Vita Brevis

by Maddie Jones

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Maddie Jones' debut album - Vita Brevis - Recorded in Cardiff in 2014.

Vita brevis,
ars longa,
occasio praeceps,
experimentum periculosum,
iudicium difficile.

Life is short,
and art long,
opportunity fleeting,
experience perilous,
and decision difficult.

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released November 10, 2014

© Maddie Jones 2014
℗ Maddie Jones 2014

All music, lyrics, and arrangements by MADDIE JONES
Produced & engineered by CHARLIE FRANCIS
Mastered by GAZ WILLIAMS at Fliskin Manor, Bristol

MADDIE JONES: vocals, guitars, keyboards, ukulele, clarinet, percussion
CHARLIE FRANCIS: bass, keyboards, guitar, percussion
DANIEL FITZGERALD: guitar
LAURENCE WICKHAM: drums
RICHARD JACKSON: piano, keyboards
THOMAS JONES: cello
SALLY GREENWELL: viola
KIT DENISON: drums on ‘’Not Made For This’

Photos by POLLY THOMAS
Artwork by MADDIE JONES

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Track Name: Not Made For This
Not Made For This

Hello, you might find me a bit unusual
Unusual to you
But count my eyes, my fingers and my thumbs
And that should give you a clue
Even so, these looks can be deceiving
They don’t paint the whole picture
Yours is a role I can’t learn
I won’t say those words, ‘cause

Oh, I’m not made for this world
And I needed to know

That my place, is not with you: contented
And safe in your way
I have thirst, and I must roam away
My home is astray
But think of me, when you see things a bit unusual
Unusual to you
But don’t despair, here is a role you can’t play
You’ll never be this way, ‘cause

Oh, I’m not made for this world
So I just let it go

You live and you learn
You keep what you earn
And I, in my turn
Want all to be burned
You have your control
And do what you’re told
Where I cannot go
And I can’t unknow that

Oh, I’m not made for this world
And I needed to know
I wasn’t made for this world
So I just let it go
I’m not made for this
And I’m old enough to know

Hello, you might find me a bit unusual
Track Name: Don't Sit Still
Don’t Sit Still

Wake up sleepy, it’s morning now
Time to move forward not back
Clear your hazy eye and tell me how
You’re gonna find what it is you lack

Don’t sit still, as the world floats by
And don’t you worry, these things take time

Stop your crying, you don’t have time
Just close your eyes, and focus on the sound
You’re not perfect, but it’s not a crime
Forget the things that only bring you down

Don’t sit still, as the world floats by
And don’t you worry, these things take time

Moving, moving, gotta try and fight the way down
Moving, moving, gotta try and fight the way down
Moving, moving, gotta try and fight the way down
Moving, moving, gotta try and fight the way down

Don’t sit still, as the world floats by
And don’t you worry, these things take time
Track Name: She Was Young
She Was Young

She always knew the way the game was played
Started with a job so she got paid
Marriage and kids weren’t far behind
Living out the plan in her parents’ minds
Now and then a-wishing she’d have had the time
The let one of her daydreams amplify
And gone to Panama or Mexico
But no-one even knew she wanted to go

‘Cause the words just stayed on the tip of her tongue
Waiting for the day their time would come
Queuing in line behind the humdrum
The way they never did when she was young

She was young

She always wondered why she felt afraid
Ideologies that she’d betrayed
Like ‘if you don’t seek you never find’
If you don’t look, you’ll soon go blind
You know the stars’ll be around a while
It gets a little hard to realign
If you have to ask, you’ll never know
If your life ain’t right, then make it so

The words just stayed on the tip of her tongue
Waiting for the day their time would come
Queuing in line behind the humdrum
The way they never did when she was young
Is it too late now, is it too late
Is it too late, is it too late

She always knew the way the game was played
But never before had she enjoyed the playing
But on a plane to Mexico
She’s thinking of a girl from long ago

The words just stayed on the tip of her tongue
Waiting for the day their time would come
Queuing in line behind the humdrum
The way they never did when she was young

She was young
Track Name: Glass
Glass

Falling down
Never saw this one coming ‘round
Looking back
Who knew you’d wind up on this track
Breathe in deeply
Try to remember how to speak
Hold my hand
Give in and you will understand

But you never expected me
But now you know how worth it I can be
Do you know what I mean?
When you’re right there now in front of me

A fragile glass
You know, ‘cause you don’t have to ask
What happens when
You think that it might smash again

Remember me
Remember just how worth it I can be
Do you know what I mean?
When you’re right there now in front of me

Where are you now?
You’re here, but god only knows how
Who knew your past
Could shatter like glass?
Track Name: Dirty Little Secret
Dirty Little Secret

I’ve got a dirty little secret
Something that you’ll never know
Now I’ve got you wondering
Just what it is I hide within
But you’ll never know it

I’ll keep it locked away until
I finally find the time has come
When I can let it out
Into the world

I’ll keep it locked away
Til I finally find I can let it out
Into the world

And you’ve got a dirty little secret
Something I guess I’ll never know
The thing you’re keeping locked within
I’ll always be wondering
But I guess that I will never know it

‘Cause you’ll keep it locked away
Til you finally find the time has come
When you can let it go
And forget everything

You’ll keep it locked away
Til you finally find you can let it go
And forget everything

We’ve all got our dirty little secrets
Think we’re the only one, but we know
Deep down inside we’re all the same
Just players in a funny game
But we’ll never admit it

‘Cause we’ll keep it locked away
Til we finally find the time has come
When we can say
‘I’ve got nothing to hide’

We’ll keep it locked away
Til we finally find that we can say
‘I’ve got nothing to hide’

I’ve got nothing to hide
Nothing to hide
Track Name: What the Hell (I'm Game)
What the Hell (I’m Game)

Temperature creeping up
Right before I hear that voice in my ear
Saying ‘why won’t you come out and play?’
It’s dark, and now she’s waking up
Letting me know she’s about to appear
Oh why is she starting this game again?

