Muscle & Bone

by Hannah & Maggie

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This album was recorded in San Diego, CA in early January 2012. It was funded by a successfully completed Kickstarter campaign thanks to countless friends, loved ones, and strangers. We ate more avocados than we care to admit in the time it took to make this record.

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released May 20, 2012

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Hannah & Maggie New York, New York

Since the release of their first album, “Fine Being Here,” Hannah & Maggie have been compared to Simon & Garfunkel, The Indigo Girls, and The Weepies; they are also the winners of the CT Folk Fest songwriting competition 2012.

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Track Name: As You Wake
I am waiting for the sun to rise
and the rays to creep up your face.
I am hoping, when you open your eyes
they will smile and crease as you wake.

Give me ten more seconds of this time,
while the world can wait, patiently in line
until my creaking in the hall
will tell it it can have me now.

And I'll hold even tighter than before
the sense of everything alright,
having just been washed ashore
and I'll gather my things,
to leave outside the bedroom door.

When the fall does come, we will open our hearts
and we'll gather the leaves like they're waste.
And we'll live our days holding on to the sun,
like a life that's about to change.

Give me one more hour of this light,
while the warmth and the glow still put up a fight,
until the leaves are gone
and winter can take us where we stand.

And I'll hold even tighter than before
the sense of everything alright,
having just been washed ashore
and I'll gather my things,
to leave outside the bedroom door.

Give me twenty more minutes in the day
and I'll write poetry and songs to blow you away,
but I guess for now,
I'll just work with the seasons as they change.

And I'll hold even tighter than before
the sense of everything alright,
having just been washed ashore
and I'll gather my things,
to leave outside the bedroom door.
Track Name: Keeping Calm The Lives We Know
Two fall down
and you,
without a sound.
I've been scarred by who you are
A million times around.
These hands of mine can't keep the time
the way they did before I got found out.
I'll find you on the other side of all the darkest days.
I took it all to heart and thought it kind to run away
but I will stay, I'll stay.
For the button holes and marigolds that frame the summer days
I'll take apart the only heart I've ever tried to save.
Who's to blame here, lay here, and miss each day, dear?
Tell me something I don't know
Hold my head and sing real slow
Draw these homes an old dirt road
For keeping calm the lives we know.
Track Name: Burlington, VT
This is telling of every life I hope to find.
Gentle hearts on a wild wind, we’re safe inside.
Panelled wood, you know we should be,
All the good, we always could be here.
Tucked away from every single shade of gray
That we were told to fear.

Around this table, what will save us?
Summer’s gone with this photo on the front lawn.

Smoke and lavender keeping every single sound.
Dream a way to get back but wake not knowing how.
Carrot greens, and open screen doors
You and me, there seems to be more here.
Light a match and watch it burn this day to ash
we scatter through the year.

Around this table, night will leave us.
Summer’s gone, did someone count the days wrong?

This is telling of every life I hope to find.
Gentle hearts on a wild wind, we’re safe inside.

Muscle & Bone
If I sing right here
with only waves and fireflies to hear
will it bring me back?
Track Name: Muscle & Bone
If I sing right here
with only waves and fireflies to hear
will it bring me back?

I am lighter than mist
The helium in a red balloon in a toddler's fist
lighter than empty words.

Stop signs and grocery lines, I'm waiting
Waiting to feel home.
Bedtime and simple rhymes, I'm sated
Just to be muscle and bone.

If I lie around,
only birds in the absence of sound,
will they bring me back?

I am heavy spring rain.
Earthbound, but I hit the ground and evaporate.
Smells like life again.

Stop signs and grocery lines, I'm waiting
Waiting to feel home.
Bedtime and simple rhymes, I'm sated
Just to be muscle and bone
Track Name: Sara
Hurry, I'm home.
Slowly, she'll know.

Hold this heart, it's slipping
Don't you start.
This will take years to come true.
This whole house is burning
Watch it now,
Promise you'll take it with you.

Sara takes time.
Please, love. Be kind.

