Proof

by Emily Elbert

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released 07 September 2010

All songs by Emily Elbert
Co-produced by Emily Elbert and Stephen Webber
Engineered and mixed by Stephen Webber

Vocals, acoustic guitar: Emily Elbert
Bass: Josh Hari, Noam Wiesenberg, Claire Finley
Drums: Devin Collins, Vishal Nayak, Bruno Esrubilsky
Percussion: Noriko Terada
Piano: Roland Elbert
Cello: Eugene Friesen
Mandolin: Eric Robertson

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Emily Elbert Boston, Massachusetts

Nomadic soul songstress Emily Elbert creates music with a global spirit, a D.I.Y passion, and a deep sense of hope. She has performed over 700 shows in 15 countries, and won numerous awards in the U.S. and U.K.. The Boston Folk Festival notes: "Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if 'upcoming' even applies to this phenom any longer." ... more

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Track Name: In the Summertime
I’m gonna love you in the summertime
February’s fine, but we are stuck inside
We’ll lay on a blanket on the hill in the morning light
I’m gonna love you in the summertime

You’ll bring your charcoal pencils and draw the land
I’ll read Thoreau and kiss your blackened hand
Wrapped in whispers waiting as the sun slips out of sight
Yes, I’m gonna love you in the summertime

We’ve had times this winter that I won’t forget
But I can’t wait for the ones that haven’t happened yet

I’m gonna love you in the summertime
We’ll spend all day and night just being outside
The sun makes it feel good just to be alive
I’m gonna love you in the summertime
Track Name: Do Without
I’ve been shot and it didn’t make a sound
As I fall back I see my heart there on the ground
It was too much too fast and we’d gone to far to fix now
And we tried to go back but just couldn’t figure out how

We had it coming
It got too hard to ignore
We both saw it coming
Just couldn’t make it any more

But you’re still the one I’m waiting for
When I get home you’re not there any more
And you’re still the one I dream about
But now I’ll learn how to do without

Wrapped up so tight, the tension was too much
Oh but there will be times when all I think about’s your touch
I won’t avert my eyes if I see you in the streetlight
But am I wise enough to keep my crying inside

We had it coming
It got too hard to ignore
We both saw it coming
Just couldn’t make it any more

But you’re still the one I’m waiting for
When I get home you’re not there any more
And you’re still the one I dream about
But now I’ll learn how to do without

I didn’t sleep
I couldn’t think
Of anything but you and me and how we’ll never be
But possibly
We could try and see
Til then I’ll keep this all buried underneath

And you’re still the one I’m waiting for
When I get home you’re not there any more
And you’re still the one I dream about
But now I’ll learn how to do without
Track Name: Proof
Proof

Kiss you in the morning when I wake
Watch a smile as it’s forming on your face
Open the window, breathe in the morning air
Open my eyes, I’m still amazed you are there

Feels like proof that there’s love
Proof that there’s peace
Proof we can be redeemed

Proof that there’s love
Proof that there’s peace
Proof we can be set free

Sliver of sun slips below the great white sea
Cloud shapes changing wildly at such speed
Shimmer of light gleams, shines to the Hollywood hills
Finding this silence amongst such a mess gives me chills

Feels like proof that there’s love
Proof that there’s peace
Proof we can be redeemed

Proof that there’s love
Proof that there’s peace
Proof we can be set free

Hiding, rewriting truth
Climbing, calling - you

Drawing dreams though the senses to the heart
Search for a method that quenches in the dark
A dive into untouched waters; a common thread
Like having a talk with martyrs awake from the dead

Feels like proof that there’s love
Proof that there’s peace
Proof we can be redeemed

Proof that there’s love
Proof that there’s peace
Proof we can be set free
Track Name: Brandy in the Summertime
Brandy in the summertime

Listenin to Georgia
We’ve got the good stuff
Waltz on the rooftop
Keeping the neighbors up

Spin til we all spill
Yes soon we all will
First try’s a good sign
Top secret night life

I think I’ve found a spot to stop and sit and get my fix of brandy in the summertime

Swimmin in a heat wave
Sparklers in the moonlight
Just like independence day
Bright stars and red stripe

No sleep til sun rise
No need to step inside
Sleepyheads with big smiles
Rediscoverin our design

I think I’ve found a spot to stop and sit and get my fix of brandy in the summertime

Silhouettes upon the skyline
Little light from a half moon
Glass bottles like wind chimes
Echo down the avenue

Old city with new friends
Pour me up a little bit
Sippin liquor like it’s fine wine
Like cowboys with their fine wine

I think I’ve found a spot to stop and sit and get my fix of brandy in the summertime
Track Name: Not a Fool
Not a Fool

Time swept our love out with the rain
And my heart slipped away
To the darkest of caves
And didn’t come back for days

Now I sleep alone in our old bed
And I stage out my thoughts
And the unlikely plots
The things that remain unsaid

But I was not a fool
For believing in you
Not a fool
Just in over my head

We said that we would be good friends
But your shoulder turned cold
And your arms just let go
And found someone else instead

But I was not a fool
For believing in you
Not a fool
Just in over my head

When I find the right one to love me
Don’t call me saying that you’re feeling lonely
Cause I’ve been lonely
And I don’t need you
To waltz on in and expect to win cause you don’t have a clue

Now I watch the snow
And feel the change
Now that wintertime’s here
My mind starts to clear
I feel like myself again

No I’m nobody’s fool
Maybe find somebody new
Not a fool, but a lover instead
Track Name: To Stay Alive in the World
To Stay Alive in the World

