The Youth Before

by Jesse Powers

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Michael Reilly Youthful and fragile folk-pop songs built solely around Jesse's voice and acoustic guitar. All the valuable relationship moments and troublesome issues that define this period in life are openly and honestly revealed. Favorite track: Caught.
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The root of it all! This album is a compilation of songs from the youth that I lived before this one. Lots of things have changed, and it feels like I'm living a whole other life, but I still love to share these songs with the world! Past Jesse had just as much to say as Present Jesse does now. Enjoy this album from adorable Little Jesse!

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released March 8, 2014

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Track Name: Virginian Sky
We can lay below a clear, Virginian sky
And watch the airplanes blinking up so high.
Above our heads, a hundred stars
They shine so bright.
Twenty thousand more will help
Illuminate the night.

We'll dangle our bare feet from a crescent moon.
Innocence will not vanish so soon.

You are my ray of color in a world that's black and white.
You are the sound of crickets by my window on a summer's night.
You are the smell of freshly cut grass,
And the flowers that bloom in the wild.
You are the breeze that reminds me
I will always be a child.

We can dance between millions of raindrops
And watch the lightning flash so far away.
And when the the sun comes out and all the thunder stops,
A technicolor rainbow will remain.

We'll lay upon a blanket in the grass.
Innocence will not vanish so fast.

You are my ray of color in a world that's black and white.
You are the sound of crickets by my window on a summer's night.
You are the smell of freshly cut grass,
And the flowers that bloom in the wild.
You are the breeze that reminds me
I will always be a child.

So let's hold on to the seconds before they pass us by.
And when our futures beckon, it will be easier to say good-bye.

You are my ray of color in a world that's black and white.
You are the sound of crickets by my window on a summer's night.
You are the smell of freshly cut grass,
And the flowers that bloom in the wild.
You are the breeze that reminds me
I will always be a child.
Track Name: Strangers
I went to the city for a job interview
As I looked for a seat in that overcrowded room,
I saw you.
And even though I was late,
And my clothes were all wet
Cause it started to rain
And I overslept,
I saw you, and it was all better somehow.

But things have changed and now

We're out on the street, the sun is shining down.
Our eyes never meet, there's people all around.
I feel nothing. I feel nothing at last.
We're just strangers brushing shoulders as we pass.

I'll never forget the times that we had
Before the good days started all turning bad.
It's a shame. It was perfect then.
Then something began to change in your heart
And all of our plans slowly fell apart.
You weren't the same, and you never called after that.

Yea, things have changed and now.

We're out on the street, the sun is shining down.
Our eyes never meet, there's people all around.
I feel nothing. I feel nothing at last.
We're just strangers brushing shoulders as we pass.

I wanted to know what happened to us,
So I asked you so many times
And you couldn't begin to give me an answer,
You just threw out one of your lines.
It took me a while to realize that you were never coming back
Now it's easy for me to ignore you when we pass.

We're out on the street, the sun is shining down.
Our eyes never meet, there's people all around.
I feel nothing. I feel nothing at last.
We're just strangers, always strangers.
Never showing we have a past.
We're just strangers brushing shoulders as we pass.
Track Name: Dreaming
These stars all align
And it's the perfect night
To slow dance while we talk
In the pale moonlight.
And I never saw such a sight
As when the world fell asleep.
And there wasn't a single sound
Except for my heartbeat.

And my nervous hands, they shake
And my knees are getting weak.

Because this feels like a dream,
One where I'm falling with no safety net below.
This feels like a dream,
And when you catch me, baby, I hope
That you don't mind that I'll still be sleeping
Cause I don't want to wake up,
I don't want to wake up from this dream.
Track Name: Beautiful
You're so beautiful,
Guess I'm not beautiful enough for you.
Cause I tried to say everything I was feeling inside
It didn't come out right.
But I'm still waiting, and I'll stay waiting
Until you're ready to say that
Now's the time that I finally have the chance
To hold your hand.

The stars looked to close last night
When I was lying there in your arms
So the direction you chose
Doesn't make any sense, and it's done so much harm.
I guess I understand and addiction to options
But I guess I never really knew what it's like
To be on the other end.

But I'm still waiting, and I'll stay waiting
Until you're ready to say that
Now's the time that I finally have the chance
To hold your hand.

I know I did just what you did to me,
And I hope that you accept my apology.
I guess it isn't fair to ask you to choose
When she's so obviously more beautiful.

Cause I tried to say everything I was feeling inside
It didn't come out right.
But I'm still waiting, and I'll stay waiting
Until you're ready to say that
Now's the time that I finally have the chance
To hold your hand.

You're so beautiful,
And she's so beautiful,
And one day soon
I hope it's true
That I am beautiful enough
For you.
Track Name: Caught
Hey, baby can't you see
That I've been waiting patiently?
I'll keep waiting til you agree
That I'm the one for you
Cause I know you're the one for me.

And I just want to spend my life with you
Cause I know that I'll be more than enough.
I want to spend my life with you,
Cause you're the only one that I have ever loved.
Don't care about how much it costs
Or if you get down on one knee or not.
I've been free all these years,
And now baby I just want to be caught.

I'm dreaming of the days
That we'll spend together as we age.
And I'll still think when we're wrinkled and old,
That you're the most beautiful thing
This world has ever known.

