Forever To Fall

by Jen Cork & The Good Hope

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Forever to Fall is the long awaited debut album of Ithaca, NY-based, original folk-jazz outfit, Jen Cork & The Good Hope. Ranging from big, bold, and shiny, to plaintive and emotional, the album features rich harmonies and Jen Cork's textured, soulful voice as it presents tales of lessons learned, hopes for the future, who we are, and who we don't want to be. From the dark, fictional web of Ada in All of Me to the lulling, trance-like Come Home, The Good Hope makes you wanna tap your toes, scratch your head, and maybe even shiver a bit.

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released April 17, 2015

Jen Cork-vocals, acoustic guitar
Brian Earle-clarinet
Harry Aceto-upright bass
Dana Billings-drums
Rachel Bell-accordion
Frank Campos-trumpet
Dave Davies-trombone
Molly MacMillan-piano
Recorded and Engineered by Will Russell at Electric Wilburland

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Jen Cork & The Good Hope Ithaca, New York

Folk-jazz outfit, The Good Hope, blends the smokily textured vocals of singer-songwriter Jen Cork, with the instrumental stylings of Harry Aceto (upright bass), Brian Earle (clarinet), and Michael Wellen (drums). These elements come together to create a warm sound that takes the listener on a sometimes danceable and sometimes pensive, but always rich exploration of death, learning, and love. ... more

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Track Name: All of Me
It took forever to fall. I can remember it all: You sinking down down down down to where I can't hear you call. I can still see your hair. It's just floating there. And the dress you were in is beginning to tear.
O, Ada
O, Ada
They say you won't be coming home tonight.

She's got death at her heels. It's been sniffing around. It follows her day after day after day after tracking her down. I've seen it before. She can't do it again. Does somebody somewhere have any strength they'd be willing to lend?

Not long ago, things were so different. Not long ago, we were so innocent.

Like a boarded up house with a truck in the yard, she doesn't have anyone to call her own and it's really quite hard. But the clouds overhead are growing quite large. She is stably, stably, stably unable to take on this charge.

Not long ago, things were so different. Not long ago, we were so innocent.

Take these feelings away. Stretch them out across another day so I can hear you when you say that you love me. 'Cause baby, you love me. I know that you love me, but do you know all of me?

Should've said it before. Should've laid out my plans. Should've spun them the tale I'd been meaning to tell. Now it's out of my hands.
Track Name: Do What You Love
I have never been ambitious before. I can't sit and wait for you anymore. Turns out the life you live don't have to be a chore when what you're doing it moving you to your core.

Do what you love. Love what you do. Do what you love. No one can do it for you. Do what you love. Love what you do, and it'll all come back to you.

So many dreams to make real. This outer shell is starting to peel. I've shaken on a promising deal. There's something new I want to feel.

Do what you love. Love what you do. Do what you love. No one can do it for you. Do what you love. Love what you do, and it'll all come back to you.

Gonna take my time and make a leap that's wise. Gonna dig right in and see just what that buys. Old me, meet the kind of me that tries. This one started moving. Soon she flies.

Do what you love. Love what you do. Do what you love. No one can do it for you. Do what you love. Love what you do, and it'll all come back to you.
Track Name: So Far to Go
I see right here in front of me how I would like to be one day.
You know I've got so far to go but with you to love me so I'll get there someday. We are trying to touch a star. That we never get that far is okay. I know you've got so far to go, but with me to love you so you'll get there one day.
And you'll never know dear, how much I love you.

We are only some lonely stars. We never get that far in just one day. We know where we are meant to go, so relax 'cause we say so. You're okay. You knew the only love meant for you, so what's left to do besides play? You are going to reach your star. You don;t need to try so hard. You're okay.
And you'll never know dear, how much I love you.
You are my sunshine. My only one. You make me happy when my skies are looking gray. You'll never know dear, how much I love you. Oh, please sunshine, never ever go away.
Track Name: The Well
I fell down a well at night. Thought it was the best way to go. Is it easier when you see the dark coming? Everyone and nobody knows.

