The Flood and the Fire

by Jen Starsinic

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produced by Brady Custis

"This stunning album is a Cash & Carter-like country duet of timeless nostalgia-inducing Americana and modern folk-pop that positions Jen Starsinic as the next great voice in folk music." - Atlas and the Anchor

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released May 27, 2014

produced and engineered by Brady Custis in Somerville, MA
mixed by David Mayfield at Tiger Spa in Nashville, TN
mastered by Paul Hamann at Suma Recording Studio in Painesville, OH
all songs written by Jen Starsinic (Be My Spirit Animal Music, BMI)
Molly Tuttle - harmony vocals, lead guitar on "Ragdolls"
David Mayfield - harmony vocals
Eric Law - harmony vocals, cello, bass
Brady Custis - drums, electric guitar on "Move In Time With Me" and "The Only One Who Can Break a Heart"
Charlie Rose - pedal steel
Matt Glaser - piano
Lukas Pool - banjo on "Time to Lose"
Allison de Groot - banjo on "Six Foot Three"
Gabe Hirshfeld - banjo on "Since You've Come Around"
Jen Starsinic - lead vocals, fiddle, guitar, electric guitar on "Stay" and "Birdie in a Cage"

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Jen Starsinic Nashville, Tennessee

While you are most likely to see Jen Starsinic toting a fiddle or open back banjo, hallmarks of her old time roots, The Flood and The Fire is certainly not an old time record. Each tune represents an aching, a longing, and the snapshot the record offers into the musical soul of Jen Starsinic is startling; this young woman is most certainly a rising voice in contemporary Americana. ... more

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Track Name: Time to Lose
When I am home I write songs about you
I write songs about you when I'm lying in bed
When I'm out on the road I write songs about home
I write songs about things I wish I had

But there's time enough for me
There's hope yet still I know it's true
I'll take my time to choose
Time to see, my time to lose
To lose

Oh the body is a wonder, bones regrow when they break
Bones regrow when they break but a heart, does it heal?
Oh and I've got both, broken leg broken heart
I can't love, I can't walk, I just sit around

But there's time enough for me
There's hope yet still I know it's true
I'll take my time to choose
Time to see, my time to lose
To lose

And sometimes things work out when I've worked really hard
But though I work really hard, some things just aren't meant to be
And victory is neat, but failure comes sweetly
Failure comes sweet when I've worked really hard

And there's time enough for me
There's hope yet still I know it's true
I'll take my time to choose
Time to see, my time to lose
To lose
Track Name: Stay
Time
You never had enough of it
You were always calling it quits
When the getting got good
Your little rose
Wilting in a glass case on the stairs
But you're acting like you don't care

Are you gonna die an untouched flower?
It's been many long years chasing boys around the block
And there's no blame in wanting to keep a man at bay
But if you're sad 'cause you are lonesome
Why don't you ask one of them to stay?

Dreams
Of his hand running up your thigh
Running like an electric wire
Oh but you got scared
Of trust
That little game that no one plays
But tell me how they all have the queen of spades up in their sleeve

And are you gonna die an untouched flower?
It's been many long years chasing boys around the block
And there's no blame in wanting to keep a man at bay
But if you're sad 'cause you are lonesome
Why don't you ask one of them to stay?
Why don't you ask one of them to stay?

And there's no blame in wanting to keep a man at bay
But if you're sad 'cause you are lonesome
Why don't you ask one of them to stay?
Stay
Track Name: The Only One Who Can Break a Heart
I want to leave your cheating eyes behind me
I want to forget you were ever my one and only
I want to catch that train and leave you at the station with a tear on your face
I'll spoil all your fun
You're not the only one who can break a heart

I've spent half my life just waiting for you to come on home
Listening to your "I love you"s as your stumbling home in the morning
But you've got a whiskey tongue and last night's fun still on your mind
And I think it's time you knew
You're not the only fool who can break a heart

When I think back to church that Sunday
We were lying when we said, "I love you till the day I die"
I'm damned if I stay, I'm damned if I try

To leave you where you belong
Down in that beat up, broke down barroom
Oh and I'll take what's mine, what's left of my pride
And get the hell out
I guess we'll both find out
What it's all about when you break a heart
I'll spoil all your fun
You're not the only one who can break a heart
Track Name: Six Foot Three
Of all the things that I dreamed I would be
I never dreamed I'd grow to be six foot three
Who knew getting older in so many ways
Is just getting bigger
Getting bigger

I see all my neighbors when I walk down the street
And I always get mad if they don't see me
But it's too easy to take it to heart
And I'm getting bigger
Getting bigger

So many things that I do not know
But I don't need nobody
I don't need no one
To tell me how it's gonna go
I think someday I'll figure it out

I dreamed I'd have friends and that I'd fall in love
But sometimes people make it tough
I try to remember that everyone
Is just getting bigger
Getting bigger

So many things that I do not know
But I don't need nobody
I don't need no one
To tell me how it's gonna go
I think someday I'll figure it out

So many things that I do not know
But I don't need nobody
I don't need no one
To tell me how it's gonna go
I think someday I'll figure it out

And of all the things that I had to lose
I misplaced some and surrendered a few
But I have a heart and that heart it grew
And it's getting bigger
Getting bigger
Getting bigger
Track Name: It's a Foreign Thing
Some people are made for leaving
I learned from an early time
Some bonds are born of silver
And some are sewn of twine
It's a foreign thing, it's a foreign thing
A love to keep me near
They come to stay, then leave and fade
To some forgotten year

