Way Down

by Juliana Finch

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1.
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...
2.
03:43
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
3.
04:57
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
4.
04:00
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
5.
04:02
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
6.
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
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04:07
8.
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
9.
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
10.
03:59
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

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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 North Carolina-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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