No More Invitations

by Jennifer Haase

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about

Jennifer Haase (rhymes with "classy") is a Nebraska-born, New York-transplanted singer/songwriter with a Jewel-Meets-Mary Chapin Carpenter folk-pop sound.

NO MORE INVITATIONS, Haase’s sophomore album release, is produced by multi-instrumentalist Mike Leslie (Joan Osborne, Rufus Wainwright), engineered/mixed & mastered by Emmy-nominated Robert L. Smith (GLEE, Ricki Lee Jones, Harry Connick, Jr.) and features special guest vocals from Rosanne Cash (on “Oneonta”) and Stephen Kellogg (on “3,000 Miles”).

A five year DIY journey from start to finish, a handful of the songs from NO MORE INVITATIONS wrote themselves along the way. A combo of sassy and sentimental, full and bare production, NO MORE INVITATIONS has a little bit of love (“As the Record Spins”), rejection (“No More Invitations”), lust (“Beautiful Man”) and fashion-minded playfulness (“New Pink Sweater”).

NO MORE INVITATIONS was funded in part with generous donations from fans, which made working with an amazing NYC musical team possible. Record producer Mike Leslie said of Haase’s album fundraiser success “You are truly a force, missy."

Haase has played legendary clubs The Bitter End in NYC and The Troubadour in London UK.

“Jennifer Haase is a unique and gifted songwriter with the voice of an angel. I highly recommend her.” – Rosanne Cash

“This album is somewhere between Julie Miller and Aimee Mann…” – NoDepression.com

"The first time I heard Jennifer Haase sing, I got chills. She has an aching sincerity that you just cannot manufacture or cultivate. I think it stems from how deeply she throws herself into her songs and as a listener you are forced to feel it all with her and that of course is the good stuff." --Stephen Kellogg

"Jennifer is someone you could listen to for hours and beg for more when she's done. Highly Recommended." --Songwriter's Monthly Magazine

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released July 20, 2011

Produced by Mike Leslie
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Robert L. Smith
(For more recording credits, please inquire about purchasing the physical CD package - thanks!)

Special Guest Vocals from:

Rosanne Cash
Stephen Kellogg
Gretchen Witt
Patty Ocfemia

CD design by Patti Witten

Dolls photo from A. Chandler

"Swimming Mermaid" painting from Laura Nothern

All songs written by Jennifer Haase

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Jennifer Haase New York, New York

New York singer/songwriter with a Jewel Meets Mary Chapin Carpenter songwriting style. The new CD "No More Invitations" features guest vocals from Rosanne Cash and Stephen Kellogg. For more about Jennifer Haase, please visit www.rhymeswithclassy.com

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Track Name: No More Invitations
Heard you've got a chip that's the size of your head
Sittin' on your neck speaking for you instead
All the clucking hens at your Aunt's house for tea
Say you've lost some friends in your family tree

There'll be no more invitations
There'll be no more invitations

Heard you've got a thing for someone else's man
Word is you've been seen leaving notes on his van
All the busy bees at the watering hole
Say they'd like to see that big chip of yours roll

There'll be no more invitations
There'll be no more invitations

What's the matter, baby?
Don't like sleeping in the bed you made?
Now, baby, better save some cake for your birthday
Can't have it all, can't get your way
How dare you be a girl with much to say

Heard you tend to dress so outrageous it's sad
Seems you're the distress on the face of your dad
Rumors going 'round you've been dropped from the list
Girl, give up the crown 'cause you cease to exist

There'll be no more invitations
There'll be no more invitations
Track Name: Rescue Dreams
Behind my eyes
I sleep then rise into a world
Where we escape
from Tao that breaks
from loveless cures
To where our soul mates aren't the bad guys
And a scandal's not a franchise
and you don't have to be alone in this at all, 'cause...

