Find Your Silence

by Jason Allen

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"I started working on the follow-up to Simple Machines in late December 2018. By June 2019, I was utterly disinterested in most of the 15 new songs that I'd written and recorded, so I decided to start again from scratch.

I spent all of August 2019 composing and recording more songs, with a new 'agricultural' approach. Four tunes from the earlier attempt were added to the new batch in remixed form. The result is Find Your Silence. It's organic and it's from the heart." - Jason Allen, September 2019.

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released September 18, 2019

Jason Allen:
Vocals, harmony vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar,
bass guitar, guitalele, banjo, lap steel, keyboards, drums, percussion,
harmonica, jaws harp, programming, field recordings, lyrics.


Written, performed, produced and mixed by Jason Allen. Recorded in Somerset, England, January to September 2019.

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Jason Allen England, UK

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Somerset, England. Jason has written and recorded several solo albums, the most recent of which (September 2019) is called Find Your Silence.

More information can be found at www.jasonallen.co.uk
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Track Name: Nothing's Wrong
NOTHING'S WRONG

He was the captain of his ship
When the weather Gods sent the waves that hit
Courses run, white horses rage again
Heavy seas are the making of the man

Meanwhile, half a world away
She didn't send the message to him
The bottle wasn't empty
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
No rescue made, no souls were saved

And what she says now
And what she means
What he's hearing and what he sees
What he's realising is
Nothing should be fixed if nothing's wrong
Nothing's wrong

The search for living proof
Of signs of life goes on
He knows life protects the lonely
Lost in solitude, he's strong
Nothing is wrong

Tides retreat and then come forward
Wreckage washed upon the beach
Footprints in the sand but not a trace of him
He made his mark on worlds
That she can never leave

What she does now
What she feels
What she wanted
And what is real
What she's realising is
Nothing can be fixed if nothing's wrong

Nothing's wrong
Nothing's wrong
Nothing's wrong

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: These People Know Their Place
THESE PEOPLE KNOW THEIR PLACE

There's a band in the local Friday night
Playing Wonderwall
While the kids in the park
Are choking down nitrous in the rain
And it's Big Fight Night
On the council estate
Domestic issues spilling out on the street
It's just another day in the life
Of a town that time forgot

They shut the factory down
Before they closed the mine
They understood the cost of land
And built cheap

Knee-jerk tweets blowing
Far and wide on the wild west wind
Everyone stuck in the traffic
On the way to town

These people know their place

Retirement homes full of broken bones and dreams again
Spirit of the Blitz ain't what it was in the good old days

They heard the engines roar before they saw the flames
They understood the sacrifice and fought back

So they kept coming on strong
Cos they had nowhere to run
Coming on strong
Til the freedom here was won
And they would never tolerate these days

These people know their place

This town could make these people great
Start again, lose the hate
But no-one knows the time of day

In the corner of a field by the river
On the bank there's an inscription
On a memorial stone to the lost souls on the way
"There is nothing but this moment
There is nothing but today"
No social mediation

These people know their place
These people know their place
These people know their place

There's a band in the local Friday night
Playing Wonderwall


© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: Wild Flowers Never Grow In Rows
WILD FLOWERS NEVER GROW IN ROWS

If you see me
Down by the river
Just keep walking
I got things on my mind
I've been wandering
Looking for the answer
I've been questioning the things
That are bothering me

Where does love come from?
Where am I going?
Who the hell decides
I should live that way?
If there's one thing I know
Wild flowers never grow in rows, no
Wild flowers never grow in rows

So if you see me
Taking the long way home
Just keep walking
I got a tune on my mind
So I keep finding faith
That I'm holding the right line
And I'll be welcoming the things
That are comforting me
Yeah, I'll be welcoming the things
That are comforting me

Where does love come from?
Where am I going?
And who the hell decides
We should live that way?
'Cos if there's one thing I know
Wild flowers never grow in rows
Wild flowers never grow in rows

It's just a case of live and let be
Find a little more harmony

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: The Very Definition
THE VERY DEFINITION

The kind of snake that calls
An honest man a thief
A devil in the detail
A king amongst the cheats
Sold his soul as real estate
Built happy homes to house the hate

The very definition of The Man

The kind of woman
You were twice warned to avoid
She's hollow and she's poisonous
She's every kind of void
Sold herself to pay the bills
Unhappy homes need happy pills
Her bad news is a boosted post
To reach the ones that care the most

The very definition of The Woman

Forces building at the border
Here's the New World
Hey! Who ordered?

