Mieka Pauley

Mieka Pauley

 New York City, New York, USA
SoloAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Mieka Pauley possesses a voice that flows like good whiskey and a frankness that makes Alanis Morissette look shy. She conjures up a sonic immediacy with the same masterful command as Ani DiFranco with driving, yearning melodies that stand alongside the work of Michelle Shocked, Neko Case and Emmylou Harris.

Biography

* Winner, Cosmopolitans Fun Fearless Female Rock Star of the Year (year 1 out of 800 contestants)
* Winner, the Starbucks Songwriter Competition
* Winner, New York Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest
* Opened for Natasha Bedingfield, KT Tunstall, John Legend The Lumineers, Nellie McKay, Edwin McCain, Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, the Black Eyed Peas, Shelby Lynne, Citizen Cope

Mieka Pauley possesses a voice that flows like good whiskey and a frankness that makes Alanis Morissette look shy. She conjures up a sonic immediacy with the same masterful command as Ani DiFranco with driving, yearning melodies.

My songs are like the actions that I cant really take. So says Mieka Pauley, a refreshingly candid artist whose vagabond background infuses The Science of Making Choices, her new full-length album released on June 26, 2012.

Frequently moving about the country in her formative years, settling down, then uprooting and starting anew: No wonder her messages have a no-time-for-B.S. vibe. While her lyrics are startlingNever f*** a woman that you dont love, I promise this time I wont be a psycho, I wanna wreck your home/I wanna get your husband alonetheyre never vindictive. In fact, her confessions invite listeners to admit they share the same inner struggles and desires.

A lot of it is true from the prospective of me thinking these things. Its all shit that I went through in my own head, like rocking in the corner, she says of her songs about retaliation (First Stone, Marked Man), lust and envy (Wreck), desperation (Another Go) and brokenhearted disgrace (Never F*** a Woman You Dont Love). But Ive never tried to kill a man or steal a husband, she laughs.

Pauleys career pursuits have helped her win prestigious competitions like Cosmopolitans Fun Fearless Female Rock Star of the Year, the Starbucks Songwriter Competition and the New York Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest. Shes shared stages with household names like Natasha Bedingfield, KT Tunstall, John Legend, Edwin McCain, Ben Kweller, Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, the Black Eyed Peas, Shelby Lynne and Citizen Cope while earning herself slots at must-see music events (Newport Folk Festival, South by Southwest,CMJ) and high-profile gigs like singing the national anthem at Red Sox games. Shes also been featured on BBC London Radio, PRIs Mountain Stage and the music session blog Daytrotter.

Not content to wait for label backing, Pauley has self-released all of her work, which includes three other EPs and two full-length albums. For Science shes joined forces with PledgeMusic, where her fans proved their demand for more music by donating far more than she requested to fund the project. Having worked with producer Geoff Stanfield (Firehorse, Sun Kil Moon) to create The Science of Making Choices, Pauley feels shes finally captured in the studio the same rawness she conjures when playing live. Its finally like me making that alternative sound while still holding on to what makes my live solo show work. He was able to take that live vibe, that connection, and then put really sweet, respectful production behind it. I really love that Geoff was able to make it happen.

Other major plans are in the works besides Pauleys new album release. An edited version of Never F*** a Woman You Dont Love is a contender in the International Songwriting Contest, which includes Tom Waits, Darryl McDaniels and Tori Amos on its judges panel. Also this summer Pauleys song Devils Got My Secret will be heard in the movie Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, which stars Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, Oscar nominee Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen.

Lyrics

All The Same Mistakes

Written By: Mieka Pauley

I think words build up in you like steam
I mean, you drink each day like water
Your mind burns bright like fire
Hot and cold, they meet

I need nothing else but to be burned clean
I mean, you bring words I've longed for
Loud as a four part choir
Words like an opus, you speak

Don't wanna fall under
And make all of the same mistakes
Don't wanna fall under
And make all of the same mistakes
All the same mistakes

The world needs nothing else but to be made clean
I mean, she needs our dirt washed off her
The dirt's miles thick, yet you find her
Words like a shovel, you speak

Don't wanna fall under
And make all of the same mistakes
Don't wanna fall under
And make all of the same mistakes
All the same mistakes, all, all, all

Oh, I
Idolize
My mouth can't deny what I've
Said with my eyes
You're all around me
Angel you've found me
Heaven, surround me
And sing to me

hey

I made, I made, I, I, all the same mistakes
I made, I made, I made all the same mistakes
Don't wanna fall under
And make all of the same mistakes
Don't wanna fall under
And make all of the same mistakes
Oh, oh, I
Don't wanna fall under
I made all the same mistakes
(c)2007 mieka pauley

9:45

Written By: Mieka Pauley

9:45, moonrise, it's time already
Cold as a knife on your fragile skin
Oh, when the morning comes, will you remember this
As the way it all begins

It is time, it is, never once should you doubt this
Though promises promise it otherwise
It is time, it is, never once should you doubt this
Get yourself together and rise

