Lyrics

P1030906Original Lyrics by Anna Wrasse.©

“2AM”
it’s 2AM and I can’t sleep
dreaming up possibilities
replay the conversation
over and over again…
chorus:
and when you think of me
like I know you do
under the covers with your eyes closed
think of me singing you this song
too many words that I held back
too late; I regret it now
too late to go back
you lay there in bed
thoughts swirling in your head
don’t know just streets away
I’m wondering the same things…
chorus
the echoes in your mind
wake you up at night
the echoes in your mind
wake you up at night
the echoes in your mind
wake you up at night
chorus x2

“At Night”
chorus:
at night
your face fades into the glow
of a hazy memory
and in the morning when i see you again
it’s like i’ve never seen your face
before
you think about what I think
but you’ll never know what I know
and I want what you want
but we’ll never get what we yearn for
chorus
you play me a bit of this song
my mind could be far away
don’t know if I hear it
it’s hard to say
chorus
I know living is never easy
but I heard this is never not hard
you wish on stars and pennies
but you know greater things come true
chorus x2

“Burn”
I usually stay against the wall
talk when needed if at all
avoiding gazes, crowded rooms
comfy if it’s only me and you
chorus:
I’m gonna let it burn
to the ground
let the ashes rise up
like dust
and I’m gonna let it
burn to the sky
rising up, rising up too high
then my soul will take flight
I’ve never known exactly where I stand
just trying to belong although it’s wrong
just stay silent my whole life but
I’d take the stage any night
chorus
I only pass by when I have to
only speak when everyone needs me
socialize when it’s polite
and I’m sorry but I am trying
I have a loud mind but keep it inside
if you knew me you’d know that if I
say I’m only shy, I’d be lying
and I’m sorry but I’m trying to:
chorus x2
I only pass by when I have to
only speak when everyone needs me
socialize when it’s polite
and I’m sorry but I am trying
I have a loud mind but keep it inside
if you knew me you’d know that if I
say I’m only shy, I’d be lying
and I’m sorry but I’m trying

“The Exception”
I’m feeling
your hands widen
to close the space
between my fingers
we stand
in the night
stargaze and grass
between our toes
chorus:
it’s my favorite time of day
and I’m spending it with you
cause I want you to see me
when I’m wide awake, not dreaming
and maybe nothing’s real
but I know love’s the exception
maybe I’m an optimist
with the wrong perception

I turn
your dad calls
kills the silence
between us
and you kiss me
goodbye
softly
leaving memories
chorus
oh I know
you would never go away
I’ll just hold you here against me
so I know that you are for real
cause this is something from a fairy tale
oh I know
you would never go away
I’ll just hold you here against me
so I know this ain’t a dream
cause sometimes things aren’t what they seem
chorus

“For Josie”
this is the burning
in my sides and my lungs
and my legs
this is the dryness in my throat
no breath coming through
this is for you
chorus:
this is for Josie
this is the running for the runner who can’t run
this is for Josie
this is the sprint of my lifetime
on a quarter mile track
this is for Josie
all of this is endured for her
this is my breath coming in short gasps
and spasms
but I know i can’t give up
oh give up now
chorus
and as i lay there
on the ground
with the echoes all around
ears don’t register the sound
i thought to myself:
chorus x2

“Games”
oh I thought that
you and I would
get along just fine
but it seems that
no matter what
gems attract your eyes
I thought that
maybe you would
listen for once
but it seems that
what I say just
echoes through your brain
oh maybe I told you too late
what you’re doing to me
and maybe you’re so blind
you didn’t even realize
chorus:
I thought that I
was the one you chose to be
with from the beginning
I thought that I
could help you outta the place
where your mind’s stuck on games
where your mind’s stuck on games

I thought that
maybe you would
say something
but it seems like
I can’t heal you
and ease this pain
I thought that
maybe I could
help you see the light
but I guess that
the only light you see
is the light from your screen
oh maybe I told you too late
what you’re doing to me
and maybe you’re so blind
you didn’t even realize
chorus
don’t you play your
games with me, no
I won’t play your games
don’t you play your
games with me boy
I’ll give up my chase
don’t you play your
games with me, no
love is not a game
don’t you play your
games with me
just listen for your sake:
chorus x2

