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I.C.U

I wake up some mornings,
Thank god not as often as I used to,
Slow and heavy from dreams with you

You've found a way back in,
Once again my long lost friend,
Funny to see that after all these years,
I miss you the same

So I drag myself to the corner cafe,
And for a second I see you there,
Like in the good old days,

And I wonder what you're doing?
What are you up to these days?
I sometimes wish you would call me,
But then I wouldn't know what to say

And I see you, in every cab that goes by, in the strangers,
at every cross road, in every bar.
I see you in every cab that goes by, in the strangers,
at every cross road, in every bar.

It takes a glass or two,
For it to settle down,
For your shadow to stop following me around,

I find myself walking back
To all the places we knew,
Dreaming and wishing
To somehow run into you

And of course I wonder,
Does it happen to you?
Does my ghost ever come looking for you?

Cause all that's left now
Are my dreams and memories
But I'm glad you came through my life
And put your stain on me

And I see you, in every cab that goes by, in the strangers,
At every cross road, in every bar
And I see you in every cab that goes by, in the strangers,
At every cross road, in every bar

DEVIL OR ANGEL

I'll never quite understand
Why we love to carry on wars
As we do
And I haven't yet opened the door,
That your bullets are already
Flying through
And I wish you'd stop
Claiming you surrender
Lay down the guns if you do
You accuse me of standing guard
But wouldn't you?

Honey you're so quick to skip
From praise to slander,
Devil or Angel,
I'm nor one nor the other,
And I'm sorry if I, if I disappoint you so

And I'll never know where to stand,
When all your hell
Breaks loose,
And I haven't yet said a word
that retaliation troops are
On their way.
And I wish you'd stop claiming
You surrender,
lay down the guns if you do
You accuse me of standing guard,
But wouldn't you?

Honey you're so quick to skip
From praise to slander,
Devil or Angel,
I'm nor one nor the other,
And I'm sorry if I, if I disappoint you so

Mmmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmm
Mmmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmmm....
And I wish you'd stop claiming
you surrender.
Lay down the guns if you do.
You accuse me of standing guard,
But wouldn't you?
Honey you're so quick to skip,
From praise to slander,
Devil or Angel,
I'm nor one nor the other,
And I'm sorry if I, if I disappoint you,
Honey you're so quick to skip,
From praise to slander,
Devil or Angel,
I'm nor one nor the other
And I'm sorry if I, if I disappoint you so.

ONE DAY AFTER ANOTHER

Isn't that strange, how one day follows another
Like rain drops on your panes,
Running out of time and running out of breath,
You drop your dreams one after the other

And there's no time to take it in, no no time to take it out,
It's one breath right after another,
And you lose your faith as you use yourself
Cause the days go by, faster and faster.

So Driver, stop that bus, I'm off at the next stop,
I need to take some time to lay it all down,
Hey Driver, I'm gettin' off, no I can't win the race,
I'll just walk myself to that place where we all end up.

Isn't that strange how we can't keep up with the days,
And how one face replaces another,
And the names they change, and the stories they end,
But it's the same words lover after lover

And there's no time to remember, no no time to forget,
It's one step right after another,
And you lose your cool as you lose your pride,
Cause your days, yeah, they’re getting shorter

So Driver, stop that bus, I'm off at the next stop,
I need to take some time to lay it all down,
Hey Driver, I'm getting' off, yeah at the next stop
I'll just walk myself to that place where we all end up.

Running out of future, and heavy with the past,
We drag ourselves, grab on to another..

So Driver, stop that bus, I'm off at the next stop,
And I need to take some time to lay it all down,
Hey Driver, I'm getting' off, yeah at the next stop
I'll just walk myself to that place where we all end up.

One day after the other

DEFIANT

I used to stand strong and defiant to the wind,
Like a bird of storm in any currents,
I'd spread my wings
I used to ride them furious waves singing:
To no country nor man will I ever be slave!

But now no Blast, no breeze will billow my sail,

I used to say alone is how one travels best,
Home is where I stand, don't need
Anything else...
And I never knew
This ease could leave
I never thought I'd say,
Please show me the way...

Cause now no blast, no breeze will billow my sail
Cause now no moon, no stars will show the way

I used to stand strong and defiant to the wind,
Like a bird of storm in any currents,
I'd spread my wings

But now no blast, no breeze will billow my sail
But now no moon, no stars will show me the way

SAME OLD GAME

I'm stuck again,
In the same old game,
And there's no way in,
No way out.

I found me a man,
That don't give a damn,
So I wait, I wait every night.

If I try to explain
What breaks me so,
He cries and begs for me not to go,

And so I stay and I hold his hand
As he looks away without a sound
And so I stay and I hold his hand
As he looks away without a sound

And I try to forget,
And believe what you say,
The excuses you make and the game that you play

But something’s gone wrong,
Because once I was strong,
And now I'm down on my knees trying to please.. you

And so I stay and I hold your hand,
As he looks away, without a sound.
And so I stay and I hold his hand
As he looks away, without a sound.

And I find no peace,
And I find no rest,
As I stare at the hands that go around and around.

