Cycle Grace Pulse Break

by Jo Bywater

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2010 release debut album.

Quotes:
'Honest, gritty, tell-it-all sound that evokes the spirit of any number of blues guitarists such as Kelly Joe Phelps or P.J. Harvey's now occasional musical roar and singer songwriters such as the innovative touches reminiscent of early Ani DiFranco..' - Nerve

'Lovely and unsettling at the same time' - Americana UK

'Bywater plays a funky, acoustic, alternative blues like no music you’ve heard before. Her style is one of organic, creative exploration as she looks inside and outside herself equally deeply for inspiration' - R2

'Lyrical witticism and emotional range of voice, combined with some slick strum ‘n’ bass guitar bashing – bristling blues and folk riffs that suddenly withdraw, weaving raw honesty with a flirtatious, dark twang' - Seven Streets

'A hard edged, fiesty collection of guitar driven songs. She seems to be an artist of boundless enthusiam and no mean talent. Raw and dirty around the edges, troubadour blues... that at times look like they are seeking to simply go out there and kick your head in, juxtaposition with a more compassionate, more reflective attitude' FATEA

'The songs expose her empathy with bluesy folk-tunes and portray the singer as a mature artist who knows her flaws and virtues yet knows how to play to the gallery' Folk Radio UK

'The sultry jo Bywater, replete with smoky voice and fine guitar accompaniment, has the look and feel of a certain Alanis Morrisette before money and fame cleaved her inspiration and spirit in two. The powerful Wave is a particular highlight, while One Small Step proves to be a giant leap towards proving that Bywater is currently ensconced within the role she was always born to play' - Bido Lito

'An album of incredible maturity that deserves to be visited and enjoyed no matter how late or by what means you come to this very talented woman' - Liverpool Student Media

If you’re looking for something exciting, challenging and refreshingly honest I recommend you check out Cycle Grace Pulse Break and you will not be disappointed’ - The Girls Are

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released December 9, 2010

Songs written and performed by Jo Bywater.
Recorded & Mixed at Highfield st Studios, Liverpool by Danny Rogers.
Mastered by Dallas Masters, Nottingham.
Cover painting and design by Jo Bywater.

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Yorkshire-born, Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Jo Bywater assumes the from of an innovative and inspired musical force. Rhythmic, tactile, rockin’, poetry. Debut album ‘Cycle Grace Pulse Break’ captures both the whispering gentleness and dynamic power of Jo’s expression. Bluesy and captivating. Chasing Tales EP released 27th September 2013. ... more

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Track Name: Disclaimer
Disclaimer

Happy mass-corporation
over-blown gesture day
Your Valentine expects everything you have day.
And if this doesn't include you
PLEASE
Do not fear
Sit tight
You will only experience this severe loneliness enhancement for 24 hours

Red hearts galore
The freshly rejected
Seeking ego massage
Scaring off potential
Outside i'm James Dean
Inside i'm '28 days later'
I'm bathing in cliches and coffee and freedom
I'm hopelessly devoted to no one but me now

HAND ME DOWN

I'm drinking with Shakespeare
It's all on the rocks
Loves tragic romantic
cynical lost
Its all turned fiercely primal
and animalistic
No room for thinking
More room for new skin

Overused hearts see with
flesh-tunnel-vision
Distorting reality
with funnel precision

I'm a hand me down

Really not thinking with my brain
Emotional carnage all the way
Not used to being restrained.
Not in this way.

The newly released are wisdom-filled and cautious
But survival instinctively gets you through hot water
So they fantasize.
Minds inspired

Overused hearts see with
flesh-tunnel-vision
Distorting reality
with funnel precision (x2)

I'm a hand me down
Over-used hearts
Cannot be responsible for you right now
I'm a hand me down
Hand me round
And i cannot be responsible for you right now.

©2008. Jo Bywater
Track Name: Let Go
I don’t know what you know
I’ve lost track of what she knows
I really don’t know what you know
Maybe it’s the same as they know

Who have I told?
What have I told?
Who have I told?
What have I told?

Just let it go
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Circle on circle
Of thoughts that wonder
Hold me closer
And then drag me under

Who have I told?
What have I told?
Been kidding myself
Now I’m learning to let it go

Let it go yeah

I move on
Get my head around it
I’m so scared
Don’t want you to hate me
---------
Invisible enemies
When there’s no one fighting me
Paralysed by energy
Now i'm finding ways to set it free

How will it go?
Where will it go?
How will it go?
Where will it go?

Just let it go
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Wrapped up inside
My mind’s a place for me to hide
Too much comfort
Now the sun feels too bright

Where did I go?
Why did I go?
Protecting myself
I don’t know
Just let it go, just let it go

I move on
Get my head around it
I’m so scared
Don’t want you to hate me
I move on
Get my head around it
I was so scared
Sat and watched it take me
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Can you accept what I do
Without turning it to you?
Can I tell the truth
Without feeling guilty?
Can you accept what I do
Without turning it to you?
Can I tell the truth
Without feeling guilty?
Can you accept what I do
Without turning it to you?
Can I tell the truth
Without feeling guilty?

