Girls Back Home

by Lucy Dacus

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released 31 August 2012

JACOB BLIZARD for guitars, ukelele, occasional bass, and... vocals and claps in the bonus track. All love.

ALI THIBODEAU for vocals and claps in the bonus track and always being around with the happiness and goodness.

COLLIN PASTORE for owning my soul. He produced, recorded, mixed, mastered, and played guitar and bass sometimes AND did claps in the bonus track. Owns my soul.

All music and lyrics and vocals and some guitar by myself.

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Track Name: Girls Back Home
I met a boy on the streets of Illinois.
He had a girl on the other side of town.
I melted to the floor,
But I loved him all the more
For saying no.

I had a dream we were standing in a stream
Of people in the middle of the city streets.
When we kissed there was applause
And the people danced because
That's what honest love can do.

Seek and you will find,
But know that it might not
Be what you're looking for.

I made me my bed and slept in it.
I did what I thought would be right
And so did you it breaks my heart.
You are the sweetest one by far.

Seek and you will find,
But know that it might not
Be what you're looking for.

So here's to the girls back home
And may your men be strong
As the ones I've come across.
Track Name: Finest Cursive
I'm so glad that we stayed out tonight.
I'm so glad that we stayed out until the streetlights came on.
I'm so glad that we stayed out until the streetlights
Turned off again and we watched all the businessmen in coats and ties
File out of filing cabinet houses with their morning eyes.

I'm so glad that we stayed out tonight.
I'm so glad we have each other telling one another it's alright.
I'm so glad that I have you telling me its always been alright.
Telling me that I will die one day
And that will be okay.

And it hurts me to say it just as much as it hurts you to hear it,
But darling I assure you that if I knew the answer,
Then you'd receive a letter written in my finest cursive saying
Oh oh oh I am yours.
Oh oh oh I am yours.

I'm so glad you tell me when I'm wrong.
I'm so glad that we know all the words to all of the same songs.
I'm so glad that you found a new home,
But I hope that you come back
And I hope you don't wait too long.

And it hurts me to say it just as much as it hurts you to hear it,
But darling I assure you that if I knew the answer,
Then you'd receive a letter written in my finest cursive saying
Oh oh oh I am yours.
Oh oh oh I am yours.

And I've been saving unspoken words
For the day I find their definitions.
And I broke all of my mirrors,
Despite your beliefs in superstitions.

Oh, I was lost but now am found,
But I can't turn this ship around.
Oh, I was lost but now am found,
But I can't turn this ship around.
Track Name: Pretty Girl
Pretty Girl, come dance with me.
Pretty Girl, just dry your eyes.
Pretty Girl, if you don't like me,
Then why are you dressed up tonight?

Oh oh oh oh ooooooh

Pretty Girl, I know I'm not ideal.
Pretty Girl, at least I'm real.
You may like the concept, you may want a man,
But I'm just a boy and I wanna hold your hand.

Oh oh oh oh ooooooh

In twenty-five years, I'll see you again.
In twenty-five years, it'll hurt just like it hurt then.
In twenty-five years, I'll see you with your husband and kids.
In twnety-five years, it'll hurt like it did.

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Track Name: Lullaby
It's nights like these
When I see forgotten faces in my dreams.
It's nights like these
When I wonder if you ever figured out
That you were always what I sang about.
It's nights like these
When I brush the dust off of my memories.
It's nights like these
When I picture you
Walking down the avenue.
Here's to hopes you never have
Nights like these.

And may your dreams be filled
With candy-coated pleasantries,
Apples grown on cherry trees,
And pictures of me.
And may your dreams be filled
With starlight wrapped around your sleeves,
Music from the wind and leaves,
And memories of me.

Lullaby, why don't you soothe me too?
Lullaby, if only you'd take me with you?

I don't wanna be alone.
And I can't do this on my own.
Lullaby,
Give me a better reason why.
Track Name: Time Travel
When I was moving out,
I found a picture of you
On the Fourth of July
Too many years ago.
It took me by surprise.
It took me by the throat.
I couldn't throw it away.
Made me not want to go.

When we were little girls,
We laughed at who knows what.
Put on our father's clothes
And our mother's jewelry.
We camped in our back yards,
Naked and never knew.
Believed in God and ghosts,
Even then knew beauty.

I'll find a different time,
I'll search through outer space.
Will you still recognize me
With a different face?

There was a common thread.
Whenever things went well,
They turned to bad instead.
I learned to expect it.
When you were twenty-four,
You deserved so much more
Than just a little girl
In her mother's pearls.

I'll find a different time,
I'll search through outer space.
Will you still recognize me
With a different face?
Promised before I left,
You told me that you would.
It might be different, but
It will be just as good.
Track Name: Black Lungs
You've got pictures in frames.
You've got voices and names.
You've got rust on the bike
You used to ride when you were young.
You've got letters in a box
And you've got holes in your socks.
You've got the taste of your first kiss
Still sitting on your tongue.

And you realize all of the stories you tell
Are from those glory days.
And your friends they check in every now and again
On Christmases and birthdays,
But you remember a time that nobody cared
About danger or consequences
And everyone vowed that they wouldn't end up
Behind white picket fences.
And though nobody sings them anymore,
You remember the songs that you sung.
Now all of the people you loved are dying
From a blackness of the lung.