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1.
06:56
Welcome, welcome Back to the home you thought that you'd outgrown Come warm your bones The hearth burns on but never burns out, no So you're burned out Overloaded Sick of being high-roaded Sick of feeling that there's something more out there But you don't know where I know, I've been there And the 'there' you're looking for Is here We are stardust, we are golden And we deserve to give ourselves the chance We are fleeting, we are finite Pulsations in the cosmic dance Become, be one with all you see Become, be one with the deathless breeze We deserve to give ourselves the chance, Create, pulsate in cosmic dance We deserve to give ourselves the chance Create, pulsate and dance, dance, dance Dance, dance, dance... Welcome, welcome Back to the home you thought that you'd outgrown Come warm your bones The hearth burns on but never burns out, no
2.
03:10
I wanna change, change, change Everything, thing, thing about you Which says more about me than it does about you I'm a control freak bumping into the boundaries Of my cushty little world So I'll try, try, try, to live, live, live and let live And maybe you could try to forgive All the ones that wronged you, imagined or real Screw up the rulebook, learn to go by feel I wanna change, change, change Everything, thing, thing about you Which says more about me than it does about you I'm a control freak bumping into the boundaries Of my cushty little world So I'll try, try, try, to live, live, live and let live And maybe you could try to forgive Well I guess everyone's different And I guess everyone's hurting in their own way And we all want things we can't have So I guess, in that way at least, we're all the same So let your smiles rise and let your tears fall Throw your eyes wide and take it all in I'm here for you if you're here for me I wouldn't change, change, change Anything, thing, thing about you Because you are, are, are What you are, and that goes for me too We can't control life, no, So we go, go, go with the flow So would you walk, walk beside me On life's rocky road?
3.
Well I said it before but I don't know how I feel 'Cause it's there to bear but its essence stays concealed Wielding power over my emotions over you And I can't go round it, so I must go through And the clichés ring true and the pain it brings you Is all too real Yeah the clichés ring true and the pain it brings you Feels like it'll never heal Well I know you put your time and energy In forging this path to walk with me But you know another road is branching out Without a doubt, it's just one that we can't see But misplaced lies can jeopardize a beautiful future And we're both deserving But we're speeding along an open road And the endless swerving proves unnverving Is this a case of fear and love just like before? Or the curious ego Hellbent on the scent Emerging from beneath the other door Who's always scared to lose what it has But always wants one more One more But love is not synonymous with me and you And love is trust, and if we must Then we'll find the strength And that's what we'll do Internalising isn't wise, you taught me that Amongst other things And I hope our time isn't yet through But I don't know what the future brings I care for you, I love your smile And your whispers in my ear And from each storm, a new day's dawned And I'm still here, still standing near Maybe it's just fear and love and fear and love and love and fear... And I'm trying to learn which is which And I'm trying to listen, and not just hear But I fear I fear more than I love And I'd love to love more than I fear...
4.
You say love is a luxury I say love is a necessity Did you ever stop to think That the kind of love you want Might not be the kind of love you need? Did you ever stop to think That the kind of love you need Might just be a higher frequency? Because love is not a dirty word, Love is not a dirty word... You say love just walked away from you I say that's not something true love can do External reflection Of internal connection Glorious intersection Of harmonious perfection Because love is not a dirty word, Love is not a dirty word... Be the bridge, be the bridge...
5.
04:52
The unbidden guest, A ghost at the banquet A pale reflection of a life seemingly outgrown Filled not just with joy Not just with sorrow Not just with pain, but with beauty Stripped to the bare bones As the comfortable delusion Gives way to disillusioned Cold, hard truth And, dispossessed of cataracts A reassessing of the facts Forensic case of dog eat dog, Claw and tooth This ship has sailed How very final A primal push to leave me overboard, Marooned Decorum failed, loyalties lost As the wound becomes the scar, Becomes the wound As the comfortable delusion Gives way to disillusioned Cold, hard truth And, dispossessed of cataracts A reassessing of the facts Forensic case of dog eat dog, Claw and tooth Well the siren song will reel you in, You keel, then kneel, then reel in sin Until the throes are over, you stay blind So own your failings, I'll do the same In claw and tooth, there is no blame 'Cause I'm no better These are all projections of my mind...
6.
I want to pierce the heart of creation Loosen the bonds of my frustration I want to lift the veil of illusion Loosen the bonds of my confusion The life, the love, the truth The absolute, the absolution... Every question and every solution All creation and all destitution Realise the manifest and manifest your realisation Of the oneness of all... Build cathedrals in your mind Formless fountains overspill in space and time Live as one in abundance Revel in the manifold wonders Before your eyes... Behind your eyes... Before your eyes close
