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Lyrics

Doin' Just Fine
 

Music and English lyrics by Alicia Jo Straka. 

French lyrics by Hélène Simon.

Quand je me sens triste

quand j’ai un coup de blues, 

Je pense à tout ce que je pourrais faire

 si je le voulais.

 

Je prends une inspiration

et expire lentement

Je regarde vers l’avant

Et jette mon dévolu sur ce 

que je peux contrôler

 

La vie est difficile et tellement injuste

c’est facile de se sentir triste

Quand je me force à penser 

Sous un jour positif, 

je sais que tout ira bien!

 

Alors, fais un grand sourire

Et chante un peu

et avec le temps, tu verras bien

Que tout va pour le mieux.

When I’m feeling low

When I’m feeling blue

I just think of all of the things 

that I could do if I wanted to

 

I take a deep breath

And let it out slow

And I set my sights ahead

On the things I can control 

 

Life is tough and so unfair

It’s easy to feel let down

When we use our minds to think

In a positive light, I know we’ll be alright.

 

So put on a smile

And sing for a while

And with time, we may realize

That we’ve been doing just fine.

L'automne

Music by Alicia Jo Straka.

English lyrics by Sam Straka 

French lyrics by Hélène Simon.

After all the summer days 

Fade into fall

I’m still the one 

in love 

 

I feel the way, I did that day

Looking to you

But now you don’t

Look the same

 

You said goodbye

Like the moon setting down 

I watched the tide go out.

 

My heart followed you, drifting away

But summer must fade, and fall comes again

 

Think of me, if you may, 

as autumn nights chase away 

our warm, floating, summer days.

Un à un, les jours d’été 

s'estompent en automne

Je suis encore amoureuse.

 

Je me sens comme la première fois

que je t’ai vu, mais aujourd’hui tu as changé. 

 

Tu m’as dit au revoir

comme la lune qui se couche, 

et  j’ai vu la mer se retirer.  

 

Tu t’es éloigné et mon cœur t’a suivi, 

mais l'été doit s’effacer et l’hiver revenir.

 

 Quand l’automne gentiment 

chasse la magie de l’été,

Pense à moi s’il te plaît.

Bring it Home

Music by Alicia Jo Straka.

Lyrics by Sam Straka 

Verse 1

Go out at night

Go find the light

Up all the flights

And touch the sky 

And After all

bring it home. 

 

In old Paris

If you’re free

You must try the Brie

Chez virginie 

After all

bring it home. 

 

There are plenty of people, lots of world to see!

If you ever feel lonely, 

Take a beat, and think of me 

 

Then hit the streets,

Try “38 Riv”

And tap your feet

In Le Marais

But after all,

bring it home. 

Verse 2

Go out at night

Go find the light

Up all the flights

And touch the sky 

And After all

bring it home. 

 

In old Paris,

Look and see

the lights on the Seine

à Pont Marie

Then after all,

bring it home.

 

There are plenty of people, 

lots of world to see!

If you ever feel lonely,

Take a beat, and think of me.

 

And in the end

I’ll be your friend

And home is here

Right next to me

So after all,

bring it home.

Printemps

Music by Alicia Jo Straka.

Lyrics: Printemps by Victor Hugo (1802-1885) 

Voici donc les longs jours, lumière, amour, délire!

Voici le printemps! 

mars, avril au doux sourire,

 

Mai fleuri, juin brûlant, 

tous les beaux mois amis!

Les peupliers, au bord des fleuves endormis,

 

Se courbent mollement comme de grandes palmes;

L’oiseau palpite au fond des bois tièdes et calmes;

 

Il semble que tout rit, 

et que les arbres verts

Sont joyeux d’être ensemble et se disent des vers.

 

Le jour naît couronné d’une aube fraîche et tendre;

Le soir est plein d’amour; 

la nuit, on croit entendre,

 

A travers l’ombre immense 

et sous le ciel béni,

Quelque chose d’heureux chanter dans l’infini.

English Translation, by Hélène Simon

 

As Long as I'm with You

Music and lyrics by Alicia Jo Straka.

Dedicated to Alicia's husband Sam

I like the Spring, I love the fall, I dig the summer

And in the winter, fresh blankets of snow.

But in the end, no matter the season,

I love my life as long as I’m with You

 

Gazing out the window, I think about the future.

Good times, bad times, challenge and delight.

The joy that I feel, with whatever may come, 

Is from the love we share.

 

It’s easy to worry about the unknown,

not knowing what life may throw at us next.

One day at a time, you always remind me.

Just breathe deep, and take that next step.

 

You have my heart, and carry it with you.

I know I’m safe, when I’m beside you.

Your sweet melodies that color everyday.

I love my life as long as I’m with You.

Album Musicians

1. Doin’ Just Fine (2:24)

  • Music: Alicia Jo Straka

  • English lyrics: Alicia Jo Straka

  • French lyrics: Hélène Simon

  • Accordion - Alicia Jo Straka

  • Vocals - Alicia Jo Straka

  • Drums - Steve Scully

  • Bass - Jim Haggerty

  • Clarinet - Jeri Sykes

 

2. Swing for Schmitt (3:18)

  • Music: Alicia Jo Straka

  • Accordion - Alicia Jo Straka

  • Drums - Jacob Thompson

  • Bass - Joseph McMahon

  • Guitar - Pritesh Walia

  • Clarinet - Jeri Sykes

 

3. L’automne (3:12)

  • Music: Alicia Jo Straka

  • English lyrics: Sam Straka

  • French lyrics: Hélène Simon

  • Accordion - Alicia Jo Straka

  • Vocals - Alicia Jo Straka 

  • Drums - Jacob Thompson

  • Bass - Joseph McMahon

  • Guitar - Pritesh Walia

4. Bring It Home (2:43)

  • Music: Alicia Jo Straka

  • English lyrics: Sam Straka

  • Accordion - Alicia Jo Straka

  • Vocals - Alicia Jo Straka 

  • Drums - Jacob Thompson

  • Bass - Joseph McMahon

  • Guitar - Pritesh Walia

 

5. Printemps (3:33)

  • Music: Alicia Jo Straka

  • French poem: Victor Hugo

  • Accordion - Alicia Jo Straka

  • Vocals - Alicia Jo Straka 

  • Violin 1 + 2 - Corinna Smith

  • Viola - Eva Walsh

  • Cello - Yi-Mei Templeman

 

6. Musette au Paris (2:06)

  • Music: Alicia Jo Straka

  • Accordion - Alicia Jo Straka

  • Drums - Jacob Thompson

  • Bass - Joseph McMahon

  • Guitar - Pritesh Walia

 

7. As Long as I’m with You (4:11)

  • Music and Lyrics: Alicia Jo Straka

  • Accordion - Alicia Jo Straka

  • Vocals -  Alicia Jo Straka 

  • Drums - Jacob Thompson

  • Bass - Joseph McMahon

  • Guitar - Pritesh Walia