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Where The Fireworks Are

by Julie Christensen

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venom-og Sparkling voice from beyond the stars. Julie incorporates an array of emotion that seizes her audience. In other words: Glowing balls of gas that undergo nuclear fusion.
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Well Enough 04:40
Well Enough Started as just a little row Over nothing, really Brought out the heavy ammo And the cat o' nine tails Do you wanna seal the coffin On the arrangement now? Bring out the hammer and the nails? WELL ENOUGH Well Enough Already Alright WELL ENOUGH Well Enough Alone WELL ENOUGH WELL ENOUGH Already Alright WELL ENOUGH Well Enough Alone Well Enough Alone Now it's all out in the night The neighbors know No reason to keep up appearances With a smile on your face Does it look to the world like One continuous fight? A nuclear family waste Happy Ending Two words that don't belong together Starting now I'd like to be Happy Starting Now WELL ENOUGH Well Enough Already Alright WELL ENOUGH Well Enough Alone WELL ENOUGH WELL ENOUGH Already Alright WELL ENOUGH Well Enough Alone Started as just a little row over nothing, really.
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Something Pretty Make something pretty Before it all comes crashing down I'm so sick of all the sadness And so to keep from looking down I think I'll make something pretty Before my world comes tumblin' down Find some beauty in this madness And see if it can make a sound Try and make something pretty Make something pretty 'Cause there's nothing I can think of to do at this hour There's just no way that I can speak truth to the power Guess I'll go back home again And let go of it soon Then I'll cry and scream into the pillows in my room Try to make something pretty Try to make something pretty Find some beauty in this madness And see if it can make a sound 'Cause there's nothing I can think of to do at this hour There's just no way that I can speak truth to the power Guess I'll go back home again And let go of it soon Then I'll cry and scream into the pillows in my room Try to make something pretty Try to make something pretty Something pretty.
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Where the Fireworks Are Between my thighs Is all my country And what I prize. The tender land And all the promise In your eyes. I'm asking you to go Where the fireworks are Just this one more time Kiss me before you go Between my thighs Between their teeth They lie and give no choice They're just playing with The girls and the boys. They're so in love With the sound of their own voice They're just praying for The oil and the toys. They're asking death to go Where the fireworks are Just this one more time Kiss me before you go Between my thighs. I am the fruited plain That holds the mother-love I am the purple mountain Smiling from above Kiss me Before you go Between my Thighs -- Oh. Between the lines I see bloody water... I want to cry. There is no land Of sons and daughters In my sky. Where is the fruited plain? Where is the mother-love? Between the purple mountain And a molotov Kiss me before you go Between my thighs
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Shipbuilding 04:38
Shipbuilding Is it worth it? A new winter coat and shoes for the wife And a bicycle on the boy's birthday It's just a rumour that was spread around town By the women and children Soon we'll be shipbuilding Well I ask you The boy said 'DAD THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE ME TO TASK BUT I'LL BE BACK BY CHRISTMAS' It's just a rumour that was spread around town Somebody said that someone got filled in For saying that people get killed in The result of this shipbuilding With all the will in the world Diving for dear life When we could be diving for pearls It's just a rumour that was spread around town A telegram or a picture postcard Within weeks they'll be re-opening the shipyards And notifying the next of kin Once again It's all we're skilled in We will be shipbuilding WITH ALL THE WILL IN THE WORLD DIVING FOR DEAR LIFE WHEN WE COULD BE DIVING FOR PEARLS
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Have a Pretty Dream Have a pretty dream, baby. Dream that they forgot To load the rifles With any dangerous things. Have a pretty dream. Dream as if they shot Maybe paintballs Or something like silly string And if somebody gets hit, They tell the truth And say, "I'm hit" And they put the rifle down And eat ice cream On the ground And play cards With our side. And then somebody makes hot chocolate And then we play again Until the sun goes down And packs it in And then we watch the shooting stars Dance and fly Across the night sky.
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The Meteor 04:05
The Meteor Wild romance in my convertible Neck on my seat Reaching up to touch incredible Answers to the riddles I'm losing sleep I try to picture what destiny's for And I try to imagine a world without war But it's just One more meteor Crashing through the atmosphere Around the speed of sound One more meteor Going way too fast for me to Hear it on the ground One more meteor--Meteor In that naked early silence I can feel clearly I have put in so much mileage And for my mind's violence I have paid dearly When these stars start comin I can't keep 'em in My brain is hummin' it's just like I'm livin' in-- One more meteor Going way to fast for you to Hear me on the ground One more meteor Crashing through the atmosphere Beyond the speed of sound One more meteor The code! The code has got its rock suit on It's golden. It's tumblin’ towards the dawn Can ya hear me in there, with your rock suit on? Hello? Come on! One more meteor Going way too fast for me to Hear it on the ground One more meteor Had it in my hand but it had Fizzled out by then Maybe I should wake again Around about 3 am It's gonna be a year before This many of 'em come again Just one more meteor
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Boy in Pain 05:34
