Dr Dream and The Imaginary Pop​-​Cabaret

by Emma Dean

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1.
Dr Dream has a way with words when I'm broken Peel my skin for a sneaky peak and i'm chokin' Burn me down like an ashtray and i'll be smokin' For Dr Dream has a way of keeping me crazy like a loon is that amazing? I'll be coming home What did I tell you? What did I tell you honey? He's not making me better, I think I should ask for my money back and what did I tell you? Am I fucking crazy? For Dr dream has been and gone and I still live in an imaginarium Dr Dream has a way of twisting the truth dear He sits me down on his big black chair and he whispers in my ear He says “there's nothing wrong with dialogue between yourself and an imaginary friend or three” And I say “well that's great but I can't hear myself think and lately I can barely feel myself breathe” Oh crazy like a loon, is that amazing? I'll be coming home What did I tell you? What did I tell you honey? He's not making me better, I think I should ask for my money back and what did I tell you? Am I fucking crazy? For Dr dream has been and gone and I still live in an imaginarium What did I tell you? What did I tell you honey? He's not making me better, I think I should ask for my money back What did I tell you? What did I tell you honey? He's not making me better – I think I should ask for my money back I think I should ask for my money back Am I fucking crazy? For Dr Dream has been and gone And all this madness lingers on An empty rocking horse rocks on I'm in the corner curtains drawn And Dr Dream has been and gone And I still live in an imaginarium
2.
Bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me, bigger than you When I'm all alone I dream that I live for the circus And I travel by a horse and cart la la la la When I'm all alone I picture myself as a dancer Swirling for the men in sequins la la la la la And I'll be part of something bigger than this emptiness and liquor And I'll be stronger than a giant I'll make sure you can join my chorus We won't be scared of what came before us For I'll be part of something bigger Bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me Bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me When I'm all alone I dream that I'm a sword swallower And I'll make the people squirm and scream la la la la When I'm all alone I wish that I was not alone Surrounded by the freaks who love me la la la la la And I'll be part of something bigger than this emptiness and liquor And I'll be stronger than a giant I'll make sure you can join my chorus We won't be scared of what came before us For I'll be part of something bigger Bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me Bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me If you could see me now you may just change your mind and say “ That girls going places, I was wrong to turn my head and look away Not just a pretty picture, she's part of something bigger Bigger than you bigger than me”... And I'll be stronger than a giant I'll make sure you can join my chorus We won't be scared of what came before us For I'll be part of something bigger So don't be scared to scream your lungs out And tell the world what these freaks are about And we'll be part of something bigger I'll make sure you can join my chorus We won't be scared of what came before us For I'll be part of something bigger Bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me Bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me Bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me Bigger than me, bigger than you, bigger than me...
3.
I just can't live without it X 2 I am sincerely fearful of the voices in my head that tell me “ honey make your mind up we're giving you the wind up little lady” I am sincerely fearful of the choices that I face should I show you What's under the wrapping there could be something lacking CHORUS Could you fade me in And could you fade me out? And could you fade me in? If you're not in doubt? And could you lie to me? And could you call me Gwenda? And could we just pretenda And could we just pretend? I am sincerely fearful of admitting I'm afraid so I think I'll try to blow your brains out, hope I can get the stains out and say this never happened I am sincerely fearful of the truth that I will face so I think I'll... I'll get liposuction, botox, a breast reduction CHORUS I just can't live without it I just can't live without it I just can't live without sincerely fearing you oh X 2 If you wanna be the switch I can be the angry bitch I'd like to be the one who can turn this off, who can turn this on wooo I'd like to be the one who can turn this off, who can turn this on CHORUS X 2
4.
Sometimes I look at you and think that you’re beautiful Stylishly so, in an “I don’t care” way And I stare at you from behind painted glass windows The colour depending on what kind of day And my hands press up against the glass – I can’t reach you So surely I will not be able to teach you Your worth…but I’ll pray for you every night And as I melt away I forget that once I would dance all day to the dream I’ve yet to touch But how dreams fade when they get stuck in the mud Sometimes I look at you and wonder if I am what’s Bringing you down to the ground and I ponder “ maybe I should work with flowers? Or go back and Study significant things you get paid for?” But hurry cos I’m getting older and they're getting younger And I feel like everyone’s staring at me I don’t know what you want me to be But as I melt away I forget that once I would dance all day to the dream I’ve yet to touch But how dreams fade when they get stuck in the mud Am I aching your heart or just mine? Will it be ok if I start walking in time? And for you I would nail myself to the wall But I’ll hate you for it… Sometimes I look at you and think I love you so much that I’d give all this up If it meant you could hold me and know I was here in the moment And not with the puzzle and how to solve it But I don’t know when I’m allowed to be happy or proud So I’ll always tone down did you figure it out? I’ve wanted to scream and shout And as I melt away I forget that once I would dance all day to the dream I’ve yet to touch But how dreams fade when they get stuck in the mud X 2
5.
Once a thieving scoundrel dared, me to steal your underwear The silk did trickle down your legs, to your ankles pink as pigs Father told me I was wrong and mother sang a Christian song Their hurtful words they stung my mouth, and filled my belly fat with doubt Oh touch me in this sharp light I've been aching through the night Thieving hearts meet after curfew You know where I'll be waiting for you... Lover love me or let me go, so this guilt can melt like snow And fill the streams that wash my hair of what a thieving scoundrel dared Oh touch me in this sharp light I've been aching through the night Thieving hearts meet after curfew You know where I'll be waiting for you... Open up your window love (where I'll be waiting for you...) Climb through my window tonight and cast us both in this sharp light and blood will run like scarlet freedom
