Book II

by Foolish Ida

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John Robinson This is an amazing EP. Oranges for Alcohol is hauntingly beautiful. It starts out very simply, a perfect vehicle with which to feature Sarah's amazing voice. Layers of harmony and sound are added in the middle, only to be stripped away as the song ends, again revealing the simple, beautiful, purity of Sarah's voice.

Life starts out simple, then it's complicated with many layers. Maybe, by stripping away the layers of complexity we can expose the simple beauty of things again, in the end. Favorite track: Oranges for Alcohol.
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about

The 1st EP in a 2 part series. "Foolish Ida" is the new side project from singer/songwriter/piano player Sarah Rabdau (Sarah RabDAU & Self-Employed Assassins). Inspired by Sarah's favorite children's book, "Outside Over There" by Maurice Sendak, the Foolish Ida song cycle is composed of tales suggesting how the main character--Ida-- might have grown up after being forever changed by the events from Sendak's book. Swirling piano parts and Sarah's tender, and powerfully emotive voice are at the forefront, while strings, organ, and layers of voices paint a picture of possibilities about a young woman wracked with familial responsibilities, love, and doubt.

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released May 29, 2012

Sarah Rabdau - vocals, piano
Peter Moore - keyboards, bass, vocals, tack piano
Mary Bichner and Molly Zenobia - background vocals (tracks 3 & 5)
Vessela Stoyanova - midi marimba
Valerie Thompson - cello (tracks 1,2,5)
Nick Dinnerstein - cello (track 2)
Sue Buzard, Charlotte Gopinath, Madelaine Ripley - violin
Anna Stromer, Susannah Plaster - viola
Matt Graber - drums

All songs written by Sarah Rabdau inspired by "Outside Over There" by Maurice Sendak
Produced and Arranged- Peter Moore and Sarah Rabdau
Mixed - Daniel Brennan @ Soundtrack NY
Engineered by Peter Moore at "Palace of Purpose" Malden, Ma, except tack piano on "these arms are mermaids", engineered by Ducky Carlisle at "Ice Station Zebra Studio", Medford, MA
Mastered - David Shultz @ D2 Mastering, LA

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Track Name: I Tried
I tried

I was scared, but knew
You were asking because you loved me
I wanted to be a child
But didn’t fit to plan

Through the window I will go
Turn my back unto the night
What can’t be seen won’t scare me
Sunflowers my alibi
If I don’t come back, know I tried

What’ll you, what’ll you remember me by?
Little girl, little girl, couldn’t look her sister in the eye
All of these days are nights
These days are nights

Through the window I will go
Turn my back unto the night
What can’t be seen won’t scare me
Sunflowers my alibi
If I don’t come back, know I tried
Track Name: the Scientist
The Scientist

Rings on each finger
Hair as bright as a blow pop tongue
Ida would drag her feet into the lab
And talk to no one
Needles rags and chloroform
Here she was at home
Giving mice their death wish
She could do it alone

Science is based on evidence
You can’t count on love
Equations she can prove
but find the right words to use and..
no, nothing comes

When she wants to get away
She goes on holiday alone
And always keeps her headphones on
On a cliff above the sea
She knows she’s out of reach of everyone
who needs someone to love them
Who can love them all?

Science is based on evidence
You can’t count on love
Equations she can prove
But find the right words to use and…
No, nothing comes

They whisper words of sad existence
One can’t live on only science
Therein lies the source of excitement
It’s a matter of self-reliance

It’s all in Science.
Track Name: these arms are mermaids
these arms are mermaids

These arms are mermaids for you
So take my hand, and walk through time
Somewhere in this blood there’s a seed
And with that drop, we’ll build Empires
Oh, mercy ,mercy, me
This magic must be a trick of circuitry
Your sweet smelling perfumes are the rage of my desire
This lonely road ends with the touch from your silken skin
And wading ‘round the red wet bursts of your lips

These arms are mermaids for you
They’ll find you wherever your heart drums
These arms are mermaids for you
So take my hand, and walk through time
Track Name: Oranges for Alcohol
Oranges for Alcohol

In the daylight it would never last
colours pale, oranges for alcohol
Eyeliner smudged under your eyes
Morning brings another vice
You’d look at me the wrong way and the spell would break
I’d say something so mean you couldn’t speak
You’d tell me you wrote a song for me
I’d find you say that to everybody
Do you say that to everybody?

But now it’s you and I under these lights
And a straight shot to the bar
You’ll have to get closer and put your lips to my ear
Don’t say a thing just stay there
Don’t say a thing just stay there

When the room’s full and the band is loud
It never lasts but somehow
It could be so good….
It could be so good….
It could be so good….
Track Name: mess, yes
Mess, yes

Baby, I’m a mess, yes
So what if I have been drinking tonight
And from the bottle of this bottle I sing
This is still love, love, love, love, love

Baby, don’t be embarrassed for me
So what if it’s 3am and I’m screaming
Somewhere in this world there are whole cities awake
Maybe we can go there someday

And as the city flickered in the night
And all the lights shown, in spite of me
Failed attempts fell at the wayside
To reveal it’s always you I’m missing

Baby, I’m a mess, yes
So what if I have been drinking tonight
And from the bottom of this bottle I sing
This is still love, love, love, love, love