1. December Baby (Ingrid Michaelson)
I wore the dress I thought you loved, but my boots are filling with snow you shoved off of the car we climb into. You finished first, I must catch up to you.
2. Pressing Flowers (The Civil Wars)
Meet me in the garden where the weeds grow tall, down by the gate. I got a secret that I might tell, it’ll give me away.
3. Crossroads (Marketa Irglova)
It remains to be seen to which side I’m gonna lean, which road will I choose? What will I gain, what will I lose? Am I gonna come to my senses and see the light in letting go of what I want in order to do what’s right? Oh, but right by whom? By me or by you?
4. I Don’t Know How (Christie Dupree)
They say some things are not that bad if you can’t hear them so well. As you sit there crying they tell you “dear have a patient heart, have a patient heart.” And I don’t know how you do it you were always stronger than me, and I don’t know how you do it you were always stronger than me, sweeter than me.
5. Wintering (Laura Gibson)
In the coming days I may take to flight, circling the trees like a bird bound south. Always fall back down on my lazy wings to the frozen ground, to my apathy. Just as sure as the days go short, somehow we’re always waiting.
6. It’s Not Happening (The Be Good Tanyas)
We all grew up and we fend for ourselves and we fend for each other, we fend for each other sometimes. But you keep on racin’ and runnin’ like something is chasing you, like something’s gonna get you. Well, something’s gonna get you one day.
7. Godspeed (Jenny Lewis)
No good no how, no man should treat you like he do, so come on right now, it’s time for you to get up and out of his house. I’ve known you too long to let you carry on this way, when I was in bad shape I’ll never forget what you always used to say: what are we gonna do with you, you don’t make it easy on me. What am I supposed to do with you, wont let me help, won’t you. Godspeed, keep the lighthouse in sight, godspeed to you keep the lighthouse in sight, godspeed to you put out the light and hope you make it alive.
8. Nobody Has to Stay (Mirah)
Rest up in the gentle sway, sister make a flower place, the mother, father, brother grace, a river of stones to keep her safe. Come away with me today, everything should be okay. Fill your pockets while you pray with some to eat and some to save. Nobody has to stay, but we wish they would anyways.
9. Horse With the Wings (Julia Stone)
Don’t talk to me like I’m a shell you found, don’t talk to me like I’m a shell you found on the beach and you put to your ear to hear how clear I sound, you say, “Sing me a song,” like I’ve nothing better to do than sing songs for you. You hang me on the wall so I’m taller than before and I feel like I might fall but I don’t, I hang there quietly watching the life we lead like it’s a prize I could never win, a sea I could never swim.
10. Lion’s Jaws (Neko Case)
You’re gone, the trees are so quiet. When your hand was in my pocket, how they swayed from side to side. Now the meddling sky and my snowy eye sees a different night, the night I fell into the lion’s jaws, to my regret and your delight.
11. Ten Cent Blues (Eisley)
But who could blame a fraction of her being? She is cheesy, she is scrawny with her uncanny styling. I’m teasing, she is pleasing, she just has no wit. And I’m sorry I don’t have her face, and I’m probably gonna lose this race, there is no doubt she’s such a mouse with such an abstract grace.
12. Bon Idee (Regina Spektor)
Don’t tell your mother that you are afraid, don’t tell your lover that your heart might break, don’t tell your gods you no longer believe because as soon as you say it out loud they will leave you and you will miss them oh so bad. And you will wait for their return and you will wish they were your own but gods that have left you will never grace your home.
13. Unbroken (Missy Higgins)
Red hand print on the white of your cheek, pack your bags quiet while the lion sleeps. Watch your mother put her name to the line next to the place where your father signed. And inevitably, what you used to be must succumb to the pull of gravity and you will never, no you will never see with virgin eyes again.
–your fangirl heroine.