Melodies for Maladies

by Jessi Lee Ross

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All songs written & recorded by Jessi Lee Ross.
Accompanied by Stephen Zalalas on bassello.
Album art, Coalesce, by Jessi Lee Ross.
Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved.

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released June 13, 2014

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Jessi Lee Ross Macungie, Pennsylvania

Fascinated by both sight and sound, Jessi Lee Ross actively pursues the life of a starving artist and musician. With her BFA in Studio Art and about ten years of experience performing at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York, NY to the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA, Jessi aims to bring the audience an inspiring sensory experience. ... more

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Track Name: Caught
Up and down the line
In search of where I stand
Forming all the terms
But never the right words
I long to vocalize my desires
But my conscience blocks the way

So many words caught in my throat
I don't know when to release them
I think I should try to wait till
My heart and my mind agree

Back and forth inside
I long to, yet I shouldn't
Intuition before impulse
A hard thing to tame when
My heart's a spastic mess
Playing on the offbeat of my mind

So many words caught in my throat
I don't know when to release them
I think I should try to wait till
My heart and my mind agree

With all these words caught in my throat
I don't think I should release them
I think I should try to stay away
Till my heart and my mind agree
Track Name: Morning, Memory
Welcoming the light
Breath of fresh air
Eyes swollen tight
I’m dreaming of your stare

Morning
Memory

In my waking life
I’ve learned to repress
But sleep, how it is rife
With what goes unexpressed

Morning
Memory
Meandering

I’ll see you tonight
We’ll embrace tonight
I’ll smile tonight
You’ll be there tonight

Morning
Memory
Meandering
Through melodies
And maladies
Track Name: Phantom Power
It’s gone away
The echo of things that you said
Seeds planted
That flourished inside of my head

Paralyzed
I was paralyzed
But you will drain me no more
Phantom Power

You had your way
Left a mark deep in my soul
Those weeds uprooted
When I learned that I have control

Revitalized
I am revitalized
And you will drain me no more
Phantom Power
Track Name: Nebulust
Hearts floating in the galaxy
Shooting stars across your eyes
Connect the dots of the outer glows
From far beyond the sky

Soaring sparks of vivid color
Dashing through your iris
Joining streams of inner currents
A chemical virus

Oh, Nebulust

Bodies of celestial
Orbit slowly deep in the night
And hidden holes of gravity
Pull with all their might

Soaring sparks of vivid color
Dashing through your iris
Joining streams of inner currents
A chemical virus

Oh, Nebulust
Track Name: Dark (Resolution)
Coming back from a silent ride
Separate hands and foreword eyes
Close the door and off the light
Keeping sure of little sight

You turned to the other side
I watched with tired eyes
You began to go to sleep
I lay with fury deep

Staring down the blackened sky
Watching spots adjust my eyes
Listening to your breathing rise
Feeling my heat subside

You reversed and touched my side
I looked with pardoned eyes
Your breath upon my cheek
We wiped the matter clean
Track Name: Worth
You say you want the best
But forget you’re not the only one
You say that’s how it has to end
But please, we’re not all that dumb

Oh my God
Won’t you step back and listen to yourself?
Oh my God
You’ve got to stop spilling all that poison in your head

So you’ve gone away
And stripped yourself of more time
Left us all to question everything
There’s no more changing your mind

Oh my God
How could you do this to yourself?
Oh my God
I guess that you swallowed all that poison in your head

You’re worth so much more than this
You’re worth so much more
Track Name: Sweet Oblivion
Floating in a whirlwind of do’s and don’ts
Guessing at the structure of wills and won’ts
You find your heart restrained by strings
Tied to heavy memories

Oh, sweet oblivion
Won’t you come along?

Spinning ‘round the room with cautiousness
If you land on that, you’ll want it this
‘Cause it doesn’t feel like dancing
When history grapples at your feet

Oh, sweet oblivion
Won’t you come along?

Distract from what’s happening
Protect from what’s happening
Forget what is happening

Oh, sweet oblivion
Won’t you come along?
Track Name: Echo
I climbed away
For days up this cliff
Jumped to the edge
And shouted

Echoing
Echo, sweet
You tease me
Echo, echo, echo

I leapt off
Suspended mid-air
Weightless and heavy
Still screaming

Echoing
Echo, sweet
You tease me
Echo, echo, echo

Echo, fade
Leave me alone
Please go on
No more

I landed
And saw no one there
Track Name: Breathe Easy
Breathe easy
Breathe easy
Nothing’s going anywhere
When you hold your breath like that

Breathe easy
Breathe easy
You’ll only choke it all away
If you clench your fists like that

Breathe easy
Breathe easy
Calm your body, calm your mind
There’s no use in anxiety

Breathe easy
Breathe easy
Let it pulsate through you
Making you come alive

Breathe, breathe
Track Name: You're Here.
Stuck inside a hollow nature
Scavenging for some content
Fixating on helpless things
Reassurance is nonexistent
You feel your body’s fading
Breathing faster, slowing down
Aching inside and out
And pressure rising for change

Can you hear me now
Loud and clear
Open up your solemn eyes
And realize
You’re here

This nature is far from shallow
The content is all around
Up for grabs and open to you
So take all you desire
Physical is always changing
But for better if put to use
Growing inside and out
The worth is up to you

Can you hear me now
Loud and clear
Open up your solemn eyes
And realize
You’re here
Track Name: Adrift
(Instrumental)

This song came to be
On a winter afternoon
Watching the flakes
From outside my window
My fingers on metal
Spoke the only melody
That I could hear
From the white field
Of treacherous beauty
Track Name: On the Wind
Miles away
And oceans apart
Lie pieces
Of my tender heart
The current’s
Pulling me thin
I’m sailing
My love on the wind

Watching the moon
Through wax and through wane
Faith in the skies
That I’ll reach whole again
Track Name: Align
Tracing veins
To beating hearts
And lullabies
To broken starts

You
Knew

Shadowed eyes
Now drenched with light
A fallen star
Still burning bright

You
Knew

How to
Break, flake, shake
Ache, take, make, wake
All of me.