Limerence

by Hailey Magee

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released 24 August 2013

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Hailey Magee Boston, Massachusetts

An eclectic mix of pop, folk, country, and jazz, Hailey Magee combines musical styles in unexpected ways in the hopes of catching everyone's ear at least once. Hailey, a self-taught pianist turned self-taught guitarist and vocalist, uses instrumental music to underscore her raw, personal lyrics. The stories she tells reflect the lives of her friends, her family, and, more often than not, herself. ... more

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Track Name: & Company
It's been a long week
Straight from city street to summer heat
and now I'm sitting looking at the sea

And I'm suspended
I know the season always ends
and I wondering how to keep that spark in me

Because it slipped under my fingers when it stole my breath
It caught me in my tracks and now I can't look back
And I'm terrified to find that maybe New York wasn't mine
I'm just a jealous stranger begging for its time

And we were so hot with the promise of more
Crowded into yellow taxicabs not knowing what we went there for
But we had drinks in our blood
A blue pulse in our veins
and we were thirsty for change

[chorus]
I fell asleep by the light of a skyline
that didn't pretend to know me at all
I stitched myself into its gridlike fabric
and now that I've had it
I can't seem to shake it now

I stole a new pulse
Memorized a thousand faces
and I felt the sidewalk scream beneath my feet

I would wake up
to crooked limbs wrapped up in mine
and know the nights left were fleeting
but god, they were sweet

I'm aching for something to shock my bones
Because the state of not knowing still feels like home
We couldn't see stars so we soaked up the sky
Drank power by day and whiskey by night

And we were so hot from our toes to our tongues
Well we had gold around our wrists and electric blue in our lungs
and I can't stop
I can't slow it down
I've gotten used to this collision course so I'll be back around

[chorus]
I fell asleep by the light of a skyline
that didn't pretend to know me at all
I stitched myself into its gridlike fabric
and now that I've had it
I can't seem to shake it now

I fell in love with a cold, hard city, yeah
That made me believe I was more than I am
We came from the east and the west and the south
And I can't seem to shake it,
I can't seem to shake it now
Track Name: Heartprint
If you wanted me to love you
It never had to be this hard.
You waste your time pretending
You never know what's really in your heart.

Don't waste all of your energy
On chasing dreams and chasing me
The time has passed and we're too far for that
We're leading separate lives
much older since the time that we loved last

[chorus]
And we're all in the sun again
Fighting for lost time
And we're all wishing we had more
Dancing circles with our eyes around each other
We know better
Crowded rooms make heavy lies
Pause, breathless, for a moment
We both know it
A heartprint never dies

If you promise not to love me
I promise you one day I'll let you go
We could spend a lifetime
Pretending that our bodies didn't know our minds

But really underneath our bones
We're certain that we've found our homes
So I'll be homeless, sipping on cheap wine
With my smile stuck like glue
Fingers intertwined with other guys'
But all the while my eyes will be on you

[chorus]
And we're all in the sun again
Fighting for lost time
And we're all wishing we had more
Dancing circles with our eyes around each other
We know better
Crowded rooms make heavy lies
Pause, breathless, for a moment
We both know it
A heartprint never dies
A heartprint never dies
Track Name: Never Sleeps Alone
She doesn't know where she's been
Even though she swore to stay dry this time
Something's really gotta give
When she's out of hand, out of reach all night

She knows he looks like trouble
Smiling with his eyes, laying aces on the table
With his hat pulled low
Talking slow and sweet

Well she doesn't know where he's been
But she bets he's seen it all somehow
And something's really gotta give
So he takes her hand and leads her outta town

She knows love gets messy
She's heard it all before, and she'll hear it all again
Unless he gives her a reason
And gets her believing in him.

Every time the game plays out that way

[chorus]
She's out with the moon, driving round
Leaving skid marks in the fray
Gone all night but she goes down by the river
And she prays
That this time is different
Oh, but it isn't
She's a cold, love-starved heartbreak mistake
Begging for some more

She never had far to go
With eyes that bright she never sleeps alone
Doesn't know what it's like to call a place her home
To call someone her own

It's hard, living this empty
Filling up space and leaving when it gets heavy
But it's all she's got
And all she's ever known

So she's gonna have a bit of fun
She reaches up and pulls that bottle down
Little fire on her tongue and she is out the door
Ready to be found

They say life's a party
She figures they're right, so she's ready to get started
Walks inside
Feels all eyes on her

And every time the game plays out that way

[chorus]
She's out with the moon, driving round
Leaving skid marks in the fray
Gone all night but she goes down by the river
And she prays
That this time is different
Oh, but it isn't
She's a cold, love-starved heartbreak mistake
Begging for some more

She looks into the mirror and sees ghosts behind her eyes
She's never all alone
But she's still lonely late at night

Every morning everything is still the same
And every time the game plays out that way

[chorus]
She's out with the moon, driving round
Leaving skid marks in the fray
Gone all night but she goes down by the river
And she prays
That this time is different
Oh, but it isn't
She's a cold, love-starved heartbreak mistake
Begging for some more
Track Name: Unlearning
I've been searching for a word for months now
But somehow the city finds a way to wedge itself between my dreams
See, you're in my dreams although I haven't seen you in awhile
It doesn't mean that words come easily to me

I've been trying to find a way to tell you I love you
And it's funny how those words mean more when I am not allowed to
I remember how you read to me
When silence sailed by naturally
When kisses bridged the distance
and goodbyes were not permanent

You would not believe how much the springtime sounds like you
We were hopelessly together when the winter turned to summer
Now we're strangers in the newness of the seasons black and blue
And no one can convince me I'm okay the way you used to

