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Been Around

by A GIRL CALLED EDDY

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Brian Doig
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Brian Doig Love at first listen!
I confess... I am addicted!
A true thing of beauty.
A modern classic! Favorite track: Been Around.
Francesco Ciabatti
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Francesco Ciabatti Don't search the words to describe what is beautiful anymore: just listen to this album
Ryan DeRobertis
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Ryan DeRobertis Album of the year until further notice Favorite track: Jody.
Calle Falksten
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Calle Falksten Follow up albums arent meant to be this good. Especially when its 16 years between them. "Being around" though not only meets the expectations laid out by A Girl Called Eddys debut there in 2004 they exceed them. 12 gobsmackingly beautiful songs with nods to Prefab Sprout,Jimmy Webb,Laura Nyro and all things sophisticated. All bathed in the luxurious production of Daniel Tashian. An early contender for album of the year. Favorite track: Finest Actor.
Ashlyme
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Ashlyme A glorious evocation of 70s West Coast pop this is a stunning second album by AGCE. Favorite track: Been Around.
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marktrainer After I stream an album a certain number of times, I feel I gotta go buy it. I passed that threshold on this one long ago. Such a perfect record. Favorite track: Jody.
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1.
Been Around 05:24
Been around enough to know I’m broken Been around enough to know nothing’s sure Been around enough to be a little grateful Been around enough to miss my heart when it was pure Been around enough to know the story Been around enough to know how it ends Been around enough to tell the smoke from the mirror Been around enough to tell the true from fair-weather friends I’ve been around enough to dry some tears Been around enough to trace the years upon my face This is the place I’m happy to be Been around enough to know that winter Is gonna guarantee another spring Cage a singin’ bluebird and you’ll never Never ever get that bird to sing Been around enough to know I’m lonesome Been around enough to know it’ll pass If I give it time and maybe open my heart Been around enough to know the die is never cast Carrying around the weight of a lifetime of dreaming Never really seen the end of the road If losers never quit then I’m thoroughly equipped To keep on keeping on
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Big Mouth 03:59
Lately every word I say to you is coming out wrong Baby you’re making me feel like I just don’t belong You break my heart and then you do it all again It’s just the things I say keep getting in the way Every time I go and open my big mouth What’s it all about Everytime I go and open my big mouth What’s it all about I just can’t win You got a way of talking to me honey Makes me feel dumb Twisting and turning every word that’s on the Tip of my tongue You break my heart and then you do it all again It’s just the things I say keep getting in the way Every time I go and open my big mouth What’s it all about I just can’t ever win We go round, round, round Pick apart the feelings like shadows on the ceiling I stop before I start All your judge and jury it’s tearing me apart I just can’t win
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Jody 05:39
Jody was a friend of mine Met him back in ’89 He was drummer Liked to walk from Brooklyn down Into the city Watchin every girl go by You know he did You know he did Jody wore his clothes real tight Rude T-shirts and leather Jody had a camera’s eye He liked taking pictures Of girls you’d never see in Vogue Cause he believed All women were a sight to behold You know he did We talked about movies and Cuddles Sakall Hours on the phone about nothing at all He liked to call me kid, I liked it when he did Jody was a friend, Jody was a friend of mine I miss him so, I miss him so Jody said he had a brother, wrote a song for Peggy Lee Jody moved down south to Tallapoosa back in 2003 I never saw his face again on Greene Street not A trace again Jody didn’t like everybody but I’m glad he liked me We talked about movies and Cuddles Sakall Hours on the phone about nothing at all He liked to call me kid, I liked it when he did Jody was a friend, Jody was a friend of mine
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She saw his coat in the charity shop window Where the past lives on at a bargain price Long ago dreams find another chance to live again Memories are cheap in the charity shop window She can almost hear if she really tries The sound of his voice and their first hello Their last goodbye Typewriters, guitars Autographs of the stars Her hearts’ like some forgotten souvenir Broken 45’s Other people lives Books half read, love gone dead A wedding dress promise yellowed with age She just can’t turn the page She saw his coat in the charity shop window As the rain and the wind blows She can almost hear if she really tries Their first hello their last goodbye She just can’t turn the page
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Might be on the street, maybe on the train Might be in the dark standing in the rain Maybe not tonight, might not be today But I promise you it’s gonna happen anyway Ooh-when you least expect it Ooh-that’s when it’s gonna get you Watch out watch out Someone’s gonna break your heart Someone’s gonna hurt you bad Someone’s gonna talk so sweet Someone’s gonna break you Someone’s gonna make you cry And I hope it’s soon And I hope you do see That bitter smile smiling back at you Baby when it does You won’t see me cry No, I won’t mind at all when she tells you lies Ooh-when you least expect it Ooh-that’s when it’s gonna get you Watch out watch out Someone’s gonna break your heart Someone’s gonna hurt you bad Someone’s gonna talk so sweet Someone’s gonna break you Someone’s gonna make you cry Before we say goodbye As sure as the sun’s gonna shine You don’t have a bulletproof heart Baby it’s just like mine Someone’s gonna break your heart Someone’s gonna hurt you bad Someone’s gonna talk so sweet Someone’s gonna break you Someone’s gonna make you cry
