Mysteries of the heart; Vagaries of the mind (Digital Download)

by Lionel Lee's Curse (M.E Baird)

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‘Mysteries of the heart; Vagaries of the mind'
This is the 2010 album release for singer/songwriter for M.E Baird, It was recorded under his then moniker of Lionel Lee’s Curse. M.E Baird now records, writes and performs under his own name

The title of the album expresses that intangible nature of things that involve matters of the heart and the mind; no certainty to feelings or an exactness to thought. The Album was recorded at Pressed Tin Studio over a twelve month period in small bits around other projects and when time and players were available. Produced by M.E Baird and Ken Eavel. Mixed by Roger Bergodaz, Ken Eavel and M.E Baird at Tender Trap Studios, Melbourne. Mastered by David Briggs, The Production Workshop, Melbourne.

PRESS/REVIEWS:
“Imagine your walking in a forest. In this forest there are makeshift humpies here and there. They are rustic arrangements where bands and songwriters smelt and smith and bang out their albums and tunes, and where you go to find new music. You pass one humpy and the place is glowing red in the shades of the thick foliage above. The people inside are fucking nuts: one runs out screaming, his hand’s been burnt off by some volatile experiment. You hurry on. There’s a simpleton banging on a misshapen saucepan. The fires long gone there. You are starting to despair - but wait. The rhythmic sounds of real craftsmanship echo from over yonder bracken. You discover a wonderful product cooling on the bench of master sonic-smith M.E Baird and his band Lionel Lee’s Curse. Mysteries of the heart; Vagaries of the mind is far from a debut recording from M.E Baird but it is the first full length recording under the Moniker of Lionel Lee’s Curse and my, is it a good’un. M.E Baird and Co really know what they are doing, following in the tradition of Neil Young, Lee Hazelwood, Nick Cave and Paul Kelly. Opening track We Ain’t Afraid is a personal favourite for its Waifs-style homespun unpretentious quality. This City reminds me of that golden oldie by America, Horse With No Name, though more for its subtle infectiousness and its scope for folk than for its technical similarity. I should emphasize that I reference all these other songwriters not because I think he is unoriginal, but because I feel “Mysteries of the heart; Vagaries of the mind approaches the musical know-how and integrity that these artists have been credited for. This album isn’t under my skin just yet, but maybe it could be. Suffice to say M.E Baird and band Lionel Lee’s Curse make pretty good bloody music in my book” - Alice Body, Inpress Mag, Melbourne.

“Track one, We Ain’t Afraid, on the new record from Melbourne singer/songwriter M.E Baird and his band Lionel Lee’s Curse sounds like a backyard BBQ jam over a few beers with the guitars, mandolin, organ and backing vocals all sounding very casual and relaxed. But then producer Ken Eavel shoos everybody inside and the serious stuff starts; serious meaning skillful, professional, timeless folk-pop; energetic without being flashy. The second song Revolution Child, is areal winner with a lovely melody and fine sense of drama. Track three Stolen Heart, would work a treat on a Tarantino soundtrack, with its sinister bass, reverb guitar and insistent fiddle. Track five, Vexed Intentions is another standout with its tipsy backing vocals and penetrating electric guitar lines with the measured and strolling tempo. M.E Baird is a comfortable and capable singer with a good ear for a tune and the laid back groove suits his style well.”
- The Age EG, Melbourne

“From an opening number that sounds like your friends’ band just dropped by for an instant party-at-your-place, through dusty prairie trails, broken hearts, suicide and soul searching, Mysteries Of The Heart: Vagaries Of The Mind is an engaging collection of new material from M.E Baird and his band Lionel Lee’s Curse.”
- Kim Porter, Forte Magazine. ‘PICK’ of the week album

credits

released January 8, 2010

M.E Baird and special guests as 'Lionel Lee’s Curse’

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Track Name: Revolution Child
REVOLUTION CHILD

VERSE 1
Meet me back stage with your short skirt and knee high boots
You’ve got the moves yeh, that bad girl look with nothing to lose
So shake it babe, it’s getting late and I can’t wait
So have no fear she knows what to do

