The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French, Pt. 1

by Miss French

Released 2016
Warm Earth Records
Released 2016
Warm Earth Records
Original music - Blues, Jazz and a little bit more.
  • 04:20 Lyrics
    Racing with Time

    Racing With Time

    (written by Julie Foai)

    Feels like 

    I'm lagging behind

    Racing with time

    Feels like 

    It's almost too late

    Some things won't wait 

    Then I realise 

     

    I just need to make up my mind

    I just need a little more time

    Remember

    When I was young

    I was the one

    Inside me

    Passion was high

    Reach for the sky

    Then I realise

     


    I just need to make up my mind

    I just need a little more time

     

    LEAD BREAK 

     

     

    Then I realise


    I just need to make up my mind

    I just need a little more time

     

    Reflection

    Coming on strong

    Where I went wrong

    Rejection 

    Taking it's toll

    I move away

    Then I realise 

     

    I just need to make up my mind

    And this isn't the end of the line
    But I just I just need a little more time

    I know that I’m going to be fine
    All I need is a little more time
    No, No, No! Its not the end of the line

    All I need is a little more time
    Just give me a little,
    I need a little more time

  • 04:28 Lyrics
    Reasons

    REASONS
    (Written by Julie Foai)                


    Almost don’t remember
    What she looked like now
    So many years, too many tears
    And things I didn’t know how to say

    She was afraid I know
    But it was hard for me to forgive
    In her will to survive                      
    It was hard for others
    who were in her way


    Sometimes she'd break down and cry
    I could never understand why

    But she had her reasons  
    And though they made her seem a fool to me. She had her reasons


    Poetry and pottery
    And writing children’s tales
    Brought out the best and left the rest
    The things I’d rather didn’t stay

    The joy I still remember
    The fun and crazy times
    Clouded though I must confess
    By things I keep locked far away

     

    Sometimes she'd break down and cry
    I could never understand why

    But she had her reasons
    she had her reasons  
    Though they made her seem a fool to me
    She had her reasons


    I’d catch her when she was alone
    Watch her while she’s on the phone
    There’d be a strange look in her eye
    Like maybe things weren’t right

     

    She had her reasons  
    She had her reasons
    And though they made her seem a fool to me.  She had her reasons


    Almost don’t remember
    What she looked like now
    So many years, too many tears
    And things I didn’t know how to say

  • 04:32 Lyrics
    New Age Sensitive Guy

    NEW AGE SENSITIVE GUY
    (Written by Julie Foai) 

    The New age sensitive guy
    Had stars in his eyes
    When he fell for you
    Cause a new age sensitive guy
    Needs an old fashioned girl
    Who will love him too.


    Now the tables have turned
    over and over
    Feels like you found
    your four-leaf clover
    But for the new age sensitive guy
    His life was over
    When he fell for you.

     
    The New age sensitive guy
    Bit a tough piece of pie
    But he’ll see it through
    Cause a new age sensitive guy
    Says I do till I die
    He needs the same from you.


    Now the tables have turned
    over and over
    No more, no more stormy weather
    But for the new age sensitive guy
    His life was over
    When he fell for you


    I see him at the Laundromat
    Wearing a nanny’s hat
    Comes running to the kitchen
    He puts up with all your bitchin

     

    The New Age sensitive guy

    Takes it all in his stride

    Love will see him through

    Cause a new sensitive guy

    Strong by your side

    Knowing you love him too

     

    Now the dice has been thrown

    But you already know

    You've found your four-leaf clover

    But for the new age sensitive guy 

    His life was over

    When he fell for you
    When he fell for you

  • 03:39 Lyrics
    I Need a Wordsmith

     I NEED A WORDSMITH

    (Written by Julie Foai)


    I need a wordsmith
    Or a preacher
    I need a mover
    Not a two-time loser 
    There’s stuff that’s going on
    I believe it’s more than wrong
    It’s not the sort of thing you want coming down.
    On you.


