Where I Began

by Emily Mure

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released December 10, 2009

Produced by Emily Mure.
All songs written and arranged by Emily Mure.
Ryan Langlois, Grace Kwon, and Mike Presta helped with arrangements of some songs.

Recorded and mixed by Mike Presta, mastered by Mark Christensen
at Engine Room Audio.

Emily Mure: vocals on all tracks. Backing vocals on track 1,3, 4, 9, 12.
Rhythm guitar on all tracks except 5 and 7.
Oboe on tracks 3 and 7. Piano on track 8.

Ryan Langlois: lead acoustic or electric guitars on all tracks except 3, 8 and 10. Bass on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12. Harmonica on track 2. Mandolin on track 6. Back up vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 12

Mady Spiegel: Back up vocals on tracks 6 and 11

Grace Kwon: cello on tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7

Andrea Dovalle: Fiddle on track 6

Mike Presta: Drums on tracks 1,2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 12

CD design, photography, and art direction by Christian Butte and Malcolm Buick.
CD production management by Kris Pelletier.
CD made at Oasis CD Manufacturing.


© 2009 Emily Mure All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: The Same Way
It’s ok that you left
I’m sure there was nothing else to say
As I asked you took your luggage and went away
We used to take different trains every morning
but I always thought we’d come back
the same way

If I see you again
would I be the same as I am
Or would I slide easily back in the role I took by your side
Would I be, suddenly aware of my voice, the tone it takes
Or how my hair falls by the side of my face
Would you see me as you once did
Would I doubt it all just by your presence
And you always were hard to reach
but as far as you were I could at least touch your hand

Though I tell myself over and over
you could not be kept by anyone at all
I still can’t help but wonder if I had been some other way
had my hair fallen differently by the side of my face
would you have chosen
would you have chosen
the same way
Track Name: Joanne
She drove from Minnesota with a guitar in the back.
She was in a rush and that was all she could pack.
She grabbed her car and she headed down
that old country road.
He woke up in the morning to see Joanne had gone.
He racked his mind and thought “what has gone wrong?”
He grabbed his smokes and he followed her down
that country road.

And he said “Joanne, sing to me
‘cause you’re the prettiest thing that I have ever seen.
I know you’re sad I know you’re mad
I know I’ve done wrong
but please Joanne, sing to me.”

She rolled down all the windows,
turned on her favorite song.
She racked her mind and thought “where do I belong?
If this is freedom then why do I feel so confined?”
She broke down on the highway as soon as it got dark.
She asked the Lord to give her one last spark
“‘cause these fires of inspiration, well,
they’re gettin’ very dim.”

And he said “Joanne, believe in me.
Forgive yourself as I have done for thee.
I know you’re sad I know you’re mad
I know you feel wronged
but please Joanne, believe in me.”
Track Name: Where I Began
I’m too tired to fight right now
Too tired to worry about shoulds and should-nots
I’ve no more proof I’ve not yet offered
to show you’re the one that I adore

La de dum de dum da de dum
La de dum, la di da dum

I’ve been bad but you’ve been worse
It’s no excuse but I’m lost for words
I’d shun you, I’d yell at you straight
but it doesn’t hold your gravity’s weight

La de dum de dum da de dum
La de dum, la di da dum

What is is what is
and who I am is who I am
I’ve worked too long and hard
to go back where I began
Track Name: Ireland To Me
If I could live by the Galway bay
with a house made of stone, a red door, and a fireplace
I’d sit outside and watch the swans swim away
If I, if I, could stay
If you were here with me
we’d sit and talk about our memories
how our tent flooded in Dingle
how we sat for hours in the pastures naming cows
Do you remember George?
How he ate right out of my hand?
Do you remember how the rain didn’t faze us
because it made the green of this land

If I could play guitar on the streets
just get by on a euro a beat
I swear I could do that forever
if you were here with me
If I never see you again
could you send me the scent of your skin?
So I, I can remember all the green of your eyes
and how this land became them

You’re Ireland to me
You are Ireland to me
I know no other country
You are Ireland to me
Track Name: Chocolate Milk
Dry your eyes kids, can’t you see this is
somethin’ that must now come
I am tired, I am ready
so take my love to carry on
Don’t you know I will always be here
with your father by my side
We will hold you when you are cryin’
We’ll be dancing gigues with you
at Christmas time
I don’t need pity, I’ve only one glass to fill
One more request, one more sweetness
All I want before I go
is chocolate milk

I am honored to be a part of this
wondrous family tree
All the laughter and all the music
will be my joy of eternity
Don’t you know I was welcomed kindly
by Mary Lou and my brother Tom
The Lord he gave me a gift to greet me
do you know what it was?
I don’t need pity, I’ve only one glass to fill
He smiled gently and handed to me
all I want before I go
I don’t need pity, I’ve only one glass to fill
One more request, one more sweetness
What I got when I came home
was chocolate milk, chocolate milk
Don’t you see that I have
everything else.
Track Name: Darlin' Darlin'
Darlin’ Darlin’ walk with me, I hate to say goodbye.
Once you turn your back to me
I’m bound to break and cry.
It hurts to know this time tomorrow,
tomorrow you’ll be gone.
And all the while I’ll be wondering where,
where we went wrong.

