T Sisters

Discography

T Sisters “Self-Titled” Album

  • Release: 14 Oct, 2016
  • Label: Three-Headed Sounds
  • Catalog No: THS-001

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The 9 original compositions and one cover song comprising T Sisters cast a portrait of life experiences replete with love, struggle, and the challenges of the nomadic artist life. The lyrical content is both contemplative and playful, and the musical style is sophisticated and sassy. While the importance of familial bonds and the sonority of sibling harmony remain intrinsic to all T Sisters music, their aptly-titled sophomore release transcends these roots and demonstrates a broader appeal than ever before.

  • E. Tietjen

    Come Back Down

    • Lyrics

      Come Back Down

      Of the lovers I have entertained
      You hit upon a string
      Of a song that I never knew I had to sing
      In the past, I could never say
      What was on my mind
      Kept it hidden in some corner that you came to find
      Now I…

      I can’t go back to how it used to be
      Since you came in and now your love infuses every part of me
      And I don’t wanna come back down
      Come back down
      No I don’t wanna come back down
      Come back down

      There’s a calm as before a storm
      Whenever you are near
      And it silences the notions that I used to fear
      And there’s a smile deep inside of me
      It shines brilliantly
      And it lightens up the darkness so that we can see

      Now I can’t go back to how it used to be
      Since you came in and now your love infuses every part of me
      And I don’t wanna come back down
      Come back down
      No I don’t wanna come back down
      Come back down

      There may be troubles tugging at my soul
      But when you’re around me I just put them all on hold
      I need you more, more, more

      And I don’t wanna come back down, down
      No I don’t wanna come back down, come back down
      I don’t wanna come back down, come back down, down
      I don’t wanna come back down, come back down, ah ah

      There’s a moment for us two alone
      We grasp it and it’s gone
      And with grace it slips away
      As we walk on

  • R. Tietjen

    Shadoop

    • Lyrics

      Shadoop

      Met you at a party the place was jumpin’
      At the time I didn’t know that we really had somethin’
      But as time went by and with all that we do
      I can’t picture my life without you

      Shadoop

      When we first met the place was spinnin’
      Was I intoxicated or was this the beginning?
      Now that we’re together I know that it’s true
      I can’t picture my life without you

      Can’t fall asleep at night unless you’re by my side
      Don’t want nobody else’s kisses
      Walk down the street and it is you that I have in my stride
      ‘Cause no one else can keep the rhythm

      So amazing how your love has got me feelin’
      When I’m in your arms nothing can be wrong
      This melody finally found a song
      You’re the love I have wanted all along

      Shadoop
      Ooooh Shadoop
      Ahhhh Shadoop

      I met you at a party my heart was thumpin’
      Oh how was I to know this would be the start of somethin’
      To change my life and make my world feel new
      Now I can’t picture my life without you

      Can’t fall asleep at night unless you’re by my side
      Don’t want nobody else’s kisses
      Walk down the street and it is you that I have in my stride
      ‘Cause no one else can keep the rhythm

      So amazing how your love has got me feelin’
      When I’m in your arms nothing can be wrong
      I think this melody finally found a song
      You’re the love I have wanted all along
      Shadoop!

  • C. Tietjen

    Fight Song

    • Lyrics

      Fight Song

      I tore out a page from the endless book of days
      And the future wasn’t written yet
      Another one was faded and wet with blood and sweat
      From the battles time won’t forget

      And it might not be easy
      And there’s not end in sight
      And we may not win but we’ll fight, but we’ll fight, but we’ll

      They’ll sock it to ya with glory halleluja
      We’ll yearn for the afterlife
      But daily we grapple so I reach for the apple
      Just pluck it and take a bite

      And it might not be easy
      And there’s not end in sight
      And we may not win but we’ll fight, but we’ll fight, but we’ll

      We are armed
      We are headed
      We’ve got heart enough to part the sea of red
      How many feet
      How many yells
      How many boots how many suits a marchin’ through hell
      Oooh, hey, hey, hey

      Are we climbing to the end of our rope is there slack
      should we attack or should we cope
      Are we just tied up in knots in a spiderweb of plots
      Are we caught or is there still hope

      And it might not be easy
      And there’s not end in sight
      And we may not win but we’ll fight, but we’ll fight, but we’ll

      (ooh section)

      FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!

