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KAIROS

by Jae Jin

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Kairos is a Greek word meaning the opportune moment. In my life, precise timing has always played itself out beyond what I planned or desired. This album is the expression of my education through the divine present, the Kairos. Each song is a lesson learned at the right moment. The pursuit of my vocation in music was a supreme moment, an appointed time of obedience for a divine purpose. Simply put, I am both a creator as well as a Believer.

The tracks are about relationships; the greatest gifts one can receive. Some tracks are about suffering through unrequited love, love lost, and even facing my own mortality but all are about the world beyond myself. These songs may not be centered on faith, but it is by grace that I am able to share this music and this part of myself with you. Thank you for taking the time to listen.

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released October 6, 2015

All Songs written by Jae Jin
(Track 2 & Track 10 co-written w/ Tim Ouyang)
Produced by Tim Ouyang and Jae Jin
Mixed and Mastered by Tim Ouyang
Design by Jina Kim
@2015 Jae Jin

Jae Jin | Vocals, snaps, claps, etc.
Andrew Chae | acoustic, electric guitar
Tyler Carroll | bass
Tim Ouyang | piano
Sly5thave | Saxophone
Clynt Yerkes | Trumpet
Michael Lu | Strings
Calie Garrett | Backup Vocal (Track 10)

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Track Name: When It Finds You
VERSE
It seems I've spent my whole life trying to keep my head above
These waters that surround me that these people calling love
I never knew such happiness that movies would portray
I tossed aside these notions as inflictions deemed cliché

From time to time I'd take a chance, shoot the breeze, and dance the dance.
I'm not too sure what numbered more, the hearts I broke or the ones I stole.
Karma being that witch it was, left my heart a broken cause
Left me right back where I started, unsatisfied square one

PRECHORUS
It's when you've given up and you've had enough,
That’s when the walls come crashing down
When you've seen it all, oh you've seen it all
It steals your perfectly imperfect heart

CHORUS
You kick your boots to the ground
Like you're ready to die
You put your fists up in arms
Like you're ready to fight
But when it finds you sleeping
And it picks you apart
It steals your perfectly imperfect heart

BRIDGE
I / know / that everything / is gonna be alright
Track Name: Running
CHORUS
Feel the sun
Rising from below
I keep running, I keep running
To a place where no one knows
(its a) Big sky
Bigger than we know
I keep running, I keep running
Like I've got nowhere to go

VERSE 1
I drove in / the other day
From where I’d been / I couldn’t say
Though I’d been running since my last demise
Had nothing left and nothing more to hide

Verse 2
I will try / to make you whole
I’ll half deny / my bleeding soul
This war inside my head is raging on
My flag will still be waving when I’m gone

Bridge
This could be our first drive or our last try
Let's ride until the sunsets on our lives.
Track Name: Ain't About Love
VERSE 1
You might hide it with that smile on your face
But I see it in your eyes
I get this feeling that inside / There have been days
you couldn't smile / no matter how hard you tried

PRECHORUS
You paint over your emotions like a tragic work of art
Though I don't know what you've been thru, I can feel your beating heart

CHORUS
This ain't about love
This ain't about love
It's the most beautiful smiles on the most broken of people inside

VERSE 2
Well I know you get addicted to the things / That take away the pain
But I'll sit right there with you / Till the scars just fade into / My heart
Track Name: Don't Fall Too Late
VERSE 1
Warmth is the light
Of all that I crave inside
There's coldness in the dark of night
As I search for the slightest sign
I don't believe
In a heart that has never grieved
And every time I fall
I’m reminded of my reprieve

PRECHORUS
Like sands through the hourglass
We're just passing through so fast

CHORUS
Don't fall too late
Lay down our walls
Let ourselves fall

VERSE 2
If ever you get lost
I'd leave 99 to find you
But tell me at what cost
Do we fight our way through

BRIDGE
Sometimes fools are wise
When we fall, we rise
Track Name: Moons & Stars
VERSE 1
The light that you shine
Into irises of wine
Still my heart seems to stumble inside.
The sound of your feet
Tap the rhythm down beneath
As prelude to escape that we seek.
The games that we play
Are like war on a rainy day
We're all just prodigals led astray

CHORUS
I'm losing myself
As I try to hold on
To what I believe
Inside
Darkness is strong
But I still see the light
So i'll stumble ahead
And move on.

