EP Lyrics no.4 – Gentle Face

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing the lyrics from this new EP and today it’s my new single ‘Gentle Face’, which is out next Friday 8 Nov.

I had the first seed of this song some years ago and it kept bouncing around my head, I had the first two verses and that was it. But I then forgot about it until I found myself singing it a lot in quiet moments over the last year as the general anxiety and collective loss of confidence of our present moment – our politics, the climate crisis and the state of the world – has grown. So I finished it. 

I realised perhaps that I wanted someone to just tell me it was going to be alright, that somehow if we could just go to sleep perhaps things would be better when we woke up- both an understandable and entirely naive response to the situation. 

Looking forward to being able to share ‘Gentle Face’ with you next Friday 8th Nov!

J x

Gentle face
How I need you when I make mistakes
You put things in their rightful place
So we can go to sleep

And i’ll put the mountains back together at your feet
Piece by piece up until to the snowy peaks
While all the world sweats concrete

Tender one
I had a dream where all I did was run
And they knew what I had done
Please help me go to sleep

I pulled the plug and let the oceans drain away
We can cross them again some rainy day
But all our hopes our hearts betray

We might as well
We might as well
Start over again

Silver tongue
Whisper words from all the songs we’ve sung
You know what we could become
So sing me back to sleep

And we’ve swapped the sky for a glowing tiny screen
Head down walking, trapped in the machine babe
So say farewell to the Holocene

We might as well
We might as well
Start over again

EP Lyrics no. 3 – ‘From My Window’

What. The. Hell. This fringe is a crime. Urgh.

So I’ve been spending time going back through old photos, remembering how much has been misremembered but also how life seems to stretch or flatten like a concertina. Sometimes impossibly long, and sometimes bunched right up flat to the moment.

I’ve been sharing lyrics from this new EP ‘The Life That I Have’ which is out 31 Jan, and today I thought I’d share the lyrics for ‘From My Window’. I wrote this sometime ago after a friend passed away and it’s a song that’s never left me. My friend Emily Wright recorded a beautiful version it with her band Moonlight Saving Time and this EP felt like a good time to record my own version. It was time.

From My Window

From my window
I see you
But you don’t see me

A hundred stories
With no one in them
But me, and the enemy, and you

Your guardian angel’s sleeping
While you’re up here weeping

And it’s overcast
With youth and beauty

You’re cold and shaking
You lonely creature
You’ve cleared the ledge deep with snow

The pulse quickens
The tears are dried now
A crowd has gathered below

And mothers baby’s falling
Through arms outstretched and calling

That it’s not the ending
There are just more stories

EP Lyrics no. 2 – Winter (Bill’s Song)

In advance of my new EP ‘The Life That I Have’ coming out on 31 January, I’m sharing the lyrics of each track over the next few weeks. This week it’s ‘Winter (Bill’s Song).

I wrote this one a while ago and recorded it on my second album ‘Love of Too Much Living’ back in 2014, but some songs stay with you. The best ones grow and their meaning evolves to embrace the current moment. When I first wrote ‘Winter’ I was in a very different place, and it was a lot about me and where I was at the time. But over the last few years I’ve started hearing it in my Dad’s voice and so I’ve made a new version of it for him.

This record represents a bridge between what’s been and what’s becoming, and the journey of this song really encapsulates that for me. Looking forward to sharing it with you. J x

Winter (Bill’s Song)

Winter’s cold is coming,
Lonely people stay indoors,
Huddled ’round their heaters,
Huddled ’round their heaters,
Like sailors missing shore.

We’re confronted every morning,
Of still waiting to grow up,
All your questions will be answered,
Your questions will be answered in time.

So put on all your jumpers,
And scream around the house.
And let it out…

The day’s the same as always,
But now it’s growing dark,
And nobody comes calling,
Nobody comes calling anymore.

If you’ve got no one to hold,
You can hold onto me,
You can hold onto me,
We’ll warm ourselves.

Where’s my lover?
And when’s my time?

In heaven we’ll find old friends,
We might laugh and make amends,
We might laugh and make amends,
Enjoy ourselves.

Where’s my lover?
And when’s my time?

