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Smoke Like Perfume

by Michelle Cross

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"Smoke Like Perfume" is Michelle's first full-length album released in 2004.

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released April 4, 2004

Piano and vocals: Michelle Cross
Cello: Mike "Bebe" Duggan
Programming: Mathew Prock and Matt Walker
Drums: Matt Walker
Bass: Rafe Bradford, Shawn Sommer, Soloman Snyder, Dave Hiltebrant, and Mathew Prock
Guitars: Mathew Prock, Scott Talarida, Greg Suran
Additional keyboards: Jim Dinou

All songs written by Michelle Cross
Produced by Mathew Prock and Matt Walker
Recorded and mixed by Mathew Prock with additional recording by Matt Walker
Mastered by Danny Leake for Urban Guerrilla Engineers

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Michelle Cross Chicago, Illinois

Michelle is a musician and artist based in Chicago. Sprinkled with classical influences and firmly supported by strong vocals, Cross’s songs tend to have a darker, moodier feel to them. At times, there is a lot of aggression and rhythm in her piano playing, yet even at its most gentle moments her powerfully emotional and melodic piano-based songs have caused listeners to sit-up and pay attention. ... more

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Track Name: Big Fish
We're swimming with the Big Fish, baby, tonight
And I don't care what you wear, just be on time
Whatever it is you want, do you know the reasons why
Whatever it is you are, it's written on the inside

We're swimming to the Big Edge, baby, tonight
And if you wanna stick around, baby, that's alright
Whatever it is you want, do you know the reasons why
Whatever it is you are, it's written on the inside

If it's love you want, then it's love I'm sure you'll find

We're swimming with the Big Fish tonight

Whatever it is you want, do you know the reasons why
Whatever it is you are, it's written on the inside
Track Name: All This Rain
I'm coming to get you.
I was driving down the freeway.
I was wrapped up in the music of my mind.
The moment I wake up, you know, I'm putting on my make-up.
You know, I'm so afraid to sink, sometimes I think

Everybody wants to make me wait.

How many chances must I take.
When will the sun come out again
Maybe we can ask ourselves one day,
What was the point of all this rain.

Eternally faceless, I dreamed last night that I weightless.
I rose between the spaces of the water.
And I believe, this could be a sign.
Telling me now's the time, to leave this world behind.

Everybody wants to make me wait.

How many chances must I take.
When will the sun come out again.
Maybe we can ask ourselves one day,
What was the point to all this rain
How many times will my heart break
How will the sun come out again?
Maybe we can ask ourselves one day
I said, the point to all this rain?

Don't be afraid
Everytime I think it's near to me,
It's clear to me
It's clear to me

How many times will my heart break
How will the sun come out again?
Maybe we can ask ourselves one day
What was the point to all this rain?
Track Name: Better Girl
You've got me swimming in circles,
got me chasing my tail.
You've got me vowing my first born
child to the devil.
And you're making me swallow your fishing line.

And am I really a mermaid, a crazy mistake
I said, Baby- could you lend me a hand?
Cause I'm sinking a little, sinking a little, with every turn.

And I pray for a moonless night.

And I could rid myself of my bitter tears,
If only I could be your baby.
All my misery shall surely disappear
if only I could be your baby.
And with the run of things, how could I know
I though I would have been the Better Girl.

She must be quite the treat....

Your devilish smile is in my head,
Your cynical style, your holy bed,
And there's always a reason, always a reason
To keep that notion out.

And I could rid myself of my bitter tears,
If only I could be your baby.
All my misery shall surely disappear
if only I could be your baby.

And with the run of things, how could I know
- somebody help me understand
And with the run of things, how could I know
- somebody make this wanting end

And with the run of things, how could I know
I though I would have been the Better Girl.

Your man- he got me again.
Track Name: Desire
My desire is a thousand birds on fire and I want you
When I'm in your way, you are so unfazed

Time is it water - is it rain?
I can't wait to see you again
When I hear your name
I begin to sway.

When the fever get in me, how am I suppose to see?
All the world around me - is this how it has to be?
Help me, why don't you, my brother, you set me on fire.
I'm on fire.

It's hard to tell which hand the pill is under.
When all the girls are always at your side.
And all the time, you fill my mind with wonder.
Still I count the airplanes in the sky.

When the fever gets in me, how am I suppose to see?
All the world around me - is this how it has to be?
Help me, why don't you, my brother, you set me on fire.
I'm on fire.

Red wing on white. Red wing on white.

I wanna have your baby - you make me cum easy.
Track Name: River of Seine
Why should you cry?
There's nothing left for you to hide - it's alright.
I've heard it said,
There's more to life than this, so I'll - be alright.

And I will walk and walk to the River of Seine,
Where I can lose myself, never think again
About the loneliness inside my heart.

Why should you cry?
You were the one who said goodbye.
It's always been about you.
I was there, to catch you at your every fall.

And I will walk and walk to the River of Seine,
Where I can lose myself, never think again
About the loneliness inside my heart.

Love is a happy thing in the beginning
Let me tell you, love is a funny thing, oh yes.
Love is a happy thing in the beginning
Let me tell you, love is a funny thing, oh yes.
Oh yes.

And I will walk and walk to the River of Seine,
Where I can lose myself, never think again
About the loneliness inside my heart.

Still I wish it all away.
Track Name: Leave it Up to the Moon
Do as you like, I was happy to be free.
And not there is Christmas to consider.
In the winter I keep strange hours
And there is not enough light to see you.
To see you.

And when the wind blows it whispers around me.
And when the river has frozen it sleeps.
And when I find my way back I will call you
And leave it up to the moon.

I'd rather walk I'm afraid of your driving
But I'm more afraid of your temper.
You'll find a girl and the world will be right again.
What will happen then?

