Leap Year (demo)

by Lauren Foster

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released February 29, 2012

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Lauren Foster Boulder, Colorado

Lauren is currently based out of Boulder, CO. In addition to playing music she makes time for playing ultimate frisbee, getting outside with a pack, skis, crampons, or just a light jacket, and waitressing at a local brewery.

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Track Name: Tug of the Tides
The subtle voices that tell my story
They have taken me away
From the places where I learned and loved
The places where I learn to stay
The foreign forest and these untamed waters
They may hold my heart today
But tomorrow finds me all alone
And my mind returns to the people I have known

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In a place where mushrooms teach me stories
And someone proved that selflessness is real
And there are so many years but I just got here
And buried my roots in the sand
Where they follow the tug of the Oregon tide
I feel the moon in the back of my mind

Perhaps a sadness that is buried deeply
Can be healed by the light
In a child’s awe-struck eyes you can see the strength
You’ve learned to hide
And out in the ocean there lifts a castle
It was wrought of salted years
What a wonder to watch the morning
Break the mist, and paint it here

CHORUS

One man came here, he was dry and weathered,
Ready for the rain
I know some of where he comes from
Without knowing where he began
He touched my soul first, my body was too scared
To ignite that flame
I cannot find the words to say
Thank you for the friend I made

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And buried my roots in the sand
Under moss that is deep in a forest so wide
And the huckleberries free if you know where they hide
So I’ll follow the tug of the Oregon tide
And feel the moon, well it’s forever in the back of my mind
Track Name: Patient
First you touch me, even rush me, then you run, run, run away
Next time won’t you stay?
I would kiss you but I’d miss you too much if I took it too far
I need to find out where you are
So I hold my breath….
Damn it’s hard to wait and they told me to be patient and I am… not

Heartbeats find me when she tries to be closer, closer every time
Oh but still she isn’t mine
And I play the games and drop the names of people, who I’m not really into
Because really it’s just you
And I hold my breath…
Damn it’s hard to wait and they told me to be patient and I am… not

And should my heart hold out
Worth the wait? Or let it fade… I don’t know
And let me learn to be here in time, keep you off my mind
And I’ll try not to leave you behind

Words come quickly when you’re with me and it’s late and I am not tired
And I can’t recall the time
Then it’s gone so fast, the time that passed and I don’t know, where it is you go to
When these nights are not quite through
Still I hold my breath…
Damn it’s hard to wait and they told me to be patient and I am… not

So I wonder if I’m so sure that you were swept away
Why last night you didn’t stay
And the time is mine but still I find it’s never, never quite the moment
That I don’t own it
And I hold my breath…
Damn it’s hard to say it and I thought it was just patience but I am not right
Track Name: Takes Me Down
It’s hard to know, and as we get older it’s harder to ask
And they say we get stronger but I swear it hurts more as time passes
And I try to believe that I was… beautiful once
Now every misdeed, misstep, I misspoke, you missed the point
Feels like every mistake is permanent, takes me down, and now
I can’t get off the ground

“Make time,” they said, “for the ones who matter the most”
So it feels like a crime that I just don’t know who I want to get close to
And everyone feels like they are tied down by the clock
Now every choice chips the time off of our limited supply
Feels like every mistake is permanent, takes me down, and now
I can’t get off the ground

CHORUS
And I need an angel it’s too hard to not believe in God
And justification is makin’ me sore to the soul
I’d take it on faith but I just don’t have any faith left to take
I’m holdin’ out hard for a chance to believe or at least…
At least I need a break

Spit out your petty words ‘cause righteousness can hurt
Like a broken tooth, remove the proof, that you were hit first
Entitlement shouldn’t be dependent on your birth
So try to find an open mind for the ones who closed theirs first
I am listening to boys whose only toy is philosophical dirt
And it’d be fine if it wasn’t meant to hurt

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It’s easy to see, but as you get smarter it’s harder to feel
That everyone adds some good and bad and no right way is the real way
And I don’t believe that you should teach them they are wrong
Believing in heaven is better than letting your conscious go numb
I am listening to girls, wanna change the world by telling them they are dumb, and I for one
Won’t beat on that drum

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1st VERSE
Track Name: Remembering
Feel the wind sweep away
Endless words, endless days
I'm still looking for an answer
I've felt that fear within my chest
Held your head against my breast
Somehow I still lost you
Now I'm staring at a screen
Reminding me that you had turned nineteen
I forgot to call
As if I hadn't spent all day... remembering

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And I don't know where the past has gone
Or how the future came
It crept in quietly
Now the spiral's growing tighter
And the leaves are changing hue
And the springtime shows up anyway
There's nothing I can do
'Cause I don't know, where the time goes
I don't know

And the world keeps spinnin' round
Older faces, newer frowns
There's just too much to fight for
I had seen them in their day
Eye's lit up they were on their way
To anywhere
Now I'm looking through the glass
At these people, at this past
And I want to be there
But I'm already in this chair, here
On the other side

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INSTRUMENTAL
FIRST VERSE
Track Name: Empty Room
And the sun comes up in the daytime
Like to think I’m awake enough for first light,
Sketching out the skyline, dimming now the starlight
Leaving just the moon

So I tried to wake you,
whispered words in thin sleep, thinking you would see me
in this light more clearly, maybe even hear me,
When we tried to talk

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And there’s a fire in my eyes but yours are so icy blue
Like a draft in an empty room
And I take deep breaths, and I close my eyes
And I try to quell the flames you’ve kindled inside me
‘Cause I am never angry the way you make me
Lord help me bite my tongue
And I cannot find safety in your arms, or in your words

