Beware Of Young Girls: The Songs Of Dory Previn

by Kate Dimbleby and Naadia Sheriff

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would you care to stay till sunrise it's completely your decision it's just that going home is such a ride going home is such a ride going home is such a ride going home is such a low and lonely ride would you hang your denim jacket near the poster by picasso do you sleep on the left side or the right would you mind if i leave on the light would you mind if it isn't too bright now i need the window open so if you happen to get chilly there's this coverlet my cousin hand crocheted do you mind if the edges are frayed would you like to unfasten my braid shall i make you in the morning as cup of instant coffee i will sweeten it with honey and with cream when you sleep do you have dreams? you can read the early paper and i can watch you while you shave oh god the mirror's cracked when you leave will you come back? you don't have to answer that at all the bathroom door is just across the hall you'll find an extra towel on the rack on the paisley patterned papered wall there's a comb on the shelf i papered that wall myself that wall myself would you care to stay till sunrise it's completely your decision it's just the night cuts through me like a knife would you care to stay awhile and save my life? would you care to stay awhile and save my life? i don't know what made me say that i've got this funny sense of humor you know i could not be downhearted it i tried it's just that going home is such a ride going home is such a ride going home is such a ride isn't going home is such a low and lonely ride?
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you know the hollywood sign that stands in the hollywood hills i don't think the christ of the andes ever blessed so many ills the hollywood sign seems to smile like it's constantly saying "cheese" i doubt if the statue of liberty ever welcomed more refugees give me your poor your tired your pimps you carhops your cowboys your midgets your chimps give me your freaks your whores your harlots your flunkies your junkies give me your starlets mary cecilia brown rode to town on a malibu bus she climbed to the top of the hollywood sign and with the smallest possible fuss she jumped off the letter "h" 'cause she did not become a star she died in less than a minute and a half she looked a bit like hedy lamarr sometimes i have this dream when the time comes for me to go i will climb that hill and i'll hang myself from the second or third letter "o" when mary cecilia jumped she finally made the grade her name was in the obituary column of both the daily trades i hope the hollywood sign cries for the town it touches the lady of lourdes in her grotto saw fewer cripples and crutches give me your poor your maladjusted your sick and your beat and your sad and your busted give me your has-beens give me your twisted your loners your losers give me your black-listed you know the hollywood sign the witness to our confusion a symbol of dreams turns out to be a sign of disillusion.
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20 Mile Zone 03:17
I was riding in my car Screaming at the night Screaming at the dark Screaming at fright I wasn't doing nothing Just drive about Screaming at the dark Letting it out That's all I was doing Just letting it out Well along comes a motorcycle Very much to my surprise I said officer was I speeding I couldn't see his eyes He said no you weren't speeding And he felt where his gun was hung He said lady you were screaming At the top of your lung And you were Doing it along You were doing it alone You were screaming in your car In a twenty-mile zone You were doing it alone You were doing it alone You were screaming I said I'll roll up all my windows Don't want to disturb the peace I'm just a creature Who is looking For a little release I said And what's so wrong with screaming Don't you do it at your games When the quarterback Breaks an elbow When the boxer beats and maims But you were Doing it alone You were doing it alone You were screaming in your car In a twenty-mile zone You were doing it alone You were doing it alone You were screaming I said animals roar When they feel like Why can't we do that too Instead of screaming Banzai baby In the war in the human zoo He said I got to take you in now Follow me right behind And let's have no more screaming Like you're out of your mind So he climbed aboard his cycle And his red-eyed headlight beamed And his motor started spinning And his siren screamed He was doing it alone He was doing it alone He was screaming on his bike In a twenty-mile zone He was doing it alone He was doing it alone He was screaming I was doing it alone I was doing it alone I was screaming in my car In a twenty-mile zone I was doing it alone I was doing it alone I was screaming We were doing it together We were doing it together We were screaming at the dark In a twenty-mile zone We were doing it together We were doing it together We were screaming We were doing it together We were doing it Together Alone In a twenty-mile zone
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With my Daddy in the attic With my Daddy in the attic That is where My being wants to bed With the Mattress ticking showing And the tattered pillow slip And the pine Unpainted rafters overhead With the Door closed on my mama And my sibling competition And my Shirley Temple doll That truly cries And my essay on religion With the pasted paper stare Proving tangibly I’d won the second prize With my Daddy in the attic With my Daddy in the attic That is where My dark attraction lies With his Madness on the nightstand Placed beside His loaded gun In the terrifying nearness Of his eyes With no Window spying neighbours And no Husbands in the future To intrude Upon our attic Past the stair Where we’ll live on Peanut butter Spread across assorted crackers And he’ll play His clarinet When I despair With my Daddy in the attic With my Daddy in the attic With my Daddy in the attic Passed the stair Where we’ll live on Peanut butter Spread across assorted crackers And he’ll play His clarinet When I despair Ba ba ba ba Ba ba ba ba... With my Daddy in the attic With my Daddy in the attic With my Daddy in the attic Passed the stair With my Daddy in the attic With my Daddy in the attic With my Daddy in the attic Passed the stair
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Did Jesus have a baby sister? Was she bitter; was she sweet? Did she wind up in a convent; Did she end up... On the street? On the run, on the stage, did she dance? DancinggirlDid he have a sister, a little baby sister— Did Jesus have a sister? Did they give her a chance? And did he have a baby sister; Could she speak out by and large? Was she told by mother Mary, “Ask your brother, He’s in charge— He’s the chief— He’s the whipped cream on the cake.” Did he have a sister, a little baby sister? Did Jesus have a sister? Did they give her a break? VirginHer brother heard the announcement; It was pretty big. pretty big, I guess. But she got precious little notice in the local press. Her mother was a virgin When she carried him, carried him therein... If the little girl came later, Then was she conceived... In sin? And in sorrow? And in suffering And in shame? Did he have a sister, a little baby sister? Did Jesus have a sister? What was her name? Girlpraying2_1And did she long to be a Savior, saving everyone she met? And in private, to her mirror, did she whisper, “Saviorette! Savior Woman! Savior Person! Save your breath..." Did he have a sister, a little baby sister? Did Jesus have a sister— Was she there at his death? CrybabyangelDid she cry for Mary’s comfort As she watched him on the cross? And was Mary, too despairing, “Ask your brother, he’s the boss— He’s the man He’s the chief— He’s the show.” Did he have a sister, a little baby sister? Did Jesus have a sister— ...Doesn’t anyone know?
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Gotta get off, gonna get Have to get off from this ride Gotta get hold, gonna get Need to get hold of my pride When did I get, where did I How was I caught in this game When will I know, where will I How will I think of my name When did I stop feeling sure, feeling safe And start wondering why, wondering why Is this a dream, am I here, where are you What's in back of the sky, why do we cry Gotta get off, gonna get Out of this merry-go-round Gotta get off, gonna get Need to get on where I'm bound When did I get, where did I Why am I lost as a lamb When will I know, where will I How will I learn who I am Is this a dream, am I here, where are you Tell me, when will I know, how will I know When will I know why?
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Perfect Man 04:24

