Jewel — “Satellite” Lyrics

(I usually only transcribe lyrics that aren’t already posted somewhere else, but I did this on a request from Heather, who said all of the ones out there now are wrong. Here, then, are the correct lyrics. “Satellite” appears on Jewel’s album “Goodbye Alice in Wonderland.”)


Babies on beach blankets headed for Mars,
Cute boys in crew cuts, day-glo surf bars.
There’s a pretty lady in a bikini;
Her eyes are bright,
But her teeth look like smashed-out window panes.
She’s trying to fix her dreams
With sushi and facials and carrot juice.

There’s a wide wall we can’t see over now.
That’s OK, we’re still learning.
Mistakes, they are allowed if you’re a satellite.

Yoga classes so you can look good in your singles bar.
California’s sure lovely; it’s the home of the stars.
And everybody is a nice body,
But souls are like shadows —
Hollow inside, choked, and hiding behind
Volleyballs and Valium and Power Bars.

There’s a wide wall we can’t see over now.
That’s OK, we’re still learning.
Mistakes, they are allowed if you’re a satellite.

We understand a lot of things
About modern technology,
But not about dreams.
Our hearts are on shelves.
We can’t fix ourselves.
But we can fix satellites.

‘Cause in Hollywood the heroes are strung out on grace.
And half-skinned gypsies are crying, ‘Leave this place.’

There’s a wide wall
That we can’t see over now.
But that’s OK, we’re still learning.
Mistakes, they are allowed if you’re a satellite.
We can fix a satellite.

The pope can’t fix my broken heart.
Rock’n’roll can’t fix my broken heart.
Valium can’t fix my broken heart.
Miss Cleo can’t fix my broken heart.
But will you fix my broken heart?
Will you fix my broken heart?

‘Cause I’m going to give you a satellite.
Satellite, a satellite, a satellite.
Satellite, satellite, satellite.
A satellite tonight.

Fix my broken heart.
Fix my broken heart.

A satelitte.
Satellite, satellite.

Huntsville Song

So I wrote in my post-Jewel-concert blog post about how she sang a song that she’d written about Huntsville, and how it was more than a little cool. I saw on Twitter yesterday that she’s posted all of the city songs she wrote for her tour online as free downloads. Good stuff. Go check ’em out!


This post is one of a series I’m writing as part of my participation as an official blogger for COUNTRY Financial/Cotton States’ Road Trips and Guitar Picks tour program, covering Jewel’s June 13 concert in Huntsville, where I had backstage access.

The rest of my pre-concert Jewel blogging can be read here.

Contrary to the promise of opening act Radney Foster, Jewel did not, in fact, rock.

I wasn’t really expecting her to, despite the potential for rocking raised by the last time I saw her at Lilith Fair 13 years ago. Given that this concert was billed as an intimate, acoustic evening with Jewel, I wasn’t really expecting rocking.

Nor was I expecting how incredibly the evening showcased Jewel both as a singer and a songwriter.

The evening started off on a rather cool note. Having been selected as official blogger for COUNTRY Financial/Cotton States’ Road Trips and Guitar Picks tour program, a good friend and I had the opportunity to go backstage before the show, have our picture made with Jewel and be part of an exclusive session. The picture making part, to be honest, didn’t set the bar very high. Jewel was in a curtained-off booth, so you couldn’t see her until it was your turn to have your picture made. Everyone went in in groups of four, no more, no less, stood next to Jewel, who didn’t move, had the picture made, no autographs, no conversation, and then filed back out. Jewel did make eye contact, smile and speak briefly on our way out, but that was it.

Once that obligatory part was done, however, the Jewel who came into the backstage room with us a few minutes later was friendly and personable. During a question and answer session, she joked with long-time fans and gave great responses to others.

I hadn’t planned on asking anything, but couldn’t resist the opportunity. I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship that artists have with their material. Once you have a hit song, you’re expected to play it forever. In Jewel’s case, she wrote “Who Will Save Your Soul” twenty years ago. There are things I wrote two years ago that I no longer identify with in the same way, and, frankly, some I’m just embarrassed by. I can’t imagine having to put my heart into things I wrote as a teenager. I asked her she related to songs differently as she was at different places in life.

