between the rocks and stars

by jean mann

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released December 8, 2013

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jean mann Seattle, Washington

"Take a sun-drenched stroll with
Seattle-based singer-songwriter jean mann
through a daisy patch under a wide blue sky...

Lyric-driven jazzy-neo-folk beautifully produced
at Studio Litho (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, The Head and The Heart etc) with Emerald City's top-flight folk & jazz musicians on board.
jean mann's newest CD is lush, elegant, at times edgy
and above all else, compelling.
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Track Name: every bite of that sandwich
every bite of that sandwich - jean mann
© 2012 blue flower friday records

we sit around, like the days have no end
just like we did when we were little kids, way back when
and dillying and dallying, carrying on in kind
tomorrow was the furthest thing from our little carefree minds

but now, we see the days flurry by
I used to love that, when summer was on the rise
but the end of summer, willing the clock to slow down
alas, the school bus is already comin’ round

well lately the zippity quick of days has got me asking why
I just wanna slow it down savor every sip of the ride
and as I ease my grip on the oars
well it just makes the trip sweeter to the other shore

and I know you’ve got my back
and you know I’ll always have yours
you came first to show me the way
I came round to teach you how to be
here
now
dancing through the daisy patch of
time

and as warren zevon said in his last interview
“enjoy every bite of that sandwich”
Track Name: left
Left

you left the highway
drawn by light of gold
a barn was burning,
now the calf is left out in the cold
looking for the fold
looking for the fold

wind sends fire high
blisters the night sky
while the birds cry out
another song dies
there’s another gone, another gone

gone……gone…..and oh……oh…. all alone

world cracks open
neath the skin of the sea
sky looks down and sees it all
collecting stories, a new tale to tell
tell it once again
tell it once again

to be told on and on…
on and on…
on and on
and on

you left the highway
drawn by the night so cold
Track Name: used bike
she lived in the cool hippity-hop part of town
she bought a used bike and rode it around
surrounded by trees planted in orderly rows
everyone who came here felt they’d been here before

she turned pebbles into diamonds
and shoes into mirrors
glass into water
recovering tears
pebbles into diamonds
and shoes into mirrors
glass into water
recovering tears

she longed to understand the crossover between inside and outside she met a man who mused
I know what you’re going through
‘cause you and I are a lot alike
tell me were your people pioneers of the written word
writing ladies books with soft paper covers
She smiled and said no matter the story
hearts were involved with others

she turned pebbles into diamonds
and shoes into mirrors
glass into water
recovering tears
pebbles into diamonds
and shoes into mirrors
glass into water
recovering tears

she stood up to the true blue test of love
remembering the now and forgetting the past from above
floating around in the tops of the trees
lighting back down to be

she bought a used bike and rode it around
Track Name: she steps lightly
She steps lightly into the world
starts her day as the quiet girl
she learns there’s no need
to hide away
no reason to keep locked inside

go your own way
do what you do
believe in yourself
you’re seeking the truth
you’re beautiful
and bright as the moon
and you’ve found a way to fly

You spoke for yourself
you stood for us all
there’s beauty in that
even if you fall
the world’s a better place
we’re rooting for you
go out and sing your own song

chorus
go your own way
do what you do
believe in yourself
you’re finding the truth
you’re beautiful
and bright as the moon
and you’ve found a way to fly

yeah you’ve found a way to shine
Track Name: seedlings
seedlings j mann

Could have happened any day
Saw your shadow, ran away
Kicked you round the block again
Ran home crying, broken head

Jack and Jill, they knew the drill
Kept on climbing up the hill
Story always ends the same
Same old crown, different name
different name

Hold you close and wish you well
Plant your flowers on the sill
seedlings from another day
Might have grown another way

Now's the time I take my leave
broken petals tug the sleeve
Rest assured my own to find
Call me out to words in kind

ahhhh.....words in kind
Track Name: button in the grass
found a button in the grass
across the street I saw the sweater from its past
seems I’ve crossed into a novel by Judy Bloom
She ran away back to her old room

there was a blue velvet sky
that reminded her of her favorite ice cream
though I much prefer chocolate, it wasn’t my dream
but I said hey I’m game, send it my way
though I never thought I’d have to pay

there was a boy who used to sing my name
though now I sleep on the floor, one day I’ll not fear the knock on my door

I move through the day, the night my dear
to keep up with the flow of what’s going on here
find me a new heart to capture my ear
and I’ll go back to sleep with a smile
and I’ll pick up the button in the grass

pick up the button in the grass
and if it’s cold I’ll go across the street and get the sweater
sew it back on and hand it off to someone who needs it
Track Name: lucky girl
wallflower on the edge of the room
can’t help but notice you
my heart flutters as you smile
crows twinkle round your eyes

and oh, I don’t really know
if I have the courage to say
hello, how ya doin’ dear?
did fate throw you near my heart

