When I Get Home

by Pamela Machala

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1.
03:19
I take the same roads back from work each day Traffic surging like a hurricane And I've been starving like a castaway Who can't find nothin' new But when I get home And I drop my bags at the door You're always waiting With a surprise in store 'cause you're my daychanger You are my daychanger Oh you take my mood and you rearrange her You are The routine feels like a treadmill Working hard and yet you're standing still I push that boulder right back up the same hill Now even the grass remembers me
2.
04:12
I get so caught up on the Internet Seems other folks got things that I don’t yet Perfect jobs, exotic trips Accomplished a lot in a little bit And the farther down I scroll, the smaller I feel I got to get out, I got to get out I need a new script, I need a new route Gotta get up and go, gotta rid myself now, I'll go to the roof and I’ll shout Do it now Before you lose your cool When I hit a red light I pull out my phone in the blink of an eye Like the draw in a duel for my life And Aaron Burr is standing on the other side I’m getting my fix, I'm taking my meds For a sickness that I never had Lord it makes me feel so bad But I keep coming back for more Can we go back There’s no going back There won’t come a time no With no stats to track But I gotta unplug for my own peace of mind, my sanity is under attack Do it now Before you lose your cool But we need it too, for practical use We want to catch up Oh I just wanna see you We gotta wade through all this residue 'cause we’ve all got our problems too
3.
04:20
The distance between us is constantly changing As we find our paths through the sky You have what I did for thousands of years Before it all dried up and died And now you've come back to me wielding your tools of curiosity You probe me for secrets, for answers to Your own mortality Yestersols, yestersols On and on and on it goes The story's drenched with greens and blues My rocks, now a rusty red What will you find buried deep inside These ancient riverbeds Oh the wonder that you inspire Makes me feel vast and small One day we'll realize We aren't so far at all Tell me all about your lakes, your icy floes Oh make me feel again the spongy soil below Like apostles now we gather round the glow We were born together and that's the way we'll go
4.
Every time I doubt you You lay my doubts to rest You always help me laugh it off When I don’t feel my best We don’t always get it right I say I’m fine when I’m not fine But when it’s time to close the blinds I still love you Every time I hurt you I swear it’s the last We get stuck in a merry-go-rut, In the pride we can’t get past Storming off to the couch at night I’m sure that I was justified But when I see your bleary eyes I still love you Sometimes I get jealous 'cause another girl makes you laugh And you remind me that you chose to be my other half But what if there’s somebody else Who’d suit you better than myself Through all the fears my heart has felt I’ve still loved you From time to time, you tell me stories that don’t end I do my best to listen, but you lose me now and then But when a song you love comes on And you drop it all just to sing along Well then I know beyond a doubt I still love you
5.
03:39
Do you need me Do you need me Do you need me Like you need your coffee Zebra stripes of dark and light make my heart electric Tell me anything you like, I'm a conversational eclectic Crack of dawn or late at night, when the streetlights flicker When you're barely hangin' on, like an old bumper sticker You call the shots and I'll pull 'em for ya baby But would you miss me if I went away Earning your respect is a mountain I can’t summit You think you know exactly what I am and the ways I’ve become it Underneath the pleasantries, below the grinder’s humming A hundred broken melodies are slowly off and running I know what I'm doin', I know there's no guarantee I got a degree, I got another degree, and now I got 140 degrees Do you need me to smile Do you need me to hold my tongue Do you need me to be A cog in your machine Do you need to see proof to consider the truth that I'm worth a damn too
6.
04:44
It's so easy To settle down with negativity
 Comes so readily The focus on what is wrong with me Oh I don't want to be that person
 No I don't want to live that way
 And I believe I have a say 
 Over and over, each and every day

 Oh I'm gonna be, gonna be a stowaway
 On the ship that leaves my mind for saner voices
 Oh I'm gonna be, gonna be a stowaway
 On the ship that leaves behind all that wasted energy and easy choices It's so easy To cling to how things were supposed to be Waiting on a fantasy I keep missing what is right in front of me Oh I just want to be excited I wanna hold up the things that take my breath away
 And I will fall short, I'll screw it up, and that's okay
 I'm gonna practice, each and every day
7.
04:11
Sunday nights are blue Sunday’s always hard on you The week is like an elevator that only takes you down But I am here beside you On that you can depend And I’ll use everything I’ve got to lift you up again Let me be your pilot light Let me help you reignite Once an eager child, you had dreams of being grown But somehow it seems bleaker now the choices are your own Know you are not alone in this I’m walking that road too Hand in hand I have no doubt that we will see it through It’s okay, let’s talk about it And if you don’t feel like talking, that’s cool too But please believe what I know is true That spark you’re looking for is bright inside of you Sunday nights are blue Sundays, they're still hard on you But I don’t care, I’m proud of you You’ve got everything you need
8.
You got a lot on your plate lately I know you’re overwhelmed You got so much on your mind lately I wanna lend a hand There’s a pile of things to do It’s a mile high and twice as wide All you wanna do is shut your eyes and hide But you can’t, no Can you start with just one thing Can you start with just one thing Can you start with just one thing and Can you make it happen Now ask yourself what’s the very first step Break it down into little bitty chunks There’s never gonna be a perfect time to start Right now is the perfect time to start You know Rome wasn’t built in a day And it wasn’t even built in a year You’re gonna get through the fear that paralyzes When you realize You can start with just one thing You can start with just one thing You can start with just one thing and You can make it happen I’m doing the best I can with the tools at hand and my attention span I’m doing the best I can and some days that don’t feel like much I’m doing the best I can, just one by one by one And I'm gonna start with just one thing Gonna start with just one thing Gonna start with just one thing and I’m gonna make it happen

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released June 16, 2015

Produced by Zachary Hollander & Pamela Machala.
Recorded & mixed by Zachary Hollander at The Pearl Recording Studio, Minneapolis MN.
Mastered by April Golden at Golden Mastering, Ventura CA.
All songs written by Pamela Machala © 2015 ℗ Feisty Duckling Music (ASCAP).
Arrangements by Pamela Machala, Chad E. Mathis, and LaMont Sandifer.
Design & layout by Emily Olson. Photography by Joe Friend.

Personnel:
Pamela Machala - vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3, melodica, bells
Chad E. Mathis - bass, vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bells
LaMont Sandifer - cajon, congas, cymbal, tambourine, shaker, triangle, castanet

Special guests:
Julian Machala - violin & viola (3), drum programming (5)
Alex Maiers - electric guitar (2)
Jamie Mauck - drums (3, 6)
Bill Quinn - pedal steel guitar (7)

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Pamela Machala Boulder, Colorado

Singer/songwriter Pamela Machala ("MOCK-uh-luh") creates a delicious style of indie piano pop. BolderBeat says, "The grand takeaway from When I Get Home is this: Pamela Machala is a big, fresh talent to keep an eye on. Her musicality is as user-friendly as it is intricate, and Machala’s vocal performances are revelatory." ... more

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