18 Carat Garbage Demos

by Billie Ray Martin

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I love these demos. At the time i complained to Jon Tiven that i didn't like the basic drum programming and on the full-lenght demo vocal of 'Eighteen Carat Garbage' i can be heard at the end: 'I don't liiiike it", which of course ended up on the 'cutting room floor' as they say. Now i love them more than a lot of things I've done. First ever vocal performances of first ever recorded songs are always the best. Period.
The challenge, as is so often the case in this 'business' is the years of waiting until recordings, demos or otherwise, finally see the light of day.
Here's more:
Marvel as old drum machines clonk their way through BRM's original 'Billie goes to Memphis' demos. It has been uttered that these recordings capture her vision in a more immediate manner than the finished 18 Carat Garbage album. They were recorded at various bedroom recording facilities in London and New York, which did not stop one well known British editor-in-chief of an influential magazine to ask the question: did Willie Mitchell produce them?
One should also know that these demos contain the first unrehearsed vocals Billie ever performed of each song: sung shortly after writing was finished. magic! And as an added bonus, it includes 3 tracks recorded as demos for the album, but left off the final version, and only available here!

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released April 21, 2014

Written by:
01: Martin / Cole / Mackendricks.
02: Martin / Tschanz.
03: Martin / Mole.
04, 05, 06: Martin / Tiven / Tiven.
07, 10: Martin / Mackendricks.
08: Martin / Duffy.
09: Martin / Fryer / Conolly.

01, 07, 10: Musician/production: Caroline Mackendricks.
02: Musician/production: Mark Tschanz.
03: Musician/production: Charlie Mole.
04, 05, 06: Musicians: Jon and Sally Tiven. Production: Jon Tiven.
08: Musician/production: Melvyn Duffy.
09: Musicians: Fryer / Conolly. Production: Andrew Conolly.

Published by:
01: Touch Tones Music / Universal Music / Copyright Control.
02: Touch Tones Music / EMI Music Publishing.
03: Touch Tones Music / Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
04, 05, 06: Touch Tones Music / Jon Tiven Music, BMI / Sally Tiven Music, ASCAP.
07: Touch Tones Music / Copyright Control.
08: Touch Tones Music / Unknown.
09: Touch Tones Music / Running Mouse Music PRS / Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
10: Touch Tones Music / Copyright Control.

Recorded at various bedroom recording facilities in Great Britain and the USA.

Billie Ray Martin is a member of MCPS / GEMA / BMI.

Photography by Sissi Marini at House Of Blues studios, Memphis, Tennessee.
Graphic design by p-dog.org.

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Track Name: Hello, Hold On!
hello!
why are there footprints on the wall
and w-oh hello!
tissues and tears on the floor

and why does the sun hang so low in the sky
it pries through the blinds and the walls have long shadows

hold on!
there's no spirit in your sadness
hold on!
there is method in your madness
and no honey, you're not insane
just Jackson Pollock in your brain
so come on hold on to your madness too

hello!
you need a script just to talk
and w-oh hello!
there ain't a bomb you won't drop

but you're not the only one
who will stalk his own mind
the blind lead the blind
and the gods have long faces

hold on!
there's no spirit in your sadness
hold on!
there is method in your madness
and now that you stand accused
there's only you and Howard Hughes
so come on hold on
to your madness too

oh you
you are the soul of the asylum
celebrate your creation
come on

hold on!
there's no spirit in your sadness
hold on!
there is method in your madness
and now that you stand accused
there's only you and Howard Hughes
so come on hold on to your madness

hold on!
there's no spirit in your sadness
hold on, yeah!
there is method in your madness
and no honey you're not insane, ha ha!
just Jackson Pollock in your brain
so come on hold on to your madness too
Track Name: I've Never Been To Memphis
I saw my face in the paper today
it said hello to the face that i saw at home
then I read a tale of a girl with my name
it was not the one that I know, no

you shook my hand and you said you understand
and you said that you know where I'm coming from
but the only place that I've ever been
is far, far from known

what you say about me
stabs me in the heart
what you read about me is a shot in the dark

I've never been to Memphis
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, hm

I want to see my name in neon lights
cause the words that you write they don't last, my friends
they only shine a day at a time
and leave stains on my hands, well
so what's the use in rolling the dice
when you already know how it's gonna fall
you think that if you play your cards right
you might deal with us all

what're gonna do
when a seven falls
will the rolling thunder scatter all of your cards

I've never been to Memphis, no
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

ooh yes
believe me

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, baby
I wanna see Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

I've never been to Memphis, no no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, yeah
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard (yeah)
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, yeah

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star (no no)
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged a train of my dress
through the Nevada desert sand
I've never been to Memphis
raise my hand, raise my hand, baby, yeah

tell it how it is, c'mon on
whoo!
cross my heart
whow! that's the one - that was the one
Track Name: Anyone Will Do For A Heartache
I don't know
how long I've been alone now
oh and I
I don't know, oh no
how it ended up this way

oh and I
I don't care
who will break my heart the next time around
oh and all I can say
is that this loneliness makes me scared

anyone will do for a heartache, hm
and if it's not you
let it be anyone but you

anyone will do fine for a heartache, yeah
and if it's not you
let it be someone, anyone but you

