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astaireboy This album is special. So much raw emotion and beautiful melodies. Sometimes sounding like demo recordings from a long lost musical and other times perfect melancholia, track-to-track, it's amazing. Cannot recommend enough. Favorite track: Don't You Ever.
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tapcity Joanna be hitting those pure tones, it sounds like life. Make me wanna, i don't know, be happy or someting.
Favorite track: For You.
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omelette1975 I'm a Japanese music fan.
I happened to listen to Joanna's music.
It was your song, but it was also my song.
My life, my sadness were sung.
I'll keep listening to this album as long as I live.
I support you. Thank you. Favorite track: This Is Not Who I Want To Be.
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manhatslim7 Stunning songs of great beauty and depth.. lifesavers for some. Great singing, production, and musicianship
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Vale Z. Songwriting at its best. An album of unimaginable intensity written with a surprising, straightforward honesty.
Joanna Sternberg is a voice to listen and to cry with. Therapeutic. Favorite track: You Have Something Special.
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Tristan Teshighara Pollack What they say, it is true! We all do have something special in this world. Favorite track: You Have Something Special.
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All songs written and performed (vocals and all instruments) by Joanna Sternberg © 2019

Produced by Joe Rogers & Joanna Sternberg
Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Joe Rogers at Room 17, Brooklyn
Additional vocals on "My Angel" by Tory Giardina
Additional vocals on "This Is Not Who I Want To Be" by Joe Rogers

Vinyl-cd-digital available worldwide via Team Love Records 07/12/19

special thanks to these angels: JOE ROGERS, LIS TIMPONE, Tory Giardinia, Billy McShane, *Mom*, *Dad*, the team at TEAM LOVE RECORDS, Nathan Walker, Liam Kirby, Michael Leviton, Grey McMurray, Miwi La Lupa, Conor Oberst, Kate Baker, Ben Zweig, Sami Bronowski, Lua the pup, and Joe Rogers again and again...also tons of other people!

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released July 12, 2019

All songs written and performed (vocals and all instruments) by Joanna Sternberg © 2019

Produced by Joe Rogers & Joanna Sternberg
Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Joe Rogers at Room 17, Brooklyn
Additional vocals on "My Angel" by Joe Rogers
Additional vocals on "This Is Not Who I Want To Be" by Joe Rogers

Vinyl-cd-digital available worldwide via Team Love Records 07/12/19

special thanks to these angels: JOE ROGERS, LIS TIMPONE, Tory Giardinia, Billy McShane, *Mom*, *Dad*, the team at TEAM LOVE RECORDS, Nathan Walker, Liam Kirby, Michael Leviton, Grey McMurray, Miwi La Lupa, Conor Oberst, Kate Baker, Ben Zweig, Sami Bronowski, Lua the pup, and Joe Rogers again and again...also tons of other people!

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Joanna Sternberg New York, New York

Hi, I am Joanna. *they/them please :-) I will be 28 on 8/18. These things that I make could be called "songs" (but they don't have to be!) They are about my "feelings." I have a FEELING that we all have the same set of feelings. I love to sing, draw, clean, and play some "musical instruments." Thank You to: Team Love Records! Riot Act Media! Joe Rogers! Billy! mom! dad!...and everyone else! ... more

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Track Name: This Is Not Who I Want To Be
THIS IS NOT WHO I WANT TO BE

Rain pouring down my head pounds from the sound
I'm stuck to the bed with brain zaps in my head
I can't fall asleep I cannot stay awake
I cry till I weep I shiver and I shake

I think of you I think of you
I think of you it's all that I can do
And lord knows I try I'm trying hard to change
I wish I knew why I always stay the same

This is not who I want to be
This is not who I want to be
I am slowly killing me
No, This is not who I want to be

I wish I was scared of poison pills and pain
I wish I was scared of damage to my brain
But finally I see I should be scared of me
How'd I come to be my own worst enemy?

This is not who I want to be
This is not who I want to be
I am slowly killing me
No, This is not who I want to be
Track Name: Step Away
STEP AWAY

(CHORUS)

Step away from me now
I can't see you no more
Cause there's not a thing that I can do I haven't done before

Step away from me dear
It's so easy to see
Cause anyone who's watching knows
You're too beautiful for me

I got too close too fast
Like I always do
I could see it coming
Yes I could couldn't you?
I tried to kill it
But got smacked in my face
Now I'm trembling and trying
To get out of this place

CHORUS

Step away from me now
I can't see you no more
Cause there's not a thing that I can do I haven't done before
Step away from me dear
It's so easy to see
Cause anyone who's watching knows
You're too beautiful for me

I can't even look you
In the eyes anymore
Every day you look much better
Than you once looked before
I am out of control
And you don't have a clue
But at least I'll admit it
Like I always do

CHORUS

Step away from me now
I can't see you no more
Cause there's not a thing that I can do
I haven't done before
Step away from me dear
It's so easy to see
Cause anyone who's watching knows
You're too beautiful for me
Track Name: My Angel
MY ANGEL

