This Life of Mine

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released March 25, 2016

jen lane “this life of mine”
all songs written by jen lane
*except “thirteen” written by a. chilton and c. bell (big star)

lyrics and chords at www.jenlane.com

jen lane vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, solo on “moving on”, kazoo and penny whistle

musicians
john macarthur ellis pedal steel, acoustic & electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, hammond,
briscoe organ, wurlitzer, synthesiser, piano, bass, percussion,
vocals
john antoniuk acoustic & electric guitar, vocals, harmonica
nick stecz drums, percussion, vocals

additional musicians
dana-marie battaglia vocals on “my man”
jesse padgett banjo on “shoe”
jamie prentice vocals on “fools”
gunner & smith vocals on “this life of mine”

produced, and mixed by john macarthur ellis
engineered by jamie prentice
recorded at bottega studio, kelowna, bc
mastered by greg calbi, sterling sound, nyc, new york
album design by faisal m. sethi
cover photo by jen lane
back cover photo by michael donley
pre-press by don warkentin
inspiration garry thurber and derek bachman

jen lane plays pura guitars

very special thanks to everyone above, and to; dave krysko, lee fraser and stephen jones, and all of our friends, family, fans and supporters, FACTOR, saskatchewan arts board, creative saskatchewan, saskmusic, and rawlco.

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Track Name: Waitin For You
WAITIN’ FOR YOU
Intro G C G C G
Verse G C G C G, tag C G / Chorus D C G / Bridge Em (Fm#)G Em D

1st VERSE
G C G
When you’re searching for what you need to find
C G
I’ll be waitin’ for you baby
G C G
When you’re lost inside your mind
C G C G
I’ll be waitin’ for you baby, waitin’ for you babe

2ND VERSE
When you’re beatin’ yourself up and down
I’ll be prayin’ for you baby
When your heart is inside out
I’ll be prayin’ for you baby, prayin’ for you babe

CHORUS
D C G
Even if you crumble
D C G
Every time you stumble
D C G
I’ll pick you up and pick you up
D C G
And I will try to make you whole again

INTRO CHORDS G CG C G

3RD VERSE
When you break apart ,when you lose your cool
I’ll be stayin’ for you baby
When you ain’t thinkin’ and you act a fool
I’ll be stayin’ for you baby, stayin’ for you babe

CHORUS Hold C going into bridge
BRIDGE: Em G Em D
Oh oh, Oh oh, Oh oh, Oh oh

repeat 1ST VERSE
When you’re searching for what you need to find
I’ll be waitin’ for you baby
When you’re lost inside your mind
I’ll be waitin’ for you babe
I’ll be waitin’ for you baby, waitin’ for you babe
I’ll be waitin’ for you baby, waitin’ for you babe
Track Name: Movin' On
MOVIN’ ON
Intro Dm, G, C / Verse C, F, Dm, G, C / Chorus F, C (3x) G

1ST VERSE
C
Its been hard movin’ on
F
Got rid of some weight and now I’m feeling strong
Dm G C
I hope for you it wont take too long, to get over it
C
You said you didn’t wanna dig
F
Then you unloaded all your dirt on me
Dm G C
And you didn’t even stop to see, I was buried

CHORUS
F C F C F C G
Moving on, moving on, moving on will keep you strong

2nd VERSE
Imagine being in your head
Boxes piled high with old regrets
Tucked away behind some big secrets, that won’t keep quiet
So I’m flyin’ with my happy thoughts
Unraveling my stomach knots
Giving thanks for all the good I’ve got, and getting’ over it

CHORUS

SOLO same as verse

DOUBLE CHORUS

3RD VERSE
It’s been hard movin’ on
Unloaded my luggage and now I’m feeling strong
I hope, you get over it
Track Name: 1st Day of Spring
1ST DAY OF SPRING (IN SASKATCHEWAN)
Intro G G7 (or Gaug) / Verse C F G C G7, C F G C C7
Chorus E A7 D7 G G7 (or Gaug)

1ST VERSE
C
It’s the first day of spring in Saskatchewan
F
Everybody’s snowed in, gonna have me some fun
G
I got a fridge full of food and a bottle of wine
C G7 (or Gaug)
I got this old guitar I like to play all the time
C
I’m gonna make myself somthin’ spicy to eat
F
Pour a little drink and get off of my feet
G
And plunk away at a tune cuz honey it ain’t June
C C7
And we’re all snowed in on the 1st day of spring

CHORUS
E
Get out your records and your whiskey too
A7
Have a celebration with nobody but you
D7
Because it wont be long till the storm is gone and
G G7 (or Gaug)
You’ll wish you would-a put down those shovels yesterday

