Rearranging

by Liz McDaniel

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"Rearranging" is an album about change, about the growth and rearranging one does as a person. These songs were written between September 2009 and November 2010--my first years of college. They were inspired by the people I knew, the events that took place, and feelings experienced during that time period.

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released 01 June 2012

all songs were written, performed, and produced by Liz McDaniel. all artwork by Liz McDaniel.

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Track Name: Cram's Imperial
Staring at half a globe, counting all the places I haven't been.
I'm feeling so lazy these days, but I've got chlorine on my skin.
They say I'll get away some day, but I can't define the meaning of the word.
Repetition takes its toll and come to find we're worn and tattered.

Writing a chorus and a verse seems so mundane.
Because when today is over the next is not the same.

I've yet to see your face during these summer days.
The sun is out for much too long, leaving us in a haze.
I'm still settling down, you see, there are bags still unpacked.
Drowning in a sea of memories and the trinkets turned to trash.

Writing a chorus and a verse seems so mundane.
Because when today is over the next is not the same.
No matter how hard we try we cannot bring them back.
The feelings of forgotten days that we now seem to lack.

There are sheets on the line, drying in the breeze.
Who do they belong to if they don't belong to me?
On the road in the middle of the night when the traffic lights flash red.
The world is sleeping sound, but I am awake in my bed.
Track Name: Until the Dark Turns to Light
The leaves leave the sidewalk stained
With copies of their fallen remains
Your smile has done the same
To the insides of my eyelids

My bones, they ache from the cold
Your bones ache from getting old
They splinter till our bodies fold
And we pick each other up off the floor

Let’s go out to California
And visit the ones we used to love
We’ll roam the interstate tonight
Drive until the dark turns to light

When the trees are bare and the sky is blue
The sun is shining down over me and you
Our wheels keep on turning in opposite directions
Slowly spinning away from what is true

There’s a worn and faded square on the back pocket of your jeans
Where your wallet rests in between
Roaming the interstate at night
We drive until the dark turns to light
Track Name: Do You?
Type it in
Give me what I need
Show me data on the screen
While the pages go unseen
For years, collecting dust in this place
Rows and rows, where I go
To lose my face,
Sell my soul

To no longer sleep in an empty bed
Wake up with blood on the sheets
And a mouth that’s red

Be quiet now
They’re trying to concentrate
On their futures
Do you have what it takes?
Be honest with yourself when you leave,
Let the smokestacks guide you back
and you will never be free

To no longer sleep in an empty bed
Wake up with blood on the sheets
And a mouth that's red
Loosen your grip, it's okay to smile
I know you've been down,
But you'll be okay, even if it takes awhile

Be quiet now
They're trying to concentrate
On their futures
Do you have what it takes?
Track Name: Rearranging
Tell me what is reasonable, please
For I've been in the clouds
Lost in thoughts of what could be
Absent from the now

And it seems I've been so blind
To all the colors changing
They've already turned and fallen
While I've been rearranging

Tell me that you love me, please
Or is it just in my head?
I've got this bad habit of being optimistic
You've filled my heart with lead

And it seems I've been so blind
To all the colors changing
They've already turned and fallen
While I've been rearranging

I am rearranging
Track Name: Talk
Let’s go sit by the water
Wipe the tear from the lens
Before it dries
My eyes
Are too big for my heart

Burned again, my friend, if only
I could get what I want
Twenty years without
Oh, I have been so lonely

Staring at our shoes
My voice, my courage fail to function
Only wind
And the leaves have nothing to lose

I hope you heard it
In my silence
Nothing and everything changed
At once
And I am the culprit
Track Name: Return to Continue (Harbor Town)
I got up this morning before the sun,
Because, like Springsteen said, “We can make it if we run.”
But all that runnin’ will have to wait another day,
'Cause I gotta go to work now to earn my pay

I’m going to a harbor town on the Fourth of July
Lay out on the sand and watch the waves pass by
Out on the water in the midday sunlight
Return the next morning to continue the fight

In a few years I will know what I want
We’re all waiting patiently for the things we long to flaunt,
And they say “patience is virtue” but I say that’s a lie
It’s just another excuse for letting the time pass by

So I'm going to a harbor town on the Fourth of July
Lay out on the sand and watch the waves pass by
Out on the water in the midday sunlight
Return the next morning to continue the fight

I keep falling in love with things that are not mine
History repeats itself, but I ignore the signs
Four stories above behind historic doors
We come together often although I am not yours

I'm going to a harbor town on the Fourth of July
Lay out on the sand and watch the waves pass by
Out on the water in the midday sunlight
Return the next morning to continue the fight
Track Name: Mutual Determination
You’re the one with the dark hair
With speckles of grey near your temples
I see empires in your eyes when you speak
There are rings around fingers forgotten
Until we wake up in the morning
To another weather forecast that’s nothing but bleak

We sleep next to radiators with the television on
Old movies provide comfort of a time long gone
We sleep next to radiators with our eyes shut tight
Fighting off our demons in the middle of the night

I’ve got metal in my bones
I am an artificial being
I see love songs in your teeth when you smile
The scars we hide under clothing
Represent things hard to explain
But we could analyze them nonetheless, for awhile

Don’t give up
We can make it, we can make it
Don’t give up
We can make it, we can make it

We sleep next to radiators with the television on
Old movies provide comfort of a time long gone
We sleep next to radiators with our eyes shut tight
Fighting off our demons in the middle of the night
Track Name: In Dreams
There is a place where power lines cover fields of green
Cutting through the tree line with lines so clean
Hill over hill on one hundred degree days
Creating a never-ending maze

I chase them in my sleep, always in dreams,
While we fall for the ideas in every song we sing
And we ran through the sprinklers in the black summer night
Ran until our bodies took flight, took flight

There is a field where fireflies illuminate the air
Only for seconds, like they’re never even there
You went to grab one, to put it in a jar
But it flew out of reach, away from where you are

I chase them in my sleep, always in dreams
While we fall for the ideas in every song we sing
And we ran through the sprinklers in the black summer night
Ran until our bodies took flight, took flight
Track Name: A November Bike Ride
I crossed the overpass today
and I'm never going back
felt the cars go by underneath
and now I'm never going back

If the birds fly south for winter, then why can't you and I? Why can't you and I?

I crossed the overpass today
I pedaled up that hill with all the strength that I had
broke out into the open air
and now I'm never going back

If the birds fly south for winter, then why can't you and I? Why can't you and I?

all the buildings remind me of you
the empty rooms and the silent halls
there's nothing I can do
I'm hearing you through the walls

you crossed the overpass today
I hope someday you come back
to take me away from this college town
I'm never going back

If the birds fly south for winter, then why can't you and I? Why can't you and I?

I crossed the overpass today
Track Name: Good Will Come
Oh, I can feel it in the air
I can see it there in the early hours
Something hanging over me
It’s a sadness I just can’t shake

And now it’s been a year
We circle back to old conversations
It’s a redundancy I just can’t bear
But it’s just the way it goes
I suppose

When the leaves change
We sit amongst strangers
And ride up the street
In a town that does no good

I see you on the street
With your sleek corporate haircut
Blank expression on your face
A feeling in your gut

Oh, I can feel it in the air
I can see it there in early hours
Something hanging over me
It's a sadness I just can't shake
But I think that you can help
Don't you see?
You can light the fire
The fire in me