Oh my angel
Darling angel
You're my angel
Come back to my open arms

How I loved you
Always loved you
I still love you
Come back to my open arms

I see your eyes shine
Once they were mine
So I'll cry and whine
Come back to my open arms

You're still out there
Out there somewhere
I'll always care
Come back to my open arms
Track Name: For You
For You ​by Joanna Sternberg

(humming)

With a smile like yours you could get away with murder
So I will not trust you no I will not trust you

With a face like yours you will know no suffering
I can't connect with you
I can't connect with you
I can't connect although I'll try
I'll try each time I won't know why
You'll swat me away like a fly
I can't connect with you

(humming)

With a voice like yours you could put the birds to shame
But who are you to blame?
No you can't be to blame

With two eyes like yours you could melt the rising sun
So I won't talk to you
No I won't talk to you
I will not talk I'll stare and gawk
That is all that I can do
(humming)

You will always have anyone that you could want
And you won't be alone
You'll never be alone
You'll never be at all like me
You'll never be alone

You will always have anything that you could want
But what will that get you?
Now what will that get you?
It will get nothing I bet
That's what it will get you.
Track Name: Pimba
PIMBA

My name is Pimba I'm the littlest penguin
I get so chilly in the freezing cold show
Of all the penguins I am sometimes ignored
But I know what I know what I know
What I know
I know what I know what I know

I said I'm Pimba so I guess now you know me
I'm from an iceberg at the edge of the sea
I have 9 brothers and 19 sisters
I am small but that don't mean a thing
Not a thing!
I am small but that don't mean a thing

Hear my cry
Hear my song
I am pimba
I am pimba
Hear me sing
And hear it ring
I am Pimba penguin of the sea

My name is Pimba I'm the littlest penguin
I like to sing as I swim through the sea
I like to skate on the slippery ice
And I know what I know what I know
And I know that it is time for me to go
Track Name: Nothing Makes My Heart Sing
NOTHING MAKES MY HEART SING

Something died in me years ago
I've been trying to find it each place I go
​Never thought it could go away
I cry tears of sorry for it night and day

For nothing makes my heart sing
Not since long ago
Something used to lift me up
A dream I used to know

Now that dream has faded
Tell me where'd it go
How I long to sing and laugh and love
Like many years ago

You lit light up inside my heart
Many years ago
'Till we had to part

Trauma's filled up my body now
I can't get it out
'Cause I don't know how

For nothing makes my heart sing
Not since long ago
Something used to lift me up
A dream I used to know

Now that dream has faded
Tell me where'd it go
How I long to sing and laugh
How I long to sing and laugh
How I long to sing and laugh and love
Like many years ago
Track Name: Trying To Say No
TRYING TO SAY NO

I am never trysting anyone, that part of my heart is lost and gone
Promises unkept depressed and under slept
Always wondering why I never see it coming
People sure are something
I will never know just why I can't say no

Spending time with you was bad for me
I let you in my life easily
I saw warning signs but I didn't mind
Cause I figured I'm a beggar not a chooser
Even with abusers
Never saying no I'll never say no

Everything that happens starts and ends the same
I should know by now that I'm the one to blame
Why do I
Give my heart out just to know that one day
I will cry and cry

I do not wish harm to anyone
Sorry that it's time that you are gone
I can't be your friend
It will never end
Friends don't put their friends in such traumatic danger
Now you're just a stranger
And so on I'll go
Just trying to say no.
Track Name: You Have Something Special
Before it was hard to see how badly they were treating me
They called me ugly and they made me feel so unworthy
Unworthy of love
Unworthy of love
Unworthy of love

You have something special please don't throw it away
They will try to hurt you with the words they say
Words that string and words that slay
Words that can turn pink to grey

You've been walking miles trying to find your way
You've been singing sad songs every single day
I've been singing sad songs too
I've been hurting just like you

People that I loved and knew did not know me or love me
I put them up in the sky they were so high above me
They did not love me
They did not love me
They did not love me

You have something special please don't throw it away
They will try to hurt you with the words they say
Words that string and words that slay
Words that can turn pink to grey

You've been walking miles trying to find your way
You've been singing sad songs every single day
I've been singing sad songs too
I've been hurting just like you
Track Name: Don't You Ever
DON'T YOU EVER

I always say I'm done with trying
But then I try some more
I don't feel right inside my body
Never felt right before

Never felt that I was a lady
Never felt like a man
You're not the first to think I'm crazy
How could you understand

But don't you ever feel like no one really knows you?
Don't you ever feel like no one ever will?
Don't you ever feel like no one will ever love you?
Don't you dare feel that you are alone

All of my thoughts are too distracting
Most of my dreams have died
Lately I'm scared of interacting
That's why I hide inside

I sleep and sleep all through the night
I sleep all through the day
I wish it didn't feel so right
Sleeping my life away

But don't you ever feel like no one really knows you?
Don't you ever feel like no one ever will?
Don't you ever feel like no one will ever love you?
Don't you dare feel that you are alone

Don't you dare feel that you are alone

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