Turtledove

by Rory Michelle

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released January 13, 2013

Music and lyrics (c) 2012 Rory Michelle Sullivan
Vocals, guitar, and egg shaker by Rory Michelle Sullivan

Come and Kiss Me arranged by David Addison Bell
Come and Kiss Me musicians:
Drums - Abram Taber
Acoustic Guitar -- Clinton Degan
Bass - Christopher G. Brown
Violin - Tom Wooten
Backing vocals - Olivia Brownlee
Lead vocals - Rory Michelle Sullivan
Special thanks to cellist Sandra Korn and violst Eric Unverzagt

It's Worth the Fall Backing vocals - Olivia Brownlee

Songs recorded by Christopher G. Brown at Nilbog East
A Different Me, Please Take Me Home, Limes & Lemons, I Wanna Go Home recorded with Charles Murphy
Produced by Rory Michelle Sullivan
Mastered by Devon Wedge @ WonderfulColour Studios - Boston, MA

Photography and album art by Laura Togut

A huge thank you to everyone involved in the making of this CD and to friends and family for their love and support.

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Track Name: If You Don't Like Me
You seem to see inside my head
Can read my heart, shake up my bed
You seem to get just what this means to me
But it’s not meant to be

CHORUS
If you don’t like me, don’t date me
If you can’t stand me, don’t hate me
If you don’t want me, don’t date me
If you won’t have me, don’t take me

You seem to like the way I walk
The way I dress, the way I talk
You seem to like me, but you disagree
With the essence of me

CHORUS

You seem to like my wavy hair
My shapely curves, and all that’s there
You seem to like me, but you just can’t see
Beyond the physical me

CHORUS

You seem to like my deepest thoughts
My hidden dreams, and all their costs
You seem to like me, but you just don’t see
The possibility

CHORUS (2x)
Track Name: A Different Me
C F C
I vowed to never fall in love
G C Am
To only rise above my foolish heart
C F C
But now I see it differently
G C Am
You brought it out in me – it’s a new start
G C
And you’ll see – it’s a different me

CHORUS:
C G Am
It’s a different era, it’s a different age, it’s a different way to love
C G Am
It’s a different shadow, it’s a different heart, it’s a different turtledove
C G Am
It’s a different era, it’s a different age, it’s a different way to love
C G Am
It’s a different shadow, it’s a different heart, I’m a different turtledove
G C
You’ll see – it’s a different me.

C F C
I vowed to keep my head on straight
G C Am
To always hesitate, not fall apart
C F C
And now I vow, I’ll always love you so
G C Am
I want to let you know: I’ll do my part

CHORUS

G Am F C
Maybe it’s you or maybe it’s me
G Am F G C
But baby it’s true, this is a different side of me
G Am F C
Maybe it’s you or maybe it’s me
G Am F G C
But baby it’s true, this is a different side of me

CHORUS (2x)
Track Name: Funny Little Thing
G C
For better or worse, we all have been cursed
Em G
With the blessings that we have
G C
And I have to say, I like it that way,
Em G
Oh, the glass is always half

Chorus:
G Am D
Funny little thing this world is
G Am D G
Funny little thing is your kiss
Am D Am G
Funny little thing my heart is
Am D Am G
Funny little thing, funny little thing

G C
For better or worse, we all have been cursed
Em G
With a heart that needs to share
G C
And I have to say, it’s better that way
Em G
If only I would dare

Chorus

Am Em
When will we listen, when will we learn?
Am Em
We all have been missing, it’s not always our turn
Am Em
Or when will we start to take it to heart to
Am Em
Count all our blessings, or leave them behind (2x)

G C
Like it or not, can’t give it a shot
Em G
If I don’t let you inside
G C
Won’t always be true, I’m not saying “I do”
Em G
But I’m now up for the ride
Am
I’ll let go of my pride

Am Em Am Em

Chorus (2x)
Track Name: It's Worth the Fall
Am C Em Am
The chasm’s causing spasms and I’m standing at the edge
Am C Em Am
And I look down, can’t see the ground, this is everything I dread
Em Am
Did you hear a thing I said?

