Wake You

by Valerie Orth

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released January 27, 2017

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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: Call You My Own
I sang for you last night in a crowded hall on a cold wide bay
I sang with all my heart so you could hear me 400 miles away

Is it too late to call, Did I wait too long
Is it too late to call you

I don’t know if it’s safe to
I don’t want to wake you
I am humming to the dial tone
Is it too late to call you my own

You kept photos of us from our school days in your grown up desk
You used to tell me all your secrets are there any more left

Is it too late to call, Did I wait too long
Is it too late to call you

I don’t know if it’s safe to
I don’t want to wake you
I am humming to the dial tone
Is it too late to call you my own

Ten winters ago on a long drive home
I looked out the window, you looked at me
Five winters ago in my living room at home
I looked out the window, you looked at me
One winter ago on a long drive alone
looking out the window, what did you see

I don’t know if it’s safe to
I don’t want to wake you
I am humming to the dial tone
Is it too late to call you my own
Track Name: Pixie
PIXIE - By Valerie Orth

she’s up above me, not too far
a glowing pixie, a spunky deity
when motivation hibernates,
she stubbornly shakes my bed and shouts in my head “get up”

get up get up get up get up
i’m collecting dust, thrown just like an old toy
get up get up get up get up
been so quiet, come and make some noise

she spins a web every month or so
to catch my attention, catch my daydreamin’
she’s on watch hunting gathering
she’s plucking my guitar while she’s calling on me to get up

get up get up get up get up
i’m collecting dust, thrown just like an old toy
get up get up get up get up
been so quiet, come and make some noise

callin’ callin’ callin

I got a warm glowing pixie she’s just up above me
she laughs on my shoulder, says I’m here just for ya

get up get up get up get up
been so quiet, come and make some noise
Track Name: Love You Back
My heart like a basement, damp, dark and dirty
secrets in corners, aging wine stored on the cold concrete floors

Rusty pipes pumping, hope for no flooding
electrical breakers switching and flipping just waiting for fixing

I packed in all away, I packed it all away long ago but

If you ask, if you knock,
I’ll open up
Dust my heart off
If you’re bold, strong enough, I’ll find it in me to
love you back as much, love you back as much

My heart like an attic, one ray of sunshine
musty and dusty, photos in deep drawers, old keys to no doors
Like a super 8 film, happy but no sound
play me your music, should be just right to bring me to life

I’m climbing up now, climbing up now, come along

If you ask, if you knock,
I’ll open up
Dust my heart off
If you’re bold, strong enough, I’ll find it in me to
love you back as much, love you back as much

This is my heart

If you ask, if you knock,
I’ll open up
Dust my heart off
If you’re bold, strong enough, I’ll find it in me to
love you back as much, love you back as much
Track Name: Side By Side
You’d like to think I walk only on red carpets or water
I’m the first to admit I’m not perfect, not your answer

‘cause we both know, we both know the paths we walk are parallel

It’s better when we’re side by side (we both know, we both know)
freed minds and hearts aligned (we can grow, we can grow)
like starlings soaring in the sky
you and I, you and I can take this world in stride
side by side

Came crashing in my life like a meteorite at high speed
Nothing I expected, yet you’re everything I now need

but we both know, we both know we’re better treading on our own

It’s better when we’re side by side (we both know, we both know)
freed minds and hearts aligned (we can grow, we can grow)
like starlings soaring in the sky
you and I, you and I can take this world in stride
side by side

the strings move alone but quiver with the same song
the headlights glow on the yellow lines down the road
shoulder to shoulder, we march forward

we both know we can’t grow in each other’s shadow

It’s better when we’re side by side (we both know, we both know)
freed minds and hearts aligned (we can grow, we can grow)
like starlings soaring in the sky
you and I, you and I can take this world in stride
side by side
Track Name: Make Your Move
Cigarette hanging, low light swinging
Slowly like a clock hand
Smoke curling, record skipping
Like the beat you’re missing

When will you make a move,
Do you need another clue
I’m not someone to lose
Are you scared to make a move,
If you fall, I’ll catch you
Now is not too soon
Make your move, Make your move

Tap on my empty glass, table between us grows like unrequited lust
Hat blocks your eyes, troubled soul disguise
Still I seek, you hide

When will you make a move,
Do you need another clue
I’m not someone to lose
Are you scared to make a move,
If you fall, I’ll catch you
Now is not too soon
Make your move, Make your move

What’s in the way, what’s in the way
What’s in the way, what’s in your way
What’s in the way, what’s in your way
Or is this just your way?

When will you make a move,
Is this song a clue
I’m not someone you want to lose
Are you scared to make a move,
I’m right here to catch you
Now is not too soon
Make your move, Make your move