The Getaway Girl

The Getaway Girl

 Santa Cruz, California, USA
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The Getaway Girl is the solo music project and piano pop endeavor of Courtney Leigh Jones. Listen to the EP, Give Down The Country; a haunting blend of powerful lyrics over finger-snapping bops and ambient fluidity. Presented with a theatric and energetic live performance.

Biography

Living up to her moniker as The Getaway Girl, Courtney Leigh Jones recently did something many East Coasters do: she fled to the sunnier shores of California. The 25-year-old brought to town her songwriting skills she’d exercised in bands while living in North Carolina, a knack to play back anything she hears despite not knowing chords, and a determination to master the keys in original songs. And, like you’d suspect, she did so in perfect getaway form. “Once I moved out to California I was locking myself in my room for hours trying to figure out new chord progressions,” she says. The sweet result? Her solo musical project now greets listeners as a piano pop endeavor dripping in spacey ambiance and affecting lyrics that can bounce with a lighthearted bop or amble with languid fluidity reminiscent of Missy Higgins. Informed by her love of indie rock, bluegrass, Western nuances and ’60s pop that followed her through a cross-country journey during which she jotted down what bands she listened to in each part of the trek—Grizzly Bear in Big Sky Country, the Beatles in the Midwest—Jones’ Say it Through the Flowers EP gently cascades through four songs reflective of her new life. "Say It Through The Flowers is a German expression, the equivalent of sugar-coating," says Jones, " That's what this project is. Taking things that aren't always easy to say and presenting them in a positive, decorated manner." With a live performance exuding joy and unique theatricality, rewritten transitions, instrumental sections and the occasional 60's cover, fans can expect a different experience with each performance. Now, with a growing fan base, a spot as a Troubador at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and a new EP, Give Down The Country, The Getaway Girl, it seems, is here to stay.

Lyrics

Earth Starts Shaking

Written By: Courtney Leigh Jones

Every little thread in my hand me down dress is swaying towards you. I’m shaking in the hips and I’m going with the dips in the road, woah! I’ve been put together for you just so you know. I’m a siren for your ambulence, just turn it on and go.
And warn the people when the earth starts shaking to head for higher ground. And warn the people when the wind starts blowing to let go. I’ve never been much at all for handling the old army knife. You’ve got to take my hands and run, baby run. Run for your life!
Every other day I am sure to find a way to let you down. I’m shaking in my knees and I’m moving in the breeze I’m just fine. I’ve been put together for you just in time. I’m a campaign for your audience just turn me on and watch me smile.
I’m a walking volcano of bad news. And I’m about to lose control and let go.

Back To Blue

Written By: Courtney Leigh Jones

When your arms are growing tired and your hands are wearing worn, I will share my porch when you are down. And we can sing up to the sun, we can dance out in my yard. I know everything about this town. Take my hands, lets walk down to the water. I could wash my soul a time or two. And be it blood or love or lust left in the water, I will stay till it turns back to blue.
Take my hands where your going, up on the shore where the people we know are roaming free. I’ve searched every single vein in the vastness of your arms and I don’t know if I know what that word means. Will I ever be chained to being free?

For The Clouds Above

Written By: Courtney Leigh Jones

It’s inexhaustible talking to you. Your cheerful eyes, how they make the skies run blue, so blue. I feel you. It’s inexcusable letting you go. My heart, your hands, the list of demands goes on and on.
For the clouds above, they’re hanging in the sky. And all I’ve learned from love is how cloudlike it goes by. But I’ll be the girl who dazzled your world. The one that you talk about all of the time.
It’s serendipitous letting things be. My open mouth and the things it lets out, they’re far beyond me. Can you feel me?

Absolute North

Written By: Courtney Leigh Jones

The skies are getting darker and the water’s rising high. The winds are shaking ship under a falling clouded sky. And everyone we’ve brought along too terrified to act. Last night at sea, believe you me, I’m going back.
Even a drunken sailor wouldn’t just throw the anchor overboard, no! With an absolute north we can make sure no one goes overboard, no!
In the troubled waters, oh the stories that arise. The ones that keep us up at night, the ones that fan the fire. And I’ll give down the country till the ropes all beat the band. Last night at sea, believe you me we’re taking our last stand.
We could die here, and be gone forever more. The ground we’re walking on now was the ocean floor. We could die here!

Miri

Written By: Courtney Leigh Jones

Once I was young, I was certain I’d never grow tall as the fence that my hands run easily over now. What I would give to be back in that soft blue dress, the tall grass sweeping the backs of my knees, counting the hours like sheep. Summer blood, I can’t hold my breath for the next twenty five years. You and I hadn’t much in common but the wanted death of our fears. I think I’m the only lonely one here.
Now I lay back and look up at the bruise blue sky, the red matter sinking into the back of my lungs, I can reverse it somehow. What I would give to be back on that safe white ship, the big guns ready to take all the monsters back down, we could take them all.

Discography

Give Down The Country EP
Say It Through The Flowers EP

Set List

Belief
To A Flame
The Ocean
Peter and the Wolf
Homeward
Before We Fall
The Only One
Absolute North
Miri
Back To Blue
Earth Starts Shaking
For the Clouds Above