    You’ve seen a Holocaust
    So many lives were lost
    It could be here again
    At such a heavy cost
    I have to emphasise
    We need to mobilize
    This is something we are
    all obliged .To do

    It’s all too wild, 
    like we’re living in the movies, 
    better not believe it, 
    people will say you’re crazy

     


    You know I’m talking 
    about the world we live in
    Cool revolution
    Is what I'm thinking
    You see we’ve been deceived
    It’s things you won’t believe
    Now finally taking it’s collective toll . It's true



    It’s all too wild, 
    like we’re living in the movies, 
    better not believe it, 
    people will say you’re crazy

    Trust like a child
    Newspaper stories   
    Believe in the news and
    No-one thinks you crazy

    You’re CRAZY


    It’s all too wild, 
    like we’re living in the movies, 
    better not believe it, 
    people will say you’re crazy

    Trust like a child
    Newspaper stories   
    Believe in the news and
    No-one thinks you crazy

    You’re CRAZY



    I need a wordsmith
    Or a preacher
    I need a mover
    Not a two-time loser 
    There’s stuff that’s going on
    I believe it’s more than wrong
    It’s not the sort of thing you want coming down. On you.

  • 04:00 Lyrics
    Love Is a Strange Thing

    LOVE IS A STRANGE THING
    (Written by Julie Foai)   
      

    Not what you wanted
    Still I tried
    Fooling myself
    Giving all I had to you  

    Now that I'm free
    From the lies
    You sowed
    So long ago. Gave me
    so much doubt about me


    Feels like poetry 
    Now that I finally see
    How it really was for me

    But love is a strange thing                             
    Connection is forever
    Love is a strange thing


    Trusting all you said
    With love                   
    You sold me short
    Wanting so much to be
    What I couldn’t be for you


    Is this a dagger I see before me
    Your favourite line
    I thought you clever oh yeah
    But the fault was mine


    Saw those around you fall
    winners lose and losers win
    Upon your stage
    We all would fall 

    But love is a strange thing                             
    Connection is forever
    Love is a strange thing


    You didn’t win. No-one would
    When the rules are bent
    No-one could
    You strutted and fretted your life on a stage of delusion
    But those who were close
    Were not supposed to know

    Feels like poetry 
    Now that I finally see
    How it really was for me

    But love is a strange thing                             
    Connection is forever
    Love is a strange thing
    In this life together
    Love is a strange thing
    Holding us forever
    Love is a strange thing

  • 04:26 Lyrics
    Crest of a Wave

    CREST OF A WAVE
    (written by Julie Foai/Opetaia Foai)


    You, say you are healer     
    Freeing souls, 
    to go their own way
    On the crest of a wave
    They slide down and drown
    O-Oh oh oh oh


    It’s, freedom from life you offer     
    What is the future                      
    Do you know
    Is your crime one of ignorance
    Or simply design
    O-Oh oh oh oh
    is your crime one of ignorance  

     


    I don’t want to make you wrong  
    But I can’t believe it’s right          
    You’ve been searching for so long
    But only in the night


    I, see the game
    that you’re playing
    It’s delusion
    Such a price
    For a fragment of truth
    They slide down and drown
    O-Oh oh oh oh
    On the crest of a wave

                        

      

    I don’t want to make you wrong  
    But I can’t believe it’s right          
    You’ve been searching for so long
    But only in the night          

    Your fixes bring trouble     
    to those who’ve lost their way
    I hope in time things change

     

    I don’t want to make you wrong  
    But I can’t believe it’s right          
    You’ve been searching for so long
    But only in the night
                         
    I don't want to lose a friend
    But I need to make you see
    All these things that you hold true
    Could end in misery

     

  • 03:57 Lyrics
    You Have My Heart

    YOU HAVE MY HEART  

    (Written by Julie Foai)

     