I don't see (I don't see) oh no no
what becomes of the broken hearted (no no)
no and I
I don't see (sometimes I don't see)
see them walking down the same old dead end street as me, no

oh and I
I'm so tired (I'm so tired)
just to wallow around in all of this sorrow
oh and all, all this time (all this time)
ain't enough time (no no no no) to ease the pain

anyone will do, oh for a heartache, mm
and if it's not you (if it's not you)
let it be anyone, anyone but you

anyone will do, oh for a heartache, mm
and if it's not you (if it's not you)
let it be someone, anyone, anyone

oh, no time waits for anyone
no it won't wait for anyone (no no no...)
who waits in vain

anyone will do, oh, for a heartache (for a heartache) baby
and if it's not you (hm)
let it be anyone, oh anyone but you

anyone will do, yes! for a heartache
and if it's not you (if it's not you)
let it be someone (someone)
anyone, anyone
let it be someone, anyone (someone), anyone (anyone)
but you (hm)
Track Name: Hearts In Armour
oh, my heart
here right now I, I tell ya I wanna know
how could you go this far
hidin' away all the love that you've got

[hey there]
(you) gave it all away
locked yourself in a shell
but don't you know that in every shell you might find the white of a pearl

these lonely hearts in armour
standing alone cause they don't know the words to say
crying those tears out of steel
for the love they're hidin' away [wow]

there'll come a time when these hearts
in armour I'm hiding will come to conquer you
you'll be a heart in my arms, no more
hearts in armour for you

oh, my pearl
everyone knows that you're as frail as a bird
I know when love's unkind
fallin' again seems a waste of your time
oh in this battle of romance, yeah
everyone wears a shield (yeah)
but you might find that behind all the iron
there just waits a hand to be held

these lonely hearts in armour
standin' alone cause they don't know the words to say
cryin' those tears out of steel
for the love they're hidin' away, oh baby

there'll come a time when these hearts
in armour I'm hidin' will come to conquer you
you'll be a heart in my arms, no more
hearts in armour for you, ooh oh baby

these lonely hearts in armour
standin' alone cause they don't know the words to say
these lonely hearts in armour, yeah
standin' alone cause they don't know the words to say
these lonely hearts in armour
standin' alone cause they don't, no they don't know, oh oh... yeah-yeah...
Track Name: 18 Carat Garbage
I don't like your party dress
cause this ain't no party
you're falling around as if you
you know where the ground is

you've seen me a thousand times
and you know what my name is
but if you were in my shoes you'd know
what the price of fame is

so I wait outside
to see what I can see
and I follow you in through the blinds
until you're part of me

and I'm waiting
yes I'm waiting

I'm eighteen carat garbage
parked outside your door
won't you recognize my face
you've seen me here before

I'm eighteen carat garbage
won't you hear me out
don't wanna be living a lie
don't slam the door

I won't take a photograph cause
nothing would be on it
and there ain't a dime store novel
that I could write from it

and I don't wanna sound insane and
I don't know what your game is
I just wanna seize your brain and
see where LA is

so lock the house, burn it
but save the silver tray
but please give daddy that knife back
and please throw the gun away

I'm eighteen carat garbage
parked outside your door
won't you recognize my face
you've seen me here before

I'm eighteen carat garbage
won't you hear me out
don't wanna be living a lie
don't slam the door

there are hollow sounds in the hall of fame
and they're haunting me
I like people
yeah I like people when they're on tv

I'm eighteen carat garbage
parked outside your door
won't you recognize my face
you've seen me here before

I'm eighteen carat garbage, yeah
won't you hear me out
don't wanna be living a lie
don't slam the door

I'm eighteen carat garbage
parked outside your door
won't you recognize my face
you've seen me here before

I'm eighteen carat garbage
won't you hear me out
don't wanna be living a lie
don't slam the door

because I'm eighteen carat garbage
parked outside your door
won't you recognize me
you've seen me here before

I'm eighteen carat garbage
won't you hear me out
don't wanna be living a lie
don't slam the door

I'm eighteen carat garbage
parked outside your door
won't you recognize my face
you've seen me here before

I'm eighteen carat garbage
won't you hear me out
don't wanna be living a lie
Track Name: Captain Drag
give me a story
(tale of a lifetime)

give me a story
(tale of a lifetime)

