Emma Dean

Emma Dean

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandPop

Its a sexy circus; its a freaky dream; its a sideshow behind a piano; its a carnival of kook! Emma Dean is about to drop you 'down the rabbit hole' in her new album "Dr Dream and the Imaginary Pop-Cabaret". Get ready to enter the imaginary underground...

Biography

Its a sexy circus, its a freaky dream and Emma Dean is about to drop you 'down the rabbit hole' and turn your world upside down. Singer, songwriter and ringmaster Dean will drag you into an imaginary underworld to explore different facets of her wild and often child-like imagination on her new album “Dr Dream and the Imaginary Pop Cabaret”. Its a sideshow behind a piano; its a carnival of kook; its a sing-along striptease; and Emma Dean is the neurotic cabaret songstress to lead the chorus of freaks.

"...Curious, funny, astute and above all, weird. She could well stake a good claim to be the new Millennium's Kate Bush with (her) theatrical approach to music...." Patrick McKiernan allgigs.co.uk, United Kingdom

Emma Dean has become the guilty pleasure of the underground with nationally sold-out shows, festival appearances and supports with Amanda Palmer, The Dresden Dolls and Katie Noonan. At the end of last year she was labelled “one of ten artists to watch in 2011” by THE NEW YORK POST, and shortly after her single "Sincerely Fearful" made it's first debut in the American music charts. Her unique shows feature an explosion of pop music, theatre and the decadent world of cabaret!
Recently, Emma was awarded the Butterfly Club's prestigious “Under Our Wing” award. With past recipients including international stars Tim Minchin and Sammy J, the award shows a career which can happily sit within the music and entertainment worlds in a single glorious imaginarium.

“Just sample her monster Broadway single “Sincerely Fearful”, which is 50% “Wicked” and 50% Tori Amos and 100% addictive, and you will find an unavoidable sound worthy of the repeat button.” Ryan Brockington NEW YORK POST

Slip in to your frilly knickers, sip a cocktail and and let Emma flirt with your jealous inhibitions.

Visit www.emmadean.com for a tantalising taste.
Emma Dean has achieved much in her short and sucessful career with all 3 recordings resulting in the following highlights:

- Top 15 for one month in US Specialty Radio Charts
- Airplay on Triple J
- Airplay, interviews and live performances on 612ABC radio
- Airplay, interviews and live performances on local and national independent radio stations (including 4ZZZ, JoyFM and ABC Coast Radio)
- Wonderful live reviews in local street press
- Articles in Courier Mail, The Sunday Mail, MX Magazine, Quest Newspapers and national and local street press
- Performing at National Festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, 2High Festival, Australian International Music Market and BigSound Conference
- Performing in Women In Voice 15 at QPAC Brisbane 2006
- Performed as female soloist in The Spirit Of Christmas alongside David Campbell and The Queensland Orchestra at QPAC (nationally televised on ABC Christmas evening 2006
- Played special guest spots and supports for The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, Kate Miller-Heidke, Teddy Geiger and Angie Hart
- Finalist in the pop and jazz section of QSong awards 2006
- Finalist in the QSong Courier Mail Peoples Choice Awards 2008
- Winner of "Under Our Wing Award" in 2010
- Toured through Victoria, NSW, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland
- Toured to Berlin, Germany
- Sold Out Headline Shows

Lyrics

Cocaine

Written By: Emma Dean

I heard a funny thing today – that I’m addicted to cocaine
But I haven’t got the cash to indulge in those ways
I think I need some time to heal before I take illicit drugs
Maybe some time as a wanderer, though the end will surely come

But you know it is days like these that I just wish I could try something new
But you know it is days like these that I just wish I could try something new

Gee baby I miss you like you know but this love become a chore
Could you try to be a business man and I’ll try to be your whore?

But you know it is days like these that I just wish I could try something new
But you know it is days like these that I just wish I could try something new

Real Life Computer Game

Written By: Emma Dean

So the battle has been fought but it seems you’ve just forgot?
So let me save you let me save you
I will smash this palisade between tomorrow and today
Cos the little frown upon your face is based on the fear of being a disgrace

Today, but not today, until it all just turns out right
I hope the truth just doesn’t bite

You’re 25 you’re 32 you’re 54 I’d still love you
But that don’t matter, cos I’m not here to review
I could’ve been the one who knew you know just the one who wants to screw you
So push me away push me away and I’ll say thank you cos I feel I have to

Run away just run away until it all just turns out right
I hope the truth just doesn’t bite
Seize the day but not today – cos someone said a dirty word
Against that “piece of you” they heard

What What What? You’re going away?
You’re going away? I hope you come back the same
What What What? You’re moving on up?
You’re moving on up in this real life computer game?