And we go down down down. I tumble down. We go down down down. I tumble down into the ground.

I once met a girl at night 'round about half past ten. She said she could not love me enough and I never saw her again.

And I go down down down. I tumble down. I go down down down. I tumble down onto the ground.

I fell down a well at night. Thought I would see your face there. Is it easier when there's someone there waiting that somehow makes death seem more fair?

And we go down down down. I tumble down. We go down down down. I tumble down into the ground.

So I see the dark coming.
But there's someone there, waiting.
And I just can't love you enough.
Track Name: What Have I Learned
Don't trust yourself. It never goes well. And don't trust nobody 'til you know what they sell.

Some days you see love. Some days you stay in bed. Sometimes you want to rise above. Sometimes you only see red.

What have I learned?

What if he learns and doesn't try no more? What if he learns from me and doesn't even bother being sore?

Then what have I learned?
Track Name: On Your Side
Green grass covers the photograph of you in the brown grass--big sister by your side.
How long will it last? (the you in this photograph)
Lives on loan--oh--with kids at home

You made it good. Yeah, you made this life good. You did what you could. If only you would take me for this ride. And I'll be on your side. And I'll be satisfied 'cause I know that you tried.

Leave it all behind you. Try to change your mind to be yourself and be kind to you. Forgiveness 'cause I know you did your best. Your kids are blessed and better for who you are.
Track Name: I Can See Forever
I can see forever baby
You cannot do me wrong
'Cause I can see forever, baby
Though it hurts, oh I know it won't be long

'Cause the doubt crept in where the love had been
When the doubt comes, it always gets it way
Oh, the doubt crept in where the love had been
Oh, I can see it comin' a mile away

The day we met this song got started, baby
The night we kissed it sealed the deal
Oh, the day we met this all got started, baby
Now I'm feelin' things I ain't supposed to feel
Track Name: Come Home
Who is out there on this cold, cold night
Watching the snowflakes fall down through the light
If you are out there on this cold, cold night
Come home

If you can make it to the next mountain side
Climb to the summit and you'll be alright
If you can make it to the next mountain side
You'll be home

Follow the moon and its fading light
Follow the path through the trees that are white
Push through the doorway with all of your might
You are home

Fall in my arms, oh my child, what a sight
Just take a breath--it's the end of the fight
Close your eyes--don't awake 'til the light
You are home
You're my home
You are home
Track Name: The Levee
Hopin the levee holds
What are you so sad for
Your eyes haunt me long after you're gone
Bored of the fear
Death feels like an old hat
Hangin round all useless on the back of my door

When you were born did they have high hopes
Did the expectations stand
Did they see that sparkle in your eyes
Did you learn how to clap your little hands

What were you thinkin lyin on the slab
Trouble so big and look at you so small
Seven times been broken
This is your life
Was he good to you
Did good doctor bring your doll

White curtains hide you from the sun
Pale skin around your eyes
You look surprised to be here
Did they cut you down to size

Striped windows leave streaks down your face
Flowers do not fill your head
Reflective white walls keep you in your place
In 1932 you will be dead
Track Name: Take Me Down
She's sometimes careless with me
Only when she's off at sea
She has me pine away for peaceful dreams
She's sometimes careless with me

It takes a very naughty girl
To do a thing like that
And she will never never learn
She's a very naughty girl

That thing you want to be
I can see it
The one you want to be
I can help you be it
The thing you want to be
I can see it
Oh, Lord

You can tell her thoughts aren't pure
Her eyes convey a certain lure
She can make you feel unsure of her
You can tell her thoughts aren't pure

Take me down
Help me drown
Take me down
Oh, Lord

She's got those sympathetic eyes
At time you'll find them full of lies
She's the worst one at goodbyes
With those manipulative eyes

Take me down
Help me Drown
Take me down
Oh, Lord

Take me down to the river
Help me wash away this sinner
Take me down
Help me drown
Take me down
Oh, Lord

Here I go...

Down to the river
Down to the water
Cleanse me, this sinner
Oh, help me mother

Take me down
Take me down
Take me down
Take me down to the river