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Hoping for a Hero

by Jenny Biddle

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1.
I want a companion, a kindred soul Wade through a sea of people; can’t seem to fill the hole I’m looking for an equal, a common ground Not shooting from a pedestal or a hole in the ground Is anybody out there? Does anybody care? Would you just take off the mask? Is it too much to ask? Ain’t no one gonna win me talking to impress You’re giving me a list of all the things you do best And sweeping under rugs now, anything real Seems that we’re all numbed out; hurts too much to feel Is anybody out there? Does anybody care? Would you just take off the mask? Is it too much to ask? If everybody’s talking who’s gonna hear? I wish that you could see me. Am I really here? Did you miss the detail in all the noise that surrounds Don’t you think we’re living a life watered down? Is anybody out there? Does anybody care? Would you just take off the mask? Is it too much to ask?
2.
Time is changing, don’t we know The ground is shaking the seeds we’ve sown I’ve been wondering is it time to go Or can we bend, break, grow? All the fuel I pour onto the fire Drama queens are whispering sweet lies And the stories I tell I catastrophize We’re building mountains out of molehills every time There’s a sadness, a bitter seed In the deep, dark depths of me I’ve been wondering how to let go Is this the only me I’ll ever know All the fuel I pour onto the fire Drama queens are whispering sweet lies And the stories I tell I catastrophize We’re building mountains out of molehills every time Time is changing, don’t I know I don’t feel I can carry this load They say all this hating seeps through my bones And that I don’t need this weighing on my soul All the fuel I pour onto the fire Drama queens are whispering sweet lies And the stories we tell we catastrophize We’re building mountains out of molehills every time
3.
The day we met I’d never known love before You wrap me up in arms, I’m safe warm Lock and key, I will never leave But I’m wondering what’s behind the door For you I step in time I follow you down the line I leave my friends behind Cos you and me will always be Worrying mind of mine But lately I’ve been questioning things you said Like how you tell me it’s for my own good I think it’s yours instead And I don’t know when, as the honey moon ends I’ll be wondering what’s around the bend For you I step in time I follow you down the line I leave my friends behind Cos you and me will always be Worrying mind of mine There’s no wolf at the door but you lay down the law Worrying mind of mine If I let you be, will you set me free Worrying mind of mine
4.
Late December, apocalyptic wind Can you hear the bells of hell ring ring ring 9am they blacked the sun If there’s a god, I think your god has run It’s too little too late, too little too late Do I interrupt you? Happy holiday Is the sound of a whining girl getting in your way? So Happy New Year, there’s a party downtown I was looking for the meaning but the town burned down It’s too little too late, too little too late Would you trade your coal or your Mercedes Benz If the price of air goes up before the world ends? Why do the greedy bastards always get to be king? Until hell is on their door they won’t change a thing It’s too little too late, too little too late Late December… apocalyptic wind Can you hear the bells of hell ring ring ring…
5.
Kintsugi 03:49
Dear friend of mine Everybody falls off the rails sometimes Every mistake Weight upon your shoulder, did I see you break? This ain’t the end Don’t let it be the end There’s a place in my heart Every little piece may be broken I know If we make a start We’ll glue it back together with gold And we’ll be Japanese art We’re born where we are Knowing what you know will only take you so far Where do you turn When you look around and see every bridge burned Meet me half way Would you meet me half way There’s a place in my heart Every little piece may be broken I know If we make a start We’ll glue it back together with gold And we’ll be Japanese art There’s a place in my heart If ever you could face me you know where I’ll be Come out of the dark We’ll glue it back together I swear that we’ll be… There’s a place in my heart Every little piece may be broken I know If we make a start We’ll glue it back together with gold And we’ll be Japanese art
6.
I’m afraid to leave the house on sunny days Faces in the crowd… what I think they’ll say As I hide behind this screen, it’s a fantasy a dream All the while they’ll figure out there ain’t so much to me But these are the stories we tell Long live little lies to ourselves Where did you go? I heard you moved away I see you in my sleep, but you always turn away What if I did this? What if I did that? Could I be the one you wanted? Could I turn the time right back? And these are the stories we tell Long live little lies to ourselves Melody, only thing that makes sense to me But what if my song dies inside of me? Cos I’ve been around the world, there ain’t enough gain for the pain I’ve been chasing the clock, Lord I was reaching up for fame Now I know… Now I know These are the stories we tell Long live little lies to ourselves
7.
I don’t write for you. I don’t sing for you. How ‘bout I do me and you do you But how do I know just who I am Beneath the weight of ancestral hands Invisible chains in the space between Not even an ocean can cut us clean You don’t invite me in but you leave the door ajar A little push and pull just to keep the spark They say that you do the best you can do Well I swear it spreads through and through Maybe we both are one and the same Well I curse this blood and the family name I curse this blood; one and the same
