An Easy Escape

by Shelley Segal

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1.
What I Want 03:38
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
2.
Morocco 03:31
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' 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 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, don't you want to 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'
3.
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
4.
King of Mine 03:33
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
5.
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
6.
Hurry Back 02:54
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
7.
Big Fish 04:56
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'
8.
Big Bang 03:31
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
9.
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
10.
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

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released June 6, 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

An artist, an activist & an explicit story-teller, Shelley uses her music not only to express the way she sees the world, but to create the world that she wants to see.

“Thoughtful lyrics celebrating life, love, and reason” –Julia Burke

Desirous of all expressions, Shelley flirts with elements of Folk, Pop and Americana imparting a pure joy about music & it’s power.
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