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Big News. Big Changes.

Hi friends!


How are you? We are doing just fine--thanks for asking :) No really...we are and we have some major news for you. We want to share it with you...and it’s finally time. Hoo-freaking-ray!

Have you ever felt stuck? Like, really stuckkkkkk. Not a temporary “funk-stuck”---but in a really, really, thick stuck-ness? (Very technical term.) Well, if you’ve ever had that feeling, we feel ya. Cause that’s where we’ve been. And I hesitate to say “been” like it’s past tense...because we are still kind of in that...but we are taking active steps towards getting unstuck, like woah, and we’re going to tell you what that means.

Last year we wrote an eBook about finding inspiration and one of the exercises we suggested is to “change up your routine or shake things up” when you’re feeling stuck. So, being people who don’t like to give advice unless we’re willing to take it, we did. Like, we reallllllllly did. You ready for this? Here’s the short story:

  1. Jill sold her house in Nashville where we both were living.
  2. We sold almost ALL of our belongings.
  3. We are going on an adventure (and you’re coming with us. Please don’t leave us. Ha!)

WHAT? Have you guys lost your ever-loving minds? I’m envisioning your brains squealing to a halting stop right about now. Say what? Yup. We did it guys. Sold every piece of furniture. Sold every piece of artwork except for one painting. Had a garage sale. Gave approximately 2 full car loads to Goodwill. We each kept a few bins of “keepsake memorabilia” in storage, but other than that, we are FREE. We are now each traveling with one suitcase, carry-on roller bag, a backpack, and a purse (and of course our guitars!). And it feels amazing. So freeeeee! We’ve really taken the minimalism thing to the next level...haha! (Thanks Marie Kondo)

Now, let’s back up to how we got to this decision.

In May of this year we recorded some acoustic covers. We had such a good time recording our Acoustic Covers Vol 1 album in 2014, that we decided to do more. Our awesome licensing company in LA was also excited about having these new songs to pitch for TV/Film because covers are SO HOT RIGHT NOW...or so sayeth the cool kids.

So, we decided the theme was going to be “throwbacks” and we sat down to try and make some of these favorite songs our own. We started with the upbeat, life-giving anthem by Cyndi Lauper: Girls Just Want To Have Fun! We began messing around with the song, and low and behold, this EPICALLY sad, slow, tear-at-your-heart, make-you-refill-your-wine-glass-5-times version comes out. We sort of just looked at each other with blank stares. Then there were a few tears. Because we had this realization: we weren’t having any fun anymore.

We wanted to...but we just weren’t. We still knew that we loved music. That we loved songs. We loved writing. Singing. Harmony. Melody. The way music just reaches down deep inside of you...we still loved it...but we weren’t having any FUN anymore. In all of the hustle and bustle...the trying to make it work...we lost the element of fun. It was work. It was struggle.  And if you know us at all or have been following us for any amount of time, you know that we LOVE fun. Fun is life, guys. And we just weren’t having any. We wanted the lighthearted, the laughter, the spontaneous....and it just wasn’t happening.

The last few years have been a hard blur of sorts. We lost one of our dearest to cancer. We lost jobs. We lost money. Loss was a common theme. Not sure what it was, but we just couldn’t seem to get over the hump of stuck-ness. However, we weren’t ready to be done either.

We DEFINITELY don’t feel like it’s over. So don’t go thinking this is a “the end” blog because we know and we hope you know: the only way to fail is to quit and we have about ZERO plans of quitting so...yeah. Just needed to put that out there :) People like you have kept us going and keep us going. Your emails, meeting you at shows, hearing you respond and relate to our songs and our blogs. You guys bring meaning to us and inspire us to keep making music, writing, and sharing life with you guys. 

We’ve had an incredible career so far and we are honestly so grateful...and we’ve definitely had bouts of success. It’s not like we’ve totally failed. But, the last couple years have been so stressful...and mostly stressful because we’ve been trying to make money from music and like any indie musician will tell you, it’s tough. For the past couple years we have invested, invested, invested in every aspect...and we have seen the return on investment in almost every area, except for financially. And we’re still believing that one day that will turn around--we 100% believe that we will make livings off of our music and songwriting, etc. But right now, it’s not happening. We’ve been so fortunate to have other awesome jobs to help us pay the bills, and we still do.