VERSE 2
Getting tired of this life
Just trying to survive
Shadows fall on moons
sleep-deprived
Cold nights turn to days
Sunlight lifts my gaze
Up high at the stars
on display

BRIDGE: We all have scars / Just like the moons & stars
Track Name: Walk Me Down
VERSE 1
Seems I've been clinging / to my own uncertainty
So tired of thinking / about what we could be
It's almost midnight / when do I go home?
When will we both know / that this time is all we have

Chorus
Walk me down to the city
To a place where we can roam
Where our hearts can be unbroken
Then you can take me back home (x2)

Verse 2
Time is a language / that we both know but don't really speak
One day you'll remember me / and the people that we used to be
But just for the moment / won't you walk with me hand in hand
I promise I'll love you / just as best as I can

Bridge
All of my fears and all of the pain
Couldn't separate me from your love
And all of my fears and all of the pain
Couldn't separate me from your love
Track Name: All Caught Up
VERSE 1:
At times I feel like Otis / on that dock on high
Dreams fading, time a wasting / watching tides roll by
And at times I feel like Cooke / staying on the run
After stirring up some souls / trusting change gon' come.

PRECHORUS:
Then / I stop / and I think to myself
That life ain't all it seems

CHORUS:
We're all caught up, chasing money and things
But it ain’t either, probably neither of / that happiness brings.
At any moment in time, our lives could crumble away
It's our loved ones, that we'll call on / on that very day

VERSE 2:
And at times I feel like Jonah / being swallowed up whole
After running from the moments / when I lose control
And at times I feel like David / herding sheep for days
Facing giants / in reliance of a thing called grace
Track Name: Wild Creatures
VERSE 1
It's been some time since I last spoke to you
I think that you must be fading away
Even in darkness I cannot hide
My emotions I feel to this day
I haven't really quite figured out how to move on
From the moments and the habits we made
Waves of nostalgia pass me by as I
Just try to make it through another day

CHORUS
Our hearts are wild, wild creatures
Our ribs are cages of pain
But should we then set our hearts free
So that we can love again

VERSE 2
They say that you don’t realize the value
Of a moment till it becomes a memory
I play these moments again and again
Till my heart just breaks in endless reverie
I'll love again It's true
Cuz i'm letting go of you
Cuz there's a great big world full of people
It's just that there is only one you

BRIDGE
Some take the leap / Some never try
But we all fall down.
Some hearts we keep / Some say goodbye
But we all fall down.
Will our love go deeper? Will our love grow wider?
Track Name: Chemo Song
VERSE 1
This cosmic chaos Underneath
Clouds hang down beneath
my heavens.
My tears fall
Like menthol
Tracing coolly down my face.
Alone, I'm left in disrepair
Take my soul I’ll lay it bare
Before you.

PRECHORUS
But I come alive / as I let go
Our scars collide / as only you could show.

CHORUS
Through this violent peace, I'll soar / With you / Have broken my heart / to save me

VERSE 2
A scent of bleach that rises up from
Crisp white linens meant to hug
My bones.

A somber silence cuts so deep
Beside machines that never sleep
To dream.

Can't decide to sweat or shiver
My body's weak from what’s delivered
Inside.
Track Name: Amen
Verse 1
Will you free these hands of mine
Before these bones return to dust
And still the hands of time
To whisper secret words of love

CHORUS
Our beginning and our end
Amen.
Our beginning and our end
Amen.

Verse 2
When blinding darkness grows
Hiding morning in the night
We'll hold these secrets close
And lessons we have learned in light

Verse 3
Every man will live and die
And chase the wind under the sun
Every thirst unsatisfied
To find you were the only one.
Track Name: Running (Acoustic)
CHORUS
Feel the sun
Rising from below
I keep running, I keep running
To a place where no one knows
(its a) Big sky
Bigger than we know
I keep running, I keep running
Like I've got nowhere to go

VERSE 1
I drove in / the other day
From where I’d been / I couldn’t say
Though I’d been running since my last demise
Had nothing left and nothing more to hide

Verse 2
I will try / to make you whole
I’ll half deny / my bleeding soul
This war inside my head is raging on
My flag will still be waving when I’m gone

Bridge
This could be our first drive or our last try
Let's ride until the sunsets on our lives.