Cry Till You Laugh

by Terri Hendrix

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“Cry Till You Laugh” Review in Maverick Magazine
From Maverick Magazine (U.K.):

Terri Hendrix
Cry Till You Laugh
Wilory Records

FOUR STARS

Hendrix conducts some self-exploration in song

When Terri began work on this recording last autumn she intended cutting a jazz collection, composed of covers and Hendrix-penned originals, with the working title TERRITOWN. Time passed, change occurred and here we have the musically diverse fifteen-selection CRY TILL YOU LAUGH produced by long time musical partner Lloyd Maines. While there’s a few jazz touches, more of which later, in terms of delivery this effervescent and harmony-rich song collection is totally Terri Hendrix.

A while back fellow San Marcos, (Texas) based musician Adam Carroll loaned Terri a book of Dorothy Parker poems. Much attracted to the short works Wail and Theory, she merged most of the former and all of the latter into album opener Wail Theory. Interlaced with short bluesy harmonica bursts (I guess they could be wails), Terri delivers Parker’s words a cappella. The uptempo Slow Down — for openers, there’s a contradiciton in terms — is the first of this album’s five Maines writing collaborations. Two decades ago Kerrville New Folk Song Contest winner Mike Sumler composed Automatic. Propelled by jazzy shuffle, it delivers commentary on the “automatic, democratic, chromatic, acrobatics of the blues.” You know, music written and played by real musicians!

The fourth selection, Hand Me Down Blues, penned by Hendrix, is reflected by the later, shorter, almost Eastern sounding Hand Me Down Blues Reprise. Lloyd plays dulcimer on the latter and shares the writing credit. The album title, albeit paraphrased, turns up in the highly personal Einstein’s Brain lyric. Therein Hendrix reflects on a recurring health issue with fortitude and her infectious smile. A live version of Ike Eichenberg’s You Belong in New Orleans surfaced on LIVE IN SAN MARCOS (2001) while CRY TILL YOU LAUGH album closer Take Me Places, co-written by Ike and Amy Hall, appeared on TERRI HENDRIX LIVE (1999). Here, on both tunes, Hendrix indulges in some high-energy scat singing.

Sometimes, co-penned with Maines, is a beautiful smooth jazz ballad that follows and neatly balances the energetic New Orleans. The thoughtful Berlin Wall explores the obstacles that life thrusts in our path. Whether many miles apart or simply close by, 1000 Times urges constant contact with loved ones be they blood relations, lovers or simply acquaintances. While fulfilling a musical engagement on the Virgin Islands, Hendrix/Maines met a patron of a local watering hole who was adept with a hula hoop, hence the fun-filled Hula Mary. As for this collection’s musical gem, that very well might be the optimistic Come Tomorrow. As I mentioned earlier, CRY TILL YOU LAUGH is quite simply a 100% Terri Hendrix tour de force. — AW

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released June 22, 2010

Track Credits
1. Wail Theory (Poems by Dorothy Parker, Arr. Terri Hendrix) 2:00
2. Slow Down (Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines) 3:44
3. Automatic (Jon Michael Sumler, Western Desert BMI) 3:45
4. Hand Me Down Blues (Terri Hendrix) 3:50 
5. Roll On (Terri Hendrix) 4:15
6. Einstein's Brain (Terri Hendrix) 3:25
7. You Belong In New Orleans (Ike Eichenberg, BMI) 3:05
8. Sometimes (Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines) 3:25
9. The Berlin Wall (Terri Hendrix) 3:05
10. Hand Me Down Blues Reprise (Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines) 1:27
11. 1000 Times (Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines) 3:00
12. Hula Mary (Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines) 4:32
13. Come Tomorrow (Terri Hendrix) 3:02
14. Whatachoice (Terri Hendrix) 0:33
15. Take Me Places (Ike Eichenberg, Amy Hall, Ike Eichenberg Music BMI) 3:05

