Jesse Terry

Jesse Terry

 Stonington, Connecticut, USA
SoloAmericanaFolk

Jesse is a internationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter and road warrior. His music has been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Josh Ritter and James Taylor.

"As a young artist, Terry would fit right in with the songwriters of the 1960s and ’70s. Listening to his music, it’s easy to imagine hearing his songs on the radio in between cuts by Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell."

- Jay Smith - Pollstar.com

www.jesseterrymusic.com

Biography

ACCOLADES, TOUR HISTORY and FESTIVALS

2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Artist - Club Stage (headliners include Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Robert Plant & My Morning Jacket)

2015 Philadelphia Folk Festival Artist (headliners include Lyle Lovett, Shakey Graves, North Mississippi All Stars and Arlo Guthrie)

2015 Bonnaroo NoiseTrade Mixtape (alongside artists such as Brandi Carlile, Gergory Alan Isakov and Guster)

2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival - Emerging Artist Showcase

2014 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Artist

2014 International Songwriting Competition - First Place Americana Category

2014 CT Folk Festival Artist

2014 Unsigned Only Competition Double Finalist (Americana)

2014 Listening Room Network Artist of the Year

2013 Folk Alliance International Formal Showcase

2013 & 2014 Martha's Vineyard Songwriter Festival Artist

TV Placements on ABC’s Forever, The CW Network's Hart of Dixie, Lufthansa Airlines In-Flight Radio, A&E's Biography, Nature Raised Farms TV Commercial, Good Morning America and PBS' Roadtrip Nation.

2012 & 2014 Northeast Folk Alliance Quad Showcase

2012 Mountain Stage Northeast NewSong Finalist

2012 New Music Seminar Top 100 "Artist on Verge

2011 and 2012 30A Songwriters Festival Artist 

2012 Listening Room Festival Artist

2006 and 2012 Plymouth Folk Festival Artist

2012 New Jersey Folk Festival Artist

2011 Armed Forces Entertainment Tour - Thule, Greenland

2010 Far West Folk Alliance Premiere Showcase

2004 to 2009 - Nashville Staff Songwriter (Masville Music)

Grand Prize Winner Of: The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, The CMT/NSAI Songwriting Contest, The We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards and the OurStage.com Finals.

NOTABLE VENUES 

City Winery NYC, The Bluebird Cafe, Freight and Salvage, The Alberta Rose Theatre, Eddie's Attic, Narrows Center For The Arts, Tupelo Music Hall, The Troubadour, Infinity Music Hall, Club Passim, Red Clay Theatre, The Bitter End, Jammin' Java, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 and 3, Berklee Performance Center, Columbus Performing Arts Center, The Kate Theatre, Third and Lindsley, Outpost In The Burbs, Chukkar Farm, World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Me and Thee Coffeehouse, Columbia City Theatre, Flatbread Company, The Bull Run Ballroom, 12th and Porter, The Living Room, The Pacific Jewel, Thule Air Base Greenland, Acoustic Long Island, Sanctuary Concerts.

ENDORSEMENTS

Stonebridge Guitars International
G7th Capos

JESSE TERRY BIOGRAPHY

Jesse Terry is an internationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter whose intimacy with audiences, sincerity, and approachability has solidified him as a favorite at festivals and live venues nationwide. With three full-length albums, The Runner, Empty Seat On A Plane, and Stay Here With Me, this salt of the earth musician’s lyrical mastery, emotional depth, and soothing voice have often been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Josh Ritter, and James Taylor, reaching deep into listeners’ hearts to envelope them in shared joy, sadness, love, and unrelenting hope. The Grand Prize winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and The CMT/NSAI Song Contest, he has garnered worldwide acclaim including the elite honor of performing for US and NATO troops stationed at Thule Air Base in Greenland, and an official endorsement by Stonebridge Guitars International.

"His ability to craft memorable songs is complimented by his supreme ability to deliver them in a sometimes funny, sometimes gut wrenching, but always sincere and authentic manner,” praises Dave Dircks, host of the #1 Acoustic Podcast on iTunes, Acoustic Long Island. “At the core of it all, his personality – sunny naivety meets gritty wisdom – is what sets Jesse Terry apart…” Person by person, state by state, country by country, his fans, supporters, and colleagues have grown exponentially in the past few years, including at multiple gigs where he opened for major artists such as Darrell Scott, Paula Cole, Tony Lucca, Red Molly, Liz Longley, and founder of Jefferson Airplane, Marty Balin.

