Elijah Drop Your Gun

by Mieka Pauley

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kitten4857 Mieka struck a note with me as a musician; distinctly as style of her own, her melodies a stylized combo of blues/jazz he lyrics insightful - her vocals reveals a hint of Joni Mitchell influence, but delivered with a strong "I mean it" attitude which is pure Mieka. Watch for her up and rising! Favorite track: Bravely.
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Michael Snowden I first heard on Mieka on a random Google Play song. I immediately fell in love. She's powerful, intelligent, and passionate. Every song I've heard reflects those traits with no exception. Favorite track: Run.
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1.
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
2.
You got no common sense They said go there and there you went Oh the beginning of the end, amen Drink up every word they say As many poison drops a day Watch your cup overflow and float away, away Be like the Man, be like the Mob Be like the State, be like a God Judging by the way you act I doubt you really want it back Not that you even had riches to turn to rags Brick by brick, you got a wall Nick by nick, it falls Get yourself together before you lose it all Be like the Man, be like the Mob Be like the State, be like a God Be like the Man, be like the Mob Be like the State, be like a God Get mad, get mad, dress yourself in black This cannot wait, you gotta take it back Get mad, get mad, dress yourself in black And prove it, do you want it back Judging by the way you act I doubt you really want it back Happy in your riches to rags mm, mm mm, mm Be like the Man, be like the Mob Be like the State, be Insane, be some Vengeful God Be like the Man, be like the Mob Be like the State, be Insane, be some Vengeful God Be like the Man, be like the Mob Be like the State, be like a God Be like the Man, be like the Mob Be like the State, be like a God
3.
03:45
Can you keep a secret and guard it with your life Can you keep a secret, cross your heart, hope to die Would it stay between us, just simple words between us Can you keep a secret this time If I kept a secret and didn't tell you If I kept a secret but you found out the truth Would it be strange between us, tense and blue between us If I kept a secret from you I don't see what the big deal is Come on, be a realist I can't tell you everything Now I can't tell you anything Can it be a secret if everybody knows Can it be a secret if words are words and anything goes Nothing stays between us, nothing's simple between us Can it be a secret if you know I don't see what the big deal is Come on, be a realist I can't tell you everything Now I can't tell you anything Can you keep a secret and guard it with your life Can you keep a secret, cross your heart, hope to die Would it stay between us, just simple words between us Can you keep a secret this time
4.
04:04
Needless to say I'm taken quite by surprise You let one story define your entire life You claim what she's done, no harm to no one, As a good enough reason Do it bravely, save me From the weak and lazy If you can't face it Don't do it at all Do it bravely, do it bravely Do you mind if I refill my glass of wine It seems to solve all of your problems just fine You take what you've done, pass it off, and run She's still holding you, though, son Do it bravely, save me From the weak and lazy If you can't face it Don't do it at all Do it bravely, save me From the weak and lazy If you can't face it Don't do it at all I know all things and nothing at all A foreign world spins just down the hall Do it bravely, do it bravely Do it bravely, do it bravely Do it bravely, save me From the weak and lazy If you can't face it Then don't do it at all Do it bravely, save me From the weak and lazy If you can't face it Then don't do it at all Do it bravely, do it bravely
5.
03:09
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
6.
Oh, to take sorrow and use it as a crutch And have all you need and never know it as such Oh, to want the warmth of fire and get the burn of its touch I think about you way too much The devil's got my secret He swore he'd never tell I left it for safe-keeping I will pick it up in hell A match is struck only once, the thought's struck more than twice Honesty's a virtue that is wavering like a vice Yeah, it screams in two directions, yeah, it cuts like a knife I'll think about you all my life The devil's got my secret He swore he'd never tell I left it for safe-keeping I will pick it up in hell I will pick it up in hell Should I choose the one way, my life goes on My world's not broken, my home's not gone Oh, but should I choose the other, so sweet, and wrong No, I'll think about you, and continue on The devil's got my secret He swore he'd never tell I left it for safe-keeping And, oh, he keeps it well The devil's got my secret He swore he'd never tell I left it for safe-keeping I will pick it up in hell I will pick it up in hell I will pick it up in hell
