The Other Side

by Queen Esther

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"This album is amazing. And very difficult to classify. Can you imagine a black Lucinda Williams? Not like when she plays the blues torn from her first albums, no. A black Lucinda Williams in pop, rhythm, blues and even gender roots Americana. So it sounds, if you can imagine such a hodgepodge somehow, the latest album from this brutal, original, explosive singer." -- El Descodificador, Vanity Fair (Spain)

"Our admiration for Queen Esther is almost beyond measure." -- Rootstime (Belgium)

"It’s the melancholy country cuts that Queen Esther excels in. 'I’ve Come Undone Again' is a particular highlight; a splendid slice of melancholy country complete with Hank Williams-esque melody and all. 'Love Is a Wrecking Ball' and 'I Feel Like Going Home' are wrought with emotion and are likely the best tracks here." -- Americana UK

"Every song is sung with passion and fire, by this underrated female singer who should be a musical giant." -- Country Music People (UK)

“Queen Esther’s new album The Other Side is unlike anything you’ve heard in recent years…or possibly ever.” -- Muruch.com

"She sings Steve Miller’s “Jet Airliner” (by the Creole songwriter Paul Pena) and original gospel and rockabilly tunes, but the bulk of the album is devoted to hard-country numbers that could have been taken from a Connie Smith or Lee Ann Womack record but were in fact composed by Queen Esther herself. These are ballads and two steps about romantic crises, and the strategic unsteadiness in her glowing voice suggests not the cool self-assurance of an urban sophisticate but the heart-on-a-sleeve transparency of a small-town innocent. " -- Paste

"Queen Esther literally has the voice of an angel." -- Jersey Beat

"Queen Esther's vocals, even at their hardest-rocking, invoke the high-and-lonesome plaintiveness of the honky-tonk bluegrass/rockabilly continuum as much as they do the harsher-timbred blues tradition." -- Living Blues

"A masterpiece of an extremely talented singer/songwriter who can compete with the major players in this field, such as Lucinda Williams." -- Blues Magazine (The Netherlands)

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released May 25, 2014

Songs written by Queen Esther (Queen Hadassah's Music/BMI) except where indicated. (Music publishing information: BMG Rights Mgmt US LLC DBA BMG Bumblebee.)

Produced by Queen Esther
Engineered by Jason Candler
Recorded at The Maid's Room -- New York, NY
Mixed by Jorg Mohr, Roadhouse Productions -- Bremen, Germany
Mastered by Rolf Kirschbaum, Alien Style -- Bremen, Germany

Photography: Queen Esther (album cover) and Tanya Braganti (insert)
Graphic Design: Douglas Gillock

Musicians:
Charles Burnham, violin
Jon Diaz, acoustic/electric guitar
Ronny Drayton, electric guitar
Michael Duhnfort, electric guitar
Bruce Edwards, acoustic guitar
Sir G. Earl Grice, drums
Bob Hoffnar, pedal steel guitar
Jon Loyd, piano and back up vocals
Raphael McGregor, lap steel guitar
Marvin Sewell, electric guitar
Naisha Walton, bass
Ralph White, electric guitar and back up vocals

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Track Name: Sunnyland
Someday, someday, somehow, someway
I’m going to Sunnyland

Someday, someday, somehow, someway
I’m going to Sunnyland

Sunnyland is where I belong
Sunnyland is what makes me strong
Sunnyland, take my hand
Won’t do what you tell me
I’m meant for Sunnyland

Someday, someday, somehow, someway
I’m going to Sunnyland

Someday, someday, somehow, someway
I’m going to Sunnyland

Sunnyland -- my people wait for me
Sunnyland, that’s where I’ll be truly free
Sunnyland, take my hand
This place don’t know me
I’m meant for Sunnyland

SOLO

Sunnyland, my soul is in the sky
Sunnyland – He’s there and so am I
Sunnyland, take my hand
Sweet dirt can’t hold me
I’m bound for Sunnyland

Sunnyland, take my hand
Sweet dirt can’t hold me
I’m bound for Sunnyland
Track Name: I've Come Undone Again
I’ve come undone again and I’m so blue
I’ve come undone again because of you
It’s not what I said or what you didn’t do
You didn’t hurt me/I didn’t lie to you
I can feel my heart break with all the love I have for you

I’ve come undone again and I’m so blue
I’ve come undone again -- What can I do?
It’s not the way you were or what you didn’t say
That makes me wish that I could walk away/from you
I can feel my heart break with all the love I have for you

It hurts to know you won’t believe me
I’m right here but you can’t see me
You don’t know that I love you so
You won’t love me until I’m gone

I’ve come undone again and I’m so blue
I’ve come undone again so what’s the use
Of saying what I feel when all you’re gonna do
Is push yourself away and say it isn’t true
That I can feel my heart break with all the love I have for you?

