Liz Tansey

Liz Tansey

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Thelma & Louise keep on driving, looking for Matthew McConnaughey & his bongos

Biography

Liz Tansey has been chosen Best Blues Artist in the 2005 Toronto Independent Music Awards.

And "The Honey I Want", co-written by Liz Tansey, David Leask & Suzie Vinnick won First Place in Blues Category of The International Songwriting Competition 2004; it also won First Place in the Blues Category of The OCFF (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) Competition 2005 and Third Prize in the 2006 Unisong Songwriting Competition. And recently, the song received the most votes in the Jazz/Blues Category of Unisong's People's Choice Award.

LIZ TANSEY sings with a seamless confidence that instantly puts listeners in the palm of her caring hand. Her first solo CD, "WHAT I WANT" features an organic mix of what she calls Soulful Rockin' Blues. Others call it sexy, swampy and "...a gigantic roller coaster ride between those two inseparable bed-mates: music & emotion..." Real Music magazine.

Growing up in Montreal, Liz studied classical harp & piano and taught herself to play the guitar. Her musical path has taken her on an eclectic journey: she performed for the Queen of England on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for Canada's 125th birthday and with the band, Another Life, she opened for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin at Toronto's Hummingbird Centre; she has sung the national anthem at many Toronto Maple Leaf hockey games and in 1995 she entertained the Canadian UN Peacekeepers in Croatia and Bosnia.

"WHAT I WANT" was co-produced by Liz Tansey & Ralph Cole (guitarist, composer, producer and co-founding member of Lighthouse) and offers 11 songs, 7 of which were co-written by Liz. Subject matter ranges from love & lust to friendship, the homeless, biblical girls and taking a stand. "Overall,"explains Liz, "the perspective of the album is about living one's life bravely, being unafraid of falling down and always getting back up."

Most recently, Liz co-produced a CD, "FEELING GOOD" with another fine Canadian singer, Shelley Hamilton. These days she is living in Toronto and concentrating on her songwriting.

Lyrics

What I Want

Written By: R.Cole/H.Kameka/L.Tansey

WHAT I WANT

Hey baby, you got style
CanÕt help admiring that runaway smile
Could you be good, can you be smart
Are you just another Johnny who will break my heart?

I donÕt care if youÕre from Ôway out of town
I just want a guy who will stick around

What I want is an open mind
Built with a heart to match
What I want is a body of work
That comes with an itch I can scratch
ThatÕs what I want

Now darlinÕ, I like what I see
WhatÕs gonna happen if I shake your tree?
LetÕs cross that bridge, weÕll walk the same mile
I wanna see you from the inside for a while

A half-read book and an old guitar
Clean pair of socks and a beat-up car

What I want is an open mind
Built with a heart to match
What I want is a body of work
That comes with an itch I can scratch

No time-share romance, or waiting for a better chance
I donÕt need no Walkaway Joe
I want a love without fear, a generous ear
A man whoÕs not afraid to stand toe to toe

What I want is a lot of laughs
With a fellow who wants to be mine
What I want is the moon on a plate
I wanna have a real good time
What I want is an open mind
Built with a heart to match
What I want is a body of work
That comes with an itch I can scratch
ThatÕs what I want
What I want...............

My Diet Starts Tomorrow

Written By: Helena Kameka/Liz Tansey

MY DIET STARTS TOMORROW

My closetÕs full of clothes that donÕt really fit
I buy a suit thinking IÕll shrink into it
IÕll put in shoulder pads to balance out my hips
But tell me, do these pants make my ass look too big?

IÕve got
Nothing to wear, I hate my hair
I might as well apply food directly to my thighs,
onion rings and crispy fries
IÕd rather die than give up my tub of Rocky Road
Oooh, nothing beats the taste, canÕt let it go to waste
My diet starts tomorrow

ThereÕs never been a sight thatÕs greater than a full refrigerator
To choose is much too tough, IÕll eat until IÕm stuffed
Then thereÕll be so much more of me to love
My diet starts tomorrow

Step on the scale, I feel like a whale
IÕm wearing 5-inch heels just to make myself look thin,
I hope black is always in
Nothing to do, whatÕs there to chew? No time for exercise
IÕve come to realize, Hey, IÕm just too short for my size
My diet starts tomorrow

Forever counting grams of fat, how many calories in that?
If thatÕs what lies in store, then IÕll just eat some more
At the all-you-can-eat buffet today
ÔCause my diet starts tomorrow

The Honey I Want

Written By: David Leask/Liz Tansey/Suzie Vinnick

I love his great big eyes
Spiky black Ôn yellow hair
That son of a B, he just donÕt care
Oh the honey I want, donÕt want me

I try buzzing around
And flitting my wings
IÕm stuck & IÕm feeling the sting
Oh the honey I want donÕt want me

HeÕs got his antenna
ScopinÕ every flower
Mr. BeeÕs Knees
My friends say
I should just fly away
HeÕs a no good killer bee

IÕve been combing these streets
Crawling these walls
I ainÕt getting any sugar at all
Oh the honey I want donÕt want me

I need me a honeysuckle
Wildflower sweet
Royal worker bee
Drone with a buzz
Gonna earn my love
And treat me like a queen

Now IÕm building my hive
At the top of the tree
No more chasing that shifty-eyed bee
Oh the honey I want, ainÕt the honey for me
The honey I want just ainÕt gonna be

The Other Woman

Written By: Bill Colgate

Forget your jams and jellies, forget
your pots and pans
I ain’t sittin’ pretty for some macho macho man
You got your basic sisters and then you got your mothers
You got your wives and daughters but then there’s all the others

