Desire Wire

by Cindy Bullens

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This is Cindy Bullens' first solo album from 1978. She started as a back-up singer for Elton John and toured with him several times. She then was featured on the Grease soundtrack performing several songs that won her an Grammy nomination. Desire Wire is an album that reflects many of her Grease roots as a singer/songwriter and
a soulful rock icon. This collection of songs has more hooks than a fisherman's cap. There are several hard rockin' tunes, i.e. Survivor, High School History, and Finally Rockin' most noticeably. The other songs are slower but are real heart-string tuggers, i.e. Desire Wire, Knee Deep In Love. This album gained her another Grammy nomination. Her next two albums echoed the feel of Desire Wire and were released in 1981 and 1986, both are great, if
you can find them. Neither has been issued on CD to my knowledge. Her albums after that are more folk than rock and her new group, The Refugees, while very good, are just not my style. If you like rock from the late seventies, pick up this hidden diamond for your enjoyment!

As allmusic.com and vinylhistory.com once said:

One of the great lost rock albums of the '70s, Bullens' debut release is full of tough, passionate, incredibly catchy rock & roll played to the hilt and sung with fire. Bullens followed it up with Steal the Night in 1979. Ten years later, she made Cindy Bullens, and they're almost as good, although no one noticed. So life is unfair. Search those used-record stores for any of them.

Bullens has the heart and soul of a straight ahead no-nonsense female rocker. She writes good songs, sings well, and can open up on guitar, the few times she has a chance.

This album suffered for two reasons.
Number one, the producers made a mess of the entire proceedings. They were clueless about what to do with her, so rather than let her be herself they decided to get in there and really produce!
Number two, the record company managed to lock Bullens in the cellar, and forget she was there. "Desire Wire" should have been a hit!

Despite all this incompetence, it's not a bad debut, but it could have been much more.

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released August 1, 1978

Tracklist

A1 Survivor 4:28
A2 Anxious Heart 2:58
A3 Desire Wire 4:23
A4 Time 'N Charges 2:50
A5 High School History 4:15
B1 Mean In Your Heart 4:58
B2 Hot Tears 3:27
B3 Knee Deep In Love 5:57
B4 Finally Rockin' 3:26

Credits

Backing Vocals - Cindy Bullens, Jon Joyce & Billy Mernit
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals– Cindy Bullens
Arranged By [Additional Arrangements] – Trevor Veitch
Bass – Bob Babbitt, Neil Jason
Design – Mick Haggerty
Drums – Alan Swartzberg*, Jerry Marotta
Electric Guitar – Danny Gatton, David Mansfield, Jeff Mironov, Lance Quinn, Mark Doyle (3)
Engineer – Bob Clearmountain, Dee Robb*, Dee Robb, Don Berman
Engineer [Assistant] – Rayarella Willhard*, Tommy Millmore*
Horn, Soloist – George Young (2) (tracks: A5), Lou Marini (tracks: A4, B4)
Horns, Arranged By [Horn Arrangements] – Harold Wheeler (tracks: A4, B4), Wildwood Horns (tracks: A5)
Horns, Arranged By [Horn Arrangements], Saxophone [Double Saxophone] – Jerry Peterson (tracks: B1)
Keyboards – Paul Shaffer, Rob Mounsey
Keyboards – Billy Mernit
Keyboards, Synthesizer – Leon Pendarvis, Jr.*
Percussion – Jimmy Maelen
Photography By – Georgina Karvellas
Photography By, Design – Norman Seeff
Producer – Lance Quinn, Tony Bongiovi
Strings, Arranged By [String Arrangements] – Harold Wheeler
Synthesizer – Kenny Bishell*
Written-By – Billy Mernit (tracks: A4), Cindy Bullens (tracks: A1 to B4), Trevor Veitch (tracks: A2)

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Cindy Bullens is an American singer-songwriter who grew up in Massachusetts. Bullens released two albums in the late 1970s on United Artists and Casablanca and another in 1989. She has sung backup for Elton John, been nominated for two Grammy awards, and released nine albums. ... more

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Track Name: Survivor
Ooh, he left me
Didn't even say goodbye
Wrote me a letter
I found it by my bedside

As I read it
Tears swelled up in my eyes
He said, baby, baby
Don't you realize that

[CHORUS]
You're a survivor
You'll work it out
And you'll carry on
You're a survivor, baby
Yeah, you're like a child
As the shades are drawn
As the shades are drawn

He wrote you can handle this life
Me, I'm not that strong
I need something else
For me to hold on

Well, I thought what makes him
Think that I, I have the answer
Oh, I'm just a dancer
I'm taking all the chances
Oh, I'm just a dancer

But he wrote

[Repeat CHORUS]

Well, sure my act is tough enough
When it's only when he's beside me
(When he's beside you, girl
Taking your heart to another world)

If you look good a little closer now
Well, it's a little girl inside me
(Little girl inside you) oh, oh

Baby, baby, come back
Can't you understand
I can't stop getting scared sometimes
Anymore than you can

You got to hang on
You got to hang on
Why can't we face it together
I'm gonna tell the ledger
That soon I'll be better
I'm gonna burn up the letter

Because now

[Repeat CHORUS]

We are survivors
Oh, baby, baby, baby
You're a survivor, baby, yeah...
Track Name: Anxious Heart
Don't mind me
I'm half crazy about you
And I don't mean to doubt you
But, oooo, I got an anxious heart

You've been gone
So damn long that it seems
I've fallen for a bad dream
I guess I got an anxious heart

Chorus:
Put me away
Tell me I don't deserve you
Well, you ain't got the nerve to
I don't mind the times you lied
It's alright
Just come home to me tonight
And take away my anxious heart