(tale)
(tale)

he was a sailor
he was captain of his ship
and his arms were painted and strong
he had his work
and he had his friends
there was only one thing that was wrong

well, he had a change of mind
he could no longer use
what he knew he didn't choose
well, he had a change of body
and that's all that he wants you to know

give me a story
a reason to tell
a tale of a lifetime
something that is real

give me a story
like a long lost friend
cause that's all he ever wanted
and that's all he ever did

now he's a woman
he thought life could go on
but his ship was taken away, hm (tale)
he's still a captain
and his arms are still strong
but they don't like the dress that he wears

oh yes, they had a change of mind
they could no longer know
how the wind was gonna blow

he had a change of body
and that's all he ever wanted to be, oh

give me a story
a reason to tell
a tale of a lifetime
something I can feel
I've often wondered what these things are for
on a cold night by the harbour

life in a bottle, well well
was never so hard, oh no it never was, mm-hm
all the waves of his passion
had to break out from under the glass, oh
with all of the pressure

oh
well
give me a story
a reason to tell
tale of a lifetime
something that is real, yes
give me a story
no beginning and no end
cause that's all he ever wanted
and that's all he ever did
and that's all he ever wanted, well well
and that's all he ever did, hm-mm
and that's all he ever wanted
and that's all he ever did
Track Name: Legends That Die
rats in the basement
the family upstairs

grow, grow
tall as can be for the family
on the fourth floor, oh
everyone here will have love for sale

today the stars are on the ground
the girl is on the game
if she don't get a job
she won't be back to play

rats in the basement
the family upstairs
food on the table
and strangers that swear
doves in the attic
and dogs on the stairs
legends that die
and live again

wait, see
peroxide and pearls oh they come and go
a knock on the door, oh-hoh
who is outside
is the dog all right

dad's on the floor, these crumbling stairs
are no solid ground
heroes never fall
legends never found

the rats in the basement
the family upstairs
food on the table
and strangers that swear
doves in the attic
and dogs on the stairs
legends that die
and live again

won't you come back again and take her hand
won't you come back again and take her hand
help them to understand what makes a man
and if they don't mind tell them to find

rats in the basement
the family upstairs
food on the table
and strangers that swear
doves in the attic
and dogs on the stairs
legends that die
and live again

rats in the basement
the family upstairs
food on the table
and strangers that swear
doves in the attic
and dogs on the stairs
legends that die
and live again
they live again
Track Name: Your Ghost Is Right Behind Me
last night your picture crashed off the wall
and I picked up the broken pieces off the floor
since then every time I turn around
broken glass is back right where it was before

and I can hear your footsteps sound
and your shadow's there beside me
I can hear your footsteps sound
and your ghost is right behind me

tonight the night falls like a fear so dark
and once again I'm haunted by the ghost of what once was
but I can hear whispers and the sound of broken glass (mercy now), hm
all I can do is to sit here, waiting for the past

I can hear your footsteps sound
and your shadow's there beside me, oh yes it is
I can hear your footsteps sound, amen [?]
and your ghost is right behind me

and the day that breaks will find me in pieces (oh mercy now)
just like your shattered frame, there lies my broken heart - waiting for the dark, oh

and I can hear your footsteps sound
and your shadow's there beside me (baby)
and I can hear your footsteps sound, oh baby like I used to do
and your ghost is right behind me, mm...

and I can hear your footsteps sound, baby
and your shadow's there beside me, oh yeah
and I can hear your footsteps sound, baby, oh yes
and your ghost is right behind me
Track Name: Ten Minutes On A Tuesday In Buffalo
I've been misplaced
and I've been mislead
and I've been lost to myself for so long

I am undone
and I am untouched
and I've been unmoved by this game for so long, oh Lord

I am discolored
and I am diluted
and I've been dissolved into nothing for so long, oh Lord
and I've been so caught up
that I didn't notice
that I know a change is gonna come (come)

I've been withdrawn (withdrawn)
I've been withheld
and I've been put on the shelf for so long (so long, I have) oh yes I have

I am disjointed
and I am discouraged, oh yes
and I've been holding my breath for so long, oh Lord, yeah
I've been so ready (so ready yeah)
so way ahead of myself
that I didn't see a change is gonna come (come) (oh yes it will)

to my mind
bring all the peace you can find
to my hands
bring all the power that love commands

cause I've been keeping (I've been keeping)
my soul from receiving (my soul from receiving) oh yeah
and oh Lord I've been helpless for so long, oh yes I have, oh yeah
so let me go now (let me go now)
cause I should know now (baby)
that I know (I know)
a change (mm-hm)
is gonna come (come) (yes it's coming, yes it is) oh yes
Track Name: Conquer Tomorrow
raised in no-man's land of solitude and time
a radio's playing but the song's too pale to shine
you're like your mobile home that's, that's been parked in desert land
there's only a shopping mall to pull at the traveller's hands

you're the echo of another day that time forgets

conquer tomorrow
it's like a call from the past
conquer tomorrow
and make it last just as long as it lasts
and hold on to today cause this may be as good as it gets
do you ever, do you ever see such grace?

from the tequila inside you you wouldn't be too suprised
if an alien landed in your trashcan tonight
and there's a casino waiting at the chance of your restlessness
it looks like a spacecraft shining through the fog and the mist

and should you decide to gamble any future that you possess

conquer tomorrow
it's like a hole in the past
conquer tomorrow
and make it last just as long as it lasts
and hold on to today cause this may be as good as it gets
have you ever, have you ever been this blessed?

and did you ever
did you ever, yeah
and did you ever know that you're you're larger than life?

conquer tomorrow
it's like a hole in the past
conquer tomorrow
and make it last just as long as it lasts
and hold on to today cause this may be as good as it gets
and don't ever, (yeah) don't ever feel dispossessed

conquer tomorrow
it's like a call from the past
conquer tomorrow, yes