A few for the road.

by Jess Clinton

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1.
Velvet (free) 03:54
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
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Even Shiva (free) 04:16
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
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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.

credits

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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