jo bywater

jo bywater

 Liverpool, England, GBR
BandAlternativeAcoustic

Independent songwriter/artist charged with passion, creativity and integrity. Acoustic, alternative, dynamic and blues-based. Lyrical poetry and direct honesty. Vocally raw, gentle and powerful. Passion is timeless. Debut album CYCLE GRACE PULSE BREAK released Dec 2010.

Biography

Yorkshire-born, Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Jo Bywater assumes the form of an innovative and inspired musical force. Solo and acoustic, her tunes are an infection of tasty riffs and blues rawness. A melting pot of styles and influence, injected with the rusty edge of vocal honesty. Dynamic, rhythmic, tactile, rockin’ poetry.

Her influences, though widely spun, have defined and quenched roots in alternative rock, blues and folk-rock. Ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blind Melon, Pearl Jam, Nuno Bettencourt and Red Hot Chili Peppers to more recent song writing appreciation in Neil Young, Jeff Buckley, Fiona Apple and Ani DiFranco.

She has been compared to acclaimed and respected artists including Janis Joplin, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Dave Mathews, Ani Difranco and Jack White.

Jo has played extensively across the UK and is a familiar face on the Liverpool music scene. Festivals include a succession of Liverpool Music Weeks, Threshold Festival, International Pop Overthrow, Brighton, London, Liverpool and Manchester Prides, Hope Street Feast and London Vegan Festival.

Jo has been involved as a co-organiser in various events over the last few years, the most recent being Big Her Night, a charity evening to celebrate International Womens Day and Rock the Lane. She is a mentor on 'Girls into Rock' youth project for Sense of Sound, Liverpool.

She currently also ventures out with her band.

Her solo acoustic debut album ‘Cycle Grace Pulse Break’, released in December 2010, captures both the whispering gentleness and raw power of Jo’s expression. Bluesy, powerful and crafted. The album is available to buy through Jo’s website, various local independent outlets and at live performances.

Jo was also responsible for the album cover painting and artwork. More artwork can be found at the art link below.

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Lyrics

Wave

Written By: Jo Bywater

Wave
written by Jo Bywater

A wave of fulfilment
A wave that breaks a fall
A wave that’s in the breath i take before i make the call
A wave of apprehension
A wave that says goodbye
A wave that doesn’t happen and leaves you hanging high

There’s a million ways a wave can cycle and grace and pulse and break
Wash over make it changed
There’s a million ways a wave can cycle and grace and pulse and break
A wave that lets you know to let it go, let it go

A wave of inspiration
A wave that’s 10ft tall
A wave comes to fruition
A wave that floats a ball
A wave of primal hunger that leaves you wanting more
A wave obscures the contours
A wave right from the core

There’s a million ways a wave can cycle and grace and pulse and break
Wash over make it changed
There’s a million ways a wave can cycle and grace and pulse and break
A wave that lets you know to let it go, let it go by

How do you wear the weather?
How does it wear you?
Does it wear you down or wear you into something new?
How do you wear the weather?
How does it wear you?
Does it wear you down or wear you well like something new?

Catch a wave, catch a wave, catch a wave, catch a wave

There’s a million ways a wave can cycle and grace and pulse and break
Wash over make it changed
There’s a million ways a wave can stifle and roll and drown a flow
Wash over make it changed
There’s a million ways oh ways to catch a wave
There’s a million waves oh waves oh, catch a wave
There’s a million ways oh ways oh
There’s a million waves oh waves oh
There’s a million waves oh waves to
Catch a wave

©2010. Jo Bywater

Disclaimer

Written By: Jo Bywater

Happy mass-corporation
over-blown gesture day
Your Valentine expects everything you have day.
And if this doesn't include you
PLEASE
Do not fear
Sit tight
You will only experience this severe loneliness enhancement for 24 hours

Red hearts galore
The freshly rejected
Seeking ego massage
Scaring off potential
Outside i'm James Dean
Inside i'm '28 days later'
I'm bathing in cliches and coffee and freedom
I'm hopelessly devoted to no one but me now

HAND ME DOWN

I'm drinking with Shakespeare
It's all on the rocks
Loves tragic romantic
cynical lost
Its all turned fiercely primal
and animalistic
No room for thinking
More room for new skin

Overused hearts see with
flesh-tunnel-vision
Distorting reality
with funnel precision

I'm a hand me down

Really not thinking with my brain
Emotional carnage all the way
Not used to being restrained.
Not in this way.