Jewel didn’t answer the question the way I was thinking, in terms of continuing to sing old songs. Instead, she took it in a different direction, explaining that anytime she releases an album, she goes back through her collection of unreleased songs to see if there is anything she feels differently about or has new ideas on. She said that it’s funny to see things that she has written that she herself understands in a different way than she did when she wrote them. I talked about how I’ve experienced that with Paul Simon songs over the years, identifying more with the emotion in songs as I experience more in life. It was neat hearing Jewel talk about having that same experience with her own material, and, as a writer, I can completely understand how that could happen.

After the Q&A session, Jewel performed an unreleased song for us that I really hope she someday puts on an album. For the record, even in those close quarters and laid-back setting, she has an amazing voice. The chorus went “there’s a hole in my heart in the shape of you,” which I’m including in this blog entry mainly so that I can occasionally check and see if the song has been released yet.

Jewel in concert. Photo courtesy Kristy Hill.

And then, it was time for the actual concert. The opening act, as I mentioned, was Radney Foster. I immediately bought one of his songs, “A Little Revival,” from his new album off of iTunes, as well as Keith Urban’s cover of Foster’s song, “I’m In.” Good stuff.

Jewel’s set was fantastic. The stripped-down, acoustic setting really showed off the power of her voice, and she interspersed between the songs bits of her life story, which put the songs in context. Fascinating stuff for anyone, I would imagine, but for me, it was a really cool peek behind the curtain at her process as a songwriter.

Jewel has always had fun showing off a bit; certainly that was evident in her encore performance in which she came back on stage to yodel for an enthralled audience — “Want me to do it faster?” But the crowd really got into it when she showed off a bit as a songwriter by singing her “Huntsville Song,” a song she had written before the concert about Huntsville. I’m sure she has to have a template that she uses and fills in local details, but, even so, wow! Great stuff!

(ADDENDUM: OK, I’m embarrassed. Jewel herself read my post, and let me know on Twitter that every song is written completely from scratch. Take my amazement at the song, and multiply it by a couple of orders of magnitude. WOW!!!! She’s got a busy tour schedule, so creating songs for each city as she tours is mind-blowing. As is, for the record, the fact that Jewel just read my blog. How cool is that!?)

At the concert, you could pay to be able to download a recording of the night’s concert, and the Huntsville Song by itself was a great reason to do so. (I had been planning on buying the recording anyway; I’m too modest to let myself brag too much, so I have to be passive-aggressive about my bragging. I figured I could get the recording and play songs from it in the future when people would hear it, and then be able to say, as if it were completely random, “Oh, hey, you hear that song playing? That’s actually from this time I got to …”)

Of course, the Huntsville Song was both one of the high points and low points of the concert for me. Sure, it was great, but I had a bet with my friend Heather, who also went to the concert, as to whether she would play her version of Sweet Home Alabama, which she recorded for the soundtrack of the movie by the same name. The smart money seemed to be that she would, so I agreed to a bet that the loser would bake cobbler and bring it to work for the winner, a culinary feat neither of us had attempted before. When I heard the Huntsville Song, I figured the odds she would do both it and Sweet Home were pretty low, and I was right. So, I’m going to have to figure out how to fix cobbler. Given my skills in the kitchen, I imagine it will be a rather pyrrhic victory for Heather.

Given Jewel’s recent foray into country music, I was a little surprised that the entire concert was performed without a hint of twang; I never would have guessed that she’s had a genre change since I’d last seen her. The set list was a great mix of new songs, unfamiliar songs and old favorites.

All in all, it was a great evening — an awesome concert, a unique opportunity and an incredible experience!

Tonight’s The Night

This post is one of a series I’m writing as part of my participation as an official blogger for COUNTRY Financial/Cotton States’ Road Trips and Guitar Picks tour program, covering Jewel’s June 13 concert in Huntsville, where I’ll have backstage access.

So tonight’s the night! After a couple of weeks of me blogging about it, a friend and I will be attending Jewel’s concert at the Von Braun Center here in Huntsville, and meeting Jewel backstage! (It occurs to me this may be a wasted post, since few people read my blog on Sunday, and the concert will be in the past tomorrow.)

This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes a backstage performance by Jewel, a question and answer session, and a group photo with Jewel. The Backstage Experience will also include a hospitality menu of hors d’oeuvres and beverages. You will be escorted back to the theater to enjoy the show.

