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Call Off The Search

Call Off the Search was released in the UK on 3 November 2003. It became a hit, reaching number one on the UK album chart in January 2004 and the top twenty of the Australian album chart in June 2004.
It spent 87 weeks in the ARIA Top 100, certified Platinum for shipments of 70,000+.

Katie’s first single “The Closest Thing to Crazy”, written by Mike Batt, reached the top five in Ireland, top ten in the UK, top twenty in Norway, and top fifty in Australia. The second single from the album was the title track, “Call Off the Search”, which gave Katie her second UK top twenty hit. The third single, a cover of Mayall’s “Crawling up a Hill”, was released on 18 July as the third single in the UK.

In the UK the album sold 1.2 million copies within its first five months of release, making it four times platinum. It spent six weeks at the top of the chart.

Tracklist:

    1. Call Off the Search
    2. Crawling Up a Hill
    3. The Closest Thing to Crazy
    4. My Aphrodisiac Is You
    5. Learnin’ the Blues
    6. Blame It on the Moon
    7. Belfast (Penguins and Cats)
    8. I Think It’s Going to Rain Today
    9. Mockingbird Song
    10. Tiger in the Night
    11. Faraway Voice
    12. Lilac Wine

The Japanese release has the extra track “Deep Purple”.

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Lyrics

01. Call Off The Search

I won’t spend my life
Waiting for an angel to descend
Searching for a rainbow with an end
Now that I’ve found you I’ll call off the search
And I won’t spend my life
Gazing at the stars up in the sky
Wondering if love will pass me by
Now that I’ve found you I’ll call off the search

Out on my own
I would never have known this world
That I see today

And I’ve got a feeling
It won’t fade away

And I won’t end my days
Wishing that love would come along
Because you are in my life where you belong
Now that I’ve found you I’ll call off the search

INTERLUDE

Now that I’ve found you I’ll call off the search
Now that I’ve found you I’ll call off the search

02. Crawling Up A Hill

Every morning ’bout half past eight,
My Mamma wakes me says,
“Don’t be late”,
Get to the office, tryin’ to concentrate,
My life is just a slow train crawling up a hill.

So I stop one day to figure it out,
I’ll quit my job without a shadow of a doubt,
To sing the blues that I know about,
My life is just a slow train crawling up a hill.

Minute after minute,
Second after second,
Hour after hour goes by,
Working for a rich girl,
Staying just a poor girl,
Never stop to wonder why.

So here I am in London town,
A better scene Iüm gonna be around,
The kind of music that won’t bring me down,
My life is just a slow train crawling up a hill.

Every morning ’bout half past eight,
My Mamma wakes me says,

“Don’t be late”,
I get to the office, tryin’ to concentrate,
My life is like a slow train crawling up a hill.

So I stop one day to figure it out,
I’ll quit my job without a shadow of a doubt,
To sing the blues that I know about,
My life is just a slow train crawling up a hill.

Minute after minute,
Second after second,
Hour after hour goes by,
Working for a rich girl,
Staying just a poor girl,
Never stop to wonder why.

So here I am in London town,
A better scene I’m gonna be around,
The kind of music that won’t bring me down,
Life is just a slow train.

So here I am in London town,
A better scene I’m gonna be around,
The kind of music that won’t bring me down,
My life is just a slow train crawling up a hill

03. The Closest Thing To Crazy

How can I think I’m standing strong,
Yet feel the air beneath my feet?
How can happiness feel so wrong?
How can misery feel so sweet?
How can you let me watch you sleep,
Then break my dreams the way you do?
How can I have got in so deep?
Why did I fall in love with you?

[CHORUS]
This is the closest thing to crazy I have ever been
Feeling twenty-two, acting seventeen,
This is the nearest thing to crazy I have ever known,
I was never crazy on my own…
And now I know that there’s a link between the two,
Being close to craziness and being close to you.

How can you make me fall apart
Then break my fall with loving lies?
It’s so easy to break a heart;
It’s so easy to close your eyes.
How can you treat me like a child
Yet like a child I yearn for you?
How can anyone feel so wild?
How can anyone feel so blue?

[CHORUS]
This is the closest thing to crazy I have ever been
Feeling twenty-two, acting seventeen,
This is the nearest thing to crazy I have ever known,
I was never crazy on my own…
And now I know that there’s a link between the two,
Being close to craziness and being close to you.

