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Eliane Amherd

Now And From Now On

by Eliane Amherd

Released 2011
ELI
Released 2011
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Hot genre-busting Swiss born, New York based female singer, guitar player and songwriter combines Brazilian and Latin rhythms along with contemporary Jazz and Pop vocals to create a fresh sound, completely her own.
  • 03:34 Story Lyrics
    Now And From Now On

    NOW AND FROM NOW ON

     

    you got dreams 

    they are closer then it seams

    you got plans

    got to keep em in your hands

     

    take a stand

    got to make ‘em understand

    you mean action

    instigating chane reaction

     

    cause baby baby

    now and from now on

    it’s your  time it’s your time 

    now and and from now on

     

    now and from now on

    the world is yours the world is mine

    now and and from now on

     

    you start with an imagination

    get over your inhibitation

    and then you take the first step 

    before you take the second one

    don’t you just love anticipation

    the promise of a new creation

    it ain’t easy but it’s not that hard

    if you believe that you can start it

    take the first step bevore you take the second one

     

    likke i said

    i got you your back just go ahead

    i got love for you baby

    it’s a yes not no or maybe

     

    i’m on your side

    i got the ticket for the ride

    we got dreams

    they are closer then it seems

     

    now and from now on

    it’s your  time it’s your time 

    now and and from now on

     

    now and from now on

    the world is yours the world is mine

    now and and from now on

  • 03:57 Story Lyrics
    As If

    AS IF  

     

    so i put my feet into the warm sand

    watching beautiful people walk by hand in hand

    they all seem happy having a lot of fun

    and i pick up my book to read chapter one

    and there it goes

     

    hi how are you what’s your name

    where are you from how long to you stay

    hi how are you what’s your name

    where are you from how long do you stay

    do you like rio

    do you like rio

    você gosta do rio

     

    so i go to the museum of modern art

    to do some cultural stuff to play my tourist part

    there approaches mister intellectual

    he wants to chat me up i could tell

    and there it goes

     

    hi how are you...

     

    and i am always walking

    as if i knew my way

    i am always walking 

    as if i knew my way

    i cross the streets by red light

    don’t wait as the tourists do

    i’ve taken off all my band aids

    no more bruises from the summer shoes

    and my skin is getting darker day by day

    and i am always walking as if i knew my way

    i am always walking 

    to avoid the usual

     

    hi how are you what’s your name

    where are you from how long do you stay

     

    oi qual e seu nome 

    de onde e voce 

    quanto tempo vai ficar

    voce gosta do rio

    eu gosto de você

  • 02:40 Story Lyrics
    Me Fe Tan Pliji

    ME FE TAN PLIJI

     

    me fe tan pliji 

    me fe tan pliji 

    me fe tan pliji 

      

    I’d like to swim in the ocean 

    like to swim in the ocean

    like to be in the deep blue sea

     

    but all i have is a river

    all i have is a river

    much to wild and to cold is he

     

    the ocean is far away

    the ocean is far away

    it’s all the way down in marseille

     

    and if i jumped in the river

    if i jumped in the river

    he’d take me down to the deep blue sea

     

    what i have ain’t what i want

    what i want i do not have

    what i have ain’t what i want

    what i want i do not have

     

    hey now i float down thøe river

    now i float in down the river

    who thought how much fun this could be

     

    i want to start this all over

    want to start this all over

    go back to the top of the valley

     

    hey marseille see you next season

    i found myself a reason

    i found myself a good reason to stay

     

    hey marseille see you next year 

    i think i’m gonna  stay right here 

    gonna stay right here in my valais dear

     

    me fe tan pliji - ovalais bavalais

    me fe tan pliji - ovalais bavalais

  • 04:11 Story Lyrics
    Don't Give Up On Me

    DON”T GIVE UP ON ME

     

    don't you give up on me

    i just need a little bit more time

    don't you give up on me

    and i promise i'll be fine

     

    do the right thing follow my heart

    let it go make a new start

    it's not easy to

    do the right thing follow my heart

    let it go make a new start

    it's not easy when it hurts so bad

    but i'm begging you

    until i get over my pride

     

    don't you give up on me

    i just need a little bit more time

    don't you give up on me

    and i promise i'll be fine

     

    do the right thing follow my heart

    let it go make a new start

    it's not easy to

    do the right thing follow my heart

    let it go make a new start

    it's not easy when it hurts so bad

    but i'm begging you

    even if i hate you

     

    don't you give up on me...

