Anchors & Elephants

by Jennah Bell

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1.
Rid me of my blues bring me chocolate in the morning, No day begins too sweetly after dancing in the ache Just wipe me from the corners of the mouth you spoke me out of (bring me) sweet things in the morning Tender are the days, I made wishes on a cake tightly shut my eyes and whispered to a flame All jellyfish and legs, all peanut butter prayered Still wondering which days go where. Just a pocket figurine, Just a small thin to a pea when the world was a recital for my dreams All pirouettes and light, all polka dots and stripes unaware of how the day betrays the night… Rid me of my blues bring me chocolate in the morning, No day begins too sweetly after dancing in the ache Just wipe me from the corners of the mouth you spoke me out of (bring me) sweet things in the morning Rid me of my blues bring me chocolate in the morning, No day begins too sweetly after dancing in the ache Just wipe me from the corners of the mouth you spoke me out of (bring me) sweet things in the morning Tender are the days, I made wishes on a cake tightly shut my eyes and whispered to a flame All jellyfish and legs, all peanut butter prayered Still wondering which days go where. Just a pocket figurine, Just a small thin to a pea when the world was a recital for my dreams All pirouettes and light, all polka dots and stripes unaware of how the day betrays the night… Rid me of my blues bring me chocolate in the morning, No day begins too sweetly after dancing in the ache Just wipe me from the corners of the mouth you spoke me out of (bring me) sweet things in the morning (*musical break) Rid me of my blues bring me chocolate in the morning, No day begins too sweetly after dancing in the ache Just wipe me from the corners of the mouth you spoke me out of (bring me) sweet things in the morning Rid me of my blues bring me chocolate in the morning, No day begins too sweetly after dancing in the ache Just wipe me from the corners of the mouth you spoke me out of (bring me) sweet things in the morning Honey bring me sweet things in the morning, Honey bring me sweet things in the morning. Honey bring me sweet things in the morning, Honey bring me sweet things in the morning.
2.
I mind my “P’s” and “Q’s”, I dot my “i” ‘s and “j” ‘s I cross my “t”’s I hold my tongue Don’t call me mother by her name Can’t be too careful No, Can’t be too careful these days I boil my water cold, I keep my curtains closed, when I see trouble, (I) turn around and I walk out that door. Can’t be too careful No, Can’t be too careful these days But ain’t no safety coats, raft or riverboats, no parachutes, stop signs, or stop lights. Just ain’t no savin’ you, when it comes to the one you love. I mind my “P’s” and “Q’s”, I dot my “i” ‘s and “j” ‘s I cross my “t”’s I hold my tongue Don’t call me mother by her name Can’t be too careful No, Can’t be too careful these days But ain’t no safety coats, raft or riverboats, no parachutes, stop signs, or stop lights. Ain’t no holdin’ rope, to keep someone from letting go. Just ain’t no savin’ you, when it comes to the one you love. when it comes to the one you love... (Can’t be too careful, you can’t be too careful,you can’t be too careful ) when it comes to the one you love... (Can’t be too careful, you can’t be too careful, you can’t be too careful) when it comes to the one you love... (Can’t be too careful, you can’t be too careful, you can’t be too careful) when it comes to the one you love... (Can’t be too careful, you can’t be too careful, you can’t be too careful) when it comes to the one you love... (Can’t be too careful, you can’t be too careful, you can’t be too careful) when it comes to the one you love.
3.
Once a grassland, now a wasteland barren by, a jealous tide swept away a history a genesis of memories of you and I Once a highway, now a dry lane stretches beyond, the breaking dawn traces of the pavement weigh like pebbles underneath the lake and we live on in mere nursery songs... I left roses in the garden petals on the bed for you we’ve lived a belly full loved a many who, couldn’t shield us from the arrows pointed to the truth. I left roses in the garden petals for the funeral I pray we’ll meet again I’d rather wait then say that this is how this tale has got to end. So, farewell for now, till then... Where stood a gold mine, now a coal mine a yellow glow, has turned to stone Vibrant colored ruby eyes are vacant in a new disguise of emperors clothes Arms once open, since have caved in rubble born, from mountain storms patiently I still await for comfort from in a warm embrace but wind just blows and it’s turned me cold… I left roses in the garden petals on the bed for you we’ve lived a belly full loved a many who, couldn’t shield us from the arrows pointed to the truth. I left roses in the garden petals for the funeral I pray we’ll meet again I’d rather wait then say that this is how this tale has got to end. So, farewell for now, till then...
4.
John Forbid 03:56
I was just leaving town didn’t think you’d come, didn’t you’d come around. Long legged coast “will call” tickets to the shore and the open road. So John For-bid I say something, I don’t mean. What did, I know of my heart at 17? Crooked sermons and 3 words that don’t mean nothing. Wish I had known, That we were too young to live this old. That you were too young to live this old. I’ve never been this stoned, ever felt this grey, never cured this cold. So spare me the long goodbye so long, I tried but i’ll cheat this time. So John For-bid I say something, I don’t mean. What did, I know of my heart at 17? Crooked sermons and 3 words that don’t mean nothing. Wish I had known, That we were too young to live this old. That you were too young to live this old. So John For-bid I say something, I don’t mean. What did, I know of my heart at 17? Crooked sermons and 3 words that don’t mean nothing. Wish I had known, That we were too young to live this old. That you were too young to live this old. That you were too young to live this old.
5.
