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Check out Karen's new CD and labor of love "The Hourglass"!  It's a powerful, expansive musical experience bound to take you on a wonderful journey!  It conjures up a feeling reminiscent of yesteryear when Album rock took you on a 2 sided trip - a journey with peaks and valleys and creative adventures.  You can feel Karen's love of Progressive rock, as it mingles with hints of classical piano, and memorable vocal hooks, delivering something altogether new and unlike any other female artist you've heard! 

All songs written, arranged, produced by Karen Lloyd mixed by Lou Gimenez at The Music Lab.

Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk. 

Special thanks and love to Lou Gimenez, Dave Anthony, Andy Pfaff, and Rick Kolster for their amazing musical talent and helping to make this record what it is! For more details read the info page. : )

Karen Lloyd
written, arranged, produced by Karen Lloyd mixed by Lou Gimenez at The Music Lab.

Lyrics

In The End     It's all about the LOVE BABY, YEAH!!!!!

 

So you've been talking to yourself and you've been feelin' low

The clock is tickin' fast and yet your life is movin' slow

Feelin' stuck inside the never ending circle game

 

It's gettin' harder everyday for you to make a buck

'cause all the super rich well they're the ones who drive the bus

but would you really want to  live that kind of life anyway

 

hey, yo, what's up are you listening

Let's take back our life for living...

 

and In the End, nothing really matters except love love love

and In the End, what else are we after except love love love love love

 

What's your religion where you livin' kind of car you own?

What' s the color of your skin yeah I will never know

what any of all that has to do with who we are anyway

 

You work so hard and yet it's never really quite enough

it'd be so easy just to pack it in and give it up

hold on a little stronger don't let 'em take your soul away

 

hey yo, whassup are you listenin'

let's take back our life for livin'

 

and In the End, nothing really matters except love love love

and in the End , what else are we after except love love love love love

 

Walkin' on this road of life

Captive in the hands of time

Precious moments we hold fast

but it's the LOVE we make that lasts

 

and In the End, nothing really matters except love love love

and in the End , what else are we after except love love love love love

Karen Lloyd
Written, arranged, produced by Karen Lloyd, Mixed by Lou Gimenez at The Music Lab

Story

I wrote the initial idea for this song immediately after President Obama was elected.  Such an incredible moment of hope!!!!!!

Lyrics

Under The Sun

 

I dream of oceans in the sun 

I dream of world's united as one

I dream of love, enough that when it's harnessed can bring change

 

i dream of forests wet with rain 

i dream of open endless plains

I dream of peace, a better life for you and me

 

woh oh oh oh there is no mountain we can't climb together

woh oh oh oh and hope's begun, our worlds as one, under the sun

 

i dream of mountains in the spring

I dream of Martin Luther King

I dream of hope, that one day we might truly all be free

 

I dream of open hearts and minds

i dream of diversity glorified

I dream of light, when ignorance pulls up the blinds

 

woh oh oh oh there's nothing can't be overcome together

woh oh oh oh the past is done, let's stand as one, under the sun

 

woh oh oh oh there is no mountain we can't climb together

woh oh oh oh and hope's begun, our worlds as one, under the sun

 

Karen Lloyd
writer/arranger/producer Karen Lloyd, mixed by Lou Gimenez at the Music Lab

Story

Life can be hard! It's a jungle out there! I wrote this song as a dedication to all of us who are often very hard on ourselves, and we're always worried and thinking, "Man - I should be doing more! - Achieving more!!!!!" - I guess it's trying to make the point that usually, if you take step back, you find that you're actually doing pretty well with it all, and maybe what we've all got going on right here and now already, ain't so bad. : ) The success is in the journey not the destination, right?

Lyrics

Front Door

 

Morning has broken she pulls the shades open and watches the people below

She pours her coffee and heads to the office and wonders, "Where'd the time go?"

She thinks back to when she was just a girl

and all of the big dreams she had for this world

 

And she'll wait, and she'll pray

For something much better to come along her way

But just maybe there's always been so much more, 

Than she ever gave herself credit for

Right at her Front Door

 

Angel's a baker who works down on Bleecker he wakes up each morning at three

he knows all the customers it may not be much but, he gives them their refills for free

and back home he kisses his family goodnight

and wishes there was so much more he could provide

 

and he'll wait, and he'll pray

For something much better to come along his way

But just maybe there's always been so much more, 

Than he ever gave himself credit for

Right at his Front Door

 

All of us spinning 'round in this mysterious ferris wheel

grasping for pieces

Trying to hold tighter the wheel's spinnin' faster so hard to feel

like you're gaining ground, gaining ground....

