Living Alone

by MaryLeigh Roohan

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Bernhard Lermann
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Bernhard Lermann We saw Maryleigh opening for Chris Pureka in Munich in the fall of 2016. She has a strong and sympathetic presence on stage and every song sounds special, even when she is performing alone. I like it how she managed it to make that shine through on these recordings. Favorite track: Not A Home.
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porter harrast Very unique voice with an almost country spin on soul. Heavy and beautifully dark EP. Favorite track: Not A Home.
Wm Washburn
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Wm Washburn Killer songs, killer voice and musicianship, and even a killer cover (Cher's "Bang Bang," brilliantly executed by a fellow alto). A genre defying piece of alt-pop that sounds like it'll still be standing when we're all dead and gone!
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1.
03:30
I’ve faded into the bed sheets Starting to sound like the floor creaks I never though I’d empathize With the furniture in the rain That you leave outside Oh, honey, what do you see? I look you dead in the eye You look right through me Baby, why don’t you tell me what do I do? I know I’ve become a house Not a home for you I’m that hole you punched in the hallway Our toilet that runs all day I am the crack in the window pain A big, old break that became A part of the landscape Oh, honey, what do you see? I look you dead in the eye You look right through me Baby, why don’t you tell me what do I do? I know I’ve become a house Not a home for you What if you came home, five o’clock Pulled up in the driveway, your jaw drops In front of your eyes is ablaze The shitty, little, broken home that we made Oh, honey, what do you see? I look you dead in the eye You look right through me Baby, why don’t you tell me what do I do? I know I’ve become a house Not a home for you
2.
03:50
He’s a loaded gun A dangerous thrill who I love His shooting is sharp and my head is his mark But transfixed by some magical spark I try running but my feet never start The animal is me A slow-thinking, slobbering beast I feed from the hand of a murderous man But a good man I say to myself As he slides his gun into my mouth The hunter I love in spite of his gun He keeps me coming when I know I should run Make my get away clean I know it’s bad But it’s the nature of things Two portraits of us apart Would make for meaningless art A man with no kill and a girl with no thrill We in each other define The meaning we see in our lives The hunter I love in spite of his gun He keeps me coming when I know I should run Make my get away clean I know it’s bad But it’s the nature of things And like a moth to the flame When he whistles my name It’ll kill me to stay But I do anyway The hunter I love in spite of his gun He keeps me coming when I know I should run Make my get away clean I know it’s bad But it’s the nature of things
3.
04:00
Summer sun Doesn't feel the same Find myself thinking I should've stayed in that day My friends all say they know me It's not true They all say she's so lovely It's not true My lovers think they know me It's not true They say you love me so well But I can't do Knock knock now Doesn't sound the same Find myself thinking I should've thrown the keys away My friends all say they know me It's not true They all say she's so lovely It's not true My lovers think they know me It's not true They say you love me so well But I can't do Now, all I am Is the backwards memory of backwards man Still, I can't escape You sully every ounce of love I make You sully every ounce of love I make
4.
03:03
I was five and he was six We rode horses made of sticks He wore black and I wore white He would always win the fight Bang bang he shot me down Bang bang I'd hit the ground Bang bang That awful sound Bang Bang My baby shot me down Seasons came and changed the time Wasn't long before I called him mine He would always laugh and say Remember when we used to play Bang bang I'd shoot you down Bang bang You'd hit the ground Bang bang That awful sound Bang bang I used to shoot you down Music played and people sang Not for me, no church bells rang Now he's gone, I don't know why To this day sometimes I cry He didn't even say goodbye He didn't take the time to lie Bang bang He shot me down Bang bang I hit the ground Bang bang That awful sound Bang bang My baby shot me down
5.
It comes from nowhere I feel it all at once A desperate sorrow in the company of none Fighting’s futile so in my crippled state My thoughts go to the ocean for relief in an escape Slowly sinking in Deeply breathing in Somebody save me I can’t get out on my own But I feel so alone Somebody save me Somebody save me A merciless spiral With ever tighter binds I know the feeling’s fleeting but see no end in sight There’s no peace in reason so in my crippled state My thoughts go to my bed For some relief in an escape Slowly drifting off Never waking up Somebody save me I can’t get out on my own But I feel so alone Somebody save me Somebody save me This miserable state So simply disguised To mask under laughter Or veil in a smile Somebody save me I can’t get out on my own But I feel so alone Somebody save me Somebody save me

credits

released September 25, 2015

This record was born from rough times.


The Band:
Chris Carey (drums)
James Gascoyne (bass)
Mike O'Donnell (guitar)
featuring
Erin McKeown (keys)
Olivia Quillio & Jason Brown (backing vocals)

Recorded at Edie Road Studios
Produced, Mixed, and Engineered by Jason Brown
Mixed at Starling Studios (www.starlingrecording.com)
Mastered by Jocko at More Sound Recording Studio

Photograph by Amanda Picotte

All songs written and performed by MaryLeigh Roohan except Bang Bang, written by Sonny Bono.

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