Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer Clarke

BandFolkRock

Biography

Jen Clarke was born and raised on a farm in Delaplane, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her musical influences vary wildly due to her upbringing. From Wagner to Ellington, the Seldom Scene to Bonnie Raitt, she learned to play it all. Now residing on Martha's Vineyard married to actor/commedian Lenny Clarke and working as a commercial fishing captain she is releasing "More Then I Have". It is a stunning debut and is already recieving rave reviews and steady play on WMVY (www.mvyradio.com). Jen is already a sought after songwriter in Nashville and has been co-writing with some of the best there for several years. This brought her to the attention of Nashville producer and Vice President of Disney Records Fred Mollin. After hearing a four song demo Fred gathered some of Music City's best session layers and over the past two years completed "More Then I Have". It also features some incredible Boston recordings with guitar greats Stu Kimball (Bob Dylan) and Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Peter Wolf) among others. It is engaging, original, strongly personal but completely accesible and bound to thrill music fans across the country and around the world.

Lyrics

Home

Written By: Jennifer Clarke

She's found all the ghosts
That will climb down a family tree
A churchman a farmhand
And one whose blood flows warm through me
Left behind a drunkard
With no conscience and a crazy cane
Who walks around these worn halls
Who calls her by her sisters name

She can hear the whistle calling
Come on catch the old steam train
Before they finally close the line
Leave you here in Delaplane
She waits then kneels to lift her
Copper pennies from the track
And rising up she hollars
To the railman 'don't come back'

This is home

You see a sister's a sister to me
And it's blood just the same
Lord knows how the evil and the good will both flow through
a name
Well she'll say we're just
stones in a road all sized up
And kicked off a bridge
Some tumble down under the river water and then some land up on the edge
It's all the same to me

This is home

Just About Gone

Written By: Jennifer Clarke

She's all barbed wire and long hair
Fifty miles of no one and nowhere
Shy is a word that she's heard
When she wants to but won't dare

He's got words but they don't say
Ties that should hold where he won't stay
A limp that show first on his face
When he stands to go on a cold day

She's been a half a mile over
The West Virginia line
Says don't it seem like I've known you a long time
Well I like it 'round here
where I know my own way
he'll say I'm just about gone girl
Don't you beg me to stay

There's a rust car for long drives
For dirt roads and brown-bagging
moonshine
Making plans every year to be
Moving south come winter time

She's been a half a mile over
The West Virginia line
Says don't it seem like I've known you a long time
Well I like it 'round here
where I know my own way

She'll have gold hair and her mother's eyes
Some kind of sly smile passed down on her father's side
she'll come on a summer moon
the sun at a half past
six years ago in June

She's all headstands and won't mind
A days distance of can't hear
And don't find
At war in a back field she's got
Armies of junk cars and thistleweed
And years of endless time

She's been a half a mile over
The West Virginia line
Says don't it seem like I've known you a long time
Well I like it 'round here
where I know my own way
They'll say we're just about gone girl
we're just about gone
Yeah we're just about gone girl
We're just about gone

Just As Well

Written By: Jennifer Clarke

It seems as if one hundred years have gone by
Since you wrote me all those pretty words
I know the phone won't ring here not tonight
But if it does I'll let him take your place
Hell I'll let anybody try
Empires crumble in less time who's to say with you and I

Jack's bait shop was full of red-faced men tonight
Winter's coming on and I've been trying hard
Sometimes I can still taste your cologn on my face
Tasting bitter smelling so sweet
How come things move at such a tiring pace yet I can never sleep

I'll just wish again that whatever steers my mind
Will drop the reins and rest a spell
I hope next summer isn't changed forever
Or if it is that I can say it's just as well

It's the same for you as it is for me I hear you say
I imagine countless phrases like this from you every day
They let me know how much I wish I'd never seen you go
Now there's too many days with no one to call no one to show

