Way Down

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released April 28, 2018

Produced & Mixed by John Plymale at Overdub Lane in Durham, NC
Additional tracking by Nick Niespodziani in Atlanta, GA

Vocals and Guitar: Juliana Finch
Drums: Davis Petterson and Mark Cobb*
Bass: Robert Sledge and Tim Smith*
Trombone: Danny Grewen
Keys: Louis Landry
Violin: Jennifer Curtis


*Tracks 2, 6, 8, 9

All songs © 2017 - 2018 Juliana Finch (ASCAP), except "Cathedrals" © Jay Clifford (Universal Polygram)

Cover design by Juliana Finch featuring paper sculpture by Shelby Vecchio

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Juliana Finch Durham, North Carolina

Pie-fueled indie folk.

Juliana Finch “sounds the way a good bourbon tastes.” A Georgia-based singer/songwriter with strong Americana roots, Juliana earns her spot in a long tradition of storytelling songwriters with a sultry, soothing voice and carefully crafted lyrics. ... more

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Track Name: Rules of Engagement
I’d like to let you in
But I’ve met some wolves in sheep’s skin
Seem to be soft and benign
Until they show their canines
Show me those canines

You say you’re not all like that
You say you wear a white hat
Pardon me if I call bullshit
But You’ve had a lifetime to prove it

Don't apologize
Show me what's inside
If there's something you don't like, well, you can rearrange it
The truth is what you do, it's up to you to change it

I'm sorry to say you were taught wrong
There's more than one way to be strong
Stand on the neck of your sister
Or reach out a hand to help lift her
Lift her

You have a key to my heart
But I own the land
You get to hold them sometimes
But these are my hands, these are my hands

Don't apologize
Show me what's inside
If there's something you don't like, well, you can rearrange it
The truth is what you do, it's up to you to change it

In this body since birth
I have to carefully choose every move
Stand my ground, prove my worth
Answer questions that aren't asked of you
If that seems strange
Well we can rearrange it
It's up to you so tell the truth and follow through and change it

You have a key to my heart
but I own the land
You get to hold them sometimes
but these are my hands, these are my hands, these are my hands...
Track Name: Fire Escape
I was your fire escape
I was neon sunrise
I was your one way out
I was your exit sign

You put your hands on me
Pushed right through
You put your hands on me
On your way to...

I couldn't be what you wanted
'Cause you don't know what you want yet
You put your lips on mine
and it was right on time
I was right on time

To be your fire escape
Your neon sunrise
I was your one way out
I was your exit sign

You put your hands on me
Pushed right through
You put your hands on me
Like it was nothing to you
You put your hands on me
On your way to...

I am just a footnote in the tale of how you saved yourself
An inconvenient history in a book about somebody else
When I didn't buy your narrative
When my usefulness had been outlived
When you'd taken more than I could give

She was your fire escape
She was your neon sunrise
I saw you walk on by
I saw the exit signs

You put your hands on me and
pushed right through
You put your hands on me
and it was nothing to you
You put your hands on me
put your hands on me
put your hands on me
On your way to...
On your way to...

Always on your way through
Track Name: On And On
That night when I stole your car
Windows down alone in the dark
You lit a candle to my patron saint
When I brought it back, 3 am, not a scratch on the paint

It was a death wish disguised as a thrill
Going seventy miles per hour down that hill
With my eyes closed

All I could feel was the rage and despair
And I hate to admit that I wanted it there
Cause it sealed up the hole I was sure just stretched on with no bottom

I thought it was the end of the road
I thought it was the end of the road
I thought it was the end of the road

But it goes on and on and on
It goes on and on and on
It goes on….

And baby, it’s not your fault
I spent those years learning how to build walls within walls
Closing myself in perceived safety
But now I see clearly how safe doesn't always mean free

The things that mean most are the hardest to see
and I meant to stay blind and I tried to believe I was nothing

But pain must be answered
with something that's true
and the truth was that I had more to do

I thought it was the end of the road
I thought it was the end of the road
I thought it was the end of the road

But it goes on and on and on
It goes on and on and on
It goes on
Track Name: Way Down
Do you know where you stand
in an empty hall?
Can you see your own hands
without a mirror on the wall?
Do you hear your own voice
without an echo back?
Filter out all the noise
or have you lost track?
At the end of the show
There's just one way to go

You can run 'til your body's tired
You can try any door in town
But your freedom is not outside you, oh now
The only way out
is way down
Way down

Take the masks and the robes
and set 'em down for a spell
such a heavy load
starts to crack your shell
and it just gets harder
to maintain the lie
until you drop that curtain
you've been hiding behind

What do you think they'll see?
Who are you scared to be?

You can run 'til your body's tired
You can try any door in town
But your freedom is not outside you, oh now...

