Queen City Magnetic

by Raven Jane

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released April 3, 2014

Produced by Matt Johnson of Origin Audio and Rachel Eisenstat

Recorded by Colin Bricker and Xandy Whitesel at Mighty Fine Productions, except “Sunset” recorded by Jim Ruberto with Daniel Eisenstat at The Bakery.

Mixed by Jim Ruberto at Clay Street Dining.

Mastered by Colin Bricker at Mighty Fine Productions.

Cover design by Ben Young.

Musicians:
Rachel Eisenstat: vocals - all tracks; guitar - track 7; percussion - track 8
Joe Grobelny: bass - all tracks except 8
Luke Mossman: guitars - all tracks
Daren Hahn: drums - all tracks except 8
James Han: Hammond B3 - tracks 1, 5, 6 & 7; Wurlitzer - tracks 1, 3; upright & grand pianos - tracks 3 & 6
Daniel Eisenstat: guitar - track 8

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Raven Jane Denver, Colorado

Rachel’s powerful vocals combine her Appalachian roots with a hard-rocking force. Mixed with the indie, post-rock-inspired experimentations of the band, they create a layered sound that aims for the gut and head.

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Track Name: The Ballad of Jimmy Jones
Jimmy Jones, he was a rolling stone
And he called this town his own
He made his way into my place
And asked if he could stay awhile

Rolled up his cuffs, dug into his stuff
He said that I had not seen enough
Of this world to know all the things he could show
He told me this will blow your mind

He took this town by storm and found
He could make it his playground
And I must confess we were all impressed
By the charm of our distinguished guest

In his bag of tricks were pixie sticks
And the sweetest cunning mix
Of mystery and magnetry
As far as the eye could see for miles

He turned with a smile, strode right up with style
To announce to the crowd a trial
For which he would be the judge, you see
To procure a proceeding free of lies

CHORUS

Mary Jane was stoned and slain
And hung on the cross in shame
They said her sin, no one could pin
On any other thing

But her love for lust, she could not be trusted
This justice is a must
And not her alone, Mr. Jones,
There are others who have shown us lies

Now there ain’t much left but a beat up truck,
And even that was going up in flames
He packed and called his brother Jesus up
And left nothing with us but our names

He’s fearsome and famous
He’s done this to shame us
Now how can you blame us?
Track Name: Last Bullet
Oh, won’t you leave that side door open, I been
on this road so long. I wanna know I got some
place I still belong, and that you ain’t moving on

If you will leave a downstairs light on, I pro-
mise not to come undone. Shot my last bullet somewhere
on the run, and I could not reload my gun

Come up to the surface
Come up to breathe
Come up if you’re willing
You’re unfolding to me

Oh, I know we said things could change, and we
were on the same page then, but I
just wanna get out of this rain, now, and to,
to say your name, say your name

If you will leave a downstairs light on, I pro-
mise not to come undone. Shot my last bullet somewhere
on the run, and I could not reload my gun

Come up to the surface
Come up to breathe
Come up if you’re willing
You’re unfolding to me

Oh, you’re unfolding to me
Oh, you’re unfolding to me
Oh, you’re unfolding to me
Oh, you’re unfolding to me

I gotta stop tripping over this shit
I gotta stop thinking this is it
It’s all he’s come undone for
And now we've drowned

Oh, won’t you leave that side door open, I been
on this road so long. I wanna know I got some
place I still belong and that you ain’t moving on
Track Name: Pennsylvania
Oh, Pennsylvania
You know I got leaving on my mind
Oh, Pennsylvania
Oh, don’t you ever get tired of being left behind?
Well that’s the way it goes sometimes
Oh, it was all we could do to ease the pain

But I’ll be coming back someday
I hope that all of the wild waits for me
But in the meantime, I’ll be driving somewhere
Whispering all of my secrets in my own ear

CHORUS

Oh, please allow my name on your lips
Don’t let the rain wash away my steps
Keep all my years held close to your breast
Count me among the many who fled

Oh, Pennsylvania where the coal runs down in our veins
We mine deeper and deeper just to get at that dark stain
I’ve seen their fathers when they never come home
I’ve heard the sisters humming over the drone
Track Name: Charlie's Engine
Do you want me to, do you want me to?
Do you want me to lie?
Or do you want me to, do you want me to?
Do you want me to try?

A clear day in December
There was no other woman
Heavier than air, this is
A kamikaze return

With Charlie’s engine from the bike shop
Print it in the West Side News
I am coming home to you
I am coming home

Do you want me to, do you want me to?
Do you want me to lie?
Or do you want me to, do you want me to?
Do you want me to try?

Try as I might
From one word to the other
Define what you want
I am trying to be your lover

Try, try, try, try
Track Name: The Hunted
Looks like you’re the fool, like I am a jester, too
This kingdom don’t belong to us, don’t belong to us

Looks like you’re the fool

Root down, root down, all the way down
Root down, root down, all the king’s horses
Root down, root down, and all the king’s men
Could not put this kingdom together again

Come down this road, baby, don’t bring us so low
Come down this road, baby, they’re coming after
Come down this road, baby, don’t bring us so low
It’s about to get hot, baby, they’re coming after

Looks like you’re the hunted, looks like you’re the fool

Looks like you’re the hunted, baby
Ow, you’re the fool, yeah
Looks like you’re on the run, baby
There’s nothing to be done for you

Get back, get back
Track Name: Leah's Song
This train I’m on keeps packing on the sorrow
I cannot carry this weight on into the morrow
So I clap with the thunder
Let the rain soak my skin
And when I miss her
I try to thank the day for coming through
Again, I thank the day for coming through again

And I am frantic
I try to cling to her voice

Turn back the train
This is not your stop

And I’m afraid
Of losing the tone
And the laugh
And the heart
And the reverie
And all that has passed

And I am grasping
For what should be there, but it’s not
So what are you now?
And where?

You are the wildflowers of Greene County
You are the Appalachian mist
You are the watercolor sky
Track Name: Jack Be Nimble
Oh, Jack be nimble, and Jack be quick
You have the truth of it
You have all the words that you need
Please don’t worry

And all these wars chill my soul
And all you’ve loved fills me now
Was I beautiful?

It was our favorite day of that year
Yet how could we know it had we not known fear?
I heard singing, ooh la la la
It tasted like freedom, I could not let go

And all these wars chill my soul
And all you’ve loved fills me now
Was I beautiful?

You took all the time that there was
I know we’ll be friends forever
Track Name: Sunset
Two days ago on the drive home
Sky burns on like fire into the night
Channels and ripples of clouds fall low
On the sky

Contours catch the sun like
Coals, and their embers echo on
While the last song is sung

And I
I wanna go down
Follow the sun around
Until her last painting’s done