Whiskey and Jellybeans

by Juliet Strong

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Juliet Strong's debut album is a culmination of songs about love, life rhythms, and the nature of things. She weaves a tapestry of sound that fuses her buttery voice with her folk roots, classical training, and love of bebop and soul. Rich with horns, strings, and vocal harmonies, Whiskey and Jellybeans full of depth and soul.

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released July 14, 2013

Juliet Strong - Vocals, Piano
Spiff Wiegand - Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Heather Cole - Violin
Wayne Smith - Cello
Jesse Lynch - Piano, Nord Electro
Ezra Gale - Bass
Nathan Ellman-Bell - Drums

Engineered, mixed and Mastered by Don Godwin at Phantom Center, Brooklyn, NY
Produced by Juliet Strong and Don Godwin
All Songs written by Juliet Strong
Horns arranged by Don Godwin and Peter Hess
Strings arranged by Juliet Strong

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Juliet Strong Oakland, California

With a voice “like butter” and an array of original, bluesy melodies, Juliet Strong touches audiences with her depth of sound, unparalleled musicality, and lilting lyrics. Juliet's high energy fusion of folk and soul, accompanied by rhythmic piano, ukelele, and an eclectic band, provides a unique, and infectiously uplifting musical experience. ... more

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Track Name: Barefoot
If I had my way
I'd be barefoot every day
Feel the earth beneath my toes
I'd squish it down that's how it goes

I can tell you
With the sun upon my face
That's the power
That's the beauty and the grace
When the wind blows
I can feel it deep inside
All I need to be satisfied

With a heart full of love
I watch the city from above the hilltops of the East Bay
Put my hand against the sky
Ladybug fly by, by by by

I can tell you
With the sun upon my face
That's the power
That's the beauty and the grace
When the wind blows
I can feel it deep inside
All I need to be satisfied

Alone in the darkness
I step to the edge break down and cry
But that's when the clouds break
I can see clearly
Everything's right
Ain't no dispair gonna get me down
Cause I've got my faith I've got my ground
And I can see, I can see, everything's right

Winter comes Summer goes
It's a cycle season's flow, like the rivers in the mountains
I walk a path that takes me there,
I'll be barefoot everywhere, rain or sunshine I don't mind

I can tell you
With the sun upon my face
That's the power
That's the beauty and the grace
When the wind blows
I can feel it deep inside
All I need to be satisfied
Track Name: Whiskey and Jellybeans
Whiskey and Jellybeans, red beets and rye
Staining my fingertips with bottles of wine

Architects of nature, the light through the green
Decoding everything with spaces between

One, two, three I'll come around
Infusing sounds with

Whispered intelligence pointing due West
You are my compass the one knows me best

Bright Constellations, a ship down below
Taken by sea storms well how did you know?

One, two, three I'll come around
Infusing sounds with

Copper and silver, a sip from my flask
Speaking with spirits and ghosts from my past.

One, two three I'll come around
Infusing sounds with

Copper and silver, a sip from my flask
Speaking with spirits and ghosts from my past
Track Name: Wasteland
Spinning around in time
Teetering cross that line
Withering under the sun
What can I do when the day in done

Scanning this wasteland
Trying to understand

Recall the adage "to be"
You can get to me under the trees
Doing my best to expand
Beyond the reaches of man

Scanning this wasteland
Trying to understand

I saw and old man today
With that look in his eyes
Cuffed pants and rolled up sleeves
A smirk and he's waiting, waiting to die
Makes me want to cry

Scanning this wasteland
Trying to understand
Track Name: I Want
When I think about all the things I want
I get overwhelmed with myself
Then I take a breath and I look around
And I can't deny the change

Taking the time to chase the shadows
Come around my soul every day
Riding on the wave of every woman
It takes my breath away

In the daylight hours I can't lie awake
Playing children's games with myself
When tomorrow comes it will be too late
I can't get off the shelf

Let the tears come through into innocence
When the hardest thing is to stay
Riding on the wave of every woman
It takes my breath away

Looking through the branches into the sun
Lights a sparkle in my eye
Watching sunset turn into fireligh
It makes me want to cry

Let the morning come and wash over me
When the time comes I can play
Riding on the wave of every woman
It takes my breath away
Takes my breath away
Takes my breath away

When I think about all the things I want
I get overwhelmed with myself
Then I take a breath and look around
And I can't deny the change
Track Name: Maury and Mandy
He will hit her on Tuesday in the afternoon
She can try to appease him but knows when he's loose
He can wander away from the one he knows is best
But he can't talk about her, he thinks that it's best
To try to be afraid

I can tell you what you want to hear
I think that everything is clear
You say that every time you want to be a man
One time it took away from you
Two times I wondered what you threw
It takes a mountain slide to try to get you down

He will talk to her Sunday, she tells him what she wants
She can't work in the bathtub, he wants her to talk
She tries everything she knows to get him on the line
And she screams at the picture of what she may find
He wants her to be his man

I can tell you what you want to hear
I think that everything is clear
You say that every time you want to be a man
One time it took away from you
Two times I wondered what you threw
It takes a mountain slide to try to get you down

