Lost in Rhyme

by Joustene Lorenz

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'Lost in Rhyme' is an intimate and emotional musical journey through contemporary life. This eclectic anthology of songs explores the world with insight, originality and passion. Joustene brings her unique singing style to the tradition of the great musical poets.

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released April 4, 2019

Joustene Lorenz—vocals, electric lead guitars, acoustic guitars, flute, keyboards.
Bella Noiseuse—vocals, bass guitar, ukulele.
Ed Wilson—Trombone.

All songs written and produced by Joustene Lorenz.

With thanks to Paul J. Rogers, John Vanek, Tom Spender , Rod Miller and Emma de la Chapelle.
Thanks also to Liz, Dan, Kimberly, Hollis, Susan, CJ, Melissa, Andrea, Tom K., Alex, Robert, Eddie, Marty, Amy and all my other friends who have supported this project. Special thanks to Ellie, Marianne, TallBear and all others in my clan.

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Joustene Lorenz Melbourne, Australia

Having played in fusion and punk bands through her teens, Joustene often now performs solo. With an eclectic mix of influences and interests, Joustene's song represent a rich tapestry of personal and contemporary life.

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Track Name: Every Sunday
Every Sunday
1
Every Sunday,
You will find me there,
Standing in your cage,
Garland in my hair.

Three thousand years,
You still want to see her,
Blood on her tongue,
My vengeful Medea.

Refrain
City streets at night,
Fragments of light,
They dragged you here
Because they wanted to stare,
They judged you because you flew too close to the sun.

2.
Every Sunday
You will stop and stare,
I’ll be on my knees,
The passions that we share.

Sorrow—
The love that is cast in time.
Sorrow—
You going to find me lost in rhyme.

Refrain

3.
Every Sunday,
You’re going to find me lost in rhyme,
Every Sunday,
The sorrow bleeding from my eyes,
Every Sunday,
Medea falling to her knees,
Every Sunday,
The love that is a sin to feel.

Refrain

4
Every Sunday,
You’re going to find me on my own.
Every Sunday,
Medea is walking home alone,
Every Sunday,
You’re going to hear the same sad song,
Every Sunday,
The love that is a sin to know.
Track Name: Change
Cigarettes on the table,
Your clothes are lying on the floor,
I hear the boys fighting in the street,
The cat is scratching at the door.

The light globes need replacing,
The moon is shining through the blinds,
You have to work late you’re saying,
But something else is on your mind.

Change
Change in everything we do,
Change your hair and change your shoes,
Change in me and change in you.

Your best friend, Albie, came by last night,
He wanted me to feel his thighs,
We smoked three joints, and we gazed at the sky,
Encouraging me to oblige.

Change
Change in everything we do,
Change your hair and change your shoes,
Change in me and change in you.

Change
Change in everything we do,
Change your hair and change your shoes,
Change in me and change in you.

Your best friend , Albie, came by last night…
Track Name: Falling
1.
Some times you find you’re thinking
Of who you want to be,
We’re just a constellation
Of everything that we dream.

Falling—
Leaves upon the meadow
Memories in the shadows
Of time.

Calling—
Down through the years,
The terror and the tears
Behind.

2.
Sometimes you think you're crazy
And you’re the only one
With visions of Providence
Shining in the eyes of the sun.

Wandering
Over the surface
Hoping that you’ll find purpose
In love.

Paradise
To never let it show
How little that we know
About life.
Track Name: Ruby in my Shoe
Like a ruby in my shoe,
Like all the messages that won't get through,
I want to make sure you are in my dreams.

Another shooting down in Birmingham,
The trees are all diseased, you know it's such a shame,
I'd like to take you home with me, but I don't remember your name.

The tide is rising higher; it's around my knees,
I know your lips will lie but they taste so sweet,
The world is ending, we can just do as we please.
Track Name: The Bell
There is a single bell that chimes,
Across the rolling hills of time,
From pauper’s den to regal throne,
The bell will call to everyone.

And so you lie with lovers past,
Your angry mind and anguished heart,
Obsessed by fears you can’t control,
A purple star burns through your soul.

And when the bell begins to ring.
Despair in every song you sing,
The sun of light will throw to black,
You call to gods who won’t call back.

And then the evening turns to ice,
Fantastic dreams roll through your eyes,
In each dark thought a new one breeds,
Contagion of your memory.

And so you turn to ecstasy
Drawn from the well of alchemy,
You think you’re the last one of your tribe,
Perhaps the only creature left alive.