Anyway, we just sort of found ourselves in this spot where we’d played the big stages, traveled the world, lived the big dream...but also, nannied, eaten beans and rice, and gone into debt from making investments in our career. We invested everything we had and got to a point where we had to decide. Stop? Change? Quit? Keep going hoping for the best? 

So, one day in June, Jill said out of the blue: what if I sell my house and we can pay off some bills, chase some fun, find some inspiration, and kick-off a new season. We needed to get unstuck and shake things up. Chase the things that are life-giving. My immediate answer was: YES. And so twenty-something odd days later, the house was on the market and 10 days after that, it sold. Sayyyyy whaaaaaaat? SOLD.

Honestly, and this is hard to say, but neither one of us thought that life would turn out like this. At this point in our lives we both thought we’d have songs on the radio, be touring more, be winning Grammys (hello 7th grade dream), have “established” careers and so on. And on personal levels, we thought maybe we’d each have awesome husbands right now...maybe have each had some kiddos….but that’s just not the way things have turned out. And of course we struggle with comparing our lives to our friends, peers, and strangers our age. 

But, life doesn’t always go the way you think it’s going to go and maybe you’re reading this also thinking that you thought you’d be somewhere else or life would look differently. And you know what...that’s okay. Why? Because we’re all in this together. And it’s never too late. Ever. And where we are, and where you are, in life, is right where we’re supposed to be. We truly believe and trust that this is true. We also believe it’s possible to make change. Don’t believe the lie that says you’re stuck, it’s over, things will never change, etc. It’s just not true.

One thing that we’ve talked about FOR YEARS and you all have told us to do FOR YEARS, we are finally going to do. This new adventure season is the perfect time to do it. Friends, will you go on this adventure with us?

We give you: GIRLS JUST POD TO HAVE FUN (coming this fall!)

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Ahhhh that’s right. (Also, doesn’t everybody have a podcast now?) This is our podcast about fun and what to do with life when it hasn’t turned out the way you thought it would. This podcast will be following our journey (it’ll be a journey because we really don’t have many plans yet or know the outcome of anything) back to finding the FUN in life....interviewing our fun friends, having serious talks and ridiculous talks...all while recording it for you.

Here’s something we talk about in our first episode, but it’s crazy you guys. When you move, movement happens. Change begets change. The day after we decided to sell Jill’s house and go on this adventure, we had told a total of zero people. But, literally the day after our decision, our phones both buzzed with a text from our friend Luke who is a ridiculously talented producer. His text said he wanted to produce 4 songs for us and that he had a hole in his schedule freeing him up to work most of August and September. We’ve been wanting to work with him for ages, but he’s a really busy dude. He’s produced stuff for Walker Hayes, David Kroll and so many other awesome artists. So, we did it. The last 6 weeks before closing on the house we recorded 4 new songs! We made HAVING FUN a priority and IT WAS SO FUN. (Scroll down to the bottom of this blog to see more pics from the studio.)

So, we are also going to be releasing NEW MUSIC too. It might be those 4 songs or we might go back and record a few more, but really...those 4 are almost done and we think you are going to love them. We LOVE them.

So, our first stop on this new adventure is New England. Because, obviously. New England is where we met and started this whole shindig circa 14 years ago. New England is where we both graduated from college. It is also where Jill is a straight-up native and her parents still live in a house that is a quarter-mile from the ocean (all the praise hands!) New England is where some of our best friends still live. So, last Friday, September 29th, we loaded up Jill’s car (mine is staying in Nashville so we have wheels when we’re back) and we hit the road. We drove all day, spent the night in Virginia, and made the rest of the drive Saturday. We literally drove straight to the ocean and it was pitch black, but we had to see it. We had to document the end of a hard, stuck season and feel the 40-degree ocean air fill our lungs with hope, newness, and an excitement down deep in our bones. We took this picture and had to use the flash because it was PITCH BLACK. But look at the excitement on our faces! Look at it, guys. It’s real.