Terri Hendrix - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar, harmonica, papoose, mandolin
Lloyd Maines - acoustic guitar, electric guitars, mandolin, papoose, steel, mandotar, gitjo, banjo, steel, dulcimer, percussion, harmony vocals 
Glenn Fukunaga - bass guitar, ukulele
Pat Manske - drums and percussion
keyboards on song 11
John Silva - drums on songs 2 and 12 
Riley Osbourn - piano and keyboards
Drew Womack - harmony vocals on songs 2, 4,5, 10
Richard Bowden - fiddle and cello
John Mills - saxophone and clarinet
Mark "Speedy" Gonzalez - trombone
Stan Smith - clarinet

Recorded at The Zone Recording Studio in Drippings Springs, Texas
Additional recording done at Bubba's Studio and Cedar Creek Studio in Austin, Texas 
Engineered by Pat Manske and Mike Morgan 
Mixed and Mastered by Pat Manske
Produced by Lloyd Maines

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Terri Hendrix is an award-winning Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace, warmth and uplifting melodic flair that has long been her trademark. A classically trained vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Hendrix dodges musical pigeonholes by weaving folk, pop, country, blues and jazz into an eclectic style all her own. ... more

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Track Name: Wail Theory
Love has gone a-rocketing
That is not the worst
I could do without the thing
And not be the first

Joy has gone
The way it came
That is nothing new
I could get along the same
Many people do

Into love
And out again
Thus I went
And thus I go

Spare your voice
And hold your pen
Well and bitterly I know

All the songs
Were ever sung
All the words were ever said

Could it be
When I was young
Someone dropped me
On my head
Track Name: Slow Down
I’ve been runnin’ in circles
I’ve been thinkin’ in squares
I’ve been swimmin’ in quicksand
And I’m comin’ up for air

Slow down
I gotta slow down

The Virgin de Guadalupe
Is on a candle by my bed
If you wanna see a scary movie
Just look inside my head

Slow down
I gotta slow down

I’m outside the inbox
I dance on my stopwatch
I’ve got tattoos and dreadlocks
In another universe

I wanna go to enchanted mountain
Where make believe is real
Where faith is alive
And love is all I feel

I’m gonna make time
Take time
To soak it all in
I’m gonna meet up
With my friends
I’m gonna lose my pride
Step aside
And let something new begin

Slow down
I gotta slow down

I’ve been runnin’ in circles
I’ve been thinkin’ in squares
I’m gonna drive out to the desert
My brain needs a little fresh air

Slow down
I gotta slow down
Oh, I’m gonna take it slow
Track Name: Automatic
The band at the St. Elmore just showed up for work
The place is on fire
I got it straight from the clerk
A tenor sax is burnin’
People pass out from the heat
Unidentified flying notes are heard above the street

But meanwhile in a Buick on the other side of town
Sits a party of one with the windows rolled down
Lost in the fog and can’t find a light
The radio’s wailin’ out into the night
The automatic democratic chromatic acrobatics of the blues

The man with the harp is tellin’ the news
A harmonic hurricane in a gone pair of shoes
You can catch him down on Vine Street from four until late
He don’t mind tellin’ it till he thinks you’ve got it straight

But meanwhile across town in a cold water flat
A man sits in the kitchen in a pork-pie hat
Plays his horn to the walls, there’s no one else around
His eyes light up, it’s the only sound in town
The automatic democratic chromatic acrobatics of the blues

Some people sing it and some people shout it
Some sit on TV and talk about it
Sometimes it’s so sweet and sometimes it stings
But it’s always more than all of these things

These old chair and these tables met before I was born
The curtain on the stage is all beat and torn
It looks like hell in the daylight but it’s heaven at night
It’s the sound in the air that makes it all right

A bar full of strangers on 11th and Grand
Quietly drink to the death of their plans
Times are tough now but they won’t be always
Things start lookin’ better when the juke box plays
The automatic democratic chromatic acrobatics of the blues
Track Name: Hand Me Down Blues
Where’d you get those
Hand me down blues
You gave’em to me
I gave‘em back to you

Now every time I see you
You’re layin’ around
Pullin’ you up
Is draggin’ me down
You’re draggin’ me down

How can things look up
If you’re starin’ at your shoes
Talkin’ ‘bout the future
Like it’s yesterday’s news

You close the blinds
To block the view
And pull another all-nighter
In your hand me down blues
Your hand me down blues

Some things you don’t get over
You just get through
Life happened to me
And it happened to you