I've been trying to fill the empty spaces with faces
I know they all mean well, but still
Compared to you they're only strangers
And I wonder why we build these silver bridges just to burn
And I wonder if it's worth it in the aftermath as I unlearn

The strength of your smile carving foothills in my heart
We cast nets across the universe
I put you down, you put me first
We shocked a supernova into silence as we fell
As I become your history the words do not come easily to me
Track Name: Armistice
A sandstorm swept across my skin
They said with time that I’d begin
To feel the fleeting flush of love
Inside my palms again

The sun was blocked by flocks of dreams
Sent skyward – I could not believe
The shadows when they rocked the ground
Beneath my feet

Every saving grace since then’s been hot to the touch
I paved a slippery surface underfoot that kept me from trusting
In something for nothing
I still felt the burn and the bite

[Chorus]
But this feels right on my tongue
And everyone’s coming out from under the cracks
To see if I last in this armistice
Honest, this is not what I expected
But this feels right and I know
My bones were too cold
To think of letting you illuminate my body and soul
But I can’t deny that in your eyes, there’s a safety
And it leaves me satisfied

Like fresh baked bread we rise so slow
Crackle and glow with the mystery
Of unfamiliarity
And watercolor hearts bleeding free, free

Will you please dance with me baby
I thought the music died and I cried for the longest time
I swear, I found you there
Nestled in the pages of the places so jaded to me

And you, sir, are hot to the touch
It’s taking all I have to trust a little bit but not too much
Cause I know I still feel his burn and your bite

[Chorus]
But this feels right on my tongue
And everyone’s coming out from under the cracks
To see if I last in this armistice
Honest, this is not what I expected
But this feels right and I know
My bones were too cold
To think of letting you illuminate my body and soul
But I can’t deny that in your eyes, there’s a safety
And it leaves me satisfied

And everything I thought I knew and everything I buried
I want to put you on repeat – I know I shouldn’t hurry this
But you’re as fresh as lemonade and I been sour since
I traded no for yes and put the best of me inside a cage.
And now you’re asking why my eyes have changed from black to blue
I’d spell it out for you but I’m afraid to sing that tune
When I know that I’m scared more than most
But I’m fighting for your light, it’s shining bright, cause baby…

[Chorus]
This feels right on my tongue
And everyone’s coming out from under the cracks
To see if I last in this armistice
Honest, this is not what I expected
But this feels right and I know
My bones were too cold
To think of letting you illuminate my body and soul
But I can’t deny that in your eyes, there’s a safety
And it leaves me satisfied
Track Name: Royal Blue
Baby, there's demons in the water
I figured I should tell you
Even though I know your sailing days are over because
Baby, their bitter eyes see through me
They're begging me for kisses in the dark
I know you think they stole your part

The moonlight has never looked so gray
I'm thinking of asking them to stay

Baby, the moment that you left me
I carved your name into a weeping willow
Hid your heart beneath my pillow, I thought
Maybe I'd make a bit of money
Collect a dime for every time we left a fight
With souls and knuckles bloody

I hear the raindrops on the roof
Sometimes the silence sounds like you
The roses I bought have wilted
On the lawn, above your makeshift tomb

Baby, I thought that you might call me
I never had a problem with you voice
You had a problem with my choices but your
Hair and your beard, they've gotten messy
Good thing I kept the scissors on the shelf
I want to help cause you're so pretty with your

Eyes closed and lips a royal blue
Hands stiff and harmless beside you

Baby, tomorrow they won't find me
I'll leave behind the sofa where we fucked
And all the love you said you'd buy me
But baby, I know you won't be lonely
The earth is really cozy late at night
When all the demons come to bite

They have been waiting this whole time
I kept them at bay cause you were mine
Now I'm a stranger,
When they ask I'll smile
and say I'm doing fine
Track Name: Limerence
I feel it in my roots
A sleepless hunger
Breathing through my baby blues as if I've gotten younger
Since I checked my baggage at the door
It sat and watched me leave
Now I am free

Cause we are walking and talking
And everybody knows I've got a lot to say
And we are running between the green, green blades of grass
And our toes are stained black with the earth

For today I'll table every heartbreak memory
You can't take that from me
Every possibility is like a new discovery to me

My heart is beating like a drum beneath the summer sun
You've got that look in your eye
And you have only just begun to see the side of me
That laughs and smiles easily in love

[chorus]
Cause we've got sparks like a loose live wire
And we've got heat like a bright blue fire
And we know we're both a part of something bigger than we are
We are

Well ain't it funny how easily the limerence slips underneath your skin
And when your good mood collides with the hues of the sky
There's a thousand destinations
Some within my heart and others deep inside of you
I've had awhile to see, and baby
It's all beautiful to me

Your heart is beating with the speed of twenty shooting stars
You've got that look in your eye
I'll put down my guitar and we can coin a melody
That captures us exactly as we are

[chorus]
Cause we've got sparks like a loose live wire
And we've got heat like a bright blue fire
And we know we're both a part of something bigger than we are
And we know love comes in little pieces
And truth comes in moments like this
The unpredictability of someone else's kiss

Let's take a moment now to celebrate our own two feet
Somehow they led us here and now we're dancing in the street
And I know my journey here was worth the pain I felt and feared
Cause now I am free

And I am walking and talking and everybody knows I've got a lot to say
And I've been writing a song the whole night long
And the words come in bursts
Cause you know it's the first time
That I feel certain of the world's uncertainty
And that feels good to me now

That feels good to me now