Two​-​Headed Girl

by Alev Lenz

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1.
Planet 04:25
Planet I knew a man I cast a spell He lives in my dreams Don't tell His light is shining bright through my nights I see a man who still does shine 'though his light has died A thousand, thousand years ago Fight the night that brings the tears morning's memories how they pierce I have stopped but they have gone those years Fight darling in your sleep Fight darling in sleep So the reason why I came telling you here of my shame I need you to release the man inside I'll fight you ever night
2.
There's me in red There's me in blue There's me who loves you There's me who runs back to you There's me with kids Full of anger Full of understanding A life on the coast A life beside you A life with many men A life with just one It all, it all is a life And I am thankful for what I got I can see the passing And the sensitivity Will you carry me I can't quite decide who to be Who to be If you can love me Knowing not all of me Knowing not all of me is always there Ten versions of me Twenty version of me Thirty version of me Forty version of me
3.
A Minute 01:38
For a minute I thought my phone rang and my heart sank For a minute I thought that you had turned around Less than a minute it took to get up my hopes so high And then time went by Oh a minute it takes That memories made Oh time's no healer Time's a steal I simply recall nothing but goodbye And my head aches For a minute I feel the weight of the sum The good, the bad in truth they are all long time gone Time, time, it's all I've got Time, time, it's all I've got Just a minute has past How memories are fast I know they're coming back to you A field so vast But don't harvest the past Let time go by Let time go by Let time go by Let time go by
4.
Airport 03:18 video
Airport I met you at the airport When my hair was still short Now it's growing longer As I'm growing fonder Of the things that you said that got you in to my bed Now it's february and I am still weary When you left on christmas For another misses I headed to an airport too Hating this city more than I hate you Standing at the gate Trying to force fate Now I'm at an airport I think I'll cut my hair short I thought it was temporary But then you were very Affectionate and passionate Oh how I was misled I should have let you pay the plane ticket Should have played the game But it was getting warmer Warm enough to sit outside Though you're not pretty in the sun I said I'm not gonna run What had just begun Will outshine your Shortcomings Should have been running Now it's a hot, hot summer And I'm cool, cool, cool You won't be getting anything And I will not attach a string When you talk about the sea How we'll go there you and me I know just what I'll get And by dawn I will regret Headlights on down the street In pursuit of happiness Old the haunting loneliness Used my hope New the dress These preowned pieces of my heart Hold them tight don't fall apart As I do remember It is soon September I'll meet you in the city Faces read possibility I'll meet you in the park Where we meet after dark Where we huddle and cluster Love here is just faster In the hours of despair Isn't he just as fair Now it's a hot, hot summer And I'm cool, cool, cool You won't be getting anything And I will not attach a string When you talk about the sea How we'll go there you and me I know just what I'll get And by dawn I will regret Now my hair is long I guess I am strong And independent I'll make do and mend I'll give a good fifty percent Plane schedule at hand But a hundred I'll demand Let's not get this out of hand I look at the sky See the planes passing by I could be in one of them I could never leave again I could write a travelogue But it would be a monologue It was a hot, hot summer I was cool, cool, cool Still you were getting everything You really got under my skin When I think about the sea How we crossed it you and me How could I forget What you give is what you get
5.
Eggshell 04:30 video
Bites your nails and pulls your hair It's inside you no matter what suit you wear Looks up or down Wears your crown The infant ruler No one is cra- crueler Eggshell won't you break apart In the right spots you are strong Your father, mother build us hard As they pushed us all along The reason why you're fragile now Is the fear of breaking up The fear of loosing what is left Fear the child that won't grow up I can't let go, I won't let go This is hi-ha-home This is me-ma throne I'll still dri-dra-driven and nothing is forgiven The pain and the anger They feed my hunger I'll scre-scra-scream from the top, from the top From the top of my lungs Till the burst and it will Fill the sky , Be the shadow in the sky Be the first and the last thing on earth Eggshell won't you break apart In the right spots you are strong Your father, mother build us hard As they pushed us all along The reason why you're fragile now Is the fear of breaking up The fear of loosing what is left Fear the child that won't grow up Bites your nails and pulls your hair It's inside you no matter what suit you wear Looks up or down Wears your crown The infant ruler No one is cra-crueler Eggshell won't you break apart In the right spots you are strong Your father, mother build us hard As they pushed us all along The reason why you're fragile now Is the fear of breaking up The fear of loosing what is left Fear the child that won't grow up Found me a man I'm gonna build a house he said it's time to pardon you Found me a man I'm gonna build a house he said it's time to pardon you Found me a man I'm gonna build a house he said it's time to pardon you Eggshell won't you break apart In the right spots you are strong Your father, mother build us hard As they pushed us all along The reason why you're fragile now Is the fear of breaking up The fear of loosing what is left Fear the child that won't grow up
6.
If Love 03:04 video
If love was the ocean Our rivers meet at the sea If love was a tree We're both branches you and me If love was field With you I can run free If love was a field With you I can run free If love the ocean If we meet at the sea If love was a tree And we bloom on a field I can see a rainbow I can see the flowers grow I can see the clouds pass by With rain or sunshine I can feel the breeze in my hair I can tell you're always there I can feel the breeze in my hair I can tell you're always there Time is ticking and I don't know how to hold to that rainbow It's fading, it's fading
7.
Riff No. 2 03:14
I wish I could flow like water Flowing free I wish I could run like water Running, running free I wish I could be like water Flowing free I'll find my way through every stone I am loose I'll let it go I don't choose I wish I could fall like water I will fall, I'll flow I'll drip I wish, I wish I could run like water Flow like water
8.
Two-Headed Girl wishes she had something clever to say 'bout love Two-Headed Girl wishes she had something clever to say 'bout love Her endeavours are her mission Your love is her ignition Off to someone else's heart She's a travelling lady She'll stay until your night is over Your night is over Two-Headed Girl holds a torch in each hand She'll light it up as soon as she sees love From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome Keep your storied pump Give her the poor and the huddled masses yearning, yearning to breathe love Love, Love, Love Your night is over Two-Headed Girl grows a head for each lover Many-Headed Girl cuts off one lover To see if the bloodstream shows her the way But oh how all that love makes each head grow back And at night she doesn't get a wink of sleep Sleep, love, sleep, love Your night is over
9.
Well 03:53
Well, my smile won't tell 'bout the pain you've caused All the blood you've shed People won't come see me Won't bring flowers to my bed If a car had hit me, you would see All the broken bones, all the open wounds and the doctor's concerned face Well, but my smile won't tell 'bout the accidents and the cracks and dents The light gets in (repeat) Well, we're flesh and bones But to hearts and stones there's also sticks and stones Pictures you see The words you hear The echoes in your head If a car had hit me, you would see But there's no broken bones, no open wounds I'll just keep my unconcerned face Well, my smile won't tell bout the accidents and the cracks and dents The light gets in Well, but my smile won't tell 'bout the pain I've felt, the tears not shed People don't see me, I'll go silently mad And please don't me 'bout anything happening Control it Well, my smile didn't tell bout the pain I held, my blood was shed People came to see me There's no flowers on this concrete bed A car had hit me 'cause I let go Here's my broken bones and open wounds Try and fix me now
10.
Yamaha 04:18
Opens fortunes cookie...
11.
So I left the ways that were making me be Someone who I really don’t want to be But with no signs ahead how will I ever know where I am at? It’s not that I haven’t wished for a house on easy street I pick up every penny off the road ’cause luck is what I need Illuminate vacancy, isn’t there some place I can be? Illuminate vacancy, isn’t there some place I can be? Well I’m going to Memphis And I won’t regret this ’Cause after heartache and blues this is still what I’ll choose A road far off the map Less traveled, but mine You loose when you choose and I’m haunted by yet another road not taken I see what I pass and I’m aching ’Cause once in a while along the way love has been good to me But I heard them say you can’t put your arms around a memory Still I’m going to Memphis And I won’t regret this ’Cause after heartbreak and blues this is still what I’ll choose A road far off the map Less traveled, but mine So I’m going to Memphis And I won’t regret this ’Cause after headache and blues this is still what I’ll choose A road far off the map Less traveled, but mine
12.
a lot of 'uhs' really.... Simply call the highest mount my all, my all I can't come running, I can't come running, I can't come running, I can't come running

