Songs from Overdressed (2016):
State of Denial
Mary-Anne
Hugs & Kisses
Katrina's Karaoke
The Cost
Permission
I'm Sorry If I Killed You
Souvenirs
Sweet Torture
About You Now

State of Denial
Written by Lauren Joseph copyright 2012

We've not met before, I'm Sweet Lady Luck
Show me to my door, come in and we'll ...talk
I'll give you the tour but there isn't much there
Some clothes on the floor, but the rooms are all bare
All of the rest is packed away inside a chest
That I keep tucked under the bed

The truth is that I'm the happiest when I'm living in
My state of denial

Now, I don't want to appear as someone cold and removed
But I wanna be clear: I'm not the type of girl who
Will say how she feels and then ask you the same
You feed her a meal; she'll give it a name

I'd tell her that I'm much happier when I'm living in
My state of denial

Call it high fashion:
Standard grooming of modern women
I see it left and right and up and down and all around me
So it makes it hard
I've gotta stay buttoned up sometimes when I just wanna streak

I'm fun when I'm drunk, I'm not drunk enough
I talk like I'm tough and I don't talk of love
'Cause that's what you want; what else have I got?
If I'm filled to the top, then that's where you stop
Scared to get wet, scared of what's inside my head
Scared of what's beneath the bed

Now tell me that I'm (whatever's comfy is the truth)
The happiest when I'm living (or what's convenient for you)
Free to fetter the chain, sparked to water the flame
Safe to fear what I feel (scared to be real)
It's cozy inside (there's nothing warmer than a lie)
Now, please, won't you join me here in (so come lie with me side by side)
My state of denial
(It's good for me, it's good for you
So nevermind it's too good to be true
Now, won't you join me for a lifetime of denial)


 

Mary-Anne
Written by Lauren Joseph copyright 2013

You got back a month ago
From your latest attempt to build hope in the third world
I'm not surprised to see you home so soon
Mary-Anne I love you so
You're a dreamer, a teacher, a traveler, a good soul
I have to say I'm not impressed

Chorus
You stay up late and get out of bed late
Beneath that smile on your face
You should hate this life that you're only living
'Cause you're scared when they say
"Mary-Anne, you're growing old"

Why can't you just settle down
In a nice little house in the safe part of town?
Tell me again why that's so wrong for you
Mary-Anne I worry so
Such a beautiful girl, you don't have to be alone
It's time to tell your dreams to grow up

Chorus
You stay up late and get out of bed late
Beneath that smile on your face
You must hate this life that you're only living
'Cause you're scared when they say
"Mary-Anne, you're growing old"

Bridge
What am I supposed to say?
Should I just let you hope your life away
I'm gonna smash your rose-coloured mirror; pull your hands from your ears
Let me in! I'm here to save you

Mary-Anne I understand
You're afraid 'cause you feel that your fate's out of your hands
I knew your aunt back when she died. Now you're past that age

Chorus
You stay up late and get out of bed late
Beneath that smile on your face
You must hate this life that you're only living
'Cause you're scared when they say
"Mary-Anne, you're growing old"


 
Hugs & Kisses
Written by Lauren Joseph copyright 2012

What a surprise you were picking me up from work
And taking me for a drive to the park where we first kissed
Busy twisting pieces of grass between my fingers
While keenly listening to the speeches you deliver
Your hand falls to my face I get a shiver
No, it's not hard to see where my brain's been living
I feel on top of the world when I spend all my time with you
So come in a little closer, babe, I want to share what I'm seeing in you

You always give me hugs and kisses
Make me dinner and wash the dishes
When you sing our song you're the source of my bliss
But I know I'm not the girlfriend you deserve
I'm not the lover that you've earned
And it breaks my heart 'cause I can see it coming

Baby I'm no one's fool except when it comes to you
Now I'm fresh out of reason, well overstocked on fantasy
Baby, say my name you've already made my day
When you call me way too late no I never lay the blame
You're a blazing ray of sun bursting through a sky of grey
I love you
I feel sometimes the worst in me
So I spend less than I can afford
Then I came overdressed to your party
The only one who brought a gift

'Cause you always give me hugs and kisses
Make me dinner and wash the dishes
When you sing our song you're the source of my bliss
But I know I'm not the girlfriend you deserve
I'm not the lover that you've earned
And it breaks my heart 'cause I can see it coming
To an end

You always give me hugs and kisses
Make me dinner and wash the dishes
When you sing our song you're the source of my bliss
But I know I'm not the girlfriend you deserve
I'm not the lover that you've earned
And I hope you see there'll be no bad blood
No, I understand you're just not in love
And I know it'll take time but time takes time
I only hope one day I can hear your song again


 
Katrina's Karaoke
Written by Lauren Joseph copyright 2014

Come serenade your sweetheart
At Katrina's Karaoke on Valentine's Day

If you're at a loss for what to say
To set the mood on this special day
Well, I've got a place where the words are free
find your favourite song to sing and come talk to me

The doors are at four but we'll be rockin' all night
The regulars clear out about a quarter to nine
I'm stocked with the hits, the old and the new
There's a song for everyone to make their debut

So come serenade your sweetheart
At Katrina's Karaoke on Valentine's Day

There's Journey for him, some Katy for her
Some are nice like Summer Nights to sing together
Everybody Needs Somebody, To Have And To Hold
All you lucky couples staying warm in the cold