CHORUS
C D G
But it’s worth the fall, ‘cause after all, it is what we’re meant to do
C D G
It’s worth the fall, ‘cause after all, I would rather be with you
C D G
Than on my own, and all alone, pretending that I do not care
C D G
And it’s worth the fall, ‘cause after all, life’s more fun when you are there
C D G
Oh, safe and sound on solid ground is a boring way to be
C D Em
Yes, it’s worth the fall, and after all, I just want you next to me
Em C
I am stronger than I seem

Am C Em Am
The gap is gaping wider than the whole inside of me
Am C Em Am
And I am gasping louder than my longing to be free
Em Am
Forget psychology

CHORUS

Am Em G Am Am Em Am
All the ways this could go wrong could not fit in this simple song
G Em Am G Em Am
My fearful pride may take a blow if you should give a simple “no”
C D, G
But here we go

CHORUS (3x)
Track Name: Please Take Me Home
G C D
Sometimes sadness is an illusion
G C D
Sometimes madness is just confusion
C D
What did I do to deceive you?
C D
I wanted so bad to believe you

C D D D
But now I’m left cold on the shoulder of the road
C G D D7 G
Waiting with thumb out saying please take me home

C G D
Please take me home
C G D
Please take me home
D Em
I’m cold and alone
C D G
Someone please take me home

G C D
Sometimes love is an intrusion
G C D
Sometimes I’m prone to delusion
C D
Why did you need to deceive me?
C D
I thought that you would believe me

Em
Believe me
C
Believe me
D
Believe me

D C G
You said you missed me
D C G
And before that you kissed me
C D Em
But you never said so long
C D G
Oh, please help me be strong

C D D D
Because now I’m left cold on the shoulder of the road
C G D D7 G
Waiting with thumb out saying please take me home

C G D
Please take me home
C G D
Please take me home
D Em
I’m cold and alone
C D G
Someone please take me home

C D D D
Oh, now I’m left cold on the shoulder of the road
C G D D7 G
Waiting with thumb out saying please take me home

C G D
Please take me home
C G D
Please take me home
D Em
I’m cold and alone
C D D7 G
Someone please take me home
Track Name: Limes and Lemons
G C
Summer days are almost here
G C
My malaise is almost clear
Em C Em
Happy times are round the corner
C F Em
You’re afraid that you’ll just bore her
C C7
But happy times are near
C C7 G
It’s limes and lemons dear
C G Am
And she climbs with fear of falling
C G Am
Summer days means life is calling
C C7
Your name, your name

C7 riff

CHORUS:
G C
Oh, when life gives you limes and lemons
G C
You make lemonade
G C
Oh when life sends you hells and heavens
G C
I’ll come to your aid
G C
Summer, winter, fall or springtime
G C
You’ll rest in my shade
G C
So when life gives you limes and lemons
G C
Let’s make lemonade
G C
Let’s make lemonade

C7 riff

G C
Summer days are almost gone
G C
In most ways you turn me on
Em C Em
Happy times will disappear
C F Em
Clouds arrive, and then they clear
C C7
‘Cause happy times return
C C7 G
It’s something you will learn
C G Am
And she climbs with fear of falling
C G Am
Summer’s gone and life’s still calling
C C7
Your name, your name

CHORUS

Em C7
It’s all limes and lemons
Em C7
It’s all hells and heavens
Am G
It’s all limes and lemons
Am G
Some will lose, and who wins?
Am G
Oh, you’ll win, oh, you’ll win

G C
Oh, when life gives you limes and lemons
G C
You make lemonade
G C
Oh when life sends you hells and heavens
G C
I’ll come to your aid
G C
Oh, you’re my sun, my moon, my starlight
G C
Yes, we’ve got it made
G C
So when life gives you limes and lemons
G C
Let’s make lemonade
G C
Let’s make lemonade
Track Name: Let Go
D C G
Oh, I’m throwing my hands up in the air
C D Am D
Hands up in the air, it’s not that I don’t care
Am, D C D G
It’s that I do, and I’m giving up control to you

