Miss Understood

by Carolyn Wonderland

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released February 5, 2008

Produced by Ray Benson
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Odor, Cris Burns and Sam Seifert
Assistant Engineer: Will Armstrong
Recorded at Bismeaux Studio in Austin, TX
www.bismeauxstudio.com
Cover photo: Ed Verosky
All other photos: Todd V. Wolfson
Art Direction & Design: Dick Reeves and Heather Hill

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There is a common reaction when people first hear Carolyn Wonderland, which is best summed up by the LA Times quote: “She’s the real deal.” Sure, there are lots of other pretty faces out there who can sing, and maybe they can even play a few leads on the guitar. But once you witness the raw emotional power and originality of Carolyn’s vocals and guitar playing, you are left wondering...... ... more

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Track Name: Misunderstood
Gonna tell my Momma, gonna tell my Pa
Climb the highest mountain just to say to all of y’all
I ain’t got long, I ain’t got long for this world
That don’t worry me none, just a matter of being misunderstood

Ain’t got no worries, ain’t got no tears
Got pain and misery that go way beyond my years
But I ain’t got long, ain’t got long for this world
That don’t worry me none, just a matter of being misunderstood

Sitting here reaching for words to say
Steady here preaching while they call my soul away
I ain’t got long, I ain’t got long for this world
That don’t worry me none, just a matter of being misunderstood

Steady here giving, steady here trying
I’m steady here living just as surely as I’m dying
I ain’t got long, I ain’t got long for this world
That don’t worry me none, just a matter of being misunderstood
Track Name: I Found The Lions
I found the lions
I escaped their jaws
I kept a few of their teeth
But I let them keep their claws
I found the lions or maybe they found me
Could have been bad luck
Or it could have been my destiny
I played dead
But my pulse was too loud
The hyenas giggled as the lions formed a crowd
I played dead
The buzzards in the tree
Waited for the lions to make a meal out of me

Don’t mess with the mighty mighty jungle
Swim through the ocean
Eat the fish in the sea
Don’t mess with the mighty mighty jungle
Because where you find the lions
You will find me

I found the lions
I fell into their lair
No one was there to help me
No one was there to care
I found the lions or maybe they found me
When you stumble in the jungle
It is all a mystery
I played dead
They tossed me around
I kept one eye on the buzzards
And the other on the ground
I played dead
My blood turned thin
The hyenas giggled as the lions closed in

Out of me out of me
You’ll get a little grub
A little bit of skin
And a bone for the cub
No monkey no beast
No dinner no feast
No flood of blood to say the least
Out of me out of me
You’ll come to find
I’m the king of your state of mind
Out of me out of me out of me you’ll get
All that you will come to regret

Don’t mess with the mighty mighty jungle
Swim through the ocean
Eat the fish in the sea
Don’t mess with the mighty mighty jungle
Because where you find the lions
You will find me
Track Name: Bad Girl Blues
I’ve been a bad girl
and I can’t deny
I wish I was a bridesmaid
instead of always the bride
I’ve had good times
and I’ve known pain
But it’s hard to remember
the things I can change

Like feeling broke down, low down in high heel shoes
I’ve got them good time bad girl blues

I’ve been the bad girl
in this little town
I used to walk the tightwire
Ended up with the clown
I’ve known the bad boys
and it bothers me some
Not that it wasn’t real love
But it wasn’t even much fun

Like feeling broke down, low down in high heel shoes
I’ve got them good time bad girl blues

Well, I’ve drank and I’ve stole
Danced on a pole
Traded gifts given in life into dirt for money

I’ve been the bad girl
So I’ve been told
Honey, I’ve been a lot of things
Now I’m just growing old
Holding on tightly
to a long ago past
Trying to tread lightly
Fading out fast

Like feeling broke down, low down in high heel shoes
I’ve got them good time bad girl blues
Track Name: Walk On
Walk on if you want to
Walk on if you can
Walk on to a new life in a brand new land
Walk on if you’re happy
Walk on if you’re blue
If you keep on walking there ain’t nothing you can’t do

Walk on baby, Be strong
When everything around you seems wrong, Walk on

Walk on through the fire
Walk on through the storm
Walk on when it’s freezing, walk on when you’re warm
Walk on past the warlords
Walk on through the grief
Walk on with a purpose, walk tall with your beliefs

Walk on baby, Be strong
When everything around you seems wrong, Walk on

Walk on if you want to
Walk on if you can
Walk on to a new life in a brand new land
Walk on if you’re happy
Walk on if you’re blue
If you keep on walking there ain’t nothing you can’t do

Walk on baby, Be strong
When everything around you seems wrong, Walk on
Track Name: Still Alive And Well
Did you ever take a look to see who's left around?
Everyone I thought was cool is six feet under ground
They tried to get me lots of times
and now they're coming after you
I got out and now I'm here to say
Baby you can get out too

I'm still alive and well
I'm still alive and well
Every now and then its kind of hard to tell
But I'm still alive and well

When I think about the past it only brings me down
Let's make love in the grass while the sun is shining down
It feels so good your long blond hair
Makes me wiggle way down low
Make me shake make the whole earth quake
so everyone will know