He will talk to her Thursday, she tells him it's a game
He can try to appease her, but she's not the same
Wonder how it could happen, he doesn't know by now
But the people who want them are driving to town
The bags a re waiting to go down

I can tell you what you want to hear
I think that everything is clear
You say that every time you want to be a man
One time it took away from you
Two times I wondered what you threw
It takes a mountain slide to try to get you down
Track Name: Nicole
Eating watermelon thinking of you
Stuffed our faces and then laugh till we're blue
You were always an inspiration
You lit my heart with your smile

Lazy afternoons with Ella and John
Gettin' funky with the radio on
little girl you shook my world
You lit my heart with your style

Well, all you hoped to be
It melted into me

Angel eyes watching over me
Light and life shine through and set me free
Shooting star is falling, hear your siren calling
Light my soul with your fire

Well, all you hoped to be
It melted into me

Nicole
Track Name: Frogs
Hanging out the window, I see them fade away
That's okay
Come a little closer, to drink a little rain
Quench my pain

But it's dry, I'm thirsty for time
Tasting my pride, I cried, I cried, I cried
I will not be afraid
Will not be Swayed, played, jaded
Out of time

Hanging on the clothesline, taken under siege
Flying free
Takin' every moment to see light of day
Come my way

But it's dry, I'm thirsty for time
Tasting my pride, I cried, I cried, I cried
I will not be afraid
Will not be swayed, played, jaded
Out of time
Track Name: Gone
Who's gonna hold me when the rain comes
Who's gonna hold me when the wind blows high
Who's gonna hold me when the rain comes
Now he's gone, oh he's gone

I put my hand to my belly, feel the warmth from inside
And take two step to the windo, to watch the skies cry
Asking for a witness, something to hide the loneliness
Oh it's there, you can't deny

Who's gonna hold me when the rain comes
Who's gonna hold me when the wind blows high
Who's gonna hold me when the rain comes
Now he's gone, oh he's gone

Taking my chances
On raindrops and dances
Windchimes that twinkle
Among the light sprinkle
So what, he's gone, I'll carry on

And when the skies come to claim me, I'll answer their call
I'll hold my arms wide open to catch what may fall
Everything's a witness, helping embrace this gentleness

Who's gonna hold me when the rain comes
Who's gonna hold me when the wind blows high
Who's gonna hold me when the rain comes
Now he's gone, I'm moving on
Track Name: Sleepy Eyes
Lights adrift are seeping through the mist
Sleepy eyes are heavy when I rise
Oh foggy day, chase away
All the fading memories, memories

Turning leaves are falling from the trees
Imprints of the softness from above
Oh I can hold myself, taste the wealth
That comes from fading memories, memories

Take too long
Then it's gone
I can't remember
Last December
But oh tonight
I'll get it right
I'll ask the moon
To help me find those memories

Even though I cannot see the snow
I know it's there to melt away my cares
Sinking softly in
Listening
For all the fading memories, memories
Track Name: Winter
Who am I when I'm not with you
Sticky and sweet in the heat of the hour
Where am I when the night pulls through
shining with moon glow and black velvet shower

Tiny tips touching the gathering dew
Unroll your tongue now and drink from the well
Land of the ancients form wrinkles anew
Wind tunnel carries me back for a spell

Standing right here and it flew back to me
I thought it was gone but elusively near
Winter's a comin' tread delicately
Patience and prudence have nothing to fear

Oh seasons stay I'll while them away
I watch the tide as it rises
On this gentle wave I'll try not to stay
I want you to take me

Where to go when the heat comes on
Blurry my face with the trace of a smile
Sun will rise when the night is gone
Ache in my bones settle down for a while

Waiting for something to bring me to you
Tossing and twisting a body of sin
Dreaming of moments in purple and blue
A sound in the distance to catch on the wind

Oh seasons stay I'll while them away
I'll watch the tide as it rises
On this gentle wave I'll try not to stay
I want you to take me

Standing right here and it flew back to me
I thought it was gone but elusively near
Winter's a comin' tread delicately
Patience and prudence have nothing to fear
Track Name: Joy
Winter time in Brooklyn with some California sun
Falling while I'm floating in a body full of love
Twinkling lights and talking low
Here and now we'll take it slow

Presence in the snow today
Watching all the children play

Days of endless laughter with some tunes in my ear
Loving and embracing the heart of art and tears
Join the world of the living with me
See the life it gives for free

Face the fears and come what may
All I want is here today

Joy joy joy
Joy joy joy
Joy joy joy

All the gifts you give to me
Watch 'em grow and let it be

Presence in the snow today
That's what all the wise men say

Oh what a way to be
Watching my heart run free
Unlocking waves of light and grey
Whispering love, love all the way

Joy joy joy
Joy joy joy
Joy joy joy

Windblown hair and sunburn stare with apples in your eyes
Drifting years without the tears we're bound to say goodbye
All the gifts you give to me
Watch 'em grow and let it be

Presence in the snow today
Watching all the children play
Presence in the snow today
That's what all the wise men say

Joy