The Curse & The Gift | full album

by Anita Coats

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1.
I wore a red dress He had a black tie You got to know by now I like the way you are And we were dancing all around I love the rhythm, I love the sound Of the music I love the ground We are standing on I wore some lipstick You want to kiss it right off my mouth You want to hold me close and Spin me around And we were dancing all around I love the rhythm, I love the sound Of the music I love the ground We are standing on Honey don’t you, honey don’t you know by now You’re the only one that makes my world spin around Honey don’t you, honey won’t you Please, please, please slow down And we were dancing all around I love the rhythm, I love the sound Of the music I love the ground We are standing on
2.
You look in my eyes I don’t know you that well, still It feels so good inside It just won’t stop, feels so good inside What are you doing to me Breaking me down, there’s a crack in the surface Will you like what you see? If I let you get closer and days turn to weeks I don’t have all the answers Don’t know what will come of this But I’ll take my chances Come’ on girl, take a risk What are you doing to me Breaking me down, there’s a crack in the surface Will you like what you see? If I let you get closer and days turn to weeks When, when does the change come? How, how many chances do I have? For love, love that surrounds me Strong, stronger than roots in the ground What are you doing to me Breaking me down, there’s a crack in the surface Will you like what you see? If I let you get closer and days turn to weeks What are you doing to me The voice of an angel I wake and he’s singing In my head, it spins In my head it spins, all around me now
3.
Bicycle Ride 03:01
Bicycle Ride All I know is that I like you All I know is that I’m having fun All I know is that I’d like to See you again Cuz I like to smile I like to ride down by the ocean side I love the music And life has a soundtrack Right here in your basket on this… Bicycle Ride I love that this is my life I love that this is my life I love that this is my life All I know is that I’m glad that You and I have finally met I’ve been watching from a distance But there was no chance I like to smile I like to ride down by the ocean side I love the music And life has a soundtrack Right here in your basket on this… Bicycle Ride I love that this is my life I love that this is my life I love that this is my life Doot Doot….. I love the music Life has a soundtrack There was your street now But we just past it Here in your basket The music is playing You’ve got to go But I wish you were staying (REPEAT) I love the music And life has a soundtrack Right here in your basket on this… Bicycle Ride I love that this is my life I love that this is my life I love that this is my life
4.
Dislocated 03:31
Dislocated Like a shoulder out of place It hurts like hell to find myself In this in between state All that I have is the sunshine Saying good morning, hello Today might be the day I find out Just what I’m looking for Disconnected I’ve been living underground The world is much to big somehow All that I have is the sunshine Saying good morning, hello Today might be the day I find out Just what I’m looking for All that I have is the sunshine Saying good morning, hello Today might be the day I find out Just what I’m looking for I know it is all within me But it’s so hard to slow, slow down I always reach for the stars but I always hit the ground
5.
The fascinating thing about you You are always in my dreams We have kissed many times by now But only while I’m fast asleep What are the chances the stars might align All of Astrology would throw us a sign That now is the moment for you and I To become…a constellation The fascinating thing about this As I am lying in my bed The man in the moon Shown through and said Everyone deserves love Everyone deserves love Everyone deserves love So don’t give up What are the chances the planets align With Venus in Aires, oh give me a sign That now is the moment for you and I To become…a constellation The fascinating thing about you You are always in my dreams We have kissed many times by now But only while I’m fast asleep
6.
I don’t know why this still goes on My heart just won’t stop writing these songs About you , cuz I love you you so I don’t know why the world must know It’s the Curse, It’s the Gift That you get from loving me And it all depends on what you choose to see But I can’t and I won’t and I will not stop the words It’s my life, it’s my breath, it’s my gift to the world It’s this place deep inside that will not be quiet It’s my hopes and my fears, disappointment and tears All the joy that I have and the pain as you leave All the love that I gave, It’s right here on my sleeve I don’t know why this still goes on It’s the curse, it’s the gift It’s the curse, it’s the gift It’s the curse, it’s the gift It’s the Curse And she’s lying with you And she is in your arms And all I have to hold Are these volumes of songs It’s the curse, it’s the gift It’s the curse, it’s the gift It’s the curse, it’s the gift It’s the Curse I don’t know why this still goes on My heart just won’t stop writing these songs About you, cuz I love you so I don’t know why the world must know It’s the curse, it’s the gift It’s the curse, it’s the gift It’s the curse, it’s the gift It’s the Curse
7.
The Flood 04:17
I’ll find a way To build the dam Contain myself So you won’t have to see What you’re doing to me So you don’t have to know What’s underneath It’s the Flood That swept me away It’s the Flood That won’t let go of me I’ll find the light I’ll walk away This just isn’t right That’s what their all going to say But you won’t have to see What you’re doing to me So you don’t have to know What’s underneath It’s the Flood That swept me away It’s the Flood That won’t let go of me (GUITAR BRIDGE) And you won’t have to see What you’re doing to me So you don’t have to know What’s underneath It’s the Flood That swept me away It’s the Flood That won’t let go of me
8.
Stay 03:26
What can I say, I don’t like leaving you What can I say It’s so hard, when you have to go It’s so hard when you… Leave He’s like the undertow Pulling me back to sea I can’t fight nature So I’m exactly where I need to be What can I say, I don’t like leaving you What can I say It’s so hard, when you have to go It’s so hard when you… Leave He’s like the forest Pulling me back to green I can’t fight nature So I’m exactly where I need to be What can I say I miss you already What can I say to make you STAY He’s like the moonlight Blinding me I can’t fight nature So I’m exactly where I need to be What can I say I miss you already What can I say to make you STAY
9.
Don’t know what to say I get twisted My tongue gets all tied up I fear I missed my chance A little romance A little hello…goodbye I’ll see you tomorrow Or maybe next Tuesday He is so darn tall I think I’ll climb him Reach up to the branch To where his eye is I’ll get real close I’ll look inside See his soul Or if there’s something to hide So he can see me From where I’m standing Can you see me? Can you see me?
10.
It’s cold in the morning It’s colder at night I stretch myself across to you My feet are like ice But you don’t mind, you don’t mind the cold You don’t want, you don’t want me to go I will stay, I will stay here with you If you want, if you want me to It’s cold in the morning It’s rain clouds today I reach for my dress You beg me to stay But you don’t mind, you don’t mind the cold You don’t want, you don’t want me to go If I stay, if I stay, what does it mean You know this will change everything Please don’t pretend this is something If this is nothing more than what it was Please don’t pretend this is more than A night with you in your blue, blue room But you don’t mind, you don’t mind the cold You don’t want, you don’t want me to go If I stay, If I stay what does it mean You know this changes everything It’s cold in the morning It’s colder at night It’s cold when I’m all alone I’ll stay here tonight

