February

by Shelley Miller

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Love, death and Chicago winters. A dare to write a song a day for a month. Your usual bare-bones folk/noise rock/singer-songwriter-with-banjo album. Majestic imperfection. CD release party April 29th @ Beat Kitchen (Chicago, IL, US).

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released 06 March 2012

All songs by Shelley Miller/Whisper to a Crowd Music (ASCAP). Recorded @ Kingsize Sound Labs, Chicago, IL w. Engineer John Abbey. Produced by Shelley Miller and John Abbey.

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Shelley Miller Chicago, Illinois

Shelley Miller isn't afraid to take chances. Less interested in genre than honesty, she pens darkly soulful tunes about life just outside the lines. Folk? Perhaps...late-night jukebox folk. Gospel for non-believers folk. Had-one-too-many-and-lived-to-tell folk. Rock hymns for the unhemmed folk.

Shelley released her 4th album, February, in March 2012. She lives in Chicago.
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Track Name: November
Wind blows the hands of the clock to five after one
As we walk by
So long to bad days
They're gone like the blue from the sky

Leaves race the alley, chase birds over trash can lids
You take my hand
Walk under ice strung like lights through the branches
Of every bare tree

Race down the sidewalk like kids on a rink
Cold fingers flying, we'll warm them
When we go inside, sit for a while
Laugh at the smiles we can't keep to ourselves
I catch your eyes watching mine
All our words lost somewhere
Between our hearts and our heads

Delicate tip-toe walk through the white steam
From two cups of tea
Army of suits rolls by, straight from the train
We're sitting side by side, not saying anything
Track Name: Walk Away
Devil, oh devil, what is it you've been dying to say
You've got a line a mile long outside your door
Of folks who'd rather lock their troubles away
You got an angel with an arrow and an alibi
On the roof ready to make his stand
I hope I made it plenty clear to you late last night
That you're never gonna get my hand

Help me Jesus to walk
Oh lord, I gotta walk away
I know love is gonna come for me one of these nights
'Til then I better walk away

Angel, my angel, was there something you was trying to say
I've seen you sitting in the shadows all night long
Playing cards while the drunks play keep away
I hope you know that nothing good ever comes of nothing
In a place like this on this side of town
Still I appreciate you comin', tryin' to bend my ear
Get me up so I can get back down

Help me Jesus to walk
Oh lord, I gotta walk away
I know love is gonna come for me one of these nights
'Til then I better walk away

Mary, oh my Mary, you tried to wait up for the judgment day
But your TV turned to static and all that emphatic talking
Just scared the lord away
Now you sit here with a bottle almost every night
Making prayers and taking pains
To catch the man behind the bar with eyes like a star
He seems familiar, but you just can't place him

Help me Jesus to walk
Oh lord, I gotta walk away
I know love is gonna come for me one of these nights
'Til then I better walk away, help me Jesus
'Til then I better walk away, help me Jesus
'Til then...I better walk away
Track Name: February
Sunday afternoon we walk the white field
Back to where we were before we knew
Nothing every changes on the white ground
Snow erases everything we find and lose

You cut a paper doll from faded pictures
Made her clothes from fashion magazines
Took her out to show your friends and watched her
Float away across the crooked stream

Climb under the covers back at my house
Hole away until the story takes
Watch the branches burn themselves out shaking
Wonder when the winter's gonna break
Track Name: Quake
Better tell the story you don't wanna say
Rather keep, rather keep, rather keep your peace
And be on your way
You're gonna burn your heart out
Talk that way

We all saw it coming, idn't know its name
Scattered birds, shattered nerves and twisted frames
And the moon low rising on the wreck of the bay
And the sun comes shining on another day
You're gonna burn your heart out
Talk that way

Tell me who pulled the trigger? Who stole the gun?
Who got that matchstick, lit it under your tongue?
Who came a'knockin'? Who came to stay?
Who's got your words all laid out
Baked and on display
You're gonna burn your heart out
Talk that way

Better tell the story you don't wanna say
Rather keep, rather keep, rather keep your peace
And be on your way
Track Name: Spinning Spool
Lay your light down on me
Lay your light down on me
Lay your light down on me
Teach me to see, teach me to see

Lay your waves down on the shore
Lay your waves down on the shore
Lay your waves down on the shore
I'll learn to row, I'll learn to row

Make my hands a spinning spool
Make my hands a spinning spool
Make my hands a spinning spool
I'll wrap the coldest hearts up in wool

Lay your light down on me
Lay your light down on me
Lay your light down on me
Teach me to see, teach me to see
Teach me to see, teach me to see
Track Name: Bigger than Darkness
You come to my window with a riddle and a kiss
Say you got something for me that I can't resist
You got something for me I can't resist, shouldn't bother trying
You come to my window and you rattle like the wind
Say you got something for me, you're gonna come in
You got something for me, you're gonna come in tonight

I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than you
I've got a love that's bigger than anything you'll ever do
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than this
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness

The birds by the window hatch one by one
Til the little ones fall and the big ones run
And the wind gets its hands on the nest, scatters the shells like seeds
You come to me sometimes on days like today
When the words lose their grip and the leaves fall away
And there's nothing but a cold gray sky to pick you up, take you away

I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than you
I've got a love that's bigger than anything you'll ever do
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than this
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness

Ooh...

