Downs and Ups

by Jaclyn Falk

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released 10 December 2011
All songs Written, Played, and recorded by Jaclyn Falk (unless noted below)

It's A New Day, I've Seen You Smile (Vocals on I've Seen You Smile; Bass on It's A New Day. Mixed by Chris Reed at the Glens Falls Music Academy. Glens Falls NY)

Hey Girl, Expressions Tell It All, Daydream, Nightmare, Rally Away, A Place To Rest My Head, Neat Little Box, This I Know For Sure (Mixed and Produced by: Scott Litt and Jaclyn Falk)

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Track Name: Ups and Downs
If you just opened up I'm sure we'd find it. A look around we'd have the answers to our questions. Sew you back up nice and tight, send you on your way. (You're not a robot, I promise you're not). So when you look around you can be sure that you'll have a set path and not just wander around our world!

What are you running from, darling what you running from?

So here we are again I know we'll find it. 4th time's a charm at least I hope cause I can't take it. Sew me back up nice and tight and send me on my way. (You're not a robot, I promise you're not). Don't let me turn around, this time I'm sure that, there is no set path, You're heart just guides you around your world.

Don't lose yourself girl. Don't let your life pass you by.
You got your eye on the prize, you feel your heart beat.
You're in control.
Track Name: It's A New Day
It's a new day, so shed some new light, on me old friend. I could use someone tonight. And I know, I've never been one to want to talk but, I could use a friend tonight.

Hey there old man, you've got some wise words. I could use some of that wisdom. I'm feeling so lost in my own skin and I can test the sweat dripping down my cheek.

And they say lies are bound to hurt, but I think truth hurts far worse. I could take all the stories you tell so how bout it what you got tonight?

So I set fire to the person I was, and now it makes more sense why I just see backs again. We all fear the truth in our hearts. Oh can't you see my truth it's got me shaken up!
Track Name: Hey Girl
Come on out with it girl, you've been smiling all day long. I'd be lying if I said it didn't have me curious, the kind that killed the cat, yeah. You ran me right up that tree, girl would you come to my rescue? I hope that smile means yes.

Don't stop if you got to keep it locked up inside you girl. Don't stop thinking 'bout it, that little secret you got there. You got there girl.

If I had just one more day, I'd die happily I swear. Believe me when I say, I never met a girl like you. You won me over just like that. You got my heart beating so fast, would you come to my rescue? I hope that smile means yes.

Normally oh I'm so composed. I can handle a thing or two. If usually I'm so composed don't you see what you do to me?
Usually oh I'm so composed. I can handle oh anything. If usually I'm so composed don't you see what you do to me?
Track Name: Expressions Tell It All
Sometimes I wonder why I ever bother. I wonder why, I still bother. I mean it. I know why I bother cause I mean it. I bother cause I mean it.

Baby stop looking at me as if you get it. I know damn well that you don't. No, you don't get it and that's okay. I never asked you to in the first place. I asked you to trust. I asked you quite possibly the hardest thing oh to trust.

Sometimes I feel like I'm falling out of touch. I wonder why anyone bothers. Convictions show, we bother cause we mean it. Sometimes I sit around and feel like I'm as blank as a blank slate can be. But how blank can I be? I'm living. I'm breathing, and I mean it. I know that I mean it.

Baby just trust.
Track Name: Daydream
With a dagger held up to my chest, would I cower up and try to run. Could I face the fear like I've never done? Would I cower up? I'd probably run.

At the end of the day who is brave enough to face their fear with all they've got?
At the end of the day who is brave enough to face their fear all on their own?

If at the top of this wall I just found more, would I cross my arms and say I'm done? Could I find the strength to keep climbing on wall after wall? Or just say I'm done?

At the end of the day who is brave enough to follow their heart with all they've got?
At the end of the day who is brave enough to follow their heart all on their own?

But the fear in my heart screams it's a struggle til the day I die.
Track Name: Nightmare
Take my hand, take my hand girl. I'll show you all my favorite things. Look up a big, big, blue sky, with the big, big white clouds. I could lay under this tree all day and look up at you. That silhouette that I know so well. The sun shine behind you. That smile you wear, oh you wear so well.

And then a smoke fills the air, oh then a smoke fills the air. The green stops looking so green. Just keep looking at you. You keep looking back at me.

It's a nightmare and they say that's all. A fictitious story of a messed up world. What makes you so sure?

We'll start a war over here. There's a war over there. Hell, let's blow the whole place up. And watch the big, big rich men, and the big, big rich women. Watch their pockets keep filling up. So take my hand, take my hand yeah. Let's run as fast as we can away.

And then a smoke fills the air, oh then a smoke fills the air. The rich will stop looking so rich. There will be nobody left here.
Track Name: A Place To Rest My Head
It all happened so fast. The moment you could have been expecting to get. We all fall hard. We all fall. It comes in with a bang and goes out just the same. We're all just looking for something to call ours.

Did I give all I had to give. For an outcome I could have been expecting to get. We all try hard. We all try. You give all you give, just to get what you get. We're all just looking for something to call ours.

I want a place to rest my head. My disillusioned head. Is that too much to ask for?

Do what you do if you've got to do it. But, do what you do because you believe in it. We all get lost. We all find ourselves in the middle of some big distraction. We're all just looking for something to call ours.

I give and give, but it all gets taken away. I give and give and watch it all get taken away. I give and give but it all gets taken away. I give and give. Well can't I get a little taste of what it's like to finally get something in return.
Track Name: Neat Little Box
Hey, don't look so scared. It's just the audience. They're not prepared for what you've got to say. It doesn't meant that it's not worth it. It doesn't mean that it's not valid. It doesn't mean you shouldn't just shout it from your mouth.

I mean who are they anyway. Spend all their time putting things in boxes, putting labels on those boxes. Without giving it the time of day.

Yeah, well I know I'm kind of small. It doesn't mean you got to just put me in a box.
And yeah, sure I kind of look like her. It doesn't mean you got to put a label on that box.
I never put a label on that box.

With my left hand, I'll take the cover off this box. With my right hand, flat across my heart. With the help of my mouth, I'll just raise up my voice.
Track Name: This I Know For Sure
Words (words), like shots fired from so close. Impossible to miss. What a hell you've got me trapped in. What a hell I've got myself trapped in. It's getting all too familiar. This I know for sure.

Cold (cold), like a blizzard and trapped with no coat. And all the doors are locked to me. What a night I got myself trapped in. It's getting all too familiar this I know for sure.

Don't you worry about me anymore. I can walk this place with my eyes closed. I'm beginning to like it but they just don't let you show it.

Dark (dark), like the dead of night in December. I can't believe I'm here tonight. In this hell I got myself trapped in. What a hell I got myself trapped in. It's getting all too familiar. This I know for sure.

Now I walk all alone. I walk this place on my own. What's a young heart to do.
Track Name: I've Seen You Smile
You can spend your whole life trying to make up your mind. To take a position on something just to have a position at all. But why am I trying so fucking hard to please everyone oh anyone at all. I should spend more time pleasing me.

You can spend your whole life trying to find that one person, one special person. Who's gonna promise to love you and cherish you until the day you die. But why am I trying so fucking hard just to find one special person. Shouldn't I spend a little bit more of my time making myself smile.

Wake up! You say you don't see yourself here. You think it's all gone to shit. That doesn't mean to stop believing in it. It doesn't mean to stop believing in you. You know I don't see myself here. I think it's all gone to shit. It doesn't mean I'll stop believing in it. It doesn't mean I'll stop believing in you.

I think you've done some good hear. I think you've made people smile. I know you've done some good here. I've even seen you, smile.