gods & nations

by Jennifer Leonhardt

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A Paste Recommends Indie Album, April 2008
- Paste Magazine

Top 20 Americana Songs of 2008: Homeland
-Scott Majors, KRVM (Eugene, OR)

"The arrival of a major new talent. From the sound of the trenchant folk-blues of Gods & Nations, and the driving, impassioned emotion at the heart of "Patron", Leonhardt is a gale force to be reckoned with."
-Luke Torn, Pop Culture Press

Includes FCC-Trigger Tracks: explicit lyric

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released March 16, 2007

Produced by Matt Brown & Marc Copely
Mixed by Matt Brown
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering in Ventura, CA
Recorded at the Copleycabana, New York NY, & at Electrokitty and the Track Shack, Seattle WA
Jennifer Leonhardt: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Marc Copely: lead guitar, bass, percussion, vocals
Matt Brown: electric & acoustic guitars, harmonium
Keith Lowe: bass
Chris Stromquist: drums
Clancy: percussion
Ryan Shea Smith: piano, Hammond organ
Orville Johnson: dobro
Jon Hyde: pedal steel
Juliet Tondowski: backing vocals

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A serious girl from Ft Worth contemplates the Uni-verse

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Track Name: patron
what you see isnt real and what you know you know you cant feel and everybody's happier with it that way you can make a stupid smile walk your face another mile but you know its all just bullshit on your day you can feel it creepin up the stairs while youre sleepin and put a hand over the mouth god made and if you put up a resist you will always feel the fist that feeds you while the mercy's on parade (chorus) fall on your knees and pray for a reprieve and please god, make the nighttime day you hardly need to hear all the things you'll need to fear if you say a single word of what's made you lame cause there's a legacy of threat if you wanna try and hedge your bets they'd just as soon call you crazy as say your name it's easier to forget what you were or better yet who you were always hoping you would be point the finger at yourself and put your toys back on the shelf and hope the boy youve been loving will never see (chorus)
Track Name: cradle
alice is under the blankets today and alice is taking the afternoon in bed (refrain) sometimes alice finds it hard to stay lying down so its good to remind alice that the hand that rocks her cradle is always there alice has already done plenty today and alice is taking the afternoon in bed (refrain) sometimes alice finds it hard to stay lying down so its good to remind alice that the hand that rocks her cradle is always there alice is already hopping out of bed and alice gets all distracted by the somethings in her head sometimes alice...
Track Name: homeland
long quiet highway in a corridor of shame all roads lead there there, we are all free from blame summertime in the southland man, it’ll give you pause makes you never wanna leave there not without just cause midnight in the garden of good and evil daybreak has not begun but the waters around are rising oh lord, what have we done long quiet highway in a corridor of shame all roads lead there there, we are all free from blame
Track Name: city stories
as i was leaving the city a boy put out his small brown hand to me "can ya give me five?" he high-fived me and the park exploded the park exploded with the light up on a high black park horse a girl is talking on a cell phone her gait is steady and she flashes me a high voltage smile and the street exploded the street exploded with the light and you can f*ck yourself you can f*ck up yourself you can seriously f*ck up yourself but there's no more cages there's no more cages there's no more cages to get in up on the corner at columbus there's a vendor there with hot dogs his cheek is pock-marked and his left eye cant see me but the corner exploded the corner exploded with the light and you can f*ck yourself you can f*ck up yourself you can certainly f*ck up yourself but theres no more changes there's no more changes theres no more changes to run from as i was leaving the city
Track Name: average joe
he falls in love like a fool just like he's supposed to loses his heart like a pro and he means it when he dances like a prize bullfighter he stays light up on his toes and he hits a ball as pretty as dimaggio keeps the weight back between his heels and you can say things like "say it aint so" and thatll go even tho you know theres too many things to count em theres so many things to like about joe hes an undercover cop on a superhero junket hes just a regular b-flat bro and he can heat up like a skillet and put his shoulder to it but a kinder gentler guy youll never know and all the things to recommend him and all the ways to apprehend him you cant fit in your powerbook on the go cause hes an early am coffee or a brooklyn on the fly take it from me and heres why chorus theres so many thing to like about joe so many things to like about the man you can say all you want to hes just an average so-and-so but theres so many things to like about joe get yourself caught on the wonder wheel and ask the bartender where time's gone all the sails out on the water still dont make it right to cross the sand even if you can take it from me theres always a place you can go theres a joint on every corner with joe and if you lose the way put your light up on the day you can count on it like you can count on dough anyway you cut it and any time you take it off the shelf and turn it upside down or put it on slow tell everyone you know that there's too many things to count em theres so so many things to like about so many things to like about joe