  • C. Tietjen

    Stick & Stones

    • Lyrics

      Sticks & Stones

      I’m a lover not a fighter
      At least I was before I met you
      But I’m fallin’ in battle, you’re back in the saddle
      You’re rubber and I am glue

      Your indifference makes me crumble
      I’m in a pile on the floor
      But you’re solid as a rock and I’m beatin’ like a clock
      Which makes me wanna hurt you more

      So I throw sticks and stones
      Sticks and stones
      Sticks and stones
      Sticks and stones

      It’s not the words your sayin’
      Or the mean things that you do
      It’s the words I don’t hear that make it so clear
      You don’t love me the way I love you

      You’re so damn calm and collected
      And your logic doesn’t have any flaws
      Well mister high and mighty your girl is pretty feisty
      And love and war don’t have any laws

      So I throw sticks and stones
      Sticks and stones
      Sticks and stones
      Sticks and stones

      Help me find a way back
      Help me find a way back to your love
      Please help me find a way back
      Help me find a way back to your love

      Cuz I can’t break you, I can’t break you down
      Nothin’ I say or do phases you
      And I can’t shake you, I can’t shake you
      All my weapons deflected, you’re always protected
      Always protected

      But still I throw sticks and stones
      Sticks and stones
      Sticks and stones
      Sticks and stones

      Help me find a way back
      Help me find a way back to your love

  • R. Tietjen

    So It Goes

    • Lyrics

      So It Goes

      It all began with a Big Bang
      and all the subsequent bangs keep ringing
      The world goes on just like a song
      whose only note is just to keep on singing

      There’s nothing can be done
      So it goes
      We’re now what we’ll become
      So it goes

      And the wars rage on
      the bullets fall like rain
      And the song plays on
      you can hear the ring in the rain

      The fire storm opens the door
      to other worlds where they are not pretending
      to think that time moves in a line
      when we all know the spiral’s neverending

      There’s nothing to overcome
      So it goes
      What’s wound will come undone
      So it goes

      And the wars rage on
      all the blood and all the pain
      and the song plays on
      With a tune that’s always the same

  • E. Tietjen

    The Road

    • Lyrics

      The Road

      As we ride out
      There’s a tear upon your eye
      And I can’t remember why I am leavin’
      And then we’re gone
      To the first of many towns
      And I hope that you’ll be ‘round when I’m back again

      Oh, and the open road unwinds before me
      So far from all the world at home
      I cry oh, but there’s no distance in my love
      And I’m livin’ on enough to let me go, oh
      Out on the road
      Out on the road

      I used to think
      That one day you’d settle me
      And I wouldn’t always need to be roamin’
      But here I am out upon another road
      And I’m farther from my home than I’ve ever been

      Oh, and the open road unwinds before me
      So far from all the world at home
      I cry oh, but there’s no distance in my love
      And I’m livin’ on enough to let me go, oh
      Out on the road
      Out on the road

      Ooh ooh ooh ooh,
      Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
      Ooh ooh ooh ooh,
      Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
      Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

      No more lonely hotel rooms
      No more words of goodbye
      No more long distance phone calls
      I’ll be right by your side

      Perhaps one day
      All this ramblin’ in my bones
      It’ll leave me alone
      And I’ll stay awhile

      I’ll leave the road
      To its endless windin’ ways
      Leave that distance in the haze
      And I’ll see you smile
      See you smile
      See you smile

      Oh, and the open road unwinds before me
      So far from all the world at home
      I cry oh, but there’s no distance in my love
      And I’m livin’ on enough to let me go, oh

      Back home
      Ah ah ah ah
      Ah ah ah ah ah ah
      Goin’ back home
      Ah ah ah ah
      Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
      Goin’ back home
      Ah ah ah ah
      Ah ah ah ah ah ah
      Back home
      Ah ah ah ah
      Ah ah ah ah ah ah
      Oh, out on the road

  • F. Vance

    Make It Rain

    • Lyrics

      Make It Rain

      When the sins of my father
      Weigh down in my soul
      And the pain of my mother
      Will not let me go
      Well, I know there can come fire from the sky
      To refine the purest of kings
      And even though I know this fire brings me pain
      Even so and just the same

      [chorus]
      Make it rain, make it rain down, Lord
      Make it rain Oh, make it rain
      Make it rain, make it rain down, Lord
      Make it rain make it rain

      And the seed needs the water
      Before it grows out of the ground
      But it just keeps on getting hotter
      And the hunger more profound
      Well, I know there can come tears from the eyes
      But they may as well be in vain
      Even though I know these tears come with pain
      Even so and just the same

      [chorus]

      And the seas are full of water
      That stops by the shore
      Just like the riches of grandeur
      That never reach the poor
      And let the clouds fill with thunderous applause
      And let lightning be the veins
      And fill the skys with all that they can draw
      When it's time to make a change

      [chorus x2]

  • E. Tietjen

    Thief

    • Lyrics

      Thief

      My main is a thief
      He steals from me
      Takes my heart and my love
      Every time that we meet
      He comes as he pleases,
      And he takes what he likes
      Slips in like a thief in the night

      He pays no mind
      To the locks on the door
      Used to try to restrain him
      But I don’t anymore
      Ain’t no laws that can stop him
      So I am resigned
      Let him plunder me everytime

