sovereign

by Jennifer Leonhardt

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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 June 22, 2010

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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Jennifer Leonhardt Los Angeles, California

A serious girl from Ft Worth contemplates the Uni-verse

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Track Name: Be Plain
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
Track Name: Taken Care Of
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
Track Name: Song for Judith
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
Track Name: Uncivil Heart
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
did you think it didnt matter
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
Track Name: Johnny Cash Song
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
Track Name: America
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 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 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
1st verse
Track Name: Lonely Narrow Bed
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 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
Track Name: Shoot U Up
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
Track Name: Belonging
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
Track Name: Eclipse
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
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