 

So you'll wait, and you'll pray

For something much better to come along your way

but just maybe there's always been so much more

than you ever gave yourself credit for

Right at your Front Door

Karen Lloyd
writer/arranger/producer - Karen Lloyd, Mixed by Lou gimenez at The Music Lab

Story

We all have light and darkness in us.  I'm a firm believer that it's our shades of gray that make us interesting : )

Lyrics

WHAT IT SEEMS

 

Maybe I'm a Saint, maybe I'm a sinner maybe i just play the cards that win the game

Maybe I'm afraid, maybe I'm a warrior, or maybe I'm just fighting through another day

anyway...

 

Somewhere between the lines of black and white is where you'll find me

dancing to a slightly different beat

makin' our way everyday amidst the shades of gray we find there's

so much more we never really see,

nothin's what it seems

 

Maybe I'm a queen, or maybe I'm a pauper, or maybe I'm just someone who's down on their luck

Maybe I'm a fool, or maybe I'm a wise man, or maybe I'm just lookin' for a little luck

Anyway...

 

Somewhere between the lines of black and white is where you'll find me

dancing to a slightly different beat

yeah

makin' our way everyday amidst the shades of gray we find there's

so much more we never really see,

nothin's what it seems

 

Dark, light, 

without the night sky there would be no

Star light, above

 

Maybe life's a farce, or maybe it's a journey, or maybe it's a chance to see through others' eyes

Maybe nothing's real, and everyone's pretending, or maybe we're just all too scared to raise the blinds

 

Somewhere between the lines of black and white is where you'll find me

dancing to a slightly different beat

yeah

makin' our way everyday amidst the shades of gray we find there's

so much more we never really see,

nothin's what it seems

Na na na na na,  na na na na na na, na na na na...

Karen Lloyd
Writer/arranger/producer - Karen Lloyd, Mixed by Lou Gimenez at The Music Lab

Lyrics

HERE WITH ME

 

OK so I'll never be a super model 

and ok so i've never had much luck at the lottery 

but that's all right

 

ok so we're not living at the plaza 

and ok so we're not on the A list at Elaine's hmm hmm

but that's all right

 

Cause there's so much more to life than that

there's so much more in what we have

and I don't need things or fancy rings baby 

all i need is you here with me

 

They say girl you should try to get a real job

and they say that you're crazy to keep following your dreams

well that's all right

 

'n I know that there've been a few too many curveballs

and I know that nothing's quite as easy as it seems

well that's allright

 

Cause there's so much more to life than that

there's so much more than all that crap

and I don't need things or fancy rings baby 

all i need    is you here with me  just to be...

 

To be free to walk upon the road which we choose

Free to take our chances whether win or lose

 

Cause there's so much more to life than that

there's so much more in what we have

and I don't need things that are fit for kings 

baby all i need is you here with me

Karen Lloyd
Writer/Arranger/Produce - Karen Lloyd, Mixed by Lou Gimenez at The Music Lab

Story

It's amazing how one person can be such a huge form of shelter to us during the stormy hurricanes of life.  Inspired by my shelter - the amazing Rick Kolster.

Lyrics

The Hurricane

 

Ah ah,  Wake me if you go

Ah ah,  'cause I don't want to be alone tonight

I can feel the fire's burning somewhere 'cross the eastern skies

and I've tried

but I just can't fight this sinking feelin', inside

 

So baby won't you stay with me tonight

'cause even if the sun refused to shine

and even if the world ran out of time

I'd only want to be here 

with you only

'n just today I saw a beam of light 

a beacon in a dark and stormy sky

and it made me open up my eyes

that in a world that's helter skelter

you will always be my shelter 

from the Hurricane

 

Ah ah, Thoughts just drift away

Ah ah, To a summer's day we're floating free

a boat adrift upon an open endless emerald sea

you and me

so far away from all this madness, we see

 

