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Wine Dark Sea

by Jolie Holland

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justin vegh a warm current between the dark and the light. a voice that wavers between the two. you could fall in love with the mere existence of this record Favorite track: Waiting For The Sun.
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Leigh3 I got to see Jolie and her transcendent band at the Living Room in Brooklyn which was great because it was a small room and a very intimate evening I won't soon forget. This album has hit me like a brick, a soft, sultry, velvety, noisy brick. Favorite track: First Sign of Spring.
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released May 19, 2014

Produced by Jolie Holland, with Douglas Jenkins as engineer and co-producer

Mixed by Larry Crane, Douglas Jenkins and Jolie Holland at Jackpot! Recording Studio

Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady

Recorded at Vacation Island Studios, Bespoke Studios, and Jackpot! Recording Studio

Cover photo by John Flinn
(accidental double-exposure of Silvercreek Falls and Jupiter in Taurus)

drummers--
Justin Veloso and Dan Rieser

lead guitarists--
Adam Brisbin, Indigo Street, Doug Wieselman

rhythm--
Jolie Holland (electric guitar and piano)

bass--
Geoffrey Muller, Doug Wieselman

horns--
Doug Wieselman

cello--
Douglas Jenkins

violin--
Jolie Holland

Thanks and Love to Stefan Jecusco, Timothy Freeman, Miki Jackson, Cate Uccel, Rick Moody, Laurel Nakadate, Leah Mulartrick, Marc Ribot, Hannah Marie Marcus, Laura Freeman, Delilah Lee Lewis, Karen Leigh, Jen Hecht, Carey Lamprecht, Sandra Sitzman, Sara Burlingame, Jason Thomas, Ricky Kelley, Michael Hurley, Beth Littlewolf, Trevino Brings Plenty, Matt Jones (the painter,) Troy Word, Matthew Damato, Aimee German, Jenny McGowan, Elaine Su Hui Chew, Justin Andrews, Jan Bell, Kyp Malone, Nick Tosches, Catherine McRae, John Kruth, Brenda Biundo, Mel Ruiz, Garth Steel Klippert, Brooke Dempsey, Moose Jackson, Sam Levin, Robert Sickler, Sally Ann Glassman, Bambi Stenberg, Will Stenberg, Matty Huynh, John Flinn, Lita Lee, Sean Flinn, Kaneng Lolang, Keith Cary, Grey Gersten, and all the fine people who worked on this record both in and out of the studio.

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Track Name: On And On
Like a far off storm come rolling up the plains
Like the pull of the tide (with) the full moon again
Like the low and distant rumble getting closer to the falls
I can feel this love coming on and on
I can feel this love coming on

Lightning flash-- Thunder crash
And the night come down (and the) stars swing around
(When you) take my hand, I swoon like I was stoned
I can feel this love coming on and on
I can feel this love coming on

Please be gentle with my heart
Cause I'm in love with you
I'm in love with you

And I know you do me justice
And I know you won't do me harm
And I hope you do me the honor
Of letting me love you so strong
Let me love you on and on
Let me love you like I want

Please be gentle with my heart
Cause I'm in love with you
I'm in love with you
Track Name: First Sign of Spring
Dark Eyed Juncos are deep in the park
We've got a long way to go.
Fairy Wren and the Jewel Weed
Are deep in the ground or out across the sea.
Sidewalk is frozen. I'm tired of my coat, and the snow drifts in again.
I keep forgetting to bring my hat, and I'm shivering in the wind.
Only two people on this big city block
Who can't stop slow dancing to a silent song,
And it looks like you and me are the first sign of spring.
You and me are the first sign.
In a darkened bar, before I ever touched your face,
I made the inevitable profession of love.
But it didn't cross my lips, and it echoed in my skull.
When you were back at your place, you said the very same thing
When you were all alone in the dark.
And it looks like you and me are the first sign of spring.
You and me are the first sign.
Track Name: Dark Days
Dark Days Coming Down
I lost my sweet lover
Long shadows reaching out
I lost my sweet lover
Trying not to lose my mind

Dark Days Coming Down
I lost my sweet lover
Storm clouds rolling in
I lost my sweet lover
I just can't keep from crying
And the stars refuse to shine

(And when) every little thing
Reminds me of him
I want to smash it all up
And never start again

Dark Days Coming Down
I lost my sweet lover
Dig a hole in the ground
I lost my sweet lover
Say goodnight to the beautiful light of the Day

(Cause when) every little thing
Reminds me of him
I want to smash it all up
And never start again

Goodbye, Dear Old Moon
Goodbye to the Sun
Goodbye to the Stars
I will miss you, every single one
For I've been condemned to spend the rest of my days in the darkest dungeon
Track Name: Route 30
for the love of Billy Strayhorn, Memphis Minnie, and Michael Hurley.
Track Name: I Thought It Was The Moon
I thought it was the moon
But it was not
It was a street light shining out to light your way
Nothing in this world I wouldn't steal for you
White birds flying across the patina'ed sky
The bright bronze sky and the dark green sea
Colored cloud
I'm a fearless thief
Track Name: The Love You Save
I've been misled, and I've been afraid
I've been hit in the head and left for dead
I've abused, and I've been accused
I've been refused a piece of bread
But I ain't Never in my life before
Seen so many love affairs go wrong as I do today
So I want you to Stop-- Find Out What's Wrong
And get it Right, or Just Leave Love Alone
Because the Love that you save today
May very well be your own

