The Surrealist

by Jess Porter

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Produced by Jess Porter.
All songs written by Jess Porter in North and South America, mid 2011. A large part of the recording and sequencing was done on the road, followed by overdubs at Part Two Studios, Melbourne. All instruments and vocals were performed and recorded by Jess except the drums on tracks 1, 3, 5, 9 and 10, which were played by Nick Russell and engineered by Jarrad Payne at Studio Concréte, Adelaide.

Photos and layout by Spencer Harrison
Mastered by David Briggs at the Production Workshop, North Melbourne.

THANKS BE TO:
Beatnikk, Jarrad Payne, Sares, Flik & Claude, Charlie, Katie K, Mike Jenkins, Mark Curtis, Michael Barendregt, Cool Thomas, Beegasm, Hamish "Sugarkeys" Cox, Trish Davey & family, Kate & Owen, Wenna, Nerea, Nolly, Sirra, Grassy, Anna Nyland, Simon O'Grady, Zoe Daniell, Jess Portlock, Tanya Wilson, Auntie Catherine, Ben Porteous, Mario Späte, Drew Sutherland, Julia Barker and Maria Leotta.
For Spencer, Cameron and my family.

This is an independently released record.

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released March 1, 2012

© 2012, Sabretooth Machinegun Records (SMG009)
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Track Name: Insurgents
You’re taking on the world
From the corner of your room
Seeing history unfold
Planning the writing for your tomb

But it always dies away
Somehow the plans you make are lost time and again
But this time don’t you wait
Take pen to paper and remind us of what remains

Ch:
All of the dreams you have
Are not just going to appear
If you stay hidden under the covers cowering in fear
And all the foundations you laid
Insurgent and bright within
Are willing to break out to the world and command it to let them in

You see them in the crowd
Revolution on their minds
And just to appease themselves
Staging protests all in vain

So remind me why we’re here?
Remind me why we even want to change the world
Your saviour’s still inside
He's calmly waiting just to share his advice

Ch.

We all want to change the world
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 to me

Ch:
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

Ch.

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: Coming Down (Life Gets Away)
You’ll soon know how life gets away, life gets away
It rings out through the fog of the day, the fog of the day
To someone who feels as though they could love again someday
To let it in through your heart will always feel strange

Ch:
But when you wake you feel the wall is coming down
The wall is coming down
It’s hard to break on through but the wall is coming down
The wall is coming down

I thought you would never let her in, never let her in
But I’m proud you feel that you can, feel now that you can
It’s only when you’re content with who you are
That you can carry two
To let her in, to your heart, becomes easy to do

Ch.

Bridge:
When you go out to find yourself
Make sure you don't get lost along the way
You’ve defined what you want in yourself
So keep it clear and remember yesterday

Ch.
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: Louisiana Blues
When the road appears before you
With your eyes closed you know you’ve gone too far
When you can’t recognise the pavement
Within a thousand miles of where you are

But when the sun goes down
The streets light up and I can feel
Somethin there
Somethin else
That feeling creeping back in to my mind
Long after they’re all worn out
I’m still trying hard to cut ties to the past
Still searching for answers in the bottom of a glass

And when I hit the wall once more
I said goodbye to all I was searching for
And although it was already dawn I kept performing
If I was gonna get what I wanted to get
I’d have to start all over again

And I can’t keep the smirk from my mouth
I think it’s so sad you’re wasting your time
On his
Pretty face
And this broken city I just want to erase
And long after you’re both asleep
I’ll be alone with my demons and my thoughts
And my plans will stay strong until I get caught
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: Once Fallen, Twice Broken
I see you come in late, it takes all of my control to try to refrain to ask
And although my eyes are dull
I see it all
When you come
And when you go, am I on your mind at all?

I know that times must change, but sometimes it’s all too hard
And whatever price I must pay to let go of what I know
And what we’ve known
Whatever it takes
I know it will just add to the pain

Once fallen twice be broken
You’ve taken words from within me
It took so long to see
But now you’re gone
You’re gone
Thank god.
Track Name: Under a Different Sky
Sitting together under a different sky
Gonna ride it out but still just enjoy the ride
The rust in the corner of the room
Adds to the looming age we’re coming to

Yearning just to touch on solid ground
Though part of me is always rushing round
In dark corners I sit and stare
Noticing things I know aren’t even there
A hidden mystic in my heart
The realist outside soon breaks apart

Ch:
The smallest detail magnified
Life itself is simplified
The air around us is dry
Under a different sky
Trying hard to slow it down
All the pieces fall to ground
The air around us is dry
Under a different sky

It’s a complicated point of view
A history overshadowing me and you
The rust in the corner of the room
Adds to the looming age we’re coming to

I’m losing count of the days
They lurk deep within the maze

Ch.
Track Name: First Step
It's raining here
It's what I always wanted to feel
As I step out
I'm swept into anonymity

So many towns I don't know
But somehow these streets feel like home
Lives with which I'm yet to align
But won't soon forget

So I found out
It all gets so small when your heart takes it in
I still have doubt
But I'm willing you to help me begin

But time will only test my resolve
Coz familiar's the one thing I know
And when I go back to my old hometown
I'll feel alone.

But time will only test my resolve
Coz familiar's the one thing I know
And when I go back to my old hometown
I'll feel alone, but alive.

So many towns I don't know
But somehow these streets feel like home
Lives with which I will always feel aligned
Always feel aligned.