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Have I grown up or just grown old Is it there’s no one to hold The state of my heart has got me alarmed When life has lost all, it’s charm I hate to admit but everything’s changed The pictures have all re-arranged What brought me to tears just yesterday Now only gets in my way You can wax romantic (till the cows come home) It won’t make any difference Think I’m turning into stone I thought I was but maybe I’m Not that sentimental anymore I thought I was but baby I’m Not that sentimental anymore No more swooning at Annie Hall Cause I’ve become the Berlin Wall No manipulating string lines They broke my heart enough times Should I give up or call it a day The memories are fading away Where do you turn when nothing’s the same When you’re tired of playing the game
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Two Hearts 03:14
Two hearts Hearts like lonely blackbirds Tapping at the window Hiding from the rain Two hearts Hearts that want the same thing Both of them believing That they will find the love they’re missing Oh, baby won’t cha call my name Cause I can’t sleep And I can’t dream alone I’ve been waiting all my life In a tower above If I can’t find a way to win your love I’ll wait for you Two hearts Hearts like lonely blackbirds Flying through the grey skies Hiding from the pain Two hearts Pulling on the same string Moonlight on the same wing Until they find the love they’re missing Oh, baby won’t cha call my name Cause I can’t sleep And I can’t dream alone I’ve been waiting all my life In a tower above If I can’t find a way to win your love I’ll wait for you Oh, baby won’t cha call my name Cause I can’t sleep And I can’t dream alone I’ve been waiting all my life In a tower above If I can’t find a way to win your love I’ll wait for you I’ll wait for you I’ll wait for
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Old man every now and then I want to know why you left Why it was so easy to forget Old man from the look of it You’re the lucky one You learned to run And everytime we thought that it was over and done Just like the sun you’d come back again Old man everybody said I was the apple of your roving eye Why’d you always have to make her cry Old man she gave the world to you You turned her heart black and blue She even turned her pretty hair From brunette to blonde No magic wand could ever make you stay Why was there always something better out there Cheap perfume and women named Nancy Or whatever tickled your fancy Old man every now and then I want to know why you left Why it was so easy to let go Old man tears and cigarettes and all your pony bets They’re all off now And everytime we thought that it was over and done Just like the sun you’d come back again
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Funny how we still remember Words to the song they played Ghosts of a teenage summer Come to the Palisades And like a fade to black It all remains intact You and your rollercoasters Me and my souvenirs Death defying kisses in the funhouse We got drunk on love and beer A polaroid of you from 1982 (Ooh wee ooh) The memory makes me lonely (Ooh wee ooh) It’s makin’ me wanna cry (Ooh wee ooh) Why’d we every have to say goodbye Come to the Palisades We'd sit and watch the moon rise on the water A pirate’s son and Neptune’s daughter Said we’d always stay Said we’d never change Palisades swings all day or after dark There’s still a trace of you in my heart And like a fade to black It all remains intact We can never go back (Ooh wee ooh) The memory makes me lonely (Ooh wee ooh) It’s makin’ me wanna cry (Ooh wee ooh) Why’d we every have to say goodbye Come to the Palisades
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Finest Actor 04:24
He was the finest actor of his generation He sure fooled me He was the finest actor of his generation Left all his stand-ins behind in the dust at Penn Station He sure fooled me He moved like De Niro and talked like O’toole Inside I was scared but he made me feel cool He smelled of tobacco guilt, and red wine And sooner or later the guilt it was mine He played to the camera instead of with me Said “honey don’t pin your hopes on a ship lost at sea” He could’ve been Burton, Harris or Dean They could’ve been moments but they were just scenes He was the finest actor of his generation In retrospect there’s no doubt that he’s found his vocation He sure fooled me He sure fooled me
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NY Man 04:02
Oh NY man Better than the other man Oh, NY man You’re the only thing I understand Since I left the neighborhood My spirits gone and I’m not feeling so good And everything you said would happen all came true They do things really different here They don’t do like you do Oh NY man I hear the subway see us walking hand in hand On autumn afternoons Smoking on fire escapes through summer moons Since I left the neighborhood My song is sad and I’m not feeling so good I called you from the airport just to say hello I wanted you to stop me Not to let me go I liked the me that I was when I was with you Oh NY man I left rich but I’m back cap-in-hand Oh, what a fall its true I’ve made a mess of it all Since I left the neighborhood My spirits gone and I’m not feeling so good
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Once in a while the night in its stillness Under a pale blue moon We all fall in love You can’t keep it in if you try Don’t know why Once in your life you might find them Sparks in an autumn sky You’ll be caught between What you wish for and the thing you can’t deny And it’s a pale blue moon tonight

