Everyone Is Ordinary

by Tracey Browne

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1.
Paradise Found (free) 04:00
Paradise Found (T.Browne) I can’t move on ‘til all this is gone From the tip of my tongue At the top of my lungs And it might not seem fair, Or like I’m not aware of the Pain that you feel It takes longer to heal than All these bridges we build Just burn ‘em down, ‘Cause I won’t leave you safe and sound And as these feelings come round Just remember although it was lost We had Paradise Found Even if it is lost, for a time We had Paradise Found I haven’t lost like this in such a time It’s ironically done, It seems you are the one for me And now you’re scared, And I’m so unprepared To convince you what’s right And it won’t be tonight, but... All these things that we’ve said They’re all coming down to the Question in our heads If I let myself drown Will I be lost? Or will we have Paradise Found? And I don’t want to lose for the gamble Of Paradise Found And have you now fallen in love With each and every part of yourself? The truth and lies The needy and strong The balancing act, and the falling down It’s hard to know when it’s time to let go Should I just step away Is it worth it to stay? Do I send you a sign Or just give you some time To decide what you need, And it might not be me, but... Every path that we take Could lead us away from the Heart we might break in the end And every choice that we make Could bring us back home to the known To Paradise Found And the trust in your heart, and your love Is like Paradise Found
2.
Under The Radar (N.Stonier/T.Browne) I heard a whole lot of talk from you I drank a big glass of wine I took an instant dislike to you ‘Cause it just saved some time I gotta get out of here I wanna just disappear I just gotta slip Under The Radar Well, there’s a place I can go my friend And it just keeps me dry ‘Cause I can’t hear the names you drop Or see that look in your eye So long, I’m downward bound Don’t look, I won’t be found I just gotta slip Under The Radar Under The Radar Away from your beady eye ‘Cause I know that you’ll come knocking When you find out that I Have worked hard for something That you want in your life So underneath you, I fly... Well, you’re the life of the party Yeah, you’re the Queen wannabe You got big plans and grasping hands But they don’t work on me You’re the Ghost of Christmas Pissed And you can cross me off your list I just gotta slip Under The Radar Under The Radar Away from your beady eye ‘Cause I know that you’ll come knocking When you find out that I Have worked hard for something That you want in your life So underneath you, I fly... I heard a whole lot of talk from you I drank a big glass of wine I took an instant dislike to you ‘Cause it just saved some time I gotta get out of here I wanna just disappear I just gotta slip Under The Radar I just gotta slip Under The Radar Just wanna slip Under your Radar
3.
The Cat and the Moon (T.Browne) Darling, I confess I want to bring you happiness And I dedicate my life to this every day I know I’ve been blessed By your truth and your willingness To be patient and let me find my way You need never be alone For as long as I am here And I just want for you to know I won’t disappear ‘Cos like the Cat watches the Moon I watch for you And like the Cat is drawn to the Moon I am pulled towards you A star shining in the darkness Watching over you Ready to fall to earth when you call Darling, I profess We are equal in all of this And I know I’ll love you always in every way You can trust in this I’ll make you feel it with every kiss I’ll take you higher and higher, let’s fly away ‘Cos when I met you at my door I recognised your face Think we’ve done all this before In another time and place ‘Cos like the Cat watches the Moon I watch for you And like the Cat is drawn to the Moon I am pulled towards you A star shining in the darkness Watching over you Ready to fall to earth when you call Ready to fall to earth when you call Darling, I confess I want to bring you happiness And I dedicate my life to this every day
4.
River City 05:12
River City (T.Browne) Out past the Christmas lights Down by the riverside The water looks still But it glides, travelling silent And this is the quiet time So I sit and calm my mind ‘Cause I think a storm’s gonna come Sweep me away River City You have so many faces Just like me Tell me, d’you know where the true place is That our centres lie? And I have been here before Told myself nevermore To let myself go for a promise Of something I’m missing In a cycle of poetry The clues there for all to see So bring on the storm and I’ll stand Open and ready River City For my dreams to awaken Put your arms around me Tell me that everyone’s mistaken And you really love me River City As the past floats away more I am sitting pretty ‘Cause I have so much to stay for And this is my time
5.
The Mountain Goat (T.Browne) Take me driving, take me driving ‘Cause you know that I love moving Bring out the van Bring out the sun Give me a cool wind to help me run And we can work out how to Undo what they’ve done ‘Cause a Mountain Goat just needs to climb High above the horizon line Oh, and look down And observe what’s left behind And I believe everything’s here to teach me That it all happens for a reason But even still, it’s up to me Just what that reason’s gonna be And maybe I’m not listening ‘Cause a Mountain Goat just needs to climb High above the horizon line Oh, and look down And observe what’s left behind And all these people who try to tell us We are not that which we are All the reasons that they give us They’re just smoke and mirrors you know ‘Cause a Mountain Goat just needs to climb High above the horizon line Oh, and look down And observe what’s left behind ‘Cause a Mountain Goat just needs to climb High above the horizon line Oh, and look down And observe what she’s left behind
6.
The Girl I Knew (T.Browne) She’s got a brand new team of Professional extraordinaires She’s got her history deleted Like she doesn’t even care And I am watching from a distance As she’s rising through the air And starting to fly We had a friendship like no other No other that I’ve known Not even like a lover She took me for her own And I spent many days and nights Building trust so we could grow But now I sing alone So where’s The Girl I Knew? Who wanted to take the world by storm The Girl I Knew Who trusted that I’d never let her down I can’t blame her, ‘cos I left and I ran and I lied But does she know That I wish I never had She was a consummate protester Of how good she could be I was her musical investor Like it was meant to be And maybe moments trigger moments One day she’ll come back to me And we’ll sail across that sea So where’s The Girl I Knew? Who wanted to take the world by storm The Girl I Knew Who trusted that I’d never let her down I can’t blame her, ‘cos I left and I ran and I lied But does she know That I wish I never had And time is passing by It won’t run backwards, however hard I try I can only trust in the feeling that’s inside That we’re not done So where’s The Girl I Knew? Who wanted to take the world by storm The Girl I Knew Who trusted that I’d never let her down I can’t blame her, ‘cos I left and I ran and I lied But does she know That I wish I never had I wish I never had I wish I never had
