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Green Things

by Emily Brown

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1.
Moab, Utah 00:50
2.
I met you in a tiny room On an August day with the wind outside And when I saw you, boy, I knew for sure That you'd stay with me That you'd live inside my heart for so long Now you're gone, but the only song I can think to sing is the one for you But boy, you should know, while I walk this road That I've started walking with someone new Ch And so forgive me, my love If you're not the only one I'm dreaming of I'm gonna keep you at the core of my heart But know that other arms will hold my soul While you and I are far apart We went down to your father's house And the winter wind blew and filled the air And we hardly spoke in our buttoned coats But I knew I'd always want you there So I would run in the summer sun Just to glimpse your face ere it disappeared But I'm walking still down that snowy hill And I'm frightened to find that you're not here Ch. And so forgive me, my love If you're not the only one I'm dreaming of I won't forget you, and I don't think I can But know that leaves will fall and flowers will bloom As you and I stand where we stand
3.
Write Me Off 03:28
4.
Distance 05:06
I'm raining on your backseat window I'm aching through your cold bones' marrow I'm maybe just a feeling as you drive away I wasn't going to grow up slowly Maybe it's only you who knows me My Dad sits around and wonders what to say Chorus And distance claims us, oceans break us, Love believes it can't survive the space I'm not for this, if that's what love is My heart won't be divided for a place Time isn't going to make things clearer Fog breathing in your rearview mirror Drive slowly and be swallowed by it whole I'm shining from the moon at midnight I'm walking with you deep in starlight The safe feeling of your coat when it's getting cold Chorus And I'm not waiting for your letters The postman's not running Time won't make me any better Your apology so slow in coming I'm hiding in your dark heart's chamber Who ever loved a sleeping savior? I'm maybe just a feeling as you drive away
5.
Don't call me sweetheart Don't call me love Just call me yours, mine This is enough And don't whisper "Baby," Soft in my ear I'm nobody's maybe And the words disappear Chorus (Na na na na) Don't say you need me Don't act like you care If you'd just believe me Then we're already there But make up your mind, boy Don't fool around You're just wasting my time, boy And you're bringing me down Chorus And don't say you're not happy Don't say I was the only one Don't say life's lost without me That's how I feel. So quit making fun. Chorus
6.
I'm just a child, if for argument's sake And I'm always asleep when you're lying awake When I'm dreaming of you, are you thinking of me? 'Cause I smile in my sleep and half-hope that you'll see Remember my darling, I told you the truth And I meant it sincerely in spite of my youth If you're not one to run with the green and uncouth then I won't be that kind Chorus And while we're both still here Yours is the only voice I want to hear And till our time runs out Here's to hoping my faith will dispel all your doubts I was aware that you cared what I thought So I smiled at you slowly and said, "There's a lot You should know, but I'm not going to say it aloud And I'll tell you someday, but be patient for now." But if you'd just listened, boy, you would have heard I concealed all the truth in the guise of the words- That if you are a bird, let God make me a bird so to follow your song Chorus And you would have known, darling, had you been there, There were twenty love poems and one song of despair And one waking somnambulist wondering where she had wandered tonight.
7.
You’re worth all my time And my time’s worth giving up Lord knows I’ve got enough And I would give it all for your love Chorus: And I read all the words that you wrote I know love is a long uphill road If my heart is my own to do with as I choose Then I'll give all I've got to you Take any and all of my hands My hands need more to hold Forgive my being bold But I want you with me when I’m growing old. Chorus My dear, take all my heart My heart was meant to lose And I think it’s meant for you So let me give to you what you’re due Chorus
8.
Coast Guard 03:32
Will you promise me something before you go home? Will you build a safe place and sleep in it alone Would you take the wrong road, where it goes through the woods, breathe the mist out in clouds, think of everyone good- Chorus And there's someone who loves you When nobody loves you The someone who loves you is me You can stay in the river, but don't stay forever For all rivers lead to the sea And the sea will fight with you, she cannot forgive you, will you hear my call on the waves? I'll be sailing to find you, I'll always remind you that you're the one worth being saved Will you promise me something before you go down You can drown in the sea but it's worse in the town Please stay clear of the people who hurt you for fun It's so easy to think that it's over and done Chorus And in the night when you're dark inside For the girl who broke your heart Know that hope flies out from the world of doubt And the two are never far apart Chorus
9.
Summer Song 03:32
Would it feel the same if I never told you anything? If I never let my heartbeat out of my skin? Would it sting like it does if I never told you anything? If I held back, hit the brakes, if I reigned in? And would you know the difference if I did? That so much of what I said to you was nearly left unsaid? Would you know the difference if I did? That for every thought I spoke aloud, one lingered in my head? Would you know the difference if I did? And I lay in your arms and I opened up my heart to you And I led you through the mazes of my mind When you wandered inside, did you tie your heartstrings onto mine? Like a labyrinth, to lead you out alive? Or would you know the difference if I lied? That behind the guise of honesty, I found a place to hide? Would you know the difference if I lied? Could I give the name of clarity to keeping this inside? Would you know the difference if I lied? (Interlude) Would you know the difference if I did? That so much of what I said to you was nearly left unsaid? Would you know the difference if I did? That for every thought I spoke aloud, one lingered in my head? Would you know the difference if I did?
10.
Nocturne 04:42
I'm sick of watching cars on the road And scanning the horizon for the sea I'm sick of hearing I'm not meant for you And that you're no good for me And I'm tired of knowing you're not going to call And I'm a fool for thinking that you will I've always been the first of us to fall If I'm in love, you're standing still So winding road, please keep your promise And take me out to where you're not I can't keep you; let's be honest Drive me sleepless, get me lost And as I get further, lights begin to fade But I still breathe you in the salty air No matter if I go or if I stay You're at my side- you're everywhere And you're right here with me at the water's edge So close that I start thinking I'll walk in And leave you standing at the sandy ledge Your soul still sighing in your skin So waves, be lovers. Love, come closer. Take my hands, dear. Taste my skin. If we can't stay here or keep each other Don't feel sorry. We were fated to wear thin. So when you look, at night, across the bay The sails all sighing with the evening breeze The stars forever promising to stay Don't hold your breath. Don't think of me. Cuando yo muera, quiero tus manos en mis ojos Porque te espero. Quiero tus manos en mis ojos Cuando yo muera, quiero tus manos en mis ojos Porque te espero. Quiero tus manos en mis ojos Cuando yo muera, Cuando yo muera Cuando yo muera, Quiero tus manos en mis ojos.
11.
Green Things 04:30
The rain fell on both of us The night I knew I'd done enough For my sin was just as great In loving what I'm meant to hate And why do I always fall so far, so good? And why do I always give my heart? I shouldn't give my heart. I should've been more strange. Green girls, we never change Outside the window, from the plane I looked and saw at the states again, oh America, America Don't take me home, stay where you are And why, if the water stands so wide, at best, Then why can't I keep my heart inside My chest is open still I loved him, always will. The road will lead me there again To walk old streets and love old friends But ere I make my next mistake, Forgive him who I cannot hate And why do I leave my heart in parts let go? And why do I sit here in the dark? I know I'm made for light Green things don't grow at night.

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released July 7, 2012

All songs written and performed by Emily Brown.

Recorded and produced by Chris Bennion of Bone Shack Studios.

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Emily Brown Oakland, California

Emily Brown is a Californian songwriter and poet. Her impressive vocal range, wandering melodies, and conversational lyrical style have drawn frequent comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill, and Fiona Apple.

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