“Leaving Us Behind”
wasn’t shocked to discover
you hadn’t texted me for days
and it feels like months
since you tried to talk to me
and I know we both have the means
to communicate
but I guess I’m trying to see
if you’ll chase me
I miss you as the boy
who I know you used to be
you seem much more distant
and cut off from reality
chorus:
why’d you have to cut me off
let me do all the work
I’m kinda tired of your behavior
getting on my nerves
so I don’t want to sit around
and let you waste my time
I’m going off somewhere else
and leaving us behind

I hoped we’d be the couple who
survived for all time
it comes to show the state
of my optimistic mind
of course I knew we wouldn’t
stay together in the end
but I hoped we’d stay together
quite longer than we did
I miss you as the boy
who I know you used to be
you seem much more distant
and cut off from reality
chorus
but if you never spoke
a single word to me
imagine how much different
I would be
and if you never spoke
a single word to me
imagine how much different
we would be
chorus x2

“Mermaid”
I’m never turning back
on what was mine
never gonna leave myself behind
where the water meets the beach
and there the salty raging sea
where the waters warm
and where I was born
I know there’s a home for me

and now I’m breathing in the surf
just sandals and t-shirts
and now I’m standing here
it’s just so clear
this is where I’m meant to be
now I’m tanning in the sun
just drinking in the sky
and now I’m swimming through
the ocean blue
I’ve found a place that’s true
Away oh here I go
where the sand meets the sea
and the sun beating down on me
where I could lie
for the rest of my life
if it weren’t for my restless feet

and the sun is shining down
on the face of the earth now
and the tides obey
the call of the moon
and I dove down
as far as I could take it
but there are questions
that still evade me
and I’m changing every day
all the time since I’ve learned how
and I’ve finally figured out now
I’m truly a mermaid
glimmer under the sea
right here in the ocean
where I’m meant to be
Away oh here I go
where the ocean’s waters call
there’s a place to feel my heartbeat
there’s a place for you
and there’s a place for me

“Pretty for You”
I don’t walk these streets at night
they’re dark, foreboding those
sideway sights
guess I shouldn’t wake them
from the cold and dreamless sleep
and I don’t need more reasons
to be counting my sheep
chorus:
I’m tired of being
dressed up
pretty for you
and I’m tired of being left
to do
the work you leave
scattered ’round me
and I’m tired of being pretty
for you

I don’t wear these clothes for you
you act entitled
to control what I do
guess I shouldn’t distract you from
your monotonous day
and I don’t need your reasons
to be sent home to change
chorus
it was not a pretty thing to
imagine you
leering
but I’ve been stared down
before
it is not a pretty thing to
fear your presence
lurking
now I’m restricted
evermore
chorusx2

“Promise”
we were wandering free
we were wandering free
journey to the west and suddenly
my eyes can see
turned some strangers into friends
flew on wings home again
but we were wandering free
we were wandering free
chorus:
I was meant to meet you
the stars decreed this long ago
oh we leapt across the creek
no one fell in thankfully
how could I forget you
these are my memories to keep
I promise I won’t forget you
promise you’ll do the same

all those simple days
all those simple days
in a private room where
everything is green and blue
spilled my heart into your ear
you spoke things I couldn’t hear
oh, all those simple days
all those simple days
chorus:
I was meant to meet you
the stars decreed this long ago
flying through the mountain park
on the wings of meadowlark
how could I forget you
these are my memories to keep
I promise I won’t forget you
promise you’ll do the same

you’ve given me about everything
I needed without even trying
I’ll keep in mind and in my dreams
moments we grasped immortality
you’ve given me about everything
I’ll preserve it in musicality
you haven’t seen the last of me
overcoming time and geography
chorus:
I was meant to meet you
the stars decreed this long ago
the scent of the pine trees and
the photos of you and me
how could I forget you
these are my memories to keep
I promise I won’t forget you
promise you’ll do the same
promise I won’t forget you
promise you’ll do the same

“Quand Je Dors”
Je t’ai rencontré
lundi
J’étais nerveuse et
tu l’étais aussi
mais deux jours plus tard
J’ai joué une chanson
et tu as écouté
tu as joué avec moi
chorus:
quand je dors
tes yeux sont là
Je ne peux pas
m’en oublier
et quand je me réveille
Je les vois encore
comment puis-je
m’en échapper?

