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God Forbid by Lorna Bracewell
 



photo by Cliff Rice / graphic design by Sheila Kirsten-Hughes

God Forbid

Lorna's newest studio project has been met with rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The album has reached #6 on WMNF 88.5, Tampa Bay's community radio station, and three songs from the album advanced to the second round of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (out of 20,000 entries).

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"Bracewell's words have never been more sublime; she's now a top-notch lyricist, able to handle heavy themes without sounding heavy-handed." - Gina Vivinetto, St. Petersburg Times, January 23, 2005
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    "Bracewell is singing songs that speak to everyone, universal themes about love and loss, and she does so in a manner that sounds immediately comfortable while still retaining an aura of freshness and today. " - Christian Kisala, Heat Beat Magazine, Feb 2005
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    "Lorna's singing and songwriting are what set her apart and will ultimately take her to the star stage. Her singing is sweet, husky, seductive or hard, depending on the song." - Review published in Music Industry News Network.
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    "There's a depth and resonance to "God Forbid"... The title track covers political, personal and artistic statements in sharp, bold strokes... Her singing and guitar playing are tough and taut; her production is spare but spot-on. " - Curtis Ross, Tampa Tribune, February 25, 2005
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  • Preview an excerpt from any song with super-high quality streaming MP3.

    Track Title Style Size
    (Meg)
    Length
    (mm:ss)
    1. When I Fall Driving Rock 0.8 0:42
    2. Independence Day Rock Anthem 1.8 1:34
    3. Fall Into Me Catchy Blues 1.4 1:16
    4. God Forbid Driving Rock 1.1 0:59
    5. Litany Haunting Ballad 0.7 0:35
    6. Survive Inspiring Ballad 0.9 0:47
    7. The Best I Can Reflective Ballad 1.4 1:15
    8. Sometimes I Dream Driving Country 1.5 1:20
    9. Beautiful Driving Rock 1.6 1:24
    10. Driving Home Reflective Country 2.0 1:47
    Full. Full Album Preview - This is a single mp3 file with shorter excerpts of all 10 songs. 6.1 Meg, 5:22 Length
    All. All 10 Previews in one Play List - This is a play list that contains all 10 of the above previews. 13.4 Meg Total of all 10 files, 11:39 Total Length of all 10 songs


    Lyrics

    Table of Contents

     1. When I Fall
     2. Independence Day
     3. Fall Into Me
     4. God Forbid
     5. Litany
     6. Survive
     7. The Best I Can
     8. Sometimes I Dream
     9. Beautiful
     10. Driving Home


    When I Fall
    words and music by Lorna Bracewell
    copyright 2004 Braced Well Music, ASCAP
    all rights reserved

    I wanna move
    my mouth from the rim of my glass onto you
    What would you do?
    I wanna taste
    that stupid, sexy, shy smile that's on your face
    What would you say
    if I move?
    if I taste?
    If I do
    your perfect world will break

    Chorus:
    Cause baby when I fall,
    baby when I fall,
    baby when I fall
    I take the world with me

    I wanna know
    what you'll say tonight when I ask if I should go
    Would you tell me no?
    I wanna hear
    my name in your mouth when your whole world disappears
    Whisper in my ear
    if I know,
    if I hear
    And if, oh,
    the whole world's gonna hear

    (Chorus)



    Independence Day
    words and music by Lorna Bracewell
    copyright 2004 Braced Well Music, ASCAP
    all rights reserved

    She is searching for comfort in Supreme Court decisions.
    She is dodging the screams of militant religion
    in the parking lot. They're out there everyday.
    Her daddy told her not come here, said God would not forgive her.
    He hung a cross around her neck, said, "My girl is not a killer",
    but what he don't know is that he'd do the same.
    Thank God it is Independence Day

    Chorus:
    It is Independence Day.
    Raise your hands, the blood is washed away,
    and we all stand, a world made brand new.
    And all the fires we've let rage
    will burn our dirty past up page by page.
    Come on, raise your hands, that's all we have to do.
    That's all we have to do...

    She is packing up her babies. She is driving to her mother's
    thinking 'bout the times he told her that he loved her
    and then hit her so hard she thought her heart would break.
    And how the doctors never noticed, and the neighbors never heard her,
    how her priest told her to love him, no matter how he hurt her,
    but not even God was gonna make her stay.
    No, not on this Independence Day

    (Chorus)

    Thank you mothers. Thank you daughters.
    Thank you poets. Thank you martyrs.
    Thank you soldiers. Thank you writers.
    Thanks you sisters. Thank you fighters. (Repeat)

    (Chorus)



    Fall Into Me
    words and music by Lorna Bracewell
    copyright 2003 Braced Well Music, ASCAP
    all rights reserved

    I wanna drive you down to Sunset Beach
    I wanna wash you in the sea
    I wanna get you drunk on the sun and the sand and the smell and the sound and me
    If you're lookin' to fall in love, baby, don't you look at me
    But if you want what I'm thinkin' of then listen carefully

