Chosen Daughter

by Maz O'Connor

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1.
Mary 04:12
Mary take me back to Nights when we felt the air cool And your mother called you in for your dinner And you told me she had grown paler and thinner Since last I saw her So you took your feet from the bed of the quarry And ran without shoes on and said you were sorry To leave me there in the water And I don’t see you round here no more And I don’t hear her calling your name Somebody told me they saw you last winter Carrying all of the blame Darling nothing could keep her Regret and guilt like rock like silt sink deeper We shouldn’t have been there without any grown ups It’s not safe for two little girls so they told us But we were chosen daughters See our mothers loved us strong as the river They held us and carried us and safely delivered us Out to wider waters And I don’t see you round here no more And I don’t hear her calling your name Somebody told me they saw you down South You were carrying all of the blame Mary Your mother loved you strong as the river She held you and carried you and safely delivered you Out to wider waters
2.
Predator 03:56
Lord give me wings so I can fly Far from the predator beneath I feel them creeping where I lie I feel them closing in on me Down where the southbound train goes low Across the rolling river wild I lost my lover long ago He left me lonesome and with child Nobody save a girl unmade Nobody prays for me He courted me so easy Said he would leave her in the Spring The night when he first lay with me I felt that low down train sing Nobody saves a girl unmade Nobody prays for me If I could fly to some far-off mountainside I’d be a stranger I’d be free When I die I will surely see salvation For the hell I’ve endured here on earth Whatever grief a man may see A woman surely suffers worse Nobody saves a girl unmade Nobody prays for me If I could fly to some far-off mountainside I’d be a stranger I’d be free
3.
Sweet sixteen Straight on the boat Ain’t got no money left So someone has to go Daddy died Mammy cries She says I’m the lucky one Says I can be all right Here I go San Francisco I close my eyes I hold on tight I wonder where I’ll be In three Hail Marys time Oh lord of land and sea Is this the best That you could do for me? Here I go San Francisco A girl who speaks just like me Met me off the train Asked me if I would miss the rain I cover my head now But hell I get my own bed now I wrote my sister Told her I missed her And she wrote me in poetry Of all the things that I won’t see Down by the docks I watch the sun go down And I ask the sky will I ever Be a woman now? Oh San Francisco
4.
Cordelia 04:10
Cordelia was the third born child She came unexpectedly Apple of her father’s eye Cast out at 23 Cordelia always speaks her mind Truth trips into speech I asked her to show me line by line She said it’s something she can’t teach Cordelia Won’t you take me down to the water’s edge And show me what you mean? My tongue is dense with dirt now I need you to wash it clean Take me down to the water’s edge And show me my way home I know I don’t belong here But I don’t think that I can go Cordelia’s words could start a war Cause steel-bellied ships to sink Me I am weary and battle sore And too afraid of what they’ll think Cordelia Won’t you take me down to the water’s edge And show me what you mean? My tongue is dense with dirt now I need you to wash it clean Take me down to the water’s edge And show me my way home I know I don’t belong here But I don’t think that I can go Cordelia Won’t you take me down to the water’s edge And show me what you mean? My tongue is dense with dirt now I need you to wash it clean Take me down to the water’s edge And show me my way home I know they do me wrong here I know they do me wrong I know they do me wrong here I know they do me wrong I know they do me wrong here But I don’t think I can say no
5.
Party Girl 04:21
Don’t mind me I won’t get in your way I’ll be here all night And I’ll look just right And I’ll say all the things that I should say Living easy living free Throwing back margaritas carelessly And I think one of those guys Has a thing for me So tonight I guess that’s who I’ll be I won’t bring you down You’ll love having me around I’ll never tell you you’re too much Cos I’m a party girl Free and easy Don’t take me too seriously I’m a party girl Free and easy You can always count on me Everybody here’s got money Went to some fancy school Dress poor Speak like me Yeah I guess that’s cool And they talk about girls like children The way we cry we cry we cry in the night And we don’t know what we want We don’t know what we want Yeah girls are crazy all right But I won’t bring you down You’ll love having me around I’ll never tell you you’re too much You can push me around I’ll hold your robe and crown I’ll never say I’ve had enough Cos I’m a party girl Free and easy Don’t take me too seriously I’m a party girl Free and easy You can always count on me Did someone tell you I get blue? It’s not true it’s not true One more tequila Pleased to meet ya This is what we do Cos I’m a party girl Free and easy Don’t take me too seriously I’m a party girl Free and easy You can always count on me
6.
Invincible 03:54
You wanna know how it feels Just wanna know what it tastes like You wanna know what you can hold Wanna see if you’ll come back to life So you take another pill Hey this one feels like falling asleep in the arms of a lover So you take another drink Hey this one tastes so much sweeter on the heels of another Now you’re invincible Nothing’s ever gonna hurt you You’re invincible Nothing’s ever gonna hurt you again No he doesn’t want to stay At least that saves you the pretending Cos you’d grow tired anyway Always waiting for an ending So you take another pill This used to feel like falling asleep in the arms of a lover So you take another drink Already made so many mistakes where’s the harm in another? Now you’re invincible Nothing’s ever gonna hurt you You’re invincible Nothing’s ever gonna hurt you again Old sleeves of records scattered on the floor No melodies can touch you anymore Skins and bottles block the open door No memories come knocking anymore
