An Easy Escape

by Shelley Segal

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released 06 June 2014

An Easy Escape was recorded at Britannia Row Studios in London
Produced by Tom Nichols
Mixed by Davide Venco

Vocals: Shelley Segal
Guitars: Steve Young
Bass: Owen Stephens
Keys: Bella Chipperfield
Drums: Peter Huntington

All tracks written by Shelley Segal except for Hurry Back
Which was written by Shelley Segal and Adam Levy

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Shelley Segal Melbourne, Australia

A singer-song writer from Melbourne, completed a Bachelor of Applied Music at Box Hill Institute in 2010. She co-wrote 'Chemistry' with DJ Carl Cox, Dave Carbone & Josh Abrahams. The track spent 2 weeks at #1 on the beatport techno charts Nov 2011.
Last year Shelley released, 'An Atheist Album'. It contains her thoughts on religion & related themes, through the prism of her secular humanism.
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Track Name: What I Want
I'm not good at all this soppy shit
I'm much better at saying what makes me angry
But I'm getting better at saying what I want

Yeah I like you, I really like you
There are some pretty cool things about you
And what I'm asking is
Am I something fun that you might want

Yeah I like you, I'd like to sing about you
I feel like I can be myself around you
And I hope you feel the same way too
Coz I really like getting what I want

More and more
I am discovering what I'm living for
I know, what I want
The going will get tough but getting there's gonna be fun
And everyday I am finding my songs
So I don't have time
To listen to you tell me that I'm wrong
Coz I know the best way for me and I'm happy

He says go out and get a real job
But baby this is by far the best kind of job
I work hard at it but I'm doing what I want

And here's a line that guides my way
The greatest achievement is to blur the line between work and play
And I'm doing that every day

Think what you want, that my role is not important
But even doctors go home put on music and get lost in it
At least I can contribute doing something that I want

More and more
I am discovering what I'm living for
I know, what I want
The going will get tough but getting there's gonna be fun
And everyday I am finding my songs
So I don't have time
To listen to you tell me that I'm wrong
Coz I know the best way for me and I'm happy

You let me know of your distaste for tattoos
You let me know you don't care for hearing me sing the blues
But baby, it's my life and I choose

More and more
I am discovering what I'm living for
I know, what I want
The going will get tough but getting there's gonna be fun
And everyday I am finding my songs
So I don't have time
To listen to you tell me that I'm wrong
Coz I know the best way for me

The more and more
That I'm discovering what I'm living for
It seems the more and more
People have something negative to say
And everyday I am finding my songs
So I don't have time
To listen to you tell me that I'm wrong
So go on, find your own way and be happy
Track Name: Morocco
Walking down the market streets in Morocco
When an old man came up to me
He said 'Rasta, come here, have a look what I got
Have a look yeah, coz looking is free'

I say 'Thanks but no thanks, didn't bring that much money,
I'm gonna save it for the things that I need'
And he looks me up and down and he says with a smile
He says, 'Rasta, do you wanna buy some weed?'

He said, 'Rasta do you wanna go fly in the sky
Rasta don't you want to get high?
And watch all your worries and your troubles pass you by
Rasta don't you want to fly'

Jamming with the clan we were a traveling band
Playing in Marrakech park just after 3am
A little boy across the street came over to listen
And he asked us if he could play

He was eight years old with no home for his younger brothers
And he could play the drums better than me
He was high as a kite from sniffing glue all night
And as I wondered if he'd make it to sixteen he asked me

Shelley do you wanna go fly in the sky
Shelley don't you want to get high?
And watch all your worries and your troubles pass you by
Shelley don't you want to fly'

Running through the streets at night
I was approached by a guy
Who held out his palm to me
And my money was in my pocket but my sex was in the air
And I knew he thought he was giving me a real good fright

As I turned around to leave through his toothless grin he whispered
'Rasta, I'm gonna love you tonight!'

He said, 'Rasta do you wanna go fly in the sky
Rasta don't you want to get high?
And watch all your worries and your troubles pass you by
Rasta don't you want to fly
Track Name: Don't Play With My Heart
You told me you loved me
Then you took it back
I don't mind if you don't
But I don't deserve that

Coz I have been played
In everything that I've made in love so far
And I took a chance
When you asked me to dance coz I wanted to know who you are

But don't play with my heart
It only just got better
I only just dried my face
Now you've gone and made it wetter
Please don't play with my heart
It only just got back together
I forecast sunny skies
Now you've gone and changed the weather
And I don't deserve that

You told me you're hurting
You couldn't give me all of your heart
Well I don't mind if you don't
Just wish I'd known it from the start

Coz I have been played
In everything that I've made in love so far
And I took a chance
When you asked me to dance coz I wanted to know who you are

But don't play with my heart
It only just got better
I only just dried my face
Now you've gone and made it wetter
Please don't play with my heart
It only just got back together
I forecast sunny skies
Now you've gone and changed the weather
And I don't deserve that

No I don't deserve that
Just got my heart back on track
If you're not nice then I will
Take it back