So baby won't you stay with me tonight

'cause even if the sun refused to shine

and even if the world ran out of time

I'd only want to be here 

with you only

'n just today I saw a flash of light 

a beacon in a dark and stormy sky

and it made me open up my eyes

that in a world that's helter skelter

you will always be my shelter 

from the Hurricane

 

and as the storm begins the winds'll blow

hold on tight and don't let go

 

So baby won't you stay with me tonight

'cause even if the sun refused to shine

and even if the world ran out of time

I'd only want to be here 

with you only

'n just today I saw a flash of light 

a beacon in a dark and stormy sky

and it made me open up my eyes

that in a world that's helter skelter

you will always be my shelter 

from the Hurricane

Karen Lloyd
Singwriter/arranger/producer - Karen Lloyd. Mixed by Lou Gimenez at the Music Lab

Story

I've always been a huge james Bond fan, and an equal fan of the big expansive songs that have been a part of the opening sequence for each film.  During a stormier moment in my life, when this came out, it seemed like the perfect vehicle for that vibe.  - channeling a little Shirley Manson meets Zeppelin here...

Lyrics

Lose Myself

 

Take a look around tell me what you think you see can it be 

that we're dreaming

gets so hard to figure out, how to deal, how to feel

what's the real thing

everywhere you turn words that burn, full of lies compromise

what you're perceiving

open your eyes

try to find something right, something to believe in

 

Gets so hard to find peace of mind in these crazy times

where's the rhyme where's the reason

Sun 'll set sun'll rise days'll turn to night

a reprise another season

Another day at war what's the score always wanting more

more than you're needin'

open the window, the air is thick and I can't breathe

 

The world just keeps on spinning

No end and no beginning

Where is the life in living

Think I want to lose myself

The wheels'll keep on turning

The fire's'll keep on burning

And still I have this yearning

Think I want to lose myself

 

Day and night, wrong and right

why is everything so black and white

pick a side or you're stupid

who's the best so much stress 

better hurry up and find success

you're a mess you better move it

workin' 9 to 5 never satisfied

do you feel alive tryin' not to lose it

pour me a drink 'cause it's getting late and I cant' think

 

The world just keeps on spinning

No end and no beginning

Where is the life in living

Think I want to lose myself

The wheels'll keep on turning

The fire's'll keep on burning

And still I have this yearning

Think I want to lose myself

Karen Lloyd
Songwriter/Arranger/Producer- Karen Lloyd. Mixed by Lou Gimenez at the Music Lab

Story

One of the more "artsy" songs, but a personal favorite. a lot of dark, misty, fairy tale magical vibe in this one but it was actually a very angst ridden time while it was actually being written. I hope the power of what I was feeling comes through...in a good way

Lyrics

INTO THE FIRE

 

All alone inside myself

it's a feeling that I've come to know far too well and

the nights grow cold inside this shell

I long to break away into the light out of this spell and 

 

In the end,

it's love that either saves us 

or it's love from which we're thrown

into the fire

 

Why are the words so hard to say

They've always flowed between us easily most other days and

a heart kept high upon a shelf

perhaps it lies in waiting for the passions of someone else

 

In the end will you reach out for me

try to save me as I fall

 

Into the fire 

into the fire

lost inside the storm, searching for the door

tell me where's the key to this mystery

can you hear me

 

and as the clock winds down again

The story book awaits the final chapter leading to the end

will our prince come make a stand

or will he ride off to slay dragons in some foreign land

 

in the end would you start at the beginning if you knew that you'd be thrown

Into the fire  

Into the fire

lost inside the storm, searching for the door

tell me where's the key to this mystery

can you hear me

 

and so the princess waits another day 

she cannot let hope fade it's all that she desires

inside the fire

inside the fire

Karen Lloyd
Songwriter/Arranger/Producer - Karen Lloyd

Story

When you listen to this you'll understand why it's the title track. nothing else could be, really, with this on the record!  This was my biggest labor of love and the most musically self indulgent song in this collection.  You won't hear a song like this on pop radio! ha! "The Hourglass" started as a classical piano idea which was the chorus progression and just kept unraveling into this very expansive and powerful tune that takes you on a real musical trip!  This one was a lot of fun to craft, develop and bring to life... Lyrically, at the time I was somewhat influenced by what was happening in Afghanistan, but at the core of it - it's really a song about our humanity. 

