Do That For You (1995)

by Lisa Miller

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1.
Contrary to popular belief I can see you're not making much in here And mostly in your smile was relief to see some somebody you used to know. Well, used to know. You're playing good, well I guess that's all you've got. There's a toughness in your voice and eyes that's new. While the clothes that you're wearing are not. And I can see now that even I judged you. It's a small, small town wherever you go. It's a small, small town wherever you go. You've come so far in this great big small town. So where do you go now you've got to here? You've spent years of building up and a little tearing down. Word still gets around, but it's further from the truth. And I hear people you've never met talking about you. It's a small, small town wherever you go. It's a small, small town wherever you go. You've come so far in this great big small town. Well I would have reached out But I thought you were already there. Everybody said you had it made I guess nobody really cared. Word still gets around but it's further from the truth And you don't have to grow very much to be too big for your boots. In this small, small town wherever you go. It's a small, small town wherever you go. You've come so far in this great big small town.
2.
Do you remember how you said you'd take me far away? About as far as your eyes are now. I just paid $20 for a taxi to your door Seems like such a price to pay somehow. And what did I want to do that for? When you get that feeling that wraps around your heart trapped there in that chair all full of doubt. I want to grab you by the hand that's pushing me away shake you up and drags you inside out. And what did I want to do that for? Well you know I want to do that Do that for you Don't act surprised - you knew I'd come and bring my doctor's bag stocked with everything in case you bite I do agree you don't look good and you just ain't no fun. But you're just the nightmare I feel like tonight. And what did I want to do that for? Well you know I want to do that Do that for you
3.
It's not like you've done anything wrong At least not today - I call that the calm between the storms. So I'm gonna go like you're always telling me to. And though it looks like it's out of the blue and I'm taking advantage of you. Well you know that it's just not true (well I know it) And there's nothing left to do. Or I'd do it. You can turn the table upside down You can throw me to the ground You can try and turn my heart around. And you can drink ‘til you just can't see Any of the good or any of the bad in me. You haven't changed since I met you first. It's always the best from you followed soon by the worst. And maybe I've changed but is that such a crime? Maybe this fool for love learned some sense this time. Well you know what I say is true (well I know it) And there's nothing left to do. Or I'd do it. You can turn the table upside down You can throw me to the ground You can try and turn my heart around. And you can drink ‘til you just can't see Any of the good or any of the bad in me.
4.
Had an easy life as far as a life goes Nobody gets out uncut Nobody gets out alive Finding out all about what nobody tells you And wondering why after all this time I just don't get wise But when I met you you pushed the questions aside And made me feel that they'd be answered in time But now that there's a ltttle distance between us I can feel those old demons dropping by Got into some trouble from keeping my mouth closed. Got into some trouble for opening it at the wrong time Held on too tightly to some things I should let go And didn't grab the opportunity when it was right there and mine But when I met you you pushed the darkness aside and made me feel I'd got the balance all wrong But now that there's a ltttle distance between us I can feel those old demons coming back to call And I can close the door kill the light, shut eyes tight But I can't rest my soul tonight. Sometimes when I'm running I go by the old place Everything's the sweet old same But somehow strangely small To your old friends and family You never get older You're pigeonholed for life You know you never really change at all. But when I met you You know you made me feel just the way I really wanted to feel But now that familiar is wearing thin I can feel those old demons You know the y're moving right on in. And I can close the door kill the light, shut eyes tight But I can't rest my soul tonight.

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released March 1, 1995

All songs by Lisa Miller

tracks 1,3 & 4:
Lisa Miller: vocals, acoustic guitar
Steve Hoy: guitars
Chris Stockley: mandolin
Garett Costigan: pedal steel
Ben Lempriere: bass
Ashley Davies: drums
Recorded live to tape on the Gershwin Room stage by Cameron Payne at Espy Recorders, St. Kilda in October 1994

track 2:
Lisa Miller: vocals, acoustic guitar
Mark Ferrie: bass
Nicky del Rey: guitars
Graham Lee: pedal steel
Recorded by Gordon Blake at RBX Studios, Richmond sometime in 1992

All tracks mastered by David Briggs at The Production Workshop

Originally released on in-Law records, 1995

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