Which Way Is Jupiter?

by Nikki n' The Pathos

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Nikki n' The Pathos, an indie-folk-rock group based in Oregon, explores the topic of grief and recovery from loss in its first release, "Which Way is Jupiter?" Introspective lyrics combine with orchestral arrangements and folk and Latin inflections to bring Nikki's inner world to life.

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www.nicoleportleymusic.com

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released January 10, 2014

Nicole Portley – vocals & piano
Eddie Bond – guitar
Mason Kline – drums
Adam Carlson – drums
Sean Peterson – bass
Della Davies – violin
Andrew Stiefel – viola
Kelly Quesada – cello
Jacob Walls – trumpet
Sarah Pyle – flute
Margarite Waddell – horn
Sarah Morrow – horn
Leila Hawana – percussion
Aaron Jester – percussion

All songs, lyrics, and arrangements by Nicole Portley
Igor Medvedev – co-author of lyrics to "Puzzle"
Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Lance Miller
Artwork and design by Ben Friedle

© ℗ 2014, Nicole Portley, ASCAP

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Track Name: Train
What does fate mean to you?
Are you standing in place or moving in space
What does fate mean to you, or me?
Am I standing in place, are you moving in space
Are our hearts shrinking down to the size
Of a family or beating time with the drum of humanity

What has time done to you or me
Have you changed your face or were you always this way?
I think my thoughts are slipping, slipping down
To the ground but it’s shifting, life that I knew swept away
Away and gone, wheels turn on, gone

I was on a train
Running down the tracks I laid
You were on the altar staying out of the rain
Guess I’ll take this boxcar of memories on another ride
Everybody’s taking cover from the pain

Was I your sister or was I your mother
Who’s to say the story’s done it’s written in our DNA
Did we craft these circumstances or is there an undercover
Sieve that sorts our souls
Were these stars painted across the sky?
Or are they the strings of the marionette in her dance?
Left and right, hold on tight, hold…

I was on a train….

Where this track goes no one knows
Keep riding on a train
Track Name: Cocoon
I’m building a cocoon
A place where I can hide away
And while I’m there the night will turn to day

I’m building a cocoon
To take leave of this world for awhile
The rains will stop and my tears will run dry

And I will wake in another world
Where fate has forgotten my name
We will shed our earthly despairs in metamorphosis

I’m building a cocoon
I’m making it with clay and with twine
Estranged from all thought there, eternal and sublime

And I will wake in another world….

The past it has dissolved
It’s turned to mist there’s nothing wrong
My betrayers are there in the fog
Their causes laid to rest those lifeless things
I’ve left mine behind as well
I’ve left mine behind as well
Might as well, might as well….
Track Name: Inferno
Raise my voice to speak but there’s no one here
Seems I’ve been in exile for a hundred years
It’s a purgatory for the infidels whose minds are never made up

Thoughts turn to dust and let me be
If you don’t go now we’ll be stuck right here
In the quicksand of memories that don’t add up
Rather they pull me down

I said forever that was yesterday come what may
Our failed endeavor turned my sky to gray, obscured the day

This is no temporary convalescence, no ordinary acquiescence
I’m on a mission this is my condition: resistance

Judgments of mine, when will you rest
The sun outside shines the path ahead
Or must you always lead me to resist and straighten my spine again

Don’t say forever what was yesterday is gone today
This failed endeavor turned my sky to gray, obscured the day

This is no temporary….

Now I know what you’re thinking you were laughing as I went the other way
You best think twice, you rolled the dice for me
Best pay attention to the karmic balance, there’s a statement outstanding and a bill to pay
You best think twice, you rolled the dice for me

Am I who I was raised to be
Are you who you were meant to be
Will we meet again in the inferno’s ninth circle
In the inferno’s ninth circle
Track Name: Avalanche
I will be queen of the mountain on high
Oh how I’ve climbed, how I’ve climbed
There’s nothing that can come between you and I
For this frozen kingdom is mine

But then, avalanche
Is that why you worried so
Avalanche: just one slip and now watch it go
Avalanche: under each rock is a precipice
Under each rock

I was once queen of the mountain on high
But I’ve lost my place in the sky
Someone else sits and admires the view
While I tremble to think it was mine

But then, avalanche…..

We fall we fall we fall, but we are still breathing, what for?
We fall we fall we fall, yet we are still breathing, what for?
What for? When the avalanche comes to take it away
When the avalanche will come to take you away from me

We fall we fall we fall

A new snow was falling when I raised my head
The old wounds had melted away
I’ll find a green valley where I’ll make my home
A refuge away from the avalanche
Track Name: Farsighted
Farsighted, wouldn’t know how else to be
Farsighted, standing at the edge of the sea
Those I love are castaways, they’re ships that broke their moorings to go free
I can see horizons far and near but there is no one standing here with me
There is no one here right now with me

I’ve been walking in my tunnel with the blinders on
The truth, it lies ahead
Or maybe I was really in the jungle yeah
Reaching for fruit like everybody else

Got stung by the honeybee of hypocrisy
Started swimming with the sticklebacks the sycophants
Vipers are coming for me, you and I baby sharing our humanity

Been dancing in the dungeon with my high heels on
The darkness doesn’t hide the path ahead
Or maybe we were only in the boardroom where
We suck up the souls and spit the bones out through our teeth

Got stung…..