And I just want to spend my life with you
Cause I know that I'll be more than enough.
I want to spend my life with you,
Cause you're the only one that I have ever loved.
Don't care about how much it costs
Or if you get down on one knee or not.
I've been free all these years,
And now baby I just want to be caught.

And I know that it's too soon,
And I know that you won't ask
But just for the record, my answer would be yes.

Cause I just want to spend my life with you
Cause I know that I'll be more than enough.
I want to spend my life with you,
Cause you're the only one that I have ever loved.
Don't care about how much it costs
Or if you get down on one knee or not.
Cause I just want to be yours
Don't want to be alone anymore.
I'll give you everything I've got.
Cause I've been free all these years,
And now baby I just want to be caught.
Track Name: Loveless Eyes
I've been sitting here for so long
Watching the grass grow over my feet.
Cause you said you'd always be around,
But it's turning out to be another lie.
And I've been giving my best all this time
But it's like you don't even want to try.

And I'm tired of ignoring this
And I'm tired of crying.
Baby, it's not too hard to miss
The fact that you're lying.
When you say "I love you"
With a kiss.
Your eyes are so loveless.

I was a mess but your love
Swept me up and off of my feet.
But you're not the man you used to be,
And you've turned into another long lost soul.
I've been trying to forget your smile
And forget that my heart isn't feeling whole.

And I'm tired of ignoring this
And I'm tired of crying.
Baby, it's not too hard to miss
The fact that you're lying.
When you say "I love you"
With a kiss.
Your eyes are so loveless.

Maybe I'm not good enough for you
Or I'm not strong enough to see
That if I'm not good enough for you,
You're not good enough for me.
Maybe I'm scared to search your words,
Cause I'm afraid of when I'll find.
This already hurts so much,
You've got to stay behind.

And I'm tired of ignoring this
And I'm tired of crying.
Baby, it's not too hard to miss
The fact that you're lying.
When you say "I love you"
With a kiss.
Your eyes are so loveless.
Track Name: Fly or Fall
Some days, I don't even feel like talking
Everyone keeps telling me I've gotta make more friends
Maybe I'm not ready to move on,
Cause the memories of last summer are still strong.

And you know it's a challenge when you're on your own
It feels like nowhere will ever feel like home again.

You know I'm falling
And I can't see the ground
As it falls in
And darkness surrounds my eyes.
I can't decide.
Should I keep on falling?
Or should I fly?

Some days I feel like hiding away.
Everyone keeps telling me to come out and play.
You might think I'm crazy, but I think
I miss the way my stars shine in my sky.

And you know it's a challenge when you're on your own
It looks like nowhere will ever look like home again.

You know I'm falling
And I can't see the ground
As it falls in
And darkness surrounds my eyes.
I can't decide.
Should I keep on falling?
Or should I fly?

You know it's a battle to try and find yourself
When everything is changing and all you need is help.
It's hard to focus, but you've gotta try.
When you feel like falling, all you gotta do is fly!
Track Name: Distance
I feel like we've just started,
And now I have to go.
I've been trying to keep my feelings
So far down that they won't show.
When I think of you,
My mind is consumed
By these past few days.

So I'll say to you that I miss you.
So I say to you that I care.
Don't know what I'll do
If I feel the need to kiss you
I'll pretend that you're right now.
Because distance only separates us so far
Before our feet can bring us back again.
And the wires that stretch from city to city
Will keep this all in place.
And then I'll be in your arms again.

i found this whole thing
A little more devastating
Than I ever thought it could be.
I don't want to think
That tomorrow I'll wake up
And you won't be next to me.

So I'll say to you that I miss you.
So I say to you that I care.
Don't know what I'll do
If I feel the need to kiss you
I'll pretend that you're right now.
Because distance only separates us so far
Before our feet can bring us back again.
And the wires that stretch from city to city
Will keep this all in place.
And then I'll be in your arms again.

So I say to you this is our chance.
And I know that it's not fair.
But one day when you least expect it,
You'll open your hand and mine will be there.

Because distance only separates us so far
Before our feet can bring us back again.
And the wires that stretch from city to city
Will keep this all in place.
And then I'll be in your arms again.
Track Name: Cherry Trees
I feel like we've just started,
And now I have to go.
I've been trying to keep my feelings
So far down that they won't show.
When I think of you,
My mind is consumed
By these past few days.

So I'll say to you that I miss you.
So I say to you that I care.
Don't know what I'll do
If I feel the need to kiss you
I'll pretend that you're right now.
Because distance only separates us so far
Before our feet can bring us back again.
And the wires that stretch from city to city
Will keep this all in place.
And then I'll be in your arms again.

i found this whole thing
A little more devastating
Than I ever thought it could be.
I don't want to think
That tomorrow I'll wake up
And you won't be next to me.

So I'll say to you that I miss you.
So I say to you that I care.
Don't know what I'll do
If I feel the need to kiss you
I'll pretend that you're right now.
Because distance only separates us so far
Before our feet can bring us back again.
And the wires that stretch from city to city
Will keep this all in place.
And then I'll be in your arms again.

So I say to you this is our chance.
And I know that it's not fair.
But one day when you least expect it,
You'll open your hand and mine will be there.

Because distance only separates us so far
Before our feet can bring us back again.
And the wires that stretch from city to city
Will keep this all in place.
And then I'll be in your arms again.