Boy in Pain So alone. Only one in the house Awake in the night Searching the Stars For some kind of clue That would Make it all right. There's a quiet trouble In the perfect score. In a brilliant muddle, You look for more. And I can't forget The Boy in Pain. Far Away, misery is no stranger To a soldier tonight. Scanning the sky, There's heartache and danger And nothing's all right. They'd left him at the junction And waved goodbye. Were they missing something Behind his eyes? Well, I can't forget The Boy in Pain. (2x) And he came back from a place Whose name he could not say And the mother leveled her complaint: "I gave you a good boy, And you sent me back--a murderer!"* There's a quiet trouble. A mother's eyes Can see from a mile away In the dark. Heavens above! There must be some reason he'd landed so hard. There's a quiet trouble And a violent war In his silent bubble, You look for more And you can't forget The Boy in Pain There's a quiet Trouble.
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I Think It's Going To Rain Today Broken windows and empty hallways A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with gray Human kindness is overflowing And I think it's going to rain today Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles With frozen smiles to chase love away Human kindness is overflowing And I think it's going to rain today Lonely, lonely Tin can at my feet Think I'll kick it down the street That's the way to treat a friend Bright before me the signs implore me To help the needy and show them the way Human kindness is overflowing And I think it's going to rain today
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Psycho Killer   I can't seem to face up to the facts I'm tense and nervous and I can't relax I can't sleep cause my bed's on fire Don't touch me I'm a real live wire Psycho killer, qu'est que c'est Far better Run away Psycho killer, que'st que c'est Far better Run away Oh yeah Woke up about an hour ago Sadder than you'll ever know I close my eyes on this sunny day Say it once why say it again Chorus Ce que j'ai fait, ce soir la Ce qu'elle a dit, ce soir la Realisant, mon espoir Je me lance vers la gloire We are vain and we are blind I hate people when they're not polite Chorus  
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Rapture Index = 0 I know where you come from And it ain't no ranch in Texas There's a multicultured someone Always cleaning up your messes Got your 'nukular' BEHEMOTH Versus tiny evil axes, And the Skulls and Bones you play with-- They had names and eyes and sexes But you WRAPPED YER INDEX FINGER ON THE TRIGGER And you aimed your endless Anger at the beauty of the world. What if the plane was flown by Jesus When the country blew to pieces? I don't think that it was Moses When they bullied kids with dozers Christian soldiers drive the hummers From the suicidal bombers And the body count is risin' now And there's coffins on their shoulders But you WRAPPED YER INDEX FINGER ON THE TRIGGER And you aimed your endless Anger at the beauty of the world. Come outside and listen To all the stories you've been missin' There is other music Than the song your choir is singin'. There ain't no "Rapture" comin'. Every story has an ending; When your death rattle starts drummin', That is when you'll be ascending. So just mind your own damn business And don't preach me your religion I got something of my own To give me faith to go on livin' But you WRAPPED YER INDEX FINGER ON THE TRIGGER And you aimed your endless Anger at the beauty of the world
11.
She Melted 02:14
She Melted She melted like the chocolate Left in the car Lonely and softening A quiet puddle Of darkened tears She couldn't make out The words in that message But they didn't last They didn't last. Night in the meadow Past the rest stop The stars recede And the morning comes Without promise Broken and cotton-mouthed. My one good eye Keeps a watch In its back pocket Deep in the grey Matter rotting The time it takes To sing this Is too long.
12.
Woodstock 05:11
Woodstock I came upon a child of God He was walking along the road And I asked him, where are you going? And this he told me He said I'm going on down to Yasgur's Farm, I'm gonna join in a rock and roll band. I'm gonna get back to the land and set my soul free. We are stardust, we are golden, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. So can I walk beside you? I have come here to lose the smog, And I feel to be a cog in something turning Maybe it is just the time of year, Maybe it's the time of man. I don't know who I am, But life is for learning. We are stardust, we are golden, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. By the time we got to Woodstock, We were half a million strong And everywhere there was a song and celebration. And I dreamed I saw the bomber death planes Riding shotgun in the sky, And they were turning into butterflies Above our nation. We are stardust, we are golden, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. We are stardust, billion year old carbon, We are golden Caught in the devil's bargain And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.
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One More Song There was not a sound The world was quiet My dream on the ground I could not Fly it ONE MORE SONG I wanna hear it one more time One more heart Can maybe end its bleeding Just hang on The power of love is strong ONE MORE SONG The sound of music breathing Love is never wrong It seldom misses When you think it's gone It throws you Kisses ONE MORE SONG A reason to go on and on ONE MORE SONG Another bird is singing ONE MORE SONG A world of war is hanging on One more bell To send the music ringing Love will carry on It does not waiver And you still belong In love's good Favor ONE MORE SONG A reason to go on and on ONE MORE SONG Another bird is singing Just hang on The power of love is strong ONE MORE SONG The sound of music bringing Love. 2004 Julie Christensen & Karen Hammack Stone Cupid Music BMI, Karen Hammack Music BMI Karen Hammack, piano Don Falzone, bass Kenny Wollesen, drums Joe Woodard, guitars Kenny Edwards, mandolin and backup vocal Tom Lackner, audio collage Jon Rosenberg-recording {*font smaller:}Samples: Vertical Medley – Headless Household