I've been pushed around, and I've been lost and found
I've been given til sundown to get out of town
I've been taken outside, and I've been brutalized
And I always had to be the one to smile and apologize
But I ain't Never in my life before
Seen so many love affairs go wrong as I do today
So I want you to Stop-- Find Out What's Wrong
And get it Right, or Just Leave Love Alone
Because the Love that you save today
May very well be your own
Track Name: All The Love
I'm saving all the love that I ever had for you
I'm saving all my love
I'm not going to lose
I'm not going to lose my love
I'm not going to lose

Rattlesnake inside the box and an old top hat on the stand
Rose silk and the cherry wine if you ever come back here again
I got it for you--I'm not gonna lose--I won't lose my love

Blackbird come to say hello, and I busted out into tears
Take it fast or take it slow. You could give it a minute or a year-
I got it for you--I'm not gonna lose--I won't lose my love

I'm saving all the love that I ever had for you
I'm saving all my love
I'm not going to lose
I'm not going to lose my love
I'm not going to lose
Track Name: Saint Dymphna
Back when I was living in the Quarter,
You had just moved in with Trouble's daughter.
I was insisting that I loved you better than her.
All of the rhymes that I committed,
I left them to lie in the sun for a minute.
I couldn't bear to be a sinner
in your sweet name.

And what do you mean by that?
Do you mean to break my heart?
Do you mean to break my heart in two?

It was down on the cobblestones where I found you--
Way out on Rampart, by Toulouse.
Come on upstairs--I'll tell you my story--
I'll sing you my song.
You know that the cold ground was my bed last night--
Blanket of clouds, stars for my nightlight.
All that I had was a pocketful of prayers and unanswered dreams.

And what do you mean by that?
Do you mean to break my heart?
Do you mean to break my heart in two?

I'm calling on Dymphna to heal and protect us
Remember your sisters down in this world below
I been in the trenches and I'm here to tell you
Its a hard row to hoe.
Most of my heroes died in the gutter--
Johnson and Foster, MacTell and Hurston
I follow them down, and ride with the current
that's pulling me home.

And what do you mean by that?
Do you mean to break my heart?
Do you mean to break my heart in two?
Track Name: Palm Wine Drunkard
You can drop me off in Limbo on your way to West Hell
I will give your regards to the moon and the stars from the
Bottom of a wishing well

Sounds like you heard all my secrets on that inside track
Aw, I laid it all bare-- I left nothing to spare now I'm
Never gonna take it back

But if you ever need for me to steal something for you,
Just call my name on that inside track
You know my secrets. You got my number.
I crossed my heart. Now I'll never take it back.

Just like a Palm Wine Drunkard playing ghost guitar,
I'maw shake you right down and take you right back to the
Place where you already are

Let's get that sweet little girl back on the snakerophone--
Would you crank it up high--Would you shoot out the lights--Would you
Hand me down my Stratotone?

But if you ever need for me to steal something for you,
Just call my name on that inside track
You know my secrets. You got my number.
I crossed my heart. Now I'll never take it back.

I took it right down to the crossroads--I held my babe in my arms.
And we danced til the dawn to those old creole songs then they
Slipped into Les Barres De La Prison

And then I kissed all my diamonds--I got my hands on the dice
And I screamed and I raved and I begged and I prayed I could
Step into that river twice

Now, Baby, Who do you Think you're fooling?
Everybody knows and understands--
You got me walking on pins and needles
But everybody knows that you're my man. You're my man.
Track Name: Out On The Wine Dark Sea
Out on the wine dark sea-- ma pretty baby and me
What do you mean when you say life is so long?
All I know is that I'm coming home to Maman
And Maman is so Erzulie Danto

Upon my tete
I wear my hat
An a long black coat
Sunglasses cracked

The smoke rise up
I pull you down
Down to the floor
Drag you around

Ghostly girl sure has grown
I ain't going to tell you what her car runs on
Sweet Mama in a yellow dress
Leave your heart in a white hot mess
Maman, Maman is so Erzulie Danto

That Loup Garroux will come for you
When you come to, you're all black and blue
Walking past the graveyard (on) your way home
Sing that song pour Ma Baron
Maman! Maman is so-- Maman is so Erzulie Danto

Ma Belle Jolie Madame Ochun
(We'll) sing your song pour La Claire de Lalinn
Meet her by the gate
Dance on the stones
Never get out of this world alone
Maman take you by the hand
Lead you out of this sorrowful land
Maman Maman is so Erzulie Danto
Track Name: Waiting For The Sun
Waiting for the Sun
to come out of hiding
Waiting for the Sun
Waiting for the Sun

You've got that long road ahead--
Make you wish you were ____
All of your broken dreams in tow--
You've got that hard ______