Live at the O2 Arena

O2 Featured1
Katie Melua - Live at The O2 Arena

Live at the O² Arena is the first live album by Katie Melua. It was recorded on the 8th of November 2008 at the O2 arena in London.

The CD release of the album contains 19 tracks but the recording was also released on vinyl and that edition features a different track listing with three additional songs; “Thank You Stars”, “Two Bare Feet” and “Spellbound”.

Those three non-CD tracks are also included in the digital download release of the album.

Tracklist:

    1. Piece by Piece
    2. Lilac Wine
    3. Kviteli Potlebi (Yellow Leaves)
    4. My Aphrodisiac Is You
    5. Crawling up a Hill
    6. Mary Pickford (Used to Eat Roses)
    7. Blues in the Night
    8. If You Were a Sailboat
    9. Ghost Town
    10. Perfect Circle
    11. Spider’s Web
    12. Toy Collection
    13. Scary Films
    14. Mockingbird Song
    15. The Closest Thing to Crazy
    16. Nine Million Bicycles
    17. On the Road Again
    18. Kozmic Blues
    19. I Cried for You


In Portugal the album was released with a bonus CD of material originally recorded for Rádio Comercial, February 21, 2009, and entitled “Concerto mais pequeno do mundo” (“The smallest gig in the world”). This included the songs;
If You Were a Sailboat
Crawling up a Hill
Nine Million Bicycles
Dirty Dice
Lilac Wine

Buying Options

Buy CD Buy MP3

  • ”Live
  • ”Live
  • ”Live
  • ”Live
  • ”Live

01. Piece by Piece

First of all must go
Your scent upon my pillow
And then I’ll say goodbye
to your whispers in my dreams.
And then our lips will part
In my mind and in my heart,
Cos your kiss
Went deeper than my skin.

Piece by piece
is how I’ll let go of you
Kiss by kiss
Will leave my mind one at a time
One at a time

First of all must fly,
My dreams of you and I,
There’s no point of holding on to those
And then our ties will break,
For your and my own sake,

Just remember,
This is what you chose

Piece by piece
Is how I’ll let go of you
Kiss by kiss,
will leave my mind one at a time
One at a time

I’ll shed like skin,
Our memories of lazy days,
And fade away the shadow of your face

Piece by piece
Is how I’ll let go of you
Kiss by kiss,
Will leave my mind one at a time
One at a time
One at a time
One at a time

02. 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
Put my heart in its recipe
It makes me see what I want to see
and be what I want to be

When I think more than I want to think
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, dear?
Lilac Wine, I feel unready
for my love…

03. Kviteli Potlebi (Yellow Leaves)

You surely are a truly gifted kid
But you’re only good as
The last great thing you did
And where’ve you been since then
Did the schedule get you down
I hear you’ve got a new girlfriend
How’s the wife taking it?

If it’s uphill all the way
You should be used to it by now
You must know me, Father it’s your son
And I know that you are proud
Of everything I’ve done
But it’s the wonders I perform,
Pulling rabbits out of hats
When sometimes I’d prefer
Simply to wear them

If it’s uphill all the way
You should be used to it and say
My back is broad enough sir
To take the strain and it’s

Hello mother, it’s your son
And aren’t you proud, of all I’ve done
But I’m turkey hungry, I’m chicken free,
And I can’t break dance on your knee
But it’s “stay right there son, baby do”,
While I is itchin’ for something new
So watch me Hawk eye, understand
The force of will, the sleight of hand
Movin’ the river,
I’m turkey hungry, I’m chicken free
And I can’t break dance on your knee
Movin’ the river,
Bucket by spoon,
And do you think that they’ll like me
When they learn what I do

Movin’ the river,
Money for jam,
But it takes such an effort
To stay where I am

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. 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

06. Mary Pickford (used To Eat Roses)

Mary Pickford used to eat roses
Thought that they’d make her
Beautiful and they did
One supposes

Douglas Fairbanks, he was so handsome
He wore a mustache
Must’ve had much cash too
Worth a king’s ransom

Charlie Chaplin, he was invited
When these artists became united
When these artists became united