7.
My Best Friend, My Ego (T.Browne) I don’t wanna be responsible For all the things I’ve been running from But I’m stopping right here in my tracks I don’t wanna be the lonely one I’ve had an image of a loaded gun Pointed at my spirit, So pull the trigger on it And find me Find me again It’s all about me I, and Me, and My Best Friend, My Ego I know there is something more than this I’ve had a vision of perfect bliss But I don’t want to let go of my pain My desires And sometimes I love what makes me sick I treat my body like a piece of shit But somewhere I know I’ll be loving it And that’s enough for me So blind me Blind me again It’s all about me I, and Me, and My Best Friend, ‘cause I am so very special And I am so loved by you I have my own chosen friends Who don’t question a damn thing I do And I am my own messiah And my soul burns like the fire I’ll sing my stories to you And you’ll listen, you’ll listen You’ll listen until I’m through I just want to be the loved one But I don’t really trust anyone So my life is backwards, and upside down Maybe music is a caring thing Working better as a sharing thing Instead of always imagining What it can do for me So leave me Leave me and don’t return You’ve deceived me I, and Me, My Worst Friend, My Ego My Ego
8.
Look Through Water (T.Browne) There’s a 100ft wall around my heart And a doorway in the shape of you It was right there at the very start That you easily passed through And you do, still you do If you Look Through Water You see how the world really is A backwards reflection That shows up the lies of our heads But if you stop believing your eyes You might see the line of your heart Won’t you Look Through Water at me? Won’t you Look Through Water? If you could just reach into me I’d let ya And if you would only look at me I might get ya And I’d be winning with you loving me And being free to love you But could you love me as I want you to? Without barriers, and with affection? ‘Cause if you Look Through Water You see how the world really is A backwards reflection That shows up the lies of our heads And if you stop believing your eyes You might see the line of your heart Won’t you Look Through Water at me? Won’t you Look Through Water? And if you Look Through Water You see how the world really is A backwards reflection That shows up the lies of our heads And if you stop believing your eyes You might see the line of your heart Won’t you Look Through Water at me? Won’t you Look Through Water at me? Won’t you Look Through Water?
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Comfort Brings Pain (T.Browne) It would be too easy to say Come comfort me, ‘cause I’m lonely But I’ve done that too many times now To know it’s not the way It used to be easy to let somebody hold me But now I know better just what lies at stake And there’s more than just comfort That sits at the table And I, I don’t want to waste you away Waste you away ‘Cause comfort is different To loving somebody And I like to think that I’ve changed So ask me the question And with all of my heart I will tell you that Comfort Brings Pain Comfort Brings Pain My heart is a stone And I know that lightning can break boulders down But then they’re broken And burnt for all time And my life is my own And I’m not gonna give up this freedom again Not for anyone ‘Cause comfort is different To loving somebody And I like to think that I’ve changed So ask me the question And with all of my heart I will tell you that Comfort Brings Pain Comfort Brings Pain Don’t take this as a challenge, baby I ain’t looking for someone to save me And if I ever feel lonely I have my guitar And a view of the stars ‘Cause comfort is different to loving somebody And I like to think that I’ve learnt So ask me the question And with all of my heart I will tell you that love must be earnt Love must be earnt ‘Cause Comfort Brings Comfort Brings Pain Comfort Brings Pain
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Little Wheels (T.Browne) My Little Wheels are tired ‘Cos they’ve been spinning around all night And I can’t slow them down But now I’m feeling inspired In spite of everything I am Still wandering through And it’s one foot before the other, it’s true I get a hundred denials For every good idea that I have But they’ll disappear in time ‘Cos every obstacle helps me To sharpen up my vision, and my will To discover those pearls If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, It’s you can’t control the world And I try to make sense of me and you And I’m trying to understand But it’s a long time coming And I don’t need your hand My Little Wheels are working Though they were silent, There’s just enough of this fuel To move them to You’ll never make me stop trying Even with all of the guilt, and the doubt, and the blame You haven’t smothered this flame And I’m stronger to know that I’ve coped with it In my way And I’m high on the love that I get from my friends And I’m fine now I know that each choice Is just mine, all mine, all mine, all mine, all mine My Little Wheels are tired ‘Cos they’ve been spinning around all night But I don’t want to slow them down
11.
Kate Rusby 03:18
Kate Rusby (T.Browne) There’s a girl who sings the blues on Broadway There’s a man who writes songs in the sun But the best I’ve heard just lives down my way You showed me how this could be done And we said You be Kate Rusby And I’ll be Eddi Reader And one day we’ll just be known for us So crack open another beer and Talk to me all night long, ‘cos These are the best times I have had There are some who never stop shouting Of all the things they’ve seen and heard and done But we are quiet in our own ways Just moving with whatever comes along And we said You be Kate Rusby And I’ll be Eddi Reader And one day we will be known for us So put on another brew and Sing with me all night, ‘cos These are the best times I have had And though you’re not Kate Rusby And I’m not Eddi Reader We’re doing just fine for ourselves ‘Cos we have the here and now, and Who needs more than that? To create the best times for themselves.

