Frequencies and Figures

by Jacob Williamson

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Frequencies and Figures is the first time I experiment with electronica-folk and venture further into classically inspired composition. The stories reflect on what it means to be present and aware in the world today, merging themes of love, death, travel and purpose. The writing leaves room for the listener to go beyond the down to earth stories and dive deeper into the underlying struggle of grasping one's true story.


These songs were written during my time spent at The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, traveling through the Southwest, working on my family's farm in Virginia and living in Richmond City studying classical guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University. They have all been written since 2006 with the exception of "Dawn" which I wrote when I was 16 years old.

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released March 27, 2010

All songs written by Jacob Williamson.

All Songs Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered at Studio Eh? by Jacob Thro

Photography and design by Tonito Santos.

Jacob Williamson- Vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and piano on "Nothing"

Jacob Thro- piano, bass, pump organ, percussion, drums on "Gravel" and "Dawn", and harmonies

Dennis Vignola- snare and cymbal on "Rain"

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Jacob Williamson Richmond

this music is folky, ambient, and simple. jacob williamson earned his bachelor of arts from VCU majoring in classical guitar and has studied and played with michael franti, jon watts, anthony ward, jake thro, jim fabricatore, members of krishna das, and adam larabee, among many others. ... more

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Track Name: Hey
I was there when you said what I don't recall
If I knew then I would have never called
Just tell me all the words that I need to say
And everybody said, "Hey, hey, hey..."
Track Name: Atmosphere
Its alright I'm here said the man with the long time ago eyes
It seems things have changed but that the way the lord enjoys spending time
What has passed to make your smile an empty line
Is it the sun that comes too strong on these barren winter lives?

Its alright the sun isn't coming down
Its just the atmosphere
It seems the time we had ran out
but I guess thats kind of clear

If I was that woman over there with the grey in her hair
I'd be asking all the young ones where the time had gone
Not to find an answer just to see if they say its gone to Hell
Cause though they are new here they're fresh from the spirit I still find it hard to tell

Its alright the sun isn't coming down
Its just the atmosphere
It seems the time we had ran out
but I guess thats kind of clear

No one ever told me that this was it
When I gladly took my first step on
I guess I would've read it in a pamphlet
But the time for revelation's gone
Hold my hand I can't stay here anymore
Its taking all I've got to be in front of you
I understand you just took what was yours
Did you ever stop to think of if it was?
Don't feel bad we all did it just the same
But now curled up shaking without hope
Just be glad that the world will stand for justice
And she'll decide real soon when we go home

Just go home...
Track Name: Gravel
Sunshine on my skin, butterflies
A kiss in the wind before goodbye
I got gravel in my toes singing lullabies
The only song that I know all have goodbye

You're far away
Fighting all your demons
Feeling like the world is
On fire
Maybe I can't feel it
Cause I feel like I'm drowning in your love

Talking on the phone makes me sigh
I can't hear your soul through the line
All I can hear is silent cries
I'm beginning to feel broken inside

You're far away
Fighting all your demons
Feeling like the world is
On fire
Maybe I can't feel it
Cause I feel like I'm drowning in
Your love
All the sweetest kisses filling up my lungs so I can
Breathe remember how I sing this
So slow and sweet so I can hear you
Sigh, I love to hear that baby
Thats my favorite sound in this life

Well I'll hold on to this love
It is the one thing that keeps me walking
Home where I know truth
As I go onward I know I'll always
Hold on, hold on, hold on to this love
Track Name: Backroads
On the backroads we were driving and I was talking
We were going somewhere special for the day
I love to do that, when we were happy it seemed to hide away the pain
Looking back now, I see your sorrow and what took you far away

Here’s some love, here’s some hope
Oh, riding roads
Oh, riding roads

In the driveway you were crying on the steering wheel
And I was trying to find that something that burned in you
Is it your dad, is it your past is it all my fault
Well, just know that you’re exactly perfect and you’re on the right road

Here’s some love, here’s some hope
Oh, riding roads
Oh, riding roads

Riding on the backroads sets you free, oh be free, yes be free
From all your troubles just be free, oh be free, yes be free
From all your sorrow just be free, oh be free, yes be free
Riding on the backroads sets you free

When the sun shines and the rain leaves, you can lean out the window
Let the wind blow all your soul home and your eyes can smile
Don’t ask what happened just say nothing and you’ll realize
That this is perfect we’re the lucky ones and we’re on the right road

Here’s some love, here’s some hope
Oh, riding roads
Oh, riding roads
Track Name: Dawn
Love took a trip out the window
Sadness left her things in the hall
He put on a smile although she
Left him with nothing but dawn

If there had been a letter
It would be written on an old birthday card
Saying I love you always
Although I can't be with you till we're gone

Shining our love to the oceans
Embracing the moon and her stars
Watching the sun warm the meadows
Watching what we left from the stars

Love took a trip out the window
Sadness left her things in the hall
He put on a smile although she
Left him with nothing but dawn
Track Name: Rain
And it rained on my doorstep
And it rained on my heart
Track Name: Sing
I stepped out the city holding two bags with me
One with food and the other my guitar
I sat near the stream where the wind pulled the trees hair
And I sang out this song to my lord
I sang

Why am I singing
If no life can come from this living?
I tried to give them
What they want but now I'm left with nothing

Well the black heart of business had stolen the music
That I keep deep within my heart
By forgetting to listen they have been missing
My truth as they quantify my worth

Why am I singing
If no life can come from this living?
I tried to give them
What they want but now I'm left with nothing

I won't kneel for money or any of your honey
I just want the truth from your heart
These songs I am singing are not from me thinking they are given from the heaven above

Well I'll keep on singing these songs I am given
Even if its only for the trees
This stream where I'm sitting holds many more wisdoms
Than any of the stages I could play
Track Name: Nothing
There will be Hell to pay
When I finally get my way
And there will be nothing that you could say
Nothing you could say
Track Name: Warm
It was hard for me to find you
You were hiding in your house
Your eyes were empty

I picked you up so gently
You fell into my arms
You were still warm

You go
I'll stay here

Walking with my eyes closed
You could always guide my feet
These dreams aren't walking

Empty words without you
No one ever tells the truth
But you, you told me

You lie
With skies above
You lie
instead of getting up

You go
I'll stay here...

It was hard for me to find you
You were hiding in my arms
You were still warm