The newly released are wisdom-filled and cautious
But survival instinctively gets you through hot water
So they fantasize.
Minds inspired

Overused hearts see with
flesh-tunnel-vision
Distorting reality
with funnel precision (x2)

I'm a hand me down
Over-used hearts
Cannot be responsible for you right now
I'm a hand me down
Hand me round
And i cannot be responsible for you right now.

©2008. Jo Bywater

Ropeladder

Written By: Jo Bywater

Framed by a window
Portrait for the night
Shielded from the pirates of social decline
A flask for the future in a bag
And the rope ladder swings in the wind that could fill up my lungs

Poised for adventure
Raise my finger to the sky
Reflection of the room looms and dooms magnified
My face frowns in a cause for concern
And the rope ladder swings in the wind that could carry my wings

The infinite weight of the solitary night (x2)

In decendence of a long-haired princess, locked in a tower
Waiting for release and rescue and power
Her feet were craving the ground
And her diet of fear rooted her there to be found

The infinite weight of the solitary night bares light
The moon she washes my dry
The infinite weight of the solitary night bares light
I’ve got to get out tonight

And that window with a hole from the challenge of a role
Took a blow by blow
Leaks the breeze in the form of the news of the night it’s my truth
Whispers its dreams on my skin
Fills my lungs like balloons
And they know the freedom to feel lighter than air
And safety became restraint

The rope ladder swings (x 2)

The infinite weight of the solitary night bares light
The moon she washes my dry
The infinite weight of the solitary night bares light
I’ve got to get out tonight (x 2)

One Small Step

Written By: Jo Bywater

Infinite library
Infinite yours
Chances random
Probability pours blindfolded
Over a moment shared through related eyes and different minds.

White noise chaotically harmonized
Two worlds attract and collide
One small step, one small move
Reassess their skies and see their days out side by side.

Ever-revolving
Ever-evolving
Don’t know what they’re doing
So out of control
Ever- revolving
Ever- evolving
Don’t know what they’re doing
So out of control

Just make that one small step
One strong move
One true word
Closer to being heard

One small step
One strong move
One true word
Closer to being heard

One small step
One strong move
One true word
Closer to being heard

One small step
One strong move
One true word
Closer to being heard

©2007. Jo Bywater. All rights reserved.

Let Go

Written By: Jo Bywater

I don’t know what you know
I’ve lost track of what she knows
I really don’t know what you know
Maybe it’s the same as they know

Who have I told?
What have I told?
Who have I told?
What have I told?

Just let it go
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Circle on circle
Of thoughts that wonder
Hold me closer
And then drag me under

Who have I told?
What have I told?
Been kidding myself
Now I’m learning to let it go

Let it go yeah

I move on
Get my head around it
I’m so scared
Don’t want you to hate me
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Invisible enemies
When there’s no one fighting me
Paralysed by energy
Now i'm finding ways to set it free

How will it go?
Where will it go?
How will it go?
Where will it go?

Just let it go
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Wrapped up inside
My mind’s a place for me to hide
Too much comfort
Now the sun feels too bright

Where did I go?
Why did I go?
Protecting myself
I don’t know
Just let it go, just let it go

I move on
Get my head around it
I’m so scared
Don’t want you to hate me
I move on
Get my head around it
I was so scared
Sat and watched it take me
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Can you accept what I do
Without turning it to you?
Can I tell the truth
Without feeling guilty?
Can you accept what I do
Without turning it to you?
Can I tell the truth
Without feeling guilty?
Can you accept what I do
Without turning it to you?
Can I tell the truth
Without feeling guilty?

Can I live my life the way I like…..?

Discography

Debut Acoustic Solo Album: CYCLE GRACE PULSE BREAK
Self-released in December 2010

Demo EP: Passion is Timeless 2007

Set List

Let Go
Fast Ant
Smokescreen
One Small Step
Scratch the Surface
Timeless
Disclaimer
Shake
Wave
Ropeladder