Forever Familiar

by Jess Porter

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Performed and produced by Jess Porter.
Recorded live in July 2011.
Mastered by Jaime Terreu.
Cover photo by Spencer Harrison.
Tracks 1-3 written by Jess Porter.
Track 4 written by Bloc Party.
Track 5 written by Joni Mitchell.

This recording was done on a whim when I sat down at a grand piano with the idea to interpret some of the new songs I'd written in a bit of a different way. Piano was my first instrument, and I still love sitting down to it when I can. Hope you enjoy.

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released November 4, 2011

Copyright 2011, Sabretooth Machinegun Records (SMG008)

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Track Name: Mazunte Ballad
Waves crash in the rain
We’re all holding on to what we crave
Daydreams captivate
In the form of another
Lovers and admirers
Turn to scapegoats and outcasts
Not so long ago
I couldn’t see two feet in front of me

Ch:
But when I’d lost all hope and pride
You came running to my side
And although I thought it was gone
Together we stand alone

I’d been so alone
Reaching out to all the wrong ones
Clinging on so hard
To even the finest tether
I worked hard and so long
Forcing pegs into the wrong holes
Didn’t want to see the end
Urging myself to just hold on

(Ch)

And when I see you in the morning
I know we’ll get through this
Through anything that comes along

Waves crash on the shore
And I can see what we’ve been working for
It’s never too late
To learn a whole new lesson
Someday we can all go back
And see it all clear through the black
Choices made are never wrong
But I’m just glad I made this one
Track Name: The Grandest Plans
So now the time has finally come
Four hearts beating all as one
And there’s no centre to the stage

I searched so long and hard to find
What was always in my mind
When all my dues were paid

And as our goals get ever higher
As it comes down to the wire
A question’s posed to me

My hands are cold, my mouth is dry
Where do my loyalties lie?
Don’t we all want to be free?

Ch:
I don’t wanna leave this feeling behind
It’s been a short but wonderful ride
But I know whatever comes we’ll stay alive

Staring into the starry sky
I’m reminded of nights that you and I
Would make the grandest plans of all

The thin air around me makes it hard
To put on a smile and raise my guard
Though I know the world is so small

(Ch)

We’re stronger together than any before
We make the grandest plans of all
Track Name: City Lights
Stay with me where the darkness is always kept far at bay
The city lights are closer than the fear
The years have clouded my way

Desire to play
Swept up in the madness of you and me
The balance of this glass is all too clear
But I fear that it's all slipping away

And I'd rather be shot down
Than fall asleep inside
I'd rather be shot down
Than be without you
I'd rather be shot down
Than forget my own life
I'd rather be shot down
These city lights are so bright

It's time to find your way again

And I'd rather be shot down
Than fall asleep inside
I'd rather be shot down
Than be without you
I'd rather be shot down
Than forget my own life
I'd rather be shot down
These city lights are so bright