Jay Alice

Jay Alice

BandPop

Music and lyrics written, usually simutaneously, by Jay Alice on the piano. An eclectic mix of vibes depending on mood!, I would describe our sound as a sometimes gentle, sometimes mental 'folky' 'rocky' pop.

Biography

My writing 'style' is....uh, weird..it just happens. A self taught singer and pianist, my voice is unusual, I would say gentle and powerful...and people seem to love it. A thought or a moment in time will inspire me to sit at the piano and sing...from a deep desire to help friends who are too troubled to listen to words...to a silly dream like wishing I could fly to the moon, chuck a bloke off a boat, or fall in love...that kind of thing!! The music is eclectic...the band wonderful, creative and willing to try anything for me...quiet ambient moments, sometimes funky, and at times a heavier edge. It's difficult to find genres in the list which fit..but I think 'lyrical acoustic pop' works pretty well...(with a touch of Jazz, a sprinkling of Reggae, slightly Classical piano and a delicate dosage of Rock)
I've been gigging/recording for approx two years in various formats, but now play mainly with my four piece band, Timon and I also playing as a duo when the mood suits. I recorded my first album, 'Devil on Your Tail' at Dungeon Studios last spring (self penned, produced and financed) mainly in a duo format with Timon....with Jerry Soffe joining us on bass for some tracks, and Rich Haines engineering and adding some magical extra guitar parts and percussion. During this time, I met drummer Chris Rowntree and with his electric kit and huge talent he was able to add exactly the kind of unusual sound I wanted to the music. As the first run sold out fast I'm currently working on a re-run, but with a few changes: Chris on drums, Grebe Dallas adding some hamond/ string parts. We will be releasing this one officially sometime in February and have nearly finished a second album with this set up too. I love recording in the studio, but feel my music really comes into it's own when we play live...it is straight from the heart. With the current band, I have played all over Oxfordshire including The Riverside Festival, Woodstock live, numerous gigs at The Jericho Tavern and The Hollybush Witney to name but a few...and are out gigging extensively again whilst also finishing the second Album! I have written in excess of 40 songs, all with music and lyrics and just can't stop writing... My influences are vast and varied, being brought up with nothing but Classical music in the house, then finding Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Ella Fitzgerald, King Crimson, Camel and Steel Pulse in a secret exploratory trip to a record shop in Cambridge when I was 15. Since this revelation I have never stopped finding more and more artists I adore. I am frequently compared to Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush, among others and it is my absolute intention to be as respected and prolific as them.

Lyrics

Devil On Your Tail

Written By: Jay Alice

DEVIL ON YOUR TAIL

SEE HIM THERE, SITTING SO COMFORTABLY ON YOUR TAIL
I SEE HIM THERE, SMILING HIS WICKED SMILE
EGGING YOU ON ALL THE WHILE...

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE ABOUT?
WHERE IS YOUR SOUL MY FRIEND?
WHAT DID YOU DO LAST NIGHT?
WHERE DID YOU GO IN THE END?

YOU WERE RIDING WITH THE DEVIL ON YOUR TAIL

I SEE HIM THERE, CATCHING EVERY ONE OF YOU IN HIS LAIR
I SEE HIM THERE, HE’S LAUGHING HIS WICKED LAUGH,
KNOWING HE’S CHANGED GOOD TO BAD...

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE ABOUT?
WHERE IS YOUR SOUL MY FRIEND?
WHAT DID YOU DO LAST NIGHT?
WHERE DID YOU GO IN THE END?

YOU WERE RIDING WITH THE DEVIL ON YOUR TAIL

WELL LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, YOUR HEART WAS MADE OF GOLD,
AN IF YOU LET HIM TAKE YOU.....

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE ABOUT?
WHERE IS YOUR SOUL MY FRIEND?
WHAT DID YOU DO LAST NIGHT?
WHERE DID YOU DO IN THE END?

