Fires and Overturned Cars

by Valerie Orth

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A greatest hits compilation from 2007-2012

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released January 25, 2014

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Valerie Orth New York

"There is an honesty to Valerie Orth's music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking.”

A prolific songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Valerie integrates live instruments with electronic sounds. Her latest EP, “Wake You,” carries the upbeat production and warmth of Sylvan Esso, the unexpected rhythms and percussion of Tune-Yards, and the dark vocals and trippy-ness of Portishead.
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Track Name: Uh Oh
Uh Oh...

A man sits at the café next door
Day in day out, talking to himself
Two blocks down, screaming drunks at noon
Needles by the drain, how could anyone stay sane?

Uh-Oh….

Paper brings the daily horrors
If not a natural disaster then one human-triggered
So easy to lose it on a Sunday morning
But what really drives me crazy is you and me

Uh-Oh….

I know what you’re thinking, I can be a bitch
You can take it, You can leave it
You know my bark is bigger than my bite
I love love harder than I fight

I know what you’re thinking and I don’t give a shit
This is me, this is permanent
And even though you drive me insane
you know you mean everything to me

Ladadadada...

We may as well pull each other’s hairs out
One each day, Better mad than grey
Our bedroom walls are burning down
We’re now up in flames and we’re to blame

Uh Oh...

I know what you’re thinking, I can be a hey!
You can take it, You can leave it
You know my bark is bigger than my bite
I love love harder than I fight

I know what you’re thinking I'm a little crazy
This is me, this is permanent
And even though you drive me insane
you mean everything to me
Track Name: Blinding (single)
the sun so bright
i can hardly see the light
a shadow obscures my view
all i can see is you

and it's oh so blinding
oh so blinding
oh so blinding

these days all i eat makes me sick
you're all i can hardly stomach
above the deafening street traffic
all i can hear is your music

and it's oh so blinding
oh so blinding
oh so blinding

i don't know what's going on
my world's a coloring book, you're a crayon
you're my anarchy, my conspiracy, my country's coup
all i think about is you

and it's oh so blinding
oh so blinding
it's oh so blinding
oh so blinding
it's oh so blinding, blinding

a faint pulse still runs through me
all i can really feel is you in me
Track Name: Life on the Moon
happiness, soul mates sold
in Sunday’s best on a billboard
where greens are brown, water like plastic
food like soap, bodies anorexic
birds in a cage afraid to feel
we’re told it’s all good, we’re told its all real

what if the moon’s the only thing in this world that’s real
let’s climb up a ladder, let’s get outta here
we’ll run it all, without borders or countries
won’t take the fall, we’ll be sworn to what’s true
cuz if its up to only me and you
to build and to shine, we’ll start a new life on the moon

remember looking up amazed by the stars
remember realizing how small we really are
remember what it’s like to touch and think only of me
to feel the present so very deeply

what if the moon’s the only thing in this world that’s real
let’s climb up a ladder, let’s get outta here
we’ll run it all, without borders or countries
won’t take the fall, we’ll be sworn to what’s true
cuz if its up to only me and you
to build and to shine, we’ll start a new life on the moon
Track Name: Still Something On The Line
In the silence on the line
there is always enough time
for everything you won't say

I can curse the connection
but I know it's worse when
we're face to face and still worlds away

When we're so far apart
that your daybreak is my dark
your absent heart won't grow fonder

Can you hear me now, Ooo ooo
I'll hold on somehow, Ooo ooo
If there's still something
if there's still something on the line

You were always close to me
we were all tin cans and string
we didn't have to say anything

Now we're so far so far apart
that your daybreak is my dark
your absent heart won't grow fonder

Can you hear me now, Ooo ooo
I'll hold on somehow, Ooo ooo
If there's still something
if there's still something on the line

Tell me, is there something on the line
'cause I'll hold on somehow
if there's still something
Track Name: Relinquish
turn off the light, keep our baggage out of sight
see only my eyes, feel only inside, remember the good tonight
no need to say a thing forget before, don’t say what’s coming
find solace in this rare silence, let’s play in the forgiving darkness

relinquish just this moment
allow us one last night

let’s idle on high water and disregard the tide sinking lower
though we rock between a fairytale and the world’s end
it’s just good to see your smile again

relinquish just this moment
allow us one last night

you walked through my field innocent as dorothy
yet you see my wildflowers as oz’s sleepy poppies
will we ever get anywhere or will we just stare at the cracks
in these stained yellow bricks, you ask
still here you are purring up to me like a cat
it feels better next to you, it’s as simple as that

relinquish just this moment
allow us one last night
Track Name: Incite Riot
did i imagine you my friend?
always a chance I did
traveled to a different plane
in one conversation

tension in the air so thick
can barely find my voice in it
minute lasts for a day
all my sense gone completely astray

oh, you're quite a kindred spirit, you incite my riot
with your fires and overturned cars you're the crime I yearn for

now i run from the scene
angry crowd chasing me
getaway car down the street
where you are patiently waiting

oh, you're quite a kindred spirit, you incite my riot
with your fires and overturned cars you're the crime I yearn for
Track Name: Awake
my body tingles with inertia
I’m still in bed, blank slate in my head
used to put it on paper to get it off my chest
but I’m only sleeping, not even dreaming

Shake me awake
I want to give I am ready to take
Shake me awake
before it’s too late

I worked sleepwalking like a robot
society made me exhausted from apathy
so I crawled into a cave where I found comfort
I’m done with hibernation nowI need some stimulation

