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A singer/songwriter whose writing and musical style is reminisecnt of Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Mazzy Star, Neil Young and the Velvet Underground, Flanagan seamlessly blends acoustic/folk with roots rock for a unique, cool, experience.

9 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Roots Rock, FOLK: like Joni



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Born at the Boston Lying Inn somewhere in the sixties, Natalie Flanagan grew up in the western suburbs listening to the local classic rock stations. She admits a weakness for Bob Seeger, and songs that make you cry.

Natalie went to Zoo Mass through 1991 and after graduating, started waitressing at The Middle East in Cambridge MA to try and meet like-minded musicians. She put a few bands together but nothing that gelled. After three years of shaky line-ups she decided to just start booking shows and cross her fingers that she could get the musicians to play them. Some of her mainstays were Larry Dersch, Kenny Dussault, Ken Schopf, Ritch Cortese and Dimitri Fane.

The unorthodox approach to gaining an audience is a testament to Natalie's sincere desire to reach and affect them. She is interested in a story and a message. She wants people to really listen to what she's saying. Natalie hopes that her words and music can make people feel less lonely, more understood and provoke them to speak up.

"I think I became a musician so that I could write songs, keep people company, make them feel less lonesome. That's what the songs I love do for me."

She might have a message but the song never suffers. Much like some of her influences Natalie blends the music to compliment the meaning. Natalie is a big Stones fan. She is also drawn to the bare-bones pictorial songwriters, like Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Joan Armatrading. She pays homage with a low-fi lazy rock sound that puts her songs, and her heart, right out in the front yard. She gets up there, tells a story, and paints a picture of what she sees as the truth. The delivery is genuine, sweet and just a little melancholy.

Performing her songs and engaging an audience are what keeps Natalie going up on stage. She loves playing shows with musicians she respects such as Boston favorites Mr. Airplane Man, Red Chord, Tom Leach and Emily Grogan. Her musical career has yielded more than just gigs however. Two years ago she was asked to play a despondent female musician from Allston, MA in the full length independent film "Metal", directed by Alice Cox.

"I got to lip-sync one of my own songs in a scene filmed at The Abbey Lounge. Jay Grimaldi played the booking agent - what a stretch for us!"

Back track to 1983 and Natalie is at a Neighborhoods show at Pearl Street in Northampton MA watching Dave Minehan kick a heckler right off his stool from the stage. It makes perfect sense that years later she would have Dave Kick'em outta their seats. Minehan produces and plays guitar on her new record LET, released November 2002. This collection of warm sounds and smoky voiced suggestions serves you vintage Natalie Flanagan. You can catch her equally compelling live sets around Boston, New England and on tour - you don't want to miss this.

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Liner Notes: "LET"

Feeling a warm glow of sweet sadness.
I've just stepped out of Natalie's world.

It isn't a place that you can necessarily get to quickly;the simple act of placing the disk in your CD player does not guarantee entrance.

You see Natalie does not make it easy for you.

You have to go with respect and understanding. Its a place where aching melencholy is tempered with courage and tenderness. Call it grace under pressure. Natalie doesn't give you the words- she grapples with them as if knowing that in balance they could never really be precise enough. But somehow it is all there in her voice.

If you decide to enter Natalie's world, you will only be given shadows of meaning. These are the ground rules. In "Come In Tokyo" she may or may not be describing the strange bittersweet rush of hearing her music played on the radio with the words: When my lucky light lit up the sky/I got all choked up inside". She dedicates it with love and brotherhood to all her fellow artists in the USA. Perhaps that's a hint. Perhaps it isn't. In "Patience" she talks about the power that is out there and beyond words when she advises the subject of the song: "You'll see what to do once the silence pierces you through". Each word is a commitment, and as is the case with all the true and best artists, exacts its toll on both singer and listener; nothing is wasted. her delivery embodies the supremely casual cool of Chrissie Hynde and Bob Dylan, but unlike these singers her words are always just under the radar. Its up to you to do the listening.

