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Geckos in the Elevator

by Jean Caffeine

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    11 song, three panel cool lookin' digipack with original artwork by Jean Caffeine. Graphic design by Jean Caffeine and Cynergy Studies, Raleigh, N.C. Photos by Sabrina Armani and Luann Williams.

    All songs by Jean C. Shared writing credits with Chuck Prophet on "Jane Rearranged" , and with Rae Billing on "Revolving Door" and "Devil I Know".

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Lucky Penny 02:57
bridge: heads you lose throw salt off your shoulder tails I win a fortune cookie and a four leaf clover.
Hey Austin 03:55
Gonna drag my heart right out of this town or someone will claim it in the lost and found cuz where I am now, it's gonna break in two I had lots of fun driving around On 1-35 to Mopac South Blasting the "Believer’s", "It’s a Hard Road” Feeling tired and my hair is a mess but it’s the biggest party in the Southwest I gotta buck up. I would be sorry to miss it Hey Austin, Hey Austin Hey Austin Spring is here and poppies are in bloom and also there are bonnets of blue. The grass is green but it could be brown by June. I ate some migas about eight. There were four or five salsas or was that seis That's a little in-joke for the old Austin crew Hey Austin, Hey Austin Hey Austin Everything is so familiar. Everything is so familiar. Everything is so familiar. Everything is so familiar. Everywhere I go I have a ton of friends that maybe I can count in units of 10 If I don't know you now, it's likely our paths will cross. If I arrive at the pearly gates It'll look like the Springs when we're swimming late. The ions and moonlight make us happy Hey Austin, Hey Austin Hey Austin, I love you.
chorus: My name is Jane Rearranged Some things are different Some are the same You're not ready to unscramble my name My name is Jane, rearranged
Winterland 04:29
SAD Vitamin D Please save some sun for me All of my cousins have conceived On the first day My car slips and slides around the kids have found a snowy hill and they slide down Now it sparkles like icing on a gingerbread house soon it’s grey sludge that I trudge through with my spouse Winterland was something that I’d left behind A teenage girl waiting in a line for a show wearing a tube top that sparkled while the other Slip Kids drank their wine on Pacific Time I’m heading out heading out to Winterland to Winterland I am trapped under layers of cloth fighting the lethargy of a 3 toed sloth chance encounter with a deer on a cold winter walk stuck shivering waiting for a cab under dressed as New Year’s counted off high hills slipping in the slushy splash I wish I could shake these shoes off I’m heading out heading out to Winterland to Winterland
Dear Audrey I’m 15 I saw you eating pizza down the street You are so beautiful I like Americans but don’t introduce me to your friends I don’t think USA people like Laos Dear Pompet, I’m 16 The best part of the American Dream Thank you for your letters We can be pen pals. Sorry that my grandpa bombed your grandma’s house Love Letters from Laos Love Letters from Laos
Mary O'Shea 03:26
Mary O’Shea Little secrets hidden away Formed out of wax sealed up in clay Mary O’ Mary O’ Mary O’ Shea Cinnamon ,sugar blood and bone Cinnamon, sugar blood and bone Rememberences of a new home Braid of hair and a leg of deer Braid of hair and a leg of deer I know you have questions It all sounds so queer How did they know? How was she found out? I heard the butler was snooping around Details in diaries X’s on maps Lead to discoveries never imagined A flea and a louse A flea and a louse Strewn with fingernails around the house Vamp: Odd little treasures stuck into orbs Hidden in floorboards, hidden in walls
Devil I Know 04:04
He said he was a libertarian. I asked how he was gonna vote. I didn't like his answer and I tried to persuade him. he said I choose the devil he knows I hear he's headed back to Bastrop That's all he's ever really known Take I-Ten back from Houston Maybe he can get his job back I guess he chose the devil he knew Chorus: the devil I know . the devil I know the devil I know . the devil I know bridge: snow cone angel with a devil may care attitude she tries to scrape the gum off her Woolworth's bought high heel shoes toll roads and mini marts strip malls on the way back home make out time in a four wheeled drive the devil's music rock n' roll Me, I've got people in Sharpstown Him and me, we saw it different ways It's not really all I wanted but I know my way around I guess I choose the devil I know.
Hugs 02:46
Sadie Saturday Nite was a mere 17 When she spotted a poster for the Nuns and Crime She walked up Broadway up to the Mabuhay and asked them if they'd let in a minor Sadie Saturday Nite had to think of a plan to get out of the house on a school night She laced up her boots and made an excuse She said mom I'm sleeping and Julie's. Sadie Saturday Nite was overexcited She'd seen a show about punk on tv With Rotten nee Lydon hosted by Tom Synder the whole thing was anarchy
two blankets and a party dress pillow fight it really was a mess feathers flying everywhere but I don't care until the morning


"Geckos in the Elevator” reflects on Jean's life history and her more recent travels which include a year in Bangkok, Thailand and several years in Ontario, Canada." The album was recorded in several places along the way: Hamilton, ON, San Francisco, California and Austin, TX.

Sadie Saturday Nite" looks back on a young girl's discovery of the SF punk scene. "Hey Austin" is a love letter to Austin, TX. "Love Letters from Laos" is an intercontental love story. "Jane Rearranged" is a poppy reflection on a New York story with shout outs to Susan Vega. "Mary O'Shea" is a gothic, celtic tale inspired by a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario". "Winterland" paints a snowy picture while looking back on distinct chapters in Jean's life.

The cd artwork was created by Jean, much of which was featured in an art exhibition of prints, collages and hand made books in Canada. The exhibit was also called, "Geckos in the Elevator".


released August 9, 2011

guitars: Mike Trebilcock, John Kovach, Chuck Prophet, Jean Caffeine
bass: Ned Doherty, Tom Altobelli
drums: Thor, Mike Rittenhouse, Rusty Miller
keyboards: J.J. Weisler, Rusty Miller, Derek Morris
guest vocals: Penelope Houston, Julie Lawler Grady, Ava Kovach, Chelle Murray, Mike Trebilcock
calliope: Matt Henry Cunitz

recording and production:
Chuck Prophet and J.J. Weisler at Decibelle Studios, SF
Mike Birthelmer at Chatham Gardens Studio, Hamilton, ON
Rob Halverson at Treeworld Studios, Austin, TX

additionally tracking, mixing and mastering at
Sounds Outrageous, Austin, TX with Lars Göransson


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Jean Caffeine Austin, Texas

“I don’t care what anyone says, I’m a fan! -Townes Van Zandt

"Miss-Alternative-County-before- Alternative-Country-was-Cool", Dallas Morning News

"Brenda Lee meets Patti Smith"-Austin American Statesmen.

" A fully realized creative vision..." Blurt

".. upper echelon of sainted local singer-songwriters." Austin Chronicle

"...slanted and enchanted" - popmatters.com/Dallas Morning News
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