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"Talk to a Human — Project 5.3"

Project 5.3 Album: “Talk to a Human”

Release Date: 9/6/2019

We are in the digital age. There has never been more easy and efficient ways to communicate. If this is the case, why is it so hard to reach somebody? To listen to one another? To celebrate our differences while simultaneously championing those that bring out the good in our society. "Talk to a Human" is my chance to dive in headfirst into all things that both inspire me and cause me to question the kindness in my own heart. Can I forgive the unforgivable? Can I rise from my own battles with my medical condition and the often times crippling side effects? Can I stay kind and empathetic in a political climate hell-bent on warping my sensibilities? Musically, we are unapologetically all over the map on this. Because the focus is not on the genre. It's on what's rooted in the heart. 

 


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Track Listing

1. Talk to a Human 3:02

(Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines)

Genre: Americana/Folk

2. Mi Madre  3:34 

(Terri Hendrix)

Genre: Americana/Folk/Latin

3. Choice  3:16 

Genre: Americana/Folk

(Terri Hendrix)

4. Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key   4:41

 (Stephen William Bragg/Woody Guthrie)  

Genre: Americana/Folk

5. Don't Meddle in My Mood   3:10

(Cindy Walker) 

Genre: Americana/Folk

6. Dogging Me  3:39

(Terri Hendrix/Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee) 

Genre: Americana/Folk/Blues   

7. Worthy  3:12

(Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines)

Genre: Americana/Folk

8. WASP 3:45   

(Terri Hendrix)

Genre: Americana/Folk/Bluegrass

9. The Dark   3:43 

(Buddy Mondlock/Guy Clark) 

Genre: Americana/Folk

10. The Water is Wide   3:23

(Traditional/Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines)

Genre: Americana/Folk

11. I Hear Your Song 3:39   

(Terri Hendrix)

Genre: Americana/Folk


 

Project 5.3: “Talk to a Human” Album Credits

Recording:

Produced by Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix 

Recorded at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas and Bubba's Place.

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Pat Manske at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas

Credits:

Terri Hendrix: Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, harmony vocals

Lloyd Maines: Acoustic, electric and baritone guitars, dobro, pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, papoose, bass guitar and ukulele

Glenn Fukunaga: Bass 

Pat Manske: Drums, percussion, keypads 

John Silva: Drums, percussion

Riley Osbourn: Keyboards

Drew Womack: Harmony vocals 

Jeanne Ply- Fiddle

Tracy Miller- Harmony on WASP

Christal Moore, Tay Hoyle, Tracy Miller, Jeanne Ply, Vicki Genfan, Patty Sughrue - Group vocals on WASP 

Album Artwork:

Melissa Webb 


This album is dedicated to Tammi Hendrix 

 

"I Hear Your Song" Dedicated to Bill and Bonnie Hearne 

 

Information:

THM Music Publishing, BMI

Art Mob Music Publishing, BMI

Administered by BUG/BMG Music 

 

Song by Song

By Terri Hendrix

 

1. Talk to a Human

This all started with an article I read about "MESSENGER," which is an acronym for "MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging." It was the seventh Discovery class mission, and the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury. Its primary goal was to study the geology, magnetic field, and chemical composition of the planet. After I read this article, I wished a similar project could roll around our planet and study mankind and the effects that the social-media driven culture is having on our ability to communicate and have empathy and compassion for one another. 

 

2. Mi Madre  

The relationship between mother and daughter is a complicated one. The humor within my lyrics covers the wounds, but if you peak under the surface, you'll see the effects alcoholism and abuse can have on a person.

 

3. Choice

I went through some dark times. It took losing faith in myself to find my way again. Once I turned 50 I began to doubt myself and my ability to make music. Health issues added to my crippling self doubt. For me, "freedom" was making positive choices about my future and launching the OYOU (https://www.ownyourownuniverse.org). I now define my success by the fabric of my character and not through the eyeballs of oftentimes jaded and cynical music industry insiders and gatekeepers. I own a whole lot of land. I open and close my own gates. 

