Jes Kramer

by Jes Kramer

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released November 18, 2018

Cover art by Jaime Johnson

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Jes Kramer Grand Rapids, Michigan

Jes Kramer is a one-woman band from Grand Rapids, MI. Using a combination of keyboards, guitar, vocals, and a loop pedal, she weaves her songs layer by layer into something incredibly personal, yet comforting. WYCE named her Outstanding Female Performer of the Year at the 2012 Jammies. ... more

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Track Name: All The While
I'll be honest
I've got my father's heart
and I'll be healing for a while
but I will love you all the while
Track Name: The Same
If you're wondering how much things have changed
If you're wondering how I have stayed sane
If you feel like I have gone far away
If you need to know I love you just the same
Well baby, I do

Some days I can see us decades down the road
Some days I can't seem to get you out my throat
But I've figured out the lessons that I need
I've learned to love you, but not more than I love me
And baby, I do
Track Name: Hindsight
You said I should leave this town, or at least my room
You wanted a runaway. I just wanted to hide in you.
Now I've been spending days with all of my blinds closed
Singing to my good griefs, chasing my holy ghosts.
I guess this is hindsight.

But I can't give you everything you want
if I'm too busy building a place to haunt.
You said you'd love me halfway across the world,
but you, my dear, have loved a locked down girl.

So you leave this town, or at least my room.
You wanted a runaway. I just wanted to hide in you.
I guess this is hindsight.
Track Name: Cross-eyed
It's all right if you can't see me now
It's a magic eye, and I'm still cross-eyed
So when we pass on the street, just look down
Gotta watch those lines, stick to our sides.
I could tell you the ways that I'm sorry -
all those terrified boundaries, all those months counting signs.
But either way we're just stuck in these cross streets.
You'll go West, I will go East.
Should I wish we'd collide?
Track Name: Moonshine Redux
Moonshine in the moonlight
Back to back and night after night
My lungs aren't breathing right

Moonshine in the moonlight
Front to back and bare thigh to bare thigh
You still don't sound all right
Track Name: Just Like Water
Let's stay up way too late, regret it the next day
But no, you won't sleep alone
Those nights were just like water
Heavier than the others, but somehow perfectly clear

I found somewhere to stay where no one calls for me
I'm learning not to miss my chains
Her love was just like water. I couldn't hold it longer.
It poured right out from my hands.

I'm growing or something
The winter is bitter
But my lips aren't chapping
My lips aren't chapping
Track Name: Never Leaving
There are no guard rails here
And it's a long way down
I've gotta face my fears
'Cause I'm never leaving, I'm never leaving, I'm never leaving
I'm never leaving, I'm never leaving, I'm never leaving

There are no laws out here
It's for the stronger hearts
It may tear me apart
But I'm never leaving, I'm never leaving, I'm never leaving
I'm never leaving, I'm never leaving, I'm never leaving
Track Name: Heartbeat Pt II
I don't know just how I got here
The story takes its twists and turns
But somehow I, buried in caution,
found more than I could ever earn
I felt you growing in my love's stomach
I felt you kick me while I slept
I felt you changing the world around me
I felt you simplify my best

Oh this love, it changed my name
Oh this love, it made me stay
Scarier than anything
But filling me up day by day

My boy, be brave, because you gave me courage
Always be strong because you give me strength
And if you learn one thing, let it be that lightness
Can come out from any dark place

Oh this love, it changed my name
Oh this love, it made me stay
Scarier than anything
But filling me up day by day
Track Name: If Not By Your Side
I will grow old
Not only with you
I will grow old
Yeah, that's what I'll do

I'll see our boy
Grow up with eyes wide
Yeah, I will grow old
If not by your side
Track Name: Between the Covers
If you let somebody say that you walked on water
Because of their belief in you
Honey, you're gonna drown

We keep letting people in
In between the covers
Before we can stomach the feeling of our own skin

You can find it so many places
But if you don't own it, then they can take
Name why you loved them and make it yours now
They'll never break, never break, never break you back down

Don't back down, no, don't back down
Track Name: Arborist
She spent months on my back
and weeks on my earlobes
I never dreamt of a love so exposed
So I slept in her patience
In her layers of blankets
And I waited until each shake did subside

And if you can explain how the arborist
Turns to arsonist, turns to arsonist then
I will give you everything that these branches regrew
Seeds only fire can strew

Twelve times round that track
Each footstep in tandem
And my nightmares abandoned one step at a time
And I no longer cowered
Our four feet in the shower
Each inch that she'd touch I decided could stay

And if you can explain how the arborist
Turns to arsonist, turns to arsonist then
I will give you everything that these branches regrew
Seeds only fire can strew
Track Name: Wiser
To the ones that I've adored: I promise I will give no more
to the one who broke my heart
and ensured we would never start

To my mother on the phone: I promise I have been at home
staining my sheets with only wine
distilling all the strength in time

To my lovers down the road: I promise you a wiser soul
And we may still not get it right
But I'll sure know when to fight

To the part of me that's stuck: it's all right to give a fuck
But just please let me remind
That before her, you were mine
Track Name: Meet You There
This is the time to fall too hard
To find out slowly, frankly, who we still are
And in this town, you stand out bright
In a sea of ghosts birthed to keep theirs from sight

And you may not be fleeting
If I can keep from fleeing
I'll meet you there
But only when the time comes
When I am ripe for harvest
If you take that dare
I'll meet you there

It's a step, a two-step dance
to dare to lose it all again
To not leave that up to chance
And there's a guide, a fertile Spring
Where we once blamed poor timing
These roots are anchoring

And you may not be fleeting
If I can keep from fleeing
I'll meet you there
But only when the time comes
When I am ripe for harvest
If you take that dare
I'll meet you there

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