This Is The Life I Choose

by Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

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“Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion have been gigging and recording together since February 2012, it’s been a very fertile and productive time with ‘This Is The Life I Choose’ being the band’s 4th studio album; all of which are full of potent and diverse original songs. Add to this, two ‘live’ albums, and it is obvious that the musical chemistry and drive of song writers Zoe and Rob will not let the band stagnate for a moment.
The individual CVs of the four musicians is second to none on the British Music scene.
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion have made a name and reputation for consummate musicianship, stylish delivery, and a deep rooted, rich and diverse musical vocabulary.” - Paul Jolly, 33 Records

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released March 3, 2017

Zoe Schwarz, Rob Koral, Paul Robinson, Pete Whittaker,

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"a luxurious & irresistible sound, Zoe’s dynamic & commanding vocal delivery is eclectic & suave; Rob Koral has an electrifying & unmistakable touch & flow on guitar. Highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ, & Paul Robinson-drums bring massive musical authority & ability to push the music in spontaneous & exciting directions. Band = Virtuosic skills & artistic finesse" ... more

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Track Name: Hold On
What did we do today
When we ran out of words to say
Searching fallen leaves of promises we made
Dried and crumpled memories are all that remain
Sifting through the pieces of another broken heart -
when true love comes apart

So much was said that we didn’t mean
Leaving only the pain of what could have been
What did we feel today
As the tears trickled down with the passing of time
Sifting through the pieces of another broken heart -
when true love comes apart

It’s a decomposing emotional earth
Our spirit draws strength, to live for what it’s worth
Reach out, embrace the sun
Hold on when love has gone, be strong
Track Name: My Baby Told Me So
I’m running close to the bone
Can’t afford a phone
Can’t pay the rent
I’ll have to leave my home
Hey ho, let it go
Cos life is sweet, my baby told me so

Got to get to me gig
Can’t afford a car
Can’t pay the band
I hope they understand
Hey ho, let it go
Cos life is sweet, my baby told me so

Now the blues and I
We’re the best friends for sure
But one of these days
I’ll show them the door
Hey ho, let it go
Cos life is sweet, my baby told me so

My baby holds me tight
He treats me so well
He gave me a silver coin for the wishing well
Hey ho, let it go
The blues have gone and left me
My baby made it so
Track Name: People
People are people and when they need help
It doesn’t matter where they come from
People are people and when they need love
It doesn’t matter where they come from

People oh people let us all unite
It can’t be so hard to do what is right
People oh people let’s plan for forever
Shoulder to shoulder lets plan together

Leaders oh leaders please hear our voice
Harmony not discord it’s an easy choice
People oh people, we’re stronger as one
Common-sense not argument will get the job done

People oh people let’s learn from our mistakes
Kindness and forgiveness is all that it takes
Our arms are open wide, our hearts are open wide
Our eyes open wide, oh yeah
Track Name: Broken
Broken, I got no more tears
Broken, lost, all I got are my fears
I’ve lost all hope, my life’s disappeared
Somebody see me, somebody help me
Just a quid and a smile, would help me get by

Darkness, coldness and hunger
Empty promises and a cold shoulder
Oh what can I do, why should I try
Would be easier just to curl up and die
Just a quid and a smile, would help me get by

How do I know who to trust
Offering me a cup of tea and a crust
Endless days and nights of despair
People say they do, but they just don’t care

I’m lonely, I just can’t seem to get along
I’m trying, how did it all go so wrong
I reach out for help, they look away
I see their distain every single day
But just a quid and a smile, would help me get by

The Freedom of the wind ain’t what it’s cracked up to be
The cold tears my face, my matted hair is changing me
I was jumped on as I slept, all I got now are my coat and my shoes
No more self respect, nothing more left to loose

The only smile I got today was from a crisis volunteer
I used to have a plan and a solid career
All I get now is a jeer and a sneer
Please world don’t be so cavalier
Broken, I got no more tears
Gimme a Rabbit’s foot, and a bottle of beer
Track Name: I Wanna Get Something Started With You
Today is going to be a good day
Today is going to be our day
Gonna put on my red boots
Gonna put on my tight jeans
I’m gonna look pretty for you
I’m gonna be witty for you
I wanna get something started with you

Hour after hour I think of you
Day after day (oh yeah) I think of you
Day turns to night, oh and night turns to day
It’s all the same to me, oh I think of you
I wanna get something started with you

Today is going to be a good day
Today is going to be our day
Gonna put on red lip stick
I’m gonna be hip ‘n slick
Gonna be funny for you
I’m gonna spend money on you
Track Name: Free From You
I’m free from you, I’m free from you
But I’m chained by the memory
I’m free from you, I’m free from you
But the scars run so deep
I can’t sleep at night, no I can’t sleep at night
I just stay awake and weep
I can’t sleep at night, no I can’t sleep at night
But one of these days, I’ll be over you

I’m free from you, I’m free from you
And all your cheating, you are a coward
I’m free from you, I’m free from you
Don’t need your beatings or your flowers
Why did I stay so long, why did I stay so long
Promises soon turned to threats
I can’t imagine it, but I pray for it
One of these days I’ll be over you

