MODERN DAY LIVING

by KARIN BLAINE

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released March 5, 2012

KARIN BLAINE - J45 GUITAR & VOCALS
RECORDED @ SOUNDTRAP STUDIOS
ROBBIE CRIBBS ENGINEER

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Karin Blaine Seattle, Washington

Indie-acoustic powerhouse, Karin Blaine, describes her show and music as a 'liza-minelli-meets-bob-dylan-meets-dick-cavett' kind-of-experience that is part diva, part poet, part smart ass and snake charmer. Blaine maximizes the potential of one voice and one guitar to hook up herself and her fellow messiahs with the heart of being human in a modern day world. ... more

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Track Name: Strangest Things
THE STRANGEST THINGS

I’m laughing at the strangest things, rude and out of place
The neediness of a beggar man the sadness on a face
The pain of being human takes away my breath
I’m laughing at the strangest things - I’m scared to death

I don’t know how it came to this - my passion and my pride
Pushed me down a great abyss and up the other side
A kind of peace worth knowing was beckoning to me
I don’t know how it came to this but now I’m free

And I’m part of a plan written by a fool
I’m part of a plan written by a master
And ‘tho I don’t know how I am trying to be true
To the meaning of this chapter

I’m certain that I’m here with you now - breathing out and in
Together we may figure this out or be stumped again
Baby, I am for you, however it may be
I’m certain that I’m here with you now and you with me

And I’m full of love that’s self serving and vain
I’m full of love that’s worth giving
And ‘tho I don’t know how I am trying to believe
I this flame that won’t stop burning

I’m laughing at the strangest things, rude and out of place
The neediness of a beggar man the sadness on a face
The pain of being human takes away my breath
I’m laughing at the strangest things - I’m scared to death
I’m laughing at the strangest things - I’m scared to death
I’m laughing at the strangest things - I’m scared to death


© 1994 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: Box of Letters
BOX OF LETTERS

I can see your face as plain as day
With that litle scar above your left eye
From the time I tried to punch you out
For hurting my pride

And I’m slowly moving in
To my new apartment here on Queen Anne Hill
In one of these boxes I know I will find
All those letters you used to write to me

You liked that paper with blue lines
I’d read your words in bed at night
And wish like hell I was in your arms
And you were making love to me

You said you’d be my friend for life
You’ve got a family now, you’ve got a wife
And I got this dream I dream at night
Where you appear to me

And for a moment we’re alone
And I tell you what I’ve always known
That I’ll love you until the day I die

I’m gonna unpack my dishes, throw me a party
Invite my friends over and turn up the music
And in the back of my bedroom closet
I’m gonna shove that box with all your letters in it

And in the dark where no one can see them
Maybe a hand will shuffle the pages
And re-write the storyline, change out the ending
And give me, give me something I can live with
Give me something I can live with

I can see your face as plain as day
With that litle scar above your left eye
From the time I tried to punch you out
For hurting my pride

© 2008 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: I Love Julian
I LOVE JULIAN

Don’t stand in the dark and lie to me
Come into the light where I can see
The blood on yours hands - the evil in your eye
And I love Julian!

It’s gonna get ugly, it’s gonna get rough
I know just how tough they’re gonna play
They wanna shut you down, they gotta shut you up
And I love Julian!

The titans are trembling, the tyrants are scared
Of Delilah cutting off their hair
Well-coiffed secrets are falling to the floor
And I love Julian!

The uniforms and the business suits
Are terrified that we will see the truth
That they’re bleeding us dry, they’re taking everything we got
And I love Julian!

All the heroes I’ve ever loved
Have been shot, jailed or hung
For telling the truth, for saying it straight, for taking the heat
And I love Julian!

See the monster with his mask
See the bully with his guns and his gas
See the people marching in the street
And I love Julian!

See the shiny war machine
That fights a foe I do not know or see
While mercenaries profit and the politicians preen
And I love Julian!