These whitewashed walls of my apartment might
Destroy the instincts in me to survive
Gotta get out & see the stars or city lights
To feel the power and presence of the night

To stay alive in the world
To stay alive in the world
To stay alive in the world that might explode

We’ve got coal black smokestacks filling up our lungs
To start the day it takes machines to turn us on
In the event that our inventions fill us up
Let’s not forget we’re still revolving ‘round the sun

To stay alive in the world
To stay alive in the world
To stay alive in the world that might explode

Any given time
We’ll find ourselves flying into the fire
Dead at the drop of a dime
Still we find we must own all that is new to us
The vast and the mysterious
More scared than we are curious
Too fast and too furious

To stay alive in the world
To stay alive in the world
To stay alive in the world that might explode
Track Name: Another Faded Love
Another Faded Love

This time last year I was still falling for your touch
This time last year I was so green
This time last year I just loved you way too much
But I won’t make the same mistake again

Oh, I felt safe inside your touch
There goes another faded love

This time last year I was dreaming upside down
With my head on the ground and my heels to the sky
But time took over and our whole world turned around
I spent a year asking the reasons why

Oh, I felt safe inside your touch
There goes another faded love

This time last year I held my heart out in my hands
Bare and bleeding awake and dreaming through the day
But now in the night when I’m alone I am alright
And time has shown me I can always feel this way

Oh, I felt safe inside your touch
There goes another faded love
Track Name: Lazy
Lazy

Wake up in the noonday sun
Watch the time drift away
When they ask me what I’ve done
I’ve really got nothing to say
I’ve really got nothing to say
I’ve really got nothing to say

Just want to be lazy
Lay and watch the flowers grow
Just one of those days here
When I’ve got no where to go

I remember the times
Spending all day in the sunshine
No use to worry our minds with anything at all
Now we’re making our way down the line
Working days and working nights
But in this moment I’m feeling fine
Cause I’m following the call

Just want to be lazy
Lay and watch the flowers grow
Just one of those days here
When I’ve got no where to go
Track Name: When Things Don't Go Quite As Planned
When Things Don’t Quite Go As Planned

Like hanging on a rope with blistered hands
Trying to float in sinking sand
Money will screw you again and again
When things don’t quite go as planned

Like wanting to sing with your mouth wired shut
You’re down on the ground and you can’t get up
So here you are – you thought you were so tough
But here’s the universe calling your bluff

I never thought things would turn out this way
Thought the world might forget all the mistakes I’ve made
Thought I’d found a way to fool the game
But now at night I lie awake to find I’ve learned too late

Like wanting to know someone but never leaving your head
Wanting to know the world but never leaving your bed
Standing at the door of heaven, paralyzed with dread
Cause things haven’t quite gone as planned
No things don’t always go as planned

I never thought things would turn out this way
Thought the world might forget all the mistakes I’ve made
Thought I’d found a way to fool the game
But now at night I lie awake to find I’ve learned too late

Everybody sins
But finding good within is critical
Even within yourself
Track Name: Memories in Rhyme
Memories in Rhyme

I sometimes forget the words to a song I’ve heard since I was three feet tall
A song I’ve sung fourteen or fifteen hundred million times that’s all
A chemical process re-ordering objects
And replacing the spaces in my brain with street names
Until that moment when it starts to play

And the words fall around me like a symphony of memories in rhyme
And all the lines bring back the times of gazing wide-eyed at the sky

Nowadays I take the subway
I left my car down south where it broke down
It’s more efficient this way
I’m not too good of a driver anyhow

The only thing that I miss
Is that feeling of bliss
With the windows down and songs coming on the radio we’re all shouting, singing along

And the words fall around me like a symphony of memories in rhyme
And all the lines bring back the times of gazing wide-eyed at the sky

Nothing like the feeling of familiar
Funny how nostalgia can fulfill you
They say old love never dies
And when I close my eyes
And let my ears inform my mind I know they’re right

And the words fall around me like a symphony of memories in rhyme
And all the lines bring back the times of gazing wide-eyed at the sky
Track Name: Thinking Hybrid; Redirected
It’s just more of the same changes
Headphones can only take me so far away
This is the point where I reassess my arrangements
It’s time to revert to what needs to be saved

Cause I’ve spent too long with my shoes on
Let myself start to play it safe
And my reactions became the factions of a misdirected race

Speaking of race, I’m compelled to run
Off the charts of what’s expected
Once again, I will follow the sun
Thinking hybrid; redirected

To finding melodies in the white noise
Secret passageways and doors
Trace the trails of forgotten flying creatures
I will never, never again ignore

Speaking of creatures, I’m compelled to fly
Off the charts of what’s expected
Once again, I will channel the sky
Thinking hybrid; redirected

A dive into the rain is an awakening; a sudden gust of wind
So as the storm brings forth the green progression
I too, will grow again

I am aware, awake, and able
I am digging in living land
Balanced, yet affected
Perpetual I climb
Above all, I am connected

Thinking hybrid; redirected
Track Name: Tightrope Walk
Tightrope Walk

Tightrope walk
Tiptoe so delicately
Think and talk
All simultaneously

Got to say what you mean in the most polite of ways

Balance beam
You’ve got charisma and you’re so p.c.
Ought to be on television

Colgate whites probably glow when you turn out the lights

But how many pins can you juggle ‘fore they all come crashing down?
That mind must get awfully muddled with so many voices spinning round

Tightrope walk
Tiptoe so delicately
Think and talk
All simultaneously

Got to say what you mean in the most polite of ways