The Scene Unseen (EP)

by Lola Johnson

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“I started this album with the intention to play with musicians whose sound I personally enjoy; to collaborate with a music scene that’s an ongoing mix in New York City. Within time, it became more like an acknowledgement to the elements of society. Questioning the hypes and reruns upon the surface, that keep all of us in place like a neat little package. It's hard as hell just to be human by yourself, but with another and another and another...it's a tailspin, so watch your Ass!"

-Lola Johnson

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released April 18, 2012

Musicians: Lola Johnson, Brother Dave, Roberto Ruiz, Patrick McLellan, Maria Schettino, Char Johnson, Adam Freiholtz, Adam Hinz


Produced by Radian Records - radianrecords.com

Recorded by Lola Johnson, Eric Kramer, and Andrew Felluss
Mixed & Mastered at RedBird Studio NYC by Andrew Felluss - redbirdstudionyc.com
Project Coordination: Mallory Knodel
Photo: Liah Alonso - www.liahalonso.com

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Lola Johnson New York, New York

Lola Johnson played here, and the sound echoes on. Her presence thick in the air, and careless enough to mix jack with the house red, Lola sings her story night after night, often accompanied only by her faithful guitar. Drawing from varied influences, Lola has created an Americana Blues sound with many spins, that can be likened to many legends, but is truly her own. ... more

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Track Name: Shallow Reality
Dog parks, fancy shiny cars/upscale yoga for the stars/picture yourself in a box office movie/
Money galore with a side of romantic comedy/
Plenty of friends to call best friends forever/red carpet light, paparazzi fight tonite/
Sippin’ on wine older than dirt/makin’ a scene by no other means…

Only to…keep myself from seeing myself
No no no not me/take me, save me, from this…Shallow Reality.

Rockin’ the vote just to capitalize/retirement hit by twenty-five/
Scheduling rehab into the day/marrying money is the only way into…

Keeping myself from seeing myself
No no no not me/take me, save me, from this…Shallow Reality.
Track Name: Formally Known As.. (FMKA)
I don’t know if I can get by/if I sat there and judged/
I think we’re all beautiful bodies, faces and colors livin’ under the sun/
But I don’t have space when I’m around you/
And light shaded makeup would look good to ignore, the dark color, all over you

It may come as a surprise to you/
But I say what I say/to save face this way…It’s Mr. Hypocrite to you

I couldn’t put up my own fist/before my own words/
I think physical violence is a sad excuse for the not-so-smart people livin’ under this sun/
But you can get under my skin/
So I need to give you a taste, to put you in your place, into the hole I’ve been tryin’ to keep you in

It may come as a surprise to you/
But I say what I say/to save face this way…It’s Mr. Hypocrite to you
Track Name: Sums Up Mary
Part question mark and the other is a clue/I suspect there may be some room right here for you/
Got me a swift kick in the ass, waitin’ here in my shoe/that I’ll pretend has nothin’ to do with you

What’s so obvious, is not stated out loud/seems that two is beginning to be a crowd…

If it’s not a threat to me, I’ll pretend to be immune/You must deserve everything come right at you/
My truth is a lie in disguise, when I leave you, please don’t cry/We did what we could, and you misunderstood

What’s so obvious, is not stated out loud/seems that two is beginning to be a crowd/
So what’s up/I’m summin’ Mary
Track Name: Leo (feat. Char Johnson)
I might need to use a corner file/Smooth out my words enough to unwind/
Cause I’m unstable in my mood/Leo takes me there…
It’s enough for me to be beside you/But you must consume all my thoughts around you too/
Leo takes me there…

What is it like to try to care/Leo, what a way to live/
You give, only to get back/Acting like a selfless act

Just a spoonful guilt, can darken the shades under her eyes/
Said the little girl, to the old man, holding all the cards in her mind/
I can scream from the highest sky scraper, “that my life is not mine”/
But I’d still be here lieing on the ground, just muttering empty sounds/
Leo takes me there…

What is it like to try to care/Leo, what a way to live/
You give, only to get back/Acting like a selfless act

He is king and I’m still yearning/He is king and I’m still earning/
To be seen in his eyes too/That I’m equal to you
She is queen and I’m still yearning/She is queen and I’m still earning/
To be seen in his eyes too/That I’m equal to you
Track Name: My Father's Wealth
I hear his bones rattle, from a body over done/
He looks to me, as a child, and says ‘your day is soon to come’/
But a life can not be judged, from this age, that I am/
But from the wisdom that I put in place/
I’m taking a chance/It’s my chance to face

Pointing out a path, of easy luxury/
A road for you, perhaps, but not the same road for me/
You can say that I’m a cross between ‘lost’ and ‘mystery’/
But I’m just finding my place here/
I’m taking a chance/It’s my chance to face

We can breakdown these walls, paint where you’ve been, for me/
While I’m looking at you, and your not, talking down to me/
Blood is more than gold, but Love is a priceless entity/
And I’m just, stating my case here/
I’m taking a chance…
I’m taking a chance…
I’m taking a chance, and it’s my chance to face
Track Name: Til Another Day (Complimentary Download)
Just call it my town/with the filthy smell in the air
People pissin' their thoughts around/just to breathe it in and you can help but care

Absorbed in my skin/I got a way to stay sane
I just suck my smoke right back in/
Til another day

Just call it my state/where the north end is the new south
And you stick out of place/when you're too open in the country and closed in the city

With my heart written on my sleeve/I got a way to relate
by taking a step out, while looking in/
Til another day

Just call it my country/Where you’re either colored in blue or red
and spinning in reruns/of who's far behind or just too far ahead
Just call it my country/Where you’re either colored in black, yellow, brown, red and white
and spinning in reruns/of who's to the far left or to the far right

Stuck in my mind/are opinions heard or read
Given no choice but to define/where I stand
When I’m born and raised on this so called ‘promised land’/
…Til the day that I'm…dead
Track Name: I'm Ready (Acoustic) Bonus Track
Wake me up/I’ve been sleeping too long/
Years have passed/With nothing done/
Jaded swarms, with no drugs, how can it be?

Kept occupied with flimsy toys/
One sided views/Not enough noise/
Money wars seen, but only on t.v.

As these blinds raise from over my eyes/
My mind generates these views into blatant lies…

I’m ready for that day to come/
Many voices around, to silence just one

Feeding the power a fruitful of loss/
Creating less and buying up thoughts/
‘Fear’ has replaced ‘Freedom’, in this country

As these blinds raise from over my eyes/
My mind generates these views into blatant lies…
So I rise…

I’m ready for that day to come/
Many voices around, to silence just one