7.
Every time I win the battle I tell myself I've won the war All I want's to be alright Surely that's what life is for? Sometimes I still want you But I wish it wasn't true I don't want to grasp what's in the past 'Cause wanting only makes you blue... My cracking smile betrays me On the darker of my days I crave connection, but introspection Drags me back into familiar ways And every time I see your face My heart still lights up inside Even though I know deep down, I loved you I know that we weren't right I know that we weren't Right and wrong, like vultures circling Around my head for days Second guessing, ever stressing Ain't no winners in this game we play... I'm sorry you did more for me Than I ever did for you Still trying to get my head straight And admit I never had a clue... We'll always have the memories Now it's time I set you free But really, it's only me Because you have always been And every time I see your face My heart still lights up inside Even though my heart still aches thinking of you From time to time I know that we weren't right Now, it seems The Great Pretender No longer wants to hide All I seek now is surrender To the tears that gather in my eyes... So every time you win the battle Tell yourself there's still a war Ever learning, ever growing Never knowing what you have in store...
8.
03:44
Lord I know this life's not easy And sometimes we need our pick-me-ups Our little vices just to get us through the day And we think we cannot fail If we just follow that breadcrumb trail Oblivious to any other way But those vices only work for so long Can't shake the feeling there's something wrong And as the cracks appear, you hear That fearful voice up in your ear Keeping track of all you think you lack As we pay heed to what we think we need And fill the hole with anything and everything If only we knew You don't need no fancy clothes Big house or a brand new car You don't need anything more than you To love just who you are No I don't need no drinks and smokes And I don't need a one night stand I don't need anything more than me To love just who I am
9.
PART 1 You held out your struggle at arm's length Scared of it baring its teeth You promised yourself you'd stay vigilant A weary watch with no hope of relief Running on the spot With your eyes bloodshot Doing what you always did And getting what you always got I can't correct what you've done Just accept what you've done For that rocky road led us both here And I'd tell you you don't need to live in fear But I know it would fall on deaf ears And in the darkest dark The slightest spark Makes the starkest mark So as you were As you were Became as I am A slave to the craving with insatiable tastes But somehow, still you saved face On a road through Hell lined With good intentions laid to waste Still you healed at a glacial pace And learned what it means to be brave Still I'm learning what it means to be brave... I can't correct what you've done Just accept what you've done For that rocky road led us both here And I'd tell you you don't need to live in fear But I know it would fall on deaf ears And in the darkest dark The slightest spark Makes the starkest mark So as you were As you were Became as I am PART 2 So don't think you need to change 'Cause you're gonna change anyway And the future None can see And I'm learning how to love you And therefore love me But I can't be forever tethered To the ghosts of memory... PART 3 Till the soil, tend the Earth Mend your heart and wear your worth Be a friend, lend a hand Just as soon as you can No time to waste, to save face Just be broken, cracked on open Softly spoken, in whispers woken The steady swell of the endless ocean... My darling... Till the soil, tend the Earth Mend your heart and wear your worth Be a friend, lend a hand Just as soon as you can No time to waste, to save face Just be broken, cracked on open Softly spoken, in whispers woken The steady swell of the endless ocean...

about

Compose Yourself was a labour of love. It was lived before it was written, and written, in places, while it was being recorded. It took around a year and a half all in all, and has been a constant for me at times when all else seems to be caught in the maelstrom.

I struggled to let go of it, but knew I had to. It was borne of a longing to make the songs as good as they could be, but at some point you just have to make the final call and love the imperfection of it all. That goes for people too.

This album is the product of many, many hours. Not just recording and mixing but pondering, humming, tweaking, refining. It's a great pleasure and privilege to have it finished and to be able to share it with you.

I hope you enjoy it.

"And in the darkest dark
The slightest spark
Makes the starkest mark"

Lots of love,
Jamie B (Sings)
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released November 24, 2018

Written and performed by Jamie B Sings.

Produced by Jamie B Sings with additional production by Moosh Wah.

Album covers courtesy of Sophie Cook.

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Jamie B Sings has been making and playing music since 2004. He has released two self-produced albums, Universes (2014) and Compose Yourself (2018).

As a live performer, he has played with the likes of Beans on Toast, Mad Dog McRea and Gaz Brookfield.
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