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People have asked us what “our plans” are, and frankly, we don’t have many or any that are set in stone.  Except to be in the moment and to be present as much as possible. To chase the things that are life-giving to us. To experience freedom and joy again. To re-ignite our passion for what we were made to do: sharing stories through making music. When you don't have plans, it leaves room for anything to happen. And we are up for anything. We can't wait to find out what it is.

So there you have it. We told our friend Bob our “plans” (ps. what’s a word for non-planned-plan, cause we need one) and he said, “Oh, it’s what the Australians call a “walkabout.” Yes, perfect. Of course the Aussie’s know what’s up: A walkabout. So we want you to join us on this walkabout for two reasons:

  1. We like you and we’d like the company.

  2. We will test out this theory for you. We will see if you can really get yourself unstuck and turn your life around. Therefore, if it turns out really badly, you can learn from us and not do the same thing...haha. But if it works...it’ll be proof that you can get unstuck and chase fun yourself too.

So, let’s do this thing. Podcast, coming soon. New music, coming soon. FUN, coming soon. Change, coming soon.

Thank you guys for being in this with us. We’re in it with you. Let’s go.

Jill and Kate

First day headed into the studio..

First day headed into the studio..

Working on a song. That's Luke in the middle and  Seth Earnest  who co-produced these songs with Luke. He is a GEM. So creative. So humble. 

Working on a song. That's Luke in the middle and Seth Earnest who co-produced these songs with Luke. He is a GEM. So creative. So humble. 

Jill in her happy place.

Jill in her happy place.

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Who Wants To Have Fun?

Hey!

So if you’ve been following along the last few days via email or on our social media, you will have heard this exciting news that we have to share: WE RECORDED NEW ACOUSTIC COVERS!

Woohooooo! We are so pumped. At live shows and on our socials you guys have been pretty vocal about your love for our first acoustic covers album, so we thought...WHY NOT DO MORE? We are so living on the edge, folks. Hahaha…

Our first Acoustic Covers album had a theme. They were all female pop songs that we loved. If you haven’t listened yet...you can listen to them here! Our #1 streamed song on Spotify is Baby One More Time...yes, you read that correctly! So, we obviously wanted to do a theme for these next covers and we landed on THROWBACKS. Who doesn’t love a great #TBT y’all? We do. So, that’s the general theme for these new covers and we are SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR YOU TO HEAR THEM. Like--they might be some of our most favorite work that we’ve EVER recorded.

So, you want to know what our first release is going to be? We have been leaving hints on our socials...some of you guessed….both correctly and incorrectly, but we LOVED all of your guesses...and by far our favorite guess/suggestion was that it was going to be Smelly Cat from FRIENDS. Hahaha. Best. Idea. Ever. Why didn’t we think of that??

So, without further ado...our first release is: GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN. And you know why we picked that one? Because, GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN. Hahaha...ok, maybe it’s not that simple. Here’s the backstory about why we landed on this song.

There are SO many unbelievable songs out there that sometimes it’s hard to narrow down which songs to cover. But, as we started looking at songs, we wanted to take popular throwbacks and put our own twist on them. Put our very own j&k stamp on them. Some covers are fun to make very similar to the original...but, with most of these new covers we wanted to make them totally different and totally our own.

We have always loved this song...with its carefree attitude and synth glory...and when we started singing the song & messing around on the acoustic guitar...this slow, sort of epically heartbreaking song came out. The song is harmony-driven and since we slowed it down it makes you think of the words in a different way than before. This song sort of unlocked something in both of us. We went to record this happy song and somehow this sad song came out. Weird how music teaches us something about ourselves that we might not even know yet.

For us, we realized that we aren’t having as much fun as we want to be having. That may be that balance has gotten a little bit out of whack--the pressures of being an adult human have maybe encroached on the ability to let loose and have fun. You obviously need balance in life and it can't all be fun-tea-la-la, but we think that we’ve gotten a bit out of balance. Funny how this song opened our eyes to that. It was sort of several layers underneath in both of us but singing this song (over and over again) brought that to the light.

Not sure if you are like this, but sometimes it’s the music and lyrics of someone else’s song that just causes something inside of you to break open and come alive. Who knew that Cyndi Lauper would have that effect on us? Haha! It was a good wake up call and we have made some changes because of it. We’ll be sharing more about what we mean by that in the days and weeks to come...but...for now...we are just excited for you to hear the song! Oh, what’s that you say? You want to see that single artwork for GJWTHF? (Yes we’ve resorted to typing GJWTHF because typing out Girls Just Want To Have Fun over and over again is taxing, people!)