And I dreamed of Annie Oakley
And the holster on her hip
Oh who can bear to gather dust
When dirt and trouble live
It's a foreign thing, it's a foreign thing
To learn to behave
And I swear I heard the wind
Whispering my name

Oh I learned the hand that feeds you
Keep you quiet keeps you dull
Hunger, not blood or trust
Is how the west was won
And it's a foreign thing, it's a foreign thing
The cowboys on TV
Either good or evil
Always untamed and free

Oh some people are made for leaving
I knew from an early age
I was meant for the red sunrise
Of the wild western plains
And it's a foreign thing, it's a foreign thing
But I know the road is right
When that cunning glow comes creeping through
The long and lonesome night
Track Name: Birdie in a Cage
The mine is coal and the mine is heat
Dinner on the table and color TV
The mine is blood from my daddy to me
Spilling out down the family tree

And in our tree lived a bird so blue
That we caught and kept in an iron barred coop
Took him down to the mine so his death would warn
Of dying air and danger born

Birdie in a cage, birdie in a cage
Cage will lead him to his grave
From the grave to the pearly gates
Where he’ll no more be a birdie in a cage

They shut the elevator, locked the doors
Took us down to the bottom, time to work
About noon they yelled the bird had died
With the doors all locked we were trapped inside

Birdie in a cage, birdie in a cage
Cage will lead him to his grave
From the grave to the pearly gates
Where he’ll no more be a birdie in a cage

Grown men succumb to dust
Gone like a bird on a winter's gust
The people above didn't hear a sound
As the walls caved in and came crumbling down

So if you see a bird come touching down
By an empty grave for a miner not found
Won’t you take the time to hear its song
And think of the boys still mining coal

Birdie in a cage, birdie in a cage
Cage will lead him to his grave
From the grave to the pearly gates
Where he’ll no more be a birdie in a cage
Track Name: Move in Time with Me
The starlight fans over the band
Ask me if I'll teach you to dance
And you move in time with me

Lift your feet, bend your knees
Wrap your arms around me please
And move in time with me

One, two, three
You step on my feet
Four, five, six
We start to fit
Spin me 'round and you're the only sound I hear

And though the stars will drift away
And though the moon will fade to day
I ask of you one little thing
Just move in time with me
Track Name: Ragdolls
Silly shoes and done up hair
I was just a girl you thought was fair
Hey hey, what do you say say, uh huh

But you would learn, you would see
I ain't the girl you thought i'd be
Hey hey, what do you say say, uh huh

And you could spin me round and say
You wish I'd go away

Calico dress and silver ring
Will outlive and outlast me
Hey hey, what do you say say, uh huh


The good lord gave his only son
Left Mary there to weep and mourn
Hey hey, what do you say say, uh huh

And Death will take just what he wants
Like a foolish man with a broken heart
Hey hey, what do you say say, uh huh

And you could spin me round and say
You wish I'd go away

Holes don't dig themselves you see
But the dirt and the earth seemed to welcome me
Hey hey, what do you say say, uh huh


And you could spin me round and say
You wish I'd go away

Ragdolls and promises
Now who's that girl in the river bed
Hey hey, what do you say say, uh huh
Hey hey, what do you say say, uh huh
Track Name: Dive a Little Deeper
In the heatwave days of summer
With the sun beating down all the time
I've been wondering why it's the ocean that always brings
Love or death
Sailers coming home or going to rest

And I've never known many sailers
Except my brother, but now he flies planes
And I've been to a few of the oceans myself but I've never
Crossed their depths
I dive right in but I swim right back


And I find that time's slow passing
Is a lot like the tide rolling in
If you don't look fast, waves will break and they'll crash and they'll steal you
Out to sea
Never again to be heard or seen

Or you can wait like a fool all sticky with sand
For the water to come wash your limbs
Oh you can wait like a fool all night and all day instead of wading
Deeper in
Instead of diving deeper in
You've got to dive a little deeper in
Track Name: Wildfire
Sometimes love doesn't know where to grow
Like a daffodil poking through a dirt gravel road
I was the last daughter gone to the lights of downtown
I saw a tear on his face when the whole place burned down

I met him there as the fire began
A foolish girl in the arms of a dangerous man
But he was gentle and proud when the doctor saw you
You had a face from my dreams that I already knew

Some love is patient
Some love calls down the telephone wire
Some love you just can't contain
It burns like a wildfire

His trade took us west when you were just three
I made a pledge to protect and deceive
Oh I lied when your dad went out with his gun
I said that he was the good guy and that good always won

Some love is patient
Some love calls down the telephone wire
Some love you just can't contain
It burns like a wildfire

And that train derailed on the fourteenth of June
I shook with the news that my words had come true
Those good men got away with their money intact
Left my true love dying on the edge of the tracks

Some love is patient
Some love calls down the telephone wire
Some love you just can't contain
It burns like a wildfire
Track Name: Since You've Come Around
It's another day down, another dollar spent
Another night asleep in front of the TV set
And the cracks in my memory say it's been quite a while
Since there's been a loving ache, a flood or a fire

Remember dangerous you and cynical me?
Last seen and suspect in the old country
Porch swings and old things and your arm on my shoulder
The leaving behind made us both much older

It used to be we were always hanging out
Now it's been a long time
Since you've come around

Well the water stands still and the river's too wide
When you don't get what you want and there's a breaking inside
But someday I'll sleep without the TV on
And maybe learn to leave behind what's already gone

It used to be we were always hanging out
Now it's been a long time
Since you've come around