sovereign

by Jennifer Leonhardt

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1.
Be Plain 02:56
mix all you want in metaphor hold my hand down in a flame baby it cant hold a candle i'm not fighting you, there ain't nothing to tame take a stab at directness give a girl's heart a caress you've been predicting a turndown and all she's wants to do is tell you yes, so chorus be plain baby be plain with me, baby be plain stop all this dancing around it all's I want is for you to be plain you can't tell nobody nothing folks is mostly just do as they please you want a sign I got love on my mind baby you know it give us both such ease if you'd chorus
2.
leaves of oak and linden are blowing down the east-west highway of my neighborhood and michelle is in having dinner and my bike is leaning against a wall and i have to take the trash out and wash my hands before my mother calls and the winds have blown the cans over and someone's kitty is inside and the storm picks up around the high school dancing all the leaves around and everything is taken care of in my neighborhood
3.
new moon full day talking telephone whiling the hours away barbed wire minefield better than flat tire mind-games -shield me from that shield me from that cuz it's a refrain new day full moon yeah it's a new day full moon upstairs lie down undress me no more frowning for u, there's no more frowning for u love nest bird-wing a night's rest it's a good thing cuz it's a refrain new day full moon yeah it's a new day full moon and it's all comin true it's all commin true it's all commin true now judith for you it's a new day
4.
i hope i never see you again did you think no one was watching did you think it didnt matter cause i was just a girl i only loved you did you think it didnt matter who was to know who was going to stop you in a world full of liars and whores everyone protesting some injustice or war the tears all through the fabric of some girl's dress in the bushes just the fragments of a memory caught up in a harsh wind and blown under the garbage of the wreck'd civilization of my heart just tatters for another time to heal did you think it didnt matter cause i was just a girl i had nothin i only loved you did you think it didnt matter cuz who was to know who was watching except for you o but i was there too i was watching like some infernal witness to your failure to make 1 and 1 two i thank god for goodness where i find it cuz without it id be just like you always guessing at the truth god it must be awful to be you, must be awful to be you
5.
leave supper on the table leave the dust on the stair there's nothing left to fight for anymore cuz all the house is empty all the voices have faded away there's no one left but ghosts here to talk to chorus i got to find me the strength to leave and not stand here, holding this door cuz every passing day i lose more i got to put my head down, put my face into the wind i gotta put my head down and go there's nothing left of the roads we once knew and all the landscape has changed and the girl that i once was is gone and in her place is a lie i can't ever get by i'm gonna have to do right by her now chorus
6.
America 02:37
i have been to see america and she has shown me things that were just for me to see one river takes me this way and another that i'm a louisianna purchase and a dry dakota grain once was a man made my heart move fast id wait for him like a hillside in a darkening plain sun and moon are facing off and where i stand the continents divide and run a lip along the severing finally the moon set and the sun rose and the boxcars reflected in the sky on the lake o i have been to see america and she has shown me things that were just for me to see
7.
i should never have taken no for an answer you've got no answers in that stare should have dragged you screaming from the carnage made you leave the dream you said you wanted going nowhere the road is a cold place for children it's cold almost any time of year there's precious little comfort in the bottle and boredom that'll kill you in the meaning of a loveless love affair refrain but i can promise you that the morning that rises on a day full of harm is harder on the heart's fragile vision only takes a couple of truths to right a wrong chorus try as you might to follow all the rules for getting ahead the pills are getting harder to swallow and love can become a lonely narrow bed you have witnessed too many killings especially of what you held dear now you wear them like a patchwork blanket that bandaged you into another and another year o but be careful of the ones who say they're helping when you're helping such a thing would never come to mind to say they will crowd the way with lies and conversation and camouflage the road so it's impossible to find bridge/chorus
8.
Shoot U Up 07:02
u better get here quick before i fall off of this wagon im jealous of sharing you and you're not even mine why not surprise me? turn up at the gate around my life meet me half way across the bridge over the highway and take me from this prison this prison of waiting for your sound all around me damn the spaces between us, put your skin on me stain me all over with your love with your love chorus i want to eat you i want to spoon you i want to butter you up i want to drink you i want to smoke you i want to shoot you up i can feel the rail lines twisting at the turn points, taking me on another way time and space it's all a race to be home, to get on home don't leave me here standing alone at the platform only the wind to greet me there meet me at the station bring all your things with you maybe we can still make that train i'll get the tickets you bring disguises we can be far away before night falls, before the night falls and take me from this prison this prison of waiting for your arms like armor all around me chorus
9.
Belonging 04:31
all the quiet houses in a low belonging the men begin to walk the morning dogs nothing has been tampered with it's just another frosty win garden paths unlit for all of the unfit, like chorus you are outside of belonging you are love's anomaly once was doesn't matter you are just a scattered memory the elementary yard is not yet noisy the crush of cars along the sidewalk doze permanent the marker, capable the hand the city council rests in stern repose no shoes no shirt no shit no service get yourself together or get you gone there is no forgiveness no heart of understanding when you've stepped across you're as good as done, cuz chorus 2 you are the other, the unwashed spectre you should hold your tongue and how bite back all the longing and make your dirty comeback plans now repeat chorus 1
10.
Eclipse 03:11
let this eclipse fall down gently let the shooting stars all find their place let the whole darkening world around me take me kindly in its embrace let your face always be before me let your heart be open wide i need your love so dearly it may cost me all of my pride let this eclipse fall down gently hmmm hmmmm

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Almost primeval in the way the album has been constructed, Leonhardt's raw, refreshing vocals are a perfect delivery.- Leicester Bangs Magazine

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released March 9, 2012

All songs by JL
Recorded live in Brooklyn, NY.
JL-vocals, acoustic guitar
Juliet Tondowski-harmony vocals
Prospect Heights-backfires, brakes, subway & street noise, MTA buses, traffic, dogs, kids
Album photography by Stephanie Clifton

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A serious girl from Ft Worth contemplates the Uni-verse

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