    I've known you before

    Not your face but so much more

    Together we have been a million places

    Run victory races

    Played with aces, in our hands


    Love in our minds
    We've rarely been apart
    You have my heart

     

    And tomorrow I’ll be there

    Whatever happens rich or poor

    Together playing songs forever

    There for each other

    Despite the weather or the time

     


    Love in our minds
    We've rarely been apart
    You have my heart

     

     

    What were the chances
    The odds were slim
    But the will was strong
    We would meet again,

    We will meet again

     

     

    And If there is an end
    World explodes and fades to dust.
    Under rubble there will be
    empty spaces
    Two lovers hand in hand
    Our spirits still entwined


    Love in our minds
    You by my side
    Love we will always find
    We’ll never be apart
    You have my heart
    You have my heart

  • 03:25 Lyrics
    Take a Kid

    TAKE A KID
    (Written by Julie Foai)      

     
    Take a kid he’s only two
    Why must we tell him
    What he should do
    He has eyes and he can see
    His dreams are different 
    from you and me

     


    So easy to make him feel
    All that he wanted 
    Can never be real
    Keep his feet firmly on the ground
    The best advice he has found.



    Something good
    Something blue,   
    Depends on your point of view
    We can decide
    To open up our minds
    Something good
    something free

    yeah it's the way it should be          

    So why not let go
    It’s worth everything


    What you feel inside
    Who you really are
    You’re on a 747 business class
    It’s like a windfall from heaven
    It’s the ride you should be on

    This time
    He's got to do it this time
    This time,
    There won’t be a better time

     

     

     

    The dreams he had
    When he was young
    Mean everything to him
    Keeping him strong
    Please help him along
    If you can
    A brighter world
    A better man

    Right or wrong,
    Old or new 
    Depends on your point of view
    We can decide
    To open up our minds
    How about me and you
    Could we be free to
    Live, laugh and cry

    So why not let go
    It’s worth everything

    This time
    Let him do it this time 
    This time
    There won’t be a better time

     

    So why not let go
    It’s worth everything

     

    This time

  • 04:32 Lyrics
    Moods

    MOODS
    (written by Opetaia Foai)

     

    Like the colours of the rainbow

    That falls on the trees
    in the forest

    Unkind emotions they fall on me

    Is this the way it has to be

     

    It's just like waiting for the sun

    on a fine winters night

    moods they play

    Losing ground, looking in
    Now my mind is wondering

    it's just the way

     

    Like meeting people in a crowd

    familiar faces oh how they change

    the expressions in their eyes

    is this the way it has to be

     

    It's just like waiting for the sun

    on a fine winters night

    moods they play

    Losing ground in just a day
    inside an emptiness

    just the way

     

     

     

     

    all alone by myself

    don't want no-one

    to see the state I’m in 

    till I come around  

     

    lost control, can’t get out

    deep inside

    I need to hide away

    I'm sinking down

     

    Oh oh

    Never meant to be like this
    Fallen way too far this time

    And I don’t know why

     

    It's just like waiting for the sun

    on a fine winters night

    moods they play

     

     

  • 03:32 Lyrics
    You'll Be Fine

    You’ll be fine
    (Written by Julie Foai)        

     

    It’s not that I don’t wish you well
    You know I only want the best for you.
    I feel like I’ve lost a friend
    And there’s a hollow place inside of me

     

    So who will laugh with you
    Share your finest days
    Who will cry with you
    When nothing goes your way

     


    Well I don’t want to stop what’s right                
    But sometimes things can get so confused.
    So I’m waiting
    I want to hear your voice
    To tell me how it is for you



    So who will laugh with you
    Share your finest days
    Who will cry with you
    When nothing goes your way


    But I, I know you'll be fine
    There's just a little
    something on my mind
    I'd like to know and
    I, I need to know
    Is this where our story ends

     

     

     

     

    So many plans
    Even take the world
    on a magic carpet ride
    Anything we dreamed, we could do
     – if we tried, if we tried

     

