The Other Side of the Girl

by Diana May Clark

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This project of sunny 'grown-up pop’ was inspired the winter Clark lost her voice and took solace in the piano. It combines the pop/rock/jazz influences she grew up to with the fount of ‘musica brasileira’ that she still loves. Produced through a 60s Pure Pop filter by Greg Arnold (Things of Stone and Wood), this is an album of summer anthems. Diana's songs speak of unity, the wheel of life, family, travel and having an escape plan.

“From the get go, Diana May Clark & The Sunny Sets’ ‘The Other Side of the Girl’ makes you wanna undulate. Not nod your head, not tap your toes nor click your fingers - you wanna move your hips. This is a disc designed to drive you to the dance floor. Later, you can lie on your back staring at the sky and let the sublime blend of voice and music take you slipping through time like sunshine through tree tops. You’ll be needing a rest after all that dance floor action.” Pat Monaghan (Basement Disks, Melbourne).

Melbourne singer-songwriter Diana May Clark established her interpretive credentials by way of 2 award-winning recordings with Guitarist (Collaborator/husband) Doug de Vries. Their take on the Brazilian Songbook is superb.

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released November 15, 2014

All songs written by Diana May Clark except Vanilla vs Barcelona, Amandinha & Hang On - Clark/de Vries & Mama Africa - Chico Cesar with English lyric by Clark

Diana May Clark - vocals, piano, keys, percussion
Doug de Vries - electric, acoustic & baritone guitars, banjo
Greg Arnold - hammond, guitar, piano, bass, tambourine / b.v.'s
Al Kerr - Drums, percussion, b.v.s
Franki DiSario - bass
Monique Zucco - backing vocals & percussion
Asha Henfry - flutes
Leo Intilangelo - bandoneon

Music Produced by Greg Arnold and Engineered by Dave McCluney - Atlantis Sound, Melbourne Australia. Mixed by Brad Jones, MindSpring & Alex the Great, Nashville, Mastered by Jim DeMain, Yes Master Studios Nashville, Tennessee

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Diana May Clark Melbourne, Australia

Aussie singer/songwriter and Brazilian song interpreter Diana May Clark's new Album 'The Other Side of the Girl' sparkles with film-noir-ripe vocals, cool riff guitar & kicking grooves…DMC's sunny set makes you wanna move!

“An amazing sounding record...every song is an event! Musically, lyrically and rhythmically brilliant and topped off with a voice of sheer delight to the ear.” Charles Jenkins
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Track Name: Sunny Daze
Every morning in the summertime
I go walking before the sun is high
Feel it creeping, like the shadow of a mountain moving
As a change comes without a choosing---

On the weekend in the winter time 
I go searching for a special wine
Release me, yeah the warm and bitter bite is soothing
As a change comes while kinda choosing---

It’s winning while I’m losing
Dancing while I’m sleeping
Chancing while I’m cheating---

Now we’re rocking on a rollin’ night
There’s no stopping just to be polite
Feel it grooving, ah the drum and base distort right through you
And the change you crave comes cruising--- right up to you

Just like a lover’s gaze
A very special place
A lovely sunny daze

And here is the sun again
I feel its warm embrace
Lifting me like a friend
Back to a secret space


It’s winning while I’m losing
Dancing while I’m sleeping
Chancing while, it’s like a lover’s gaze
A very special place
A lovely sunny daze…
Track Name: Blueprint (Love Unending)
Hey I like your blueprint and all it's glitches
Such a sweet, sleek design, so catchy it itches
So bright I have to squint
Your presence bitches
I want you full time
When you move my compass twitches

Let's forget ourselves tonight
Tune in via satellite
Walk with our eyes close
On open moonlit roads x 2

I like your blueprint, put together so well
Beneath your fingerprint is where I want to dwell

Let's forget ourselves tonight
Tune in via satellite
Walk with our eyes close
On open moonlit roads
A round-trip relationship, patent pending
No need for ownership, it's love unending

From my hips to my lips I've feeling bulletproof and lean
Never know when love will hit, shit it's a healing thing
I'm gonna feel it, feel it without apology
I'm gonna real it in because it's come to me

Hey I like your blueprint, put together so well
Let's install this hyperlink and stay on the carousel

Let's forget ourselves tonight
Tune in via satellite
Walk with our eyes close
On open moonlit roads
A round trip relationship, patent pending
No need for ownership, it's love unending...
Love unending, love unending, love unending....
Love, love, un-end.
Track Name: Com Coracao (with heart)
Just a little, little love song, dedication, appreciation
Little dose of unexpected, little dash of doce de Portuguese

Just a little temptation, the danger’s got me shaking
A loaded gun is a twist of lemon in a dirty martini
Vem ca vamos beber^essa magia connexão