David Griffith worked as an extra
Then as a stagehand
Until they let him be
A director

Dave was brave, a mover and shaker
A true pioneer
He seemed to show no fear
A real film maker

Just like Chaplin he was invited
When these artists became united
When these artists became united

They tied the knot together
Groom and bride couldn’t hide their pleasure
They tried to pick fair weather
But love died and didn’t last forever

Mary Pickford used to eat roses
Thought that they’d make her
Beautiful and they did
One supposes

Douglas Fairbanks, he was so handsome
He wore a mustache
Must’ve had much cash too
Worth a king’s ransom

Charlie Chaplin, he was invited
When these artists became united
When these artists became united
When these artists became united

07. Blues in the Night

My mamma done told me,
when I was in pigtails,
My mamma done told me, Hon,
A man is a two-face
he’ll give you the big eye,
And when the sweet talking’s done.
A man is a two-face,
A worrisome thing who’ll leave you to sing,
The blues in the night

Now the rains a-fallin’
hear the trains a-callin’, whooee!
Hear the lonesome whistle
blowin’ across the trestle, whooee
a-whooee-ah-whooee, clickety-clack,
Comes echoing back,
The blues in the night.

From Natchez to Mobile,
from Memphis to St. Joe,

Wherever the four winds blow.
I’ve been in some big towns
and heard me some big talk,
But there is one thing I know.
A man is a two-face, a worrisome thing who’ll leave you to sing,
The blues in the night

My mamma done told me,
when I was in pig tails,
My mamma done told me, Hon,
a man is a two-face,
he’ll give you the big eye
And when the sweet talking’s done.
A man is a two-face,
a worrisome thing
who’ll leave you to sing,
The blues in the night.

My mamma done told me

08. If You Were A Sailboat

If you’re a cowboy I would trail you,
If you’re a piece of wood I’d nail you to the floor.
If you’re a sailboat I would sail you to the shore.
If you’re a river I would swim you,
If you’re a house I would live in you all my days.
If you’re a preacher I’d begin to change my ways.

Sometimes I believe in fate,
But the chances we create,
Always seem to ring more true.
You took a chance on loving me,
I took a chance on loving you.

If I was in jail I know you’d spring me
If I was a telephone you’d ring me all day long
If was in pain I know you’d sing me soothing songs.

Sometimes I believe in fate,
But the chances we create,
Always seem to ring more true.
You took a chance on loving me,
I took a chance on loving you.

If I was hungry you would feed me
If I was in darkness you would lead me to the light
If I was a book I know you’d read me every night

If you’re a cowboy I would trail you,
If you’re a piece of wood I’d nail you to the floor.
If you’re a sailboat I would sail you to the shore.
If you’re a sailboat I would sail you to the shore

09. Ghost town

The thing that makes me feel the most down,
Is the feeling that I’m living in a ghost town.
Barn door bangin’ in my face,
Like tumbleweed,
I’m rolling ’round this place.

I see you arriving at the station,
But it’s only my imagination.
So I’m begging on my knees,
Turn around,
And save me, baby, please.

From this ghost town,
I feel like giving in,
Since you left I’m living in,
An old ghost town.

Hey kid, I remember all the laughter,
Especially when we woke the morning after.
Why did you have to go away,
Leaving me to wander every day.

In this ghost town,
I feel like giving in,

Since you left I’m living in,
An old ghost town.

We were born to ride,
Side by side.
We are always reaching for the stars,
And they can still be ours.

(If you free me from this)

Ghost town,
I feel like giving in,
Since you left I’m living in,
An old ghost town.
I feel like giving in.
Since you left I’m living in,
An old ghost town.

I feel like giving in,
Since you left I’m living in,
An old ghost town.

Living in an old ghost town

10. Perfect Circle

A mask is easily placed,
On a betrayed and broken face.
A disguise to hide the past,
When you mapped out my skin and made the memories last.
Some things are never erased,
And I have run when I’ve been chased,
By recollections of you and me falling off our homemade castle

And even when I’m walking straight I always end up in a perfect circle.
Oh I try but I just can’t wait,
To break out of this perfect circle.
‘Cos giving into old temptation,
Is like that common twitch.
Oh the silly stupid realisation,
The more you scratch the more you itch.