Visit Jesse’s Official Website here for more music, press, tour dates and videos:

www.jesseterrymusic.com




Lyrics

Natural

Written By: Jesse Terry

Natural

When the river flows upstream
And a child needs no help to crawl
When the ocean has no waves
And the leaves change but they never fall

When an island never ends
And a dirt road never bends
And the sun sets in the east
Then maybe I'll accept my fate
And know that things were meant to be
And maybe losing you will feel natural to me

When the desert has no sand
And a tin can holds a sky of rain
When every town has no main street
And a heart beats but it never breaks

When a church bell never chimes
And a soldier never dies
And the tall reeds never blow
Then maybe I'll accept my fate
And know that things were meant to be
And maybe losing you will feel natural to me

Oh I still can't believe you're gone
I swear nothing's ever felt so wrong

When an island never ends
And a dirt road never bends
And the sun sets in the east
Then maybe I'll accept my fate
And know that things were meant to be
And maybe losing you will feel natural to me

Africa

Written By: Jesse Terry

Africa

My love is on a ship for Africa
She says the time alone is good for us
A little space to know the storm inside
I pray that she still feels the same
When the Gold Coast fades away
And she's sailing home to me

Holding on is gonna take me letting go
Over oceans, 'cross the dusty fields of bones
That's the only way I know
To make it through Africa

She is something like I’ve never known
A touch that clouds the mind and stings the soul
I think somehow that we have always been
Awakened by some ancient dance
A distant glimmer of a chance
Where the stars all fall in line

Holding on is gonna take me letting go
Over oceans, 'cross the dusty fields of bones
That's the only way I know
To make it through Africa

Maybe she will hear me, steady as a song
Or wake to feel me breathing and know it won’t be long
Maybe she is dreaming now as the sun beats down
In Africa, Africa, Africa

the Runner

Written By: Jesse Terry/Fred Wilhelm

The Runner

You may pass him on the street tonight
The speed he moves he's hard to recognize
Heading down some empty avenue
What he’s running from, where he’s going to
If you asked, he couldn’t answer you

To him home is a place for leaving
So he spends his life racing in between them
Yeah, he longs for all he's left behind
And what's left to discover
There's no rest for the runner

A gentle way, a familiar smile
He'll draw you in, but only for a while
You may lay beside him, but you'll never be close
As long as waves are crashing on a distant coast
He'll find his way to the open road

To him home is a place for leaving
So he spends his life racing in between them
Yeah, he longs for all he's left behind
And what's left to discover
There's no rest for the runner

His heart pounding like a distant drum
I guess some shadows can’t be outrun

Dodging people on a crowded street
With no idea of where he ought to be
Some folks say he looks a lot like me

Home is a place for leaving
So he spends his life racing in between them
Yeah, he longs for all he's left behind
And what's left to discover
There's no rest for the runner

Jesse Terry/Fred Wilhelm

Edges

Written By: Jesse Terry

Edges (12.4.07)

The city lights are fadin’ like a firefly in a child’s closed hand
A familiar conversation, followed by an all too familiar plan
And it’s not like she was the only one, I made love to as the sun went down
It seems I’m always waiting on a train
Livin’ to fight another day

On the edges
On the edges
Draw a map of the world, find me on the edges

So I’m headed for the canyons, I’m only bringing with me this old guitar
How lonesome can you be, when you’re free and your cradled by the stars
I’m gonna meet some blue-eyed cowgirl, we’ll make our world as simple as the rain
(in black and white)
I guess that’s all that matters my friend
That’s where you’ll find me in the end

On the edges
On the edges
Draw a map of the world, find me on the edges

SOLO

Draw a map of the world, find me on the edges

Jesse Terry Masville Music 2007 (BMI)

Against the Tide

Written By: Jesse Terry/Scott Carter

Against the Tide

The fires have all died down, the bottles have washed downshore
The silence has filled my head, a deafening roar
Ferries are fueling up, you’ll catch the first one home
I’m losing the will to fight the pull of the undertow

From the day we collided
Our fatev’s been decided

We move against the tide
The restless moon divides us
We know it’s wrong, we know it’s wrong
We move against the tide
With nothin’ on our side
We keep holdin’ on, holdin’ on, holdin’ on

You’re probably on the edge, looking out on the wake
The miles of sun-kissed foam, that draws you far away
We know the seas will calm, we know it’s not the end
The same moon that forced our hands will pull us close again

When I’m at my weakest
I’ll feel you the deepest

We move against the tide
The restless moon divides us
We know it’s wrong, we know it’s wrong
We move against the tide
With nothin’ on our side
We keep holdin’ on, holdin’ on, holdin’ on

SOLO

So this is the path we’ve been given’
I guess we were destined

CHORUS

Noise

Written By: Jesse Terry/Michael Logen

Noise

I can’t hear the songbirds singing
Or the church bells ringing
Without your sweet voice
All the world is noise

As I watch the children playing
I can’t hear what they’re saying
Without your sweet voice
All the world is noise

If I ever hear your voice again
Maybe on some clear and holy morning
I will close my eyes and take it in
But until then, until then

