Future Perfect

by Diane Nalini

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Each song on this album is about the future in some way, whether real or imagined. Some, like Autumn nocturne, Veinte años, and L’amour d'autrefois, look back on a lost love and imagine an alternate ending, a happier future.

Others, like The Last Hurrah, Mechanical Knight, and Tout débrancher, consider where our fascination with technology and the material world might lead us. Some songs are joyful invitations to embrace honest conversations about love (Let’s take a walk on the wild side) and to enjoy the simple things (Les petites choses).

Ten of the songs on this album are Diane's original songs or collaborations, alongside three lovingly chosen covers.

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released December 21, 2019

Diane Nalini - vocals
Dany Roy - tenor saxophone
Mike Rud - guitar
Alec Walkington - double bass
Camil Bélisle - drums


Engineered, mixed and mastered by Padraig Buttner-Schnirer.
Produced by Diane Nalini.

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Diane Nalini

Diane Nalini sings and composes in four languages. She's sung at festivals around the globe, and given gala performances for President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. She was nominated for the Grand Prix de Jazz at the 2002 Montreal International Jazz Festival and won 2nd prize in the UK’s Young Jazz Vocalist of the Year awards for 2001. Her original songs have been featured in several films. ... more

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Track Name: The Last Hurrah
The Last Hurrah
(music and lyrics by Diane Nalini)

Bobby goes to private school, he’s in his final year
Wants to join the blue berets but Daddy just won’t hear:
“If I’m going to pay for college you’ll get a good degree!
In finance, law or medicine… something with prestige.”

So he’ll bite his tongue and take the cash
Graduate and attend the bash
Join the party
For the last hurrah

Standing on the corner waiting in the wind
Mama’s on her way to get him the crowd is getting thin
She pulls up in her Hummer riding nice and high
She doesn’t really need the space but man, she’s looking fine!

So she floors the pedal, pulls out fast
Burns that gas cause it’s such a blast
Sittin' pretty
For the last hurrah

Daddy’s got a job in the City sixty hours a week
Watching money changing hands playing hide and seek
Twice a month he rides a Lear from here to New Orleans
Boss don’t like to take the airlines, no, he’s a man of means

So he lights a match and takes a drag
Of the sweetest Cohiba he’s ever had
Engines roarin'
To the last hurrah

Sitting in his easy chair from way on high above
The Man with the Plan ain’t happy at what we’ve done with love
He wonders if he made an error on that Seventh Day
Resting instead of teaching the flock to find its way

Think I’ll start from scratch and end this mess
Wipe the slate clean ‘cause it’s what I do best
Won’t you join me
For the Last Hurrah?

Time to start from scratch and end this mess
Wipe the slate clean ‘cause it’s what I do best
Won’t you join me for the Last Hurrah?
Track Name: Let's take a walk on the wild side
Let's take a walk on the wild side
(music and lyrics by Diane Nalini)

Let’s take a walk on the wild side
And talk about love
I’ve got a feeling that our hearts could
Fit like a glove

There’s no time to waste
With so much joy to share
Now’s the time for haste
For you to show how much you care

Let’s take a walk while the moon
Takes a spin with the stars
How ‘bout a tango for two
To the tune of guitars?

You’re the light that shines
As bright as all the stars above
So let’s take a walk on the wild side
And talk about love

Let's take a walk on the wild side
Try it you'll see there's no downside
Let's take a walk on the wild side
And talk about love
Track Name: Veinte años
Veinte años
(Music and lyrics by Maria Teresa Vera)

¿Qué te importa que te ame
Si tú no me quieres ya?
El amor que ya ha pasado
No se debe recordar

Fui la ilusión de tu vida
Un día lejano ya
Hoy represento al pasado
No me puedo conformar
Hoy represento al pasado
No me puedo conformar

Si las cosas que uno quiere
Se pudieran alcanzar
Tú me quisieras lo mismo
Que veinte años atrás

Con qué tristeza miramos
Un amor que se nos va
Es un pedazo del alma
Que se arranca sin piedad
Es un pedazo del alma
Que se arranca sin piedad
Track Name: L'amour d'autrefois
L'amour d'autrefois
(lyrics by Diane Nalini, music by Dick Walter)

