Fires and Overturned Cars

by Valerie Orth

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1.
03:57
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
03:57
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
6.
03:59
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
7.
04:13
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
04:24
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...
11.
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
12.
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
13.
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?

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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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