Why am I fighting, what’s it for,
Must let my mask drop to the floor.
My scars I shouldn’t hide from the people who are on my side,
Rolling up my sleeves to fight against,

All the things I locked up and all the things I fenced.
But it’s time to let it out so we can build a brand new castle.

And even when I’m walking straight I always end up in a perfect circle.
Oh I try but I just can’t wait,
To break out of this perfect circle.
‘Cos giving into old temptation,
Is like that common twitch.
Oh the silly stupid realisation,
The more you scratch the more you itch.

And even when I’m walking straight I always end up in a perfect circle.
Oh I try but I just can’t wait,
To break out of this perfect circle.
‘Cos giving into old temptation,
Is like that common twitch.
Oh the silly stupid realisation,
The more you scratch the more you itch.

The more you scratch the more you itch

11. Spider’s Web

If a black man is racist, is it okay?
If it’s the white man’s racism that made him that way,
Because the bully’s the victim they say,
By some sense they’re all the same.

Because the line between,
Wrong and right,
Is the width of a thread,
From a spider’s web.
The piano keys are black and white,
But they sound like a million colours in your mind.

I could tell you to go to war,
Or I could march for peace and fighting no more,
How do I know which is right,
And I hope he does when he sends you to fight.

Because the line between wrong and right,
Is the width of a thread from a spider’s web,
The piano keys are black and white,
But they sound like a million colours in your mind.

Should we act on a blame?
Or should we chase the moments away?
Should we live?
Should we give?
Remember forever the guns and the feathers in time.
Because the line between wrong and right,
Is the width of a thread from a spider’s web,
The piano keys are black and white,
But they sound like a million colours in your mind.
The piano keys are black and white,
But they sound like a million colours in your mind,
But they sound like a million colours in your mind

12. Toy Collection

I will not sell my toy collection
If i did i would weep
Who`s to say what you need and what you don`t
On a desert island they`re the things i`ll keep

Some children had their parents read them stories
Well i heard mine directly from the source
Captain kirk shared his tales and glories
While fighting a deadly force

Who`s to say when you get older
You don`t need a toy collection?
Who`s to say when you get older
That you have to follow convention?

Black beard told me of his troubled mother
And with his songs he`d sing me off to sleep
He said superman was my real father
And they gave me dreams that i still keep

Who`s to say when you get older
You don`t need a toy collection?
Who`s to say when you get older
That you have to follow convention?

Instrumental

Who`s to say when you get older
You don`t need a toy collection?
Who`s to say when you get older
That you have to follow convention?
That you have to follow convention?

13. Scary Films

Scary films don’t scare me now,
That you’re around.
Since you been around;
Nowadays I never cry,
When the monster kills the guy,
And the psychopathic wife kills the husband with a knife

Hey baby, thanks for clearing my dreams,
Of all those horror scenes,
Which crept in uninvited.
I’m in love and I’m so excited,
Hey baby, thanks for clearing my dreams.

Scary films just make me smile,
When you are here.
When you are here.
In your arms I’m not afraid,
When the aliens invade.
And the vampire’s just a joke,
‘Cause I know he’s just a bloke.

Hey baby, thanks for clearing my dreams,
Of all those horror scenes,
Which crept in uninvited.
I’m in love and I’m so excited,
Hey baby, thanks for clearing my dreams.

Zombies marching through the mist,
Make me think of being kissed.
And I don’t care when peoples’ heads,
End up being torn to shreds.

Hey baby, thanks for clearing my dreams,
Of all those horror scenes,
Which crept in uninvited.
I’m in love and I’m so excited,
Hey baby, thanks for clearing my dreams.

Thanks for clearing my dreams

14. 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

15. 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.

16. Nine Million Bicycles

There are nine million bicycles in Beijing
That’s a fact,
It’s a thing we can’t deny
Like the fact that I will love you till I die.

We are twelve billion light years from the edge,
That’s a guess,
No-one can ever say it’s true
But I know that I will always be with you.

