Live and Alone in New York

by Anya Marina

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Bending spoons with my mind, Manifesting men of all kinds In my spare time. But oh, how I struggled in vain, To solve this riddle with my brain When the answer's in my hands. So I’m gonna move you around Got to turn you inside out Yeah, I wanna move you, move you around I wanna move you, I wanna move you around Where do you, Where do you, Where do you, Where do you, Where do you get off Living your life, not giving it all up, to come here? Awww, moving it, saying it, moving it, saying it, moving it slow Teach me a lesson cause I want to know if the answer's in my hands So I wanna move you, I wanna move you around. I I I I wanna move you, I wanna move you around I wanna move you I wanna move you around [dum, da-dum, da-dum, ahh; dum, da-dum, da-dum, ahh] Yeah yeah, you with your itinerary life, You're mouthing off but never finding the light alright, alright But now it’s settled, now I’m settling in your bones I’m working into your soul, You gotta give it a go. I wanna move you, I wanna move you around I I I I wanna move you, I wanna move you around I I I I wanna kick off your boots, Give up the fight, Summon the night, Sick and tired of you so polite You gotta kick off your boots, Give up the fight, Summon the night, Sick and tired of you so polite I wanna move you I wanna move you around [dum, da-dum, da-dum, ahh; dum, da-dum, da-dum, ahh]
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these are the days like a long summer haze we’re in outer space on the Dark Side of The Moon in your room head to head toe to toe cracking up we hijack your brother’s stereo: Rubber Soul Paul’s Boutique Check Your Head Public Enemy I wish you’d do do do do do do . . . we’re the best of friends yeah, you tell me everything like the girl you like--she don’t even know you exist (you insist) I watch your mouth, check out your mind I’m so high I might be invisible I wonder if you notice me (notice me, notice me) notice me (notice me, notice me) I’m the one in your bed Abbey Road All Shook Down Purple Rain Velvet Underground I wonder if you notice me (notice me, notice me) notice me (notice me, notice me) I’m the one in your bed. do you even notice me me (notice me, notice me)? notice me (notice me, notice me) check your heart, check your head.
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Can't nobody love you like I'm loving you, baby ‘cause they don't know how to love you like I do Can't nobody love you like I'm loving you right now ‘cause they don't know how to love you like I do (oh) Gonna love you in the morning Love you late at night Won’t stop loving you ’til you tell me everything's alright Can't nobody love you like I’m loving you, baby ‘cause they don't know how to love you like I do Can’t nobody kiss you like I'm kissing you right now ‘cause they don't know how to kiss you like I do Can't nobody talk to you like I'm talking to you right now ‘cause they don't know how to talk to you like I do—listen now! Sam bought you cake and ice cream Called you Cherry Pie Ray Charles called you his sunshine But you’re the apple of my eye Can't nobody love you like I'm loving you, baby ‘cause they don't know how to love you like I do No, they don't know how to love you like I do
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Darling you know I loved you something like a drug Darling I twist and turn so in & out of love And now I say I’m glad it’s over And I’ve never felt so clean and sober But I’ve got a black & blue hangover Darling for you, Darling I do Darling you know you tell me tiny little lies Darling you’re such a pro with pretty little lines And so you say you’re glad it’s over And you’ve never felt so clean and sober And you wish me luck and four leaf clovers Darling you do, darling you do I hope you die a fiery death I love you. God, I need you yeah I hope you choke I wish you all the best for all the rest of your days Darling I do… And though I say I’m glad it’s over And I’ve never felt so clean and sober I’ve got a black & blue hangover And though I say I’m glad it’s over And I’ve never felt so clean and sober I’ve got a black & blue hangover I’ve got a black & blue hangover I’ve got a black & blue hangover Darling for you, darling I do
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tell me all your fantasies I’ll bring them all to life, I’ll be your freak between the sheets / I was such a dirty bird, I always knew the drill / a lottery, a mockery / is this love? Is this love? I remember everything before we switched to gin but after that it goes all black / you said you had someone else but nothing really sure / we make the bed, we lie in it / is this love? Is this love? They say that everything you'll ever need to know you learn right from the start / now that we're finished you know it's time to go / hard to say we didn't see it coming from afar / see, we wrote the ending just as soon as we began, we make the bed, we lie in it / love was such a dirty word it never passed your lips, but I can't speak, cause honestly I’m just as bad / is this love? is this love? is this love? love’s such a dirty word I’ll never change
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so be a cold rain or be a fire escape, I’ll never give your heart a break, never gonna make demands / so be a snowflake or be a heavyweight, I’m gonna love you anyway, any which way I can / I want you here I want you here / so be a black box or be an aeroplane, never let you lose your way, even with the worst laid plans / so be a firefly or be a runaway, never lead your heard astray never gonna close my hands / I want you here… I’ll be the sonar and you’ll be the sound / can’t run away cause I don’t touch the ground, won’t lose the sun cause we’ll always be found—love surrounds / so be a songbird or be a renegade, I’ll always give your heart a stage, never gonna tune you out / so be a long wait or be a steady date, gonna love you anyway, any which way i can / I want you here…
