And I’m driving home under Under the sodium lights And the more I think of you – my cheeks they’re pinking And my indicators homeward bound they’re blinking And I’m driving home under Under the sodium lights
7.
When you live in Wellington You wear summer clothes and winter socks When you live in Wellington You have sun on your face and wind in your locks When you live in Wellington Hashtag on a good day Hashtag on a good day When you live in Wellington You say that a lot When you live in Wellington You get to go to cafés a lot When you live in Wellington There’s culture in the city it’s a melting pot When you live in Wellington Hashtag on a good day Hashtag on a good day When you live in Wellington You say that a lot
8.
The beat is simple - we move together And don’t you wanna be God anymore? And I’ll be honest, we talked about this The beat is simple but you drive me nuts when I’m in your head You had to know that I was faking it all I had to go - A point for proving me wrong Prove me wrong The dream was simple; our souls were thirsty And don’t you wanna inspire me some more? If I’m dismissive then you’re controlling The dream is simple but I’d rather dream than watch it all fail You had to know that fortune will have its fee Can’t go without - just break a smile out of me Out of me INSTRUMENTAL You had to know that I was faking it all I had to go - A point for proving me wrong Prove me wrong You know it’s easy to live without us It’s never simple when you’re comfortable with being insane If I was spineless you’d still control me The dream was simple and I’d sooner dream than watch it all fail. You had to know that fortune will have its fee Can’t go without - just break a smile out of me You had to know that fortune will have its fee I had to go - Just break a smile out of me Break a smile out of me Break a smile, break a smile Out of me
9.
Why do I forget how good things feel? Why do I forget how good things feel? When life’s got me down And I’m pinned to the ground Why do I forget how good things feel? Why do I forget how loved I am? Why do I forget how loved I am? When hurt holds me down And there’s fear on the prowl Why do I forget how loved I am? Why do I forget how good I am? Why do I forget how good I am? When guilts got me now And regret has me bowed Why do I forget how good I am? Why do I forget how loved I feel? Why do I forget how loved I feel? When grief has me worn and my life can’t be borne Why do I forget how loved I feel? Why do I forget how loved I am? Why do I forget how loved I feel?
10.
I’ve been running late for ten years now And I think I missed some life somehow So I go googling for Jean Pierre the Chocolatier And the pictures, they make me feel better Read my horoscope can’t cut it today Suggestion, stay in bed, I take little pink pills to make the blues go away And sink happily into my head Languidly incubate a thousand ideas Make duvet angels ‘til feathers poke through I stick my tongue out to taste the air And happiness hits me anew - too much - happiness hits me I woke up last night and my thoughts were clear Saw my life in crystal view I’m chasing dreams now, running with no fear Think I’ll catch me quite a few I woke up last night and my thoughts were clear Saw my life in crystal view I’m chasing dreams now, running with no fear Think I’ll catch me quite a few INSTRUMENTAL I woke up last night and my thoughts were clear Saw my life in crystal view I’m chasing dreams now, running with no fear Think I’ll catch me quite a few I woke up last night and my thoughts were clear Saw my life in crystal view I’m chasing dreams now, running with no fear Think I’ll catch me quite a few I’ve been running late for ten years now And I think I missed some life somehow So I go googling for Jean Pierre the Chocolatier And the pictures, they make me feel better I’ve been running late for 10 years now, And I think I’ve gained some life somehow So I go looking for Jean Pierre the Chocolatier To thank him for making me better To thank him for making me better To thank him for making me better To thank him for making me better
11.
Mind Flit 03:45
My mind is like a whore Sleeping with thoughts on the fly My day turns to boring It’d make a grown girl cry I look for suggestions Pictures of coke and fries My mind’s full of questions I ‘spect to hear more li-ies Sleep creeps up from behind, Catching me by surprise, I ninja kick it with my laser mind Click on a new story line Thoughts are bursting in my head Thoughts are bursting from my mouth Thinking ‘bout the things we said Words keep bouncing round my head Words keep bounding from my mouth Talking ‘bout the things we said Grief glides across the floor With balletic moves of a fatman ‘fore it get me in its greedy jaw I ninja kick it like an eighth dan Catch a picture of you pregnant Wondering what style of child I hear a sound, quite insistent ‘nough to make a grown girl wild But Da-am Da-am Such a waste of a cool man He got me better than I got me ‘nough to make a grown girl wise Got a call from my best friend Stories, laughter down the line She gets me better than I get me ’nough to make a grown girl smile Thoughts are bursting in my head Thoughts are bursting from my mouth Thinking ‘bout the things we said Words keep bouncing round my head Words keep bounding from my mouth Talking ‘bout the things we said Instrumental Thoughts are bursting in my head Thoughts are bursting from my mouth Thinking ‘bout the things we said Words keep bouncing round my head Words keep bounding from my mouth Talking ‘bout the things we said

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"Blimmin’ heck! It's quite fabulous!", they said in a tall poppy kind of way. "Here, multiverse, have a listen to these and … you're welcome!”

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released March 11, 2017

All songs written by Julie Lamb, Callum Hazlitt-Black, Andrew Richardson, Matt Fitzpatrick except Why do I Forget? Julie Lamb, Callum Hazlitt-Black, Andrew Richardson, Dave Hadley; Simple, Renata Cross; Hashtag on a Good Day, Julie Lamb.

All arrangements are by the Julie Lamb Band except Hashtag on a Good Day. (Julie Lamb.)

The band is: Julie Lamb, Vocals// Callum Hazlitt -Black, Bass// Andrew Richardson, Drums// Matt Fitzpatrick, Guitar// Geraint Scott, Keys// Damian Forlong, Trombone// John Gualter, Saxophones// Andreas Lepper, Percussion// Miranda Turner, Ree Thomson, Deb Rock-Evans, Backing Vocals//

Guests: On Why do I Forget:, Emma Davey, Dave Hadley, Layla Hadley, Kyra, Deacon, and Harleigh Boyd. On Hashtag on a Good Day: Annette Esquenet and Janey Richards.

Engineering, Mastering and Production:
Matrix Digital – Blair McDonald and Phill Adams. Executive Producer: Julie Lamb

Cover Design and Artwork: Illustration: Deb Mansfield. Digital Design: John McDonald

Ears: The Julie Lamb Band, Lockie Stewart (my buddy), David Feehan, Jess Uribe, Jérôme DuMortier, Paula McLennan, Jacqui Southwell, Deane Craw, Lisa Tagaloa.

Dedications: Jacqui Southwell for her unrelenting support and positivity; Ahi and Mark Cross, for introducing us to the lovely piece that is “Simple”; David Feehan, Mac Haira and Anu Rintavuori for the inspiration, all the time. Kate Richards, Vorn Colgan and Leith Hazlitt-Black for stepping into live gigs at a moments notice; Dave Hadley, Andreas Lepper and Emma Davey for sharing the musical journey for so long! Oh, and let's not forget the families of the hard working band, eh!?
I think that reads alright.Julie xx

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Julie Lamb Wellington, New Zealand

KICK-ARSE FUNKY POP: Get lost between the stories and the groove

The Julie Lamb Outfit is an 8 piece collaborative music family coaxing kick-arse funky pop music into the multiverse. Get lost between the stories and the groove and find yourself in a high energy smile-a-minute space.

​Mischief, stories, sentiment, groove. Not always in that order.
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