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jane o​’​brien

by Jane O'Brien

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SOUL 2 SOUL 2 SOUL I could live without you, I wouldn’t die without you I’d still be me without you, I would survive without you But you, you give me more of what I am Not like before with other men My fingers long to touch you So much I want to tell you The time has come to trust you How can you know how much you mean to me I want to tell you how it is This is the place I want to be Soul to soul, soul to soul You touch me deep inside No longer do I want to hide I’ve let you get to know me I want the you you’ve shown me This moment’s not forever We linger here together I know so much about you I put my arms around you Here, here in your arms I want to tell you how it is This is the place I want to be Soul to soul, soul to soul
Banshee 04:01
BANSHEE When our time is running out We hold on tight to what we’ve got Like dying blossoms we must let things go To fade away They’ll come again another year More beautiful, fresh and newly formed And transient falling, falling in a somersault of joy, joy Oh joy We’re falling in a somersault of joy We dive into a murky pool Swim with the goldfish in the mud The gift of risk and letting go Returning with riches Multiplying to the power of ten The gift of risk and letting go Surprise, surprise the weightlessness and freedom Then the banshee took my hand and led me to another land Across a band of azure sky To a world where you and I The friendless and the overworked Could meet and share a moment so sublime And timeless falling, Falling in a somersault of joy Oh joy
I’M NEVER COMING BACK Telephone rings in the dead of night Rips me from sleep I sit bolt upright Cold sweat cos it’s him again I’m by the phone I can’t stop myself I’m never coming back to you Your soft breathing and blaring stereo Coming down the phone line Oh don’t you know it’s over Why do you phone me what do you hope to gain From this insane behaviour What are you thinking don’t you ever get tired Don’t you want to sleep tonight I’m never coming back to you Play with yourself, talk to yourself Stay with yourself, alone with yourself You tried to possess me but I got away You tried to control me but I wouldn’t stay You tried to destroy but I fought you hard You tried to pursue me now I hold the cards I’m never coming back to you
Child's Play 05:33
CHILD’S PLAY When you were playing with your soldiers And I was playing with my dolls My mother told me I was gorgeous Your mother told you you were god You used to think you had the power You were the master of this house You used to issue out an order You were a man and not a mouse And now I look for all the reasons Why you can hold your head up high You stamp your foot and then the earth roars You say the word and then we die Soldiers and dolls And then one day there was a shake up And things got mixed around and round And no one knew how it would end up The rules were lost and never found Then you began to ask some questions To look for who you really are You dropped the mask of hard unfeeling You dropped the mask you always wore And then you saw what you were missing The right to cry and be unsure And not to blindly give an order To hide the pain that you endure
FULL MOON’S RISING Sleepless, sleepless Full moon’s rising Sandman’s gone away In the middle of the night Hours since I put out the light Brain is working overtime Trying to solve the riddle of this love of mine I’m the kind of girl who likes to get things straight I’m not so good at wait and see I should be cool and distant But that’s not me Another minute has gone by And it feels like, it feels like an hour I’ve gotta find a way to empty out my mind I’ve gotta find a way to get those thoughts so clear inside I’ve gotta find a way to empty out my head I’ve gotta find a way to clear those thoughts away instead You see, you see me twisting, twisting, twisting and turning Go away, go away, leave me alone, leave me alone, Let me be, let me be Looking up I see the paint begin to flake Yes I know that love is give and take I’ve got to keep away because he needs a break And maybe I should paint this room magnolia
Blooming 03:47
BLOOMING What’s in the air? Do we know or care? Strange seed floating around Surrounding our cities abounding and growing Landing in places without people knowing Strange flowers, strange fruit Strange babies, little shoots Coming up all over town Blooming all over the world Alone in the darkness, growing, growing, growing Hiding in organs, abiding within Till one day the grim reality, shows up on an ultra sound A round shape expanding, commanding, our attention Devouring our tissue, tasting our bone, At home in our blood, at home in our blood Cut it out say the doctors or nuke it to death Or poison our system till there’s not a lot left Hair falling out and stomach in turmoil Not to mention the pain And nobody wants to talk about it
Sanctuary 03:39
SANCTUARY I’m high on the hills, the grass beneath my feet I’m high on the heather in a fragrance oh so sweet This morning dawned like any other another troubled day I felt the city closing in so I made my getaway And now I’m free, I’ve found my sanctuary I’ve climbed to the top of the mountain Cos I’ve come to drink from the brimming fountain Alone up here in the silence I’m in a trance or a dizzy dance And now I’m free, I’ve found my sanctuary I’m free as a child in my cotton summer dress I’m free as a bird and I often stop to rest I feel the wind’s caresses softly on my skin I stop beside a rippling stream and I jump right in
A MILLION EYES The cheek of you to try and follow me On this dark deserted street I can hear your footsteps coming close behind You were hiding in the doorway and watching me I caught a glimpse of you, you tried to catch my eye And with the ties you wear, I’d never dare to stop and stare Or care to share a minute of my time with you Cos it’s my time, my time, my time A million eyes follow everywhere I go It’s no surprise round every corner that I know They lie in wait for a golden opportunity To pull me down and take away my liberty The cheek of you to look me up and down And to spread my name all over town You’ve been following me for days, yea Don’t think I don’t see you I know that you’ve been looking in my window Seeing what I do when it’s time to close the curtains It’s early in the evening, and it’s Friday And it’s my time, my time, my time What a cheek you had to call me And you told me you would come What a cheek you had to bring your friend And suggest we have some fun You said I thought you needed cheering up You said I thought that you were ill You said you’re always so strung up And now it’s time to chill But it’s my time, my time, my time I close my curtains yea Pull down the blinds I lock the windows And bolt the shutters
Mammy 04:22
MAMMY In the middle of the night I’m awake and crying Now you’ve time for me alone No one else around Mammy hold me Mammy rock me Till the morning comes Make this night be endless I see your eyes are drooping That’s why I’ll keep on crouping I’m all alone with you No one else around
SO YOU DON’T LOVE ME Tell me the truth Give it to me straight I can take it Don’t bullshit me any longer So you don’t love me I won’t fall apart This it the start Of something beautiful Something beautiful for me Don’t cloud it in hyperbole Euphemisms what do you want to say Come on spit it out Get it off your chest So you haven’t got the time Maybe it’s that we don’t rhyme That’s the bottom line Baby it’s not a crime You know it’s fun to watch you squirm Watch you struggle with those clichés You know I’ve heard it all before And more, so there’s the door.
Peacetime 05:09
PEACETIME Two old ladies scream from a newspaper page Fleeing their home in the war of the age Tears spill from my eyes on an aeroplane seat I’m flying home for Christmas Food on the table, family safe and well I go to work each day, I’ve got a job to go to I’ve got my lover, I’ve got my friends I’m safe well, I’m safe and well It’s easy to write a love song in peacetime No bombs or grenades no land mines No one to drag you out of bed screaming in the night And know you’ll never be disturbed until you want to be You’ve no food to fight for, no bullets whizzing by your head And you’re safe and sound with him, it’s easy to write a love song Down the bloody years it’s the comfortable men who give the order That piece of the map is rightfully ours So send in the armies like a game of Risk Take another sip of gin and watch it all unfold Bomb them all in that terrain, lets get it done Man the tanks and start the planes let’s get it done Press the button we’re off again Let’s get it done, before lunchtime They’ve designed another bomb They’ve designed another gun They’ve designed another germ God knows we don’t need it
Heather 05:06
HEATHER When the evening mist comes rolling in And the hill tops recede away from me I am lost in your hills I am wandering In the silence growing inside me In this wide open vale I can see no man No footfall or words break the stillness Untouched and pure, silent and sure This is my lover the rock and the heather My boots are heavy rolling over the turf This is enough, fullness and plenty I will sweat to your summit and drink in the view You shall cover me, cool me, renew me I will lie in the arms of your heather hills And slumber in blankets of stillness Till my heart has its store of the heather on the hill And my ears are bathed in silence And the peace of the earth will replenish my soul Speaking softly of fullness and plenty To the rock and stone my faithful love I will always return to your stillness
STRAWBERRY SOUFFLÉ You’re my strawberry soufflé Breakfast in bed on a tray It’s daytime and it’s time to play We’ll tell the world to go away You’re my daytime treat on a tray Cos I’ve got love in my tummy I lick my lips cos you’re so yummy So succulent, simply delicious You may even be nutritious One daily helping’s not enough To whet my whistle fill my cup Huh! Calories, I’m not counting calories Saliva’s running down my lips And tension’s mounting in my hips So salty, sour, sweet and spicy Now I feel you lick and bite me You’re chocolate icing thick and runny You fill me up, oh who needs money? Slippery and now we’re sliding Feel our bodies softly colliding All is open juices flowing Now I feel you growing, growing Moaning with the birds outside Softly sounds like singing My cup is overflowing You’re my strawberry soufflé Breakfast in bed on a tray It’s daytime and it’s time to play We’ll tell the world to go away Go away!


