Aerica Lauren Billy Bacci Split EP

by Aerica Lauren

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released January 3, 2014

Separate Lips, Snowskin, and I'm Lower - all written and recorded by Aerica Lauren, Boston MA

Expectations, Carrie, and Afterlife - all written and recorded by Billy Bacci, Richmond, VA

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Aerica Lauren Richmond, Virginia

Why you should hear my music: it's totally heartfelt, gut-wrenching, honest, different, yet catchy. You're going to relate to this stuff, I promise. Acoustic, lots of harmonies and layers, and it's all me.

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Track Name: Separate Lips
"dark water holds the harbor
blinking shapes cradle the coastline
I feel like I’m belly-up among the stars
waiting for a sign

I thought the foggy spots were flood
an older city newly drowned
I felt relieved it was the end
then I realized that they were only clouds

we were here once
but we didn’t kiss
I didn’t know how to hold our bodies separate from our lips
maybe I never will
but if you asked me I would try
I just don’t think that I can tonight

I must be right above the ocean
I’ve never seen such gray expanse
I must be where I’ve never been
I’m not sure I’ve ever really danced

If on the surface I seem happy
it’s only ‘cause you’re coming back to me
the rest is something to be saved
sails beating for a beacon over every other wave

we were here once
but we didn’t kiss
I didn’t know how to hold our bodies separate from our lips
maybe I never will
but if you asked me I would try
I just don’t think that I can tonight

Unlock the door and put me out upon the wing
The stars tonight are unlike ones I’ve ever seen

Even Wyoming - the closest to you I have ever been -
cannot compare as I descend instead into Boston

Have you tried explaining dreams or fantasized
the majesty of seeing things from such great heights

remember tears from ripping you from me that night
arriving late and leaving early – way too early – for a flight

we were not here
and we will never kiss again
though you’re familiar with how to hold me like a friend
Fly over harbors
swim under every bay bound bridge
I can’t pretend I will ever be okay with this"

© 2014 Aerica Lauren Publishing
Track Name: Snowskin
"Take off your gloves, touch the trees,
loosening their snowskin; I’m a wolf in sheepskin.
Call me up to talk then make our love and break bread,
take me for a walk and ask me to get high then
leave me in the sky when I climb up the branches

Walk downtown, hold your hand;
loving you is an uphill, sweating through the windchill,
shameful sort of struggle I’ve been hanging on forever,
and I don’t know when to let go, and I don’t know when to let go,
and I don’t know when to let go, I don’t know.

Up til now I saw you only how I wanted;
since I found out the truth I am feeling haunted,
like I’ve been lied to… like I’ve been lied to."

© 2014 Aerica Lauren Publishing
Track Name: I'm Lower
So… hours have gone,
years form from days
and ours hasn’t come.

Still, you’ve got to go;
your heart’s on the line
and mine is in tow.

(Tide’s getting) lower now, lover.
I dried up a well for my fears,
filled it back up with my tears,
told all the ghosts that could hear,
“I’m lower now, lover.”

Slow, I am this wreck.
I am this sad, sad scene
that you couldn’t stomach.

So drive and never look back.
I’m trying to find a reason why
you’d want to see me this bad.

(‘Cause I’m) lower now, lover.
I dried up a well for my fears,
filled it back up with my tears,
told all the ghosts that could hear,
“I’m lower now, lover.”

I dried up a well for my fears,
filled it back up with my tears,
told all the ghosts that could hear,
“I’m lower now, lover.”
Track Name: Expectations
the moon glows above
the change in a coffee cup
sounding just like bells
I hear the band playing
some songs about a river and
the bottom of a wishing well

I talk about movies
with a twenty something
she gives me a free beer
tip five and a cigarette
put on your jacket
and walk since the night is clear

I thought I lost my soul
and had no control
just motor responses and false elations
coming alive with impulsive acts
and falling between the cracks
putting so much faith in expectations

sometimes things work out

© 2014 Billy Bacci
Track Name: Carrie
Carrie I'm too small for this world and this place
My palm lines are traced but I don't trust them
Because every time I start running I'm running away
From the source of this name while thinking with hate

but if you look then you'll go blind
and if you listen you'll be all right
We grow more complacent every night
but you won't be that and neither will I
so Carrie if we really try
we'll get out and be all right

Carrie I go out in the sun and the snow
This valley is so low and colder than ever
and I had it all understood at once but I had to go
Now I'm missing the snow
Now I'm missing the snow

but if you look then you'll go blind
and if you listen you'll be all right
I miss your reflection and rain on the pavement
parallel lines that run down the road
Carrie if you can anytime soon
Carrie carry me back to my room

© 2014 Billy Bacci
Track Name: Afterlife
isn’t love kind of scary?
it’s a blissful all or nothing
there’s a chance it might start snowing
we should stay inside
let’s pretend it’s 1972
sing along to American Beauty
let the puzzle pieces interlock
put each one in place

we can’t think about the afterlife
let’s just let it come
all these fears that have snowballed for years
they don’t have to matter

are we lucky that we’re aging?
i’m just happy that you’re so engaging
there’s no reason to drive away
please just stay right here
i’ve got something I want to show you
it’s an ambigram - American reality
let the jigsaw be recycled
put each piece in place

© 2014 Billy Bacci