7.
Bones 03:18
Won’t you show to me The bones of the city The city that you knew When you were just a boy Won’t you show to me The things I don’t see The ghosts That bring you joy I would do anything to know Where this love is gonna go But you tell me to wait Tell me to go slow I give to you My falling in the playground All the grazes on my knees All my little girl shame I give to you My fears in the evening All my raging against My father’s name I would do anything to know Where this love is gonna go But you tell me to wait Tell me to go slow Show me show me The place I can call home I would do anything to know Where this love is gonna go But you tell me to wait Tell me to go slow
8.
Finer than I 04:13
Seven years or more I walk the factory floor The skin upon my soles Won’t stick anymore You fit me love Like an old pair of shoes A soft and softer hold With every use Did I hear you have a new love finer than I? Gold upon her fingers and a dark and roving eye Wandering Soho streets at night Searching for silks and silvers to buy Seven years or more I sleep beside the door Waiting like a widow Many years after the war See I still believe You’ll be coming back for me No mouth as sweet as yours Was made to deceive But I heard you have a new love finer than I Drinks in Mayfair hotel bars deep into the night Her father’s gold shines bright Brighter than any smile of mine The river is long and low And I cannot cross o’er the other side So bring to me a boat That I might cross both time and tide What if I can’t get over it this time?
9.
Nicotine 04:29
Smoked up Sundays in your room Staying up and sleeping through To ease the crash of getting clean One more patch of nicotine My hair was red when we first met You pulled it from my face and said I reminded you of somebody You knew before you came to me She was the real drug I was the patch the nicotine She runs through your veins And I’ll never get beneath your skin Her father never did approve Didn’t think too much of you You sang to me her favourite song Said fathers always get you wrong Well your hair was starting turning grey So you were gonna change your ways Starting with the company And that was when you came to me She was the real drug I was the patch the nicotine She runs through your veins And I’ll never get beneath your skin So I found a man who drinks like you And I let him tell me what to do Smelled your smoke upon his lips Felt your calloused fingertips So now I guess I pass it on And I sing to him your favourite song Get him high and watch him fall Keep him waiting on my call Reserve the right to speak your name Let him want me all the same Your love real drug He’ll be the patch the nicotine You’ll run through my veins And he’ll never get beneath my skin
10.
I would have loved you longer I would have loved you more I would have loved you stronger Than you’d been loved before I would have painted the moon in blue And all the stars in red Only to be closer to you To share your borrowed bed And it took me some time To trust my own mind And get myself together But I know now, honey I know You should have loved me better Didn’t I take the blame when you told me to Every little thing my fault Only wanted sweetness from you Only ever tasted salt And didn’t you let me think I wasn’t good enough Didn’t you watch me feed my shame Too young to really know my worth Too scared to scream my name And I asked you straight one night Will I ever know your mind? And you told me never Well I know now, honey I know You should have loved me better Wherever you are now I want you to know You were blood on newly fallen snow Too weak to make a stain Too small to even take a hold Yeah it took me some time Oh it took me a while But I put it all together And I know now, honey I know You should have loved me better
11.
3 o’clock and the party’s over Isn’t it time you tried to get sober You can stay I’ll lay you out a bed I didn’t know you had gotten so low But I guess that’s how these things can go Oh nothing like love to break your head If you let it You won’t love so free anymore But close your eyes and it won’t feel so sore In the morning In the morning In the morning In the morning I hope you didn’t take me wrong When I told you I don’t think I belong There’s salt in my song there’s sugar in my wounds But you always did see right through All those stupid fake and self-hating things I’d do Oh nothing like a friend to make a fool out of you But I don’t tell those tales anymore I close my eyes so it won’t feel so sore In the morning In the morning In the morning In the morning You can stay I will lay you out a bed You know it’ll be like none of this was said In the morning In the morning In the morning In the morning

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released October 25, 2019

All songs written & arranged by Maz O’Connor
Produced, engineered & mixed by Mattie Foulds at Caribou Studios
Mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castle Studios

Maz O’Connor: vocals, guitars, piano (Tracks 4 & 10)
Kevin McGuire: double bass
Mattie Foulds: drums
David Milligan: piano, keys
Neill MacColl: guitars
Patsy Reid: violin
Kobus Frick: violin
Elaine Koene: viola
Su-a Lee: cello
String Arrangements by Kate St John

Album illustrations by Maria Farrar
Album design, layout & photos by Elly Lucas

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Singer and songwriter based in London
'remarkable songwriting talent....captivating voice ****' Q Magazine

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