Beautiful Boot Leg - Live at Rick Walker's

by Ajda the Turkish Queen

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Ajda the Turkish Queen: vocals, mandolin, electric guitar

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released December 23, 2014

Track 1 composed by John Genzale (BMI/BMG Platinum Songs US)
Tracks 2, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 composed by Ajda the Turkish Queen (ASCAP/Sul Ross)
Tracks 3, 4, 5,10 composed by Snyder/Savarino (ASCAP/Sul Ross)
Track 6 composed by Snyder/Savarino/Simches/Zbitnoff (ASCAP/Sul Ross)
Track 11 composed by Snyder/Savarino/Simches (ASCAP/Sul Ross)
Tracks 7, 15 composed by Snyder/Savarino/Simches/Turner (ASCAP/Sul Ross)
Recorded July 13th, 2014 by Rick Walker at Rick Walker's in Boston, MA
Mastered by Will Kennedy at Studio P in Los Angeles, CA
Album cover artwork by Erin Genett

Thanks to Rick and Rachel!

Tracks 3, 7, 15 available on Black Fortress of Opium's S/T and "Stratospherical" albums

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Ajda the Turkish Queen Somerville, Massachusetts

The Tea Queue, Lone Star of the East, Black Fortress of Opium frontgal. Ajda the Turkish Queen has been compared to Thalia Zedek, Cat Power, Siouxsie Sioux, Courtney Love, Nico, and Aimee Mann, and appeared on bills with acts such as Soriah, Franz Ferdinand, Serena Maneesh, Andrew Bird, Gary Lucas, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Dresden Dolls, His Name is Alive, and more. ... more

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Track Name: Mighty Fine Day
Standin' right here with a gun in my hand
A year after you left me
I'm gonna shoot the dark clouds right outta the sky
Prove to myself that I'm free

And it's a mighty fine day to let you go
It's a mighty fine day to let you go
It's a mighty fine day to let you go

These demons that drag me down
They haunt and follow me
Leave me cryin' to the heavens
How long will this hurt
Give my soul some peace

On our street of broken dreams
On our street of broken dreams
On our street of broken dreams

That's just how it goes you'd tell me
You say it's always gonna sting
But how to stop my remembering
And cure this heat of feeling

For this passion that I'm in
Oh this passion that I'm in
Oh this passion that I'm in
Track Name: Southern Hymnal
Well I wanted to do it for you
So I sat in the birthing chair
But you’re selfish and distracted
I could not think of one reason to stay there
Three sheets to the wind down in Copenhagen
And I’d swear there were ghosts in the room

You hold my hand like some kind of Bible
You never really believed
You say my name like some kind of prayer
You only half-remember
You say you love me like some Southern hymnal
You can’t find the page in
And I’m riffing it hard off his bare toothless grin
And I’d swear you deserve to be dead

I wanted to do it for you
So I sat in the birthing chair
But you’re selfish and distracted
I could not think of one reason to stay there
Strange clicks in the room like a ghost and I know I am dead
Track Name: Way Up in Her Head
She's in trouble
Way up in her head
Doesn't know what strategy's best
Should she shout it or put it to bed
Should she shout it or put it to rest

She’s in trouble
Way out on this ledge
As she struggles to keep her balance
And calling you crossed her mind
But pride pushed the tortured thought far aside

There’s no reward for sticking with him
No prize for standing by
And clinging stubbornly to his position
He’s just no good at loving her right

And she don’t wanna settle again
Won’t resign to accept second best
It’s a question of her happiness
She won’t be condemned to straddle his fence
Track Name: Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to ashes and dusk to dust
Cry no more tears for part we must
Ashes to ashes and dusk to dust
Who shall remain once the saw has cut

Ashes to ashes and dusk to dust
Scatter like seeds in ruddy dust
Ashes to ashes and dusk to dust
Love comes and it cuts

Hearts once a mirror now fracture and fissure
An open heart with madness meets
Float on the ocean of dreams
Burning you in effigy
Track Name: Desperate Kiss
Last night I tasted salty kiss
Flavors of fear and bitterness

What a crime to leave unsaid
Leave unspoken the heart's head
What a crime to leave unsaid

Shadow like velvet
Soft on skin
As you linger and long for him

What a crime to leave unsaid
Leave unspoken the heart's head
What a crime to leave unsaid

Now all the times she yelled
Wishes she'd whispered
And in his absence echoes the silence

Sweet sugar so bitter
Shiver like winter on her tongue
Never let another in
To your heart's secret chamber
Track Name: Afyonkarahisar Battle Cry
Some 700 steps up to the summit
Some 700 steps if you can climb it
Atop, Acröenon
Afyonkarahisar

It’s a testament to reach the summit
You’re a soldier if you can climb it
Stones white, from below
But what can fools who see from afar know

You can build castles in the sky
So lovely on high
Yes you can
So high up and far from ground
So many enemies to crush down
Yes you can

Locked inside is something ecstatic
Instinct bides you to protect
Dark, but I will defend
It to the death

Battle cry, hymn of the solemn
Oh the glory in a flower
Early June, with poppies
In full bloom

You can build castles in the sky
So lovely on high
Yes you can
So high up and far from ground
So many enemies to crush down
Yes you can
Track Name: Open Up
Open up to bright blue sky
I played a little lullabye
To rock myself to sleep last night
To comfort me

Baby what I would not give
To have another chance to live
To be back in your arms again
And taste that taste of holy Heaven