The truth is a lover in the night
Passionate and hot
The truth whispers in your ear
“Now’s the time to JUST STAND UP!”

Sometimes it’s a word, sometimes it’s an act
Sometimes it’s a march in the street
Sometimes it quiet, sometimes it’s a riot, sometimes it’s a leak
And I love Julian!

All the heroes I’ve ever loved
Have been shot, jailed or hung
For telling the truth, for saying it straight, for taking the heat
And I love Julian!

© 2011 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: Straight Line
STRAIGHT LINE

Our words clattered like a tambourine
And the windows rattled as you slammed the screen door
And the harshness like a layer of dust settled on the floor
I know I got this twist inside
That’s like a beat-up fighter’s pride
Back me in a corner I’ll always hide just how much I hurt

And love ain’t no straight line
Moving from point A to B
It’s more like a spiral
Circling endlessly

And the sky has borrowed your blue again
And it stares at me just like you did
With eyes full of a tenderness I’d never seen before
And what you told me I remember well
Both the saint and the sinner pray from a cell
And the ugly and the dirty and the chaste and the pure
can sound lot alike.

And love ain’t no straight line
Moving from point A to B
It’s more like a spiral
Circling endlessly

And I need you so bad that I hate you for it
I love you so much that it’s frightening
I need you tonight just to hold me close and
Tell me everything’s gonna be all right

And if you ever come back home
I may be here and I may be gone
I haven’t made up my mind yet
And you’ve been such a jerk
I know, I know love is merciful but, baby, this is a petty world
And forgiveness just ain’t very popular

And love ain’t no straight line
Moving from point A to B
It’s more like a spiral
Circling endlessly

© 1996 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: Wha Da We Got?
WHA DA WE GOT?

We are so nervous, we’re spinning ‘round about the dough
And the crease in our new winter suits costs us too much and we know it
But we got our hands caught in a steel-tooth trap
It’s too late and we can’t pull back
And our blood is collecting on the floor

We got our fancy clothes, we got our diamonds and our gems
We got our pretty houses, we got our pretty friends
We got these fancy cars we’re drivin’ all this shit we bought
But on the inside wha da we got? wha da we got? wha da we got?

Once upon a time we were gonna be free
It was the summer of love, baby, jimi hendrix, you and me
And we worked for justice and we fought for peace, we were donna change the whole damn thing
And the streets were overflowing with our bodies and our passions

Now we got our portfolios, our money market stocks
Our interest rates and dividends and swimming pools and tennis courts
And boob jobs and collagen and little nips and tucks
But on the inside wha da we got? wha da we got? wha da we got?

Have we got a spare moment to look in the mirror and see what we’ve become
A nation of stealers and wheelers and dealers in love with conning the con

We think we’ve made it but, you know, we haven’t
We dropped the ball along the way now that’s for certain
Now what you are is what you have and if you ain’t got nothing well it’s too damn bad
And it’s a crime to be poor, it’s a crime to be hurtin’

So we got our feel-good politics our causes and our cures
And we stick a yellow ribbon on everything that moves
But if we play our cards right we'll still end up on top
But on the inside wha da we got? wha da we got?

We got our portfolios, our money market stocks
Our interest rates and dividends and swimming pools and tennis courts
And boob jobs and collagen and little nips and tucks
But on the inside wha da we got? wha da we got?

We got our fancy clothes, we got our diamonds and our gems
We got our pretty houses, we got our pretty friends
We got these fancy cars we’re drivin’ all this shit we bought
But on the inside wha da we got? wha da we got? wha’da we got?
Wha da YOU got?

