Gone Baby

by Jess Best

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Jess Best - vocals, keyboards, background vocals, axatse
Jeff Berman - electric guitar, Ghanaian drums
Nate Mondschein - drums
Louis Russo - bass
Derek Frank - keyboards, synth
Jeremy Crimm, Myles Potters - trumpet
Malec Heermans - trombone
Tennessee Mowrey - Ghanaian drums
Will Fraker, Faith Harding, Tory Mathieson, Claire Miller, Rob Roth, Jacqueline Soro, Mariana Quinn-Makwaia - vocals

engineered and mixed by Jared Paul
produced by Jess Best and Jared Paul
mastered by Kevin Blackler
mixed at Spaceman Sound
recorded at Mavericks and Wesleyan's Memorial Chapel

assistant produced by Mel Hsu and Josh Smith
live recording by Sam Long
artwork and design by Kayla Stoler

Special thanks to Bobby Lurie, who gave us the space for the spontaneous, experimental, emotional, and absurd moments that make up this album.

Released by RMI Records
www.jessbest.com

Here’s to creating music that feels like a part of you and then letting yourself go.

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released November 22, 2014

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Track Name: Hurt A Lot
Hurt A Lot

Oh it’s not enough
to hurt a lot
hurt a lot
and oh it’s not enough
to hurt a lot
hurt a lot

everything I’ve ever loved is floating on the outskirts of a cloud
I can see them now
everyone I’ve ever loved is living on the other side of me
and I can hardly breathe
cause they’re gone

and it’s not enough
to hurt a lot
hurt a lot
oh it’s not enough
to hurt a lot
hurt a lot
Track Name: Now That I Got It
Now That I Got It

When I face the day I get lost in predilection
wondering what to say when you sense my introspection
and I’ve been apologizing for acting with intention
oh, you know I just want your attention

And now that I got it
swear I won’t do it again
live in the moment
and actually try to be friends
now that I got it
swear I won’t do it again
live in the moment
and let this cycle end
til it starts again
til it starts again

Shedding light on space only fills me with desire
and we both feed the burn when we linger on the fire
but you see through my words cause lord knows they don’t matter
just talking to hold your stare, a little bit longer

And now that I got it
swear I won’t do it again
live in the moment
and actually try to be friends
now that I got it
swear I won’t do it again
live in the moment
and let this cycle end
until it starts

I can’t make up my mind to go or stay
so I keep you in this limbo state
throwing rocks at the water
watch the birds as they scatter
unmoving and tired
can you hold me for a while?

and now that I got it
swear I won’t do it again
live in the moment
and actually try to be friends
now that I got it
swear I won’t do it again
live in the moment
and let this cycle end
now that I got it
swear I won’t do it again
live in the moment
and actually try to be friends
now that I got it
swear I won’t do it again
live in the moment
and let this cycle end
‘til it starts again
‘til it starts again
‘til it starts again
Track Name: Gotta Give
Gotta Give

Oh that taste
got the grip I can’t escape it
silent space
created by my innovation
oh these days
feeling like a situation
locked in phase
got the grip I can’t escape it

But I wanna give something to you
So I gotta be something for you (4x)

But I’m all by myself and I’m feeling like a baby
cause you love someone else and you always tell me maybe
so I’m hiding myself cause then otherwise I’m crazy
and you fall into flying as if it’s gonna save me (2x)

save me
save me
save me

Fold the page
‘til the time that you can face it
time and place
we’ll know it when we’re both embracing
lead the way
I’m tired of anticipating
free to say
anything that you’ve been feeling


But I wanna give something to you
So I gotta be something for you (4x)

But I’m all by myself and I’m feeling like a baby
cause you love someone else and you always tell me maybe
so I’m hiding myself cause then otherwise I’m crazy
and you fall into flying as if it’s gonna save me (2x)

save me
save me
save me
Track Name: Pull
Pull

I want you
and I don’t know why
you brew
tears in my eyes
and it’s true
I don’t have a second to think
cause I’m holding you
like I’ve wanted to

oh it takes a little bit of focus to get over
but right now I’m pulling you closer
and I’ve been studying the way to resist giving in
but mind and body
disconnect when you’re in front of me