Don't play with my heart
It only just got better
I only just dried my face
Now you've gone and made it wetter
Please don't play with my heart
It only just got back together
I forecast sunny skies
Now you've gone and changed the weather
And I don't deserve that
Track Name: King of Mine
You could mistake him for a pauper
From the stains on his shirt
To the creases and torn endings on his pants

You could take him for just a stoner
From the paleness of his kept-in skin
To the black rings around his bright blue eyes

But you would have to be blind
This man is a king oh
King of mine

With arms that could be described as underweight
He manages to keep outside the cold
From those arms beautiful creations will unfold

If you could just see through my eyes
This man is a king oh
King of mine

And even though he won't
Treat me like a queen
There is something in this man
That's not in anyone I've seen

And even though I'm banished
Even though he set me free
He will always be a king to me

Against the armies of the ignorant
He stands tall
For the fortress of his mind is sturdier
Than any city wall

And like the rest of us
He places the laws of his kingdom above
But unlike the rest of us
He would never break them, no, not even for love

All these things combine
He is a king of mine

And even though he won't
Treat me like a queen
There is something in this man
That's not in anyone I've seen

And even though I'm banished
Even though he set me free
He will always be a king to me
Track Name: Hitchhiking Song
Why can't we live in a world where I can hold out my hand
And you can take me for a ride
And I could do the same for you
And we'd both know we're on the same side

But I've been sitting on the ground
Or maybe it's just my dreads are a little out of shape
Coz you've got a pretty nice car
With a pretty nice shoe on the gas pedal making an easy escape

And when did it start to feel
Like everybody's in some kind of a war?
Like if you're not of the same age,
Don't come from the same place or the same race
Then what are you even asking for?

I hope we find our humanity and I
I hope we find our hearts
I hope we find them soon
Before it's too late,
Before everything starts to fall apart

And this is my love song
To everybody on the earth
You can treat me like your sister
Or you can treat me like dirt
And I will still love you
For whatever it's worth

What makes us think that we own this world?
I can come to your country, so why can't you come to mine?
Let's tear down these borders, we've given so much power
To what's actually just an imaginary line

We try to keep our gates closed
Coz we know that we have more
But I've lost count of how many people with less
Have given me half of their food and let me sleep on their floor

And oh, I have hope
That deep down we are willing to share
But we've spent so many years
Teaching ourselves how to look away
That maybe we're forgotten how to care

And I hope we find our humanity and I
I hope we find our hearts
I hope we find them soon
Before it's too late,
Before everything starts to fall apart

And this is my love song
To everybody on the earth
You can treat me like your sister
Or you can treat me like dirt
And I will still love you
For whatever it's worth
Track Name: Hurry Back
All that's left is a guitar pick you used to practice with
And I've been playing till my fingers are sore
I found it in the pocket of your big blue sweater
The one I reach for when it's cold outside and the memories keep me warm

Don't you try to tell your friends that you don't think about me
You try to play it cool
But nobody's fooled

You're gonna hurry back
When you hear my name
You're gonna hurry back
Make it all the same
Say you're a runaway train tearing down the track
But you're just blowin' steam
You're gonna hurry back

Well I'm gonna put my red dress on the one you bought for me
The one you said makes me look just like a movie star
I'm listening to an old mix-tape of our favourite songs
Now I'm dancing to the rhythm of your footsteps as they bring you home

Don't you try to tell yourself that you don't think about me
You try to play it cool
But nobody's fooled

You're gonna hurry back
When you hear my name
You're gonna hurry back
Make it all the same
Say you're a runaway train tearing down the track
But you're just blowin' steam
You're gonna hurry back

You're gonna hurry back
Yeah it won't be long
You're gonna hurry back
When you hear this song
You say you got all you need, you better check your facts
Coz you don't have me

You're gonna hurry back
When you hear my name
You're gonna hurry back
Make it all the same
Say you're a runaway train tearing down the track
But you're just blown' steam
You're gonna hurry back
Track Name: Big Fish
Floating away
Out to sea
I know you're not coming after me

I don't need you
To make it to the shore
But my heart is so heavy it's dragging me down to the ocean floor

And as I fall so quickly down to the bottom
All I see is blue

And though I know I need to be coming up for air
All I want is you

Then a big fish
That was swimming by
Said 'Oh you're a funny girl,
Now don't you cry
You swam together
And then he set you free
So try not to worry
There are plenty more fish in the sea

So don't you cry
No don't you cry
Don't you cry'

Suddenly I'm drowning
And the deep dark closes in
I wanna save my life
But I don't know where to begin

And I wanna stop my ship
From sailing on by
But the ocean is winning
I'm too water-logged to even try

And from my space down here at the bottom
All I see is blue

And though I know I need to be coming up for air
All I want is you

Then a big fish
That was swimming by
Said 'Oh you're a funny girl,
Now don't you cry
You swam together
And then he set you free
So try not to worry
There are plenty more fish in the sea

So don't you cry
No don't you cry
Don't you cry'

