minstrel's daughter

by Jennifer Leonhardt

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1.
neruda 04:11
The days are not so long now, leaf and leaf are down across our window and you sleep like it's forever and nothing will ever end, we're caught here in a fortress of try and pretend refrain wasn't it neruda said love will take you by surprise? and you sleep like it's forever and nothing will ever die we're caught here in a fortress of arms-length lies refrain wasn't it neruda said love will catch you off guard? it'll catch you off guard the days are not so long now leaf and leaf are down across our window
2.
dido 02:27
If you kiss these lips a kiss has something binding in it, like hope, and ribbons flying 'round the ramparts of my heart If you touch these shores there ain't no returning all the ships are burning in the harbor refrain Cast about for a way to sing me that song about surviving about surviving another live day long
3.
'Cause my body likes the warmth too much and my heart wants the taste of things to come and it's too hard to say goodbye to you, Babe I'm tellin you, go on and Chorus Make it the mountain or the city, take it to sea level or the sky, anywhere you're livin's where I'm goin 'cause it's too hard to be apart and wonder why Now my feet have walked me many wide sands and my heart's always been lookin Now I find myself standin in a strange land, Babe I'm tellin you, go on and Chorus Make it the mountain or the city take it to sea level or the sky anywhere you're livin's where I'm goin 'cause it's too hard to be apart it's too damn hard to be apart it's too hard to be apart and wonder why
4.
i have a broken down chair set out on the porch just for weather a raging winter storm last year has taken what was left of the birchwood and if god has a plan in lovin then the hills are going to overflow with young yeah yeah yeah i am a daughter out of minstrels even though they may appear not to be a jagged city sidewalk crook'd flower is the only living witness to the snippets of the old songs they sing to hearten on a lonely 'nother hour, i tell you, chorus i don't really care about perfection o no no no no no no but i sing because the singing's here to get sung of a season in my dreams you visit me like a husband and i am healed of every little wrong we already are living private moments you have caught my eye and though i'm sleepin every fiber in me recognizes and i am no longer among the spellbound chorus and the skies'll gather in conclusion day goes into night right back to day a flower's only purpose is just to flower and beauty is the 'i' in each beholder just like it is in my nature to die chorus
5.
more rope 05:14
Thought I'd have something saved up some words of comfort or hope thought i'd speak em with conviction, maybe tell em as a joke but I find that all that's left me is a language of tears falls without warning spilling out the years of Chorus Constant sorrow, unending pain joyful moments in the pouring rain impossible futures, terrible hope and things about myself that now I tell the truth about instead of handing you more rope So this is life without you? What a dullness, what an anarchy. Where's all the color? All of the fullness? There's a black hole in the sky where the sun used to be And the language keeps falling, falling like rain: it's the language of concession in a book of intercessions for a girl who finds herself in a world of Chorus Constant sorrow, unending pain joyful moments in the pouring rain Impossible future, terrible hope and things about herself now she tells the truth about instead of handing you more rope a promise and a plan between a woman and a man ain't worth the paper it's written on, not if it's Chorus Constant sorrow, unending pain joyful moments in the pouring rain Impossible future, terrible hope and things about ourselves that now we tell the truth about instead of handing each other more rope
6.
me & abigail 03:09
Abigail rides her bike around me, like a storm dizzying me she sticks her tongue out all taunting and mean-like and it's blue (grape bubbleyum) and sometimes the stars are shining for the both of us at the same time Abigail rides her bike around me like a tornado round and round and round showing off new streamers she chews the last piece of Big Red and she rides off pigtails flying and sometimes the dandelions are growing in even numbers for the both of us at the same time
7.
line of fire 03:37
I dont want to be there when the lightening hits I dont want to be the way you get your daily fix I will not throw down for this funeral pyre standing around while the flames rise higher oh and I I will not be standing in in your line of fire I dont want be there just to watch you fall I dont wanna wait for you till after last call and I will not go down on your ship of fools play the game while you change all the rules oh and I I will not be standing in in your line of fire I will not be standing in your line of fire your line of fire I dont want to be there when the lightening hits
8.
black madonna in your carousel of careful you got four children in your surround all little hands all reachin for ya your kindness to them is a healing on this train chorus black madonna hurtling through this endless night black madonna you are sweeping into uptown a prayer you'll find you waiting when you get there an angel in your man's arms cuz why take chances if you dont really have to the world has showed its face to you set the carriage in the middle like a mirror and turn the hateful back from where they came from chorus i want a man who really loves me if that's too much i dont give a damn it's 9 parts sorrow 1 part hopeful for the loving that's what it feels like at the end of a black madonna day chorus
9.
Every day you gotta remake life build it up, tear it down man it's like a knife to the head lay down in it after you make that bed and if I don't like it could be it's a test to see if I'll fall or fly give me half a chance to prove myself you know at least I'm bound to try chorus Let the wretched come home let the wretched come home I've seen about enough to turn my heart to stone Alice was a blue-gown, Aaron was a lord and I was just a juniper-tree ever since the day I walked out of my father's house love's been the death of me Try to work it out try to leave it alone try not to think about it all the time standing on the corner of another careless town all of these days stretched out in a line chorus
10.
Cumulus clouds cross the sky and they don't tell the truth added up all the numbers and they still equal two and tomorrow's another day to carry it all away and it'll still remind me of you Sometimes you say nothing at all and your hands come to rest in your lap and the fuel prices are down on the outskirts of town someone's sure to be crying Jack-o-lantern on the top step the curtains are packed and all un-hung and the breakfast dishes are done water boiling for tea and i'm as far as i'll ever be

about

"A master class in mournful music."
-John Hawes, Americana UK

"Well out of the storms, occasionally, a rainbow, a bird singing to ya sweetly from the Tower of Song, the vision rising on weary eyes. My friend Helen Degen Cohen has a book called “On a Good Day, One Discovers Another Poet,” and sometimes it seems like there are not enough good days. But I had a feeling about this recording, even before I heard it, and well, this is something extraordinary. Poetic, forthright, redemptive songs."
-Andrew Calhoun, Waterbug Records

"Minstrel’s Daughter is in such a unique place that I cannot imagine Leonhardt doing another like it, but possibly she already has. I won’t know for awhile. Sometimes an album comes along that you have to listen to until it is time to let go. This is one. I’m listening and I can’t let go yet. Sometime later, maybe."
-Frank Gutch Jr., Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange/No Depression

"Neruda and the equally cello-heavy Dido serve an opening course of minimalist, atmospheric rural chapel folk before Make It The Mountain arrives, shuffling around on a brushed country melody, to be followed by the title track's psych-blues jam, the vocals distant in the mix behind a wailing guitar almost like she's singing to herself. Production values are largely non existent, but it does give the album a similar down-home cabin feel to the likes of Bon Iver and Co as Leonhardt's strength with words and slowly beguiling melodies slowly work their magic."
-Mike Davies, Net Rhythms (UK)

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released March 4, 2012

Produced & engineered by Jeff Rady & Jennifer Leonhardt
Recorded in Austin, TX at the kitchen table
Mixed & mastered by Matt Brown
JL: vocals, acoustic guitar
Jeff Rady: acoustic, elec and bass guitars, vocals
James Bullard: acoustic, elec and bass guitars, vocals
Dave Townsend: drums
Dylan Rieck: cello
Sarah Stollak: violin
Robert "Doppler Bob" Schmidt: dobro, pedal steel

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A serious girl from Ft Worth contemplates the Uni-verse

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