04. My Aphrodisiac Is You

Some people say
That oysters make you come on strong,
But I don’t buy it,
I don’t believe my diet turns me on.
Won’t take no pills,
That’s the last thing that I need to do,
I can’t deny it,
My aphrodisiac is you.

Alright, I could sniff some powdered rhino horn,
And go to bed in rubber gloves.
But I don’t need no stimulation,
Potions, balms or embrocation,
I’m in love,
In other words…

Don’t smoke no grass,
Or opium from old Hong Kong,
That hubble-bubble
Just makes me see you double
All night long.

Don’t waste my time
With Spanish fly and roots to chew,
They cause me trouble,
Because my aphrodisiac is you.

Alright, I could sniff some powdered rhino horn,
And go to bed in rubber gloves.
But I don’t need no stimulation,
Potions, balms or embrocation,
I’m in love,
In other words…

Some people like
To read the khama sutra first,
But I don’t need it
I think if I should read it
I’d be worse;
Don’t ask me why,
Because baby, I ain’t got a clue.
I just concede it,
My aphrodisiac Is you

05. Learnin’ The Blues

The tables are empty,
The dance floor deserted,
You play the same love song,
It’s the tenth time you’ve heard it,
That’s the beginning, just one of the clues,
You’ve had your first lesson.
In learnin’ the blues

The cigarettes you light,
One after the other,
Won’t help you forget him,
When you’re losing your lover
You’re only burning a torch you can’t lose
But you’re on the right track,
For learnin’ the blues

When you’re out in a crowd
The blues will taunt you constantly,
When you’re out in a crowd
The blues will haunt your memory.

The nights when you don’t sleep,
The whole night you’re cryin’,
But you cannot forget him,
Soon you even stop tryin’,
You’ll walk the floor,
And wear out your shoes,
When you feel your heart break
You’re learnin’ the blues.

06. Blame It On The Moon

Gonna blame it on the moon,
Didn’t want to fall in love again so soon.
I was fine, feeling strong,
Didn’t want to fall in love with anyone.

Now that it’s gone too far to call for a halt,
I’ll blame it on the moon ‘Cause it’s not my fault;
I didn’t think that this would happen so soon
So I’ll blame it on the moon.

I was happy to be free
Didn’t think I’d give myself so easily.
Guilty feelings in the night
As I wonder is it wrong to feel so right?

Now that it’s gone too far to call for a halt,
I’ll blame it on the moon ‘Cause it’s not my fault;
I didn’t think that this would happen so soon
So I’ll blame it on the moon.

Gonna blame it on the moon,
Didn’t want to fall in love again so soon.
I was fine, feeling strong,
Didn’t want to fall in love with anyone.

Now that it’s gone too far to call for a halt,
I’ll blame it on the moon ‘Cause it’s not my fault;
I didn’t think that this would happen so soon
So I’ll blame it on the moon

07. Belfast (Penguins and Cats)

I’ve got a ticket to the fast city,
Where the bells don’t really ring,
Getting off the plane the cold air,
Rushes like bullets through my brain,

And I’m divided
Between penguins and cats,
But it’s not about what animal you’ve got,
It’s about being able to fly,
It’s about dying nine times.

Walked on Broadway,
Going up to falls,

With the old man I used to know,
The paintings on the walls of release,
Are colourful but they are no Matisse.

And I’m divided
Between penguins and cats,
But it’s not about what animal you’ve got,
It’s about being able to fly,
It’s about dying nine times.

It’s about being able to fly,
It’s about dying nine times.

08. I Think It’s Going To Rain Today

Broken windows and empty hallways
A pale dead moon
in the sky streaked with gray
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it’s going to rain today

Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles
With frozen smiles to chase love away
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it’s going to rain today

Lonely, lonely
Tin can at my feet
Think I’ll kick it down the street
That’s the way to treat a friend

Bright before me the signs implore me
To help the needy and show them the way
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it’s going to rain today

09. Mockingbird Song

Hush now, Honey, here’s the word
My Baby’s gonna buy me a mockingbird
If that mockingbird don’t sing
Baby’s gonna buy me a diamond ring
If that diamond ring don’t shine
We’ll still have a real good time,
So I’m making it clear
Woah, woah.