I get low
when you’re not around
oh you get to me
without a sound
and it’s real
the way I forget all this shit
when you’re holding me
so tenderly

oh it takes a little bit of focus to get over
but right now I’m pulling you closer
and I’ve been studying the way to resist giving in
but mind and body
disconnect when you’re in front of me


mind and body disconnect (repeat)
Track Name: You're The Water
You're the Water

It started on an afternoon
when we were walking side by side in solitude
the trees were smiling like they knew
and you hummed my favorite tune

we became a part of the day
closing in on distance face to face
the silences induce the ache
so I hum my favorite tune

then the sky falls down
and it feels like I’m alone
standing in a river
and you’re the water

crossing lines we never drew
noticing how long it takes to get through to you
you say it’s what you have to do
to hum a different tune

then the sky falls down
and it feels like I’m alone
standing in a river
and you’re the water

oh the way that it goes
makes me act like I don’t even care
so the better half of me
lies down before the words appear

visions of our past take shape
and I start to resemble my mistakes
I think about you every day
picture us hummin’ my favorite tune

then the ground starts to shake
and it feels like I’m alone
then the ground starts to shake
and it feels like I’m alone
then the ground starts to shake
and it feels like I’ve done wrong

I watched you slip right through my fingers,
just like water
Track Name: Wake Up, I'm Coming
Wake Up, I'm Coming

Baby please wake up, I’m coming back
All the time I thought we’d never have
Baby please wake up, I’m coming back,
I’m coming back

Seven years have passed and how it flew
Since the day you left, I promised I’m coming back for you
Baby please wake up, I’m coming back,
I’m coming back

When you lose someone you fall so far
Saying, “who the hell do you think you are,
bringing them back to reality?”
Find a thousand ways to fall apart
Come together on a falling star

Baby please wake up, I’m coming back
All the time I thought we’d never have
Baby please wake up, I’m coming back,
I’m coming back
Track Name: Oh My
Oh My

Ten feet off the ground
I’ve been here too long
Waiting to come down
If you’ll follow me there

I can’t see at all
Feeling like a cloud
When you brought me here
You said you’d get me out

But you think I don’t care when you offer me to go away
It don’t go that way
Sun is high and we’re there sitting underneath the willow tree
With a gentle breeze
Getting lost in the sky is a daily opportunity
You give to me
But we’re there sitting high and you offer me to go away
and I can only say

Oh my, oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my, oh my (2x)

I can’t hear at all
When you try to speak
But I see you fly
In a fluid motion

I can’t see at all
Feeling like a cloud
And I hit a wall
There’s no denying it

But you think I don’t care when you offer me to go away
It don’t go that way
Sun is high and we’re there sitting underneath the willow tree
With a gentle breeze
Getting lost in the sky is a daily opportunity
You give to me
But we’re there sitting high and you offer me to go away
and I can only say

Oh my, oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my, oh my (2x)
Track Name: Champagne
Champagne

I get along and it’s okay
When you’re near me I go insane, yeah
I get along and it’s okay
But then you’re hoping again
and you owe it to me

Times change and you let go
I get so upset I can’t sleep, no
But you’re hoping again and you do it again, yeah
Tell me what you want and I’ll be there for you

Sweet dreams when you wake up
Open eyes will come in between
Cause when I see you again I start dreaming again
Better days are still in the dark

Oh these air people
Take me away from where I was going to
Floating with people
Take me away
I don’t even know from where I came
Track Name: Waterfall
Waterfall

Sometimes the water falls
Between two trees
And then the light will bend into an opening
I’ve never felt so close to you
Magnolia, my obstacle

The smokey mountains wail
Until they can’t
and everyone around’s tryin to sing with them
The other day you came to me
Magnolia, my sanity

The only saving grace
Comes quietly
Dancing in its place waiting to be received
And you’ve been here the whole time
Magnolia, my melody