Com coração, com coração, com coração

Just a little celebration without reason, good sensation
I’ll pour you one, um pouquinho de canção de amor

Vem ca vamos beber^essa magia connexão

Com coração, com coração, com coração
Com coração--

Just a little saideira, one last cheers, obrigada
I’ll sing you one, um pouquinho de canção de amor
Vem ca vamos beber^essa magia connexão

Com coração, com coração, com coração, com coração,
Com coração, com coração, com coração, com coração –

*Translation of Brazilian Portuguese lyrics included below:
Just a little, little love song, dedication, appreciation
Little dose of unexpected, little dash of sweet Portuguese

Just a little temptation, the danger's got me shaking
A loaded gun is a twist of lemon in a dirty martini
Come here ^ let's drink this magic connection

With heart, with heart, with heart

Just a little celebration without reason, good sensation
I'll pour you one, a little love song

Come here ^ let's drink this magic connection

With heart, with heart, with heart
with heart--

Just a little nightcap, one last cheers, thanks
I'll sing you one, a little love song
Come here ^ let's drink this magic connection

With heart, with heart, with heart, with heart,
With heart, with heart, with heart, with heart -
Track Name: In Love with Love
Stealing the sweetest bite of the stone fruit’s juicy skin
Raspberry gin bubbles and bounces off my chin
Lipstick pink lollies and icing clad limbs
Festival weekends and the cheekiest friends
Tasting each flavour at my favourite ice cream bar
Darting eyes checking out each other from afar

This girl’s in love (this girl’s in love)
In love with love (in love with love)
This girl’s in lo-o-ove with love

Did it occur to you I might be here alone?
And did it occur to you to turn off that damn phone?
I’ve designs on other pleasures moment based
Cartwheel-dandelions and connecting face
Popsicles dribbling in auntie’s backyard
Swaying on swinging chairs for two while counting stars

This girl’s in love (this girl’s in love)
In love with love (in love with love)
This girl’s in lo-o-ove with love

Davey my daisy chain needs some repair
I’m dancing in the rain with Freddie for a dare

This girl’s in love (this girl’s in love)
In love with love (in love with love)
This girl’s in lo-o-ove with love
This girl’s in love (this girl’s in love)
In love with love (in love with love)
This girl’s in lo-o-ove, In love with love!
Track Name: Batucada Bonde (Tram Song)
We’ll ride the tram the people call Bonde
Like a sardine can playing ping-pongee
African beats rise from Portuguese streets
Cool as Johnny Depp, the boys all hitch on the side step

‘Lua de mel’ in Brasil
Honeymoon bonde pinge-ponge
Lua de mel in Brasil under the spell of a moon of honey, yeah

We’ll taste a fruit of the Amazon daily
Sugar loaf sweet cavaquinho ukelele

Lua de mel in Brasil
Honeymoon bonde pinge-ponge
Lua de mel in Brasil under the spell of a moon of honey, yeah

Unified, we’ll ride Batucada Bonde
Unified, we’ll ride Batucada Bonde
In Brasil yeah yeah Batucada Bonde
Under the spell of a moon of honey, honey
Track Name: Fluorescent
I’ll face you fluorescent in uptight genes
Familiar, irreverent my dodgy little themes

I’ll face you fluorescent, one simple wish
My features incandescent, I’ll pass the test

Creaking crimes of a driven artist
Refusing to give away
Not today

I’ll face you fluorescent in close up slow-mo frames
While smashing prescribed methods
And no-one else to blame

Creaking crimes of a driven artist
Refusing to give away
Not today

Pops of laughter crashing cages
Touch screen pokes of jest
Cough into daylight
Stowaway strangers
Alternate route regrets

I’ll face you
No regrets
No regrets
Track Name: 8 Measures (Losing it Gracefully)
I can’t take another drought
This dry spell has strung me out
Just one to debrief the day
Three or four, push away the pain
When six strikes, I’d better slow
Eight measures writing off tomorrow


Losing it gracefully

Losing it
Just like quitting cigarettes

Waking up in cold turkey sweats

One more whiff of freedoms cloud 
I stretch the rolling ritual

Up the filter into full strength 

Wide awake in a tarry dream of innocence


Losing it gracefully
Losing it

I’m with Monroe on a downhill incline blow-out

Unstitched at the seams and need my costume let out

This figure eight gait on platform heels is sliding in the cracks
And I’m unwrapping spectacularly

Losing it gracefully

I’m with Monroe on a downhill incline blow-out

Unstitched at the seams and need my costume let out

Just yesterday was chicken broth and lemongrass tea
Now I’m unraveling here quietly

Losing it gracefully
Losing it
Track Name: Amandinha
Written by Diana May Clark & Doug de Vries

