Simple Things

by Emily Anderson

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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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Track Name: Simple Things
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
Track Name: Space
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
Track Name: Hold Me
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
Track Name: Cordelia
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
Track Name: Box of Bones
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.
Track Name: Window
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
Track Name: Lost and Found
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
Track Name: Escape Route
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.
Track Name: Why Did I Let You
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
Track Name: The Other Shoe
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
Track Name: Peace Like the River
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
Track Name: Gray Skies
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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