I will watch the lovers dancing
But I won’t hear them laughing
Without your sweet voice
All the world is noise

SOLO

If I ever hear your voice again
Maybe on some clear and holy morning
I will close my eyes and take it in
But until then, until then

I won’t hear the rain start it’s drumming
The streets could all be flooding
Without your sweet voice
All the world is noise
All the world is noise

Michael Logen Combustion Music (ASCAP) 2008/Jesse Terry Masville Music 2008 (BMI)

Pray It's Not the Delta

Written By: Jesse Terry

Pray It’s Not The Delta (12.4.07)

Baby girl, if you really miss me
Take a drive from Mississippi, we’ll go runnin’ through the rain
In the morning, we’ll be laughin’ about fate
And how we’re still the same two kids

Let the screen door sway honey, break the barricade
Don’t worry ‘bout years gone by
I need to hear from your lips now
The one thing you can’t live without
I pray it’s not the delta

I find no comfort in your voice on the phone
These days I’m like a stone, nothin’ gets inside
‘Cause I’m still tangled like the gleaming power-lines
Above the endless fields of white outside your window

Let the screen door sway honey, break the barricade
Don’t worry ‘bout years gone by
I need to hear from your lips now
The one thing you can’t live without
I pray it’s not the delta
I pray it’s not the delta

‘Cause loving you is making me grow old
Holding on is weighing down my soul
So let the truth be told

I need to hear from your lips now
The one thing you can’t live without
I pray it’s not the delta
I pray it’s not the delta

Jesse Terry Masville Music (BMI) 2007

Devil will Dance

Written By: Jesse Terry/Eric Paslay

Devil Will Dance (9/29/07)

Daddy was a preacher, lived by the word
He could quote you chapter and verse
One day he found mama in a stranger’s hands
He put his lips to the bottle, eyes bloodshot
Never was the same, from the very first drop
I guess trouble’s bound to find every man

Oh, oh the cold wind blows
Sends a shiver down to your bones
Oh, oh, wish you could fly away
Oh, oh he’s knockin’ at your door
Just when you can’t take it no more
Oh, oh if you take his hand
The devil will dance
Devil will dance

Yeah I never picked the bottle up
But I never could deny her touch
She’s the only thing that gets me high
There’s A.M. static on the radio
And (here I am) I’m looking for last night’s clothes
Searchin’ the room for an alibi

Oh, oh the cold wind blows
Sends a shiver down to your bones
Oh, oh, wish you could fly away
Oh, oh he’s knockin’ at your door
Just when you can’t take it no more
Oh, oh if you take his hand
The devil will dance
Devil will dance

I always wait too long, then I’m too far gone
To ever look at the sand where the line is drawn

SOLO

Oh, oh the cold wind blows
Sends a shiver down to your bones
Oh, oh, wish you could fly away
Oh, oh he’s knockin’ at your door
Just when you can’t take it no more
Oh, oh if you take his hand
The devil will dance
Devil will dance

Eric Paslay Cal 4/Jesse Terry Masville Music 2007

Lay Your Hands on Me

Written By: Jesse Terry/Corinne Chapman

Lay Your Hands On Me 11/16/07

Lord knows some good love has walked out my door
It seems like I don’t trust nobody no more
But the way you look at me, it makes me wanna try
I guess you found me honey in the nick of time

So lay your hands on me, lay your hands on me
I know your healing touch could set me free
Baby there ain’t no words that could make me believe
Oh just lay your hands on me

It’s supernatural how you’re movin’ my soul
Making a man like me lose control
And I ain’t thinking ‘bout losin’ you or being out on the street again
I’m just thinkin’ how your fingertips would feel on my skin

Lay your hands on me, lay your hands on me
I know your healing touch could set me free
Baby there ain’t no words that could make me believe
Oh just lay your hands on me

Oh the tide may be turning
You may be all I need

Lay your hands on me, lay your hands on me
I know your healing touch could set me free
Baby there ain’t no words that could make me believe
Oh just lay your hands on me
Oh just lay your hands on me

Corinne Chapman/Jesse Terry Masville Music (BMI)

Ghost Town

Written By: Jesse Terry

Ghost Town

There's boarded up storefronts side by side
And miles of rust down the railroad line
The wild dogs howl and the church bells ring
Shadows fall on broken things
Shadows fall on broken things

A voice in the darkness haunts my mind
Echoes of your last goodbye
Another day, another night
In a ghost town
In a ghost town

I look out the window every now and then
There’s tall vines growin’ on a barbwire fence
There’s rust on the gate and I can’t break through
Maybe there’s no end to you
No I can’t find the end of you

A voice in the darkness haunts my mind
Echoes of your last goodbye
Another day, another night
In a ghost town
In a ghost town

