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Something Simple

by Pamela Machala

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1.
LYRICS: Can I love you and not overthink it Can I love you and just let it be Can I love you and not worry about it Can I let this feeling bloom inside of me Can I love you and not wanna own you Can I love you and let you go free Can I love you and not try to change you Can I let you be you and let me be me Oh, I want something simple Even though I know it's not that simple So, let me start with something simple Just to wake up every morning thinking What can I do to make you, what can I do to make you What can I do, what can I do What can I do to make you smile Can I love you and not try to shield you Can I tell the truth and let you get burned Can I love you and not take you for granted Even after the years have made it seem like there's nothing left to learn Oh, I can't make you happy Nobody else can make us happy So, I'll pray that you are happy But the only thing I'll ask myself is What can I do to make you, what can I do to make you What can I do, what can I do What can I do to make you smile
2.
LYRICS: I'm not afraid to fall, I'm not afraid to break But I don't wanna keep on making yesterday's mistake I wanna go where I haven't gone before I wanna go where I've never gone before I wanna do what I haven't done before God it feels like I've been here over and over and over again I'm not afraid to fall, I'm not afraid to break I've learned a little more now about what I can take I'm not afraid to try, I'll give it all away But I don't wanna keep on making yesterday's mistake I wanna try what I've never tried before Cuz God it feels like I've screwed this up so many times, so many times I wanna try what I've never tried before Maybe it doesn't get easier, but doesn't it get, doesn't it get Better, doesn't it get, doesn't it get better Shouldn't it get, shouldn't it get better Oh doesn't it get, doesn't it get better Oh I wanna go where I haven't gone, I wanna do what I haven't done I wanna try what I've never tried, I wanna do something different I wanna do what I haven't done before I wanna try what I've never tried before I wanna go where I haven't gone before God it feels like I've been here over and over again I'm not afraid to fall, I'm not afraid to break I've learned a little more now about what I can take I'm not afraid to try, I'll give it all away but I don't wanna keep on making yesterday's, yesterday's I don't wanna keep on making yesterday's mistake
3.
LYRICS: It’s on the tip of my tongue and I’m searching for the perfect words Heart is flickering quick in my chest like a hummingbird’s Whatever comes my way now for better or worse Oh I, I’m in it with you I, I, I would shut these other doors just hopin’ I, I, I would shut these other doors just hopin’ to open yours I’m a bundle of wants and desires and fears and dreams I’m a sweater and every thread pulls a different seam And I’ve never been any good at the choosing between But now, it’s easy I, I, I would shut these other doors just hopin’ I, I, I would shut these other doors just hopin’ to open yours It doesn’t mean that everything will be perfect And it doesn’t mean that anything will get easier But looking at you I feel so sure Like I never felt, never felt before That the one I would choose again and again The one I would choose again and again is You, you, I would shut these other doors just hopin’ to open yours I, I, I would shut these other doors just hopin’ to open yours
4.
LYRICS: I'll leave you alone now I won't call anymore I'll leave you alone now I won't linger by your door I won't tap on your window I won't light up your phone I'll think of you every day But I'll leave you alone I hope that all your cats are healthy I hope they've still got eight lives left to spare I hope you had a great vacation Nothing but window seats and salty ocean air I hope that work is busy in a good way 'Cause I know that you love what you do I hope that when you step outside at night Those lucky stars are thankful for the view I'll leave you alone now I won't call anymore I'll leave you alone now I won't linger by your door I won't tap on your window I won't light up your phone I'll think of you every day But I'll leave you alone I hope the chair across from you is not empty I hope it's filled by someone new Someone who writes you beautiful songs Someone you're proud to belong to And I really hope that you can forgive me For the selfish way that I behaved Maybe one day looking back Looking back at the bumps that time has paved And I hope that you I hope you know Know how much you meant to me I'll leave you alone now I won't call anymore I'll leave you alone now I won't linger by your door I won't tap on your window I won't light up your phone I'll think of you every day But I'll leave you alone
5.
Anyway 03:16
LYRICS: I like to think if things had turned out differently If you'd been born across the sea Or in another galaxy Oh I like to think I would've met you anyway I can picture it a thousand different ways At the cafe on the corner Both in line for apple pie Oh I like to think I could've met you any day There are roads I'll never walk, trees I'll never climb Places I won't see, there's only so much time Books and songs and kisses I will have to miss Thank God you're not on that list I like to think if things had turned out differently If I'd been born a honey bee And you a fragrant little daisy Oh I like to think, I like to think I like to think, I like to think I like to think I would've met you anyway
6.
LYRICS: I can't do this anymore, I'm giving up I can't take it anymore, it hurts too much I had plans and hopes and grandiose dreams for miles But my dreams are bleeding me dry My dreams are bleeding me dry Maybe I was wrong about myself Maybe I was born to do something else Oh it kills me just to talk about it Cuz I don't know who I'd be without it No I don't know How much longer I can risk my heart Am I too old Or missing some vital part I don't know If I'll ever be good enough and it feels like forever I've been hanging tough I can't do this anymore, I'm giving up I can't take it anymore, it hurts too much I had plans and hopes and grandiose dreams for miles But my dreams are bleeding me dry My dreams are bleeding me dry Maybe I should quit while I'm behind Maybe you don't quit, you only change your mind Oh what if I changed and it don't matter like it used to What will I do, what will I do, what will I do? Oh I don't know I've never loved nothin' else this hard Giving it up Would be like sawing off my arm And I don't know If I'll love like this again Or carry my regret until the end I can't do this anymore, I'm giving up I can't take it anymore, it hurts too much I had plans and hopes and grandiose dreams for miles But my dreams are bleeding me dry My dreams are bleeding me dry
