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Bones

by Ida Jo

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1.
There is so much beauty There is so much joy There is so much goodness No matter how it feels inside I’ve never known beauty to run and hide When there is so much beauty There is so much patience There is so much hope There is so much gladness No matter how it looks outside I’ve never known patience to step aside When there is so much patience There is so much living There is so much calm There is so much loving No matter how hard I’ve tried I’ve always been along for the ride
2.
Bones 02:57
These bones taught me what it means to run free These bones carried me through the wild country These bones came from sound and they’ll make their way back to the ground These bones will again be free Till then they’ll carry me These bones found me drifting so distantly These bones ferried me across the raging seas These bones came from sand and they’ll make their way to the promised land These bones will again be free Till then they’ll carry me
3.
Songbird 04:55
I cried at the tomb of St Francis With so much to redeem So sang at the tomb of Martin Luther King Finished just in time to hear I Have a Dream Now the bells are too heavy to ring The winds of change are blowing but not stirring up anything Now my voice is too heavy to sing How does a songbird take flight with a clipped wing I heard sing for your life Just before he gasped for air So I tried but amazing grace was everywhere All we could cry out, is we’re still not there As we’ve stumbled, as we’ve crawled Searched and rescued through the rise and fall As we’ve taken as we’ve come As we’ve conquered as we’ve won As we believe in what we’ve done I hear silence in the streets But empty pots and empty pans Empty hearts still beat
4.
Good Living 02:55
So good to see you my dear old friend Tell me now where have you been Don’t you love when some things go some things come back again When you’re betting big Getting your feet wet Working hard through the gives and the gets Trying to bend somewhere between knowing and pretend Living large and flying high Taking charge you can’t deny It’s good living these days Good living these days Let me count the ways These are good living days So good to see you back here again Finding a way, make a means to an end Some things you figure out as you go Some you never know Living large and flying high Taking charge you can’t deny
5.
My heart is on fire It’s burning me down Just another name going up in flame Fueling the fire My heart is on fire Lighting me up Watching so many dance around Taking their chances Fueling the fire My heart is on fire The red of the coal Watching it smoke Like a cruel joke Fueling the fire My heart is on fire Embers bare Piles of ash And stacks of cash Fueling the fire
6.
I Get Lonely 04:21
I get lonely when i think of those I’ve come across Sometimes a moment holds a lifetime of loss When I choose I’m left with my choice When I speak up I hear my own voice When I move on somehow I stay Watching everything around me Fade away I get lonely when I think of all the places I’ve been I would have stayed had I known I’d never go back again When I step forward I leave something behind When I look there’s nothing to find When I hold on somehow I stay Watching everything around me Fade away I get lonely when I think of the time that’s come to pass For how slow it’s been ticking by, boy it sure goes by so fast When I think back the edges begin to blur When I think forward something begins to stir When I move on somehow I stay Watching everything around me Fade away
7.
In a Whisper 02:13
If you come in a whisper I don’t mind If you leave in a fleeting moment we’ll find the time To make a river from a well gone dry And drink the sweetest water the earth could cry If you come in a whisper that will do If you’ve lost everything we’ll leave this too If you show up naked, you show up bear We’ll spin the finest silk out of the thinnest air If you come in a whisper that will do If you have just a breath and words are few No need to worry like the busy kind We’ll just wait to see what’s next to find If you come in a whisper that’s alright If you show up empty handed we’ll keep it light Save the burden for a brand new day Come and go, follow and stay
8.
It used to seem like a miracle every time pen met the page All the sudden life was lyrical, like taking center stage But I couldn't get a grasp on how When it doesn’t make sense to cheer or bow Miracles seem ordinary Like its plain and simple There's no dust, no fairy I don’t mind this kind of miracle It used to seem like a twist of fate Everytime a song came alive To realize you can’t show up late You can’t control a free dive I couldn’t get a grasp on how Doesn’t make sense to keep asking now
9.
Time goes like a barreling train down the narrow lane of my mind. I grow like a hungry child Wide eyed and petrified of what I find. Life it just keeps getting sweeter Every time I teeter on the edge And come back again to find it’s all in my mind. Time, it gives and it takes It bends me and breaks me up inside I take it all in stride Full of both questioning and pride Time moves like a bull from its pen Who’s been left to fend for himself I gather and hold, let go as it all unfolds
10.
I made up my mind I wanna be good and kind Because I don’t understand why it's so hard to find I’ve made up my mind I don’t care if I fall behind Nothing in this life is worth more than being kind As the season change my reasons for being here rearrange Not trying to get all that I can But trying to be decent and stick to the plan I’ve outlined Of being good and kind I made up my mind I won’t fight the grind That’s just how life is, how it’s designed I've made up my mind You can try to make the headlines Or just try for some good and some kind As the season change my reasons for being here rearrange Not trying to get all that I can But trying to be decent and stick to the plan I’ve outlined Of being good and kind
11.
I have a penny I have a song They’ve been enough to keep me going They’ve enough to keep me strong I have to see now What they will do for you There’s not use in saving me If you won’t make it through The Gods might wreak havoc Or they might release us too We the people are strong With our pennies and songs I have a voice You do too We can’t make a choir If I just sing for you I want to hear you Hear your voice There’s no use in moving on If you don’t have choice The Gods might wreak havoc Or they might release us too We the people are strong With our pennies and songs I have a penny I have a song They’ve been enough to keep me going They’ve enough to keep me strong I have to see now What they will do for you There’s not use in saving me If you don’t make it through The Gods might wreak havoc Or they might release us too We the people are belong With our pennies and songs We the people are strong With our pennies and songs We the people are strong With our pennies and songs
12.
Stardust 07:21
You keep searching for Something miraculous But just look with your naked eye See the constellations so high up in the sky We’re living in a memory But there’s so much more we can see If we stop looking in the wrong places At only what can be seen To find that miracles live in the spaces In the spaces in-between You keep trying to find out who you are Searching for destiny You have to trust in the fact your stardust What more do you need We’re living in a memory But there’s so much more we can see If we stop looking in the wrong places At only what can be seen To find that miracles live in the spaces In the spaces in-between There’s only so much the mind can comprehend We’re spinning on a rock through infinity We never know when it will end There’s too much to decide A little too much wild on this ride If we stop looking in the wrong places At only what can be seen To find that miracles live in the spaces In the spaces in-between

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released July 1, 2021

All Songs Written by Ida Jo

Ida Jo: vocals, violin, mandolin
Scott Lamps: bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar

Recorded by Landon Arkens
Blast House Studios
Madison, WI

Mix and Mastered by Scott Lamps

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Ida Jo Duluth, Minnesota

Ida Jo is a singer, violinist, and writer. Touring extensively, she has performed on three continents and at festivals such as SXSW. She was named 2013 WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year and 2013 MAMA Folk/Americana Performer of the Year. She has been published in the Huffington Post and has presented at TEDx Madison. ... more

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