Beauty for the Blind EP

by Silje Karlsen

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released March 11, 2010

Words, music, arrangement, vocals, piano, keys by Silje Karlsen. Guitars, clarinets by Goran Obad. Bass by Sturla Hinze (track 1) and Audun Søgnen (track 2,3,4) Drums by Frode Eggum Have (track 1) and Jostein Austvik (track 2,3,4). Recorded and mixed by Jonas Kroon. Mastered by Audun Strype. Cover photo by Anki Grøthe. Cover design by Nina Beate Solberg Susegg.

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Silje Karlsen Oslo, Norway

Silje grew up largely in the forest, by the piano or inside books in her hometown Steinkjer, and then moved to Liverpool to get better at gigging, drinking beer and talking to people. She picked up a music degree and the love of her life, honed her skills on the picky audiences of Beatlestown, and then headed back to her homeland and the city of Oslo where she currently lives, creates and teaches. ... more

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Track Name: I Don't Care If You're Beautiful
I'll live my whole life alive
I was built to last
Way past thirty-five

And walking past some pretty girl
I see the pity hit her eyes
Poor woman ain't no pretty girl
Poor woman is a waste of life
No future ahead and no action in bed
But none of that's true and I sing in my head that

I don't care if you're beautiful
'cause I was once beautiful, too
With pearls in my ears and blue eyes and long hair
In fact I looked a lot like you
But it's mirrors and smoke, it's the first thing that goes
Then you're stuck with what you did or didn't do
And if all you did was being beautiful
I'm not envious with you

Isn't it weird, every time:
Body before mind
Beauty for the blind

Isn't it weird: when that stings
I love to listen in
When miss DiFranco sings

But Ani is a pretty girl,
much as she likes to sing she's not
It truly takes a pretty girl
to speak the ugly woman's cause
Now, inside and out, there's two sides to a head
And roses are blue, and I'll sing till I'm dead that

I don't care if you're beautiful
'cause I was once beautiful, too
With pearls in my ears and blue eyes and long hair
In fact I looked a lot like you
But it's mirrors and smoke, it's the first thing that goes
Then you're stuck with what you did or didn't do
And if all you did was being beautiful
I'm not envious with you

Hey, hell they say that I'm bitter and deranged
But their faces are changing every day

And I don't care if you're beautiful
'cause I could be beautiful too
If I put all my care into body and hair
you'd see me look a lot like you
But in mirrors and smoke, I see all my life blown
And every little thing I wanna do
Get stuck in dreams of being beautiful
And being envoius with you

Hell, I could be beautiful too
Stick pearls in my ears and do stuff to my hair
Might even look a bit like you
But when mirrors are smoke and your beauty is bones
Just tell me what you found the time to do
And if all you did was being beautiful
I'm not envious with you.