Sparrows

by Serina Jung

Released 2003
Independent, Self-Release
Released 2003
Independent, Self-Release
Optimistic, with a hint of tragedy and heartbreak.If Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Janis Ian and Joan Armatrading all sat together to write songs, this is what it would sound like.
  • 02:57 Story Lyrics
    If I Want To

    If I Want To

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

    don't tell me what to do

    I'm gonna love you if I want to

    don't tell me how to feel

    when it concerns you

    no need to explain what I've come to know

    a heartbeat too late

    I don't need to be told what to do

    I'm gonna love you if I want to

     

    don't tell me what to say

    I'm gonna love you anyway

    don't tell me how to be

    'cuz in the end I"ll be okay

     

    come a little closer

    come, dance with me this last time

    don't say a word, not another word

     

    don't tell me what to say

    I'm gonna love you anyway

    don't tell me what to do

    I'm gonna love you if I want to

  • 03:09 Story Lyrics
    A Good Life (signs of Beauty)

    It's A Good Life (Signs of Beauty)

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

     

    when you saw the world's ugliness

    you put a shackle on your heart

    you covered your ears, you closed your eyes

    but beauty does exist

    it is a flower in the desert

    no less worthy for being difficult to find

     

    it's a good life -sometimes it's hard to believe

    it's a good life - look around you'll see signs of beauty

     

    unfair expectations and unfulfilled wishes

    deflate your spirit every time you sigh

    but even a diamond must bide its time for brilliance

    until, in the light, it cannot be denied

     

    it's a good life -sometimes it's hard to believe

    it's a good life - look around you'll see signs of beauty

     

    in a simple act of kindness from a stranger

    a sincere "hello, how are you?" from your neighbor

    or the sensitivity to be able to cry

    and a sun that has never, ever failed to rise

     

    remember, on your journey

    to take notice of the flowers

    they define what it means to be alive

  • 02:55 Story Lyrics
    Waiting For a Letter

    Waiting For A Letter

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

     

    Waiting for a letter

    a promise of forever

    in an envelope

    waiting for a letter

    each passing day reigns heavier

    on my suspended world

    but I'm a dauntless girl

     

    I'll learn of my love's return

    tender words will waltz off the page

    a bouquet of light, in darkness, it will be

    when my lover's letter comes

    when my lover's letter comes

     

    waiting for a letter

    it's May, no it's November

    even Cupid sighs

    but when it arrives

     

    I'll learn of my love's return

    tender words will waltz off the page

    a bouquet of light, in darkness, it will be

    when my lover's letter comes

    when my lover's letter comes

     

    waiting for a letter

    a promise of forever

  • 03:26 Story Lyrics
    Living On the Edge

    Living On The Edge

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

     

    Tag, Band-Aids and bicycles

    my, how the years have flown

    he tries to grasp a piece of the past

    to claim it as something he owns

     

    he asks himself, what is success?

    how much of it can I afford?

    if the end of a day brings nothing but pay

    it may not be worth suffering for

     

    living on the edge, living on the edge

    what if I die and leave nothing

    to be remembered by?

    living on the edge, living on the edge

    what if my pulse is the only reason I'm alive?

     

    in the midst of his private earthquake

    he quietly starts to dress

    he says, I still know how to patch all the holes

    so there may be some hope for me yet

     

    living on the edge, living on the edge

    what if God is a theory borne of a desperate mind?

    living on the edge, living on the edge

    what if, all this time, I've been praying

    to an empty sky?

  • 04:24 Story Lyrics
    Jenny

    Jenny

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

    Jenny turned fifteen yesterday

    exactly six months and four days

    since she left the house

    'cause mamma's boyfriend came to stay

    she took a west-bound bus to get lost

    somewhere in L.A.

    Jenny has a waiting job in a late-night pub

    her I.D. says she is of age

    and though the photograph doesn't look like her

    they'd never say a thing

    'cause so many girls come and go this way

     

    where do angels go

    when their wings and halos are broken?

    where do angels go

    if they can't fly home?

