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The Soundtrack to Sordid Lives, an independent movie, in which Olivia played a Texan ex-con bar-fly singer. The soundtrack includes her five songs and Trust Yourself from her album Gaia as well as tracks from other artists.

The title track, written by Margot Rose and Beverly Nero who were in the original play, is a highlight. Olivia is even heard to sing the word bitch! Musical backing to this track is provided by the John Farnham band who Olivia has toured with (this track was recorded during her 1999 Summer tour of the USA). The traditional hymns showcase Olivia's crystal clear voice in particular Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

The writer/director Del Shores writes a sweet note in the linear notes about his friendship with Olivia (they first met in 1985 when Olivia came to one of his plays).

The tracks also include dialogue from the movie which works better once you've seen the movie. Honorary mention must also go to George S Clinton for the musical composition, Kacey Jones and Bobbie Eakes for a wonderful country twang on Better A Painful Ending, Than An Endless Pain. A DVD was also released in 2003.


  1. Sordid Lives (Olivia Newton-John)
  2. Opening (George S Clinton)
  3. Trash Talk (Delta Burke, Beth Grant) - dialogue
  4. Better A Painful Ending, Than An Endless Pain (Bobbie Eakes with the doo wah riders)
  5. Blue Country (George S Clinton)
  6. Tallywhacker Talk/Mano A Mano (Bonnie Bedelia, Beth Grant, Kirk Geiger, George S Clinton) -dialogue
  7. Truth Talk (Bonnie Bedelia, Ann Walker) - dialogue
  8. Will The Circle Be Unbroken? (Olivia Newton-John)
  9. Ty's Theme (George S Clinton)
  10. Someone To Grow Young With (Kacey Jones)
  11. No Fault Love (Kacey Jones)
  12. Shit Talk (Beau Bridges, Earl H Bullock) - dialogue
  13. Get Off The Cross, We Need The Wood (J Scott Jones with the doo wah riders)
  14. Cheatin' (Newell Alexander)
  15. Break-Out Talk/Escape (Newell Alexander, Leslie Jordan, Rosemary Alexander, Mitch Carter, Mary Margaret Lewis, George S Clinton) - dialogue
  16. Please Don't Be Gay (Sharron Alexis)
  17. Mother Son Talk (Kirk Geiger, Bonnie Bedelia) - dialogue
  18. Coming Home (Olivia Newton-John)
  19. In Daddy's Eyes (George S Clinton)
  20. Tex-Mex (George S Clinton)
  21. Funeral Talk (Olivia Newton-John)
  22. Just As I Am (Olivia Newton-John) - with dialogue by Olivia
  23. Transvestite Talk (Ann Walker, Beth Grant, Bonnie Bedelia, Kirk Geiger, Beau Bridges, Leslie Jordan, Olivia Newton-John) - dialogue
  24. Just As I Am  -conclusion (Olivia Newton-John)
  25. Mama Talk (Leslie Jordan) - dialogue
  26. Sordid Lives - reprise (Olivia Newton-John)
  27. Trust Yourself (Olivia Newton-John)

Original Release

  • Format: CD
  • Date: June 1 2001
  • Country: US
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Catalog: 3020662572
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