Valentine

by seela

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    After a 9 year hiatus, this life-driven album is Seela's return to album-making. Sharp writing, deft singing, and a band that doesn't quit. Features Ari Hest, Jon Greene, Scrappy Jud Newcomb...

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After a 9 year hiatus from making records, Seela has released her best work ever. From the songwriting, singing, and killer Austin players all the way down to the crafty/classy production, Valentine is a collection of hits.
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released February 8, 2013

Produced by Ari Hest, Darwin Smith, and Seela
Recorded at Top Hat Studio, home, and at Darwin's house.
Mixed and Mastered at Top Hat Studio by John Harvey
Engineer - John Harvey (Top Hat) and Darwin Smith

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seela Austin, Texas

Born to exhausted Indian immigrants on a mild, summer eve, Seela had an average childhood battling the forces of evil with her superhuman strength. On quality meals of Supertramp, Led Zeppelin, Fozy Bear, & U2, she flourished in nerdy-ness, topping off @ 5’3″. Though songwriting has yet to lead to fame & fortune, opportunity, adventure, & delight have yet to cease. ... more

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Track Name: BUMPKIN
Cats go round the corner, cars go round the block
Your arm goes round my shoulder, I like this a lot
I don't wanna miss you. We were having fun.
Oh, don't make me chase you. You don't have to run...
Baby, you look sleepy
Must be time to go
Just one more and surely
we'll be going home
Supper on the back porch, six pack on the lawn
Neighbors through the front door, I can't hear the phone
Elm and oak and myrtle, tin and wood and stone
squirrels go round in circles, flesh and blood and bone
Baby, don't you worry
you don't have to roam
just a little longer
we'll be going home
Track Name: the Dr.
Did the Dr. say you’re alright?
Push that water right through your head
Did it get a little crowded, as if your thoughts were drowning?
Did the Dr. say you’re alright pulling numbers out of your arm?
Maybe you could hold on, yeah maybe you could sleep tight?
If the Dr. say you’re alright.

(Alright, alright…)

Are you taking back the spotlight, gonna shine it wide on the crowd
Did it get a little lonely, a little dark and stormy?
Are you gonna get the word out, let em know now that’s it’s your time
Hear it coming down the pipeline, you’ll be taking back the spotlight
Now that the Dr say it’s alright.

Did the Dr. say you’re alright, take a piece of you on the side?
Are you sure he was objective, did you leave a little wasted?
Now are you gonna bring the big guns, gonna knock it out of the park
gonna hear your little theme song, maybe sing it to the moonlight
Now that the Dr say you’re alright.
Track Name: Coffee @ Night
It isn’t time for sleep
It isn’t time for talk
You feel it in your legs and you go for a walk.
Everything is dark
But nothing is evil
You’re nobody’s king and you’re nobody’s people
Now you’re thinking too much and it doesn’t feel right.
Sleeping through breakfast drinking coffee at night

You miss your old outline
You miss your record player
Your headphones and carpet
Cardboard and paper
You knew which one
You wanted to be
And you were singing along in the passenger’s seat
Now you’re out of touch
And a little uptight
Sleeping through breakfast drinking coffee at night

I cannot remember a time when I thought your road wasn’t mine
Now I wonder if you’ll be alright

Its to late for work and it’s too soon for playing
Nobody knows if you’re gone or staying
You lost everything, but nothing worth keeping
Now your hours off and you started feeling
Like you’re out of time
And you don’t want to fight
Sleeping through breakfast drinking coffee at night…
Track Name: Protest Song
I don’t know why you’re so scared all the time; you’ve got reason to be bold.
You don’t even try for fear of failing. That fear is singing to your bones
And it goes on and on like a protest song saying, “I won’t do it…I can’t, I won’t do it”

And then one day we’re all gonna turn to clay when this waking life is over
Do you wanna die with a worried mind? Misunderstanding on your shoulder?
And before your eyes goes your whole life? You’ll say, “no, I – I didn’t mean it! Oh, I did not mean it!”

Man, I gotta see you standing up to me and not crying our for rescue
Cuz I’ve been trying to get inside your mind, have a look around and know you
And I’ll say it forever like a broken record, “you’re my favorite.”
Track Name: Almost Home
Night plays tricks on
imagination
Don’t be slow,
Not far to go
Almost Home

I am waiting
Can’t bear staying
Storm blows through
I need you
Almost Home

Tense hand forces
Faster horses
My mind and soul
Only goal
Almost home

Moonlight and meadow
Shadows swallow
Come through nights blue
I’ll run to you
Almost Home
Track Name: Empty Station
Wash my face in a coffee cup
Slept outside til the sun came up
Waste your time in the afternoon
Did I stay too long? Did I leave too soon?

Holding tight to a skinny thread
Picking out words that you never said
Sky don’t crack and the grass don’t grow
Got my hands in the dirt and my feet on the road

I wanna be your guest but don’t get your invitation
Im an empty train pulling in to your empty station
And I wear it like a dress, this loneliness
Loneliness, come on leave me alone

Walk 'round the house with my hair untied
Wild as a front yard bed at night
You don’t have the money to work it out
And I don’t have the sense to mind my mouth
Track Name: Sweetly
He asked her sweetly won't you wait here on the beach for me
She thought when he comes back he will be all mine
He turned into a bird and hovered high above the sea
She lay down on the sand to dream away the time

He’d build a wall to keep the wind from disturbing her
Within the wall he’d work a fire made for 2
He’s say, "I promise you a diamond upon my return."
She’d say "I've never known another quite like you and I
won’t be disappointed I will not be let down
this is all it seems to be this true love I have found."

He flew much higher than he ever was afraid to go
He understood the science of it all
He could do anything now he owned her heart of gold
Give in to the summer wind and never fear the fall

He said, "I won’t be disappointed I will not be let down
this is all it seems to be this true love I have found."

He asked her sweetly won't you wait here on the beach for me
The world looks new to me now that you are mine
He turned into a bird and saw all that he could see
She lay down on the sand to dream away the time
Track Name: Digging for Icicles
I’ve been sleeping on bicycles since you went away
Everyone is so eager to say that I seem the same
But you left such a mark, even my body has changed
I’ve been sleeping on bicycles.

(I miss you)

I’ve been tripping on molecules since you went away
I’ve been busy with everything but the day to day
Won’t you just talk, I don’t care what you say
I’ve been tripping on molecules.

I’ve been digging up icicles since you went away
I can’t make up my mind about what I want to say
You don’t make a sound, you’re never coming down
I can’t make up my mind.
Track Name: Believer
My Gin-Gin-Ginny, My juniper berry
I miss you the most
You’re in no hurry, Im getting ready
I make plans for the both of us
And I am still a believer in everything I cannot see
And in my minds eye with your golden hair you have come to rescue me.

Im in Kentucky where they can’t make whiskey
That could clean you from my heart
And Im not working, and your so uncertain
Why should we be so far apart?
While I am still a believer in everything I cannot see
And in my minds eye with your golden hair you have come to rescue me.

Oh, my Gin-Gin Ginny, My juniper berry
I write this letter from my room
Get it right with your mother, a ride from your brother
And come to me real soon
While I am still a believer in everything I cannot see
And in my minds eye your arms unfold and you have come to rescue me.