7.
I don't need some crystal ball For all its mystique, it's just glass And to see right through is to see nothing at all And all the while the right moments pass And I'll take fate, I'll take fate On a day by day basis I will not wait, I will not wait for what the world may not create I'll take fate day by day The only future we can foresee Is just what our minds project So when he crept into the back of my mind It was fate, who was I to object? And I'll take fate, I'll take fate On a day by day basis I will not wait, I will not wait for what the world may not create I'll take fate day by day I focused on the embers that just fade with time Hoping for a spark from a fire that won't revive Believing in a fate that left me only one In lamenting loss of fire, I overlooked the sun And I'll take fate, I'll take fate On a day by day basis I will not wait, I will not wait for what the world may not create I'll take fate day by day I'll take fate day by day
8.
03:21
You fall in and out of all the thoughts that I have had today Mostly, you're just in the way You are simply watching some old fashioned black and white TV He's all gold to me I come back stronger I come back stronger That is all you'll see The strong side of me It's no wonder that your eyes are green, when you're so clearly blue What kind of hell have you been through? I could be sentimental, or righteous, but I don't have to be Cause you're just cold to me I come back stronger I come back stronger That is all you'll see I come back stronger I come back stronger That is all you'll see The strong side of me Why me? Why today Any other soul Any other day Oh, another day You fall in and out of all the thoughts that I have had today Mostly, you're just in the way You are simply watching some old fashioned black and white TV He's all gold to me We come back stronger We come back stronger That is all you'll see It's all the same to me We stand here stronger We face you stronger That is all you'll see The strong side of us The strong side of me
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04:03
You've had enough, it's rough, I know No two ways around You gotta come clean, yeah, you gotta come clean How you gonna come clean now ? Run, run Far beneath the sun Elijah, drop your gun Your world has got no armor on Go out to your palace of glass Go home to your castle of white Go on, wipe your feet at the door As you have done, done all your life Run, run Far beneath the sun Elijah, drop your gun Your world has got no armor on Run, run Far beneath the sun Elijah, drop your gun Your world has got no armor on You stared down the mirror, you watched it crash Now you're standing on broken glass No way to get this wrong undone Are you ready to run ? If they got you tied a little too tight Now, honey, don't let them know Fade to the left, take a big deep breath On your mark, get set, just go, just go Run, run Far beneath the sun Elijah, drop your gun Your world has got no armor on Run, run, run Elijah, drop your gun, son You stared down the mirror, yeah, you watched it crash Now you're standing on broken glass No way to get this wrong undone Are you ready to run ? Run, run Far beneath the sun Elijah, drop your gun Your world has got no armor on Just run
10.
03:28
If I were a painter, I'd give a steady gaze To a saint with open eyes, watching what her life was spent to save But I'm not a painter, I don't know any saints The only ones I saw were done in someone else's paint Your white angels still fly On the breath we spent on the prayers we cried On the path to where heaven lay You left us to God when you turned away Oh, I've heard thunder, loud as God is great Where everybody ran inside, whether or not it rained I knew a devil, dressed in white like any saint He fell right through the ground where Lucifer remained Your white angels still fly On the breath we spent on the prayers we cried On the path to where heaven lay You left us to God when you turned away Your white angels still fly On the breath we spent on the prayers we cried On the path to where heaven lay You left us to God when you turned away Away, away
11.
In my head the gates are standing In my mind I am out of time In my head the mobs are chanting What's there to find? Even if I knew A haven it's draped in blue Cause I'll have to leave If not now eventually Somewhere else I left him standing In my mind he's still standing there He moved their souls and left them chanting They'll follow him anywhere, anywhere Even if I knew A haven it's draped in blue Cause I'll have to leave If not now eventually Even if I knew A haven it's draped in blue Cause I'll have to leave If not now eventually Once, I had a daughter Raised her, loved her, and lost her Everyone's got to leave I wish you well, said I I'll meet you next in hell, meant I Everyone's got to leave Even if I knew A haven it's draped in blue Cause I'll have to leave If not now eventually Even if I New a haven I Know I'd have to leave