You'll just run 'til your body's tired
And you'll try any door in town
But until you look right inside you, oh now...
the only way out
is way down
way down
way down
way down
Track Name: Burn With It
Don't want your worship, honey
Got me too far off the ground
When I jump from this pedestal
Lord knows it's a long way down

Need someone who wants to see me
In the day and in the dark
Sit and take shots with my demons
Photograph my battle scars

Can you call me by name?
Can you step into this flame?

Can you taste the fire on my lips?
Baby can you burn with it?
Can you taste the fire on my lips?
Baby can you burn with it?
Burn with it...

Sometimes you get so shaky
Makes your hands real hard to hold
I can feel your spirit aching
and your warm heart seems so cold

I can love you when you're angy
When your skin's too hot to touch
Be the mirror and the blade, yeah
Be the scepter and the crutch

When it's more than you can take
When the dam's about to break

Can you taste the fire on my lips?
Baby can you burn with it?
Can you taste the fire on my lips?
Baby you can burn with it
Burn with it

Will you call me by my name?
Will you step into this flame?

Come on, taste the fire on my lips
Baby you can burn with it
Come on, taste the fire on my lips
Baby you can burn with it
Burn with it
Burn with it
Burn, burn, burn
Track Name: The Seal Wife
She says she'll marry a boy who can sing
the ocean to her door
A sailor, he'll be her everything
She'll never ask for more

But the sea, it has its own will
and the human heart has rooms to fill
A cry coming from the ocean floor
says leave the shore...

She says he carries a storm in his eyes
dark as a western wave
Salt air in every kiss and sigh
He keeps her close and safe

But the sea, it has its own will
and the human heart has rooms to fill
A cry coming from the ocean floor
says leave the shore...

Living through another skin
Can't remember who you are or where you've been
I'm calling you, I'm calling you, I'm calling you
Dive in...

He says he married a girl of the sea
She left him with the tide
Her voice calls to him patiently
across a great divide

The sea has its own will
and the human heart has rooms to fill
A cry coming from the ocean floor
says leave the shore...
Leave the shore
Track Name: Just The Start
Say what you will about the things in your past
Pick up the pieces off the floor
You’ll see the roses scattered in all of that glass
You’ll see it leads to something more

I know the road is hard
I know the world is falling apart
I know the edges are sharp
And right to your heart, right to your heart
But this is just the start

Day after day you keep on moving some how
Night after night you sleep it off
This kind of battle wants to harden you now
The real fight is trying to stay soft

'Cause oh, the road is hard
And oh, the world is falling apart
Oh, the edges are sharp
And right to your heart, right to your heart
But this is just the start

And in the dark
You’ll find a spark

I know the road, it's hard
And oh, the world's just falling apart
I know the edges are sharp
And right to your heart, right to your heart
right to your heart, right to your heart
But this is just the start
This is just the start
This is just the start
Track Name: Nasty Weather
You got words for people like me
You think it hurts when you call me "nasty"
Well you can't hurt me just as long as I stand free
and I can stand long as my sisters stand with me

A storm is coming, something's rolling in
You're not a winner just because you win
I know you feel it prickle on your skin
Enough whispers make a howling wind

And we're in for nasty weather
We're in for nasty weather
We gotta stick together
We're in for nasty weather
One snowflake is a drop in the fountain
but avalanches move mountains

Once we're awake we can't go back to sleep
Make every chant a promise that you keep
I know we marched but can we walk the walk?
Behind the earthquake comes the aftershock

We're in for nasty weather
We're in for nasty weather
We gotta stick together
We're in for nasty weather
One snowflake is a drop in the fountain
But avalanches move mountains

Black and white, immigrant and native
let's elevate, let's get legislative
It's time the system was rearranged
Let's bring about a social climate change

Give 'em some nasty weather
let's give 'em nasty weather
We gotta stick together
Give 'em nasty weather

One snowflake is a drop in the fountain
One snowflake is just a drop in the fountain
One special snowflake is just a drop in the fountain
But avalanches
Avalanches move mountains
Track Name: Salt
They're wrapped around your finger
Marionettes on a string
Want something give a wiggle
They come a-runnin' when you ring

You tied your knot around me
but I slipped that flimsy thing
You try your best to ground me
But I keep on taking wing

Meet me down by the river
Bring your bag and bring your stones
You want blood and I'll deliver
One of us will take the long way home

Under a waning moon
White as anger, black as fear
Wrote my name in salt & ashes
Lilac flower and a lover's tear

You cast your pain in circles
You wanna make it disappear
You want a vessel for it
Well honey, you won't find it here

Meet me down by the river
Bring your bag and bring your stones
You want blood and I'll deliver
One of us will take the long way home