G D
You’re still on the rollercoaster
Am D
Whether or not your hands hold tight
G D C
You’re still on the rollercoaster
G D G D
Let go, my friend, it will be alright

CHORUS

G D G
Let go, let go, let go
C Am D
You are scared, I know
G D C
But let go, let go, let go
G D C
Whoa, oh-whoa, oh-oh
G D G
Whoa, oh-whoa, oh-oh

G D
Oh, you’re on a rollercoaster
Am D
Throw those hands up in the air
G D C
Oh, you’re on a rollercoaster
G D G D
Let go, my love, I’ll still be there

CHORUS
G D C
It’s just as safe as holding on and a lot more fun
G D C
Oh, I have faith that I’ll be fine when the ride is done
G D C
Oh, I have faith that I’ll be fine when the ride is done

CHORUS

G D C
It’s just as safe as holding on and a lot more fun
G D C
Oh, I have faith that I’ll be fine when the ride is done
G D C
Oh, I have faith that I’ll be fine when the ride is done

CHORUS (2x)
Track Name: Get Out Of My Head
Am Em
I’m well versed in self-protection
Am G
Self-sabotage prevents connection
Em Am
Here’s the thing that I should mention
G Am
I’m much too good at self-reflection

CHORUS
C F
Get out of my head
Am G
And into my heart
Am G
It’s the only way for things to start
Am G Am
It’s the only way for things to start

Am Em
I find myself fighting this feeling
Am G
Losing my ground now has me reeling
Em Am
Here’s the thing that is revealing
G Am
It’s mostly me with whom I am dealing

CHORUS

En F
Yet maybe there’s something smart about it
Em C F
If only I could wrap my heart around it

CHORUS (2x)
Track Name: Someone Come and Rescue Me
G C G C
I am tired of the selling post, I am tired of the Holy Ghost
D C G
I am tired of the way I move
G C G C
I am tired of the smelling salts, I am tired of the ballroom waltz
D C G
I am tired of the way I choose

CHORUS
G D G D
I want to run away, I’ve no use for today
Am D
If I stay here with you
G D
Someone, come and rescue me
Am D
Take me away, far away
G D
Someone, come and cherish me
Am D
Promise you’ll stay, promise you’ll stay

G C G C
I am tired of me losing you, and you, and you, and you, and you
D C G
I am tired of the romance blues
G C G C
I am tired of the month of March, I am tired of the cornfield starch
D C G
I am tired of paying my dues

CHORUS

C G C D
If only I could listen to my heart, to my heart
C D C D
If only you were missing, where would I start, where would I start?

CHORUS (2x)
Track Name: Happy Is
C G F G
Keep yourself centered, you needn’t stray too far
C G F G
All you ever wanted is right here where you are

C Dm
Happy is as happy does,
C G
Never were there is or was
F G Am
And I love you just because you are

C G F G
Keep yourself exhausted from every day well spent
C G F G
But keep yourself well-rested to ward off malcontent

C Dm
Happy is as happy feels
C G
It’s state of mind that reveals
F G Am
What to anyone appeals, you choose

C G F G
Keep yourself happy, no matter how hard it seems
C G F G
Elbow grease and effort will lead you to your dreams

C Dm
Happy is as happy says,
C G
Please just let me decompress
F G Am
I don’t need to be more or less than I am

Am, Em C Am Em
You’re OK -- everything you need’s already here
Am C G C
You’re alright -- you’ll make it through another year
C G F G
Keep yourself connected, it’s really you you fear
C G F G
Take some time to just unwind, and look – the gang’s all here

C Dm
Happy is a choice you see
C G
Make up your mind, don’t look at me
F G Am
It takes real guts to muster up the energy

Happy is a choice you see, make up your mind, don't look at me
It takes real guts to muster up the energy

Happy is as happy does, never were there is or was
And I love you just because you are

Happy is as happy feels, it's state of mind that reveals
What to anyone appeals; you choose

Happy is as happy says, please just let me decompress
I don't need to be more or less than I am
Track Name: You're So Far Away
E riff

E A
Hotel beds, clean lines, too
B A E
I wish it didn’t make me think of you
E A
‘Cause you’re interfering in my mind and in my heart
B A E
And baby it would be just fine, ‘cept we’re apart