And we fit our bodies into one bed
But I can not fit your breathing in my sleeping
And it hasn’t been a real thing, ‘cause I spend the night daydreaming
That I was alone

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Track Name: Other Fates
As the end approaches we breath our fear like the air,
turn wine into water we don’t care, we don’t care
And it’s overcast in paradise we say we wouldn’t mind
leaving paradise behind and it’s not here… and I don’t care

And I won’t cry but I need these tears
It’s too hard for me to see out of here
And new doors will open so I’m hopin’ that I don’t turn them down

The quiet mind that comes with time, the known places
comfortable spaces won’t be mine, when I return it won’t be home I find
And I do not doubt that I can make new connections other fates
But there wasn’t so much weight to my mistakes here… I was safe

And I won’t cry but I need these tears
It’s too hard for me to see out of here
And new doors will open so I’m hopin’ that I don’t turn them down

We hurry up the end, picking fights that we can’t win
Still we dig our heels in we want to stay there, while declaring, “get me away from here”
And it’s overcast in paradise we say we wouldn’t mind
leaving paradise behind and it’s not here… and I don’t care
Track Name: Vertigo
Just weigh the anchor there is no way to be ready
Worlds are waiting for you to reach their shores
Many tell you of the paths they took to get there
Their words are wasted for you cannot use their doors

Many days at sea and I am still unsteady
Even small waves pitch this great weight side to side
But there are mornings when the sun’s on the horizon
And I begin to feel the changing of the tides

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So hey-oh, pick yourself back up!
When the world it weighs too much
You are enough, we are enough
And dig deep, your roots cannot be pulled free
The stars are there to guide thee
They are not comin’ down
To make fires on the ground

You’re walking quickly ‘cause these streets are unfamiliar
Turning corners though you do not know their names
As though decisiveness protects you from their judgments
As though they’re watching you as if they weren’t the same

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BRIDGE
But this is mornings when the sun can’t raise you up
This is rainy days, it doesn’t matter anyway
There are shadows in the room, blue faces talkin’ to you
Drawing curtains cross the moon

So put this water to your lips I see them tremble
Whether fear or health betrayed you I don’t know
It seems the sky has brought its vertigo to earth now
But you don’t have to take the offer it lays down

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Track Name: Quiet
I don’t always speak or listen
I don’t always dream or strum
There are times when I am quiet
Like the wind whispers silence
To the lonely wood

And there are times for going
There are times for change
There are times for coming
But I’ve found they’re much the same
And we may greet the morning
As if there’s new light and new ways
Though our lives turn in circles
The new day is today

You may feel alone at some times
You may go on looking lost
But as you wander lonely through the wood
Know the wind will find your footsteps
With its quiet tug

And there are times for going…

You don’t need to speak or listen
You don’t need to dream or strum
Remember there is time for quiet
Like the wind whispers silence
To the lonely wood
Track Name: Dance with Me
I must be going crazy, to feel this way… as if the other day had been a lifetime
Put on my dress, I must confess, I was hoping to run into you
Then you would take me dancing
On the rooftop in an empty warehouse lot
Hours would pass before we noticed we forgot….
To keep our clothes on

And I will go on, dance with me, dance with me
Go, go, go on
Smiling freely, my friends we were meant to be
Dancing, now let’s dance on

And strangers I’ve found, try not to be aware. On the bus they’ll stare at anything but me
I’ll fight that now, I won’t look down, ‘cause I find you much more interesting
But this time he looked back at me
A smile flashed between us in the crowd
But then his stop arrived and he got off without a sound
I’ve never felt so free

And I will go on, dance with me, dance with me
Go, go, go on
Smiling freely, my friends we were born to be
Dancing, now let’s dance on

And I’ve got no time for these silly rules
I will play the game my way
Let us not be frightened fools
Or we will give ourselves away
So take my hand and be my lover
Take my heart I’ll be your friend
We’ll make mistakes, but we’ll forgive one another
As we laugh and sing and play and love and dance!

And I will go on, dance with me, dance with me
Go, go, go on
Smiling freely, my friends we are here to be
Dancing, now let’s dance on!
Track Name: Come Along
Weeks, gone like days, time fades
We go our separate ways
The plans we had made, no time for play now
They’re saved for freer days

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So go, you know, I’ll be there when you call
Even if it’s been too long
The road, we go to find our homes, and you cannot come along with me
We each must go alone…
But if I could, I’d ask you if you would
Come along

Right here, everything fits, but you must leave this
‘Cause girl you’ll change the world
You know, I want you to go, not for my own sake
But ‘cause you’ll thrive out on your own

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There will always be time left for one more goodbye
And believe me I’ll use it so don’t cry now
And go on believing we’ll be here again
When we’re too overwhelmed by the worlds we’ll be in
And for just a few days, I’ll run away
And I’ll ask you if you would
Come along

The time we walked in a similar line is coming to a close now
And forks divide the road
It’s true, that others will fill my shoes, and I won’t know so much of you
As I’ve come to know now
But some things, last within and without, unique and without doubt
You’ll be in my mind
You’ll be in my life

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Track Name: For a While
New horizons
Fire on impervious sand
The ocean rises to meet
Venus and Mars are hand in hand

Flights and silhouettes
And I said, ‘I can’t even breathe yet’
And you smiled
It’s good to have you for a while

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Oh, and it feels like home
No matter where we are
Lucky and loved and laughing
‘Til we part

Mountains rising
Red wine in the fire’s glow
Music and strength to learn from
And I will leave more whole

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Painful findings
Lovers who come and go
But I will be there
I hope you always know

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