There's hearts on the walls, there's love in the air
A menu packed with tasty snacks for you two to share
There's pool and darts to start you off so show her your moves
I guarantee to put you in the sweet lovin' mood

So come serenade your sweetheart
At Katrina's Karaoke on Valentine's Day

An exciting surprise if you proposed on the mic
But just to keep it special, one proposal per night
Make a reservation and your first drink is free
Then find your favourite song to sing and come talk to me

Come serenade your sweetheart
At Katrina's Karaoke on Valentine's Day


 
The Cost
Written by Lauren Joseph copyright 2012

You're a liar but I like you a lot
I've got a crush on all the things that you're not
Take it in stride, you never know what gets lost
Careful boy it's gonna cost all you've got

You're a liar but I think that you're cool
Careless covering you like a tattoo
Sealed in tight you hope you never get caught
Careful boy because it's gonna get hot

A piece of fiction, yeah, a real piece of work
A friendly face and then a faceless jerk
I know you care and that's why I care
But it's because you're gone that I'm always here

Line up for tickets to your life's matinee
You throw the show of your life everyday
You're selling out because you sleep better bought
I buy it up because your show's what I watch

And when your ghosts leave us alone in the room
The man in me brings out the woman in you
You tell me I'm perfect, brush the hair from my eyes
But nothing's perfect, and now I know that you lie

You're a liar but I like you a lot
I make believe so I can play in your plot
Being with you has turned me into a fraud
Careful boy it's gonna cost all you've got
Permission
Written by Lauren Joseph copyright 2012

Put flowers on the table, a star under your name
Then take a pen to my paper skin. I'll turn away to let it soak in
You read the words aloud, I hear the words you shout
"He could do better" so they say
Then you come home to me, bouquet your apologies
Tell me you love me everyday

May I have your permission to lift my head
Casting a light on my condition:
I'm fine under the weight

I like to look out the window to watch the stormy sky
See the heavens cry as the angels fight tossing trees and blazing bolts of light
Down here I'm a plastic pearl, I'm a full-time girl
But I'm the lucky one I know
'Cause you give me everything I need and nothing's broken, nothing bleeds
I'm lucky 'cause you told me so

May I have your permission to lift my head
Casting a light on my condition:
I'm fine under the weight

You gave me your promise
But I know where your truth lies
Baby, be honest
Am I your puppet or your prize?

Hands on my hips, finger on my lips, pull my hair, give me a kiss
Say my name and fall asleep
Sugar words from Hallmark cards. Twisted wrist and hollow heart
Ten more minutes not a peep

May I have your permission to lift my head
Casting a light on my condition:
I'm fine

May I have your permission to take my leave
I don't want to go but I'm beginning
To break under the weight


 
I'm Sorry If I Killed You
Written by Lauren Joseph copyright 2012

I know you hate it 'cause I'm always late but I'm sure I've saved your life at least once or twice
I make you rush and then you make a fuss but punctual has never been my style
I'm saying it doesn't matter 'cause everything works out in the end
I just need you to calm down

I am trying to do the right thing but I'm sure I've killed somebody along the way
So forgive me but I can't promise I won't do that again
And I'm sorry, oh

Standing in line at the grocery store there's a guy behind me who looks like MLK
He's got a box of pasta, a can of tomatoes, and a carton of OJ
I'm saying it doesn't matter 'cause I had twenty-some and a pack of gum
So I saved him seven minutes

I am trying to do the right thing but I'm sure I've killed somebody along the way
So forgive me but I can't promise I won't do that again
And I'm sorry, yeah

Later on, a few block away
A tired driver ran down MLK
He didn't come home that day
And a twisted voice is saying, I'm to blame
So take my hand and hold me close
Tell me that it's not my fault

I wanted to surprise you so I booked off time and hit the road while you
Were on a plane to Hawaii, you didn't tell me because you thought I knew
I'm saying it doesn't matter 'cause things are gonna go wrong when they do
I just want us to be happy

I am trying to do the right thing but I'm sure I've killed somebody along the way
So forgive me but I can't promise I won't do that again
And I'm sorry, right?

Did I push you? 'Cause I swear it was a tap but it made you fall and hurt yourself anyway
Now you're angry, and I'm trying hard to make it all okay
'Cause I love you and I'm sure I've killed somebody along the way
And I'm sorry, oh, I'm sorry
Souvenirs
Written by Lauren Joseph copyright 2011

You figured me out, it wasn't that hard, I'm just lonely
So you wore your best lonely for me
And in a matter of time you had me thinking 'bout you

You played a good hand. You showed me a soft side so selfless
But I kept my cards close, I kept you out of the know
I've got a game of my own

You took my skin
I took your spine
I keep it as a souvenir to make me smile

I figured you out, it wasn't that hard, you're just so scared
You seem to think that by jumping you get the thrill of the ride
But you're forgetting the fall

You took my skin
I took your spine
I keep it as a souvenir to make me smile
My arms were yours
Your eyes were mine
Face it boy, I won this time

You know you pour a smooth line to fill my cup
And I would really hate to have to give you up
But you're a bull in a china shop
And I'm the bitch who's gotta clean it up

You fell for my act, the truth is I'm not really lonely
And I saw into your eyes, tore out the greed and the lies
Now all that's left is a child

You took my skin
I took your spine
I keep it as a souvenir to make me smile
I kept my heart
You lost your mind