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Mammal - Single

by Jess Klein



"Mammal" is a special pre-release, the first single from Jess's forthcoming album, "Back to My Green".

"This song is about the basic human need to be free - spiritually, mentally, physically. No one wants to be put in a box and defined by someone else. I wrote this tune to uplift us! And to celebrate both the animal pulse of life in our veins and what drives us to claim our human rights." -- Jess



I’m a mammal, baby
My body knows
How to fight and how to run
And how to let it all go
When you see me sprawlin’
Across the grass
It’s because I slipped the danger
Now I’ve let it all pass

And I’m starting to realize
Put down and paralyzed ain’t the place for me
Oh no no no
Yes I’m starting to truly know
I’m not build to hold all your anxiety
I’m better at breathing

I’m a part of nature
Born in blood
And when I die, my body
Will return into the mud
But my human spirit
Something divine
Something uncontained
By all your numbers and lines

And though I’ve known my share of pain
And felt the shame
Turning me dead inside
Oh no no no
I just don’t choose to sit in blame
Or sink so low
I need to run and hide
I’m better at breathing

Now I hiss
And I scream
But I don’t need to dream of changing you
If I just do
What I do

And I’m starting to see the truth
Your world so ruthless and powerful
Oh no no no
It ain’t got half the power of
The kind of love
That makes my heart this full
I’m better at breathing
I’m better at breathing
I’m better at breathing
I’m better at breathing
I’m better at breathing


released October 26, 2018
Copyright 2018 Jess Klein/ASCAP/House of Leo Music

Produced by Mark Simonsen, Co-produced by Jess Klein and Thom Canova

Engineered by Thom Canova

Jess Klein: vocals, acoustic and electric gtrs,

Thom Canova: bass, electric gtrs, percussion

Mark Simonsen: piano, organ, keyboards, electric guitars, drums, vibes, glockenspiel, percussion, vocals


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Jess Klein Hillsborough, North Carolina

Rochester, NY native Jess Klein is known for staking out brave lyrical and musical territory with such albums as Wishes Well Disguised (1998), Draw Them Near (2000), Strawberry Lover (2005), City Garden (2006), Bound to Love (2009), Behind A Veil (2012) and Learning Faith (2014) which Folk Radio UK calls “unquestionably the finest album of [her] impressive career.” ... more


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