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Revenge
Revenge

1995

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The Basics: Produced by John Jennings & Janis Ian; recorded 1994 at Sound Emporium, Nashville; released 1995 (Beacon). "Ruby" was used in the film Street Girls; "When Angels Cry" was featured on General Hospital for 6 episodes, culminating in appearance by Janis singing it at the end of the season.

Personnel: Musicians: Cyro Baptista, Jim Brock, Steve Gadd, Jim Hoke, Janis Ian, John Jennings, Randy Leago, Carl Marsh, Matt Rollings, Willie Weeks. Vocalists: Amanda Hunt-Taylor, Janis Ian, John Jennings, Donna McElroy, Buddy Mondlock.

Inside Scoop: Janis and John Jennings hired her dream band for this album, "and it shows". Unfortunately, immediately after release the record company that first put it out (Beacon) underwent massive financial and personnel reorganization, and it died a quick death. Still, "this is probably the happiest, most commercial album I've ever done", says Janis. "Berlin" was written with Linda Perry of '4 non blondes' fame during an afternoon at Janis' house; "Take Me Walking In the Rain" began on vacation in Provincetown, MA, when Janis took a walk on the beach one rainy afternoon. And "Tenderness" was born when she and Buddy Mondlock were having lunch and discussing a breakup; Buddy said "You know, I don't need much - just a little tenderness, that's all!" and Janis began singing the chorus to him. Says Janis: "Steve Gadd on drums, Willie Weeks on bass and my most popular live tune 'Take No Prisoners' are all on this record."

Lyrics

Ready For The War

Janis Ian

Tonight we will speak about beauty
Tonight we will speak about truth
Tonight we will speak of duty
and the promises of youth
Tonight I will be all I have promised
Tonight you will breath through my skin
This night every lie will be honest
and our future will begin

I'm ready for the war - ready for the heat
Choose your battleground, now
Why don't we do it in the street?
There will be no peace tonight
No angels at the door
You are ready for a fight,
and I am ready for the war

Tonight we will sit down in splendor
Tonight even beggars will feast
Tonight every bite will be tender
as moonlight through the trees
Tonight i will swallow your courage
Tonight you will feast on my heart
This night every soul will be savaged,
and we'll tear this world apart

I'm ready for the war - ready for the heat
Choose your battleground, now
Why don't we do it in the street?
There will be no peace
No angels at your door
You are ready for the beast,
and we are ready for the war

Tonight we will love without mercy
Tonight we will glory in greed
Tonight i will beg you to hurt me,
or finally set me free

I'm ready for the war - ready for the heat
Choose your battleground, now
Why don't we do it in the street?
There will be no peace
No angels at your door
You are ready for the beast
and we are ready for the war

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Take No Prisoners

Janis Ian

The writer wrote. The singer sung.
The record broke. The audience was stunned.
Some they begged for mercy, others even cried
Some fled, left for dead. Some said it changed their lives.
And the writer said I wish you'd known me
When I still believed in the truth
Now it's all I have left
along with my debts and lack of youth
He said -

Take no prisoners. Tell no lies.
No pretty songs of compromise.
Take no prisoners. Tell no lies....
It's a good day to die.

God spoke. The people laughed.
The tablets broke while they were pissing on the golden calf
Some they found their heaven, some they found their hell
Some they ran to Canaan land, some just lay where they fell
And God said I wish you'd known me
when I still believed you'd be true
Now for the rest of your days when you call out my name
I'll be MR. GOD to you
He said -

Take no prisoners. Tell no lies.
No petty songs of compromise.
Take no prisoners. Tell no lies....
It's a good day to die.

And the lover said Why don't you touch me?
Reach out your hand just like this
You can capture my soul - you can take hold
and kill me with a kiss.
She said -

Take no prisoners. Tell no lies.
No pretty songs of compromise.
Take no prisoners. Tell no lies.
It's a good day to die.
It's a good day to die.
It's a good day....

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Tenderness

Janis Ian/Buddy Mondlock

Everybody needs somebody they love best
Yes, yes, yes
Every heart is searching for a place to rest
Yes, yes, yes
Everybody shares a secret loneliness
Yes, yes, yes
The secret lies in learning how to share the rest
Yes, yes, yes

We all need a little tenderness, tenderness
From the finest mansion to the sparrow's nest
Deep within, it all begins with tenderness
Yes, yes, yes

I used to be an island in a stormy sea
Yes, yes, yes
Miles from the harbor of your company
Yes, yes, yes
I was locked on the rocks, I could not get free
Yes, yes, yes
'til I felt the waves of kindness washing over me
Yes, yes, yes

