I See Flowers, You See Cars

by Jo Kelly Stephenson

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Winner 7th USA Independent Music Awards Album of the Year - Alt. Country - Vox Populi (tie)
...the distinctive vocal stylings and songwriting dexterity of Australian Jo Kelly Stephenson set her apart..... an eclectic infusion of blues and country, I See Flowers, You See Cars heralds the arrival of someone with potential to blaze a trail far beyond her home territory where Stephenson's already made a dent with songs like the album's rock-solid opener, 'Deep End' July/August 08 edition Performing Songwriter Magazine USA

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released March 1, 2007

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Jo Kelly Stephenson

Songs featured on prime time TV shows Rizzoli & Isles, Switched at Birth & The Glades, with viewer numbers in the millions (Wikipedia). JKS recently secured a placement on Warner Brother’s German release 'Girl On A Bicycle'. She created the theme music for NY online series ‘Cooking for Bachelors' & placed a song on US indie film 'Alone'. Shows & films have aired across The USA, Europe & Australia. ... more

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Track Name: Deep End
Been sitting on the edge of this murky river bed
It's time now child to throw yourself in the deep end
Let your tears pour down with this rain
Everything you've lost is everything that you'll gain

You can slide through the mud
Sink-a-down, down, down
If you hold onto my hand
I won't let you drown
Let your tears pour down with this rain
Everything you've lost, is everything that you'll gain
Let your tears pour down with this rain
Nothing here is lost
When the rain clears up, your land dries out once again

You can roar like the lion
Thump like a bear
Whistle like a blue bird
Take flight with care
Let your tears pour down with this rain
Everything you've lost, is everything that you'll gain
Let your tears pour down with this rain
Nothing here is lost
When the rain clears up, your land dries out...
Track Name: Flower
Looking out the window I see flowers
You see cars driving by
Sometimes if you're looking really close
You see there's more than meets your eye
No one can please everyone
We've all got a different point of view
And if you're not being true
How can anybody believe in you?

Flowers close up when it's cold
Water your heart and be careful who you give it to, to hold
Rain will come pouring down
My heart's been hanging out in a cloud
A flower needs the rain
Like a flower needs to catch a-bit-a sun

Looking out the window I see clouds
That just get in the way
Listening to everybody else
Everybody but yourself
No one can please everyone
We've all got a different point of view
And if you're not being true
How can anybody believe in you?

Flowers close up when it's cold
Water your heart and be careful who you give it to, to hold
Rain will come pouring down
My heart's been hanging out in a cloud
A flower needs the rain
Like a flower needs to catch a-bit-a sun

No one can please everyone
We've all got a different point of view
And if you're not being true
How can anybody believe in you?

Flowers close up when it's cold
Water your heart and be careful who you give it to, to hold
Rain will come pouring down
My heart's been hanging out in a cloud
A flower needs the rain
Like a flower needs to catch a-bit-a sun
Track Name: Fruitless Love
Fruitless love in my under carriage
Fruitless love weighing down my luggage
Fruitless love, leave me no aim
Fruitless love is just a shallow game
And it's time we get off this southbound train
And step back on board that train
Back to where our soul got a name

Fruitless love rollin' in my head
Fruitless love hanging by a thread
Some days this love so alive
The next day it's only just surviving
It's time we get off this southbound train
And step back on board that train
Back to where our soul got a name
Back to where our soul got a name

Fruitless love left me dry
Fruitless love left me hollow
Fruitless love can't sustain
My fruitless love left me out in the rain
It's time we get off this southbound train
And step back on board that train
Back to where our soul got a name

Don't want anymore, fruitless love
Can't eat anymore, fruitless love
I can't taste anymore, fruitless love
I can't take it anymore, fruitless love
No denying this is fruitless love
No more hiding behind this fruitless love
Oh, no

Don't want anymore
Can't eat anymore
Can't taste anymore
Can't hide anymore
Deny anymore
Can't waste anymore of my time
So get off this southbound train
And step back on board that train
Back to where our soul got a name
Oh back to where our soul got a name

