Jen Foster

lyrics

  • 1. Venice Beach
  • 2. Greatness
  • 3. This Is Me
  • 4. Give
  • 5. There For You
  • 6. I Love You So
  • 7. Secondhand Love
  • 8. This House We Built
  • 9. Parentheses
  • 10. I Didn't Just Kiss Her

VENICE BEACH

Words & Music by Jen Foster 

Hey, you say you’re looking for something you’ve never found

Well, the last time I checked I was lost and wandering around

I know just how it feels to be the best thing you ever had

I’m still not quite good enough to be the last one

And there you go spinning all your wheels

You never know what you’ve got ’til you lose it

And here I am waiting all these years

You’re not even here

You can look all over this great big world

You can look down every street

In every bookstore, on every dance floor

At every girl you meet

You can drive out to California

And chase down all your dreams

I’m sure you’ll find someone beautiful

But you’ll never, never find me

Hey, they say that real love is completely letting go

Well, my hands are way up in the air and you’re somewhere in Arizona

Just a few more hundred miles and you’ll have everything you need

Except for these arms to hold you when that lie brings you to your knees

And there you go spinning all your wheels

You never know what you’ve got ’til you lose it

And here I am waiting all these years

And you’re not even here

You can look all over this great big world

You can look down every street

In every bookstore, on every dance floor

At every girl you meet

You can drive out to California

And chase down all your dreams

I know you’ll find someone beautiful

But you’ll never find me

On Venice Beach

You can look all over this great big world

You can look down every street

In every bookstore, in every dive bar

At every girl you meet

And when you look out over the ocean

From the shores of Venice Beach

I know you’ll find the brightest stars

But you’ll never, you’ll never find me

Oh, you’ll never find me

You’ll never find me

You’ll never find me

GREATNESS

Words by Jen Foster

Music by Jen Foster and Rich Jacques

I passed a stranger on the street

He asked me for a light

He looked at me kinda funny

When I stopped to think twice

I said, “My heart is full of darkness

And I don’t know what to do”…

He said, “I’m just tryin’ to smoke a cigarette here,

I didn’t mean to intrude…”

I headed to the local dive

In search of some relief

I knew the cute bartender

Has a philosophy degree

I joked “Pour me a shot of Nietzsche”

She said, “That’s not the drink for you…

You clearly need some inspiration

I think I need a little, too…”

We should be living the good life

All over the place, all over the place

We should be soaking up sunshine

All over our face, all over our faces

We were made for greatness

She poured us a couple of Mai Tais

And she said, “Let’s run away,

I can see we’re kindred spirits,

Life’s too short to play these games…

There must be 50 ways to leave our lovers,

Simon says this much is true…”

And with that, we slipped out the back, Jack

And got a cheap hotel room

We should be living the good life

All over the place, all over the place

We should be soaking up sunshine

All over our face, all over our faces

We were made for greatness

We could live on nothin’

Hangin’ out on sunny beaches

We don’t need no money

We were born with all we need, yeah

We should be living the good life

All over the place, all over the place

We should be soaking up sunshine

All over our face, all over our faces

We were made for greatness

We were made for greatness

We were saved by grace, it’s all around us

I woke up with a stranger

And she asked me for a light

THIS IS ME

Words & Music by Jen Foster

You and I have come this far

Guess it’s time I tell the truth

‘Cause I have known for a while, but I never wanted to bring shame on this family

‘Cause you asked me not to

But if this God to whom you pray

Is the same God I was raised to believe in

You’d better take it up with him

This is me, here we are

I know I may not be everything you wanted

But this is all I’ve got

This is me, talk to God

He’s the one you really ought to ask these questions

‘Cause I am all his fault

This is me

Why, you ask, would I ever put you and Dad through this

When it’s only just a phase?

Well, who’s to say what’s to come, and who are you to judge my love?

