Beauty for the Blind EP

by Silje Karlsen

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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.
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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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