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Bleeding Me Dry

from Something Simple by Pamela Machala

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about

I sometimes refer to Bleeding Me Dry as the "La La Land" song because it was inspired by a scene in that 2016 movie where Emma Stone's character decides to quit acting. I think many people who work in the arts have experienced a moment of feeling "I can't do this anymore, it hurts too much to keep putting myself out there." I have been there on several occasions with my music career. My hope is that the song resonates with other artists and helps us feel less alone in those moments.

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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

credits

from Something Simple, released October 30, 2020
Pamela Machala - vocals, Fender Rhodes
Kevin McHugh - drums
Julian Peterson - electric guitar, vocals
Casey Sidwell - bass guitar
Randy Sutin - vibraphone

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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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