2nd VERSE
No one can judge me if it’s quarter to 4
There’s a mountain of snow livin’ outside my door
And I ain’t getting dressed, cuz honey I’m impressed
That we’re all snowed in on the 1st day of spring

SOLO same as 1st Verse

CHORUS
Get out your records and your whiskey too
Have a celebration with no body but you
Because it wont be long till the storm is gone
And you’ll wish you would-a put down those shovels

REPEAT 1ST VERSE –ends with C C7
Track Name: Never Try To Love You
NEVER TRY TO LOVE YOU
Intro C, G, F x 2 /Verse C, G, F C, F, C, F, G / Chorus Dm, G, C, F (2x), Dm, G
Bridge C, G, F, (2x) C, G, Dm, F/ Outro same as verse

1st VERSE
C G F C
Standing outside the window out on this old balcony
F C F G
Watching you think, watching you think
C G F C
And I’m falling in love with a little part of you
F C F G
That I once knew, that I once knew

CHORUS
Dm G
I know I got too much to say sometimes
C F
And it don’t come out right, it don’t come out right
Dm G
I’d say nothin’ but I promised I
C F Dm G
I would never try, I would never try, to love you

2ND VERSE
The patterns all look the same on these hotel walls
Where did I fall, where did I fall?
I get used to the view by the end of the day
Then I’m on my way, then I’m on my way

2ND CHORUS
I know I gotta get it off my mind
And it don’t come out right, it don’t come out right
I’d say nothing but I promised I, I would never try
I would never try, to love you

BRIDGE 1
C G F C G F C G Dm
Never Try To Love You, Never Try To Love You
Dm F
Cause it’s easy, to love you

BRIDGE 2
C, G, F C, F, C, F, G x 2
Never try to love you, Never try to love you

OUTRO VERSE
Standing outside the window out on this old balcony
Watching you think, watching you think (end on F)
Track Name: Thirteen
THIRTEEN capo 3
Intro G C / Verse G C x 6, Am, Em Am Em C, D C B Am, G C…
Solo A Em A Am

1st VERSE
G C G C G C
Won't you let me walk you home from school?
G C G C Am
Won't you let me meet you at the pool?
Em Am
Maybe Friday I can
Em C
Get tickets for the dance
D C B Am G C
And I'll take you, ooh ooh

2ND VERSE
Won't you tell your dad get off my back?
Tell him what we said 'bout Paint It Black
Rock and roll is here to stay
Come inside where it's okay
And I'll shake you, ooh ooh

SOLO A Em A Am

3RD VERSE
Won't you tell me what you're thinking of?
Would you be an outlaw for my love?
If it's so, well let me know
If it's no, well I can go
I won't make you, ooh ooh
Track Name: Shoe
SHOE
Intro D hold / Verse D, G, D, A, G, D / Chorus G, D, G, D

1st VERSE
D
I’ve been shackled down in the shoe of my mind

Growing out my hair from a castle in the sky
G G D
And I’ve been waiting for your call, all night
A G D
I be shackled down you out on the prairie town hard-a-workin’

CHORUS
G
And now I’m wondering what to do, with myself I’m
D
Wondering what to do, with myself I’m
G D
Wondering what to do, without you

2ND VERSE
So I packed your lunch and your next days breakfast
And kissed you like I wouldn’t see you until Christmas
Cuz you’ll be on the road, for days, and days, and days, and days
Eatin’ all alone, I’ll be waitin by the phone, you’re hard-a-workin

CHORUS

SOLO- same as verse

Repeat 1st VERSE
I’ve been shackled down in the shoe of my mind
Growing out my hair from a castle in the sky
And I’ve been waiting for your call, all night
I be shackled down you out on the prairie town hard-a-workin’
A G D
Eatin all alone, I be waitin’ by the phone you’re hard-a-workin’

CHORUS X 2 – Mute chords to first half
Track Name: My Man
MY MAN - Capo 2nd fret
Intro Am B C… G C G C / Verse G D Am C
Chorus Am B C… G, tag C G C

1ST VERSE
G D
I did my best, I bent my breath
Am C
I did what you asked
G D
And now I’ve been finding out
Am C
That I’m letting you down

1st CHORUS
Am B C G C G C
How could you treat me this way? Thought I was your lady

2nd VERSE
I never believed it could be this bad
I guess I still don’t, I guess I’m just mad
Cuz I cried myself to sleep, I cried myself sick
And now I’m as empty as my silhouette
2nd CHORUS 2
Am B C G
How could you treat me this way? Thought I was your lady
Am B C G C G C
How could you treat me so bad? Thought you were my man

