Paper Skin

by Jonah Hirst

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Part of your balanced breakfast. Some assembly required.

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released April 19, 2014

All songs written by Jonah Hirst.
Jonah Hirst on vocals and baritone ukulele.
Nick Suchecki on bass.
Jordan Parris on drums.
Album art by Kenny Foner.
Recorded at Maclean Studio.

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Jonah Hirst Orleans, Massachusetts

Jonah Hirst is a songwriter, podcastlistener, dogpetter and bageleater from Cape Cod, MA.

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Track Name: Paper skin
What is this elation Im feeling
You have filled me to the brim and now I am overflowing
And I marvel at myself and my endless gratitude
As I find myself thanking a god I don't believe in for you


Ive heard it called a miracle and Ive heard it called a sin
That I know what it is to be loved by a beautiful woman
You breathe life into this tired soul and I dont know what to do
As I find myself thanking a god I dont believe in for you

Oh my dear Ive found a brand new wind beneath my wings
Oh my love my heart is filled with only beautiful things
Oh my dear this traveler of a thousand miles has found his rest
Oh my love I know the miracle of hearing my
Loved ones heart beat swiftly in her chest
Oh my dear oh my love
Oh my dear my love love love
Oh my dear oh my love
Oh my dear my love love love

You have my paper skin beneath your hands
Treat it gently please
You have my thin glass heart within your hands
Treat it gently please
You have my wanting lips beneath your hands
Treat them gently please
You have my tired soul within your hands
Treat it gently please

Yeah

Oh my dear Ive found a brand new wind beneath my wings
Oh my love my heart is filled with only beautiful things
Oh my dear this traveler of a thousand miles has found his rest
Oh my love I know the miracle of hearing my
Loved ones heart beat swiftly in her chest
Oh my dear oh my love
Oh my dear my love love love
Oh my dear oh my love
Oh my dear my love love love

And I find myself thanking a god I dont believe in for you
And I find myself thanking a god I dont believe in for you
Track Name: Hello sweet lady
Hello sweet lady I think that I know you by name
I think that Ive seen you a-glowing just like you are now
So if I were to take a chance and ask you for a dance
Would you pretend that I know what Im doing
Cause Ive never done this thing before

It seems that its getting too crowded in this room for my taste
After all, yours is the only touch Im really interested in
I would love to see your face in a better lit place
Ill lead my hand to rest gently in your hand
If you lead us both to the door

Oh beautiful soul how natural it feels to be with you
All at once I surrender each notion I had about love
So if you don't mind Ill take my time
I have shed my disguise a new light in my eyes
Will appear when this short night is through

Now Im not religious but you look like some kind of angel
If there were a god shed be shining her light in our room
There is one thing I believe: expectations deceive
Hallelujah Ive found what Ive sought for
And she's nothing like Id ever dreamed

Oh beautiful soul how natural it feels to be with you
All at once Im surrounded by songs I had dared not to sing
My dear ladys face is my saving grace
I will be on my way but Im brand new today
And forever indebted to you
Track Name: Silver swan
My love is a great blue heron
My love is a silver swan
My love barely casts a ripple
On the glossy waters he swims upon
My love is a man of science
With a strong devotion to his art
My love is a theif whos gone and stolen my words
Then my heart

Oh my love flies with golden wings
Oh my love taught my heart to sing

My love is a silly person
He stumbles and makes mistakes
My love is a godless sinner
Who believes in beauty for beautys sake
My love doesnt walk on water
My love treads upon the earth
Hes made of the same mathematics
That built this whole wide universe

Oh my love is kind as he is smart
Oh my love healed this wounded

So I will warm my sweetheart with the down beneath my feathers
I will quiet every tempest in my darling's troubled heart
And if I should live forever and know all there is to know
Id only take that chance with my love
Id only take that chance with my love

Ive never believed in true love
Im not special in any sense
When compared with many others
These feelings arent better or more intense
But I know boundless joy when I feel it
And I feel it down to my soul
This gladness erupts from within me
And Ive learned what it's like
To feel whole

Oh my love has my heart in his hands
Oh my love has made me a better man

So I will warm my sweetheart with the down beneath my feathers
I will quiet every tempest in my darlings troubled heart
And if I should live forever and know all there is to know
Id only take that chance with my love

I will warm my sweetheart with the down beneath my feathers
I will quiet every tempest in my
Darlings troubled heart
And if I should live forever and know
All there is to know
Id only take that chance with my love
Id only take that chance with my love
Track Name: Something beautiful
Today I destroyed something beautiful
I tore down this Eden Id been living in
I let all the joy we had shatter on the floor
And the pieces cut into my skin
They cut into my skin

Today I denied something marvelous
I couldnt see all the beauty Id been living in
I shattered empty bottles from which I tasted carelessness
And the pieces cut into my skin
They cut into my skin

And the scars of my mistakes are all written on my body
And I cant face the man in the mirror
So Ill pick up these shards from the floor
And try to make from this mess something beautiful
Ah something beautiful

Today Ive been offered forgiveness
Despite all this hell that I placed you in
So I will take these shards I made
And mend them with gold
Lest the walls of my soul start caving in
I feel them caving in

And the scars of my mistakes are all written on my body
And I cant face the man in the mirror
So Ill pick up these shards from the floor
And try to make from this mess something beautiful
Ah something beautiful
You are something beautiful
Can we be something beautiful
Track Name: Demons
Today I opened up my heart to catch the falling leaves
Today I opened up my mouth to drink the changing scene and
Today I opened up my eyes and fell down on my knees
For like the autumn I find myself in transition

At once I was all out of answers so I laid to rest my pen
I asked why I must be a woman and others must be men and
Ive never once believed in god but I needed her right then
So I could ask why Ive been placed in this position

All of these demons they are resting well within my bones
And I am trying to find a place to put them
All of these demons they are resting well within my bones
And I am trying just to find a way to free them

This is a song I wrote for my mama and my papa
and all my friends back home
This is a song I wrote for my two older brothers
when I called them on the phone and I said
Im going by a new name now that I picked out on my own
So don't you worry about the boy who was your sister

I wonder who is gonna love me if I dont fit the mold
I wonder if Ill have regrets later on when I am old but
Theres one thing that I know for sure
Ive always done just what I'm told
So I will try to leave this girl and not to miss her

All of these demons are the seams that have sewn up my clothes
All of these demons scorn me from within the labels
All of these demons are the seams that have sewn up my clothes
And I will free them just as long as I am able

There is a demon underlying every she herself and hers
Every sister daughter and little girl has cut me with its spurs but
Along with this new life I live Im choosing my own words
For the language of these demons has always stung me with its curse
But for now Ive finally found a way to free them
Free them