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The King & Queen of Nowhere

by Julianna McDuffie

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Ed Castro While I love the lo-fi, Triphop sound of Corduroy and Aftermath, there's just so much more to find in this mighty castle of sound. Such as, the bittersweet vibe of Judge, the melancholy of Say My Name, the catchy and hypnotic elements of Paste. If relentless melancholia drenched in shades of beautiful darkness is what you're looking for in music, then "The King and Queen of Nowhere" will not only satiate your thirst, but it will also grab a hold of you. Everyone!...hail the queen of Somewhere! Favorite track: Corduroy (Little Sister).
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This album is the direct result of a lifetime of listening to alternative/odd/little known/dark & arty music, 15 years of software learning curves, an abundance of classical voice training, way too many horrible adolescent poems and the incredibly full, bizarre, desperate and sweet life that I get to call my own.

"The King & Queen of Nowhere" was made entirely with Propellerhead Reason.

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released November 4, 2014

All songs written, produced and performed by Julianna McDuffie

Audio Mastering by Bob Olhsson, www.audiomastery.com

Insane amounts of input, listening, and friendship by Tomas Barkman

Infinite Patience, Wisdom and Love by Michael McDuffie

Thanks to my beloved parents who funded this whole, crazy thing

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Julianna McDuffie San Marcos, California

Julianna McDuffie is an Electronic producer and vocalist who combines Downtempo and Triphop with Industrial elements, textured synths, cinematic undertones, and melancholy lyrics. She is classically trained and is known for her intimate singing style, which she couples with multi-layered and ethereal backing vocals. She has collaborated with musicians all over the world. ... more

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Track Name: Corduroy (Little Sister)
Little sister took a ride today
With a boy who looked like corduroy
Velvet eyes and a wide wale smile
He felt like comfort
He felt like ice cream
He felt like something
She’d never seen

Little sister kissed a boy today
Driving through a painted tunnel
Radio playing angel choirs
With sounds like ice cream
And diamond rings
Sounds like redemption
When they sing

Little sister watched the lights fly by
Leaving trails of blue fire
Stood with him on the overpass
Yesterday was
What used to be
Tomorrow will come
On the heels of dreams

Little sister is moving on from here
Wearing a coat that’s familiar
Reminds her of his corduroy smile
That felt like comfort
That felt like ice cream
That felt like something
She’d never seen
Track Name: Judge
If I came to your heart
And knocked with velvet glove
Would you hear me would you see me
Would you let me stay?
I’ll throw myself
In the arena
To see
What the coliseum thinks

Stand in front
Of the holy emperor
And his crown
of golden leaves
Wave his hand
And release the lion
Devour me
Or set me free

And love
Is a fickle mistress
She plays
With loaded dice
she scrapes
The boots of noblemen
To feed
The bitter youth

To feed
The bitter youth

To feed
The bitter youth
Track Name: Say My Name
I want to hear you say my name
It falls so softly from your mouth
Tumbling blindly past your lips
A thousand fireflies light up the sky
Mmmmmm

I want to hear you say my name
My ears my mind my soul tremble in your breath
Heart in my throat sewn to my sleeve
Wrap me in the sound hold me 'til I drown
Mmmmmm

I want to hear you
Say my name
Gentle as the night
Creeping softly
Through the trees
Tiptoe to my heart
Moving in the dark

Say My Name
Track Name: Fragile
When will I learn to just let it be
Not to wear a fragile heart on my sleeve
When will you see how good that we could be
We could fly if only you would set us free

But it’s on my own
Here I stand
All alone
Once again

Is it me? Or is it just circumstance?
Am I cursed to never really have that chance?
Is it you? Are you just collecting names?
Will you call when you feel like playing games?

But when I
Woke up
This Morning
You were gone

But you said you would be the one that stays
And you swore you’d never take your love away
So I thought that you would keep me close and safe
And that you would always be my saving grace

But when I
Woke up
This morning
You were gone

On my own
Here I stand
All alone
Once again
Track Name: Grace
Watching you from far away
How long can I stand
Never holding close to me
Like I haven't any hands
Sometimes I hear you're falling
And it's all that I can bear
I can't reach out to catch you
When I can't be there

Everything that's mine
The mundane and sublime
There's always something missing
That dream I'll never find
There's no rhyme without a reason
No reason without rhyme
And I settle into distance
Making peace with time

When my world is full
When my heart is lonely
It's you that I turn to
It's you and always only
It's you and always only
It's you and always only....
Track Name: Butterfly
Butterfly wings in Africa
Sent me her rain of dreams
But something stopped her silent
Somewhere in between
And I never got the message
So I found another rain
I heard a different story
And I'll never be the same

We walk on wires
We talk on strings
We part the waters
For lesser things
Track Name: Paste
I know you think I'm
Nothing but paste and glitter
Like I’m stuck together with rainbows
And fairy wings
And that nothing you say
Could tear me in two
But it isn't true if not for you
What would I do?

You want to see me
With dewdrops in my eyes
Remember me
Under Vaseline skies
And you think I’m playing dolls
With dresses and sighs
When really what I'm playing at
Is needles and knives

You want me to be
What you think you see
You forget who I am you forget what I want
You forget I am me

Below inside and deep within
There are things in me that kill
Below inside and deep within
There are things in me that will

Things that burn and things that bite
And things that catch and claw
And it's only how you see me
That I'm even here at all
Yeah, there are things that burn and things that bite
And things that catch and claw
And it's only how you see me
That I'm even here at all

Below inside and deep within
There are things in me that kill
Below inside and deep within
There are things in me that will
Track Name: All That He Had
Not everyone
Will fit in with ease
But everyone wants
What everyone needs

Some people have
More than their fair share
Throw one away
Pick up a spare

Everyone wants
What everyone needs
Everyone wants
What everyone needs

She was all that he had
She was all he would know
The only seed
That he'd ever grow
Track Name: Aftermath
Who am I... Without you?

Don't go before I've had the chance to tell you
Don't let them take you away
Don't leave me till I find the words to say

There's so much left for me to tell you
There so much more I have to say
So many things I want to do with you

Who am I... Without you?
Track Name: The King & Queen of Nowhere
When did we become
The King and Queen of Nowhere
The moon looking down
Veiled in a scratchy dreams
The King and Queen of Not Much
Smoke and Mirrors, maybe
Our robes worn down to threads
And splitting at the seams

But we used to be
We used to be
The King and Queen of Everything we See
We used to be
We used to be
The King and Queen of Love

When you were Prince of Fire
And I had the world at my feet
Unfurling, Spinning Glory
Set us in her sight

She promised us forever
Promised Paradise
Now she laughs at our folly
Proud of all her lies

But we used to be
We used to be
The King and Queen of Everything we See
We used to be
We used to be
The King and Queen of Love
Track Name: Judge (Coma Drown Mix)
If I came to your heart
And knocked with velvet glove
Would you hear me would you see me
Would you let me stay?
I’ll throw myself
In the arena
To see
What the coliseum thinks

Stand in front
Of the holy emperor
And his crown
of golden leaves
Wave his hand
And release the lion
Devour me
Or set me free

And love
Is a fickle mistress
She plays
With loaded dice
she scrapes
The boots of noblemen
To feed
The bitter youth

To feed
The bitter youth

To feed
The bitter youth