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A little more than a year ago we released a very special album from a new project called THE LAST DETAIL, a super group, formed by FUGU and A GIRL CALLED EDDY. Or in other words, Mehdi Zannad and Erin Moran. Just over a year later, here we are releasing an album that many people didn’t ever think would every come, the second A GIRL CALLED EDDY album. While her debut came out in 2004 to much critical acclaim and was produced by Richard Hawley, it has been a while to say the least. But here is “Been Around” and yes, it was definitely worth the wait. Very much worth it.

Throughout her career she has collaborated and provided vocals on projects as varied as Ron Sexsmith (“Exit Strategy Of The Soul”), SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, to French superstar Phillip Katerine’s indie classic “Parlez Vous Anglais, Mr. Katerine?”. Her debut album saw her out on tour supporting acts as diverse as Josh Ritter, Rufus Wainwright, THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH and THE CURE. And with that first record Moran has gathered a rather impressive list of fans: from Jane Birkin, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Tracey Thorn to Robert Smith, Don Henley, Jarvis Cocker and Burt Bacharach to name just a few.

“Been Around” has arrived looking like a classic. Referencing her heroes from Laura Nyro, and Van Morrison, to Steely Dan and PREFAB SPROUT, she has put together a collection of songs that still sound completely her own. They bring an essence of the past and real heart to the present. To a 21st century desperately in need of this kind of elegance, soul and inspiration, it is welcome indeed. Echo’s of Karen Carpenter and even Jackie DeShannon can be felt in the lead track “Been Around”, brimming with soulful horn sections and background vocalists, it is classic, high-flying soul-pop at its best. “Big Mouth” reminds us of the pristine, fragile sounds she created with Richard Hawley on her debut, a dialogue of light and shade. Those dialogues are the stars of an album that consciously aims toward the light and to contrasts. “Jody” is a fine example of this. A goodbye to one of her best and oldest friends, it’s a song thats bursting with life while grieving over death, all wrapped up in an evocative New York City narrative to boot. “Lucky Jack (20-1)”, an ode to her philandering but lovable father and the unpredictability of being the child of an alcoholic.

“Charity Shop Window” a collaboration with one of Moran’s hero’s, the Oscar wining songwriter Paul Williams (“We’ve Only Just Begun”, “The Rainbow Connection”) is a song sounding like a cross between a Tom Waits, Burt Bacharach and THE BEACH BOYS tune all at once. Sublime. “Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart” as Moran admits is a direct homage to Queen Chrissie Hynde for all the inspiration she has brought to her. “Not That Sentimental Anymore” might be the most lyrical piece on the album. A point of reflection about the passing of time, growing older and disenchantment with life, with the gigantic lines: “Think I’m turning into stone... I’ve become the Berlin Wall”. “Two Hearts”, a blistering radio-ready pop song with a hint of ELO and brit-pop. “Come To The Palisades!” a teen-age reminiscing of New Jersey amusement parks, summers, beer and love... Moran's lyrics are at their best in songs like “Finest Actor” with “There could've been moments, but they were just scenes” and the Josh Rouse-like “NY Man”.

The arrangements on this album work on a different level to Morans debut. Where that album was steeped in dark melancholy, this record seems to bathe in the warm yellow Kodachrome-glow of the best of the 1970’s. A looking back, but not pastiche. A sense of genuineness and heart permeates every track. This is an album so full of detail and wonder that we could go on and on.

But we are here just to say that we feel this record can be listened to from so many angles, so many points of view. This is record for everyone. Produced with Grammy winning Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves), Erin and Daniel have created something truly special together. Tracked mainly in Nashville, the list of guest appearances reads like a who’s-who of the best of music city: THE WATSON TWINS (Jenny Lewis), Victor Krauss, Jim Hoke and many others all make appearances.

“Been Around” is an enormous record. Made with love. Made the old-fashioned way. Perhaps thats where its timelessness comes from. Is reaching this exceptional and rich level of composition and emotion justification for such a long silence from A GIRL CALLED EDDY? Is that a question even worth asking? You haven't heard an album like this in fifteen years. She’s back. Dig in and enjoy.

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released January 17, 2020

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