Songs For Refugees

by Lee Quick

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Songs written and recorded 2005-2008. Starting with a thumping porchboard bass, "The Black Line" somehow evokes the ghosts of both Johnny Cash and George Harrison. It's an album of songs haunted by memories and deep emotions, sometimes sad (After the Storm), sometimes sarcastic (Never Say), sometimes escapist (Amethyst Jane), but always heartfelt and honest.

In September 2005, Lee Quick was blown away by Hurricane Katrina and landed in Nashville, Tennessee. After wandering and wondering for a while, she sat down and started writing a hell-of-a-lot of songs and playing on many Nashville songwriter nights (including the famous Bluebird Cafe). In 2006, among other things, she was interviewed by MusiCares (NARAS-the Grammy people), hugged by Paul Stookey (of Peter Paul & Mary), and touched by Keith Urban (twice).

In 2006-07 Lee learned how to multi-track with GarageBand and sang/played/recorded these songs on her iMac.

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released February 5, 2008

©2008 L. Quick (BMI)
All songs written by Lee Quick  
Performed, recorded and produced by Lee Quick 
Drum loops courtesy of Apple's GarageBand

Photo credit: Jon Brandt, "Untitled." Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, Object #33161 • hurricanearchive.org
Jon Brandt Photography • jonbrandt.photography@yahoo.com

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Lee Quick Los Angeles, California

Lee Quick is a singer-songwriter-guitarist-Katrina refugee and ex-Army-bassoonist with a penchant for folk songs.

The Louisiana-born classically-trained musician delivers songs in a variety of Americana styles, just quirky enough to stick in your head pretty quickly.

Lee's eclectic influences include the Beatles, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, and Lucinda Williams.
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Track Name: The Black Line
There’s a black hole
in the highway
It hurts my head to hit it every day
But it’s just too small
so they won’t come
to fill it in and make it smooth again

I can’t help it
but it bothers me

There’s a black mark
on my white dress
I don’t think it will ever fade away
And it wears me down
and I wonder
what would ever make it white again

I can’t help it
but it bothers me

There’s a black line
on my front door
It stayed there when the water went away
And it won’t come off
even though I
have tried and tried to make it clean again

I can’t help it
but it bothers me

There’s a black hole
in my memory
of how it feels to get away from pain
But I can’t go back
and there’s nothing
to fill my soul and make it whole again

I can’t help it
but it bothers me
Track Name: After The Storm
I left my home and drove all night
I found a bed and closed my eyes
and when I woke up my life was changed
after the storm took it away

all my things were left to rot
all my work was in the mud
all my friends scattered without a trace
after the storm took them away

ah
ah

I wandered far away from home
I put a mattress on the floor
I sat alone most every day
after the storm took me away

ah
ah

how do you buy things you can’t replace
how do you run when you can’t escape
how do you build up the wall again
after the storm takes it away

ah
ah
Track Name: Never Say
You might think
if you ask me just what it is I do
That I might say
“If I explain, would it be understood
What I do isn’t what I am,
and what is it to you?”

But you should know
I would never say a thing like that
Oh yeah you know
I would never say a thing like that

You might think
if you ask me just where I go to church
That I might say
“What if I don’t, and what gives you the nerve?
If there’s really a God up there,
Let’s leave it up to her”

[repeat chorus]

You could read me like a book
Turn my pages over
If you’ll only take a look
You’ll see past my cover

You might think
if you ask me just who I voted for
That I might say
“Am I living in another civil war?
or a place where the people
can be free to roll their own?”