 

4. Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key   

Billy Bragg set music to the words of Woody Guthrie and ended up with this song that touches on abuse, promiscuity, and the ending of innocence. At least that's my interpretation. It's abstract and frankly I've never met anyone that interprets it the same. That's why I covered it. What does it mean? You decide. 

 

5. Don't Meddle in My Mood   

The men get the winning cup and all the glory when it comes to songwriting here in Texas. Van Zandt, Clark, Earle, and on and on. What about the women? Case in point, Cindy Walker. A native Texan, she was a true craftsman, and often tailored particular songs to specific recording artists. She had Top 10 hits that spread over five decades. Another reason why I covered this song is because I can totally relate to it and this country blues style is among my favorites to sing. 

 

6. Dogging Me  

I grabbed the chorus of a Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee tune and wrote my own verses about someone that enjoys belittling the very person they are supposed to lift up and support.

 

7. Worthy  

I was gifted a bright orange 1994 Chevy Sidestep. Having this truck to use on my property has proven invaluable. One day I was cleaning it and stumbled across a plastic tag from the gas station Allsup's with the name "Mandie" on it. It got my wheels turning. I wondered who and where she was. That morphed into a song about being worthy of my friends. From the friend that gave me the truck to my friends that circle their wagons when I need them, I am lucky to have this handful of loved ones in my life. I strive to be worthy of them. 

 

8. WASP  

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were a U.S. Army Air Forces program that hired around 1,100 civilian women with non-combat military flight duties during World War II. They were the first women to fly U.S. military aircraft. They tested planes and shuttled them from base to base and oftentimes did the work that men refused to do or were incapable of doing as well as they could. Some women lost their lives on the job and were denied military benefits and burials. The women had to collectively pool their money to pay for their fallen comrades to bring them home. I first learned about them at an exhibit featuring their story at the Bob Bullock museum in Austin, Texas. I've wanted to write my own interpretation of their experience ever since.

 

9. The Dark    

I first covered this song for a compilation called, "This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark." But I wanted to record it again, from scratch, for "Talk to a Human" just because it fit too much not to. The song is a painting about there always being light in the darkness. And the importance of that light to see through dark skies. I consider it a companion piece to the Carter Family song "Sun of Your Soul," which I recorded for "The Slaughterhouse Sessions." 

 

10. The Water is Wide  

I've collected versions of this song since I was in high school. At one time I think I owned every recorded version of this song. It was time for me to do my own interpretation. It's a bookend to "Trouble's on Your Mind," a song about self-sabotage that I recorded on "The Slaughterhouse Sessions." I "brought the mountain to me" and the water closed in over my head. My friends kept me from drowning. They brought a boat, lifted me up, and ferried me to the other side. 

 

11. I Hear Your Song    

I first got this idea after seeing the animated film "Happy Feet." The movie's about the importance of discovering one's own "heart song," to attract true love and happiness. It's my mission to hear the heart songs of my friends, family, and colleagues, and to support them. I also hope that my own heart song is heard and that my music will continue to be heard when my time on this earth is done. 

By Terri Hendrix

 

Talk to a Human 

Verse

Talk to a human 

Give a dog a bone 

Press one two three 

Pound key at the tone 

Drive by satellite 

To get home 

Blame retrograde 

And sleep alone 

Alone 

Alone online 

Looking for some water 

Or a sign … of life

Press star one nine 

Please hold 

To reach mankind

Chorus

Messenger to Mercury

Messenger to Mercury

I want to talk to a human 

Verse

Talk to a human 

Only if it pays 

It’s dog eat dog 

On the race to space 

Download 

Update 

Phone to face 

The big machine 

Knows our place 

In line 

Alone in line

We’re Bumper to bumper 

In the daily grind 

They troll 

The rabbit-hole 

Please hold

To keep your soul 

Chorus

Messenger to Mercury

Messenger to Mercury … 

I want to talk to a human 

Messenger to Mercury

Where is my humanity 

Messenger to Mercury

Where is my humanity 

Verse

Talk to a human

How they gonna hear

I’m invisible to them 

Let me be clear

It’s about the money

Honey ain’t about you 

Unplug the yellow 

Try the blue 

Alright 

I’m back online 

Looking for somebody

Or a sign 

Of life

Press star one nine

Please hold to reach mankind 

Please hold to reach mankind 

Please hold me 

Please hold me 

Please hold to reach mankind 

Please hold to reach mankind 

Please hold me 

I want to talk to a human 

 

