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Living in a Dream

by Kalya Ramu

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1.
Little One 03:04
Little lights, little stars Little ways to warm up my arms Little one, say goodnight to the day that has gone Take your time, let it lie ‘Cause you know I can’t say goodbye Little one, little heart I know that you’re mine You say that I’m sweet but your lips just cannot be beat I simply don’t know why you can’t stay here with me, please try So petit, little one Close your eyes and let my dreams go on Dim the lights, dim the stars Just wrap me in your charms
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Just you, just me Let's find a cozy spot To cuddle and coo Just us, just we I've missed an awful lot My trouble is you Oh, gee! What are your charms for? What are my arms for? Use your imagination! Just you, just me I'll tie a lover's knot 'Round wonderful you!
3.
Find in Me 03:55
The leaves curl up and brown The birds find warmer ground And every willow finds its pillow Waves relinquish sound Although the sky turned cold And breezes followed suit The autumn love that’s clinged to me Will never bite the boot I will not love again The way I love the one who brought you back to me I found my one to be right where I am I said I needed time alone and time alone I took Now look I’m happy as a clam I couldn’t find these charms in any other arms These arms that made me see This woman I can be, true as I am I knew I needed time alone My own reform, a place called home Inside I proudly find a way to plainly see What I could find in me
4.
Four or five times, four or five times It’s my delight doing things right four or five times Now maybe I’ll sigh and maybe I’ll cry But if I die I’m gonna try to do it four or five times Oh four or five times, I said four or five times Now he’s my king he makes me sing four or five times Well I confess, he is the best And that’s the test that kills the myth it’s four or five times Four or five times, four or five times You find a guy that sets the world on fire four or five times Now maybe I’m wrong, then maybe I’m right But right or wrong I’m gonna swing this song four or five times I said four or five times, four or five times It’s my delight doing things right four or five times Now maybe I’ll sigh and maybe I’ll cry But if I…1, 2, 3, 4 Oh four or five times
5.
The pearls that shine are so divine, they glimmer there Around the neck of some beautiful dame Her name I cannot bring to mind, but lips of wine and eyes so kind She sits and drinks alone without a care And then a stranger passing says good morning She won’t remember him again I’m sure With pearls that shine and sparkling wine, she’s debonair She’s figured out a wonderful new cure She drinks alone No need to share a plate of fries Cocktails alone No need to stare in someone’s eyes She lets the trio play their tune While she’s celebrating June She drinks alone She sits alone No need for sweaty diner booths Keeps to herself No time for titillating truths Who needs a loving man When you’re your biggest fan She drinks alone Keep out of her way, she’s not up for a chatty day She’d like a quiet evening for one Don’t try a pick up line, she doesn’t want a valentine But you might find her drink on your bill when she’s done She drinks alone Who said a woman isn’t proud She drinks alone She really doesn’t like a crowd And every night till three o’clock She stumbles home around the block You know the woman drinks alone
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Am I Blue 02:01
Woke up this morning alone about dawn Without a warning I found he was gone How could he do it? Why should he do it? He’d never done it before Am I blue, am I blue Ain’t these tears in these eyes tellin’ you How could you ask me am I blue Why wouldn’t you be too If each plan with your man done fell through There was a time when I was his only one But now I’m the sad and lonely one, lonely Was I gay, until today Now he’s gone and we’re through Am I blue
7.
Tea for Two 03:45
I’m discontented with homes that are rented So I have invented my own Darling this place is a lover’s oasis Where life’s weary chase is unknown Far from the cry of the city Where flowers pretty caress the streams Cozy to hide in, to live side by side in Don’t let it abide in my dreams Picture you upon my knee Just tea for two and two for tea Just me for you and you for me alone Nobody near us, to see us or hear us No friends or relations on weekend vacations We won't have it known, dear, that we own a telephone, dear Day will break and you'll awake And start to bake a sugar cake For me to take for all the boys to see We will raise a family, a boy for you, a girl for me Can't you see how happy we would be?
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What's New 04:28
What's new? How is the world treating you You haven't changed a bit You’re handsome as ever I must admit What's new? How did that romance come through We haven't met since then Gee but it's nice to see you again What's new? Probably I'm boring you But seeing you is grand And you were sweet to offer your hand I understand Adieu Pardon my asking what's new Of course you couldn't know I haven't changed I still love you so
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Yes, it's a good day for singing a song, and it's a good day for moving along; Yes, it's a good day, how could anything be wrong, A good day from morning' till night Yes, it's a good day for shining your shoes, and it's a good day for losing the blues; Everything to gain and nothing' to lose, A good day from morning' till night I said to the Sun, "Good morning sun Rise and shine today" You know you've gotta get going If you're gonna make a showin' And you you've got the right of way. 'Cause it's a good day for paying your bills; And it's a good day for curing your ills, So take a deep breath and throw away the pills; 'Cause it's a good day from morning' till night.
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You go to my head and you linger like a haunting refrain And I find you spinning 'round in my brain Like the bubbles in a glass of champagne You go to my head like a sip of sparkling Burgundy brew And I find the very mention of you Like the kicker in a julep or two The thrill of the thought that you might give a thought to my plea Cast a spell over me Still I say to myself get a hold of yourself Can't you see that it never can be You go to my head with a smile that makes my temperature rise Like a summer with a thousand Julys You intoxicate my soul with your eyes Though I'm certain that this heart of mine Hasn't a ghost of a chance in this crazy romance You go to my head
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He’s livin’ in a dream He doesn’t seem to stray far from today There is nothing too obscene As we live today in so many ways Now there are men who take a different route Put on a tie and suit each day But he don’t care about their wares He simply wants to blaze the day away He’s smokin’ in his pipe He doesn’t call his man or make a plan Says he’s workin’ on his craft He doesn’t know how long this jig can last It seems to me he’s rather stale Unsure of what next move to make Now that his love has gone away He’s tryin’ to numb his blues to grey He’s livin’ in a dream A shadowed life he makes to mend his seems A haunting ghost of love is he A foggy veil to soften memories

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released May 10, 2019

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Kalya Ramu Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Jazz vocalist, composer and visual artist.
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