Keep It Up – Ilana Charnelle

From the show Play Nice (2017).
 
 I want you to ask so I can say nothing
I want you to come back so I can turn you away
I want you to beg, to regret, to repent
But most of all I want you to see things my way

 
Like how you’d insist that you needed more of me
That I was neglectful, a mess and real mean
You’d run for the hills if I forgot to pet you
A lost puppy, always needing to be seen
 

You needed me there, I gave you up
So you ran into her arms to cry
You did what you’ve done, so you’ll get what you’ve got
I just hope that you can keep it up
Yeah, I just hope that you can keep it up

 
I just know that now you’re living the same way
In your fog of virtuous truth
But it’s her who’ll be yes-ing, and sweating and guessing
A slave to all the things that you have to do

 
Like hiding in bed when the going get tricky
And following through is just too hard
Better to back out of responsibility
Coz you know you can’t fail if you never start
 

You wanna give up, it’s all too much
You need to suck everyone dry
You did what you’ve done, so you’ll get what you’ve got
I just hope that you can keep it up
Yeah, I just hope that you can keep it up
 

It’s funny before me, your last did the same thing
So you ran into my arms to cry
If it’s always the same thing, suffocating then blaming
Surely you’d start wondering why
 

But you did what you’ve done, so you’ll get what you’ve got
But you did what you’ve done, so you’ll get what you’ve got
But you did what you’ve done, so you’ll get what you’ve got
I just hope that you can keep it up
Yeah, I just hope that you can keep it up

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Cool – Ilana Charnelle

From the show Play Nice (2017).

  

 I’ve always liked things I shouldn’t
And I’ve always loved like other girls wouldn’t
I don’t wanna say I was biding my time
But I’ve always thought that you could be mine

 
But hey, now, I’m speeding ahead
He said no, so I’ll put it to bed
I’m so sick of dipping my toes in the water
Just to watch you all end up with each other

 
I’ll take my words, cut them into pieces
Throw them on the floor, pretend I’m a genius
If I liked rock and roll, or my hair was real red
You’d call me your cool girl, you’d see me again

 
But hey, now, I’m speeding ahead
He said no, so I’ll put it to bed
I’m so sick of dipping my toes in the water
Just to watch you all end up with each other

 
I’ll take my words, cut them into pieces
Throw them on the floor, it’s Bowie, it’s genius
You’re leather-edged sadness, you’re rock and roll cool
I’ll stick to my madness, at least I know the rules

 
But hey, now, I’m speeding ahead
He said no, so I’ll put it to bed
I’m so sick of dipping my toes in the water
Just to watch you all end up with each other
End up with each other
End up with each other
End up with each other
With each other

Temptress – Ilana Charnelle

From the show Play Nice (2017).
 
I’m oh-so-good at getting real messed up over you
You see right through me and I call it love
Put my heart in your hands
And it’s on fire
 

One day I’ll wake up with the last sad song
That I’ll ever write on the tip of my tongue
But I’ll take what I can
And love the liar

 
A straight-up mess of fraying endings, I
Get all cut up over things that I can’t help
I can’t help myself

 
A temptress
Before I knew what it meant
I’ll make eyes at you from across the room
But you can’t take me home with you
And years from now, with the lights out
You’ll feel my sting from miles around
In your chest, in your skin, in your lungs
I’ll linger on
 

An iron bar inside my chest, well it’s
Just a little baggage that can help attest
To the damage I’ve done
It’s so much fun
 

Looking for love in the wrong places, I’ve
Made a lot out of living straight through hell
I can’t help myself

 
A temptress
Before I knew what it meant
I’ll make eyes at you from across the room
But you can’t take me home with you
And years from now, with the lights out
You’ll feel my sting from miles around
In your chest, in your skin, in your lungs
I’ll linger on
 

I need that spark like most need air to fill their lungs
A thousand matches light me up
Warmed by what I’ve done
I need that spark like most need air to fill their lungs
A thousand matches light me up
Warmed by what I’ve done

 
A temptress
Before I knew what it meant
I’ll make eyes at you from across the room
But you can’t take me home with you
And years from now, with the lights out
You’ll feel my sting from miles around
In your chest, in your skin, in your lungs
I’ll linger on

Out of This – Ilana Charnelle

From the show Play Nice (2017).
 