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heard about you for awhile, never saw a show / used to play you on college radio / now we're face to face / friend of a friend / got a hundred reasons why this shouldn't happen / you got a hundred reasons why this shouldn't be and not a single one of them has a thing to do with me, so just shut up, shut up shut up shut up—kiss me like you mean it / “I’m a man. I’m a man with a plan. that's me in the broken window,” he said, “don't you understand?” / weren't even sure it was me when I walked in the room / careful son it's gonna get real hot soon and I been, I’ve been trying to fight this fight right here by swimming upstream I couldn't tell you where I’m going, couldn't show you where I been so just shut up, shut up shut up shut up / kiss me like you mean it / so what if we just stop pretending, stop making believe? what if true love only comes when you're playing for keeps? so just shut up / kiss me like you mean it / do you know the value of this? can you assess it? and if you could would you even know how to invest it? I know a thing about a thing or two / I know I gotta keep a couple things safe from you / if i folded my heart into a pretty paper plane and flew it cross the Hudson would it come back again? would it get crumpled up? would it get caught up in a crosswind in the sea or would it fly back to me? shut up. kiss me like you mean it.
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I would be complex I would be cool They'd say I played the field before I found someone to commit to And that would be ok for me to do Every conquest I had made would make me more of a boss to you I'd be a fearless leader I'd be an alpha type When everyone believes ya What's that like? I'm so sick of running as fast as I can Wondering if I'd get there quicker if I was a man And I'm so sick of them coming at me again 'Cause if I was a man, I'd be the man I'd be the man I'd be the man They'd say I hustled Put in the work They wouldn't shake their heads And question how much of this I deserve What I was wearing, if I was rude Could all be separated from my good ideas and power moves And we would toast to me, oh, let the players play I'd be just like Leo in Saint-Tropez I'm so sick of running as fast as I can Wondering if I'd get there quicker if I was a man And I'm so sick of them coming at me again 'Cause if I was a man, I'd be the man I'd be the man (la la la la . . . ) I'd be the man (la la la la . . . ) I'd be the man (la la la la . . . ) I'd be the man I'm so sick of running as fast as I can Wondering if I'd get there quicker if I was a man And I'm so sick of them coming at me again 'Cause if I was a man, I'd be the man I'd be the man (la la la la . . . ) I'd be the man (la la la la . . . ) I'd be the man (la la la la . . . ) I’d be the man (la la la la . . . ) Cause if I was a man I’d be the man
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Maybe I’m a fool in love but I don’t care, I won’t play their games—keep it cool, so aloof Maybe I’m a queen of the night, blooming when the day, blooming when the day is done My love grows in the dark it’s like a secret little flower Feeding off the sun and sky and water in the air My love grows in the dark, against my better plans When I wake up in the morning, I just love you even more, and I oooh, I can’t say this thing is over but I don’t know what to do oooh, 'cause it’s bigger than me and you oooh, I can’t say this thing is over but I don’t know what to do ooh, 'cause it’s bigger than me and you Maybe I’m fool in love and I’ll look back on this travesty—shoulda kept it cool, so aloof Or maybe I’m a queen of the night, basking in my majesty, my majesty My love grows in the dark it’s like a secret little flower Feeding off the sun and sky and water in the air My love grows in the dark, it’s making me grow too When I wake up in the morning all I think about is you, and I oooh, I can’t say this thing is over but I don’t know what to do oooh, 'cause it’s bigger than me and you oooh, I can’t say this thing is over but I don’t know what to do ooh, 'cause it’s bigger than me and you Brightest when night falls It grows while I’m sleeping Drawing me closer Can I be dreaming? Tune into me and now I feel the power Feel the frequency, hey oooh, I can’t say this thing is over but I don’t know what to do oooh, 'cause it’s bigger than me and you oooh, I can’t say this thing is over but I don’t know what to do ooh, 'cause it’s bigger than me and you Maybe I’m a fool in love but I don’t care, I won’t play their games—keep it cool, so aloof Maybe I’m a queen of the night, blooming when the day, blooming when the day is done
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we'll have a drink, we'll have a dance, we'll fall in love in New York and then later we'll marry in France / and then we'll promise the moon and the stars we'll stay together like Venus and Mars / we'll have some kids, we'll get it right, we'll have a wonderful magical beautiful storybook life / and when we fight, I’ll pat your head and I’ll say, “Darling let's just let it go" and we'll make off to bed and I will love you for all that you are and you'll protect me with all of your heart / you'll let me win, you'll say i'm right / oh what a wonderful, magical, beautiful storybook life / but oh it gets cold in the chill of the winter and oh have you noticed the days getting thinner? when all's forgot and all you've got is time and the moon on your side, just go to bed, turn out the lights / you'll have a wonderful magical beautiful storybook life

