Deborah Lombardi

Deborah Lombardi

 Sound Beach, New York, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Deborah Lombardi's infectious mix of Americana rock is something akin to Throwing Muses or Liz Phair if they played country music. She's a seasoned performer with a full back up band, and her songs have been featured on film and TV.

Biography

Deborah Lombardi can often be described as a country music version of Liz Phair or Throwing Muses. Though not letting one genre define her, this Long Island based singer-songwriter has a knack for mixing elements of rock, country and pop, with catchy melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Supported by her passionate voice and multi-instrumental abilities on guitar and piano, she can hold her own whether she's performing solo-acoustic or backed up by her band.

Deborah's songs have been consistently placed in soundtracks ranging from film (Fifth Form) to national TV (Animal Planet's Horse Power: Road To The Maclay), as well as the sci-fi web-series The Extent. Sweet Leaf Tea has also used her songs on a music-oriented website promoting their nationally distributed brand. Deborah's songwriting has won accolades in competitions such as VH1's Song of the Year Contest (two Runner Up awards) and the Billboard Songwriting Contest (four Honorable Mentions).

Steadily making her mark on the Long Island and New York music scenes, she's graced the cover of Good Times Magazine as well as Aural Fix Communique (where she was voted "Queen of the Long Island Music Scene"). Deborah has also made several TV and radio appearances and has performed throughout the East Coast.

Classically trained at the renowned University of Miami School of Music, her performing experience has ranged from musical theatre to fronting rock bands. Deborah's life experiences have taken her on a transient journey, having lived in New York, Miami and Washington, DC, all the while sculpting her storytelling and inspirations to write.

Lyrics

City Limits

Written By: Deborah Lombardi

My eyes are blind & baby blue
When I've only been back a day or two
Somewhere there's a stench of laughter rising
So toss off your boots and loosen your tie
'Cause talkin' trash helps everyone unwind
Go round up the herd and start a lynching

And as your wallet empties there's a man to come and fill it
But he can't take you out to cross these city limits
You say you want my life but I'm the one who has to live it
And you've got too much fear to cross these city limits

At the bar you stay a year or two
With your same bad luck and point of view
Pick a drink and maybe some diseases
And don't you wish you were in your teenage skin
And in your church clothes and on Ritalin
Share your thoughts with someone else who's dying

'Cause when my space is empty I know you will quickly fill it
As soon as I drive farther from these city limits
When the smilin' fades then everyone has to admit it
We all turned out the same inside these city limits

Look at how this town has made me blue
Because it's still a stain I can't undo
Somewhere there's a truth that I'm denying
So pack up your wagon, lasso your pride
'Cause talkin' trash helps everyone unwind
Somewhere there's regret that keeps you crying

'Cause when my space is empty I know you will quickly fill it
As soon as I drive farther from these city limits
You say you want my life but I'm the one who has to live it
And you've got too much fear to cross these city limits

(c) Deborah Lombardi (BMI)

Keep Lookin'

Written By: Deborah Lombardi

A little black skirt and a tight fitted shirt
That's why you lost your appetite
Are you gonna leave a tip on every table for
Every waitress you stared at tonight?
Put your arms around me so you don't have to turn your head
I don't want my love to be second best
If I trust you, I don't wanna second guess

So keep lookin' lookin'
And one day I'll say somethin'
So keep lookin' lookin'
And one day I'll be walkin'

Tight curves on the road side, it's a warnin' sign
Something distracted your drive
Mr. Speedy slows down to the speed limit
Only when he sees a pretty girl runnin' by
Get a look at what you've been missin'
When you're missin' me
Get a magazine and some privacy
If you think that's better than the real thing

So keep lookin' lookin'
And one day I'll say somethin'
So keep lookin' lookin'
And one day I'll be walkin'

I turn a lot of heads I bet you see
Maybe that's why your eyes wander off of me
But all this time I've only had eyes for you
Maybe I should do the same thing you do
Love is supposed to blind, ignorant
Loves not supposed to be spiteful, jealous
I can't keep myself from feeling ashamed
And I can't help you unless you wanna change

So keep lookin' lookin'
And one day I'll say somethin'
So keep lookin' lookin'
And one day I'll be walkin'
So keep lookin' lookin'
And one day I'll be walkin'
So keep lookin' lookin'
And one day I'll say somethin'
Does this say somethin' to you tonight?

(c) Deborah Lombardi (BMI)

In Exile

Written By: Deborah Lombardi

What a waste, I'm just as plain and common as the rain
Discarded voice and name as soon as I've stepped off the stage
Facing unknown thieves of time, my pen is my knife

Live my nights as black and blue and painful as my nine to five
Feel my frail faded lies that cover all my failed attempts in life
Seeking God in written words, but will my prayers be heard?