7.
LYRICS: I got my hopes up, and I got my hopes crushed And I was ready to be done All my invitations, insinuations You never took me up on a single one So imagine my surprise When you looked into my eyes And said, think how good we could be Yeah you, yeah you, yeah you said it But you didn't convince me If you really want me, like you say you want me Then how come you never call It's hard to believe that you really mean that When I don't see you put in any effort at all Oh we have a lovely time I 'm not trying to deny that But you leave it to chance when that time will be Yeah you, yeah you, yeah you leave it And that doesn't convince me Oh you never no you never, you never really tried Oh you gotta yeah you gotta, go after what you want You never convinced me Oh you had your chance and you missed it You had your chance and that ship has sailed Yeah you, yeah you, yeah you said it But you didn't you didn't you didn't you didn't you didn't Convince me
8.
LYRICS: Something about you always tugged at the sleeves of my memory Like a phrase I'd heard before, a phrase I had written So we sat in my car, listening to the raindrops And I told you how I felt, and you said Maybe some other night Maybe some other night Maybe some other night When the streets are dry and the time feels right I gotta be up early to catch that flight But I knew, I knew, I knew, I knew I knew there wouldn't be another night How close did I come, was it inches was it centimeters Was I a ladybug's footstep away from being someone you'd want Being some other girl Being some other girl Being some other girl Who would know how to flirt and chat with the world Who could fill up the space in between your words But I know, I know, I know, I know I know I'll never be another girl Won't you tell me the truth, won't you tell me the truth Oh I don't wanna hear it but I wanna know I can handle it So we sat in my car, listening to the rain stop And I wondered how another could ever make me feel How could some other love How could some other love How could some other love He won't have your groove and your checkered gloves He won't have your grin or your goofy shrug But I know, I know, I know, I know I know, I know, I have to know I know there will be... another love
9.
Stale 03:30
LYRICS: We had a good life We had a car and a green backyard Where the neighbor's cat would hop the fence to come visit We had a nice time We always laughed at the same exact things And catching your eye in those moments was exquisite But I had the strangest desire to give it all, give it all up Cuz it got stale, it sat on the counter too long We let it get stale, and then it was time to move along Sometimes it gets stale, and nobody's in the wrong Sometimes you need, sometimes you need Sometimes you need, sometimes you need Oh sometimes, you need a breath of fresh air I had a good job, for the first time in my life When a new month rolled around I didn't hesitate to mail my rent I was a rock star When someone asked me “what do you do” I could finally answer feeling confident But I had the strangest desire to give it all, give it all up Cuz it got stale, it sat on the counter too long We let it get stale, and then it was time to move along Sometimes it gets stale, and nobody's in the wrong Sometimes you need, sometimes you need Sometimes you need, sometimes you need Oh sometimes, you need a breath of fresh air I'm so grateful for the good things that I've had And if I'd stayed forever, it wouldn't be so bad But I know passion when I feel it, I know when I don't And I know I won't if nothing changes If nothing changes It'll get stale, sit on the counter too long We let it get stale, and it'll be time to move along Sometimes it gets stale, and nobody's in the wrong Sometimes you need, sometimes you need Sometimes you need, sometimes you need Oh sometimes, you need a breath of fresh air
10.
LYRICS: These shoes, these shoes I wore them for years and now they don't fit anymore I wore them for years and now they don't fit anymore These arms, these arms They held you for years and now they don't hold you no more They held you for years and now they don't hold anymore I'm sad and I'm free, I'm sad and I'm free I'm a gambling man with an ace and a three I'm a crumbling building with a vacancy I'm a wandering comet with no place to be I'm a cardboard cutout who dreams in 3D This house, this house I lived there for years and now I don't live there no more I lived there for years and now I don't have a home This drink, this drink It soothed me for years and now I don't wanna be soothed It soothed me for years and now I just want the truth I'm sad and I'm free, I'm sad and I'm free I'm a gambling man with an ace and a three I'm a crumbling building with a vacancy And I'm nothing like I thought I would be I'm a cardboard cutout who dreams in 3D
11.
LYRICS: My friend is green, but he's not jealous And he doesn't care about recycling My friend can't sew, but he can mend most anything And he doesn't care about the clothes you wear Tonight, tonight We're gonna hang out, maybe talk philosophy Tonight we're gonna take the scenic route, my friend and me Tonight we'll leave it all behind My friend is quiet, but he's good in a crowd He taught Casanova everything he knows My friend is hot, but he's not conceited And he's short but he don't let that bother him Tonight, tonight We're gonna hang out, maybe get something to eat Tonight we're gonna take the scenic route, my friend and me Tonight we'll leave it all behind Tonight, tonight We're gonna hang out, maybe get something to eat Tonight we're gonna take the scenic route, my friend and me Tonight, tonight We're gonna hang out, maybe watch some NBC Tonight we're gonna take the scenic route, my friend and me Tonight we'll leave it all behind
12.
LYRICS: Hey baby ain't it grand Nothing's turned out like we planned But think of all the possibilities Hey baby ain't it strange To wake up lying next to change And not remember how it came to be Hey baby ain't it blue To give all you got to make your dream come true Then watch it sink down to the bottom of the sea And I don't, no I don't have the answers And I haven't, no I haven't learned my lesson And I don't, no I don't have the answers All that I've got is a lot of burning questions Hey babe I know you're scared I think we all feel unprepared To really look at what's inside our hearts Hey baby what's the use Of worrying about what to do We'll cross that bridge even if it's falling apart And I don't, no I don't have the answers And I haven't, no I haven't learned my lesson And I don't, no I don't have the answers All that I got is a lot All that I got is a lot Oh all that I got is a lot of questions All that I got, that's all I got All that I got, that's all I got Hey baby ain't it grand Nothing's turned out like we planned But hey baby, won't ya stay awhile

