Simple Things

by Emily Anderson

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Rozen Your songwriting skills are out of this world <3. I've been listening all week now and I must say, it's been years since I've obsessed over a pop song like I did for "Simple Things". It's so magical, and simplistically wondrous. Favorite track: Simple Things.
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1.
Well I suppose you expect me To sing about my feelings About an old friend or long lost lover Or how I'm scared of getting older Yes, I'm scared of getting older But I'd rather sing of simple things That have nothing to do with me Like a bird in the sky, or the moon on a hill Or the way the dust settles on your windowsill But these simple things are not simple things at all And I could tell stories All about people I made in my mind I could sing poetry and fables And you'd listen to all of my lies All of my lies But I'd rather sing of simple things That have nothing to do with me Like a bird in the sky, or the moon on a hill Or the way the dust settles on your windowsill But these simple things are not simple things at all How do I sing of love when I don't understand the lines on my hands? How do I know my soul when I can't understand Why I'm here, who I am Or the bird in the sky, or the moon on a hill, or the way the dust settles on your windowsill No I don't understand But someday Maybe I will
2.
Space 03:33
What is it you see When you look up at the stars Can you name the constellations? Can you find Venus and Mars? I'm sipping bourbon with Orion Cassiopeia's at my door She keeps arguing with Hercules Hell if I know what for Do you think knowing their names Make you feel any less small? Do you think knowing the distance Helps you contemplate the fall? So many people walking fast Staring blankly at their phones Cause it's so much easier to live Inside a world that you can hold But if you look up The universe is not so far away I've been thinking about, thinking about, thinking about Space What is is you see When you look up at the sky? Do you see imagination Or burning cities in the night? I'm hopping fences with old Pegasus Aeries is sleeping at my feet The Seven Sisters went out dancing Oh, dance, won't you dance with me? Do you think knowing their names Make you feel any less small? Do you think knowing the distance Helps you contemplate the fall? So many people walking fast Staring blankly at their phones Cause it's so much easier to live Inside a world that you can hold But if you look up The universe is not so far away Yes if you look up The universe is not so far away I've been thinking about, thinking about, thinking about Space
3.
Hold Me 04:03
I've been scared of letting go Scared of saying no Scared of leaving I've been trying to find my way Searching for a name I believe in Everybody talks, everybody talks too much And I don't know what I want, don't know what I want I just want to be enough I just want to be enough So hold me Hold me Hold me Till the light grows dim I've been hurting and confused Trying to find my muse Trying to find my place I've been lost in my home town Streets I knew so well Feel like strangers somehow And everybody talks, everybody talks too much And I don't know what I want, don't know what I want I just want to be enough I just want to be enough If they say home is where the heart is my ribs are an empty cage If they say home is where the heart is my ribs are an empty cage If they say home is where the heart is my ribs are an empty cage So hold me Hold me Hold me Till the light grows dim
4.
Cordelia 03:55
Cordelia only takes her clothes off when it's raining And it's raining Cordelia pours another drink so that she knows what she's saying If you know what I'm saying She'll say she never wants to break your heart She'll say she never wants to break your heart But she'll leave you a daffodil on your dresser Cause she knows she's being cold But she prays that you won't think less of her She'll leave you a note upon your windowsill That reads darling please forgive me, but this road I'm on Just doesn't stand still Cordelia wraps you up in fairytales and lost inhibitions Lost inhibitions Spins you round Till she's got you tangled in her strange piece of fiction What a strange piece of fiction She'll say she never wants to break your heart She'll say she never wants to break your heart But she'll leave you a daffodil on your dresser Cause she knows she's being cold But she prays that you won't think less of her She'll leave you a note upon your windowsill That reads darling please forgive me, but this road I'm on Just doesn't stand still Morning comes and you're not awake She'll be long gone down the fire escape But you're far too lonely to admit your mistake and I told you so She'll leave you a daffodil on your dresser Cause she knows she's being cold But she prays that you won't think less of her She'll leave you a note upon your windowsill That reads darling please forgive me, but this road I'm on Just doesn't stand still Cordelia One more sunrise finds her gone Cordelia I've been right here all along Cordelia One more sunrise finds her gone Cordelia I've been right here all along
