Live at the Mansion

by Alicia Healey

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about

It was while waiting to load-out from a show that Vince and Andrea first gave me the idea to record a live CD. It was a wonderfully simple answer to a nagging problem I had. It had been 10 years since my first CD and I hadn't been able to get going on a new solo project. Hmmm. A live recording - what a lovely idea.

On April 29, 2006, Vince and I held a concert in the living room at "The Mansion" (where he also happened to have a studio) and recorded it. We captured a very nice performance.

Of course, I couldn't help myself and spent the next year adding a few 'embellishment' tracks. I was blessed to have some of my favorite musicians help me out. The vocal and guitar on the recording is form the live performance. The additional tracks are just a few folks having fun in the studio. Lovely.

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released June 1, 2007

Alicia Healey, acoustic guitar and vocals
Laurie Miller, electric guitar
Lisa Mills, vocals and harmonica
Leah Hinchcliff, bass
Andrea Wittgens, piano
Vincent Gates (Commontone Studio), co-produced, co-mixer, co-engineering
Mark Guenther, mastering
Pip McCaslin, duplication

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Track Name: 11:57
It’s 11:57, still waiting for your call
To bitch about old girlfriends, work, hard spots and all
She broke my heart, they stole my steam, not really what it seems to seem
I’ll only wait for you ‘till noon.

the bottom’s gonna drop out this time
I know I told you I was fine, but I lied
And as comforting as your words are, I still wake up alone

This psychotic day, sun can’t decide whether to go or stay
I got a list of things to do can’t get started, I’m waitin’ for you
Don’t mean to imply a fit,
Just got caught in an idea, I rarely admit

‘Cause the bottom’s gonna drop out this time
I know I told you I was fine, but I lied
And as comforting as your words are, I still wake up alone
Track Name: Where Were You
Where Were You
Written - June 2001

I rearranged the house to the way it was before
Now that things are settled, can’t think what I wanted so long for
A mirror in front me is a hard view to take
But I can ask the questions, knowing I’ll be okay

Where were you,
When I couldn’t see the clouds for the sky
Where were you
When I’d call out your name
Didn’t I make it clear
I needed you here

Sounds repetitive, but I’m sorry it turned out this way
We both got tired of pretending we could make you want to stay
A dry existance followed by a crash
No longer buried by the thoughtlessness and ash

Where were you,
When I couldn’t see the clouds for the sky
Where were you
When I’d call out your name
Didn’t I make it clear
I needed you here

What would you do, if you had it to do again
What rules would you change
What would you say, when you left that day
How would you want it to end

Time moves on, work gets done
They say one heals all wounds the other’s a nice distraction
Everything is as it should be
Except I’m not there loving you, you’re not here loving me.
Track Name: Is It Alright
Is it alright if I follow you
Is it alright if I care
Will you turn, laugh at me
Or might you try, might you dare


To love me
To love me
To love me and take me on another road
Where no one else can see
But you and me

Is it alright if I dream of you
Is it alright if I stay
Will you smile, ask me to leave
Or might you try, every day

To love me
To love me
To love me and take me on another road
Where no one else can see
But you and me

Is it alright

(2006)
Track Name: Fly
He finds an answer out on the corner
A pack for a dollar, that’s what it takes
But he flies for a while, doesn’t bother to look around
His mind flies high, ‘till his body comes down
But he flies for a while

She finds an answer down on the corner
A kiss for a dollar, that’s what she makes
But she flies for a while, closes her eyes to the taste
We pass by, shake our heads at the waste
And she lies for a while

The spin starts here, hiding what’s beneath
With a gun against our head, the metal to our teeth

You sell your answer, down on the corner
A bomb for a dollar, that’s what you’ll take
And they fly for a while, through skies through walls
Are you evil inside, or just unforgivable
But you fly for a while.

(2006)
Track Name: Jolene
JOLENE
Dolly Parton
Copyright Velvet Apple Music

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man.
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,
please don't take him just because you can.