YOU WERE RIDING WITH THE DEVIL ON YOUR TAIL
YES YOU’RE RIDING WITH THE DEVIL ON YOUR TAIL
YOU’RE RIDING WITH THE DEVIL ON YOUR TAIL

COPYRIGHT JAY ALICE MARCH 2005

This Time

Written By: Jay Alice

THIS TIME

CLOSE YOUR EYES, AND THINK OF ME,
DO YOU FLY? DOES YOUR HEART STOP BEATING?
DID YOU EVER FEEL THIS WAY?
OR DID YOU HIDE YOUR LOVE, DID YOU HIDE AWAY
BUT THIS TIME, YOU THINK IT’S DIFFERENT.

TAKE A DRIVE WITH THE ROOF TOP DOWN
SEE THE SKY SPINNING ALL AROUND MY HEAD
SUDDENLY ITS CLEAR,
DON’T WANNA HIDE AWAY, I WANT TO STAY AND PLAY.
WITH YOU, I THINK IT’S DIFFERENT.

AND ITS GOTTA BE...OUT IN THE OPEN

I CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND
AND I DUNNO IF I WANT TO THIS TIME
I CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND,
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT IT’S DIFFERENT EVERY TIME
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT IT’S DIFFERENT, IT’S LIKE THE FIRST TIME AND ITS EVERY TIME
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT IT’S DIFFERENT, BABE IT’S FINE

OPEN YOUR EYES, WHAT DO YOU SEE?
CAN YOU TELL THAT YOU MAKE ME HAPPY?
DID YOU EVER FEEL THIS WAY?
WELL DON’T YOU HIDE IT NOW, I’M GONNA SHOW YOU HOW
THIS TIME, I THINK IT’S DIFFERENT

TAKE A DRIVE WITH THE ROOF TOP DOWN,
SEE THE SKY, SEE THE SKY SPINNING ALL AROUND MY HEAD
AND SUDDENLY IT’S CLEAR
THIS TIME, DON’T WANNA HIDE AWAY, THIS TIME
I WANT TO STAY

AND IT’S GOTTA BE...OUT IN THE OPEN

I CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND
AND I DUNNO IF I WANT TO THIS TIME
I CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND,
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT IT’S DIFFERENT EVERY TIME
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT IT’S DIFFERENT, IT’S LIKE THE FIRST TIME AND ITS EVERY TIME
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT IT’S DIFFERENT, BABE IT’S FINE
AND IT FEELS SO RIGHT

AND THE LIGHTS GO OUT IT’S DIFFERENT, IT’S LIKE THE FIRST TIME THAT I WANNA FIND
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT IT’S YOU THERE BY MY SIDE.

COPYRIGHT JAY ALICE 29/04/07

Where The Drugs Aren't There

Written By: Jay Alice

Where the drugs aren't there.

Wake up, my love, wake up
Open your eyes, see the world around you
Your life's worth so much more
Wake up, my love before you fall.

You know it's,
Time to see the world for what it is, so many dreams come true,
Beauty is natural, you need some inspiration,.......

Somewhere where the drugs aren't there,
Somewhere where the drugs aren't there,
where the drugs aren't there
Somewhere with the wind in your hair,
where the drugs aren't there.

Yes I know it's not just the wine that you use,
To dull the pain that sinks right to your shoes
And I've known the pleasure you get right there,
when it hits, and life becomes one vacant stare.

You know it's,
Time to see the world for what it is, so many dreams come true,
Beauty is natural, you need some inspiration...........

Somewhere where the drugs aren't there,
where the drugs aren't there,
where the drugs aren't there,
Somewhere with the wind in your hair,
where the drugs aren't there..

The trees, the flowers, a gold sunset glowing.
A smile hello, the love that's just flowing,
A child learns to speak, with the voice of an angel,
An orchestra plays in the street, you tap your feet, something simple..

You know it's,
Time to see the world for what it is, so many dreams come true,
Beauty is natural, you need some inspiration...........

Somewhere where the drugs aren't there,
Somewhere where the drugs aren't there.

