Play Till You Win

by Cassandra Jenkins

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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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1.
03:35
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
05:41
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
5.
03:33
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
6.
03:38
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
7.
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
8.
03:46
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
9.
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
10.
04:21
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
11.
03:38
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

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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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