Things That Are Not

by Kristen and J

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9 Songs blending folk music with elements of pop and bluegrass. Cheerful melodies with sad-sack lyrics.

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released February 4, 2014

All songs written by Kristen Falso & Justin "J" Capaldi except 5. David Bryne and 8. Mark Cutler

Cover Design by Gary Deslaurier
Cover Photo By Jim White

Kristen Falso - lead vocals
J Capaldi - vocals, guitars

Featuring the talents of the following musicians: Rob Anastasi, Thomas Brinkley, Paul Curcuruto, Gary Deslaurier, John DiGiulio, Angelo Franco, Anthony Franco, Eric Fontana, Christian Howes, Bill Jette, Peter Linnane, Dave Richardson, Richard Ribb, Jimmy Ryan, Chris Toppin

Mixed By Carter Humphrey

Mastered by Toby Mountain, NorthEastern Digital

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Kristen and J Providence, Rhode Island

Kristen & J is a duo from Providence, Rhode Island. Formerly called Anna’s House, Kristen & J blend upbeat melodies and poignant lyrics to create a unique blend of pop, folk and bluegrass.

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Track Name: September The 1st
Walked to the schoolyard September the first
Sat ourselves down on the swings
We had to talk over some things
But first we just soared to the clouds
Tilted our heads back into the breeze

CHORUS:
And you came to know me well
As well as children know
The others on the grass
I came to know you too
I knew you too

Dizziness got the better of us
So we crashed our heels into the earth
“‘Sentimental’ gets you nowhere” you said.
“Let’s talk about today, and dreams that will be!”
There was still something I couldn’t see.

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
“In a few days,” you said.
“This place will be mad with
laughter, tears, hugs of old friends”
“But without us. I’m sure it will happen without us.”

In time we’ll share our swings with them
On and on and on we’ll go
You’ll say something clever, like:
“We’re slaves to time, don’t you know?”
And I’ll laugh and weave new dreams for you.

CHORUS
Track Name: Carousel
The carousel collapsed upon itself
And I’m staring at this mess
On a bench I sit and wave goodbye to me

As I am pulled farther away
I make a pact – just for today
And I’ll believe that I am free

But I don’t want to go
But I know I can’t stay
Looks like I can’t play anymore

And I know I should know
What it means to be there
But you know I’m still here
Afraid to just go.

And the music plays the same sad song
And I admit that I am drawn to
Days gone by instead of what could be

And I’m still farther away
Stuck on evanescent yesterdays
While the others are so free

But I don’t want to go
But I know I can’t stay
Looks like I can’t play anymore

And I know I should know
What it means to be there
But you know I’m still here
Afraid to just go.

But I don’t want to go
But I know I can’t stay
Looks like I can’t play anymore

And I know I should know
What it means to be there
But you know I’m still here
Afraid to just go.

The carousel collapsed upon itself
And I sat there staring at the same old mess
On a bench I sit as I wave goodbye to me
Track Name: Beauty's pen
Read a book about you today
You were young and strong and heroic
With the face of an angel, the heart of a child
You didn’t know it

And your legend it bled from my pen
While I studied you
And page after page, it began
And that’s never good, and then

You were gone
Replaced by another
Brilliant and tall and he’s always so sweet
Just a walk on in these volumes of my life
Marked by beauty’s pen
Again and again

It’s pretty funny or pretty sad
The credit I gave to ones so small
Who were just like extras though one time were stars
Lighting the dark sky

And I would have never believed
That page after page
You were barely worth the ink
The credit I gave, and then

You were gone
Replaced by another
Heart of gold and the world at his feet
Just a walk on in these volumes of my life
Marked by beauty’s pen
Again and again
Marked by beauty’s pen
Again and again

Read a book about you today
You were young and strong and heroic
With the face of an angel, the heart of a child
You didn’t know it
I didn’t know it
Track Name: Monsters In That House
I remember a time
When there were still monsters in that house
And you all but gave in to them
As you walked around
Battered and bruised and broken
All alone

But then you made a good life
You made some friends
You made some kids
A house, a hearth, and a loving home within
Where I hope no more monsters roam
Yeah, I hope no more monsters roam

And I’ll never forget it
The days you battled them with me
And I took it for granted
That they weren’t really after me
You fought unarmed
While I stood unharmed

Chorus

And I guess we all live
Through battles and through wars
But you made it out alive
Out to the other side
Track Name: The Only Life You Have
When you tried to grow up
There were things to keep you down
So you headed to the army with no thoughts of war
Married your high school sweetheart
Filled your head with life and love

CHORUS:
But days changed fast
You can’t begin to understand
The only life you have can be lost
From your family and friends
Their days to be ruined for the rest of their lives

Did you really think
You won’t be around?
Or will you be one of the lucky ones?
You always land on your feet
And everything you touch turns to gold

CHORUS

You always land on your feet
You always land on your feet

Back home on your street
Flags are waving high
The children are running
With no thoughts of war
Everything they touch turns to gold

CHORUS
Track Name: Never Been Mine
Pulled out from my sleep
Nothing here to see
If Someday’s never been mine
I’m not gonna fight

My life lies ahead
At least that’s what they said
Someday’s never been mine
I’m not gonna fight

Ok, I’m alright
Flying high tonight

And if you’re feeling nothing’s right
come by tonight
And if you think I’ll set things right
you’re blind

Ok, I’m alright
Flying high tonight

I’ll just hold my breath
and I’ll take what I get
If someday’s never been mine
I’m not gonna fight

And if you’re feeling nothing’s right
come by tonight
And if you think I’ll set things right
you’re blind

You’re blind.
Never been mine.
Track Name: Remember
I ain’t second guessing forever
I know it’s gonna take as long as it takes
I was told you can’t fool with forever
You can lose your mind with the answer you’ll find
I ain’t gonna guess when you’re coming
You’ll come when you come
If you ever do come
I ain’t gonna guess where I’m going
I’ll see it if I see it
When I get there I’ll know

Chorus
I know I’m going somewhere
Maybe in the ground
Maybe nowhere
I know I’m going someplace
Maybe to the sea
Or into out of space
Please don’t forget my name
You never really die if your memory’s alive

I say I want to write a play
In a hundred years
They’ll remember my name
Write a play about the way things are today
Put it in a box and lock it away
Someday somebody will find it
Tell someone it’s great my memory’s awake

Chorus
I know I’m going somewhere
Maybe in the ground
Maybe nowhere
I know I’m going someplace
Maybe to the sea
Or into out of space
Please don’t forget my name
You never really die if your memory’s alive
Track Name: October Sky
It wasn’t so much the October sky
As the sunset spread over it
That grabbed him and put a tear in his eye

“We’ve got to get out of the city”
“We can’t see the sunset out of these cloudy windows and dirty blinds”

But it’s the same for everyone
The same golden fiery sky
Rolling like a ocean of wild fire
Open your eyes

I took him to the park up on the hill
Jack-o-lantern fire pushed its way across the faded blue autumn chill

It wasn’t so much the October sky
But the fire that died in the darkness as we left our dreams for another night

And it’s the same for everyone
The same golden fiery sky
Rolling like a ocean of wild fire
Open your eyes

Open your eyes