CHORUS:
B A E
You’re so far away
B A E
You’re so far away
A E
Just can’t stand another day
B A E
With you so far away

E A
I’m tired at night, when I wake up, too
B A E
Darlin’, I’m tired of thinking of you
E A
I wish I didn’t think of you with every step
B A E
I wish I could get on with this and just forget that

CHORUS

A E A E
I’ll dream of you, if you’ll dream of me, too
B A E
I’ll visit you at night, don’t want to face the morning light, ‘cause

CHORUS (2x)
Track Name: I Wanna Go Home
D intro

G D
Time has its ways
G D
And I have my days
C Em D
But I can’t seem to find my way
C D
Back home, back home


G D C
If ever you find me
D C G
Searching for a place
G D C
If you could please kindly
D C G
Memorize my face
Am D
I’m searching for a name
Am D
I’m tired of this game


G D
Someone will come through
G D
Either me or you
C Em D
But I just want to find my way
C D
Back home, back home

G D C
So if ever you find me
D C G
Searching for a place
G D C
If you could please kindly
D C G
Memorize my face
Am D
I’m searching for a name
Am D
I’m tired of this game


D lick/interlude


Am D D9 D
Home, home
G C D9
Home, home, home
A7 D
I wanna go home
G C D9
Home, home, home
A7 D
I wanna go home
Am D
I’m searching for a name
Am G
I’m tired of this game
Track Name: Come and Kiss Me
E A
When we’re in the sea
B A E
You kiss me and I know I am free
E A
When we’re in the sand
B A E
You kiss me and I know where I stand

E
And I’m singing:
A E
Come and kiss me, make me yours;
B
You’re already mine.
A E
Come and twist with me, close those other doors.
B
We will be just fine.

E A
When we’re in the sky
B A E
You kiss me and I know we’ll get by
E A
When we’re in the stars
B A E
You kiss me, I’m no longer behind bars

E
And I’m singing:
A E
Come and kiss me, make me yours;
B
You’re already mine.
A E
Come and twist with me, close those other doors.
B
We will be just fine.

A B
Funny, but it’s true
A B
I’m freer when I’m only with you
B A E
I’m freer when I’m only with you

E
And I’m singing:
A E
Come and kiss me, make me yours;
B
You’re already mine.
A E
Come and twist with me, close those other doors.
B
We will be just fine.

E
And I’m singing:
A E
Come and kiss me, make me yours;
B
You’re already mine.
A E
Come and twist with me, close those other doors.
B
We will be just fine.
B E
We will be just fine.
Track Name: The Softer Side
Intro: G C Em D

G C D
What do I have to say?
G C D
Say it anyway.
G D C
What do I have to feel
G D C
The moment I reveal
Csus C Csus C
The softer side? I’ve tried to hide, well
G G7 Am
Hiding has lost its appeal.
D D7 Am D
For the first time, in a long time, I’d rather feel

CHORUS:
C Em
The softer side is there
Am D7
Guess I was unaware
C D7 G
You share a softer side
C Em
The softer side I’ve dared
Am D7
To let on that I care
C D7 G
Here is my softer side.

G C D
When will your lips taste mine?
G C D
Let bodies intertwine.
G D C
When will our first kiss be?
G D C
When I let you close to me,
Csus C Csus C
To the softer side. Won’t try to hide.
G G7 Am
Hiding has lost its appeal.
D D7 Am D
For the first time, in a long time, I’d rather feel

CHORUS

G C Em Am
Feel your lips, pillows on my own.
G C Em D
Feel your chest rise, I feel known.
G Em C Em
When they say, it hurts to feel
G C Em D
They underestimate the power to heal

G C D
So what do you have to say
G C D
If I’m living for today?
G D C
And what do you have to feel
G D C
So that I won’t conceal
Csus C Csus C
The softer side? Don’t want to hide.
G G7 Am
Hiding has lost its appeal.
D D7 Am D
For the first time, in a long time, I’d rather feel

CHORUS (2x)

CHORUS (Da da da…)