Towns, Cities, and Little Ditties

by alicia murphy

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These songs are about foundations. The foundations of society, Earth, and home.
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released March 21, 2015

lyrics and music written by alicia murphy

-Midtown-
Alicia Murphy - guitar, lead vocals, kick and claps
Sé Reed - vocals, shaker
Mike Gewehr - bass
Nick Depsky - melodica

-Tilt of the Earth-
Alicia Murphy - guitar, lead vocals
Sé Reed - vocals
Mike Gewehr - upright bass
Steve Sulikowski - synth, guitar

-Home-
Alicia Murphy - guitar, shaker, lead vocals
Sé Reed - vocals, shaker
Mike Gewehr - bass
Steve Sulikowski - synth, piano

recorded by Mariner Records in Santa Monica
produced by Steve Sulikowski & Alicia Murphy
mixed by Benny Marchant
mastered at Lurssen Mastering

published by Alicia Murphy Music
artwork by Dave Van Patten
layout design by Sé Reed

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With her feet firmly in a foundation of folk, Alicia Murphy's songs have a little bit of pop, hip-hop, punk, and even some twang thrown in depending on the occasion. Her quirky lyrics intrigue people of all ages and her passion for environmental conservation shines through in many of her songs. ... more

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Track Name: Midtown
if one more person asks me
what's next
I'm gonna tell them
first I'm gonna take this breath
then rest
then ill take some steps
and try not to get all upset
I wrote two songs today
but didn't take notes
now I've lost my words
but I gained some hope
because I figured it all out
in that random chorus
and it's so delicate
that barely anyone noticed
that I'm too self centered
I'm only half focused
so I only half know
where this is going
and I only half know
what's next
or what I'm holding
onto so closely
onto so slightly
onto without much
motive
onto without letting myself forget

I like this town
except it's a city
and I'm drawing blanks now
because your lights are too pretty

and I know we have our reasons
and we've got our treaties
and both of us go to
too many meetings

but darling, I'll do anything I can
to find meaning

that's what I've been saying
this whole time
you didn't hear me because
I mumble
so I haven't been saying much at all
maybe it makes me seem more humble
more lost in the tumble
more fit for all these
mess-ups
all the times I stumble
you listened to me because you
knew me better
than I wanted to be
or thought I could be known ever
and the scary things are the
simple things
dreaming small
and living big
yea, the scary things are the
simple things
dreaming small
and living big

I like this town
except its a city
and I'm drawing blanks now
because your lights are too pretty

and I know we have our reasons
and we've got our treaties
and both of us go to
too many meetings

oh darling
I'll do anything I can
to find meaning

oh darling
I'll do anything I can
(repeat x3)

and I like this town
except it's just a city
and I'm drawing blanks now
cause your lights are too pretty
Track Name: Tilt of the Earth
you've got sunlight in your eyes
and I knew the stars were friends
they hung out in the sky
and let their light pretend
that they hadn't already died
they weren't already dead
I don't know if I,
I don't know if I'd pretend.

I'd probably run away
maybe I'll just sit and wait
darling either way
I'll still be thinking about you

you were on my case
and I knew I needed space
then you remembered how to touch my face
just the way I like
I am particular
I blame it on the tilt of the earth
I blame it on not eating dinner
I'd blame it on anything but me
I'd blame it on anything but me
I'd blame it on anything but me

I'd probably run away
maybe I'll just sit and wait
darling either way
I'll still be thinking about you
Track Name: Home
you can't come home if you never leave
you're always looking back at me
you can't come home if you never leave
so please don't leave if you won't come home

I wanted to tell you every detail
spill the secrets in your hair
but I know I won't remember
and I know that you care
so I will wait
wrestle with patience
I will wait for the day
you forgive me
please forgive me
for the things
I didn't say
forgive me
please forgive me
I didn't mean to stray

you can't come home if you never leave
you're always looking back at me
you can't come home if you never leave
so please don't leave if you won't come home