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Small Town Famous

by Clark Andrew Libbey

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1.
31 Crosstown 03:56
Fading fast on the crosstown 31 Take my time to check myself with everyone Won’t you meet me halfway? Dear there has to be, we'll find another way Streetlights take my last, last steps I have to give Don't you stare at me, I don't easily forgive The faces in the bricks try to drag me in their undertow I can keep them down if I make it to the show And I ain't gonna find it here It's just too dear Laid down plans adhere, To late night hopes and fears It’s all too clear, that the angels have disappeared Steps in time the yellow lights have shown the way Broken bottles sing their songs about us anyway Won’t you spend some time in a fiction with me? I know there has to be somewhere else to be I ain't gonna find it here It's just too dear Laid down plans adhere, To late night hopes and fears It’s all too clear, that the angels have disappeared
2.
We’re Gonna Get By We’re Gonna try, we’ll get by And we’ll get on again We’re Gonna Get By We’re Gonna try, we’ll get by And we’ll get on again You don’t have to go it alone Your friends aren’t really gone They had you all along Yeah you don’t have to go it alone We’re Gonna Get By We’re Gonna try, we’ll get by And we’ll get on again We’re Gonna Get By We’re Gonna try, we’ll get by And we’ll get on again
3.
Been lookin’ in the mirror Don't like what i've seen My judgement's getting nearer And I don't feel that clean You're wishin' I was better The gears are rusted and green All my mechanisms shutter I'm a broken machine Hold on tight, The worst times come in the moonlight Could've been right, but I dove.... Right at the light Couldn't be further Then what I intended and I should have heard her It'll be fine when it's ended You keep waiting on perfect and you won't come around Don't you know that it's urgent Before we hit the ground Hold on tight, the worst times come in the moonlight could've been right, but I dove.... right at the light I can live without you But I really don't want to No I don't ever want to See you walk away I can see right through the heartache And I know what to do I was just hoping this time That love would find a way That love would find a way
4.
Downtown on a Saturday night Step tight cause we're feelin' alright Still a long way, from my best days My town and I'm feelin' alive, step down cause I think she's inside They all fall away, I hope she stayed Downtown on a Saturday night Hold fast it'll be alright I can't take, another day, without her My town I don't care what's right, swear to god he can't see her light I keep falling apart, every time I see her It's been too long sister, think I'm no longer sane Been tryin' not to miss her, darling why won't you stay Downtown on a Saturday night, don't know if I'll be alright It's a long ways, falling down from here Step close to the edge of the night, don't you know I’m afraid of heights If the fall doesn't kill me, I know I'll be alright It's been too long sister, think I'm no longer sane Been tryin' not to miss her, darling why won't you stay
5.
Emily Rain 03:43
Captain says our engines are dead I think that our orbit is done All the best of everything I tried And all my best is gone Lieutenant James, Won’t you please try to get word behind the lines? We’re coming to the end, of the end of the world And I’d hoped I could say goodbye We all know she’ll never be lonely When she wakes up her light shames the sun And I knew from the day I saw her fall That she’d always be the one Now that I’m gone Everyone just carry on just the same I still have my memories of her She was dancing in the rain Emily Rain Emily Rain
6.
The sunrise gave no warning And the winds belied no hurricanes The crows they all stayed quiet when the floods came our way The veils have washed right over me Like the dust that shaped the sands The locusts sang too small, for their warnings to be had Yeah it's just too sad for a country song Sure seems like it's awful wrong Hell it's just too sad for a country song Caught me wishing I was your love song The trees they all fell tragically With their pride lost in the end Did we ever have a chance, to begin? The castles held their trumpet calls ‘Cause our sentries were all asleep And now the walls they have fallen, all around me Yeah it's just too sad for a country song Sure seems like it's awful wrong Hell it's just too sad for a country song Caught me wishing I was your love song
7.
Another new year’s day, and the river sure seems different today Worn through her moment, one more layer that gets washed away The crawdad's are listening, and I don't know what they want me to say They’re whispering their comments, for the winds to scatter them astray Time to get to work, but the chain’s broke on the porch swing Be different this time, I won't have to give up on everything I only want you, when the rest of them marshall their forces Conducting around us, with their not so reliable sources The years they fall away, and I still know I've got nothin’ The times they are the fray, in the fight for something to say, For something to say Another new year’s day, and our hopes and our prayers, have all been washed away I'll wait till you say, you won’t leave me, won't blindly betray The hope lies in the day, when the fates fall, and you’ll see the trail to follow On this new year’s day, I just can't find a way I should follow Please don't walk away, now that you know that I've got nothin’ The times they are the fray, in the fight for something to say For something to say You don't have to say, I'll be right there, right there beside you The times they had their day, in the fight for something to say For something to say
8.
The cold days of spring give way to the summer And we find our gaze upon those left behind I don’t know if anyone or anything can follow The first time I thought I could read all the signs So merrily back to the spell you were under And I'll try to repair what you left of mine I can't seem to figure where we went asunder So I'll stick to my script and I'll just say my lines Dear, how can I follow you? How can I get through? Lord, I've seen an angel too How can I follow you? I thought I had paid my fair share of the prices For the worst things I've done, the deceptions I've tried Lord I have tried to break free of my vices But yet I'm forsaken, my wishes denied Now that my home is the urn for my ashes And I stand on the ruins of my broken times I wish I could shake off the curse of your absence Lord grant me another way to pay for my crimes Dear, how can I follow you? How can I get through? Lord, I've seen an angel too How can I follow you? How can I follow you?
9.
I'm winning and I'm losing, then losing what I win The hold on my temptations is nearly gone…. One step behind the next one, hold on the seatbelts broken It's looking like the station is going down... I'll take whatever you’ve got for me And I'll be whatever you want me to be... I’m falling through the air, don't even know what's fair The fates have got their notions in us all... What good can come of this one now that my orbit's done? Safest place is halfway through the fall... I'll take whatever you’ve got for me And I'll be whatever you want me to be I'll take whatever you’ve got for me And I'll be whatever you want me to be...
10.
On the danger of settling for nothing I'd hoped I would lean more towards risk I'd hoped I'd be better At least good enough To keep us from ending like this All the wishes that turned in to fables All the stories that never got done Like a song with no chorus Just comes round again The next one's about to begin But I'll still be here in the end Still broken worse than I can mend To see you at all will just hasten my fall But I wish I could see you again Now that the station is buzzing I lean into doing my part I'll find consolation In passing the hours ‘Cause I can't believe were still apart But then when the crew is all settled And the night long since bested the sun Your whispery voice Is telling me why You don't think I'll ever be the one But I'll still be here in the end Still broken worse than I can mend To see you at all will just hasten my fall But I wish I could see you again But I wish I could see you again

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released July 24, 2020

All songs written, arranged, recorded and performed by Clark Andrew Libbey
Violin (tracks 8,10) and backup vocals (track 8) by Kristen Rad
Mixed and mastered at Rio Grande Studios by Ken Riley
C&P 2020 Slow Start Records

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Clark Andrew Libbey Albuquerque, New Mexico

Clark Andrew Lbbey, New Mexico Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has been delighting audiences throughout the southwest for the last 15 years. Driven by catchy hooks and strong, soulful vocals, his blend of americana, alt-country and alternatve rock is on full display on his new solo album (recorded under quarantine) "Small Town Famous". Check it out July 24th on Slow Start Records! ... more

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