5.
Box of Bones 05:30
I've only just met you Standing on the corner We were kindly introduced By your best friend's sister I was very sleepy Holding onto my coffee You told me you liked my style I told you I liked your smile But will you think of me When I'm just a box of bones Hidden 'neath the surface of some cold forgotten stones Will you think of me when I'm just a Word on a page Isn't it a pity no one reads the news these days? It's the first day of school The teacher sits you beside me You don't know how to tie your shoes But that's alright cause I don't either So you take me by the hand And tell me all of your secrets We're too young to understand Just cause you love someone don't mean you can keep them Just cause you love someone don't mean you can keep them Oh will you think of me When I'm just a box of bones Hidden 'neath the surface of some cold forgotten stones Will you think of me when I'm just a Word on a page Isn't it a pity no one reads the news these days? We're on a flight to New York You say you're from New Jersey All dressed up in your best suit To make your important meeting Will you remember my name tomorrow Will you remember my name tomorrow Who will remember your name tomorrow Who will remember your name? And will you think of me When I'm just a box of bones Hidden 'neath the surface of some cold forgotten stones Will you think of me when I'm just a Word on a page Isn't it a pity no one reads the news these days? Who will remember your name tomorrow? Who will remember your name tomorrow? I will remember your name tomorrow, I will remember your name.
6.
Window 03:47
Have you ever glanced in someone’s window To catch a glimpse inside their life Then for fear of looking like a weirdo You quickly turn away and walk on by So have I Ohh Have you ever glanced in someone’s window And felt like you stole something holy And you pretend you didn’t notice There are no pictures on the mantelpiece Or they weren’t fighting with their boyfriend Cause he forgot their anniversary Again Ohh In the springtime the rain will wash through my gutters Bring down old crimes collected over the summer Like rotten dead leaves and old candy wrappers and a power rangers figurine Like rotten dead leaves and old candy wrappers and a power rangers figurine Like rotten dead leaves and old candy wrappers and a power rangers figurine It was green Ohh Verse Have you ever glanced in someone’s window And felt like you were being lied to But like a polaroid the picture starts to fade Trapped inside a tiny frame Like forgetting someone’s name So you read Kerouac on the train To make the city feel far, far, far Away
7.
I try very very hard to tell you what I’m thinking But sometimes I am thinking I don’t want to tell you anything I try very very hard to look like I am listening Do I look like I am listening? Very well, I am glad that my act is convincing Oh darling where did our love go Is it frozen underneath the Snow, darling, where did our love go? It was here just a little bit a Did you see it fallen on the ground? I hope it’s in the lost and found I hope it’s in the lost and found Sometimes I wish very much that I was not a human For if I were a fish or dog or cat or turtle I would probably hate all the humans Sometimes I wish very much that I could be more honest How do you know I’m being honest? Honestly I could just be saying this to charm you Sometimes I wish very much that I had never loved you For if I had never loved you, I would never know how hard it was to leave you
8.
Escape Route 04:05
By now I’m usually planning my escape route Sifting through the words I’ll choose To tell you that I’m leaving By now I’m usually working on my next move Different city, different tune A different set of reasons But you don’t understand how you’ve Ruined my plans, I can’t Let this one end in goodbye I was looking for a heartbreak I was looking for a mistake I was looking for another love to go all wrong But instead you came along By now I’m usually drifting through a daydream Of bluer skies and greener things So tired of stormy weather By now I’m usually counting up excuses Tell myself that love is useless And we’d be fools to stay together But you don’t understand how you’ve Ruined my plans, I can’t Let this one end in goodbye I was looking for a heartbreak I was looking for a mistake I was looking for another love to go all wrong But instead you came along By now I'm usually planning my escape route But I'd be a fool To escape you.
9.