Yes, I am different, but my heart works just the same

And I could lie to your face

But you taught me that’s no way to live my life

So I’m taking your advice

This is me, here we are

I know I may not be everything you wanted

But this is all I’ve got

This is me, talk to God

He’s the one you really ought to ask these questions

‘Cause I am all his fault

This is me, yeah

This is me

Talk to God

You said he speaks to us when we listen

So listen

This is me

I’m nobody’s fault

Listen to your heart

Talk to God

This is me

This is me

You and I have come this far

Guess it’s time

GIVE

Words & Music by Jen Foster and Angela Kaset

Safe between these four walls

It’s easy to feel strong

We turn on the tv

And that’s when it hits home

There’s a stranger on the street

Could’ve easily been me

He stands there with his neighbor

All they owned is now gone

He says, “We just feel so grateful

For all who were not lost…”

And the man behind the microphone

Says “What do you do now?”

He says, “Give”

Give

There’s always something up our sleeves

Something someone might need, we

Give

For we have not lost everything

She turns off the tv

Says, “Please take me for a drive…

There’s someone out there who needs me…”

Six years old, she’s so wise

She says, “Here’s my early birthday wish,

Everything I’m gonna get…

Let’s give…”

Give

There’s always something up our sleeves

Something someone might need, we

Give

For we have not lost everything

Oh, we have not lost everything

When we think we have nothing, it’s funny how we find

A simple grace, a deeper place with more than we dreamed we had inside

And that’s the reason why we live

To give

THERE FOR YOU

Words & Music by Jen Foster, David Dorn, & Doug Bryson

I’ll be there for you

If you ever need a friend

When the other ones let you down

I swear I’m gonna let you in

So if you ever start having doubts

Pick up the phone, give me a shout

How you been, it’s been a while

It’s good to hear your voice again

You sound like you need a smile

Well, I’ve been waiting

I’m so glad you called

I keep your picture by the phone

I keep the coffee good and warm

So when you’re cold and all alone

You can always come home

Just say the word, and

I’ll be there for you

If you ever need a friend

When the other ones let you down

I swear I’m gonna let you in

So if you ever start having doubts

Pick up the phone give me a shout

And I’ll be there for you

I’ll be there for you

I’ll be your voice when you can’t speak

I’ll be your strength when you’re feeling weak

You can count on me

If you ever need a friend

When the other ones let you down

I swear I’m gonna let you in

So if you ever start having doubts

Pick up the phone give me a shout-out

And I’ll be there for you

How you been, it’s been a while

It’s good to see your face again

I sure have missed that smile

Come on in

I LOVE YOU SO

Words & Music by Jen Foster, Rich Jacques, & Elizabeth Elkins

We joke around and we play games

Sometimes you even call me names

But I let it go

‘Cause we’re bigger than the birds and bees

You can’t deny the chemistry

It takes control

‘Cause I love you so

Oh, I love you so

I can’t seem to find the words to say

So I’m leaving you with this cliche

I love you so

You’re deep and dark just like the rain

You’re sunshine on a bright blue day

Somehow you’re both

And it’s kinda fun when we break up

‘Cause my favorite part is makin’ up

Come on, let’s go

‘Cause I love you so

Oh, I love you so

Girl, I love you so

Oh, I love you so

Oh, you lift me up when you take me down

When you let me go, I wanna stay around

I’m gonna stay around

I can’t seem to find the words to say

‘Cause your beauty takes my breath away

Oh, I love you so

Girl, I love you so

Oh, I love you so

Girl, I love you so

I said I love you so

Girl, I love you so

You know I love you so

Girl, I love you so

SECONDHAND LOVE

Words & Music by Jen Foster

They had a love they could never walk away from

He said she fit him like his favorite jeans

A little tattered with some holes in the pockets

From wearing them and washing them clean

I only hope we share a love just like that

The kind we’d never take nothing for

In 50 years all the shirts off of your back

Folded in my dresser drawer

Don’t give me no secondhand love, no

Don’t want no secondhand love, no

I want the kind of love you never let go of

Even when it’s hanging by a thread

You sew it up and put it on again

Those were the days when sentimental treasures

Were never sold off the dollar rack

He said, “Sweetheart, love’s real measure

Is holding on when times get bad…”

