Invaluable - EP

by Ruth O'Brien

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    Made over a 4-year period, “Invaluable” is Ruth O’Brien’s debut EP release.

    This 5-track EP touches on a wide range of topics including society’s obsession with social media and appearance in tracks like Invaluable & Land With No Mirrors to more sombre themes of grief, love and connection in Lullaby…My Twisted Dreams and Veil. The final track on the EP, Perspective, talks about the many ways in which something can be seen – that we only ever understand something based on our point of view, both literally and metaphorically.

    Recorded in Canberra, Australia, by local musicians and engineers, Invaluable is the result of countless hours of work by a whole team of amazing individuals. The EP is full of catchy, powerful melodies, rich vocal harmonies, meaningful lyrics, instrumental solos and has been recorded beautifully by James Ashley, Kyle Sheedy & Steve Zumstein.

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1.
Invaluable 05:35
Hey Hello How have you been going? Things look great ‘Least that’s what’s on your Facebook page   And oh Isn’t it true That your life’s a dream, Everyday’s a new surprise Please Share out your luck I feel so stuck Tell me what the secret is Don’t believe Everything you see It’s not real So don’t ever feel Like you’re less precious Coz you’re invaluable Coz you’re invaluable Hey, just wait I know life isn’t always great but Twitter says That yours is goin’ ok It might not be true But what do I do When my news feed tries to tell me it’s real I can’t help but feel a little subpar Like I’m not trying hard enough Don’t believe Everything you see It’s not real So don’t ever feel Less precious Coz you’re invaluable
2.
Verse: Attention attention I need attention Every…everybody look at me My opinion matters most of all And I’m the most pretty My gorgeous body The colour of my hair This new bag What good taste I have What good taste I have Egoistic admiration, arrogance is rife Hypocrites and narcissists are everywhere Looks don’t matter’s what they say And then get plastic surgery Selfie sticks and profile pics are everywhere Chorus: But what if there was a land with no mirrors? What if reflection was just a state of mind? What if you only saw yourself through other people? Would you see me as I see you? Verse: Connection, perception Love and affection Without these I’m an empty shell I’ve done some thinking now I feel I’ve been released from a spell Don’t really know what happened there What a fool I am What a fool I am It’s so easy to get caught up in the latest trends Competition, fear of missing out Consumerism at its best To fill the void we can’t address Status symbols, picket fences, stylish hair (Chorus) Keys solo Bridge: This self-absorption’s gotta go It’s eating through your heart and soul What you see ain’t always what you get I value what’s inside (x2) (Chorus and improv to fade)
3.
Oooh, oooh I can see the moon is slowly rising In the distance is the setting sun Night again, the light has turned to darkness Time to rest my weary bones and head   Oooh Oooh   Close my eyes and you appear So far away but still so near I only want to see your face If only for another day Stay In my twisted dreams Please Don’t leave…   …what am I to do? Endless thoughts of you Feel the tears rolling down my cheeks Feel so wide awake though I’m asleep   Sing to me a lullaby If only for a little while To hear your voice, to touch your skin Would be for me the largest win Stay In my twisted dreams Please Don’t leave   I’d scale the highest mountain I’d climb the tallest tree I’d swim through a raging river To bring you back to me If I could tell you one thing It would be that I love you so Why did this have to happen? Why did you have to go?  Ooooh (til end)
4.
Veil 03:22
Behind my veil I see your eyes Dark chocolate and pearly whites Lucky am I   All of our tomorrows have yet to be There are places and memories we’re yet to see But right now all I wanna be Is with you Right here   Our paths connect Until the end I say I will, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, Commit myself to you And every day’s a rosy hue With you Right here With you Right here   Entwine your fingers with mine Rhythm of our hearts beat in time And I see your eyes through a veil nebula I believe our love is a technicolour rainbow And I feel sometimes like I’m in heaven With you Right here With you Right here With you my dear With you Right here
5.
Perspective 05:34
Verse: Red, blue, yellow, pink and green All the things that I have seen Woah, woah Climbed a mountain in the cold All the things that I’ve been told Woah, woah Can’t do this, you can’t do that Actually, I fuckin’ can Woah, woah Everyday’s a different view Got nothin’ to prove to you Woah, woah Chorus: 3-dimensional space Asymmetrical face Panorama, bird’s-eye-view Sweeping landscape Sweeps me off my feet Sow seeds that you can reap Late, early or on-time Both wrong or right Your frame of mind It’s all perspective It’s all perspective Verse: Don’t take it personally Try to think objectively Woah, woah Tell me what you really think Watch as I don’t even blink Woah, woah Spin me round and let me go Where I’ll land you’ll never know Woah, woah Sound of ocean in a shell After life, heaven or hell? Woah, woah Chorus: 3-dimensional space Asymmetrical face Panorama, bird’s-eye-view Sweeping landscape Sweeps me off my feet Sow seeds that you can reap Late or early, on-time Both wrong and right Your frame of mind It’s all perspective It’s all perspective (Sax solo) Bridge: Light refracting through the blinds Can’t see rainbows from behind Woah, woah Love or hate Plans or fate Strong or weak Red or green Ooooooh! 3-dimensional space Asymmetrical face Panorama, bird’s-eye-view Sweeping landscape Sweeps me off my feet Sow seeds that you can reap Late, early or on-time Both wrong and right Your frame of mind It’s all Space Asymmetrical face Panorama, bird’s-eye-view Sweeping landscape Sweeps me off my feet Sow seeds that you can reap Late, early or on-time Both wrong or right Your frame of mind It’s all perspective It’s all perspective

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released September 30, 2018

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Ruth O'Brien Canberra, Australia

Ruth O'Brien is an artist with no fixed genre. She loves singing - whether that's jazz, contemporary, classical, in choirs, with friends, in the shower, acapella, etc.

Ruth's influences in music and songwriting include Imogen Heap, Katie Noonan, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kimbra, Sia, Clare Bowditch, Jen Cloher and Courtney Barnett, just to name a few.
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