Copyright Jay Alice 11/11/05

Shallow Grave

Written By: Jay Alice

SHALLOW GRAVE

THEY WERE HIDDEN IN A SHALLOW GRAVE
AND THEIR THOUGHTS WERE IN THE DEEPEST SHADE
THEY DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO GO HIGHER

SO THEY DIDN’T SEE THAT THEY WERE OFF THE RADAR
AND THEY DIDN’T SEE THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IT
YOU’LL NEVER SEE IT
IF YOU DON’T CONCEIVE IT
YOU’LL NEVER BE IT
LOOK OVER THERE
THERE’S A WORLD OUT THERE
LOOK OVER THERE
PEOPLE WHO LOVE AND CARE
PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE TIME OF DAY

YOU CAN REACH ABOVE THE SOIL
YOU CAN LIFT THE EARTH UP OUT OF VIEW
CAST A SHADOW ON THE DARK SIDE
GO HIGHER, HIGHER

AS YOU PUSH AWAY THE DOUBTS, THE FEARS YOU’LL SEE THAT
METALLIC ENTITIES, THE SILVER AND THE LIGHT WILL SHINE ON YOU

IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IT
YOU’LL NEVER SEE IT
IF YOU DON’T CONCEIVE IT
YOU’LL NEVER BE IT
LOOK OVER THERE
THERE’S A WORLD OUT THERE
LOOK OVER THERE
PEOPLE WHO LOVE AND CARE
PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE TIME OF DAY

SO WHEN I STAND HERE AND SHOUT
I WANT TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN HEAR ME
IT’S SUCH A SMALL STEP TO GET OUT OF THERE IF YOU BELIEVE ME
AND DON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ ON THE NEWSPAPER STAND
IT’S A WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WORLD

IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IT
YOU’LL NEVER SEE IT
IF YOU DON’T CONCEIVE IT
YOU’LL NEVER BE IT
LOOK OVER THERE
THERE’S A WORLD OUT THERE
LOOK OVER THERE
PEOPLE WHO LOVE AND CARE
AND THEY LIVE NEAR YOU...

COPYRIGHT JAY ALICE PREECE 05/06/2008

The Wrong Time

Written By: Jay Alice

THE WRONG TIME

HEY, IT GOT YOU GOING, YEH,
HEY, IT GOT YOU FEELING GOOD,
I KNOW IT TURNED ME ON
BUT ITS THE WRONG TIME

OOOH, YOU GOTTA GET YOUR TIMING RIGHT,
OOOH YOU GOTTA GET YOUR TIMING RIGHT
OOOH, I WANNA LIVE MY LIFE SO LIGHT
FREE FROM ANY ONE WHO’S HASSLING ME

SO ANY DAY, YOU THINK YOU SEE IT THERE
RUN AWAY,
COS BABY I DON’T CARE
IT’S JUST THE WRONG TIME OOOH YEHHHH...

I FELT YOU CLOSE TO ME
MMM, THE WARMTH OF YOUR BODY STILL HAUNTS ME,
I KNOW IT TURNED ME ON,
BUT IT’S THE WRONG TIME

YOU SEE THAT I LOVE BEING ON MY OWN
NOBODY KNOWING IF I’M HOME
LOVIN’ THAT I’M FREE TO ROAM
LOVING THAT I’M FREE TO ROAM

I LOVE BEING ON MY OWN
NOBODY KNOWING IF I’M HOME
KNOWIN THAT I’M FREE TO ROAM,
WHEREVER I PLEASE NO ONE DOWN ON THEIR KNEES

SO RUN AWAY,
COS BABY I DON’T CARE
IT’S JUST THE WRONG TIME

OOH YOU GOTTA GET YOUR TIMING RIGHT
OOH YOU GOTTA GET YOUR TIMING RIGHT
AND NOW I WANNA LIVE MY LIFE SO LIGHT
FREE FROM ANY ONE WHO’S HASSLING ME

SO ANY DAY YOU THINK YOU SEE IT THERE
RUN AWAY,
COS BABY I DON’T CARE....
IT’S JUST THE WRONG TIME.

COPYRIGHT JAY ALICE PREECE 29 JUNE 2006

Moonwalking

Written By: Jay Alice

MOONWALKING

I GOT TOO MANY THINGS TO DO
AND I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S ME OR YOU
BUT I GOTTA TAKE A BREAK FROM REALITY,
LET DREAMS’ SEE

YOU GOT TOO MANY THINGS TO DO
YOU NEED SOME TIME AWAY FROM THE TRUTH
GOTTA TAKE A BREAK FROM REALITY
OH DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S EASY

GOTTA GO MOON WALKING
FLYING THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE
SILLY SILLY TIMES ARE HERE
WON’T YOU COME WITH ME....

