Paula Jean Brown

Paula Jean Brown

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Paula Jean Brown has been quietly cultivating a collection of songs since 1984. Her range on the guitar and in voice is expansive and illuminating. Her lyrics express a heart that is open to the greatest depths. In 2008, she has invited us in to share.

Biography

Paula Jean Brown

In 1984, Paula Jean Brown's music career began as a replacement bassist for the Go-Go's, performing with them at the first Rock in Rio festival in 1985 to an audience of over 250,000 people.

Later, Paula co-wrote three songs for Belinda Carlisle's first solo endeavor, Belinda, for IRS records. Of these songs, Mad About You, the first single from the record, became a hit for Carlisle, making it to #3 on the Billboard Pop Chart.

As a guitarist and bassist, Brown is perhaps best known for her contributions as a member of the Tucson-based band Giant Sand. She collaborated with Giant Sand front man Howe Gelb and has continued to be an part of the Giant Sand extended family.

In 1992 she toured with the Steve Wynn Band in support of his second solo record, Dazzling Display. In 1993 Brown formed her own project based out of Tucson Arizona. The Paula Jean Brown Band and consisted of drummer John Convertino , bassist Joey Burns, (of Giant Sand and Calexico), and guitarist Robert Mache (of the Continental Drifters).

After taking a break from music to focus on family, Brown relocated to Austin in the summer of 2005 and began again to concentrate on her songwriting and guitar work. She recently completed a tour playing bass with Sparklehorse for the 2006-2007 tour for the 2006 release Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain.

Paula Jean Brown has been quietly cultivating a collection of songs since 1984. Her range on the guitar and in voice is expansive and illuminating. Her lyrics express a heart that is open to the greatest depth. In 2008, she has invited us in to share.

Lyrics

Patsy's Song

Written By: Paula Jean Brown

Everyone says she's just like me
Everybody says she's just like me
She said, "nothing is better than love"
Everybody says she's just like me...

She said, "nothing is better than love"
She was only five years old
She said, "just forget about the pain,
And be happy here again..."

But I said, someday I will believe in love
Someday I will be strong,
Someday when I am younger,
I will believe in love...

I've seen many lovers crawl
I've made many lovers cry
But I said, someday I will believe
Someday I will have to try

I said someday I will believe in love
Someday I'll be strong
Someday when I am younger
I will believe in love

Everybody says she's just like me,
Everybody says she's just like me,
She said, "nothing is better than love"
And everybody says she's just like me,

But I said, "someday I will believe in love,
Someday I'll be strong
Someday when I am younger
Someday when I belong
Someday when I am brighter
Someday when I am strong
Someday when I am younger
I will believe in love..."

Storm

Written By: Paula Jean Brown

It was calm before the storm
The air was soft and warm
Where the water ends,
And the sky begins, I don't know..

There's lightning to the west
The clouds like fire glow
I watch with wonder here,
The rain like tears, I'm alone...

All my yesterdays
They're all washed away
The weather saves the day
After the storm...

When your heart is overwhelmed
Like you're drowning in yourself
When despair eclipses the hope
That calms the storm...

I hope all your yesterdays
They're all washed away
The weather saves the day...
After the storm

Bottom of the Ocean

Written By: Paula Jean Brown

It's raining again here
It's raining again here
It's raining again
It's raining again
It's raining again here

Here it's like the bottom of the ocean
I wonder where the water meets the sky
I'm floating past the ghosts of old emotion...
The water knows the way and so do I

Leave the dead to the dead
Let it be, let it rest
What was sacred is behind
What is sacred is inside

Here it's like the bottom of the ocean
I wonder where the water meets the sky,
I'm floating past the ghosts of old emotion,
The water knows the way and so do I

Never look into the Sun

Written By: Paula Jean Brown

In the blackest night, a man of sight,
Will say, hide your eyes, from the sun
Can't you see what we've done...
Today..

When I was young I lived in the sky
I learned how to play, learned how to run,
Was told, "never look into the sun"
Never, look into the sun..

Inside your clouds
You're crying out loud
Pieces of sky, you fall, alone,
Go home...

If the sky should fall
Gather your young,
Teach them to pray, cause they cannot run,
And they'll never look into the sun
Never look into the sun

Discography

Spring 2009 - full length