Early Days

by Lily Mae

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released October 26, 2012

All words and music by Lily Mae and Chloe

Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Tony Oppenheim
Lily Mae: Guitar, vocals

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Lily Mae New Hope, Pennsylvania

20-year-old Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter, Lily Mae, raises a distinctively sublime voice with a free-wheeling kind of brilliance and allure comparable to a young Joni Mitchell. An unmistakable artist, as noted by industry legend and beloved late president of Blue Note Records, Bruce Lundvall, when he said, "Lily Mae has a signature voice, writes excellent songs, and is a future star." ... more

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Track Name: Montauk
MONTAUK

You tell yourself you’ll be fine, 

That you didn’t waste your time 

Remember what he taught you 

You know that you taught him too, 

his guard was in plastic for you 

An armor you could always see through

So you have this friend,

would you let him steer 

Said you’d never depend 

What are you doing here

He locks you in his eyes and takes you in his shield

Now you’re under his disguise 

Before the lock is sealed

So don’t cry for your stunted love

You’re knit together like a glove

You tried to call it curiosity,

Coping with your own hypocrisy 

Watch out you might be falling 

Are you still falling

You told yourself you’ll be fine, 

That you didn’t waste your time 

Remember what he taught you

You know that you taught him too 

His guard was in plastic for you

An armor you could always see through

So you had this friend,

Was it only a year 

Played what could have been 

What are you doing here

Are you still falling
Track Name: Early Days
EARLY DAYS

Youthful yearnings, easy mornings
and rolling out of bed
Before the rush and we’re still strolling
with time to look ahead

Let’s slow our pace
and enjoy the haze
It’s lovely floating
In the early days

We roam with ease, stop to breathe
and fix a cup of tea
It’s funny now, it’s all so rosy
We’d talk so dreamily

Let’s slow our pace
and enjoy the haze
It’s lovely floating
In the early days

Help me to hold this
I’ve seen it vanish

If one day later
we remember this phase
a wistful prayer
from our grown up days
We’ll sigh and fancy
that we
could go back there

Let’s slow our pace
and enjoy the haze
It’s lovely floating
In the early days
Track Name: Lost At Sea
LOST AT SEA

Days run, night’s come, so soon

The darkness is chilling
there’s no company in song
When the sea witch first sang
I should have gone

But caught in her siren
I took my ship in the night
Now left here to rage against the dying light

A frightening mistake,
to sail bravely as I did
But if I get lost,
at least I’ll have lived

The waves were gentle
in the early days
I’ll send myself there
when the tide breaks

I’d rather be
lost at sea
than safely home in misery

I’m not drowning
I’m not drowning now
I’m not drowning
I’m not drowning

There is so little
that I control,
But I’ll stay afloat
and that I know,

I won’t let the sea swallow me whole
Let it capture me
I will stay afloat
Track Name: Søren
SØREN

He sometimes reached
the edge of a cliff
without realizing where he’d gone
Fearless until he wondered if
he might lean towards the sun

He shook his head, now shivering
and took a quick step back
Now seeing just how far the jump
how quickly he could act

Who holds him back
What stops his tracks
Søren, Søren, Søren
Søren, it’s frightening
To feel so free

He’s powerful
and vulnerable
His only role to be

Who holds his weight
grounds his feet still
Who names his fate
but his own free will

Søren, Søren, Søren

He’s powerful
and vulnerable
His only role to be

Søren, Søren, Søren, Søren, Søren
Track Name: The Table Song
THE TABLE SONG

For a cup of tea and an open arm,
We can sit right here ‘til we buy the farm.
Grab a chair, we’ve been here since four
the table’s round, we can fit one more

These are the nights that we won’t forget
When we sang along in a sweet quartet

We’ll waste the night sharing dreams ‘til four
the table’s round, it’ll fit one more
The years’ll try us, so we’ve heard,
but we fit together like a major third.

These are the nights that we won’t forget
When we sang along in a sweet quartet

So stop and say hello
cause people come and go

For a dance or two, we’ll outlast the sun
Then toast the night and the years to come
Grab a chair, we’ve been here since four
the table’s round, we can fit one more

So stop and say hello
Cause friends will come and go
Hang onto your goodbyes
I’ve heard these days will fly by