nancy cartonio

nancy cartonio

 Portland, Maine, USA
SoloPopSinger/Songwriter

Lil McGill writes, records and embellishes by herself in her home studio. She stopped performing live due to an injury in 2011, but thanks to the internet, she is still earning fans worldwide with her unique sound.

Biography

Lil McGill (Nancy Cartonio) creates music, that hooks you and reels you in. She writes, records and produces her tracks by herself in her home studio. 

Lyrics

anticipated blues

Written By: nancy cartonio

Well I never could stand
our common ground was in the sand
And castles just aren’t made to handle everything
I always could bend
but never could comprehend
The off-beat ones who say they’ll dance to anything
The party is over now
hope I get this mess cleaned up by sundown
I wish I had a letter I could send you everyday
So maybe our telepathy would float away
And leave me with the comfort of the sanity I choose
Here in my anticipated blues (here in my anticipated blues)
Here in my anticipated blues
Well I called that one
priority is having fun
And I already knew what you were thinking
My premonition
before any suspicion
I hated the prediction I was making
The party is over now
hope I get this mess cleaned up by sundown
The party is over now
hope I get this mess cleaned up by sundown
I wish I had a letter I could send you everyday
So maybe our telepathy would float away
And leave me with the comfort of the sanity I choose
Here in my anticipated blues (here in my anticipated blues)
Here in my anticipated blues (here in my anticipated blues)
Here in my anticipated blues (here in my anticipated blues)
Here in my anticipated blues
The party is over now
hope I get this mess cleaned up by sundown
The party is over now
hope I get this mess cleaned up by sundown
I wish I had a letter I could send you everyday
So maybe our telepathy would float away
And leave me with the comfort of the sanity I choose
Here in my anticipated blues (here in my anticipated blues)
Here in my anticipated blues (here in my anticipated blues)
Here in my anticipated blues (here in my anticipated blues)
Here in my anticipated blues
Well I called that one

almost tomorrow

Written By: nancy cartonio

I can take care of myself
but maybe your blessing could cure my curse
seems I’m driving my own hearse
I can be hard on myself
like every rehearsal has been rehearsed
perfect doesn’t get any worse
and I’m down cuz its almost tomorrow
now its almost tomorrow
I can remember when
I made a man out of a little girl
Let’s turn the world into a universe
And I don’t recommend
faking the way without a lot of work
In the end you get what youre worth
and I’m down cuz its almost tomorrow now its almost tomorrow
may the mistakes that you make
be the shame on your face
yesterday and today are the same
it’s a pain I can almost taste
yay Its almost tomorrow
and I’m down cuz its almost tomorrow now its almost tomorrow

anything to do with love

Written By: nancy cartonio

Here we go once again making music
It’s the start of a beautiful thing
Can I keep you
I can keep you satisfied
I would bleed to
make you sleep with me tonight
Don’t fret about a thing
I don’t want anything to do with love
Here I go once again with the bottle
Cuz I know how you get when you drink
Can I make you
I can make you speak your mind
Have another don’t bother to justify
I’ll give you everything
But I don’t want anything to do with love
We both know I’m in love with someone else
But that’s alright cuz tonight I’m not myself
With you I’m so high I’m seeing stars
With my eyes closed I don’t know where you are
Find me I’m glowing in the dark
And I’m not thinking with my heart
Here we are all alone what’s the problem
Guilty feelings you know I should be the one
Now I know you I know how to get my way
Now you know me so let the music play
Don’t worry about a thing
I don’t want anything to do with love
We both know that I’ve found my Mr. Right
But that’s okay cuz he’s not alone tonight
And I thought we should both be getting laid
So take me now and don’t be afraid
It’s hard enough as it is
Can we just get it over with
Here I go say goodbye to the music
It’s the end of a beautiful thing
I won’t keep you
but I’ll keep you in my mind
I don’t need you so don’t you even try
I told you everything
I don’t want anything to do with love

life and love

Written By: nancy cartonio

What I was without is within
Something little has happened
What was thick is now thin
Not my middle but my skin
Bruises where none would have been
Guess I wont be forgiven
for the hell you’ve been living
Now that it’s over you can begin
don’t give up or give in
And lose it
when you know you can win
Choose it
and you will win
We’ve begun
To understand the cycle of
Life and love
Though uncertain and unclear
time eventually heals
What was gone is now here
a new opportunity appears
Use it in spite of your fear
have no fear