Don’t give me no secondhand love, no

Don’t want no secondhand love, no

I want the kind of love you never let go of

Even when it’s hanging by a thread

You sew it up and put it on again

You know you put it on again

I want a strong love

I want a pure love

I won’t settle for not-so-sure love

We have troubles but at least they’re ours

Don’t want nobody’s hand-me-downs

I’m not taking no, don’t give me no

Secondhand love, don’t want no secondhand love

I only want the kind you can be sure of

Even when it’s hanging by a thread

You sew it up and put it on again

You sew it up and put it on again

THIS HOUSE WE BUILT

Words by Jen Foster

Music by Jen Foster and Danny Torroll

In this house we built, there is stone and there is wood

There are nails in the floors and shingles on the roof

So hard to believe all these things we’ve overlooked

They seem small, but it’s all in the details

In this house we built, there are windows, there are walls

There are doors shutting out voices singing down the halls

So hard to believe something big can always fall

But it’s all, it’s all in the details

In this house we built, we skimped and we saved

We cut corners with abandon, then we stood there so amazed

When it all fell down, though we called it beautiful

There were flaws, it was all in the details

It was all, it was all in the details

In this house we built, we have laughed and we have cried

Like the colors on the walls and the curtains of our minds

As we now grow apart, can we ever redesign

Who we are when it’s all in the details?

In this house we built, we skimped and we saved

We cut corners with abandon, then we stood there so amazed

When it all fell down, though we called it beautiful

There were flaws, it was all in the details

It was all, it was all in the details

In this house we built, we must pray for quiet strength

To accept what we’ve lost and rebuild it all again

Lest we never absorb all the love with which we’re made

And we fall, ’cause it’s all in the details

We will fall, ’cause it’s all in the details

‘Cause it’s all in the details

It’s all in the details

‘Cause it’s all in the details

It’s all in the details…

PARENTHESES   

Words by Z. Mulls

Music by Jen Foster

There’s a half a moment

Between the drinks and the deck

And I think you noticed

But there’s no time to check

The shadows the lights make

Are strange and abstract

And you make a joke

Just to watch me react

And I could choke to death

On the words that I don’t say

I could drown in the thoughts

That I don’t give away

It’s a trial, it’s a taunt, it’s a tease

Living in parentheses

Is anybody noticing?

I stand in a shadow

The party goes on

I move to the light

And your shadow has gone

There’s a breath I took

That I’ll never get back

And there’s a film in my head

And it’s fading to black

And I could choke to death

On the words that I don’t say

I could drown in the thoughts

That I don’t give away

It’s a trial, it’s a taunt, it’s a tease

Living in parentheses

Is anybody noticing?

There’s a half a moment

When you’re saying goodnight

And you leave her shadow

And appear in the light

You make a joke

That I don’t understand

‘Cause I’m brought up short

By the warmth of your hand

And I could choke to death

On the words that I don’t say

I could drown in the thoughts

That I don’t give away

It’s a trial, it’s a taunt, it’s a tease

Living in parentheses

Living in parentheses

Is anybody noticing?

Is anybody noticing?

I DIDN’T JUST KISS HER

Words & Music by Jen Foster

I didn’t just kiss her

We went all the way and I liked it

What’s the point in trying to hide it?

You never know ’til you’ve tried it

I didn’t just kiss her

She put it on my tongue and I licked it

I think she wishes she could forget it

But she sure seemed to love every minute, oh, oh

I don’t know what the problem is

Why she gotta try so hard to keep it all a secret, yeah?

A secret, yeah

I didn’t just kiss her

We went all the way and she liked it

She likes to think she didn’t invite it

But these scratches aren’t because she to fight it

Oh, I didn’t just kiss her

She whispered what she wanted to put in me

Swore that she’d respect me in the morning

But when the sun came up she left without a warning, oh, oh

I don’t know what the problem is

Why she gotta try so hard to keep it all a secret, yeah?

A secret, yeah

She’s sayin she only kissed me for the boy’s attention

She’s tryin’ to blame it on a little too much booze

But I can testify she knew what she was doin’

It was almost like she’d done it all before

She’s gonna go back to her boyfriend now

Before the questions come up

She’s gonna tell ’em I’m stalking her round the clock

Like I’m makin’ the story up, yeah

Bitch…

She’s sayin’ she only kissed me for the boy’s attention

She’s tryin’ to blame it on a little too much booze

But I can testify she knew what she was doin’

