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The Echo

by Maggie Rogers

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Embers 04:24
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
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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.
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Creatures 05:24
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.
5.
Wolves 03:55
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
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By Morning 04:09
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.
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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.
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Kids Like Us 04:02
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Satellite 07:10
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
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You Only You Though the fire has died And the ash it subsides The embers Stay burning for you

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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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