© 2011 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: Wild Red Roses
Wild Red Roses

Oh the wild red roses, the wild red roses
The wild red roses, the wild red roses

I remember how it was , oh the wild red roses
On a day just like this, the wild red roses
Down by the water in the middle of town with nobody else around
Me and my baby found where the wild red roses grow

Did he love me - oh - yes he did, the wild red roses
Did he stay? Well he said he would, the wild red roses
I played the game the girls all know ‘he loves me yes, he loves me no’
He loved me down to my very soul where the wild red roses grow

Then one day he took my hand, the wild red roses
He said I’m leaven' and I ain’t coming back, the wild red roses
Say it isn’t so, oh, baby, please don’t go
Don’t leave me, don’t leave me all alone where the wild red roses grow

But I was young long ago and love was just a game
I didn’t know a lover’s heart could break
Everything has changed since them, nothing stays the same
Except for the roses, the roses in the spring

Oh the wild red roses, the wild red roses
The wild red roses, the wild red roses

I’m walking on down the road, the wild red roses
Feeling sad and a little bit old, the wild red roses
If you were with me now, oh baby, I’d ask you how does true love always seem to know
Where the wild red roses grow

And a young heart just wants them all and in the picking kills the flower
But the wise heart, the wise heart just leaves them alone
They let the wild red roses grow

Oh the wild red roses, the wild red roses,
The wild red roses, the wild red roses

© 1989 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: To The Moon
TO THE MOON

You and I just we two
We’re taking a little trip to the moon
From afar we’ve both seen it shine bright
But we’re having an actual moon landing here tonight

Oh the air is thin and it’s kinda hard to breath
And what strange temperatures are these!
You hold my hand and you give me a kiss
No earthly experience can compare to this - moon bliss

We will be heroes when we return to earth
Having discovered the secret of the universe
Reporters will question us - “how could we be so brave?”
Considering the dangers of moon travel in the modern age

They’ll ask us, “Wasn’t the air kinda thin up there?”
And, “Wasn’t it kinda hard to breath?”
“The earth is the only safe place for human beings!”
We’ll just laugh, we’ll just smile and continue to travel
Moon miles, you and I, just we two, oooooh, a little trip
To the moon

© 1989 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: Greed
GREED

I have been around this world and one thing I have observed
Trouble always comes around when some fool is wanting more,
When some fool is wanting more
Like you over there, you got a nice wife and she treats you just fine
But, oh no, you got to have a little something on the side
Trouble always comes around when some fool is wanting more

There was Adam there was Eve underneath the apple tree
God was smiling down on them, God was saying “this is good!”
God was saying “this is good!”
Then Eve says to Adam - “come on, baby, take a bite! I’m bored here in paradise!”
Trouble always comes around when some fool is wanting more

Once there was a president everybody loved that man
He was smart, yeah, he was sharp, he was gonna do a little good
Old Bill was gonna do a little good
There he was the most powerful man in the world under his desk with some big-eyed girl
Trouble always comes around when some fool is wanting more

Geithner, Paulson and Bernanke had lots of friends over in banking
And when the system started tanking they said “What can we do?”
Oh, “What can we do?”
They told the American people this is so complicated you will never understand
But we’re gonna take all of your money and give it too our friends
(You know I understand THAT!)
Trouble always comes around when some fool is wanting more

There are seven deadly sins, they say that pride’s the worst of them
I tell you what I don’t agree, I think the worst sin is greed
I think the worst sin is greed
‘Cause greed will make the rich steal from the poor
Greed will make us send our sons and daughters off to war
Trouble always comes around when some fool is wanting more
Trouble always comes around when some fool is wanting more
Trouble always comes around when some fool is wanting more

© 2011 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: What Was I Thinking?
WHAT WAS I THINKING?