Hold your tongue, and listen
This still hurts
Certain I'll wake and be fine
Cause I'm a baby sleeping,
So step like snow,
And leave me one half of what's mine.
Track Name: City In Between
The sun shines sweet here
Mornings full of light that never fade.
And the stars look real here
They sing my eyes to sleep when I am wide awake.
The roads aren't paved here
I stumble over stones and when I'm done I wander home.
But my heart sure hurts here
Cause everything I learned was everything I should've known.

And I know I'm out of line but I've been thinking
One too many times about when autumn fell.
And I know that heart of yours can take a beating
But I swear I tried to fix you up and treat you well.

I've got a way with words now,
I bend them till they break entirely.
I try to write them all down
But it's not the same as when you wrote them back to me.

I'll say I'd rather take it all for granted
than change my ways and learn to follow through.
I've gotten good at blaming this on chance and
It isn't hard to see I'm just no good for you.

Now I know I've lost you.
I told myself I wouldn't say a word about the way I've held you.
I sing alone and hope somehow you might have heard
the sounds of every city in between us,
and every single word that didn't rhyme.
Just leave me as you found me in December
And promise not to wake me when you leave this time
Track Name: Ghost
She's like a ghost in this place
She wanders around with something to say
And all the familiar ways,
They ask how you've been, and how long you'll stay

Some days she gets it right
passing the time, instead of wasting the daylight
but some things she can't write down
one minute there, until you turn around.

She's always just passing through,
just passing through for an hour or two
She's always somebody new,
but never sure who.

The potholes are never quite old,
you still have to live when there's nothing to hold
Just take it slow, there's a way to let places go
we just don't know yet.

She's always just passing through,
just passing through for an hour or two
She's always somebody new,
but never sure who.
Track Name: Little Wind
Said she got struck down by love
and it's all because someone showed her what it was.

Said she got taken by floods
and was not proud of the trouble she'd begun.

Said she got run down by dawn,
with her name redrawn and left on things she'd be leaning on.

Said she got swept up in song,
she left her room light on, though her heart's meant for moving on.

I've been sewn along my seams
hemmed and mended, hiding everything
but courage burns like kerosene
and you were far too kind to me.

Said she's been feeling just fine
that she works part-time, and still has a couple things of mine.

Said she's been bathing in wine.
My sweet Madeline, eyes like yours are hard to find

And I've been told a million ways
not to sit and burn down all my days
waiting for your heart to change
but something quiet says to stay.
I've been dreaming where you've been,
mapped out rooms that we'd be drinking in.
Latin roots and motor inns
just say you'll come home, little wind.
Track Name: Curfew
We were out late
for your sake
let's not talk about it
You can't say it outloud.
I was in love
but you were above it
I thought that I'd won you over somehow.

But you were holding back
and I was holding on
I picked up all the slack
'cause you were already gone.
I think my head knew but didn't tell my heart.
I missed my curfew
so I could fall apart.

It was a date,
it's not what we called it.
You were afraid
so I carried all of it.
Who was to blame
you thought you felt it
an honest mistake
that we never dealt with.

You took it all for granted
and I took it all to heart
the things that I intended
I couldn't even start
I think my head knew
but didn't tell my heart.
I missed my curfew
so I could fall apart.

(You took it all for granted)
and I took it all to heart
the things that I intended
I couldn't even start
I think my head knew
but didn't tell my heart.
I missed my curfew
so I could fall apart.

'Cause you were holding back
(You took it all for granted)
and I was holding on
(and I took it all to heart)
I picked up all the slack
(the things that I intended)
'cause you were already gone.
(I couldn't even start)
I think my head knew but didn't tell my heart.
I missed my curfew
so I could fall apart.
Track Name: Brighton Beach
I finally got around to picking up
a book I told my father I would read when I was old enough.
Counting every eyelet on the boots that I wore,
praying maybe somehow I would drag my feet up north.
And every smell of being twelve,
like Maplewood and chestnut shells,
onion grass and attic shelves - that's how I remember you
and oh, I remember well.

