small girl

small girl

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
BandJazzAdult Contemporary

We stop traffic at the intersection of jazz, blues, burlesque, and performance art as an original and progressive jazz quartet whose vivacious singer channels the spirit of Jacques Brel, the intensity of Edith Piaf, and the gall of Lenny Bruce.

Biography

Aliza Amihude and Jeff Presslaff form the heart of small girl.

Out of ~10,000 entries, 4 small girl songs placed in the top 500 and 2 placed in the top 1500 in the 16th Annual Billboard World Song Contest.

small girl was born a cappella in Montreal, Canada in 1996 through improvised melodies and lyrics sung by Aliza Amihude. Since 1999, Jeff Presslaff, 2004 Manitoba Jazz Musician of the Year, has co-composed, scored, and arranged the music for piano, bass, drums, and horn.

Since their 1999 EP release, Some New Songs from a small girl, they have made life more difficult for critics and writers of liner notes as their unique music exemplifies post-modern jazz - fluid and funny; somber and sassy; seductive and serious; theatrical and technically brilliant.

Influences are Betty Carter, Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, Joni Mitchell, Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Billie Holiday, Prince, and Jacques Brel.

small girl has performed at the Calgary Arts Centre for The 2000 High Performance Rodeo and Songwriter's Series; at the Manitoba Theatre Centre Warehouse performing their hour-long musical, small girl Chokes the Chicken in 2001; at Winnipeg Jazz Festivals; The Gas Station Theatre; and at numerous clubs in Winnipeg. Most recently, they performed on seven different stages at Burning Man 2008 in Nevada.

The stage show can be performed in English, French, or both.

All 14 original songs on the new cd: small girl, Big Banana, were written between 1997-2001 in Montreal, Jakarta, Maui, and in rural Manitoba.

They were recorded between 1999-2005 at Unity Gain, Private Ear, and Mid-Ocean recording studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Lyrics

I Love Me

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

I Love Me

I don’t want no white bread & butter
I don’t want no more ham & cheese
I don’t want any crap in the food that I eat
Cuz I Love Me, yeah I Love Me

I am sick of being polluted
By the cars & refineries
I don’t want any crap in the air that I breathe
I love Me, yeah I Love Me, yeah, I Love Me

I have loved and I’ve been lied to
And I can say the same for thee
I don’t want no unhealthy relationships
Cuz I Love Me, yeah, I Love Me, I Love Me

© 1999
lyrics: Aliza Amihude
music: Aliza Amihude & Jeff Presslaff

small girl

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

small girl

When I was just a little girl
Everybody else was bigger than me
When I was just a young child
Everybody else was so big
But then I got older & I saw that
Everybody else was still bigger than me

Just call me small girl x 4

Finally it appeared to me
Everybody wasn’t sweet
And then the jackass called to me
He said, “Babe I want to feel your heat!”

I said, “Man, oh, man, you got it wrong
I cannot stop but sing this song”
It occurred to me, it occurs to you
That there is more than me & you

Just call me small girl x 2

Don’t call me nothin’ but names that you mean
I’m tired of games and ridiculous scenes
I want to stand tall and shout to the stars
All about life and the beauty of many amores

Set the trap
Kill the fucker
Break its little neck
It’s only a mouse x 2

Let me tell you somethin’ ma’am
Maybe you don’t understand
This here is an enchanted land
So catch the wave, hold my hand

And call me small girl
Just call me small girl x 3

“I wanna live to be
At least one-hundred & thirty
How about you?
You want to get old with me, baby?
Love me more before we cannot anymore

And call me small girl!”

The Perspring Song (Primary Blues)

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

The Perspring Song (Primary Blues)

If you got it, why don’t ya flaunt it? X 3
I’m sitting around my veran (da)
Haven’t seen a panda

But if I do, I’ll send you a postcard
Tell you of my travel times
It’s such a fun time but I’m tired of some things
Other things are fantabuloso
This is not a complainin’ song
It’s just a song to say that I don’t feel like I belong
In this country, in that last province, neither my home town

I think I’m a person of the planet
But I don’t even like the word person, I find it quite sexist
(You know the word son is in person and the word man is in human)
So, I thought of earthling
And I thought of offspring
And I made up Perspring - that’s p-e-r-s-p-r-i-n-g

So, maybe I’m a Perspring of the planet
That’s what I think & I never planned it
But I remember when I was in elementary school
And my teacher, oh, I thought she was so cool
But I’m cooler than you were
(I digress)

Well, when I was in elementary school
I think it’s called Primary, too
Primary Blues
Well, I learned about the oceans of the planet
And I saw there was Pacific & Atlantic
Those were close to home, relatively
Cuz I lived in mid-Canada then
(Anyway, I digress again)

Well, what I want to say is
I saw an ocean and it was named the Indian
And I had a crush on Pocahontas
She was my heroine, my heroesse

I wanted to visit that place
I thought it was exotic
It is

© 1997
lyrics: Aliza Amihude
music: Aliza Amihude & Jeff Presslaff

Cinnamon

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

Cinnamon

Once I hurt you baby
And the wind, she bit my back
Yeah, once I hurt you baby
Now you’ll never take me back
No x 6

