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Songs from Home

by Jamie Anderson

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1.
Six Feet Away Frustrated, these walls don’t say much I miss my friends, I miss human touch There’s still a world outside Through the darkness there is light (chorus) Take a walk, the sun is warm Feel myself transform Summer’s coming, a gorgeous day You’re still beautiful from six feet away (two metres away) Some don’t believe, they think it’s a lie I have to let that go, hope they don’t die I say a prayer and close my eyes Picture the beauty of a clear blue sky (to chorus) When this is over our lives may change Remember that sunny day, even if it rains Take a walk, the sun is warm Feel yourself transform Summer’s coming, a gorgeous day We’re all beautiful from six feet away Two metres away © 2020 Jamie Anderson
2.
Warm summer evening, dinner with a friend A voice from long ago startles me, “Hey how you been?” Your face so familiar, where has the time gone? Your 12-year-old asks me, “How do you know my mom?” A lot of answers go through my mind, some are funny, some unkind I went for polite and safe As you stood there with your kids and what’s his name After all this time have you erased me from your life? Even your son doesn’t know you used to have a wife There on the sidewalk in that outdoor café We exchanged pleasantries, hardly knowing what to say I joked with your boy that I’m a celebrity What’s his name crossed his arms and glared at me After all this time have you erased me from your life? Even your son doesn’t know you used to have a wife I don’t think of you every day but you’re in my memory The time you slipped on that ring, said you’d always care for me After all this time have you erased me from your life? Maybe someday you’ll tell your kids you used to have a wife © 2019 Jamie Anderson
3.
Marry Me 02:17
You were on the cover of Rolling Stone, I was on page 20 of the Tucson Weekly You’re a Rhodes scholar, I have a BS from a state university I hope you like femmes, I own 40 skirts, I’m a big liberal, and you’ll like my cookin’ You’re really smart and handsome, I’m not bad lookin’ We’re perfect for each other, can’t you see? Rachel Maddow, marry me You’ve got a show on MSNBC, I can’t help but swoon when you read the news I’ve got 10 followers on Instagram and 21 subscribers on YouTube, no, 22! Your books are New York Times best sellers, my mom says my books are the best ever seen You’ve won Emmys and lots of awards, I won for best folk in Tucson in ‘93 Rachel Maddow, marry me You’ve got a partner, I can share I have a wife, she won’t care (I think) Rachel Maddow, marry me (spoken) Don’t you want to live in Canada? Our anthem’s easier to sing. We have free health care. And milk in bags! We have 20% of the world’s fresh water – I know you like to fish. I love to eat fish. Do you like older women? I just wrote this song and … is this thing on ? Rachel Maddow, marry me © 2020 Jamie Anderson
4.
In this showroom we only want to buy a car Salesman shouts “You must be sisters, I’m sure you are” Only straight people say that We look nothing alike Only straight people say that She’s my wife Preacher says “Have you found Jesus?” I ask “Is he lost?” He quotes the bible, shakes his fist, while he’s holding a cross Only smug people say that You don’t know how we pray Only smug people say that We all have feet of clay The young man wore a hoodie, he was out late Was that a gun in his pocket? Anyone could make that mistake Only white people say that He killed an innocent kid Only white people say that No excuse for what he did You can’t avoid being straight or white But you can stop and think, you can make it right You can make it right Only kind people say that Make a fresh start Only kind people say that Listen with your heart © 2020 Jamie Anderson
5.
Mi Corazon, are you sure you want to go? Mi Abuelo, yes I do Then take this old guitar, you’ll never go hungry, she will always sing with you (chorus) Passed down for generations, it had come so far Though many had played it, she was Linda’s guitar Her notes like honey poured over every song, soon everybody knew her name In California the Martin disappeared, even without it she gained fame (to chorus) (bridge) Found after 20 years, it had a few more cracks Still the chords rang out, she had her baby back Now in her seventies, Linda can’t sing, but when you strum that Martin you’ll hear joy In the strings’ vibration, if you listen closely, you can hear Linda’s voice “There you go baby, here am I …” © 2020 Jamie Anderson, with a nod to Linda Ronstadt
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Remember Me 03:11
I don’t know tip toe through the tulips I’m not lyin’, I’m only tryin’ to entertain you Can I call it jazz if I play a major chord? Quick, I better play a 7th suspended 4 (Chorus) Remember me, I’m not Diana (Billie, Ella) Remember me, I’m not Sarah (Dinah, Tony) Remember me, I’m the one with the ukulele Open mike, what a night, there’s always a drunk guy Who calls out, what about You Are My Sunshine? Did this ever happen to Frank or Peggy? It’s my curse because I play the ukulele (to chorus) Get me a distortion pedal, I could play this for you I’ve heard that Beethoven really rocked the uke But I’d rather play something moody and blue (to chorus) (I give up) Tip toe through the tulips with me © 2020 Jamie Anderson

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Six song EP, written and recorded during the pandemic.

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released August 23, 2020

Jamie Anderson and James Stephens, producers
Recorded at Stove Studio in Chelsea, Quebec, by James Stephens
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova in Ottawa, ON
All instruments played by James and Jamie.
Jamie Anderson: all vocals, guitar, ukulele, banjo, brushes on doumbek, shaker
James Stephens: fiddle, bass, tenor guitar, mandolin

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Jamie Anderson Ottawa, Ontario

Jamie Anderson has played her unique original songs in hundreds of venues in four countries. She’s contemporary folk without the Birkenstocks, pop without the meat dress, and jazz without the weird chords. Her 11 recordings have sold in the thousands.

“A barrel of laughs and a whole lot of fun.” – Amanda Putz, CBC
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