There she is, raising the stake
Messing around with my nice clean slate

Yes, I’m restless and she comes visiting
No, I still haven’t learned anything
Gets so much harder not to say
‘You know what, what the hell?
…I’m game’

I try to run, but I’m stuck
Oh, how I try, how I persevere
But she never lets me get away
I know that I’m out of luck
There’s no use denying the atmosphere
I’m about to go insane again

There she is, raising the stake
Messing around with my nice clean slate

Yes, I’m restless and she comes visiting
No, I still haven’t learned anything
Gets so much harder not to say
‘You know what, what the hell?
…I’m game’

Can anybody help me?
‘Cause the flames are getting higher
And I don’t think I can get through the fire

Yes, I’m restless and she comes visiting
No, I still haven’t learned anything
Gets so much harder not to say
‘You know what, what the hell?
…I’m game’
Track Name: Know It All
Know It All

You know it all by now
What it takes to make amends
Knowing more than you did then
You know it now

You know it off by heart
What it takes to fall apart
And from this you’ve made an art
You know that now

Time can mean nothing if you want it to
Nothing matters more
Than the day you admit you don’t care anymore

You’ve got it figured out
Some will see, and some are blind
Either way now, you don’t mind
What’s that all about?

And you are the best by far
And you’ve set this world apart
If you could only make it last
If you knew how

Time can mean nothing if you want it to
Nothing matters more
Than the day you admit you don’t care anymore
Track Name: For I Have Sinned
For I Have Sinned

Won’t you sit down
…And hear what I have to say?
I’m sorry in advance if I’m about to ruin your day

Won’t you shut up
…And listen to me for once?
I know after today I won’t be hearing from you for a few months

All that I am
Is what you can’t understand

Don’t talk to me
I never wanted you to know
You can bring it up as often as you like but I will never let it go

You don’t need to know
I’ll take it to my grave
When they ask me why I did it I’ll just tell them I was saving face

All that I am
Is what you can’t understand

If this is the day
And I let it slip away
Then don’t ask me why
If you don’t wanna see me cry

All that I am
This is all that I am
All that I am
You’ve got to try to understand
Track Name: More Fool You
More Fool You

If you’ve got a plan to embarrass me
Maybe tell a few lies and ruin it for me
You think you can play around with my feelings and leave unscathed
If you think I’m stupid, that I’ll fall for that
And if you think you’re in there, you’re wrong about that
And for sure, if you think I’ll settle for that

More fool you, more more more more
Fool fool you, oh
Take me on, I assure you, I’ll pull through

If you’ve got a plan to embarrass me
Maybe tell a few lies and ruin it for me
You think you can say shit like that and leave unscathed
If you think I’m easy, that I’ll go for that
And if you think you’re in there, you’re wrong about that
And for sure, if you think I’m into that

More fool you, more more more more
Fool fool you, oh
Take me on, I assure you, I’ll pull through

If you’ve got a plan to embarrass me – more fool you
If you’ve got a plan to humiliate me – more fool you
If you think I’m stupid, that I’ll fall for that – more fool you
And if you really think I’ll settle for that – more fool you

More fool you, more more more more
Fool fool you, oh
Take me on, I assure you, I’ll pull through

More fool you
Track Name: Remnants
Remnants

Funny, the things you don’t forget
Even though they’re long past now
The smell of a roll-up cigarette
Or your face upside-down

Stupid, the things you won’t let go
Even though you don’t know why
From all those many years ago
In a life you occupied

I cannot erase
Can’t let you leave without a trace

All that remains are the remnants I can’t bring myself to throw away
It’s not allowed, but even as the years stack up, I keep them anyhow
I keep them anyhow

Crazy, how you are now so far
When you used to be so near
Though it fades, I still feel the scar
Forever will, my dear

I cannot erase
Can’t let you leave without a trace

All that remains are the remnants I can’t bring myself to throw away
It’s not allowed, but even as the years stack up, I keep them anyhow
I keep them anyhow

Oh
All that remains are the remnants I can’t bring myself to throw away
It’s not allowed, but even as the years stack up, I keep them anyhow
I keep them anyhow
Track Name: Soon
Soon

As I lay down to sleep
I know who I will see
And in all honesty
I put you there with me

To see you soon
Soon
I’ll be there soon

And I’m no longer lonely
When I follow where you lead
I dream so carelessly
Who cares that it’s not real?

I’ll see you soon
Soon
I’ll be there soon

Out there, no-one knows
Where my wandering mind goes
And moves so slow
To find what I chose

I’ll see you soon
Soon
I’ll be there soon

As I lay down to sleep