Maybe somewhere down the road I’ll find
Real love and peace of mind
All I know is I’m leaving tonight
I’ve done my time, in a ghost town

Devil Will Dance

Written By: Jesse Terry

Devil Will Dance (9/29/07)

Daddy was a preacher, lived by the word
He could quote you chapter and verse
One day he found mama in a stranger’s hands
He put his lips to the bottle, eyes bloodshot
Never was the same, from the very first drop
I guess trouble’s bound to find every man

Oh, oh the cold wind blows
Sends a shiver down to your bones
Oh, oh, wish you could fly away
Oh, oh he’s knockin’ at your door
Just when you can’t take it no more
Oh, oh if you take his hand
The devil will dance
Devil will dance

Yeah I never picked the bottle up
But I never could deny her touch
She’s the only thing that gets me high
There’s A.M. static on the radio
And (here I am) I’m looking for last night’s clothes
Searchin’ the room for an alibi

Oh, oh the cold wind blows
Sends a shiver down to your bones
Oh, oh, wish you could fly away
Oh, oh he’s knockin’ at your door
Just when you can’t take it no more
Oh, oh if you take his hand
The devil will dance
Devil will dance

I always wait too long, then I’m too far gone
To ever look at the sand where the line is drawn

SOLO

Oh, oh the cold wind blows
Sends a shiver down to your bones
Oh, oh, wish you could fly away
Oh, oh he’s knockin’ at your door
Just when you can’t take it no more
Oh, oh if you take his hand
The devil will dance
Devil will dance

The Runner

Written By: Jesse Terry

The Runner

You may pass him on the street tonight
The speed he moves he's hard to recognize
Heading down some empty avenue
What he’s running from, where he’s going to
If you asked, he couldn’t answer you

To him home is a place for leaving
So he spends his life racing in between them
Yeah, he longs for all he's left behind
And what's left to discover
There's no rest for the runner

A gentle way, a familiar smile
He'll draw you in, but only for a while
You may lay beside him, but you'll never be close
As long as waves are crashing on a distant coast
He will find his way down the open road

To him home is a place for leaving
So he spends his life racing in between them
Yeah, he longs for all he's left behind
And what's left to discover
There's no rest for the runner

His heart pounding like a distant drum
I guess some shadows can’t be outrun

Dodging people on a crowded street
With no idea of where he ought to be
Some folks say he looks a lot like me

CHORUS

Noise

Written By: Jesse Terry

Noise

I can’t hear the songbirds singing
Or the church bells ringing
Without your sweet voice
All the world is noise

As I watch the children playing
I can’t hear what they’re saying
Without your sweet voice
All the world is noise

If I ever hear your voice again
Maybe on some clear and holy morning
I will close my eyes and take it in
But until then, until then

I will watch the lovers dancing
But I won’t hear them laughing
Without your sweet voice
All the world is noise

SOLO

If I ever hear your voice again
Maybe on some clear and holy morning
I will close my eyes and take it in
But until then, until then

I won’t hear the rain start it’s drumming
The streets could all be flooding
Without your sweet voice
All the world is noise
All the world is noise

Scared of Nothing

Written By: Jesse Terry

Scared of Nothing

Remember that drive to the kava bar
Charlie had to wake us in the back of the car
Yeah there we were in a stranger’s hands
In Vanuato such a foreign land

I know we were never ready to go
When we sailed away and the south seas rose
But nothing ever seemed to shake me and you
Built our own little castle in a run-down room

Baby I don’t have all the answers
There’s a few more oceans left to cross
But there’s no fear now as slivered moonlight hits the floor
Oh baby I ain’t scared of nothing
Baby I ain’t scared of nothing no more

So tomorrow we’re pulling out of Tennessee
We’re gonna see where those roads out west will lead
You know I’ve always longed to get out on the road
I just couldn’t bear to sing these songs alone

You and I we lived the same life, in a fortress
So I feel like I know where you’ve been
And I guess that you, never really lose your scars from that
Until you truly find your other half
There ain’t nothing you can do, nothing you can do

Baby I don’t have all the answers
There’s a few more oceans left to cross
But there’s no fear now as slivered moonlight hits the floor
Oh baby I ain’t scared of nothing
Baby I ain’t scared of nothing
Baby I ain’t scared of nothing no more

Jesse Terry - Jackson Beach Music/2010 (SESAC)

Over The Sun We'll Fly

Written By: Jesse Terry

Over The Sun We’ll Fly

They say that the one, you’ll know right away
You’ll think to yourself the first time you see her face
Over the sun we’ll, over the sun we’ll fly

But until you, I never believed
I thought love grew, over years and years, from a tiny seed
But over the sun we’ll, over the sun we’ll fly

A simple smile can make you change your course
The smile you’ve spent your whole life waiting for
Seems the world keeps carving us a path
I put my faith in what we have, that’s all we need

