Hell Of A Girl

by Jeff Gladstone

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Jeff Gladstone met Terra Hazelton at the Loose Moose Theatre Company in Calgary in 1995. They spent 5 years there, working and studying with Keith Johnstone, performing improv, creating kids shows, and musical improvisation shows.

Since then, Hazelton has established herself as one of the top jazz singers in Canada, and Gladstone has built a career as an actor and improviser in Vancouver. Hazelton has made occasional forays into acting (Genie award nomination for FUBAR II) and Gladstone has continued to write music; over 250 original songs, including sound design and musical direction for theatre. Recently Gladstone wrote a song based on a poem by Robert Service, The Lure of Little Voices, which made it on Hazelton’s recent CD That’s All. As a thank-you, Hazelton offered to record a demo of Gladstone’s songs.

Work began in 2012 in Hazelton’s apartment with just a microphone, a guitar and a rain storm. Hazelton started inviting some of her friends and collaborators from her various bands. Musicians like Drew Jurecka, Sly Juhas, Nathan Hiltz, and the entire line-up from The Hogtown Syncopators, nearly all of which have won Juno awards. Hazelton invited each of them because of specific skills she thought would add to each track. In true Loose Moose fashion, the musicians were encouraged to improvise.

The collaborative nature of Hell of a Girl continued, as Neil MacIntosh mixed the tracks adding additional percussion, and finally Jordon O’Connor (engineer behind That’s All) mastered the final recordings with Hazelton.

The album was released on April 19th, 2014 at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver as a three-act cowboy-noir-opera.

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released April 20, 2014

All songs written by Jeff Gladstone
Recorded and Produced by Terra Hazelton
Mixed by Neil MacIntosh
Mastered by Jordan O'Connor

Featuring:
Jeff Gladstone: Upright Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Terra Hazelton: Vocals, Arrangements

Rachel Pomedli: Cello
Tim Hamel: Trumpet
Sly Juhas: Drums
Neil MacIntosh: Drums
Nathan Hiltz: Electric Guitar
Jay Danley: Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, Vocals
Sophia Perlman: Vocals and BG Arrangements
Drew Jurecka: Violin, Clarinet
James Thomson: Electric Bass
Richard Whiteman: Baby Grand Piano, Upright Bass
Rebecca Hennessy: Accordion
Shawn Nykwist: Soprano Saxophone

Artwork: Emma Segal (pictured: Josefa Cameron's boot)

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Jeff Gladstone Vancouver, British Columbia

Jeff has written over 200 songs, in a career that has taken him across Canada performing as an actor for stage and film, improvisor, teacher, musician, singer and songwriter. Working in the ephemeral arts, these songs are among the only record of the heights and the falls, the love sought and love lost. Enjoy the music <3
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Track Name: In Vein
I cried all my tears out
Sighed all my sighs
Unlucky and burned out, I cough my goodbye

My love is a true one
My heart is the same
It’s redder than ketchup and I am to blame

Tell me you want me what do you need
I’m all through with crying
I want to bleed

My dreams are all dried up
You’re out the door
I haven’t eaten in a week or more
I still love you I lay on the floor
I whisper your name as it starts to pour

Baby forgive me, your mercy I plead
I’m all through with crying I want to bleed
Tell me you want me what do you need
I’m all through with crying I want to bleed
Track Name: Lionhearted
This heart it waits like a lion in the grass
Just outside an ancient little town
Near an ancient little thatch roofed hut
The colour of your hair
It licks its little lips and pauses like the air

I’ve counted seven diamonds on your raincoat
And listened for a message in your sighs
As every little winsome twit’ling bird throat
Is wracked upon the hunger in my eyes
I’m not so bloody awesome at goodbyes

This heart is waits in the bare savannah dried of rain
Hearing thunder rolling cross the plain
I’d take just one pink keepsake
That I’d set against the sky
I’d squeeze out all the peppermint and put it in a pie

I’ve counted seven hours til your sailboat
You’re beautiful you re lethal and you re wise
As every little longing word that I wrote
Is hanging from the garden of your eyes
I m not so bloody awesome at goodbyes

So I’ll put a little powder on my old heart
And count the dancing minutes
While it lies like a lion on the still edge of your body
It s got these teeth you see and that is why
I’m not so bloody awesome at goodbye
Track Name: Good To You
The things I’ve done
And the way I’ve been
Keep tearing me away from the things i have not seen

The things I do
And the way I am
May never be right for you but I still want to see you again
I may never be right for you but I still want to see you again

Let me in to your open arms
I know that you’re scared but babe what the hell, it’s a start

It’s a bad idea
I like bad ideas too
I can’t promise that I won t be bad but I want to be good to you
I can’t promise that I won t be bad but I want to be good to you

Let me in to your open arms
I know that you’re scared but babe what the hell
It’s a start

It s a bad idea
I like bad ideas too
I can’t promise that I won t be bad but I want to be good to you
I can’t promise that I won t be bad but I want to be good to you
Track Name: Hell Of A Girl
She blew into town like a hurricane
She drowned me in sunshine then she dried me with rain
She showed me her scars and she made her mark
She laid lilies and dynamite on the road to my heart
I held on so tightly she blew me away
I rained down in pieces and all i could say
She’s a hell of a girl