Hear the church bells chime
Feel the pendulum swing
Get ready for whatever
The days gonna bring
Sometimes I shake
Sometimes I sing
With the hand me down
Hand me down blues

Where’d you get those
Hand me down blues
You gave‘em to me
I gave‘em back to you
Track Name: Roll On
Too many people
On the streets
With bills to pay
Babies to feed
Places to get to
With red lights in the way
If time is money
We’re coming up short today

Threadbare constellations
Nothing but black skies
Miles and miles of highway
With snow on the sides
Salt on the road
I got salt on my tongue
You can slide with the tears
And still roll on, roll on, roll on

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, I ain’t gonna lose it

Times are hard
Times are lean
My friends are few
And far between
You, I need you
I need you

Low man on the totem poll
Wants to lasso the moon
Their standing on his shoulders
His hands are on their shoes
I been there
You been there
We know how it feels
To have your hands on everything
On everything but the wheel
I got my hands on everything
On everything but the wheel

Times are hard
Times are lean
My friends are few
And far between

Sister, I need my sister
Brother, I need my brother
You, I need you
We gotta roll on, roll on, roll on

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, I ain’t gonna lose it
Track Name: Einstein's Brain
If I had Picasso’s hands
Oh, the world I’d draw
If I had Einstein’s brain
Oh, the good I’d do

It’s like tryin’ to sail
When I’m no where near the sea
Some things come so easily
Not for me

Chances have come and gone
I’ve said hello and said so long
Missed the boat and caught a train
Lost my turn
Time and again

It’s like tryin’ to sail
When I’m no where near the sea
Some things come so easily
Not for me

Lately I’ve been thinkin’
I need to rest a while
You can go on chasin’ down the moon
Hey, I’m no Mickey Mantle
But I got his smile
I cry till I laugh
That’s what I do

On the dance floor I’m no Fred Astair
I’ve got two left feet and I don’t care
Without grace I still pray
With the answers light years away

It’s like tryin’ to sail
When I’m no where near the sea
Some things come so easily
Not for me
Not for me
Not for me

If I had Picasso’s hands
Oh, the world I’d draw
And if I had Einstein’s brain …
Track Name: You Belong in New Orleans
When you sing ol’ Nat King Cole
Louis Armstrong
Jelly Roll
You belong in New Orleans

You got style
You got grace
You got the blues
Written on your face
And you belong in New Orleans

If Basie could have heard you
He’d have put you in his band
He’d want to take you with him
To swing across the land

You got zing
You got swing
People come to hear you sing
And you belong in New Orleans

If Bogart could have seen you
He’d have put you on the screen
There never would have been Bacall
He’d want you for his queen

You’re cool
Sure enough
You’re hot
When you strut your stuff
And you belong in New Orleans
Track Name: Sometimes
Sometimes
I just wanna lay down and cry
Even when
I have no reason why

Sometimes
I know that I’m hard to understand

I’m more trouble
Than I’m worth
But you still hold my hand

Come close
Go away
I disappear
Or I stay

Only moonbeams know
Where my mind goes
Sometimes

I now
What I miss
What I leave you
Like this

To be alone
Feels like a kiss
Goodbye

Sometimes
I just wanna lay down and cry
Even when
I have no reason why

Come close
Go away

You know
I’m here to stay

Sometimes
Track Name: The Berlin Wall
That man is like the ocean wide
Takes me out just like the tide
I wake up on the other side
Of the Berlin wall
The Berlin wall

Sun come up
I blink into it
Slink into it
Nothin’ to it
Morning glories
Heed their call
The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall

Hooded crows
A flock of grey
Pieces slowly chipped away
A souvenir to recall
The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall

He can take
And give it back
Am I to weep and crawl
Newfound freedom
Is but a cage
The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall

Speak to me
Of beauty
Dream to me
Of flying over
Lay me down
To sleep love
Cold against
The shoulder of
The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall

That man is like the ocean wide
Takes me out just like the tide
I wake up on the other side
Of the Berlin wall
The Berlin wall

Sun come up
I blink into it
Slink into it
Nothin’ to it
Morning glories
Heed their call
The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall
Track Name: 1000 Times
I have called you
A 1000 times
In my mind
In my mind
And I have loved you
A 1000 times
In my mind
In my mind