Je pensais t’envoyer
un texte
mais je m’inquiète tu
vas répondre pas
Je me souviens du moment
quand j’étais avec toi
et tu as écouté
tu as joué avec moi
chorus
et je suis coupable
Je l’admet
Je suis désolée
Je n’étais pas parfaite
when I sleep
your eyes are there
I cannot forget them
and when I wake
I see them still
how can I escape them?
chorus

“Scars”
don’t forget that night
when I found out the news
of how you crashed your bike
and earned many a bruise
how I sat helplessly
several miles away
I was worried for the state
of your health and your brain
chorus:
I guess we turned out
the messed up kids
cause you and me and him
crash far more than this
and we’ve blacked out
took a trip to the ER
rode on an ambulance
and now we’re scarred
and these scars
these scars
these scars won’t tear us apart

imagine family near
huddled close and in fear
I called your cell phone
listened to the old tone
your mother told me
that you were okay
you were sleeping safe
in the medical bay
chorus
I need to get you out
of that white room
your heart’s on machines
instead of me
I want to be there
and tell you it’s okay
but I know you know that fact
in dreams already
chorus
and these scars
these scars
these scars remind us who we are

“Skin”
you shuffle in your shoes
hiding under hoodies
eyes behind windowpanes
you’re keeping quiet
cause you don’t think that
anyone cares what you say
you walk shoulders hunched
hands jammed in your pockets
cause you don’t know how to act
you imagine whispers
cutting like a sharp knife
about you behind your back
chorus:
does anyone feel comfortable
in their own skin
am I the only one of us
who feels like this
does anyone feel comfortable
to break through
am I the only one of us
who knows how to

you keep apologizing
about nothing
for everything you do
I’m wondering why
you’re so scared and shy
I wish I was more like you
chorus
it seems as though
everybody I meet
has got something they
don’t let people see
cause what’s keeping them
from living free
is their insecurity
chorus

“Speaking in Silence”
night has become
my favorite time of day
our silence says
all it needs to say
we stare at the other
keeping quiet well
wondering if the other
will break the peaceful spell
chorus:
and then you tell me
we should probably go to bed
the spell has been broken
the words have been said
but I stay up later
replaying the scene
of speaking in silence
and begin to dream
and all I can see
is what tomorrow brings
will it be the same, or go
back to the beginning?
here comes the moment
time we stayed up to see
you and I both
wish so hard we can’t breathe
chorus
this feeling hangs between us by a rope
and that’s the reason why I begin to hope
that you and I are wishing for the same thing
and what it is: is crossing
so we don’t have to meet in dreams
chorus x2
night has become
my favorite time of day
our silence says
all it needs to say

“String and Bow”
I step into black flats
and snap the buckles
and there’s the telltale stripes
of white dust
on my knuckles
I’m ready to pretend
I’m someone else
she who chose differently
possibilities fade before me
chorus:
I can’t help but feel
I’m taking someone else’s role
but if I fake it hard enough
then no one will need to know
that I’m not of here
I’m not of the string and bow
but if I want to be
is it enough to make it so?

I check each small box
with slate gray graphite
but I see before me
four strings lined
pulled tight
it almost fits me
this elusive harmony
but something detracting
I can’t compete
ever persisting
chorus
heartstrings
believe me
I’ve plucked and strummed before
heartstrings
ain’t the same thing
I’m new to your orchestral world
heartstrings
down-bowing
pizzicato, double stop, vibrato
heartstrings
you
underestimate me
dedication, determination
don’t you know?
heartstrings
believe me
I’ve plucked and strummed before
heartstrings
ain’t the same thing
I’m new to your orchestral world
heartstrings
down-bowing
pizzicato, double stop, vibrato
heartstrings
you
underestimate me
dedication, determination
don’t you know?
chorus
ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

