Kate Northrop

Kate Northrop

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Kate Northrop is an American songwriter based in Europe. She has written for one of Switzerland's platinum-selling artists, and has had songs signed to major (non-US) publishers. She works primarily as a lyricist.

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Biography

Kate Northrop is an American songwriter based in Europe who works primarily as a lyricist with many talented artists, composers and producers. She has written lyrics for over a hundred songs and her credits include lyrics for a song in the soundtrack of an award-winning German film, the title track (lyrics & music) of the 2012 CD of Dodo Hug, one of Switzerland's gold & platinum artists; songs for upcoming artists and finalists of national talent competitions; and many more.

She was born in Connecticut (USA) and studied music and English literature at Bennington College in Vermont and at the University College of Wales (UK) until she decided to try out life as a travelling musician (on tour with English songwriter Gavin James). She toured for several years in Europe and the USA, which enriched both her life and her songwriting skills. Her first CD, "Roots and Wings" (Brambus Records) recorded together with multi-instrumentalist Sandro Friedrich, was released in 1992, followed by a tour of clubs and festivals in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Kate has lived in Switzerland since 1994.

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Lyrics

Jumping the Gun

Written By: Lyrics by Kate Northrop, Music by Richard Evenlind

Intro
Always jumpin’ the, a-always jump the gun
Verse 1
You hang around the dance floor
I’ve seen you every night
You always check the mirror
You wear your jeans too tight
No doubt about it
You are thinkin’ that you’re number o-o-o-one
Verse 2
You’re chattin’ up my friend now
You try to buy the wine
And you don’t understand it
When she don’t bite the line
Your desperation
Is a poison that’s killin’ our fun, fun, fun
Chorus
You’re always jumpin’ the gun
Yougot your eyes on the prize like you already won
Always jumpin’ the gun
You get it up and take a breath and it’s gone
So just move on
Always jumpin’ the, a-always jump the gun
Your eyes on the prize like you already won
Re-Intro
Always jumpin’ the, a-always jump the gun
Always jumpin’ the, a-always jump the gun
Verse 3
So you come slinkin’ back now
You offer me a drink
And you already bought it
It’s something sweet and pink
Don’t think you got it
When I told you that the answer is no, oh
Verse 4
You’re askin’ if you know me
I yawn and turn away
You’re stuck on automatic
And I don’t want to play
Don’t think you noticed
But tonight you’ll be sleeping alone, alone
Chorus
You’re always jumpin’ the gun
You got your eyes on the prize like you already won
Always jumpin’ the gun
You get it up and take a breath and it’s gone
So just move on
Always jumpin’ the, a-always jump the gun
Your eyes on the prize like you already won
Always jumpin’ the, a-always jump the gun
Your eyes on the prize like you already won
Re-Intro
Always jumpin’ the, a-always jump the gun
Always jumpin’ the, a-always jump the gun

Jumbled Love

Written By: Lyrics by Kate Northrop, Music by Andrew Ord

Verse 1
It’s like our passion’s broken into pieces
Some are sparks and some are hungry flames
And you know if the tinder doesn’t catch fire the first time
I can feel your kindness warm me on the way

Pre-Chorus
But are we lovers or friends
We don’t know how this ends
Feel fate’s hand shake us up
Like dice fallin’

Chorus
Baby this jumbled love keeps throwing us together
Looks like this jumbled love is all we got to see us through
But I’ll take whatever is bringin’ you closer
Cause it’s long overdue
Lost in this jumbled love with you

Verse 2
Wonder if it’s time to test the water
Or if the wave will break before we reach the land

Pre-Chorus
Feel fate’s hand shake us up
Just like dice in a cup
When we land on the ground
That’s our number

Chorus
Baby this jumbled love keeps throwing us together
Looks like this jumbled love is all we got to see us through
But I’ll take whatever is bringin’ you closer
Cause it’s long overdue
Lost in this jumbled love with you

Pre-Chorus
Are we lovers or friends
We don’t know how this ends
Feel fate’s hand shake us up
Like dice fallin’

Chorus
Baby this jumbled love keeps throwing us together
Looks like this jumbled love is all we got to see us through
But I’ll take whatever is bringin’ you closer
Cause it’s long overdue
Lost in this jumbled love with you

Drive

Written By: Lyrics by Kate Northrop, Music by Andrew Ord

Verse 1
Leaning on these little-town walls
And I’m feelin’ like my boots are just a size too small
Stompin’ out my last cigarette
‘Cause I know that all our chances aren’t burnt out yet