SOLO

I’ve come undone again and I’m so blue
I’ve come undone again so what’s the use
Of saying what I feel when all you’re gonna do
Is push yourself away and say it isn’t true
That I can feel my heart break with all the love I have for you
I can feel my heart break with all the love I have for you
I can feel my heart break with all the love I have for you
Track Name: Jet Airliner
Leavin' on out on the road I've been down before
Ridin' along on that big ol' jet plane I been thinkin' 'bout jumpin' out the door
'Cause my homeland lives so far away and I feel like it's all been done
Somebody's tryin' to make me stay and I've got to be on the run

Ooooh, big ol' jet airliner
Don't carry me too far away
Ooooh, big ol' jet airliner
'Cause it's here that I got to stay

I've been sittin' by the fireside, wonderin' where my strength is goin'
Lookin' through the mirror of life tryin' to figure out which way the wind is blowin'
But my heart keeps pushin' me backwards as I get aboard that 747
Ridin' high but with a tear in my eye
You know you got to go through hell before you get to heaven

Big ol' jet airliner
Don't carry me too far away
Ooooh, big ol' jet airliner
Cause it's here that I got to stay

SOLO

Goodbye to all my friends at home, goodbye to people I've trusted
I've got to go out and make my way
I might get rich, you know -- I might get busted
'Cause I'm goin' with a calm hesitation
God's gonna make a way
But there's so many people, Lord, to talk to
And a whole lot of debt to pay

Ooooh big ol' jet airliner
Don't carry me too far away
Ooooh big ol' jet airliner
'Cause it's here that I got to stay
Ooooh big ol' jet airliner
Don't carry me too far away
Ooooh big ol' jet airliner
'Cause it's here that I got to stay
Track Name: Oh, Sun
He’s living fast/He’s flying high/Into the sun
His time is now/His heart is there/His game is on
Oh, sun/Don’t take this one/When he falls free
When he falls down/upon the ground/send him to me

He’s on a tear/and he don’t care/who’s right or wrong
‘Cause he’s so high/up in the sky/where he belongs
Oh, sun/Don’t take this one/just let him be
He has it all/but he might fall/into the sea

Oh, sun/shining down on me
Oh, sun/just let him be

SOLO

He’s on the ground/spinning around/can’t last for long
Problems collide/the sea inside/feathers all gone
Oh, sun/you took this one/so quietly
Everything’s done/and now he’s gone/so far from me
Everything’s done/and now he’s gone/so far from me
Track Name: Sadness Everlasting
There are aches that never leave you
That never fail to grieve you
‘cause you couldn’t let it go
you’ll never know what could have been

So now you’re doing hard time
Lying to yourself about the past
And all the ways you’re sure that you will mend

You’re the victim/victimizing
Constantly antagonizing
You pull them chose as you shove them all away

And yet you hope for true love
It’s all that you can think of
But true love doesn’t want to come your way.

You kiss your love and feel sorrow ever flowing
Hold her close and call her what you will
You give your heart and get sadness everlasting
What you refuse to see your soul will surely feel

It was you that brought your ruin
You did your own undoing
You closed your eyes ignored the signs and let it roll along

And when it ran you over
You realized you didn’t know her
How could you stay when it was all so wrong

But when you know as much as you do
When you think people are see-through
You overthink your way on through another day

And when all is said and done
When you’ve lost another one
You get back up on your high horse and walk away

You kiss your love and feel sorrow ever flowing
Hold her close and call her what you will
You give your heart and get sadness everlasting
What you refuse to see your soul will surely feel
Track Name: Somebody Else's Baby
You know who you live with/you know who you love
Got a handle on him/like a fist in a glove
Well, that fist is gonna swing hard enough to make you sit and cry
And wonder why/you didn’t know
you couldn’t see how much it showed
You didn’t care/when you were told
your love was bought/your heart got sold

CHORUS
You know it won’t be too long before he’s somebody else’s baby
Yeah, it won’t be too long before he’s somebody else’s baby
Don’t listen to me/Just wait and see
That it won’t be too long before he’s somebody else’s baby