Baby, where’s your sleepy grin?
Where’s your kiss of Cinnamon?
I miss you deeply now…

I remember a time, baby
When you said you were mine
I remember that time
I know I did ya wrong, baby
That’s why I sing this rhyme
Yeah x 7

I try your door but you’re not home
I call and call on the telephone

And baby ,where’s your sleepy grin?
Where’s your thighs of Cinnamon?
I miss you deeply…
Oh yeah

When you ignore me like this, baby
It makes me wanna cry, boo hoo
I can’t stand the pain you cause me
IU just want to die
Why x 6

I go out dancin’, see ya there
You look past me like I’m not there

And baby, where’s your sleepy grin?
Where’s your lips of Cinnamon?
I miss you
Miss you…

Mr. Mystery

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

Mr. Mystery

I got no dough and I got no friend
I’m sittin’ at the table
And I’m bored
Yeah, I’m bored
Stiff as a board
I’m bored

If you only knew what I’m going through
Je t’ais cherché partout

If you’re cruisin’ another tonight
I’ll be blue
I’m so blue looking for you
Where are you?

I don’t know why I sit here and whine
Over a lost loverboy, whom I don’t even know
J’emerais te faire un cadeau, ce soir, c’est moi
But I’m feelin’ so blue where are you Jean-Francois?
You could be anywhere
So I look for blonde hair…

There’s a lot of blondes in this city
I’m looking for someone pretty but manly
I’m looking all over for straight blonde hair
But where, oh where can you be?
You’re my Mister x 2
Mr. Mystery

I got no dope and I got no friend
I’m sittin’ at the table
And I’m bored
Oh. Yeah, I’m bored
Stiff as a board
I’m bored

© 1997
lyrics: Aliza Amihude
music: Aliza Amihude and Jeff Presslaff

Cheri

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

Cheri

Ah, mon cheri
Je veux t’embrasser dans mes bras, dans mes bras

Ah mon cheri
Je veux t’embrasser dans mes bras, dans mes bras

Et si je ne veux pas le ciecle que se répète
Et si tu me dit que l’amour peut s'arrêter

Ah mon cheri,
Je veux t’embrasser dans mes bras, dans mes bras

Ah, mon cheri
Je veux t’embrasser dans mes bras, dans mes bra

Et oui, je te trouve dans mes rêves tout le temps
Je veux ton esprit et ton corps entièrement

Ah, mon cheri
Je veux t’embrasser dans mes bras, dans mes bras

Ah, mon cheri
Je veux t’embrasser dans mes bras, dans mes bras

Ah, mon cheri
Je veux t’embrasser dans mes bras, dans mes bras

Ah, mon cheri
Je veux t’embrasser dans mes bras, dans mes bras

Et oui, je te trouve dans mes rêves tout le temps
Je veux ton esprit et ton corps entièrement

Ah, mon cheri
Je veux t’embrasser dans mes bras, dans mes bras

© 2000
lyrics: Aliza Amihude
music: Aliza Amihude & Jeff Presslaff

The Tides

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

The Tides

My baby
He go walking
He go walking down a sandy bay

My people say,
“small girl, hey, small girl,
Your baby’s running away”

I said, “No he ain’t but if he does
He will soon be missing my sweet, sweet love
I said, “No he ain’t but if he does
He will soon be missing my sweet, sweet love

The tides went out
The tides came in
But no one never see’d my baby again

Home Alone

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

Home Alone

I’m finding myself
Once again
All alone
In my home
I don’t know where to go
Who to phone
I’m alone

I wait for the day to end
So I can climb into my bed
And fantasy takes me to you

I think of your hands caressing my breast
Imagine your mouth biting my neck
I long for your tongue between my sweet thighs
Oh darling, my darling
I’m Home Alone

I go to the fridge
Take out some corn
Feeling forlorn
I masturbate with
My vegetable stick
Reading some porn
I play ‘til I’m worn

I wait for the time to come
Until I cum and I can fall asleep
And dream all about you

I dream of your hands caressing my breast
Imagine your mouth biting my neck
I long for your tongue between my sweet thighs
Oh darling, my darling x2

I’m Home Alone

Rock Me

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

Rock Me

Oh babe, I want you bad

I’ve got a major hard-on, babe
I should’ve masturbated
Before I left the house today

Cuz I’m dangerous
Feeling frivolous, yeah

Will you please me?
Will you hold me tight?
I’ve got a major hard-on tonight

Don’t mean no bitching
But I am itching
For your sweet sweat tonight

Oh babe, I need you bad, Oh!

I’ve got a major hard-on, babe
I should’ve masturbated
Before I left the house today, yeah x 4

I’m feeling reckless
And so precarious

Can you smell me?
Will you do me right?
I’ve got a major hard-on tonight

My pulse is thudding
I need some loving
I need some pumping tonight

Oh baby, Rock Me
Rock Me x 2

Babealicious

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

Babealicious

Those people flock and bow
To see me and my know-how
They try to get up close
But they can’t get past my clothes

Swimming through my brain
I’m feeling quite insane
But yet I know, inside I know
That I have a good name

I rarely smoke this much
But I tell you, it’s a blast
You may think I am crass
But I want to fuck you very fast

Babealicious x 4

You tell me I should go
But I really don’t know where
I know I shouldn’t show you
My G-string underwear

But I do and you get hot
And you want to tie the knot
But I say, “Woah, not so fast
You know nothing about my past!”