So let’s ride the wind, let’s make our home
I swear my love, you will never be alone
Over the sun we’ll, over the sun we’ll fly

A simple smile can make you change your course
The smile you’ve spent your whole life waiting for
Seems the world keeps carving us a path
I put my faith in what we have, that’s all we need

You in my arms, a perfect view
There is no fear, feels like there’s nothing, that we can’t do
Over the sun we’ll, over the sun, over the sun we’ll fly

Jesse Terry/Jackson Beach Music 2010 (SESAC)

Scenic Route

Written By: Jesse Terry

Scenic Route

Our clothes are on hangers, we sleep in our own bed
You look out on New York while you work at your desk
And I leave town for strangers to sing them a song
And to paint them a picture of when you rode along

Now the world’s finally mapped out, so warm and so safe
I guess even us ramblers have to grow up someday
But I don’t like travellin’ this road without you
Oh lover, sweet lover, oh I miss our scenic route

It’s hard to remember how we made it at all
I know I sold that old twelve string just to make it through the fall
Oh it’s funny how the hard times are what you forget
It’s all laughter and coastline burned into my head

Now the world’s finally mapped out, so warm and so safe
I guess even us ramblers have to grow up someday
But I don’t like travellin’ this road without you
Oh lover, sweet lover, oh I miss our scenic route

Oh I don’t like travellin’ this road without you
Oh lover, sweet lover, oh I miss our scenic route

Jesse Terry – Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2011

Bitterroot Valley

Written By: Jesse Terry

Bitterroot Valley

Look at the pines, black spears scattered on the mountain
Looks like the wildfires just burned out yesterday
But it’s been ten years now since deer waded in the water
Laid low for a while, as flame engulfed the sky

Deep, deep down
In the bitterroot valley
In the bitterroot valley
Deep, deep down (diamond)

I think I belong among the miles of scarred Ponderosa
I know it takes time to show some sign of life
‘Cause I’ve been licking my wounds since I moved to western Montana
Before the spark from a power line
Led to a thousand flashing lights

Deep, deep down
In the bitterroot valley
In the bitterroot valley
Deep, deep down
In the bitterroot

SOLO section

If the world’s a-blaze don’t wake me
You know the only thing that saves me

Is being deep, deep down
In the bitterroot valley
In the bitterroot valley
Deep, deep down
In the bitterroot valley
In the bitterroot valley
In the bitterroot valley
Deep, deep down
Deep, deep down

Look at the pines, black spears scattered on the mountain
Looks like the wildfires just burned out yesterday

Jesse Terry – Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2011

Grace on a Train

Written By: Jesse Terry

Grace on a Train

I found grace on a train
And the silence stung my ears
With her gaze so far from here
Maybe Portugal or Spain
Oh I just don’t know
Why I said hello
As the snow was falling
That New Year’s day
I found grace on a train

I found grace on a train
I know I listened to her then
But never thought of it again
Until I saw her face by chance
When my life jumped the track
Her words rushed right back
Call it just a random
Twist of fate
I found grace on a train

She said she that winter day so long ago
Was her turning point, her cornerstone
Someone passing through can save your life
Make you get back in the fight

I found grace on a train
And she bought for me a suit
When my rent was overdue
She said promise me you’ll go
Out to find your girl
To the edge of the world
Something’s telling me
She’s in the rain
Oh I found grace on a train

Jesse Terry – Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2011

Empty Seat On A Plane

Written By: Jesse Terry

Empty Seat On A Plane

They were once, grounded for miles
Now they are constellations burning
Like us, sipping our wine
Tangled like vines, thoughts, churning

Look up, look up above your head
At the lights, you could be there instead
In the sky, oh somewhere in the sky
There’s an empty seat, empty seat on a plane

At the gate, your name rang out
It echoed loud but never found you
On this hill, our runway perch
This patch of dirt, where I was rescued

Look up, look up above your head
At the lights, you could be there instead
In the sky, oh somewhere in the sky
There’s an empty seat, empty seat on a

767 bound for Auckland in the fall
You know we’re coming up on winter and you can’t stand the cold at all
But you chose to stay, anyway

Look up, look up above your head
At the lights, you could be there instead
In the sky, oh somewhere in the sky
There’s an empty seat, empty seat
Empty seat, empty seat on a plane

Jesse Terry – Jackson Beach Music – (SESAC) 2011

Let The Blue Skies Go To Your Head

Written By: Jesse Terry

Let The Blue Skies Go To Your Head

Yeah he’s there in your driveway, about a quarter to nine
You can hear the boardwalk and the carnival rides
And it’s much too early, just to sit at home
But you only see thorns as he hands you a rose
As you lean on the hood of his car