Sixteen digit number freaks
They'll take your details every week
Sold their souls as real estate
Built happy homes to house the hate
Take what's theirs and then what's yours
But it's fair game in the love of war

The very definition of The People

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: That Ain't Me
THAT AIN'T ME

Well I could've been a soldier
But I've got no enemies
Yeah I could've been a sailor
Laughing in the face of angry storms at sea
I could've been that guy
But I guess I never had the urge to try

Well I could've owned a mansion
Or a Blue Chip company
Yeah I'm no disco dancer
Cattle rancher, racing driver
None of these are me
Yeah I should've been a hero
To a damsel in distress
But I confess
That ain't me, yeah heh!

What I am and what I could be
Are just two completely
Different things, you see

That ain't me
That ain't me
That ain't me
Oh, that ain't me

Racing driver
Loving husband
Hollywood villain
Caring father
Football star
Dalai Lama
Or a morning lark
Bus conductor
Ambulance man

That ain't me
You got the wrong guy

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: The Way Back
THE WAY BACK

It was so long ago, back when we were young
Your face was unknown and you came here all alone
Down from the hill we walked
All along this song faded through
It was all we ever knew

I can never honestly say what we should've done
Yesterday went to the wall, now
You and me could walk that way again
But that was way back, babe

I could take all the pain
There's nothing like playing the long game once again
But the storm won't carry you home
Carry your hopes or carry you on
I warn you

Years go by but we never let go of the past here
A37 on a sunny Saturday and I'm always there
The open road's the only way to go
It's a way back, babe

This could go all the way
Something 'bout sinning and weakness all again
And if the the storm can't carry you home
Carry your hopes or carry you on
Maybe I will do

She said: "Meet me down by the riverbank
Cover your tracks dear
Old memories of a sunny Saturday never disappeared
And all I can say will never change the way I think about us"

And yet the storm might carry us home
Carry our hopes, carry us on

Yeah the storm might carry you home
Carry you home to me
There's a way back, babe
There's a way back, babe

There's the way back, babe
There's a way back, babe

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: Ballad Of Ronnie Concrete
BALLAD OF RONNIE CONCRETE

There's goes Ronnie Concrete
Former hardest kid in our street
Dr Marten boots on his feet
Been that way since 1976

He's a fixture at the local
Where his views are loudly vocal
He's a presidential yokel
So you don't you dare to mess

He's an England fan with a fly-tippers' van
And a plastic missus with a spray-on tan
He's a gambling man - she's an also-ran
With love and hate tattooed upon their hands

Not for him the 9 to 5 life
Found himself a beneficial housewife
Raised their kids by Playstation light
Always found the will to fight

He's an England fan with a fly-tippers' van
And a plastic missus with a spray-on tan
He's a gambling man - she's an also-ran
With love and hate tattooed upon their hands

That's the ballad of Ronnie Concrete
That's the ballad of Ronnie Concrete
That's the ballad of Ronnie Concrete

Their kids found good careers, payment arrears
A spell in detention
Performers in the Welfare State
The Circus out beyond the gate
Oh, Family Concrete

There goes old man Ronnie
Finds it funny how the young ones act
Oh, his knees are gone, put four stone on
He shuffles to and from the dog track

Ronnie

That's the ballad of Ronnie Concrete
That's the ballad of Ronnie Concrete
That's the ballad of Ronnie Concrete
That's the ballad of Ronnie Concrete

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: Don't Change
DON'T CHANGE

I know myself, do you?
More than I know you
We own ourselves in isolation
All they said came true

All you got, you wanted it this way
Are you sure you wanted him to stay?
You're all we got, the light that leads the way
And you go always on don't change
Go always on don't change

Memories of yesterday
Found in pieces lost along the way
Ended up in some place helpless
All we know today

All you got, you wanted it this way
Are you sure you wanted him to stay?
You're all we got, the light that leads the way
And we go always on don't change
Go always on don't change
Go always on don't change

Don't change
Don't change


© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: A Spark To Grace
A SPARK TO GRACE

I'm a human
A human being tranquil
I'm a spark
A spark to grace the night
Like all of us together here
I am alive

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: Share This
SHARE THIS

I found your number in my phone
I can't ignore it
I've got this feeling in my bones
It's you and me babe

I'm down to the last of everything
And age is gaining
But I'm not short of anything
It's basic training

And I don't mind, it's OK
If the world can pass me by
Love to be out of reach
Come and be here by my side
And I will share this with you

Oh, oh ohhh

You picked my pocket in the line
But I still forgave you
You stole my heart and blew my mind
Now I'm can't forget you

