High Priestess And The Renegade

by Courtney Yasmineh

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Two years in the making. Two pre releases, one got Tangled Web onto European indie radio charting in their top ten for over ten weeks. Producer Rob Genadek is saying this is the best record he has produced so far in his career. Courtney says it's her best yet.

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released February 1, 2018

Courtney Yasmineh wrote all the songs, played her Guyatone guitar on everything, sang all lead vocals and some backing. Rob Genadek produced, played all drums, sang backing vocals, played most of the bass parts, played some synth parts, all acoustic guitar parts. Omid Huttar did most lead guitar. Jimmy Anton did some bass parts. Kathleen Johnson and Germain Brooks brought the party on backing vocals for almost every track. Michael Baker provided drumming for all tracks for the original basic tracking sessions which provided the original template for the album although in the end all the drums on these tracks are Rob Genadek. Toby Marshall added Hammond organ in the eleventh (or eleven hundredth) hour.

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Courtney Yasmineh Minneapolis, Minnesota

Singer/songwriter, touring and recording artist, published author. In 2019 Courtney Yasmineh releases her ninth studio album but her very first album of the cover songs that shaped her as an artist. Her second novel in the series based on her own teen runaway experience will also be announced. www.courtneyyasmineh.com for tour dates in the US and Europe. Website also has her popular daily blog. ... more

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Track Name: Tower Card
Fortune teller down in New Orleans
drew a tower card you know what that means
he said beware doll you're bound to fall
and ever since that day I been falling

it's a fairytale world
for a mixed up girl on a Saturday night
in a dangerous world
and you're getting it on
and you're feeling all right
You rise up your eyes up
take time, take time to let your body fall
dancing in time til your eyes are in line with the feeling
dancing in time til your eyes are in line with the ceiling
remember surrender
take time time to let your body fall
nothing's the same as it was
before you let yourself fall

Rapunzel Rapunzel
let down your golden hair
the tower can't hold you spinning straw is going nowhere
when you gonna realize you don't need to compromise
dancing on a rooftop strung with big city lights
bass so hard hit you from the inside
full moon rising everybody loving life
let your spirit fly free
this is how you were meant to be

dancing in time til your heart is in line with the feeling......
Track Name: Hey Lulu
Hey Lulu
in your Boys In Toyland jacket and your Eastender shoes
with the shiner on your left eye
how could you be so impossibly cool
you got a chip on your shoulder a mile wide but it's working for you
hey hey Lulu
hey hey Lulu

Hey Lulu
I'm sorry that your dad was coming on that way
I didn't see it coming
and I suppose probably neither did you
You got a chip on your shoulder a mile wide
but it's working for you
hey hey Lulu
hey hey Lulu

I didn't think it was all on you whoa whoa whoa
A girl can't fake that kind of cool whoa whoa whoa
I wasn't trying to rewrite the rules whoa whoa whoa
wish I could make it all up to you

Hey Lulu.......
Track Name: Tangled Web
I probably loved you more than I let on
gratitude and sympathy make a potent recipe
was I saving you, were you saving me
either way we were headed for misery

but what advice would I give
Love's a tangled web
Lord have mercy, mercy on the lovers
who aspire to love everlasting to love everlasting

I probably loved you more than I care to admit
cruel games and ugly lies
made it all a compromise
but after all this time you're still on my mind
what we had could have been so fine

but what advice would I give?
Love's a tangled web
Lord have mercy mercy on the lovers
who aspire to love everlasting

so hear me when I say to you
I think there's only one thing you can do
hold on to your faith in love til the day you die
it will lift you up
it will lift you up
it will lift you up higher

Oh but what advice would I give
Love's a tangled web
Lord have mercy mercy on the lovers
who aspire to love everlasting
to love everlasting
Track Name: Remedy
Fear is my enemy and money is my rival
gratitude is the remedy and love is my survival
hold me up hold me high
don't let me fall

One man's ceiling is another man's floor
some got enough but only want more
I knew a man with money to burn
couldn't sleep at night
he would toss and turn
worried over the great unknown
what if I lose my wife my kids my house my job my life my soul

I know another man don't have much to call his own
sleeps like a baby every night so sound
does good work
thinks good thoughts
says good words
says it's all gonna work out
he's not worried over the great unknown
what if I lose my wife my kids my house my job my life my soul

Fear is my enemy and money is my rival
gratitude is the remedy and love is my survival
hold me up, hold me high
don't let me fall
Track Name: Crash And Burn
You all thought I was headed for a fall
red lipstick smeared on the bathroom wall
bank account in a matching shade of red
credit card denied, drive me home put me to bed
but I got more lives more chances than you think I deserve
you might like to see me suffer
sorry but I'm going to have to disappoint you
I might have to disappoint you whoa oh oh

I got a potent combination of
red wine dark chocolate running through my veins
clears my mind, gets my motor running
but loose lips are trouble and I know it
and it's only after you walk away
I realize I had too much to say

crash and burn cuz you always said I would
crash and burn cuz you know I was reckless
crash and burn make a really big mess of things
and get it out of my system

You've seen this all a hundred times before
girl ends up crying on the bathroom floor
she burned through every last chance she had
every bridge burned all alone and feeling bad

but I still got time
I still got tricks you haven't seen
you might like to see me suffer
sorry but I'm going to have to disappoint you

crash and burn cuz you always said I would.............
Track Name: The Unknowing
You lived out under the trees
like some refugee
saying FU to everything
invite them in when you wanted to
come around when you needed to
to your own self be true

