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B Sides and Rarities

by Jen Cloher

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This is a collection of songs that have appeared on various EPs and Singles over the years. I thought I'd put them all in one place for you. Pay whatever you can afford.


released March 25, 2018


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Jen Cloher Melbourne, Australia

Jen Cloher is a highly respected recording and performing artist and co-founder of Milk! Records.

Since 2014, her output has been increasingly biting, witty and poetic, with her last album, the critically lauded “In Blood Memory” representing an artistic apex for the artist and garnering her a prestigious Australian Music Prize nomination.

Her self titled fourth album became an instant classic.
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Track Name: Baby We Were Born To Die
Every morning
I wake alone
Naked and dumb
I present myself to you
Nothing to fear
One day I’m gonna die
And all that I did
Will be witnessed
In a sparrows eye.

I’ll never know just why
If I don’t sing I sigh
Baby we were born to die

Deers are barking
In the middle of the night
Echo through the woods
They sound like spirits
Leaving their bodies
Before they fly
Watching the one
Who gave you breath
Take their last
Who held your little life
Like a precious stone In their grasp.

I’ll never know just why
If I don’t sing I sigh
Baby we were born to die

Birds wake up singing
How good is that?
Every blade of grass
Gets on with growing
While people in the city
Grow lawns for mowing
All watched over by machines
Of loving grace
When all is told
Will we have even left a trace?

I’ll never know just why
If I don’t sing I sigh
Just have to be don’t try
Cos’ Baby we were born to die.
Track Name: Call If You Need Me (with Kieran Ryan)
Come over to the window now
There's something you must see
There's seven snow white horses
From some paddock broken free
They're standing in the yard tonight
Like unmoored, drifting boats
So let's go out into the air
And see them from up close

I will go outside with you
But that's far as I will go
It's all become as clear as white
And both of us should know
For too long you have built your fence
Of wire around my life
You're not my husband anymore
I am not your wife

I never meant you any harm
And you meant none to me
But something’s come upon us
From our long vast history
You’ve had a life apart from ours
You’re deception has run wild
And I was cruel and secretive
As thoughtless as a child.

I wish I was a wild horse
And was not what I am
I think maybe you feel the same
Is that how this all began
Everyone wants to be free
Of others and themselves
But freedom gained is just to be
A slave to something else
Track Name: Numbers (with Courtney Barnett)
You might have some years on
Me but that don’t mean anything
You might have some years on
Me but that don’t mean anything
To me

You might have some fears of
Rejection and all that but at
The end of the day it’s
A fact that we are not getting
Any younger here

I think that’s why I liked
You from the first day I met you
I saw myself in you
A narcissistic egocentric freak
Just like me

I know they’re just numbers
But numbers stand for routes of buses
I know they’re just numbers
But numbers stand for wins and losses
I know they’re just numbers
Mama said they’re not important
I know they’re just numbers
But numbers start the song for drummers

You might have some years on
Me but that don’t mean anything
You might have some years on
Me but that don’t mean anything.
Track Name: Stone Age Brain (with Tim Rogers)
You say, you say you know
The day Armageddon’s gonna blow
You light a fag suck it in
A post-apocalyptic grin
You say, you say “Everything dies baby that’s a fact”
But with the, state of the world
You hope you’re never coming back

This life, this life is brutal
The times, small and feudal
Homesick Chinese teens
Making iPhones
Dreaming suicide dreams
My stoned, My Stone Age Brain
A slave to my machines
Now I, I can’t see, I can’t see
The cosmic woods for the trees!

I don’t know why I’m breaking down.

I used, I used to drink
But drinking it just made me cheap
And all, all that other shit just made me grind my teeth
I used to love the rainbow
I used to love the view
I still love Leonard Cohen
But I caught the darkness too.
Track Name: Save Me From What I Want
Summer had burned long and hard
Fields had turned to dust
It had been so long since I had even touched someone.
I waited oh I waited long
My body could not lie
Felt a storm come rising up inside.

I don’t know too much for true
But this I know for sure
If I cannot have a thing
I want it even more
You asked me if I was ok
By then it was too late
You were everything that I
Had longed to feel again.

We were made for ecstasy
We were made for pain
We were made to risk our love
And find our way again.
Save me from this mortal coil
Save me from myself
Deliver me from all the fears
That drive me to this hell.

Save Me From What I Want.
Track Name: Needle In The Hay
Everywhere you go I’m right beside you
There’s no-one who knows you the way I do
Yeah I know you hate nearly everything you make
You feel like a fraud, a phony and a fake.

You took a trip out into the outback
If you could get out far enough you thought that you would be free of
The endless sushi train of thoughts that plague your brain
The thoughts are all the same
Needle in the Hay.

I don’t need no introduction
I’ve been here since the beginning
I’m you’re thinking, always scheming, dreaming of escape
Eternal multi-ball inside a game you never played.

Here’s a notion
Drink this potion
Make me go away
Grass is greener
Life is sweeter
Everyone is gay
There’s nowhere to go or to get to anyway
There’s nowhere to go or to get to anyway.
Needle in the Hay.

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