The engine’s warm, he’s waiting for you
Tell me what you got to lose
It’s so hard to for you to believe in something real
You’re always countin’, countin’ on rain
Like it’s always gonna fall the same
Oh don’t go inside, don’t you play dead
Honey let the blue skies go to your head

You see a flash of your childhood, in his halogen lights
You can picture him leaving without a goodbye
You gotta push that away girl, or you’ll never get out
And this cruel old world will keep crumblin’ down
You ain’t always gonna be this young

The engine’s warm, he’s waiting for you
Tell me what you got to lose
It’s so hard to for you to believe in something real
You’re always countin’, countin’ on rain
Like it’s always gonna fall the same
Oh don’t go inside, don’t you play dead
Honey let the blue skies go to your head

Oh, oh, oh, it’s a long, hard fall, oh
Oh, oh, oh, but you can’t lose them all, oh

You’re always countin’, countin’ on rain
Like it’s always gonna fall the same
Oh don’t go inside, don’t you play dead
Honey let the blue skies go to your head
Oh don’t go inside, don’t you play dead
Honey let the blue skies go to your head

Jesse Terry – Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2011

Tightrope

Written By: Jesse Terry

Tightrope

I paint on a smile, and no one can tell
I’m walking this tightrope
This beautiful tightrope

Shallow I breathe, staccato like rain drops
The world through a telescope
I watch from my tightrope

Oh I was only a child
When I made my home above the trees
Oh I have never come down
I’ve been safe with the birds and the bees

I fear and I crave, this moment upon me
Emerging through white smoke
She walks down my tightrope

‘Till I saw her face, I never longed for the sidewalk
Now I’m going to let go
And fall off my tightrope

Oh I was only a child
When I made my home above the trees
Oh I have never come down
I’ve been safe with the birds and the bees

INTERLUDE

In her embrace, I’m left without armor
Oh I’ll miss my tightrope
My beautiful tightrope

Words & Music by Jesse Terry / Jackson Beach Music 2010 / SESAC

Barefoot Child

Written By: Jesse Terry

Barefoot Child

You judge the time, by shade beneath a willow
Dark always comes too soon
At 8:05 you train to New York City
And walk a mile or two

I bet you see bluebirds out on the lawn
And never do notice when guns are all drawn

Go on ahead, never be touched
Don’t get caught stumblin’ with the likes of us
Go on ahead, I will catch up in time
Keep your eyes open wide, bright wide eyes
Barefoot child, barefoot child

Look out the blinds, white flags on every rooftop
How did you wind up here
Weren’t you born, somewhere so green and sheltered
You never learned to fear

‘Cause I hear you laughing when you skin your knees
As you keep on climbing up through the leaves

Go on ahead, never be touched
Don’t get caught stumblin’ with the likes of us
Go on ahead, I will catch up in time
Keep your eyes open wide, bright wide eyes
Barefoot child, barefoot
Go on ahead, I will catch up in time
Keep your eyes open wide, bright wide eyes
Barefoot child, barefoot child

You judge the time, by shade beneath a willow
Dark always comes too soon

Jesse Terry – Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2011

Coyotes

Written By: Jesse Terry

Coyotes

They’re over-running this town
In a pack so pretty
I’ve been staying inside
But I can’t fall asleep, my ears keep ringing
All night hearing them howl
All night hearing them howl
Coyotes

I used to be one of their kind
I remember them smiling
When they left me for dead
I wanna settle the score, but they’re experts in hiding
All night hearing them howl
All night hearing them howl

I’m gonna run through the trees, the branches
Hold my breath, take my chances
Oh it must get easier with time
To leave some sacred things behind
It’s the last thing I would choose
But I ain’t giving up for you
Coyotes

They ain’t so tough on their own
Yeah there’s armour in numbers
They never stray too far
When you forget about them, they wake you like thunder
All night hearing them howl
All night hearing them howl

I’m gonna run through the trees, the branches
Hold my breath, take my chances
Oh it must get easier with time
To leave some sacred things behind
It’s the last thing I would choose
But I ain’t giving up for you
Coyotes

All night hearing them howl
All night hearing them howl

Jesse Terry ~ Jackson Beach Music SESAC (2011)

Wishful Thinking

Written By: Jesse Terry

Wishful Thinking

For a second I thought, we’ve wandered long enough
‘Cause we’re leaving California baby so cleaned out
We gotta drive straight to Nashville in one sundown

But what I fear the most is waking up uninspired
I’d rather bet on that blue glint of mischief in your eyes
And know we’ll never grow old from being too gun-shy

Maybe we are just wishful thinking
From a long line of naïve dreamers
Maybe we’ve just hit lucky weather
And soon the world will snow us under
But baby let’s keep wishful thinking

I picture you in Paris, a little girl on the Metro train
Countin’ the stops to your temporary street
And side-steppin’ the winos with your groceries