I don’t wish you no harm, but I fear that your charm
Will trap somebody else
You’re the meanest of men, you’ll do it all over again
You can only think of yourself
You’re a chauvinist, a misogynist
I was fooled by you
One day you’ll pay for it, oh yes you’ll pay for it
And I, will be over you
Track Name: This Is The Life I Choose
Living in the half-light, oh that ain’t right
Back street alleys, broken guitar strings
Dark lonely rooms, the home of the truth
I’m a blues woman, this is the life I choose

Discerning people, breaking the mould
The mainstream doesn’t live here
Dimly lit rooms, real life lives here
Walls with a thousand stories
Oh yeah, it’s the life I choose,

The sound of blue notes, drift into the night
Back street forgotten places, so full of life
Artistic souls, playing from the heart
I’m a blues woman, this is the life I choose

Late night clubs, against all the odds
Music so pure, living on a shoe string
Untainted hearts, a vision so strong
I’m a blues woman, this is the life I choose
Track Name: Exit
Exit my bed
Exit my head
Exit straight ahead
Exit let me be
Exit my every pore
Exit through my door
Exit my precious time
Exit, let me be

Exit my sight
Exit my sound
Exit my walls
Exit before I fall
Exit my dreams
Exit if you please
Exit before I scream
Exit, don’t stall

Exit in haste
Exit bad taste
Exit over with speed
I need to be freed
Exit my bed
Exit like I said
Exit my head
Exit or I’ll be dead
Exit my face
Exit my space
Exit you’re a lout
Exit get out
“Exit” I shout
“Exit” I yell
Exit I’m in hell
Exit, let me be
Track Name: I Can't Live Like That
When I was a young girl, with eyes open wide
My mother took to one side and said
Zoe girl, let me give you some advice
Stay away from boys, they’ll do you no good
Stay away from bad boys they would, if they could
No, I can’t live like that

When I was a young girl, Gazing at the world
My teacher took to one side and said
Zoe girl, let me give you some advice
Stay away from that music, it’s owned by the devil don’t you know
Stay away from that music it’ll steal away your soul
No, I can’t live like that,

Well, here I am playing the blues, on the road
Breaking the rules
I got my band, payin’ our dues, boots on the boards
Singing the blues

When I was a young girl, with stars in my eyes.
My brother took me to one side and said,
Zoe girl, let me give you some advice
Don’t tell your mother, nor your teacher too
You’re a blues cat sister, a blues cat through and through
Oh I got to live like that, yeah,
Track Name: No Money In My Pocket
Driving down highway into deepest Kent
Nothing in my pocket, ‘cos my money’s all spent
Got to try and make it to the next show on the tour
We’re working so hard just to yeah fill the floor

I’ve got nothing in my pocket, it’s all that I made
Waiting for tomorrow night we’ll all get paid
I’ve got nothing in my pocket, it’s all that I made
Waiting for tomorrow night I might get laid

Get up in the morning and we hit a new town
Different situation, a new deal going down
Another set of fans that’ll be cheerin’ us on
We’ll be tearing things up and then Yo we’ll be gone

Another pit stop, with lovin’ on the run
Some folks call it work, some folks call it fun
We’re busy playing music, the best way we can
Don’t think ‘bout the future, we ain’t got no master plan

Had ourselves a ball, and a really good time
Three weeks on the road, turning water into wine
Got ourselves a festival, now we’re pulling them in
We’re the kings of boogie, and we’re gonna win

Cash now in my pocket, time to hit the road
Got my new rockin boots, I’m ready to roll
Gonna write a new song to tell our story
Can’t stop now as we’re chasin the glory…. Oh oh yeah
Track Name: Call Of The Night
Sand in my toes, on this lazy beach
See the sun going down, ‘til its out of reach
Seagulls hit the spray for something to eat
Salt water delights that can’t be beat

It’s evening time and the shutters are down
Lamp lights flicker gently, in this sleepy town
Critters and creatures and bats of the night
Night time is their time, they‘ll give you a fright

Sultry ‘n’ slowly, ‘aint no need to rush
Dude’s getting worked up, deep in the bush
Moaning and sweating with the baker’s daughter
Doing things, they shouldn’t oughta

Night moves, and clinches, ‘n’ push and shove
Sleepy town’s in motion, can you feel the love?
Some folks do that and some do this
Some folks don’t even get beyond a kiss

Seaside frolics, ‘n’ slap and tickle
Enjoy the free ride, won’t cost you a nickel
Some get lucky and some get drunk
Some end up poets, others a punk

The call of the night takes many forms
Do what you wanna, up until the dawn
Rollin and tumblin’ in that sleepy town
Hot and sweaty under the eiderdown

Cock crows loudly at breakfast time
No one stirs ‘til quarter to nine
Some get up and buy a paper
Others laugh it off, as a meaningless caper

Sunlight sparkles on the day they like best
No such fun, on the day of rest
Few of the folks, they wake and yawn
Can’t believe they made it, up until dawn

Come midday and they’ll hit the pub
Drink too much and start stirring it up
They’ll stagger home and want some more
But crash right out on the livin’ room floor

Sand in my toes on this lazy beach
See the sun going down, ‘til it’s out of reach
Seagulls hit the spray for something to eat
Salt water delights that can’t be beat