Vita Brevis

by Maddie Jones

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
03:34
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?
5.
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
6.
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’
7.
02:53
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
04:01
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
11.
03:43
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

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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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