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There's a seventies folk-rock bent to these songs addressing the state of a world out of balance. "--a collection.spanning the emotional spectrum. It provides an evocative musical chariot for Christensen to weave her vocal magic." -Brett Leigh-Dicks

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released March 18, 2008

Produced by Julie Christensen with Tom Lackner
Except Psycho Killer Produced by Viggo Mortensen with Travis Dickerson, remixed by Lackner and DuGre
Mixed by by Paul DuGre with Tom Lackner
With mix assistance from Gabe Lackner
At The Tompound in Santa Barbara, CA

Mastered by Paul DuGre in Burbank, CA
Additional Recording by
Jon Rosenberg at Systems Two in Brooklyn, NY,
Jason Mariani at Brotheryn Studios in Ojai, CA
Sean Ingoldsby at Real Time in Ojai, CA,
and Chris Foley at Sound and Vision in Ojai, CA
Art Design and Collage by Amy Schneider arose@ojai.net
Photos by Michael Kelly except disc image John Diehl
All vocals by Julie Christensen except where noted

copyright Stone Cupid Music 2007 www.stonecupid.com

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Julie Christensen Jemez Springs, New Mexico

Julie Christensen’s story is woven into decades of Roots Music. A veteran of Leonard Cohen’s bands, she co-fronts post- punk rockers Divine Horsemen, which rebooted to release new work in 2021.
In lockdown in 2020, she decided someone should record an entire collection of Kevin Gordon songs. The result, 11 From Kevin, will be released early 2022 on WireBird Records.
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