about

I have been writing for years and haven't had the opportunity to record very much. When I decided to make this record I moved back to my hometown of Simi Valley, California. I started living by myself in a one bedroom house that had orange and grapefruit trees in the yard. I committed to record my album without incurring any debt. I worked with my dad doing construction for over a year to happily pay my engineer in cash every other week to continue the recording process. Luckily I happen to be friends with a number of talented musicians who agreed to share their gifts with me (and with you!) I paid most of them in cash and happen to still be paying a few of them in small payments when I have the funds.
I don't know that many people have the patience to be in a dark room for hours at a time listening to big and subtle sounds, but as I spent many a night in the studio I realized that, I am definitely on of them. Recording The Curse & The Gift, was such a special time full of metaphor and reflection. I had dreams that I was pregnant with twins - yes the curse & the gift. The title is also a track on the album originally written about the curse & the gift of being in relationship (and then out of relationship) and being a song writer. Songwriting is not much of a choice, it's something that has to happen to clear and process daily living and rare interaction. It's got to be rough dating a song writer and it can be a challenge being one... forever trying to immortalize a moment... a feeling. As the album evolved the meaning of the title evolved as well. It became more about accepting both parts of me - the light and the dark - my humanness and my divinity.

The album art started by me snapping photos in the mirror with my twin reflection and led to artist Joshua Smith making two beautiful paintings.

I hope that you enjoy the record and that I am able to continue to make new recordings to share - because I enjoy it so much!

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released March 13, 2010

Produced by Anita Coats

All songs written by Anita Coats except "The Curse & The Gift written by Anita Coats and Erik Penny

- Anita Coats - guitar & vocals
- Scott Cambridge - electric guitar - tracks 1-6, 8 & 10
- Jeremy Kelley - bass tracks 1,4,5,6,7,8 - vocals track 5
saxophone track 1 - hammond organ track 5
- Ryan Brown - drums - tracks 1,3,4,6,8
- Scott Doherty - piano track 1 - rhodes track 8
- James Logan - vocals track 2
- Emile Hassan Dyer - vocals track 7
- John Adorney - cello track 7
- Curt Piar - bass track 3 - slide guitar track 4
- Sarah Kramer - trumpet track 3
- Robert Musgrove - things that shake & clap track 4+8

cover art paintings by Joshua Smith www.jtsmitty.com

engineered, mixed and mastered by Curt Piar at Proving Ground Studio, Simi Valley, CA www.provinggroundstudio.com

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Anita Coats Los Angeles, California

Anita. Singer. Songwriter. Warm tones and circular patterns paint the backdrop for songs that are heartfelt and evocative. Southern California native, Anita Coats uses the ups and downs of life as her songwriting inspiration, making her music undeniably relatable. She has 3 EP's and 2 live albums on the horizon. ... more

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