He knows who he lives with/he knows what he’s got
Got his world on a rope and it’s tied with a knot
Well that rope is a leash with a handle on either side
It opens wide/to let him in
and once inside/the games begin
The good times roll/they take their toll
That’s when you know/ who’s in control

CHORUS

It’s always the same/someone else is to blame when your good thing goes wrong
The next thing you know he’s still hanging around but he’s already gone

SOLO

CHORUS
Track Name: Will You Or Won't You
So many things in life aren’t certain
There is one thing that I know is true
Though you’re gone and my broken heart is hurting
The love I have still lingers just for you

Come back or stay gone/it doesn’t matter
Time will always set things right for me
Even though you felt you did just what you had to
Your guilty heart won’t ever let you be

CHORUS:
Will you or won’t you want my true love?
Will you let me go and pine forever more?
Will your heart stay on a string
Dangling away from everything
And anyone that only wants to love you so?

Will I or won’t I wait for you, love?
Will I watch you go and see you nevermore?
Will my heart ache oh so true
With so much love I have for you?
Will you or won’t you?
Oh, maybe we’ll never know

(Instrumental)

Heartbeats are fleeting/time is passing
Sometimes what we feel gets in the way
Real love is sure and everlasting
No matter what I do or what you say

CHORUS/OUT
Track Name: My Big Iron Skillet
You're out doin' wrong again, it's plain for all to see
And you think that here and home is where I ought to be
There's gonna be some changes made when you get home tonight
'Cause I'm gonna teach you wrong from right

With my big iron skillet in my hand
I'm gonna show you how a little woman
Can whup a great big man
If you live through the fight we're gonna have when you get home
You'll wake up and find yourself alone

You say you're sick and tired of me and that i look a mess
But its never dawned on you this is my only dress
I have never met a man who's quite the likes of you
I don't know why I ever said I do

With my big iron skillet in my hand
I'm gonna show you how a little woman
Can whup a great big man
If you live through the fight we're gonna have when you get home
You'll wake up and find yourself alone
Track Name: The Other Side
When the time to go has come/And you’re standing at the door
And you’re thinking of everyone here
Please remember that I loved you/And I always will
Until this old world disappears


CHORUS:
I’m not alone/never alone/For He keeps you right here in my heart
And that is where you’ll stay/no matter where I go
‘Til the Lord comes to carry me home


Through the troubles and the strain/and the heartaches and the pain
and the cruel things they do and they say
There is love enough to cover/all your hurt and all your fears
and keep all your demons away

I’m not alone/never alone/You know I loved you right from the start
And the love will stay between us/Though we’re far apart, I know
“Til the Lord comes to carry me home

SOLO

I’m not alone/never alone/Even though when Death comes we will part
I will see you again on the other side,
When the Lord comes to carry me home

I will see you again on the other side,
When the Lord comes to carry me home
Track Name: Love Is A Wrecking Ball
Love Is A Wrecking Ball

Love is a weapon that is pointed right at me
Love makes me naked for all the world to see
Love is a long time ex that thinks he knows it all
Love is a raging fire
Love is a wrecking ball

Love is an ocean in my teacup so sublime
Love is a funhouse ride that scares me all the time
Love is the ache I feel when I swoon and fall
Love is a hand grenade
Love is a wrecking ball

You wrecked me
You wrecked me
You said things you never should have
Didn’t do all that you could have
You wrecked me
You wrecked me
And then I let you call me friend
To remind me once again/That

Love is so easy but it’s so hard on me
Love leaves me longing for what can never be
Love makes me so sad that I can’t cry at all
Love is an air raid bomb
Love is a wrecking ball

SOLO

You wrecked me
You wrecked me
You said things you never should have
Didn’t do all that you could have
You wrecked me
You wrecked me
Left me wallowing in pain
To remind me once again /That

Love is a wonder that washes over me
Love is a flower that blooms eternally
Love is so simple it makes no sense at all
Love is a thing divine
Love is a wrecking ball
Track Name: I Feel Like Going Home
Lord, I feel like going home
I tried and I failed and I'm tired and weary
And everything I've done was wrong
Now I feel like going home

Lord I tried to see it through
But it was too much for me
And now I'm coming home to you
Lord I feel like going home

Cloudy skies are coming in
And not a friend around to help me
From all the places I have been
Now I feel like going home

Lord, I feel like going home
I tried and I failed and I'm tired and weary
And everything I've done was wrong
Now I feel like going home

Lord I feel like going home