We'll take the world by storm one day
It's for the taking
This life has built a happy place
With you I'm waking

And I don't mind, it's OK
If the world can pass me by
Love to be out of reach
Come and be here by my side
And I will share this with you
Oh, oh ohhh
I will share this with you

Got holes in both my boots
That let the rain in
But I don't care cos I've got you
I'm not complaining

And I don't mind, it's OK
If the world can pass me by
Love to be out of reach
Come and be here by my side
And I will share this with you

Oh, oh ohhh
I will share this with you

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: State Of Calm
STATE OF CALM

We we're travelling
Down through France and into Spain
Across the Pyrenees in February freezing rain
Oh it was getting pretty cold

We kept driving on
Climbing up that mountain pass
Worrying 'bout what was next
Thinking we'd run out of gas
Oh, I guess we made it to the top

Those wheels kept rolling
Across the plain
Through the border towns
With the music playing on

So we settled on
The southern shores of Portugal
Nothing much to do at all
Mazie days and lazy ways
The sun goes wall to wall each day

We were lost in time
We had nothing but the state of calm
We carried in our minds

Freedom changes every mind
Forget about the daily grind
Find a place to find some time

A hundred days we pushed on
Down the open road to nowhere
No-one knows we're driving there at all

We had nothing but the state of calm
We carried in our minds

Went northward bound up the coast
Cantabria still bathed in snow
Sailing back across the Bay
Sit and watch the ocean go
Time on our hands to think about the days

Wish we could go back to that place
And find a state of calm
Find a state of calm
We can find a state of calm

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: Unattended Case
UNATTENDED CASE

When you held my hand and we stared into the sky
Wild open country sweeping past our eyes
Nothing else existed except the moment as it was
As we promised us a future set aside
Set aside

We left that future in an unattended case
We chased the perfect sunset
In a car that had no brakes
We left broken promises
Where the hands of time can reach
Take it from me
Leave it there, we're done

You put your faith in my hands
And I one day put it down
In a place I forgot
Like a fleeting memory
Someone else existed
Second chances rose like sun
A broken promise future
A heart that left alone
A broken promise future
A lesson left behind

Don't leave your future in an unattended case
Don't place your hope in the hands
Of a love that won't escape
Those secret wishes on the shelf
Where the dust of time collects
There's only one performance of this life
And when it's gone it's gone
You don't get a second try
That much I know

Kissing lips that truth will never tell
Boarding ships that were never meant to sail
Waiting for the wind that will never come
Forsaking everything for the sake of one
For the sake of one

Don't leave your future in an unattended case
Please don't chase the perfect sunset
In a car that's got no brakes
Don't leave your wishes on the shelf
Where the hands of time can reach
Take it from me
Leave it there, we're done

Speaking words that are never heard
Teaching lessons that are never learned
And we're hoping for a change to raise it's head
Opportunity will come once again

That's right!
Feel it coming now

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: Carry The One
CARRY THE ONE

Say the word I'll be there
Tell me what I wanna hear
Say the word I'll be there
Tell me what I want to hear all night

Am I seeing what I wanted?
Not what was really there

And when the storm broke
I was hiding in the back room
And when the flood destroyed the bridge
I was four weeks early, overdue
Let the future be
For the sake of you and me
And when it all adds up, I
I will carry the one
Carry the one

It's mine
The world is mine to keep
From nothing something's happening
Destiny has stepped my way
On my way

And when the storm broke
I was hiding in the back room
And when the flood destroyed the bridge
I was four weeks early, overdue
Let the future be
For the sake of you and me
And when it all adds up, I
I will carry the one
Carry the one

I was waiting for the one
To knock me off my feet
But I was already laying down next to you
Now if there's bread to be won
For the sake of the son
I will carry the one
I will carry the one

And when the storm broke
I was hiding in the back room
And when it all adds up, I

I'm gonna carry the one
Carry the one
I will carry the one
I'm gonna carry the one

© 2019 Jason Allen
Track Name: Old Lonesome Crow
OLD LONESOME CROW

I call to you old lonesome crow
To tell me what it is you know
Watching from your lofty throne
Over Nature's wonders there below

I call to you, I call to you, I call to you
I call to you, I call to you, I call to you

I ask of you majestic bird
To tell me what it is you've heard
Floating on those cushioned therms
As seasons pass and then return

I ask of you, I ask of you
I ask of you, I ask of you

When the deeds of day are done
And rooks they come to roost as one
Chattering their news each one
How do you find your silence?

How do you find your silence?

© 2019 Jason Allen

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