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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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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Track Name: Invaluable
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
Track Name: Land With No Mirrors
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)
Track Name: Lullaby...My Twisted Dreams
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)
Track Name: Veil
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
Track Name: Perspective
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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