The Misuse of Chemistry

by Alana Stewart

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The Misuse of Chemistry is a collection of songs written and recorded in both San Francisco and New Orleans. They are moody, hopeful and reflective. The album title is a quote from my favorite environmental scientist Theo Colborn on how our "misuse of chemistry" and pollution is causing us unprecedented distortions in mammalian gender and reproduction capacities. The album artwork was photographed by my beloved boyfriend Rickard, and spruced up by yours truly, Alana Stewart.

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released June 27, 2011

All songs written and sung by Alana Stewart
All songs engineered by Andrew "Goat" Gilchrist in New Orleans, LA with exception to "Heaven" which was engineered by Mat Strickland at Hitwall Studios in South San Francisco.
Special thanks to Tyler, Laura, Candice, Angela and Tony

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Track Name: Momma Says
My momma says you gotta go to school and be somebody
My best friend says you gotta live it up
You're only here once
My momma says you gotta go to school and be somebody
My best friend says you gotta live it up
You're only here once
Follow my heart I tell myself

In one world I'm a girl who goes to college
Makes the right choice
I've got a boss and boyfriend
Rarely get to hear my own voice
I've got a puppy and I'm pregnant with a girl of my own
What will I teach her?
What will I teach her?

In the other view I've got a string of boyfriends
Scattered 'round the globe
And buxom ladies wanna have me too
They think that I'm a wild woman
Am I a wild woman?

I'll sing a lullaby
They sink the needle, roll their eyes
And in the mornin'- big surprise
I'm in the next city
Don't say goodbye
Never say goodbye

Follow your heart I tell myself
Follow your heart is what I say
You'll play the part either way
So follow your heart either way
Track Name: Boy Next Door
The man I love today is a carpenter
He toils, tinkers in his shed
The man I love tonight has dirty hands and a dose of fight
How am I gonna get him out of my head?
How am I gonna get him in my bed?

If her eyes could see through walls
Her jealous fists would turn to claws
And our six-foot fence would grow higher
And our love would expire

Fidelity forbids desire

The boy next door is wanting more
And I want more of him
And the mood feels right
And my thighs are tight
And the boy next door wants more
Yea the boy next door wants more
Track Name: When The Wind Blows
When the wind blows, all my property goes
My property goes
And when the rain falls, all my life flows to the riverbank
Riverbank
And when my hair's pulled tight, Oh-oh how I like
Oh how I like
And when my husband leaves me, I'll be happier
I'll be happier

clap-clap-clap-clap ahhh
clap-clap-clap-clap ahhh

When I make out with somebody new
They get married, married
But I'm not offended, EU citizenship is really appealing
And I wanna make it better, better
I wanna make it better, better

When you come back, we'll put our hands in our pockets
And walk through the park again
And all the bluegrass bands will sing for you
They will sing for you
And I'll get my fedora back, even though its yours
There's days that I miss it
And we'll start a family in the mission with
Greg, Piper, Paris and Jing-jing

clap-clap-clap-clap ahhh
clap-clap-clap-clap ahhh
clap-clap-clap-clap ahhh
clap-clap-clap-clap ahhh

And I wanna make it better better
I wanna make it better better
Track Name: Heaven
I fell in love with God today
He picked me up and flew me away
Now I feel better, now I feel okay
The sky is bluer, and the air smells different

I stood next to a lake with a little boy
Underneath some canopied trees
He held out his hands, presented them to me
'Twas a spinner he made specially for me

Said "Girl you got it goin' on, I'd like to be with you..."
"I need to be with you." He was six years old.
I was seventy-five.

Put me in his arms and told me I'm beautiful
Said he forgives me for the pain
He says it wasn't my fault
That I'm not to blame
I'm just a victim. I'm just a hero.
I'm just a girl he fell in love with.
Track Name: Perfervid
I stare at the sea, impatiently, almost constantly
And when I feel sad, I don't go out
I just light up or pop something
'N' all my boyfriends I never really loved
'N' all my fathers wouldn't care to notice
'N' all my teachers tell me she just needs to apply herself
'N' all my peers, throw some cheers, when it's time to sing a song

I wanna live where the thunder
Keeps my lover's arms all tight, wrapped up around me
I wanna live where the heat don't stop
In the middle of the night all the ladies in tank tops

I'm gonna own me a house some day
I'll paint it different colors so different people will stay
And I'm gonna own me a boat some way
'N' I'll hang in the buff
Let my buddies all play

Hey babe, I'm waiting
Hey, babe, I"m waiting for you
Hey, I'm waiting for you

Oh, boy, I love you so
Never-ever-ever gonna let you go
Can't keep my wild arms away
Oh, boy, I love you so
Never-ever-ever gonna let you go
Can't keep my wild arms away