Emma Swift

by Emma Swift

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Flaxen of hair, soul-tough and pretty as a diamond, with a tear in her voice filtered through ’70s mariachi static, Emma Swift’s music hearkens back to the golden age of music when singers sang your life back to you.

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released August 1, 2014

Produced by Anne McCue

Mastered by Patrick Granado

Engineered by Brian 'Brain' Harrison

All songs recorded at The Rendering Plant, Nashville, Tennessee

All songs: Emma Swift (ORiGiN Music Publishing), expect 'Total Control' (M. Davis/ J. Jourard)

The players:

Emma Swift: Vocals
Anne McCue: Acoustic guitar, electric guitar on ‘Woodland Street’, baritone guitar on ‘King of America’
Chris Pickering: Wurlitzer, electric guitar on ‘Bittersweet’, acoustic guitar on ‘King of America’, ‘Seasons’ and ‘James’
Russ Pahl: Pedal steel, electric guitar on ‘Woodland Street’, acoustic guitar on ‘Total Control’
James Haggerty: Bass
Bryan Owings: Drums, percussion

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Emma Swift Sydney, Australia

Emma Swift splits her time between Sydney, Australia and Nashville, Tennessee. A fan of minor chords, heartworn highways, scuffed-up boots, gin and endless pedal steel, she likes to play vulnerable music. Her heroes, in no particular order are: Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Bill Callahan, Anais Nin, Lucinda Williams and whoever invented dry shampoo. ... more

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Track Name: Bittersweet
Bittersweet
When I think of you
It's bitterseet
When I dream of you
It's tangerine
Thinks that might have been
It's bittersweet

Love comes and goes
You and I know
We chase we run
Come together
Just to come undone

Do you recall
Canada in the early fall?
How we didn't get much
Sleep at all
Yeah we rocked the walls
Now it's bittersweet

Love comes and goes
You and I know
We break we bend
Come together
Just to let, just to let it end

You need to know
Though it seems forever ago
And to you I may be a footnote
I still want you so
It's bittersweet

Love comes and goes
You and I know
We chase we run
Come together
Just to come undone

Bittersweet
When I think of you
It's bitterseet
When I dream of you
It's tangerine
Thinks that might have been
It's bittersweet
Track Name: Woodland Street
I hardly know you
But I love the way you walk
And I fell backwards
When I first heard you talk
You've got a way
Of making me want you

I haven't been
In this town too long
My heart's a wanderer
Hesitating on a home
But you've got a way
Of making me want to

Your burning out cigarette
Might as well be a rose between your teeth
I wouldn't want to want too much
Would you walk me down Woodland Street?

I could just stay here
In this bar full of cheer
Chasing whiskey
With two dollar beer
But you've got a way
Making me think that won't do

Your burning out cigarette
Might as well be a rose between your teeth
I don't need forever darlin'
Would you walk me down Woodland Street?

Your burning out cigarette
Might as well be a rose between your teeth
I wouldn't want to want too much
Would you walk me down Woodland Street?
Track Name: King of America
The King of America
Holds out his hand
Don't know if I'm drunk
Or swaying with the band
Come a little closer
He whispers again
The King of America
Holds out his hand

Show me the pictures
Read me the names
Black and white heroes
Lined up in cheap frames
I want to dance
But I won't get it right
Would you turn up the music
And turn down the lights

Hold me, show me
Make me, believe
Tell me, sell me
Something I can dream

The King of America
Holds out his hand
He's an old western singer
With a rock and roll band
You know I'd dance
But I can't hardly stand
The King of America's
Got a rock and roll band

Hold me, show me
Make me, believe
Tell me, sell me
Something I can dream
Track Name: Seasons
Will you come and see me
In the Spring
I don't care for flowers
And trinkets, those things
Just to watch you in the night
And listen to you sing
Will you come and see me in the Spring

Will you stick around
for the Summer
Hold me close and tight
Like you want no other
With sand in our hair
And salt on our skin
Would you look at me
The way you did in Spring?

I'm afraid you're going
to leave me in the Fall
A season by two names
Means confusion that's all
When the night grows long
And the wind starts to call
I'm afraid you're going to leave me in the fall

You'll be long gone by the winter
Like a songbird you'll fly somewhere
The weather is better
And I'll think of you when the rain comes
To wash all my sins
And I'll remember
When you looked at me in Spring
Track Name: James
James I didn't mean to kiss you
Something in the night threw
My reason to the wind

James I didn't mean to hold you back
The night makes up for what we lack
Can we forget everything?

When will I hear you
In the same room
Instead of on the radio
When will call my name
soft and low

James you've boarded a plane now
There's ocean between us now
So much water between

But James if I could make it
Would it turn to sand
You know I'd walk that salted land
Just to be near you again

When will I hear you
In the same room
Instead of on the radio
When will call my name
soft and low
soft and low
soft and low