Music

Eliane Amherd

Skylines

by Eliane Amherd

Released 2016
Eli
Released 2016
Eli
Swiss born and NYC based genre-busting singer, guitarist and songwriter combines Afro, Latin and Brazilian rhythms with funky grooves, along with bluesy, jazzy vocals and catchy pop choruses, to create a fresh sound, completely her own."
  • 04:27 Story Lyrics
    Never Is

    Never is ( lyrics )

    I remember the very first time
    electrified by a thousand lights
    bubbles rising up my spine
    fired up by sleepless nights

    New York New York, New York New York
    but it never is like it used to be, it used to be, it used to
    but it never is like it used to be, it used to be, it used to

    I remember the day I arrived
    I felt so excited I felt so alive
    this is where I wanted to be
    so sure of myself like they were waiting for me

    New York New York, New York New York
    but it never is like it used to be, it used to be, it used to
    but it never is like it used to be, it used to be, it used to

    and now we don’t even go out anymore
    because we have been there we’ve done that before
    sitting on the couch watching the city go by

    and now we don’t even go out anymore
    because we have been there we’ve done that before 
    it’s all so expensive, New York left us high and dry

    It’s funny however don’t you agree
    how this old lady grew on me
    still no place I’d rather be 
    New York it isn’t you it’s me

    it never is like it used to be, it used to be
    to believe that it
    never is like it used to be, it used to be, it used to

    and despite your sky high atmosphere 
    we are survivors we are still here
    cause we have each other
    we are creating our own world

    and despite your sky high atmosphere 
    we are survivors we are still here
    we’re part of this, we are ones to keep that magic alive

    New York New York
    it’s ok that it
    never is like it used to be, it used to be, it used to
    it never is like it used to be, it used to be, it used to

  • 03:24 Story Lyrics
    Gonna Get Up

    Gonna get up 

    Oh the music keeps on playing through the middle of the night
    oh the people keep on dancing til they see the morning light
    oh the rhythm keeps on beating full of life and full of joy
    oh the drummers keep defeating what you never can destroy

    you will never bring us down with your crazy beliefs
    we’re standing here we’re standing strong
    we fight with love and peace

    you wanna get us down but we gonna get up
    you wanna get us down but we gonna get up

    oh the trumpets keep on blaring til the rising of the sun
    and the people are declaring we are living we have fun

    you will never bring us down with your crazy beliefs
    we’re standing here we’re standing strong
    we fight with love and peace

    you wanna get us down but we gonna get up
    you wanna get us down but we gonna get up

    oh the horns keep on blowing keep on blowing all night long
    oh the people are enjoying and the spirit’s growing strong

     

     

  • 02:51 Story Lyrics
    Money Ain't No Friend of Mine

    Money ain’t no friend of mine ( lyrics )

    Money’s got a lot of friends but he’s no friend of mine

    every time I call him up he’s ready to decline

    Money’s got a lot of friends but he’s no friend of mine
    every time I call him up he’s ready to decline
    ready to find an excuse, tryin’ to get him is no use
    don’ know why I try so hard ‘cause he’s no friend of mine

    Money always likes to go where money’s always been
    has a taste for luxury the common’s not his scene
    doesn’t like to make new friends, he sticks to what he knows
    money’s at the country club and that’s where money goes

    oh oh money money, money, money

    well it’s understandable how awkward it must be
    if he has to visit folks who won the lottery
    they get all loud, they build a crowd around him
    they don’t know how to help themselves around him

    even worse is charity, oh my god what irony, 
    that’s not where he wants to be
    just to think of awful trends, like those benefit events
    but a friend of money knows
    money’s at the country club and that’s where money goes

    oh oh money money, money, money

    but lately he’s gotten a little bit fat
    and lately he’s gotten a little bit sad
    ‘cause you see my days of chasing him around are done
    and he knows he needs someone like me to have some fun
    deep inside he knows that he has nothing going on
    and he needs someone like me to show him how it’s done

    but money you got a lot of friends keep hanging with your kind
    I’ll find you at the country club, bored out of your mind
    I’ll find you at the country club, bored out of your mind

     

     

  • 04:02 Story Lyrics
    Knowing That I'm a Fool

    knowing that i’m a fool ( lyrics )

    you came my way when i needed some affection
    and i fell for the attraction to you
    you had this way to make it seem o.k.
    cause you never really loved her anyway

    i gladly believed your half ass stories
    i gladly ignored and didn’t worry
    that i would make a fool of myself
    that i would make and ass of myself

    knowing that i’m a fool
    i am still missing you and you have no idea
    knowing that i’m a fool
    i am still missing you and you have no idea

    you couldn’t leave her side
    for so many tears she cried
    that’s why you blame her for your misery

    the truth is my dear
    that you are full of fear
    to be a man who takes responsibility

    and now instead to change your situation
    you go ahead to be a slave of your frustration
    and there you make a fool of yourself
    and there you make an ass of yourself

    i had to let you go
    but knowing that i’m a fool...