Maybe the key moment on the CD is when she says: "Some folks just can't tell what is or isn't real". If you are someone that can tell, then you will be welcome in Natalie's world. - David Wildman
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ARTISTS: "LET"
Natalie Flanagan: voice, acoustic guitar
Dennis Roach: voice, guitars
Ritch Cortese: bass
Anthony Kaczynski: piano, organ
John Lynch: drums
Nigel Grover: drums, percussion
David Minehan: guitars, percussion, bass, liederhosen
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"LET" LYRICS

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
N. FLANAGAN

GRACE IS UNDER PRESSURE
CROWDED ROUND ALL INSIDE HER HEAD.
SEE HER SOAK A SPONGE WITH GIN
WATCH HER CLIMB UP ON THE CROSS TO HIM
HOW SHE WOULD MISS HIM
IF HE EVER BLEW AWAY

GRACE IS UNDER PRESSURE
JUST ANOTHER DAY
IN HER SICK SICK TIRED MIND
WHERE THE VOICES NEVER DIE AWAY
WHY CAN'T SHE SEE HE'S GONNA FEEL PASSED OVER
WHEN SHE CARRIES ON IN THAT WAY.

TAKE A WALK OUT AFTER DARK
YOU'LL FEEL DIFFERENT
YOU FEEL SO DIFFERENT TO ME
IN THE DARK.

INDIFFERENCE THERE AINT
NOTHING TO IT
HELL MAYBE MAKE HIM BETTER LOOKING TO THAT BITCH
JUST SOME BIG TIME HEAVY PERSUASION
THAT ENDS UP WITH WAY PAST NOTHING TO SAY
NOTHING TO SAY

WEAK

HE CAN'T STAND THE STRAIN

TAKE A WALK OUT AFTER DARK
YOU'LL FEEL DIFFERENT
YOU FEEL SO DIFFERENT TO ME
IN THE DARK
LONG AFTER DARK
SWEET IN THE DARK
SWEET

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THAT'S THE WAY
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BREAK MY HEART BABY THAT'S THE WAY
SMALLER AND SMALLER PIECES EVERY DAY
THAT'S THE WAY THAT'S THE WAY
BREAK MY HEART BABY THAT'S THE WAY

DRAG ME DOWN BABY DRAG ME DOWN
LOWER AND LOWER EACH TIME AROUND
DRAG ME DOWN DRAG ME DOWN
THAT'S THE WAY BABY DRAG ME DOWN

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PATIENCE
N. FLANAGAN

MAYBE TONIGHT YOU COULD JUST KEEP ME COMPANY
MAYBE TONIGHT YOU COULD JUST SIT NEXT TO ME
IT'S ALL I CAN DO. I CAN'T TALK TO YOU
ANYMORE
ANYWAY

SO YOU THINK YOU'RE SO SWEET THAT YOU SPEAK LIKE SOME SYMPHONY
GUESS IT DEPENDS WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR IF YOU'RE ASKING ME
YOU HAVE TO BE RUDE THERE'S NOTHING LEFT TO YOU
ANYWAY
ANYMORE

SO MAYBE TONIGHT YOU COULD JUST KEEP ME COMPANY

SEE HOW IT FEELS WHEN YOU DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO SPEAK
I THINK YOU'LL SEE WHAT TO DO ONCE THE SILENCE PIERCES THROUGH
YOU
THROUGH YOU FOR EVERYONE
YOU


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COME IN TOKYO
N. FLANAGAN

I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE I COULD SAY I'M GONNA LISTEN FOR AWHILE
WHEN MY LUCKY LIGHT LIT UP THE SKY I GOT ALL CHOKED UP INSIDE
EVERYBODY WONDERED JUST WHAT IT IS THEY'D SEEN
THEY ALL JUST STUMBLED ROUND EXPECTING YOU TO BE
THEY NEVER GOT AROUND
TO SAYING WHAT THEY MEAN

I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH YOU CAN FEEL YOU'VE GOT TO SEE THAT THIS IS SO
AND LEAVE A LITTLE IN YOUR MIND TO REMIND YOU YOU JUST DON'T KNOW
WE SEE YOU'VE BEEN DISCARDED IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU CONCEAL
I'VE SEEN YOU CRYING THOMAS, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL
SOME FOLKS JUST CAN'T TELL
WHAT IS OR ISN'T REAL

YOU PLAY IT IN THE TRAIN ALL DAY BUT YOU CAN'T REMEMBER HOW IT GOES
I'VE KEPT YOUR RHYTHM IN MY BRAIN I THINK IT LOUD AND HOPE YOU KNOW
YOU CRIED ABOUT YOUR HABIT YOU HAD TO MAKE IT SOME BIG DEAL
I'VE HEARD YOUR MUSIC CHARLIE, I KNOW YOU'RE FOR REAL
SOME GUYS JUST CAN'T PLAY
SOMETHING THEY DON'T FEEL