So here it is:

The photo was shot by the incredibly talented Pockets Of Film photography. 

We can’t wait for you to hear it. YAY. YAY. YAY.

Thanks for the excitement and for being the best fans/friends two girls could ask for. Keep your eyes on our socials...we'll let you know when it hits iTunes & Spotify, etc.

Lets.Do.This.

j&k

 

 

New Albums in 2015 (#31DaysofBlogging)

As today we put out a brand NEW album...LULLABIES....today’s blogging train takes us to a different album we released this year, ELEVEN.

Flashback with us for a moment if you will:

It’s 2005. We are still just starting out as “Jill and Kate” and we are driving across the country for one reason or another. (Can’t remember exactly why, but it likely involved us playing really awkward open mics at venues with names like “Uncle Buck’s Rock & Roll Grill” or “The Fat Bean Coffeehouse.”) *True*

Anyways. We stop in NYC to see a friend of ours who worked at a big record label there. She gives us a huge stack of CD’s to listen to on our road trip. Some were older bands with new records and some were brand new bands. So we work our way through the stack...and about the 3rd CD we pop in, we hear this band that we begin to FLIP OUT OVER.

“Everyone knows I’m in over my head, over my head….with 8 seconds left in overtime, she’s on your mind, she’s on your mind….”

REPEAT. REPEAT. REPEAT.

The band was called The Fray and they were about to explode. And little ol’ J&K over here were their new biggest fans. We wore that album OUT for the rest of that year.

Now Flash Forward with us...to 2012.

We are singing backup for Kelly Clarkson and we find out that the summer tour is going to be a co-headlining tour with...THE FRAY. We were so stoked. Their music had been the soundtrack to so many of our long drives from city to city in our silver minivan playing our little hearts out across this country over the last 7 years.

So we toured with The Fray all summer and got to know the guys in the band really well. They were as super as we’d hoped they would be.

When we got off the road, we continued to hang out with Dave Welsh (the ridiculously talented guitar player in The Fray) and his hilarious wife Emily in Nashville. He produced some re-mixes of some of our songs from Heart Of Stone and we started talking about making some new music together. Enter our album: ELEVEN.

So, back to current day….

On February 17 of this year, we released our album ELEVEN which was produced by Dave Welsh of The Fray. And Ben Wysocki, drummer in The Fray, played drums on it. We were so stoked for you guys to hear this album. It was different for us. More pop. More production. Songs that we wrote that reflected on our 11 years of working together. An album that was produced by someone who we were a fan of 10 years before. Crazy.

We put this album out in the midst of a strange time. We didn’t get to promote it as much as we would’ve liked. We were waiting to see what was going to happen with the reality show.

ELEVEN was recorded in our 11th year of working together. We have journeyed through a lot in those 11 years and we had no idea what was about to come in year 12….more on that as #31DaysOfBlogging continues….

{Side note}: DREAM BIG, guys. Don’t limit your dreams and goals. Who would’ve thought in 2005 when we were just hearing about this new band, The Fray, that several years later, one of them would be producing OUR album? It’s crazy.
Same with us singing with Kelly. Who would’ve thought that when we were rockin’ out to SUBG with the rest of the world in our cars, we’d be singing that WITH her every night on stage for 6 years? Don’t ever forget that you can dream big and expect GREAT things. Life is one huge opportunity. 
Much love.....j&k

 


 

 

 

Why We Made A LULLABIES Album

SURPRISE! We made a LULLABIES ALBUM!

You can now pre-order our brand new LULLABIES album right here, right now, with a world-wide digital release coming December 4th, 2015! When you pre-order, you receive an autographed copy of the physical album that will ship before the release, one of the tracks, “Angels Watching Over You” immediately, AND $5 of every pre-order is being donated to the amazing kids at Houses of Hope Africa.

Here is the story on why we made an album full of lullabies.

