Family Therapy

by Ella Janes

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I dream about the usual
Things that mean anxiety
Where I lose my hair and all my teeth
And there's nothing I can do about it

I worry 'bout my brother
Never really seen him cry
Said he thinks about the family
Like a box he can decide to hide away

Cos it does his head in
All this talking about pain
And he’s tired of being brave

I make appointments with a lady
Who I pay to keep her silence
I go there every Wednesday
With too much to explain
She says 'If this were family therapy
What do you think that they might have to say?'

When it does your head in
All this talking about pain
And you’re tired of being brave

The tissues she leaves out for me
Are always out of reach
As though to teach me how to be
A little harder, little stronger, little braver

When it breaks my heart
That the family can’t be saved
And I'm tired of being brave
I'm tired of being brave

Friends of mine will ask me
'How are things with your Dad
Does he still make you sad?'
I say 'I keep a photograph on my bookcase
To remind me he’s the only one I have'


released June 5, 2020
Music and lyrics by Ella Janes
Produced by Thomas White
Recorded and mixed by Hugh Fielding
Mastered by Paul Gold


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Independent folk artist Ella Janes built a loyal following busking on the streets of her hometown Winchester, following in the footsteps of Simon & Garfunkel and French songstress Françoise Hardy with her romantically contemplative songwriting, nostalgic lyrics and finger-style guitar playing.

2019 saw her successfully crowdfund her debut album, which is due for release in 2020.
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