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THE SUNDAY TIMES - REVIEW, 13 MAY 2012:

"Hard to believe that Dory Previn was 86 when she died earlier this year: some of us still think of her as a curly-permed 1970s singer-songwriter.

Our own Kate Dimbleby — a free spirit who dabbles in every shade of jazz, blues and pop — revisits her legacy against the backdrop of Naadia Sheriff’s understated piano.

Her ultra-intelligent choices range from 20 Mile Zone, a droll portrait of a woman on the edge, to the almost painfully vulnerable The Lady with the Braid. Dimbleby is a terrific interpreter of female nonconformists — her stage portrait of Peggy Lee was a cult hit.

If her Dory P is quieter, it is no less atmospheric."

Clive Davis

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ABOUT THE ALBUM:
A collaboration between Kate Dimbleby ('undoubtedly one of Britain’s finest female Jazz singers.' Broadway World) and Naadia Sheriff ("Dazzling pianist” The Times) exploring the extraordinary songbook of cult favourite Dory Previn, the queen of 70's confessional songwriters who died on Valentine’s Day this year, 40 years after the release of her most successful album Mythical Kings and Iguanas.

Previn, who was married to composer André Previn until he left her for Mia Farrow, used her extraordinary tragic life story as material for her often hilarious, touching and musically brilliant songs.

In 2010, Kate performed Dory Previn’s most famous song “Lady with the Braid” every night for five weeks as part of her live show at the New End Theatre in Hampstead. The song and Kate’s version of it got such a reaction that she decided to explore Previn’s work further.

“Beware of Young Girls” is the result. A unique collaboration between Kate and pianist Naadia Sheriff. Dory’s songs explore themes of sexuality, therapy and religion with humour and raw honesty. To this Kate and Naadia bring their own musicianship, experience and personality.

'One of the most versatile singers on the jazz-blues circuit.' The Times

'A shimmering vocal versatility...Kate has the musical talent and jewel-eyed confidence to guarantee an audience a good time' London Evening Standard

'I think I’m in love… It was said about Fred and Ginger, "She gave him sex and he gave her class." Well, Kate Dimbleby has both already and it is a killer combination.' The Scotsman

'Dimbleby is an impressive and talented vocalist, formed both of strong technique and instinctive understanding... There are moments of great depth too, particularly with Dory Previn’s painful The Lady with the Braid' The Stage

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released January 7, 2013

Vocals: Kate Dimbleby and Naadia Sheriff
Piano, Accordion, Organ and Percussion : Naadia Sheriff

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