01 Darling of the Muses 

V1 

I am married to the King Maker; and of all the kings that he chooses 

Jojo’s a ball-breaker, he’s a heart-taker, and they call him the Darling of the Muses 

V2 

As I entered the parlor, Jojo sat at the piano, he had diamonds in his eyes and his hair was a halo 

And he began to play like nothing I’d ever heard, it was crazy, made me dizzy, I think smokin’ is the word 

Chorus 

The King is the counting house, counting all the voices in his head 

Jojo kisses my children at night, and tucks them into bed 

V3 

We traded tunes for days, took evening walks after tea 

Nothing happened I’m ashamed of, there was no impropriety 

But he does give me a charge, and he blows all my fuses; how did I fall in love with the Darling of the Muses 

V4 

Tongues started wagging after me and my kids; I wish I had half the fun that they imagined that I did 

But I got bills to pay, I got work to do; ain’t it funny how Jojo didn’t get a scarlet letter, too? (chorus) 

V5 

The King Maker left me when he jumped into the Rhine; the voices in his head were so much stronger than mine 

But I loved him with a vengeance, every moment here or gone 

He left me with Jojo, but he also left me all, all alone 

Chorus 

The King in the counting house, counting all the voices in his head 

And when he took his last breath, I turned to Jojo and said 

V6 

Let’s take a trip together, but he blew his kisses to me 

He said he’d rather be a loner as long as he was free 

Now my heart is broken twice, and I’m left with all love’s bruises 

How did I fall in love with the Darling of the Muses? 

Final Chorus 

And now I’m in the counting house, counting all the voices in my head 

©2020 Lisa Jeanette

02 Sky Don’t Fall 

V1 

I’m saddled with the duty of writing songs about true love 

It’s something that composers ought to do 

My heart is young, though not in years, but I see love through a lens of fear 

It’s hard to tell a falsehood from what’s true 

V2 

I recognize the sputtering of broken hearts when they take wing 

They need the strength of two where there’s just one 

I’ve seen the shot off Cupid’s bow miss its mark and crash below my feet 

I gaze ahead and I walk on 

Chorus 

World don’t perish, sky don’t fall until I’m with the one I love 

World don’t perish, sky don’t fall on me 

World don’t perish, sky don’t fall until I’m with the one I love 

World don’t perish, sky don’t fall on me 

V3 

I notice that you’re generous, you heal my heart with tenderness 

And my imagination starts to run 

But in the club of lonely hearts I am a patron of the art 

And I know how this ends before it’s done (chorus) 

V4 

I dreamed we shared a moment where you drew me in, caressed my hair 

And whispered softly in a dulcet tone 

I close my eyes as if it’s mine to feel that tenderness one time again 

My eyes flash open, I’m alone (chorus) 

©2020 Lisa Jeanette

03 Don’t Blame Me (Jolene’s Reply) 

V1 

It’s me, Jolene, who takes the blame, I hear you yodeling my name 

Every single time you get the chance 

You declare that I’m the one who came along and spoiled your fun 

You’re just using me for your snake dance 

Chorus 

Don’t blame me, some say you’re the finest woman they’ve ever seen 

I don’t want to compete with you, I don’t want your man, your man wants me 

V2 

That song you sing is such a fraud, you spin your tale like Scheherazade 

As if your livin’ or dyin’ depends on me 

Your imaginings put me through hell, the truth is stranger than the story you tell 

Listen up, the truth will set you free 

Chorus 

Don’t blame me, some say you’re the finest woman they’ve ever seen 

I don’t want to compete with you, I don’t want your man, your man wants me 

Bridge 

Your man is not the one for me, but if he wants another, cut him loose, set him free 

Chorus 

Don’t blame me, some say you’re the finest woman they’ve ever seen 

I don’t want to compete with you, I don’t want your man, your man wants me 

V3 

I see the sadness in your sad eyes, yeah that’s a look I recognize 

When a situation’s finally seen 

If you didn’t think I’d done you wrong I bet we would get along 

We have more in common than it seems 

Chorus 

Don’t blame me, some say you’re the finest woman they’ve ever seen 

I don’t want to compete with you, and I don’t want your man, your man wants me 

Bridge 

Your man is not the man for me, but if he wants another, cut him loose, set him free 

Chorus 

But don’t blame me, I’d say you’re the finest woman I’ve ever seen 

I don’t want to compete with you, don’t want to compete with you, I don’t want your man, I want you. 

