Me You Kitchen Now

by Melissa Main

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    This is Melissa's 2011 debut EP, now available for download. All songs were written, performed and mixed in her favorite performance space: a secret kitchen in Melbourne, Australia in late 2010. The largely solo performance features some accompaniment by Stuart Atkin and Gideon Cozens (AKA the Band). Track 6 is an honour-song for women surviving breast cancer and as such is free to be downloaded and shared with anyone who needs to hear it.

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released May 5, 2010

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The Melissa Main Band Melbourne, Australia

The Melissa Main Band makes eclectic cabaret folk music with punchy lyrics and catchy tunes.

An award-winning songwriter and engaging performer, Main sings honey-sweetness and dark chocolate growl on a rolling landscape of solid grooves and infectious melody created by her band.
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Track Name: Paper
Paper ©2009

She slipped on a banana skin
Made of paper But it was real Real

She hit her head on the concrete pavement
But it was real Fuck Real

She fell in love with a paper man
He looked good from the front
Good from the back
But in between that
I guess you could say
He was flat


But paper is stronger than you think
It’s even stronger with words written in ink
I can write you three post it notes
On what why and how
I’ve left you now
Cos you’ve not a drop to drink
And I’ve a thirst
I’ve a thirst
Of a thousand paper towels.

He longed to be a kite
She held his string
Stroked his wings so he could fly
But he just flapped in the wind
And gave her a paper cut
in the eye

She made him paper snowflakes
with cut out diamonds and hearts
And the truth fell through the holes
and out of love with those tinfoil stars

Cos paper is stronger than you think
It’s even stronger with words written in ink
I can write you three post it notes
On what why and how
I’ve left you now
Cos you’ve not a drop to drink
And I’ve a thirst
I’ve a thirst
Of a thousand paper towels.

She longed for three dimensions
Of an origami crane
Not an army of same same
Soldier paper chains
She longed for the letters
That would sing beneath the words
A storybook of paper just a yearning to be heard

Oh send me a letter of your love
Send me a letter of your love from far away
Write me 3 post it notes of why you love me
And I’ll save them for a rainy day

But paper is stronger than you think
It’s even stronger with words written in ink
I can write you three post it notes
On what why and how
I’ve left you now
Cos you’ve not a drop to drink
And I’ve a thirst
I’ve a thirst
Of a thousand paper towels.

Oh send me a letter of your love
Send me a letter of your love from far away
Write me 10 post it notes of why you love me
And I’ll save them for a rainy day
Track Name: Back Up Plan
Back Up Plan © 2008

Back up plan
Back up plan
Won’t you be my back up plan?
I hope to find a better man than you
But if I don’t
Baby, you’ll do.

Girlfriends come and
Boyfriends go
But back up plans last forever
I know I said I wouldn’t touch you with a 10 foot pole
But never say never

It’s not that you aren’t perfect
It’s just that you aren’t
That perfect
For me

But if we got desperate
I think that we’d both
Feel a little differently

Back up plan
Back up plan
Wont you be my back up plan?
I hope to find a better man than you
But if I don’t
Baby, you’ll do.

We had some good times
Followed by some shit times
Which maybe I could ignore
If my little baby clock
Goes tock tick tock
I could come knocking on your door
I’ll say Hi do you remember me?
Oh how we used to be so
Average
Together…
But as time’s gone by, I’m surprised to find
Average is looking better and better

Back up plan
Back up plan
Wont you be my back up plan?
I hope to find a better man than you
But if I don’t
Baby, you’ll do.
Track Name: Splish Splash (The Rain Song)
Splish Splash
(The Rain Song)
©2008

Will you ever know what its like
To have a bathtub
Filled to the top
Overflowing overflowing
Splish splash

Put your head to the tap drink it in
Drink it in
Spit it out like a fountain
Cos there’s way too much?

Will you run under sprinklers on
Green green grass
Slip and slide under sun
Getting a burnt arse?

Drink out of green hose
Water up your nose
Finger on the end make a fan
Make a rainbow

Will you know what rain is?
Will you know what it tastes like?
Will you know what rain is?
Will it ever come, will it ever come
Will it ever come

Will you splash in puddles with gumboots
Try and fix a leaky roof
‘Cos there’s a drip in a bucket
Try and catch fish in a pond with a stick
Get tadpoles make frogs
Creak croak what a racket

Will you know what rain is?
Will you know what it tastes like?
Will you know what rain is?
Will it ever come? Will it ever come
Will it ever come?

