Magnesium Dreams

by Emma Hill

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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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Emma Hill Anchorage, Alaska

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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Track Name: Heart on Fire
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
Track Name: Stardust
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
Track Name: 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

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
Track Name: Choking
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
Track Name: With Time
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
Track Name: Nobody's Baby
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
Track Name: The Sun
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
Track Name: Give Up the Ghost
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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