So Ferocious

by Carsie Blanton

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Rule Great tunes, great lyrics, groove along. Favorite track: Hot Night.
Jessie
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Jessie I love this empowering, sex positive album. It's the soundtrack to my summer as I relearn my approach to love and relationships. Songs range from upbeat and fun to melancholy and moving and are all quite relatable. Thank you for giving independent women a voice, Carsie! Love you. Favorite track: Vim & Vigor.
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caostrye Carsie's songs are playful, sexy, and unabashedly feminine. I love the songs Ravenous, Vim & Vigor, and The Animal I Am, that refute the shaming of girls and women who acknowledge their physical desires. Also the evocative descriptions of New Orleans in summer, with "magnolia trees pressing their perfume to the sky like a kiss to the mouth" and the city "doesn't sleep but she climbs into bed with a smile between her teeth". Keep on telling stories your way, Carsie!
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1.
Hot Night 02:37
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
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Vim & Vigor 03:32
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?
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So Ferocious 02:36
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!
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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
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Ravenous 02:53
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!
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Fat & Happy 02:35
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
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Scoundrel 02:23
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
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To Be Known 04:10
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?
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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
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Fever Dream 03:24
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

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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 Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving. Whether alone with her electric guitar or fronting her four-piece “handsome band”, Carsie delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for. ... more

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