     

    Jenny says she's doing fine

    but she's tired and worried all the time

    she feels her belly move as she picks up her tip

    and counts out a buck in dimes

    she'd give anything to rush home to her mamma's side  

     

    where do angels go

    when their wings and halos are broken?

    where do angels go

    if they can't fly home?

     

    Jenny doesn't give her boy a name

    she tells the nurse to take him away

    then she cries herself to sleep

    and prays her little sister is okay

    so many girls come and go this way

    yeah, so many girls come and go this way

     

    where do angels go

    when their wings and halos are broken?

    where do angels go

    if they can't fly home?

  • 04:06 Story Lyrics
    Fear

    Fear

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

    Fear,

    when did you appear?

    when I did I invite your darkness

    into my thoughts?

    Love,

    it scares me more than death itself

    if I let go will I fall, and fall

    and fall?

     

    I have yet to outrun the wind

    I have yet to remove

    plasters from old wounds

    'cause with every breath I take

    I inhale you, Fear

     

    chance,

    may have walked with me

    more than once

    but you were with me

    no, you would not leave my side

    and dreams,

    they used to come to me with fine ideas

    but all the gifts they bore

    were left untouched, untried

     

    I have yet to outrun the wind

    I have yet to remove

    plasters from old wounds

    I have yet to outrun the wind

    I have yet to taste freedom

    'cause with every breath I take

    I inhale you, Fear

  • 02:50 Story Lyrics
    Crash! Boom!

    Crash! Boom!

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

    what falls? a bomb falls

    like I fell for you - crash! boom!

    it always feels like love 'till it falls apart

    the bits and pieces, they can fall hard

     

    what sways? a tree sways

    before it falls, or snaps to give way

    like me for you, 'cuz you love me

    like a pendulum, like a trapeze

     

    on the one hand, I could ball myself up like tissue

    and snuggle into a cup

    on the top shelf of a cabinet, way up in an attic

    to live out my days in my loveless cocoon

    on the other hand, there's you

     

    crash! boom!

    crash!boom!

     

    what gives? my heart gives

    it gives so much it's caving in

    but I can't help myself, it's a shameless ride

    and I've lost my hat, but I'm the giving kind

     

    crash! boom! ... crash! boom!

    crash! boom! ... crash! boom!

     

    what breaks? my heart breaks

    like broken silence, it can't be fixed

    I'm broken now, I've broken down

    I'm breaking up, baby, crash! boom!

     

    crash! boom! ... crash! boom!

    crash! boom! ... crash! boom!

  • 03:43 Story Lyrics
    Something to Hold On To

    Something To Hold On To

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

     

    It's a great day to be alive, don't you agree?

    the sun is shining and the air is candy

    what's it like over there where you are?

    have you thought about me lately at all?

     

    I don't know why I call you as often as I do

    when everything I know about you tells me not to

    but then you speak to me so gentle

    you give me something to hold on to

     

    no, nothing's new, in fact nothing has changed

    I go to work, come home and repeat

    repeat day after day

    my weeks resemble barren desert dunes

    I'm stranded without hope of rescue

     

    I don't know why I call you as often as I do

    when everything I know about you tells me not to

    but then you speak to me so gentle

    you give me something to hold on to

     

    your tenderness is curel

    can't you see

    I wait with bated breath for you to love me?

     

    I'm like a sparrow in a parking lot

    it's free to fly away and yet it combs the asphalt

    to glean what crumbs it finds scattered all about

    it believes its' satisfied but we both know it's not

     

    I don't know why I call you as often as I do

    when everything I know about you tells me not to

    but then you speak to me so gentle

    you give me something to hold on to

  • 03:59 Story Lyrics
    Why Hasn't the World Fallen Apart?

    Why Hasn't The World Fallen Apart?