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"Everyone Is Ordinary"?

Well a cursory first listen to Tracey Browne's debut album could easily invoke comparison to a host of singer-songwriters...

A British Joan Osborne perhaps, a 21st century Kirsty MacColl, a folkier Sarah McLachlan, a poppier Karine Polwart...they've all been mentioned, but who knows...and who cares; before that first listen is over you'll more than likely have reached the conclusion that Tracey Browne transcends comparisons, and with those oft neglected virtues of a fine voice and a great melody, she's already taking you some place else, some place all her own.

Having grown up in Cambridge and re-located to Manchester several years ago, Tracey has honed her craft in a rich variety of musical settings, from full throated rock vocalist with the short lived but acclaimed Minus One Raver, to purveyor of intimate folk songs in acoustic venues, either solo or with her trusted 'Team Tracey'.
She is also live backing vocalist/keyboard player for Thea Gilmore, whose last two albums she appears on, and an in demand studio sound engineer working freelance mostly at Manchester's Airtight Studios, a regular stop-off for King Creosote, Emmy The Great and I Am Kloot amongst others.

But it's that voice and those songs that will have you reaching for the repeat button.

Often deceptively straightforward and shot through with a pop sensibility, Browne's material seems hand crafted to catch those fleeting, transient moments, the times in lives where the axis tilts, the season begins to change and the balance hangs...

Listen to her unflinching honesty as the lover caught in the stay-or-go moment of "Paradise Found", hear the struggle between vulnerability and defiance in "Comfort Brings Pain" or the unassuming epiphany that is the exquisitely fragile "River City", one of the album’s highlights.

Elsewhere she's ruminative on the loss of musical innocence on "The Girl I Knew" and hilariously cutting while sticking it to a diva on "Under The Radar". Always she's direct and honest, and a teasingly memorable phrase or hook is never far away.

"Everyone Is Ordinary" was produced by Nigel Stonier, who has worked with artistes from Martha Wainwright to Fairport Convention, from Thea Gilmore to Clare Teal. Stonier also played guitar and keyboards on the record, and there are guest appearances, from Thea Gilmore herself, from revered roots accordion player John Kirkpatrick, and from violinist Sarah Kemp (Lanterns On The Lake) as well as longtime Browne collaborators including fellow Mancunian songwriter Becca Williams (Becca and the Broken Biscuits) and James Trott (aka Jacob H James, himself receiving overdue acclaim and national airplay for his solo work).
The album is mixed by ex Earlies member Tom Knott, who worked on Paul Wellers "Wake Up The Nation" album last year.

A live Tracey Browne gig is a thing of unpredictability...a sparky, guitar toting Ani diFranco-like onstage presence, she will deliver solo acoustic versions of many songs off the album... but dont be surprised if she slips seamlessly into an all acoustic AC DC or Skunk Anansie cover...and expect her celebrated punked up version of "Fame" at some point in the proceedings...

"Everyone Is Ordinary"? Debatable.

In the over populated landscape of singer songwriters, Tracey Browne most definitely isn't.

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released March 19, 2012

Tracey Browne - vocals, acoustic guitar, tenor guitar, Q chord, percussion
Nigel Stonier - guitars, piano, hammond organ, cuatro, ukelele, harmonica, percussion, bass
James Trott - vocals, tenor guitar, piano, ukelele
Sarah Kemp - violin
Thea Gilmore - vocals
Becca Williams - vocals
Liz Hanks - cello
John Kirkpatrick - accordion, concertina
Roy Martin - drums
Duke - harmonica

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Often deceptively straightforward and shot through with a pop sensibility, Browne's material seems hand crafted to catch those fleeting, transient moments, the times in lives where the axis tilts, the season begins to change and the balance hangs... ... more

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