Pre-Chorus
And I want more than this
Need to taste this life like I need your kiss
And I know that we can’t stay
So let’s pack your car together and we’ll leave today

Chorus
Let’s take the road to Vegas
Give fate a chance to save us
Cash in our chips you know the time is right
And then we’ll just keep goin’
Until we reach the ocean
It doesn’t matter if we drive all night
Let’s drive
Just drive
Let’s just drive
All night

Verse 2
Watch the city lights rushin’ by
And it’s shining all around us like a starry sky Reachin’ out to see if it’s real
If I start dreaming when I drive you better take the wheel

Pre-Chorus
‘Cause I can dream so much
Need to feel this life like I need your touch
Wanna feel you by my side
‘Cause we’re gonna take each other on this crazy ride

Chorus
Let’s take the road to Vegas
Give fate a chance to save us
Cash in our chips you know the time is right
And then we’ll just keep goin’
Until we reach the ocean
It doesn’t matter if we drive all night
Let’s drive
Just drive
Let’s just drive
All night

Bridge
‘Cause life keeps slipping past
And I don’t wanna miss it, so hit the gas
I want so much more
So take every road, open every door

Chorus Breakdown
Got the key
To our dreams
Nothing in our way
Just you and me
Drive
Just drive
Let’s just drive
All night
We’re gonna drive all night
You know the time is right
Yeah I just wanna drive
We got to get away
I know that we can’t stay
Yeah I just wanna drive
Yeah, just drive

The Truth is the Truth Hurts

Written By: Lyrics by Kate Northrop, Music by Mike Archer

Verse 1
Don’t think it’s wise
When you try to use my eyes
As a mirror for your lies
I can’t set you free
I’m not the one
To hold your smokin’ gun
And show you what you’ve done
I would rather leave
Pre-Chorus
Though honesty
Is gonna help you to see
It’s a double knife
And you’ll pay the price
Chorus
I can give but you cannot take
You can’t bend and the mirror breaks
(Truth is the truth hurts)
Pieces fly and they cut your face
Leave a scar that you can’t erase
(Truth is the truth hurts)
The truth is the truth hurts, you’ll bleed
The truth is the truth hurts, guaranteed
The truth is the truth hurts
Verse 2
I’m still your friend
But there’s no happy end
Cause I can’t stop the pain
That you’re gonna feel
Stand by your side
I can watch you take the ride
But I can’t help you hide
Cause I know it’s real
Pre-Chorus
Though honesty
Is gonna help you to see
It’s a double knife
And you’ll pay the price
Chorus
I can give but you cannot take
You can’t bend and the mirror breaks
(Truth is the truth hurts)
Pieces fly and they cut your face
Leave a scar that you can’t erase
(Truth is the truth hurts)
The truth is the truth hurts, guaranteed
The truth is the truth hurts, you’ll bleed
The truth is it hurts
The truth is the truth hurts
Only makes things worse
It’s a double knife
And you’ll pay the price
The truth is the truth hurts
Only makes things worse
It’s a double knife
And you’ll pay the price
The truth is the truth hurts
The truth is the truth hurts, you’ll bleed
The truth is the truth hurts, guaranteed
The truth is the truth hurts
The truth is the truth hurts, you’ll bleed
The truth is the truth hurts, guaranteed
The truth is it…
I won’t tell you what a fool you’ve been

Discography

Selected References:
EMI Music Publishing South Africa
Melodie Der Welt publishing, Germany
FR|PUBLISHING / Loew & Partner, Frankfurt) and Raul Geissler (RGM Studios, Frankfurt)
Unicade Music, Germany, Producer Goar B.
Dodo Hug, Switzerland: "Kreis", 2008; Jokerwoman, 2012: Title song (music & lyrics)
International Film School of Cologne, Germany, film-music composer Jens Groetzschel, "Heimspiel", 2009
Kristi Bartleson, USA, co-writing for "Eleven", prod. Bil VornDick, Nashville, TN, USA
"We Are Listening" USA, Lyric Writer Awards 2008: Finalist
Charlie Midnite, Songwriter / Producer, Switzerland
Jakub Melnik, finalist in "The Voice 2011", Vienna, AT
Me’Lany (finalist for "Klein Prix Walo", CH, SF1 TV "Glanz & Gloria")
Martin Haene, producer / composer, Switzerland
Danilo Galke, singer, Germany: "Swing it's Easy", Tour 2007 (English version)
Michael Gertschen, composer / producer (Janet la Rose, etc.), Switzerland