I’m warmed by the fire of your love everyday
So don’t call me a liar,
Just believe everything that I say

There are six BILLION people in the world

More or less
and it makes me feel quite small
But you’re the one I love the most of all

We’re high on the wire
With the world in our sight
And I’ll never tire,
Of the love that you give me every night

There are nine million bicycles in Beijing
That’s a Fact,
it’s a thing we can’t deny
Like the fact that I will love you till I die

And there are nine million bicycles in Beijing
And you know that I will love you till I die!

17. On the Road Again

Well I’m so tired of cryin’ but I’m out on the road again.
Well I’m so tired of cryin’ but I’m out on the road again.
I ain’t got nobody just to call my special friend.

You know the first time I travelled out in the rain and snow
In the rain and snow
You know the first time I travelled out in the rain and snow
In the rain and snow
I didn’t have no fellow, not even no place to go

And my dear mother left me when I was quite young
When I was quite young
And my dear mother left me when I was quite young
When I was quite young
She said “lord have mercy on my wicked one.”

Take a hint from me mama please don’t you cry no more
Take a hint from me mama please don’t you cry no more
Cause it’s soon one morning down the road I’m gone

But I ain’t going down that long and lonesome road
All by myself
But I ain’t going down that long and lonesome road
All by myself
If you ain’t comin’ with me I’m gonna take somebody else.

Well I’m so tired of cryin’ but I’m out on the road again.
I ain’t got nobody just to call my special friend.
I ain’t got nobody just to call my special friend.
I ain’t got nobody just to call my special friend.

18. Kozmic Blues

Time keeps movin’ on,
Friends they turn away.
I keep movin’ on
But I never found out why
I keep pushing so hard the dream,
I keep tryin’ to make it right
Through another lonely day, whoaa.

Dawn has come at last,
Twenty-five years, honey just in one night, oh yeah.
Well, I’m twenty-five years older now
So I know we can’t be right
And I’m no better, baby,
And I can’t help you no more
Than I did when just a girl.

Aww, but it don’t make no difference, baby, no, no,
And I know that I could always try.
It don’t make no difference, baby, yeah,
I better hold it now,
I better need it, yeah,
I better use it till the day I die, whoa.

Don’t expect any answers, dear,
For I know that they don’t come with age, no, no.
Well, ain’t never gonna love you any better, babe.
And I’m never gonna love you right,
So you’d better take it now, right now.

Oh! But it don’t make no difference, babe, hey,
And I know that I could always try.
There’s a fire inside everyone of us,
You’d better need it now,
I got to hold it, yeah,
I better use it till the day I die.

Don’t make no difference, babe, no, no, no,
And it never ever will, hey,
I wanna talk about a little bit of loving, yeah,
I got to hold it, baby,
I’m gonna need it now,
I’m gonna use it, say, aaaah,

Don’t make no difference, babe, yeah,
Ah honey, I’d hate to be the one.
I said you’re gonna live your life
And you’re gonna love your life
Or babe, someday you’re gonna have to cry.
Yes indeed, yes indeed, yes indeed,
Ah, baby, yes indeed.

I said you, you’re always gonna hurt me,
I said you’re always gonna let me down,
I said everywhere, every day, every day
And every way, every way.
Ah honey won’t you hold on to what’s gonna move.
I said it’s gonna disappear when you turn your back.
I said you know it ain’t gonna be there
When you wanna reach out and grab on.

Whoa babe,
Whoa babe,
Whoa babe,
Oh but keep truckin’ on.
Whoa yeah,
Whoa yeah,
Whoa yeah,
Whoa,
Whoa,
Whoa,
Whoa,
Whoa …

19. I Cried for You

You’re beautiful so silently
It lies beneath a shade of blue
It struck me so violently
When I looked at you

But others pass, the never pause,
To feel that magic in your hand
To me you’re like a wild rose
They never understand why

I cried for you
When the sky cried for you
And when you went
I became a hopeless drifter
But this life was not for you
Though I learned from you,
That beauty need only be a whisper

I’ll cross the sea for a different world,
With your treasure, a secret for me to hold

In many years they may forget
This love of ours or that we met,
They may not know

how much you meant to me.