We all need a little tenderness, tenderness
From the finest mansion to the sparrow's nest
Deep within, it all begins with tenderness
Yes, yes, yes

We all need a little tenderness, tenderness
From the finest mansion to the sparrow's nest
Deep within, it all begins with tenderness
Yes, yes, yes
Yes, yes, yes
Yes, yes, yes

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No One Else Like You

Janis Ian/Amanda Hunt Taylor

I have spent a lifetime learning how to cry
How to make the most of every sad goodbye
I thought forever would never be mine
and I'd be lonely till the end of time
So baby, I'm amazed that it can feel like this
From coffee in the morning to a goodnight kiss
you're really making up for all the love I missed
I put it all behind, 'cause I know you're mine
Now that you are mine

There's no one else like you
No one like you
No one that's loved me the way you do
Through all the darkness
I've always known this
one thing is true
There's no one else like you

How can I imagine life without your love?
Living on a memory wouldn't be enough
Who could I turn to when times were tough
I'd be standing in the shadow
Going on without you
I really wouldn't want to
I really wouldn't want to
I never want to

There's no one else like you
No one like you
No one that's loved me the way you do
Through all the darkness
I've always known this
one thing is true
There's no one else like you

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Davy

Janis Ian

This whole park bench belongs to me - I'm not crazy
I reserved it late last spring
Don't sit there, that's my dog
Thought we'd spend the summer here
(My wilderness vacation)
Scare off the tourists, or charge them to feed us
Yes, I'm a real financier

And when the interest rates fall, I will invest in a mall
Somewhere to keep from the cold wind that rattles my bones
and the sticks and the stones
that shatter my ears
since Davy left here

I was always too high strung, seeking my salvation
Now I just seek oblivion (and my blood pressure's down)
Used to be so hard to keep up with all the Joneses
Now I just keep up with me
If you don't like it go home

When this world finally ends. I will be wealthy again
I have all my past in this blue shopping bag that I guard
like the strings of my heart
that once rang so clear
when Davy was here

In your pity, you're forgetting that
I was once somebody's better half

Visit me again sometime. here among the flowers
When you've know a love like mine, it's hart to chit chat for long

Life has more rips in its seams
than any novelist dreams
Come when the fabric of nighttime is tattered and torn
We'll talk into dawn
but you'll have to go
when Davy gets home

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When The Silence Falls

Janis Ian

What you gonna do when the silence falls
What you gonna do when the silence falls
Dance alone to the radio
All dressed up and no place to go
What you gonna do when the silence falls?

What you gonna do when the silence calls your name
What you gonna do when the silence calls your name
Make your speeches to the wind
Count the votes that might have been
What you gonna do when the silence falls?

See that cloud in the eastern sky
See that cloud in the eastern sky
Brighter than the brightest pearl
Big enough to eat this world
What you gonna do when the well runs dry?

I dreamed the sky was falling
I heard the planets end
I heard the voices calling
"Never again, Never again."

What you gonna do
What you gonna do
What you gonna do when the silence falls
And you can't even hear God call
When the silence falls

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Take Me Walking In The Rain

Janis Ian/Jenny Yates

This town isn't big enough for my dreams
This place is just about to break at the seams
Baby baby, you and I
need just a little bigger piece of the sky
Big hopes, big dreams
Baby, can you set me free?

Take me walking in the rain
Take me dancing in the waves, baby
Let 'em wipe away the tears
Wash away the years
Take me walking in the rain

Take me right here where I stand
Let me feel your heart on mine
Life'll never be the same
We've got everything to gain
Take me walking in the rain

This life may be good enough for the rest
but this heart is just about to break through my chest
I remember every rule I've heard
and I'm strangling on every word
I can't say they're wrong,
but baby how can I go on?

Take me walking in the rain
Take me dancing in the waves, baby
Let 'em wipe away the tears
Wash away the years
Take me walking in the rain

Take me right here where I stand
Let me feel your heart on mine
I don't want somebody new
I just want the rest of you
Take me walking in the rain

Take me right here in the sand
Life ain't what we plan

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Berlin

Janis Ian/Linda Perry

I was walking down a wrong way street
I was feeling like a refugee
Berlin
Got shot by an old man's eyes
Got pinned like a butterfly
Berlin

This should have been a happy love song
This should have been a sappy song for you
This should have been a happy love song

Saw a woman on a bridge last night
She was standing on the edge of life
Berlin
I was deafened by the anxious crowd
They were yelling JUMP RIGHT
NOW

This should have been a happy love song
This should have been a sappy song for you

There's a lady laying in my bed
Angel flying overhead
Berlin
There's a needle laying on the floor
And a letter saying
Please no more

This should have been a happy love song
This should have been a sappy song for you
This should have been a happy love song

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Stolen Fire

Janis Ian

When we kissed last night I knew the story
It's the same old, same old song
We battled for the passion and the glory,
but we loved too long

When the new wears off, the weak ones fade
Some whore moves in for the kill
I could hear her thunder in the love we made
I can hear it still
It was singing in your veins, every time you touched me
It was written on your face when you said that you loved me

You've been stealing fire
You've been bringing it home
Stoking the coals of desire
Stolen fire - I might have burned as bright
but I could not hold a candle to that light
of stolen fire

Was she all that good? Was I all that bad?
Did you have to take notes in the dark?
Have you taught her how to do all the things that I taught you?
Did our years leave a mark?

