Jes Kramer

by Jes Kramer

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1.
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
2.
The Same 03:28
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
3.
Hindsight 02:39
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.
4.
Cross-eyed 03:23
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?
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
Arborist 03:10
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
12.
Wiser 03:06
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
13.
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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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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