[repeat chorus]

If you ask me who I am
I will say my name
If you ask me what I am
I won’t say a thing

You might think
if you ask me just where it is I stand
That I might say
“Well, if I said, would I be where I am?
Everyone can do what they like
and I don’t give a damn”

[repeat chorus]
Track Name: One House
I walk to hear my feet make noise
On silver-dusted checkered floors
The walls make rooms, and rooms make walls
I move through dark deserted doors
One step at a time

One bath
One kitchen sink
One tree in the yard
One phone
One TV set
One car in the drive
One mirage in one mind's eye
One house

The shadows fall around me while
I search through strange, familiar sights
Through picture windows in my mind
The sun shines on the darkest night
One night at a time

One clock
One turntable
One chair in the den
One hall
One needlepoint
One lamp by the bed
One mirage in one mind's eye
One house

Spend the night inside my head
Close my eyes to see what's there

Before these frozen, haunted scenes
Fade away and disappear
I chase the pictures in my dreams
Embrace the ghosts, erase the tears
One step at a time
One night at a time

One face
One photo book
One memory to spare
One life
One funeral
One heartbreak to bear
One mirage in one mind's eye
One house
Track Name: I Will Forget
If I’ve ever hurt you bad, let’s pretend I didn’t
If you’ve ever hurt me back, I know you didn’t mean it

If it’s useless to remember
I will forget

When my skin is cut, it takes a little while to heal it
When the scar finally fades, you can hardly see it

When it’s useless to remember
I will forget
Forget

Why live on the bad side
Why put salt in the wound
Why remember the bad times
Just remember the good

If I ever break your heart, let’s go back before it
If you ever make me cry, they’ll dry before you know it

If it’s useless to remember
I will forget
Forget
Track Name: Unawake (Wake Up)
All night I lay wondering
What my life could have been
Turning to the pillow
Where the darkness soothes my skin

All day I'm remembering
All the things I never did
Turning from the window
When the sun-light comes thru the shade

Tell my eyes to open up for the moment's over
Maybe someday now or later it's time to wake up

All day I see nothing
But the daydream in my head
Lying in the bed I made
Or just lying to myself

Tell my eyes to open up for the moment's over
Maybe someday now or later it's time to wake up
Maybe better late than never it's time to wake up

All night I am hiding
From the light that burns my skin
All day I am sleeping
Thru the life that could have been

Tell me I don't have to wake up
Tell me I don't have to wake up
Tell me I don't have to wake up
Tell a lie

Tell my eyes to open up for the moment's over
Maybe someday now or later it's time to wake up
Maybe better late than never it's time to wake up
It's time to wake up
Track Name: Amethyst Jane
Amethyst Jane fell out of bed
A thousand thoughts filled up her head
Then she took a look at the world and smiled

And she was young
And she was happy
And the day was long
And the time went by, in a way, that would say
A better day is gonna come

Amethyst Jane got into the fray
Took a deep breath, and looked at the day
Then she took a turn on a bumpy ride

And she was long
And she was sexy
And the day was long
And the time went by, in a way, that would say
A better day is gonna come

Amethyst Jane got out of the fray
Spun around blind, and had to say
Please don't make me look at myself inside

And she was wrong
And she was angry
And the day was long
And the time went by, in a way, that would say
A better day has gotta come

And she said
Up or down, it's all the same
See the sunshine and the rain
Come or go, it's all the same
Feel the laughter and the pain
Win or lose, it's all the same

Amethyst Jane got out of bed
A thousand dreams filled up her head
Then she took a look at herself and smiled

And she was strong
And she was happy
And the day was long
And the time went by, in a way, that would say
A better day has finally come

Up or down, it's all the same
See the sunshine and the rain
Come or go, it's all the same
Feel the laughter and the pain
Win or lose, it's all the same
Track Name: All I Am
All I am is lost
All I am is lost
All I am is lost
And all I need is you

All I am is broken
All I am is broken
All I am is broken
And all I need is you

The world is cruel
The world is blind
Where are the good?
Where are the kind?

All I am is weary
All I am is weary
All I am is weary
And all I need is you

The world is cold
The world is grey
Where is the hope?
Where is the way?

All I am is wandering
All I am is wandering
All I am is wandering
And all I need is you

All I am is unbelieving
All I am is unbelieving
All I am is unbelieving
And all I need is you

All I am is lost
All I am is lost
All I am is lost
And all I need is you