I’m the other woman
You know the one they couldn’t name
When they were busy makin’ rules
I was busy makin’ up another game

While Tiffany and Amber were cheering on the team
I was back behind the bleachers with a fifth of Mr.Beam
A roll-your-own Madonna with attitude for days
The intimate acquaintance of a certain Chevrolet

Yes I’m the other woman
You might remember me from school
While they were Ackalacka Chingin’
I was Boomalacka breakin’ all the rules

Call me Lucy, call me Ethel, call me Marilyn Monroe
Call me Sacred Holy Vessel, call me witch or call me ‘ho’
I’m greater than the sum of any parts that you can name
I am all and I am nothin’, I’m a lady, I’m a dame

So listen up now people, how much you wanna bet?
That you’ll find me in the scriptures and on the internet
You can lead this whore to culture but she knows just what to think
You do another laundry, I'm gonna do another drink

‘Cause I’m the other woman
Not your mother, not the wife
Yes I’m the other woman, baby
The other woman in your life
Yeah I’m the other woman, baby
The other woman in your life

I DON'T THINK SO

Written By: George Axon/Liz Tansey

WEÕRE RIDING HIGH IN YOUR SHINY BLACK PICKUP
YOUR EGO TURNED TO WAY PAST TEN
CHECKING YOUR SELF IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
WHENÕS THIS DATEÕS GONNA END

YOUÕVE GOT THE LOOK, YOUÕVE GOT THE HAIR, YOU SURE KNOW A LOT ABOUT THE COLTS & THE BEARS
IÕTS OH SO EXCITING SITTING HERE, WHILE YOUÕVE GOT A CELL PHONE STUCK TO YOUR EAR

I DONÕT THINK SO
WHO SAID THE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND YOU?
I DONÕT THINK SO
MAYBE YOUR MOMMA THINKS YOUÕRE CUTE BUT
I, I DONÕT THINK SO

YOU LIKE TO FLASH A LOT OF CASH
SO THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD CAN SEE
YOU BOUGHT A GENUINE CHINCHILLA STETSON
NOW YOU WANNA BUY ME

YOUÕRE SO SLICK, YOUÕRE SO SMART YOU SURE KNOW HOW TO WIN A GIRLÕS HEART
I MIGHT LOOK BORED BUT YOU DONÕT CARE, YOU THINK EVERY GIRL WANTS A MILLIONAIRE

I DONÕT THINK SO
JUST BECAUSE YOU PAID, YOU GOT IT MADE
I DONÕT THINK SO
BETCHA NEVER THOUGHT YOUÕD HEAR ME SAY
I, I DONÕT THINK SO

MAYBE ON SOME OTHER PLANET
IÕD FEEL A SPARK AND LET YOU FAN IT
BUT HERE ON EARTH, HONEY GET A GRIP
HOLD YOUR HORSES AND READ MY LIPS

I DONÕT THINK SO
DO I NEED A THROWBACK TO YESTERDAY
I DONÕT THINK SO
OR A PRETTY BOY WITH NOTHING TO SAY
I DONÕT THINK SO
COME ON, DARLING, MAKE MY DAY
I, I DONÕT THINK SO

Leaving the Life

Written By: G. Axon/L.Tansey

The offer arrived in the late afternoon
The numbers could not have been sweeter
He’d worked so hard for so many years
And now it was time to consider

But something inside said enough was enough
I deserve something better

Chorus:

NOW HE’S LEAVING THE LIFE THAT LED HIM AWAY
FROM THE PERSON HE WANTED TO BE
LEAVING THE LIFE THAT MADE HIM FORGET
THAT HE ONCE HAD A DREAM TO BE FREE
TO BE FREE

His first true sense of accomplishment came with
The cabin he built with his Dad
And in between swinging their hammers he got
The best advice he’d ever had

Don’t be afraid to follow your heart
Sometimes your heart knows better

Chorus

Bridge:

Finally closing the door
His dad would be proud, that’s for sure

Chorus

Discography

"What I Want", first released in 1997

Set List

From the CD:
STRUCK BY LOVE
MAMA'S LIES
JAWJACKIN'
WALKIN' GUY
TOUGH OLD WORLD
WHAT I WANT
I THINK YOU KNOW
HELLO BLUES
LOSE ALL TRACK
DEAR LOUISE
THE OTHER WOMAN

More Originals:
I DON'T THINK SO (Axon/Tansey)
THE HONEY I WANT (Leask/Tansey/Vinnick)
MY DIET STARTS TOMORROW (Kameka/Tansey)
I'LL CRY AGAIN (D.Burgess/L.Burgess/L.Tansey)
I JUST WANNA DANCE (Kameka/Tansey)
PERFECT (Kameka/Tansey)
SINCE I GOT A CRUSH ON YOU (Dixon/Linderman/Tansey)
MOVIN' ON (MacEwen/Tansey)
A GOOD MAN (Kameka/Tansey)
LITTLE BLACK DRESS (Tansey/Taylor)

And:
MY GIVE A DAMN'S BUSTED - JoDee Messina
JUMP INTO MY FIRE - Etta James
WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH - "
CEASE & DESIST - Delbert McClinton
EVERYTIME I ROLL - "
NO ONE ELSE ON EARTH - Wynonna
GET WITH ME - Keb Mo
WHY I DON'T KNOW - Lyle Lovett
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT - Bonnie Raitt
LOVE SNEAKIN' UP ON YOU - "
I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME - "
LOVE LETTER - "
ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY - John