A few for the road.

by Jess Clinton

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released May 11, 2012

All songs written and arranged by Jess Clinton.

Recorded and mixed by Erik Braund, at Braund Sound in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
"Even Shiva" and "First Day of the New Year" produced by Jess Clinton and Erik Braund. "Velvet" produced by Jess Clinton and Veronica Wyman.
Mastered by Julian Silva at OnAir Mastering.

Album art design by Cassandra Leisz
Photos by Laurel Parmet
Illustrations by Jackson Epstein

Deepest thanks to all family, friends and musicians alike who helped make this happen.

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Jess Clinton New York

A NYC-based songwriter of 10+ years, Clinton bears her various facets of mind and personality through her own sensuous, often swampy-but-tender brand of addictive folk rock.

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Track Name: Velvet
Long coat for her white legs with a
Blue note, she begs
And it's velvet like the way
She clears her throat, you know

High-gloss, toupées
Embossed, get paid
And it's velvet like the rain
That washed his heart away

And if he had the weather on a string
He would take the time
To puppeteer the sunny and the stormy days

And if she had the ocean on a chain
She would pull the tides back from the bay
And walk the land they used to hide away

Lighthouse in a sandstorm
White blouse with one sleeve torn
And it's velvet like the child who may soon be born

Finally time has
Worn your mind down
Like a beach
Coasts can change and
Rearrange old memories
Track Name: Even Shiva
I know that you don't need too many boxes
Pretty cherry blossom blues
I know you know the more that we hold sweet, my dear
The more we have to lose

But even Shiva needs a helping hand
And even Hera loved an angry man

Now the time has come to save your money
Like a man who's making good
Honey maybe someday you will raise that roof
Above you like you should (a strong man would)

But even Jesus had to change his plan
No he wasn't cut to be a handy man

Ten tall tipis touch the summer sky
Ten long fingers looking where I lie
Ten small minutes where I lived my life
That night

It's something like a hurricane
It's something like the Devil's wit within
The loving that once soothed you, honey
Will consume you, split you like a grin
(Like water to a fin)

Now even me I have to take my time
And put a little reason to each rhyme for you

Whose soft hair rests upon your pillow?
Did you cut yours, did you let it grow?
Think I'd crumble if I came to know
All that's new and lovely in your life
Since we said it wasn't worth the fight
We tried

But even Shiva needs a helping hand
And even Hera loved an angry man
Track Name: First Day of the New Year
My memory could use a melody
A solitary phrase to keep the time
My memory could use a melody
To put a little pain to easy rhyme
Oh, music midnight be so monumental?

My fire escape could use some decorations
Something more than autumn leaf decay
My fire escape could use some decorations
Something more than lights across the way
Oh, must midnight be so ornamental?

(And what a shame that it's)
The first day of the New Year on a Friday in New York
And if I wasn't sober
I'd ask you to come over
It's the First Day of the New Year
And it calls for something more
Than wishing for the last night
That I was yours

My midnight could use a sentiment
Oh, something strong like love is not in vain
My midnight could use a sentiment, oh
To tell me what's to come won't be the same
Oh, won't you tell Father Time keep it gentle?

(And what a shame that it's)
The first day of the New Year on a Friday in New York
And if I wasn't sober
I'd ask you to come over
It's the First Day of the New Year
And it calls for something more
Than wishing for the last night
That I was yours

Oh the first day of the New Year
Was the last night that I was yours.