Ooh, young like James Dean
He’s got the bluest eyes that I’ve ever seen
Elbows on knees
Always shuffling like he’s got some place to be
Each time we meet
I’m reminded of your electricity
Sure, it’d be brief
But one hell of a mistake it’d be
 

Just one glance at him has got me falling
Like I’m speeding off a cliff
And he don’t notice as he keeps on talking
How my hands are clenched in fists
Gotta fight myself right out of this
 

Ooh, I hold my breath and in I dive
Sometimes you need to drown to feel alive
He’s sweet and shy
As he tells me I’m too late
But thanks, good try
And I smile, and I wave
As I watch another close
Coz I’ve lost count of all the doors
That have been slammed right on my nose
 

Just one glance at him has got me falling
Like I’m speeding off a cliff
And he don’t notice as he keeps on talking
How my hands are clenched in fists
Gotta fight myself right out of this
 

Ooh, not long before
He asked me if I’d found a love to keep me warm
Always surprised when I say no
Been trying, but seems no one’s coming forward
But hey, it’s fine
I mean, I’ll live
Just hope one day I’ll get as good as I give
 

Just one glance at him has got me falling
Like I’m speeding off a cliff
And he don’t notice as he keeps on talking
How my hands are clenched in fists
Gotta fight myself right out
Gotta fight myself right out
Gotta fight myself right out of this

 
Ooh, young like James Dean
He’s got the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen

On The Stand – Ilana Charnelle

From the show Play Nice (2017).
 
It’s late on a Sunday, you call from the bar
So I drive for an hour just to be where you are
And when we kiss on the corner
Just like I was waiting for
I whisper, ‘I can’t love you
So don’t ask me for more’
 

I thought you knew
I thought that when I told you
You saw the words roll off my hands
Didn’t we have fun
Didn’t we have something
So why do I feel like I’m on the stand
Don’t judge me, don’t judge me
You’ll always know exactly where I stand
 

Been months since I’ve seen you, I’m hitting my stride
Spots me on the dance floor, she takes me aside
‘You broke his heart, you know you broke his heart’ she calls
And I want to insist, ‘No, the night that we kissed
I told him I couldn’t fall’

 
I thought he knew
I thought that when I told you
You saw the words roll off my hands
Didn’t we have fun
Didn’t we have something
So why do I feel like I’m on the stand
Don’t judge me, don’t judge me
You’ll always know exactly where I stand

 
Don’t judge me, don’t judge me
Don’t judge me, don’t judge me
You’ll always know exactly where I stand

 
Near on years of silence, and some fumbled repairs
I see you some evening, and god, it’s all there
The way you tell stories and I can’t look away
I’ll always love you but I just couldn’t stay
 

I thought you knew
I thought that when I told you
You saw the words roll off my hands
Didn’t we have fun
Didn’t we have something
But then I ruined all your plans
Think of me, think of me
You’ll always know exactly where I stand

Jesus – Ilana Charnelle

From the show Play Nice (2017).
 
Don’t trust an angel face
You can look, but run while you can
And don’t ever believe your saviour
Takes the shape of a man
 

Well, I don’t know much about Jesus
Just a birthplace and a name
But from what I’ve heard about Jesus
I swear you look exactly the same
 

Well you’re certainly not a preacher
But I like the way you talk
Always thinking about where you’re headed
Always leaving but you’re never gone
 

Don’t trust an angel face
You can look, but run while you can
And don’t ever believe your saviour
Takes the shape of a man
 

When you took me into your bed, dear
Both my eyes were open wide
You might be used to stealing hearts but
I kept two firm hands on mine
 

Well you’re certainly no saint now
And you’ll leave no heart un-won
Did you think that I’d say nothing?
Oh Jesus, look what you’ve done
 

Don’t trust an angel face
You can look, but run while you can
And don’t ever believe your saviour
Takes the shape of a man
 

I don’t know much about Jesus
Just a birthplace and a name
But from what I’ve heard about Jesus
I swear you look exactly the same
 

Well you’re certainly no saint now
It must be fun to feel no shame
Did you think I’d keep your secrets?
Oh Jesus, what a mess you became
Oh Jesus, all men are the same
Oh Jesus, you took me in vain

Play Nice – Ilana Charnelle

From the show Play Nice (2017).
 
Seven, he wouldn’t look me in the eyes
‘You know what that means!’
Isn’t that nice
Eighteen, watching them all break the ice
Waiting for my turn
Ooh, that’d be nice
 
They say ‘Ooh, a nice thing like love’s gotta hurt you
That’s just the way that it works, true
Love, yeah, it stings and it cries’
I’m in the business of taking my spent tears
Turning them into your worst fears
Trust me, you will pay the price
Some girls don’t like to play nice
 
Twenty-two, nearly died for you
Coz love is sacrifice
Isn’t that nice
Now I’m past my prime
Right, I’ve missed my time
But I’ve got better shit to do
Than look real nice and play with you
 
They say ‘Ooh, a nice thing like love’s gotta hurt you
That’s just the way that it works, true
Love, yeah, it stings and it cries’
I’m in the business of taking my spent tears
Turning them into your worst fears
Trust me, you will pay the price
Some girls don’t like to play nice
 
I’m in the business of taking my spent tears
Turning them into your worst fears
Trust me, you will pay the price
Some girls don’t like to play nice