change of place

by jackie dunham

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This album has been in the works for almost two years, and is FINALLY. FINISHED. The songs were written between 2006 and 2012.

If anyone is interested in a physical copy, let me know. I would be inclined to hand paint covers and probably include some other fun crap, if you want to pay me $10 or so.

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released November 19, 2013

Written and performed by jackie dunham. Recorded/mixed/mastered by James Rossi, except tracks 4 and 7 recorded and mixed by jackie dunham, mastered by James Rossi.

Recorded in Allston, MA, except track 4 recorded in Boston, MA and track 7 recorded in Brookline, MA.

Thanks to Stacey for putting up with me. Love you.

Super special thanks to Rossi for making this happen.

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Track Name: life raft
storm comes, so sudden
rushes in from the east
in another lifetime, these were ocean winds
but now just blow through city streets

two years ago, we travelled north
and settled in a town
i fell in love with gloucester
but we had to move back down

i wanted so much to stop thinking
that now when i try, i can't
i think i feel us sinking
and no one's throwing a life raft

eight years ago, we drove all night
chased summer down the coast
i fell in love with sarasota
but it wasn't really home

in some recurring dream, we're seventeen
but we have never met
some knot in fate, some chance i didn't take
where would we be right now?

i wanted so much to stop thinking
that now when i try, i can't
i think i feel us sinking
and no one's throwing a life raft

sometimes i wonder
about the paths we choose to take
was there one choice i made that led me here
or was it really fate?

i wanted so much to stop thinking
that now when i try, i can't
i think i feel us sinking
and no one's throwing a life raft
Track Name: february
sketches of flowers, rows of stars
a powerful need to be where you are
it's finally changing, once and for all
and that scares me so much more
than i ever dreamed it would

darkening bricks of my city life
the stars fade away in perpetual light
an aching need to be where you are
but only to escape from all i have become

could a change of place be everything?

but that won't fix me,
solve my puzzle,
put me back together
there is no together to go back to
what i am now is the most i've ever been,
and i can't keep telling myself
you are so much more

locked in this tower, too much to share
these should make it better, but they can't erase the years
a terrible need to forget where you are
forget all the things that remind me of you

destroy your letter, it's not doing any good

but that won't fix me,
solve my puzzle,
put me back together
there is no together to go back to
what i am now is the most i've ever been,
and i can't keep telling myself
you are so much more

but you won't break me,
keep me running
you are not everything
and i am so much more
and i am so much more
and i'll be so much more
Track Name: still
crawl back out of your hole
go for a drive along the coast
shine a light on the ghost
and hope that that makes it weak

cause in darkness, it grows

salt air stings your eyes
gets stuck in your clothes
time won't stop for you
like the water, it flows

the wind breathes and sighs

there's still so much left
that you haven't seen
and there's still time left
to say what you mean

sky fades turquoise and gold
the moon's full and bright
summer is gone
in the blink of an eye

and now onto fall

sweet smoke fills the air
and fills you with peace
it's okay to be okay,
not to feel everything

and it's okay to change

there's still so much left
that you need to see
and there's still time left
to decode what you dream

there's still so much left
that you need to do
and there's still time left
to find out the truth
Track Name: september
all dressed in black and knitted scarves
to keep the heat inside
she grew up near the water
where the tide was always high

bitter bottled anger but
she loved how sweet he seemed
he kept the ocean close for her,
he silenced all the screams

winds of september
winds of change
winds of september
help me rearrange

she wondered whether he could see
her stumbling through the past
she knew he had his hold on her
she hoped it wouldn't last.

the city wasn't bright enough to
keep her from herself
she tried so hard to stay the same she
shattered herself

winds of september
winds of change
winds of september
help me rearrange

driven now to sharpened knives
she wonders what went wrong
when all she wanted was the love
of some forgotten song

winds of september
winds of change
winds of september
help me turn the page
Track Name: the empire's burning
six years ago now, we all moved in
we all left home
to live on our own

that year, i turned 22
dropped out of school
and started over new

the empire, it burned down today
i hope these memories
don't just fade away

sprawled on the couch in summer heat
we'd drink cheap wine and
lose track of time

walks home from allston in the snow
we had each other
to keep out the cold

the empire, it burned down today
i hope these memories
don't just fade away

got on the train at brandon hall
the city seemed so big,
i felt so small

four years ago now, we all moved on
i'll think of that place
long after it's gone.

the empire, it burned down today
i hope these memories
don't just fade away

these memories, they go up in smoke
brookline, you will always feel
like home
Track Name: turn around
he resides in a place
just behind my eyes
the cure for awkward days
and endless lonely nights

victims of time and misspent youth,
our lives collide
the candle is burning faster now
i can't let you pass by

so hold me even if you
don't know how
slow dance in small spaces,
but keep it to yourself
there's no world of second chances here
you may be gone when i turn
around, when i turn around

listening to mozart
and walking home alone
were you always this way
is it all you've ever known?

sidewalk glitters, wet with rain
tell me what to do
i watch your back as you walk away
again, i come unglued

so hold me even if you
don't know how
slow dance in small spaces,
but keep it to yourself
there's no world of second chances here
you may be gone when i turn
around, when i turn around

when i turn around
please turn around

please hold me even if you
don't know how
slow dance in small spaces,
i'll keep it to myself
there's no world of second chances here
you may be gone when i turn
around, when i turn around

when i turn around
please turn around
don't let me drown