Five Letters From Far Away

by Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount

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Mike Votava Julia Massey,.. yes please!
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Michael Raley I'm really enchanted by this sequence on Orbiter. Julia & co move further into cosmic/synth territory on this album. Standouts include the ecclesiastical "who silently suffers", The Bass work on "Song of the dying", and the very thoughtful and sweet last track "Here is a stone wall" which leaves the sense Julia and we are decompressing in comfy chairs sipping herb tea together after the show. Favorite track: Orbiter.
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Three Ninjas In my opinion, JMASS et all are the best band in Seattle, hands down.
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1.
TOP 100 02:32
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.
2.
Orbiter 03:50
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
3.
Sri Ma 03:48
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......
4.
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.
5.
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...
6.
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.
7.
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
8.
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?
9.
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
10.
OUTRO 03:00
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
11.
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.

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released December 1, 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, Matt Deason (bass) and Dominic Cortese (drums).

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