Magnesium Dreams

by Emma Hill

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1.
I traced it all back to the time we cried beneath the covers and you Said you couldn’t feel a thing I thought if I could cast a spell on you we both could fly away But instead you clipped my wings It’s not enough just to inspire I aint no muse I’m just a heart on fire And now we can’t take back the things we said, they’re in my head And the jury’s out on what to do Tiptoe the lines between just friends and what we do in bed And all of the unspoken hidden truths It’s not enough just to desire I ain’t no prize I’m just a heart on fire
2.
Stardust 03:37
They say ignorance is bliss and I think they’re right ‘Cause everything else is just constant denial Distraction is crucial, but only their kind Well what doesn’t kill you, just tempts you to lie Baby, you’re stardust You’re just a speck in the eye A leftover spark from explosions gone by My soul sits simultaneously in my stomach and my eyes There are more cells in my body than stars in the sky We all came from the sea, only some learned to fly Our bodies share salinity - we can taste it when we cry Baby, you’re stardust You’re just a speck in the eye A leftover spark from explosions gone by You might think it’s beautiful It might make you cry It’s your place in evolution that grants you asking why It’s just your place in evolution that grants you asking why
3.
She takes her vitamins, she drinks her tea She takes her clothes off then brushes her teeth She lays her head down and drifts off to sleep Soon she’ll be lost in magnesium dreams Will she be hunting or will she be chased? Will she be stuck inside some stranger’s face? Here come the feelings, fear and anxiety She’s so swept up in magnesium dreams Is she the captain of some distant sky? Is she conversing with cats through their eyes? Love and forgiveness both flow down like streams And she is washed clean by magnesium dreams She takes her vitamins, she drinks her tea She takes her clothes off then brushes her teeth She lays her head down and drifts off to sleep Soon she’ll be lost in magnesium dreams
4.
Choking 04:08
You struck the match that burned down this house Locked yourself in and I ran myself out I am still choking on the smoke I am still giving up your ghost I am free at last Am I free at last, of you? And now you’re back from the dead Say you’ve got feelings once again You’re puttin’ walls up, patchin’ the roof Lookin’ at me like it’s some kind of proof I am free at last Am I free at last, of you? I am still choking on the smoke I am still giving up your ghost
5.
With Time 04:04
Who can name the price for saving someone else's soul? This pot just keeps calling the kettle black Lately life has taught me that some things you just can't have Not everything you give will come right back When they strike the chorus on your funeral day Your mother will be all dressed in black And some brave soul will speak up, saying he doesn't understand How someone could give up all you had I will be your widow and I will walk the line Even as I'm cursing out your name Wearing out my welcome on my tear-sodden pillow But they say that it gets easier with time
6.
I’m nobody’s baby, I’m everyone’s girl They line up for a dance but only stay for a twirl I can croon in the corner, I can bring ‘em to their feet I’m the life of the party, but the first one to leave I can’t have it any other way Break my own heart if there’s a soul to save I guess it’s just like they always say “Love isn’t love ‘til you give it away” I’m too understanding, I’m the first to forgive I teach by example all the best ways to live But when they’re all ready to make their name in the world I was nobody special, I was nobody’s girl [Chorus] Don’t worry about me, I’ve been fine all along They bend and they break me and then end up with a song These fools just want a flash, a peek into my world But I’m nobody’s baby, I am everyone’s girl
7.
The Sun 04:05
Will it ever go? Will this feeling leave? I’m counting down the days by moments I can actually breathe The sun was on the rise The moon was right behind And after love’s long winter it felt nice to see the light Does she know the times we moved our bodies in the dark? How you whispered hope into my tired and tender heart? Are you happy now in your fortress on the lake? Hiding away from fear until the real feelings all seem so incredibly fake I forgive you every time that I breathe in ‘Cause knowing you’re right doesn’t ever make you win So thank you for the love even though it didn’t last You helped me to believe that I am more than just the sum of the events from my past The sun is on the rise, and I am right behind
8.
I’ve been running in circles, but there is no end in sight I’ve been breathing in patterns just to get me through the night Give up the ghost that dwells in the dark of your mind Only she knows light that you’ve left behind To hide Every moment, every step forward leads to now Every good thing is a good thing that you’ve allowed I’ve been winding the clocks back just to have a bit more time When you’re digging through memory, you never know what you might find Give up the ghost, all of yesterday’s past Learn to let go of every fear that you’ve ever had Look back Every moment, every step forward leads to now Every good thing is a good thing that you’ve allowed All that you’ve wanted, all that you have is what you know And you can’t be haunted by the things you can’t control No you can’t be haunted by the things you can’t control

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released May 9, 2019

Produced by Emma Hill, Bryan Daste and Zach Hill
Recorded by Bryan Daste at The Magic Closet, Portland, OR
Mixed by Bryan Daste at Dream Tree Studios Northwest, Portland, OR
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant mastering engineer: Maria Rice
Photos by Lauren Johnson
Artwork by Laura Lauterbach
Graphic Design by Alan Wasem

We’d like to thank YOU, our fans, friends, and family, for all your support over the years. It’s made it possible for us to make music we’re proud of. We love you!

Emma Hill - vocals, acoustic guitar
Bryan Daste - vocals, pedal steel guitar, banjo, upright and electric bass, electric and acoustic guitars, percussion, glockenspiel, theremin, saw, string arrangements
Joe Mengis - drums, percussion
Mont Christopher Hubbard - piano
Kyleen King - viola, violin
Emily Dalsfoist - cello

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Radio loves Emma Hill, and so will you— if you appreciate a honeyed voice, lonesome pedal steel and catchy, folksy Americana.The Alaskan artist has been bringing her brand of country-tinged folk to venues throughout North America and Europe since 2007. Visit emmahillmusic.com for a tour date near you. ... more

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