STARS, TALKING ALIENS ARE EVERYWHERE
LIVING LIFE WITHOUT A CARE
IN MY DREAM WORLD

THE BILLS NEED PAYIN’ AND THE HOUSE NEEDS CLEANIN’
THE GRASS IS UP AROUND MY KNEES
I NEED TO TAKE A BREAK FROM REALITY
LET DREAMS’ SEE

TRIED THE DRINK AND I TRIED THE DRUGS
WELL THEY WERE FUN BUT THEY MADE IT WORSE
NEED TO TAKE A BREAK FROM REALITY
OH DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S EASY

WE’RE GONNA GO MOON WALKING
FLYING THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE
MOONWALKING
LIVING LIFE WITHOUT A CARE

STARS, TALKING ALIENS ARE EVERYWHERE
I’LL TAKE YOU THERE
IN MY DREAM WORLD

MOONWALKING
MOONWALKING

DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA
OOOO DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S EASY...
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND YOU’LL GET THERE SOON
GOTTA GO GOTTA GO GOTTA GO...GOTTA GO

MOONWALIKNG....
FLYING THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE
MOONWALKING
LIVING LIFE WITHOUT A CARE

STARS, TALKING ALIENS ARE EVERYWHERE
I’LL TAKE YOU THERE
IN MY DREAM WORLD

COPYRIGHT JAY ALICE PREECE 18/01/08

Fishes

Written By: Jay Alice

FISHES

NOT A SOUL COULD HE SEE
NOT A BREATH COULD HE BREATHE
ALL THE WAVES ARE AT PEACE
FAR ABOVE HIS UN-EASE

AND THE FISH ARE SWIMMING, AND THE FISH ARE LAUGHING, LAUGHING WITH ME.

NEVER BEFORE HAD I SEEN A MAN GO FLOATING AWAY,
NEVER BEFORE, HE SAID, HAD HE BEEN BOATING (BUT HE KNEW HOW TO DO IT!)
PUT ON THAT ORANGE JACKET IN THE CORNER, I SAID,
PUT IT ON OR, YOU COULD BE A GONNER

AND THE FISH ARE SWIMMING, AND THE FISH ARE LAUGHING, LAUGHING WITH ME
AND THE FISH ARE SWIMMING AND THE FISH ARE LAUGHING LAUGHING WITH ME,

NEVER BEFORE HAD I KNOWN A MAN SO GLOATING,
NEVER BEFORE HAD I KNOWN A MAN SO IN TO HIM SELF
COLD AT HEART WITH A CHOCOLATE COATING
AND I KNEW AND I KNEW AND I KNEW AND I KNEW
THE ANSWER WOULD BE..

THE FISH ARE SWIMMING, AND THE FISH ARE LAUGHING, LAUGHING WITH ME,
THE FISH ARE SWIMMING , AND THE FISH ARE LAUGHING LAHGHING WITH ME

“NO” (HE SAID HE WAS SO VERY TOUGH)
OH YES I KNEW HE WAS SO VERY TOUGH,
(AN I KNEW THE SEA WAS ROUGH)
HE WENT OVER THE SIDE AND THE LOOK IN HIS EYES
SUCH PURE SWEET SURPRISE, WORTH A THOUSAND GOODBYES....

AND THE FISH ARE SWIMMING, AND THE FISH ARE LAUGHING , LAUGHING WITH ME
AND THE FISH ARE SWIMMING, AND THE FISH ARE LAUGHING, LAUGHING WITH ME
AND THE FISH ARE SWIMMING, AND THE FISH ARE LAUGHING, LAUGHING WITH ME
AND THE FISH ARE SWIMMING, AND THE FISH ARE LAUGHING, LAUGHING WITH ME.

COPYRIGHT JAY ALICE PREECE 2006

What's going on?

Written By: Jay Alice

WHAT’S GOING ON?