Comme je regrette l’amour d’autrefois
Ces jours heureux, où je n’pensais qu’à toi
Ni les ennuis, ni les oublis
Ne me feraient changer d’avis

Sous un ciel bleu le coeur gai et léger
Main dans la main nous étions protégés
Loin des amis, loin des soucis
Inséparables dans tout Paris

Et si demain je te retrouvais
Je ne te quitterais plus jamais
Comment te chercher sans réveiller
Toute la douleur amère

Comme je regrette l’amour d’autrefois
Ces jours heureux, où je n’pensais qu’à toi
Ni les ennuis, ni les oublis
Ne me feraient changer d’avis

Sous un ciel bleu le coeur gai et léger
Main dans la main nous étions protégés
Loin des amis, loin des soucis
Inséparables dans tout Paris

Et si demain je te retrouvais
Je ne te quitterais plus jamais
Comment te t’oublier sans retracer
Tous les souvenirs d’hier
Où est l’amour d’autrefois?
Track Name: Mechanical Knight
Mechanical Knight
(lyrics by Diane Nalini, music by Rick Rangno)

Turn the key to see just what I can do for you
If you wind me up you'll find
I'll always be there you'll never be blue
I'll be true

If you use the magic words I'll bring all your dreams to life
For the chance at just one dance
I'll hold out my hand and we can take flight
Leave tonight

Stay by my side and maybe we'll find
A place where nobody cares and no one will stare
At such an odd pair as you and me in the light

Turn the key again I'll sing you another verse
And the dance will never end
I'll be by your side for better or worse
That's my curse
Track Name: Tout débrancher
Tout débrancher
(music and lyrics by Diane Nalini)

Un p’tit village en bord de mer
Une hutte sur la colline
Sans internet sans téléphone
Sans même un crayon à mine

Une vieille radio qui marche à piles
Pour danser dans la nuit
À la lumière des étoiles
Au doux battement des cigales

De temps en temps les voisins nous envient
Ils se demandent comment
Des fainéants comme nous nous sommes débrouillés
À l’écart du monde entier

Voici mon voeu pour une vie langoureuse
Ce n’est qu’une fantaisie
Mais à l’occasion quand l’envie me prend
Je rêve de tout débrancher
Track Name: Autumn nocturne
Autumn Nocturne
(lyrics by Kim Gannon, music by Josef Myrow)

When autumn sings her lullaby
And green leaves turn to gold
Then I remember last September you and I
Said goodbye, whispering that we would be returning when
Autumn comes again

Now autumn roams the hills once more
But you forgot your vow
Now here am I, alone with only memories
Only lonely memories, autumn memories of you

Love, when the leaves are turning
I get a hungry yearning for your arms
Love, when a heart is sober
It shadows bright October's golden charm

The flaming moon reminds me of
The night of love that we once knew
Each tiny star is but a prayer
That when it's fall again, love will call again
And you'll be beside me to make
My autumn dreams come true
Track Name: Repartir à zéro
Repartir à zéro
(lyrics by Danièle Faubert, music by Germain Gauthier)

Imaginer la terre comme un jardin d'Eden
Horizons sans frontières Russes ou Américaines
Où personne ne s'amuse à jouer à la roulette
À qui sera le premier, à faire sauter la planète

Revenir en arrière à des temps primitifs
Retrouver l'eau et l'air est-ce un rêve naïf?
Avant Adam et Ève, le serpent et la pomme
S'inventer un pays qui n'appartient à personne

Repartir à zéro, Repartir à zéro

S'en aller hors-la-loi droit vers un nouveau monde
Ne plus vivre aux abois quand la menace gronde
Quand le moindre building ressemble à un bunker
Ne plus courber l'échine, avancer sans avoir peur

Imaginer la terre comme un jardin d'Eden
À des années lumières et ta main dans la mienne
Aller au bout du rêve ne serait-ce qu'un instant
Mais faire durer la trêve et voir se lever le vent

Repartir à zéro, Repartir à zéro
Track Name: Take me home
Take me home
(lyrics and music by Diane Nalini)