Your death has given me wings I fly up over the trees
I see the known in he unknowing

How did you lift it like a feather
how did you know to resist the fear
of the unknowing

What a fool I was
to think I was
living the dream when I was
on the edge never diving in

What a fool I was
to think I was
living the dream when I was
on the edge never diving in

so stupid to think it would be easy
such a fool to think I could be anything
it's all there in the unknowing

Your life has given me wings I fly up over the trees
I see the known in the unknowing

Your life has given me wings I fly up over the trees
I see the known in the unknowing

Your life has given me wings I fly up over the trees
I see the known in the unknowing

How did you lift it like a feather
how did you know to resist the fear of the unknowing

How did you know, how did you know, how did you know, how did you know?
Track Name: The Broken
I am The Broken
I had it buried
so deep I couldn't feel it
I said I was on the top
but I was on the bottom

I tried to keep up with the healthy
with their cheerful dispositions
with the sun in their eyes
they don't want to see the pain and suffering
so they put on their sunglasses and drive

I wanted to be one of them
not the broken not the helpless
but it follows you where ever you go
breaks you down lower then you ever thought you'd go

girl bathing in the sink at the shopping mall
boy with haunted eyes on the sidewalk no one to call
wounded man with his cardboard sign
woman picking through the trash for anything that she can find

come together
come together
come together people

where there's a will let there be a way
stand up reach up find the words to say
this is not how we are going down
where there is loss love can be found

we are The Broken
I still want to believe we have the power to rise above
gather our strength til we're no longer
on the outside looking in

come together
come together
come together people

forgive us we have sinned by thought word and deed
by the time we reach the temple we will all be on our knees
"no easy answer" well I beg to disagree
compassion and willingness to lend a hand are all we need

come together
come together
come together people
Track Name: Show Me
He gave her everything
she became his only dream
she wanted nothing more
than to be in his arms
an unspeakable splendor
rose up between them
shone like a rising star
when the lights went out

She was the brains of the operation
he was the moral compass
even though they both thought
it was the other way around
he was a hard worker
she was a real high flier
it was the love between them
that took them higher and higher

but doubt set in
fear broke her down
she tried to remember
it was the path laid plain between them
and she would pray
Show Me
show me
show me what love can do
show me
show me what love can do

she tried to tell herself
she could just walk away
but without his touch
it was sleepless nights cold comfort
it was warm where he slept
she didn't toss and turn
he stoked the fire at night
and she drew herself to him

it was the love between them
gave them something to believe in
it was the love between them
gave them the will to go on

she would pray
Show Me
show me
show me what love can do

show me
show me what love can do

the mind is no match for the heart
it'll hunt you down at night
the mind is no match for the heart
it will cut you down to size
the mind is no match for the heart
you can't fight it, you can't fight it

Show Me
show me
show me what love can do

show me
show me what love can do
Track Name: Missing Us
I know I'm fooling myself
you don't have to say it
I'm on borrowed time
you don't have to point it out

I'm always searching for
bigger faster smarter stronger
this is my wishlist
of the improbable
the impossible

But all those filthy lies they told
those sick and twisted stories
keep coming back to roost
keep coming back to haunt me now

and we might as well drown ourselves
in each other's eyes
cuz we got nothing left to lose
no we got nothing left to lose

and we might as well drown
our sorrows in each other's arms
cuz no one's missing us
no one's missing us
out there tonight

What have I got to lose?
I've fallen so far
I'm back to the bottom
where I started from
and now I may
never reach the place I dreamed of
may never have that happy ending
I fell short in a thousand ways

and all those filthy lies they told
those sick and twisted stories
keep coming back to haunt me now

night after night with the rain coming in where I slept
those black thoughts came to my room where I wept
like black bats circling round my head
drop down on the pillow beside my head
I should have closed the window to my despair
should have seen the dark clouds gathering there
should have heard the thunder rolling
should have smelled the rain, sensed the storm was coming

and we might as well drown ourselves
in each other's eyes cuz we got
nothing left to lose
no we got nothing left to lose
and we might as well drown our sorrows
in each other's arms
cuz no one's missing us
no one's missing us
out there tonight
Track Name: Renegade
There is no time like the present
to repent for what we've done
no time like tomorrow
to look back from whence we've come
and by God the trail took us from Berlin to Amsterdam
from Dublintown to Paris
from Duluth to New Orleans
and a hearty thanks to those who didn't have too much to say
and to those who got on board and didn't stand in our way
the winds of change blew out our sails
and left us stranded on foreign shores
but in times of deepest trouble
at the point when all seems lost
your luck can turn, your luck can turn
and you find that it's not over after all

The things we carried
got lost along the way
all my books and papers
songs with nothing left to say
no rest for the wicked
to comfort be no slave
destiny is calling
fortune favors the brave

throw your flowers on my grave
save your curses for another day
throw your flowers at my feet
we'll return in triumph sweet

go out and ride the rails
cross the seven seas
hit the open road
be a renegade
take a rebel stand
fight for your freedom
blaze a firey trail
be a renegade


throw your flowers on my grave
save your curses for another day
throw your flowers at my feet
we'll return in triumph sweet

No rest for the wicked
to comfort be no slave
destiny is calling
fortune favors the brave
we want to come home
we want to come home
we want to come home heroes

there is no time like the present to repent for what we've done
no time like tomorrow to look bak from whence we've come

the winds of change
blew out our sails
left us stranded on foreign shores
we hope you see our fires
we hope you see our fires
cuz we want to come home
we want to come home
we want to come home heroes
after all

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