Lyrics

The Hourglass

 

From high upon a hill she gazes down upon the city lights

a million people rushing 'round inside their formulated lives

driven by the dream of better days

butterflies all captive in an endless maze

 

Ah ah, ah ah, Lost inside the Hourglass

ah ah, ah ah, Trying to make each moment last

Trying to find the answer in a grain of sand

 

Across the desert far away the soldiers march in time as one

All startin' out to save the world and now they're not quite sure what from

it's just another story on TV

Tell me where's the hope without the remedy?

 

Ah ah, ah ah, Lost inside the Hourglass

ah ah, ah ah, Trying to make each moment last

Trying to find the answer in a grain of sand

 

Horses dancing up and down as the caruosel keeps

Spinning round and round in it's circle game

while the organ plays

Just leaves upon a tree, swirling 'round and floating

on a summer's breeze

Towards a destiny, that remains unseen

Still a mystery...

 

And as the curtain parts upon the stage

So the sun will rise upon another day

 

Ah ah, ah ah, Lost inside the Hourglass

ah ah, ah ah, Trying to make each moment last

Trying to find the answer in a grain of sand

 

But we'll do the best we can inside the Hourglass...

Karen Lloyd
Songwriter/Arranger/Producer - Karen Lloyd

Story

a mystical romantic song...

Lyrics

Wild Child

 

Wild Child

come and rest your weary head a while

what I wouldn't give to see you smile

far away from all the crowds

 

Wild Child

always walkin' on the edge in style

tempting fate along each lonely mile

won't you put your duffle down

 

Take a chance with me

the stars are bright, moon is high,

planets are aligned for us to steal away tonight

inside these empty castle walls, a wonderland awaits

 

All you have to do is 

take my hand, take the chance,

let's have one last dance before the curtain falls tonight

we'll meet upon a distant shore

and want for nothing more

 

Wild Child

running with the wind inside the storm

upon a precipice and wanting more

and yet still I wait for you

 

Wild Child

I feel you out there somewhere in the night

gazing up at this same star filled sky

could you be thinkin' of me too

 

won't you meet me there

the stars are bright, moon is high,

planets are aligned for us to steal away tonight

inside these empty castle walls, a wonderland awaits

 

All you have to do is take my hand, take the chance,

let's have one last dance before the curtain falls tonight

we'll meet upon a distant shore

and want for nothing more

We'll meet upon a distant shore

and Stay... forever more

Wild Child, won't you stay a while

Wild Child, won't you stay

Karen Lloyd
Songwriter/Arranger/Producer-Karen Lloyd Co-Produced/Co-Arranged by Lou Gimenez

Story

This song is dedicated to the awesome Lou Gimenez.  As you may have seen, this record was mixed by Lou at his studio "The Music Lab", so you can imagine that we spent a great deal of time together.  I believe in my heart that this record would not have the magic it does without his collaborative effort with me throughout the mixing process.  But during many of our long days we had some awesome philosophical talks about life, family, relationships, etc. etc.... and one of those talks was the inspiration for this song. i literally went home one night after a session, and the next day this song just flowed out in one straight shot. It's a bit different production wise than the other material, but I felt it was an important song and the spirit of it made it belong with it's brothers and sisters in this collection. :) I would also like to thank Lou so much for his help in playing most all of the guitars on this one and helping me with his valuable production ideas that really gave this song the wings it wanted to have!

Lyrics

BUTTERFLY

 

Can't believe the summer's come and gone

I can feel the winter comin' on 

the sun sets faster every day

 

'n I can see that you've been gettin' restless

I'm bettin' you'll be gone by Christmas

and it's about time you broke away

 

and it's Alright

Spread you wings, prepare to fly

and it's alright

go be a butterfly

 

They say that there's a time for every season

and I know that you've got your reasons

'n everybody needs to find their own release

 

'n like a boat out on the clear blue ocean

settin' sail into the wind that's blowin'

I'm hoping that you find everything that you seek

 

and it's Alright

Spread you wings, prepare to fly

and it's alright

go be a butterfly

ooh a butterfly

go be a butterfly

oh oh

Fly, Fly

and it's Alright

Spread you wings, prepare to fly

and it's alright

go be a butterfly

 

Fly, fly, my butterfly

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LINKS

Direct link to my video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=DEqv4ICWR1w

Link to MusicLabNYC Lou Gimenez's studio

Link to scotthullmastering