JoY Askew

JoY Askew

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

deep,energetic,political, catchy but with some softer sides.

Biography

When I first came to the USA from England I spent 10 years playing keys and singing with such Luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Joe Jackson, Jack Bruce and performance artist Laurie Anderson and I am in her film "Home of The Brave". Gathering a lot of inspiration from these wonderful artists I have spent the last 10 years writing and releasing 6 albums and playing with various different lineups. "Tender City" was my first release on Private Music and 6 years later I took a left turn and together with Japanese electronics wiz takuya Nakamura released a downtempo jazz CD on the Newline Records label titled Echo.
My current band is NewYorkCity's finest! The bassist Dave also plays in popular band Ween and brings a big perspective to the sound. Drummer Brian Wolfe excels and roars on the energy bursting songs as "War (why don't you go home)" and "Hip These Days".

Lyrics

Hip These Days

Written By: JoY Askew

Inbetween desire and control there's a young and frightened soul
Inbetween your life and mine thirty years of a big V sign
Inbetween the time that I let you is the knowing that I'll have to forget you
Inbetween a boy and a man in my doorway there you stand
oh oh don't turn your head away, what (are) you trying to say where ( are) you gonna go?
What are you trying to find if not your soul?

Chorus
There's a million people know what's hip these days
When it used to be just the chosen few
There's a gap as big as Idaho between me and you

2nd verse
Between the pages of what's called the Good Book
the lives of those it's readers forsook
And inbetween the Bible and Koran
The words of many women doing what they can
'cause inbetween our borderlines
The fuzzy frontiers and the unused mines
Stand inbetween us moving on
and a thousand children waking up with a gun
oh oh don't turn your head away, what (are) you trying to say where ( are) you gonna go?
What are you trying to find if not your soul?

chorus
There's a million people know what's hip these days
When it used to be just the chosen few
There's a gap as big as Idaho between me and you

3rd Verse
Inbetween your mouth and the plate
The most significant choice you're gonna make
And inbetween the lines of this song
You'll find the words to another one

Chorus
There's a million people know what's hip these days
When it used to be just the chosen few
There's a gap as big as Idaho between me and you

Jimmy's Gone Now

Written By: JoY Askew

JIMMY’S GONE NOW

Jimmy’s gone now
Though he was hardly the kind you’d like to stay around
Beneath his coat and his denims blue
He sported two swashbuckling tattoos
They’d frighten any lady let alone me a slip of a girl
And make her sink down in her shoes

Jimmy told me
He said girl, you’ve got to follow your dream
‘cause you’ve got one and that’s real
while mine just run from angry men who want to steal
I’m only trying, glimpsing, halfway pretending to be free

Jimmy’s gone now
Jimmy’s gone now

Jimmy took me
All the way to London’s high society
It was a far cry from the pub where we met
With the smell of fags and beer on all of our breath
And now in the white white rooms with the white white lines
And all the glittering people who just have to shine
Like lots of little stars fallen down
All in a cluster gathering all around me

Jimmy told me
He said girl, we got to hitch hike home
So straighten up your skirt and smile
He gave me something, said you’re gonna be high for a while
We did over a ton in a young mans car
Jimmy up front and me crouching down on the floor
I was only trying, glimpsing, halfway believing that I was flying

Jimmy’s gone now
Jimmy’s gone now

He was always on the run
With a line and a gun
And his ‘I Love Mum’ on his chubby forearm
I was only trying, glimpsing, no more pretending
Yeah I was feeling, glimpsing, really wanting to be free

Say goodbye
Jimmy’s gone now

Between A House and A Road

Written By: JoY Askew

BETWEEN A HOUSE AND A ROAD

You say the world has spat you out
You’ve no more love but to stand before me now
There was a time when you were king
You opened up now you can’t step in your own door
You come to me with a rough embrace
Flooding with memories
That won’t let you wait any longer
Somewhere between a house and a road you realise you’ve nowhere left to go
Somewhere between a house and a road you realise you’ve nowhere left to go

So when we fall
Then will we know
Through all the tears and pain and trying over again
The joy of it all?

Chance was how I found you now
I let you take and blindly break the rules
Falling for each other from the sky
You’ve got your language I’ve got mine but we understand the truth
I ride these black roads at night
Treebound and strange in the headlights
Closing in the deeper on I go
Somewhere between a house and a road I realise all I want is you
Somewhere between a house and a road I realise that all I want is you

So when we fall
Then will we know
Through all the tears and pain and trying over again
The joy of it all?

Discography

"Tender City" - 1996 BMG
"Gorgeous Creature" - 1997
"When" - 1998 movie soundtrack
"The Same Desperado" -2000
"Echo" -2002 Newline Records USA
"The Pirate of Eel Pie" - released March 2007
tracks from Tender City and Echo received airplay. Echo reached top ten on the West coast for 5 weeks and is still streaming on radio Paradise.

Set List

London Rain
My Life
Hip These Days
Jack Kerouac
Jimmy's Gone Now
War
Between a House and A Road
The Pirate of Eel Pie
Walk Under Waterfalls
War
Walk The dog ( new)
Poor Man's Greed