So, yeah, I’m kinda excited about it. I’ve probably said most of what I have to say about it over the last couple of weeks, though I’m sure I’ll have more to say after. I didn’t realize how close Jewel and I are in age until very recently, and so I’m looking even more forward to the Q&A session because of that. There are a handful of artists that I really like that are about my age, and it’s been really neat to follow them as they’ve matured along with me. From the sound of Sweet & Wild, Jewel’s at a really great place in her life right now.

On a side note, my friend Heather is also going with a friend of hers to the concert, and challenged me to a bet as to whether or not Jewel will perform her version of Sweet Home Alabama tonight. I’m taking the stance that she will, based on other concerts I’ve been to where the artists have played their songs about the place they’re playing. At stake, homemade blackberry cobbler. Neither one of us has ever made blackberry cobbler before, and I really can’t cook at all, so it should be an interesting bet. (A year ago, I made a big bowl of “blackberry thing” that kinda resembled cobbler. In my defense, kinda, it wasn’t supposed to.) Could be a pyrrhic victory for my office-mates if I lose, so root for her to sing it.

Sweet And Wild

This post is one of a series I’m writing as part of my participation as an official blogger for COUNTRY Financial/Cotton States’ Road Trips and Guitar Picks tour program, covering Jewel’s June 13 concert in Huntsville, where I’ll have backstage access.

I wrote the other day about going back through my Jewel collection to get ready for her concert Sunday. Conveniently, her new album — Sweet and Wild — was released Tuesday, so I thought I would share the experience of listening to the new album to get ready for this weekend by liveblogging it as I listen. Here then are my thoughts on the tracks of Sweet and Wild as I’m listening to them:

1) Based solely on the title, when I went to listen to No Good In Goodbye, I was expecting something a little more like Juliet Turner’s No Good In This Goodbye. My expectations couldn’t have been further off. Rather than being slow and mournful, No Good In Goodbye starts the album off on a surprisingly upbeat tempo. (Of course, I’ll admit the opening lines drew to mind another song, Like A Rolling Stone, with Jewel’s “Once upon a time used to feel so fine; I really made you shine …” intro.) As best as I can tell, she’s heartbroken, but she’s still pretty peppy about it. I looked for lyrics, and could only find words to another unreleased Jewel song of the same name. That said, pretty catchy.

2) I Love You Forever — Couldn’t find lyrics to this one either. Did find where someone had attributed Donna Lewis’ “I Love You Always Forever” to Jewel mistakenly, but that doesn’t help. Separated lovers, but the devotion-across-the-distance makes the upbeatness make a bit more sense. And, dang it, I do like peppy songs.

3) Fading — The song involves Jewel naked in the Wal-Mart bathroom. I’m just saying. Reflections on mortality and mundanity. But still peppy, dang it. That should bother me, maybe, but it’s just too peppy for me to complain. “I am fading, just like fairy tales, when the hero loses faith.” But I’m OK with that, you know. Might seem more unrealistic if that wasn’t kinda where I am in life.

4) What You Are — Country Jewel sounds a little different than old-school Jewel. This song sounds the most Jewel-y of the album thus far. Not sure why. Starts slower, but, shockingly, gets peppy again. “You are what you are, and what you are is strong enough.”

5) Bad As It Gets — OK, the name promised something a little more downbeat. And while the chorus is still kinda rousing, it’s not exactly peppy. “Is this as bad as it gets tonight? Tell me I’ve seen the worst of this jagged knife deep inside my broken heart, it’ll only leave a scar.” Lori McKenna would sing this song in a way that makes you want to carve out your heart with a spoon rather than feel anything else. Jewel makes it kind of fun. And, again, I’m OK with that.

6) Summer Home In Your Arms — “Oh Jesus, this love stuff can sure be scary / But so sweet… So sweet.” Jewel slows things a bit with this song, that sounds exactly what it’s describing — sweet and easy and relaxed.

7) Stay Here Forever — I must have heard this song when I watched the movie Valentines Day, but I don’t remember. That said, I like it. Halfway through the song, halfway through the album, this track strikes me as one that will be a personal favorite, though I don’t know exactly why. What the song’s talking about, I want that.

8 ) No More Heartaches — After the return to peppy on the last track, Jewel stays in that vein with this peppy break-up song, but it works — “There’ll be no more heartaches for me.” For some reason, my initial reaction to this song is that I have no initial reaction to this song. I have a feeling I’ll develop a strong opinion about it at some point in the future.