6.
Thunder 03:25
If you were a hand I’d clap with you If you were a mess I’d clean you up If you were a short dress I’d probably wish you were shorter If you were a holiday you’d be Halloween We’d dress up as ghosts I’d help you spook out a family, haunt them until they leave so you are alone with me always And I promise you I promise you there’ll always be a place for you in my old heart I promise you I promise you there’ll always be a place for you in my old heart CHORUS For nothing compares to this thunder inside When it rumbles like the deepest bass in the choir When the temperatures rising – you feel you’re on fire When you love me tonight If you were a mandolin I’d tremolo In the orchestra you’d be the piccolo solo And sing over the harmony as I conduct you If you were a hitchhiker I’d drive you home You’d take me in for coffee and I’d never go I’d tie you to the bed so I can be alone with you always And I promise you I promise you there’ll always be a place for you in my old heart Yes I promise you I promise you there’ll always be a place for you in my old heart CHORUS I hope that you can just begin to understand The magic that I feel even when you just hold my hand But do you think you'll feel this Thunder? Do you want to feel this thunder thunder? Do you want to feel this thunder thunder? For nothing compares to this thunder inside? CHORUS Do you want to feel this thunder?
7.
Sharks 03:18
There are sharks in my pool and I think they're just playing mean and cruel but it makes me sad that I can't swim and ask my friends 'round to jump on in 'Cos if I trusted them to not eat me alive, eat me alive I would be desert – sugar and spice, they'd eat me alive There are hawks in my sky and they are swooping as I pass by The thickness of my skin don't count when they're scratching at my eye 'Cos if I trusted them to not eat me alive, eat me alive I would be desert – served with a warm chai, they'd eat me alive Now it's time to call or fold To turn the young in to the old To turn the weak in to the wise The circus freak with no disguise 'Cos if I trusted them to not eat me alive, eat me alive I would be desert served with a warm chai, they'd eat me alive There are sharks in my pool and I think they're just playing mean and cruel but it makes me sad that I can't swim and ask my friends around to jump on in
8.
Sally wanted the world but hadn't a clue how she would be heard So one day she drove herself to the cliffs and sang of her love then threw herself in so no one forgot But everyone has a name and hers will be sold again and again as stories are told And as time moves on she'll wonder if darkness ever becomes something she can hold David always fell short at least so he thought a job he could not hold down for a fortnight His bills piled up right next to his pills and one day he thought “ man I've had my fill” But everyone has a name and his will be sold again and again as stories are told And as time moves on he'll wonder if darkness ever becomes something he can hold No brave sacrifice just loads of regret and it's not that nice when you can't forget the warmth of his skin the smell of her hair and all you can wish is “take me back there” The magic is lost when you disconnect for you can't rewind when you've hit eject And as time moves on you'll long for that friend who told you the truth who would not pretend And I have a name and it will be sold again and again as stories are told And as time moves on I'll wonder if darkness ever becomes something I can hold
9.
No! 03:38
Tell me what's wrong with the way that I am Don't fit in your boxes you don't understand? Suspended in “almost” in “maybe” in “um” Fill me with self doubt before I've begin Talk to me talk to me tell me the truth You reject me 'cause I'm better than you Well look in the mirror and see the decay I'll eat you for breakfast oh one of these days 'Cause there's no way you know better I'll piss on your letter And it will make me stronger And you will regret it But if you ever want me If you ever want me I'll be waiting here to tell you... no! NO! Tell me what's wrong with the way that I think Am I like a plug that don't fit in your sink? I filter your bull shit – it falls down the drown But waiting for answers is like catching rain 'Cause there's no way you know better I'll piss on your letter And it will make me stronger And you will regret it But if you ever want me If you ever want me I'll be waiting here to tell you... no! NO! Everyone everyone has a beat that they drum Everyone everyone has a song that is sung Everyone everyone has a moment in time This is mine, this is mine This is mine, this is mine 'Cause there's no way you know better I'll piss on your letter And it will make me stronger And you will regret it There's no way you know better I'll piss on your letter And it will make me stronger And you will regret it But if you ever want me If you ever want me I'll be waiting here to tell you... no! NO!
10.
I keep on losing myself I'm not under the rug I'm not behind the curtain I keep on losing myself so I'm filling up the hole by filling up my holes And I don't know if I will be seen again Yes I don't know if I will be seen, will be seen... Doctor Doctor won't you please help me, I'm swollen and tearing at the seams, I'm broken won't you make this right I'll put it on my credit card I keep on losing myself I'm not behind the clouds or underneath the staircase I keep on losing myself so I'm dressing like a slut because don't people like sluts? And I don't know if I will be seen again Yes I don't know if I will be seen, will be seen... Doctor Doctor won't you please help me I'm swollen and tearing at the seams, I'm broken won't you make this right I'll make it worth your while... if you let me Stop rolling around raise a hallelujah I just figured it out it's an early warning What! what! Not right in the head? You're a razor on my arm to slice at the threads And, you're fraying at the edges, hiding on corners, discretely naked blending into the air and I keep on losing, keep on losing myself I'm not under the rug I'm not behind the curtain... Doctor Doctor won't you please help me I'm swollen and tearing at the seams, I'm broken won't you make this... Doctor Doctor won't you please help me I'm swollen and tearing at the seams, I'm broken won't you you make this right I'll put it on my credit card I don't know if I will be seen again Yes I don't know if I will be seen, will be seen...again!