I’m gonna make me a home in New York, Cause you’ve changed this western girl. I’m gonna to trade my tree’s for building’s, and paint my canvas on a curb. I found me a place in Harlem, Got my 8 x 10 and pen, Cause this townie’s been upgraded, I’ll leave the flowers in their beds. There’s a train at the station And it’s headed to Boston, I’m not coming after you. (coming after you) Told myself I was leaving, Well I think I might change my mind, Thinkin’ bout stayin’ for a while. I’m gonna make me a home in New York, Join the villages around. Trade my carriages and cargo For a downtown subway line. I found a venue down in Brooklyn, Serves me songs and booze ‘till morning, Trade my hardened heart for bourbon And a pretty new soul. There’s a train at the station And it’s headed to Boston, I’m not coming after you. (coming after you...) Told myself I was leaving, Well I think I might change my mind, Thinkin’ bout stayin’ for a while. *musical break* There’s a train at the station And it’s headed to Boston, I’m not coming after you. (coming after you...) Told myself I was leaving, Well I think I just changed my mind, Thinkin’ bout stayin’ for a while. Thinkin’ bout stayin’ for a while. I’m thinkin’ bout stayin’ for a while. (I’m not gonna change my mind...) I’m thinkin’ bout stayin’ for a while. (I’m not gonna change my mind...) I’m thinkin’ bout stayin’ for a while. (No, not this time…) I’m thinkin’ bout stayin’ for a while. (No, not this time…) I’m thinkin’ bout stayin’ stayin for a while, Been talkin’ bout strayin’ for a while now
6.
Green & Blue 03:13
I’m wrong and I’m right and I’m both sometimes I’m green and I’m blue plenty of nights Thought I couldn’t carry through this for some time But I’m strong when I’m weakest And brave when I buckle my knees I’m damned and I’m holy on a pew I’m good and I’m evil in front of you I can be the best friend or worst enemy to you Cause I’m strong when I’m weakest And brave when I buckle my knees I’m silver and gold in the underground I’m copper and mold in a country town Oh I can be human or cold from where you stand right now Cause I’m strong when I’m weakest And brave when I buckle my knees I said I’m strong when I’m weakest And brave when I buckle my knees Cause I’m strong when I’m weakest And brave when I buckle my knees
7.
Uncommonly Cold, your memory froze, to the cigarette smoke married to my coat. The “Bark of the Dog” is just a bar on the corner then suddenly, your name’s caught in my throat. Oh no, no, no… no, no, no… oh no, no, no… Not again… The rush of the sun, left a sobering punch, and your liquor still tastes heavy on my tongue. Fore my body is fashioned, to his limbs I am fastened, to him, he’s every hand I’ll never hold. Oh no, no, no… no, no, no… oh no, no, no… Not again… Wise up heart, Wise up heart, Wise up heart, Why don’t you wise up heart? Oh no, no, no… no, no, no… oh no, no, no… Not again…
8.
Please, pretty pretty please baby It don’t make no sense to make me wait Give me a reason and i’ll gladly stay But for right now, I don’t got time to waste. So i’m begging please, pretty pretty please sugar Come on, don’t be such a tease now You know your games are leading me ‘round Cause in my mind I know there’s no doubt... I know that everybody likes to party And i’m just like everybody Everybody likes to party And i’m just like everybody Wait now, let me set the record straight for ya I need more than just the words, I need a man whose got the nerve to Really make them what they’re worth. So i’m begging stay, but I haven’t got all day We cannot fail when we’re together In fact, we’ll only make it better, And you and I can do whatever. Cause I know that everybody likes to party And i’m just like everybody Everybody likes to party And i’m just like everybody *Musical Break* I know that everybody likes to party And i’m just like everybody Everybody likes to party And i’m just like everybody Go on ask me, Everybody likes to party Well i’ll tell you i’m just like everybody Everybody likes to party And i’m just like everybody. i’m just like everybody i’m just like every... i’m just like everybody i’m just like every… i’m just like everybody i’m just like every...
9.
I can feel the well running dry I can see new vices, filling’ up the spaces it’s the middle of the afternoon and my glass is empty, but my life is too… Cause i’ve called him up before, and i’m crawling back for more of his poison, I drink up my whisky boy, and pour me Another Louisiana The clothes are sticking to my skin tasting every inch of, water that i’m drenched in I fear that i’m the only one who doesn’t seem to cool down, drowning in the sun Cause i’ve called him up before and i’m crawling back for more of his poison I drink up my whisky boy, and pour me Another Louisiana Now my circle dancing’s tired out now the shape that i’m in, has no definition I pity that i’m helpless when I know I can help it, I’m just too damn selfish Cause i’ve called him up before and i’m crawling back for more of his poison I drink up my whisky boy, and pour me Another Louisiana One more, one more, round One more, one more, round Louisiana One more, one more, round One more, one more, round Louisiana One more, one more, round One more, one more, round Louisiana One more, one more, round One more, one more, round Louisiana
10.
Love is My Disease, and i’m suffering slow. Too much care tends to, irritate the bones. Love is my Disease, but you found a cure, made it hurt so well, I didn’t love anymore. I asked my lover, he said, “blame it on me.” he said “I felt the same, and then you came, and love was my disease.” Pain is my reprieve, kill this transient glow. Reach down in the dark, liberate my soul. Pain is my reprieve, get down to the root of me. Pull out all the stems, replace them with weeds. I asked my lover, he said, “blame it on me.” he said “I felt the same, and then you came, and love was my disease.” Know there’s someone good, I know there’s someone good for me. So I keep telling that white light to shine, on someone else’s grief. Know there’s someone good, I know there’s someone good for me. So I keep telling that white light to shine, on someone else’s grief. I asked my lover, he said, “blame it on me.” he said “I felt the same, and then you came, and love was my disease.” I asked my lover, he said, “blame it on me.” he said “I felt the same, and then you came, and love was my disease.” he said “I felt the same, and then you came, and love was my disease.”