That I'm still alive and well
I'm still alive and well
Every now and then its kind of hard to tell
But I'm still alive and well
Track Name: Long Way To Go
I’ve got a long long way to go
The soothsayers all tell me so
I’ve got a big steaming cup of get up and go
I’ve got a long long way to go

Yesterday is a memory
Tomorrow’s never ours to see
As I walk through this life
I know I’m never alone
When all we have is the air we breathe
The here and now and the things we leave
As for me I know
I’ve got a long way to go

I’ve got a leaky old boat to row
Such a long a way to go
If I keep you in my sight, I just might make shore
I’ve got a long long way to go
Track Name: I Don't Want To Fall For You
No, I don’t want to fall for you
There’s everything I would rather do
We’re doomed from the start
So darlin’, just let go of my heart

No, I don’t want to fall it’s true
You’ve got your life and I’ve got my thoughts of you
So I don’t want to fall for you

Unless there’s a slight possibility
That you may one day fall for me
and even then there’s a million reasons why
We should pretend that when we meet sparks don’t fly
No I don’t want to fall for you
Track Name: Trouble In The City
Heard the one about your woman
Lord, she's been messing 'round
She's been stepping out on the street
Lord, she's been hanging out
Ain't nobody had her yet this week but it won't take long
Lord, lord, there's trouble in the city
Lord, lord, there's trouble in the city
Lord, lord, there's trouble in the city
And I hope it won't mess with me

Walking downtown the other day
A man put a gun in my back
"Give me all you've got or I'll blow you away
That's a fact, Jack"
Woe me, misery, too much been going down
Lord, lord, there's trouble in the city
Lord, lord, there's trouble in the city
Lord, lord, there's trouble in the city
And I hope it won't mess with me

Catch the next train out of here
Goodbye, I'll see you, so long
Time was I could face it here
That was a long time ago
When I leave, I'll leave you very low
Next time you won't see me at all
Lord, lord, there's trouble in the city
Lord, lord, there's trouble in the city
Lord, lord, there's trouble in the city
And I hope it won't mess with me
Track Name: Throw My Love
I throw my love against the wall
I watch it slide as it falls
and i think to myself
what did you do that for
I walk away
I hear sweet things that you say
and then I turn around and I come back for more
I throw my love against the wall again and again

I throw my love against the wall
That seems to be my fate
It keeps me up and walkin' through these nights I have come to hate
You can turn somethin' into nothin' at all
and you can make a big thing out of somethin' real small
I throw my love against the wall again again
I throw my love against the wall again again

I threw my love one time to many
I used to have friends now I don't have any
Who will listen to me I'm feelin' all alone
It's like I got no choice, I gotta hear your voice
I don't like to see what you bring out in me
I throw my love and i wait by the phone
I throw my love against the wall again again
I throw my love against the wall again again
Track Name: I Live Alone With Someone
I live alone with someone
We share a one bed room
His shoes are in the corner
Where they were this afternoon
Empty dishes in the cupboard
at least they can feel use
But I live alone with someone
‘Cause together’s just a ruse
I live alone with someone
‘Cause together is just a ruse

Now you don’t need me at all
But I’d sure love to need you
You’ve got your own shiny horn
and you don’t even have to toot
You’re just as fine dressed in rags
As you are in a three piece suit
No, you don’t need me at all
But I’d sure love to need you
You don’t need me at all
But I’d sure love to need you
Track Name: The Farmer Song
Well it’s a cold, cold shallow lake
It rests lower and lower and lower each year
The only water that’s reached down to kiss the earth
Comes down hard in the form of salt filled tears

For the farmer and his children
as they ready for the fall
But doesn’t anybody here remember
It’s the farmer feeds us all

It’s a long walk home through empty fields
The wind carries the fruitless seed for miles on it’s way
Not since the dustbowl have we felt this forsaken
In the land of plenty when so little comes down this way

For the farmer and his children
as they ready for the fall
But doesn’t anybody here remember
It’s the farmer feeds us all
Track Name: Feed Me To The Lions
“Ain’t no use in me cryin no more.” She says,
“My own tears just make me sicker.”
So she took twenty dollars and she left for the store
To find faith in the form of cheap liquor
“I have only been drunk for four years” she would joke,
“Since I was twenty-one”
But there’s no one to talk to in the check out line
Nobody to share in the fun

She says, “Lord, I don’t want to give up
I just need a reason for trying.
So hide me away in the jungle now, Lord
Before they feed me to the lions.
Yeah, before they feed me to the lions.”

On her drive home she was thinking
How he’d finally crossed that line
She snuck in and packed up one suitcase quickly
Before she changed her mind
She left him no note, no, no nothing
Placed the bottle between her knees
At a red light she unscrewed the Thunderbird
To have it ready in case of need

She says, “Lord, I don’t want to give up
I just need a reason for trying.
So hide me away in the jungle now, Lord
Before they feed me to the lions.
Yeah, before they feed me to the lions.”

One night on the town is just tease enough
The open road it’s calling
She buys one more drink with the change in her purse
Gets the rest from a man who calls her Darling
Thinking about him, it ain’t hard to do
The hard part is keeping from crying
With friends all around she retreats to the car
To sleep off intentions of flying

She says, Lord, I don’t want to give up
I just need a reason for trying.
So hide me away in the jungle now, Lord
Before they feed me to the lions.
Yeah, before they feed me to the lions.