It was almost like she’d done it all before

I didn’t just kiss her

No, I didn’t just kiss her

I didn’t just kiss her

And I sure do miss her

‘Cause I didn’t just kiss her

  • 1. Not So Different
  • 2. Today Is A Brand New Day
  • 3. Free
  • 4. I'm In Love With You
  • 5. In Between Poses
  • 6. Hide
  • 7. We Fit
  • 8. Anchor Me Down
  • 9. I Believe In This Love
  • 10. You Stayed

NOT SO DIFFERENT 

Words & Music by Jen Foster, Rich Jacques, & Kazumi Shimokawa

I get lost sometimes

Closed up deep inside

Forget who I am

But I’ve seen stars at night

I’ve heard songs and cried

I’ve held healing hands

And all our stories all end the same

There’s one love pouring all through our veins

I’m not so different from you

I’m not so different from you

We’ve both got holes in our socks

And soles in our shoes

I’m not so different from you

Ain’t that the truth

Ain’t that the truth

We’ve all been called names

Shut out, used, and shamed

We’ve all felt unloved

But I choose to have faith

I was born this way

And I’m more than good enough

And all our stories all end the same

There’s one love pouring all through our veins

I’m not so different from you

I’m not so different from you

We’ve both got holes in our socks

And soles in our shoes

I’m not so different from you

Ain’t that the truth

Ain’t that the truth, yeah

Ain’t that the truth

Ain’t that the truth, yeah

We all have a voice

We all have a dream, yeah

We’re breaking the chains

We’re making a scene, yeah

I’m not so different from you

I’m not so different from you

We’ve both got holes in our socks

And soles in our shoes

Hope in hearts

And freedom to choose

We’ve both got change in our pockets

And nothin’ left to lose

I’m not so different from you

I’m not so different from you

Ain’t that the truth, yeah

Ain’t that the truth…

TODAY IS A BRAND NEW DAY

Words & Music by Jen Foster, Rich Jacques, & Rob Giles

You slept late, you’re still hung over

The whole day spiraled downward

You’re not sure what it is you’re gonna do next

You tripped down the steps and embarrassed yourself

Your mind’s shot from worrying when in the hell

True love is gonna come out of the blue, oooh

All of the love you’ve wasted looking for someone to love

All of your life you’ve waited for something else to fill you up

But there’s nothing out there that you’ve misplaced

No perfect one, no perfect face

The time you’ve wasted, lost and gone away

But today is a brand new day

You slipped out, you left work early

You met your date for coffee

You can’t put your finger on what you don’t like

Think back: are you really ready to give

Your whole heart when you’re used to half-hearted attempts?

