Queen City Magnetic

by Raven Jane

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1.
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?
2.
Last Bullet 04:12
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
3.
Pennsylvania 04:46
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
4.
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
5.
The Hunted 04:56
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
6.
Leah's Song 05:23
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
7.
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
8.
Sunset 03:20
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

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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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