Play Street (single)

by Jess Porter

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Tracks 1-2 written by Jess Porter. Track 3 written by Bloc Party.
Performed and produced by Jess Porter.
Mastered by Jaime Terreu.
Cover art by Spencer Harrison (


released August 24, 2011

Copyright 2011 Sabretooth Machinegun Records



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Singer, songwriter, maker of noises. SEPTEMBER SUN EP out now.

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Track Name: Play Street
Your city appears in your words as they’re spoken to me
I’ve never been as proud as you so obviously are
Hiding my heart seems so pointless here
In a room full of boys with blood on their sleeves

But if we fall, we’ll fall
Without admitting defeat
Satisfaction stands tall
It’s a sense of direction for me

The writing on the wall says keep your head
Although they’re all hanging by a thread
As I turn back to play street
Never had it stopped me before
Nowhere else that I can recall
Has ever felt as real as play street

One day the party will become too much for you all
And the illusion of control will fall in on itself
Until that day just keep on enjoying the taste
There’s nothing sweeter than the company that we keep

I know it’s all right there
Sprawled out in front of me
And if you think it’s not fair
You’re just not listening


I’ve come so far around the world and somewhere lost my fear of creation
And although you’ll look down and smile, I know the party will hate it
I feel the walls coming down, I can hardly debate it
Don’t feel afraid to smile, don’t feel afraid to smile
Spiral down, spiral down
Down into Play Street
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?

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


We’re stronger together than any before
We make the grandest plans of all
Track Name: Signs (Live)
Two ravens in the old oak tree and
One for you and one for me and
Bluebells in the late December
I see signs now all the time
The last time we slept together
There was something that was not there
You never wanted to alarm me
But I'm the one that's drowning now

I could sleep forever these days
Because in my dreams I see you again
But this time fleshed out, fuller faced
In your confirmation dress
It was so like you to visit me
To let me know you were ok
It was so like you to visit me
Always worried about someone else

At your funeral I was so upset
So upset, so upset
In your life you were larger than this

I see signs now all the time
That you're not dead, you're sleeping
I believe in anything
That brings you back home to me