Amandinha, a senhorinha

The road is yours now pave the stone

In your own colour
Create, discover 
It’s all your call now where to go

Feather in the air

Let it take you there

Oh-oo, oh-oo

Amandinha a senhorinha

The sweetness in life springs for all

Mother of pearl, our golden Dutch girl

On windmill thermals travelling light-

First taste of Sangria

Dança Brasileira

If a page should ever tear

I will be there 
Oh my Amanda

Writing your own chapters

New vistas to capture

If a page should ever tear

I will be there
Oh my Amandinha
Track Name: Vanilla vs Barcelona
Written by Diana May Clark and Doug de Vries

Here in the hour before dawn
Where dreams are true desires born
And no-one ever tells it all, no
Just incase their cover's blown

I always knew one day you’d run
And jump aboard the circus train
But once you tasted every colour
All your cravings would be plain

And if I ever get the chance to choose again

I’ll take on sweet, sweet vanilla to the end

What else is there for me? What else is there?

I think I’ll go to Barcelona
The city’s promise shining gold
Saudade draws me to flamenco
Calls the melancholy home

And if I ever get the chance to choose again

I’ll take on sweet, sweet vanilla to the end

What else is there for me? What else is there?

We wanted to rule our own domains
Questions struck on each refrain

We were a bridge of healing respite
Between shipwrecked affairs

We were craving dares

And if I ever get the chance to choose again
I’ll take on sweet, sweet vanilla to the end
What else is there for me? What else is there?

I am putting it out, I am putting it, putting it,
I’m putting it out, out to you, out to you…
Track Name: Tango Noir (Guilt-free Perfume)
She disappears her French lace
A squirt of mundane’s perfume
Abracadabras all trace
“How was work?” as she glides through the room
He didn’t catch her angle
Distracted numb by the screen
The cheating lover tangos
Her spell hits like morphine

Guilt free perfume erasing all the wrong
Broken curfews satisfy the longing

His puppy eyes a smoke screen
Manufactured bait
Addicted to his own scene
Dirty online dates
Another window open
One tap to cover the lies
His racy heart unbroken
The kinky hours fly

Guilt free perfume erasing all the wrong
Broken curfews satisfy the longing
The scent is getting stale on this complicated trail

In former days she was all he yearned for
In former days he the stray she fell for
Nowadays desire’s holding them apart
Puff of smoke illusion, trick of the heart

Guilt free perfume erasing all the wrong
Broken curfews satisfy the longing

The tango noir plays on
After each dance card is done
The craving’s just begun…
Track Name: Mama Africa (People Got to Hear)
Written by Chico Cesar and Diana May Clark

África, África, Áfrican Mama

Mama África, been giving all her life

In groove and rhythm

We’re taking everything she’s given, every season

Through war and drought her tears

Renew the tempo of Bahia
 - people got to hear

When this mother goes to work

She sings blues, Oludum reggae, jazz

Mama comes home uninspired

Mama’s just so dog-tired

She is both Mum and Dad

So help her to be gladder, do a little for her

Put your arm around her shoulder

She’s your ma-a-ma

Mama África a minha mãe
É mãe solteira
E tem que fazer mamadeira
Todo dia
Além de trabalhar
Como empacotadeira
Nas casas Bahia

Mama África’s arms
 reach right around the world

Her heartbeat it feeds us all

Uplifting us when we fall

The nectar to our seed

Mama África also needs
 - and if she left us we’d be lost

Chorus

People got to hear, people got to… [Guitar]…
Mama África, Mama África - gave us Blues, Gospel, Jazz
Reggae music, Samba and Cuban lines
Given it to you… Candomble and voodoo

Been giving all her life, been giving all her life—
Mama África, Mama África, Mama África
Track Name: Hang On (featuring Chico Cesar)
Written by Diana May Clark and Doug de Vries

Oh my mother, mother never understood me
Oh brother, brother do you have a remedy?
Any word you send I’ll memorise by heart and then
Learn to live above this endless searching need

And he said:
Hang on, yeah hold on, hang in there
Hang on, oh hold on, hang in there
Hang on, yeah hold on, hang in there
Hang on, oh hold on

Teacher taught me symmetry of dark and light
Bend and stretching boundaries is part of life
Ex-police musician friend who’d one been shot
Showed me true ascension giving all he got

Oh my mother, mother never understood me
Oh brother, brother do you have a remedy?
I will smother the solution potion in deep
To recover and if needed I’ll repeat
And he said:

Hang on, yeah hold on, hang in there
Hang on, oh hold on, hang in there
Hang on, yeah hold on, hang in there
Hang on, oh hold on

Met a vibrant lady, tailored her own rules
Foes attend her parties end up joking fools
And she said:

Hang on, yeah hold on, hang in there
Hang on, oh hold on, hang in there
Hang on, yeah hold on, hang in there
Hang on, oh hold on