You get back exactly what your givin’, yeah

All of the love you’ve wasted looking for someone to love

All of your life you’ve waited for something else to fill you up

But there’s nothing out there that you’ve misplaced

No perfect one, no perfect face

The time you’ve wasted, lost and gone away

But today is a brand new day

What you worry about, you’re just gonna make come true

So don’t you worry about what’s about to happen to you

Here’s what you’re gonna do

Forget about…

All of the love you’ve wasted looking for someone to love

All of your life you’ve waited for someone else to fill you up

But there’s nothing out there that you’ve misplaced

No perfect one, no perfect face

The time you’ve wasted, lost and gone away

But today is a brand new day

Today is a brand new day

FREE 

Words & Music by Jen Foster, Rich Jacques, Dustin Christensen, & Monica Madrid

I wake up and welcome another day

The singing outside makes me smile

I used to sleep in until noon would break

But now this is my favorite time

I walk out the door and a stranger’s there

When they wave at me, I wave back now

I used to look down and pretend to search

For the keys that I left in the house

I’ve been turned inside out

I’m free, free to feel love, I’m flying

Free, free to give up on trying

I’m finally forgiving myself

I’m helplessly asking for help

I’m free

I take a drive, the top is down, I feel the breeze

I turn up my favorite song

I used to always have somewhere to be

Now I see that I’m already home

I’m already home

I’m free, free to feel love, I’m flying

Free, free to give up on trying

I’m finally forgiving myself

I’m helplessly asking for help

I’m learning to let it go

Letting this life unfold

Fear is the one enemy

I’m giving it all away

It wasn’t mine anyway

Here you go, this is me

I’m free, free to feel love, I’m flying

Free, free to give up on trying

Free, free to feel love, I’m flying

Free, free to give up on trying

I’m finally forgiving myself

I’m helplessly asking for help

I’m finally forgiving myself

I’m free

I’m free

I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU

Words & Music by Jen Foster

Here we are, we’re simply breathing

Lying next to you, I’m needing nothing

Else at all

Every poet throughout history

Has tried to capture love’s great mystery in words

Here’s my shot

Everything is bright and wide and blue

Flowers popping up, spring is in bloom

Lighter on my feet in brand new shoes

I’m in love with you

In your arms, there are no limitations

Our hearts go beyond our language

Words can’t describe

But I still need to document this

Though it’s hard to form a sentence

I must try

Everything is bright and wide and blue

Flowers popping up, spring is in bloom

Lighter on my feet in brand new shoes

I’m in love with you

I’m in love with you

I’m in love with you

I’m in love with you

Everything is bright and wide and blue

Flowers popping up, spring is in bloom

Lighter on my feet in brand new shoes

I’m in love with you

Floating like a feather on a breeze

Catch a ride upon a sparrow’s wings

Closer up to Heaven, angels sing

I’m in love with you

I’m in love with you

I’m in love with you

I’m in love with you

IN BETWEEN POSES

Words & Music by Jen Foster

A certain way you dance around

And crack a smile and break me down

After the third act when you come home

You turn it off and turn me on

When you think no one’s watching

When you’re taken by the moment

When you forget what you’re thinking and you say what you really feel

And when you’re in between poses

When your laughter takes over

That’s when you’re floating with the angels, that’s when you’re floating with the angels

For such a softie, you try so hard

You get so angry that you’re not a star

But if you could show them what you show me

In your pajamas acting like you’re three

When you think no one’s watching

When you’re taken by the moment

When you forget what you’re thinking and you say what you really feel

And when you’re in between poses

When your laughter takes over

That’s when you’re floating with the angels, that’s when you’re floating with the angels

So high above this world, you’re beautiful

And when you laugh a little loud

And spill your coffee all over

And when you’re singing in the shower

I see your cup runneth over

And chocolate sundaes make you smile

Monday morning, stay awhile, you’re beautiful

When you think no one’s watching

When you’re taken by the moment

When you forget what you’re thinking and you say what you really feel

And when you’re in between poses

When your laughter takes over

That’s when you’re floating with the angels, that’s when you’re floating with the angels

So high above this world, yeah, you’re beautiful

That’s when you’re floating with the angels

That’s when you’re floating with the angels

That’s when you’re floating with the angels

HIDE

Words & Music by Jen Foster

If you go hide, I’m gonna come find you

If you go hide, I’m gonna find you

And when you get cold, I’m gonna come warm you

When you get cold, I’m gonna warm you

As long as you are alive, I will be close behind

Sure as the angels cry when you disappear

Your heart is just like mine, we live inside small and quiet spaces

They’ll never find you here

If you go hide, I’m gonna come find you

If you go hide, I’m gonna find you

And when you go dark, I’m gonna come light you

When you go dark, I’m gonna light you

As long as you are alive, I will be close behind

Sure as the angels fly, we could disappear

Your heart is just like mine, we live inside small and quiet spaces

They’ll never find us here

If you go hide, I’m gonna come find you

If you go hide, I’m gonna find you

And every little breath you take

You’re breathing your life in me, your secret’s alive in me,

You’re safe tonight

So when you need a hiding place, it’s right here inside of me

Where you don’t have to hide

If you go hide, I’m gonna come find you

If you go hide, I’m gonna find you

WE FIT

Words & Music by Jen Foster and Steve Dorff

You

The left hand in my right

The dawn that breaks the night

The only one who gets through

Once

I never thought I’d find

The heart that meets the mind

The shoes that I sink into…

When I crawl, you come close

It’s my truth that you know

You just know what I need

I’m a jigsaw puzzle looking for my missing piece

I’m a kid in trouble, you’re the one to rescue me

‘Cause I’m an artist looking for my masterpiece

I’m a prisoner waiting for my release

In a world where I need something no one else seems to get

We fit

We fit

Life

Can be so incomplete

When we take less than we need

And we give up on forever

But now

We will never be alone

When you hold me, I am home

You’re the closest thing to Heaven

When I crawl, you come close

You still still laugh at my jokes

You just know what I need

I’m a jigsaw puzzle looking for my missing piece

I’m a kid in trouble, you’re the one to rescue me

‘Cause I’m an artist looking for my masterpiece

I’m a prisoner waiting for my release

In a world where I need something no one else seems to get

We fit

I’m a jigsaw puzzle – you’re my missing piece

I’m a kid in trouble, you’re the one to rescue me

‘Cause I’m an artist and you’re my masterpiece

I’m a prisoner waiting for my release

In a world where I need something no one else seems to get

We fit…

We fit…

ANCHOR ME DOWN

Words by Jen Foster

Music by Jen Foster and Rich Jacques

How do you stay so strong?

