Empty City Nights

by far beyond frail

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1.
Another lonely neon night Moonlit city, moonlit life I'm not the only window lit up tonight If it were dark enough, I'd sleep If there were light, I might believe In you, in God, in hope, in love, in me We all want to feel something Something that means something Everything is turning red There's a pounding in my head I can't believe that I'm back here again Quiet, staring at the street If I look long enough I'll see Someone who feels the same staring up at me It used to all make sense But I've lost what I felt back then I'm supposed to write a life, but I'm stuck again You know, it's gonna be so strange When we look back on these days And see an empty page Staring at city lights, another empty city night
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I can tell it's you by the time of night you call Once the world falls asleep, so she doesn't know You say we're just friends, maybe once upon a time But something has changed, so this is goodbye We can't be friends, 'cause What if I say I love you? Do you know what that would mean? How that would change things? What if I say I want you? I'll tell you what that would mean You'd break her heart for me I remember when you asked me what we were Looking back I know why; you'd just met her I didn't say it then and I can't say it tonight Trust me, you're better off with her in your life And now we can't be friends, 'cause You know who I am, always ripping apart at the seams Babe, I can't let you leave her, for someone like me
3.
Today may as well have been called yesterday It all feels the same Scared to close the door and feel this room empty ‘Cause I’ve felt that before I need to know love could come save my someday 'Cause someday's all I've got to keep me hanging on If I knew my someday love would be here one day At night I might close my eyes and feel someday whole I don't know what I lost, or when I stopped feeling Like I was all of me I'm always awake, all night just wondering If tomorrow could change Love, come save me Love, let me save you
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03:35
I wrap my arms around my knees While you race to fall asleep 'Cause I know what you're gonna dream You give me a hurried kiss goodnight You can't wait to turn out the lights To be with her when you close your eyes 'Cause as you fall asleep You think that maybe this should be the last night You spend without her lying by your side And it took 'til now for me to realize You're gonna leave if you dream of her What's it gonna take to make you stay awake, oh darling? She won’t last, still you’re drifting away What's it gonna take to make you stay awake, oh darling? To open your eyes and stay I know how it feels to realize that You let someone get stuck in your head And worry you like feeling like that But I know when you wake up to reality It's never gonna be like the dream So I'm only with you when I fall asleep But when I look at you Holding your pillow in your arms I see You holding her, and not hanging on to me Such a tragic way for you to leave Eyes closed, chasing some stupid dream Stay with your forever I am your forever
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I stopped breathing, 4 'o clock this morning When all of a sudden I woke ready to fall in love To fall for you I don’t know how this finally happened ‘Cause I meant what I felt when I said I was scared to fall Especially for you Why'd I have to change my mind, after I left you? I'm ready to fall for you I’m hoping you’ll still catch me I see you from this ledge I’m on I’m trying to make believe You’re gonna be waiting down there for me I’m ready to fall for you, knowing You’re over me I don’t know what I was so afraid of The voice, the feeling that told me to believe in love I wanted to Instead I kissed you goodnight And walked away from you It’s funny that it’s gonna be love That finally breaks me ‘Cause I’m falling whether or not You’re there to catch me
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It's been a long, long time Since I've felt like a girl whose life Was worth more than the sum of passing time Another cold, dark night Another chance, another try To believe what you keep saying life is for You say it's love, I say you're wrong I want to believe you, so I'm asking you to Prove me wrong tonight You're all I never wanted, 'cause I've always thought that Love can't change my life Change my mind I'll let you hold my hand If you realize what you're up against Love's never been in fairy tales of mine Every time I think of love Not love in songs, but in real life It seems it hurts more than it's patient or kind You say I'm wrong, I hope you're right I don't think love can be enough On nights when life hurts this much Change my mind
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01:47
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Forty minutes before the alarm I'm still awake, waiting out the dark Watching you dreaming, and wondering where you have gone I'm flipping through pages of an old journal And finding a boy who feels so unfamiliar My head starts spinning, as I'm reminded of who you were When I knew for sure, that you were in love I lay my head on your chest, try to feel it rising There's a ghost in our bed, where I'm used to you lying Are you in love, or are we dead? Baby, let me know you're living 'Cause I can't hear you breathing You stare through windows, like the stars are falling But your reflection shows eyes completely empty A ghost of someone whose eyes showed the world to me That's why I don't believe, that I can't hear you breathe Feel my breath warm on your neck, while you're sleeping If you're in there, I'll find you wherever you're hiding
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Her eyes are blue like mine It must be hard sometimes To know who you want to see When you look at me Let's try to make this easy If you need to love, it's OK to choose her I can take it love, If you can say goodbye If you need to love, it's OK to choose her Come on, let me know and I'll let you go tonight If you can let me cry I fell like a shooting star You held me like you were sure You said we felt like a dream But you woke up without me Let’s try to make this easy Say goodbye
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01:35
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04:02
The stars are dancing with the city lights I trace the outline of the skyline I'm reflecting back into your eyes They lock with mine, brightest thing in the sky You look like love, or how I imagined Love would look to me I can see how easy we would fall If we decide tonight, that it's time to try We're both wondering if the other's tried To get closer, to another But if we can't seem to look away Stands to reason, we've both been waiting The hardest part is over All that's left is a future in love
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I'm surprised to see She can't read your eyes like me One look and I know everything About you and me, what we could be You're not over your first love The girl you never stopped dreaming of   I think you still love the girl you never found Because you keep looking at me, when she turns around There's a chair here, why don't you sit down? Baby, take a chance on finding the girl you never found You're trying to ignore She's not the girl you feel meant for The one that I can see You remembered soon as you saw me  When did you stop holding on To hope you'd find the girl you love? Don't just fall for someone If you haven't found the one
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01:43