She’s got to be wild and she's got to be free
And she's lovin another cuz she's so in love with me
So i keep letting go and she keeps turnin it up
I’m too hard to handle i'm never enough
So if you see her down, please make her smile
I want her so badly i had to let her run wild
She’s a hell of a girl

She blew out of town like a hurricane
She showed me heaven then she drove me insane
Sometimes we hurt the ones we love
If we hold them too closely while we're hurtin ourselves
We learn how to love by givin too much
And even if it kills me, i'll never have enough

She’s a hell of a girl
She’s an angel from heaven
She’s a hell of a girl
Track Name: There May Be A Golden Distance
Maybe in this world or the next one
We’ll walk again as lovers hand in hand
There may be a golden distance in our sights
Or is it all behind us holdin on

Letting go of a need so strong rips you open
Naked to the world a vulnerable sigh
The dishes have moved out they sit in boxes
Made of cardboard wet with rain
Whichever way our future lay the only thing to say is good bye

Time the insatiable destroyer pulls us apart like skin from a deer
Now our time together is preserved like jelly
Pouring out onto now sweetening our lives

This is my last day in this city
I call you up you ask me over
You say keep in touch
Then it s don t lose touch
But it don t take from much from you to lead me on

Now my cards are tossed into the air
I lost my flush my full house and my pair
One more draw from our past on the table
Well I’m feelin lucky so I hold em
Well I’m feelin lucky so I hold em ~
Whichever way our future lay the only thing to say is goodbye

Maybe when the rain turns to snow
Maybe in that day my mind will be quiet

Mmmmmm
Track Name: Terra Hazelton - Not Your Girlfriend
's quarter past ten
and i really don t know if you should be gettin so comftrable well the hockey game is over and it s wednesday night
and there s somethin in your eyes and it just ain t right
and i m not not your girlfriend
so honey you better go

well i don t know your mama or ifya want kids
or if ya buy flowers or ya close the lid
and my roommate will be home soon it s twenty to one
and we don t got a futon and my bed ain t done
and i m not your girlfriend so honey you better go

i don t think your girlfriend would approve
well ya ain t to busy leaving
so i think i m gonna make my move

you jump up in the mornin and ya say you ll phone
and ya walk right out the door again i m all alone
then i make myself some breakfast and i call my friends
and i thank my lucky stars you re not my boyfriend
i m not your girlfriend she can keep you all to herself
Track Name: Two Birds
two birds
a raven with a broken wing
a sparrow with a broken beak
tried to help each other fly
for a while

they nearly reached the clouds
they barely left the ground
but they felt the wind in their feathers
and the sun in their eyes for a time

they were picking up speed
and singing a song

when the sparrow crashed through a window
and the raven fell
landing on a pile of leaves
near some dogs

now all that remains of their love
is some broken glass
a black feather
and a bone

and the sound of the wind
through the trees
and the sun
in their eyes

and the sun
in their eyes
Track Name: My Big Mouth
well i opened my big mouth and you closed down
my lips they keep moving and you don’t make a sound
and its four in the morning and you asked me to stay
and i can’t look into your eyes and i can’t look away
cuz youre as good as they come
im as bad as they get
and i want you to want me
and i wonder if youre wet

well you hold on to something that you cant give away
and you’re scared you cant trust me
and im frightened of what ill say
but if you let me love you ill be as good as i can
and ill treat you like a woman if you treat me like a man
so ill ask no more questions ill tell no more lies
i could open your heart like you opened my eyes

second glances once in the night
second chances light up your light
my mind is dirty i want to come clean
but ill shut up if you love me
you know what i mean
Track Name: Weatherman
the weatherman say its sunny today
the weatherman say its sunny today

hey the weatherman say
an autumn chinook is coming to stay

i walk outside theres a cold cold could up above
you never can tell with the nature of weather and love

I’ll sing a song cuz it cant be long til springtime
I’ll sing a song cuz it can’t be long at all

a cat has a fence
a dog has a home
you have your friends
and i am alone

hey the weatherman say
the frost and the snow is coming to stay

i walk outside
the sky is a little too blue
you never can tell
with the nature of weather and you

I’ll sing a song cuz it cant be long til springtime
I’ll sing a song cuz it can’t be long at all
Track Name: Lazy Susan
Dear Susan
How can I say this?
I need you more than ever my dismal quiet friend
My shared solitude
My open book
Don’t be down when I am gone away
Don’t hold on when you decide to stray
I’m hoping for a safe return on Tuesday

Im open to a tumble in the hay
I hear a sound outside my window
Forcing me to stay
And it’s a dismal quiet night
And I forgot to say I love you
My arms
My candle
My home
My arms
My candle
And my home

Sincerely,
The wretched.
Track Name: One Little Accident Away
he was a boy who went the way the wind blows
she was a girl who would go wherever she goes
until the minute that he caught her eye
one little accident away

and when we kissed our heads they bumped together
she had to stay the night inclement stormy weather
now she’s swellin in the belly and we both know why
just one little oopsy doopsy little accident away

i accidently got kicked out of school
just when our lives fell all apart
we accidentally fell in love

and then i accidentally kissed a girl in reno
she accidentally slept with ethan tim & gino
a happy family til the day you die
just one little maybe any day baby one little accident away

until the day you slipped and now i’m sorry
you dragged me down with you for thirty-seven stories
we’re still together in the big blue sky
one little accident away