BRIDGE- Same as Verse
Ohhh Ohhh…

Repeat 2nd CHORUS

3RD VERSE
When I let go I thought we were free and gone
Now I’m looking up, to see you hanging on
Wont you come down, down
And be with me now, be with me now
OUTRO G C G…
Track Name: Hollow Heart
HOLLOW HEART - Capo 6th Fret
Intro Em, F#, G… C, G, Em, F#,G…
Verse Em, F#, G… C, G, Em, F#,G… C, G, Em, F#, C…. Em, F#, G
Chorus C, D, G, C, C, D, G/ BRIDGE Em D C

1st VERSE
Em F# G…
It’s snowin’
C G Em F# G…
I can’t see where I’m goin’
C G Em F# C…
I’m wide-awake and I’ve been
Em F# G
Frozen

2ND VERSE
It’s coming down
I can’t seem to find my ground
When the tears start poring down
I’ll be home bound

CHORUS
C D
Oh, my hollow heart
G C D G
Hollow heart, is aching full of emptiness

3RD VERSE
I hide the hurt
In my little universe
You know it always could be worse
I swallow my nerve (NO PAUSE, STRUM INTO CHORUS)

CHORUS
Em D C
BRIDGE- Aching aching, aching

INSTRUMENTAL - Em, F#, G… C, G, Em, F#,G… C, G, Em, F#, C….
Hold C into next Chorus

CHORUS
Oh, my hollow heart, hollow heart, is aching…
Oh, my hollow heart, hollow heart, is breaking
Track Name: Happy
HAPPY
Verse G, D, C, G, D / G, D, C, G, D, G
Chorus C, G, D, Em, C, G, D / Bridge E… F# G… E…C G D

1ST VERSE
G D
Oh God, Life gets harder
C G D
As we get older
G D
When they say, “why do you bother?”
C G D G
I say, “ It sure ain’t no bother, to me”

CHORUS
C G D Em
Cuz the cross on the church is lit up down the street
C G D
and the stars are all shining on me
C G D Em
well I had a good day, and I’m lucky to say
C G D ….. G…
that I’m happy

2nd VERSE
Oh God, Life gets harder
As we get older
When they say, “why do you bother?”
I say, “ it sure ain’t no bother”
When they talk, “you’ll never make it”
Well I walk, I’ve already made it
When they fight, “why don’t you prove it?”
I fight back, I don’t need to prove a thing to you

2ND CHORUS
Cuz the trash on the ground is lit up by streetlights
And the rain is all pouring on me
Well I had a bad day, but I’m lucky to say
That I’m happy, that I’m happy, this way

BRIDGE E… G… E…C G D Ohhh

Repeat 1ST CHORUS
That I’m happy, happy, happy, this way
Track Name: Fools
FOOLS - Capo 1st fret
Verse G,C,Am,D,G / Chorus Em, C, G, F#, Em, G, C / Bridge Am, C, G.. Am, C, D

1st VERSE
G C
You left me here crying, wondering
Am D G
Pondering what could be so wrong
G C
So I pointed out your flaws, cuz you point out mine
Am D G
Say I drive you crazy, all the time

CHORUS
Em C G F# Em C G
Fools… we are fools

2ND VERSE
I’m happy you’re here, I hope that you stay
But mostly I hope you find your way
The walls here are blind, the ice here is thin
These heavy hearts are caving in

CHORUS
Fools… we are fools

Bridge
Am, C, G… Am, C, D
O’oh O’oh O’oh O’oh

Repeat 1st VERSE

DOUBLE CHORUS
Track Name: This Life of Mine
THIS LIFE OF MINE
Intro/Verse/Chorus C, G, Am, G, C, G, F, G
Bridge A, E, F#m, D, A, E, F#m, G


1st VERSE
C G
Today, I’m gonna be ok
Am G
I wont storm out on you and I wont rain down on me
C G F G
I don’t feel mad, so I won’t cry, then I wont feel sad when I say goodbye

CHORUS
C G Am G
To this life, this little life of mine
C G F G
This grand old life ,this life, of mine

2nd VERSE
I’m one of the lucky ones, I’m one of the fortunate ones
I’m one of the broken ones, but I’m one of the happy ones
And I’m one of those crazy ones, I’m one of those ones, with guardian angels
One of the ones that’s loved by you
One of the ones that loves you in this life…

CHORUS

BRIDGE
A, E, F#m, D, A, E, F#m, G

Repeat 2nd VERSE

CHORUS
Of mine…Ends on C