Fjord

by Jacob Metcalf

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Fjord is an album about splintered people living in a fractured age.

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released January 29, 2016

Mastering Engineer, Alan Douches
Tracking Engineer, Mix Engineer, Alex Bhore
Tracking Engineer, James Talambas
Tracking Engineer, Britton Beisenherz

Art Direction, Graphic Design, Douglas Hale
Layout Design, Jacob Metcalf
Photography, Kelsey Foster-Wilson, Desiree Michelle Espada

Musicians, Alex Bhore, Ashley Myrick, Ashley Perez, Becki Howard, Benj Pocta, Bill Richmond, Buffi Jacobs, Carlo Canlas, Chelsea Bohrer, Dan Bowman, Daniel Hall, Daniel Hart, DJ Taylor, Eli Browning, Gina Morreale, Grace Burnworth, Hollie Groos, James Talambas, Jamison Gray, Josh Dawn, Joshua Westerman, Kevin Butler, Lizzie White, Markus Midkiff, Mary Sparks, Mimo Morreale, Nicole Amundson, Nicole Marxen-Myers, Noelle Fabian, Paul Grass, Ray Henninger, Sara McCallum, Sarah Daws Scott, Teddy Waggy, Wheeler Sparks

LP Review :
dicksully.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/album-review-fjord-by-jacob-metcalf/

LP Review :
www.thatmusicmag.com/index.php/2016/01/jacob-metcalf-fjord/

The Atlantic Song of the Day (All in Due Time) :
www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/01/track-of-the-day-all-in-due-time/433824/

Utne Reader Song Premiere (One Three Nine) :
www.utne.com/arts/song-premiere-jacob-metcalf-one-three-nine.aspx

Paste Song Premiere (Cut Your Ties) :
www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/01/jacob-metcalf-cut-your-ties.html

The Bluegrass Situation Song of the Week (Ein Berliner) :
www.thebluegrasssituation.com/read/jacob-metcalf-ein-berliner

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Jacob Metcalf Dallas, Texas

Dallas Texas Songwriter– Next solo shows 12/10 Dallas TX at Texas Theatre, 12/22 Austin TX at Radio Coffee and Beer, 12/29 Dallas TX at The Kessler Theater.

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Track Name: All in Due Time
You say I'm sprinting
against the wind
Said I should
slow it down
Speak up!
I'm listening,
but I'll sleep
when I'm in the ground
From a height I find
trouble identifying
You suppose your prayers
weren't enough
Years of trying
left my stone heart untouched
We soiled our soles;
we trampled upon
this tiny crowded globe
It's a shame, a tragedy
I know to love you
I had to leave
Track Name: One Three Nine
Stuck inside,
twelve more hours,
and I don't speak Thai
Usually I rely on my wit
to get me by but not this time
Humor translates poorly for me
And I've tried but I cannot
slip past security
So visas cost about
eleven American
But my debit card is at home
in the top right dresser drawer
I feel alone for the first time in years
My bags are in their place,
tucked away, locked up in transit
You caught a train;
you made your way across town
Where you thought that I would be
but I let you down
I'm catching a plane today
And I'm missing my chance to cross paths
Another trip through Bangkok goes to waste
International airspace
is no place for me to stay
Had things turned out differently
This might have been a love story
We're all racing to locations
one to another
Hoping to meet other
brilliant novas
Sometimes we hit;
sometimes we miss
It's all the same
Track Name: Cut Your Ties
I apologize;
it's not what you want me to say
You kept me always
an arm's length away
I was in a flood without you
You kept me above the surface
Have I exhausted all my options?
I have seen into
the windows of my own house
There's much work to do
but I'm stubborn and I'm proud
I was in a flood without you
You kept me above the surface
Have I exhausted all my options?
Track Name: Ein Berliner
The divide, falling down,
reunites a whole town
They made love
in the streets
Berlin Wall beneath their feet
Twenty-five years ago
I wasn't born, but I am told
My father saw
on the news they report
As a boy, with wide eyes,
he saw the world surprised
At the end of the war,
the cold war
We were appalled
to find our race,
human race, inanimate
Some were made of more heart
than their brawn,
still they were strong
A dictator shares
his ruthless might
Some break down,
are crushed in the fight
Grandfather worked in factories
With both hands near machinery
Always close to fire, his desire
Raise a family, see it gardened,
and well fed
Times are changing
but I remain the same
I'm always changing
The world stays the same
Track Name: Just a Job
Some friends ask
how I'm doing these days
I'll say, all is fine,
nothing's changed
Distances, motorcars
can't fix it
No one wants to listen
All I wanted
was to win you all over
Now I'm learning;
I'm letting go
She shot me in the shoulder
right above the heart
It put me on the ground,
but I'm back up and running now
Track Name: Fjord
I like to kick off my shoes
and rest my feet
I enjoy my break;
I've been standing all day
It keeps me from
a pressure fracture;
I might collapse here
There's a dark cloud
o'er my head
I'll try not to get rain
on anyone else
I toss like the sea
In my bed
there's a vacancy
I'll leave all
her letters unanswered
Soon she'll stop
making an effort
You'll go your own
merry way
Happens when you rearrange
Track Name: Traffic
An angry man
lifts his fists to the sky
Yells at each passerby
Someday I'm afraid
I am gonna die
Just trying to get things right
I wish there was a way
I've got to find my way
I'm not a poet
A philosopher
Don't have the answers
Just second guesses
Time is on my side
The workweek
keeps me satisfied
A fool is assured
that he is right
Disputes with all his might
Experts agree,
people need relief
I'm not a poet
A philosopher
Don't have the answers
Just second guesses
Track Name: Winter in Wichita
Breakfast in bed;
Jes made french toast
I am a houseguest;
they are the hosts
I leap from the covers
joining at the table
We make big circles
around the house
Truman the dog
tries to make me a mouse
Predict it in a painting:
infidelity runs in my family
I buried her;
I'll bury you
Falling asleep
I'm filled with animosity
Like hawks hone in,
prey, they don't stand a chance
Track Name: Correspondence
I wish I could be on the road
Living your adventure
I hope you grow
You see things you don't expect
Your heart grows inside your chest
I'm so glad you'll find yourself
I haven't seen you since
You left the continent
This must be remedied
Young lady you are a lovely
bright morning star and soul
Some day you will find a home
Track Name: Sarah Sells Shoes
It's been ages; I've missed you
Having you around, the late-night capers
They could never trace us
I've wondered, haven't known
what you were up to, how you had grown
Well, how have you done?
Surviving the heat
With the kids to the sides
at your feet
Let me acquaint you
My friend Sarah sells shoes
Oh! It's midnight,
hiding in the dark
There were sparks
We were reclining
on the edge in Emerald Park
With our sleeping bags underneath
And our hearts on our sleeves
Let me acquaint you both
My friend Sarah sails...
My friend Sarah tells me
she found another friend
Track Name: Pocketful of Hesitation
Our lips went for a stroll
last evening around nine
I meant to introduce them
when your mouth met mine
Is this what nearly falling
off a cliff feels like,
in your eyes, on the edge,
faltering?
A pocketful of hesitation,
and I'll never know what
could have been so grand
A spoonful of your love
could cure my hopeless state
I am tempted to stay around
We could take advantage of tonight
and have an elevator ride
To the top of the Ferris Wheel
where the operator
will hold it still
Surprise in the familiar;
there can be comfort in the unknown
A pocketful of hesitation,
and I'll never know what
could have been so grand
A spoonful of your love
could cure my hopeless state
I am tempted to stay around
Well, we never went
to ride the Ferris Wheel