I can’t believe your brother was given only weeks to live
And your folks didn’t listen, sold the house back home
And look eighteen years later he’s as tall as an oak

Maybe we are just wishful thinking
From a long line of naïve dreamers
Maybe we’ve just hit lucky weather
And soon the world will snow us under
But baby let’s keep wishful thinking

Well what do you see, just up the road
Whatever you long for, that will be home

Maybe we are just wishful thinking
From a long line of naïve dreamers
Maybe we’ve just hit lucky weather
And soon the world will snow us under
Maybe we are just wishful thinking
From a long line of naïve dreamers
But baby let’s keep wishful thinking

Jesse Terry – Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2011

A Refuge

Written By: Jesse Terry

A Refuge

She’s staring out the window, dreaming of the snowfall in Wyoming
Across the room I meet her eyes, smile to not show any signs of knowing
I know she’d never falter, she never would confess
I can’t bear to watch her now, weather her regret

‘Cause she’s halfway home
As I lay her down
And I wish I was like her mountain town
A refuge

My hands are on her shoulders, as she pours me the coffee at sunrise
Her bags are on the backseat, it’s about twelve-hundred miles as the crow flies
A fragment of me dies inside the warmth of her embrace
And even as she says goodbye I’m taken by her grace

She’ll be halfway home
When the sun goes down
And I wish I was like her mountain town
A refuge

I’m staring out the window, dreaming of the snowfall in Wyoming
Imagining her by some fire, her windows tight, while wind outside is blowing
And then a pair of headlights burn a path across my field
Maybe ‘cause I let her go she knows that I am real

And she’s finally home
As I lay her down
And I am that place, like her mountain town
A refuge

Stay Here With Me

Written By: Jesse Terry/Neilson Hubbard

Stay Here With Me

I’m gonna find you in the hotel bar on Newland Avenue
Maybe it’ll feel we’re in the movies or maybe just something new
Cause lately I’ve been feeling like a fever’s burning and I need to see to believe

How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me

I’m gonna drive you to a room upstate and throw away the key
I’m gonna watch the sun sneak up through the window by where we sleep
‘Cause you belong in the songs that sing with sweet simple melodies

How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me
How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me

Let's check out for a while
Miles and miles
From all the places we’ve been
Let's hold on to this night
So tight
Until it's spent

SOLO

We don’t have to speak a word about the scars we cannot hide
Just one time I wanna pour a drink and let someone inside
Is there ever a way to really know if what you want is what you need

How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me
How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me
How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me

Jesse Terry – Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2013/Neilson Hubbard – Plastic Bird Music (BMI)

Barbed Wire

Written By: Jesse Terry

Barbed Wire

Everybody wants a piece of my time
Everybody wants a piece of my time
But I can’t help thinkin’ what I left behind
A simple girl she don’t ask for much

Just a blur of the world outside her window
Just a morning on the coast with nowhere to go
Tell me when did I lose my reckless heart
‘Cause some dark day she won’t need my touch

While the roses bloom here tall and wild
And I can get tangled in the vines
Air should taste so sweet but she is gone
Crimson on my feet and hands
No one sees it like I can
This is barbed wire

Everybody likes to tell you what is home
Everybody likes to tell you what is home
Maybe we found it many moons ago
And all this time I’ve been running from the truth

While the roses bloom here tall and wild
And I can get tangled in the vines
Air should taste so sweet but she is gone
Crimson on my feet and hands
No one sees it like I can

This is barbed wire, barbed wire, barbed wire

Barbed Wire

Jesse Terry – Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2013

Don't Let Me Fall For You

Written By: Jesse Terry

Don’t Let Me Fall For You

You got these piercing blue eyes
You know I can’t say a word
All these fears on the tip of my tongue
I swear baby will never be heard
‘Cause I’ve seen them cold
I’ve been in that prison before
When your world gets old, your world gets old

So don’t let me fall for you
Don’t let me fall for you
‘Cause I can’t get back on my feet
Get back on my feet
The way you do

You know there might be a chance
That everyone’s wrong
So if you wanna lay with me tonight
The door’s open and the radio’s on
Gimme your drug
It won’t take much right now
To open me up, to open me up

Don’t let me fall for you
Don’t let me fall for you
‘Cause I can’t back on my feet
Get back on my feet
The way you do

All of the past keeps on rushing back when you’ve gone away

So don’t let me fall for you
Don’t let me fall for you
‘Cause I can’t back on my feet
Get back on my feet
The way you do

Jesse Terry Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2010

Deeper Wells

Written By: Jesse Terry

Deeper Wells

I will shield my eyes, I can’t bear to see your face
‘Cause back here in this town I feel like a man that I’ve replaced
And I would change it if I could, but I would lose myself
So I’ll keep you locked up in the deeper wells

