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One of her first demo tapes consisted of songs such as "Little Mary." It contains the original version of "Ordinary Day," which has the lyrics of "if we walk now we will divide and conquer this land" in place of the released version lyrics which read "don't you see your dreams lie in the palm of your hand?" It also contains the original version of the songs "Twilight," "Burden," and "Faces."
She also has one unreleased album, which was to be entitled Rinse. This album consisted of the songs "Carnival," "All is Well," and "Morning Sting" amongst others.
She also has a cover of "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2, which can only be found on the Japanese edition of Harmonium.
Three months later, Carlton was signed by Jimmy Iovine and began to record an album entitled Rinse. It was never released, but a few tracks were reworked for the album Be Not Nobody. (One song, "Carnival," was re-recorded as "Dark Carnival" for the Spy Hunter 2 video game.)
A single, "White Houses," released to radio in late-August 2004, entered the Billboard Hot 100 in October, peaking at 86. MTV censored and later banned the single's music video because of a controversial lyric in the song that refers to sexual intercourse.
Carlton's fourth studio album, Rabbits on the Run was released on July 26, 2011 under Razor & Tie, her latest record label. Vanessa chose the title for the symbolism often depicted by rabbits – 'time slipping, mind floating' – which she has been contemplating recently.
The dreamy, fantastical sound of the album was also inspired by Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, and Richard Adams's Watership Down. The album's first single, "Carousel" was released in May.