Can I live my life the way I like…..?

© 2005. Jo Bywater.
Track Name: Smokescreen
Where the wind blows hot and cold
Lies a story left untold
Suspended
I can find the wrong and right
See it all through my fly’s eyes
So open ended

So who’s to say what you say is true?
The long and short is what it means to you

So I sit on the fence
Mull it over
Pull the wool over
My soul searching eyes
For some hibernation
Thought cultivation
A little bit of gracious time spent to realize

So who’s to say what you say is true?
The long and short is what it means to you

Two legs to stroll through
I just roll through
This smoke screen
Unseen
Where my chaos becomes peace with myself
And your chaos affects me none

Instrumental

And I feel and I feel oh I feel
And I know that none of this is even real
The confusion that steals my dreams
Shattered passions I drift off to sleep
Where I sit on the fence
Where I sit on the fence

So who’s to say what you say is true
The long and short is what it means to you (repeat)

Two legs to stroll through
I just roll through
This smoke screen
My dream
Where my chaos becomes peace with myself
And your chaos affects me none (repeat chorus)



©2007. Jo Bywater.
Track Name: Ropeladder
Ropeladder
Framed by a window
Portrait for the night
Shielded from the pirates of social decline
A flask for the future in a bag
And the rope ladder swings in the wind that could fill up my lungs
Poised for adventure
Raise my finger to the sky
Reflection of the room looms and dooms magnified
My face frowns in a cause for concern
And the rope ladder swings in the wind that could carry my wings
The infinite weight of the solitary night (x2)
In decendence of a long-haired princess, locked in a tower
Waiting for release and rescue and power
Her feet were craving the ground
And her diet of fear rooted her there to be found
chorus
The infinite weight of the solitary night bares light
The moon she washes my dry
The infinite weight of the solitary night bares light
I’ve got to get out tonight
And that window with a hole from the challenge of a role
Took a blow by blow
Leaks the breeze in the form of the news of the night it’s my truth
Whispers its dreams on my skin
Fills my lungs like balloons
And they know the freedom to feel lighter than air
And safety became restraint
The rope ladder swings (x 2)
Chorus x 2

© 2009
Track Name: Fast Ant
Indirectly, you’re digging for information
By accusing me
Based on your blind assumption
I don’t really advise your methods of friendly care
And i’m a little bit overprotective.

Across the river, on the outskirts of..
Air still carries sound and yeah people talk
Across the river, on the outskirts of
Yeah people talk and i’m still breathing.

I don’t know but..
I think you’re in the dark and..
Its making you sore, but i’m ready armed and..
I know more than you.
We’ve made our peace and you’re fighting a war
Once again made into yours.

Across the river, on the outskirts of..
Air still carries sound and yeah people talk
Across the river, on the outskirts of
Yeah people talk and i’m still breathing.

You forget i’m older than what you’re used to
You can pull the wool but i’ll wear you like a jumper
You forget im older than what you’re used to
Your in the dark (x4)

You forget i’m older than what you’re used to
You can pull the wool but i’ll wear you like a jumper
You forget im older than what you’re used to
Your in the dark, you’ve crossed the line, you’ve passed the blame now go home (x4)

© 2008. Jo Bywater
Track Name: Wave
A wave of fulfilment
A wave that breaks a fall
A wave that’s in the breath
i take before i make the call
A wave of apprehension
A wave that says goodbye
A wave that doesn’t happen
and leaves you hanging high

There’s a million ways a wave can cycle and grace and pulse and break
Wash over make it changed
There’s a million ways a wave can cycle and grace and pulse and break
A wave that lets you know to let it go, let it go

A wave of inspiration
A wave that’s 10ft tall
A wave comes to fruition
A wave that floats a ball
A wave of primal hunger
that leaves you wanting more
A wave obscures the contours
A wave right from the core

There’s a million ways a wave can cycle and grace and pulse and break
Wash over make it changed
There’s a million ways a wave can cycle and grace and pulse and break
A wave that lets you know to let it go, let it go by

How do you wear the weather?
How does it wear you?
Does it wear you down or wear you into something new?
How do you wear the weather?
How does it wear you?
Does it wear you down or wear you well like something new?

Catch a wave, catch a wave, catch a wave, catch a wave

There’s a million ways a wave can cycle and grace and pulse and break
Wash over make it changed
There’s a million ways a wave can stifle and roll and drown a flow
Wash over make it changed
There’s a million ways oh ways to catch a wave
There’s a million waves oh waves oh, catch a wave
There’s a million ways oh ways oh
There’s a million waves oh waves oh
There’s a million waves oh waves to
Catch a wave

©2010. Jo Bywater