I know it's not cool to be angry. I know it's so nineties to care
but she ate from off my table. She was treated like a sister
Thought I knew her well - but you knew her better

You've been stealing fire
You've been bringing it home
Stoking the coals of desire
Stolen fire - I might have burned as bright
but I could not hold a candle to that light
of stolen fire

Shine on - live your life as lovers
Baby I'm gone. Who knows what I'll discover?
As the years get born, & your circles never close,
you will find some thorns in that innocent rose
And you will pluck out her heart
and she'll know what I'm feeling
'cause old habits die hard, and

You'll be stealing fire
You'll be bringing it home
Stoking the coals of desire
Stolen fire - she thinks she burns that bright
But she can't hold a candle to that light
No she'll never hold a candle... to that light

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Ruby

Janis Ian/Kye Fleming

* Also recorded by Marti Jones

They say she's not a lady
'cause every love has its price
Night after night, Ruby.
another man at her side
And each one colder than the last
The men get older
And the bed lies,
the dream dies,
and the looks fade too fast
Ruby's got a past

But when she's sleeping alone,
she dreams of cleansing her soul
just like they promised in church...
but the Sundays seem to come and go
like the preachers on the radio

Above the noise, and the neon
there's a saxophone
playing smoky old familiar notes
that float up the stairs
Ruby takes a rose from her hair
Sees her face in the mirror
Wipes her cheek with a tear
Under the make-up, she longs to be touched
Ruby don't ask for much

And when she's sleeping alone,
she dreams of cleansing her soul
just like they promised in church
But the Sundays seem to come and go
like the preachers on the radio

Some sell their bodies for dimes
While others marry
for the houses, and the jewelry
It's a real thin line
what you charge for your time

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The Mission

Janis Ian/Kye Fleming

"Jesus saves" up in neon lights
Lines are forming to the right
for a blanket, a bed
Shelter against the night

Young men sleeping away their dreams
Old newspapers 'round their feet
They were someone's child once,
just like me

There's no place like home
Inside these walls,
safe from the cold,
another night falls
What's mine is mine
So I've been told
There's no place like home

Some claim victory, some downfall
Some can make no claim at all
Bad breaks, high stakes
Alcohol

The streets are crowded with vacant eyes,
stripped of privacy and pride
How long can only the strong survive

There's no place like home
Inside these walls,
safe from the cold,
another night falls
What's mine is mine
So I've been told
There's no place like home

Give me your poor
Your tired, your hungry
All weary people
who yearn to be free
I give them hope
and mercy to all those in need
...Have mercy on me

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When Angels Cry

Janis Ian

Wait
Your tired arms must rest
Let this moment pass
Wait until the morning
Close your eyes and you will see
who you used to be
left without a warning
Who knew one so big could grow so small?
Lighter than the writing on the wall

When angels cry, can I stand by?
When stones weep, can my heart sleep?
Wish I'd never heard, wish I'd never heard
Wish I'd never heard
the power of a four letter word

'cause only love will matter in the end
For a woman or a man -
what's the difference now?
Here, we live with bottles
and needles and truth
Here is your living proof
that death cannot be proud
Some say it's a judgment on us all
I can't believe that God would be that small

When angels cry, can I stand by?
When stones weep, can my heart sleep?
Wish I'd never heard, wish I'd never heard
Wish I'd never heard
the power of a four letter word

If ever was a rose that longed to bloom
If ever was a heart that longed to fly
If ever was an angel, it was you
So close your eyes and say goodbye
Goodbye

When angels cry, I can't stand by
When stones weep, I can't sleep
Guess I've finally learned
Guess I've finally learned
Yes, I've finally learned
that love is just a four letter word
Hope is just a four letter word

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All tour dates updated on September 12, 2017

  • Saturday, April 28th, 2018

    The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA,

    The Birchmere

    Alexandria, VA,

    Phone: 703-549-7500

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    Janis returns to the legendary venue with a show full of new songs and new ideas - one appearance only! See venue closer to the date for more information.

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