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released October 30, 2020

Produced by Julian Peterson.
Recorded & mixed by Nicholas Larson at Mighty Fine Productions, Denver CO.
Additional engineering by Julian Peterson, Longmont CO.
Mastered by Jim Wilson at Jim Wilson Mastering, Longmont CO.
All songs written by Pamela Machala © 2020 Feisty Duckling Music (ASCAP).
String arrangement on "Leave You Alone" by Julian Machala.
Design & layout by Perfect Square.
Photography by Gerardo Brucker.

Musicians:
David Bergner - bass guitar (2, 7, 9, 11, 12)
Kate Farmer - vocals
Pamela Machala - vocals, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, piano, Hammond B-3
Julian Machala - violin, viola, cello
Kevin McHugh - drums, shaker, tambourine
Julian Peterson - electric guitar, vocals, shaker, tambourine
Casey Sidwell - bass guitar (1, 3, 5, 6)
Randy Sutin - vibraphone

Thank you to all my generous Kickstarter backers, especially: Susan Teicher & Todd Harrison, Daisy Saragoussi & Otto Verdoner, Amber O’Hearn, Pete Sedlacek, Greg Silvus, Andy Seth & Natalie Prochaska, Kathryn McGreal, Triet Vuong, Doug Rednour, Patricia Mathy, Clarabelle DeVries, Alisa Modica, Randy Sutin, David Grayson, Valerie Ross Qi, Fred Opie, Rich Palmer, Kelly Sheridan, Leslie Harrison, Sarah Axel, Hema Keshava, Bill & Matt Sutton, Paul Johnston, Kyle Donovan, Shanna Hoar, Kathleen Reutter, Martha Thomas, Amy & John Tuck, Robert G, Jessica Van Antwerp, Riley Ann, Socrates Tagle, Randall Port, Sreenath Somanath & Arundhati Mohankumar, Theresa Peterson, Yoka Verdoner, Dee Woods, Holly & Steve Bea-Weaver, and Brandon Lewis.

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Pamela Machala Boulder, Colorado

Colorado-based singer/songwriter writing indie soul-pop. RIYL Sara Bareilles, Carole King, and Lake Street Dive.

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