Speechcraft

by Johanna Waldron

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released October 29, 2016

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Johanna Waldron Greenwich, New York

My name is Han and this is the album I wrote and recorded for my senior project at The College of Saint Rose.

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Track Name: Speechcraft
I'm tired of defending you
In your petty ways
I'm tired of being disappointed by you
When you'd said you'd changed

Can't you just be
Good for once
Can't you just be
Good for once
I've tried all of my techniques
But they never seem so work
And rapid fire you spoke the lines
That will make it all seem fine

You paint a picture
With your words
But the truth is never
What I heard

You'd think I'd've learned by now
It's happened so many times
And rapid fire you spun the lies
That would justify your crimes

Your tongue of gold will be your downfall
There's something to be said for saying nothing at all

Because you're the loudest everyone's listening
And all of your wrongs I'll end up forgiving
One day you're the best friend that I’ve ever had
The next you're some person that I've never met

Talk so big that your words consume me
And everyone thinks you're the perfect human
And I haven't told you for way too long
Avoided the subject ’til I wrote this song

You don't know what this does to me
I've put up walls
I'll pick and choose what I believe
To try and break the fall

You paint a picture
With your words
But the truth is never
What I heard

You'd think I'd've learned by now
It's happened so many times
Track Name: Another War
It's not about me, it never was
I said I'm sorry, ain't that enough?
Didn't want to hurt you, I never would,
Somewhere along got misunderstood

I'm not a soldier, I never was
But all this fighting's sure to make me one
A test of willpower, where no one’s right
We're at a standstill no end in sight

And if I live to see another war
I hope I'm fighting with you

I'm not a hero, you're not a knight,
And both our wrongs didn't make this right
We both are human, we made mistakes,
You're still the best one I'll ever make

When we pick up the pieces of where we left
And when the firing has ceased
Know there wasn't a moment I loved you less
And you'd never stop loving me
Track Name: Whispers
You lie to me softly
All of your secrets
Changing my point of view

I'll wait a year then see it appear
See if what you said was true but
I'm never giving up on you
Even if they think I should
A friendship’s worth holding onto
Even if it's misunderstood

The end was not that far away
But we talk in whispers anyway
Oh pardon the way that it all fell apart
Hope you savor the day that you ripped out my heart

Could've ignored it
Walked out the door it'd
Still be there and I knew
Things wouldn't be the same
And I'd be to blame
‘Cause I was the one who withdrew but
I'm done hanging onto every word
I've told you all I can
I still trust you they'll think it's absurd
But I know you more than them

The end was not that far away
But we talk in whispers anyway
Oh pardon the way that it all fell apart
Hope you savor the day that you ripped out my heart

The end was not that far away
But we talk in whispers anyway
Oh pardon the way that it all fell apart
Hope you savor the day that you ripped out my heart
The end was not that far away
But we talk in whispers anyway
Track Name: Blind
It's the jolt awake when you've
Crossed three lanes and you've
Started over the line
You're not sure how you
Got this far but it
Sent a shiver down your spine

We missed all the signs
Every curve was blind
Will things go south this time?

We forgot just how far we'd come
As our eyelids shut
And we dream
Gently lulled by the
Open road we had
Resigned to stale complacency

We missed all the signs
Every curve was blind
I'd die to change your mind sometimes

When other people seem to fade away
I hope you'll stay
With me always
Our lives won't ever go two separate ways
It'd hurt me more
Than I could explain

It's the endless wait when you've
Missed your train and you
Know you'll never be on time
Not quite sure how we
Got this far but we'll
Never stop ’til things are right

We missed all the signs
Every curve was blind
But in the end we're fine
Track Name: Lago Maggiore
Take me back to that summer on Lago Maggiore
And the village above the Piazza Grande
And you can’t compare now
To when you lived in the clouds
Among the palms and the lemon trees
And the cobblestone streets

Take me back to explore Isole Borrome
Stroll through gardens and watch the white peacock’s display
We went up to the stars on the funicular
Past the palms and the lemon trees
And the cobblestone streets

Take me back to a world between alpine and shore
Narrow stairways that lead us from door to door
There were snow covered mountains and red flower blossoms
On the steps at our feet
on the cobblestone streets

I remember that golden, old church on the hill
Lazy Sundays with plenty of time to kill
Cable cars to Cardada or the bridge at Verzasca
Either way I’d rather stay
On that cobblestone street
Track Name: Sunbeams
Has someone ever told you to "Just be yourself"
Then turned back around and tried to make you someone else
Moving our pieces like it was some kind of game
We try so hard to be different but wind up the same
Are we really all just scared
Of judgement and being compared
If you get everything perfect maybe someone will care
‘Cause we know all that really matters is your clothes and your hair

Your worth
Is not an outward thing
It grows inside
And bursts alive with every smile
Like sunbeams

Looking at the ground
Rush past with a frown
Who cares what's on the inside
When you're setting all the trends
A million people watching
And a fortune to spend

There is not a perfect size
Perfect skin or perfect eyes
We're all just fragile humans
Far too eager to please
Who forgot what really mattered
When shaping our societies

Your worth
Is not an outward thing
It grown inside
And bursts alive
With every smile
Like sunbeams

I can see it in your eyes
The one place where no one dares look
They tell your story, they cannot lie
They say much more than any book

Your worth
Is not an outward thing
It grown inside
And bursts alive
With every smile
Like sunbeams
Track Name: Written In Stone
Blank stares on faces make you wonder if there's more
If there's more to life, than this
Randomly questioning the things you thought you knew
Thought you knew about this life

But this rivers now run dry
This callused heart won't fix itself over night

These vain attempts at finding life in what is dead ends in emptiness, and lies
Your heart is aching and you're braking at the bones in your quest for it

You’re an explorer of the blue
Paces you never thought you'd see
In your search for the truth
Denied the one that set you free

Love livin' like you're young
I'll be waiting here to brush you off when you're done
Found you've lived your life all wrong
And nothing's left when you're gone
There's a love for you that's written in stone
Track Name: Your Light
Mark the blameless man
And observe the upright
For the future of that man is peace
In the multitude of my
Anxieties within me
Your comfort delights my soul
And Your presence is making me whole

I can feel Your Spirit here with me
And in my darkest hour I find peace
Sense Your presence in the dead of night
When every shadow gives way to Your Light

Seek peace and pursue it
For He satisfies the longing soul
Fills the hungry soul with His goodness
Many are the afflictions of a righteous man
You deliver him out of them all
And you lifted us out when we called

I can feel Your Spirit here with me
And in my darkest hour I find peace
Sense Your presence in the dead of night
When every shadow gives way to Your Light

You've made a way for our escape
We trust in Your unchanging grace
Delighting in abundant peace
We trust in You to calm the seas
You're mightier than ocean waves
You're all sufficient grace to save
The ones who call upon Your name
And walk according to Your ways

I can feel Your Spirit here with me
And in my darkest hour I find peace
Sense Your presence in the dead of night
When every shadow gives way to Your Light