©2020 Lisa Jeanette

04 Never Been to War 

V1          

War is dust, war is loud sound, war is boots upon the ground 

But I’ve never been to war 

War is miles of shifting sand, war is blood upon my hands 

But I’ve never been to war 

Chorus 

I’ve seen it on the movie screen, I’ve heard a childless mother scream 

I’ve seen the documentaries, but I’ve never been 

V2 

War is suffering, war is pain, war is money down the drain 

War is inhuman 

As you’re counting up the cost, how do you count the life that’s lost 

When you’ve never been to war? (Chorus) 

Bridge 

All is fair in love and war they say 

What’s fair about them anyway? Cause war hurts, cause war hurts 

And it never goes away, the wounds may heal, the hurting stays where we’ve never been. 

V3 

Don’t keep you wars all in one place, plan future wars in outer space 

But you’ve never been to war 

Fill your army with the brave, cause if you’re wealthy you get waived 

And you never go to war (Chorus) 

Last Chorus 

You’ve seen it on the movie screen, you’ve heard a childless mother scream 

You’ve seen the documentaries, but you’ve never been to war (Bridge) 

©2020 Lisa Jeanette

05 Jellyfish on the Moon 

V1 

I wasn’t born here, I was born on the moon, I don’t know what’s up or what’s down 

I wasn’t supposed to leave my home, I wasn’t supposed to be found 

Here with gravity, holding me close to the ground 

V2 

I have a resistance to east and to west, I don’t want to go either way 

But with much persistence I’m moving on, but in what direction I cannot say 

Because gravity is holding me close to the ground 

Chorus 

I am a jellyfish birthed on the moon, I’m evolving 

I am a jellyfish birthed on the moon, I’m revolving and I don’t know how 

But I’ll find my way somehow 

V3 

You wouldn’t believe if I told you the truth, you won’t understand what it meant 

Turns out my life was transported here, I was a mad scientist’s experiment 

And they let me go and released me into the cold (Chorus) 

Bridge 

Excuse me please but there’s been some mistake, I was born to be free and float in outer space 

You brought me down to earth and I can’t find my place ‘cause I’m topsy-turvy, I’m topsy-turvy I’m… (Chorus)

©2020 Lisa Jeanette

06 For You and I 

V1 

For you and I there is no distance, no future, no past tense, no sense of time 

For you and I there is no heaven, no hell to be forgiven, no reason, no rhyme 

V2 

For you and I there is no history, no sense of mystery, there is no why 

For you and I, we are not earth bound, we never touch ground when we can fly 

Chorus 

Can you imagine that we had never begun and that we’ll never end? 

Can you imagine that we are not separate at all, but that we’re just one spark lighting up a sky full of love 

V3 

What brought us close? The law of attraction, but human reaction is keeping us alive here 

You bring me home, a place I can let go, and I don’t even really know until I arrive there (Chorus) 

V4 

I’m here to console, and this is not romance, this is not by chance, it’s what we’re made for 

O bless my soul, I share it freely, take anything that you need, you give me back so much more 

©2020 Lisa Jeanette

07 You Don’t Look My Way 

V1 

I’d been so high on your love, came to rely on your love, now I ask why 

Got a degree in your love, got a paper decree of your love, for eternity 

But now you don’t look my way 

V2 

Got down on my knees for your love, sued your enemies for your love, cut down family trees, 

But now you don’t look my way 

I faced every fear for your love, shed salty tears for your love, gave my best years, 

But now you don’t look my way 

Chorus 

Who made the stars cross up in the sky? 

Who got you singin’ a new tune? 

Who made your heart skip a beat away from mine? 

Who put the lasso round the moon? 

V3 

You know that I feed on your love, I beg and I plead for your love, I’ve got a need, but you don’t look my way 

You know I would die for your love, God knows I’ve tried for your love, you’re not satisfied, and you don’t look my way (Chorus) 

Chorus 

Who made the stars cross up in the sky? 

Who got you singin’ a new tune? 

Who made your heart skip a beat away from mine? 

Who put the lasso round the moon? 

 V4 

Where do I go without your love, what do I have to show without your love 

Who do I know, if I don’t know you? 

Please set me free from this love, Lord, rescue me from this love, you’re all I see 

And you don’t look my way 

©2020 Lisa Jeanette

08 Top of the Ferris Wheel 

V1 

I ran as fast as I could down to the storefront corner 

Peeking over the row homes, hoping to find a promise of the Ferris Wheel 

Part of the sphere, winking back at me from the sky 

I could see colors the lights all aglow, oh how they twinkle at night 

Chorus 

It’s time for the carnival, can I go? 

