Cry Till You Laugh

by Terri Hendrix

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1.
Wail Theory 01:55
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
2.
Slow Down (free) 03:46
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
3.
Automatic 03:45
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
4.
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
5.
Roll On 04:13
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
6.
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 …
7.
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
8.
Sometimes (free) 03:21
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
9.
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
10.
11.
1000 Times 02:58
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
12.
Hula Mary 04:32
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
13.
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
14.
Whatachoice (free) 00:29
15.
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

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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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