8.
Pedestal 03:29
Starry eyes so bright Drowned in a floodlight Imagined heart’s desires Blind as a mind’s eye What if I can’t be Everything you need me to be Hoping for a hero on the back of this storm All you get is what you see Only one way to fall 10 feet from a pedestal Promises I never made Please don’t wait for the call What if I’ll never be Everything you need me to be Hoping for a hero on the back of this storm All you get is what you see All you see not all you can eat All you see not all you can eat What if I’ll never be Everything you need me to be Hoping for a hero on the back of this storm All you get is what you see
9.
Loaded Gun 03:55
She got the rules in her head Even at the top of your game Don’t get your timing wrong, cos she’s a ticking bomb She’ll put a mark against your name What have I done? What am I to do? She on the look for love She on the hunt for hate Every word is a loaded gun No she ain’t in the mood to celebrate What have I done? What am I to do? You’ll second guess your sanity Cos she’s dancing on a twisted road Every word, every tear, every scar, every fear Is a cocktail to implode It’s nothing I’ve done, nothing I can do It’s nothing you’ve done, nothing anyone can do She’s a loaded gun pointing straight at you
10.
Long, long winter’s day Cold, cold endless grey I hope there’s somebody calling my name I hope there’s a wind that will bring a change Lead, lead heavy weight Slow, slow river in my veins I have been waiting on the luck of a draw I have been waiting on a knock on the door It’s a long, long winter’s day Pill, pill change my brain The spirit inside wasn’t born this way I see it bend before it breaks But there ain’t nothing I can do to change its fate It’s a long, long winter’s day Please, please, please don’t leave I see it in your eyes losing faith in me I know somewhere that the seasons change And I know deep down there’ll be sunny days There’ll be sunny days It’s a long, long winter’s day
11.
When I was 4 years old I ran around the yard In a red cape, a blue suit, I was Superman at heart Saving all the dolls from the evil world They were my Lois, they were my pretty girls There’s a hero deep inside of me At 8 years of age cops and robbers was the game I ran around the schoolyard putting all the bad boys in the jail A soldier, a warrior could always impress I was fighting the good fight to find my princess There’s a hero deep inside of me Be my lady and your hero I’ll be Sweet 16, no it wasn’t so sweet I realised that the girls were looking at the boys and not me Romeo won’t you go, I just wanna hold their hand To keep them safe from harm, but the girls had other plans There’s a hero deep inside of me Be my lady and your hero I’ll be But suddenly she comes for me, she pulls me to her light She wraps her arms around me, now she keeps me by her side She calms my troubled water, she’s keeping it at bay Oh how she’s saving me from my every day There’s my lady saving me Be my lady the hero I need When I was 32 they held a plebiscite For several months we waited for Australia to decide If husbands could have husbands and wives could have wives 62% of you decided it was fine There’s a hero deep inside of you You’re my hero for making dreams come true There’s a hero deep inside of you You’re my hero…… 62% of you
12.
Wake in a village by the waves Warm colours in the air, they wrap around my face The person you know me to be, before I went away Is as far from anything that I know I’ve come to be, this day Now I’ve had a taste of it I’m not sure I could live the city life that left me for dead Coming down the mountain I saw a different side of me Every little stress inside my head is long left at sea If I were as simple as the sand between my toes I’m not sure that I’ll be coming home Escape the city and the waste To a place where everybody smiles and offers me a wave I know that I said that I’m sure that there’s no such thing as free But it’s as far from anything that I know I’ve come to be And now I’ve had a taste of it I’m not sure I could live the city life that left me for dead Coming down the mountain I saw a different side of me Every little stress inside my head is long left at sea If I were as simple as the sand between my toes I’m not sure that I’ll be coming home For the most part I can love just who I am But I need to find a way to bottle this day Coming down the mountain I saw a different side of me Every little stress inside my head is long left at sea If I were as simple as the sand between my toes I’m not sure that I’ll be coming home
13.
Ain’t much that I know, I know But the time is now, the wind said so Feels like we’re on a cliff I know Will you jump with me to the waves below Here we go! I’m only five foot tall And I know I’ll never save you If the roof will fall But I’m never gonna leave you at all Can’t take back some things I know But in the here I know, my words will show Feels like we’re in the fog, I know We can dance in the dark, we’ll go heel and toe Here we go! I’m only five foot tall And I know I’ll never save you If the roof will fall But I’m never gonna leave you at all Only five foot tall But I’m always gonna find you If the sky will fall I will come when you call There will be times I need you more There will be times we both don’t know Oh for the times in the great unknown Here we go! I’m only five foot tall And I know I’ll never save you If the roof will fall But I’m never gonna leave you at all Only five foot tall But I’m always gonna find you If the sky will fall I will come when you call

