A Curious Paradox

by Sara Hallie Richardson

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released July 12, 2009

all songs written and arranged by sara hallie richardson and michael flannery.
all lyrics by sara hallie richardson
live drums in sandy, sulu and andrew performed by andrew clifford.
rhodes piano in sulu and seymour performed by dan flannery.
produced, tracked and mixed by michael flannery**
mastered by dave kutch
**except bottom of the sea: vocal tracking and mix at maine sound by ryan newell

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Sara Hallie Richardson Portland, Maine

Portland (ME) based singer/songwriter, Sara Hallie Richardson, performs and writes music through folk, indie, and electronic styles. With influences such as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, and Bjork, Richardson's songs are known for dense vocal harmonies and soaring melodies as well as combining synthetic and acoustic orchestral sounds. Hear her newest release, Phoenix, at sarahallierichardson.com. ... more

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Track Name: Simpler Love
Ours is a simpler love
Made from jokes that make us laugh
Fireflies and beachside kisses
I feel my cheeks turn red

Ours is a simpler game
Made by finding tickle spots
We don't need no silly nicknames
We cut our names in half

And I realize love as something brand new
I feel it too

Our's is a simpler task
Finding things by speaking out
Figuring out what's right to say
I've bit my tongue

Ours is a simpler road
Made by checking things twice
What once was bumpy now is smooth

And the glances shared are always kept near
They're kept right here

Our's is a simpler test
Every question probable
Every problem solvable

And when I think that's all there is to see
What happens is a mystery
Track Name: Penny Castles
Penny castles
Blue Tattoos
Changing weather
Changing views

Harbor hoping
Arms extend
News beginnings
A happy end

I know the world will find the way, the way it's used to

Writing rules upon a blackboard wall
Doesn't make me want to follow them at all

Patience wavers
Love exudes
Peaceful riots
Warless feuds

I know the world will find the way, the way it's used to
Track Name: Seymour
It always rains around you
Every time that I see you
Dripping drops along the rows of lashes
Lining your big bold eyes

Never mind the winter
Never mind that snow will soon collapse your heart
Never mind the efforts made
Never thought I'd be the one to love you from the start

Nothing hurts more than to
See these packages at your door
Presenting themselves to you
To let them in

You can be realized
You can be idolized
You could be holding the world within your hands

It always rains around you
Every time that is see you
Dripping drops along the rows of lashes
Lining your big bold eyes

Never mind the winter
Never mind that snow will soon collapse your heart
Never mind the efforts made
Never thought I'd be the one to love you from the start

But the wind blows your front porch chimes
And you've closed the doors too many times
And this cold north wind will blow right over you

But when the world turns cold
It can be hard to mold
The visions and fantasies of folks who look to you

It always rains around you
Every time that I see you
Dripping drops along the rows of lashes
Lining your big bold eyes
Track Name: Lonely Hearts
Lonely hearts
Don't make good company
Lonely hearts
Don't make good friends

They're too strung out hung over and stressed
They don't allow for happiness
Lonely hearts

You came along you were
So headstrong
My heart was taken by you

Then came the day
You turned and you walked away
Now I left
With the memory of you
Lonely hearts

Being carefree and in love you see
The loneliness passes by
But playing the part of the lonely heart
All you can do is cry
Lonely Heart

Lonely hearts don't make good company
Lonely hearts they don't make good friends
They take your time
They take your love
You're left to feel not taken care of
Lonely hearts
Track Name: Sandy
You were my saving grace
In times of sadness you were always a sweet face
As I watch the leaves fall from trees outside my window
I realize why they call it fall

Somebody's dying
People are crying
There's something to be said for finding it in it
To greet the bottom line and strip off those fine layers
That were once worn as a very warm coat

Why is anybody worth the suffering
Why are we always left wondering
Why do we show up anyway

When you touched my heart I knew
The only one I needed was you
And now I'm left to live on all the love that you gave me

That's what saved me
Sandy
Track Name: Sulu
Today I stepped outside for the first time ever
And what I came upon was the most glorious site
A tiny box which sat upon my doorstep
I opened it

Having known not what to expect
I hesitated
I kept and open mind and tried to keep an open heart
I'm glad I did

What I found
Was a map
With directions of what I must do
With all it's winding trails and paths
It led me to you

The night it fell upon us
A sky of cobalt blue
The prospect of having all of us together
But no one showed
Just you and I
In each other's arms we found home
Track Name: Bottom of the Sea
When yesterday erases
From my memories embraces
Then I will be free
But for now I am sinking to the bottom of the sea

Oh my God
Please catch me

It's not ok
My heart has strayed
And you can't even tell
But I can
Oh I can

And I am
Sinking
Falling
Floating
Calling for you
From the bottom of the sea

And no one can hear me
Oh my God

Tonight
We had the chance to make it right tonight

Sinking
Falling
Floating
Calling for you
From the bottom of the sea
Track Name: Andrew
Oh well
Our time is getting weary
It's unable to see clearly what to do

Oh well
Must we feel the same to see the difference
It makes such sense
But still my sense of you keeps wavering in the wind

And I can feel myself pulling
And i can feel myself pulling away
And you're not pulling back
And I can see why

Oh well
Don't be afraid
'Cause this road is a long and winding one
With help at every bump along the way

Oh well
May this path come round again
So we can share our stories
In the glory of each other's company

I can feel myself pulling away
I can feel myself pulling away
And you're not pulling back

And I am pulling away
And I can see why