I’m an orphan child finally taken in
On some green and distant shore where someday I might live
But tonight these silver strings will ring and hide this hell
And I’ll keep you locked up in the deeper wells

How I long to thrash the water and look over the edge
But no matter how I love you, there was nothing left unsaid
I don’t know if there is time or if the water is dry

I will un-clench my hands and lead my rose away
‘Cause we can’t raise our own with this poison in my veins
Oh ‘cause every time I trust I get caught up in your spell
So I’ll keep you locked up in the deeper wells

How I long to thrash the water and look over the edge
But no matter how I love you, there was nothing left unsaid
I don’t know if there is time or if the water is dry, dry

I will shield my eyes, can’t bear to see your face
‘Cause back here in this town I feel like a man that I’ve replaced
And I would change it if I could, but I would lose myself
So I’ll keep you locked up in the deeper wells
So I’ll keep you locked up in the deeper wells

Jesse Terry – Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2013

Feel That Way Again

Written By: Jesse Terry/Neilson Hubbard

Feel That Way Again

Listen to the sound that the wheels make
Peelin’ that rubber like a jailbreak
Listen to the sound of the motor shake
When I roll the windows down

Lately we’ve been reading the wrong signs
Playin’ it safe, biding our time
Tryin’ to find gold in a coal mine
When it’s nowhere to be found

We ain’t coming back home tonight, gonna stay out late with our friends
Wanna bet it all, make pretend
That time ain’t closing in
Wanna feel that way again

Why we gotta grow up so fast
Everybody’s scared of coming in last
My money’s on us and the green grass
Gonna prove the whole world wrong

We ain’t coming back home tonight, gonna stay out late with our friends
Wanna bet it all, make pretend
That time ain’t closing in
Wanna feel that way again

When you walk on a wire, don’t ever look down
‘Cause you’ll have to choose and you might forget
The thing you will lose, the thing you’ll regret

SOLO

We ain’t coming back home tonight, gonna stay out late with our friends
Wanna bet it all, make pretend
That time ain’t closing in
Wanna feel that way again
Wanna feel that way, feel that way again

Jesse Terry - Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2013/Neilson Hubbard – Plastic Bird Music (BMI) 2013

Second Dance

Written By: Jesse Terry,Angela Kaset, Angela Kaset

Second Dance

Oh tell me now, tell me now what would you do
If the love of your life came back to you
You know the one, you were both children and there’s where it died
Oh wouldn’t you, wouldn’t you move earth and stars
Leave your safe little prison and freshly cut yard
Just to remember the way that it feels when you’re truly alive

Heaven help me, I have fallen
I’ve been given, another chance
You have to answer, when fate comes calling
And take her hand for a second dance

Oh when you are young, you’re not yet aware
That something could be so perfect and rare
But over the years it becomes clear to you just what you lost
Now I’m stealing back the rest of my life
Splitting the seams with a double-edged knife
It’s gonna hurt but I know it’s worth it, whatever the cost

Heaven help me, I have fallen
I’ve been given, another chance
You have to answer, when fate comes calling
And take her hand for a second dance

Musical Interlude

Heaven help me, I have fallen
I’ve been given, another chance
You have to answer, when fate comes calling
And take her hand for a second dance
Take her hand for a second dance

Jesse Terry - Jackson Beach Music (SESAC)2009/Angela Kaset - Quirk & Foible Music (ASCAP)2009

That Could Be Me

Written By: Jesse Terry, Ron Miller

THAT COULD BE ME

There’s a kid with a ball in his hand
Leaning on the chain link, back row of the stands
Feeling so small, his name wasn’t called
That diamonds where he wants to be
He’s thinking that could be me

There’s a woman in a suit on a plane
She’s worn and she’s weary, her work takes her away
When she left home tonight, they all waved goodbye
By now they’re probably fast asleep
She’s thinking that could be me

Look up, look up, count your lucky stars tonight
There’s time, still time, to blaze your own trail
Wake up, wake up, we’re all in the same damn place
Sometimes there’s a chance to take
This don’t all come down to fate

Solo

Look up, look up, count your lucky stars tonight
There’s time, still time, to blaze your own trail
Wake up, wake up, we’re all in the same damn place
Sometimes there’s a chance to take
This don’t all come down to fate

There’s a man who finally picks up the phone
He don’t care who’s right no more, been thirty years since he’s been home
They both made mistakes, neither one has forgave
But today his dad turns ninety-three
He’s thinking that could be me

Ron Miller - Ron Miller Songs (BMI) / Jesse Terry - Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2013

Discography

Jesse Terry "Stay Here With Me" LP (November 2013)
Jesse Terry "Empty Seat On A Plane" LP (July 2012)
Jesse Terry "The Runner" LP (2009)
Oscar Bravo "Hey Rosaline" EP (2003)

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