The Passage

by The Jessica Stuart Few

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released October 25, 2016

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The Jessica Stuart Few Toronto

Called “amazingly charming” by Canadian icon Don Ross, The Jessica Stuart Few is one of Canada’s hottest new sounds in eclectic indie folk. Joni Mitchell-esque lyrics with heavy grooves on Japanese koto (13-stringed harp), guitar, bass & drums, the mix is unconventional yet somehow obvious, reminiscent of Joanna Newsom with the indie-jazz sensibility of Stereolab. ... more

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Track Name: Easier Said Than Done
Take a little, give a lot
And never take it personal
Try new things
Never let them see you’re feeling low
Give me time to play a while

Look both ways and love your neighbor
Keep the motivation high
Only way that you’ll fail
Is to let persistence die
Give me time to play a while
Play a while

It’s what you do and not what you’ve said
Saying it is easier
Living well, well it’s hard
Even when you’ve got it good
Give me time to play a while
Play a while

It’s so hard, it’s hard

Take a little, give a lot
and never take it personal
Try new things
Like maybe I should let my feelings show
Give me time to play a while
Play a while
Track Name: Lost Friends
I want to find you, I want to find you, I want to find you
I hope that you’ll find me too

Never forget you – did you forget me?
You must remember – I think you think of me too

Time that I left, I thought I’d return too
That’s what they told me, And so that’s what I told you

All this time and I’m still wond’ring ‘bout you-
True friend – will I be seeing you again?

I wanna know you – I want to know grown-up you

My life’s affected-did you know that too?
When they would tease you – their reasons I never knew

First time I went to see you at your place
Never considered metal a room with a view

I’ve lost more friends than I’d like to be true –
You were pure to me – I want to

See you again – see you again – hug you again – free you again

Eleven was the year that it changed for you
Dropped out of school to work the fields and bring the family food
Tell me nothing worse was ever demanded of you
Did you live or die? I always wonder..
Track Name: Shame On You
Shame on you
When I say it what I really mean is shame on me

Shame on me
For expecting you not to follow human rules

Expectation is a killer and a grave robber too
Hope is the champion of the futures past fools

Shame on me
Your bar drops and mine goes down too

We would agree
Begging for scraps shouldn’t be what we do

My faults are deeper, my head is weaker, my talk is cheaper,
my dirt is freakier than you

My knives are cleaner, my guns are steel-er, my thoughts are
weirder, my mind is sneakier than you knew

Expectation is a killer and a grave robber too
Hope is the champion of the futures past fools
Track Name: One Day
Wake up, you sleepyhead
The whole world’s outside your bedroom
Don’t waste another hour or two or three
Cause one day might just come too soon

Even if it’s stormy out
You must just catch a rainbow
Or maybe you’ll just get soaking wet
But don’t worry, clothes were made to dry anyhow
I hear young people put things off
“One day, I’ll be old and my body broke”
But one day might just come too soon

Many of us live
Many of us live without living
Many of us will go long before our time

Dwelling on the small things
Dwelling for the sake of dwelling
Dwelling cause there’s messes made of our minds

Live a life that’s full of meaning
Always feeling, never living with it, living with remorse
Please forget about your ‘one day’.
One day, one day, one day
I realize that life will be hard
And you feel you’re full of pain
But please forget about your ‘one day’
One day, one day, one day, one day might come too soon.
Track Name: The Letter
I got a letter from my friend across the water - really turned my lights back on
“I’m writing to you,” he said, “from the highest mountain that I’ve ever been up on
I remember when we spent that year together, winds had never felt as strong
You told me to tell when I felt that way again, so here it is one letter long.”

The whole world over, I’m searching for my four-leaf clover
The whole world over, just watch it turn around (and around and around)

I read his letter and I thought about my life here – urban living, life in song.
I always think about the times when I could travel, choosing as I went along
It gets much harder as your rooting’s getting stronger – more belongings, more stacked on
I just can’t forget to take the time I need to wander – mind and body can’t be wrong

Running around, flying around, break the ground, find new people town after town
Free up your mind, take on new style, making time, do it while you’re still feeling fine

The whole world over, I’m searching for my four-leaf clover.
The whole world over, just watch it turn around (and around and around)
The whole world over
Track Name: Same Girl
Started out we were going to school
Half is classes, half life lessons
I don’t care if I’m learning the rules
I’m always the same, always the same girl

Moons passed and I’ve earned some wise
Peel the layers, try some prayers
Times are tough so why should I lie
I’m always the same, always the same girl

Always the same girl

Take the time to travel the world
Rose lenses out of your glasses
Make the most so we all can get by
I’m always the same, always the same girl

Fall in love for the very first time
It’s misguided, fates collided
In the end we’re all gonna die
But I’m always the same, always the same girl

Always the same girl
Track Name: Without You (feat. Elizabeth Shepherd)
I’ll stretch for love
Never a dull moment beside the path of the heart
I won’t live in the clouds
You know it’s never ever been a straight line that keeps us apart

Wrapped in those arms
Just like the pieces of a puzzle you and I fit like a hand and a glove
No line from a story book
Learn to clean the messes, fix the broken pieces so we’re working again

And I want you
When it’s freezing and I need a place to be warm
I want you
When you’re feeling like it’s just too hard to push on
I want you
Cause I need to revel in the power of love
I want you
I want you
It’s too hard to go at it living alone without you

Give me your word
A person can always be wrong, feeling their right, heated in fights
Move the pride along
There’s so much more for we to be
Just keep a level head and I will do the same, I promise you

And I want you
When it’s freezing and I need a place to be warm
I want you
If you’re feeling like it’s just too hard to push on
I want you
Cause I need to revel in the power of love
I want you
I want you
It’s too hard to go at it living alone without you without you, without you …
Track Name: Breathing From The Belly
Took a chance hoping you would deliver on it, instead you spat in my eye
Our promises were never made to be broken – truth isn’t absence of lies
Waiting such a long time, such a long time, my doing’s turning into tries
Made a promise with my best side, gonna live with my feet planted all around the line

And I’m gonna keep on singing it:

Take it slowly
Exhale knowing
Ever growing
Just keep breathing from the belly to the tip of your tongue

Take a walk with the wild and you can’t act surprised when you notice your burned
Fate is such an easy thing to be tempted – I thought by now I would have learned
Working such a long time, such a long time, my peace is something I’ve earned
Stay away from friendly poisons, and now my luck is gonna turn

And I’m gonna keep on singing it:

Take it slowly
Exhale knowing
Ever growing
Just keep breathing from the belly to the tip of your tongue

What makes you think that you can ruin my life?

