So Ferocious

by Carsie Blanton

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A soulful, playful, hedonistic pop record for smart, ferocious, muffin-hearted libertines.

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released August 2, 2016

Produced by Pete Donnelly and Carsie Blanton
All songs © 2016 Carsie Blanton, except “Hot Night”, “So Ferocious”, “Fat & Happy” and “Scoundrel” written by Carsie Blanton and Joe Plowman.
Engineered and mixed by Pete Donnelly at Westmont Station Recording Studio in Haddon Township, NJ. Mastered by Jim Salamone at Cambridge Sound Studios in Philadelphia, PA.
Cover design and illustrations by petitesluxures.

THE BAND
Carsie Blanton: lead vocals, guitars, backing vocals, percussion
Pete Donnelly: guitars, backing vocals, keys, percussion
Patrick Firth: keyboards, piano, backing vocals
Joseph Plowman: bass, keys, ukulele, backing vocals
Jano Rix: drums, percussion, backing vocals, keys, melodica, toy piano

SPECIAL GUESTS
Matt Cappy: trumpet
Maya, Sean, and Alex Donnelly: backing vocals
Rex Gregory: saxophone
Rachel Icenogle: cello
Sarah Larsen: violin, viola
String arrangement for “Lovin is Easy” by Joe Plowman. String arrangement for “To Be Known” by Joe Plowman and Sarah Larsen.
Rebirth Brass Band sample on “Hot Night” used with permission from Howlin’ Wolf Management.

THANKS
To my fans for funding this record. Amy O’Leary, Brad Blanton, Bill Eib, and Jon Darvill for always encouraging my ferocity. Grace Bonds, Tyler Rehm, Dina DiRenzo, Jesse Young, Katherine McGuire, and Craig and Julie Barbieri for making this whole thing run.
And to my creative family: Joe, Pete, Pat and Jano, Milton, Chris and Oliver Wood, Tilke Elkins, Steve and Deb Talan, David Hale, Chris Kasper, Anais Mitchell, Devon Sproule, Eric Robertson, and the city of New Orleans, for all the inspiration, guidance, generosity, humor and friendship.

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Carsie is a singer/songwriter based in New Orleans. She has toured with Paul Simon, the Wood Brothers, the Weepies and Joan Osborne.

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Track Name: Hot Night
HOT NIGHT

it’s a hot night
and I don’t feel like sleepin
I got too much commotion
runnin round my mind

some kind of second sight
I see the meaning of everything
with the fever of the free and easy
in the summertime

ain’t nobody gonna give it to ya
you got to steal it
ain’t nobody gonna live it for ya
so you better feel it now

it’s a hot night
I hear the dogs in the distance
I hear the men comin down the street
pickin up the trash

it sounds like a fist fight
like a squalid existence
but they’re singin in the dawnin day
like nobody asked

ain’t nobody gonna give it to ya
you got to steal it
ain’t nobody gonna live it for ya
so you better feel it now

it’s a hot night
and I don’t feel like sleepin
lying next to my lover
and I can hear his dreams

I feel like rising bread
like a hothouse flower
like I’m drunk on whiskey sour
down the street in New Orleans

it’s a hot night
lying next to my lover
and there’s nowhere tomorrow
that I need to get

so I say not quite
don’t take this night away from me
I don’t feel like sleepin yet
Track Name: Vim & Vigor
VIM & VIGOR

I know I got a dirty mind
it’s in the gutter all the time
I don’t believe that it’s a crime
I consider it a service

this ain’t 1954
it ain’t a man’s world anymore
so whatcha wanna tame me for
do I make you nervous?