    So who’ll be there to laugh with you
    share your finest days
    Someone to comfort you
    When I’m many miles away

     

    But I know you'll be fine
    There's just a little
    something on my mind
    I'd like to know and
    I, I need to know
    Is this where our story ends
    Please tell me
    Is this where our story ends

  • 03:22 Lyrics
    Am I Keeping You

    AM I KEEPING YOU
    (Written Julie Foai/Opetaia Foai)

          

    Your door is always closed

    There's something I don't know        

    So distant and I’m missing you      

     


    You smile and say you're fine

    Trying to ease my mind       

    No comfort and I’m needing you    

     

     

    First sign of trouble       

    Your eyes are quiet

    Makes me wonder

    What I’m feeling

    Am I losing you  



    It’s all in my head you say
    Imagined in my bed

    There's no turning 

    from me and you   

     

     

    Sure sign of trouble

    Your eyes are quiet

    A smoldering fire

    A masked desire

    Am I keeping you

    Am I keeping you  

     

     

    A gentle smile

    Could hide a mystery

    Am I imagining this space between       

    You’re doing well – so it seems

    I can’t tell

     

    We used to be so close

    No secrets no words

    No need.

     

    Gotta find a way back to you

     

     

    Sure sign of trouble

    Your eyes are quiet

    A smoldering fire

    A masked desire

    Am I keeping you

    Am I keeping you  

    Gotta find a way back to you

     

    First sign of trouble       

    Your eyes are quiet

    Makes me wonder

    What I’m feeling

    Am I losing you  

    Gotta find a way back to you

  • 03:59 Lyrics
    Looking Back

    LOOKING BACK
    (Writtenby Julie Foai/Opetaia Foai)


    Have a story to tell you
    Way back when dreams came true
    Trees were tall skies were blue
    I'd like to share it all with you



    There’s a story to tell you 
    When the earth gave heart and soul 
    And we did too
    I’d like to hand it on to you


    I want to tell you ‘bout the loving and the giving
    The working and the land
    About the children and the life
    The living was so fine
    Walk me down that road again
    Laingholm hills of green
    Smell that fresh clean space of old
    Take me home again


    Got a story to tell you
    About the working and the lovin
    And the trying
    The way we used to do


    I want to tell you ‘bout the loving and the giving……..

    The sun came and never the rain
    In the distance I can see (yeah)
    Mama’s laughter and cock-o-hoop
    And I’m telling dad
    About the man on the moon


    Have a story to tell you
    Way back when dreams came true
    Trees were tall skies were blue
    I'd like to share it all with you


    I want to tell you ‘bout the loving and the giving
    The working and the land
    About the children and the life
    The living was so fine
    Walk me down that road again
    Laingholm hills of green
    Smell that fresh clean space of old
    Take me home again    
    Take me home again   

     

NOTES
The debut album “The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French” is a collection of 12 original tracks written by “Miss French and recorded live in Studios 301 with a 15 piece ensemble made up of Sonic Mayhem Orchestra, a string quartet plus some of the finest musicians in Sydney including Jazz Pianist Greg Coffin and Double Bass player Steve Elphick.
The album has been produced by award winning internationally acclaimed songwriter Opetaia Foa’i who is currently signed to Walt Disney Pictures working alongside Grammy winners Lin Manuel-Miranda and Mark Mancina. Opetaia says - “ Working on the Miss French album with James Ryan (musical arranger and conductor) and all these awesome musicians has been a lot of fun. I think people will be pleasantly surprised with the quality of both the song writing and instrumentation of this album”.

Of European decent, Miss French was born in New Zealand but has lived in Sydney since 2007. Brought up in a magical world of native New Zealand bush - a world of day dreams, adventures and music – her father was a jazz enthusiast and instrument maker. With a style that has been likened to Katie Melua, Norah Jones and Ella Fitzgerald with a touch of quirkiness – you could say Jazz/Blues and a little bit more.