Testa Rosa II

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1.
Big Girl 03:56
there she was working all alone her fingers to the bone for me while I was stuck inside my head painting the town red but mama i'm a big girl now and you'll get along somehow i know i'm gonna make you prouder than you've ever been the world ain't such a big bad thing i'm going for a diamond ring guess you didn't notice i'm a big girl now and he was money in the bank with no one there to thank but me for every shirt upon his back and i'm in gunney sax but mama i'm a big girl now and you'll get along somehow i know i'm gonna make you prouder than you've ever been the world ain't such a big bad thing i'm going for a big brass ring guess you didn't notice i'm a big girl now
2.
hear what you say, see what you do but it's not what leads me to you in stunned silence from day one your eyes say or seem to here I stay, and me too like blue sirens on gray dawn oh whoa the white cobra horizon a new day arrives in the driveway a smooth iron gong the wind blows through you frost and snow become you like new diamonds on charcoal oh whoa the white cobra oh whoa the white cobra hear you say see what you do but it's not what leaves me blue on one quiet sunday lawn from day one mm
3.
weird how we get along decided from early on we would be in avalon cuz all the northern lights were like a shining knife and then held your hand up high and love thinking about you can you feel it coming ooh yeah there's something about you makes me feel like running you know I wonder what I might have done if only I had run and so the world became a song nothing we did was wrong it was a new phenomenon to me it felt so right when on the darkest night you made it brighter brighter brighter brighter brighter bright i didn't know you were waiting with a fanfare to rise above it all into the northern hemisphere i see you sparkly and shiny like a sequin covered mirror but you're brighter brighter like a lighter shining in the night and love I'm thinking about you can you feel it coming ooh yeah there's something about you makes me feel like running you know I wonder what you might have done if only I had run
4.
once there was a lady i forget her name and there was a ladies man and everybody acted as if nobody could see and so he pulled one over time and time again with eyes wide shut again even though we told you you could not depend on him you learn to hold it in until it's coming down a black saltwater sea so it was he came and went and didn't care love was just a stupid game he'd crush her like a velvet glove and mess her pretty hair but she'd always let him come back just the same with eyes wide shut again even though we told you you could not depend on him you learn to hold it in until it's coming down a black saltwater sea wait wait wait she cried in vain all the while the water rising filling up her brain it pulled them down the drain and it was coming down a black saltwater sea with eyes wide shut again even though we told you you could not depend on him you learn to hold it in until it's coming down a black saltwater sea
5.
I have my chapeau soleil (sun hat) I have chaussettes de genou (socks of knee ) a panier de picnic (basket of picnic) and sportifs blouse (sporty blouse) turn the handle, open the door, who do you see? only cycliste (cyclist ) I have my le costume de bain (bathing costume) sac de plage et radio (bag of beach and radio) I havelunettes de soleil (sunglasses) and le grande parasol (large the parasol) turn the handle, open the door, who do you see? garcon de la mer (boy of the sea) my robe de soiree lies in waiting (evening gown) bourse et souliers too (purse and shoes) cape de sortie it's so lonely (exit wrap) waiting just for you I have my tuque et gants (hat and gloves) a pantalon de ski (ski pants) I have le masque and foulard (mask and scarf) montagne bottes de neige (mountain boots of snow) turn the handle, open the door, who do you see? only homme de ski (man of ski) (instrum) doot doot I have un gris cardigan (gray cardigan) and protecteur de poche (pocket protector) I have my calculatrice (computer) moi aime vous étudier (me like to study you) turn the handle, open the door, who do you see? oui grand cerveau (yes large brain) je vous veux (I want you) penseur vous (thinker you) bonjour madame, duex bichon frise? (hello madam. two curly pets?)
6.
Carpet Cube 02:26
do do do do do do...
7.
My Sin 05:02
my sin, how did you get here? you know you're not allowed in I thought we made that clear but somehow you made it to my door again, taking for granted that I need a friend. my sin I'm giving you notice even though I can't pretend, now that it's coming to an end I'm better without you it could have been great but I'm awfully busy and you know that there are people and places that I have to be and I'm already late but keep them waiting and don't forget to close the door behind you, my sin so take a minute or all day I'll think the words you never say and the kind of girl you thought you were before has turned into a sad cliche it could have been great but I'm awfully busy and you know that there are people and places that I have to be and I'm already too late but keep them waiting and don't forget to close the door behind you, my sin
8.
Moon Rocks 04:08
you are Apollo eleven and moon rocks you carried home known but to some taken away or buried in vaults covered in crystal, probably lost inside a bureau of some bureaucrat mounted on velvet, sunk into glass in closets kitchen cupboards china cabinets taken for junk your moon rocks who lost your moon rocks how could you.. rock, you're more like diamond from the heavens and nobody knows unless they look close, so many colors but like a plain rock you fit right in down here on earth taken away or buried in vaults covered in crystal, probably lost inside a bureau of some bureaucrat mounted on velvet, sunk into glass in closets kitchen cupboard china cabinet taken for junk your moon rocks who lost moon rocks how could you?
9.
Last Surf 03:28
summer of mine, seventy-nine days long counting the ways, catching a wave and you're gone glittering sun, I have begun to see you now in a new light, fire at night keep us warm all of the days string along, they go on follow a wave to you summer has only begun now it's gone salt in the air, sand in our hair, and our shoes radio on, playing the summertime blues killing the flame, feeling a change in the weather why does it end? wish I could stay here forever all of the days string along, they go on follow a wave to you summer had only begun now it's gone
10.
Little Boat 04:55
don't you wonder what it's made of? iron linen dirt wood paint or love it could never float, you're thinking how to keep it all from sinking? alone alone alone alone you are but one in one and one and one and one hundred million can i take you to another shore it could not be worse than what i've been before all the stars that we have never seen how to know they're out there waiting alone alone alone alone you are but one in one and one and one and one hundred million put your faith in me we'll sail your little boat across the sea yes the ocean is so mighty and your little boat is so small yes I know that you are frightened there's no reason to believe me when you cannot see a horizon but how can I help you see
11.
The Window 04:51
the window and the cars below surprisingly long to fall and tomorrow will they even know you're smiling above them all cause you're lucky, right no one could fill your many shoes why would you leave it all behind you it's ringing, on another call for ice in your lowball and screaming on the tv show that cries through the neighbors wall and now you're leaving cause that's what you do, don't ask me how i knew i've seen it, written all over you, in your eyes and little lies of where you were and there's a window i can never get through but why take me so high just to bring me down without you

