Bathtubs I've Known [demo] (bonus track)

from by Jennifer Kingwell

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about

This song was written in response to a songwriting challenge that became part of the Night Terrors residency that Plum and I held at the Wesley Anne in November 2015. The challenge was first suggested by Joel Stibbard and I leapt at the idea... without consulting Plum first (sorry, Plum). The idea was that each week, a random audience member would be selected to come up with a theme - a word, a concept, whatever - and one of us would write a song about it, to be performed at the following week's show. Throughout the residency, we were challenged to write songs about curtains, bathtubs and 'frog clocks'... whatever the hell that even is. This is 'the bathtub song', suggested by MJ. It was written in about an hour the day it was first performed.

lyrics

This is an ode to the bathtubs I've known
Whether in company or alone
Sometimes bubbles and other fun things are blown
Sometimes it's just shuddering tears on my own

First was a bucket in a top north backyard
Then dolphin toys and bubble bath while mother stood guard
Razzle dazzle afternoons in a sequined leotard
Washed away in a tubful of fake tan façade

Bathtub embrace me
Make me clean and pretty
Let the glitter settle and get gritty
Behind my knees

A balcony with smooth glass and bubble jets
Shared joints, pointed looks and whispered regrets
Secrets told just for you to forget
It's safer that way even though we just met

Claw feet and porcelain
Hard to feel awful in
But I'm stubbornly maudlin 'n
I'll give it a try

Bathtub embrace me
Make me clean and pretty
Let the glitter settle and get gritty
Behind my knees

I'll pretend I can breathe
Underwater and under siege
Someday it'll do me good to let go

Woodfired bush bath under starry sky
Rainwater toast to a love now gone by
Took ages to coax the flames nice and high
Then it cooled down so fast while we sat side by side

Claw feet and porcelain
Hard to feel awful in
But I'm stubbornly maudlin 'n
I'll give it a try

Bathtub embrace me
Make me clean and pretty
Let the glitter settle and get gritty
Behind my knees

credits

from The Lotus Eaters (The Night Terrors Tour Edition), released January 15, 2016
Vocals/piano: Jennifer Kingwell

Written and composed by Jennifer Kingwell

Produced by Myles Mumford and Jennifer Kingwell
Recorded at Headgap Studios
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Myles Mumford at Headgap and Bakehouse Studios

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Jennifer Kingwell Melbourne, Australia

Adelaide based, Darwin born, Jennifer Kingwell is a musician and performer of ‘delicious contrasts’, crafting songs from punk ukulele anthems and sultry piano ballads to epic alternative pop.

Possessing a voice described as ‘dynamite’(T-Squat) and ‘ranging from silver tongued angel to gruff pirate’, Jennifer Kingwell is nothing short of ‘a formidable powerhouse’ (Herald Sun).
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