Familiar Strangers

by New Town Jack

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The new EP 'Familiar Strangers' is a collection of 5 tales all about strangers, focusing on the grey area between mystery and discovery.

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released November 19, 2018

The EP was recorded late 2018 in Southampton's Untapped Talent studios, with mixing and production support from Matt O'Donnell.

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New Town Jack Oxford, UK

New Town Jack is a folk/acoustic act based in Oxfordshire and Dorset, taking roots from blues, acoustic and folk music from all around the world.

The new EP 'Familiar Strangers' is a collection of 5 tales all about strangers, focusing on the grey area between mystery and discovery.

The EP was recorded late 2018 in Southampton, with mixing and production support from Matt O'Donnell.
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Track Name: Change The Rules
I shouldn’t feel what i’m feeling
I really don’t have the time
I’ve strapped myself to a rollercoaster
And now i’ve got to ride

The radio’s on but nothings playing
Where is my sweet Melody?
I’ve checked the house, and the bars downtown,
If she’s not there, where could she be?

Strangers turn to friends,
When they take a little care,
It’s a beautiful affair,
But friends can’t turn back to strangers,
It’s a one way ride,
You can’t take in your stride

You wouldn’t be so cruel,
Or Have you gone and changed
the rules?
Are you still my face in the crowd?
Have you gone and turned into a stranger now?

Kicking old words into pieces,
Until the new ones turn out red,
Have I hurt you and somehow forgotten?
What was it that I said?

Maybe it’s simply not about me?
Perhaps she's merely out of town?
It could have been your photos all around my house,
That i’d forgotten to take down

Strangers turn to friends,
When you take a little chance,
And you extend your hand,
But friends can’t turn back to strangers,
You can’t let go,
Of someone you know,

Excuse me, Pardon me, ma’am
But do you know who I am?
Are you in the lost and found?
Or have you gone and turned into a stranger now

So many turns on a dime,
If you can break the rules,
Can you turn back the time?

A curse from a beautiful spell,
Can't you use your potions,
To make me forget as well?

Rolling coins on top of fingers
Running sticks across the rail
Distractions are getting thin on the ground,
And i’m starting to chase my tail

If only I had fame and fortune
I'd fly a message through the sky
Maybe you'd see it and you'd turn around
And we'd go back to living a lie

Strangers turn to friends
When you see them in the rain,
And they’re rushing for your train,
But friends can't turn back to strangers,
You see the closing door,
As they stumble to the floor

You wouldn’t be so cruel,
Or have you gone and changed
The rules? The rules? The rules? The rules?
Track Name: Let Me Be
Let me be
The nothing I want to be
Let me be
The nothing I want to be

I don't want to have
A fancy ride
A good job with you by my side
I don't want you
So let me be

I don't care you if you love me
Or just want to help me out
I'm not some jigsaw puzzle
For you to figure out

I've tried your friendly nature
On a home town bus ride
It took the bus 2 seconds
To see through my smile

Let me be
The nothing I want to be
Let me be
The nothing I want to be

Ive been down this hole so very long
I just cant picture it all gone
I dont want you
So let me be

I don't want to be the gentleman
That takes you out at night,
I've tried the top hats baby
And none of them feel right

I saw an old lady,
Trying to get out of the rain,
I held the door and I hit the floor,
When the crowd behind her came,

Let me be
The nothing I want to be
Let me be
The nothing I want to be

I'd rather spend time with my friends
And all the other skeletons
I don't want you
So let me be

I dreamt the other night,
I picked you up at yours,
I drove to your mansion,
And i walked to your front door,
The butler showed me in,
To the maze by the east wing,
a g entleman passed in the mirror,
And I heard a woman sing

I want you
To be with me
I want you
To be with me
I want a dreaming man
Who will take me by the hand
So dream man
And come on get me

Let me be
The nothing I want to be
Let me be
The nothing I want to be

I don't want to think of you at night
To think how I could hold you tight
I don't want you
So let me be
Track Name: Back Into Nowhere
You’ve changed in a way that is hard to trace
you’ve gone away while standing in the same old place
Its like you’ve partly erased
But you’ve not faded away

We met at a dingy diner by Davids square
We’d eat cherry pie and watch the crooks doing business there
The booth was always the same
But theyd use different names
Playing their risky games

CHORUS
You're here
But you’re gone
At the same time
The only remains
are past times
What barrier did you cross
What coin did you toss
You must have come from somewhere
But then you wandered back
into nowhere

I remembered a time we played hide and seek
I realised I hadn’t seen you for several weeks
I started asking around,
Even at the lost and found,
They shook their head and frowned..

There was a rumour you made impressions at the local fair
You had more tricks up your sleeve than the best one there
A crowd had formed in the snow
To see your pop up show
Even your family didn’t know

CHORUS

I walked past the diner giving up on you
Then I saw you in the window with somebody new
You sipped your coffee and ate your pie
As I stopped by the neon sign
Then you caught my eye

You kept your poker face and turned to the man
Dressed in a white suit, black shirt and a red armband
He pushed a suitcase aside
You took a look inside
A glow shone in your eyes

CHORUS
Track Name: Number 9
Hey Number 9
You look so alone
Your lights are on
but nobody’s home

Neighbours walk by
With a wave and a smile
But they talk of nothing
But kitchens and tiles
But not you,
Not you,
Not you

Times run past,
And stolen the light,
I snuck you out early,
And now it’s midnight

Your parents will know
That we were together
Re-using excuses
Like we didn't know better
And it's not like we thought
That we’d do this forever
And ever

Sneak to your room
But don't make a sound
Dream of your day
While night hangs around

You’ll get caught in the hall
With your sister around
And the gate has a squeak
That’ll wake up the hounds
And i’ve heard there are spiders
Underneath the ground
So maybe stick around
Around,
Around

Hey number 9
You look so alone
Hey number 9
You look so alone
Hey number 9
You look like a home

And hey number 9,
You’re looking so cold,
With your collection of antiques,
So precious and old

Hey number 9
You’re a pleasure to see
With your great lantern smiles
That light up the street

And hey number 9
You’re standing so still,
Like a big happy family
On top of a hill

Hey number 9,
Hey number 9,
Hey number 9,
Hey number 9
Track Name: Invisible Amelia
Amelia,
Reveal,
Amelia,
Reveal

This is my 3rd time
I’m calling for you
By the restaurant phone
The chef tells my fortune

All the roses amount to nothing
You know I should have seen this coming
The less time we're together it gets clearer
The day you show ain’t ever getting nearer

Amelia,
Reveal

This is the 4th time
I’m just checking in
The ceremony started
They asked where have you been

I’ve been saying that you’re almost back
Wandering with that old bindle sack,
But when the words just sit and linger
It's like a cold snap biting all your fingers

CHORUS
Invisible Amelia
I really needed ya
Oh what a pleasure it is
Oh what a pleasure it is
Just to see ya
Invisible Amelia
Oh what a pleasure it is
Oh what a pleasure it is…

Amelia,
Reveal,
Amelia,
Reveal

This is the 5th time,
I’ve seen this finale,
The protagonist dies,
Evacuating the town

If it were real, would you stay in your hole?
Even after the credits roll?

Hiding like you don’t belong
Just because you took too long
Just because you were under prepared
Anxious, nervy and scared

With your soft wallflower form
And the characters that you'd drawn
With your pure and kind intentions
with the things you failed to mention

The town flood goes on for miles
So come out and give us all a smile!

CHORUS

Oh what a pleasure it is
Oh what a pleasure it is
Oh what a pleasure it is just to see you

Amelia,
Reveal,
Amelia,
Reveal

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