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Slack Tide

by Jenny Owen Youngs

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released February 17, 2015

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Jenny Owen Youngs Los Angeles, California

Singer, songwriter, and natural history enthusiast Jenny Owen Youngs grew up in the forests of northern New Jersey and now spends much of her time writing with and for other artists in Los Angeles and working on her next record. She has toured extensively in the US and Europe, and her songs have been heard on Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Suburgatory, and Switched at Birth. ... more

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Track Name: Over the Bow
OVER THE BOW

Five years from now I can’t say that I’ll be around
Cause you are so sweet, but other things call to me

They sing “Oh, forget where you come from
And lose yourself over the bow
And worms that crawl around in your skull
Won’t get the best of you now – oh no
They won’t get the best of you now”

You’ve dreamed so long of a girl who would swallow your tongue
Now deep, dark, and true, the silence she waits for you

And sings “Oh, forget where you come from
And lose yourself over the bow
And worms that crawl around in your skull
Won’t get the best of you now – oh no
They won’t get the best of you now”

Hand over hand my friend
You’re holding up everything
On shoulders like splintered pine
Narrow and fine
Oh so narrow and fine

Water like porcelain
To mirror your see-through skin
Bones that the waves lick clean
It’s nothing you’ve seen
No it’s nothing you’ve seen

Hand over hand my son
You’re holding up everyone
Can’t be the thing you’re for
There has to be more
Track Name: Led to the Sea
LED TO THE SEA

Wake up alone
Though you do what you’re told
It keeps coming
Matter of fact
I liked you like that
But I’m done in

Followed your breadcrumbs
They led to the sea

Observe exhibit A who never learned to stay
There’s nothing in you for the light to hit
Grind it into the dirt to try and make it work
You won’t be happy til we’ve drowned in it
We’re never gonna fit

Considered the trade
But promises made
Are worth nothing
Whatever you say
But walking away
Is still running

Followed your breadcrumbs
They led to the sea

Observe exhibit A who never learned to stay
There’s nothing in you for the light to hit
Grind it into the dirt to try and make it work
You won’t be happy til we’ve drowned in it
We’re never gonna fit

Waited too long
Did everything wrong
Said ‘Don’t worry, that’s not me’
You got what you want
And you’re not gonna start
Saying ‘Sorry’

Followed your breadcrumbs
They led to the sea
Track Name: Born to Lose
BORN TO LOSE

You've got two bad eyes, you got em from your parents
And one bad leg, you got it from the war
Three mistakes in bottles on a shelf yes
You can't wait to go and make some more

If you sneak out now, they'll never know you're missing
Before they're wise, you could be gone and back
While they stand guffawing in the kitchen
You’re down the stair, and leave the screen unlatched
Leave that door unlatched

Swallowed up in silence, holding all your breath now
Wait for that familiar pull

Somewhere in the night, a man is standing by
With a deal you won't be able to refuse
No, you can't call him, but expect your phone to ring
And brother, you prepare yourself to
Offer up what you were born to lose

You move down the block, see curtains hung in tatters
The windows lit - the house is still awake
The girl upstairs is crying like it matters
Will she bend or will she only break
Just one more mistake

In no time she's disappearing through your fingers
Slips away so make it last

Somewhere in the night, a man is standing by
With a deal you won't be able to refuse
No, you can't call him, but expect your phone to ring
And brother, you prepare yourself to offer up

What you needed the most
Lord, he'll make you a ghost
If you do or if you don't

You've got two bad eyes, you got em from your parents
And one bad leg, you got it from the war
Three mistakes in bottles on a shelf yes
You can't wait to go and make some more
So go and make some more

Somewhere in the night, a man is standing by
With a deal you won't be able to refuse
No, you can't call him, but expect your phone to ring
And brother, you prepare yourself to
Offer up what you were born to lose
Track Name: Pirates
PIRATES

We could be pirates or go somewhere private
I don’t wanna make a scene I just wanna leave
And head back to your place cause I got a roommate
And he don’t wanna hear or see what you’re doing to me

I’ll keep coming back
You don’t make me better but you don’t make me worse
I’ll keep coming back
Numb’s no good
But it sure beats the hurt

Can’t say what’s inside me or when you might find me
Lying with my face down in the dirt like I never learned how
To stand on my own feet or make a recovery
If there is a right time darling well it’s never been now

I’ll keep coming back
You don’t make me better but you don’t make me worse
I’ll keep coming back
Numb’s no good
But it sure beats the hurt

What you don’t know can’t do no damage
What you can’t see won’t be the thing
That digs its teeth in

So pull to the shoulder tell me it’s over
Saying that you’re oh so glad we met but you’d rather just stop now than regret
Said you can’t be the one now to clean all my wounds out
Bandages and nice neat bows? Hell no - you have to just go

I’ll keep coming back
You don’t make me better but you don’t make me worse
I’ll keep coming back
Numb’s no good
But it sure beats the hurt