Jamie Manning

Jamie Manning

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Jamie's album "What Remains", is an honest, unflinching look at familes experiencing heartbreak and strength as their lives are touched by autism. The lyrics read like poetry, and are supported by unforgettable country- and folk-influenced melodies making each song a memorable experience.

Biography

With the album What Remains, Jamie Manning has found his voice as a songwriter by giving a voice through song to parents dealing with the traumatic effects of raising children with autism.

His music is honest, tough, and beautiful, daring listeners to dive in and experience the stories fully. He writes with an emotional landscape in mind, taking listeners on a journey as the songs unfold, from the depths of grief, to the firm conviction of deep and unyielding love.

These are songs that speak to the effect of war on families, the war to face the economic, social, and emotional burdens of autism; the war to protect their children from a world that fears and often rejects them. These songs will leave you with a profound sense of what is possible when music touches your spirit.

Lyrics

This House

Written By: Jamie Manning

There’s a road that wanders gently through an ordinary town
Lined with sturdy, handsome houses, but for one that’s been run down
That’s the one that I turn into, the one I know so well
Where I spent some time in heaven and some more in hell

And as I walk through the kitchen door to take a final look
Memories turn in my mind like pages in a book
And the story that they tell me is hard to comprehend
Wasn’t this the place we vowed to stay until the end?

This house was once our refuge
This house became our home
This house was our shelter from the storm
This house held something deeper than our sorrow and our pride
This house had love inside

When we started out we did the things that people often do
We kept up with the Joneses, painted walls and fences too
Until the storm came in and washed us on this foreign shore
And suddenly it did not seem to matter anymore

This house was all our meaning
This house was all we knew
This house held everything that we held true
This house was all that we believed and could not be denied
This house had love inside

But as the storm wore on we found ourselves distracted
As we did all that we could just to survive
And so the grass grew long and windows once so clear
No longer let the light into our broken lives

Walking through the empty rooms with walls cracked and bare
I smile as I remember all the joy that we found there
And so now the story’s ended, a new one soon to find
But I always will remember what we left behind

This house cared for the wounded, it’s where we learned to heal
This house was where we found out what was real
We faced a world of worry, but we swept it all aside
This house had love inside

Copyright 2006 Jamie Manning. All rights reserved

All the Money in the World

Written By: Jamie Manning

Watchin' you standing at the edge of your life
I think about everything you've been through
Can't say I don't worry, 'cause I love you so much
And I know what this cold hearted world could do to you

If I could have known before
how this would all play out
I'd have played my cards differently
So things would be easier now

If I had all the money in the world
and nothing to give you but time
And the world were laid at my feet
Things might have been better
But all I have are these arms to hold you
And a promise to love you forever
I wish it were more
I'm praying it will be enough

So many compromises, so much wasted time
Cursing the darkness that held us so long
So many choices, each one had its price
You had to pay for each time we were wrong

My lessons came far too late
To make all of this right
I can't tell you how sorry I am
When I see how hard you have to fight

Chorus

Copyright 2006 Jamie Manning. All rights reserved

The Story of Her Life

Written By: Jamie Manning

Suzanne used to dream about a life of perfect happiness
When her time came
But now she spends her days on the floor with a boy
Who barely knows her name
She used to laugh, but that was long ago
When the world was young and every door she passed was open wide
Now she stares through broken windows and thinks about the story of her life

She had dreams of goin’ places
Far beyond the shadow of this lonely town
Put herself through college, work up to the top then maybe settle down
Now every twist and turn that led her to this madness
Keeps on turning over and over in her mind
She planned it all so perfectly. How could this be the story of her life?

Endless strings of doctors, lawyers, nurses and teachers now walk through her door
Tell her that there’s nothing they can do, cash their checks and then return no more
She used to cry, a river of tears
But what good are tears when no one’s there to hold you till they’re dry
And she tries to hide her anger, as she thinks about the story of her life

All the choices that she made, keep coming back to haunt her
And life goes on
But all that she can do is watch it move on past like a parade
And as the music fades
The streets are all so empty. Where did everybody go?

Suzanne pours some coffee, sits down in the kitchen as the daylight fades
And as her boy lies sleeping, she stares into the evening and goes far away
Flying over long forgotten places in the long forgotten spaces
Of the life she’s left behind
And she thinks about tomorrow, and knows that she is stronger
It will not be easy, but she’ll try
To write a happy ending to the story of her life

Copyright 2006 Jamie Manning. All rights reserved

You Are Welcome Here

Written By: Jamie Manning

Go ahead and take your time my boy, I can wait
There’s no need to run so fast, you’re not late
You walk on a different road, that’s alright
Do not fear the shadows, just keep looking for the light

And if that road should make you lonely
There’s no darkness you should fear
You will always find a light in my window at night
You are welcome here

You have such an open heart, free from all the stain
A smile that shines light sunlight through the thunder and the rain
The warmest hand, the truest eyes that I have ever known
And though you may walk slowly, you will never walk alone

And if you need some understanding
When the answers disappear
You will always have a place you can run to
You are welcome here

I can’t tell you that the world is kind
Nor can I tell you that it’s fair
But if you ever need a hand to hold
Mine will always be there

BREAK/SOLO

I can’t tell you that the world is kind
Nor can I tell you that it’s fair
But should you ever need a hand to hold
Mine will always be there

So when you walk down that long road
There’s no darkness you need to fear
You will always find a light in my window at night
You are welcome here

If that long road makes you lonely
And you need someone near
You will always find me here where you left me
My child. You are welcome here

Copyright 2006 Jamie Manning. All rights reserved

Surrender

Written By: Jamie Manning

On the day the war began
I promised myself that I’d survive
And I did everything I could
No matter what the cost, to stay alive

But the fighting’s left me cold, afraid and lonely
And I would give my life to come back home

I need you to show me one more time
I need to remember
Show me one more time
So I can get it clear in my mind
How to leave the past behind
If I can remember, maybe I can surrender

Moving angry through the world
I try hard to believe that nothing’s changed
But the door has closed behind me, the damage has been done
I’m not the same

You’re the only one who understands me
Only you alone can take my hand

I need you to show more one more time
I need to remember
Show me one more time
So I can get it clear in my mind
How to breathe and let it all go
If I can remember, maybe I can surrender

You’re the only one who understands me
You’re the only one who loves me as I am

I am not the man I used to be
And I need your love to set me free

I need you to show more one more time
‘cause I need to remember
Show me one more time
So I can get it clear in my mind
How to find my peace again
If I can remember, maybe I can surrender

Copyright 2006 Jamie Manning. All rights reserved

Discography

What Remains

Set List

Typical set is 45 minutes long and includes:

All the Money in the World
This House
You Are Welcome Here
Surrender
The Story of Her Life
We're Gonna Need Love
The Weight of the World
Roadsigns
Walkin' That Road
What Remains