I can't eat anymore
Track Name: Slip Away
Ohhh slip away

Got a sudden urge to write a country song
A long, long way from where I come
A long, long way from the city,
Where the jazz nuts tell me I'm not enough
The folkies tell me I've gone too far
And the rock 'n' roll boys, you know what they say?
What else can you play?
The question is "are you fit enough?"
You know even sometimes a girl can play rough
But why do we always have to end it in blood and guts?
The brightest star lights up the day
But the brightest star must sometimes slip away

Ohhh slip away

I just met a boy, a folkie at heart
Said I'd never ever marry, think I might start
He brightened up my day
Though I'm not seeing anybody now
There's always a catalyst, the old love that hangs around
The brighter stars slip away
The brightest star lights up the day
But the brightest star must sometimes slip away

Ohhh slip away

As a kid all I wanted was a simple song
All I ever wanted was to sing along
That's the way I think this life was meant to be
And tell me I sound like an old cliche
But it's not the music, it's the way you play it
I never had a problem, letting my feelings get in the way
And I'm not gonna end up a faded old dream
About hanging to a star in the moonlight

Ohhh slip away
Track Name: Just Fine
Sun comes up, see down the track
Gotta get real, gotta get back
To where it's at
I make myself mad, make myself bad
At times I even get that mad
I only feel sad, sad, sad
But it's all in my mind

I've been tough, I had might
I was that big and scary I gave myself a fright
Frightened myself in my weary hour
Frightened myself when I realised
That I was just another coward

But it's all in my mind
It's only a matter of time
I wanna feel the sunshine
I'm beginning to feel just fine

Thought I'd fly
Thought I'd cruise
Thought I'd head
Where the wind would choose...high..
But the wind came tearing
Left me bruised
Let me down
But nothing's all that bad
Third time around

And it's all in my mind
It's only a matter of time
I'm gonna feel sunshine
I'm beginning to feel
Just fine
Just Fine
Just fine
Oh I'm just fine
Track Name: No Good For Two
Sunlight had me say goodbye this morning.
Last night you really had my stomach turning
With the motion of these wheels, the changing of the season
Got a snapshot within, to keep me smiling without

And if you thought my eyes were green
In my eyes you'll see a new light
If you thought my eyes were blue
You probably were right.

I've been many different shades and colours
Still finding my own
It was difficult to let you get right in,
'cause when I did all you did was wanna make me your own
I wasn't ready to give myself away so soon
I had to try and take that road alone
That's how I'm gonna get to my home

If you thought my eyes were green
In my eyes you'll see a new light
If you thought my eyes were blue
You probably were right.
Doesn't mean that I don't miss the time I spent with you
Until I'm any good for one, I'm no good for two.

I was tempted by your warmth
To take a safer walk
Until I really took that road alone
I wasn't gonna get to my home

If you thought my eyes were green, in my eyes you'll see a new light
If you thought my eyes were blue
You probably were right
Doesn't mean that I don't miss the time I spent with you
Until I'm any good for one, I'm no good for two
Until I'm any good for one, I'm no good for two
Until I'm any good for one, I'm no good for two
Until I'm any good for one, I'm no good for you.

Cup of tea before I leave
Track Name: Blood And Money
Despite what the law got to say
We do it all our own way
People push to get on board this train
Check yourself, Check yourself
Check your soul in at the gate
It's a fine time we're having everyday
But hasn't anybody, anybody anything real to say?
Just get out of my way
It's a hell
It's a hell
It's a hell of blood and money
Hell of blood and money
Hell of blood and money to repay
It's a Hell of blood and money
Hell of blood and money
Hell of blood and money to repay

While all the time trying hard to keep your head on straight
Someone really wanna twist it around the other way
It's clear the way we're doin' it we won't last long
We're gonna get a-no-get-a-nowhere
Going over the same old song
It's a fine time to get your feet up off the ground
Not a fat lot of good
You're doing if you're just-a- sort-a hanging around
It's a fine time, don't stand among the crowd
It's a hell
It's a hell
It's a hell of blood and money
Hell of blood and money
Hell of blood and money coming down
It's a hell of blood and money
Hell of blood and money
Hell of blood and money coming down
Track Name: Cool River
It's a cool, cool river in your eyes
It's a cool, cool river in your eyes
It's a cool, cool river in your eyes
It's like a way

It's a hot, hot fire in your mind
It's a hot, hot fire in your mind
It's a hot, hot fire in your mind
It's gonna burn
It's gonna burn

It's a hi-fi smile upon your face
It's a hi-fi smile upon your face
It's a hi-fi smile upon your face
Do you wanna dance?
Do you wanna dance?
Do you wanna dance?

