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You can't look at her without sizing her up. You can't size her up without plotting how you'll cut her down. It's almost automatic now, the assessment of conquering. The timid ones are no fun anymore, too easy to fluster them and catch them off balance. The willing ones don't make for much of a puzzle, and besides, if you're honest with yourself, there aren't that many of them anyway. But this one, holding court in the center of the room, brimming with wit and brains, is, for all her loudness, clearly beloved by the others. She's old enough to know the appeal of her youth but too young to understand that it won't last forever. You want to shrink her down to a manageable stature and stash her with your other trophies.
This is nothing new to her, either. She swiftly notes a fellow arrogant attention-seeker across the room, in your case a middle-aged man, but still ruggedly attractive (you hope), with a pocket full of thrilling stories demonstrating worldliness, sexual prowess, a scathing sense of humor, and occasionally questionable judgement in the name of heroism. A cock of her head and a skeptical smile let you know that she acknowledges your challenge and accepts. The rules now dictate that the evening cannot end before one of you emerges victorious, the vanquished jingling inside a pocket with all the other stories.

lyrics

Red rover, red rover (Send your best one over) (4x)

If you ever come to my side of the town,
You will know me by the jewels in my crown
I am the princess, I’m the mattress, I’m the pea
I can charm the stripes right off a bee
All of the little children want to play with me
All the ladies want to take me out to tea
All the gentlemen want my company
And the sailors want to row me out to sea

CHORUS

You can see it in the sparkle of my eyes
That I wander through this world without disguise
It’s in the fire of my convictions when I fight
And the quiet of my breathing in the night
I will rewrite all your philosophy books
And rival all the city’s famous cooks
Run a marathon and never break a sweat
And some other things I might live to regret

CHORUS

You will tell me everything I want to know
About your dreams and your life and where you’ll go
And our laughter will bubble up to the skies
You will lie awake at night and not know why
When you ask me to marry you I’ll say no
I got oceans to leap, orchids to grow
But by then you will have rearranged your life
And left your job and your mortgage and your wife

CHORUS

But one day I will wake up and realize that I have grown older
The beauty of my younger days has gone to find another one
A shiny shock of flowing hair was traded for a rocking chair
For feeble knees and raspy wheeze, still you have to admit that there’s
A force that draws you to my side, attraction that you just can’t hide
A fire burning in my eyes and something sneaky in my smile
Now it all makes perfect sense that they were jealous when they said
A woman like that will come to no good.

credits

from Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, released November 27, 2014
Jean Rohe – mandolin, guitar, lead vocals
Ilusha Tsinadze – acoustic and electric guitars, dobro
Christopher Tordini – acoustic and electric bass
Liam Robinson – accordion, keyboards
Skye Steele – violin
Rogério Boccato – percussion
Richie Barshay – percussion
James Shipp – vibraphone and percussion
And everyone sings.

Ljova Zhurbin – viola on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11
Dave Eggar – cello on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11

Tony Hdez – radio announcer on 4

All songs by Jean Rohe
Produced by Jean Rohe & Liam Robinson

String arrangements on “Fisherman”, “Pacific Street”, “Water”, and “O Bright Star” by Liam Robinson.

“Who Shall...” incorporates part of a Russian children's song in translation, “May There Always Be Sunshine (Пусть всегда будет солнце)”.
Field recording in “Umbrella” from Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011.

Recorded by Chris Bittner at Applehead Studios in Saugerties, NY
Additional recording by Oliver Straus at Mission Sound, Brooklyn, NY, and Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY.

Mixed by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal

Mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

Illustrations by Melanie Chopko
Photo by Jen Painter
Layout and design by Ilusha Tsinadze

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Jean Rohe Brooklyn, New York

“A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe has been captivating audiences for years with her one-of-a-kind narrative songs. Her writing concerns itself as much with the internal world as with the external. Her latest record, Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, won three Independent Music Awards in 2014. ... more

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