  • 03:08 Story Lyrics
    Feel A Little Sorry For Yourself

    FEEL A LITTLE SORRY FOR YOURSELF   

     

    why don’t you go why don’t you why 

    don’t you go and feel a little sorry for yourself

    why don’t you go why don’t you why 

    don’t you go and feel a little sorry for yourself

     

    yeah yeah yeah what else is new

    yeah yeah yeah what can you do

    yeah yeah yeah  whatever

    someone’s always got it worse than you

     

    if the tension gets all your attention don’t let the pain ache in vain

    feel a little sorry for yourself

    if you’re at it to ruin your credit why not just do as i say

    feel a little storry for yourself

     

    I’m the institution to give you the absolution to feel

    a little sorry for yourself

     

    why don’t you go why 

    don’t you why don’t you go and feel a little sorry for yourself

    why don’t you go why 

    don’t you why don’t you go and feel a little sorry for yourself

     

    recession special 24/ 7 

    cocktail hour from 3 to 11

    take full advantage and feel

    a little sorry yourself

     

    if hope is all that you’ve got 

    you sure know that’s not a lot

     

    who else will if not you 

    so the least that you can do 

    is feel a little sorry for yourself

     

    I’m the institution to give you the absolution to feel

    a little sorry for yourself

  • 03:55 Story Lyrics
    Where Is Home

    WHERE IS HOME  

     

    where is home

    where do i belong

    where is home

    where do i belong  

     

    gotta say goodbye

    to say hello

    and to arrive

    i first gotta go

     

    do i go east

    do i go west

    don’t know no more

    which way is best

     

    i don’t know how

    how is it so

    but home is never

    the way i go

     

    home is where my heart is

    but my heart is here nor there

    my heart anywhere

    my heart anywhere

     

    i love you both

    i love you dear

    i love you more

    when you’re not near  

     

    and if i stay

    for a bit too long

    in just one place

    i feel i don’t belong

     

    and if stay

    just one more day

    my heart will burst

    gotta go away ... now

     

    home is where my heart is

    but my heart is here nor there

    my heart anywhere

    my heart anywhere

     

    and so i long

    to know where i went wrong

    and so i long

    to know where i belong

     

    where is home

    where do i belong

    where is home

    where do i belong

  • 03:33 Story Lyrics
    Let Me Explain

    LET ME EXPLAIN

     

    i know that it takes time

    for things to get refined

    i know that it goes slow

    for love to grow

    yet today i think that what i feel for you couldn’t get any stronger

    only to find out tomorrow that i couldn’t be possibly wronger

     

    and i know that you know  know that you know 

    and i know that i know  know that i know 

    and you i know that you know  know that you know

    know that i know

     

    let me explain to you

    that all you have to do

    is just to ask me and i will stay

    let me explain to you

    that all you have to do is just to ask me

    and i will stay forever and anothenr day

     

    we haven’t seen the winter yet

    we haven’t felt the cold

    but baby i’m not scared at all

    to show my soul unfold

    you say bein’ in love so deep is dangerous

    it can cause a lot of pain

    i say you can live your life to the fullest

    or you can live a life in vain

     

    and i know that you know  know that you know 

    know that i know  know that i know 

    know that you know  know that you know 

    we both know that this is the real thing 

     

    no need to explain to you 

    that all you have to do is just to ask me

    and i will stay

    no need to explain to you

    that all you have to do is just to ask me

    and i will stay forever and another day

     

  • 02:50 Story
    Temptation
  • 03:23 Story Lyrics
    Trust You

    TRUST YOU

     

    i found a hair on the floor

    lying there

    i could swear 

    that i saw it before

     

    black, thick and strong

    what’s goin’ on

    it’s not mine

    mine is fine

    it’s  lying down there on my floor

     

    i just don’t know if i can trust you

    i just don’t know if i can trust you

    i just don’t know if i can trust you

    i just don’t know if i can trust you

     

    you say what do you mean

    makin a scene

    it could as well have been you

    who dragged that hair in on your shoe

     

    you say what do you mean

    makin a scene

    hm could be true

    what should i do

    should I decide to let it slide

     

    i just don’t know if i can trust you

    i just don’t know if i can trust you  

    i know one day i’m gonna bust you

    i just don’t know if i can trust you

     

    what have i become

    what have i become

    the old me is gone

    the old me is gone

     

    eifersucht ist eine leidenschaft die mit eifer sucht was leiden schafft

    I got feeling can’t find no healing

    I got feeling can’t find no healing

    i just don’t know

     

    what have i become

    what have i become

    the old me is gone

    the old me is gone

  • 04:23 Story Lyrics
    Steady And Slow

    STEADY AND SLOW

     

    sometimes I wonder

    why it always takes so long

    why I always gotta be strong

    and patient

     

    sometimes I wish I

    I wish I had what other people have

    wish I did what other people do

    and I can’t

     

    but than I recall

    what a good friend once told me 

    you got to remember where you’re from

    and I’m a mountain girl

    and the mountains are my home

     

    and people, people from the mountains

    they sure do know

    if you want to reach the top

    you - gotta walk slow

     

    that’s the way to go

    steady and slow

     

    if you want to reach the top 

    you gotta go - steady and slow

     

    if you don’t want to loose your breath

    you gotta go - steady and slow

     

