Don't Look Down - Album

by PAULA PUNCH

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The singer-songwriter Paula Punch's debut LP album, “Don't Look Down” where she shares here passionate, independent spirit and has been compared to names like Tori Amos, Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan, and ultimately, to the now-legendary Lilith Fair of the 1990s. Songs on the record range from slow-burners like “Take Me Back” to pop cruisers like “Lucky Girl,” and from rock waltzes like “Watch Over Me” to the finger-snapping title track, “Don't Look Down,” a radio-ready single which works to exemplify Punch's album in theme as well as tone.
“Paula's music is personal,” says the Punch Park label of its namesake artist, “yet it talks to women about living a modern life in an urban environment with all the joys and struggles that emanate from the constant juggle.” Paula Punch, herself, says, “The music has changed my world. I feel like a teenager again – inspired, energized and excited to tell more stories through my songs.” Paula Punch began her music career in earnest in 2017 and wasted no time in achieving Fifth Place in the ASA Songwriting Competition for her track “Take Me Back” which is on the Album.

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released September 23, 2018

All songs arranged, produced, engineered and mastered by Robin Gist.
All songs written by Paula Punch, except "Lucky Girl" Co-written with Robin Gist, and "Match" Co-written with Mark Punch.
Mark Punch played acoustic guitar, and Nick Wales played strings on "Match". Marko Simec played keyboards on "My Other Shoe". All other instrumentation by Robin Gist and with some acoustic guitar by Paula Punch.
Photography by Tim Bauer.

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PAULA PUNCH Sydney, Australia

Performing in the Philharmonic Motet Choir, fronting university bands, session singer, & backing vocs for Ed Kuepper +.
Paula started recording her own songs with husband Phil Punch, & Matt Fell, & performing live, opening for Ed Kuepper & more.
Paula also started songwriter nights “The FridayGirls”. Paula has now teamed up with guitarist & recording engineer, Rob Gist to bring her songs to life.
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Track Name: House of Blue
I’ve been travelling 6 long years on the city road
Every corner every bend I surely know
Come Monday morning those tables turn.
Will the gods smile on me or will they crash and burn?

But I know when the sun goes down
And I am driving far away
There’s a place where the light’s still on
And it’s calling me to stay.

There’s a big bad boogie man in the “House of Blue”
And everyone around him is too scared to say – boo!
And all the women on the 2nd floor
Still dress in black – swearing one day they’ll walk away
Never to come back

But I know when the sun goes down
And I am driving far away
There’s a place where the lights still on
And it’s calling me to stay.

And it’s not hard to imagine
Just what this life could be
If I hold on to the magic
That you have shown me

All the cowboys come to play
‘Cause the stakes are high
Tapping on my window pane
Gimme one more try.
And if you had a golden smile well
I might let you in….
Just remember don’t throw a stone
If you have sinned.

But I know when the sun goes down
And I am driving far away
There’s a place where the light’s still on
And its calling me to stay.
Track Name: Take Me Back
In the dead of night
You’d call for me
& we’d go dancing in the dark

and you’d remember
the steps we made
& we’d hold tight until the dawn.

In your heart do you feel the same
Can you hear the siren call.

Come to me, Come to me.

Take me back
Won’t you take me back
To that place that I’d forgotten

In your dreams
Do I run away?
Do I spread my wings and learn to fly?

When I close my eyes and drift away.
I see the star
begin to fall..

Come to me
won’t you come to me.

Take me back
Won’t you take me back
To that place that I’d forgotten

…and if my heart was stalling, and if I kept on falling
would you still call for me?

Come to me, Come to me….

Take me back
Common and take me back
Take me back where I belong.

Mm….Mm.....Mm


Copyright Paula Punch All rights reserved.
Track Name: Watch Over Me
Watch Over Me

I will hold you all through the night
Through the darkness and into the light
“Say you will - say that you might
Watch over me, watch over tonight”

It’s never too late to be sorry
Never too late to be real
It’s never too hard to be open
Though at times its hard to feel

Some say life wasn’t meant to be easy
But should it be this hard?
Its never too late to be thankful
Or shake what’s on the cards.

I see you, I need you and I want you to know…….

I’ve never been one for ambition-
Someone always wanting more
But what I hold now in my arms
Is a cause worth fighting for..

You say life is but a journey
And there must be an end
But if I find a way to seize each day
Then maybe ….we’ll just transcend?

I will love you the rest of my life
Through the darkness & into light
“say you will- say that you might
Stay forever- stay tonight”

You’re never too old for laughter
Or never too young to cry
Never too slow to answer
The brave who ask why.

Is it hard to say I love you?
Is it hard - to be kind?
Or to find the time to look in my eyes
And say whats on your mind.

