Skin & Script

by Jessica Lynn

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Jessica Lynn's first full length original album, recorded and produced by Dennis Webber in Missoula, Montana.
© Jessica Lynn 2013

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released 26 March 2013

Producer - Dennis Webber
Co-Producer on Tracks 3 and 7 - Esteban Calderón
Bonus Track Producer - FOSTER
Bassist on Tracks 3 and 7 - Trebor Riddle
Violinist on Track 3 - Mike Belkowski

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Pop/folk singer-songwriter from Montana.

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Track Name: Time and Space
I loved you too much to like you now
No matter what I do now
So many times I’ve tried to write you off but I don’t know how

So I say we’re just friends
You’ve got to see that I don’t mean it
But I keep on playing until I end up where I started.

Where my mind moves fast
And the words come slow
Because you know me well

And my heart stayed put in your pocket tucked away,
Just another piece of your spare change.

I didn’t think it was easy,
Gonna be a little lonelier soon
‘Cause you thought letting go was easy
And I thought that you wanted this too

Wish I cared a little less
Wish you hadn’t played pretend we were lovers then said
You needed time, you needed space.
But you held my heart as you held your place

I’ll just put my best face on
And put my guard up if you come around
I play it cool but I’m a fool for thinking I won’t freak out

I’ll try to wrap my mind around
How you let me down for the last time
I wish I could say it’s good to see you
But it’d be a lie

I didn’t think it was easy
Gonna be a little lonelier soon
‘Cause you thought letting go was easy
And I thought that you wanted this too

Wish I cared a little less
Wish you hadn’t left me hanging on every word you said
You needed time, you needed space
But maybe you should’ve just stayed away

Our hands were intertwined
Your lips found mine too many times
We tried to say we’re fine

So our eyes stayed locked
But I could see your thoughts drifting away
And you were begging me to be okay

So this is how it ends
We never wanted all this anyway

I’m tired of this mess
I can’t play pretend; I loved you too much once
To ever try and like you again
Please don’t ask me to be your friend
Track Name: Hollow
Your blue t-shirt, an old love letter
My lucky penny and our favorite records
Red playing cards, and your worn guitar
That empty frame that used to hang here on the wall
Is gone, gone, gone

This house is
Hollow

This passion bruise on my neck, the only proof that you left
The last sign that you were ever really here with me
In this single bed where I rest my single head, since you left
Your side grows colder than my heart pinned to your sleeve
You're gone, gone, gone

You’ve left me
Hollow

The bright lights bleed in city streets
Take little pieces of the love I used to know
They’ll steal your song they’ve changed your sound
They’ll build you up and they will tear you right back down
They’ll leave you
Hollow

All I see now is silver-lined clouds
You said these stars, well they're just old light burning out
I think of days, when my tired face
Begged you to stay we wouldn’t be so lonely now

But we're
Hollow
Track Name: Skin and Script
All you are is black ink on blue lines.
But all I am is one notch in a bed post, or at most the ghost that keeps you warm.
Just the ghost.

We went searching for some comfort by using one another, both needing lovers of some sort.
But it was vile and it was cheap how we'd trade for what we need with words and curves behind closed doors.

I bought the lines I needed from you slipping out of that dress in my high heeled shoes.
Because I needed my fix too.
I spent the night so you'd spend your words and we both got hooked, we both got hurt.
Because I moved the way that you like and you fed me your best lines.
So we took one more hit of skin and script.

You'll lose me in your sleep tucked beneath the same sheets that sheltered my bare skin.
And I lose my mind when I rewind every time I tasted your sweat, I breathed your heat in.

Because the only way you'll keep me warm now is burning lyrics I wrote down.

I bought the lines I needed from you slipping out of that dress and my high heeled shoes.
Because I needed my fix too.
I spent the night and smoked your words and we both got high, it all got worse.
Because I loved the way you needed and you became my addiction; sweet and sick, with one more hit of skin and script.
Track Name: Landslide
Someone builds you up this tall, there's one way to fall
And it's all downhill from here, it's weird
But I felt calm in the free fall
Free fall

What's it gonna take 'til I find out
I'll only break if I don't stand my ground

But loving you is like a Landslide, I can't help it, you always bring me down
When I feel steady I just slip back somehow
You give just enough 'til I'm halfway up,
I'm not strong to hold on for too long
But I try, I still try
To love you like a landslide

