Olivia Greer

Olivia Greer

BandFolkPop

With a unique voice that's been compared to Joni Mitchell and Natalie Merchant, and influences from Neil Young to Jonatha Brooke to Outkast, Olivia Greer's brand of folky-pop songs tell intimate stories with hum-able hooks.

Biography

It's been a couple of years since an auspicious white lie led Olivia Greer to write her first song. But in that time, her work has been received with great enthusiasm by fans as well as fellow musicians. Whether she's singing a jazz-inflected love song, or rocking out a tune about revolution tinted with reggae beats, without fail Olivia offers evenings of music that no one wants to miss.

Born and raised in New York City, the story goes that Olivia sang before she could talk -- and serenaded family and friends with Christmas carols from the age of two. Classically trained, and with a background in musical theater, Olivia turned her attention to pop songwriting in late 2002, while she was making her cabaret debut at the famous New York club Don't Tell Mama.

Olivia's song Lacey & Jan was premiered in choral form in May 2003 by the New York Treble Singers, a world-renowned women's vocal ensemble. Her debut EP 4 Songs was released in spring of 2004 with great success and has led to continued performances around the New York City area, in venues which include Makor, Pianos, The Culture Project, The Lark Theatre Company and Rare.

Lyrics

Rhyme & Reason

Written By: Olivia Greer/Ross Patterson

Walking through the crowds,
I see myself in everyone,
Stuffed in winter coats,
Hunched in against the cold,
The bleak, grey sky.
The buildings loom,
imposing and at once protecting me
From looking up, from finding out
There’s more before we die.

Greeting a new day,
You say there’s so much more to me,
Stare into my eyes
Until I have to laugh.
You turn away.
I start to cry.
Is this the way it always has to be?
Our signals cross.
They seem to miss
however hard we try.

CHORUS:
I wake up lost, it takes some time
To find my rhyme and reason.
I wake up lost, it takes some time
To find my rhyme and reason.
I wake up lost, it takes some time
To find my way with you.

On the bus with you,
My head falls on your shoulder.
It grows even colder
than it was outside.
Hold me close.
Hide my eyes from what I see when
I’m with you.
Hold me close. Dry my eyes.
It’s getting warmer every day.

CHORUS

And I saw that you knew me.
You said that you cared
If you could see through me.
I thought I was prepared
For being so close,
For being so warm.
Can’t you see
You’re doing me no harm?

CHORUS

I wake up lost, but in good time
I find my rhyme and reason.
I wake up lost, but in good time
I find my way with you.
©2004

I've Wanted to Fall

Written By: Lyrics: Olivia Greer; Music: Olivia Greer/Joel Harrison

I’ve got this strange thing going on,
I’m not quite sure
What it’s all about.
But if you listen to me whisper,
You might just hear me shout.

I’ve gotta say that
I’m confused.
It’s just you’re not
Who I thought you’d be.
But that’s the way it goes,
I think.
I am not yet who
I want from me.

CHORUS:
I’ve wanted to fall.
I’ve wanted to fall.
And ever since I was small,
I’ve wanted to fall.

There’s a tiny hole
That fills right up
As soon as your hand
touches mine.
I always knew
that hole was there,
I didn’t know
What I would find.

I’d been looking all around
when I got caught up
In your eyes.
I stumbled, and
I knew I’d fall.
The landing took me
by surprise.

CHORUS

We’re gonna try this
one more time,
And hold our heads up high.
I’m not gonna let you
off the line.

I’m sorry that I look
so scared.
It’s just this whole thing’s kind of new.
I think I know
what happened here,
I slipped, and fell
in love with you.

I’ve wanted to fall.
I’ve wanted to fall.
And ever since I was small,
I've wanted to--

I’ve wanted to fall.
And ever since I was small,
I’ve wanted to fall.
I’ve wanted to fall.
I've wanted to fall.

©2004

In The Quiet

Written By: Lyrics: Olivia Greer; Music: Olivia Greer/Joel Harrison

I am sitting here,
Staring at my blank walls,
Asking them to be poetry.
But my mind is quiet.
My mind is quiet.

I am sitting here,
Staring at these white sheets,
Asking them to hold poetry.
But I can't seem to find it.

Come home.
Come home.
My mind is quiet.

Come home.
Come home.
My mind is quiet.
Quiet.

I am sitting here,
Staring at the shadows,
Asking them to be you.
And my mind is quiet.
My mind is quiet.

Come home.
Come home.
My mind is quiet.

Discography

discs:
EP: 4 Songs (released spring 2004)
demo: Jade and Rose (expected late summer 2004)

streaming websites:
http://www.starpolish.com/oliviagreer/
http://www.cdbaby.com/olivia/

Set List

Sample Setlist:

Rhyme & Reason*
I’ve Wanted to Fall*
The Other Person is Me**
Molly’s Song (the Blue Hour)**
The Park**
Hello World**
Daydream*
And She Danced
Wild Woman**
In The Quiet*
Jade & Rose**
The Circle Game (Joni Mitchell cover)

*appears on 4 Songs (EP)
**may appear on Jade and Rose (demo)

average set is approximately 12 songs and 45-50 minutes.