Your beauty is beyond compare with flaming locks of auburn hair,
With iv'ry skin and eyes of emerald green.
Your smile is like a breath of spring, your voice is soft like summer rain,
and I cannot compete with you Jolene.

He talks about you in his sleep and there's nothing I can do
to keep from crying when he calls your name, Jolene.
And I can easily understand how you could easily take my man,
But you don't know what he means to me, Jolene.

You could have your choice of men but I could never love again,
He's the only one for me, Jolene.
I had to have this talk with you my happiness depends on you,
And whatever you decide to do, Jolene.

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man.
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,
please don't take him just because you can.
Track Name: Lullaby
She said don't write me a lullaby
They're too quiet and always make me cry
And in the end, someone loses their best friend
A dog or sister, or sometimes the entire fight

She said put sunshine in everything you write
Half a smile will take you a mile, if you do it right
And even if it doesn't work, the other guys the jerk
That's how she taught me to write a song

She said write with your head
But remember your heart
And don't forget, every regret
That's how she taught me to write a song

She said don't write me one of them fast songs
You're voice is too pretty, I'll never be able to sing along

And don't forget every regret
Try your left hand at pool
When playing break every rule
That's how she taught me to write a song
(2006)
Track Name: White Flowers
White flowers on the fireplace
A sparkle in my eye
The back door flies open
To me it's a picture-perfect life
Eating dinner on the back porch
Smiling as the years roll by
They say love's still in this world and so do you and I

So do you and I
And this time around
Let's give 'em a little something they can't deny

White flowers on the fireplace
A sparkle in my eye
The back door flies open
To me it's a picture-perfect life
Eating dinner on the back porch
Smiling as the years roll by
They say love's still in this world and so do you and I

(2001)
Track Name: Earthquake
You came into my life at the wrong time
I had a house of stone and was looking ahead
counting on better times

But you looked at me with a promise of heat
you said one time, what would it cost
At the time I tended to agree with you
but look at the list of what I’ve lost

'Cause you lied
you said I’ll take you once
leave you forever
nothing risked, nothing won

An earthquake shook the rooftop, an earthquake shook the floor
but it didn’t distract you for a moment darlin’
you just stopped and asked, “how ‘bout one more”

You lied in the face of the night, playin’ innocent to the end
you said if I hadn’t wanted it, I wouldn’t’ve taken it
and baby you’re stuck here

Cuz you lied in the face of the night, playin’ innocent to the end
you said I’ll take you once, leave you forever
nothing risked, nothing won

The earthquake shook the rest of the town
the zoo gates swallowed into the ground
the lions were freed, and a tiger were bared
a couple of cheetahs having races with coupla lawn chairs

People cried out for what to do
can’t you control those animals, catch ‘em, bring them down
We can’t have that kind of undomesticated activity
bring those felines back into captivity

The rumblings have calmed,
by my stone house has crumbled to the ground
and I don’t know whether to blame you or that earthquake
but there are still a couple of bears runnin’ around
Track Name: Dead Guy
Check my pockets, check my bags
Check in the garden, out in the back
But you won’t find nothin’, I guarantee
You won’t find nothin’, but dead ol’ me

It’s been taken a long time ago
Where they put it - I don’t know
You won’t find it, you’re wrong
You won’t find it, it’s gone

Fire in the hole
Fire in the hole
Fire in the hole
Now you know

Check my pockets, check my bags
Check in the garden, out in the back
But you won’t find nothin’, I guarantee
You won’t find nothin’, but dead ol’ me

(2005)
Track Name: Safe Tonight
You’ll be safe tonight
Here in my arms nothing bad can reach you
With the music down low
A candle flame by an open window
You’ll safe tonight

You’ll be warm
You’ll be adored
You’ll be safe tonight

You’ll be safe tonight
Close in my arms, nothing can harm you
Whether we go or stay
Together we’ll find a way
And you’ll be safe tonight

You’ll be warm
You’ll be adored
You’ll be safe tonight