Five Letters From Far Away

by Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount

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released 01 December 2012

Julia Massey: vox, keys
Geoff Gibbs: bass
Dominic Cortese: drums

Geoff Gibbs, engineer
David Miner, producer
Carl Saff, mastering

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Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount Seattle, Washington

Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount is a sweetly trippy, magical musical trio led by dreamy flaxen-blonde vocalist/keyboardist Julia and flanked by her happily-raging rhythm section, Geoff B. Gibbs (bass) and Dominic Cortese (drums).

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Track Name: TOP 100
Living in the age of information
Look up a cure, look up a drug
Further hypnotized by the rotation
Light on a screen, below above

So concerned with "are we moving forward?"
But I'm right here, how 'bout that?
How 'bout your children, are they getting older?
Hurry and raise them for what's NEXT!

In your big old bag of tricks-
Your big old bag of tricks
You rummage through the mess
But may we please suggest

Trying not to find
Trying not to find
All the ways you loved me

Trying not to mind
Trying not to mind
Life as can and can't be's.
Track Name: Orbiter
Such good care of you

Weather a storm,
Sew up what's torn.
Make an amend,
Though you may break or bend.
Consider the source,
What's mine's always yours.
But the bodies'll lie
Wrapped up in their minds.

I'm gonna take
I'm gonna take
I'm gonna take

I'm gonna take
I'm gonna take
I'm gonna take

I'm gonna take
I'm gonna take
I'm gonna take

I'm gonna take
I'm gonna take
I'm gonna take
Track Name: Sri Ma
I can tell you about when I was born
Though everyone asked if I was sure
But I was the same as I was before
An unlettered child, and nothing more

ha ha ho ho who who who
ha ha ho ho who who who
ha ha ho ho who who who
ha ha ho ho who......
Track Name: Marquee Malarkey
In the gentle arms of sleep
I buried you deep down
To rest again until we meet
Again in the cold ground

And there's nothing worth repeating
On the surface
It's not worth it

Cause when you hide your pain
You're digging your own grave
'Til you finally save your happiness
But that's not half of why you heard it.

There's a simple price to pay
For putting your name on a marquee
You think you got a taste of fame
That's a lot of malarkey

Cause we don't need a bit of praise
To know that we're okay
Know that you're okay

That fire's burning bright
I'll give you some peace of mind
Turn it into a kite
Fly it over all the land
For a moment you can understand
The string is in your hand
And all the while it's not
Although we all forgot
The thing that does not rot
Knows the plan.

Sometimes, too hard can seem your life
Take time to notice that you're alright

I used to think that life was meant for holding on
But now it seems we all let go of what we learn
Let's capture what feels like a warm sound
And let it be the one that you've always (heard)~

In the gentle arms of sleep
I buried you deep down.
Track Name: Don't Worry 'Bout Us
Go where you will
Seek a new thrill
Cause adventure will still remain

Hedge all your bets on
Cheating your death
While all that you can contain

Stays where it is
Eternally blissed
And joy is the sole refrain

Don't bother with wishes
The truth is delicious
And doesn't require names

Don't worry 'bout us we're fine
Taking our time
Enjoying our station, your imagination
With nothing to feel but alright

Find who you are
Made up of stars
In the wide open universe

In other dimensions
And other intentions
You'll still find the best and worst

In all of existence
And that's our insistence:
Been that way since the first

We laugh at your reasons
That change with the seasons
Pretending it's all a curse

Don't worry 'bout us we're fine
Taking our time
Enjoying our station, your imagination
With nothing to feel, nothing to feel
But alright

Go share it with your neighbor
Go share it with your neighbor
Go share it with your neighbor

Don't worry 'bout us
Don't worry 'bout us

Don't worry 'bout us
Don't worry 'bout us

I won't let you down
I will not give you up
Have some faith in yourself
It's the one good thing that I've got

I won't let you down
I will not give you up
Cause I would really really love to stick around
Oh yeah, oh yeaaaaaaaah

Don't worry 'bout us
Don't worry 'bout us

Don't worry 'bout us
Don't worry 'bout us

Don't worry 'bout us
Don't worry 'bout us...
Track Name: Back Door Open
You may not yet know
But you left the back door open
In your house of a heart
And all of your guests went roaming
Rooooooooooooooooooooooaming
Rooooooooooooooooooooooaming

They went 'round the front
And took in the grass and sidewalk
But did not stray far
For fear that they might be locked out
Looooooooooooooooooooocked out
Looooooooooooooooooooocked out

