The Living Room EP

by Abbi Rajasekhar

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Everyone loves a house show. This EP is dedicated to everyone who hosts / attends shows in living rooms all across the country. Keep it alive:)

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released March 6, 2011

All songs written and performed by: Abbi Rajasekhar
Album engineered and mixed by: Jon Visger

VERY VERY important thanks to Jon Visger for all of his talent and help- you are SO appreciated. Thanks to Brian Konicek for playing some music with me whenever I ask him. Thanks again to Jenny Montgomery for knowing how to use computers when I don't:)

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Track Name: Burn
Apparently mistakes make you learn things
At least I've always heard things along those lines
Every story is a cautionary tale, but I don't learn my lesson
When I see a ray of light I chase it
over mountains and through rivers because it shot through the grey
I never quite catch the beam it must be an illusion
or at least something other than it seemed
But if a ray of light pierces the dark again
no matter how my heart broke before I'll probably dive in
ask me what I've learned from being torn up underneath
Well I guess I learned I'd rather burn than freeze
I guess I'd rather burn than freeze

I realized on a day in December
it was noon, as warm as it gets on a cold day
I had to stop, I was shivering
the cold triumphant over my body
then I knew I would never want to live like this
observing through a layer of ice
numb from my fingers to the inside
too cold to ever take flight2
Because it doesn't matter how hard you laugh all day
if you still cry at night
You'd think that laughter would be better but its not if its laughter of fright
ask me what I've learned from falling shaking to my knees
Well I guess I learned I'd rather burn than freeze
I guess I'd rather burn than freeze

When I fall I fall to pieces I don't know how I'd be right again
I hope some time someone will catch me and set me right and bring me in
sometimes I just can't sleep even when I hold my eyes shut tight
I need a sunrise from this long and fearful night
but i guess if I can't get what I need
then I guess I'd rather burn than freeze
I guess I'd rather burn, burn
I'd rather burn than freeze
Track Name: Watch How We Grow
We are souls stuck in bodies, souls stuck inside of our bones
we struggle and claw our way to the top
to forget that these bodies don't last that long

Try and figure it out, take and honest account
catalouge memories and dreams, hope to God that they mean
somehting more than the little they seem they seem
ooooooo watch how we grow
ooooooo the reaping will show

I had a dream I pictured a river, it carried me away
until I was scattered on the shoreline
the fragments were unrecognizable
now if life is like a river
I pray I'd be more than this
we're all broken on the beaches
and can't help but keep sowing and sowing our seeds
oooooooo watch how we grow
oooooooo is that all we have to show

oh God, make us more than the sums of our parts
make us more or I don't think I'll make it at all
Track Name: The Good Ones
I was following you, only you knew the way
We were on an unmarked trail through the woods to a secret place
and that spot was beautiful, though I tripped and fell
I've had a lot of good spills in my life, but that really was a great one
So you lifted me up and carried me back
and you handled me with care all the while making me laugh
and I soaked up from you, the warmth I get from the sun
I've known many good men in my life but I think you were a great one

I was putting you on like most comfortable clothes
We had comfortable moves, comfortable silence the kind of comfort that shows
and I never got tired of hearing your jokes
I've had lots of good laughs in my life, but we really had some great ones
and then your face was blue in the light of the TV
I had one hand on your heart and you whispered that you loved me
and though it all ended before it had begun
I've had many god cries in my life, but that night it was a great one

I was standing on stage, the lights hot on my face
and through the darkness of the room I somehow spotted your shape
That night singing was an ecstasy not an escape
I've sang really loud in my life but that night I really gave it all
and I sang all my songs, every note was for you
you really heard what I wrote and every single note was for you
Though I've done lots of losing, I finally felt like I've won
I've had many good nights in my life but I think that was a great one
oooo- when its all done
there's been a whole lot of good in my life and in the middle there's the great ones
Track Name: What He Sees
Made another mistake, gave my heart away
and now it hurts just like it used to
haven't I grown up at all, haven't I learned anything
I don't know what he sees but it is not me
I don't know what he sees but it is not me

I'm holding my place,
there's no where to go from here but there's no escape
and somehow we're both surprised
is he blind or am I? is he blind or am I, am I?
I don't know what he sees but it is not me
I don't know what he sees but it is not me

this ache is like the roar of the train outside my window
it drowns me out and I can't think of anything else to write about
because I don't know what he sees but it is not me
I don't know what he sees but it is not me
Track Name: Spending and Saving
written and performed by: Abbi Rajasekhar
engineered and mixed by: Jon Visger
Track Name: With My Heart, in My Hands
I know that I can be really hard to read but I'm trying hard to change that because of what you are to me
people our age, they can tend to play games but I want to tell you I love you unashamedly
I would write 1000 songs for you cause when you're gone I long for you
and if I got drunk I'd get your name as a tattoo
with my heart in my hands

Hell or high water I'd keep you afloat and when the winter winds are blowing I'll give you my heavy coat
there's no playing hard to get with me, don't need to chase what you already own
and there's no need to call and ask where I am I'll be at home
I would run, run miles for you and if you're too far I'll drive to you
and if it gets dangerous I'll survive for you
with my heart in my hands
Track Name: If I Die Before I Wake
have you seen the sky today forgot the blue could look that way
beauty passes by the same as pain, its there and gone and back again
I guess our wandering causes us to collide, we say hello then say goodbye
so if I die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take