Mi Madre 

 

Verse

When I was a kid my hair couldn't be tamed

I had double A’s that wouldn't be trained

One went east the other west 

I had to lift my arms just to see my chest 

I knew all the names of the supermodels 

By the time that I turned 13

I wanted to be skinny 

But curvy like the girls 

In my mother’s Glamour Magazines 

Chorus 

Ai yi yi yi yi erra justo como mi madre 

Ai yi yi yi erra justo como mi madre 

Verse

Eggs and chorizo fryin’ in a pan 

Poppin’ like the belt 

In my mi madre’s hand

My house my rules is what she said 

I moved out but she stayed in my head 

Good enough – ain’t ever gonna be it 

Pretty enough – ain’t ever gonna see it 

Looking in the mirror who do I see

Mi Madre cantando estoy aqui para ti 

(My mother singing I’m here for you) 

Chorus 

Ai yi yi yi yi erra justo como mi madre 

Ai yi yi yi erra justo como mi madre 

Verse

Justo como mi madre (Just like my mother)

Escondo botellas de vino (I hide wine bottles)

Justo como mi madre (Just like my mother)

Yo bebo demasiado (I drink too much)

Justo como mi madre (Just like my mother)

Siempre a dieta (I’m always on a diet)

Poco 

Loco 

En la cabeza (A little crazy in the head)

Justo como mi madre (Just like my mother)

Mi fuerza (my strength)

Mi esperanza (my hope) 

Justo como mi madre (Just like my mother)

En corazon y alma (my heart my soul)

Justo como mi madre (Just like my mother)

Bueno y lo malo (the good and bad)

Justo como mi madre 

Mucho mucho mucho 

Chorus

Ai yi yi yi yi erra justo como mi madre 

Ai yi yi yi erra justo como mi madre 

Verse

Amo a mi madre (I love my mom) 

Quero a mi madre (I want my mother)

Como mi madre

Suckin on my tic tacs

Vino en aliento (wine on breath)

Like dust on the knic-knacks 

Como mi madre 

Aqui para ti

Enough about you 

Let’s talk about me 

 

Estare  

Erra justo como mi madre 

Estare  

Erra justo como mi madre 

 

Choice 

Verse

I’m younger than my mother’s bible 

Old enough to seek revival 

Mortality gets to haunting me 

The end zone is closing in 

What might have been has gone 

I’m tough enough in my own skin

To just move on

Chorus

Freedom, is just a choice away 

Freedom, is a just a choice away

Verse

I’m too young to retire

Too old to get hired

Found my crazy

Lost my mind

In the valley of the daily grind

Father son holy ghost

It’s clarity I miss the most 

My head plays tricks on me sometime 

Chorus

Freedom, is just a choice away 

Freedom, is a just a choice away  

Verse

Now the younger me is running free

And the older me is here

Wondering if the best of me 

Got swallowed by the years

If it did don’t tell me

Leave me where I am 

It took a leap of faith 

For me to land 

Chorus

Freedom, is just a choice away

Freedom, is just a choice away

 

Dogging Me 

Verse

Baby you keep on doggin me 

Ease on up and let me be

Don't you cut me down in front of my friends

Then crawl in bed and try to make amends 

 

(Chorus is Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee)

You keep on dogging me, Keep on dogging me 

You keep on dogging me, Keep on dogging me

You keep on doggin’ till the blues come around 

Verse

You got my soul, You got my heart

So baby don't you pick me apart 

You gotta gag your nag, Have a little fun 

Little things make you come undone

Come undone

Come undone

Verse

You beat my head like a bongo drum

If you want a ride baby use your thumb

It’s in my head that’s what you say

Then you bust my chops and you walk away

Walk away

Verse

I want to tempt you with my lips 

Feel your body with my fingertips 

Make you moan flip your switch

But all you wanna to do is … 

 