To this man that I have found
I’m gonna sing the sweetest sound
And if that sweetest sound don’t rock
I’m gonna buy him a music box

And if that music box don’t play
I’m gonna stay with him anyway
So I’m making it clear
Woah, woah

When that man and I are wed
I’m gonna keep him warm in bed
And when my man’s no longer hot
I’m gonna bring him a vodka shot
And when that spirit’s made him strong
I’m gonna stay with him all night long
I’ll be holding on tightly
Woah, woah

10. Tiger In The Night

You are the tiger burning bright
Deep in the forest of my night
You are the one who keeps me strong in this world

You sleep by the silent cooling streams
Down in the darkness of my dreams
All of my life I never knew
You were the dream I’d see come true
You are the tiger burning bright

I was the one who looked so hard I could not see.
Now I could never live without the love you give to me.

I lived like a wild and lonely soul,
Lost in a dream beyond control.
You were the one who brought me home down to earth.

For you are the tiger burning bright
Deep in the forest of my night
All of my life I never knew
You were the dream I’d see come true
You are the tiger burning bright

11. Faraway Voice

Ooh, faraway voice,
We can hear you voice,
What’s it like to be heard?
But from you not a word,

Are you over those hills?
Do you still hum the old melodies?
Do you wish people listened?
Over here with me,

Ooh, faraway voice,
What I would give to hear that voice,
What’s it like to breath?

My ears deceive me, voice,

And I will walk with you on a summers day,
And I will talk to you,
Though you’re far away,
And we’ll sing through the years.

Are you over those hills?
Do you still hum the old melodies?
Do you wish people listened?
Over here with me,
Over here with me,
Over here with me.

12. Lilac Wine

I lost myself on a cool damp night.
Gave myself in that misty light.
Was hypnotized by a strange delight,
Under a lilac tree.
I made wine from the lilac tree,
Lost my heart in its recipe.
It made me see what I want to see,
And be what I want to be.

But I think more than I ought to think
I do things I never should do
I drink much more than I ought to drink
Because I brings me back you…

Lilac wine is sweet and heady, like my love,
Lilac wine, – I feel unsteady, like my love.

Listen to me…
I cannot see clearly.
Isn’t that he, coming to me
Nearly here?

Lilac wine is sweet and heady.
where’s my love?
Lilac wine, – I feel unsteady,
where’s my love?
Listen to me…
Why is everything so hazy?
Isn’t that he, or am I just going crazy?

Lilac Wine, I feel I’m ready
for my love…
Feel I’m ready for my love.

Release Year: 2003 | Cat: Dramatico DRAMCDS002

CD Booklet Text:

Vocals: Katie Melua
Guitars: Katie Melua, Chris Spedding, Jim Cregan
Piano & Organ Mike Batt
Bass Guitar: Tim Harries
Drums: Henry Spinetti, Michael Kruk
Orchestra: The Irish Film Orchestra
Conductor – Mike Batt, leader: Alan Smale

All tracks arranged and produced by Mike Batt
Engineered by Steve Sale
Front Cover Phot by Michael Halsband
Other Booklet Photos by Simon Fowler
CD Tray Photo by Woody
Design by Stylorouge

Writers:
Tracks 7 & 11 Katie Melua
Track 2 John Mayall
Track 5 Delores J Silver
Track 8 Randy Newman
Track 12 James Shelton
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10 Mike Batt

Publishers: Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10
Dramatico/Sony Music Publishing
Tracks 7 & 11 Melua Music Ltd
Track 2 Tro Essex Music Ltd.
Track 5 The International Music Network
Track 8 January Music Corp (warner Chappell/IMP Ltd)
Track 12 Chappell and Co Inc (warner Chappell/IMP Ltd)
All lyrics reproduced by
kind permission of the publishers

Rating: ★★★★★
Stunning

Bought this album immediately after seeing one of Katie Melua’s first performances on Parkinson, when she did ‘The Closest Thing to Crazy’. Need I say more. Every track on this album is silky smooth which means the whole album is of an understated high quality. One of the best voices around today – and don’t think it’s all computerised to make her sound great like most albums, watch the DVD live performance which is provided with some of these albums and you’ll see just how flawless her voice is.

Rating: ★★★★★
wonderful easy listening

this is the first album I heard of hers and fell in love with “the voice” straight away I find listening to this album more relaxing than relaxation tapes also the songs all have real feeling behind them if you were going to get any of her albums I would suggest this one as it has “the closest thing to carzy ” on it and I think everyone has heard this at least once -if you want more of the same buy this album