Let's Part in Style

by Chinawoman

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released 24 February 2014

Written and produced by Chinawoman, Berlin 2014

'To Be With Others' and 'Where Goes The Night' produced by Chinawoman and Van Roland

Chinawoman: vox, synths, classical & electric guitar
Van Roland: electric guitar & sfx on 'Vacation' & 'To Be With Others'
Sam Cino: drums & percussion engineered and performed on 'Nothing to Talk About' and 'Blue Eyes Unchanged'
Diego Ferri: lead guitar on 'To Be With Others'
Spoken word section on 'Nothing to Talk About' translated into French and performed by André Tremblay

4, 5 & 8 mixed by Van Roland / 2 & 7 mixed by Peter Jensen / 3 & 10 mixed by Diego Ferri / 1, 6 & 9 mixed by Chinawoman
Mastered by Diego Ferri

Album design by Áron Jancsó

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Track Name: Vacation from Love
My phone is off
I'm morning drunk
The place is a mess
I'm doing whatever I want

No one's asking for dinner
No one's getting upset
I'm reminded again
Of who I was when we met

Vacation from love
Vacation from love
Vacation from love
I'm on vacation

How I've missed my friends
How I've missed silence
Those thoughts that just don't come
When you're next to someone

I'm writing a lot
Catching up on smut
My dreams have returned
Telling me: watch out

Vacation from love
Vacation from love
Vacation from love
I'm on vacation

You fell in love with a loner
You fell in love with a stoner
You want to see me everyday
And still expect a boner

Miserable couples on the bus
We used to say: thank god that's not us
Now I'm hiding out
Trying to figure it out

Vacation from love
Vacation from love
Vacation from love
I'm on vacation

I keep picturing your face
In the hall at my old place
When I'd open the door
I couldn't ask for more

But new silence brings
Joy like once brought company
When loneliness sets in
Do it all again

Vacation from love
Vacation from love
Vacation from love
I'm on vacation

It may be a sad fate
For one who needs so much space
But the wiring is done
Maybe I'll find the right one

Again I've done something wrong
You're mad that I don't respond
But I'm on vacation
Vacation from love

Vacation from love
Vacation from love
Vacation from love
I'm on vacation
Track Name: Good Times Don't Carry Over
Good times don't carry over
When comes tomorrow
Keep wanting more

Good times
Gone with the sunrise
When you get older
When you're alone
Don't carry on

We met
Before the sunset
The finest night
I've ever known
But then
When came the morning
I looked around me
No trace at all

No trace
No sense of comfort
Outside the window
Life carried on
Good times don't carry over
When you get older
When you're alone
They leave nothing at all

So what good did it do me?
To see your eyes shine in the dark
I stayed awake all night
And after all
Look what I have got
Track Name: Woman is Still a Woman
I just want to be a lady
On tuesday afternoons
I just want to be a lady
On tuesday afternoons

Oh how many woods would a wood chuck chuck
If a wood chuck could chuck wood
There are some things in your nature
That can forge your signature

I've met the girls in boots
By the dead end of the road
There comes a point where every king
Dreams of being exposed
You can take my word on this
Cause you know I am a pro
When all is said and done
A woman is still a woman

La-la-la-la, La-la-la-la…….

I know you're from the village
And I want you to be proud
But with your new found freedom
There are some things not allowed

Liberation was the first step
But you're old enough to know
Once you've made it to the field
The only way's back in the hole

I've tallied the confessions
And I've seen what's at the end
All long to shiver at the mercy
Of the mighty hand
It takes a PhD to know
What apes all understand
When all is said and done
A woman is still a woman

La-la-la-la, La-la-la-la…….

The one who writes the book
Is the likeliest to fall
Part of being an adult
Is the feeling you're a fraud

Liberation was the first step
But that too becomes a brand
No matter where you pledge allegiance
You'll always be damned

Now you've shown that you can kill
Be the peach upon the stem
Now we've seen you chop the wood
Leave that shit to someone else

I just want to be a lady
On tuesday afternoons
But I'm back in office Wednesdays
Call my secretary to book

I've met the girls in boots
By the dead end of the road
There comes a point where every king
Dreams of being exposed
It may take a year or two
But once you've gotten them unclothed
When all is said and done
A woman is still a woman

La-la-la-la, La-la-la-la…….
Track Name: To Be With Others
Twice a year seems reasonable to me
To take care of one's extramarital needs

Rise above them
They only grow
So how to deal
With the inevitable

I have seen the result of discipline
Makes a beast what would just been a whim
Always have been one to endorse openness
Now I fear some things best not discussed