What was I thinking? I wasn’t thinking
Agreeing to meet you after all this time
For a couple of cocktails, well, what’s a couple of cocktails?
We’ll share some stories and we’ll tell a few lies

Why am I nervous? I can’t be nervous
I’m not the same girl I was way back then
And I’m not going to say it, OK, I’ll say it
It’s so good to see you again

Why am I staring? I’ve got to stop staring
Into the eyes that stole my heart
I don’t remember, oh yes! I remember
That summer night and the sky full of stars

I’m not going to tell you, I’m going to tell you
I never forgave you for saying goodbye
And I went crazy, but I’m not crazy
Our love was precious and fine

But love is that cookie, that cookie that crumbles
All you can do is watch the pieces fall
What was I thinking, agreeiing to meet you?
I wasn’t thinking at all
Why am I nervous?
I’ve got to stop staring
What was I thinking

© 2007 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: The Deepest End
DEEPEST END

Is that you? I’ve gotta make it fast, they’ve found out where I am
They’ll soon be at my door to take me in
And they’ll put me in a cage with a blue flickering screen
And they’ll tell me what I want and they’ll tell me what I need

CHO: We’re all animals inside - soft and dumb-
Falling for the traps falling for the crumbs
And we don’t see what it will do - we don’t think we will succumb
We don’t know that in the end we will be the same as everyone.

I found a piece of grass behind a broken wall and I laid down on my back
and I stared up at the clouds
And the clouds became a dove and the dove became your face
And you flew down to my side and you kissed my cheek.

You and I we made it up as we went along
Making something from nothing was our favorite song
And our days were filled with haywired inventions & question marks
And our nights were filled with circus stunts & fireworks

I used to seek but now I don’t, I use to love but now I won’t
I’ve lost my nerve, I’ve lost my edge, I can’t find my spark
So PLEASE run while you can & remember your old friend
And promise me you’ll always jump into the deepest end.

CHO: We’re all animals inside - soft and dumb
Falling for the traps falling for the crumbs
And we don’t see what it will do - we don’t think we will succumb
We don’t know that in the end we will be the same as everyone.

© 2012 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: That's Just The Way It Went Down
HAT’S JUST THE WAY IT WENT DOWN

Life can be hard, life can be tough
It can swallow you whole and spit you out
And the coulda’s and the woulda’s and the shoulda-beens
Will make you crazy and drive you insane
You want to be free but you can’t admit what’s done is done and gone

That’s just the way it went down
That’s just the way it got played
That’s just the way it went down
It just went down that way x 2

We all get our share of some lousy deals
They break our hearts and shatter our worlds
And the pain can be so bad that it never goes away
It stays with you every day
Unlucky, unfair, tragic and cruel - it’s true

That’s just the way it went down
That’s just the way it got played
That’s just the way it went down
It just went down that way X 2

You gotta be a fighter, you gotta stay in the game
And never count on winning a thing
Just give it everything you got
And if you fall on your face - well - so what
Someday you’ll look back and and maybe you’ll smile
Maybe you’ll smile when you say - hey

That’s just the way it went down
That’s just the way it got played
That’s just the way it went down
It just went down that way X 4

© 2012 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)
Track Name: Modern Day Living
Modern Day Living

This modern day living it brings out the worst in me
What I got, I don’t want
What I don’t got I really really need
I surround myself with similar minds
We’re petty and pouting most of the time
Oblivious to spiritual crimes
We think living is the same as getting

I want a man with big muscles on his chest
I want to get lost in the mystery of his differentiated pecs
And when the conversation turns kind of dull
I’ll see him as a picture hanging on my wall
And I’ll compliment myself on my excellant taste
Ain’t living the same, living the same as having?

Yesterday I got my new catalog in the mail
And everybody’s secret is having their summer sale
I want the pink satin I want the blue lace
I want those big tits with no hips and no waist
I want the kind of lifestyle that comes with that face
Ain’t living the same, living the same as buying?

CHO: NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA....

And I’m going to be famous, oh! someday somewhere
And I want each and every one of you to be there
I’m going to bleach my hair blonde for the camera lights
Create a trend from my deep inner life
Carefully packaged and merchandised
Ain’t living the same, living the same as selling?

This modern day living it brings out the worst in me
What I got, I don’t want
What I don’t got I really really need
I surround myself with similar minds we’re pett y and pouting most of the time
Oblivious to spiritual crimes -we think living is the same as getting

© 1994 Karin Blaine/dudessdahlia records (BMI)