In exile on the outside looking in
Take cover cause it's time I say my sins
In exile and it's all been make believe
I'm still unseen

Is it shame, or is it relief how I've lived my life too safe?
Accomplished enough to say I'm still a little fish in a big lake
Taking risks or taking turns at setting myself up to be burned

In exile as I say I'm different
A square peg in a circle I don't fit
In exile once I start I'll never quit
My dreams won't dim, my dreams won't dim

Maybe some call this absurd, but I'll make my songs get heard

In exile once I leave I can't come in
The price I'll have to pay for ambition
In exile from the life I'll leave behind
To try to be the person in my mind
In exile on the outside looking in
Take cover 'cause it's time I say my sins
In exile once I start I'll never quit
My dreams wont dim
In exile from the life I'll leave behind
To try to be the person in my mind
In exile once I start I'll never quit
My dreams wont dim...

(c) Deborah Lombardi (BMI)

Almost Beautiful

Written By: Deborah Lombardi

Darken your lips
Shadow your eyes
Make me look like
I’m out with a prize
Solemnly send
Plain Jane to die
Why be sugar
When you could be spice?
So come on baby glam it up
Cause you could look so much better
Why don’t you put some makeup on?
Cause you’re almost perfect, almost beautiful
Softened abuse
Done as advice
You weigh ten pounds
Too much for your height
Progress in pain
To realize
Honesty at
The cost of your pride
So come on baby glam it up
Cause you could look so much better
Why don’t you put some makeup on?
Cause you’re almost perfect, almost beautiful
Beauty in all our eyes
Is too vague to define
Air brushed and digitally erasing our minds
Decadent muse
Collecting stares
That you could get
From so many men
Amplified in
A corset, a cast
Wear a thong to
Stick out of your pants
So come on baby glam it up
Cause you could look so much better
Why don’t you put some makeup on?
Cause you’re almost perfect…
Oh come on baby glam it up
Cause you could look so much better
Why don’t you put some makeup on?
Cause you’re almost perfect, almost beautiful

(c) Deborah Lombardi (BMI)

My Dog's Life

Written By: Deborah Lombardi

This early I'm surprised that you rolled outta bed
To say good morning to me – a lick on the hand
Preparing for the busy day you've got ahead?
Sitting on the couch all day
Beggin' for the crumbs left on my plate
I wonder how you handle your workload
‘Cause it sure looks hard to stay at home

I wish I had my dog's life
To have no concept of time
And love is always unconditional
Get by on looks every time
I wish that I could relate
To still be sleeping at eight
And watch the world outside my windowsill
Instead of working all day

This morning you could barely tiptoe through the snow
Too spoiled to get your business done when it's too cold
But you don't have to shovel or drive through the storm
Scratching at the blanket where you lay
Pondering how you won't have to pay
For anything you rip up and destroy
Kinda like my house is one big toy

I wish I had my dog's life
To have no concept of time
And love is always unconditional
Get by on looks every time
I wish that I could relate
To still be sleeping at eight
And watch the world outside my windowsill
Instead of working all day, Yeah…

Could it be the biggest thing you fear
Barkin' at the noise no one could hear
When nothing you could say could be explained
You hope I understand all your complaints

I wish I had my dog's life
To have no concept of time
And love is always unconditional
Get by on looks every time
I wish that I could relate
To still be sleeping at eight
And watch the world outside my windowsill
Instead of working all day
And watch the world outside my windowsill
Instead of working all day
I wish I had my dog's life

(c) Deborah Lombardi (BMI)

Ghost Of You

Written By: Deborah Lombardi

Do you know that I'm lost still -
Even though I've survived?
Do you know that it wakes me
with sweat and chills at the same time?
How we almost made it,
we went through so much.
Even two years later
the truth always hurts.

'Cause you were summer
when my heart took wing
Now you only reside in my memory.
So I'll begin with a tear in my pride
hoping it will heal but it's been taking time.

Do you know it's been hard to
believe that love really exists?
Because I have clarity now,
I see through lies I used to miss.
And it keeps me cautious so I don't mistake
what could feel good now could be another heartache.

'Cause you were summer,
I almost forgot
knowing we were always on the clock.
If I knew feelings could change overnight
I would've run away from you that day,
try to forget your face forget your name.

My heart's back in one piece
but sometimes it doesn't beat right.
And it seems I'm still living
even though apart of me died.
'Cause we almost made it
I relied on us.
And it still shocks me
to have to give you up.

'Cause you were summer and my whole city,
now you only reside in my memory.
So I'll get through all my days and my nights
but the ghost of you is always by my side.

(c) Deborah Lombardi (BMI)

On The Fringe

Written By: Deborah Lombardi

Strangers – looking, listening
Force my words out
Put price tag on, and put on display

Lovers – a torn page in history
Whore to amuse a laugh track
Caught in the thrill of hearing my name

I’m only on the fringe
Half clean and half a mess
Like waking up to dream
And sleeping through my happiness

My words – once easy to conceive
Can’t sow the seed I once laid
Spectators step on all I create

I’m only on the fringe
Half beaten and half blessed
Is this what living means
Climb to the top until I’m dead?
The chance that I have is absurd
What chance that I’ll be remembered?
What chance that what I do matters to anyone?

