The Family Album

by Jessica Ripka

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released 22 April 2012
Music and Lyrics by Jessica Ripka
Produced by Brooke Waggoner
Recorded at McPherson Studios - Nashville, TN
Mixed by Joe Gilder
Mastered by Yes Master

Jessica Ripka - vocals, piano
Tripp Beam - drums, percussion
Jeff Irwin - upright & electric bass
Matt Slocum - cello
David Davidson - violin
Katie Rowe Harris - clarinet
Kai Welch - trumpet
Brooke Waggoner - background vocals

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Track Name: Rift
I can't feel anything anymore
Track Name: Thanks for Breakfast
I got a house and filled it - without you
Bought a car and kept it – without you
Without you – without you

I finished all my studies – without you
And made a little money – without you
Without you – Without you – Without you – Without you

Wrestled all my cancers – without you
Called someone else for answers – without you

Without you.....

Don’t think that I never think about you
There’s not a day I’ll ever be without you

Without you....
Track Name: Nutrition Facts
Seven days of just water
Six more with no sugar
One lick of butter on the side

Saccharine in your juicer
Splenda in your blender
Soon you’ll be slender if you try [at least you might….]


No wine and no coffee
No bread and no dairy
Just a steady diet of pills
I swear they work [at least they might….]


And if you still feel too fat then just turn off your TV
Track Name: Strangers
You know I like you and I think you’ve got a great face
You know I’d really like to stay awhile at your place
But I fear I might let you down

Stains on your carpet and I possibly could lose your cat
Might break some dishes and I’d feel real bad about that
Oh no – I know you’d feel let down


Let you…..down
Feel let down
I’d let you….down
Feel let down

So take back your sweater and don’t ask me for my resume
I can’t imagine what would happen if we saw each other every day
Oh – I know you’d feel let down


Let you…..down
Feel let down
I’d let you….down


So you know I like you and I think you’ve got a great face
You know I’d really like to keep it that way

That way
Keep it that way
Track Name: Speaking in Tongues
A thousand versions of myself I’ve seen
A thousand more that I have yet to be


Y’know I’ll keep my aspirations clear
Because I never thought that I’d be here
To feel my feelings change
To feel my feelings change


And there were days when there was only one thing – I believed
And now I’m finding faith for a lot of things – I can see


Y’know I’ll keep my aspirations clear
Because I never thought that I’d be here
To feel my feelings change
To feel my feelings change


And don’t you dare think that my mind is made up
Cuz I am bound to shake things up, up, up, up, up….

Y’know I’ll keep my aspirations clear
Because I never thought that I’d be here
To feel my feelings change
To feel my feelings change
Track Name: Famous Machine
My….father wanted me to become famous
So he gave me a famous machine
I kinda only thought that he was kidding
But he would always call to check up on me
I couldn’t fit my whole body into it
So I decided to start with just my feet
By Monday morning all my friends were calling
To say they’d seen me dancing on TV

Well I wasn’t really much of a dancer
But I thought, hey, I could wiggle my hips
I thought that I’d put them inside - But they never got a chance to try
A Hollywood Producer said they’re way too wide

So I thought about puttin’ in my elbows
Cuz they were as skinny as could be
And my eyes, mouth, teeth, and throat and nose didn’t seem like very good possibilities

But I was getting’ so annoyed at the famous machine
It was takin’ up all the free room I’ve go
So I busted it to pieces and threw it in the yard – now it’s makin’ a good flower pot
Track Name: Tagalong
You wanted the car keys
But only to drive me far away
It’s better than leaving me on a train

You wanted fruit roll ups
But only to roll them in my hair
And still I’d follow you everywhere

So you’d say
Go….………..Go away


Later I knew the secrets – to all of the girls you dreamed about
But I held them ransom in my mouth
So you’d play your music
And we’d laugh and we’d smile and we’d talk
Pretty soon you’d say before I’d walk away – you’d say

Don’t go…….
Don’t go………..away


You dropped out of college and I hardly recognized your face
And you wouldn’t show yourself for days and days and days
And had I been stronger maybe I would’ve torn right through your door
Instead of just waiting there on the floor – too afraid to

Go………….
Go away


The years go by slowly
With all of the things life puts you through
And I can’t count the ways that I miss you

And the days when you call me
I find I can hardly believe my ears
Cuz I always feel that familiar fear – that you will

Go…………..go away
Don’t go……Don’t go away


One day we’ll be older and one of us is gonna be left alone
And maybe that’s all we’ve ever known
Track Name: Actress
Who I gotta be to change your mind?
Who I gotta be to change your mind?
Who I gotta be – who I gotta be – Who I gotta be to catch your eye?

Put me on the stage – I’ll read the lines
Run it through again time after time
Just - who I gotta be – who I gotta be - who I gotta be to change your mind?

Who I gotta be, who I gotta be
Who I gotta be, who I gotta be
Who I gotta be to change your mind


Who I gotta be, who I gotta be
Who I gotta be, who I gotta be
Who I gotta be to catch your eye