talkin' paradox blues

by Jesse O'Neill

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released October 27, 2015

All Songs Written & Produced by Jesse O'Neill
*Long Way Home Written by Jesse O'Neill and Stephen Artemis

All instruments and vocals performed by Jesse O'Neill
Featuring:
Brian Chiappinelli, drums (1,4,7)
Meredith Butterworth, drums (2,5) vocals (2)
Corina Corina, vocals (2,5)
Stephen Artemis, vocals, guitar, harmonica (6)
Jon Lampley, horns (5)

Executive Produced by Jesse O'Neill

Mastered by Willie Green for Paul Womack Media (BMI)

Mixed and engineered in Brooklyn, NY by Willie Green at The Greenhouse (2,3,5,6)
Mixed and engineered in Brooklyn, NY by Mike Kutchman at Kutch-1 Studio (1,4,7)

Assistant Engineer: Cedric Wilson
Photography by Zarif Taufiq and Grant Cooper
Art Direction & Design: Justin Keller for JusFCA

(c) 2015, Jesse O'Neill. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable copyright laws.

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Jesse O'Neill New York, New York

Armed with just six strings and songs to sing, Jesse O'Neill is an acoustic blues/folk singer-songwriter with the ability to strap on an electric guitar and turn the amp up to eleven. This multi-faceted New York talent has also been known to get down on the bass, banjo, mandolin, piano and drums. But he needs some practice on the drums. And a garage. ... more

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Track Name: By The River
I was born by the river on a cold winter day
I was raised by the river, by the river is where I stay
Good god, why you treat me so bad?
Worst damn friend that I ever did have
I was raised by the river
They have all these rules, all these things you've got to do
No it ain't easy
Good god why you treat me so mean?
Meanest damn friend that I ever did seen
I was raised by the river

I was born by the river on a winter's day; get my ship I'll sail away
Now I walk by the river almost every night; tell me lord it will be alright

I was born by the river about one hundred miles north
Will I die by the river? Will nature run her course?
Good god, why you treat me so mean?
Worst damn friend that I ever did seen
I was raised by the river
They've got all these rules and they've got all these fools
It must be a goddamn joke
Good god, why you treat me so mean?
Meanest damn river that I ever did seen
I was raised by the river
Track Name: You Can Lead
I'm on my way and I got my light
Stop in to give you a kiss goodnight
You can lead your life
I'm on my way and I'm feeling alright
No songs to sing no fights to fight
You can lead your life
You can't leave your life
Track Name: Mental Patience
He was a strange man in a strange land; a stranger to himself
He saw some hard times, he held some hard lines; he felt like someone else
He made some good work out of some bad hurt, he tried to help himself
Because when the night comes and his mind runs, there's nobody else

You will get hit over the head, you're not alone
And everything that comes to pass, you'll make your own
This woe wasn't meant to be
This woe wasn't meant for me

She was a young girl in an old world, looking for her way
She had a full glass but then a bad crash drifted her astray
She's at the party but she's lonely; she does not know herself
And in the mirror things are clearer; there ain't nobody else

He's thinking out loud, he wants this dark cloud to follow someone else
And since the car wreck it's been a hard stretch, but at least she has her health
He's got a strong will and a tough heart, he needs to push on through
She's got a clean slate and a fresh start, there is nothing she can't do
Track Name: Wayward Thoughts
My wayward thoughts they come to me
And I know I'm in good company
Track Name: N'Orleans Town
Tuesday at midnight, the carnival's last rite, the cavalry's closing us down
Cold turkey in winter, Ash Wednesday's for sinners, Thursday's for lovers and clowns
Long drive through the Deep South where people are free now, but my love is nowhere to be found
There's a note on the doorway, you can't have it your way
Can't breathe life into what I've drowned
Stop over in Shreveport, a last second retort, a cold winter's bleakness on hold
Carnival in the rear view, few years since the clear truth,
years since the love that I'd hold
It's a cold Easter Sunday it's been raining since Monday, a lifetime since we were reborn
Harsh glare from the bar lights, forty slayed white knights, forty days wear for the worn
A candle retires, a blond queens conspires, a pawn sacrifices to mourn
A new day is coming to wash and dry something that never should ever be torn

Come with me brother, come with me sister; take me back to N'Orleans Town
Come with me brother, come with me sister; don't let me lose what I've found
Track Name: Long Way Home
How am I, same as always?
It's a long way home
But you'll be there for me

I've been taking the long way home, getting myself lost all in these streets; walking to my beat
It's a long way home
But you'll be there for me

What'cha going to do when you get out of jail? I'm going to buy me a gun. Then what's next? Food and sex; house parties in the projects.
We're going all night long
Track Name: You're Going To Miss Me When I'm Gone
You're going to miss me when I'm gone, it won't be long
You're going to wonder where I am, what time I've spent
You're going to wish I was around, won't make a sound
I know.