Cuz my past is full of woe
I used to date the Undertoad
I thought not much of me
And it brought me misery

Babealicious x 4

So find us some big bed
And I’ll give you intense head
And all I’ll ask of you
Is that you love me through & through

I need a good thrashing
A professional pussy lashing
And if you can’t comply
I will surely, surely die

Well it’s almost time to end
But I’m enjoying this diatribe
All about the do’s and the don’t’s
Of a very unwed bride
Babealicious x 4

Please be mine oh please be true
I look oh, so up to you
If you leave me I’ll be blue
So I’ll leave you one more clue

The clue is that for me
You must be sincere and real
If you aren’t then fuck right off
Cuz I ain’t got no time for other stuff

So you know I’m not a saint
And a virgin, no I ain’t
But I’ll be one just for you
If you just say, “I love you!”

Vegetarian Cannibal Love

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

Vegetarian Cannibal Love

I don’t like eating things I would not kill
I don’t like eating things I would not kill
I said, I don’t like eating things I would not kill
But I’d kill you, I’d kill you, I’d kill you

I don’t like eating things I would not kill
I do not like eating things I would not kill
I said, I don’t like eating things I would not kill
But I’d kill you, I’d kill you, I’d kill you

I don’t like eating those things!

I don’t like eating things I would not kill
I do not like eating things I would not kill
I do not like eating things I would not kill
But I’d kill you

And you, and you

Find Me an Angel

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

Find Me an Angel

I want to do right
I want to sleep tight
I want to stay up half the night with you
I’m so lonesome for things I knew

I have much to learn
I don’t know where to turn
I really don’t want to burn my bridges this time around

So, give me your hand
Tell me that you love me
Just the way I am
I need to hear it kindly
Tell me what you meant was true before I came here

Find Me an Angel
Find me my angel
Find Me an Angel
I need to be totally me

Find me my angel
Find Me an Angel
Find me my angel

What are you doing?
What are you feeling?
I don’t know why I think so much about what you’re thinking
But I do cuz I was raised a girl and I was taught to think that way
Why weren’t you?

You’re a boy, you’re a boy
Trying to be my man
But I don’t know if you can
Cuz I’m looking for my angel to set me free
And I’m afraid that your way isn’t my way

Find Me an Angel x 3
I need to be totally me

Find me my angel
Find Me an Angel
Find me my

Find me my angel
Find Me an Angel
Find Me an Angel
I need to be totally me

Find me my angel
Find Me an Angel
Find Me an Angel

Ode to Gord

Written By: lyrics-Aliza Amihude

Ode to Gord

Oh, how the heavens cry for you
My mind is blank with stars so bright
Your eyes can’t light my darkest night

Oh how the poppies sang to you
The night was young and so were you
You were a fool to bang that tool

Oh how the church bells rang for you
But I, I missed their sound
You made the news and then I found you in the ground

Falling, fallen
Rising up
Forget the flowers
You’re a dead man now

I cannot see what I have not known
No x 3
You’re a dead man, now

Oh how the heavens tried for you

2 Pods in a Pea

Written By: Amihude/Presslaff

2 Pods in a Pea

I saw you standin’
Through that door I couldn’t get in
You wouldn’t let me through
No, you wouldn’t let me through that door
To you heart, no, no, no

Knock, Knock, knock on the door
Knock, knock, rap, rap, knock, rap, door
I don’t know who you are anymore

I was standin’ down the street from you
And I felt so very, very blue
You didn’t look my way
And I know you saw me standin’ true

Where, where, where are you?
Where, where, where?
What’s happened?
What’s happened to you and me?

I remember like it was yesterday
When we were 2 Pods in a Pea
Pea x 4
2 Pods in a Pea

And I think
What’s happened to me? X 2

But I saw you standin by that door
You were actin’ like I wasn’t there
I said, “Just open the door
Leave it ajar
Let my heart through,
It will show you
It will show you very far.”

Knock, Knock, knock on the door
Knock, knock, rap, rap, knock, rap, door
I don’t know who you are anymore

Discography

Some New Songs from a small girl - 4 song EP, 1999
small girl Laughs - 5 minute laugh track, 2001
small girl: Jazz, Blues, Burlesque - 7 song EP, 2004
small girl Big Banana - 14 song CD, 2007

Set List

We have 14 originals recorded:
I Love Me
small girl
The Perspring Song (Primary Blues)
2 Pods in a Pea
Cinnamon
Mr. Mystery
Cheri
The Tides
Home Alone
Rock Me
Babealicious
Vegetarian Cannibal Love
Ode to Gord

We also cover Liz Phair, The Beatles, Bobby McFerrin, Joan Armatrading, and jazz standards.