Painted Faces

by Jess McAllister

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Debut E.P from Devon based singer/songwriter.

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released October 19, 2013

All piano, vocals and music written and performed by Jess McAllister.
Cello - Dury Loveridge,
Mandolin & fiddle (Shadows In The Night) - Matt Norman
Violin (Take A Walk) - John Matthias,
Violin (Shadows In The Night & Never Mind Buying Time) - Elizabeth Westcott,
Double Bass - Damien Scarr,
Drums - Tom Wright,
Produced by Dan Smith,
Mastered by Lewis Hopkins,
Design - Will McAllister
Illustration - Gemma Ritchie
Photography - Amie McAllister

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Track Name: Take A Walk
How can I have failed, when I haven't even started yet?

I've never felt so alone, nobody answers the phone
No-one returns my calls, it's as if I'm not here at all.
So I went to the doctors, he told me to wait
Come back in a few days.

But I'm sat in this goddamn waiting room
It's as if I've been here for years
I've read every goddamn magazine
About homes, gardens and feng shui.

The walls are painted blue and green
It's supposed to be serene
Yellow is for insanity
Yellow is for insanity
Fulfilling your dreams, is hard,
when you're not even sure what your dreams are.

But I've never felt so alone
I've never felt so alone
Watching
Waiting

I think I'll take a walk,
Through the fields and clear my head
All this self-indulgent bullshit talk
Get out of bed.

How can I have failed, when I haven't even started yet?
Track Name: Painted Faces
Painted faces wash off in the rain
Living in an advertising campaign, every day, every day
Getting ready in hurried desperation
She can't leave the house without her face, without her face,
without her face on

Just a lick lick lick of paint
Just a trick trick trick of light
Just a lick lick lick of paint
Making weary eyes bright like they used to be
Like they used to be

Say bye bye to the blemish
Wave farewell to the fading youth of yesterday

Painted faces masters of disguise
Spiders legs are coming out your eyes, lashes of lies, lashes of lies
There's a distinct line along the chin
Where the colours aren't quite blended in, blended in, blended in

Just a lick lick lick of paint
Just a trick trick trick of light
Just a lick lick lick of paint
Making weary eyes bright
Just a lick lick lick of paint
Just a trick trick trick of light
Just a lick lick lick of paint
Ladies of the night will not grow old
We will not grow old

Say bye bye to the blemish
Wave farewell to the beauty spot
Say bye bye, bye bye
Tip your hat to the fading youth of yesterday
Of yesterday

Painted faces hiding from us all
We're all dancing at the masquerade ball
Painted faces wash off in the rain
Oh the shame
Oh the shame.
Track Name: Shadows In The Night
Have a little patience, give a little smile
Tell me what you want and I'll find it in a while
Today could be the first day
Of the rest of your life
So don't lose yourself in a memory
Why go through all that pain and strife

Don't be afraid of shadows in the night
Monsters hiding under your bed
There is nothing there that can harm you
My darling it is all in your head

So shed a little teardrop, if that's what you need to do
Then turn on to the next page, it's bright clean and new
Words can be your enemy
If you don't put them to good use
So hold your tongue a little longer
Out of sight, cut them loose.

Don't be afraid of shadows in the night
Demons lurking in the darkness
There is nothing there that can harm you
My darling it is all in your head

In your head (x4)

Have a little patience, give a little smile
Tell me what you want and I'll find it in a while
You are someone special
Even if you don't believe it
Whatever tries to hurt you
Put it in a box, and leave it.
Track Name: Never Mind Buying Time
All we can do now, is make the best of what we have
Our shiny parts within rusty old machines
Realities that we sculpt out of our dreams

Regret is a funny old thing
It points and it laughs from behind the scenes
People say you should never regret anything
Believing that does not lessen the sting

The one you get from doing something that you should never have done
The knots you feel in your stomach when you hurt a loved one
Don't you dare look at me that way.

'Cause I am good, and I am strong
And I don't have to be alone
No-one ever has to be alone
And I will walk, upon this earth
Head held high, feet in the dirt
And I will come to be just what I'm worth

Never mind buying time
We can smile and wave as it passes by
Not worrying about the speed of it
You fall and graze your knee pick out the grit

Try and get some sleep
Ignore your subconscious just for a while
Get drunken brawls and bloody knuckles out of there
And I could run my fingers through your hair

Don't get bogged down, I know it's the way you're inclined
I believe in the power of the positive mind
Please don't look away

'Cause you are good, and you are strong
And you won't ever be alone
I am always here you just need ask
And you will walk, upon this earth
Head held high, concealing hurt
And you will show them all just what you're worth
Yes you will show them all.

All we can do now
All we can do now
All we can do now
All we can do now
All we can do now
Is make the best of what we have

'Cause we're all lines, of the same song
Made of blood and skin and hair and bone
And none of us should have to be alone
And we all walk, upon this earth
Searching for that patch of dirt
The one that makes us feel like what we're worth