CHORUS #1:
I save you, you save me
In my rescue dreams
I save you, you save me
In my rescue dreams
I save you, the whole world too
in my rescue dreams

Recovery
it ain't no big top, feel good show
So come with me
down deeper than hurt thinks to go
Where you're not frozen by the maybes
and no one messes with our babies
and you don't have to be alone in this at all

CHORUS #2:
I save you, you save me
in my rescue dreams
I save you, you save me
in my rescue dreams
I save you, your children too
in my rescue dreams

They'll hit you from every vulnerable side
Just wound you enough to still take you alive
We're set up to crash, but we'll kick
in the glass 'til it gives
then sleep soundly again
through the night

CHORUS #1

I will save you
I will save you
Track Name: Oneonta (Guest Vocals: Rosanne Cash)
She stuck out her thumb
ticket for one, anywhere numb
to curl up and hide
Too many wrongs
pitiful songs and carriages on
the Upper West Side

Oneonta
This girl at your altar
Please hold her tonight

Seems she'd forgotten
there is no God when
praying for what men cannot become
So she wished them all well
lifted the veil, tucked in her tail
and followed you home

Oneonta
This girl at your altar
Please hold her tonight

Wallowing deep in the why
Messes with every goodbye
Unsteady she goes, leaping slick river stones
Toward the other side

His hands leave her hips
as the heaviness of memory drips
like rain from her hair
Maybe she knows forgiveness is slow
but somebody show
her how to get there

Oneonta
This girl at your altar
Please hold her
Please hold her
Please hold her
Please hold her
Tonight
Track Name: New Pink Sweater
I've got a new pink sweater
and I look good
Gonna earn some whistles
up in your hood
Gonna stroll on by like I don't mind
that you don't love me better
In my new pink sweater

Got the latest gadget
and it's a scream
Got all new numbers
locked in the screen
If I don't hear a thing
when you ring-a-ling
Maybe I'll catch you later
In my new pink sweater

CHORUS:
Honey you take care
in your comfortable chair
with my old love letters
I'm bold like a dare
in my ready-to-wear
winkin' at your brothers
maybe what this love needs
to hold it together
is a new pink sweater

I've got a new position
on what's at stake
This old dog sleepin'
he needs a shake
I'm makin' a move
That’s been clinically proved
to waken more than one gender
in my new pink sweater

CHORUS

Is a new pink sweater
Oh, don't I look good to you
In my new pink sweater
Track Name: Beautiful Man
You know you shake me up
C'mon let's blow this soda can
Beautiful man
Bring on the sugar scrub
Let's sail this tub 'til we hit land
Beautiful man

CHORUS:
I want to say everything to you
I want to play like people in love do
I want to stay on your list of earth-shaking plans...
stay the girl awake between your hands
Stay beautiful man

One bite of sweet apple
Then we'll succumb to temptation
Beautiful Man
Won't be no picnic though
without our fingers in the jam
Beautiful Man

CHORUS

C'mon let's recite this sonnet, Baby
Make a little love Shakespearean
Beautiful Man
'Cause you know you spin my planet when we
conjugate in this poetry slam
Beautiful Man

CHORUS
...keep you awake between my hands
Stay beautiful man
Track Name: 3,000 Miles (Guest Vocals: Stephen Kellogg)
How I wish you were real
Instead of just someone I feel
Through transference
Through my dress
the curve of you only a guess

From the Pacific to Atlantic
from that soft voice you use with me
I have caught myself a Cancer
that I cannot touch or see
3,000 Miles
3,000 Miles

You say love, I say wait
There's just too much interstate
between here and where we'd go
if you were someone I could know

From the Pacific to Atlantic
from that soft voice you use with me
I have caught myself a Cancer
that I cannot touch or see
3,000 Miles
3,000 Miles

Oh, I can't shake you off
I can't let go, but I can't hang on
No, I can't belong to your day
I don't know how to be anyone
to you this way

From the Pacific to Atlantic
from that soft voice you use with me
I have caught myself a Cancer
that I cannot touch or see
3,000 Miles
3,000 Miles
3,000 Miles
3,000 Miles
Track Name: This Dragon
It's the sixteenth and I'm thinking
that I'm sure that I've forgotten
someone's turning a year older
or the milk will soon be rotten
Nothing's scribbled in my datebook
but a notice to reorder
Though the very thing I'm out of
is the thing I don't remember