I'm haunted by the people
who keep their eyes
on the ground we walk on 'cause it takes us when we die.
I meant to tell you
that every time I lie
it's only 'cause I'd hate to be the one
that makes you cry.
And every pair of underwear
is draped across a metal chair,
hung to dry and I'm aware
that's how I'll remember this
but I don't think I care.

We swam across the ocean
they told us we'd be fine,
I'm glad we came
but I miss you all the time.
I know your heart is hurting
and I would give you mine
but I don't think you'd want it
'cause it breaks all of the time.
Ancient homes and cobblestones,
we found them here where no one knows
it isn't good to drink alone
that's how I'll remember this
which only goes to show,
I'm counting every eyelet on the boots that I wore
praying maybe somehow I can drag my feet up north.
Track Name: The Room Fiddler
I've cried like a child
In the arms of a storm
Whose feet can't pretend to be brave any more.
Days under sheets, and smoke under skies
And rooms lit to burn down our lives,
as we break this one day at a time.

I will crawl on my hands and collapse at the sea
And I'll scream to the water "you have mended me"
All that I want and all that I need
Is to fall just as fast as I please
With no one to cry over me.

I have bled like a soldier
In the books that they showed us
When they told us that no one is safe
And I've pleaded with God
Saying "don't you be long,
I don't know how much more I can take."

And all the good people
who think that they know
the story in full
well, nobody knows.
Just me and the moon and these lies that I've told
I think I've got them sold.

I will crawl on my hands
And collapse at the sea
And I'll scream to the water "you have mended me"
All that I want
I think all that I need
Is to fall just as fast as I please
With no one to cry over me

The hearts that I've wrecked
'cause I stay out too late
And then hide in my shame 'til their eyes start to break
Through the walls of my chest
And this bed that I've made
I spoil the things that I've saved
And I'll sleep till I dream them away.

I will crawl on my hands
And collapse at the sea
And I'll scream to the water "you have mended me"
All that I want
I think all that I need
Is to fall just as fast as I please
With no one to cry over me
With no one to cry over me.
Track Name: The Quieting Down
Gone are the games
and the faces we made to get by.
Hiding the days that we wasted away
underneath a frostbitten sky.
You are the same as you were
when I left we hoped and we pray
for a word to call this.
Saying "I'm leaving" was never a threat
so let's call it off and forget.

Gone are the floors buried by
what we wore every day
A place for your palm in the coat I had on
Yes I know, it's not supposed to rain.
You being here is a lot to handle
and I'm never clear
when I talk,
I mumble.
Things I should scream
I'll never confess,
so let's call it off and forget.

Gone are the notes
that I scribbled down slow
when you'd call,
hoping you'd find
all the things on my mind
and have reason to leave after all.
You look the same as you did
when I said
"I'll do what you want
if it is honest,"
No need to come home
'cause everyone left
Let's call it off and forget.

Gone are the sounds
of the quieting down
things never said aren't lies.
Legs full of lead
that just can't go to bed
no matter how poorly we tried.
A thimble of gin for the road
to calm you and smooth over scars
that still show I loved you.
A wreath on the window
and the bottles we kept
Let's call it off and forget.

A flint under water won't ever catch
so let's call it off and forget.
Track Name: Four Post Bed
Sweet baby sidelines
the rain's coming in.
Take me back to where I felt the world cave in.
Wake to a morning that tastes like you
let me do the things I know you want me to do.

Ground me like an anchor and raise me like a song,
give them all a reason not to do you so wrong.
Lay me down to dream now and don't try to leave,
you're as sweet as summer but you're poison to me.

Red like a sunrise I know who you are
Take a piece of everyone that did you no harm.
Break like a wave now and tell me to stop.
Try to save yourself from all the things that you're not.

Tell me all the troubles that hold up your head
Oh, not a care for the sun burning red.
With arms stretched out like a four post bed,
Melody's been good to me but I burned her instead.