Now wait a minute, wait, we are not like that, no

Farsighted, wouldn’t know how else to be
Track Name: Your Eyes
If I could see, with your eyes as I do with my own
I would forgive your faults
And forget all your lies I would wrap
Up your wounds
In bandages of gauze
I would be there beside you
All the night long, all the night long

If I could love, with your heart as I do with my own
I would see your intent
So clear to me now I would take
Your tired hands
And put them in my own
I would be there beside you
All the night long, all the night long

But this cannot be
We are islands at sea
Didn’t know all of you
Nor did you know all of me, all of you, all of me

If I could see, with your eyes as I do with my own
I would answer these questions
And I would come to understand why
I’d break through the wall
That divides us in two
I would never desert you
Never again, never again

But this cannot be
We are islands at sea
Couldn’t take all of you
Nor could you take all of me, all of you, all of me

All the islands at sea
All the things that can’t be
‘Cause we can’t stop the sifting of time

The currents are shifting
Apart we are drifting
We can’t stop the sifting of time

They say time heals all
And I’ve got time
Track Name: Lullabies
I hear voices sometimes in the night
But when it’s light
I can go to sleep the sun is singing lullabies to me

You said wait the time’s not right
But winter’s bite was too cold for me
Left the keys hanging by the door
And what we’ll do and where we’ll go is yet unknown

Think I dreamt of butterflies swooping by
I tried but could not speak rendered breathless by their beauty
I flew south with flocks of geese, their flapping wings beat the time in threes
I wake up enchanted but alone
And who we’ve been and what we’ve known
I think I’ll fly alone
And in the night sometimes, and in the night, I hear your voice

You say, “you have to bear the world’s weight”
But I am floating out to space
And should this fail, I’ll find another way
To be as light as light can be

So what if I fly alone, what if I fly alone?
I’ve never done things for show, so what if I fly alone?

And what we’ll do and where we’ll go
And who we’ve been and what we’ve known
And in the night sometimes

You say…..
Track Name: Пазл (Puzzle)
Пазл моей жизни я так долго собираю сидя дома у окна, я мечтаю
Но фрагментов не хватает и картина ждет тебя
Завершить ее не могу одна

Одна, решила не бежать вперёд, все наладится
Развалилась в сон, долго спящая
Стараюсь не тревожиться судьба меня ведет
Судьба меня ведет

Собрав попавшие частицы оживаю вновь солнце светит ярче снова вижу цель
Взяв последний пазл замерла предвидя чудо но вокруг осколки и опять одна

Одна, решила не бежать вперёд, все наладится
Развалилась в сон, вечно дремлющая
Стараюсь не тревожиться судьба меня найдет
Судьба меня

У каждого в жизни свой пазл
У всех он не повторим решай сама
Мы стремимся к тому, собрать все фрагменты в один
Все стремимся к тому, собрать все фрагменты в один

А если не сложится, сломаемся ли мы?
А если не сложится, не ломай меня
Track Name: Jupiter
Set course so many years ago, without asking why
A one-way ticket to the great beyond
There's no way back from the path that you're on
No way home

So we sail on, into oblivion we travel two by two
Into infinity we fly, nothing can stop me now
Not the planets in their orbits we're passing them by

But Saturn blazes changes she came around and knocked me upside down
Now that I've wiped the dust away I'll come back and set the story straight
Can you tell me?

Which way is Jupiter?
Can you tell me the way, to go in?

But Saturn blazes changes she came around and knocked me upside down
Now that I've wiped the dust away I'll come back and set the story straight
Can you tell me?
Oh, knocking me upside down
Turning me, turning me, turning me around

Which way is Jupiter?
Can you tell me the way, to go in?
Track Name: Fill It With Sound
When your head stops spinning 'round
Walls burned down
The wind takes the ashes away

Thoughts come to rest, their silhouettes
Are watching as I shrug my shoulders at the rain
Life in arrest, without suspense
Except that of reality

Does closure's cavern have an exit
You don't know and rightly so
Fighting doubt in sense of my perception
The emptiness is real

Can I be my own compass?
You say that you don't know
Try to keep on going in the same direction
The emptiness that you feel is real

And the bonds you make forge them from steel
The devil in your heart, set him free
The emptiness

Fill it with sound
From the unknown don't you hide face the mirror
Fill it with sound
You may lose truth, but don't you lie

And you'll make your way with our without
The devil in your heart let him out
The emptiness

Fill it with sound…

You say you'll go away and you say you can't stay
But what about the songs that you sing that you sing

Fill the world with sorrow, fill the world with light
Clouds may come tomorrow, sun could shine tonight
Is anyone listening?

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