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No Real Destination

No Real Destination aptly describes the wandering mood of Emily’s debut album as she addresses the first 20 years of her life in lyrical form. The upbeat melody behind Swallowed By The Bay wryly masks the song’s dark lyrics, which were inspired by “The Bridge”, a controversial documentary about suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Two Islands speaks of the divisive quality of religion in personal relationships.

No Real Destination

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Two Islands

The front door has never looked more attractive
Than it does right now, and it is somehow
Due to the fact you're going at this once more
And I've heard this before
I've heard this before

And as my escape plan slowly formulates
You say something new, something you never do
You no longer know me
No, we've never met
And further, you feel it has no real consequence

Severed by naivety
It confounds you and it condemns me
I would stop to say goodnight, but
Do strangers ever say goodbye?

As I drive on the gateway
With no real destination
The odor of our discourse
Repels me with remorse

Of course I know better
Than to settle this right now
If we are two islands
We'll never meet anyhow

Severed by naivety
It confounds you and it condemns me
I would stop to say goodnight, but
Do strangers ever say goodbye?

I'm a stranger to you, a stranger to you
Is this what real strangers do, or
Do they know better?
Can we put this aside? Please put this aside
You can't just tear down your pride
It's "death" or it's "life"

Severed by naivety
It confounds you and it condemns me
I would stop to say goodnight, but
Do strangers ever say goodbye?

No I don't want to say goodbye
I don't want to say goodbye

Haystacks

I used to hide in haystacks
Splinters scratching at my skin as I dove in
Headfirst between bales of tried timber
Sure I'd be forgotten by my ever-watching mother
Confident she would not remember
The one thing, the only thing she was looking after

And there I'd hide so compact
As if my solitude was enough
But she'd call my bluff

Why did I want you to forget me
My hiding place awkwardly put
Half of me was silently hoping
You'd play along in the debris and soot
But you're much too mature for my childhood games
So you went on your way
You're not the same as her
No you're not the same

My bed looks like a barnyard today
My horse-like face in the mirror with a feeder as its frame
I thought I might gamble, I thought you might play
But you just left me here
In a home made of hay

Swallowed By The Bay

Sitting on a railing, burnt orange staining
Watching all the cars drive by
Families taking photos, tourists much too close
Will they look me in the eye
Or watch me fly?
I'll be a falling star in the midday sky

Took a bus to get here, take a leap to leave here
Everyone's preoccupied
The magnitude of beauty
This structure, the city
Is really all that fills their minds
So I'll just fly
I'll be a falling star in the midday sky

I'm going for a swim
I'm not sure when I will resurface again
Things look real grim
The bay can swallow me
Please do not follow me in

Sitting on a railing, burnt orange staining
Without that golden state of mind
Mama grabs her baby, who is practically dangling
Herself off the side
No you can't fly
This is a single passenger kind of ride

Took a bus to get here, take a leap to leave here
Worker looks the other way
I am nothing special, I am just another
Number etched out in his brain
So I'll fly
Bid sunny Cali one last goodbye

Royal Red

I dreamt about you last night
My subconscious came to life
And I haven't slept a wink since
You were dancing inside my head
Inside my head

And this morning the sheets were gone
Someone spread them across my lawn
And it's roses were at my bed
Forming patterns of royal red
Royal red

Is it true that our dreams are separate beings
Birthed by ambition and nourished by things
Like love and devotion
And every other emotion ever conjured
Or am I just absurd?

The sky that day was so blue
The clouds formed pictures of you
I heard birds singing our songs
And I couldn't help but sing along
Sing along

And tonight when I fall asleep
Your face will be the first thing I see
And I'll never want to leave my bed
I'll be dreaming in Royal Red
Royal red

Is it true that our dreams are separate beings
Birthed by ambition and nourished by things
Like love and devotion
And every other emotion ever conjured
Or am I just absurd?