CHORUS:
Is that my ball in your backyard?
Twenty years ago I left this dragon standing guard
but nothing that I am has stayed the same
I guess I thought that dragons could be tamed

There's a string around my finger
Several notes under a magnet
A message light is blinking
in the dark so I can find it
Oh, I used to love to read
the universe and its intentions
but the older that I get
the more it hurts to pay attention

CHORUS

He ate the calendars and clocks
and slept right through the clatter
of someone picking all the locks
on everything that matters

CHORUS
Track Name: All Out of Try
Well, I listened to the records
That you slid under my door
And they wrecked me so completely
I can’t listen anymore
To the worried way you warn me
As you slowly stroke my hair
Don’t do this, dear
It isn’t fair

So I hole up in the corners
With my truth sweetly concealed
When they hug me at the picnics
No imbalance is revealed
I’m the pretty paper doll
That will impress when they arrive
But here inside
I’m still alive

CHORUS:
I’m sorry, it’s your party
But both of us will shatter
If I am why you start to cry
And although I can’t be your candy
I’ll sugarcoat my story
And repress the reasons why
Because I’m all out of try

You’re go good at looking busy
When I try to catch your eye
There’s an edge to all things happy
So we numb it in a lie
While the His and Hers who own us
Sun from porcelain to brown
Can’t let them know I’ve let you down

CHORUS

Try a little harder. Make it easy on me, Dear
Try and understand I don’t know where to put this fear
Try the familiar so I don’t have to explain
Please try for me ‘cause I will never have your chance to try again

Because I’m all out of try
Because I’m all out of try
Track Name: As the Record Spins
Love him as the record spins
Trace his grooves and scratches when
Swaying to the sound of him

Love him as the vinyl pops
From the old turntable box
Close now ‘til his static stops

CHORUS:
Slowly ‘round with reverie
Just he for you and you for he
As all the world goes digital
Let the record needle crawl

Love him as the old songs play
Listen the old-fashioned way
To what the heart of man can say

2nd CHORUS:
Slowly ‘round with reverie
Just he for you and you for he
As all the world goes digital
Love him, love him skips and all

Love him as the record spins
Track Name: Chapter You
Page one, Chapter You
The damsel meets the suave gumshoe
but he's the one stuck in the tower
losing his faith by the hour
Will the damsel risk rescue
Are you someone she could get to...
Mmmmm

Scene two, Chapter You
Our heroine with much to lose
She knows she's gonna make the climb
One craving for you at a time
But is it worth the climb at all
Not every tower's meant to fall...
Mmmmm

CHORUS #1:
I can look down
without losing my balance
but you're so tightly wound
you can't yet take a chance and
when this chapter's closed
where does your damsel go

Same tale, Chapter You
Cut to where our stuck gumshoe
is pacing floors, is waiting for
some messenger to shake his core
but when the damsel reaches you
will you be ready, reaching too...
Mmmmm

CHORUS #2:
I can look down
without losing my balance
but you're so tightly wound
you can't yet take a chance and
are we ready for new negotiations
If paper covers stone
do damsels leave alone

CHORUS #3:
I can look down
without losing my balance
but you're so tightly wound
you can't yet take a chance
and are we ready for new negotiations
or should last pages read
"Hello, congratulations.
You set your gumshoe free.
Turn now to Chapter Me."

Set your gumshoe free
Turn now to Chapter Me
Track Name: Follows Me Still
May peace and hope be with you
My house on the hill
I believe in the moon at your window
and he follows me still

There is someone new in your garden
A new initial on your gate
Will you hold and keep them
in the rooms where we once stayed

You can't put a price on a memory
but given a chance I'd pay
To search through your cupboards and closets
for something of us that's been saved

So show them the graves by the pasture
and the silhouette of Christ on the door
but teach them that faith and forgiveness
are what a home is for

Show them how to survive
bring the love in this house back to life
Heal this place where a family stopped trying
Oh, erase the sounds of daughters crying

May peace and hope be with you
My house on the hill
I believe in the moon at your window
and he follows me still