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Release Date: May 18, 2010
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JUST ANOTHER FOLK SINGER CHASING AFTER THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

“She’s chasin’ her demons.
She thinks that she’s leavin’ ’em all behind to
find a place to be free.
She’s got no good reason.
She’s just stuck in between
the devil and the deep blue sea.”

Mystie Chamberlin moved from Chicago to New York in May of 2006 with only a bass guitar, a duffel bag, and a pillow. After a very brief stint playing bass in the amateurish outfit ThrowAway Grrls, more than a few lapses in judgment, countless adventures, and a heartbreak or two, she estranged herself into her apartment and began learning how to play guitar.

“I never thought I was talented enough to play guitar. I saved up all my money one year when I was about 16 years old to buy my sister a Rickenbacker that my best friend’s father was selling. She was always the outgoing one. She and our father gave me a bass guitar, an electric blue Yamaha. I took some lessons at the local music shop, however, I never got much further than learning the strings and playing a riff of Cream’s ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’.”

In 2004, Mystie imposed herself on a group of East Village Artists known as the Antagonist Movement, a group of artists in New York City who aim to push art, themselves, and each other to create. By 2008, she played a handful of shows with her merch-girl business partner and bassist, Charlotte Eerie (billed cleverly as The Merch Grrls), only to discover herself plagued with all-encompassing stage-fright. Nevertheless, she kept plugging away in a determined, troubadoric, and Antagonistic fashion.

One day late in October 2009, she received, a text message from her ex-non-boyfriend advising her that the old wisdom was one had to get 100 shows under one’s belt, which she completed February 26, 2010 opening for Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social for the “Burning the Bowery” residency.

Her new goals include composing narratives of her many adventures in order to record an EP, which she has begun accomplishing under the ironic moniker Just Another Folk Singer. The first demo (promo acetate) single is called “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” and it was recorded and arranged by Mark Suall (The Revelons, Alda-Reserve, Big Iron, Hillbilly Peckers, Andre Williams, and The Valentine Six). The song is, on the surface, about a meeting between an American girl and an English boy on a train and the one night they have together.

“On Independence Day weekend 2005, I was working in a library. Students and teachers were away celebrating their holiday. My boyfriend and I had separated, and although I accepted, along with my friends, that our parting was for the best, I felt desperately alone. I impulsively dyed my hair denim blue. Blue was the perfect manifestation to reflect my temperament at the time. I liked to color my hair when I needed a change. It was an easy way to transform into a different person in roughly one hour. However, the alteration was always ephemeral, and eventually, I started itching to break free of, well, everything really.

“I hiked downtown from Ukrainian Village, directly to the Amtrak train at Union Station. I purchased a round-trip ticket to New York City. The ride was approximated to last 18 hours due to a route through upstate New York, but I did not care. I was doing something! I was going somewhere!

For more information, contact:

justanotherfolksinger@gmail.com

Available Lyrics

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

She was a blue-haired punk-rock princess
Dreamin’ she could fly away
And slip the chains of boredom
The monotone day-to-day

Packed a bag from the Amtrak station
East-bound New York Number 49
On a 4th of July weekend
Gonna see the lights
Gonna lose her mind

She’s chasin’ her demons
She thinks that she’s leavin’ ’em all behind
To find a place to be free
She’s got no good reasons
She’s just stuck in-between
THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Found a blue-eyed teenage devil
With his boots upon the seat
So she listened to the same sad song
61 times ’til he began to speak

He said he’d traveled her great nation
California to the Lakeshore Line
And as the sun set over South Bend
Had an all-night conversation
Made a life of their time

He’s chasin’ his demons
He thinks that he’s leavin’ ’em all behind
To find a place to be free
He’s got no good reasons
He’s just stuck in-between
THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

The train kept windin’ through the smokey black night
And the two of ’em kept talkin’
Held each other tightly
The sun rose on the river
And they were fallin’ and fallin’ and fallin’