I roll up all vim and vigor
chompin at the bit got my finger on the trigger
pitchin a fit all lipstick and vinegar
like baby do ya dare me

cuss a blue streak like a drunken doxy
don’t give a fuck if you find me foxy
I do what I want to cus I got moxie
and you don’t scare me

I know I got a lot of nerve
I ought to get what I deserve
a half a dozen men to serve me
it stands to reason

a couple of em feed me sweets
couple more to rub my feets
and one or two between my sheets
if I find it pleasing

I roll up all vim and vigor
chompin at the bit got my finger on the trigger
pitchin a fit all lipstick and vinegar
like baby do ya dare me

cuss a blue streak like a drunken doxy
don’t give a fuck if you find me foxy
I do what I want to cus I got moxie
and you don’t scare me

well I wake up every mornin with somethin to say
music to play and lots of good lovin all day
you wake up every mornin just hatin on me
ain’t it easy to see who it feels better to be?
Track Name: So Ferocious
SO FEROCIOUS

walkin through the city feelin so ferocious
I could take anyone
you ain’t gonna see me run from you no way
no way

everything you said to me was so atrocious
you oughtta take it back
if I had a punch to pack I’d make you pay
you pay

I guess your mama didn’t raise you right
and you wanna take it out on me
you’re just a bully lookin for a fight
but you didn’t know that I could be
SO FEROCIOUS!

you wake up every mornin feelin so malicious
mouthful of sour grapes
when you see a smilin face it makes you mad
so mad

everything I ever do is so delicious
I oughtta cut a break
when I really contemplate you I feel sad
so sad

now you think you’re tough
but before long you’ll see that ain’t no way to live
cus the stuff that makes you strong
ain’t what you take - it’s what you give!

I guess your mama didn’t raise you right
and you wanna take it out on me
you’re just a bully lookin for a fight
but you didn’t know that I could be
SO FEROCIOUS!
Track Name: Lovin is Easy
LOVIN IS EASY

I’m in love with you
but it’s all right
I fall in love nearly every night
and it fills up my heart
til I can’t keep it in
so I hope you don’t mind if I say it again

I’m in love with you
but it’s okay
I fall in love almost every day
I’m in love with the boys
in the band down my street
and with every good poet I happen to meet

cus lovin is easy as takin a breath
I’ll do it all day til the day of my death
I don’t wanna own you, you don’t have to stay
just as long as I’ve known you I’ve wanted to say

I’m in love with you
is that a sin?
just look at the state that you’ve got me in
when I think of your hands
of your eyes of your tongue
I feel suddenly foolish and humble and young

cus I’m in love with you honey
but don’t be afraid
I fell in love with the love that we made
but it’s none of my business if you could love me
you don’t have to earn it
I’m givin’ it free

cus lovin is easy as takin a breath
I’ll do it all day til the day of my death
I don’t wanna own you, you don’t have to stay
just as long as I’ve known you I’ve wanted to say

I’m in love with you
Track Name: Ravenous
RAVENOUS

when I was a little kid
I was always curious
what the bigger people did
that made em so delirious

once I got a feel for it
my appetite was cavernous
couldn’t get enough of it
baby I was ravenous

they all said that it was bad
but it felt good!

when I got to high school
had myself a real friend
lordy what we wouldn’t do
just to cop a feelin

everybody wanted us
nobody was havin us
kissin on the school bus
baby we were ravenous

they all said that we were bad
but we felt good!

ever since I was a little girl
they say no no no no no no!
everybody in the whole wide world
they say no no no no no no!

but the good girls get it too
they say no no no no no no!
it’s like it doesn’t matter what we do
they say no no no no no no!

but I just can’t see
what the matter could be
it don’t hurt no one and
it pleases me

so to all the young girls
for the sake of your health
never try to please anybody
but your own self

some of em’ll pitch a fit
some of em’ll love you
ain’t nobody’s business
what another body do

they might tell you that you’re bad
but you’ll feel good!
Track Name: Fat & Happy
FAT & HAPPY

when I’m fat and happy
and high on the hog
will you still be moanin like a three legged dog
will you still be lyin like a bump on a log
when I’m fat and happy
and high on the hog

when I’m fat and happy
and rich as a roux
will you know of anything better to do
or will you still be cryin cus you haven’t a clue
why I’m fat and happy
and rich as a roux

I heard lately you been talkin trash
I guess you needed somebody to bash
I say you better try to make amends
cus your words may be bitter when you eat ‘em again

when I’m fat and happy
and hittin it big
will you still be whinin like a suckling pig
or will you be beggin to get on the gig
when I’m fat and happy
and hittin it big

