Blood

by Juliana Hatfield

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1.
falling upstairs cursing my shoes but it’s my instincts that are shot I got a clumsy heart it gets confused wake up don’t know who you are the shame of love holding me again the shame of love nothing ever ends I head toward the storm my bad directions I crash another new car you gather me up feel where I’m broken put pressure on those parts -chorus- don’t tell me it’s brave to show you the way to total abjection to open up at the weakest spot to abuses of affection -chorus- I suffer from the shame of love holding me again I’m living with the shame of love nothing ever ends
2.
Gorgon 03:47
honey I’m the one who sang the song about wanting to vanish into the air yeah I wanna go where no one knows me or my name or body and won’t claim me like property I never said I was an angel I never said I ever cared I never promised anyone anything no enchanted fairytales you must have interpreted it wrong because I don’t sing love songs fingers everywhere your snakes in my hair violated my head you were sullen and blue because I refused to die for you -chorus-
3.
Nightmary 02:54
I’m living in a nightmare and I can’t wake up the whole world is controlled by fascist blood-sucking thugs I’m living in a nightmare and I can’t wake up I lost another friend to Jesus she had nothing to believe in but the myth of redemption (we’re all damned, in her defense) I have to punch myself in the face to get myself out of bed hour after hour bombarded by lies it’s a desecration of your mind their deep wells of greed have no bottoms they hoard resources and no one stops them I’m living in a waking nightmare made to pay into a system that they steal from laws they’ve written don’t apply to them moral authorities are defiling children with no mercy and no conscience I’m living in a nightmare I’m living in a nightmare I’m living in a nightmare and I can’t wake up I’m living in a nightmare and I can’t wake up
4.
Had A Dream 02:56
I had a dream last night and in my dream I had a knife I stuck the knife into your neck then I pulled it out and I stabbed you again you staggered, screaming bloody and unbelieving that anyone would ever punish you for all of the traitorous things that you do it was a very American dream then it was a different scene you were alive in the beginning I was four horses as you were quartered then I was a machine I was a rotating blade coming to saw you in half as you lay strapped down on a table on your back through the bone and out the other side that was my dream last night it was a very American dream
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Splinter 02:58
my door has never been so open you can take whatever isn’t broken I’ll be driving around in circles just trying to get some traction I’m trying to leave there isn’t anything here for me with an ear to the tracks all I hear is a ringing on a high b-flat I’m ready to finally pop this bubble get myself in some kind of trouble I dream mostly of justice I got a plan B I plan on winning the lottery move to the ocean away from all the monetization of every little thing don’t wanna work don’t wanna play I wanna blow the surviving son away don’t touch the innocent girls let her hold on to what is hers I failed to compromise I took a powder I left the scene now I’ve got nothing to lose all I possess is my sexy personality and still I wonder how anyone could believe in anybody how could you love me I stopped asking when you stopped answering
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Suck It Up 03:10
I got assets I got prospects paid all my debts but I get no credit I gotta suck it up we creatives we always find a way when a door closes we just open a vein any idiot can try his luck and make a pitch but it has to be a traditional narrative you gotta fit the mold or the qualifying ratios are automatically programmed to tell you “no” I gotta suck it up can’t I meet you or call you on the phone won’t you talk to me you’re so remote don’t need a fur coat won’t splurge on surgery just want a little space but it just seems so out of reach I’m climbing off my horse don’t make me get down on my knees just tell the algorithm that I can prove that I am me I gotta suck it up
7.
Chunks 03:05
why can’t you be nice why are you so rude one of these days you’re gonna push somebody over the line someone’s gonna kick you in the head someone’s gonna choke you out someone’s gonna smash your teeth someone’s gonna burn down your house -chorus- someone’s gonna take your hand and break every finger shove a tube sock in your mouth to stop the sound from coming out someone’s gonna take a whip to your soft pink back scar you a hundred times and then finish with a baseball bat someone’s gonna chop you up into chunks put you into garbage bags and take you to the dump why can’t you be nice (someone’s gonna chop you up) why are you so rude (into chunks) one of these days you’re gonna push somebody (put them into garbage bags) over the line (and take you to the dump)
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if I say what I want to say it might just get me killed there’s no freedom in expression and I don’t think I will let you in on my thoughts I bite my tongue my mouth’s full of blood pressure from every side general consensus they decide who is crucified for having wrong opinions hold on to what you’ve got and smile for every camera -chorus- feelings want out I pray they make no sound -chorus- bite my tongue bite my tongue
9.
Dead Weight 03:33
why do you love me you must be mad why do you love me you must be crazy all I ever wanted was to revel in the loneliness find a private place to sit and tear off my skin in peace why do you love me you must be daft why do you want me has your brain been damaged you take my hand can’t you feel it’s dead weight are you blinded by a stereotype that history perpetuates take my hand can’t you feel its dead weight I am just a tool for you to use to self-obliterate in the future it comes undone all your desires are delusions I am nothing to anyone never will be and never was
10.
Torture 03:08
how long is this gonna take don’t lie don’t sugarcoat it just give it to me straight you keep saying one more minute but it’s been at least eight how long am I supposed to wait is it my pathology or is just my fate you give me this gift and now you make me pay wrest your soul out of control how much longer now you’re gonna make me late this service is free to use but not to operate it all goes smoothly until it gets to the end strung along I hit the wall it’s technical wrest your soul out of control

about

Over the past four years, Juliana Hatfield has kept fans engaged and intrigued as she oscillates between impassioned original releases (Pussycat, Weird) and inspired covers collections (Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police). This year she returns with her latest album of originals, Blood, out May 14, 2021.

Her 19th solo studio album takes a deep dive into the dark side with a lens on modern human psychology and behaviour. “I think these songs are a reaction to how seriously and negatively a lot of people have been affected by the past four years,” says Juliana. “But it’s fun, musically. There’s a lot of playing around. I didn’t really have a plan when I started this project.”

With the pandemic limiting studio safety and availability, Juliana took the opportunity to learn to record at her Massachusetts home with recent collaborator Jed Davis assisting from Connecticut. “Usually I work in a studio,” explains Juliana. “I did more than half the work in my room—with Jed helping me to troubleshoot the technology, and helping with building and arranging some of the songs--and then I finished up with additional overdubs and mixing with engineer James Bridges at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA.”

The first single, “Mouthful of Blood”, is gritty and abrasive yet groovy and melodic. That duality is represented throughout Blood. It is eminently hummable and thought-provoking. Sophisticated but catchy. Challenging but danceable.

“I always love coming up with melodies and then trying to fit words into them—it’s like doing a puzzle,” says Juliana. “And I always find places to use the Mellotron flutes and strings, on every album, because those sounds are so beautiful to me. They are a nice counterpoint to the damaged lyrical content.”

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