Half Empty Rooms

by The Still Tide

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released March 27, 2015

Jacob Miller: electric guitar, bells, no!
Aaron Latos: drums, synthesizer, percussion, vibes
Anna Morsett: electric guitar, vocals, no!
Natalie Tate: wurlitzer electric piano

Engineered and mixed by Timothy Gerak at Mammoth Cave Studios in Denver, CO
Drums and Anna’s guitars tracked by Jeff Fettig at The Creamery Studios in Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio in Cleveland, OH

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All songs by Anna Morsett
Except for “Field of Bells” by Anna Morsett and Jacob Miller
Arranged, performed and produced by The Still Tide

Album photos by Gary Isaacs

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Track Name: Field of Bells
field of bells

will we bend before we break? / when our words are dry, cracked teeth we can’t tame? / when our ghosts won’t cry to be held? / when we cannot teach our feelings to be felt? / i ask you / cross this quiet field of bells / one stone will start the singing, one toss and they will tell / but my hands in the dirt and they find no rock / i’m bent over the land, lost and throwing sand across / if you can’t always find it, put your head against our hearts, look inside them / if you worry that it’s broken, put your hands against your ribs and let ‘em open you up / let ‘em open you up / outside they’re ringing, other bells they talk / sent from goodnight moon to our bones between these city blocks / they say we get better at what we practice, but silence isn’t service / i never wanted to be your actress / will you fit into me like we fit into love? / will you toss and turn at night? / your lips are moving like you’re one of us / who waits for the water, a voice from the sea / for words that we belong to, homes that we can’t leave / if you can’t always find it, put your head against our hearts, look inside them / if you worry that it’s broken, put your hands against your ribs and let ‘em open you up / let ‘em open you up / let ‘em open you up
Track Name: Closer Apart
closer apart

i like you, i do, but i can’t let you into my head / can’t we just wave from our doors, be strangers holding darkness instead? / i won’t let your games get the best of me / won’t let you look through my frame just to see / that i can’t let you in / i like you, i do, but i can’t let you into my heart (no!) / can’t we just stay where we are? / i feel closer when we are apart / cuz i’ll get lost in the sea of it, torn up, thrown by the weight of it all, it all, it all / cuz once the lights come up and i’m not really there / will this hunger you call love just disappear? / if i don’t? if i don’t, if i don’t / i try to, i do, but i can’t let you into my life / there’s too much of me to repair and in your eyes it’ll be magnified / cuz i am lost in the sea of it, torn up, blown back, thrown by the weight of it all, it all, it all / cuz once the lights are up and i’m not there / will this hunger you call love, will it just disappear? / cuz i have been gone so long / if you can’t get me home then i’ll move on / move on
Track Name: Summer
summer

i was singing written words to the back of the bar / to the regulars who come to hear nothing but a score / a tv screen flashing in their pints / running towards an empty glass, i am one of them / most nights / they say we can’t know love until we learn to lose / but that wise voice will not be heard if it’s not the loudest in the room / and no, i can’t keep it straight / i was down, you were out, it was hard to relate / lately, days come like scissors and the holes they cut in me now / fill back up with summer / it’s not what i have but what i don’t and how i fit in between / you can’t hold it all, you need the space to see what has yet been unseen / and no, i can’t keep you safe / i was out, you were down, it was already too late / lately, days come like scissors and the holes they cut in me now / fill back up with summer / when the days are long and i still come up short / when the path loss built is one day worn
Track Name: Empire State
empire state

being so well loved doesn’t make you a good lover / this shine don’t light up the moon / heaven sent or of heaven’s hate, empire state how you push me away / can you not carry me? / cuz what i miss when i close my eyes / is not our love but those city lights / . . . bright in my mind / home is not where you’re from, it’s the place where you move / where you learn to belong / and i could not call this mine / i try, i tried / i was sleep-walking under the BQE / traffic and talk shaking their fists over me / and pull me into the knife of this town / cuz what i miss when i close my eyes / is not our love but those city lights / . . . what they made bright / oh, they made bright / crown heights, three little birds know / holiday lights shine like you and me never could / what is left when love is not enough? / fruit won’t fall until it’s told and i’m hanging on to a branch i’d borrowed / leaving bottles in half empty rooms / cuz what i miss when i close my eyes / is not our love but those city lights / . . . passing me by