    Chorus:
    Fall into me
    Fall into me

    I wanna drive you up to Clearwater Beach
    I wanna park on Mandalay
    I wanna watch you drown inside of me between the sunset and the bay
    If you're lookin' to fall in love, baby, look the other way
    But if you want what I'm thinkin' of then hear me when I say

    (Chorus)

    I wanna drive you out to Indian Rocks
    I wanna find what you've got hid
    I wanna find a place where we can talk or maybe just pretend we did
    If you're lookin' to fall in love, baby, turn your pretty head
    and get yourself back to Georgia cause down here there's no time for it

    (Chorus)



    God Forbid
    words and music by Lorna Bracewell
    copyright 2004 Braced Well Music, ASCAP
    all rights reserved

    That I would have your baby
    That I would take your name
    That I would be a lady
    and learn to lose the game
    That I would shut up one day and choke down my chains
    God forbid and damn the day

    Chorus:
    God forbid
    God forbid

    That I would cross that lobby
    to cash in my dreams
    That I would let them talk me
    into that machine
    That I would sell my body to a magazine
    God forbid and keep their hands off me

    (Chorus)

    That I would believe 'em
    when they tell me
    that I can gauge my freedom
    by the economy
    That I would be dumb enough to trust my TV
    God forbid and save this country

    (Chorus)



    Litany
    words and music by Lorna Bracewell
    copyright 2004 Braced Well Music, ASCAP
    all rights reserved

    I wish you had never caught my eye
    I wish that shame had built you tall some wall to hide behind
    I wish the sun had blackened, I wish God had struck me blind
    I wish you had never caught my eye

    I wish you had never asked my name
    I wish I had forgotten all those words I knew to say
    I wish I had choked and stammered, I wish I had run away
    I wish you had never asked my name

    I wish I had never brought you home
    I wish I had left you thirsty, beggin', wretched and alone
    I wish my wine, my breath, my kiss your lips had never known
    I wish I had never brought you home

    I wish I had never told the truth
    when you asked what I was thinking in the silence next to you
    I wish I had just said nothing babe and given you no proof
    I wish I had never told the truth

    I wish you and I were more the same
    I wish my eyes were hollow and too beautiful to blame
    I wish I could play with lovers like a child plays with flame
    I wish you and I were more the same



    Survive
    words and music by Lorna Bracewell
    copyright 2003 Braced Well Music, ASCAP
    all rights reserved

    I learned these chords
    from a dying man
    who knew it was his time
    He spoke these words
    into my hands
    and then he closed his eyes

    He said survive
    hey, hey, hey
    There's more to me than life
    Survive
    hey, hey, hey
    I know I will survive

    The doctor read
    her sentence out
    cancer deep as her soul
    Her husband wept
    When the kids found out
    this is what she told them

    She said survive
    hey, hey, hey
    When I'm gone you'll be alright
    Survive
    hey, hey, hey
    I know you will survive

    A grip so tight
    she won't forget
    She never saw his face
    Now, she smells him in
    her baby's breath
    and still finds the strength to say

    Survive
    hey, hey, hey
    The pain reminds me I'm alive
    Survive
    hey, hey, hey
    I know I will survive

    Sleeping with
    the memory
    of your breath in my ear
    When the dark starts
    to get too deep
    their words are all I hear

    Survive
    hey, hey, hey
    I'm alone but at least I'm alive
    Survive
    hey, hey, hey
    I know I will survive



    The Best I Can
    words and music by Lorna Bracewell
    copyright 2003 Braced Well Music, ASCAP
    all rights reserved

    I die
    I need
    and I lie
    like I breathe
    and I hate
    but I heed
    my flesh
    my heartbeat

    Chorus:
    And I am a woman
    and I am a man
    and I am doin'
    the best I can
    the best I can

    I break
    I bleed
    and I love
    but I leave
    and sometimes I'm strong
    sometimes I see
    but I'm wrong
    but I sing

    (Chorus)



    Sometimes I Dream
    words and music by Lorna Bracewell
    copyright 2003 Braced Well Music, ASCAP
    all rights reserved



    Beautiful
    words and music by Lorna Bracewell
    copyright 2004 Braced Well Music, ASCAP
    all rights reserved



    Driving Home
    words and music by Lorna Bracewell
    copyright 2004 Braced Well Music, ASCAP
    all rights reserved

    He brought me roses, he poured the wine,
    and he talked to me like I was more to him
    than just a way to pass the time.
    He lit the candles, he found a song,
    and as we danced he held me
    like a child trying to hang on.
    Then he kissed me with a fire I swear I'd never known,
    but, God, I must be made of stone

    Chorus:
    'cause I'm driving home
    I'm driving home
    and I'm getting too good at being alone.

    I've seen the dresses, I've seen the rings,
    and I've smiled graciously
    when they've asked if I would sing.
    I've heard them whisper, I've watched them dance,
    and I've watched them drive away
    smiling like they stood a chance.
    I've seen the promises made and the flowers thrown,
    but, God, I must be made of stone

    (Chorus)

    This rain is so thick I can hardly see the road,
    but, God, I must be made of stone
    (Chorus)