I just wish again that whatever steers my mind will drop the reins and rest a spell
I hope next summer isn't changed forever
Or if it is that I can say it's just as well

Jack's baitshop was full of red faced men tonight
Winter's coming on

More Than I Have

Written By: Jennifer Clarke

This morning when I woke up you were gone
I knew that you would leave without a fight
Sometimes I'm wrong sometimes I'm right
But this time I won't play blind and hold on tight

So don't come back and fill me up with doubt
Don't walk right in an d turn me inside out
People are unkind as you've been inclined
Won't punish me with lessons you should learn to live without

You say you had a trusting heart
Before it got all torn apart
What a reckless soul you bring me always needing more forgiving
This time it's more then I have

The truth is you always look things up and down
Then walk away and leave them in the light
You watch from a dark place with your cold eyes and stone face
Only time will tell what is wrong and what is right

You say you had a trusting heart
Before it got all torn apart
What a reckless soul you bring me always needing more forgiving
This time it's more then I have

Fall For You

Written By: Jennifer Clarke

Lynn says that there'll be rain on Tuesday
Buckets full before it's through
I say this time of year the west wind blows a daily gale
Makes me wonder if I'll ever make it out

I'll take my box of chances going to toss them to the sky

Two years now she's been sunk up on the bridge
We must not be so cavalier
She'll teach a lesson or two they say before she's through
They know we loose a few most every year

I'll take my box of chances going to toss them to the sky
I'll never learn to use them anyhow
I'll walk away and let them fall for you
Walk away and let them fall for you
I only want to let them fall for you

And when it's quiet out on the tide
There will be no doubt no change no yearning
We'll float there free from fears though we'll wear all those years
They won't believe a thing remained

Lynn says so what about the winter
The same will come as come before
I say I'm thinking somewhere warm this time around
Can't stand when corners fill with leaves you know

I'll take my box of chances going to toss them to the sky
I'll never learn to use them anyhow
I'll walk away and let them fall for you
Walk away and let them fall for you
I only want to let them fall for you

Lynn says that there'll be rain on Tuesday
Buckets full before it's through

Mr. Pain

Written By: Jennifer Clarke

Vernon's in his mobile home like a Buddha on the floor
With his oriental rugs and rows of books across the wall
He's the king of conversation he'll crawl deep beneath your skin
Until the only thoughts you'll have will have you thinking just like him

The Cheshire cat the Mona's smile he wants to be your friend
But you're led into your box the moment you're invited in
Three cheers for all the causes though he hasn't got a plan
Tell me where does freedom find the freedom to begin

Meet the parasitic Mr. Payne times up lets kill the tumor
Can't you crawl inside a bottle maybe find your sense of humor
Take your playbook and your tirades go your stinking up the place
Would it kill you to dethrone yourself and join the human race

Now you've really gone and done it you brought in the whole brigade
Dragging with you screaming minions never wanted to be saved
You never listen never listen you never did it's nothing new
You rule the universe wait the universe is you

Meet the parasitic Mr. Payne times up lets kill the tumor
Can't you crawl inside a bottle maybe find your sense of humor
Take your playbook and your tirades go your stinking up the place
Would it kill you to dethrone yourself and join the human race

Now we're coming up to find you better get your story straight
Better get your things together don't forget to lock your gate
Don't forget your comforts either when you flee your new nirvana
It's a drag to live with what you've made and even you don't want to

Meet the parasitic Mr. Payne times up lets kill the tumor
Can't you crawl inside a bottle maybe find your sense of humor
Take your playbook and your tirades go your stinking up the place
Would it kill you to dethrone yourself and join the human race

Discography

More Than I Have (2006)

Set List

To The Sea
Just About Gone
Don’t You Know
Pick A Story
Just As Well
Forever is Fine
This Town
More Then I Have
Time Flies

Fall For You
Rose
Wanda Waynes
Louise
West Texas
Somewhere South
Mr. Payne
Deep In Trouble
You Don’t Seem To Care
Home