Pearl Diver

by @katestantonsings @crisp1

Liner Notes

I was listening to one of those lo-fi study playlists as background music when I started humming Doug's words "peaaaaarl divah". Thought it would make a neat experiment if I tried my own version. I hope you like this style, @crisp1!
"Seagulls squawk and Pollock the pavement" has to be one of the coolest lyrics I've ever sang!! Thank you for the collab! #lo_fi #collab #synth #lyrics

Doug: There's so much I love about this song, I don't know where to begin, Kate. Well, okay, your vocals, of course. The music and your singing are so classy, like in a class of their own. Like everyone else, I love the way you sing "pearl diver" and I love the deep breaths. Even the way you sing the word "love" has a special magic. Anyway, I could go on and on, but let me just say thank you for an incredible song!

Lyrics

Pearl Diver by Doug Haberman
music by Kate Stanton

We meet each other in a port
Where hope fades to despair
Long ago the foghorn used to
Jolt the salty air
The harbor was so busy then
Big vessels lined the shore
But no one’s ship comes in
Anymore
Our love is like an old shipwreck
Or dry bones of a whale
Though both know it won’t make it
We dream love can prevail
(Chorus)
We’re always on the verge
Never pass the final test
I’m a pearl diver
And you... can’t hold your breath
Desire comes and fills our sails
Like music for the damned
But the waves of time will dash
Our castle in the sand
(Chorus)
We’re always on the verge
Never pass the final test
I’m a pearl diver
And you... can’t hold your breath
I’m a pearl diver
And you... can’t hold your breath
(Bridge)
Seagulls squawk and Pollock the pavement
Today, the ocean’s barely audible
The things love does, love does,
Love does to my heart
Hurt more than I thought
Was possible
(Chorus)
We’re always on the verge
Never pass the final test
I’m a pearl diver
And you... can’t hold your breath



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Kate, this is one of my favorites of yours from this 50/90. The music and pace and way you sing this just resonates with me. The lyrics are awesome too. As Kate pointed out "Seagulls squawk and Pollock the pavement " is such an incredible line being both visual and hilarious at the same time. Loved this song!

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@andrea

This is fabulous all around. The lyrics are clever, and I love the vivid imagery. Kate's vocals are gorgeous as always. A flawless elegant delivery that draws me into the song. Simply beautiful!

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Oh this is incredible! Lovely piano that adds to the wonderful lyrics and top vocals! Stunning!

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@tjeff

Gorgeous track! Very creative chord changes and form, I really like the flowy ambient nature of the various keyboard/synth parts and the simple drum beat. The track overall made me think of Tori Amos & Kate Bush.

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Great track - fabulous Doug lyrics built on such a cool metaphor, love love the lo fi backing track (really digging your productions in general this 50/90!) and a brilliant melody, particularly that hook. And yes ‘Seagulls sqwark and Pollock the pavement’ is hands down the best line I’ve heard all summer 🔥

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Great music in this, the piano sound goes with the lyrics, the ending is well done with its progression.

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@sheslin

Wonderful lyrics filled with vivid imagery. Such a great song concept and that chorus - wow! Well done @crisp1 . Gorgeous intro! Beautiful vocals and phrasing. Love how you sing "pearl diver" - and then that beautiful breath - such a beautiful moment in your song. Lovely memorable melodies. Great collab!

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i like the way you inhald before singing the final phrase of the chorus. the music in its ambition to transcend the limits of pop, reminds me of the way Sarah McLachlan could make a hit song out of unlikely musical motifs. im with you on the seagull line. it is very clever yo liken its dropping to a pollock painting. it brought to mind warhols question after hearing that pollock had gone aout of fashion. "so i dont have to drip the paint anymore?" his early campbell soup cans were not done in solid colors. the red dripped.

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@mctown

Yowzer....wowzer....nice lyric...and great vocal...good instrumentation..

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@gm7

Wooooow K! For then entire 2.29sec I was drawn in like a magnet to steel.
This is a top shelf collab. Love this style of singing from you...so much in control and so so smooth... am i allow to say? "seductive", romantic, alluring anyway it's
Brilliant !

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Possibly a new favorite vocal. These simple music arrangments of yours are really something this "season", Kate. Alway so, so impressed. Great collaboration, you guys!

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Very beautiful, refelctive, moving, poignant song, with sadness, nostalgic feel, romantic flavour and unique style. Amazing lyrics, music with very expressive layers, instrumentation, hauntingly beautiful singing, expressive, thoughtful, gorgeous, strong but with a touch of valnurability as if it's someone who feels the valnurability of the world around them. My only thought to ask about is the very ending bit. Sorry for my narrow minded perception but it sounds a little abrupt. I'm sure I'm in minority though so please feel to ignore.

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@jeff9

Truly lovely in every way. Fantastic lyrics and a really sensitive treatment that floats them across the screen of our imagination. Wonderful singing, of course. Applause.

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Well this is gorgeous. Solid music bed wonderful vocals (duhhhh) and the lyrics are awesome. 5 stars would recommend

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@nadine

Well this song really sounds like underwater. I have no idea how to make lo fi it sounds sooo nice. The e piano, these shakers... Listening to this on a 4 am night drive should be awesome... Interesting lyrics. I like that Doug stuck to one topic with his images. Nice!

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I agree about the Pollock line! Fabulous! I like all the imagery in the lyrics. They paint a sepia tone picture of a love long past. Yes, "peaaaaarl divah" works! And I like the nicely placed breath sounds.
Great collab!

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There's some really tasty textures in here and the sheer effortlessness of those slightly jazzy vocals are just wonderful over the top of it. Agree, that line is wonderfully expressive, and the fact that the vocals do just flow so smoothly is certainly a testament to well written lyrics. Nicely done, both