      My main is a thief
      He steals from me
      Takes my heart and my love
      Every time that we meet
      He comes as he pleases,
      And he takes what he likes
      Slips in like a thief in the night

      He breaks and he enters
      And goes straight for the prize
      Takes my heart in his hands
      Despite my cries
      But I may protest too much
      For this love it gives me pleasure
      You be the pirate and I’ll be the treasure

      Oh well he don’t do no knockin’
      When he’s standin’ by my door
      And there ain’t no time for talkin’
      He’s wantin’ more, more, more

      My main is a thief
      He steals from me
      Takes my heart and my love
      Every time that we meet
      He comes as he pleases,
      And he takes what he likes
      Slips in like a thief in the night

      And when I grow weary
      Of this man’s larceny
      I will leave him to linger
      In love’s penitentiary

      My man is a thief

  • C. Tietjen

    Sonnet #4

    • Lyrics

      Sonnet #4

      Well the seed I planted long ago
      Has gradually grown into a seed
      That I can no longer bear
      I couldn’t carry it I wouldn’t try
      And if I did the roots would die
      So ‘I return to earth it’s weighty share’

      I built walls to keep out heartbreak
      I’ve built dams to keep my pain at bay
      But today I let the levee break
      I didn’t drown
      But I finally gave some weight back to the ground

      We were lovers moving slow
      We were the target and the bow
      In the leaves of heavy listening we were paired
      Then we dared out in the rain
      To feel the lovin’ and the pain
      The only weight upon our shoulders was the air

      I built walls to keep out heartbreak
      I’ve built dams to keep my pain at bay
      But today I let the levee break
      I didn’t drown
      But I finally gave some weight back to the ground

      Love’s not an hourglass
      But maybe it’s a crack
      I feel sand slipping down my back
      It’s not a vessel it’s a breath
      So i will let it drain until there’s nothing left

      Well the seed I planted long ago
      Has gradually grown into a tree
      That can easily hold me
      My arms are free so I can climb
      Cuz nothing on this earth is mine
      And the emptiness is all I wanna reach

      I built walls to keep out heartbreak
      I’ve built dams to keep my pain at bay
      But today I let the levee break
      I didn’t drown
      But I finally gave some weight back to the ground
      I finally gave some weight back to the ground
      I finally gave some weight back to the ground

  • I Have a Hammer

    • Lyrics

      I Have a Hammer

      I have a hammer, It’s heavy and strong
      One of us must be right and one of us wrong
      Cuz there’s a nose on the one side, and the other one pries
      Which side to use I can’t decide

      Yes I have an ambivalent bangin’ machine
      As fickle as the hand that holds it and scre-e-eams
      La da da da da da (la da da da da da)
      La da da da da da (la da da da da da)
      La da da da da da (la da da da da da)

      I have a shotgun, it’s loaded and poised
      But i don’t know where to aim through all the noise
      There’s danger to the left, and a threat to the right
      And the bang bang bang doesn’t shed any ever lovin’ light

      Yes I have an ambivalent shootin’ machine
      As fickle as the hand that holds it and scre-e-eams
      La da da da da da (la da da da da da)
      La da da da da da (la da da da da da)
      La da da da da da (la da da da da da)

      I have a bell, and I sound the alarm (ah ah ah ah ah)
      To put up and put down and pray and raise your arms
      It’s a sound of glory, it’s a sound of fear
      But I can’t tell which from the ringin’ in my ears

      Yes I have an ambivalent ringin’ machine
      As fickle as the hand that tolls it and scre-e-eams
      La da da da da da (la da da da da da)
      La da da da da da (la da da da da da)
      La da da da da da (la da da da da da)
      La da da da da da
      Ah ah ah ah ah

T Sisters:

Erika Tietjen (vocals, guitar)
Chloe Tietjen (vocals)
Rachel Tietjen (vocals, guitar, banjo)
Steve Height (upright bass)
Andrew Allen Fahlander (mandolin, electric guitar)
Marlon Aldana (drums, percussion)

special guests:

Jan Purat (violin – tracks 3 & 9)
Taylor Brown (lap steel – track 6)
Gianni Staiano (wurlitzer, organ, grand piano – tracks 1, 4, 6, 7 & 8)
Anton Patzner (string arrangement and conducting – track 7)
Lewis Patzner (cello – track 7)

Credits

All songs © & ℗ 2016 T Sisters (BMI)
Except Make it Rain © 2014 Foy Vance Songs & Primary Wave Vance Music (ASCAP)
Produced by T Sisters and Cian Riordan
Engineered and Mixed by Cian Riordan
Instruments recorded at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco, CA
Vocals recorded at Barefoot Recording, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Pete Lyman, Infrasonic Mastering