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BEST ALBUMS OF 2011 – #1
www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/136104158.html


"unlike most of what passes for pop music these days, this is music with a sophisticated sound that has more in common with Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, and Elton John's early work -- and with the vaunted 4AD sound of the 80s and 90s that made albums by the Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, and Lush so listenable -- than any of the current chart-toppers featuring one-name artists hiding behind a homogenized army of faceless hit producers."
theonetruedeadangel.blogspot.com/2011/05/better-late-than-never.html

"The first half of 'II' waves and winks at girl-group flirt-pop spanning the past 50 years, while its final five tracks are contemporary triple-A rock songs fit to rotate through the left-hand side of the FM dial."
Sam Seiler, Special to the Journal Sentinel
www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/109907759.html

"The good news is it's still catchy pop. The better news is that on 'Testa Rosa II' the pop is more varied and at times, well, almost symphonic."
Bobby Tanzilo - OnMilwaukee
www.onmilwaukee.com/music/articles/testarosa2.html?page=1

"Sonically the album takes singer Betty Blexrud-Strigens’ haunted pop songs and muscles and massages them with hooks galore, at times echoing vintage girl-group 45s and other times hinting at 4AD dream-jangle."
Blaine Schultz - Express Milwaukee
www.expressmilwaukee.com/article-13606-testa-rosarss-richly-arranged-second-album.html

".. refreshingly, the group sounds void of aspirations toward hipness and pays no allegiance to any one genre or period of time."
Todd Lazarksi - Milwaukee Magazine April 2011

"Testa Rosa isn’t Milwaukee’s flashiest or edgiest rock band, but on II it might be the most gorgeous."
Steven Hyden - AV Club
www.avclub.com/milwaukee/articles/testa-rosa-ii,49697/

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released January 1, 2011

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Testa Rosa Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ever glance down at the speedometer and realize those cherries in the rear view really are for you? How could they know that heart-crushing pop music was to blame. Testa Rosa writes songs to make you remember love and forget the speed limit.

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