about

Following on from the success of Eggshell, Alev Lenz is gearing up to release her second album titled Two-Headed Girl (private link), which was recorded and produced in London’s Premises Studios.

For the album, Alev enlisted the services of acclaimed Finnish drummer, Samuli Kosminen (Múm, Hauschka, Kronos Quartet, Jónsi). Samuli Kosminen came as a recommendation by Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, who notably also offered to mix the album upon hearing rough demos.

Months of Dropbox sessions from London to Helsinki and back resulted in 12 finished songs, all with incredibly unique and contemporary sounds.

In contrast to her first album - which was fully produced by esteemed Hip Hop producer Philippe Kayser (Freundeskreis) - Alev decided to take the producer role on herself.

The result is an album that demonstrates a diverse set of influences, from European classical to experimental electronics.

Alev Lenz, is a remarkable songwriter, composer and singer, whose music fuses filmic, world and classical influences. Her bittersweet voice and utterly personal lyrics, loaded with melodic flavours and inspiring hooks that take you by surprise, off kilter harmonics and deep and compelling song structures, have often been compared to songstresses like Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor.

Alev Lenz may not be a household name just yet, but since the release of her debut album back in 2009 in her home country of Germany, now London-based Alev has kept herself busy with gigs in London (including The Vortex, the hub of the capital’s Avant jazz and electronic scene), New York and across Germany, as well as composing soundtracks for several high profile German films, and collaborating with established artists such as Anoushka Shankar and Lucy Claire.

Furthermore having recently signed to MannersMcDade Publishing - who also take care of prolific artists such as Nils Frahm and Poppy Ackroyd - Alev is now ready to release in June 2016 her second full-length album titled Two-Headed Girl, which is looking to take the summer by storm.

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released June 17, 2016

Produced by Samuli Kosminen (Mùm, Kronos Quartet, Jonsí) and Alev Lenz
Mixed by Jas Shaw (Simian Mobile Disco)

All song written by Alev Lenz, except 'Yamaha' and 'I rather create than practice' written by Alev Lenz and Samuli Kosminen

Vocals, piano, keyboard, glockenspiel, fortune cookie reading - Alev Lenz
Drums & dingalee dangs, kalimba, glockenspiel - Samuli Kosminen
Bass - Harry Deacon
Fortune cookie reading on 'Yamaha' - Laura Theis
Guitar on 'If Love' - Stevie Wyatt
Cello on 'I rather create than practice'- Ben Trigg

Mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering, London

Recorded at:
The Premises Studios, London - engineered by Jason Howes
Ulappa, Suomenlinna - engineered by Samuli Kosminen
Alev's small room, London - engineered by Alev Lenz
Additional piano for 'If Love' recorded at KONK studios, London - enigneered by Josh Green

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Alev Lenz is a Grammy nominated producer, singer, songwriter and composer. Lenz’s rich catalogue of compositions fuse distinctive musical worlds into something that is authentically hers - compelling songs for both record and screen. Her latest album '3' (via SA Recordings) sees Alev distilling and extracting her voice, joined on 7 tracks by Grammy-award winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. ... more

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