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LONG LIVE THE KING
N. FLANAGAN

UNDER THE TREE I KEEP YOU WITH ME
SHINING BRIGHT LIKE YOU SHOULD BE
I TAKE THE BLAME IS ALL THAT I CAN SAY
IT'S UTTERLY BROKEN MY CONFIDENCE

I SAID MORE THAN I SHOULD HAVE
IF YOU COULD HAVE CARED THEN I WOULDN'T HAVE
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME I HAVE A HEART
IT'S UTTERLY BROKEN MY CONFIDENCE
COMPLETELY SHATTERED MY CONSCIENCE

MAYBE IT'S TRUE THAT I'VE GOT A BIG MOUTH
I CAN'T SIT AROUND AND WATCH YOU GO SOUTH
WITH NO ONE TO HOLD MY HAND AT THE CEMETERY
IT'S UTTERLY BROKEN MY CONFIDENCE
COMPLETELY SHATTERED MY CONSCIENCE
THE KING IS DEAD
LONG LIVE THE KING
THE KING IS DEAD

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MARGOT'S ARMS
N. FLANAGAN

WHAT COULD YOU WANT WITH SUCH A GIRL
GOES DIVING OF HER PEDESTAL
AND SHE LIKES IT TO GET ON YOUR NERVES
BUT YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING SHE SO RICHLY DESERVES

YOU FELL INTO MARGOT'S ARMS
CAPTURED BY HER MILLION CHARMS
IT HEALS YOU
REALLY FEELS YOU

THE MANY WAYS HE HUMBLES YOU
YOU LISTEN AND YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE
HE MAKES YOU FEEL SO BEAUTIFUL
IT'S ALL THOSE CERTAIN THINGS HE LIKES ABOUT YOU

THERE YOU ARE IN MARGOT'S ARMS
CAPTURED BY HER MILLION CHARMS
IT HEALS YOU
REALLY FEELS YOU

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COUSIN TONY
N. FLANAGAN

YOU KNOW EVERYTHING
I WANT TO BE JUST LIKE YOU
MINI TONY
TONY JUNIOR, DEAR
WHEN I GROW UP
I HOPE I LOOK JUST LIKE YOU
CUSTOM TONY
TONY BABY

THEY EAT YOU ALIVE WITH THEIR LOVE
IT'S ONLY YOU THEY DREAM OF

YOU STICK OUT IN THE CROWD
EVERYONE'S FREAKING OUT
IT'S THE BIG NIGHT
YOUR BIG CHANCE TO DO ALRIGHT
THESE ARE YOUR PEOPLE NOW
NOW YOU'RE A SUPERSTAR
FEELING SO RIGHT
DRINK IT DOWN ALL NIGHT

THEY EAT YOU ALIVE WITH THEIR LOVE
IT'S ONLY YOU THEY DREAM OF

GUITAR SOLO

YOU KNOW EVERYTHING
GOD I'VE GOT TO GET PART OF YOU
COUSIN TONY
TONY BABY

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IN THIS WAY
N. FLANAGAN

YOU TELL ME I'D FEEL BETTER
IF I COULD TIDY UP THIS JOINT
THEN I LOOK AROUND ME AND THINK
WHAT COULD BE THE POINT
IN THIS
THIS WAY
IN THIS WAY

MY EYES WERE BETTER
WHEN THEY RESTED ON YOU
MY MIND WAS SO TWISTED SO YOU SAID
IT CAN'T GET ME THINKING OF YOU
IN THIS WAY
IN THIS WAY IN THIS WAY
I'VE GOT TO COME THIS WAY
DO I

IT SEEMS TO ME THINGS HAVE SUFFERED
EVER SINCE THAT DAY WE HAD OUR CHAT
YES I KNOW YOU THINK AND YOU DESIRE AND SO IT BE
IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN LIKE THAT
IN THIS WAY
IN THIS WAY IN THIS WAY
I'VE GOT TO COME THIS WAY
DO I
FOR YOU

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WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE
N. FLANAGAN
I TRIED
I COULDN'T GET OVER THE BRIDGE FAST ENOUGH
SO I MISSED THE FINAL MOMENTS
OF THE SUN

NOW IT'S EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE
YOU MIGHT THINK ABOUT IT
FROM TIME TO TIME
COULDN'T GET OVER THE BRIDGE FAST ENOUGH

MERRILY DOWN THE STREAM
WE GO
MERRILY


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