Dear City

by PK Tessmann

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1.
These demons who dare to make deals with my heart I know them well, I can tell them apart They've been here before and they're starting to see That I've figured them out, they're all part of me I'm the queen of my cards I'll be fine, you'll see I'll wrestle them down in my deep dark sea Like the waves crashing down on the hull of a boat Steady and strong, never failing to show And I'll forget all the moments in time When I was scared of myself, of my own mind So please be very careful and kind I got secrets to tell but I don't know how cradled in my arms gotta let go now I'm worried what you'll think but I shouldn't care I send it down the line so that you're prepared And I'll forget all the moments in time When I was scared of myself, of my own mind So please be very careful and kind And I'll create things to unwind I know that it's a short time To stay here on the sidelines And watch it burn into my mind And I'll forget all the moments in time When I was scared of myself, of my own mind So please be very careful and kind
2.
Broken homes, breaking souls Empty tides, overfilled boats Frozen cold down to your bones. Waves and waves of water, 'cross the sea I'd build a bridge to be with me Connect your dreams so you can see Chorus: I've got the wash, I'll clean the stains I've got the net, I'll catch your pain Take it off your shoulders burn it away And pick you up from disaster And forget the day. Night long roads, dusty shoes Salty eyes, darkened views Worn out clothes over you (Chorus)
3.
Secrets tucked against her heart Our history is not that far From where we’ve been and where we are Childhood dreams and make believe Are all a part of what you see In the people we have come to be I drove into a town that had no name It hollowed me out with it’s empty lanes She was there and said don’t complicate It hurts when I breath and I just can’t sleep Don’t’ know my way back to peace She said sit down, we’ll have a cup of tea Chorus: And I know she’s always there Our blood ties us together And our differences make us the same cuz ohhhh She’s my sister My mind made up I drove away Knew in my heart I couldn’t stay She watched me go, smile and waved What was I meant to be Torn between the sky and sea Laugh, she said, and you will see (Chorus) Bridge: Home is rooted in her hands Anchors me so I can stand Sees when I need lifting up When I feel like I’m in a different life (Chorus)
4.
Century 02:37
It’s like finding your favourite start in the sky and then counting the ones beside them Did you know that you’re one of them? Did you know? Did you know? Believe me when I say that it’s all gonna end There’s just not enough time in a century Say what you wanna say, go where you want to go To go. (yeah…) Sifting through handfuls of rippling fear The sand in the hour glass so far so near I bet time tells you it’s way better here it’s a joke What a joke (yeah….) But I’m not quite sure of what It’s like When I haven’t been there More than twice. (break) (yeah…)
5.
Dear City 03:09
Dear City, dear city Let me stay a while in your windows Dear city, dear city A silhouette behind your mirrored walls Dear city, dear city Let me wander 'round with your people Dear city, dear city Fade into the crowd and disappear, the loneliness is equal Dear city, dear city Let me hide away in your secrets Dear city, dear city I've got my own and I need you to take it
6.
Fever’s just another word for love, she sighs Biting into an apple and hits the ground, like snow white Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh… Shaken by the sounds she hears at night, finding Her knees, her hands, her heart, her sense of sight, is weakened Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh… Chorus: And you said: you made your own bed And you said. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. And you said: you made your own bed And you said. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh…. You forgot to tell her that you cared instead Of shaming the adult you thought was there unaccepted Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh… You’ve crushed her soul, her every little dream. Your tryin’ To convince them that you didn’t say those things. Your lyin’ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh… (Chorus) And forging feelings, somehow all the things That are broken go unseen Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. (Chorus)
7.
Started as a speck of light Curled up in warmth so tight I couldn’t love you more if I tried You came and the three of us cried I won’t let go, I will hold tight You know I’ve been waiting for you my whole life Chorus: And of course it’s you. I knew all along You came and I knew that you were the one And I can’t wait to get to know you It’s so nice to meet you Dancing with you late at night To show you that everything’s alright Keeping you safe in my arms you’ll do fine (Chorus) Bridge: And down to the bones, to the core I am whole, I am yours (Chorus)
8.
Throw pebbles in the sea Throw the rocks away Throw your past in the water Watch the rippling waves I dreamed I saw a firefly I dreamed it flew away It led me to my hometown And told me I should stay Oooooo…. Sometimes when I follow I forget how to lead Don’t worry ‘bout the trail now Nothing’s guaranteed Oooooo…. Chorus: And you know where is best It’s not far You know where is best Right where you are Writing on the paper Willing it to bleed A message full of promise Nothing there to read Ooooo…. Chorus: And you know where is best It’s not far You know where is best Right where you are Right where you are Right where you are Right where you are And you know where is best It’s not far You know where is best Right where you are
9.
You stand there and I’ll lie here and You’ll say things that can’t be unsaid Feels like a dream, don’t wanna be dreamin’ oooo… Shaky ground, solid walls Gold touch, warm thought Here right now, don’t know how long…ooo Chorus: Kiss me until night comes Just don’t touch me Tell me about our love And twist our history I tossed and turned I couldn’t sleep there Feeling safe, but I’m in danger Findin’ our way like strangers…ooooo….. Chorus: Kiss me until night comes Just don’t touch me Tell me about our love And twist our history Kiss me until night comes Just don’t touch me Tell me about our love And twist our history
10.
Nothing More 05:18
As she looked at him Searching in his eyes She knew it was time To compromise She knew just what to do To win his love Became a different girl Became who she thought he would want Oooooo…. Well old habits die hard It was her way of life She wanted to please And someday be a good wife So they watched her undress As her heart fell to the floor They wanted only one thing And nothing more. Oooooo…. She kept searching for him But didn’t know how to find The right kinda match Or what it looked like And so over the years Dealing with the abuse She thought that this must be the way That it was for every girl that she knew. Oooooo…. But she wanted some peace And thought that there must be a way To find a new life Without so much pain And so man after man She left them behind She was determined to find Someone who enjoyed her mind Oooooo….. On a blind date they met Expectations were low She was surprised by how Much more he wanted to know So she gave him a chance She no longer felt alone Opened herself to him And felt right at home Ooooooo….. It’s been almost 10 years now They’re married with two young boys Life is full of chaos And so much noise But she never wants To change a thing Except perhaps To get a little more sleep. Ooooo…..

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This record chronicals Tessmann’s journey into marriage and motherhood with a collection of personal experiences. With every haunting song, she offers up grief, love, hope, loss, birth and new beginnings. Her vivid songwriting is masterfully showcased by subtle musicianship and a sweet, yet commanding voice like no other.
Produced by Corwin Fox at Hidden Well Studio in Cumberland, PK’s 2nd full length album showcases the musicianship and talent of her home town. Fox, who is well known in the Canadian music community, has produced albums for some of Canada’s top musicians. Several Cumberland/Comox Valley musicians are also featured on Dear City – performing cello, French horn and saxophone to name a few.

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released September 16, 2016

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PK Tessmann Cumberland, British Columbia

PK Tessmann is an award-winning Vancouver Island contemporary folk songstress. Her voice, a full bodied honey, and her well crafted song-writing skills are something of substance. The sincerity of her performance and the clarity of her voice are a mesmerizing mix, leaving you fully satisfied by either an acoustic ballad or a full band groove. ... more

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