Will you ever know what it’s like
To have a bathtub
Filled to the top
Overflowing overflowing
Splish splash.
Track Name: It's Hot
It’s Hot ©2009
There’s a cat sprawled out on the concrete
‘cos it’s too hot to move
There’s a little bit of twitching in a tail that’s itching
With nothing much to prove

And all the birds are a singing on a tree that’s a swinging
On a northerly breeze
Nothing so fine as a mug of wine
You, me and forty degrees

It’s hot so hot
Don’t want to wear clothes
It’s hot so hot
The clothes have got to go

So we sit and drink
Let our thoughts think
Our eyes drift next door
To the big block of flats 6 floors up
That keeps us from being scorched

And we don’t mean to be rude
But there’s nothing to do
Except accidentally see what we see
Its like ten movie screens simultaneously
Just put there for you and me

It’s hot so hot I don’t want to wear clothes, its hot damn hot the clothes have got to go

There’s a man in number 3 making a pot of iced tea and keeping an eye on the score
The girls in number 8 are discussing the rent and how they can’t afford to pay much more
And the little family in flat 23 are all taking a bubble bath, they made a big mess or so the mama says and they got to clean it up real fast

It’s hot so hot I don’t want to wear clothes, its hot damn hot the clothes have got to go

The couple in 9 are clapping in time and swinging their hips to the tunes
Old Mrs Post is making a roast for hubby who’ll be home soon
Everybody’s doing, just doing what they’re doing, doing what they do
Everybody’s just doing it
In the nude

It’s hot so hot they don’t want to wear clothes it’s hot damn hot
Nothing but skin from head to toe

So we sit and drink and let our thoughts think how great life can be
Nothing so good as a neighbourhood
That don’t mind a bit of nudity.
Track Name: Titanic
Titanic © 2010

She whispers its name and hopes that it hears
well enough so it can find its way home/
deep in her heart where the leaves fall/

She knows not where its gone or how it got lost or how the fuck it will be found/
deep in her heart where the darkness grows

Where did it go in the middle of the night/
when you need it most/
your candlelight

It’s not a good day for losing your way/she’s got things to do and sweet bills to pay/she hopes it’s getting better but it’s not getting better not any better yet anyway.

Where did it go in the middle of the night/
when you need it most/
your candlelight

The streets are so dirty and everybody is hurting and there don’t seem to be enough love to go round/they open their mouths to do that scream but it don’t make a sound.

What is the point/in the middle of the night/searching for your hope/your candlelight

But he sits down beside her and says yeah I agree/we’re all going to slide into the sea/baby this is the titanic and we know we’re going down/I reckon I wanna go dancing/

Refrain

If you know you’re going down and we know we’re going down you can bet your bottom dollar baby I’m going to be dancing/dancing/dancing

There they are in the middle of the night/dancing in the dark making their own candlelight.
Track Name: Amazons
Amazons
© 2009

Standing on the shoulders
Of wise, wild women
Amazons
With one breast in their hand
Scars across their hearts
Wide open arms
To pull back a bow
To send off an arrow
Of love across these lands

Mothers, sisters, aunts
Grandmothers and lovers and aunts
They can live
With a scar across their hearts.

She says you can take it off
Cos it’s done its job
Comforted a tired man
And fed a hungry mob
She says
I don’t need no bosom
To prove I’m a woman

Cos I’m a
Mother, sister aunt
Grandmother and a lover and
An aunt
And I’ll live
With a scar across my heart

Cos it still beats true
For every single one of you
I can live with a scar across my heart
You can win wars with a mother’s love

I’m standing on the shoulders
Of wise, wild women
Amazons
With one breast in their hand
Scars across their hearts
Wide open arms

Mothers sisters aunts
Grandmothers and lovers and aunts
They live
They live
Track Name: Stretch out the Sunset
Stretch Out the Sunset © 2009

Today is a day just just any other day

The sun it come up and later it goes
Along its merry way
Today is a day just like any other day
Except I met you
Except I met you

And I’m standing just a little straighter
And I’ve got a spring in my step
I want that sun to stay up a little later
So we can stretch out the sunset

Stretch out the sunset

What if all wa got is this moment?
What if all we got is this day? What we gonna do with this moment
What you gonna do, what you gonna say?
If you slide over here,
I gots me some ideas
If you slide over here I gots me some ideas

Why don’t we just
Stretch out stretch out the sunset

But the sun doesn’t do
What you want it to

The sun is going going going going going going going gone.