One of our best friends, Jenny, is a mom of two boys (Jackson & Micah) and she’s been asking for well over four years for us to make her an album of songs that her kids can fall asleep to. Well, she is pregnant again and so we decided now was the time. We decided to surprise her with the gift of the album at her baby shower, which happened last night (!!!) The pic was taken a minute after we surprised her!

You guys...keeping this secret was pretty much pure torture since she is one of our best friends. But, the surprise was so awesome! She didn’t know that we’ve spent the last few months writing and recording these songs and to finally be able to talk about it and share it with her and with YOU GUYS makes us SO happy.

When we started we thought, “Ok, let’s write some kids’ songs.” But as we got into the project we realized we had the opportunity to speak important words over these little ones. These are words that will play while they drift off into unconsciousness and all of a sudden we took writing this album very seriously. What do we want these little friends to know? What do we want to be reconfirmed in their hearts and minds? We have the chance to speak life, joy, dreams, and love over them. Then as the songs began to come out we realized that adults could relate to most of these messages just as much as kids. So yes, while lullabies are generally for kids, we think these songs are for the kid and the kid in the adult in all of us.

Night time can be a scary time. Just the darkness of night can sometimes feel overwhelming. It can be a time of loneliness and restlessness. Not sure if it’s this way for you, but for us, that can be the time that fear, anxiety and worry starts to creep into our minds. That’s when doubt starts to rise within us from our core. The silence and darkness can fill those voids with negative voices. Having experienced those very things firsthand, we decided to start writing from that perspective. What could be the antidote to those thoughts? What would we want spoken over our own children if we had them? What would we have wanted spoken over us when we were young? What do we want to speak over ourselves now?

Words that speak peace, unconditional love, and hope. Child-like prayers. The ability to dream big dreams and believe that anything is possible. Asking God to be near us. Words that remind us that we are safe. That we can be brave. What if we replaced the negative voices with ones of love and positivity? That’s what we wanted these songs to communicate.

We wanted this album to be different...and it is. We’ve never done anything like this before. We set out with a goal in mind that really came out of a desire to give a gift to a friend. But, like life, the outcome was different than we could’ve ever imagined.

We’ve also never released anything that no one has ever heard before. So it’s extra exciting and who doesn’t love a good surprise? Woohoo! Thank you to our amazing fans that have waited patiently for new music. Thank you for being the ones we thought of as we made this album...we kept thinking...man, we hope (fill in your name here) will like it.

We hope that this album resonates with your soul. That it lulls you to sleep. That it brings hope. That it brings peaceful sleep.

Let us all help each other walk in positivity towards the light.

Much love,

Jill and Kate

 

 

Acoustic Covers Album

Well...we finally did it...we went into the studio and recorded some of our very favorite covers!!!  You guys have been asking us to do it for a while & guess what??? We DID!!! Wooohoooo!!! We started covering songs on our blog/YouTube channel years ago and have gotten such kind responses...we decided to pick a few of our favorites and put them on an album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-UPEX2p5Zc

Now, we know what your first question is going to be...WHAT SONGS DID YOU PICK TO COVER?

Well, we aren't spilling that just yet. What you do need to know is that we will be releasing our first SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO on February 11th. Ahhhhhh.....we are so excited!

So stay tuned and keep being our awesome family of supporters!! You guys are our promotion team. You guys are our publicity. So thank you for sharing our music with your friends, thank you for RTing our tweets...thank you, thank you.

We are so proud of these covers and so proud to call you a part of our team. We couldn't do it without you. Seriously.

We are all in this together.

xoxo

j&k

New Song on March 17th, 2013 "Best For You"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJAn6L4Dx1o Best For You

I've heard the things you've said about me Cause everybody talks in this tiny town And You're throwing your words all around You never did learn how to shut your mouth

You're a sad little boy You got nothing to show After 10 long years On a dead end road If you stayed up high Well you might have made it But you're so afraid of loneliness You're digging your grave

And I still wish the best for you There are days that I miss you And I still wish there was something I could say or do I still wish the best for you

I see your face in a photograph Hanging on the wall in white and black And I can't take it down It's the one with your arms wrapped around my neck

We were perfect for each other we were one in the same Now your running with the others and you're bashing my name It must be hard to be so afraid But I still love you at the end of the day

If all my love was wasted If all you said was never true If all my love was wasted At least I wasted it on you

(c) Jill and Kate, 2013.

