It's a Foreign Thing

from by Jen Starsinic

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written by Jen Starsinic (Be My Spirit Animal Music BMI)


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


from The Flood and the Fire, released May 27, 2014
Jen Starsinic - vocals, fiddle
Eric Law - noise cello



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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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