And when the wind blows it whispers around me.
And when the river has frozen it sleeps.
And when I find my way back I will call you
And leave it up to the moon.

From now and the rest of my life
I will always remember to think twice.
I took it all in just one swallow
And the sun set on me.
The sun set on me.
Track Name: Fast in Love
When you wake don't wake me here
I will sleep until you get back home to me.
But the question left for me,
Where are you now?

I never want to feel this way again
I say it every time you leave me so unsure of this
But your freedom is a risk you will not take
And I'm left wilting.

And you say what you want when you want,
Never thinking I could be afraid of the words you say.
And I know I'm a liar when I say I'm alright
But you can't be to blame when I fall so fast in love.

If only you could make me understand
I could let it go, I'd let it fall right through my hands
And I could start again.
And I'm left wilting

And you say what you want when you want,
Never thinking I could be afraid of the words you say.
And I know I'm a liar when I say I'm alright
But you can't be to blame when I fall so fast in love.

Still no rain. Are you gonna come again?
Are you gonna let me see your face?
Are you gonna let me walk away from you?
And I'm left wilting.

And you say what you want when you want,
Never thinking I could be afraid of the words you say.
And I know I'm a liar when I say I'm alright
But you can't be to blame when I fall so fast in love.

And you say what you want when you want,
Never thinking
Will you ever see this emptiness that's taken over me?
Track Name: We Both Know
If a lover wasn't all you needed
What more do you want with me?
I took a chance just like you did
And not it's clear to me-

We both know how it feels to be alone

It's not about my addictions
It's not about your memories
It's not about what you did to me
Under the apple tree.

We both know how it feels to be alone

I'm walking into walls
The fear of future taking over me
Whichever way the wind should blow
I want to blow
I want to go

There's always someone left for me
Will I ever be free?
Another night, another stranger
It all seems like a dream.

We both know how it feels to be alone
Track Name: Rubber Skirt
Mama never let me wear my rubber skirt
Mama never let me whore myself on you
I coulda been something I coulda been something
I coulda been something sweet like your honey bee

I've see you with the moon and you said,
Let's fall in love.
Well, I have heard that talk and the talk
Ain't good enough
Does anybody love me? Does anybody love me?
Does anybody love me, sweet like your honey bee?

It’s been a long long time…

And I guess I could spare a little drop of my love for you
Yes, I guess I could make a little personal time for you

Tell it to the black-haired boy, baby, make him cry.
Tell it with a tear, tell it with a cheer, tell him why.
He coulda been something. He coulda been something.
He coulda been something sweet like your honey bee.

It’s been a long long time…

And I guess I could spare a little drop of my love for you
Yes, I guess I could make a little personal time for you

Mama never let me wear my rubber skirt
Track Name: Her Lovely Name
So be that way and stay away
I forget, you never will upset your girl
I know you love her.
Still, it's hard to say her lovely name.
Her lovely name.

And all those times you slipped away
Without a word I thought at least you'd say,
"So long, my flower.
I always will remember your lovely face.
Your lovely face."

I warned you, I could love you more than you want me to

And I never seen light like the Fourth of July,
Your hand held in mine just for that night.
And you know how I hate it when you ask me the time.
Well, I'm not a baby, I just thought you could save me
From my loneliness.
My loneliness.

I warned you, I could love you more than you want me to

I warned you, I could love you more than you want me to

Let me stay here. I can't make you see
What it's done to me.

So be that way and stay away.
I forget, you never will upset your girl.
I know you love her.
Still, it's hard to say...
Her lovely name.
Track Name: Tipsy
Can't figure out exactly why
Tricking my master don't feel right.
I've been a yes girl all my life
One more line for one more dime

And I,
I'm a lonely bride
I'm a tipsy kind
But I keep time
- yeah

Sound the alarm and wake your kind.
Nobody knows what's happening.
Time has stopped - broken clock.
Everybody point to the missile in the sky

I belong to the space revolution
I got me a suit and a tasty solution
I never wanted your baby, anyway
Try something new.

And I, - something new
I'm a lonely bride. - give me one try
I'm a Tipsy kind - I keep time
But I keep time - you won't listen
- yeah

I could sit here for a day
I could sit here for a week.
Trying to figure out what went wrong
With the better half of me.
I never pictured it this way
I never thought I'd see again
But not I've opened up my eyes
It's good to be alive

Talk to the head executive
Only he knows where she lives
Pretty Eliza, tall and tight
Self starvation on the rise.

And I, - something new
I'm a lonely bride. - give me one try
I'm a Tipsy kind - I keep time
But I keep time - you won't listen
- yeah

You wanna give me one try
I wanna talk but you don't listen
Track Name: I Need Air
The moon was high on the night we met
You walked alone, your hair was wet
And I pulled you down and you made not a sound
As I wound my hair all around you

And I get angry when I'm lonely
I feel blue, like this ocean that confines me.

Darling, I need air.
Darling, I need air.
I cannot exist in this atmosphere.

The sun was red and the colors bleed
Into the water as it set.
And I wait for you, like I always do
Sometimes, you come. Sometimes, you stay away.

And I get sad when you ignore me.
I feel blue, like this ocean that confines me.

Darling, I need air.
Darling, I need air.
I belong up there in your atmosphere.

Moving pictures, cherry wine.
A stolen kiss under a street light.
Music made with strings-
You tell such lies.

The rain fell soft on the night you let
Me wrap my arms around your neck.
And I pulled you down and you made not a sound.
As you drowned I saw you reaching

I need air.
Darling, I need air.
I cannot exist in this atmosphere.

Moving pictures, cherry wine.
A stolen kiss under a street light.
Music made with strings-
You tell such lies.