Repeat Chorus

Please take away my anxious heart...
Track Name: Desire Wire
Is this day wasted
Or am I just feeling blue
The rain keeps falling
And I just keep missing you

Got disconnected
As I tried to overcome
Losing your number
Was the worst I could've done

So won't you call on my Desire Wire
I got to get a message to you
To get me on the line
So I can tell you that I love you still
And I need you to be mine

I know I hurt you, yeah
Well, I stepped right out of line
But it's not fair
If you won't let me apologize

Babe, you got to call on my Desire Wire
I got to get a message to you
To get me on the line
So I can tell you that I love you still
And I need you to be mine

I've been everywhere
Searching for your number
There's no place left to look
It's a mystery
I can only pray
That you'll let me get back on the hook

Honey, I'm just about to go insane
If I don't talk to you
My tears are gonna fall like the rain

You got to call on my Desire Wire
I got to get a message to you
To get me on the line
So I can tell you that I love you still
And I need you to be mine
Track Name: Time And Charges
You, I've had my fill of your arrangements
The way you make me fit into your life
And I don't need to be an obligation
A bill for useless phone calls in the night

Chorus:
I don't want your time and charges
'Cause I don't measure up love that way
Keep looking for your deals and bargains
But, hey
That kind of love don't pay

You, I think you took me for a ride
I gave you my love never thinking twice
Now when you give your love
You make think it's qualified
You make me feel your presence has a price

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: High School History
I was at the dance till late that night
Everything was feeling alright
I was there with all of my friends
Suddenly right out of the blue
Well, this little boy said "I've heard about you.
They say you're the best dancer in this school!"

He said, "Baby, do you want to dance?"
He said, "I'm gonna let you take this chance"
He said, "I better warn you in advance.
You could lose it."

He said, "I don't mean to put you down
But I got the quickest feet in town
And I'm gonna burn this dance hall down
I can prove it."

I said, "Darling, don't you worry about me
I got the steps down 1-2-3
You've never seen me move my feet
Well, I've made high school history."

He laughed.
Now this is hard to believe
This little boy thinks he's better than me
Well, out on the floor
And we'll just see who can move it

High school history
(Girl, you better shake it or you'll never make it)
High school history
(Dancing situation all across the nation)
High school history
High school history

That girl is going strong
You know we didn't think she could last that long
Shaking and a-shouting and a-carrying on
She's gone, gone, gone

High school history
(Girl, you better shake it or you'll never make it)
High school history
(Dancing situation all across the nation)
High school history
High school history

Well, the gym was getting mighty hot
We both were giving everything we got
You know we danced till a quarter to three
The rest is high school history

He cried, "I've never seen a girl so fine
You got the boogie down and I resign
Now I'm only hoping that you'll be mine.
I can't lose you."

High school history
(Girl, you better shake it or you'll never make it)
High school history
(Dancing situation all across the nation)
High school history
High school history
Track Name: Mean In Your Heart
I should have seen it in your eyes
But you still took me by surprise
Then it stung me like a shot
Well, here I am and I've been caught
Baby, you are tearing me apart
Baby, you got mean in your heart
Mean in your heart

You told me love was on your mind
But you're just not the loving kind
Well, all I want is some affection
But instead I need protection
Baby, you are tearing me apart
Baby, you got mean in your heart
Mean in your heart

You were left without one inside
It must hurt to be so denied
Can't you feel it? Heart.

Now it's clear that you're after mine
I can't lay my heart on the line
You might steal it
You're so mean, mean in your heart

I should have seen it in your eyes
But you still took me by surprise
Then it stung me like a shot
Well, here I am and I've been caught
Baby, you are tearing me apart
Baby, you got mean in your heart
Mean in your heart
Track Name: Hot Tears
Pretty darling
Ain't you ever cried before?
You know the pain that comes
When you're hurting so

I'm fighting back the tears
To be strong
I know I've been holding out
For too damn long

Here they come
Hot tears burning my eyes
Hot tears of fire
Hot tears breaking my heart
Please don't make me cry

Such emotion seems so hard to bear
For me to show myself is something rare
But I have loved you now, oh, endlessly
You, you
You have got to keep me back from my misery

And those hot tears burning my eyes
Hot tears of fire
Hot tears breaking my heart
Please don't make me cry

Please don't make me cry...
Track Name: Knee Deep In Love
Only a fraction away
From feeling something real
Could this be another chance?
I got the impression
That you had the better of me
Though I never dared to dance

Now I'm knee deep in love
Knee deep in love
Knee deep in love
Knee deep in love

I need your sweet arms to hold me so tight
And time will take the pain away
I never knew it would be so hard to make it on my own
Let me love you for one more day

Knee deep in love
Knee deep in love
Knee deep in love
Knee deep in love

Try to understand
That my hope for the future's in another man's hands
And I got down on my knees
Begging please, baby
Won't you comfort me?

I've been down on my knees
I've been down on my knees
I've been down on my knees
I've been down on my knees

Knee deep in love...
Track Name: Finally Rockin'
I was wondering what the hell was wrong
I've been holding back far too long
I got so much inside me
With my music to guide me
I know I'm gonna come on strong

I'm finally rocking
Finally rocking
Finally rocking

Was a time when I just couldn't see
Anything outside of me
Temporarily blinded I was so narrow minded
I thought happiness would come for free

But now I'm rocking
No more talking
Finally rocking

Everybody hear my song
You've been holding back far too long
Get the music behind you
Let your loving remind you
That there really isn't anything wrong

As long as you're rocking
Finally rocking
Finally rocking