And I find no peace,
And I find no rest,
As I wait for my man whose hands go around.

And so I stay and I hold his hand,
As he looks away, without a sound
And so I stay and I hold his hand,
As he looks away, without a sound.

JEALOUSY

Jealousy the way you treat me,
You never seem to leave,
You're always there to tease me

Jealousy, the way you beat me,
Even when he's gone,
I'm never quite alone

Jealousy one day you'll finish me,
Like maggots do flesh,
But at least they come with rest.

It's never "I",
It's always "we",
Side to side,
We keep each other company,
You're always there,
My faithful devotee

Jealousy, the way you shake me,
You make me dream it all,
And then you watch me fall,

Jealousy, It's only you I see
Written on the walls,
Happening behind doors

Jealousy, the way you beat me,
Even when he's gone,
I'm never quite alone

It's never "I",
It's always "we",
Side to side,
We keep each other company,
You're always there,
My faithful devotee

It's never "I",
It's always "we",
Side to side,
We keep each other company,
It’s always you,
My faithful devotee

MAKE A SOUND

Oh I am weary,
Oh I am torn
And I try to smile,
And I swallow the thorns,

Ooo I am acid
And broken down,
And I try to pretend
I'm fine, on my own, on my own, on my own...

How many times,
Can you stumble to the ground
And get back up?
No, don't you bother I'm fine

Oh the lights you adore,
They're burning me down,
And as hard as I try,
I can't hold your hand, hold your hand, hold your hand...

Cause the chips on my shoulders,
They're dragging me down,
Like leaded wings
They keep me shackled to the ground,

And as hard as I try,
They don't lift me that high
So I'll hide at the bottom,
And I'll rest for a while, for a while

Oh I am tired and blue,
And I can't pretend,
I can't pretend,
It's because of you

Oh the arrows they blow,
They’re striking me down
And as hard as I try,
I can't make a sound, make a sound, make a sound
I can't make a sound, make a sound, make a sound
No I can't make a sound, make a sound, make a sound
I can't make a sound, make a sound, make a sound…

HUSHABY

Take my hand,
We'll travel around and around,
And you don't have to,
Say a thing, just listen to me darling,
Close your eyes,
I'm here yes right by your side,
And I'll catch you if you fall,
I'll take care of it all,
For you boy, this hushaby,

Let me drive,
I long to take you for a ride,
And you taught me how,
But it's my turn it's my turn now,
Keep your smile,
You'll be out of this mess in a while,
And I'll take care of it all,
I'll catch you if you fall,
For you boy, this hushaby

Take my hand,
And please don't hide, when you're down,
Close your eyes,
I'm here yes just by your side,
And I'll take care of it all,
I'll catch you if you fall,
For you boy, this hushaby

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

So many questions, but many a less answers...
I seem to leap from doubt to doubt
Like a blind drifter,
And the more I look around the less I recognize this place,
This face, these hands, not familiar, but strange;
And every step I seem to lose more than I gain,
I guess I'll end when I'm back where I began,
Just Like this recurrent dream that I used to have
The more I run towards you, the further I am....

But If I close my eyes then maybe I'll see you,
And If I stop and I count to ten, then maybe I'll reach you,
Yes, I'll get there in the end

So give me some certainties to easen up the pain,
Give me some truths that stand so that I understand,
Cause I've got nothing to hold,
It's like running water through my fingers,
Find me something to keep, to help me sleep...
But I wonder maybe you wonder too,
And in fact I'm just like the rest,
And If that's the case then maybe I've found
The one thing that's true
This common doubt that unites,
That makes us come looking for you.

But If I close my eyes then maybe I'll see you,
And If I stop and I count to ten, then maybe I'll reach you,
Yes, I'll get there in the end.

Questions answers questions answers...

So many questions, but many a less answers...
I seem to leap from doubt to doubt
Like a blind drifter,
And the more I look around the less I recognize this place,
This face, these hands, not familiar, but strange;
And every step I seem to lose more than I gain,
I guess I'll end when I'm back where I began,
Just like this recurrent dream that I used to have
The more I run towards you, the further I am....

But If I close my eyes then maybe I'll see ya,
And If I stop and I count to ten, then maybe I'll reach ya,
Yes, I'll get there in the end

Questions answers questions answers...

PLACES

We've named everything
From the ground to the walls,
Climbed every mountain,
And turned every stone there was to find there.

We conquered the deep
Still looking for more
Trooped through the east, the south,
The west and the north

We built the machines,
The trains, the planes,
The cars of our dreams to reach out
For places, no one can find

We figured it out
Creation and god
Imposed our beliefs cause they’re better than yours
Don't you know it?

Perfectionned our weapons
But we still need more,
To balance our peace,
We're selling you war can you afford it

We're ten for a seat,
And we're still growing more,
It's a brave new world that I'm heading for,
Have you read it?

We've named everything
From the ground to the walls,
Climbed every mountain,
And turned every stone there was to find there.

We conquered the deep
Still looking for more
Trooped through the east, the south,
The west and the north

We figured it out
Creation and god
Imposed our beliefs cause they’re better than yours
Don't you know it?