So walk along the shoreline with me
and I promise we’ll find a place where we can be.
Don’t take those risks on the West Side Highway.
Darlin’ Darlin’ I’m beggin’ you to stay.

Darlin’ Darlin’ dance with me,
I’m reachin’ out my hand.
I know there are many things that I don’t understand.
But I will listen to anything and in return
I’ll let you see
all the things I was too afraid to show you about me.

So take my hand, let’s dance today
and I promise we’ll find a pace that feels ok.
Don’t take those risks on the West Side Highway.
Darlin’ Darlin’ I’m beggin’ you to stay.
Track Name: Let Go
The days we feel that sweep us away
are whispering faintly of days passing by
We’ll dream of the future, hoping for
an extension of our past
but all we’ll feel are those days
that swept us away
too fast to keep them the same

So let go
Let go of your expectations
Tomorrow is too far away
to hold on to
So let go
Let go of your inhibitions
Tomorrow is too far away
to hold on to
Too far to hold on to

The bright pink moon climbs over these walls
it sings of you being gone or of me being alone
I watch the mist roll over the banks
as it would if I’d closed my eyes
but either way it feels the same

So let go
Let go of your expectations
Tomorrow is too far away
to hold on to
So let go
Let go of your inhibitions
Tomorrow is too far away
to hold on to
Too far to hold on to
Track Name: One Week
At this time, I’ve got burdens to kick
At this time, I’ve gotta make somethin’ of it
But who are you? Where did you come from?
How do I miss you with just one week gone?
Friday night is a comin’ on
and I’ve no desire to be out where they are
with discontent reasons and discontent songs
How do I miss you with just one week gone?

Your smiling eyes; I’m a sucker for them
They tell me I’m crazy for doin’ this again
But how is resistance a glorious thing
when I’ve already felt it, if that is my sin-
I’d rather know the consequences
and if I am wrong at least I’ve chanced it
It may not be sane or the smartest thing
but I’d rather give up, I’d rather give in

City streets and weakened knees
candle lights and rain
Would you keep from sayin’ what you wanna say?
I could have wondered “how would it have gone?”
But I lived a lifetime just one week long
Track Name: When Autumn Came
Well I could never pretend to be
the girl who lives up to everything
that anyone who came along
has ever dreamed a girl could be
Has dreamed,
has ever dreamed a girl could be

What got me was not at all your pose
as ruthless tough and unafraid
that got so many others before
but the crease by your eyes
your smiles make
Your eyes,
the crease by your eyes your smiles make

But I am like a leaf
that can’t deny the seasons change
The girl I have come to be began to fall
when autumn came

I don’t have the armor
to keep me from feelin’ this way
I’d break into pieces
But I’ve no more time left to waste
What came before you
gives me reasons to stay
And what will come after
We have only to wait
Track Name: Don't Lock The Front Door
I know it’s cold out where you are
I know the snow is falling
fast on the roof of your car
but I got blankets and I got gloves
and I can make a mean fire glow
I can make it so it never stops, so

honey don’t lock the front door
I’m comin’ home, I’m comin home

I know I’m always on the run
It’s like a game that I have played
and never really won
but I will stay here if you want me to
I could spend each and every morning
waking up next to you, so

honey don’t lock the front door
I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ home
Track Name: Nightmares
nightmares, nightmares
watching, waiting
piano room is empty just like it ought to be
but nightmares, always haunting me
biting, biting
disappearing
i’m trying hard to grow them
like something i should keep
i think i bite them in my sleep
i don’t mean to scare you
when i wake you up at night
but i am sure i could remember
if you just turn on the light
light, light
nightmares, nightmares
dancing slowly
the images familiar
but i don’t know their names
the images are all the same
i don’t mean to scare you
when i wake you up at night
but i am sure i could remember
if you just turn on the light
(if i lose my way, i have you to blame,
don’t take me, nightmares)
Track Name: Give Me May
I’ve been had again, I’ve been lied about
it’s knocking hard on my spirit’s door
So I took a bus to get away, clear my mind among
the rainy hills of Kylemore
She radiates
within her gothic walls I, I hear her sing
of love and loss
tragedy and heartbreak she overcame

So keep me strong
Keep me honest as I go along
Don’t give me time, Don’t give me space
Don’t give me promises the world could break
Just give me May

I feel I’ve traveled here before
I feel I’m seeking out a home I’ve lost
to a ruthless game
And though I feel the aftermath
I do believe February’s end
has a timeless gain
She radiates
within her gothic walls I, I hear her sing
of love and loss
tragedy and heartbreak she overcame

So keep me strong
Keep me honest as I go along
Don’t give me time, Don’t give me space
Don’t give me promises the world could break
Keep me strong, Keep me safe
Keep me honest as I go on my way
Don’t give me time, Don’t give me space
Don’t give me promises the world could break
Just give me May