Today, but not today, until it all just turns out right
I hope the truth just doesn’t bite
Seize the day but not today – cos someone said a dirty word
Against that “Piece of you” they heard
Run away just run away, until it all just turns out right
I hope the truth just doesn’t bite
Seize the day but not today, cos someone said that you were lame
At this real life computer game

Could This Mean If Everyone Is Alone Together? In The Way That We're All Together Alone?

Written By: Emma Dean

Chattering chattering just stop the clutter
she’s hearing when walking and talking it’s everything
Everywhere there’s a man with no face
His arms are reaching to her but he’s blinded
By skin over eyes and she’s always reminded
That when we die we’re always alone

So could this mean if everyone is alone we’re together?
In the way that we’re all together alone?

And if she wanted to just be a circle
She would have you believe she’s just a poster girl
But now she sits alone on the bedroom floor
Cos you won’t call at all

Stop it just stop it you people with veils on
Are reaching in to her like nobodies business
But without loving them she does not exist
If only she’d morph in to me then she could only see
Just by looking at her makes the dark disappear
One day I’ll invent a way

So we can be with everyone who’s alone together
In the way that they’re all together alone

And if she wanted to just be a circle
She would have you believe she’s just a poster girl
But now she sits alone on the bedroom floor
Cos you won’t call at all

Friend: If you want her to be the one you take home
Just go on boy cos you’re treating her mean!

Boy love: I don’t know this feeling anyway and I’m so scared to let her in to my heart
Easy just to leave and fly away cos I’m so scared to let her see the real me

Girl Love: But when I’m with him, he connects with my mind
And I feel like the lonely cannot get to me

Friend: He’s treating her mean
Boy Love: I’m treating her mean
Girl Love: He’s treating me mean

And if she wanted to just be a circle
She would have you believe she’s just a poster girl
But now she sits alone on the bedroom floor
Cos you won’t even fucking call at all
And if she wanted to just be a circle
She would have you believe she’s just a poster girl
But she just sits alone on the bedroom floor
Cos you won’t call at all

Orange Red

Written By: Emma Dean

So the world just rolls on by
Slow enough to paint the sky
Orange red orange red
Here take my hand
We'll paint it blue again, blue again

So my eyes they tell no lie
I can see the coloured sky
above your head, above your head
Here lay on down
I'll feed you Joni's sound
And we can cry if you like...

Real Life Computer Game

Written By: Emma Dean

So the battle has been fought but it seems you’ve just forgot?
So let me save you let me save you
I will smash this palisade between tomorrow and today
Cos the little frown upon your face is based on the fear of being a disgrace

Today, but not today, until it all just turns out right
I hope the truth just doesn’t bite

You’re 25 you’re 32 you’re 54 I’d still love you
But that don’t matter, cos I’m not here to review
I could’ve been the one who knew you know just the one who wants to screw you
So push me away push me away and I’ll say thank you cos I feel I have to

Run away just run away until it all just turns out right
I hope the truth just doesn’t bite
Seize the day but not today – cos someone said a dirty word
Against that “piece of you” they heard

What What What? You’re going away?
You’re going away? I hope you come back the same
What What What? You’re moving on up?
You’re moving on up in this real life computer game?

Today, but not today, until it all just turns out right
I hope the truth just doesn’t bite
Seize the day but not today – cos someone said a dirty word
Against that “Piece of you” they heard
Run away just run away, until it all just turns out right
I hope the truth just doesn’t bite
Seize the day but not today, cos someone said that you were lame
At this real life computer game

3 Meals

Written By: Emma Dean

How could it be I'm running out of time sir?
I'm only 22 sir, I'm only 22
How could it be I feel old now?
But I've so much to learn now
I only cook three meals now I only cook three meals...

How could it be I want to change my style now?
I look at you and cry now
‘Cos that was my idea now but no one got to see it
So chuck it out chuck it out
Chuck it chuck it ch-u-u-u-uck it out...oh oh

CHORUS:
So I don't know my way, I don't know my way
But tell me that it's ok where…where do I belong?
Is it in your arms or is it somewhere I can learn to be strong?

How could it be I'm running out of steam sir?
You do know what I mean sir?
I'm getting pretty sick now of coughing up these thoughts
And I hate to be annoying, I hate to be annoying
But if you could just make it stop now oh...

CHORUS:
So I don't know my way, I don't know my way
But tell me that it's ok where...where do I belong?
Is it in your arms or is it somewhere I can… oh…
I’ve got to find a way, I’ve got to find my way
So tell me that its okay where…where do I belong
Is it in your arms or is it somewhere I can learn to be strong?