Perfectionned our weapons
But we still need more,
To balance my peace,
I'm selling you war can you afford it

We built the machines,
The trains, the planes,
The cars of our dreams to reach out
For places, no one can find

Places, places, places, places

We built the machines,
The trains, the planes,
The cars of our dreams to reach out
For places, no one can find

REAL SMART

I'm always real smart
At fucking things up
And saying what one, should never say,
If you plan on him to stay

No I don't need you to tell me,
For I know I'm the one to blame,
It's funny how, as soon as I hold you,
I can't help but to throw you away,

But don't don't don’t hold it against me,
No don't don't don’t hold it against me,
For I hold the two ends of my own tragedy

I'm always real fast,
At giving you up,
You call me tough and I agree,
But you knew this when you came looking for me

No I don't need you to tell me
For I know I'm the one to blame,
It's funny how, as soon as I hold you,
I can't help but to push you away

But don't don't don’t hold it against me
No don't don't don’t hold it against me,
For I hold the two ends of my own tragedy

No I don't need you to tell me,
For I know I'm the one to blame,
It's funny how as soon as I hold you
I can't help but to throw you away,

But don't don't don’t hold it against me
No don't don't don’t hold it against me,
For I hold the two hands of my own tragedy.

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Biography

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On pensait connaître
Lou Doillon, mais
on ne savait pas tout.

“J’avais les meilleures raisons du monde de ne pas me lancer dans la musique”, dit-elle simplement. Actrice précoce et mannequin international, la fille de Jacques Doillon et Jane Birkin cachait donc une autre part d’elle-même, essentielle : la chanteuse.

Révélée par le 45 tours I.C.U au printemps, elle annonçait déjà dans ce morceau – voix troublante, mélodie magnétique, atmosphère vespérale – des lendemains qui chantent. Un premier EP, publié juste avant l’été, a confirmé l’intuition.

Depuis des années, en secret, Lou jouait de la guitare et écrivait des chansons en anglais, sa “langue intime”. Sans Étienne Daho, mélomane insatiable et tuteur bienveillant, elle n’aurait sans doute jamais fait le grand saut. La parution de son premier album, Places, est une délivrance pour Lou Doillon et marque le début d’une nouvelle carrière. Son titre résume autant la place qu’elle peut désormais occuper sur l’échiquier musical que son parcours personnel.

“Jusqu’ici, Lou était entre deux mondes, la mode et le cinéma. Avec cet album, j’ai l’impression qu’elle a enfin trouvé son monde”, constate joliment Zdar, l’homme aux mains d’argent (Phoenix, The Rapture, Beastie Boys, Cat Power…) qui a mixé le disque dans son studio parisien. “Entre Étienne Daho et Lou Doillon, c’est comme s’il y avait eu un alignement de lunes”, avance-t-il pour résumer cet album miraculeux. À l’écoute, on pense à quelques grands noms, passés ou actuels : Karen Dalton, Joni Mitchell, Feist… “Lou me fait davantage penser à une chanteuse soul que rock”, affirme Daho, qui signe là sa plus belle réalisation et des arrangements au diapason.

Après I.C.U en ouverture, Devil Or Angel est la ballade d’une femme enfin affranchie, qui rappelle des souvenirs velvetiens. Un classique instantané, rien de moins. En deux titres, Lou Doillon affirme une voix et un timbre singulier. Ce n’est qu’un début. Parlant des jours tristes qui défilent à la vitesse des roulements de batterie, One Day After Another rappelle le storytelling façon Patti Smith tandis que Make A Sound, à l’immédiateté pop, parle des ailes de plomb (“Like leaded wings”) de son auteur. À l’instar de Cat Power, Lou Doillon est aussi à l’aise dans un registre acoustique (la pause diaprée Same Old Game, au mitan de l’album) que dans la soul cuivrée (Jealousy, Questions And Answers, deux passeports pour Memphis). C’est aussi à la faveur de ces rengaines plus enlevées que sa voix prend un relief particulier et fait preuve d’une souplesse déconcertante. En conclusion, deux chansons – Places, qui donne donc son titre à l’album, et Real Smart – ouvrent d’autres horizons. Le climax est à son comble, et la voix grave de Lou Doillon épouse parfaitement la majesté frissonnante d’une chorale d’enfants.

Très autobiographiques, les paroles révèlent des années d’errance, une personnalité troublée (“Ce sont des complaintes qui relèvent pour la plupart de la survie”) et un caractère rebelle (Defiant, comme le souligne un titre). “J’assume ma grande fragilité féminine et, pour l’assumer, je revendique une démarche masculine. D’ailleurs, mon album est entièrement dédié à des hommes”. Un titre comme Same Old Game a valeur cathartique pour l’intéressée, qui reste fascinée par l’écriture de Leonard Cohen et la discographie de Lhasa.

On pensait la connaître, mais en l’espace de quarante minutes, Lou Doillon change la donne et devient, à l’aube de ses trente ans, une auteure, compositrice et interprète hors pair.

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