I heard lately you been talkin trash
I guess you needed somebody to bash
I say you better go and drink your gin
cus your words may be bitter when you eat ‘em again

when I’m fat n happy
and famous as fuck
will you still be honkin like a canada duck
or will you be crying cus you’re shit outta luck
while I’m fat and happy
and famous as fuck
Track Name: Scoundrel
SCOUNDREL

I saw you comin from a mile away
I knew that you were gonna hurt me
I knew the very first thing you’d say
was gonna make me feel dirty

and all my friends say I should run away
your arms are open but you never do a thing you’re told
I’m only hopin you’re a scoundrel with a heart of gold

I heard the music comin out your mouth
I saw you look at me the way you did
you got the swagger of the dirty south
but you’re as tragic as an orphan kid

and all my friends say I should run away
your arms are open but you never do a thing you’re told
I’m only hopin you’re a scoundrel with a heart of gold

just when I thought that I was all cleaned up
and I’d had enough of the likes of you
you got me beggin for the harder stuff
I can’t help myself I’m a scoundrel too!

your arms are open but you never do a thing you’re told
I’m only hopin you’re a scoundrel with a heart of gold
Track Name: To Be Known
TO BE KNOWN

all the melancholy on the wind
low as a prayer spoken
you feel it blowing through you
everywhere your heart is broken
haunts you like a shadow when
you’re walking through the city on you own

all the ghosts who holler in the night
will try to make you lonely
and when in desperation
someone says that you’re the only one they want
you’ll go to sleep beside them
but you’ll wake up all alone

isn’t it all you ever wanted to be known?

remember when you thought
somebody else was waiting for you
and all the emptiness would end if only they’d adore you
how you had a child’s way of dreaming
don’t you miss it now you’ve grown

and isn’t it all you ever wanted to be known?

all the melancholy on the wind
you feel it shuffle through ya
how it breaks you open
til you’re singing hallelujah
never know the gravity of grace
until it hits you like a stone

isn’t it all you ever wanted to be known?
Track Name: The Animal I Am
THE ANIMAL I AM

the animal I am inside
don’t give a damn about my pride
her smile is a mile wide
cus she don’t give a damn

the animal I have in me
don’t give a shit for dignity
so go ahead and let me be
the animal I am

when I try to reason she just laughs
when she cries it breaks my heart in half

in my younger days I tried
to keep her locked away inside
but there ain’t no use to try and hide
the animal I am

the animal that’s in me yet
she’s got no use for etiquette
heaven knows if you will get
a lion or a lamb

and god forbid you fall for me
though I may treat you tenderly
hang around and you will see
the animal I am

when I try to reason she just laughs
but when she cries it breaks my heart in half

in my younger days I tried
to keep her locked away inside
there ain’t no use to try and hide
the animal I am

well she barks all night
she’s always startin fights
but she’s only actin tough
all she needs is love

in my younger days I tried
to keep her locked away inside
but there ain’t no use to try and hide
the animal I am
Track Name: Fever Dream
FEVER DREAM

oh the day was so hot
on st. anthony street
that I slept on my cot
without even a sheet

when I crept to the door
and I cracked it a peek
in the weather did pour
like a pipe sprung a leak

so I slipped on my kicks
and the dress with the scoop
and I did up my lips
and stepped out on the stoop

where the light was so lush
and the air was so sweet
I fell into a hush
in the feverish heat

oh, summer in New Orleans
so sudden and stranger than a
fever dream

so I walk to the west
on the cobbles and bricks
mockingbird in a nest
talks in cackles and clicks
tall magnolia trees
when I turn to the south
press their bliss to the breeze
like a kiss to the mouth

so I sat on a stump
til there passed a parade
where the drummers all thumped
and the trumpets all played

but a thundercloud breaks
with a rumble and crack
and the streets turn to lakes
and the people turn back

oh, summer in new orleans
so sudden and stranger than a
fever dream

now I sit on the deck
with the rain on the roof
and the dog is a wreck
and the cat is aloof

and the city don’t sleep
but she crawls into bed
with a grin in her teeth
and a song in her head