The Private Life of Clowns

by Karen Hunter

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Karen Hunter's first CD album. Released in 1997 with wonderful reviews and local support after her 30 month stint hosting the Raw Fish Salad Women Performers night at Java Jive bar and cafe, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand / Aotearoa.

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released January 1, 1997

All songs written, arranged and co- produced by Karen Hunter except where indicated below:
Guitar/vocals Karen Hunter
Matthew Hunter - drums on 4&9. Ambient sampler pads on 1.
Jo Taylor - vocals on 1, bass on 4&9
Wasabi / Andy Rust - fretless bass on 9&3
Katherine Hebley - Cello on 7&10
Leraine Horstmanshoff - Bamboo Sax on 6&8,didgeridoo, additional guitar&effects on 6
Keith Hunter - instrumental arrangement on 10
Christine White - vocals ( beatbox) on 1, quality control on 3,7&10
Claire OBrien, backing vocals on 6

Cover Photo by Rebecca Swan

more credits included on colour liner notes available with purchase.

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Karen Hunter Auckland, New Zealand

Hunter de Luz (Karen Hunter) takes her audience on a sublime musical journey with evocative melodies that draw from a fusion of world music and rootsy grooves.

On her latest release Hunter loops her voice to create heart charged soundscapes, blending her many influences in an entertaining and original fashion.

Songwriting this good can not be faked. Ripitup
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Track Name: Go
Go!
she plays drum she wants love she wants the love of my drum
she insists on wanting me needing me , needing my love
she says she's leaving soon leaving home , leaving me tomorrow
she's packed up her bags said her goodbyes bye bye
this merry go round sweet time hot sex play time heart break time over and over
could be sally , anne or jane all I know is that it’s happening again
another ride on the circus

cry
I cry alone I cry on my pillow I want an excuse
I cry out her name in the heat of the moment ( hot )
cry for the joy of it the unity of it heart felt bonding all night along
cry, as she turns her back as she's spinning round to face me looking out from her eyes

want
we say we want love but we run , find the exit and leave
we change out hearts and minds again , run a little faster , bouncing back.....( the motion caresses me)
we want contact , close physical contact drink, in your sweat and your fun
we must want pain ‘cause we always seem to end up with it again and again
always seem to end up with it again and again
Track Name: Angelfish
angelfish

there is no place to run that I have not been
no place to hide that I have not been seen
there is no dirt that can not be washed clean
in rivers of love or oceans of dreams

she bird feather
she changes with the weather
freedom on an a high speed flight
she’s always thinking
she thinks too much
it keeps her up all night

this heart that beats wont let me sleep

she lust and ruffle
she looking for trouble can’t keep her hands to herself
she hunts by instinct with passion and with music
she don’t seem to need my help

and my heart spins when she walks by
angelfish learning to fly
she sings the depths inside of me
she gives my soul tranquillity
and I wonder and I analyse
sometimes I don’t believe my eyes
never in my wildest dreams
would I believe that she would come
Track Name: Friends
Friends Karen Hunter

Frankie sits on her bed at night watching the TV
If she’s there when I call her up she’s always got time for me
I can talk to her about anything
and know that I’ll be heard
when she speaks truth tumble out through the power of her words

Chorus
She is my friend
she will stick by me
she knows the meaning of loyalty

Miss Russ sits on her tuft painting the light out of the sky
when I look into her eyes I see the sun still shines
she listens so carefully
and smiles so knowingly
I can trust her with my heart and know she’ll treat me gently

She is my friend
she will stick by me
She knows the meaning of sincerity

Christine she’s a blessing
Sings with her heart and mind
She writes songs to die for and dance to till the end of time
I found her by the mountain
she was looking up with awe
tears were in her eyes and when I asked what they were for

she said
Who are my friends
who will stick by me
who knows the meaning of integrity

I say
You are my friends
you have stuck by me
shown me the meaning of love
Track Name: Loves Good Eye
Loves good eye