If you could see
Inside my soul
You’d find your name in stone
The world may take you far away
But you are not alone

People come
And people go
In my mind
In my mind
Now you have changed
The life I know
A 1000 times
In my mind


I pray for you
In the dark
In my mind
In my mind
I call your name
You appear
A 1000 times
In my mind

If you could see
Inside my soul
You’d find your name in stone
The world may take me far away
But you are not alone

I have called you
A 1000 times
In my mind
And I have loved you
A 1000 times
Track Name: Hula Mary
She’s got a hula hoop
She knows how to use it
Throws an alley oop
Every time she moves it
Hula Mary
With the yes yes yes
Doin’ the hula hoop
In her blue jean dress

Some live life
As nothin’ but a no show
Leanin’ on the juke box
With their backs to the mojo
Hula Mary
She lights up the place
With a beer in one hand
And a smile on her face

Hula Mary
With the yes yes yes
Doin’ the hula hoop
In her blue jean dress
What happened to the hippies
On the double dutch bus
Whatever happened
To peace and love

Now, when the tide comes in
People twist and shout
Down at the blue moon
People find out
About Hula Mary
And her free spirit
Some people might laugh
But she just don’t hear it

Some folks are wound too tight
To just let to
‘Cause black and white
Is all they know
Hula Mary
She got nothin’ to hide
She’s tie-dyed on the inside
Hula Mary
She got nothin’ to hide
She’s tie-dyed on the inside

From dancin’ Todd to Frisbee Dan
Livin’ off the grid without a plan
They got it right without even tryin’
Too busy livin’ to think about dyin’

Hula Mary
With the yes yes yes
Doin’ the hula hoop
In her blue jean dress
What happened to the hippies
On the double dutch bus
Whatever happened
Whatever happened

Hula Mary
With the yes yes yes
Doin’ the hula hoop
In her blue jean dress
What happened to the hippies
On the double dutch bus
Whatever happened
To peace and love

The double dutch bus is comin’ round the bend
Get on board with all my friends
Track Name: Come Tomorrow
We rode out the weather
Like a skippin’ stone
Came to a stop
Called it home
Lay down
Move on
Come tomorrow

Turnin’ nothin’
Into somethin’
To rise from dirt
An uphill battle
Just to prove our worth
Lay down
Move on
Come tomorrow

Sing about forgiveness
If you can forgive
Freefall in the dark
If you know how to live
Lay down
Move on
Come tomorrow

All is to time
All at a cost
Pearls on a string
Fencelines to cross
Catchin’ the light
Before it’s lost
Come tomorrow

Green is the field
Gold is the sun
White is the cotton
I dry my tears on
Lay down
Move on
Come tomorrow

We got the sun on our skin
We’re back on the road
We feel good again
We paid what we owed
Plant what you like
Come up from below
The sorrow

Sing about forgiveness
If you can forgive
Free fall in the dark
If you know how to live
Lay down
Move on
Come tomorrow

We lay down
We move on
Come tomorrow
Track Name: Take Me Places
These four walls
Are drivin’ me crazy
I’m goin’ nuts
Just hangin’ round
Come on baby
You’re lazy
Pack your bags
Blow this town

Take me to Mexico
Wake me up in Singapore
Maybe we could see Morocco
Take me where I’ve never been before

Come on baby
Don’t you be so boring
Let’s get away
Just pretend
Distant lands
Are givin’ us a callin’
I wanna show you Catmando

Take me to Mexico
Wake me up in Singapore
Maybe we could see Morocco
Take me where I’ve never been before

Think of you and me
Dinin’ in Paris
Strollin’ down the avenue
Holdin’ hands
We could take a plane
Or maybe hop a train
And window shop in Amsterdam

Take me to Mexico
Wake me up in Singapore
Maybe we could see Morocco
Take me where I’ve never been before

Drinkin’ margaritas
With the senoritas
Eaatin’ sukiyaki
In toyko
Maybe chop suey
Just me and you
Come on

Take me to Mexico
Wake me up in Singapore
Maybe we could see Morocco
Take me where I’ve never been before

Take me somewhere exotic
Far away
To a distant shore
A quiet beach could be hypnotic
Take me where I’ve never been before