about

Jenny’s eighth album, “Hoping for a Hero” is here! Playing over a dozen instruments herself, you’ll hear her intricate and unique acoustic guitar style, moments of raunchier rock on electric guitar, poignant piano ballads, bubbling banjo licks, and in “Mountains & Molehills” she immerses us for the first time with the meandering sounds of a Weissenborn slide guitar, hand made by her father. With a lush, full-band sonic experience, producer Sean Carey adds the icing to the cake with his atmospheric, electric guitar melodies that tie in most beautifully with Jenny’s lyric sentiment.

Describing how the title came, Jenny says, “I was struck by the undertone of a longing for some kind of saviour throughout this collection of songs. In the past I’ve channelled my quest for happiness in futile directions, whether it be dreams, fame and fortune, romance, praise and approval, or the temporary relief of a binge-eating sesh at midnight. If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that our priorities need a good shake up, and in fact some things we’ve valued and chased aren’t the answer." Creating a reflective and transformative voyage for the listener, Jenny boldly confronts her battles with depression in “Long Winter’s Day”, and sings about befriending her anxiety in “Worrying Mind”, and uplifts the listener in her heart-warming alt-country finale, “Five Foot Tall”. Added to this collection of new songs, she’s also included a “matured” version of “Village by the Sea”, and the sequel to her popular coming-out song, “Hero in Me” with its added verse celebrating marriage equality in Australia.

credits

released November 13, 2020

Produced, recorded and mixed by Sean Carey at Church Street Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia in 2019 and 2020.
Mastered by Kathy Naunton – dB Mastering.
Cover art by Ruth Thorp

Jenny Biddle: vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, Weissenborn slide guitar, piano, synth keys, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, percussion
Sean Carey: bass guitar, electric guitars, backing vocals, percussion
Matt Druery: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Damien de Boos-Smith: cello

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Jenny Biddle Edinburgh, UK

Now living in sunny Scotland, Aussie indie folk & blues songwriter, seasoned guitarist, poignant pianist, and recovering chocoholic, Jenny Biddle, has just released her EIGHTH independent album, “Hoping for a Hero”. Enjoy her exquisite and eclectic mix of rustic roots, gentle folk, blues grooves, poignant piano ballads, rustic roots, sweet country flavours for the wandering soul. ... more

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