Deena Chappell

Deena Chappell

 Cambridge, New York, USA
BandFolkAmericana

Unique, powerful, raw, versitile, sexy, soulful, playful, quirky
Americana

Biography

“A little nutty” is what one reviewer said about Deena Chappell when talking about her 2009 album Voices of The Archetypes
“As mad as a box of sectioned frogs…” said another

Born on Long Island to a pair of silly- in- love young musicians, Deena Chappell grew up listening to The Beatles, Doo-wop, Bill Monroe, Billie Holiday, folkies like Tom Paxton, Leonard Cohen, Peter, Paul and Mary and that’s just when she was hanging out with Mom. When she was with her dad, she was getting experienced with Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. Basically, Deena Chappell never stood a chance at living “normal” life (whatever that is). She knew from an early age that music was a big part of who she was.
She started performing with her mom in the local watering holes when she was fourteen. Classic Country was the order of the day and she mastered the styles of Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and the rest of the outlaws (they don’t make ‘em like they used to). When she was sixteen, she started performing with her dad. That’s when she learned the ins and outs of rock and roll and rhythm and blues…Since then, she’s performed with some of the best musicians in the Northeast playing bluegrass, rock and roll, swing, folk and blues.
So when you listen to an album by Deena Chappell, you will be hard pressed to put her into any category and you begin to understand why she may be considered “a little nutty”…but ultimately, you will want to listen to it over and over again.
Go ahead, have a listen and while you’re falling down that rabbit hole just remember that nothing is truly what it seems.

Lyrics

Give The Girl A Break

Written By: Deena Chappell

I don't want to write another sad song, I just want to fly away
I don't want to stay in the cold too long, I just want a sunny day
I need a break from feeling so low, I am weary from the weight of it all
There's got to be a place I can go, there's got to be a place I can fall

Chorus: Stop the clock and hold the phone
Give the girl a break
Just leave well enough alone
if only for today

Up a lazy river, down a salt creek
you'll find me gazing at the clouds
resting in the shade, catching up on some sleep
mind you don't approach me too loud
I'm gonna close my eyes for a while
and dream about whatever I please
and spend a little time in denial
and let my worries go with the breeze

Friends are calling on the phone sayin' life is passing by
Wish they'd just leave me alone but they're not gonna let me slide
so I thought I'd do a cup of joe and smoke myself some tea
I hoped that it would help me go, but it wasn't meant to be

Everybody's sayin' get up on your feet
girl now quit that layin down
but everybody's crazy, I just want some peace
I'm gonna take the long way around
I'm feeling like I'll follow the sound
of a rabbit and a cat in a tree
I hope it takes me deep under ground '
and drops me in a boat on the sea..

Lover Don't Call

Written By: Deena Chappell

Lover don't call and tell me you're leaving
I can see that you're already gone
but when you come back, my door will be open
there's aprecious heart to lay your head upon
yeah, there's just too much between us now
and I don't think that I can walk away
Lover, come in and tell me your stories
let me hear the music that came through
I see you survived the demons that chased you
you can see that I survived mine too
it's a crazy, lovely, lonely world and
it's often hard to know just what to do
And in the times when I'm alone
I'll burn the fire on my own
I'll keep this precious heart from turning into stone
and teaching it to trust the great unkown
Lover, be still. Can you feel me breathing?
There's so much here to revel in
and it won't be long before you'll be leaving
I'll be cradling this precious heart again
because there's just too much between us now
and I don't think that I can walk away
So we'll keep that fire lit somehow
and pray that it won't always be this way
So, lover don't call
Lover come in
Lover be still

Sin

Written By: Deena Chappell

There was no moon last night, the sky was black as lead
I had no strength to fight the demon in my bed
He said you're gonna fail, you know you always will
He switched and swayed his tail, then he moved in for the kill
Just close your eyes now girl, relax and let me in
I'll decimate your world and you won't feel a thing
I begged to be released but his heart was made of stone
He said you can't be free now, cause you are all alone

Chorus- Mama won't you let me in, Father wash away my sins
Sister, don't you turn your back on me again. And brother, I know you've been here
show me how to win

His eyes burned green and gold, his tounge was dripping hell
my bed was freezing cold, amidst the rotting smell
he said you take your time, perhaps you wanna pray
this trip is yours not mine, but I aint got all day

Okay, now you decide if this is your last breath
you can choose the pain of life or the nothingness of death
I looked into my soul to ask her what was real
she said let life unfold, then tell me how you feel
then came the dawn of light and the demon wore a smile
he said don't get me wrong, you know I dig your style
but I am what I am and what I am is you
He took a bow and shook my hand
and he left me with the truth

Big Green Bus

Written By: Deena Chappell

SHE DROVE A BIG GREEN BUS TO FARMERVILLE, SHE WAS LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO LAY IT DOWN
THE LOCAL MAGI TOOK HER IN AND TOLD HER SHE SHOULD HAVE A LOOK AROUND
WELL, SHE TRIED TO KEEP HER COOL INTACT WHEN AN ANGEL NAMED RAUL, IN FACT TOUCHED DOWN
HE SAID, “YOU’VE MADE IT HERE TO PARADISE, WELCOME TO OUR PERFECT LITTLE TOWN”
WELL, SHE TRIED TO LET HIM KNOW THAT PRETTY SOON SHE’D GO, HE DIDN’T CARE
HE DIDN’T ASK HER WHY, HE JUST INSISTED THAT SHE TRY THE LOCAL FARE
AND THE MOMENT THAT SHE TOOK A DOSE, THE ANGEL MOVED IN CLOSE AND WHISPERED IN HER EAR, “TRY NOT TO STARE”
YOU KNOW THAT WARNING HIT HER JUST IN TIME TO SEE A HEARD OF COWS FLY THROUGH THE AIR

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, I THINK THAT I MIGHT STAY AWHILE
HEAVEN ON EARTH, I’M FEELING LIKE A LITTLE CHILD
I’LL TAKE THE CHANCE, AND LET THE UNKNOWN TAKE THE LEAD
C’MON LET’S DANCE! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEED….

SHE SAID “YOU KNOW, I THINK I LIKE IT HERE; I FEEL A CERTAIN AIR WHEN I BREATHE IN (OUT, IN, OUT) THE GRASS IS SO MUCH GREENER MORE THAN ANY OTHER PLACE I’VE EVER BEEN. AND EVERYBODY’S SMILING HERE AS IF THEY’VE ALL GO PEACEFUL THOUGHTS WITHIN”
HE SAID, “WE DON’T DISCRIMINATE AND WE FOUND A WAY WHERE EVERYBODY WINS!”

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, I THINK THAT I MIGHT STAY AWHILE
HEAVEN ON EARTH, I’M FEELING LIKE A LITTLE CHILD
I’LL TAKE THE CHANCE, AND LET THE UNKNOWN TAKE THE LEAD
C’MON LET’S DANCE! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEED….

AT THE CORNER OF COINCIDENCE, SHE TURNED DOWN THE ALLEYWAY OF FATE.
AND THEN THINGS STARTED TO MAKE SENSE, SHE WAS GROOVIN’ ON HER NEW FOUND ALTERED STATE.
THEN AN IMAGE OVERTOOK HER MIND AND EVERYTHING BEGAN TO ROCK AND SHAKE
THAT IN THE END THE LOVE YOU MAKE IS EQUAL TO THE LOVE YOU TAKE

Discography

Voices of The Archetypes -2009
The Continuing Stories of Roses in Crazyland -2011