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

     

    the crickets don't seem to mind

    the night doesn't seem to care

    that you're not around to notice them

    morning is guaranteed

    day will dawn like it always does

    whether or not you're here

     

    and if it happens to be a good day

    I still head out to Joyce Park

    to hear the church bells ring on Sundays

    people still laugh and smile

    they just go on with living

    how I envy them

     

    nothing's really changed

    still, nothing feels the same

    I miss you, I miss you

    why hasn't the world fallen apart?

    why hasn't the world fallen apart?

     

    the ice still melts in spring

    flowers insist on blooming

    the wind still dances in the trees

    I listen from our bed

    as the branches tap the roof again

    of this lonely house on Berri Street

     

    nothing's really changed

    still, nothing feels the same

    I miss you, I miss you

    why hasn't the world fallen apart?

    why hasn't the world fallen apart?

  • 03:42 Story Lyrics
    Blame It On the Moon

    Blame It On The Moon

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

    It was a picture perfect moon

    that shone on you and me

    the moon and you conspired that night

    to sweep me off my feet

    it was lunar, mystic madness

    that crept inside my head

    and wound its way down to my heart

    while you were standing there

     

    I don't know if I'm lost or found

    and I'm not so sure I care

    all I know is how good I feel

    but when they ask me I declare

     

    blame it on the moon

    or something in the air

    maybe it was sorcery

    some hocus-pocus magic

    must have got the best of me

    could've been your lips that sealed my fate

    or maybe it was destiny

    but I'll blame it on the moon

    for shining love on you and me

     

    it was the glow, soft as candlelight

    reflecting off your skin

    your laughter was a melody

    that hooked and reeled me in

    there was music all around us

    that only we could hear

    it made us dance around the cars

    while everybody stared

     

    I don't know if I"m lost or found

    and I'm not so sure I care

    all I know is how good I feel

    but when they ask me I declare

     

    blame it on the moon

    or something in the air

    maybe it was sorcery

    some hocus-pocus magic

    must have got the best of me

    could've been your lips that sealed my fate

    or maybe it was destiny

    but I'll blame it on the moon

    for shining love on you and me

  • 04:45 Story Lyrics
    Take What You Can

    Take What You Can

    (c) 2003, Serina Jung

    forever, togetherness, bliss

    common delusions of love

    but she'd been naive and believed once

    love could be enough

     

    now she thoughtfully pauses to stare

    at her face so familiar, so changed

    she vowed long ago she would leave him one day

    but she stayed

     

    time can be spiteful

    its lessons learned too late

     

    take what you can while you can

    grab it and fly

    while your heart can still pump

    your legs can still run

    don't worry too much if it's right or it's wrong

     

    defeat marks the curve of her spine

    and nightly, regret makes her bed

    her tongue is silenced by too many

    things left unsaid

     

    tomorrow will bring her

    bitter and cynical, grave, critical dread

     

    take what you can while you can

    take what you can while you can

    while your heart can still pump

    your legs can still run

    don't worry too much

    if it's right or it's wrong

    take what you can while you can

    grab it and fly

    run, don't look behind

    be selfish this time

    take what you can while you can

NOTES
This is the second independent release from songstress, Serina Jung.

HERE'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT SPARROWS:
"Serina Jung is a masterfully poetic songwriter whose haunting, beautiful melodies and lyrics touch the heart and mind." - Paul Gerardi / host "The Acoustic Highway Radio Program", WPRK-FM

"...unique storytelling perspective...sound fest of an album with its tales of stranded angels and life survivors. A real chameleon and an ace production.... Ageless and timely." - Bing Futch, reviewer for Ink 19 - Dark's Corner

"Although the title of the CD is 'sparrows', Serina's unique vocal style and writing have her soaring with the eagles." - Ron Feldman, Independent Producer

"Back to the basics... the way records used to be made.
Where the songs, in their most organic form, move the soul.... What a breath of fresh music !!" - Robert Wawoe, Divi Records

"Serina is so charismatic you don't' need video to see her songs come to life." - Bob Katz, Mastering Engineer, Digital Domain

"Sparrows, a wonderfully sincere journey through a sonically and lyrically creative landscape." - David Wallace, Audio Engineer

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