JillandKate's New Song on March 17th, 2012-"ONE DAY"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB_OWOW-TsU&feature=youtu.be ONE DAY

I see you You don't look the same I hear you But your voice has changed I wanted to keep you safe But you're stubborn and strong Think you found what you want And you'll never change

One day you might ask me why I can't tell you how I've tried To keep you from running away but you turned your back on me One day I might tell you why Why I couldn't stand beside you Watch you take your own damn life

I'm sorry this is not enough I'm broken by what you call love You wanted to keep me close When it was convenient for you To have someone to use So you weren't alone

(C) jillandkate, 2012.

You Oughta Know Series: TaRee Music

You Oughta Know....our friend TaRee!!

So y'all know how much we love music. Obviously. So, this will come as no surprise that we are recommending some new music for ya. Do yourself a favor & check out our friend TaRee. She is a super soulful Gospel singer and released an awesome EP titled "Crazy Love" earlier this year. You will love her voice and her catchy songs. For real.

Plus, she is a super sweet, bubbly person in real life. It's always nice to see people who enjoy what they do and you can definitely see that she loves to sing. You can check out her YouTube Channel with all sorts of amazing covers of popular songs. Our favorites from the EP are: "All We Are" & "Did You Know."

So, go check out her FB page, "Like" her, watch a few of her YouTube videos, follow her on twitter @tareemusic

Get to know her! TaRee...can't wait to see what you do next!

-j&k-

Click here for past entries in the You Oughta Know Series.

Hong Kong!

Well we made it to Hong Kong last night and it's pretty amazing over here! We are 13 hours in the future from home in Nashville...but don't worry...we won't tell you guys what happens...haha... Last night at dinner we learned our first Cantonese word.  It's "thank you"...but we didn't learn how to spell it so we'll just spell it out how it sounds.  "Mmm-goi" Yup. Now you've learned something new.

Mmm-Goi for all the good music recommendations in the comment section...hearing about new music is the BEST.

-j&k-

Currently listening to...

On Jill's iPod: -Gretel (Their new album...it's awesome!)

-Heart (Greatest hits)

-Ray LaMontagne (Gossip in the Grain...i love "A Falling Through")

 

On Kate's iPod:

-Adele (My fav song is "Best for Last")

-Trisha Yearwood (Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love)

-The Weepies (Say I Am You)

Tomorrow's the day...

Well, kids...the days have flown by and here we are on the eve of December 9th. Yay! Kate and i are very excited for you guys to hear the new music...thank you all SO much for your awesome emails, comments, support....etc!  So here's the deal: We want a lot of people to hear about this EP release so we need your help! Think you can do it? We do. :)

Tomorrow, get the word out. Email your friends, leave it as your AIM away message, put it up as your Facebook status, make it a Myspace bulletin, Twitter it, Blog it, Vlog it, Smog it, Frog it...okay i got a little carried away with that, but you get the idea. :)  Tell everyone you know about the JillandKate EP "Finding My Own Way"....yeahhhh!

It'll be on iTunes in America and www.CDBaby.com worldwide!

Stay tuned tomorrow for multiple J&K updates... :)

-jill (and kate)

New Song on the 17th!

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BRING YOU BACK TO LIFE

On many dark days I have held my breath

And driven past the graveyards

Stood outside searching in the sky

Shouting at the shooting stars

Staring at the clock every time it hits

11:11 I have made a wish for you

I wish you back to me

 

And I tell myself

That I'm alright

But I know it's a lie

And so I try

To bring you back to life

To bring you back to life

 

On many cold nights I have driven to our door

Hoping it would open

Standing with the flowers in my hand

Wilted up and waiting

65 days, 300 more and nothing's gonna change

Everyday

I'll wish you back to me

 

And I tell myself

That I'm alright

But I know it's a lie

And so I try

To bring you back to life

To bring you back to life

 

I'm blowing out your candles this year

I'm catching all your snowflakes

I'm crying all your tears

 

And I tell myself

That I'm alright

But I know it's a lie

And so I try

To bring you back to life

To bring you back to life

 

© J. Pickering, K. Rapier, 2008.