9) One True Thing — Lyrics aren’t online for this one either. Wish they were. Kinda like this song. Still peppy, of course. This one and Stay Here Forever are the two songs so far that are just begging to be put on a mix CD for somebody. (OK, I just noticed that the lyrics are in the album booklet. Whoops. Yay for physical media, though.)

10) Ten — Yep, the song shares its name with its place on the album. Clever, huh? OK, at this point, this album as a whole is just kinda peppy. I like that. I’m gradually getting into country music, which I guess is true of Jewel, too, but I’m glad that there are two of us who don’t believe that some portion of every album has to be a bummer.

11) Satisfied — OK, I don’t know that I concur with Jewel’s assessment that “Cause the only real pain / Your heart can ever know / Is the feeling of regret / When you don’t let your feelings show.” And the album ends on a non-peppy note. But not a bummer, either. Kinda anthemic, maybe?

Jewels of the Collection

This post is one of a series I’m writing as part of my participation as an official blogger for COUNTRY Financial/Cotton States’ Road Trips and Guitar Picks tour program, covering Jewel’s June 13 concert in Huntsville, where I’ll have backstage access.

At this point, the concert is getting close, so I’ve been digging out my Jewel CDs to get ready for Sunday night. I’ll be honest — my knowledge of Jewel’s music fades a bit over the years, from knowing her first album backward and forward to having never heard her country stuff, a fact that has had as much to do with the genre as with Jewel herself. Until recently, I didn’t listen to country, so when she went there, I didn’t follow. Now, being a bit more turned on to country music, I’m looking forward to the melding of the two.

While I’m refreshing myself on her work, I thought I’d write a post revisiting some of my favorites.

  • Like I said, my greatest level of familiarity is with Jewel’s first album, Pieces of You, starting with the first single, Who Will Save Your Soul. This album came out at a time when it was still pretty common for me to listen to albums as albums, instead of the modern era of ripping tracks individually to a computer or media player, so I listened to these songs a lot. “Save Your Soul was fun and catchy and eminently listenable.

  • In fact, this song gets two entries in this list, a second for the VH1 Storytellers version which culminates at the end with Jewel just having fun vocally. “When the kitty wants some ooooh it goes meow meow … meow.” Just a light bit of froth, but it still amuses me years later.

  • You Were Meant For Me was another of the singles from the first album. I wasn’t quite as passionate about it, but did like it, and I have a very funny story about my good friend Lain and I accidentally flirting with each other to this song during Jewel’s performance at Lilith Fair that I’m not going to tell on the blog right now. Ask me sometime.

  • The other two songs — save one I’m skipping — that stand out most from “Pieces of You” are Little Sister, which was, I believe, never a single, but which I enjoyed for the breezy way Jewel moved smoothly through the song. It’s not a typical loud uptempo song, but flows quickly. At the other extreme was the song that to me exemplified the downside of the early Jewel folk-sensitivity, the title track, Pieces Of You, which I always thought almost bordered on offensiveness in its sensitivity — “You say he’s a Jew, he’ll never wear that funny hat again.”

  • I bought Jewel’s album Spirit the week it came out on audiocassette, but, to be honest, all these years later, I remember it for two main things. One is that any time I hear the title, I immediately thing, a la Nirvana, “Smells Like Jewel Spirit” (sorry, Jewel). The other, of course, is the great first single, Hands.

  • At this point, I have to note that one of my favorite Jewel songs isn’t by Jewel at all. Modern Humorist did an impressively dead-on Hands pastiche for their fake soundtrack collection with a Jewel imitator crooning A Little Prayer (Wolverine’s Theme (which you can download for free at that link) — “My mutant chromosomes / and the strong metal in my bones … “

  • I don’t think I bought This Way when it came out, but I’ve always had a fond place in my heart for Standing Still. Good stuff.

  • Yeah, I still think of the Schick commercial when I hear Intuition, but, you know, that really doesn’t make the song any less awesome.

  • Dear Jewel, when you come to Huntsville Sunday, since you’ll actually be in Alabama, would you be so kind as to perform your version of Sweet Home Alabama? I’d be ever so grateful.

