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"The Goddess Lakshmi is a prime example of the thriving jazz and folk sounds that came together during the Harlem Renaissance with nods to the beatnik cool of the early '60s. Harlem is the birthplace of the band and its honed musical style, most evident in the swinging notes carrying the band’s front-woman Kosi through tracks like, “I Want You For My Man”. The Goddess Lakshmi has harnessed a sound that is all their own and with a wealth of experience upon which to attribute it to...

...The new album, LOVE, is the product of one exhausting, yet rewarding journey complete with ‘cuts, scratches, and cigarette burns’. The recording and mixing process... ended with a flow of sound amplified by more textural qualities: close-knit rhythm sections, soul-drenched vocals, and story-lines about love: both wanting and losing it."

— Adrienne Bess,
joonbug.com/national/frequency/The-Goddess-Of-Lakshmi/C8hVDsBfnOP

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released May 25, 2013

Rene Calvo - electric guitar and vocals
The Sublime Miss Kosi - vocals
Craig Gottleib - bass
Amos Fisher - drums and vocals
Felix Reyes - electric guitar (on "leave me")
All Compositions by René Calvo

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The Goddess Lakshmi New York, New York

Named for the Hindu goddess of abundance The Goddess Lakshmi cut their teeth playing weekly shows at the rough and tumble Paris Blues bar in Harlem. A confluence of diverse influences; blues, blues rock, blue grass and reggae with hints of Jazz and German metal infuse their unique sound. ... more

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Track Name: I Want You For My Man
It looked like it might rain
and we were headed home
you walked me to the train
we both had come alone

The moon was in disguise
behind honey locust trees
we captured fireflies
and released them in the breeze

I'm wondering if you can hear
these thoughts inside my head
They're dancing in the magic light
I'll echo what they've said:

I want you for my man
You don't have to be alone
So take me by the hand
and won't you lead me home?

And if you gaze inside my mind
there's a portrait you might know
It's a multilayered fantasy
hold me tight and here we go

I want to be your man
There's no time to be alone
so take me by the hand
and let me lead you home.

If you should have me
lay 'neath your roof
side by your side breath to your heart
never to part
never would I part.
Track Name: The Invisible Man
She's got those ebony eyes
and she knows how to use them
soft and sensuous thighs
and it's a pleasure to abuse them
she'll crush him because she can
he's the Invisible Man

He's a doctor of deception
keeping meticulous files
and when you enter his reception
he's impervious to wiles
oh, but she'll crush him because she can
he's the Invisible Man

He walks, he talks, make a motion and he balks
it's so pathetic
She teases and pleases laughing as he freezes
it's prophetic
she'll crush him because she can
he's the Invisible Man

Oh, it's a dangerous show
where all the actors are glowing
and it's impossible to know
what next feature they'll be showing
she'll crush you because she can
You're the Invisible Man

He winks, he drinks, make a motion and he blinks
it's so outrageous
She growns and moans in scintillating tones
and it's contageous
she'll crush you because she can
You're the Invisible Man

You're the Invisible Man
You're the Invisible Man
You're the Invisible Man
You're the Invisible Man
Track Name: Curious
There were ghosts and devils and demons as far as I could see
You left the parade and you strolled right up to me
You asked me a question whose answer you already knew
And you said you were curious
I was curious too.

Your eyes were like coals and your smile was wide as the dawn
and I trembled before you like a king hemmed in by his pawn
then you turned around and down past the green you flew
and you left me quite curious
Were you curious too?

The pundits have gathered on TV to thump the drum
while the president-elect has declared that a new age has come
meanwhile the boys at the bar still haven't a clue
and they're not even curious
That's curious too.

The mountains that shelter us are burning in red and gold
while the river beneath them is churning and bitterly cold
the secrets they've hidden are now just coming to view
and they're all quite curious
Yours are curious too.

I got your text message and I'm glad that in Harlem they're dancing
but here it is silent and the moon keeps right on advancing
my mind is quite empty except for that stone in my shoe
but I'm glad you were curious
I was curious too.
Track Name: Cold Wind
Pale moon rising through clouds of amber and gray
Hardly surprising you have nothing left to say
I know this is a day that I will rue
I'd like to forgive, Lord, but when forgiveness is due
There's a cold wind coming and it's coming for you.

