Strange Bird

by Sarah Jo

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"Strange Bird" stems from the shift from my teenage years to standing on my own, moving out, and seeing the world as mine for the taking.

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released October 13, 2013

Recorded with the lovely Jeff Leber at Wūfhaus Recording Studio
Album artwork: Hannah Swodoba
Vocals & Guitar: Sarah Jo Helgeson
Percussion: Jeff Leber
Bass: Phil Christiansen

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Sarah Jo Chicago, Illinois

Sarah Jo is a 22- year-old singer-songwriter/folk/pop artist from the Chicago suburbs. She is a college student playing shows on the weekends and understanding her experiences with the help of a guitar.

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Track Name: Yours
Darling, don’t try to comfort me
'Cause you know where that road leads
I will find pieces of your heart
Scattered round her bed

I will not say I am good for you
But I am yours
I may not reach for you
But I am yours

I am here; I am waiting
She is there; she is waiting
When you find pieces of your heart
We will build you all anew

I will not say I am good for you
But I am yours
I may not reach for you
But I am yours

All the girls have left you waiting at your door
And all that you have left is your pride to care for

I will not say I am good for you
But I am yours
I may not reach for you
But I am yours
Track Name: Gold
It’s easy to find faults when you want to find them
It’s easy to burn bridges when you didn’t build them
There’s always reasons why you shouldn’t
But we’ve all done things we thought we wouldn’t

She says it’s not my fault
Didn’t mean to break no hearts

She says I’m gold
She says I’m gold, gold, gold

I’ve been trying to quit drinking coffee
Feels a lot like when he left me
I hear balance comes from give and take
Learn to give, save yourself the heartache

She says it’s not my fault
Didn’t mean to break no hearts

She says I’m gold
She says I’m gold, gold, gold

Does anyone stop loving their first love?
Cause that didn’t happen for me
Have you stopped loving your first love?
Or are you hoping that’ll be me?

She says it’s not my fault
Didn’t mean to break no hearts

She says I’m gold
She says I’m gold, gold, gold
Track Name: God(less)
I see your god
Hanging round my yard
Listening to your voice
It doesn’t seem he has a choice

I hear you praying up high
Waiting for some parting sky
But no chariot comes
While you’re here twiddling your thumbs

I found my grace in the light on his face
I found my eternal rest in the heaving of his chest
I found redemption here in his whispers in my ear
I found a heaven above, on earth, in love

I see you on your knees
In a pew, begging for peace
But I like to stand up tall
And see how far from grace we can fall

I could sing in the choir row
But my voice sounds better alone
And if your god judges me
Well that’s all right, babe, I’m already free

I found my grace in the light on his face
I found my eternal rest in the heaving of his chest
I found redemption here in his whispers in my ear
I found a heaven above, on earth, in love
Track Name: Cottonwood
It’s snowing in summer
Falling seeds from cottonwood trees
My eyes are on the fields
Yours, on me

I used to think I should warn my man
Of the burdens I carry in tow
But that seems so far off now
Just a distant nightmare of what’s below

I speak little of faith
You speak little of fate
We speak little of love
As we float silently above
As we float silently above

Wrapped in a threadbare sweater
I know these moments are fleeting and fine
The endlessness old lovers miss
Warm rains on Midwest afternoons

The smell of jasmine and timid words
Water swallows my chest
I’m drowning in my dress
Sweet is the scene when virtue dies

I speak little of faith
You speak little of fate
We speak little of love
As we float silently above
As we float silently above

Step into my garden
See what flowers grow
And if my life does not suffice,
Lover, let me go
Lover, let me go
Lover, let me go
Lover, let me go

I speak little of faith
You speak little of fate
We speak little of love
As we float silently above
As we float silently above

Step into my garden
See what flowers grow
And if my life does not suffice,
Lover, let me go
Lover, let me go
Lover, let me go
Lover, let me go
Track Name: Puppet Strings
Sweet sinew puppet strings
Occupied with lifting me
My body is at your command

Subject to your every whim
My bones are always listening
I crumble at the flick of your hand

All dolled up, up on your knee
My mouth moves as you speak for me
But I think I’ll do the talking now, now

Behave yourself
Behave yourself

Sweet, glassy patsy eyes
Staring at you from the crowd
Just another doll on the shelf

My elbows, knees, lungs and ribs
My thighs, lips, wrists, and shaking hips
Every piece is part of your wealth

All dolled up, up on your knee
My mouth moves as you speak for me
But I think I’ll do the talking now, now

Behave yourself
Behave yourself

1, 2, 3 times in a row
You manipulate limbs for a show
How far can I bend before I break?

As April slides into May
Your sick role is bound to change
You have no idea what’s at stake

Behave yourself
Behave yourself
Behave yourself
Track Name: The Fall
Tiptoe on mountaintops
Barely touching the Earth
Black ties passing by
He anticipates the hearse

He finds her eyes,
Thorns amid the life

He longs for that heart
Balancing the sun and the moon
Knowing all the while
There isn’t room for two

He finds her eyes,
Thorns amid the life
He finds her eyes,
Thorns amid the life

He’s waiting for
He’s waiting for the
He’s waiting for the
He’s waiting for the fall, the fall

Tiptoe on mountaintops,
Barely touching the earth