The Relationship Odyssey

by Natalie Brown

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1.
03:31
Drifting (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 We used to talk at least once a day And sometimes twice on Tuesdays The weekends brought some fun and some games And laughter shared in our way Pre-Chorus 1 But now there’s dark clouds heading our way They’re clouding the horizon CHORUS Are we drifting away from what we had Oooh Oooh And where are all those sunny days We used to have, oooh oooh, oooh V2 When things began we thought they would stay A certain way forever We couldn’t have known life would get in the way And we would turn into strangers Pre-Chorus 2 What did get in our way? It’s clouding the horizon CHORUS Are we drifting away from what we had Oooh Oooh And where are all those sunny days We used to have, oooh oooh, oooh Bridge: So let me ask Could we go back to a time To those simple days When mine was yours And yours was mine And nothing got in our way
2.
Gotta Let You Know (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 Out of the corner I’m stepping out on a limb To let you know How I feel about you My thinking is sober I’d hate to act on a whim But I finally know how I feel About you CHORUS Even if I make a fool of myself Believing that there’s some kind of mutual feeling I might as well try to find the meaning Of the word love Gotta let you know V2 Over my shoulder I’ve caught your eye once or twice But it’s hard to tell what you’re thinking of me But I can’t let go of ya without a try So it’s now that I’ll make my move Though I don’t know the ending So I’ll make my move Bridge I’m stepping out on a limb Don’t know where this is going Here’s my heart opening It’s full and overflowing
3.
03:52
Electricity (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 No mistaking how I feel, my heart is racing It’s not my imagination I can hardly stand the waiting And I hope I can reciprocate the way that You go out of your way to show how You feel about me and I know now CHORUS Look at me Don’t take your eyes away And you’ll see What I have for you’s beyond ecstasy Come baby, baby let’s go deep Feel the electricity V2 Let’s go round before you go There’s some things I’d like to show If you would like to lose control And so let’s not fight it Let’s go down this road and try to find it That electric zone full of surprises I’ve just lost control And I can’t hide it B-Section Look at me Don’t you want to see Beyond ecstasy Baby, baby let’s go deep E-le-ca-tri-ci-ty
4.
Can’t Leave, Can’t Stay (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 Here we are at that same place again Where we’ve been so many times before We’re here again, still questioning If we should be together It’s so much easier to just pretend It’s alright, all the pain we can just ignore I’d like to know, should I stay or go? There is no easy answer CHORUS I can’t leave but I can’t stay I’m so confused Cuz it’s so hard to walk away I can’t believe that I feel this way My mind’s confused Cuz I can’t leave and I can’t stay V2 Can we sit down and talk? Cuz I just can’t go on like this I must insist, cuz I’m not convinced That we can go on much longer B-Section Confusion turns us into strangers Can we work this out and make it stronger? And in time can we come closer Can we find the answer?
5.
03:38
Out the Door (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2011 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 Goodbye We had our share of fun and good times But there’s something missing here I feel like I Should be somewhere else instead of here now So I should let you know CHORUS It’s just a matter of time Before I have to leave For something I’ve got to find That fulfills all my needs I’m on my way out the door V2 For sure we haven’t got a lot to show for All the times we spent together, I know But I’ve stayed as long as I can stay for I ought to let you know that it’s just Bridge There’s not much left to do To save this Let’s prepare to go
6.
03:48
I Apologize (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 I never meant to say those words The look on your face said you were hurt I apologize For the tone in my voice I apologize For the words of my choice CHORUS It’s a longer day that I have to face when I’ve hurt you And it’s a longer way that I have trace Back to find you V2 I know that you say I should speak my mind The wrong words sometimes sound so unkind I apologize For the pain I’ve caused I apologize Now I’ll pay the cost Bridge I see you’ve taken off Deep inside your shell you’ve gone now But I feel bad enough Can I get you out to talk now It’s a devastating kind of pain When you’re completely out of range So I apologize again So let’s get back and turn the page
7.
03:09
Backstabber (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 Where were you when I needed you the most Hiding there in the shadows like a ghost Just pretending you couldn’t hear me cry All along when I thought you were there for me As I gave you the love and support you need Turned out that you were simply passing time As you plotted your moves Cuz you’re a CHORUS Backstabber, you backstabber Spread your lies when it’s over V2 When I hear things you say behind my back From your friends who you think will join in your attack Will you take them back I don’t think you will Why do you stay when you feel this way ‘bout me What’s your plan, what you want to take from me Like a thief in the night you’re just passing time As you’re plotting your moves Cuz you’re a… CHORUS Backstabber, you backstabber Spread your lies when it’s over BREAK Backstab You backstabber Look back, I see a traitor Who’s a tough a talker too And I don’t trust you CHORUS Backstabber, you backstabber Spread your lies when it’s over
8.
La, La, La-La (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2011 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 We fit together So neatly Nice and easy Feels so nice It’s paradise And it feels like… CHORUS La, la, la la La, la, la, la-la, la V2 Ebb and flow Here we go together In flight It feels right Let’s hold on tight Cuz it sounds like…
9.
Inside Your Soul (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 Some days I feel like I’m talking to myself Even when you’re there It seems like you would rather be somewhere else Somewhere far from here BSection 1: Please open up the door, don’t be afraid to show CHORUS You talk, we talk But you don’t show You’re devoid of all emotion You say the words but I don’t know What’s inside your soul V2 I can’t be sure that it has to do with me Cuz you won’t explain It’s hard to know just exactly what you need Yet I try each day Bsection 2: Each time I need you more you shove me out the door It would be nice to know what is inside your soul Bridge Let me in and let’s share together It’s a shame that you locked me out We’re a team and we can solve whatever I just need to hear you shout
10.
Fly Bird, Fly (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 Come and talk to me my sunshine About the way life can be There’s many roads that you can travel But the one you choose should be your dream B-Section 1 Others will try to shape you Plan out your destiny But listen to your voice and fly CHORUS Fly bird, fly Take to the sky Spread your wings and fly Fly, fly bird fly Spread your wings and fly V2 I didn’t trust my own opinion Gave up the keys to what became of me Now looking back on my decisions It’s a shame I didn’t follow my own dreams B-Section 2 Fly away to your rainbow Make your journey your own
11.
You’re So Into You (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 You put me down again You took advantage Like you do, when you feel low Seems you have no shame Switchin’ the spotlight Back to you It’s always your show You’re so into you CHORUS You’re so into you You’re narcissistic, everything’s about you Can’t you see that it’s true Uh, oh, and you’re so vain Everything that you do It all revolves around you It’s always all about you V2 Fail to see that you Push aside other peoples’ views Like they don’t count Just can’t let you do All the things That have gotten you through Up until now Bridge Your chains won’t hold me down no more You’re so into you It’s always all about you, all the time And you’re so vain, it’s painful It probably doesn’t occur to you Cuz you’re so into you
12.
Beautiful Boy (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 It’s always special when you call my name And you ask me to come over I catch my breath each time you play the game Of your fingers on my shoulder B-Section I am always amazed by you I feel so complete I have so much to say ‘bout you I am never in need ‘cause you’re a… CHORUS Beautiful boy Look in your eyes And I see your soul dancing Your heart’s so pure I realize that your love is amazing V2 Each day with you is filled with joy It’s something that I treasure I simply couldn’t ask for more You win on every measure B-Section I am always amazed by you I feel so complete I have so much to say ‘bout you I am never in need because you’re a… Bridge You’re so beautiful and I see That you’re a part of me you’re my heartbeat And you fill me with joy completely I feel down in my soul you complete me
13.
What Am I Doing Here? (N. Brown /J. Rwakaara) © Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP V 1 I’m up at the crack of dawn every morning Eager to see what the day brings to me (I’m not sure what’s in store) I’m looking at the plans I’ve drawn And I’m really hoping That things turn out the way I planned them to be CHORUS What am I doing here? What am I here for? I’m listening to hear I’m searching high and low V2 The doors that are opening Seem to lead somewhere And I just go where they take me, away And it feels like the journey’s long and slow I’m spreading my energy, putting in my share, yeah I hope I’m not wasting time or the space I’m in

