Raised By Wolves

by Jenee Halstead

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released May 25, 2012

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Jenee Halstead Somerville, Massachusetts

"She, like Neko Case before her, mines allegories and fables for her songs, but Halstead isn't a cyclone. She floats and observes, almost achieving a spectral presence on her own songs." Stephen Thomas Erlewine - All Music Guide

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Track Name: Havana Dress
Red wine on my lips
Feeling so alone
The records you play
Make me long for a home

I woke up next to you
My makeup all a mess
There on the floor lay
My Havana dress

When Loretta sing “I Lie”
Oh I know just what she means
She wrote the words I never would
She tells it like it is

I woke up next to you
My makeup all a mess
There on the floor lay
My Havana dress

Gonna give myself away
Give myself away
Gonna give myself away
Pack up heart
Gonna give myself away
Give myself away
Gonna give myself away
Pack up heart and pray
Track Name: Rodeo of Sadness
This is my mind running wild
Aging me before my time
To be young is to be divine
But I am sour as a grape on the vine

In the Rodeo of Sadness
I am thrown down
but I don’t take it too seriously now

So lonely and pining for love
I wake up with my secrets all laid out
Waiting for the moment it will all be revealed
I don’t know how to do it and I never will

In the Rodeo of Sadness
I am thrown down
but I don’t take it seriously now

Every snowflake falls to the ground
Comes in perfection and leaves without a sound
Oh sugar, please take me as I am
I want to stay here
but I don’t know if I can

In the Rodeo of Sadness
I am thrown down
but I don’t take it too seriously now
Track Name: Building You An Altar
We fell into asleep        
Our breath was a sermon      
Whispering into the air
I was drunk
Skip James on the lo fi
That high winter moan

Building you an altar
Building you an altar

Flowers as the offer
Candles for the dead
Marigolds and sugar
A cross upon my neck
I kissed it for living
washed the sins of the dead

Building you an altar in my head

I get down and pray
I get down and pray
I get down and pray
I get down and pray
I get down and pray
I get down and pray
Track Name: Raised By Wolves
Oh troubles now
When love calls out
Tell me things don’t look safe
but I know, but I know

Nothing can hurt me now
Nothing can hurt me now

I was raised by wolves
With our own kind of love
At the table we would tear
Apart everything dear
but I know, but I know

Nothing can hurt me now
Nothing can hurt me now

Oh, how I go
to places no one knows
Only my heart knows such things
I am harboring
But that was so long ago
Now I know
Now I know

Nothing can hurt me now
Nothing can hurt me now
Nothing can hurt me now
Nothing can hurt me now
Track Name: Get Good With It
It doesn’t matter who you are
It doesn’t matter where you’ve been
It doesn’t matter who you know
It doesn’t matter what you did

It doesn’t matter who you love
It doesn’t matter how you live
It doesn’t matter where you come from
It doesn’t matter what you have

You gotta get good with it
You gotta get good with it

It doesn’t matter how you love
It doesn’t matter what you give
It doesn’t matter how you got here
It doesn’t matter what you said

You gotta get good with it
You gotta get good with it

You better fall down Guilty
Lay down in shame
Break down in weakness
and take the blame

Recognize the truth of things
until it happens again
When it comes down to it
We are all the same

You gotta get good with it
We are all the same
You gotta get good with it
We are all the same
Track Name: Garden of Love
I knew I’d lost you
There was nothing left to do
My arms fell to the ground
I slumbered here without you
The winter came
Frozen in my place
Nighttime grew shorter
‘til I could recognize the day

We break our own hearts
In the garden of love
The seed is in our own hearts
In the garden of love

Fingers in the ground     
I tried to fight the tides
But nature is a bitch, you know  
The southern sun won’t die
I went deep within myself
Pulled up all my doubts
Funny how the truth just has
a way of coming out

We break our own hearts
In the garden of love
The seed is in our own hearts
In the garden of love

Trimming off the pretty parts
Put them in a vase
Flowers grown from heartache
in the lines of my face

We break our own hearts
In the garden of love
The seed is in our own hearts
In the garden of love
Track Name: So Far So Fast
I head out on the road again
On that cold dark highway
The snow is blowin’    
Across the pavement, the dessert wind
Is smooth and dry like porcelain                   
I have tried to blur the lines
To change the course
Between you and I

I am comin’ to take you
I am comin’ to take you back

In the dead of night
I roll the windows down                                        
I’m shaking off my doubt, I am flying    
And my headlights peer into hollow eyes
I see nothin’ for miles
There ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’


I am comin’ to take you
I am comin’ to take you back
I am comin’ to take you
I am comin’ to take you back

Go on and run so far so fast
Where you gonna go so far so fast?
You better run so far so fast

Blood runs deeper than money
Blood runs deeper than time
Blood runs deeper than the blood in my veins
Blood runs and pours from the core of the black tar earth it’s there this time
You’re gonna change! You’re gonna change!
You’re gonna change! You’re gonna change!

I am comin’ back to take you
I am comin’ to take you back
I am comin’ to take you
I am comin’ to take you back
Track Name: Never Another
You’ll grieve for days
You’re left behind
Love finds a new seedling
There’s a whole new life

Those simple times
We can never get back
All of those feelings
Erase into black

Never Another
My precious lover
This is only between you and I

A silver cross, points to the sky
Caught between my breast
a brilliant blade

You pierce my heart
Rest on the crest
Keeping everything I couldn’t say
Held in my breath

Never Another
My precious lover
This is only between you and I

Back to the beginning
My breath ceases slowly
And my heart does it’s duty
Not knowing we are through

This bitch is going out in style
This bitch is going out

Never Another
My precious lover
This is only between you and I
Never Another
My precious lover
This is only between you and I   
This is only between you and I
Track Name: Bitten By The Night
I spike my coffee in the morning
Drink from the bottle at night
I am not the person I used to be

Bathe by the light of the moon
Next to honeysuckle vines
There’s a darkness living on my street

I’ve been bitten by the night
I’ve been bitten by the night
          
Been sleeping with your ghost
Wandering the halls
Longing for some peace to come at last

Racing to the door
Heart pounding in my chest
Listening for footsteps of the past

I’ve been bitten by the night
I’ve been bitten by the night

Come morning you will find me
In the same place you used to be
In a shallow bed, shadows in my head
A restless symphony

I’ve been bitten by the night
I’ve been bitten by the night
Track Name: Heart Song
Wanna walk away from this pain I created
All the tears the crying, the postulating
Don’t mean a thing to you, to you

Watched the birds take flight this morning
Lifted off the field in search of something warmer
Tossed my troubled mind to the wind
Open a space for love to walk in

I’m gonna paint my old room red
I’m gonna show my mother’s love
I’m gonna say all the things I never said
That pushed us apart
I’m gonna let you love me no matter what

Is the heart another way to get back home?
Is the heart another way to get back home love
back home love?
Is the heart another way to get back home?
Is the heart another way to ease this pain?
Track Name: River of Doubt
When I was a little girl
    When I was a little girl
I went down to the river
    I went down to the river
I drank from the river
  oh I drank from the river
The river of doubt
     The river of doubt


As I grew older
    As I grew older
I washed in the river
    I washed in the river
I laid down in the river
  oh I laid down in the river
The river of doubt
     The river of doubt


Stones in my pockets
   Stones in my pockets
Water washin’ over
    Water washin over
Hold my breath forever
    Hold my breath forever
Sinking in the river
    Sinking in the river
The river of doubt
The river of doubt