Royal red
Royal red
Royal red

Marvel

Marvel, wonder in the making
Is your stone heart breaking
Could it break at all?
Rigid, everything's so hallow
Do your stone ears follow
Or are they only quelled

This possibility is infinite and beautiful
It pains me thinking that it may never be quite fulfilled

Marvel, standing statuesque
You're so picturesque
Framed by memory
But memories fade after a short time
And shortly you will be mine
And surely you know how
This possibility is infinite and beautiful
It pains me thinking that it may never be quite fulfilled
Underneath fragments are there remnants of what once was you?
I once knew you and you once could see

Open up to me
Open up to me
Open up to me
Open up to me

Morning Light

You called me up at a quarter til three
Half unconcious, craving company
No hungry glances or advances made
You just wanted me to stay

The loneliness stretched out on your face
Spoke louder than any words we could say
No talk of love, no unrealistic views
You just wanted me close to you
And oh, I didn't mind
See, I'd rather spend the night than just let it die

And oh-oh, we both know
Peace of mind comes at such a heavy price
It's late, I know, that's fine
I'll stay until the morning light

I called you up five minutes ago
Even though I've had just ten alone
This sudden surge of energy
Comes solely from your company

So I curl my fingers, count to four
I'm knocking at your door
I hope you don't mind
'Cause we could spend the night or just let it die

And oh-oh, we both know
Peace of mind comes at such a heavy price
It's late, I know, that's fine
I'll stay until the morning light

Hideout

Take me out
Take me anywhere
Take me far from here
Take me to your hideout
Touch my hand
Touch my matted hair
Touch me everywhere
But it really isn't touching
The best part is that this means nothing

The worst part is this means nothing
And you've got an answer
To all this emptiness we feel
As we move to the sound of your radio
And I've got this problem
But it doesn't need solving
All I do is look at you
And I'm barely breaking

The best part is that this means nothing
The worst part is this means nothing
The best part is that this means nothing
The worst part is this means nothing

And you've got an answer
To all this emptiness we feel
As we move to the sound of your radio
And I've got this problem
But it doesn't need solving
All I do is look at you
And I'm barely breaking

The best part is that this means nothing
The worst part is this means nothing
The best part is that this means nothing
The worst part is this means nothing
But it means everything to me right now

You Lost This Draw

Cellulars and California
Broken promises, bendable words
Two year oaths aren't worth keeping
They aren't worth seeing through
And you didn't know, did you
Diamonds in your palm
They aren't unbreakable
You proved that theory wrong

But she was different
Your girls are dimes a dozen
She was different, didn't you know?
You didn't know

Cheap wine and cheaper intent
Big distractions and big mistakes
Just masquerading this whole time
At least it seems so
And you didn't know, did you

Poison in the water
You're breathing in toxins
But you're bathing in fountains
You proved that theory wrong

But she was different
Your girls are dimes a dozen
She was different, didn't you know?
She was different, her worth was much more costly
Honestly, didn't you know?
You didn't know

When you have something that good
Why let it go?
When you have something this good
Why would you let it go?
Be it five months or five years
Don't it go

But she was different
Your girls are dimes a dozen
She was different, didn't you know?
She was different, her worth was much more costly
Honestly, didn't you know?
You didn't know

Civil Attributes

I am a child most of the time
Frightened easily, provoked to hide
The smallest resolve that's keeping me glued
Snaps easily, all my innards break lose

I was surprised to see you
At the other end of the barrel
With all your civil attributes
This one act seems so feral
It's not the words that you chose
That left me stunned
It's that you shot into the dark
You picked up the gun

I cleaned up my mess and I went on my way
But it's harder to travel without any legs
I looked to the bridge, I looked back home
And for once in my life I didn't know
Where to go, oh

I was surprised to see you
At the other end of the barrel
With all your civil attributes
This one act seems so feral
It's not the words that you chose
That left me stunned
It's that you shot into the dark
You picked up the gun
You picked up the gun

I was surprised to see you
At the other end of the barrel
With all your civil attributes
This one act seems so feral
It's not the words that you chose
That left me stunned
It's that you shot into the dark
You picked up the gun

Public Execution

Take these words, they're meaningless
soften them, then give them a twist
take your lens and focus in
the talking heads are at it again

Use my past, unauthorized
and brutalized before the media's eyes
I'm not one for holding back
while the hounds run on the attack

You've heard all there is to say
Tell me, what is my conviction?
Distortion, Distortion
A 200th term abortion
Delusion, Delusion
A public execution

I'm barely breathing beneath these lies
My name itself now crucified
Associate me with rebels and rogues
I am the sheep, give me the wolves clothes
'Cause it's about time everyone know

Come one, come all
It's a family affair
We'll take him out in the county square
Censorship runs on programming
But telecast this live from TV

"Godless", "soulless", "so numb"
Tell me, is the picture clear yet?
Distortion, Distortion
A face fabled in contortion
Delusion, Delusion
A public execution

Distortion, Distortion
A face fabled in contortion
Delusion, Delusion
A public execution