Temptress – Ilana Charnelle

From the album Play Nice (2018).

I’m oh-so-good at getting real messed up over you
They 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 caught up over things that I can’t help
Ooh 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 won’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 across my chest, hell 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
Ooh, 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 won’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
Ooh, yeah

A temptress
Before I knew what it meant
I’ll make eyes at you from across the room
But you won’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 album Play Nice (2018).

Mmm, mmm, mm-mm

Ooh, young like James Dean
He’s got the bluest eyes I have 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
Even if brief
Oh, 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 take a breath and in I dive
Sometimes you gotta 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
Cause 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
Hey

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 can 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 album Play Nice (2018).

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 fall from 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’

Oh

I thought he knew
I thought that when I told you
You saw the words fall from 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
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, I just couldn’t stay

Oh

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

Jesus – Ilana Charnelle

From the album Play Nice (2018).
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
You’re always thinking about where you’re headed
You’re 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

Well 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 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

Ooh, woah

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 no saint now
It must be fun to feel no shame
Did you think I’d keep your secret?
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 album Play Nice (2018).

Na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na

Seven, he couldn’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, that’d be nice

And 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
Cause some girls don’t like to play nice

Na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na

Twenty-two, nearly died for you
Coz love is sacrifice, isn’t that nice
And now I’ve passed my prime
Yeah I’ve, I’ve missed my time
But I’ve got better things 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

Na na na na na na nice
Na na na na na na nice
Na na na na na na 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

Na na na na na na nice
Na na na na na na nice
Na na na na na na nice

Some girls don’t like to play nice

Love’s Gonna Knock You Down – Ilana Charnelle

From the album Play Nice (2018).
You said that you were a straight shooter
Said ‘When I take a shot, babe, I just don’t miss’
What I did not know as I gave you my bow
Was when you hit somebody, you use your fists

Love is a full-ring fighter, competing for the crown
Telling you forever, but beating you right now
And love’s gonna hit you harder when it’s got you on the ground
Now, it might look real pretty from the crowd
But love’s gonna knock you down

I pull my gloves on, gonna take you on
And every blow I take hits right in my chest
Should’ve known better than to take on a winner
Coz when it comes to heartbreak
Baby, you’re the best

Love is a full-ring fighter, competing for the crown
Telling you forever, but beating you right now
And love’s gonna hit you harder when it’s got you on the ground
Now, it might look real pretty from the crowd
But love’s gonna knock you down
Woo!

As that last bell’s gone, I’m taking you on
But when it comes to heartbreak
Baby, you’re the best

Love is a full-ring fighter, competing for the crown
Telling you forever, but beating you right now
And love’s gonna hit you harder when it’s got you on the ground
Now, it might look real pretty from the crowd
Said, now it might look real pretty from the crowd
But love’s gonna knock you down
Love’s gonna knock you down