Track Name: gods & nations (title track)
so now the revolution's started are you gonna make it there to the market square bring your slogans and lay your weapons down it's nothing personal i just hate to see you die so take your things now and write your fire across the sky i aint asking for nothin just a chance to see the light before the day dies feel the wind against my face as all the grace overtakes me did you know that you were going did you know it would be the last time you would see the hair fall across all that softness in my eyes come on let's build a fortress and overthrow the clan-trees and open all the gateways and make sure all the levees run free so now the revolution's started set your things down in the front hallway and take a look around you listen to everything tell you goodbye whatever good were they to you come on come on lay your weapons down
Track Name: u wear it well
o your collar bone is hiding underneath the buttons of your shirt and the heartbeat in your swallow is a mirror of the flirt in your eye in your eye so, life is putting on the colors and parading out the joy captures me inside the bubble of the love of another nice boy oh he's such a nice boy and it's vain to try and argue off another pretty spell cause my love for you is real and you wear it well oh you wear it so well your hands are all occluded by the length of your sleeve but the stem of every finger has me blowin in a breeze of flyin leaves so this makes us both a party to our own public execution we will both of us be hanging on each other's looks and words for a while oh i hope it's for a while and it's vain to try and argue off another pretty spell cause my love for you is real and you wear it well oh you wear it so well
Track Name: bitter draught
why bother with a second coming wouldnt nobody show no how why bother bringin on springtime just to fall why love up on your woman only to bring her down why bother with the day's blue fullness if all that's on your mind is the night what's papa's little boy doing lying like an old man in a heap outside the closed church door newspaper and an empty bottle and the light changing green to red and the sky's just an eye of black in a crack between the walls why answer the telephone just to apologize again why wait for the train to get here or the child to grow why bother with a life of kindness with nothing to show for nothing to show for nothing at all why bother with a second coming at all
Track Name: here comes trouble
here comes trouble to turn my day all around here comes trouble to turn my world upside down here you come walking like it's no big deal you got me spinning like a big stupid wheel like a wheel in trouble chorus yeah here comes trouble to make my nighttime day here comes trouble to take all my trouble away here comes trouble to turn my bright skies blue and on the double turn my fortunes to rue put my whole attention entire on you you got me turning on my foolish heel on my heel for trouble chorus bridge and maybe there's a lazy day or two for lying underneath a citrus tree or wishing on a number of daisy-petal'd clover hoping the time wont pass away for aye here comes trouble just when things get put right yeah there's that trouble to make sure we still got fight and if you're halfway or not strung true or you're blowing like a curtain you're like some ole dumb shoe or you're thrown all off by beauty or an opportune you're sitting on the fence about the whole sheboo better get yourself to cover cause its coming for you yeah here comes trouble to make more trouble for you you know you want it to come on now trouble what ya gonna do what ya gonna do
Track Name: love junkie
i am a junkie for ya babe cant make a move in any way im a junkie for your love cant make a move in any way im so crazy on the pheromone im jus fine for losin my way

im a junkie for you babe i got my hand back on the telephone yeah im a junkie for ya babe got my hand back on the phone im gonna call you up baby order me up some dog and some bone

it'll wear you down
it'll turn you all around

i am a junkie for you baby i do not care if i got a dime i am a junkie for your sweet love i do not care if i got a dime were just getting started sweetheart we gotta throw this thing some time

you think yer goin left but maybe it's right
so all-fired up you dont know day from night
come on down with me babe underneath the fifth street underpass
we're gonna bring in the new year and it's gonna kick ass

it'll wear you down yeah it'll turn you all around