Play Till You Win

by Cassandra Jenkins

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    Ethan Bassford, Adam Brisbin, Andy Clausen, Michael Coleman,
    Charles Colwell, Ian McLellan Davis, Julian Fader, Oliver Hill,
    Dan Iead, Reid & Stephanie Jenkins, Alexandra Jones, Lola Kirke,
    Robbie Lee, Aoife O’Donnovan, Sam Owens, James Preston,
    Alec Spiegelman, Curt Syndor, Austin Vaughn, & Renata Zeiguer

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Featuring performances by:
Ethan Bassford, Adam Brisbin, Andy Clausen, Michael Coleman,
Charles Colwell, Ian McLellan Davis, Julian Fader, Oliver Hill,
Dan Iead, Reid & Stephanie Jenkins, Alexandra Jones, Lola Kirke,
Robbie Lee, Aoife O’Donnovan, Sam Owens, James Preston,
Alec Spiegelman, Curt Syndor, Austin Vaughn, & Renata Zeiguer

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released April 7, 2017

All songs & lyrics by Cassandra Jenkins (except 3, 11)
Produced by Cassandra Jenkins & Sam Owens
Engineered by Sam Owens
Mastered by Heba Kadry
Mixed by Eli Crews & Sam Owens (track 8, 11)
Assistant Engineering by Philip Weinrobe (track 11, 2 vocals)
Orchestral arrangements by Ian McLellan Davis
(track 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11) & Sam Owens (track 6, 10)
Design by Cassandra Jenkins
Color Photography by Cassandra Jenkins
b&w Photography by Emily Theobald
Recorded at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, ny
Mixed through a 1978 Neve 5316 onto 1/2” tape with an Ampex atr-102
Vinyl cut by Josh Bonati in Brookln, ny
Pressed at Cascade Record Pressing in Milwaukie, or

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Track Name: Candy Crane
You stopped me at the corner
to watch you play a game
asked me for a quarter
to let down your candy crane.
Lights danced on the concrete
around the arcade mart
Tell me of the chances
Steady hands aimed at the heart
Pull ‘em in, pull ‘em in
Play till you win
And when you let your crane claw fall,
all we knew of flesh and blood
reflected in the mirrored walls
was plastic die and plush
And then the machine sang its song
220 volts of victory
Another victim fallen pray
to plastic plush and candy
Pull ‘em in, pull ‘em in
Play till you win
So when you think of all the things
You ever hoped you’d be
Tell me did you ever dream
Of plastic plush and candy
Pull ‘em in, pull ‘em in
Play till you win
Track Name: Tennessee Waltz
I remember the night and the Tennesee waltz
I must have heard it a thousand times
and it wasn’t till now that I’ve come to see
the view from behind those lines
We were singing along to an old familiar song
when she came waltzing through the door
with her head held high and a look in her eyes
I could see that it was her you adore.
I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost
I used to think that I knew the words
until they hit me all at once
I can’t say it’s wrong, but I know it’s true
It’s with her that your heart belongs
ever since I introduced her to you
We were singing along to an old familiar song
when she came waltzing through the door
with her head held high and a look in her eyes
Now I don’t see you anymore
I remember the night and the Tennesee Waltz
Track Name: Jan Lee Jansen
When I woke up last night
under the water
too scared for open eyes
but to cold to stay under
You were the first thing on my mind
and when I finally found the shore
I walked the ten long miles
back toward our home
The house in the dark
with just a flicker of a TV set
and through the window I stared
at your guilty silhouette and said
Jan Lee Jansen
Aint the body a strange thing?
how it keeps on going?
It stays around when we are gone
The fish have sucked the wounds you left
found shelter in my thighs
The cold black water bloomed the dress
I wore that final night
So when you’re sound asleep
alone in our soft bed
I’ll approach your living lips
just to steal your breath, and then…
Jan Lee Jansen
Aint the body a strange thing?
how it keeps on going
It stays around when we are gone
Track Name: Shame
You’ve been good
I’ve been good too,
but it’s good to see you
Second thoughts are sometimes best
thoughts left unsaid
and so I’ll press my lips
to my fingertip and say
Isn’t it a shame? Isn’t it a shame?
To know we could be lovers
if a few things changed?
In the face of the light
we’ll go our separate ways
Another time, another place
I might have stayed
here with you
in the shade beneath
the magnolia tree today
Isn’t it a shame? Isn’t it a shame?
To know we could be lovers
if a few things changed
In the face of the light
we’ll go our separate ways
Isn’t it a shame? Isn’t it a shame?
When you come to know the difference
between someone who can change
and someone who says they will
and still stays stuck in their ways
Track Name: Red Lips
Red lips on my mind
Red lips burning bright
I see you every time
I close my eyes at night
Green eyes you leave me blind
when you shine your light in mine
I see you
in the darkness around me
Blue echoing
everything I’ve seen
In the sun
in the stars
where I gaze
there you are
Track Name: Disappearing
I disappeared for three days
without prior notice
I disappeared for three days
my whereabouts were unknown
to anyone
Disappearing
I’m just reading the score
written by someone before
I was here and now I’m gone
like December 1971
Disappearing
Through the years
I’ve disappeared
It’s a practice
not a burden I bear
Track Name: Hotel Lullaby
No one’s home
in a hotel lullaby
What keeps me awake
the sound of you
sleeping beside me again
No matter how you knock on the ocean
The ocean just waves
You are nothing
but waves
and I break
No matter how you enter the ocean
Still says no one’s home
Track Name: Honda's Well
Breath easy
when you’re supposed to go down
Breath easy
and go down, go down
When you find
the deepest well
Breath easy
and go down, go down
The sunlight will come without warning
Your eyes will see the shapes forming
They’ll appear, and disappear
Just as quickly it came it fades away
Sometimes it shrinks and swells inside
Gets out of hand and it will shake you up
The sunlight will envelope you
leave you, trembling
just before it fades away
You’ll never be the same
Track Name: Disco Death Dance
If we look the same way
and twist and turn together
then we can do the same dance
together, together
If hold the same notes
and rise and fall in measure
then we can sing the same song
together, together
If we wear the same mask
and turn towards one another
then we can be each others’ mirror
When you look into my eyes
what do you see?
Do you see you?
Do see me?
We can wear the same skin
feel all the pain and pleasure
a mirror reflection
tethered together
together
Track Name: Some Time
Give yourself a few years
Give yourself some time
None of them are like you dear
Give yourself some time
Everyone is in it
Give yourself some time
No way to get around it
Give yourself some time
For all the place you have yet to be
and the faces yet to see
Come spring they’ll all be here
and they’ll be back
with the same songs every year
None of them are like you
So give yourself a few years
Give yourself some time
None of them are like you dear
Give yourself some time
Track Name: Halley
Suppose I’ll lay a while under the stars
but I don’t know where they are
Purple orange is all I can see
nothing shining on me
When night wraps the sky
Halley I tried to catch you passing by
Coma tail high above the evening sky
Naked I tried to see you
but the city where I live
is bright and bathed in light
Distant lover sweet fruit on the vine
Ditry snowball of mine
Tried before and I’m wondering when
Could I see her again?
When night wraps the sky
Halley I tried to catch you passing by
Coma tail high above the evening sky
with my naked eye tried to see you
but the city where I live
is bright and bathed in light