It's a hot, hot fire in your mind
It's a hot, hot fire in your mind
It's a hot, hot fire in your mind
It's gonna burn
It's gonna burn
It's gonna burn
It's gonna burn

It's a cool, cool river in your eyes
It's a cool, cool river in your eyes
It's a cool, cool river
Cool, cool river
Track Name: This Time
I know you been cruel
Mistreated my love
My head was in the clouds
Or somewhere up above
Now I see you downtown
Where we used to dwell
Well I'm just here to let you know that honey
I'm breaking your world

This time
You'll be seeing it different honey
This time I don't care that much for your money
This time
It's never ever, ever gonna be the same
This time
You're just winning a losing game

Well I got wise
I learnt those blues
And now there's not all that much
That I have got to lose
You're always in my thoughts
At the back of my mind
I think it's time I let you know
I think it's time you realise

This time
You'll be seeing it different honey
This time
I don't care that much for your money
This time
It's never ever, ever gonna be the same
This time
You're just winning a losing game

This time
You'll be seeing it different honey
This time
I don't care that much for your money
This time
It's never ever, ever gonna be the same
This time
I don't care that much for you
That much for you
That much for you
That much for you
This time
You're just winning a losing game
Track Name: City Of Illusion
Do you ever take a look around
And count the frowns
As you're walking down these cold city streets?
I always counted on a smile
If I lose it for a little while
Well life is not that sweet
And some folks that you meet
Find it hard to rub the mud from off their feet

I wonder what it might be like
If I could meet you in another life
Where we could stop and speak
I'll be waiting for the day
When finally we can pause and say
It's time to sit back in that seat
And it won't be through defeat
I hope you find the happiness you seek
You're not lost or disillusioned
With a head full of confusion
You can write your own conclusion
In this city of illusion

But it's never all that sweet
It's hard to find the happiness you seek
Lost and disillusioned
With a head full of confusion
You can write your own conclusion
In this city of illusion
Do you ever take a look around?
Do you ever count the frowns?
As your walking down
Around this working town
This working town
This working town
Track Name: Fly Away Angel
Fly away angel
Fly away
Take your silver wings
And fly to the brightest of days
Angel

With your wings
Learn to fly
Above the Earth
Into the sky
Looking down
On all the clouds
Let the spirit come pouring down
Let it rain
Angel

Fly away angel
Fly away
Take your silver wings
And fly to the brightest of days
Angel

Where your wings
Once were clipped
Take these brand new silver wings
Let them take you away
Angel fly away

Fly away angel
Fly away
Take your silver wings
And fly to the brightest of days
Angel

With your weakness
Comes your strength
And your faults
Are now your song
Carry it into the blackest night
Carry this shield
I'll be your light
Angel

Fly away angel
Fly away
Take your silver wings
And fly to the brightest of days
To the brightest of days
To the brightest of days
Angel fly away
Track Name: Out At Sea
I came here on land
Down to the sea
Fools out there chasing those waves
Fools just like me.
I had to get out
From trouble and doubt
Maybe we just disagree
On what it's all about

I could give you my word
I could give you my hand
There'll be a time when we're ready
To come back to land

If we could find time
Or just find some peace
But you're drifting round with the tide
I'm still caught in a dream
We could get lost out here at sea
You're out there chasing that wave
When you gonna ride that wave?
Out here at sea

I could give you my word
I could give you my hand
There'll be a time when we're ready
To come back to land

Then we can get lost
Out here at sea
When there's no other place in the world
That I'd rather be
Than out here at sea
Out here at sea
Out here at sea
When you gonna ride that wave?