Stack the bags you never pack in a pile by the door
Grab the map you've always had but never travelled before
Oh, when the morning comes, will you find yourself
Far from the bed you don't need anymore

It is time, it is, never once should you doubt this
Though promises promise it otherwise
It is time, it is, never once should you doubt this
Get yourself together and rise, rise

Thirty seconds to spare
Swerving all around, and you don't care
God save the soul of the man
Who gave you gasoline
Thirty seconds is time
To make or break a man, and you don't mind
God save the soul of the man
Who gave you gasoline, oh, gasoline

It is time, it is, never once should you doubt this
Though promises promise it otherwise
It is time, it is, never once should you doubt this
Get yourself together and, get yourself together and
Get, get yourself together and rise

Wreck

Written By: Mieka Pauley

I wanna wreck your home
I wanna get your husband alone
He hasn't met the Happiest Place on Earth yet
I wanna wreck your home

Oh, tomorrow night
I will be waiting at the end of your fight
I will be waiting as he goes for the kill
You won't give in, but you can bet that I will

I wanna wreck your home
I wanna get your husband alone
He hasn't met the Happiest Place on Earth yet
I wanna wreck your home

Oh, tomorrow night
He will be burning as he flips off the light
He will be burning as he slips out the door
He loved you first, but wifey, he loves me more

I wanna wreck your home

Can't stand it, can't stand it
You took this all for granted
Can't stand it, can't stand it
I'm gonna wreck your home

Another Go

Written By: Mieka Pauley

I'd like to learn the science of making choices
I'd like to learn the art of knowing when
I'd like to learn the science of making choices
In case I get to do it over again

Does someone somewhere know the trick to time travel
That lets me act on everything I know now
Does someone somewhere know that trick to time travel
Cause God and I know how it goes when I'm not allowed

Let's have another go
This time, I won't be a psycho
This time, both my id and ego
Will blow you away

This time I swear that I will consult the experts
And they will lay me out a logical plan
You have my word that I will consult the experts
I'll make them swear there's nothing there I'll misunderstand

Let's have another go
This time, I won't be a psycho
This time, both my id and ego
Will blow you away

Whiskey Is The Devil, Daughter

Written By: Mieka Pauley

Oh you're living in the shadow, daughter
Of a heritage you don't understand
Oh our branches may reach up to heaven
But our roots dig where they can

Oh our river, it's running wicked, yeah I watched it
Oh it's troubling all of your friends
Baby, you watched them just sink in the water
Then you dove, you dove right in

Whiskey is the devil daughter
But you sinned, you sinned
Whiskey is the devil daughter
But you, you, you sinned

Oh what I need is the garden, and I promise
That I would do anything just to get back in
Don't tell me the devil brought you the apple, daughter
When it's you, it's you bit in

Whiskey is the devil daughter
But you sinned, you sinned
Whiskey is the devil daughter
But you, you, you sinned

Oh what I need is the garden, and I promise
That I would do anything just to get back in
Don't tell me the devil brought you the apple, daughter
When it's you, it's you bit in

Whiskey is the devil daughter
But you sinned, you sinned
Whiskey is the devil daughter
But you, you, you sinned

We're All Gonna Die

Written By: Mieka Pauley

Minding my own business
Knock at the door, who is it
Be right there, one minute
Gotta get up and go get it
Got white hair, eyes all crazy
Now most mad men don't phase me
But these guys, I'll admit it
Got me scared, we're finished

The scientists proved it
We're all gonna die
They've got charts, equations
How, when, and why
You did not invite them
And neither did I
But they're here, drink up
We're all gonna die

I go do my laundry
The docs are right behind me
Get lost in some party
These creeps will always find me
Who are they, christ, what is this
I mind my own damn business
Always there to remind me
All about their findings

The scientists proved it
We're all gonna die
They've got charts, equations
How, when, and why
You did not invite them
And neither did I
But they're here, drink up
We're all gonna die

I don't wanna go the way they say
If I gotta go, let it be my way
I don't wanna go the way they say
If I gotta go, let it be my way

The scientists proved it
We're all gonna die
They've got charts, equations
How, when, and why
You did not invite them
And neither did I
But they're here, drink up
We're all gonna die

Colossal

Written By: Mieka Pauley, Brian Cassagnol

Be honest, be straight:
Do you wanna make a colossal mistake
As much as I do? Oh, I do
You wear an honest face
Do you wanna lay the world to waste
As much as I do? Oh, I do

I’d like to say my head was steady
This guilty script unready
This dead-end trip unthought—or not—

The world is asking for it
Such an insane involuntary scream
The world is begging for it
Almost as loud as me

Don’t hide it, don’t lie:
Do you have a pretty face and sick mind
As much as I do? Oh, I do
If I’m right, and you’re in
You better like a good sin
As much as I do. Oh, I do

I’d like to say I’m in the right
The time more day than night
My head more clear than rot—or not—

The world...

We’re in for it now, oh god, we’re in for it now
But why would we ever want a way out?

The world...