Take it slowly
Exhale knowing
Ever growing
Just keep breathing from the belly to the tip of your tongue
Track Name: Twice (Little Dragon, arr. J. Stuart)
Twice I turned my back on you
I fell flat on my face but didn't lose
Tell me where would I go
Tell me what led you on I'd love to know

Was it the blue night
Gone fragile
Was it about the men
In wonder steady going under
Was it the light ways
So frightening
Was it a two wills
One mirror holding us dearer now

Thought I had an answer once
But your random ways swept me along
Colossal signs so I got lost
With so many lovers singing soft

Was it the blue night
Gone fragile
Was it about the men
In wonder steady gone under
Was it the light ways
So frightening
Was it a two wills
One mirror holding us dearer now
Track Name: Only Girl (In The World) [Rihanna, arr. J. Stuart]
I want you to love me,
Like I'm a hot ride
Keep thinkin' of me
Doin' what you like
So boy forget about the world
'Cause it's gon' be me and you
tonight
I wanna make your beg for it,
Then Imma make you swallow your
pride

Want you to make me feel
Like I'm the only girl in the world
Like I'm the only one that you'll ever
love
Like I'm the only one who knows
your heart
Only girl in the world
Like I'm the only one that's in
command
'Cause I'm the only one who
understands
How to make you feel like a man
Like I'm the only girl in the world

Want you to take it
Like a thief in the night
Hold me like a pillow,
Make me feel right
Baby I'll tell you all my secrets
That I'm keepin' you can come
inside
And when you enter, you ain't
leavin' You can be my prisoner for
the night

Want you to make me feel
Like I'm the only girl in the world
Like I'm the only one that you'll ever
love
Like I'm the only one who knows
your heart
Only girl in the world
Like I'm the only one that's in
command
'Cause I'm the only one who
understands
How to make you feel like a man
Like I'm the only girl in the world

Take me for a ride, ride
Oh baby, take me high, high
Let me make you rise, rise
Oh make it last all night, night
Take me for a ride, ride
Oh baby, take me high, high
Let me make you rise, rise
Make it last all night

Want you to make me feel
Like I'm the only girl in the world
Like I'm the only one that you'll ever
love
Like I'm the only one who knows
your heart
Only girl in the world
Like I'm the only one that's in
command
'Cause I'm the only one who
understands
How to make you feel like a man

Only girl in the world
Only Girl in the world
Only girl in the world
Only Girl in the world
Track Name: How To Ride A Bicycle
Put it aside, rust through winter then go out for a ride
Better health and good behaviours collide
I just can’t have it any other way

When I was young, Fiona, dad and I would ride just for fun
But I would always be the straggling one
Just once to have it any other way

Very soon the days will come
Well, the gas supply in nearly gone
It will not be easy, but I plan to keep my quiet revolution on

Twiddling thumbs really doesn’t give me comfort or calm
I know it’s easier to sit than to run, but I can’t have it any other way

I have been known for carelessness and I have been close to danger, but I will have
no more remorse
Just once to have it any other way

Very soon the days will come
Well, the gas supply in nearly gone
It will not be easy, but I plan to keep my quiet revolution on

I like to ride, I like to ride my bicycle
I like to ride, I like to ride my bicycle
I like to ride, I like to ride, I like to,
I like to ride, I like to ride my bicycle
Track Name: Passage
Life in less than certain terms in never what you think
What you think

Throwing down the seeds
It’s hard to say where they’ll go
Take from my eyes when I cry
And when I laugh we’ll see who grows

Follow in your step
Only fools would say they know
It’s goes so fast, but also too slow
Catching a rerun of the ‘you’ show

Life in less than certain terms is never what you think
Blinding velvet curtains have a tendency to make you drink
You think you’ve seen it all before
I’d like a look into another world to see
If we were meant to be

Find yourself in love
Or could it be it was just pretend?
What if you found you weren’t wrong
But it was still too late in the end

Can you make me out in the night?
Can you recognize my glow?
Cause when it’s done, I will know
Sneaking a peek at the coroner’s journal

Life in less than certain terms is never what you think
Blinding velvet curtains have a tendency to make you drink
You think you’ve seen it all before
I’d like a look into another world to see
If we were meant to be

Ohhhhh

Life in less than certain terms is never what you think
You think you’ve seen it all before
I’d like a look into another world to see
If we were meant to be
Track Name: Same Girl (Radio Edit)
Started out we were going to school
Half is classes, half life lessons
I don’t care if I’m learning the rules
I’m always the same, always the same girl

Moons passed and I’ve earned some wise
Peel the layers, try some prayers
Times are tough so why should I lie
I’m always the same, always the same girl

Always the same girl

Take the time to travel the world
Rose lenses out of your glasses
Make the most so we all can get by
I’m always the same, always the same girl

Fall in love for the very first time
It’s misguided, fates collided
In the end we’re all gonna die
But I’m always the same, always the same girl

Always the same girl