CHORUS
She’s a child of the revolution
She’s a problem with no solution (repeat)

VERSE 2
Better men have tried to say no
Once she has you she’ll never let you go
So be prepared to take the fall and loose it all
So....have no fear she’ll make a fool of you

CHORUS
She’s a child of the revolution
She’s a problem with no solution (repeat)

Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)
Track Name: Stolen Heart
STOLEN HEART

VERSE 1
know the truth when other lie in this town
It’s a story of love and loss and greed with an acrid smell
He died with a tube in his car and three days growth on his face
I knew right from the start that his time would not last

CHORUS
He died from a stolen heart (repeat)

VERSE 2
Two young boys, one crippled, the other sound
Laid their Papa in the cold hard ground
He had a lover who loved him bad
But she took him for all he had

CHORUS
He died from a stolen heart (repeat)

VERSE 3
All were gathered in tiny tin church
You could feel the pain & see the hurt
The Priest scanned over this requis event
He said to all attest, “Let this man rest”

CHORUS
He died from a stolen heart (repeat)

Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)
Track Name: Beautiful Life
BEAUTIFUL LIfE

VERSE 1
Im as steady as a three legged dog
I stumble and fall, then back on the job
I’ll lick my wounds until they’re clean
I’m digging deep for that bone of my dreams

CHORUS
A Beautiful life, is a beautiful Lie
A Beautiful life, is a beautiful Lie

VERSE 2
Rosies’ bright and brightness is key
Is it not what she should be
A teller of tales that never fade
With one foot in an early grave

CHORUS
A Beautiful life, is a beautiful Lie
A Beautiful life, is a beautiful Lie

VERSE 3
Everything evil begins in God’s name
So I have no need to feel shame
The answer I will never find
In my sweet state of mind

CHORUS
A Beautiful life, is a beautiful Lie
A Beautiful life, is a beautiful Lie


Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)
Track Name: No Where To Be
NO WHERE TO BE

VERSE 1
I’m tired of young girls and school tie boys
Big mouth friends making too much noise
Weekend warriors, with their big boy toys
So let me sleep and wake me when they’re gone

VERSE 2
I’m tired of lifestyle and the latest trends
Weekend papers and diner with friends
Retro cafes and the 70’s again
So let me sleep and wake me when it ends

CHORUS
So lay me down, let me get some sleep
Get me well Liquored, I’ve got no where to be
I’ve got no where to be

VERSE 3
I like instant coffee with a cigarette
A drink in a bar to clear my head
I’m not sophisticated or well read
So let me sleep and wake me at the end

CHORUS
So lay me down, let me get some sleep
Get me well Liquored, I’ve got no where to be
I’ve got no where to be (repeat)

Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)
Track Name: We Ain't Afraid
We Ain’t afraid
VERSE 1
Some say we’re lost, some say we’re found
Some say we’re high, some say we’re low
Some say we’re weak and not so strong
Some say we’re right, some say we’re wrong

CHORUS
But I’ll tell ya....something that we’re not
We ain’t afraid of the thing you say
We ain’t afraid of the games you play
Hell No!

VERSE 2
Our will is weak, our needs a strong
For a new town and a new song
Just one more deal and then we’re gone
Well all this moving, keeps us strong

CHORUS
But I’ll tell ya....something that we’re not
We ain’t afraid of the thing you say
We ain’t afraid of the games you play
Hell No!

VERSE 3 (not on recording for live versions only)
Mr sacred & Madam profane
Have each made aclaim
To put an end to all this shame
But nothings better than your distain

CHORUS
But I’ll tell ya....something that we’re not
We ain’t afraid of the thing you say
We ain’t afraid of the games you play
Hell No!

Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)
Track Name: Vexed Intentions
VEXED INTENTIONS

VERSE 1
More greys in my hair and a stoop in my back
I’ve taken something that I can’t give back
I always destroy the treasures that I find
But I could never hold back the tide

CHORUS
With his bloodied hand he stole from me
my innocence, my beauty & youth

VERSE 2
I go to work and everyone I see looks so much younger than me
All I say and do, still not cool for you
I’m feel so empty with the guilt on my sleeve
Oh I’m hoping that time will set me free

CHORUS
With his bloodied hand he stole from me
my innocence, my beauty & youth

VERSE 3
I make my way home feeling so alone
I sit and I drink next to a silent phone
Go to bed to rest my head as your cold body lies in the shed
Then I close my eyes and pray that I can face another day

CHORUS
With his bloodied hand he stole from me
my innocence, my beauty & youth

Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)
Track Name: This City
THIS CITY

VERSE 1
I see people rush’n around
Oh................Yeah!
I hear so many sounds
Oh................Yeah!

VERSE 2
I hear a tram going by
Oh................Yeah!
I hear the movement of time
Oh................Yeah!

CHORUS
This city still turns me on
This city still turns me on
This city still turns me on

Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)
Track Name: At Your Feet
AT YOUR FEET

VERSE 1
I knocked at your door when it was so late
I should have turned away when I reached your gate
You opened up your door and said hey, come lay with me
I said I’m drowning in a cold deep sea

CHORUS
I will lay down at your feet
and watch over you as you sleep
I will lay down at your feet
and watch over you as you sleep

VERSE 2
The moon outside your window said it was safe to stay
A body warm & close to me you kindly gave
When all my needs are in the wrong way
I’m on a shore of despair where the need is more than I care

CHORUS
I will lay down at your feet
and watch over you as you sleep
I will lay down at your feet
and watch over you as you sleep

CHORUS
I will lay down at your feet
and watch over you as you sleep
I will lay down at your feet
and watch over you as you sleep

Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)
Track Name: Hollow Man
HOLLOW MAN

VERSE 1
Oh! No here we go again
You & me, my crazy friend
We’ll cross the wilderness and pass by tall trees
And you can thank me when we hit the sea

CHORUS
Satisfy yourself for me, For I am so empty

VERSE 2
A man in a plaid suite came and said to me
I’ll give you all you want if you just believe in me
He turned and smiled at me and said I’m here to set you free
And it want take you to know my name to satisfy me

CHORUS
Satisfy yourself for me, for I am so empty

VERSE 3
‘No Body’ knows what I’ve seen
‘No Body’ knows with broken glasses eyes still see
And ‘No Body’ knows that only land moves when at sea.
And ‘No Body’ knows that a dead man is truly free

CHORUS
Satisfy yourself for me, for I am so empty

Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)
Track Name: Take Me Home (Ode To Rosemary)
TAKE ME HOME

VERSE 1
When the time comes to face my doom
I’ll sing a sad song just for you
Before the angels reach my door
Old friends will say, “Just one more”

CHORUS
Old memories will come alive
To take me home before I die
Old memories will come alive
To take me home before I die

VERSE 2
The days of tenderness are gone
My virtues now have no home
Between despondency and hope
I’m destined to walk that line

CHORUS
Old memories will come alive
To take me home before I die
Old memories will come alive
To take me home before I die

VERSE 3
My daddy once said “so defiled is this world
That all decency will leave you
And God and only God will believe in you
Your only way to make it through

CHORUS
Old memories will come alive
To take me home before I die
Old memories will come alive
To take me home before I die

VERSE 1 (repeated )
When the time comes to face my doom
I’ll sing a sad song just for you
Before the angels reach my door
Old friends will say, “Just one more”

CHORUS
Old memories will come alive
To take me home before I die
Old memories will come alive
To take me home before I die

Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)
Track Name: Fast Love
FAST LOVE

VERSE 1
Love took me by the hand and lead me down the street
She whispered something in my ear, so sweet.
Anger walked by pretending not to be seen
We used to be so hot on the scene

VERSE 2
Sadness stood there as we sat to eat
Told me how I left her homeless on the street
Guilt passed a dirty look at me
As righteousness got up to leave

CHORUS
Then I remembered I’ve been here before
Oh fast love don’t work for me no more.

VERSE 3
Acceptance was waiting at home for me
With a comforting smile and a place to be
She held me close in a warm embrace
As a tear ran down her face

CHORUS
Then I remembered I’ve been here before
Oh fast love don’t work for me no more.

Copyright reserved M.E.Baird 2010 (lyrics may differ slightly from recording)