about

These songs, in an electro-soul / R&B / Pop style, represent an odyssey through personal relationships of fictional and real-life characters.This album was 2 years in the making, all recorded in a home studio I built with my writing/production partner in Toronto, Canada.

This was the first time I used “Crowd Funding” as a way to pay for an album. The experience was both exciting and nerve-wracking! Normally my recordings are funded up-front and then I try to sell enough to pay for the album and it was interesting this time to pre-sell it. Even though I felt that having the funds up-front would be helpful, there ended up being a lot more pressure having to guarantee that I would like what was recorded and creating a product that was worthy of release. An artist doesn’t necessarily always like what they create and it’s always nice to have the flexibility to keep recording until you’re happy rather than release on an artificial deadline. The experience was indeed a roller-coaster but I’m glad to have gone through it.

Sharing the songs and giving updates via my YouTube video blogs as they were being written was a great way to get feedback, and the interaction, while it made me feel vulnerable was inspiring and gave me a lot more confidence and strength. Since these songs are about relationships, it’s been good to hear that people are able to relate to one or more of the topics covered in “The Relationship Odyssey’.

Pick up a copy of the album and I’m sure you will enjoy it if you are a fan of Pop/Electro-Soul/R&B music!

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released January 17, 2012

Credits: All songs written by: Natalie Brown and Jeremy Rwakaara. Lead and background vocals by: Natalie Brown. Keyboard and drum programming, recording, mixing and mastering by: Jeremy Rwakaara. Produced by: Jeremy Rwakaara. All songs published by: Zikki Publishing (ASCAP) and natfunk music (BMI).

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Natalie Brown Toronto, Ontario

Born in Canada, Natalie Brown‘s passion for music was nurtured from a young age by her involvement in theater, gospel music, creative writing and local session work as a vocalist and writer. With a substantial body of recorded work behind her in addition to this latest release, Natalie is now living in Africa and sharing her adventures via her weekly Vlog on YouTube. Click the YouTube link below. ... more

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