Suddenly I'm drowning
And the deep dark rushes in
I wanna save my life
But you made me forget how to swim

And then the big fish
Before it sailed on by
Said 'This is the first day
Of the rest of your life
You swam together
And then he set you free
So try not to worry
There are plenty more fish in the sea

So don't you cry
No don't you cry
Don't you cry'
Track Name: Big Bang
There was a big bang
Where our universes tried to collide
And when there's a big bang
You naturally get scared, you run and hide

And how can you tell me it's safe to come out
From under the table
If you don't speak my language

Yeah how can you tell me it's safe to come out
From under the table
If you don't speak my language

We both speak music
So we can communicate with sound
Lets choose a song together
And sing it to each other when we are down

How else can I know that it's safe to let go
To let go completely
If you don't speak my language

Yeah how can I know that it's safe to let go
To let go completely
If you don't speak my language

So speak to me with an mm
Speak to me with an oh
Honeymoons over you've grown on me
Feels like you have always known me
I can believe you when you tell me
You're in love with me now
Track Name: Answering Machine
The moment that I write this song
It's like admitting you're gone
And that you don't belong to me anymore

In a single moment it seems
My plans have exploded at the seams
Now that I don't belong to you anymore

With each line I guess I'll start to heal
But I don't wanna write this song
Not ready to move on from a pain whose wholeness I am just starting to feel

From the moment that you told me
Up in your bed in your room that morning
A bed that was mine too for a time, for and from those moments I'm still mourning

And as I get further on, through this song, line by line
I cry a little bit less each time
Slowly accepting the fact that you're no longer mine

And I don't believe you when you say
That you don't love me anymore
And I can't believe that you'd just ride away
Leaving me on your front lawn alone and crying
And I know

That I have to let you go
But I'm not ready,
Not ready to let you go
If you want to I can't stop you
But baby
Please don't go

I'm not exactly doing fine
But i'm much better than I thought I'd be
Maybe I learned how to hide my emotions from you

You can be cold and hard-lined
You bottle up everything inside
So many bottles baby you better not fall over

But you were so sweet and kind
Your arms are still open wide
You're still holding my hand
You're still by my side

And I can't do this, I can't do it
I think you still love me,
I don't believe you, I won't believe you but then you tell me you wanna be with someone new

And while I'm on about this,
Let me apologise for that last stolen kiss
You were so drunk but it was too good to miss

Baby, no wait,
I can't call you that anymore
At least I can still call you that's better than not seeing you at all maybe

You're so stubborn I know I can't push you
But I don't want to lose you
Dude, let me tell you, friends aren't supposed to get as friendly as you do

And I don't believe you when you say
That you don't love me anymore
And I can't believe that you'd just ride away
Leaving me on your front lawn alone and crying
And I know

That I have to let you go
But I'm not ready,
Not ready to let you go
If you want to I can't stop you
But baby
Please don't go

The moment that I write this song
It means it's all gone wrong
The moment has gone

The moment, the moment has passed
I thought it would last
I wish I'd learned how to write about happiness while I still had the chance

And as I get further on, through this song, line by line
I cry a little bit less each time
Slowly accepting the fact that you're no longer mine

And I don't believe you when you say
That you don't love me anymore
And I can't believe that you'd just ride away
Leaving me on your front lawn alone and crying
And I noticed that

While you left me somehow
You're still holding my hand
You're still dancing with me
And it helps to think that we

Still have things to laugh and skip about
Thank you for giving me something so beautiful
It hurts this much to live without
Baby
Please don't go
Track Name: Wish I Was Cool
Oh I wish that I
Was cooler than I am
I wish I didn't care
I wish I didn't go through
All these things in my head
When you're not there
I wish I didn't care
But I do

Oh I wish that I
Wouldn't hold onto every nasty thing you say
I wish I wasn't aware
I wish I wouldn't cry
But then it wouldn't be me
You were loving anyway
I wish that I could say
To you

Why can't you say I love you
Can't you say I love you
Say I love you
I love you

Oh I wish that I
Could just make up my mind about what's real
I know that you love me
But to know it's not that great
If it's not how you make me feel
You don't seem to care
About the things that I do

Oh I wish that I
Could just switch off all these voices in my head
The ones that say you don't deserve me
That I should be getting so much more
From someone else instead
But all I want is you
I make myself so confused

Why can't you say I love you
Can't you say I love you
Say I love you
I love you
La la la la la la la love you
You you you you you drive me crazy
If you know that I am insecure
Why can't you just stop to reassure

Oh I wish that you
Wanted to give me all the things
That I give to you
But you're making me so blue

Maybe it's not your fault
Maybe you don't even see that you can be so cold
Maybe you don't say I love you because you were never told
Give you everything I have
It's not something that I expect you to do
But the less effort you make the less and less I want to be with you

Why can't you say I love you
Can't you say I love you
Say I love you
I love you
La la la la la la la love you
You you you you you drive me crazy
If you know that I am insecure
Why can't you just stop to reassure