I cried for you
And the sky cried for you,
And when you went
I became a hopeless drifter.
But this life was not for you,
Though I learned from you,
That beauty need only be a whisper

Without you now I see,
How fragile the world can be
And I know you’ve gone away
But in my heart you’ll always stay.

I cried for you
And the sky cried for you,
And when you went
I became a hopeless drifter.
But this life was not for you,
Though I learned from you,
That beauty need only be a whisper
That beauty need only be a whisper

Release Year: 2008 | Cat: Dramatico DRAMCD0051

CD Booklet Text:

Publishers:
Tracks 1, 11, 12, 19 Melua Music Ltd/ Sony ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
Track 2 Chappell & Co Inc (Warner Chappell/IMP Ltd
Track 3 Copyright Control
Tracks 4, 6, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16 Dramatico/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
Track 5 Tro Essex Music Ltd
Track 7 Chappell Music Ltd
Track 9 Melua Music Ltd/Dramatico/Sony ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
Track 10 Melua Music Ltd/Carnaby Music Ltd/Sony ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
Track 17 EMI United Partnership Ltd
Track 18 Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK)/Universal/MCA Music Ltd

Henry Spinetti – Drums
Tim Harries – Bass
Luke Potashnick – Guitars
Jim Watson – Piano
Luis Jardim – Percussion / Guitar
Frank Gallagher – Keys / Violin / Pipes

Tour Management Stephen Croxford
Production Management Roland Beckerle
Recorded Live at the O2 on the 8th November 2008
Live Sound Engineering Bill Fertig
Produced by Mike Batt
Mixed by Steve Sale

Photography by Christie Goodwin & Patrick Cusse at CCPHOTOART.biz
Design by www.wearetourist.com

Katie would like to thank her crew, the O2 staff and her agent Neil Warnock (Agency Group Ltd)

Rating: ★★★★★
Great Album (Amazon review)

I always expect top quality from Kate Mellua and ‘The Womble’ and they always deliver.
Really good live recording, full sound and note perfect. Well behaved audience too.
Some live albums are a cash in, others offer a different view of the artist than the studio recordings offer. This falls into the latter category. Katie sounds relaxed and confident even a bit of talking between tracks (something you don’t hear very often on live albums these days).
I’ve given 5 stars for the quality of the music but very nearly deducted 2 stars for the note on the inside sleeve of a sealed CD cover: –
“Due to restricted running time of CD’s 3 songs: Thank You Stars, Two Bare Feet, and Spellbound were left off this album. These songs are available on the download and vinyl versions of the album.”

Marketing speak for ‘we want to sell twice as many units to fans who want the complete version.’ Never heard of Double CD’s? (the vinyl version is bound to be a double LP). How about free downloads of the missing tracks? 10 out of 10 for Katie, 100 lines: – ‘I must not rip off fans’ to the Marketing department.

Rating: ★★★★★
HMV.com Review

‘Live at the O2 Arena’ was recorded on 8th November 2008 during Katie’s ‘Pictures’ world tour. In a live review of the concert The Times wrote “her voice was rarely short of astounding” and this live recording leaves the listener in no doubt as to what a unique and extraordinarily perfect voice Katie Melua has. Katie opened the concert, with just her electric guitar for accompaniment, singing ‘Piece By Piece’ – the title track of her second album – and ‘Lilac Wine’ before taking a seat at the grand piano to play the Georgian folk song ‘Yellow Leaves’ (or Qviteli Potlebi).

The concert was a celebration of the remarkable success that Katie has enjoyed since the release of ‘Call Off The Search’ in 2003. Joined by her 6 piece band Katie weaved her way through her three multi-platinum selling albums including her debut single ‘Closest Thing To Crazy’, the international hit single ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ and the more recent singles from her third album ‘Pictures’.

After a mesmerising cover of Janis Joplin’s ‘Kosmic Blues’ Katie closed the show as she began, unaccompanied, to sing the heartbreaking ‘I Cried For You’.