WONT SOMEBODY TELL ME,
WHAT’S GOING ON?
I FEEL LIKE LAUGHING.
WONT SOMEBODY TELL ME,
WHAT’S GOING ON?
I FEEL I’M SLIDING AWAY

WHAT’S GOING ON?
WHAT’S GOING ON?

I FEEL YOUR RHYTHM,
AND I DON’T WANT SOMEBODY NEW
I FEEL THE RHYTHM,
BUT ALL I WANT IS YOU...WHAT’S GOING ON?

WONT SOMEBODY TELL ME,
WHAT’S GOING ON?
I FEEL LIKE DANCING
WONT SOMEBODY TELL ME,
WHAT’S GOING ON?
I FEEL I’M SLIDING AWAY

WHAT’S GOING ON?
I FEEL I’M SLIDING, BUT I

FEEL YOUR RHYTHM,
AND I DON’T WANT SOMEBODY NEW
I FEEL THE RHYTHM,
BUT ALL I WANT IS YOU...I WANT YOU

OH I WANT YOU
OH I WANT YOU
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
COS WANT YOU
WHAT’S GOING ON?
I FEEL THE RYTHM
BUT I WANT YOU

I FEEL YOUR RHYTHM
AND I DON’T WANT SOMEBODY NEW
I FEEL THE RHYTHM, LIKE IT USED TO BE,
BUT ALL I WANT IS YOU
WHAT’S GOING ON?

OH I WANT YOU
I WANT YOU
OH I WANT YOU.

COPYRIGHT JAY ALICE PREECE JANUARY 17TH 2008

Don't listen to the wise man

Written By: Jay Alice

DON’T LISTEN TO THE WISE MAN

DON’T TAKE ANY CHANCES,
SAID THE WISE MAN TO ME
DON’T LIVE, ON BORROWED TIME..
COULDN’T BE SO BLIND

COS I SAY ..
THERE’S ANOTHER DAY,
THERE’S ANOTHER BLOWING IN THE WIND
YOU CAN TAKE IT AWAY
YOU CAN TAKE IT IF YOUR FLYING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

DON’T SEE LIKE THE WISE MAN,
YOU’LL GET LESS DONE
DON’T YOU SEE..
TOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE CAN TURN YOU BLIND

AND I SAY..
THERE’S ANOTHER DAY,
THERE’S ANOTHER BLOWING IN THE WIND
YOU CAN TAKE IT AWAY
YOU CAN TAKE IT IF YOUR FLYING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

RIGHT DIRECTION
RIGHT DIRECTION
RIGHT DIRECTION

DON’T HEED THE WISE MAN
COS YOU’LL GET NOWHERE
DON’T TRY TO BE LIKE THE WISE MAN
THERE’S TOO MUCH THERE
YOU CAN TURN IT AROUND

THERE’S ANOTHER DAY,
THERE’S ANOTHER BLOWING IN THE WIND
YOU CAN TAKE IT AWAY
YOU CAN TAKE IT IF YOUR FLYING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

MEANS TAKING CHANCES,
TAKE ANOTHER CHANCE,
DON’T LISTEN TO THE WISE MAN

COPYRIGHT JAY ALICE PREECE 20/04/2008

Discography

A number of my songs have been played on The Big H Radio Show, a podcast on Global Radio 1 where I have been described as a new talent, having my own style and being one to watch in 2009. These include 'What's Going On' 'Devil On Your Tail' and 'Hooked'. I recorded a 10 track album in 2008 to sell at gigs and am currently updating it for official release in Feb 2009 as it sold out fast and the Music has progressed since then. In the meantime I have recorded a three track EP with my band....which has also sold out and it adored by all who have heard it....re run of these on the way, and new songs being recorded for the next album.. too.

Set List

Typically we play for 1 - 1 1/2 hours but have enough material to play for longer.

Typical set list:

Moonwalking
The Wrong Time
Devil On Your Tail
Hooked
I keep Looking Out
Shallow Grave
Baggage
This Time
Revolution
Circles
Count Your Blessings
You do Something
Fishes
Don't Listen to The Wise Man
What's Going On?

We don't do covers, and for a longer set I may sing other songs I have written just solo on the piano.