Worthy 

Verse

Mandie from Allsups

With a hairdo gone wrong

Loves chicken chimichangas

And old country songs 

She used to teach high school 

Now she just drives around 

In her ol’ Chevy side step

She picks me up when I’m down

Chorus

Make me worthy

Of the love of my friends

Cause when I’m with them

I’m all right …

Make me worthy

Of the love of my friends

‘Cause when I’m with them

I’m all right

I’m all right … 

Verse

We float down the river 

When life goes upstream

We roll dice and play cards 

Drink wine and share dreams 

It took a long time 

To grow old friends like mine 

They circle the wagons

When I need peace of mind

Bridge

We make the colors

Inside of the wheel 

The labyrinth we walk

Reminds us what’s real

We’re the enneagram

The Yin and the Yang 

In good times and bad 

They’re the ones who remain 

Verse

When all of my days

In this world are done 

I'm gonna jump on a rocket 

And meet you in the sun

We'll roll ‘round the moon

Poke holes in the dark

So those that we love 

Might see us in the stars 

Chorus

Make me worthy

Of the love of my friends

Cause when I’m with them

It’s all right …

Make me worthy

Of the love of my friends

‘Cause when I’m with them

I’m all right

It’s all right 

I’m all right

 

WASP

Verse

She left her family on the farm

Quit her job and sold her charms

Traded in the life she knew 

To fly those planes in WW2

She flew to serve her country

And she’d make history 

With the Women Airforce Service Pilots 

Known as WASP 

It was zoot suits parachutes 

Landing gear and tires 

Good ol’ boys made the noise 

Fly girls put out the fires 

Chorus

Watch them fly

High above the mountains

Watch them fly

From sea to shining sea

Lift them up 

They’re the WASP

They fly on silver wings 

Watch’ em fly 

Verse

They tested planes and ferried them 

For men in WW2 

They flew 60 million miles 

And did every job a man could do 

The WASP 

Flew without compromise 

With ice on their wings 

And  dust in their eyes 

They trained in Sweetwater Texas 

At Avenger field 

Cars lined highway 80 

To see them lift their wheels 

Chorus

Watch’ em fly

High above the mountains

Watch them fly

From sea to shining sea

Lift them up 

They’re the WASP

They fly on silver wings 

Watch’ em fly 

Verse

Nancy Love 

And Jackie Cochran 

Pinned those wings

And led the song 

Buckle down Fifinella 

Sing it loud

And prove’ em wrong 

Put a flag on her casket

Let the truth be known 

Put medals on her jacket 

It’s time to bring the flygirls home

It was zoot suits parachutes 

Landing gear and tires 

Good ol’ boys made the noise 

Fly girls put out the fires 

Chorus

Watch’ em fly

High above the mountains

Watch them fly

From sea to shining sea

Lift them up 

They’re the WASP

They fly on silver wings 

Watch’ em fly 

 

I Hear Your Song

Verse

I hear your song

I listen to the melody

You bring hope to me 

Your voice takes me away

The words you sing

Always carry me home 

To the place we call our own 

I hear your song 

Verse

Sometimes this world

Isn’t meant for you or me

We see things we can’t unsee 

We feel more than we should 

I hear your song 

Though you hide the lesser known 

The ones that cut to the bone 

I hear your song 

Chorus

I would pull the heavens down 

To help the angels reach the ground

They’d return 

All you’ve lost back to you

Verse

I’ll be your voice 

When you have no words to say

When you can't drive away 

I’ll take the wheel

I’ll come along

When you need me to 

Your days alone are through 

I hear your song 

Chorus

I would pull the heavens down 

To help the angels reach the ground

They’d return 

All you’ve lost back to you 

Verse

I hear your song 

I listen to the melody 

You bring hope to me 

I hear your song 

The words you  sing

Always carry me home 

To the place we call our own 

I hear your song