They all said,
Won't you open up your blue eyes, the skies not so blue
When you hit rock bottom you've got a long way down
And a long way out

So what's it gonna take 'til I find out
I'll only break if I don't stand my ground

But loving you is like a Landslide, I can't help it, you always bring me down
When I feel steady I just slip back somehow
You give just enough 'til I'm halfway up,
I'm not strong to hold on for too long
But I try, I still try
To love you through a landslide

But it's all or nothing, gotta give me something
'Cause I can't keep running up a mountainside
I won't waste my time
If you can't love me through a landslide

Loving you is like a landslide, I can't do it
You'll break me somehow
When one step up is two more back down
So I'm giving up, I'm not strong enough,
Only needed a piece of your love,
But you only love me when you have the time
Oh you only loved me on the side

You loved me like a landslide
Track Name: Family Tree (Roots)
Sister listen low
So to miss that murmur grow
'til your blood runs cold
Sister listen low

Brother speak with care
Guard your mother’s rocking chair
Brush her cloud white hair
Brother speak with care

Pray the roots grow deep
In the family tree
Bound by blood, a soul, a heart for keeps
Pray the roots grow deep

Father fly lightly
For a daughter’s a fragile thing
Give her song their wings
Father fly lightly

Help the roots grow deep
In a family tree
Let the branches lean in the breeze
Help the roots grow deep

Mother rest your eyes
Dwindling heart of fire
Kindled for your child
Mother rest your eyes

Where the roots grow deep
In the family tree
Let your soul dance in the leaves
Where the roots grow deep
Track Name: Some Days (Nate's Song)
Some days
Like this
The sun reminds me to smile but I want to fall to pieces
On nights
Like this
My heart’s a wreck, my mind’s a mess, and I can’t make this make sense
Some days

Small towns
Like ours
Are filled with memories, we were family, making our mark
On days
Like this
It’s hard to breathe when the make believe fades, and everything else sinks in

So tell me how it’s fair
That somebody could disappear
From the pages of a story that was only half written
Leaves me wishing there were still
Some days

Some hearts
Like yours
Grow too big and die to young and leave me fumbling for
Days
Like this
When I know you would have told me not to be sad, but I can’t help it
And I know you're right where you’re supposed to be
So I don’t cry for you, I cry for me

Some days.
Track Name: What I've Found
Well I haven’t got a dime or a penny in my pocket. I’d have jumped ship but I’m too afraid to rock it, and my only true love is a picture in a locket that fades in time.

I’ve got a lot of time but not a lot of money. Got a lot of laughs but I’ve never been funny and my feet move slow but my mind keeps running to the east coast.

So I start slow and I work hard.
I dream big but I never get too far.
So I learn to love what I live without.
If I can’t be what I want, I’ll learn to be what I’ve found.

I haven’t caught a break since I caught a broken heart,
Made a few mistakes and made a new start,
And it feels like a waste if it all falls apart,
But I wish I’d let it be.
Be what it could be, be what it should, be what it would be if it’d be good.
I seem to see a lot, but I’ve never been seen, been heard but never believed.

So I start slow and I work hard.
I dream big but I never get too far.
So I learn to love what I live without.
If I can’t be who I want, I’ll learn to be who I’ve found.

The tide goes in while my hair grows out.
The freckles on my skin dance around my doubts,
And I found myself when I fell apart,
I finally heard the song inside my heart.

So I haven’t got a dime or a penny in my pocket, but I’ve still got time, I’ve still got the locket that I press to my chest, hope for the best, and head for the coast.

Where I’ll start now and I’ll work hard.
I’ll dream big until I outshine the stars
I’ll learn to love and I won’t live without
I’ll be who I want with what I’ve found
What I’ve found

What I’ve found
Track Name: December In The City
December's not the same in the city and you had me worried how you'd stay warm
For me it was a bottle of whiskey and burning all the letters that you left under my door

And I stumbled home at night
Like I will stumble through the rest of my life
But you always told me to be stable, so I tried to be fine

But I had to get away, so I jumped on the first jet plane to anyplace
And I found myself in London by New Years day
On Shaftesbury Avenue where nobody knew my name

And I did a thousand things
That I would have never dreamed
But you always told me to be impulsive, a little more carefree

So I raced to the mountains while your train rolled to the coast
Our heads and hearts and eyes were heavy
Because the closest we could be was the other side of the screen where I watch your life play out now without me