I see you, I love you & I want you to know…

I will love you the rest of my life
Through the darkness and into the light
“Say you will- say that you might
Watch over me, watch over tonight”

Copyright Paula Punch 2016
Track Name: Lucky Girl
Stuck my neck out
And what did I find?
Strained my muscles
and blew my mind.
You've got to take a chance
in this crazy old world....
That's the secret- to a lucky girl.

Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl
Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl

Well it's never too late
to follow your heart
Roll the dice
make a new start
If you wanna find love -
-forgive everything
And everyday you can hear the the birds sing!!

Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl
Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl

Now hold your head high
Put your feet on the ground
This train's not stopping
You can't turn it around
If your feeling blue, just stay on track
Yes- That's the secret girl- you don't look back!!

Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl
Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl

Don't loose sight of what's down the line
and the thousand words - yet to find-
With a dollar in your pocket and a song on your mind,
Well that's the secret to feeling fine.

Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl
Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl Lucky Girl

Copyright Paula Punch
Track Name: Turn Over and Over
As I lie in bed with you in my head.

My heart keeps travelling south.

You said goodbye, not even a sigh or kiss left your mouth.

Were you just being kind?

Or trying to change my mind.

And I turn over and over, I burn over and over

I yearn over and over for you.

You think I don’t care because I’m not there to share in your success.

Now where would we be ,if I can’t be free, and would you settle for less.

And I turn over and over, I burn over and over

I turn over and over for you.

I turn around my feet off the ground – you’re chanting in my ear.

When we embrace and you touch my face I wake and your not here.


While I’m asleep the world at my feet and angels bring you near.

They know what to say, what heartstrings to play – just to keep you here.

Then shadows climb the wall, as my world starts to fall

And I turn over and over, I burn over and over

I yearn over and over

I turn over and over, I burn over for you…..

And I turn over and over

I burn over and over, I turn over for you……

I turn over and over, I burn over and over

I learn over and over from you.

Copyright Paula Punch All rights reserved.
Track Name: My Other Shoe
The Other Shoe c. Paula Punch (2018)

In the stillness of the morning light

Where dreams can linger from the night

There's no mountain yet to climb

-no past to leave behind.

Drawn to the wind

Drawn to the fire

Drawn to the sky

on the wings of desire…

Do I run for my life?

Run for the hills?

As you sweep me away

I am losing my will.

As I watch my other shoe fall

& I've tried so hard to walk tall

I no longer…. count the years…

I'll share those lines as they appear

There's no time to hide your love away

& Life's too precious to just fade away

Forced to the wind

Forced to the fire

Forced to the sky

on the wings of desire…

Do I run for my life?

Run for the hills?

As you sweep me away

Am I losing my will?

As I watch my other shoe fall

and rise above these walls

& I face my fears …….

Again and again, I change my mind

Do I slay all these angels and demons inside?

Stay Bound for earth- never free?

Or let myself go…… into starry seas?

and let my other shoe fall

And rise above these walls

and let my heart ….,,start to fall

And face my fears………… after all, alter all, after all.
Track Name: Don't Look Down
All the years of wheeling dealing
And flying high
Fast tracking to the ceiling
Now I wonder why
Singing songs and climbing trees
Is where I’d rather be
Than on this ladder ….

Don’t look down
Theres a world outside
Turn around
While there’s still time

Rise and shine every day on the morning train
All the faces I can see but don’t know their names
We are passengers peering through the looking glass
And life goes so fast.

Don’t look down
You could you miss the light
Turn around
Before its out of sight.

Kick back on Friday night with a glass of wine
Sliding up beside you darling cant you read the signs?
But you’re swiping right - I am left far behind
while you keep surfing…
I keep lurching….
We all keep searching on….

A double shot of sweet caffeine on a Saturday
Dogs bark - and kids are playing, near the old café.
Life on Instagram, while birds keep twittering
Tryin’ to get through

Don’t look down
you could reach the sky
Turn around
Darling Wont you try
Don’t look down
when you can see the stars
Turn around
‘Cause Here we are..
Track Name: Match
Match

Copyright 2017 Paula Punch

You turned around
I danced in time
You clapped your hands
And I knew right then you’d play a part
In this game we call love
I felt this pain right through my heart
Like lightning from above

I was young,
You were too.
But there’s no time
For when love calls, and you fall
Its like the world is standing still
And you and I –we cannot hide
The truth that we feel.

You took my hand
I held on tight
And it felt so good

And moved on through the parting crowds
And stood side by side
And the music filled head and then my heart was beating loud

Time stood still
For just one night
I always will
Love you like I did that night
When a match lit my heart
we must have done something right
Cause we cannot be apart

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