I’m here, to bring true love anew
no, it isn’t just a ruse
if it’s a dream, I don’t wanna wake
how I long to take

your hand and draw you close to me
I know I’m such a lucky girl to be
your smile it melts my very knees
butterflies never cease

evermore to be
your heart it sings to me
nevermore to part
Track Name: lonesome bones
oh my lonesome bones
I’m tired of this ol road
I gotta find my pony
cuz I feel so lonely
oh my lonesome bones

kickin dust down the trail
oh lord let love prevail
I just don’t belong
in this three horse town
oh these lonesome bones

git up again little dogie
that’s what they all say
I just don’t suppose
I’ll outrun my woes
still I keep kickin’ dust on down the trail

pony’s on the rise
take my soul, my breath, my eyes
I don’t think it’ll rain
cuz your dust settles all my pain
oh my pony’s on the rise

sunset on the loam
I’m kickin’ my way back home
stars all around
and I’m leavin town
somebody’s calling me home
oh my love I’m home

oh little cowpoke
get up and go
you forgot the milk again
you gotta feed those lonesome bones
before they all turn into dust on down the trail
Track Name: i'm on fire
hey little girl is your daddy home
did he go away and leave you all alone
mm hmm, I got a bad desire
oo oo oo I'm on fire

tell me now baby is he good to you
Can he do to you the things I don't do
oh no, I can take you higher
oo oo oo, I'm on fire

Sometimes it's like someone took a knife
baby edgy and dull
and cut a six-inch valley
through the middle of my soul

at night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
a freight train running through the middle of my head
only you
can cool my desire
oo oo oo, I'm on fire

Sometimes it's like someone took a knife
baby edgy and dull
and cut a six-inch valley
through the middle of my soul

At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
a freight train running through the middle of my head
only you
can cool my desire
oo oo oo, I'm on fire
oo oo oo, I'm on fire
oo oo oo, I'm on fire
Track Name: midnight sun
Carry my own torch, to light the way home
It’s dark and thorny to go it alone
I surmise that the feeling you had is gone

I will cry for you when the clock strikes one
And all the things you’re missing
Your keys, high school, a glimpse of the midnight sun
midnight sun

Taught you how to bleed, through the eyes of your own demise
you want em to think you planned it, but you look so surprised
and the light keeps on bouncing off the sound of your eyes

I will cry for you when the clock strikes one
And all the things you’re missing
Your keys, high school, a glimpse of the midnight sun
midnight sun

There’s that tuft of your hair, that I just cannot touch
maybe you’re a little out of reach, or maybe you’re too far gone
and this safety net will catch you, if you perchance should fall
and I know you’ll never falter as long as you find your way

I will cry for your when the clock strikes one
And all the things you’re missing
Your keys, high school, a glimpse of the midnight sun
midnight sun

And I will hold you when the clock strikes one
And all the things you’re missing
Your keys, high school, will be found again
Found again
by the light of the midnight sun
midnight sun, midnight sun
Track Name: carried away
You came from out of the skies
Your skin and your eyes
The colours of bronze
The moon in your ear
Twinkled and shone
Soon you'll be gone

Sailing out on the blue
Your old man and you
Drifting along
Leaving me here
Thinking it through
Soon you'll be gone

Moving through my changes as fast as I can
Trying to bring a balance to me and the man
Part of me is screaming to say
I want to be carried away

Moving through my changes as fast as I can
Trying to bring a balance to me and the man
Part of me is screaming to say
I want to be carried away

From out of the skies
Your skin and your eyes
The colours of bronze
The star in your ear
Twinkled and shone
Soon you'll be gone
Track Name: beach
in a quiet language
no one else can understand
beach fire glows and crackles
aside frothy shores
endless rhythm of ebb and flow
both flicker at dawn
when all becomes
sweetly silent

between the waves and storms
life is short
shared, caressed and honed anew
the air seems softer at morning light
while dewdrops fly to air
vapor

well trees dance again
in a warm breeze
are they calling you back or or waving you on
it doesn’t matter
it’s a friendly glance
while sun dapple dances
and flickers between the leaves
in that quiet language
no one can understand
except for the other trees

and maybe some birds
Track Name: lovesong
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am home again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am whole again

Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am young again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am fun again

However far away I will always love you
However long I stay I will always love you
Whatever words I say I will always love you
I will always love you

Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am free again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am clean again

However far away I will always love you
However long I stay I will always love you
Whatever words I say I will always love you
I will always love you

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