Sometimes there aren't enough mirrors to break
Enough stories to fall, enough mountains to make
Of the kindness I crumple up 'cause I can't look it in the eye
But sometimes the end is just the means to the endless
And sometimes my heart gets so full I can barely breath
For all the love that I get without hardly trying

I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than you
I've got a love that's bigger than anything you'll ever do
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than this
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
Yeah, I've got a love that's bigger than darkness

Ooh...
Track Name: White Moon
Board your house, here comes the big one
Board your house, here comes the big one
Thought you saw it coming
Now it's too late to run

Wooden nickels and a white flag
Wooden nickels and a white flag
Who's gonna save you know
Who's gonna dig you out

Bury your heart
Bury to keep it from getting hurt
Bury your heart

Little sliver of a white moon
Little sliver of a white moon
Clear now
But it's coming soon
Track Name: Kitchen
Sunday in the kitchen
After the show
We stumble like kittens
Face to face, toe to toe

Snow in the streetlights
Like pink balloons
Not falling but rising
Summer's coming soon
Track Name: Lion (afraid)
Don't leave
I've got
Something to say
You think
I'm a lion
But I am afraid
Of breaking your heart
Track Name: Riptide
Cold cinder block shadows
Hide old hearts that can't be changed
These walls are wearing thin
The neon signs are listing
And the records on the jukebox won't play

Old clocks that don't see daylight
Are never gonna tell you it's too late
For another beer, let's get out of here
There's a storm brewing, these walls are ruined
And the fish are swimming backwards in their tanks

Don't touch that number
You know that one won't play
Don't move the TV dial
I think the preacher's got something to say
We're all lost and wasted
And we're never gonna find a way
To get out of here, the smoke won't clear
The tide's gonna pull us under

Cold cinder block shadows
Hide old hearts that can't be saved
These walls are shaking, the bottles breaking
Like Christmas decorations
And the old records
Are just lonely graves

Cold cinder block shadows
Cold cinder block shadows
Cold cinder block shadows
Track Name: The Last Time
Unlock the gate, pull up the weeds
Sand the stone 'til the world believes
That this is the last time you'll see me here

Count the rings, count up the knives
Fill the stove with hone and spice
'Cause this is the last time you'll see me here

The last time you'll see me on my knees begging for mercy
The last time you'll see me down on my knees
Begging the walls
To please help me stand

You pick a fight with gravity
Pretty soon you're bound for a fall
But this is the last time

The needle drops, the stories rise
The player plays 'til the words collide
And this is the last time, this is the last time
This is the last time you'll see me here
Track Name: White Flag
Who's gonna let me down
Who's gonna let me down
Now that you're not around
Who's gonna let me down

Sew up another seam
Sew up another seam
Who's gonna rip it clean
When I sew the seam

You got a lot of nerve
Think this ain't what you deserve
Shake up the honey bee
For something sweet
Think she won't sting

No white wedding day
No white wedding day
Raise the white flag
'Cause you can't change
You'll never change
Track Name: Stars
Cotton candy and a piece of your mind
'Under the Boardwalk' blasting as the summer slipped by
We sent away for words, borrowed our lines from TV
All those afternoons when we played our sad stories like cards
You were good, I was near as good as you
You knew a couple tricks, I knew a couple tricks, too

Between the words, between the time
We didn't take to say the things we might have
Gotta shake it off and learn to see your scars
As nothing less, not more, than the things that used to hurt
They are not stars

Roll up your sleeve, show me
Just how the world hurts you a little more than most
Don't worry, you're doing fine
Not trying to kill yourself, just needed to feel
A little more than your sore, soft beating heart last night

Between the words, between the time
We didn't take to say the things we might have
Gotta shake it off and learn to see your scars
As nothing less, not more, than the things that used to hurt
They are not stars, they are not stars

You were lovesick for something I wouldn't call love
You were something, lit up like the cars
On the coasters we'd ride, screaming through the dark
With our hands up, bare-arms underneath the stars

Tonight 17 is a lace of fog
And torn guardrails between you and the sky
Do you remember the spark we saw set it off
How for a week after we sat on your back porch
And watched the smoke rise
Rise

Between the words, between the time
We didn't take to say the things we might have
Gotta shake it off and learn to see your scars
As nothing less, not more, than the things that used to hurt
They are not stars, they are not stars
Track Name: March
The ice is melting and the sun's come out
Amen, amen
The ice is melting and the sun's come out
Amen, amen