  • 02:37
    Batucada
NOTES
Eliane Amherd - voice and guitar
Bill Ware - vibes
Gustavo Amarante - bass
Willard Dyson - drums
Ze Mauricio - percussion

all music and lyrics by Eliane Amherd, Temptation by Tom Waits
produced by Eliane Amherd
recorded mixed and masterd by Jason Sarubbi, Split Rock Studio New Paltz, New York

album photography by Katung Aduwak
art direction by Onome Ekeh


Eliane is one of the hottest forces of the New York City Jazz, Brazilian and Latin scene. The Swiss-born singer, guitarist and songwriter graduated from New York’s New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then her original music and lyrics, a groovy mix of all her influences, has been creating quite a buzz.

...the highlight though was a performance by female swiss singer and guitarist Eliane Amherd at the Gala night of the festival. UB Post, Mongolia 2010

...what joy of playing, what musicality and stage presence. The spark jumped right after the first few measures into the audience of the sold out concert space. A pleasure for ear and eye - and for the heart. Jazz Club Thalwil, Switzerland 2010

Besides her performances as a leader or a featured artist in New York’s most famous clubs, like the Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, the Jazz Standard, Cornelia’s Street Cafe, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and major events like the Swiss Peak Festival, the reopening of the Silverstein Building at the World Trade Center (alongside Lou Reed, Susan Vega, and the Brazilian Girls), she also tours in North- and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia, where she performed at the Beijing Jazz Festival in China and the Giant Steppes of Jazz Festival in Mongolia.

... Eliane Amherd has a tone with a complex palette, and establishes mood easily and confidently. She has a vibrant presence. I cannot even guess what else she has up her sleeve in the way of voicing, touch and use of space, but that it is enchanting is assured. Tirthankar Mukherjee, Mongolia 2009

..Eliane strums acoustic guitar, her voice wafting over Latin percussion with the knowing silky precision of a Bossa Nova princess. Onome Ekeh for Helvetica Bold 2007


Eliane has worked with greats such as Randy Brecker, Marcus Strickland, Marc Ribot, Michael Carvin, Bill Ware, Jovino Santos Neto etc. She plays guitar in the Pacha Massive video “don’t let go“ on MTV, her song “as If” can be heard in the award winning movie “Approaching Union Square” by filmmaker Marc Meyers and her voice is featured on Jeremy Mage's song "Slippery Light" appearing on the NBC hit TV series "Lipstick Jungle".
Eliane also arranged and produced the Swiss Miss Sampler “heimweh”, featuring famous Swiss artists like Eliana Burki, Nubya, Gigi Moto, Mia Aegerter etc. This recording has earned her many great press reviews, several interviews on Swiss national radio stations and an appearance on the popular Swiss talk show "Aeschbacher".

...after the opening act the singer, guitar player Eliane lightened up the concert space with her enchanted flame. With a cat like elegance she evoked Brazil and its timeless Bossa Nova but in her very own way, coloured with Jazz and Blues elements. She directs her voice with masterful presicion anywhere she wants. Warm timbre and technique without failure: Eliane has everything of a star. l'Impartial 2006

...Her talent as a soloist shines brillianlty on the Jazz scene... the discovery of the season.
AMR Club Geneva 2003

Her own band consists of the best musicians the city has to offer, like the two female bass players Jennifer Vincent and Hagar Ben Ari, bass player Gustavo Amarante and the drummers Willard Dyson and Abou Diarrassouba. Other accomplished musicians you can catch on stage with Eliane are: drummers or percussionists Ze Mauricio, Genji Siriasi, Sylvia Cuenca, bass players Ray Parker, Yoshi Waki, Itaiguara, pianists Rachel Z, Helen Sung, Chris Wiesendanger and many others.

...'makeout stakeout' positively embraces the bourgeois, laying waste to the gin slums and instead erecting glistening, crystalline absinthe towers that echo to Eliane Amherd's gorgeous vocals.
textura, review of david last's almbum “the push pull” 2005

...her performance, together with her charisma, fills up any ambient. Thank you, Eliane for being 49% Brazilian at heart, and 100% when you sing in Portuguese. Casa do Brasil 2009