And I know you had a reason for living a lie
Don't call it treason, now, when I lie down and die
So hand me a cup of your bitter brew
I'll stand here drinking 'till the drinking is through
There's a cold wind coming and it's coming for you.

Trees are shaking and leaves have ceased to fall
You're mistaken but you still don't deign to call
Somewhere you're smirking with the rest of your crew
A line of broken hearts and I have entered the queue
There's a cold wind coming and it's coming for you

And this hand that you have dealt me was the first card I see
Oh, it's a lonely joker now and he's laughing at me
So ask me no questions; you'll get your due
If you hear something drop, if you hear something drop, baby that's the other shoe
There's a cold wind coming and it's coming for you
(and it's coming for you) And it's coming for you
(and it's coming for you) And it's coming for you
Track Name: Leave Me
Baby wanna leave me? Well please just go
You say that you don't need me? Well I know it isn't so.
You take my money, you take my time
And when I say a single word you tell me that I'm way out of line
Baby wanna leave me? Well please just go
(just go, just go, just go)

Your mother she treats me like I'm already one of the dead
When she sets the table there's an empty place in my stead
The looks that she gives me make it all very clear
I'm filled with trepidation every time she comes near
Baby wanna leave me? Well please just go
(just go, just go, just go)

Please tell your circle that they're no friends of mine
Laugh when they are cruel, thrilled to be unkind
What I say, it doesn't matter
It's gonna have to be up to you to rise above the chatter
Baby wanna leave me? Well please just go
(just go, just go, just go)

Why oh why was I the last man to know
I feel like Brother Tambo dancing in a minstrel show
Before the final curtain comes tumbling down
I'll take one last bow as your favorite clown
Baby wanna leave me? Well please just go
(just go, just go, just go)
Track Name: The Mystery
I don't like the actors
who always come off slick
and excluding other factors
they kind of make me sick
Everybody wanna be a rock star
everybody wanna climb up to the sky
I come running every time you leave your door ajar
and there you lie

I don't like your picture
and I know why you left it there
and just because I miss you
doesn't mean that I care
and it's not just you who finds it reprehensible
that I should fly so high like a kite
it's not my position that so indefensible
it's just my plight

I don't like the mystery
or when it falls at night
and just because it's history
doesn't make it right
and it's not just you who finds it disgusting
to watch a lady fall so far
it's my body and my brain is rusting
it's so bizarre
Track Name: Check The Box
Let me start by saying I forgive you
honesty is something we must all learn to live through
and what does it matter when shadows up and scatter
and where do they hide to when the sun has its way?

Check the box next to the words "I love you"
sentimental expressions were never above you
words like I love you
words like I love you

Everybody is hoping that things will get better
silver lining to get us through all kinds of weather
What do the clouds say when you smile up at them
Cause if they do go away they'll just come back again

Check the box next to the words "I love you"
sentimental expressions were never above you
words like I love you
words like I love you

Recently I went home to speak with my mother
I spent the week watching TV on the couch with my brother
Words that we don't say lift up to the sky
if we were honest we'd know when to lie

Check the box next to the words "I love you"
sentimental expressions were never above you
words like I love you
words like I love you
Track Name: LOVE
Love, isn't it beautiful
Isn't it beautiful when we love?
Love, isn't it beautiful
Isn't it beautiful when we love?

When we first met you had a smile for me
that made me feel like kissing sunshine in the sky
Bright as the moon, clear as a jewel of rain
an ocean of feeling that made me want to cry

Love, isn't it beautiful
Isn't it beautiful when we love?
Love, isn't it beautiful
Isn't it beautiful when we love?

Riding a bike over a starry sky
I was alone sipping moonlight from a glass
I saw your face, you were an open gift
we took off together on a field of grass

Love, isn't it beautiful
Isn't it beautiful when we love?
Love, isn't it beautiful
Isn't it beautiful when we love?

Now I have learned what I have always known
kissing your skin I'm trembling in side your mind
I walked the place where I had lost the road
I looked up and your love was waiting there to find

Love, isn't it beautiful
Isn't it beautiful when we love?
Love, isn't it beautiful
Isn't it beautiful when we love?
when we love?
when we love?