Sometimes in the darkness
there’s a shape so open
so wide I can’t see round it
so deep I cant walk through it
I hear the song of the siren calling
calling through the wind
calling through the rain
the darkness is calling me home again

survival is like a tiger
ever watching ever at the ready
the hunter inside each of us
is looking out for number one
I don’t need to kill to be here
I don’t need to do anything
three dimensional undeniable
living soul

tonight I’m being alive
just here with me
the seasons are changing
with them changes everything

sometimes I look to love
like I look to a drug
where is the one who will make me feel good?
distract me ,placate me
love herself looks back through her one good eye
and whispers
here we are child the two of us hand in hand
dancing and in combat ,hand in hand
to live and one day to die

the silence beckons and the phone don’t ring
the door don’t knock and the wind don’t sing
tomorrow keeps her mouth shut showing me her empty pages
I hear the voices that fill the quiet
I see the shapes that fill the darkness
I hear the echoes in the smallest of spaces
I see you in my minds eye
Track Name: The Private Life of Clowns
The Private Life of Clowns

I have no fake smile for you
no tools to hide
on my face is a thousand thoughts
transparent this human offering

There goes the lonely clown
riding the trick pony
head inside the lions mouth

There goes the lonely clown
riding the trick pony
walking the fine wire

And they shall clamp and stamp their feet
at the performers bright costume
can they see inside
to the deeper hue within?

Show dancing puppet I feel for you
your heart is bleeding and we all can see
Show dancing puppet I feel for you
walking the fine wire

So who is there to hold you
when you wake up from your dreams at night
oh thats just the wind in the open sky
blowing your dreams away

There goes the lonely clown
riding the trick pony
head inside the lions mouth

There goes the lonely clown
riding the trick pony
walking the fine wire

Show dancing puppet I feel for you
your heart is bleeding and we all can see
Show dancing puppet I feel for you
walking the fine wire
Track Name: Crazy Old Jack
Crazy ol' Jack

smack crack ,crazy ol' jack
put his head on the chopping block and never came back
he opened his mouth and he opened his heart
a cry ushered forth from the thick hard dark
goodbye said jack

All the advisors sang the same old line
you're too strange mr jack turn around go back
but jack couldn't listen to any more whine
he pulled out the blaster and silenced his mind
goodbye said jack

I was watching
so silent and still
behind the door by the window sill
couldn't see it coming and regret that now
big institutions gave the why not the how
goodbye jack

smack smack crack crack jack

opportunity
theres plenty really
for coming or going or just standing still
we make the desicions that decide our fate
so lock up the weapons before its too late

smack crack ,crazy ol' jack
put his head on the chopping block and never came back
he opened his mouth and he opened his heart
a cry ushered forth from the thick hard dark
goodbye said jack


smack smack crack crack jack
Track Name: Sparkle
Verse 1
We've trashed the ocean with old bottles of beer
Aluminum cans are floating everywhere
This fish wants to breathe but some strange object is in the way
There's a stingray trying to fly but by pollution it will die

Pre-chorus
I love the ocean, the freshness sweet
It makes my world so complete
I love the ocean, the deep blue sea
Bringing out the best in me

Chorus
When you sparkle
In the moonlight
Sparkle

Verse 2
Can't get enough of the sight and the scent of all of the beauty in front of my eyes
The deep green of the forest, the warm grey of the sky (the Auckland sky)
I can't swim without water; I can't breathe without air
I can't cook without fire; thank god the earth is with me everywhere

Pre-chorus
Chorus
(In the city by the harbour lights)

Bridge
I'm diving into you, my friend

Chorus
Verse 3
I'm hearing you call me, in all the beauty I see
Far away from the city, in a place of tranquility
I'm going to love you forever; I want to know that you're there
I want to protect you from the harm that comes from everywhere
Track Name: Empty Bottles
Empty bottles

all the broken ladies sing
they won't wear the wedding ring
keep me pure keep me sane
keep me virgin forever remain

all the novice hopefuls sing
for the covent's ice-cream ring
bubbling ocean, boiling god
drowned my only childhood

if could give you anything
i'd give you an angel who could sing
a song to take away the pain
heal the fire in the rain

preacher broken hits the ground
empty bottles lie around
wide eyed daughter runs away
Jesus teach me how to pray

if I could......
Track Name: River
Sing me that song that you sing
The one about the freedom that our loving can bring
The song of the river that flows inside your skin

So you laugh as you raise your glass
A toast to the sistren at last
Mmmm just to be at your side
Where there is no need to hide
To hide or to run
From the warmth that has begun to thaw out the winter bite
Keep us warm hold us tight

Sing me that song that you sing
The one about the freedom that our loving can bring
The song of the river that flows inside your skin
There's no need to run
From the warmth that has begun to thaw out the winter bite
Keep us warm hold us tight