Playing House

by Common Holly

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03:13
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02:01
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4.
03:03
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6.
03:58
7.
04:42
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03:00

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released June 8, 2016

lyrics + music by Common Holly (Brigitte Naggar)
produced by Devon Bate + Brigitte Naggar
mastered by Jon Kaspy

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additional instruments: drums on track 1, 4, 7 - Kyle Hutchins; math rock guitar on track 1 - Steven Whitely; piano on track 5 - Jean-Michel Blais; violin - Amelia Castillo; cello - Laurence Gaudreau
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Thank you forever to my Timbaland (Devon), to Kaspy, to Will, JMB, AKS, Stevie W, Kyle, Aime, Thanya, Tais, Amelia, Laurence, to Mom, Dad, Julien, Nini + Andi, Grandma + Grandpa, to Eric + to my friends who inspire me always

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Track Name: If After All
let’s take this one day at a time
no more assumptions
i have no reason
let’s take this one day at a time
no more oblivion
i have no reason
i won’t remember

if after all we’re doing fine, i’m breathing every single time
i have no reason to be blind

no more demons
never ever

if after all of it i haven’t learned yet
I’ll learn it, till i forget

(i will always forget
any way you spin it)
Track Name: Nothing
if i got you in a room
if i got you to hold still
it would probably be too soon
to hold you there against your will

but if I got you in that place
maybe we’d see ourselves as humans
because I’ve given you your space
and it has left me here in ruin

i won’t open my mouth again, i won’t open my mouth
i won’t try to reach out again, i won’t try to reach out

if i had another moment
to do what i want to do
i’d say i’ve got nothing to say
because i’m done hurting you

and if i had another moment
maybe we could see it through
i swear i won’t try to reach out
because i’ve already left you

and if i had another moment
to do what i want to do
i’d say i hope that for your sake
the world is done punishing you
Track Name: Devil's Doubt
one silver hair to give you wisdom
two silver hairs reflect your sadness
i can’t imagine you’ve been eating
but i can see that you’ve been sleeping
with a heart on your sleeve
and the devil’s voice in your head

stop all that sitting by the window
don’t you forget about the daylight
it’s about time you left your bedroom
you picked a side ‘cause you were in split in two
and now you can leave out
the devil’s voice from your head

you are young, tread lightly
your footsteps are too heavy
in the daylight use your slippers,
in the nighttime use your wings

catch a glimpse of the ocean
when the bathtub overflows,
stroke the fingers of the minute
when the minute hand is slow

and quit carrying that burden
and quit trying to know the story
give the angel’s voice a turn
Track Name: In My Heart
i’ll just be by myself
a little bit of distraction, i can’t help but
feel you in my heart

there’s the greatest wealth
of memories and affection, i can’t help but
feel you in my self

i will still be me,
don’t worry about the anger, it’s just because
you can feel me on your sleeve

don’t be afraid of time,
we think it’s going to harm us, eventually it’ll heal us
in our minds

in my mind, in my mind i can’t help it
with my heart, with my heart i can’t help you
Track Name: Lullaby (feat. Jean-Michel Blais)
it doesn’t make a difference
if you shot me with your bad words
all of that, I’ve forgotten by the end of the day

i’ll be kissing the ground to know you’re okay
kissing the ground to know you’re okay

i won’t busy myself,
if you’re busy undermining
all the things I had to say

i know it would have been wrong for me to try to stay
it would have been wrong for me to try to stay
and i will love you when the snow goes away
i will love you when the snow goes away

so if you give me your bad words
i’ll take them quietly
they show me your pain,
not a reflection of me

come out wherever you are my friend, it’s safe
you can come out now wherever you are
and i will keep away
Track Name: The Rose
well i know i was the rose but
now i feel like i’m the thorn
and i can’t get enough distance just to
see that i am worn

and if it’s evidence enough
or if it’s all been overblown
i’m gonna need some distance,
on my own
i’m gonna need some distance,
time alone

it’s a shame, it’s a shame,
my foundation isn’t solid
always cracking underneath me

it’s so hard, so unnatural to be
two people at once;
does it ever run smoothly

does it ever end truly
Track Name: The Desert
i went into the desert and i missed him
don’t know if it was the mountains
asking questions

i went into the desert and i held him
through a muddy creek, he
was sand pooling in my hands

and every night the desert sang a love song
and inside my languid body was a fight
and every night i hoped that he would come home
but by daylight i knew it wasn’t right

the wash is drying up
underneath the red sunset
and I’m a lizard slinking through
the valley of regret

oh i’m the wild coyote
yelping at the midnight sky
a lover, forgotten how to love
the sparrow, how to fly

hollow, hollow when the moon is rising, rising

lost my footing in the desert canyon
i lost him, and i lost my home
saw him vanish into the horizon
and there i was, left to be alone
Track Name: Playing House
in a town by all the birch trees

where my love said there'd be fallen leaves
it's a distance we can travel

it involves no parting of the seas

it's a cabin on a lakeside and it's empty

take the road along the lakeside

hang a left before the great divide

hope we get there after nightfall

so we'll have nowhere to wait and hide

till tomorrow, till tomorrow it'll look just the same

in the cabin with the birch trees

we'll uncover all our fantasies

it's a distance we can travel

to forget the thickening unease

let us leave here, let us go there where it's waiting

we will find the path to go there

when we get close, breathe the open air

i'll play mom and you play daddy

and we’ll ruin us beyond repair

at the cabin on the lakeside, if we take things too far

hold on
for a little longer
Track Name: New Bed
clean sheets and a shutter i can’t close
where are the lights, excitement is enveloping
newness is a journey in a new bed
goodbye old friends and hello strangers

there it is still raining
there it is still raining here it’s dry

i feel that we will get along just fine
if everything goes the way i have in mind
i feel that we will get along this time
this situation will work out just fine

shadows that i don’t even recognize
can’t guide myself without turning the lights on
corners i happen to run into
but a steady beating in my heart, it keeps me ready