“Temporary Home”
remember when we
spent the whole afternoon
at your place
we lay in
each other’s arms
face to face
you took your
glasses off
to be nearer
but it didn’t
make our vision
any clearer
chorus:
drowning in your eyes
lying underneath
diamond skies
stealing someplace
we can be alone
cause your arms
are my temporary home

remember when we
sped across the water
on the lake
our boat rocked
so gently
in the wake
my hair gleamed
brightly
in the sun
but it never reminded you
of any other one
chorus
I told you
never run away
just stay here and we’ll never be the same
you told me
I was crazy
but you’ll never find another one of me
and I told you
I was insane
but you wrapped your arms around me anyway
and you told me
It’s never easy
let’s make it work some way
chorus
and I told you
never run away
just stay here and we’ll never be the same
you told me
I was crazy
but you’ll never find another one of me
and I told you
I was insane
but you wrapped your arms around me anyway
and you told me
it’s never easy
let’s make it work some way

“The Long Way Home”
in the car we take the long way home
in the car I watch the sun go down
in the car I think about life
in the car my dad drives
chorus:
there’s a deeper meaning to find
than our thousand mile an hour lives
and there’s the whisper
in the back of your mind
when you’re all tuckered out
already with the lamp turned out
and the sun goes down so we park the car
watch the sky change, fade to dark
we never know where the time goes
surrounded by sin, we let the dark in
in the car, turn the headlights on
in the car, quiet songs
In the car, we drive on dirt roads
in the car, we are where no one goes
there’s a deeper meaning to find
than our thousand mile an hour lives
and there’s the whisper
in the back of your mind
when you’re all tuckered out
already with the lamp turned out
chorus
I’m fighting to keep my eyes open
on the drive over
I’m fighting to keep my eyes open
on the drive over
I’m fighting to keep my eyes open
on the drive over
I’m fighting to keep my eyes open
on the drive over
chorus x2
in the car we take the long way home
in the car I watch the sun go down

“The Time We Have”
Saturday night
everything’s so fine
when you asked me to dance
like you knew that I’d say yes
and I’ve never danced
with a boy before tonight;
I’ve never danced at a dance
in my whole life
you broke the chains I had
and then you took my right hand
and suddenly we’re dancing
in some faraway land
and you kept your grip
our hands clasped like this
and you led me through
the motions
chorus:
I just want this dance
to last; don’t want this
night to pass; feel like I’m losing
fast; the time we have
in another day
I leave, and then you won’t
see me; it’ll be a dream
the time we have

it’s a little bit funny
it’s a little bit odd
we were dancing to my dad’s
favorite song
and I miss it so much
that I can hardly breathe
and the miles of distance
are really killing me
chorus
running out of time
yeah I’m running out of time
I’m running out of time
to sear this in my mind
running out of time
yeah you’re running out of time
you’re running out of time
to sear this in your mind
running out of time
yeah we’re running out of time
we’re running out of time
to sear this in our minds
time’s leaving us behind
yeah it’s leaving us behind
it’s leaving us behind
but I can’t leave you behind
chorus

“This Story”
I could talk forever
about the things that we’ve been through
but I’m gonna try to sum it up
in one song about you
cause this story goes:
chorus:
stepping on each other’s feet
in line for lunch
passing notes under the
teacher’s nose
you’re wearing you’re black glasses
and I’m wearing my knee-length dresses
and we could talk
and we could talk
and we could talk
cause I sat right across from you
and I remember last May
on a certain special day
I’ll try to keep this short and quick
but we have memories of this
cause this story goes:
chorus
and we could talk
and we could talk
and we could talk
but lately i’ve been thinking about:
chorus
and we could talk
and we could talk
and we could talk
cause i sat right across from you

“To You”
I try although I know I might
not succeed
it’s easy to believe we’re
too good to be
all of my words dissipate
into the air
transformed into melodies
when I see you standing there
but it’s coming over me
that you’re there
and I’m drowning under
waves of despair
chorus:
but I still hope
through every note
the mountain tune
echoes my words
back to you
when I’m away
I hear your name
in everything; calling me
back to you

I never knew someone
could break the chains I keep
I never knew the shades in which you speak
or fate could play
such an ironic hand
teasing me with correlating storylines
I don’t understand
but it’s coming over me
that I’m here
and I’m dying under
waves of despair
chorus
I toss
and I turn
replay
each word
a tape
on rewind
running through my mind
each phrase
defined
chorus
I try although I know I might
not succeed
at winning your heart over
over to me