Strawberry Soufflé

by Jane O’Brien and Band

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The eclectic sound of Jane O'Brien and band gathered a wide following in north Germany from 1998 - 2002. The unusual lineup of vibraphone, saxophone, flute, cello, and guitar with bodhrán and snare created the perfect sound stage for Jane's vivid stories.


released October 7, 2000

Jane O’Brien: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bodhrán, Circus Snare
Ralf Kamphuis: Vibraphone, Cymbal
Anne Wiemann: Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo
Lucia Wojdak: Cello

All songs written by Jane O’Brien
except tracks 2 and 6 by O’Brien/ Uwe Haas
track 13 by O’Brien/Robin Stewert

All songs arranged by O’Brien/Wiemann/Kamphuis/Wojdak
Recorded mixed and mastered
by Vlatko Kucan at True Muze Studio



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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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Track Name: 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
Track Name: Sleepless

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
Track Name: 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
Track Name: I've Got You

Alone in the night I can feel you close beside me
Warm breath on my hair
I’ve got you on my mind almost all the time
You’ve found your way inside my heart
Without my knowing
A seed that’s growing
And it’s out of my control
Creeping underneath my skin
Slowly seeping in
My defences wearing thin
This is not what I expected
I thought this didn’t mean a thing
You warm me like wine
You warm me like my mothers arms
I’ve got you on my mind almost all the time
Track Name: 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!
Track Name: Mr. Armani

Mr. Armani has come to tea
With his hair greased back and he’s looking at me
His shoes are all shiny, all glistening and black
He’s mincing right over to launch his attack

He’s so self assured
Thinks he’s got it made
But Mr. Armani
You’re only a suit

You try to impress me with your sports car
A flashy two-seater to show who you are
You offer me the best ride in town
A chance to be with you or just ride around

Your ego is bursting right out of your pants
You slither right over and ask me to dance
Your girlfriend is watching with flashing steel eyes
She looks pretty angry, she’d like you to die
Track Name: 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
Track Name: My 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
Track Name: Giant Lovers

I once saw two giant lovers
Lost in a dance of seduction
Plunging and rolling
In the depths of the ocean

Did you know that whales kiss
Did you know that under water there’s bliss
Did you know that whales kiss
Did you know that there’s bliss, whales kiss

I once saw a giant ship
Looming up on the horizon
Dark and foreboding
Bringing only destruction
They came in search of giant prey
To satisfy their greed
Using machinery
In the age of destruction

I once saw one giant lover
Lost in a dance of confusion
Plunging and rolling
In the depths of the ocean
I once saw one lonely lover
Lost in a dance of confusion
Plunging and rolling
In the age of destruction
Track Name: Daddy Don't Cry

Daddy don’t cry, Daddy don’t die
I fell on my knees again
I’ve scratched my knees again
I need you to make it better
I forgive you for all that you did
And I love you for all that you did
I wipe your tears away the way you did mine
Daddy don’t be afraid, I know you can’t remember
I know you don’t know where you’re going
But I’m there
Track Name: Little Bird

Little bird he didn’t know at all

Little bird he didn’t care

The little bird was mesmerised
And very soon with great surprise
He saw his friend the little fish slowly floating by
The little fish with white upturned seemed oblivious to all
He didn’t seem to want to play at all, at all, at all

The water was so brightly coloured
With rainbow swirls and yellow bubbles
The snow white swans were turning grey
And some were patchy black
The little bird he looked around
His eyes were fairly streaming
And very soon he flapped then floated
His eyes were brightly gleaming
Track Name: Dried Fish

Mr. Man is wondering how will the weather be?
Time to take the boat out and go out to sea

Mr. Man remembers clearly things that happened long ago
Hard times in his boyhood, unemployment as a man
Then one day he went to sea
To see the world and feel the spray
He had a wife and lost her, somewhere along the way

Many years he travelled throughout all the continents
Stopping off to satisfy his hunger, thirst and lust
He filled his trunk with souvenirs
He filled his head with memories
He left his heart in many ports
But his soul lay empty and cold

Man is standing in front of his little house
Seagulls soaring overhead, rows of dried fish at his feet
Rows of dried fish at his feet
Dried fish, dried fish
Stocking up for the winter, stocking up for the future

Take me out to sea, take me where the fish are jumping
Take me out to sea, take me where the waves are rolling

Rolling, roaring, crashing on the rocks
Foaming, splashing, dashing on the rocks
Track Name: Magazines

Skinny little Dee, cigarettes and news all day
Dreaming on the job, didn’t see me slip through the doorway
Tidying the shelves, never noticed that space before

Now I hold them, now I fold them
My bag is full and overflowing
With glossy magazines that I’ve just stolen

Running down the street, bag tucked under my arm
Making a retreat, I find a quiet bench in the park
Away from all the eyes, you never see the spies in the dark

How to plan your day
How to look your best when you wake up
How to be a sage, how to give yourself a good shake up
How to shop and save, how to do it all in full make up

Now I hold them, now I fold them
Now I read them, do I need them?

Recipes and sweets, throw it in a bowl and it’s soon made
Give your man a treat, ways to turn him on in a heat wave
Agony and grief, and the horoscope’s on the last page

Now I hold them, now I fold them
Now I read them, I’ll never need them

My bag is full and overflowing with magazines
That I’ve just stolen
And now in hiding realising,
I thought I wanted to read them
But now I know I only wanted to steal them
Track Name: Out Here

There’s a bare light burning in your window
I can see it from the street below
There’s a father calling, there are some children crying
There’s your voice from sometime long ago

I said I’d be here on this Monday
To take all of my things away
But now that I’m here I know that it’s clear
I can’t see you so out here I’ll stay

I’m gonna stay out here all night long,
Till the sun comes up and the moon is gone
Cos I can’t get you out of my heart baby
And I know that you’ll always stay with me
I just can’t get you out of my heart Baby

The birds are singing so merrily
The sun is rising up so high
But I’m far from home I’m out here on my own
I just came to say Goodbye