How do you hold this line?

How do you keep it low

When I’m up so high?

Out in the atmosphere

Without a single rope

Destined to disappear

Until you grabbed a hold

If there’s one thing I know…

You anchor me down, you wrap your arms around me

I’m so glad that you found me, ’cause I’m not floating now

You anchor me down, no holding breath and counting

I’d die if I weren’t drowning in your love

You anchor me down

How do you kiss my head

After I curse and cry?

How do you cuddle close

When I’m up all night?

Maybe I shouldn’t ask

Maybe just shut my mouth

Then I could hear you say,

“Let me take you down”…

If there’s one thing I know…

You anchor me down, you wrap your arms around me

I’m so glad that you found me, ’cause I’m not floating now

You anchor me down, no holding breath and counting

I’d die if I weren’t drowning in your love

You anchor me down

Is giving in giving up?

I’ve never let anyone

Love me this deeply

Take me down, take me down, take me down

You anchor me down

You wrap your arms around me

I’m so glad that you found me, ’cause I’m not floating now

You anchor me down, no holding breath and counting

I’d die if I weren’t drowning in your love

You anchor me down

Take me down, take me down, take me down…

I BELIEVE IN THIS LOVE

Words by Jen Foster

Music by Jen Foster and Rich Jacques

She asked where I’ve been these days

I said, “I swear, lost in a haze, not your fault,

It’s just all that I’ve got, it’s not you, Babe,

It’s me…”

You showed up, my ghost from the past

This coffee shop is where we come back

To begin again, under my skin again, you,

I can’t resist

And there’s nothing like this wanting

It’s complete, it’s enough

I believe in this love

And there’s no one gets me undone

At the seams, it’s your love

I believe in this love

I believe in this love

I drove home and tried not to wreck

Our long goodbye left your lips on my neck

Damn these secrets, I hope that she sees it

I just want free

‘Cause there’s nothing like this wanting

It’s complete, it’s enough

I believe in this love

And there’s no one gets me undone

At the seams, it’s your love

I believe in this love

I believe in this love

Deep breath, I must speak the truth

I can’t live without you

I’ll just say it, I’ll tell her, I’ll say it

I believe in this love

I believe in this love

Here I go, walk out of this door

I cant live like this anymore

Here I go, here I go, here I go, I

I believe in this love

I’m leaving this house and I’m going back home to you

Leaving this house and I’m going back home to you

I’m gone, I’m gone, I’m gone

I believe in you

YOU STAYED

Words & Music by Jen Foster and Jeffrey Steele

You could’ve left it where it was

You could’ve left me in my buzz

You didn’t have to see it through

And if you didn’t, who would’ve blamed you?

You didn’t have a thing to prove

A thing to gain, much more to lose

If I were you, I would’ve lost my number long ago

But you stayed

And you gave

You saw something inside of me

That I couldn’t see in myself

I was too caught up in my own Hell

When I pushed everybody else away

You stayed

I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t breathe

I couldn’t fly, I couldn’t sing

You said it takes a broken wing

To really know what broken means

Well, I get it now, I get it now

Why everybody left me there

Just lying on the ground

And you stayed

And you gave

You saw something inside of me

That I couldn’t see in myself

I was too caught up in my own Hell

When I pushed everybody else away

You stayed

You stayed

You could’ve thrown it in my face

You didn’t have to show me grace

When no one else was there to save the day

You stayed

You gave

You stayed

You gave

You stayed

You gave

You could’ve thrown back all my words

Shut me out and made me squirm

You could’ve let me crash and burn

But you stayed

You could’ve left me by myself

Decided it was just as well

Traded up for someone else

But you stayed

You stayed

You stayed

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