about

On a short tour of west coast wineries in the summer of 2019, Anya Marina and friend / collaborator / artist / tour mate Eric Hutchinson were talking about working together again. Eric had witnessed Anya’s entertaining and captivating live show many times on the road and suggested she record a live album in New York City and let him produce. The result is a 17-track collection of songs (and their entertaining, accompanying back-stories) spanning Anya’s entire catalog. (Songs include Clean & Sober from her debut Miss Halfway, Move You from her Atlantic Records release Slow and Steady Seduction: Phase II, Notice Me off Felony Flats, Go To Bed and Shut Up from Paper Plane, and—at the time of recording—as-yet-unheard songs from her latest LP Queen of the Night.)


Anya Marina: Live and Alone in New York was recorded solo, live and uninterrupted over two nights at Rockwood Music Hall on the lower east side in New York City, December 2019. On this sparse and entertaining release, Marina expertly toggles between her acoustic and electric guitar and a grand piano (for a moody and edited cover of Taylor Swift’s The Man).

Little did Hutchinson or Marina know that this performance would be Anya’s last in the city she had called home for 8 years—a worldwide pandemic was imminent. Within a few months, Anya would pack up and move from her beloved New York City apartment where she had lived for eight years and head two hours north, settling in the mid-Hudson Valley with singer / songwriter Matt Pond (of Matt Pond PA) and their dog.

Coinciding with the first single (“Notice Me”) is the release of a video for Pretty Vacant, the 6th single from full length Queen of the Night, directed by Ryan Harrington and shot during Anya’s last days in her beloved neighborhood of Chelsea. In the video, Marina is seen reminiscing on her years in the city, flashing polaroids of friends while packing up boxes and taking in the last views of a now-famous mural of Warhol, Kahlo, Haring and Basquiat staring at her from a mock-Mount Rushmore outside her kitchen window.

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released February 19, 2021

Producer: Eric Hutchinson

Vocals, guitar, piano: Anya Marina

All songs written by Anya Marina except Queen of the Night written by Anya Marina and Stavros Tsarouhas, Can’t Nobody Love You written by Jimmy Mitchell

Mixed by Eric Elterman

Photography by Leonardo Mascaro

Art design by Rainy Kerwin

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A provocative and gifted live performer, Marina has toured nearly non-stop throughout her career, both as headliner as well as in tandem with such artists as Jason Mraz, Spoon, Joshua Radin, Eric Hutchinson, Chris Isaak, Paolo Nutini, Emiliana Torrini, The Virgins, Greg Laswell, Jenny Owen Youngs, Steve Poltz, Rhett Miller, The Plain White T’s, The Dandy Warhols, and Tristan Prettyman. ... more

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