Close the scene with deep blue night
Your darkness blinds
The black so bright
Caught by surprise without you near
Hold on tight

Baby what I would not give
To have another chance to live
To be back in your arms again
And taste that taste of holy Heaven
Track Name: Your Lady
Your lady called me today
She's afraid you're not going to stay
To stick around long enough to see it through
To comfort her the way she always comforts you

You had a near brush with death
Now you're addicted to this mess
Well are you finished yet
'Cause we are tired of watching you
Try to die the way you try
You always do
Track Name: Here Lies
Here lies someone who struggled to thrive
To create and survive but got swallowed up whole
Many late nights shattered dreams and decisions
Spent restlessly fighting the tide
Seeking new flavors to savor not bitter but sweet fresh and tasting of spice

Longing for the newness of life and the precious connection of love

Some have it easy some fight the storm
Not tasting grapes on the recline
Or in the dark corner of forgotten one-hit wonders
Porcelain angels dues paid

Longing for the newness of life
And the precious connection of love
Don’t ask for so much greedy soul
Life can’t always make you feel whole
Track Name: Siren Calling Your Mind
She’s exotic like nothing nothing you’ve ever seen
You want so badly to touch her
But you’re not her kind of thing
She’s calling your number dialing your mind
Got a deal with the dial got a hook on your line

She’s sending the signal you’re hearing the tone
Luring you nearer and you don’t even know
You follow the call to its origins
Tell ya just what she’s thinking
I want him I want him I want him

Siren calling your mind
Siren calling you
Siren calling your mind
Siren calling you

She could give you the heavens but the waiting is Hell
Things just might take a turn one can never tell
The conditions are changing opening up
There’s a space in the clearing
Chance is moving in moving moving in

Siren calling your mind
Siren calling you
Siren calling your mind
Siren calling you
Siren calling your mind
Siren calling you
Siren calling your mind
Siren calling you

I’ve got to be able to hang up if I want to
I’ve got to be able to hang on if I need to
I’ve got to be able to take off if I want to
I’ve got to be able to take off if I need to

Siren calling your mind
Siren calling your mind
Siren calling your mind
Track Name: For the Sins of the One
Tell me how long must I pay
For the sins of the one
Tell me how long must I pay
For the sins of the one

For every girl that's hurt you
Well we get hurt too
For every woman that walks your way
You distribute your punishment

For every girl that hurts you
You destroy two
For every crush that vexes you
Suffer them all

Tell me how long must I pay
For the sins of the one
Tell me how long must I pay
For the sins of the one
Tell me how long must I pay
For the sins of the one
Tell me how long must I pay
For the sins of the one

Still fanning her flame
Pass the burn my way
Curse my timing again
And wonder aloud

Did I arrive too late
All my giving in vain
I’m wantin’ outta the game
It’s wearing me down

Tell me how long must I pay
For the sins of the one
Tell me how long must I pay
For the sins of the one
Tell me how long must I pay
For the sins of the one
Tell me how long must I pay
For the sins of the one
Track Name: Things of That Nature
I like playin' Gibson guitars
Smokin' Macanudo Portofino cigars
Sittin' with my baby looking up at the stars
And things of that nature

You like watchin' pretty girls in the bars
In the small towns off the side roads shady characters go
Sippin' on a beer with strangers you don't know
What could be more simple

And when I open up
When I open up
And when I open up
And when I open up

Hear the sad pedal steel weepin' down on the dial
Reminds me of you as small towns fly on by
Drivin' back roads down to Beaumont 'neath a big Texas sky
Eyes open like a child

When I open up
When I open up
And when I open up
And when I open up

I don't mind holdin' on
And I don't mind hangin' in
We don't have to get there tomorrow
I love you enough to wait on some thngs
But baby don't leave me waitin' here forever

I like playin' Gibson guitars
Smokin' Macanudo Portofino cigars
Sittin' with my baby looking up at the stars
And things of that nature
Track Name: Bobby's Car
In Bobby's car
Where you sit next to a star
In Bobby's car
Get love like you never had it before
In Bobby's car

In Bobby's car
You scream, cry, and shake
In Bobby's car
It's a test see how much you can take
In Bobby's car
You try to work through the pain
Cry your eyes out again

In Bobby's car
Fools rush in where they should flee
In Bobby's car
So much we never say
In Bobby's car
Songs that stick in your mind
In Bobby's car
Where the music's nice and loud
In Bobby's car
Drowning everything out
Track Name: Ari
Ari
You're a Frenchman
You're a German
Not your choice or decision

Ari Ari
Are you ready ready
It is coming
It is here

Grandmama
Daddy made you choose
Between me and him
He was an actor
Mama sang and bellowed

Your mother was strange
Caught in the Middle Ages
She brought you an orange from America
Then when you got older
She brought you potent poisons

A Paffgen, A Delon
An only child
A little boy
Lost between countries
Lost between parents

I can't know your pain
But I too am an only child
And I too love your mother

Ari Ari
Are you ready ready
It is coming
It is here

When it got too bad she sang
When she got too sad she drew it into her
Channeling spirits of Morgan LeFay

A European stuck in New York
Surrounded with weirdness she fit right in
They shot her father in the head
The Nazis that is

She traded her beauty for rejection and addiction
Tiring of all the staring faces
But they kept staring
Just in a different way

Ari Ari
Are you ready ready
It is coming
It is here