Dear City

by PK Tessmann

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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 a Vancouver Island folk-pop songstress with strong musical influences of bluegrass and pop. 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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Track Name: Careful & Kind
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
Track Name: Forget the Day
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)
Track Name: She's My Sister
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)
Track Name: Century
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…)
Track Name: Dear City
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
Track Name: You Made Your Own Bed
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)
Track Name: So Nice To Meet You
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)
Track Name: Right Where You Are
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
Track Name: Twist Our History
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
Track Name: Nothing More
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…..