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released November 14, 2010

Emma Dean: vocals, piano, keyboard, violin
Tony Dean: drums (tracks 3, 4, 6 & 8), backing vocals
John Turnbull: bass guitar
Ben Stewart: bass guitar (tracks 4 & 6), drum programming, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, salt & pepper & sugar

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 & 9 music and lyrics by Emma Dean
Track 5 music by Emma Dean, lyrics by Emma Dean and Ben Stewart
Tracks 3, 6 music and lyrics by Emma Dean and Ben Stewart
Track 10 music and lyrics by Ben Stewart

Produced by Ben Stewart and Emma Dean
Recorded by Ben Stewart at Ultrasonique Audio, The Old Museum and The Mobile Hotbox
Mixed by Ben Stewart at Massive Masters and Sounds Like Butter
Mastered by Matthew Redlich @ Massive Masters
Graphic Design by Ben Stewart
Photography by Kate Davies @ KD Photography

Additional Credits
Sincerely Fearful video clip directed by Jonny Williams
Stuck in the Mud video clip directed by Eric Figeuroa
[Full video clip details on Videos page]
Digibooks designed by Paul Murray

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Emma Dean Brisbane, Australia

Emma Dean is an imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves to write theatrical pop songs about love and the human spirit. When not on stage,
she is a passionate advocate of the magical healing qualities of group singing, and proudly leads a colourful community choir called Cheep Trill who she considers to be her extended family.
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