Two Sides

by Kirsten Thien

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1.
04:15
Shoulda been a dancer I would jump way up high Shoulda been a fighter I would punch ‘em in the eye Shoulda been a singer I would sing instead of cry Shoulda been, shoulda been Shoulda been, but I’m not Shoulda been a washer So they wouldn’t call me dirty Shoulda been a basketball player So I’d like it when they call me Shorty I shoulda been younger Never turned thirty Shoulda been, shoulda been Shoulda been, but I’m not I’ll be your rock of ages A virus so contagious You may cough and cough You will never shake me off I Shoulda been a doctor I would cure your affliction Shoulda been a drug Satisfy your addiction Shoulda been Love Win your affection Shoulda been, shoulda been Shoulda been, but I’m not
2.
The sweet lost and found Is a place you can go When everyplace else is out of reach It’s not the end of the road And it's past the beginning Nestled in a special place between If you’re looking for a place Your heart can remember You put it down and Now you don’t know where Just close your eyes You've got to visualize it In no time you’ll be there (it's the) Sweet lost and found Well you’ve got a strong love And you're keeping it together Still sometimes you feel so incomplete You try to talk it out But the words just don’t describe it The longing in this river runs so deep But your heart does remember The feel of the cool water While your body holds you back from that leap Well you've got to jump right in Trade the safety of the land Grab ahold of something you can keep (it's the) Sweet lost and found Sweet lost and found What's your story? Where you going? Are you with someone Or out there on there your own? Either way I know you'll be ok If you listen when it calls you No you can't ignore it When the spirit calls You've got go, go, go!
3.
My dreams as a boy Made me a man Didn’t wanna be nobody’s hero Just doing the best I can Never saw time heal a wound The way good blues music can Gives you life when you feel like dying Brings on soothing tears When you feel like cryin’ That’s what the blues taught me That’s what I learned After I left home When I come to your town Your sons and your daughters Gonna boogie down They’ll be a Boogie Chillin’, Child Oh, but, they’ll be diggin’ my sound Carry the fire long after our time Just like John Lee said It’s all in the rhythm, Baby Don’t you worry about the rhyme Blues keep coming at you just like a weed What I came to do is plant the seed That’s what the blues taught me That’s what learned After I left home (Driving that truck, you know there were…) So many times at the end of my rope Holdin’ on with these fingers, don’t you know Do right by my kids and never give up Never gave up, no I never, never did! If the path you’re leading ever feels too hard Listen to me, I’ll play you this here guitar For you I came to play For you I came to play This here guitar, oh, ‘cause That’s what the blues taught me That’s what learned After I left home Here’s what the blues taught me… …Set me on a path under these lights Gave a tired soul wings ready for flight That’s what the blues taught me That’s what learned After I left home That’s what the blues taught me Blues was my teacher Blues was my school From down in Louisiana, Baby All the way up to cold winter, Chicago That’s what the blues taught me After I left home
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If you want it You gotta go out and find it I can’t tell you what it is ‘Cos it’s yours not mine It’s that thing you saw When you were just a kid It sparked your dreams and You know it did If you really want it If you really want it Then say it out loud Just say it out loud We can take a dream And we can hide it away Keep it to ourselves ‘Cause we’re too afraid Or we can write it down Just to make it real I know how you feel I know how you feel So say it out loud Just say it out loud Nobody but me can live my dreams No one can say it for me, I am the key I am the key and my dreams are proud I’m not afraid to say it out loud If we take a chance And it falls apart We end up broke With a broken heart What’s the worst thing That could happen then? We look back With no regrets And lean on a friend Just lean on a friend And say it out loud Just say it out loud When we fall down We get up stronger When we’re at the end of the rope We fight a little longer And when we need a rest It’s time to heal I know how you feel I know how you feel So say it out loud, just Say it out loud
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03:36
I got a man, treats me fine Brings me flowers, fills my wine He’s everything I could ask for Still I’m always wanting more Well I know I should stay here So tell me why I’m looking at the door I got a job, it’s okay Work good hours, make good pay I get vacation three weeks a year But the stagnation, my biggest fear Well I know I should stay here So tell me why I’m looking at the door You throw a good party, lasts all night Some came for lovin’, some came to fight We got great music, a packed dance floor I raise my glass high, and ask for more Well I know I should stay here So tell me why I’m looking at the door
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04:10
Las hojas bailan Sobre mis pies hacia el agua Tomo una para besarla Y como todas las cosas Me recuerdan a ti Me dejaste pasar por tus manos Como arena Pero había oro entre los granos Me formaste a tus deseos Hasta que nada quedó de mi Puedo mover montañas Pero no moverte a ti Puedo cambiar el mundo Pero no cambiarte a ti Puedo mover montañas Sedosos momentos Cubren mi piel Como las manos Que conocieron cada impresión Cada detaille entendió Que la superficie era tu obsesión Puedo mover montañas Pero no moverte a ti Puedo cambiar el mundo Pero no cambiarte a ti Puedo mover montañas Bocados amargos, recuerdos, Todo eso me hizo persistir de más Las palabras habian tan deliciosas Como si fueran de la viña ambariña
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Well I know time is gonna keep Rolling on like a runaway train And I won't try to stop it I’ll keep on moving while the music's playing I have learned my lesson the hard way once or twice So instead of giving it out for free I take my own advice But, for the right price I'll tell you what I've learned (listen now) If you don't get better you're gonna get burned I was walking a path of my own with no direction I had mastered the art of failure to perfection Then I passed by a church People singing, the doors were open wide So I took a last drink from my bottle And I stumbled inside (yeah the) The preacher looked me straight in the eye He said "Girl, you better learn If you don't get better you're gonna get burned" (Eternal fire) Well I've watched as these So-called leaders cling to despotism Shouting self-serving slogans Mistaken for truth or wisdom, they say "Folks shouldn't get something for nothing They should pay the price!" So instead of taking my water for free Just take your own advice We’ll shout it from the rooftops, the classrooms The graveyards until you learn If you don’t get better we ALL get burned We all get burned It’s not the big house or little house…oh no We better learn We better learn We better learn Before we all All get burned We gotta come together Come together Before we all get burned
8.
Well I travel the highway You know I made many scenes Been lost in darkness I was out on the streets I felt so unhappy You’d think I wanted to die But if I have your sweet, sweet love I know I’ll get by This old world is turning Like wheels on a train I hold on to each moment Cause it won't come again (let me tell you) I'm not educated But there's one thing I know I'd rather be blind Than to see you go I feel that for strong man Knows how to be weak And it makes me feel so good Every time, every time Every time he speaks Revelation He’s got a revelation in his smile It feels so much like in heaven You know I might stick around a little while Don't leave me darling Whatever you do If I'm standing beside you I know we'll get through There’s is only one thing That I want you to know I'd rather be blind Than to see you go

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released August 28, 2020

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Kirsten Thien New York, New York

Guitar Player Magazine: “Thien’s supple voice can act out a song’s lyrics with both honesty and cinematic effect…a real treat is Please Drive, where Thien is joined by blues legend Hubert Sumlin on guitar”

Pat St. John, Legendary NY DJ:“The album is flawless. She’s gonna be a BIG, big star!”

Music News Nashville:“This is as close to a perfect album as I have heard in some time. Thien is a star!"
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