So you might see me following the footsteps that turn in to a slow jog
But I can't keep up - they turn in to a fast paced run
What level do you speak of my dear
as you motion higher with your hands?
Am I underneath your ears…Or is that your neck…Or is that your chest?

CHORUS:
Oh I've got to find my way, I need to find a way
But tell me that it's ok where...where do I belong?
Is it in your arms or is it somewhere I can… oh…
I’ve got to find a way, I’ve got to find my way
So tell me that its okay where…where do I belong
Is it in your arms or is it somewhere… I can learn to be strong?

Thieving Hearts

Written By: Emma Dean

Once a thieving scoundrel dared, me to steal your underwear
The silk did trickle down your legs, to your ankles pink as pigs
Father told me I was wrong and mother sang a Christian song
Their hurtful words they stung my mouth, and filled my belly fat with doubt

Oh touch me in this sharp light
I've been aching through the night
Thieving hearts meet after curfew
You know where I'll be waiting for you...

Lover love me or let me go, so this guilt can melt like snow
And fill the streams that wash my hair of what a thieving scoundrel dared

Oh touch me in this sharp light
I've been aching through the night
Thieving hearts meet after curfew
You know where I'll be waiting for you...

Open up your window love
(where I'll be waiting for you...)

Climb through my window tonight and cast us both in this sharp light
and blood will run like scarlet freedom

Stuck In The Mud

Written By: Emma Dean

STUCK IN THE MUD

Sometimes I look at you and think that you’re beautiful
Stylishly so, in an “I don’t care” way
And I stare at you from behind painted glass windows
The colour depending on what kind of day
And my hands press up against the glass – I can’t reach you
So surely I will not be able to teach you
Your worth…but I’ll pray for you every night

And as I melt away I forget that once
I would dance all day to the dream I’ve yet to touch
But how dreams fade when they get stuck in the mud

Sometimes I look at you and wonder if I am what’s
Bringing you down to the ground and I ponder
“maybe I should work with flowers? Or go back and
Study significant things you get paid for?”
But hurry cos I’m getting older and their getting younger
And I feel like everyone’s staring at me
I don’t know what you want me to be

But as I melt away I forget that once
I would dance all day to the dream I’ve yet to touch
But how dreams fade when they get stuck in the mud

Am I aching your heart or just mine?
Will it be ok if I start walking in time?
And for you I would nail myself to the wall
But I’ll hate you for it…

Sometimes I look at you and think
I love you so much that I’d give all this up
If it meant you could hold me and know I was here in the moment
And not with the puzzle and how to solve it
But I don’t know when I’m aloud to be happy or proud
So I’ll always tone down did you figure it out?
I’ve wanted to scream and shout

And as I melt away I forget that once
I would dance all day to the dream I’ve yet to touch
But how dreams fade when they get stuck in the mud X 2

Sincerely Fearful

Written By: Emma Dean and Ben Stewart

Sincerely Fearful

I just can't live without it X 2

I am sincerely fearful of the voices in my head that tell me
“honey make your mind up we're giving you the wind up little lady”
I am sincerely fearful of the choices that I face should I show you
What's under the wrapping there could be something lacking

CHORUS
Could you fade me in
And could you fade me out?
And could you fade me in?
If you're not in doubt?
And could you lie to me?
And could you call me Gwenda?
And could we just pretenda
And could we just pretend?

I am sincerely fearful of admitting I'm afraid so I think I'll
try to blow your brains out, hope I can get the stains out and say this never happened
I am sincerely fearful of the truth that I will face so I think I'll...
I'll get liposuction, botox, a breast reduction

CHORUS

I just can't live without it
I just can't live without it
I just can't live without sincerely fearing you oh X 2
If you wanna be the switch I can be the angry bitch
I'd like to be the one who can turn this off, who can turn this on wooo
I'd like to be the one who can turn this off, who can turn this on

CHORUS X 2

Discography

Singles 2020
1. Thunder
2. Thieving Hearts
3. Stuck In The Mud
4. Sincerely Fearful
5. Something They Can Hold

Previous
1. Hanging Out The Washing (EP-2005)
2. Face Painter (EP-2006)
-"3 Meals" received local and national airplay.
3. Real Life Computer Game (Album - 2008)
- "Cocaine" received local and national airplay.
4. Downside Up (2009) Original musical theater written by
Emma Dean and Jacob Diefenbach
5. The Tempest (2009)soundtrack recorded for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre's
production of The Tempest.
6. Dr Dream and the Imaginary Pop-Cabaret (Album - 2010)