And I can't keep my mind off those eyes

So I will stumble home at night, I will do it all a thousand times

Because December's not the same in the city, so just tell me, tell me who is keeping you warm.
Track Name: Not All That
I took a train to the other side of town and I held my head up as the rain came down
I took my time waiting for the sunrise and I held my breath for you for the last time
Why do you get so high getting me so low

I've never been better than being alone, now that you're gone
You were holding me back, holding me back
I've got to let you know that you're not all that
No I've never been stronger, I'm telling you off 'cause you're nothing that I want
Oh don't you know you're not the best thing I've ever loved and let go
Oooh you think you're too cool hot shot

I took a chance on falling like a fool, guess I should have known better when my daddy didn't like you
But I gave you the benefit, I gave you everything, anything that you could've needed
Now all you get from me is the coldest shoulder when you look me over like you know me but you don't

Never been better than being alone, now that you're gone
You were holding me back, holding me back
I've got to let you know that you're not all that
No I've never been stronger, I'm telling you off 'cause you're nothing that I want
Oh don't you know you're not the best thing I've ever loved and let go
Oooh you think you're too cool hot shot
Oooh but you're nothing that I want

You thought that my heart wouldn't beat without you, couldn't breathe without you, but I can finally see without you standing in my way

Never been better, and I don't want you back
You're not all that

Never been stronger I'm telling you off, you're nothing that I want
Oh don't you know, don't you know, don't you know

Never been better than being alone, now that you're gone
You were holding me back, holding me back
I've got to let you know that you're not all that
No I've never been stronger, I'm telling you off 'cause you're nothing that I want
Oh don't you know you're not the best thing I've ever loved and let go
Oooh you think you're too cool hot shot
Oooh but you're nothing that I want

Ooh you think you're too cool hot shot
Oooh no you're not all that
Track Name: Like You've Forgotten
Strategy
Is carefully placed in every space that you might be
You might be

Because maybe if I caught your eye
You’d remember how you loved me, you’d remember why

Would you laugh, about those days
When we'd lose ourselves under your sheets
No it makes me sick, you make me sad
I wish I could forget, wish I could forget wish I could forget
Wish I could forget

Gravity
Is pulling me through a crowded room to get to you
I’ve got to be close to you

Because maybe if I brushed your skin
I could make it feel the way it did, once again

Would we laugh, would you kiss my cheek
Would we lose ourselves under these sheets
No it makes me sick, I can't take it back
But I wish I could forget, wish I could forget, wish I could forget
Like that

Like you’ve forgotten, you’ve forgotten,
You wanted me,
You loved me
You touched me, you saw me,
Forgot me

I wish I could forget

Strategy
Is try something new
Try to forget too
Track Name: Drown
You had the pieces of a heart
But they were buried deep
Locked up in little jars,
Hidden treasures in the sea

And you never gave me many, never gave much, never gave me any but you gave enough
To keep me hoping

If I held my breath
For you to come around
You’d be the death of me, you’d just let me
Drown
I’d just drown

You had an island for a soul that I thought I could reach
But when the water’s so cold, it’s just too hard to breathe

I never had many, no I never had much, you never gave me any but you gave enough to keep me floating

If I held my breath until you came around
You’d be the death of me, you’d just let me
Drown
I’d just drown

Now I’m sinking into the water and dreaming of the ways you could save me
But I keep on drifting farther in all the space you gave me

So I hold my breath and I'll find out
If this is how it feels, this is how it feels
To drown, I just
Drown

You’d be the death of me
You’d be the death of me
You make it hard to breathe
I’m drowning
Track Name: Let Me Be
I could be your biggest fan, I know every word to every song
I could be your muse or just sing along
I could be your best friend where all your secrets are told
I could the other half of your lonely soul

If you’d just let me be, oh let me be

I want to make you coffee and bring you breakfast in bed.
I want to be every kiss that lands on your forehead.
I want to be the reason you can’t sleep at night,
And I want to be the one thing that makes every thing all right

If you’d let me be, oh please let me be
Can't you let me be

I’ve been trying for so long to make you see that we could be so good
So are you blind or am I the kind to keep hanging on your rope
Waiting for you to love me but you won’t
You don’t want me but you don’t want to let me go

You can’t let me be

Let me be, please let me be if you don't need me
Let me be, just let me be 'cause you don't love me so set me free
No you're never gonna need me
So let me be