The Echo

by Maggie Rogers

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ech·o /ˈekō/ Noun
A sound or series of sounds caused by the reflection from a surface back to the listener: "the walls threw back echoes".

May my brain be the surface. May you cherish these sounds.

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released May 18, 2012

Music & Lyrics by Maggie Rogers
Produced by Maggie Rogers
Engineered by Maggie Rogers
Tracks 2, 3, and 9 mixed by Kurt Goebel
All other tracks mixed by Maggie Rogers
Album Art by Joshua Meier

Special thanks to Katherine Haroldson, Courtney Chang, James Craig, Serena Woodward, Peter Hoopes, Joshua Meier, Kurt Goebel, Mom&Dad, and St. Andrew's School.

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Track Name: Embers
Fight or flight, I choose to run
composure instantly undone
I catch my breath, but it's too small
I breathe again, I breathe in all

and everything we ever shared
I stand with all my secrets bared
but walk alone into the night
for you were all, the greatest light


Though the fire has died,
And the ash, it subsides,
The embers stay burning for you.
Clocks they always seem to lie
on minute hands you can't rely
but heartbeats always tell the truth
they race at just the thought of you

the same way that they always have
shy of hopeful, never sad
but always wondering, always afraid
that you forgot just what we made


Though the fire has died,
and the ash, it subsides,
the embers stay burning for you.


And if they die, I'll still remember
if they die, I'll still remember
if they die, I'll still remember you

Though the fire has died,
and the ash, it subsides,
the embers stay burning for you
Track Name: Deep In the Earth
Excuse me for a minute
'Cause this won't be brief
I've been hiding these words
under my tongue, protected
by the walls of my yellow-stained teeth.

They've festered and broken
and they've rearranged
They've misspelled themselves
and now they're leaking out of my
brain ~~~~~

They say ashes to ashes
and dust to dust
but my heart's made of metal
and the clasp's rusted shut
'cause you left it out in the
rain

But if these are the last breaths
I'm breathing on earth
then I pray to God
you remember me when
my body is deep in the earth

[Whoa, Whoa]

My back's ached for years
carrying my heavy heart
it beats itself silly
and pounds through the dark
sustaining the life that lives within

And yet was so desperate
to beat in time
it rang in your rhythm
and mimicked your
rhyme

You can't blame it for trying
or clinging to love
but love's left my soul
and I've forgotten love
and what's left is your smoky silhouette

But if these are the last breaths
I'm breathing on earth
then I pray to God
you remember me
when my body is deep in the earth.
Track Name: Creatures
Well I've lived a short life
Not a lot of things that I've seen
But in that short life
A lot of things that I've been

I've been a daughter
and a sister too
I've been in trouble
And I've been in love with you

And we are all just creatures, baby.
Fumbling towards the light
And I'm crawling on my knees now, baby
Won't you make my heart alright?

Won't you make my heart alright?


Well there is an old house
that I think about sometimes
with creaky floorboards
and height marks of a outgrown child

And it burnt down sometime ago
or so it would seem
and I still see it's dying colors
in the autumn leaves

And we are all just creatures, baby
Longing to be free
And if we're all just creatures, baby
Won't you give my heart to me?

Won't you give your heart to me?

Well used to swim the river
once or twice every year
but I found out that the river
It was often insincere

So now I dip my toes in
Still hoping to get wet
But without my whole body
My fate, it has been set

And we are all just creatures, baby
grounded by our fear
And if you're scared of love, now baby
You'll know only loneliness and tears.

Only loneliness and tears.

And I may only be a creature
but I'm still fumbling towards the light.
Track Name: Wolves
In the morning
I'll be waking
I'll be rising with the sun

I'll be gearing for the road
to leave this world
and run

I'm no longer speaking
'cause the perfect words
I always lacked

In the morning
I'll be running
and never coming back


I'm not waiting
for the wolves to take my body
I'm not waiting for the wolves

I'm not waiting
for the wolves to rip my heart out
I'm not waiting for the wolves


In the evening
I'll be resting
warmed by the autumn harvest moon

I'll be curing
my disease
'cause to you I'm now immune

Searching
for a reason
'cause one never did appear

In the evening
I'll be resting
dreaming of another year

I'm not waiting
for the wolves to take my body
I'm not waiting for the wolves

I'm not waiting
for the wolves to rip my heart out
I'm not waiting for the wolves
Track Name: By Morning
The forest is dark
and I'm wide awake
not sleeping

The road to my heart
is stark
but I'm alive

Which way would you run
If you were looking
through my glass eyes?

Or would your clean skin
leave you
paralyzed?

And baby
I was born
to daylight

With twilight
tangled in
the sky

And as I
escape
and take flight

I am running free
of all those
tangled wires


And I'll be home
by morning.
And the morning light
will warm
my tired bones
I'll run
through the trees
and through the forest
and in morning,
by morning
I'll be home.
Track Name: A Love Letter
Dear old tree in my front yard
thank you for your shade
your leaves are speckled with streaming rays of sun
and I love the rustling noise they make

The swing on your branch
is my favorite spot
And I'm sorry for the steps we nailed
into your bark

I'll love you forever
yes, I'll love you still
I'll love you more than any man
Oh, I promise that I will.

Dear old chickens that wander through my yard
Thank you for the eggs that you have laid
Oh their blue/green shells are speckled with dirt
but I love the cracking sound they make

While chasing you is something
I admit I've done a lot
I could never steam or fry you
or put you in a pot

Yes, I'll love you forever
Yes, I'll love you still
Oh, I'll love you more than any man
Oh, I promise that I will.


Dear old house that I grew up in
I miss you when I'm gone
The dog hair on my sofa
and the light through my window at dawn

While I know at times it seems that I am
far away
I'll be home for thanksgiving
and on christmas day

Yes, I'll love you forever
Yes, I'll love you still
Oh, I'll love you more than any man
Oh, forever I will.
Track Name: Satellite
Steady as a rock,
I stand, I wait
With eyes that see,
but eyes that can't erase
and hands that hold,
but hands that can't embrace;
a creature longing for some saving grace.

Oh and I have long since
seen the sun
it set along the banks
when I was young
Oh, and it's been long
since you've been near,
but fate was never kind to us, my dear.


So send me out to space
and cut me free
and like a satellite
just look for me
oh and if there's darkness
in your sight
I'll be in the corner of the night


We live
We grow
We die
It snows

The ro-
tation
The earth
The sun

We write
We read
We love
We need

We need
We need
We need
I need

I need
I need
I need
I need

So send me into space
and cut me free
and like a satellite
just look for me
Track Name: You (Embers Reprise)
You
Only You

Though the fire has died
And the ash it subsides
The embers
Stay burning for you