The College Town EP

by Ashley Hames

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released April 26, 2013

Album art by Kerry Leavenworth and Ashley Hames
Adapted for print by Eric L'Esperance
All lyrics written by Ashley Hames
All music composed by Ashley Hames
Recorded by Samuel Attaya and Ashley Hames
Eric L'Esperance: Electric guitar, Electric bass, Acoustic bass
Ashley Hames: Vocals, Acoustic guitar, Ukelele, Keyboard

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Track Name: Sweet Like Candy
Tell your Daddy I said, "Happy Birthday"
And your Momma I miss her, too
I wish your Daddy had just stopped drinking
So he could tell you how proud he is of you, and

I can't sing you to sleep anymore,
But you know I would.
You'll be fine, just dry your eyes
And may your dreams be, sweet like candy.

Even if I lived on the other side of the atmosphere,
You know I'd be right here, I would be right here
Even if we don't speak for 80-something years,
You know I'd be right here, I would be right here.

So, you take your train down to Jersey
And you find out where you were born,
And you cry in a field of daisies,
And figure it's time to mourn, after eight years.

I can't sing you to sleep anymore,
But you know I would.
You'll be fine, just dry your eyes
And may your dreams be, sweet like candy.

Even if the storybooks don't have us together in the end,
You know I'll be your friend, I will be your friend.
Even if it ain't the most popular trend,
I will be your friend, I will be your best friend.

Tell your heart it's gotta be quiet,
And let you sleep tonight.
I know what it's like to be getting through,
'Cause I'm trying with all my might, to forget that...

I can't sing you to sleep anymore,
I don’t think I should.
You'll be fine, just dry your eyes
And may your dreams be, sweet like candy.

Even if I marry some guy and he makes me feel all right,
You know, I'll love you for my life. I will love you for my life.
No matter how far forward I move past this strife,
You know I will love you for my life, I'll love you for my life.

And may your dreams be,
Sweet like candy.
Track Name: Crazy For You
I check for your ghost in my mailbox
Still crazy for hoping you would still wanna talk.
I stand on the edge of my mind here by the sidewalk.
Still crazy for thinking you’ll drive round the block.

I guess I’ll never know the truth
But this is the last time I leave our city, waiting for you.

“Good thing it’s not raining out here” he joked.
“Good thing it’s not too cold.”
Good thing that when you asked to kiss me, I just said no.
That woulda done my foolish heart in, you know.

Would I be better off if that were the truth
But here’s to the last time I leave this city, dreaming of you.

Honestly, I think I’ve forgotten your eyes
Were they green as my envy or blue as a new winter sky
Honestly, I think I’m fooling myself when I say you were such a good
For all I know, you were colder than ice.

Would I be better off if that were true?
Here’s to the city I leave my city
I swear it’s the last time I leave your city
It’s gotta be the last time I leave our city,
Crazy for you.
Track Name: Jessie's Song
Her eyes were always in the sky
I’ve lived among the rocks.
And she swims, quick like a child
As I drown beneath the dock.

And I’m too tired to write another song
Of falling in love or the silly things I think I’ve lost.

What’s the cost?

I’ve loved with fire in my veins
Often too afraid.
To touch a damn thing
As if it will surely turn to shit
And here I’ll stand. Without a plan. God forbid.

And I’m too tired to write another song
About letting go, or trying to move on.

I think I did it all wrong.

If I could, I’d do it all again
I’d be a better friend
I’d hold on tighter then
But my dad said, “No. Failure’s not the word.
We all get a little hurt,
When we’re loving in the dirt.”

And I’m too tired to write another song
About not knowing what I got until it’s gone.

When you’re almost gone.

And I’m too tired to write another song
About not knowing what you’ve got until it’s gone

I never know what I got until it’s gone.
Now you’re almost gone.
Track Name: College Town
Dark and dreary on your best day
You gave me so much
They’re either born here or they can’t stay
The ones that I’ve loved

College town, You let me down
You’ve brought me up
Broken town, You’ve seen so much
You’ve changed enough

I wanna know what do you need from me?

Cold and snowy on your worst day
The streets are cracked
“I tried to leave,” they all say
But they always come back

College town, You let me down
You’ve brought me up
Broken town, we’ve seen so much
We’ve changed enough

I wanna know what do you need from me?
I wanna know what do you see in me?
Track Name: Swept Away
Oh, I wish the dust could settle
Before you heard this song
But the timing is bad, and our hearts are awful
At not beautifully getting along.

We tell them every day to be patient,
To put the fire out
But they will not listen, they’re stubbornly fishin’
For the words stuck in our mouths.

Springtime rain melts the snow, I hope you know
These flood waters are sitting around.
Someday, the dam will open, I hope you’re hoping
To be drowned.

Sometimes, I ask would this be simpler
If we let it die?
Could I give up now? Could I just skip town?
Is that my heart’s design?

But if I’m being really honest,
If I can tell you the truth.
This heart of mine has waited all this time,
And would wait always for you.

Springtime rain melts the snow, I hope you know
These flood waters are spinnin’ around.
Someday, the dam will open, I hope you’re hoping
To be drowned.

Oh, the words we never say,
Well, your eyes say them every day.
Oh, the words I said I’d save,
Well I said them anyway.
Well, they live here on this page.
They melt away with the rain.

Someday, the dam will open, I hope you’re hoping
To get swept away.