Nice Kind of Pain

by Kathleen Mary Lee

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released July 1, 2016

All songs written and performed by Kathleen Mary Lee. All songs produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by Isaac Barter. ‘The Goodbye Song’ features vocals by Christopher Coleman. ‘Hours Gone By’ features vocals by Tom Wright. ‘Hey Very Good Friend’ features trumpet by Jeremiah Rose. All other instrumentation by Isaac Barter and Kathleen Mary Lee.
Cover Art By: Yelena Sayko
Cover Design by: Will Devereux
Special Thanks: Matthew Kenneally, Kate Lee, Jeremiah Rose, Tanya Batt

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Kathleen Mary Lee Melbourne, Australia

Kathleen Mary Lee is an alternative folk artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her 2016 debut EP “Nice Kind of Pain” received attention and airplay on some of Australia’s top radio stations.
Lee is also the songwriter and front man for Melbourne indie band, “The Beautiful Losers”, who are set to release their first single this September. She is also currently working on her second solo record.
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Track Name: The Goodbye Song
my mouth it is heavy
our words are low
your eyes have gone out of the window
to where mine have been
watching the wind
for longer than you have known

and over the rooftops
high in the air
they'll meet and they'll greet and they'll fall in love there
and us with our bodies
here in this room
beneath all the ceiling and beneath all the gloom

and it is a goodbye sort of a day
the sun is sinking in its slow way
and the night is just waiting
for us to say our goodbyes
in our own little way

and our bodies tried talking but they just can't get by
yours is to bold where mine is too shy
yours is so honest
mine wants to be free
and you want the world
and I want the sea

and it is a nothing sort of a time
us on the floor with our eyes in the sky
and we're never quite touching
never quite not
and it's hard to keep warm
when that's all that you've got

and I've seen the water
it's moving on past
and it doesn't want you
and it doesn't want us
it just wants the sea
the sound of the birds
and all of that stuff
that flees from the earth

so let's take our eyes back from where they lie
high above the rooftops
high in the sky
you'll need yours to find your way off the floor
and I'll need mine to find
my way to the door

and it is a goodbye sort of a day
so take your hands away from your face
and give me your eyes
one last time
I want to see what happens
when I tell them goodbye

and all the while I was waiting softly for you
though I know we're not lonely
what good is that to this mood
nothing's ever any good for this mood
Track Name: Fine Times
if you only hadn't denied
that there was anything in your eyes
i might not have shamed your ears
with all that was in mine
i wish i hadn't for a while
ah but now i don't mind
i may as well let it pass me by
i was tired of hoping and
pretending we both didn't know

and anyway it's alright
because time will pass anyway
it might not be so bright
but it'll move on just the same
and there'll be fine time
kind times
and time will get along
without you

i started to fall to the fire
where you've already burned so much
both your hands all your time
and the others who got too close
where you're not even the god
you're just a sacrifice
oh i'd like to hold you down
make it all come out
and pass with you through the halls
like you've already done before
with the roland of your life

and anyway it's alright
cos time will pass anyway
it might not be so nice
but it'll move on just the same
and there'll be fine times
kind times
and time will get along
despite you
Track Name: My Attempt
do not leave the lights on when you go
i will not open my eyes
because i don't want to know
what's left behind

but then the day gets warm
the clouds are high
makes me want to do something kind
like let you pass by
stop trying to mark you with my time
just let you go
unaffected by my attempt at love

and if you leave the lights on when you go
i may not stay here long
this house only shows up
all that is gone

but then the day gets warm
the clouds are high
makes me want to do something kind
like let you pass by
stop trying to mark you with my time
just let you go
unaffected by my attempt at love
Track Name: Hours Gone By
i saw in a photo she'd captured the smile
i thought only i could bring to your eyes
and moments, minutes, hours gone by
all for the sake of that very smile

for i was the first to find all your pain
pick up your limbs, uncover your face
my fingers, my mouth, all of my grace
all for the sake of that very pain

ah but now when we meet i can't always find
our kindest moments in your high blue eyes
despite all our words, despite all our time
i think you just might have let them pass by

but i am not like the world, i mean what i say
though others will come and feelings will change
i will never let anything come in the way
of all of my kindness and all of your pain
Track Name: Nice Kind of Pain
I belong to the world
But only on very high days
Else let me run to your arms
Before it swallows me away

There is a hollow in me
That gets big for things like the sea
And it comes up to my eyes
Because it longs to be seen

But my eyes just make you smile
Yeah, you only see what you like
And I guess you only like
Things that make you smile

So let it swell in me
It’s a nice kind of pain
It stretches out into the sea
And it lengthens my days

I long to live high
And I’ve longed it for a while
Up above the sea
And this empty weight in me

But it never comes
And it’s me that keeps it back
But I would not long for the sea
If it was something I could have

So let it swell in me
It’s a nice kind of pain
It stretches out into the sea
And it lengthens my days

And I do not think in the world
There is anything at all
Could take away this mood
That holds me down so low

But it gives me something to do
Whilst the day passes on
Yes I long for it to leave
And I’ve always liked to long

So let it swell in me
It’s a nice kind of pain
It stretches out into the sea
And it lengthens my days

Oh let it swell in me
It’s a nice kind of pain
It stretches out into the sea
And it lengthens my days
Track Name: Hey, Very Good Friend
hey, very good friend
I think that I've spoiled the time
that i know you wouldn't have given to me
if you'd seen what i'd done to our future with my mind

but it was just for the sake of dreaming
and i knew all the while
that every moment i spent that way
i deserved you even less

but it was so nice
at least for a dark mind
and for the first time
i saw a kind life
but hey it's alright
because i was getting tired of me too

and hey, very good friend
it wasn't that i thought i deserved you
but i thought what made you so kind
might forgive what made me cruel

but only because of that time
that you looked at my eyes for too long
or that time in the street
when you looked back as many times as me

or because it was so nice
at least for a dark mind
and for the first time
i saw a kind life
but hey it's alright
cos i was getting tired of me too