I followed everybody down to the beach
But I can’t feel the light on my face
When it dances just out of reach
Tell me why am I frozen in place?
It feels like I’ve been here before
I find myself wondering if maybe there’s more

Take me home, take me home
I’m so tired and there’s nowhere to sleep
If I swim to your shore will you carry me on?
In your sheltering arms I’ll keep

I watch the sun dip under the sea
And the last boat sails away
The waves seem to call out to me
I think I know what they’re trying to say
The journey might take me too far
But maybe it’s worth it to be where you are

Take me home, take me home
I’m so cold and this water's too deep
If I cross to your shore will you carry me on?
In your welcoming arms I’ll sleep

One by one the stars turn on their charms
As the moon rises over the bay
I long to feel safe in your arms
So I’ll let you lead me away
And now that my choice has been made
The doubts and the worries, they all seem to fade

Take me home, take me home
I’m so cold and this water's too deep
If I swim to your shore will you carry me on?
In your sheltering arms I’ll sleep

Take me home, take me home
I’m so tired and there’s nowhere to sleep
If I cross to your shore will you carry me down?
In your welcoming arms I’ll keep
Track Name: Without you
Without you
(music and lyrics by Diane Nalini)

Traveled round this world just to get away from you
But it doesn’t keep my thoughts from straying back too soon
If I wait just just a little bit longer, will I find
The strength to see this through

Waiting day by day for some sense of purpose to set in
‘Cause by now this paste-on smile has worn a little thin
If I wait just a little bit longer
If I try just a little bit harder
If I stand just a little bit taller
Will I find, a little peace of mind

But at night the dreams return me to you
And I warm in your arms
Till the light of dawn comes
Tumbling down from the sky

Traveled round this world but it wasn’t far enough for me
Catapult me off this planet, maybe then we’ll see
If I wait just a little bit longer
If I try just a little bit harder
If I stand just a little bit taller
Will I find, the strength to carry on
Track Name: Les petites choses
Les petites choses
(lyrics and music by Diane Nalini)

Je suis émerveillée
Par les petites choses
Le parfum d’une rose
La lune

Une toile d’araignée
Qui brille à la lumière
D’un matin ordinaire
La neige

À quoi ça sert d'attendre que l'amour fasse mon bonheur?
Je gagne quand j'écoute la musique dans mon coeur

Et quand on s’émerveille
Des plus petites choses
C'est là que le bonheur
S’annonce enfin
Track Name: A donzela na janela
A donzela na janela
(lyrics by Àlvares de Azevedo, music by Diane Nalini)

Quando de noite, sozinha à janela
Com a face na mão te vejo ao luar,
Por que, suspirando sonhas, donzela?
A noite vai bela,
E a vista desmaia
Ao longe na praia
Do mar

Por quem essa lágrima orvalha-te os dedos,
Como água da chuva cheiroso jasmim?
Na cisma que anjinho te conta segredos?
Que pálidos medos?
Suave morena,
Acaso tens pena
De mim?
Track Name: Sans ailes
Sans Ailes
(lyrics by Stanley Péan, music by Diane Nalini)

J’rêvais de prendre mon envol
C’est quand même pas un crime
De vouloir voler

Le soleil a fait fondre la colle
Déplumée, je n’peux plus m’élever
J’suis sans ailes (sans ailes)

J’rêvais de faire le grand saut
Vers la plus haute cime
Je voulais planer

Maintenant j’ai plutôt l’air d’un sot
Déplumée, impossible de voler
J’suis sans ailes

Sans elle, je suis ce cerf-volant
À la toile déchirée qui s'abîme en haute mer
J’suis ce cerveau lent sans tête,
je m’entête à m’envoyer en l’air

Même sans ailes, même sans ailes

J’vois bien, j’ai manqué d’envergure
Me voilà victime d’écarts bien trop risqués

Comme Icare, je fais piètre figure
Déplumée, impossible de voler
J’suis sans ailes, sans ailes

Sans elle, j’suis ce cerf-volant
À la toile déchirée qui s'abîme en haute mer
J’suis ce cerveau lent
Sans tête, je m’entête à m’envoyer en l’air

Même sans ailes, même sans ailes
J’peux pas voler sans ailes
J’peux pas voler sans ailes

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