Mama's Juke Book

by Lisa Mills

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Hidden away in my late mother’s personal belongings, there it was a tattered old Dollar General Store notebook. I was stunned when I opened it to find there, in her beautiful handwriting, page after page of song lyrics from the early 1970s, mostly country hits. She had devoted hours to writing down these precious songs for her own safekeeping, and here they were, decades later, in my hands even though she is gone.

Surprisingly, I found some of the songs I already perform in my live shows. Songs that had spoken to me as well, binding me to my mother in ways I had never quite understood until I found the notebook.

That wasn’t the only surprise. Tucked carefully among the pages was a song of her own: “A Song of Love” by Juanita Powell. The more I looked through her notebook, the more I felt her calling me to bring these songs
back to life and to explore my cultural and musical heritage.

Stripped down, spare and atmospheric, the songs on Mama’s Juke Book have been transformed from their early ‘70s mainstream country origins by being deconstructed and then reimagined with black gospel, blues, soul and jazz as the defining elements—the roots music that has shaped my sound and sensibilities as an artist. Working primarily at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans with Grammy winning engineer Trina Shoemaker and a small, select group of empathetic, top-tier Southern musicians, I felt a freedom in the studio I had never before experienced. Finally, on record, I’ve captured the passion and energy I bring to my live shows along with the full, rich glory of Josephine, my 1947 Epiphone archtop guitar.

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released August 17, 2016

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Lisa Mills Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Mobile, Alabama-based Mississippi native, Lisa Mills exemplifies the deeply embedded Southern musical influences that come together in unpredictable ways with the follow-up to her internationally praised 2010 release Tempered in Fire with a new take on her 2005 album of the same name, I’m Changing mixed by Trina Shoemaker, the first woman to win the Grammy Award for album engineering (Sheryl Crow) ... more

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Track Name: A Song of Love
A SONG OF LOVE
Jan Powell, Lisa Mills



C
You’re married to another

Am
I know you can never be mine

G
But I love you, my darling

F C
Til the end of time

Em
Til the end of time

F C
You’ll always be mine

Am C
Oh, it’s you I’m thinking of

F C
When I sing this song of love

C
Song of Love,

Am
Of Love,

F C
A Song of Love.


Am
Just one glance at your sweet face

G
To me is pure heaven

F
The joy of knowing you love me

C
Is enough

G Am
For my short while

Am
Here on this Earth.


C
Then one day in the great beyond,

G
When God calls us to His Heavenly home

Am
He’ll look at you and me and he’ll say

F
“Jan, your life has just begun..”


C G
You see that little cabin on the hill,

F
That is yours forever more….


C
Pure Happiness will be ours

Am
No more separation will come our way

G
You’ll be mine, my darling,

F C
Forevermore

C Em
Til the end of time

F C
You’ll always be mine


Am
Oh, it’s you I’m thinking of

F C
When I sing this song of love

C
Song of Love,

Am
Of Love,

F C
A Song of Love.