All the Sad Stories

by Jessica Law

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released May 1, 2016

All songs written by Jessica Law
Arrangements by Jessica Law and Nick Siepmann
Recorded, produced, mixed & mastered by Nick Siepmann
Jessica Law: vocals, mandolin, resonator mandolele
Nick Siepmann: guitars, bass, percussion, cello, additional mandolin, backing vocals, effects, additional instruments
Rachel Hughes: piano, backing vocals
Phoebe Lothian: backing vocals
Ben Below: trumpet

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"A collection of intriguing folk songs, packed with expressive lyrics, strange rhythms and creative instrumentation." - Ocelot Magazine
"A light-footed waltz though old-time folk music with arcane language to match." - Nightshift Magazine 2011
"Packed with emotion, surprise and wit." - The Daily Album
"Strident and seemingly inebriated." -Nightshift Magazine 2013
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Track Name: Death Insurance
When I swam to the edges of the sea
It came to me I was deceased
Before we die we buy an afterlife
The rich can buy paradise

Too many souls on the earth
Too many born and dying
Death cannot lead to rebirth
Souls must be kept from flying

So I ran to the edges of the earth
To estimate what I was worth
I was worth a river and a field
Such a shame it wasn’t real

Too many souls on the earth
Too many born and dying
Death cannot lead to rebirth
Souls must be kept from flying

So I flew to the edges of the sky
To prove that I had truly died
Was this what I’d worked all my life to earn?
A gilded cage of no return? (Will they learn?)

Too many souls on the earth
We cannot grow forever
There’s no more room for rebirth
So we created heaven
Track Name: Polite
Have you ever wondered why I turn away or just try to ignore you?
Have you ever wondered why you feel the need to try to cause me pain?

It’s good and it’s nice and it’s kind
To refrain

Did your mother never tell you not to rant and rave and stamp and storm through?
Did your father never tell you not to break a heart and run away?

You lie and you cheat and betray
And you pay

And oh, they should have told you
That it’s not nice
And it’s not kind
It’s not polite

So I hold the door
And I bow and let you walk through
Tea is all laid out
Dainties on a silver tray

The peaches are lovely this year
So they say

Little finger out
As I sip and watch and wonder
At the way you slouch
And the way you slurp your tea

By teatime tomorrow it won’t
Bother me

And oh, they should have told you
That it’s not nice
And it’s not kind
It’s not polite

Watch the minute hand
As it crawls around the clock face
In the hotel room
Where she sits and sighs and waits

Did nobody tell you it’s rude
To be late?

And oh, they should have told you
That it’s not done
It just won’t do
It’s not polite
Track Name: All the Sad Stories
One year of pain for eternal bliss
Would you do this?
Trading a year for a lifetime of glory

If you’re awake through it all, and yet
You forget
Who was the you who endured the sad story?
Such a mad story

One history of eternal fight
And now it’s right
What a great price paid by those come before me

Can’t travel back and remove the blame
Such a shame
Can’t give a new name to all the sad stories
All the sad stories
Track Name: No Damage
Lie to me
I can take it, you see, but please don’t
No don’t lie to yourself
That your actions won’t impact on someone else

You are free
It’s a freedom you wield like a knife
A freedom that you weaponize
It’s a privilege granted you all your life

No damage
How can you know there’s no damage
When you cannot read minds
And I’m glad that you cannot read mine

What you said
In that letter that you never wrote
And that I never read
Well, it spoke to me volumes inside my head

I concede
There’s no limit to love, but it’s time
Yes, time - time that you need
It’s the danger of loving beyond your means

No damage
How can you know there’s no damage
When you cannot read minds
And I’m glad that you cannot read mine x2

No damage
How can you know there’s no damage
How can you know there’s no hurt and frustration
No stark disillusionment, oh

Lie to me
I can take it, you see, but please don’t
No don’t lie to yourself
That your actions won’t impact on someone else.
Track Name: Nice vs Kind
Tell me, since I’m curious: when will you decide
Whether you intend to do me wrong or treat me right?
I really don’t mind either way, I’d simply like to know
Whether I should stand and stay or call it off and go

Life’s full of problems, but I won’t be one of them
I can go as easy as I came
It’s just the entropy sapping my energy
Darling, I’m wise to your little game

Just because I’m nice
Doesn’t mean I’m blind
Are you gonna do it?
Are you gonna break my heart?

I could wait and see
But the waiting’s killing me
Hurry up and do it
Hurry up and break my heart

I won’t be happy ‘til I’m back on old familiar ground
The boulevard of broken hearts is where I can be found
I’m content to play the part of any woman scorned
Nothing comes so naturally as fractious and forlorn

Life’s full of problems and I could be one of them
If you need a reason to be free
I may be proud but you know I’m not precious
Need a reason? Let it just be me

Just because I’m nice, nice, nice
Doesn’t mean I’m kind, kind, kind
I could make you do it
I could make you break my heart

I could wait and see, see, see
But the waiting’s killing me
Hurry up and do it
Hurry up and break my heart

So I can leave
Oh, I’ll be free

Just because I’m nice
Doesn’t mean I’m kind
Are you gonna do it?
Track Name: Six Years
Six years from now
All our luck will have run out
And it’s not that great
As it is

But there is a pill
For those who are living still
To transport our minds
Back to happier times

Back to all those years I wasted
On the outside looking in
Well, I never had the health to ruin myself
Nor the courage to dabble in sin

Six years ago
Is the farthest they can throw
All our sleeping minds
Without damage

And six years ago
Is the last time that I know
When the world was clean
And green

And I’ll watch myself out walking
Unaware of what will come
No compulsion to derive all I could out of life
Just contented to wander and roam

There’s nothing here
Nothing in the present year
To persuade my mind
To hold on

But just for a while
Won’t you stay with me and smile
‘til the clouds roll in
And I’m gone

And I lacked the drive to let go
And the strength to just give in
And I never had the health to ruin myself
Nor the courage to dabble in sin

No I never had the pride to let myself slide
And now I never will.