  • And then, the song I skipped. I don’t know exactly why Foolish Games is far and away my favorite Jewel song, but it is. To the point where I was terribly excited when I bought the album and discovered the album cut had a verse not in the radio version, meaning that there was even more of Foolish Games. Is it the awesome piano bit? (I’m a sucker for female singer-songwriters with pianos, what can I say?) The slow, brooding way the song unfolds? The lyrics? The fact that even then I so wanted to be the guy in the song? I mean, you know, he’s like the bad guy, and yet still awesome. The Han Solo/Rhett Butler bad/good/compelling archetype in five minutes of piano brood. OK, I’m gonna shut up now. This is kinda embarrassing.

You took your coat off and stood in the rain,
You’re always crazy like that.
And I watched from my window,
Always felt I was outside looking in on you.
You’re always the mysterious one with
Dark eyes and careless hair,
You were fashionably sensitive
But too cool to care.
You stood in my doorway, with nothing to say
Besides some comment on the weather.

The Jewel Cases

I’ve actually seen Jewel in concert once before.

I wrote recently about the fact that I’m going to Jewel’s June 13 concert in Huntsville, and that I’ll have backstage access as an official blogger for COUNTRY Financial/Cotton States’ Road Trips and Guitar Picks tour program, which gets fans involved in the concerts — you can become a Roadie to be eligible for prizes, and there’s a sweepstakes to win an all-expense-paid trip to one of the concerts.

This will be my second time to see Jewel in concert. The first was 13 years ago, during the Atlanta stop in the first Lilith Fair tour. (On a related note, not only am I about to see Jewel in concert again, I just bought my tickets today to Lilith Fair.)

The line-up for the 1997 Atlanta Lilith show was rather impressive — starting with then-current one-hit-wonder Abra Moore (“Four-Leaf Clover”), Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles, then-hot Fiona Apple, Joan Osborne, Emmylou Harris, Jewel and Sarah McLachlan.

The first three acts were lagniappe, but were fun. Joan Osborne and Emmylou Harris, I wish I were seeing now instead of then. They both put on great shows, but my musical tastes were still far too immature to really appreciate them. At that point, I still knew Joan Osborne solely from the “One Of Us” song, which is probably the least Joan Osborne-y song there is. I’m practically kicking myself over the great songs I must have just sat through waiting for her to play that. Emmylou Harris, I doubt I’d even heard of before Lilith Fair. Ah, the folly of youth.

And then, there was Sarah McLachlan and Jewel.

This being Lilith Fair, Sarah McLachlan was closing act. This being late 1997, Jewel was the superstar. To be honest, me being a huge Sarah McLachlan fan, I was more interested in hearing her, even if Jewel was the bigger name at the time. And, to be sure, Sarah didn’t disappoint. She earned her place in the closing slot. Brilliant show.

But this post is about Jewel, right?

At the time of the concert, Jewel’s first album, “Pieces Of You,” had been out for a couple of years, though “Foolish Games” had peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 not terribly long before, so she was still very much a popular act. (Ah, Wikipedia, provider of great music history information. Did you know that “Pieces of You” was one of the best-selling debut albums ever?)

Point being, though, her debut album had been out long enough that she was already looking ahead to the future, and a decent amount of her concert was new material. Now, keep in mind, this was very early folksy ingenue Jewel, whose then-only album had a song with the lyrics, “So please be careful with me, I’m sensitive / And I’d like to stay that way.” It was her, and she made it work, but it’s hard to think of an artist more precious than Jewel at this point.

But that night, at Lilith Fair, she rocked. She did the “Pieces of You” hits, and they sounded like the “Pieces of You” hits. But she did a lot of songs I didn’t know. And they rocked, awesomely and with a great rocking. At the time, I assumed they were material for her next album, but when Spirit came out, more than a year later, I didn’t recognize any of them. Now, maybe they were on there, and it had been long enough that I didn’t recognize them from the live version I’d heard. Maybe she was doing covers that young, musically immature me didn’t recognize. Maybe they were songs she was working on and decided not to go with. I have no idea. All I know, was for that one night, Jewel put on a show that was great in the ways I’d expected, and great in totally unexpected ways as well.

Now, I’m certainly not going into this upcoming concert with that sort of expectation, but, I will admit, from having seen her before, I am kinda excited about seeing what she’s going to do this time.