credits

released February 22, 2019

All songs written, arranged, and performed by Jennah Bell
Produced & Engineered by Michael Aaron Haziza
Associate Production by Jennah Bell,
Associate Engineering by Myles Turney
Associate Production on “3’59(New York)” by James Poyser

“Candied Daylight”, Can’t Be Too Careful” mixed by Russell Elevado
“Common Cold”, “Another Louisiana” by Michael Aaron Haziza
All other songs mixed by Andrew Sarlo
Mastered by Stefan Heger at FisheyeMusicMastering

Recorded at Mission Sound Recording in Brooklyn,
Mophonics in Manhattan, & Studio 150 in Amsterdam


Candied Daylight
Guitar - Randy Runyon
Guitar - Jennah Bell
Bass - Antoine Katz
Drums - Dana Hawkins
Mellotron, Piano, Organ- Mitch Henry

Can’t Be Too Careful
Guitar - Randy Runyon
Bass - Antoine Katz
Drums - Ben Marino
Organ - Jake Sherman

Chapter 3: The Hatchet
Acoustic Guitar, Key’s, Synth - Michael Aaron Haziza
Piano - Ethan Gouldborne
Bass - Antoine Katz
Percussion - Ben Marino
Background Vocals - Jennah Bell, Michael Aaron Haziza


John Forbid
Guitar - Randy Runyon
Guitar - Jennah Bell
Bass - Antoine Katz
Drums - Ben Marino
Keys, Organ- Mitch Henry
Ancillary sounds + Synth - Michael Aaron Haziza

3’59(New York)
Bass - Antoine Katz
Drums - Ben Marino
Ancillary Sounds, Synth, Keys
Guitar - Michael Aaron Haziza

Green & Blue
Guitar - Randy Runyon
Bass - Antoine Katz
Drums - Ben Marino
Organ - Jake Sherman
Background Vocals by Michael Aaron Haziza & Kelly Bartley

Common Cold
Guitar - Randy Runyon & Jennah Bell
Keys & Synth - Michael Aaron Haziza

Everybody Likes To Party
Guitar - Randy Runyon
Bass - Antoine Katz
Drums - Ben Marino
Whirly, Keys - Jake Sherman
Additional Keys & Synth - Michael Aaron Haziza

Another Louisiana
Acoustic Guitar, Charango, Synth, Background Vocals - Michael Haziza

Love Is My Disease
Drums - Zachary Tyler Mullings
Bass - Antoine Katz
Guitar, Synth, Background Vocals - Michael Aaron Haziza



“...love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you.” - Rainer Maria Wilke

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Oakland native, longtime Brooklyn resident, and now Los Angeles newcomer, Jennah Bell has been passionately described as the sum of music’s best parts; drawing influences from genres such as Folk, Soul, R&B, Rock, and Pop .

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