The clouds parted ways
It began to shower
956 miles
In 26 hours
Now every time they hear
This same old song

They’re chasin’ their demons
They think that they’re leavin’ ’em all behind
To find another place to be free
They’ve got no good reasons
They’re just stuck in-between
THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Hush Little Baby Blue

Now Listen
Right now everything is tranquil
And you look just like an angel
Until you start crying
Then Mockingbird don’t sing

Silence all that sorrow
Things will be better tomorrow
Don’t say a word
Please, sing, Sweet Mockingbird

I’m gonna sing to you
Hush! HUSH LITTLE BABY BLUE

Cherub
I’ll buy you a halo
Made of diamonds so it sparkles
And if it turns to brass
I’ll buy a looking-glass

Brighter than the sun’s light
Reflecting in your bright eyes
Wish away them tears
Until they disappear

I’m gonna sing to you
Hush! HUSH LITTLE BABY BLUE

And if the glass breaks
Baby, somethings things will break
Sometimes words fail
And voices shake
It’s okay to cry
Or lament a lullaby

I know it sounds so cliche
Tomorrow’s still another day
Don’t say a word
Please, sing, Sweet Mockingbird

I’m gonna sing to you
Hush! HUSH LITTLE BABY BLUE

I’m gonna sing to you
Hush! HUSH LITTLE BABY BLUE

Send Robots!

On a joyride through outer space
A coy boy looked for a groovy place to land

A signal winked from the planet below
A distress call transmitted through the radio

SEND ROBOTS! And laser beams! SEND ROBOTS
SEND ROBOTS! Save me, please! SEND ROBOTS

“I’m not a cowboy I’m not that brave
But I vow, here and now, that I’ll fight to save the day.”
He said, “Can you hear me? Can you hide?”
And through the static of space and time, she replied:

SEND ROBOTS! And laser beams! SEND ROBOTS
SEND ROBOTS! Save me, please! SEND ROBOTS

“The rescue mission didn’t go as planned
Now I’m stranded in the middle down in No-Man’s Land!”

The damsel was a decoy on this wild goose chase
The world was ruled by a master race of girls

On thin ice across a great divide
He cried for help, but the only words that came to mind:

SEND ROBOTS! And laser beams! SEND ROBOTS
SEND ROBOTS! Save me, please! SEND ROBOTS

Might've Been Drunk (One More Time)

Something remains of last night’s scene
We was stumbling through the dream, baby
On canvas feet

Passed out and woke up…pondering
Your wine-stained lips as they poured their soul into a half-glass of whiskey

I MIGHT’VE BEEN DRUNK, but I was listening
And fallin’ in and out of my mind
I’ve heard it all before, but tell it to me ONE MORE TIME

Breadcrumb perfume to the bathroom door
I swore I had to have you; I’d look good on you on the floor
You wore your sadness, like a new dress splitting at the seams
“I don’t need another loose end or a boyfriend!” you screamed

I MIGHT’VE BEEN DRUNK, but I was listening
And fallin’ in and out of my mind
I’ve heard it all before, but tell it to me ONE MORE TIME

Hey, Miss Misplaced–your name’s tippin’ my tongue
You kissed my face, an acquired taste
Thought we was havin’ fun
You turned around, and then you walked away
Today I still hear your whisper slurrin’ my name

I MIGHT’VE BEEN DRUNK, but I was listening
And fallin’ in and out of my mind
I’ve heard it all before, but tell it to me ONE MORE TIME

I MIGHT’VE BEEN DRUNK, but I was listening
And fallin’ in and out of my mind
I’ve heard it all before, but tell it to me ONE MORE TIME

Album Review

“I do like the live sound for her music and I imagine that this is the way that it should be listened to. If I’m ever in New York I would go and check that theory out for sure. Most of the videos on youtube show Mystie playing in small bars or coffee shops and that’s what the songs sound perfect for – small intimate settings where the simplicity of the acoustic guitar and the quirky lyrics can really take centre stage and not get lost.”
- - New Artist a Day