Be My Hands EP

by Jessica Gerhardt

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03:45
2.
04:37
3.
04:22
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5.
04:58

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released June 28, 2019

Lyrics, music, ukulele, and vocals: Jessica Gerhardt
Production, engineering, mixing, mastering, bass, and keys: Patrick Doyle
Additional engineering: Prezleigh Moy
Drums on Tracks 1, 2, 3, and 5, synths, and additional engineering: Michael Schneider
Drums on Track 4: Jesse-Lee Yarbrough
Guitar: David Irelan
Cello: Ken Oak
Trumpet: Derrick Stauffer
Photography: David Cano

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Jessica Gerhardt Los Angeles, California

Jessica Gerhardt explores discernment, vulnerability, and the challenge of loving well in her music. Her gentle yet resonant voice infuses her earnest, lyric-driven songs with a soothing and passionate spirit. Jessica creates a space of communion - solidarity in others' experiences of truth, goodness, beauty, contentment, impatience, and that universal longing for connection - for home. ... more

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Track Name: In The End
I’m batting at the static air fighting off the thought of you
Oh really am I so enamored or do I not have much to do
Scattered day dreams in my head I wrote a letter I’ll never send
I surprise myself in missing you, I wanted a break so I could bend

Am I caught up because of you
My dear friend?
Or is this just something to do
In the end?

Do you see more in me than I’ll ever see in you
Do we see eye to eye? See each other or see right through?
When we kiss when we touch, when we breathe I’m overcome
Enveloped in your strong arms takes me back to where I’m from

I wish I could just succumb to you
My dear friend
But will you melt my heart
In the end?
And am I caught up because of you
My dear friend?
Or is this just something to do
In the end?
Track Name: Aquarius
Bear your water down on me
As you're floating in the air
Your waves they move the core of me
Oh I want a taste of what you bear
Your sky is the sea
My sea is the sky
While I'm flying deep
You're swimming up so high

Bear your water down on me
I see through your cold air
Your water's there
And when you're frightened of the deep
You can go your own way
But come back one day
To the water

Pour your water over me
I'll take it in, drink it all
But you deny me even a drop
Why won't you let your water fall?
And I can't read what's on your mind
As you survey from up above
Down below I'm feeling everything
Caught in the tide, the push and shove

Pour your water over me
I see your truth there
In the water you bear
And when you think before you feel
Just return to your heart
Let yourself be a part

Oh, pour your water over me
I see your truth there
In the water you bear
And when you think before you feel
Just return to your heart
Let yourself be a part
Of the water
Track Name: Be My Hands
we don't touch
we don't embrace goodbye
we don't touch
just wave and hold our hands high

be my hands as i hold
this person close to my heart
be my hands as i hold
what is whole from breaking apart

we look, we smile
then shyly look away
we laugh thinking
of those things we cannot say

so be my eyes when I look
at the person in front of me
be my eyes so i'll know
the person you want me to see

so that i may love like You

we don't say the things
the things we're afraid to feel
we don't say what we think
the thoughts we're afraid to reveal

so be my words when i speak
let what i say be true
be my words when i sing
may they always honor You

we feel the calm
the energy between
our arms and our words
and the things that can't be seen

so be my heart guiding me
in everything i do
be my heart, vulnerable
so that i may love like You
Track Name: To Love You Well
Words remain unexchanged,
and desires left unfed.
I curl and stretch and burrow.
I’m restless in my bed.
And letting the days go by
keeps replaying in my head.
How can I love you well?

I’m drawn to your familiar
like nectar for the bees.
And I’ve become as yielding
as the nook behind my knees.
And I beg you please don’t play me
like fingers on the keys.
I want to love you well.

But I know the time’s not right.
The buds haven’t bloomed yet tonight.
So, I guess I’ll just wait ‘til the morning,
and maybe the sun will be shining bright.

The sound of rainfall feels
like your arms wrapped around me.
And I remember our first kiss,
and how you smiled coyly.
You’re my favorite distraction,
and you’re ruining me,
as I try to love you well.
Track Name: Whether To
Baby I've been stuck on you for quite a while
The distance digs the dagger deeper with every mile
With every passing moon, with every rising sun
The longing lingers on
The longing lingers on

I don't know
whether to let you go
Or whether to
wait for you

Baby you may never know what you mean to me
If it weren't for you my dear, I wouldn't have learned to see
Oh happy fault with you that brought me nearer to
The One who made me new
The One who makes me new

I don't know
whether to let you go
Or whether to
wait for you

Baby I have prayed for you like Monica for Augustine
A part of me remains in you and you remain in me
I may never see you again, my once dear friend
Yet my prayer for you won't end
My prayer for you won't end

I don't know
whether to let you go
Or whether to
wait for you
So I still
Will pray for you
So I will
Pray.

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