Hey, you,
I told ya
You're golden!
Be, who
You hope for, you are sure

In this empty chair
Sit all your beloved lost ones
Now try not to cry
Cause life's meant for having lots of fun

It's just a story that you heart forgot
It's remembering
The way back home is not the way we thought
Cause you eyes can't see
You're all ready
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

You may not yet know
But you left the back door open
In your house of a heart
And all of your guests went roaming.
Track Name: Song Of The Dying
Grown in the womb when she was eighteen
And the soul come to teach her was sweet and serene
She painted with mud on warm summer sidewalks
And collected cicadas who shed their shells right off

They lived on her dresser until the next year
When fresh new reminders of death reappeared
Mama, she asked, what's become of their souls?
And the mama, she knew but she said, I don't know,

And instead asked a question of her perfect babe,
She said, where did you live before you knew your name?
And the journeying child whose present was youth
Looked at the shells on her dresser and cooed,

La la la la la when I died
My thoughts became raindrops and fell from the sky
They washed all the grass and cicadas in the meadow
As I kissed my old body goodbye and hello and goodbye

The mother grew ill when the girl was eighteen
And whispered in languages sweet and serene
The dreams of the dying remembered the child
As part of the beauty that life put on trial

And her mother's body called love's eye to witness
Asking her daughter to cure her last sickness
And the journeying child whose present was new
Looked at the shell of her mother and cooed,

La la la la la when you die
Your thoughts become raindrops and fall from the sky
They'll wash all the grass and cicadas in the meadow
As you kiss your old body goodbye and hello and goodbye
Track Name: Who Silently Suffers?
Here's a dream, poorly spent
Make it seem innocent
Here's your son, here's your daughter
Not by blood but not much farther
Can't you see? You're related
To the things that you've hated

Who silently suffers?
Who silently suffers?

If I believed in a karma
I might see through this torture
But for now, it's a madness
Taking over what we've had since
Salivating vengeance hoarders
Started stocking judges orders

Who silently suffers?
Who silently~

God forbid that you're right
I swear I'll get out the scissors
In the middle of the night
I don't care if I'm seen-
Tell your brothers and sisters
Not to wait up for me
That it was all meant to be

Who silently suffers?
Who silently

I looked over Jordan and what did I see?
A band of angels coming after me.

There's a difference, Henry David,
Nights and lives, when you're slated
As the picture of the problem
When the truth wasn't called in
This is my last confession:
We all die by one weapon.

Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me

Carry me

Coming for to carry me home

Coming for to carry me home

Coming for to carry me home.

I looked over Jordan and what did I see?
Track Name: There Is A Song
There is a song
And it can only be sung by you
Can't give it away
Surrender or lose
And these contraverses
Wish you agreed
Just like those holly pricks
On your short sleeves.

How do we care for what we have?
Flawed as we are, fragile and bare
Fickle as hope, strong as the spring
Turning back around
Still worth saving I've found.

Promises made with earnest intent
I'll always be here for you, my dear friend
Until the day I've forgotten my own name
Still worth saving the same

Hold on, hold on, hold on,
Hold on, hold on, let it go again
Still worth saving, my friend
Track Name: OUTRO
I was always so hard to find
Underneath the table each night
Watch your feet, hear your voices

Taken to the memory each time
Everybody has enough light
To review all the choices

In a busy brain
Thinks it's pretty smart
Stillness waits with nothing tearing it apart

Turn it into magic
Life's not meant for tragic circumstances
Always turn around.

I was always so hard to find
I was always so hard to find
Hiding out in the cosmos

Heading on my first solo flight
Catching up on new ways to fly
Letting go of the shadow
Track Name: Here Is A Stone Wall
Here is a stone wall
Here is a hard fall
Here is a long rope
Here is a small hope

Here is a porch swing
Watching every sunset sing
Here is a soft goodnight
Don't let the bedbugs bite.

Here are the fireflies
Lighting up the summer skies
Caught in a jar of glass
Poke some holes in them to help them last

Here are the hard goodbyes
Love you 'til the day I die
Here's where regrets all fade
Into the light from which you're made

And here is the warm sand
Sifting through your perfect hand
Here's where you laugh again
In the memory of a friend

And here's where you find the truth
It's the heart and soul of you
Here's where the body fades
Beautiful in every way

Here's where the songs we've sung
Weave into the constant one
Turn all your fears to love
There is nothing left undone

And here is the porch swing
Letting all the sunsets sing
Here is a soft goodnight
Don't let the bedbugs bite.