They say the storm will pass The thunder will subside But I’ve been losing sleep for weeks And nothing feels right I’ll say it’s for the best That time will make things right Still I cannot forget your face The night I said goodbye So I lie to myself Say the timing wasn’t right That you’re not my kind of guy Oh this heart Beats fine on its own But there’s an aching in my chest And I’m waking up alone thinking Why did I let you Go I kept all our letters I won’t erase a word Our picture frames are empty cages Our love’s boxed up in cardboard I pass you on the street You won’t meet my eye I smile and wave hello although It’s killing me inside So I lie to myself Say the timing wasn’t right That you’re not my kind of guy Oh this heart Beats fine on its own But there’s an aching in my chest And I’m waking up alone thinking Why did I let you Go You’re the only one I’ve ever loved You’re the only one I’ve ever loved Maybe you’re the only one I’ll ever love. So I lie to myself Say the timing wasn’t right That you’re not my kind of guy Oh this heart Beats fine on its own But there’s an aching in my chest And I’m waking up alone thinking Why did I let you Go
10.
There’s a naked shoe out on the sidewalk Getting rained on in the dark And its faded friend lies in the gutter Across the street down in the park I’m no alchemist, only a sinner biding time Can’t spin your sorrow into gold But sir, I can spare a dime Everyone just wants someone to hold Tell them we can make it through I don’t have all the answers But I sure as hell have you There’s a graying man beside a river Tossing pebbles just to see them fall And the stones feel as cold as the cancer That kept his wife from growing old I’m no alchemist, only a sinner biding time Can’t spin your sorrow into gold But sir, I can spare a dime Everyone just wants someone to hold Tell them we can make it through I don’t have all the answers But I sure as hell have you There’s a preacher boy waiting at the station Packed up to leave those Carolina skies behind Cuz he knows if he lets his lover go He’ll look back on this moment for the rest of his life Because Everyone just wants someone to hold Tell them we can make it through I don’t have all the answers But I sure as hell have you There’s a fine line between Getting burned and catching stars We’re all trying to hide our battle wounds There’s a fine line between Who we love and who we are We’re all just looking for the other shoe
11.
Brothers and sisters What am I to say to you I don’t know what you’re going through I have not seen what you have seen Brothers and sisters What am I to give to you I don’t know where you’re going to I only know where I have been Though I am small and we are far away it seems You are not alone I’m calling out your name Singing love for the falling rain Singing joy for the songs it brings Singing peace like the river Peace like the river Peace like the river in spring Brothers and sisters I see the pain behind your eyes The pain you’ve carried all your life You cannot seem to let it go Brothers and sisters I’m calling out to you tonight Above the noise and hateful lies So stay with me lay down your load Though I am small and we are far away it seems You are not alone I’m calling out your name Singing love for the falling rain Singing joy for the songs it brings Singing peace like the river Peace like the river Peace like the river in spring
12.
Gray Skies 01:53
Gray skies pulling me down Your eyes keep me safe in the storm Oh outside is bleak and lonely But you're the only one I need to keep me warm Love, we've got nothing to lose But cold feet and rain in our shoes So close up all the windows Forget about your sorrows I promise I'll be good to you Oh my troubles are far from few But I'd rather waste away this afternoon Holding you close We'll forget about this town Oh together we've got blue skies All year round Oh together we've got blue skies All year round

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This album was made possible by an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation.

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released August 4, 2017

Producers: Mike Adams, Jordan King, Emily Anderson
Mixing Engineer: Jordan King
Recording Engineers: Kim Wheeler, Sarah Tudzin, Jordan King, James Bartlett, Seung Hoon Lee, Heath Hyman, Jason Chambliss, Pat Fitzgerald
Songs recorded at Big Punch Music, Sunset Sound, Herd Studios, 10th Planet Recording, and Sunnyside Productions

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Emily Anderson Fairbanks, Alaska

Like stumbling into a rose garden on a trek through the arctic, listeners of Emily’s music find themselves helplessly lifted into a world so hauntingly familiar, and yet so enchantingly curious. With a voice of untouchable purity and lyricism of remarkable wit and poignancy, Emily cradles matters of the human heart with an almost impossible sweetness. ... more

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