Here Jane O‘Brien sings lounge jazz, with chilled out beats and Irish roots,
tempered with passion and the richness and pathos of her jazz/folk voice,
With this line up of wonderfully sensitive musicians; Andreas Guenther on keys, Karsten Koertling on bass and Martin Stieber on drums, Jane O'Brien has found a sound to marry her folk roots with her jazz leanings and trip-hop excursions.


released January 6, 2006

All Songs written by Jane O’Brien

Jane O’Brien: Vocals, Bodhrán
Andreas Günther: Keyboards
Martin Stieber: Drums
Carsten Körtling: Bass except tracks 1, 6, 7
Michael Schugardt: Double Bass on tracks 1, 6, 7
Karen Heitkamp: Backing vocals on tracks 2, 3, 4, 9

All songs arranged by Stieber, Günther, Körtling & O’Brien
except tracks 1, 6, 7 by Stieber, Günther, Schugardt & O’Brien
Produced and recorded by Frank Itt at Sudio 4, Stade, Germany
Mixed by Martin Stieber and Frank Itt
Mastered by Hinsch Audio


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Jane O’Brien Hamburg, Germany

Dubliner Jane O'Brien cut her teeth in Barcelona as a singer in an all female acapella band. She began writing songs in earnest in Hamburg where she has lived and played for many years. The yearning soul in her voice comes from her Irish folk roots (Boreen) but the warm velvet overtones arise from her jazz diva alter ego. (Jane O'Brien and Band, S.T.A.R.) ... more

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