Take a ride on the merry-go-round 

Let’s glide to the top of the Ferris wheel, I can see everything better from here 

V2 

Didn’t have much to hope for, never dreamed of diamonds or rubies 

Came by the crazy honestly, learned how to act sane from the movies 

Oh you should have seen me back then, I was drunk with desire 

I wanted to be good at something, good to someone, prove them all to be liars (Chorus) 

V3 

I sit on the bench in Cape May, October lies mute on the shore 

The church is a junkie’s playground, the carnies don’t stop there no more 

Yes it’s a bit chilly in autumn, but I’m still seeking thrills and I have the right 

No one should hold that against me, everyone deserves to see pretty lights 

V4 

Doesn’t matter how fast you go, go fast or slow as you might 

All of life is a circle, catch as you can, don’t hold on too tight 

Just when you think you’ve gone forward, you might go backward again 

Don’t waste your time counting accomplishments when you can’t count on your friends 

©2020 Lisa Jeanette

09 Portrait 

V1 

It’s a wonder how every day is a new portrait 

We get to paint it, often without much care 

Somedays we find that we’ve painted a weed, somedays a fine orchid 

Brush-stroking blindly we stumble on something rare 

V2 

But this day I’ve put aside to create with intention 

Rather than run from fear, or try to hide 

I’ve got a new canvas, this old easel to lean on 

And I’m painting you next to me, by my side 

C1 

Sometimes an artist will paint the landscape they see right before them 

Looks so real, you can imagine you’re there 

Sometimes they paint from visions and dreams, abstract and foreign 

Taking your heart on a journey who knows where 

V3 

I can paint it surreal for the parts that I’m not free to mention 

With as much honesty that we both can abide 

I’ve got a new canvas, this old easel to lean on 

And I’m painting you next to me, by my side 

C2 

If I could inhabit a painting, which one would I choose to? 

The skies of van Gogh or the fields of Monet? 

But I’ve come to the truth that this is the frame I belong to 

And that someone’s painting me a little late 

V4 

My colors may fade, my body may break, my mind lose dimension 

The persistence of time never lets you stay long for the ride 

I’ve got a new canvas, this old easel to lean on 

And I’m painting you next to me, by my side 

Ending 

And when the story is over, when the paint dries 

When all that’s left are those observing to decide 

Will they see satisfaction in my eyes 

When they look at my portrait? 

©2020 Lisa Jeanette

10 Still You Choose Love 

V1 

I can see your hands are tied, you want to hold the hand of your beautiful bride 

But it’s not safe, you need to hide, you get glances when you take outside chances 

Chorus 

And still you choose love, even though you’re in danger 

All the moments you’ve lost having to act like you’re strangers in your own land 

V2 

Coming in now for a kiss, you have to look around, make sure that nothing’s amiss 

There’s no one you want to offend, least of all a relative or a friend 

Bridge 

Love is rare and hard to find, it moves the heavens and the earth and the stars to all align; 

You give up everything, you make it through, only for someone to say it’s not for you, but love is love. 

V3 

When will love be free for everyone, when will it be safe to hold hands and kiss in the sun 

No matter your origin, your race, your creed, your color, your religion (Chorus) 

©2020 Lisa Jeanette

11 I Am Nothing New 

Verse 1 

Hey you, with all of your familiar 

Everyone loves you and all you lay bare 

Shrouded with the stars all around you 

They enter your orbit and want to stay there 

And I want to stay there, too 

I am nothing new 

Verse 2 

Is that you with your beautiful broken 

Strewn out in pieces for everyone to see? 

Sung like an angel or secretly spoken 

Leaving your lips and then entering me 

And I am broken, too 

But I am nothing new 

Bridge 

There you go with your transient energy 

Don’t stay too long they might find out you’re real 

Hung on a tightrope of lyrical tragedy 

It’s not what you said it’s how you made them feel 

Walking out the door 

Leave them wanting more 

And I am left there, too 

And I am nothing new 

Verse 3 

Catch me now, for I’m melting like stubborn snow 

Clinging to dirt in a mall parking lot 

Part of me hoping I still have a twilight’s glow 

Most of me knowing it’s dust that I’ve got 

But I hold on like glue 

Vanishing from view 

And I am nothing new. 

©2020 Lisa Jeanette