There is a single bell that chimes
Across the rolling hills of time,
From pauper’s den to regal throne,
The bell will call to everyone.
Track Name: The Stranger
When the stranger came into our city
With its silver spires that glisten in the sun,
You could call him, touch him, or burn him
While you—shine, shine, shine,
When the stranger came into our town.

When the soldier came into our city,
With his cloaks of gold that shimmer in the sun,
You could curse me, hurt me,
Or burn me while you shine, shine, shine,
When the soldier came into our town.

Now you lay me down and call me wife,
You trace my face in the setting light,
You make love to me in a fantasy
That desecrates my mystery.

Until the stranger returns to our city,
With her words like wounds bleeding in the sun,
She will bless you, caress you,
Then burn your city to the ground,
When the stranger returns to our town.

Shine, shine, shine,
Until the stranger, the soldier, return now,
And burn your city down.
Burn your city down.
Track Name: Love in a Storm
1.
There is a woman I know
Who likes to sit alone and watch the wild winds blow,
And if you’re passing through,
And you’ve got enough money, she’ll undress for you.

Refrain
There’s another storm rising and it’s in our street
There’s trouble in the eyes of everyone we meet.
Rain upon our faces casting tears of sorrow,
My secret space will keep us safe until tomorrow.

2.
There is a girl that I know,
Who listens to me singing when the wild winds blow,
And if you’ve come to stay—
You’ll see her by the river dancing in the rain.

Refrain
There’s another storm rising and it’s in our street
There’s trouble in the eyes of everyone we meet.
Rain upon our faces casting tears of sorrow,
My secret space will keep us safe until tomorrow.

3.
There is a place I can go,
Where trouble can’t undress me when the wild winds blow,
And if you’re passing through,
And you want another lover, I’ll perform for you.

Refrain 2
There’s another storm rising where the sun won’t shine,
I want to break this world apart and make it mine,
And sing you through the darkness to a crystal dawn,
Tomorrow comes, the storm retreats: forever gone.

4.
I want to change this world,
I want to break this world,
I want to change this world,
I want to break this world apart

Refrain 3
I don’t really care if you’re right or wrong.
I just want to stay with you and make you strong,
I don’t really care if you’re right or wrong,
I just want to stay with you and make you strong.

La la la la la lo
La la la la la la lo lo.
Track Name: Faded Wall
Dirty pictures on a faded wall,
Telling stories that are no more,
Maybe you could save them if only you’d give me a call…

(Give me a call)

Bad dreams waking me up at night,
Feeling so empty, turn on the light,
Maybe you could save me, if only you wanted to try…

(Just try)

Walk out at midnight, go past your door,
Seeing the light shining in the hall,
And there is the stranger whose name I can’t recall….

(Not at all)

Ooh-ooh, what you forget , you’ll never regret—
Ooh-ooh, what you regret, you’ll never forget.

Suddenly you’re standing there in my room,
Your eyes like fire burning in the gloom,
Baby I love you, maybe we can talk it through…

(Talk it through)
Track Name: Constellations
1.
There’s no concession
For my confessions.
You wandered back into my life.

You lie beside me,
You lie around me,
But the truth is in your eyes.

Reveal.
Conceal.
We just watch the days go by.

2.
I feel you moving,
Inside my body,
I hear your breathing rise and fade.

I touch your face,
You turn away,
Because there’s nothing left to say.

Reveal.
Conceal.
We just wait another day.

3.
The sky is burning,
The season’s turning,
And we know the end too well.

I hear you sighing,
‘This love is dying’,
But there’s so much more to tell.

Reveal.
Conceal.
You’re sleeping with the stars.

Reveal.
Conceal.
You’re sleeping with the stars.

4.
Oooh-aaah: You’re lost amongst the stars.
Oooh-aaah: You’re lost amongst the stars.
Oooh-aaah: You’re lost amongst the stars.
Track Name: St Catherine in Chains
Last night I dreamed,
I was St Catherine in chains,
They cut my hair,
And they led me to my grave.
And I dreamed,
That my spirit was released,
From the earth,
Where I fell down on my knees—
In my dreams.

And then I dreamed,
That they took away my name,
Set me alone,
In the prism of my shame.
And I dreamed that my spirit was set free,
Shining out,
Through the darkness of history—
In my dreams.

And so, who do you call to?
Who do you call to?
When you’re alone.

One day I’ll dream,
I can break these prison chains,
And we will walk,
In the sunshine and light again,
And breathe the air of a freedom that we’ll dream,
In ten billion tears,
That were born of St Catherine—
In my dreams.

And so—
Who do you dream of?
Who shares your freedom?
Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!