An intimate collection of songs paired with a 16 page booklet of sensual photographs
Caitlin Jaene Mercer - Vocals & Bass (also Jembe on “Want”)
Christopher Mercer - Guitars
Rob Durham - Drums
Produced by Blue Hippopotamus
“Ring Around the Rosie” co-produced by Marco Delmar
Tracks 2, 4, 7 & 9 recorded at Take One Productions (201-788-3901)
and mastered by Ty Tabor at Alien Beans Studios
Track 5 recorded at Recording Arts, Arlington, VA
Track 10 recorded live at Sidewalk Cafe, NYC
Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 10 mastered by Mark Reiter for Recording Arts, Arlington, VA
Model on outside cover and inside booklet: Laura Petersen - @laurapetersen_lp
Photos of Laura by Nate Griffin - www.NateGriffinPhoto.com
Layout & Graphic Design by Caitlin Jaene
Caitlin & Laura
For this album my band and I have collaborated with my childhood friend, Laura Petersen, for a sensual visual experience of photos that match the mood of this intimate collection of songs. The photos of Laura in the 16 page booklet are taken by the talented Nate Griffin. Thank you Laura and Nate for letting me use these beautiful images.
Laura and I have been close friends since elementary school in the 80s when we used to do talent shows together (Yes, there is embarrassing video of this!) As young as I can remember, I wanted to be a singer and Laura wanted to be a model. Now that we are both moms, we are making it a priority to remember that women can still be serious about their art during motherhood. We are two women supporting and encouraging each other's creativity. We do not need to be 20 or childless to be beautiful, express our sexuality and celebrate who we are.
I hope you enjoy this CD ❤️
Ring Around the Rosie (written for American Horror Story)
Ring around the rosie, pockets of posies, ashes ashes, we all fall down. I feel him coming, creeping up on me, dreams and lies pull us under the ground. We fear the devil, darkness and evil, can't escape a fate that goes around and around.
Are you comfortable inside my perception? I am full of love if you want to take it. Do you wonder if I'm real or deception? Baby, it's as real as you want to make it. If you rationalize anything I say, pleasure will turn to pain. If you want to understand the love we make, thinking will just get in your way. You can lay warm in these feelings of love, I'll never take them away. No one claims to own the light from the sun, yet they let it warm them everyday. I'm gonna give you credit for all the sound you're putting into my mouth. You can say resistance is what you want, I find you irresistible in my arms. There are things we'll touch that no one will know about, there are things we'll feel that no one will see. That's why it doesn't matter who else we're loving, these moments are between you and me.
Mon coeur est ouvert et mes pensées courent à liberté, envoyez-moi à une monde imaginaire, donnez-moi tout ce que vous avez. (My heart is open and my thoughts run wild, send me to an imaginary world, give me all that you have) Envoyez-moi à une autre réalité (Send me to another reality) Il est possible qu'il n'y a pas demain, ce soir est tout et j'ai besoin de votre amour et d’être aimé par vos mains. (It is possible that there is no tomorrow, tonight is all and I need to have your love and to be loved by your hands) Mes bras sont ouverts, je suis affamé. C'est tout ce que nous avons, nous devons profiter des opportunités. (My arms are open, I am famished. This is all we have, we have to take advantage of opportunities) Permettez-moi d'apprécier votre corps comme une méditation. Envoyez-moi à une autre réalité, envoyez-moi au ciel. (Allow me to appreciate your body like a meditation. Send me to another reality, send me to the sky)
Oh there's a place now hiding deep in my imagination, hiding behind your eyes like a sky. I know no one really knows you, I won't pretend to. I know you have your own life but tonight, it's in my hands as I tighten the final band of trust, will it be enough, you're a strong one. I can not close my eyes without this vision of you slipping in. I can't believe how good you feel in my stomach, heart and mind. Crazy crazy crazy love, Crazy crazy crazy ahh Right place, right time, right words, now I'm addicted to a love that I can't have all the time. But I can make one promise to you, I'll never be true to any other heart. We're apart but I'm always here and you'll always have a place to hide, I swear as long as I'm alive I'll be good to you. Right place, right time, right words, right conversation. Oh my God boy, you have a crazy imagination
You can have today but you'll miss tomorrow, you can touch me now or you can have your sorrow. Hold on behind as you reach ahead, keep it in a box underneath your bed. You can have from my finger tips whatever you want if they touch your lips, you know how to run this. What do you like, what do you want? You can have today but you'll never know the freedom that you'll feel if you let it go. Take in what's all around, don't be afraid to feel the ground. I wish you would watch them as they move and picture in your head what they do to you, I know I do.
Any Old Day
Bonfires in the sand. Games played in the dark at 3am. Where is this going on? Why are you not there? You don't want just any old day. In a sunnier place, can memories be erased by how good the moment feels? How good the moment feels. Open windows let it in. The soft winter sun is warm again. We've been to heaven, it could be even better now that we know how to live.
Have you heard they just announced today that there's nothing left to worry about? All your bills are paid, all your dreams are just around the corner. They rang the bells you woke up to the sound. You packed your bags and sat them on the ground. You put hands into the air, you take a breath, your mind is clear. There is nothing left to be afraid of anymore. All the weight is lifted off your shoulders, and the fears of the world. Everyone is off your back now and you're not taking anything personal. Can you believe how light life can be? You put your hands onto the ground, accept the fact that you know nothing about anything. There is always more than what you can see. You are inside a limited being.
Bag of Tricks
Up and down, highs and lows, in and out, on we go. I've got a bag of tricks, that is the answer. Stay away from people who have no ideas of their own, misery is contagious. They want to catch your mind, create the illusion of comfort that comes when foolishness combines. Don't get upset when the happiness ends, it will be back again. Don't be let down when the madness sets in, soon it will come around to an end. Love and war, fear and doubt it all, it will all work out, this is a crazy life. Here we go taking on what comes our way, going to the city that invites us. There is a big woman dancing with her arms wide open in the back of your eyes as you say...
These snake eyes look upon you with love. These talons scratch you but these hands will always hold you tight. Sometimes I believe in reality but we can't see past our own minds, even my own head is feeding me lies. I'm with the stars but I'm coming down, I want the whole human experience, snake eyes with the wings of a dove. Don't live in fear and then try to call it love. This cold water should not be your only bath. I push you off the tracks before the train wreck happens behind your eyes. Evil, don't believe in it, this is beautiful, and authentic.
Never know how much I love you, never know how much I care. When you put your arms around me, I get a fever that's so hard to bear. You give me fever when you kiss me, fever when you hold me tight, fever in the the morning, fever all through the night. Sun lights up the daytime, moon lights up the night. I light up when you call my name, and you know I'm gonna treat you right...Everybody's got the fever, that is something you all know. Fever isn't such a new thing, fever started long ago. Romeo loved Juliet, Juliet she felt the same. When he put his arms around her, he said Julie baby you're my flame, you give me fever, when we kisseth, fever with thy flaming youth. Fever, I'm afire, fever yea I burn forsooth. Now you've listened to my story, here's the point I have made, chicks were meant to give you fever, be it Fahrenheit or Centigrade. They’ll give you fever, when you kiss them, fever if you live and learn. Fever till you sizzle, oh what a lovely way to burn.