Brighter Days: Begin Again

 
 
“ No holy place existed with our us then,  no woodland no dance, no sound…”

“ No holy place existed with our us then,

no woodland no dance, no sound…”

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“Beyond All Hope, I prayed those timeless  days we spent might be made twice as long…”

“Beyond All Hope, I prayed those timeless

days we spent might be made twice as long…”


ART AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY ELLEN TRUONG

LITTLE SOLDIER

On your toes, little soldier, You know you saw this coming a mile away

everybody says

Don’t you let ‘em get any closer - Keep that darling boy One foot, one kiss away 

everybody says

And Everyone’s wearing that crown

And Everyone’s waiting to leave this town 

Everyone’s out of their minds because

Everyone’s sitting around inside, except you and I

On your toes, little soldier - Keep that collar high, don’t you go and sway 

Everybody says

Drawing closer as the night draws closer - You’ll sit thigh to thigh, You’ll always get your way 

Everybody says

And nobody told me to wait

Nobody told me I had to be brave 

Nobody knows what they’re waiting for 

Nobody wants to be cracked open wide, Except you and I

And I know how it goes when you’re lonely when you’re tired

When you’re looking out the window and the world’s outside

If you can bear to stay, take a breath, then a stride

Nobody wants to be opened wide, opened wide


You know I think we’re on the mend

We’ve gotta rip it up and start again

You know I think it’s time we start

Taking heart

On your toes, little soldier

You know you saw this coming a mile away everybody says


ANSWERING MACHINE:

A Song Reminds what it is to breathe

Drifting on your words into the street

Your touch electric in the cold - I know, I know

Bowing heads to tiny screen of light

I feel you draining from me

All this screen time’s got the space between us

Feeling overgrown  I know, I know

And I know it’s obsolete

But I wish you had an answering machine

You could go on hoe and find me

Play me and rewind me, over and over again

If i could be right or wrong, might call your on the phone

Send you a mixtape, or I might let me heart break

If i could be right or wrong, might let you hang around

My kitchen is for dancing


And I know it’s obsolete

But I wish you had an answering machine

You could go on home and find me

Play me and rewind me, over and over again

And I know it’s out of time,

But I wish that I had yours, and you had mine

You could go on hoe and find me

Play me and rewind me, over and over again

Measure my days in anticipation of when I’d see you again

What I wouldn’t give for, another hour to live for the possibility of you 

And I know it’s obsolete

But I wish you had an answering machine

You could go on home and find me

Play me and rewind me, over and over again

And I know it’s out of time,

But I wish that I had yours, and you had mine

You could go on hoe and find me

Play me and rewind me, over and over again

“I prayed one word: I want.”

“I prayed one word: I want.”

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“Someone, I tell you, will remember us,  even in another time.”  -Sappho

“Someone, I tell you, will remember us,

even in another time.”

-Sappho

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SOUTH COUNTY MOVIE STAR

Came out west to be a movie star

But there ain’t no movie theaters where we are

Oh I know it’s a farce, but we’re coming in to Brighter Days

Came out West to build a music scene

And they told us we were crazy now we know what they mean

but we’re running ‘til the light is ours

Now we’re falling farther than we thought we could

though life is hard, the livin’ sure is good

Came out West to kiss a boy that I liked 

but I drove him up into the mountain side

And I know he’ll be a long time in coming down

It’s part and parcel to the dream we weave

I said you and me darling and the Bea makes three

We’ll run, run, until the light is ours


Now we’re falling farther than we thought we could

Though life is hard, the livin’ sure is good

I’m gonna be a movie star

And I know how it goes when you think you’re on your own

And I know how it goes when you think you’ve gotta show up in some way
But if you can love you anyway

See the light through what they say

I’ll tell you what, we’re gonna make it

Baby we’re gonna make it

Things are getting brighter, lighter

Things are getting brighter everyday

Came out west to be a movie star

But there ain’t no movie theaters where we are

From reel to real, I feel it - I know that the light is ours

Now we’re falling farther than we thought we could

Though life is hard, the livin’ sure is good

I’m gonna be a movie star

Gratitude to everyone who made this album possible- I am blessed beyond words for your generosity and love.
To Matt, Ken John and Ryan, the heart of this music- thank you for the gift of your music, magic, and friendship. I treasure you.

credits

released June 21, 2019

Samantha Rise: music & lyrics, vocals, ukelele
Ryan Ptasnik: drums, percussion
John Stenger: piano, organ, rhodes, mellotron, keyboards
Matt Davis: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Nashville Guitar
Ken Pendergast, Upright and Electric Bass
Andrew Keenan: Pedal Steel, Dobro
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Dave Schonauer at MorningStar Studios.
Produced by Ken Pendergast