about

“Empty City Nights,” the first full-length album from Kansas City duo far beyond frail, is an intimate portrait of urban life, love and loneliness. Recorded for $200, using just a laptop and one microphone, the album is presented as glimpses into the lives of different people during one city night. It is the kind of stripped back, raw, and emotional album that fans of far beyond frail’s live shows and earlier EP’s have been waiting for years to hear.

Notes from David:

In 2010, Sharlynn and I had decided to trade the road for an empty notebook, hoping to feel the world again in the only way we know how. Before long, we had filled the notebook up with memories, and thoughts, and songs. We'd spent years crisscrossing the country, touring as a duo, so when we wanted to turn these songs into an album, we decided it was time to make one as a duo. No more producers, no more hired musicians — just the two of us in a room with the ability to hit record. So, we bought $200 worth of recording equipment, closed the door, and set out to make the most honest album we could.

The album was inspired by the view from my loft in downtown Kansas City. I'd be looking out my window late at night, see a handful of lights on, and wonder what was happening in those apartments. I'd think about how empty the city can feel, even though so many people are awake in their rooms, going through their version of the same thing everyone else is. Soon, I realized the album we were writing is a trip through the thoughts of these people, in these apartments, on this one city night.

This album is about urban life, love, and loneliness. It's about being in your twenties, and trying to learn how to fall in love and how to stay in love. It's about being ready to feel something that means something.

It's about Empty City Nights.

Yours,
David

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released May 10, 2011

far beyond frail is:
Sharlynn Verner - Vocals, Piano
David Cecil - Acoustic, Electric and Bass Guitars

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by David Cecil

Mastered by Don Miller at Airborne Audio (Lenexa, KS)

Cover photograph by David Cecil

All songs written by David Cecil and Sharlynn Verner, except "Empty City Nights" and "It's OK to Choose Her," written by David Cecil, Sharlynn Verner, and Joe McGill.

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far beyond frail is a songwriting duo composed of Sharlynn Verner and David Cecil. Formed in 2002 while studying music on Martha’s Vineyard, a small island off the coast of Cape Cod, they combine edgy love songs with stunning female vocals to create music that ranges from breathy and playful to moody and daring. ... more

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