Strangers – are wolves disguised as sheep
Suggest a scar to brand me
Suggest a brand new way I could bleed

I’m only on the fringe
Half clean and half a mess
I’m only on the fringe
Half beaten and half blessed
I’m only on the fringe
So brave and scared to death
Will you give back my dream
Whole and un-torn by my success?

(c) Deborah Lombardi (BMI)

Sweet Revenge

Written By: Deborah Lombardi

Jenny was Bobby's high school sweetheart
'til he became the captain of the football team
Then he decided to trade Jenny in for Jane
Whose looks made up for how much she was mean
As Jenny sat dateless on prom night
They were crowned king and queen but her friends
Gave her this advice, they said

One day he's gonna look like his dad
With a watermelon waist and a shiny bald head
Once he says I do and goodbye to the gym
One day she's gonna look like her mom
with her saggy bag eyes and her really big butt
Once she has some kids the bad genes will kick in
That's your sweet revenge

Three years later she opens the paper
And Jenny flips to the society page
Staring back at her in romance and glamour
Is the picture perfect wedding of Bobby and Jane
Even after two boyfriends under her belt
There's still some jealousy there but she tries
To reassure herself, she says

One day he's gonna look like his dad
With a watermelon waist and a shiny bald head
Once he said I do and goodbye to the gym
One day she's gonna look like her mom
with her saggy bag eyes and her really big butt
Once she has some kids the bad genes will kick in
That's my sweet revenge

One day he's gonna realize
The big mistake of his whole life, and when he's old
He'll have no one to call his own, because

One day they're gonna get a divorce
And when he looks you up you're gonna laugh your head off
'Cause at the reunion you're the hottest one
One day you know he's gonna look back
To his old glory days and the love you both had
When his trophy wife sleeps with all of his friends
That's some sweet revenge
That's your sweet revenge
That's some sweet revenge
That's your sweet revenge

I Found You

Written By: Deborah Lombardi

I'm so glad that I have you to love
I'm so glad you're in my arms to hold
'Cause everyday spent by your side
I see the world with brand new eyes
I'm so glad you make me laugh at you
I'm so glad you make me laugh at me
'Cause with a smile you give, you guide me
To take myself less seriously
To show me how I'm blessed more and more every day
I was lucky the day that I found you, I found you, yeah
When you're here my day is twice as good
When you're gone I feel I'm half of me
So where would I be if you hadn't come
To make me be complete?
You're like an answer to my prayers just like
An angel that fell from the sky, when I found you, I found you, yeah
You wake me up with an embrace
It's the best way to start my day
I fall asleep as you hold me tight
Can I escape in bliss tonight
I'll live inside these arms that keep me warm
Somewhere I finally belong, with your love to keep me strong
I'm so glad that I have you to love
I'm so glad you're in my arms to hold
'Cause with a smile you give, you guide me
To take the world less seriously
You're like an answer to my prayers just like
An angel that fell from the sky
And every day spent by your side I see
The world with brand new eyes
You show me how I'm blessed, more and more every day
I was lucky the day that I found you, I found you, yeah
I found you, yeah, I found you, yeah

Discography

LP - Sweet Revenge, released in 2011
LP - On The Fringe, released in 2006
EP - Deborah Lombardi, released in 2003

Check out her songs streaming at http://www.facebook.com/deborah.lombardi.music

Her songs have received radio, webradio & podcast airplay on:
WUSB 90.1 FM (Long Island), WLIE 540 AM (Long Island), WGBB 1240AM (Long Island), WMEL AM920 (Melbourne, Florida), WBNY 91.3 FM (Buffalo, NY), WVOF 88.5 FM (Fairfield, CT), KZUM 89.3 FM (Omaha, NE), Blast1386 (Reading, UK), Songwriters Internet Radio, Long Island Sounds Internet Radio, NetteRadio.com, RadioCrystalBlue.com, WebRadioWCWP.com, SykoRadio.net, CraigsMusic.Net Podcast, YourSpaceRadio.com, Island Wide Music Podcast, Strange But Surf Internet Radio, Feminine Groove Radio, Harris Radio, Local Music Now webradio, IncredibleMP3.com, The Jim Pray Radio Show, The Fevered Brain Radio Network, Music Business Radio, Thatshowgramthing.com, The Warren Micheals Show, Women of Substance webradio, Women's Radio

Set List

Typical set is 45 minutes-1 hour, any combination of these songs:
If You Only Knew
Sweet Revenge
I Found You
Conveyor Belt
Keep Lookin'
Almost Beautiful
It's OK
City Limits
On The Fringe
My Dog's Life
Agoraphobia
At The Bottom
Premature Gray
In Exile
A Taken Man
Cure For Tears
Let You Go
Cure For Tears
Ghost Of You
Something About A Man

Covers can be thrown in for extended sets.
Covers include:
Strange Condition (Pete Yorn)
Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)
Fisherman's Blues (The Waterboys)
No Rain (Blind Melon)
One Of Us (Joan Osborne)
Good Riddance (Green Day)
Back On The Chain Gang (The Pretenders)