To be with others
The need to be with others
For just a couple hours
To be with others
The need to be with others

You're the one I choose
The best I ever knew
How to make light of this thing
As to not give it reign
Like the rest
Doesn't deserve to have power over us
Dread to be a couple harboring secrets

We are smart
We can crack the formula
Learn to laugh about the occasional fuck
Always have been one to endorse openness
Now I fear some things best not discussed

To be with others
The need to be with others
For just a couple hours
To be with others
Without destroying ours
Track Name: Where Goes The Night
Tell me again
Where goes the night
A place untouched by time
The streets I knew as a child
It's all still there
Where goes the night

Our summers play on repeat
Where goes the night
In stone stands a kiss
From an ancient time
The kindness gone unseen
Now in sight
Sleep tight
They're doing fine
Where goes the night

The seasons are outsmarted
Where goes the night
The leaves we thought departed
They're alright
Your eyes still gleaming in the dark
When you were mine
I'll always find
Where goes the night
Track Name: What Was Said
After what was said
I can't help but sleep with one eye open
The integrity of what we share
Is now unconvincing
The greatest love
Both is and never was
I carry on
But I can't forget
What was said

After what was said
The things you really think of me
That's fine
Cause I think that you're pathetic really
Just like your family
The words break free
Much too easily
My best friend
I can't forget
What was said

There's a hole in everything
And I have yet to see the proof
Of friendship 'til the end
And not 3/4 the way through
Of love that perseveres
When seen in close-up too
My dear friend

A heart cannot be true
Not completely, so what to do?
I've always left just as the leaves were changing hue
Why give life the chance
To make another mockery
Of our dear romance
Better to come and go
Honor the weeds as they are meant to grow

There's a hole in everything
And there's nothing you can do
It's always out with the old
And in with the new
No love without the whisperings
So why pretend it's otherwise
Better to be on the road
Than in a house of cards and lies
I rid myself of friendships
With fungus on the rim
Of love that had gone sour
A merciful killing
Rid of insincerities
And rid of all poison
I sent them all to hell
And nobody was left

The greatest love
Both is and never was
I carry on
But I can't forget
What was said
Track Name: Nothing to Talk About
You to whom
I once ran barefoot through the snow
In a crowd I was blind to all
But you

How we left
All our family and friends behind
For each other but now we find
Nothing to talk about

Nothing to talk about
Nothing to talk about
The one you couldn't live without
Nothing to talk about

We change
We stay the same
We change
We stay the same

How your face
Came to represent all I craved
Gave the nameless at last its name
Now a lifetime away

How we left
All our family and friends behind
For each other but now we find
Nothing to talk about

Nothing to talk about
Nothing to talk about
The one you couldn't live without
Nothing to talk about

We change
We stay the same
We change
We stay the same

Je me souviens de ton regard étincelant
En route pour notre nouvelle vie
Alors qu'ensemble, seules au monde
Nous n'avions plus besoin des autres
Étendues dans cette chambre
Maintenant occupée par d'autres nous
Les gestes tendres qui ne laissent aucune trace
Maintenant n'ont plus leur place

Because we've nothing to talk about
Nothing to talk about
The one you couldn't live without
Nothing to talk about

We change
We stay the same
Track Name: Blue Eyes Unchanged
Across from me, on the bus this afternoon
A girl of age ninety, eyes of blue
Peering out from a body changed too soon
I saw the girl so charming in her youth

Her hat reveals a woman of taste
Now just to get off this bus is a torturous fate
She'll slowly make the way back to her place
An apartment where no one awaits

Blue eyes unchanged
The body aged
Blue eyes you are my last witnesses now
Blue eyes unchanged
The body aged
Blue eyes tell me what you wanted to be
When you grew up

Blue eyes once reflected in her mother's gaze
On those summers as a child by the lake
Blue eyes saw love's first embrace
The boy down the road
I wonder if he's alive today

Young girls go laughing past on the road
No one pays attention to the old
But at least we know justice will be served
In the end everyone gets their turn

Blue eyes unchanged
The body aged
Blue eyes you are my last witnesses now
Blue eyes unchanged
The body aged
Blue eyes tell me what you wanted to be
When you grew up
Track Name: Let's Part in Style
Let's part in style
While there's time
Let's part in style
You know why
Before life kicks the last bit of dirt
On our shrine
While there's time
Let's part in style

I'll bring the champagne
You taught me to like
You'll bring your stories
All lies
We know well
What time does to our kind
So tonight
Let's part in style