Brainchildren

by elizabethjazz

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It’s been a long one Time has not been kind It’s been a long one You reach inside to find Your heart’s been broken, You feel like smokin’, ‘Cause it’s all that you can do To keep yourself from comin’ undone Tonight I pray for you I pray for her For life, tonight I pray Tonight I pray for you I pray for her For life, for love, And the strength to see the Santiago sunrise You don’t have a say The truth is gonna come You don’t have a say Your brain is going numb As the facts keep falling, God is calling, ‘Cause it’s all that He can do To get you on your knees to pray Tonight I pray for you I pray for her For life, tonight I pray Tonight I pray for you I pray for her For life, for love, And the strength to see the Santiago sunrise Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, © 2008
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03:37
Starting with one, the one you know You can count on to stay Then we were two, and this tired world Became so brand new And now the time is here To ask ourselves the questions No one else can Do the lifting for us So we Start this journey To where we Become three. Music by Paul Sanwald, © 2001 Lyric by Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, © 2007
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06:16
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04:46
Last night While you slept, I Took flight Away from here To bright Blue skies where they don’t Miss the world below No one Took my coat or My gun They never dreamed The fun Of sending Your body to the crows I told you once I told you twice That I would never be the same But you will choose What you want to see You’ll be the one to lay the blame So now I rise up to My vow To take back the day Somehow Push up like a Flower through melting snow © 2008 Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen
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I was runnin' before I had shoes Flirtin' with trouble, I had nothin' to lose I didn't mean it, but I didn't choose The time to reconcile... He brought me to life Though I still can't cry He never knew me But neither did I And now here's that light They told me I'd see And here I stand, horrified, (I) finally know how to be... ...Alive. I live that night inside of my head Colors receding 'cept for green and red I invited stealth, but harm came instead It's fire by trial... He brought me to life Though I still can't cry He never knew me But neither did I And now here's that light They told me I'd see And here I stand, horrified, (I) finally know how to be... ...Alive... ...Alive... How can I tell you? It's like I've thrown out my answers And now I only have questions. How can I tell you? It's like a shock from above, It's like he kills me with love and kindness. He brought me to life Though I still can't cry He never knew me But neither did I And now here's that light They told me I'd see And there you are, glorified, I finally know how to see... He brought me to life Though I still can't cry He never knew me But neither did I And now here's that light They told me I'd see And there you are, glorified, I finally know how to see........... ......An eye for an eye... An eye for an eye. Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, © 2005
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I didn’t know what a good thing I’d found Never knowing that you’d come around Sometimes you go in circles just to find the place you’re from So I just reach out and take your hand On the ferris wheel On the ferris wheel On the ferris wheel with you On the ferris wheel On the ferris wheel On the ferris wheel with you I used to think that you’d never change Turns out all I had to do was rearrange The feelings in my heart of hearts And all my tiny fears I slip my hand in your hand, and they disappear On the ferris wheel On the ferris wheel On the ferris wheel with you On the ferris wheel On the ferris wheel On the ferris wheel with you Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, © 2008
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(free) 02:46
Bicycle Bicycle Where are you going? Bicycle Bicycle Bicycle What’s in your basket? Bicycle Long ago we knew the things that we liked Pleasures were simple and life black and white But the rain comes down And washes your innocence away Bicycle Bicycle Who’s that you’re holding? Bicycle Bicycle Bicycle Tell him to go fast Tell him it won’t last Tell him to enjoy His bicycle © 2005/2009 Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen
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Falling for the small things Watching all the ways you bring Joy to everyone Drinkin’ in your smile As the steps turn into miles Of laughter without fear Even as I go down This path I wanna know how To keep my stomach still I heard a little rumor And friends have even passed her Name across their lips I won’t ask you for details Don’t wanna know her name Won’t even tell you I know you don’t feel the same All I ask is this moment With you by my side If you can’t be mine I won’t even tell you Sometimes you gotta know when Troubled winds are blowin’ Your bubbles into tears You pack up all your loose ends Tuck your kids in tight when Time cannot forgive I know that I can put aside The lame old horse I used to ride And redefine a win I see the race is long but I’ll follow a new song That comes from within I won’t ask you for details Don’t wanna know her name Won’t even tell you I know you don’t feel the same All I ask is this moment With you by my side If you can’t be mine I won’t even tell you Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen © 2008
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02:01
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It’s late for no other reason You’re here and I am in the light And I know what’s best for me But I’d rather do what feels good Don’t mix your work with your pleasure Don’t say it – hint, but don’t tell Maybe I’m too subtle for you, baby So listen to the words I don’t say Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh You say that everything is scripted But sometimes you surprise yourself Though I may live to regret this I’ll still try I’ll still try I’ll still try to make you stay. Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen © 2008
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“every moment of this album has something to offer” – CMJ (College Music Journal)

“recommended if you like Regina Spektor and Norah Jones” – AOL

“one-of-a-kind jazzy pop tunes” – The Deli LA

“an enjoyable confection” – The Sun Chronicle

Jazzy, poppy "Brainchildren" (November 1, 2011 on Canopy Jazz), tells stories real and imagined, outlining the similarities found in our experiences no matter where we reside. “Three” tells the story of a couple deciding to have a child, “Bicycle” reminds a child to enjoy his innocence while it lasts, and “Melting Snow” describes the feeling of rebirth after tragedy. Several songs relate tales of love gained or lost, and the album is rounded out with instrumentals inspired by insomnia, tacos, and a skipping stroll in Memphis. Recorded in Brooklyn with her working band in a single day, Brainchildren features Rob Jost (Saturday Night Live, Bjork) on bass and Robert Di Pietro (Norah Jones, Josh Rouse) on drums. Special guests include Kiku Collins (Beyonce), Jon Natchez (Beirut), and Mark Erelli (Josh Ritter).

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released November 1, 2011

elizabeth! - voice & trombone & songs
Jason Domnarski - piano & Rhodes
Rob Jost - acoustic bass
Robert di Pietro - drums & percussion

Plus many special guests!

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elizabethjazz Brooklyn, New York

Vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter elizabeth! is a fun and interactive performer and educator who connects with audiences through the thrill of improvisation and personal, accessible musical stories. She has performed across the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe with both her own band and teaching jazz workshops, and with acts like Michael Bolton, Matt Wilson, and St. Vincent. ... more

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