#thelifethatIhave

EP Lyrics no. 1 – Family Affair

In advance of my new EP ‘The Life That I Have’ coming out on 31 January, I thought I’d share the lyrics for each track over the next few weeks for those of you who are interested in that sort of thing (like me!)

I thought I’d start with the song ‘Family Affair’ which is certainly the most direct and the rawest on the EP. When I was writing it it put me in mind of Elliot Smith and This Is The Kit in different ways both of whom I love. The lyrics came in one sitting, which is unusual these days. I find it quite hard to sing emotionally but I’m happy with how they came out.

A Family Affair

What came easy
Oh the frustration
What a cruel hand
You’ve been dealt

To see the wave coming
With nowhere to run to
And just our hands to hold

It’s a family affair
To make peace with despair
And singing songs
To stave away the tears

A wreck in slow-motion
So slow it seems normal
That each fresh loss, stings less

But joy finds a way through
Through each new hole in our hearts
To even laugh at how lucky we are

It’s a family affair
To make peace with despair
And singing songs
To stave away the tears

How many goodbyes
Do we have in us?
But give me strength
For the last

#thelifethatIhave

‘The Life That I Have’ EP Tour

Super excited and very happy to going on tour to promote the release of my new EP ‘The Life That I Have’ which will be out 29 November.

20 Nov – The Lescar, Sheffield
30 Nov – Smugglers Beer and Music Cafe, Sandwich
1 Dec – Smugglers Record Shop, Deal
2 December – The Junction, Cambridge
9 December – Sebright Arms, London
15 December – The Prince Albert , Stroud
16 December – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

All tickets are available from the website on the gig page.

Can’t wait for you to hear the new music and to see you out on chilly winter road.

More to come!

Jx

Big love to Help Musicians UK who have helped support the making of this EP and to Campbell Sibthorpe who helped with the poster.

‘To The Sea’ Collaboration with Maria Chiara Argirò

Super proud to have written the lyrics to this wonderful tune ‘To The Sea’ by Maria Chiara Argirò and here is a very beautiful, meditative lyric video for it. xxxxxx

‘The Life That I Have’ EP

I have a new EP coming out on 29 November called ‘The Life That I Have’.

Lots more to announce about it coming soon, but over the course of this year making it I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a musician, what success looks like, and what the future might hold.

A lot of being an independent musician feels to be about somehow finding a way to keep being an independent musician. Success is still doing it. Ultimate respect and love to all my fellow musicians finding a way, still doing it.

Look forward to the journey towards releasing this EP with you over the coming months xxx

📷 = Nekane Requejo De Ozamiz at Woodburner x

Re: Her!

I am very happy to share this film ‘Re: Her’ made for the last song on my album ‘To The Islands’ starring my friend and amazing dancer Zoë Solomons.

It completes a quartet of films about movement, bodies and change from an album whose chief concern is to explore memory and the possibility for hope in a world of near constant uncertainty. I am so proud of this record and the films that Adam Lawson and Adam Greves have made to accompany it. I hope you enjoy it x

https://youtu.be/WpQo6Vr9vGE

A film by Adam Lawson and Jamie Doe
Starring: Zoë Solomons

Special thanks to Zoë Solomons, Adam Greves, Kahn Roberts, John Layton, Christopher Grace, Stephen Tasker, Elizabeth House, Josh Grey-Jung, Jack Miguel and Rhia Parker.

Help Musicians UK ‘Do It Differently’ Fund Award

I’m very excited to have been selected as one of the recipients of the 2019 Help Musicians UK ‘Do It Differently’ Award.

The award will go towards funding my new EP ‘The Life That I Have’ which will be out later this year. It follows on from my last album ‘To The Islands’ and comes at what feels like a pivotal moment in my career, where artistically and creatively I’m ‘riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave’.

Huge love and thanks to Chris Sheehan, Sam Lee, Stuart Ongley, James Pegrum, Beth Morton and Rhia Parker for your support, it means the world.

Looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. Here’s to the next step!

All love

Jamie xx

Live session with La Vitrola

On a stormy afternoon in West London back in March we shot some live performances with some Chilean pals ‘La Vitrola’ for their channel. x