Shake me awake
I want to give I am ready to take
Shake me awake
before it’s too late

I’m growing impatient
feel like I’m already ancient

Shake me awake
I want to give I’m ready to take
Shake me awake
before it’s too late
don’t let it get too late
Track Name: Devotion (feat. Deuce Eclipse)
my love was starving, my devotion out of business
my home foreclosed, moved onto a sinking boat
infested with manifestations of who you should be
and what it means to be happy

once I stopped holding onto all I imagined to be true
you could hear me, and I could hear you

Now, now, now (I'm gonna let it go, I'm gonna give it all)
You give to me, I give to you

deep deep in the darkness, trapped in my abyss
sifted through the tears, dug under mounds of fear
deep in my heart then a light shined on
all that I was chasing right in front of me

once we stopped holding onto all we imagined to be true
I could hear you

Now, now, now (I'm gonna let it go, I'm gonna take it all)
You give to me, I give to you

(Deuce Eclipse)
if you say you see me won't you tell me so
if you say love me then please tell me so
if you say you see me won't you tell me so
give to me now and this love will grow

my thoughts of grass being greener
your distance and demeanor
had my mind and feelins wanderin
lookin for somethin again
I felt your love was gone now what to do

our broken record spinning always on a different groove
but then I had a notion during rough seas in the ocean
I cant give up on us i have to keep my mind wide open
if we both just would listen and realize our mission
I give to you you give to me our love is our creation
I'm blinded by my weakness its oh so hard to beat this
memories of good times in my mind and now i see this
I give you all I can now i'm focused on our plan
you give me your attention now we both understand

Now, now, now
You give to me, I give to you
Track Name: Maribel (single)
One look into Mama's eyes, she sings a beautiful lullaby
A melody like a rocking chair to satisfy
those dreams you dream all day and night

she sings, Here's to you, Maribel
A song for you, sweet angel
So many will come your way, Maribel
But this one's from me to you, angel

Maribel, you got the world waiting for you

So when you cry, the rivers and oceans flow
When you smile, the sun comes out to say hello
When you sleep, even the birds stop chattering
When you wake, they make a new song to sing

they sing, Here's to you, Maribel
A song for you, sweet angel
So many will come your way, Maribel
But this one's from me to you, angel

Maribel, you got the world waiting for you
Track Name: Why Now
we sent out the news alerts
made headlines far and wide
everyone lowered their flags half-staff
and sighed

I cried, all my friends cried with me
I eventually stopped having those bad dreams
finally started to breathe normally

so what are you doing here
looking at me with those precious blue eyes
why now after my hard-earned healing
why are you hugging me so tight?

I set you on a boat, packed with
bottles of our fantasies
took one last hard look, gave one last hard push
then watched you sail away

I crossed the world’s longest bridge
to climb the highest peak on the other side
held mass then scattered our ashes
which danced off like a thousand kites

so what are you doing here
looking at me with those precious blue eyes
why now after my hard-earned healing
why are you hugging me so tight?

I scrubbed, washed you so damn good
then hung you out in the beating sun
bleaching you to a pale distant past
just a lesson, another lesson, a hard lesson...
Track Name: Keeps Coming Back
on a side road, i'm broken down
i'm on empty, nowhere left to go now with you

do you remember if you were broken too?
i don't get that, when i see you

i'm better now, better than you ever knew
so why do you still trigger me
like i'm a handheld to you

and everyone says to let it go
as if i didn't think of that
but everytime i let it go
it keeps coming back
it keeps coming back

stare in the mirror, heard you'd be there too
i bought 3 dresses, hardly proof of my value

i'm better now, better than you ever knew
so why do you still trigger me
like i'm a handheld to you

and everyone says to let it go
as if i didn't think of that
but everytime i let it go
it keeps coming back
it keeps coming back

i deserve more than this, i have more than this now
i'll be done with you, as soon as i know how

still everyone says to let it go
as if i didn't think of that
but everytime i let it go
it keeps coming back

everyone says to let it go
as if i didn't think of that
but everytime i let it go
it keeps coming back
it keeps coming back
Track Name: Beyond This Song
i prefer to be mysterious
but I slip up every time
i don’t know the first thing about you
but i’m telling you everything on my mind
to…

keep your gaze on me a little longer
‘cause we both know that we won’t last
beyond this song

your move as smooth as a boy hitting puberty
wide-eyed and eagerly you ask
the dj in the bar blasts our one-song soundtrack
still you’re harder to refuse than the rest
so…

keep your gaze on me a little longer
‘cause we both know that we won’t last
beyond this song

our goodbye is near
it’s as if i’m staring out from a departing train
as if through my open window from the platform you’re runnin on, you grab my hand
as if this song has lasted years and we suddenly discover
our ever-after will never be together

keep your gaze on me a little longer
‘cause we both know that we won’t last
beyond this song
Track Name: I Forgive You
before i went to sleep last night, i read your letter twice
‘cause i'm not gonna lie, i miss you too
but remember when you said that timing is everything
and you had your time now I have mine

looking from a different view
i forgive you

you say you've made me frail and grey but i laugh loudly everyday
i draw from my own strength again and i start to mend
me and this wicker fence to give our friendship a chance
‘cause you were my marching band, you were my biggest fan

looking from a different view
i forgive you

we've gone back and forth, i've said things that hurt
but i haven’t been big enough till now to ask you to

see me from a different view and forgive me too
can you forgive me too?