Chorus

I have come
To understand the cycle of
Life and love
The cycle of
Life and love

strange soliloquy

Written By: nancy cartonio

i'm a sucker for compliments
and foreign accents
i tend to forget
somewhere there's a hole
and you dont know that half of it
he's barely aware
that he married an actress
I'm a glutton for punishment
or the equivalent
awaiting success
there's a hole in my story without it
i'm barely awake
cuz i'm dreaming about it

strange soliloquy
lying in bed
wish he could read
thoughts in my head
strange the things i've been
wrestling with
can people change
do people change

well i've been restless
taken for granted
and i'm ready to vent
somehow silence
is my anger management
and it sounds like an accident
waiting to happen

strange soliloquy
lying in bed
wish he could read
thoughts in my head
strange the things I've been
telling myself
people can change
people dont change

change, change

it's the way to a man's heart
I've been playing so many parts
and it's strange
maybe I've changed

strange soliloquy
lying in bed
wish he could read
thoughts in my head
strange the things I will
learn to forget
people can change
people dont change
people can change
people dont change

waterfall

Written By: nancy cartonio

i love you like a waterfall
and I hurt you like a snowflake
your nose is up and I'm the ball
you treat me like a toothache
never in my life has someone
taken me so lightly
and everything I say to you
you hold me to so tightly
i wish i could remember
everything i didnt do for you
but i dont

i'm in love with someone
and he cant understand
i dont need a shoulder
i just need a hand
i'm in love with someone
who makes me feel bad

you ask me if i'll stay a while
while youre polishing your pistol
you tell me I know everything
yeah I saw it in my crystal
you take me to the circus
and you take me to the hospital
you would take me to my grave
if anything was possible
I wish i could forget about
the things you didnt do for me
but i dont

i'm in love with someone
who will leave me alone
unless his ex girlfriend's
mother is home
i'm in love with someone
who's got better things to do
i'm in love with someone
and he asks me for proof

i'm in love with someone
who wont let me be myself
he wont let me cry
or love somebody else
he doesnt always want me
and he wont love me back

there is something in my throat
you're sitting on my Tums*
i hear you playing my guitar
and baby youre all thumbs
so give me back my power
and i'll give you back your ring
i'll take my life right outta here
and leave you with nothing

whatever

Written By: nancy cartonio

would you love me forever
if i were to never
cut my hair again
would you love me forever
if i were to end
and never begin
would you love me forever
if i were as clever
as you think you are
could you love me forever
if you were to think that hard
youre hard to handle hard to hold
hard to love and hard to know
when you decide to turn off
youre hard to put my arm around
hard to catch and wrestle down
even when your words are soft
if I could have it my way
it would all be your way
then I would sleep at night
knowing that you would be right

so what is the truth
if I listen to you
and you wont say a thing
i want a truce
so the least you can do
is humor me
how can i lie
when youre standing in silence
i dont hear a thing
cuz when we do it your way
you dont talk to me for days
i'd give up the fight
but i dont know your side
so if we share the power
and scream for an hour
i would see the light
knowing that you would be right

would you love me forever
if we could forget
and not recall again
getting together before and whatever
the way its been
would you love me forever
if i were to love you
the way you are
would you light the candles
and darken the window
i would pour the wine
knowing that you would be right

lucky me

Written By: nancy cartonio

it isnt easy to keep in the closet
i'm wearing my heart on my sleeve
we could easily close it and not get
over the make believe
some things are better left unsaid

i'm a picture
and youre a frame
i'm a window
youre a pain

maybe there's a challenge here
youre making it loud and clear
i've been playing with ideas
youre gonna have to be nice, yeah
youre gonna have to be

you make me defend what I'm saying
i'm wearing a smile and a shield
we could maybe pretend to be playing
or we can make a deal
some days the musical talent
balances

i'm a candle
and youre a flame
it's a gamble
it's a game
play

maybe there's a challenge here
giving me the right idea
and youre making it crystal clear
youre gonna have to be nice, yeah
you might as well be

some things are better left unsaid

maybe there's a challenge here
youre making it loud and clear
while I'm playing with ideas
youre gonna have to be nice, yeah
youre gonna have to be nice
youre gonna have to be nice, yeah
might as well be

never good

Written By: nancy cartonio

there is always something to explain
and you almost always never should never should
cuz you’re doing more harm than you’re good
you don’t always have the answer
that everybody wants to hear
there is always something to explain
and you almost always never should never should
there is always something more to say
and it’s almost always never good never good
when you plug up your mouth
with your foot
you don’t always have direction
and everybody wants to steer
there is always something more to say
and it’s almost always never good never good
we don’t always have a winner
but everybody wants to cheer
there is always something going on
and it’s almost always never here

Discography

"life and love" by nancy cartonio - 2007
featuring the songs "no inbetween" and "anticipated blues", as played on wclz radio in portland maine

the song "stoned" by Dear Liza was featured on the Aggressive Folk Soundtrack, 1993, and played on wcyy radio, portland maine

Set List

my set list is mostly my originals, including some cover songs, such as: do right man, gypsy, back on the chain gang, voices carry, only the lonely, no myth, we belong, hide your love away, i think were alone now....