     

     

  • 03:25 Story
    What Have You Done for Me Lately
  • 03:04 Story
    Turn the World Around
  • 04:07 Story Lyrics
    Counting Grains of Sand

    Counting grains of sand( lyrics )

    I was a fool 
    to think that I could take a plane
    to think that I could fly away
    and let the miles between us make the choices

    that I couldn’t face
    and now I’m sitting on the shore
    less certain than I was before
    unwilling and unable to let go

    the sun and the sea
    are not doing it for me
    the waves in the wind
    are not enough
    this time they’re not enough

    I was cold
    I tried to stay out of your way
    exactly why I couldn’t say
    it’s just that everything was more then slightly off beat
    more then slightly off beat…

    Your counting the raindrops in New York
    I’m counting the grains of sand in Puerto Rico

    the sun and the sea
    are not doing it for me
    the waves in the wind
    are not enough
    this time they’re not enough
    to save my soul 
    not enough to save my love 
    not enough to save my sanity
    in this ocean of emotion  - not enough...

    Your counting the raindrops in New York
    I’m counting the grains of sand in Puerto Rico

  • 03:41 Story Lyrics
    Andromeda

    she said that i was born on a special day
    when the earth was open to a cosmic ray
    she said that i was born on a special day
    that made me like her right away

    andromeda princess andromeda 
    andromeda princess andromeda

    have never seen her ever since 
    and it’s already a long time ago
    i guess that she has gone back home
    back home to new mexico

    her father half irish and half from brazil
    her mother a cherokee
    she liked everything from outerspace
    was as beautiful as she could be
    as beautiful as she could be

    andromeda princess andromeda
    andromeda princess andromeda

    i said what are you doing what are you doing all day
    she looked right through me 
    and this is what she had to say

    we are human beings not doings
    human beings not doings
    and what is time anyway

    she sat down on the floor like she did the day before 
    and stared out of the window
    down on avenue B
    was as beautiful as she could be

    i know that one day you will rise up to the skies like remedios
    and they will make you their queen 
    and you’ll leave all behind and you will go to places
    that no one has seen

    andromeda princess andromeda

     

     

  • 03:42 Story Lyrics
    Don't Wanna Be

    don’t wanna be ( lyrics )

    sometimes it happens that there’s too much love for one woman only
    it seems it happens to me
    but i don’t wanna be your love
    can’t you see i don’t wanna be your love

    your love is so strong strong like a man like you are
    and i’m so scared of your eyes they’re eating me
    and i’m so scared of your heart it’s beating me
    and i’m so scared of your lips they are so soft
    much too soft for me

    but i don’t wanna be
    the reason you’re living for
    i don’t wanna be
    the girl you’re giving more and more of your love
    of your life of your love

    you say that we were meant to last forever
    i was made for you and you were made for me
    but i don’t wanna be
    can’t you see i don’t wanna be your love

    don’t you get it
    i don’t wanna be
    the reason you’re living for
    i don’t wanna be the girl you’re giving more and more
    of your love of life of your love of your life

     

     

  • 05:36 Story
    Courage Bill Ware Remix
  • 06:19 Story
    Andromeda Bill Ware Remix
NOTES
Eliane Amherd - vocals and guitars ( 1 - 11 ),
Gustavo Amarante - bass ( 1 - 8 )
Willard Dyson - drums ( 1 - 8 ),
Ze Mauricio - percussion ( 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Jeremy Mage - keys ( 1, 2, 8, 9 ),
Jeremy Lawton - hammond B3 ( 4 )
John Burdick - synth ( 3 ),
Marcus Strickland - sax ( 9 ) courtesy of Blue Note records,
Hagar Ben Ari - bass ( 9 ),
Jennifer Vincent - cello ( 9 ),
Mathias Kunzli - drums ( 9 ),
Bill Ware and Urban Vibes ( 10, 11 )

all music and lyrics by Eliane Amherd
“Gonna get up” aka “Bucamo” lyrics by Eliane Amherd, music by CorinCurschellas
“What have you done for me lately” by Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis
“Turn the world around” by Harry Belafonte, Robert Freedman

arranged and produced by Eliane Amherd, with Jason's and the musicians creative input
"Courage" and "Andromeda" Remix produced by Bill Ware

recorded and mixed by Jason Sarubbi at Split Rock Studios, NY
mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Mastering, NY

artwork by Onome Ekeh featurezoo
cover foto by Lisa Cohen
all rights reserved 2016

Critics say:
"Eliane Amherd sounds what would happen if Norah Jones let her inner Patty Smyth (of Scandal), Pat Benatar, and Natalie Cole out. This is the pop music that pop music itself forgot it could be."

"She sounds like a Sheryl Crow with a jazz and world-music sensibility."

"Eliane Amherd is the sort of performer that we’ll be hearing a lot more from if there’s any justice in the world."

"Amherd is not only a exceptionally good singer but she is also an accomplished songwriter and guitarist."

Singer, guitarist and songwriter from Switzerland lives in NYC, where she graduated from the New School University. She plays her own refreshing mix of Jazz, Latin and Pop in New York’s most famous clubs and tours North- and South America, Europe and Asia, where she performs at international festivals in China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal and Mongolia, as well as in Swiss embassies. She composed, arranged and produced several albums like “Now and from Now on” which continues to receive great press reviews worldwide and has topped the play list of several US Radio Stations, and the Swiss Miss Sampler “heimweh”, featuring renown Swiss artists. This recording has earned her many great press reviews, several interviews on Swiss national radio stations and an appearances on Swiss talk shows. In 2013 she was a candidate of the first edition of "the Voice of Switzerland" on Swiss National TV. Since 2014 she plays guitar in the all female NYC band "As Lolas" playing Brazilian psychedelic 70ties Rock. Since 2010 she is the director of the "frauenstimmen Festival" in her home town Brig, Switzerland. In 2015 she also was the musical director of the “OrchEXtra Gottardo" at the Expo Milano, Italy.