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This album was made possible entirely by fan donations. Says Mieka, "I am doubly grateful to the following people: not only did they allow me to make the album I wanted to make, they also gave me the knowledge that I had someone to make the album for. THANK YOU." The following are the people behind the cd:

GUARDIAN ANGELS: Bob Jacobson, Bryan Figler, Shelley Irish, Mae Corrigan, Brian O'Donnell
HEROES: Okwudiri Onyedum, Hollie Satterfield, Nancy Darish & Peter McLoughlin
PATRONS: Austin S. Lin, Heidi Dolin, Elizabeth Weitzmann, Griffin, Tatiana & Nadia Clinton, Eugenia Schraa & Ming-Tai Huh, Adam Salsman, Samuel Karns & the men and women of the US Park Police, Catherine Chen, Diana O'Donoghue, Jo Anne Lovette, Steve & Kat Darling, Marshal Chaifetz, Medea Palandjian, Jasmin & Tanya Littlefield, Russell Neufeld, Simon Thornhill, C.J. Azubuine, Courtney Blair & Carla Shea, Timothy E Beebe, Harrel Conner, Kristofer Abrahamson, Todd Chapin, Todd Weekley, Parima
THANK YOU ALSO TO: Derek Pauley, Tracy Fletcher, Jared Buletza, Lennit R Williams, M, Jim Siegert, Greg Kanter, Eric Stover, Jennifer Fraser, Maureen Scott, Ira Miller, Band of Browders, Paul Rowny, Ian Cowan, Alan Johnson & Nicole Laugesen, Glebe Farm & Siena Farms, Bob & Janet Colyard, Meg & Ginny, Big John, Al Jerram, Lana D. & Faye Highfill, Chris Atchley, Bradley Basham & Zac Twomey, David & Lacy Hoesman, David Maurer, Jennifer Sellers & Ryleigh McMeeckan, Raven, Paul Stamos, Valerie Chapmen, Steve Ammann, Steve Wells & Katie Wieland, Jeffrey Bond, Melissa Bond & Tiffany Engels, Robert Saccenti, Karianne Knol, Wayne Kleinschroth, Chartey Quarcoo & Ashley McCants, Peter & Alberta Johnson, Dan & Meghan Greenleaf, Diane Falcone, F. Kimberly Coyer, Krissie Callahan, Luke Stein, Maurice Smith, Peter Marinari, Phil Marcelin, Samantha Clair & Brian Murphy, Sarah Rukoski & Kara Forinash, AJ Giardullo, Anton Roolaart, Mawi & Erin Asgedom

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released November 1, 2007

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Brian Cassagnol
All Orchestral Arrangements by Brian Cassagnol
Mastered by Dominick Maita at Airshow Mastering, Bolder, CO

Mieka Pauley: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Brian Cassagnol: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Rhodes, Hammond Organ, Synth, Bass Percussion, Vocals
Sarab Singh: Drums
Andrew Morgan: Bass
Daniel Mintseris: Wurlitzer, Hammond Organ
Jonathan Lehe: Cello

Recorded by
Brian Cassagnol at JustLove Studios
Mike Davidson and Adam Strauss at WERS Performance Studio
Alex Gonzalez and Brian Cassagnol at Postfuturism Labs
Geoff Melkonian at Go To Your Room Productions

Artwork by Jesse Whitman Torrey -- www.nocturnaldrawings.com

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Mieka Pauley Brooklyn, New York

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. ... more

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