September Sun

by Samantha Farrell

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"Samantha Farrell is proving once again that she’s Boston’s best kept secret with her new album September Sun. Her songwriting shines and her voice drips with soul and emotion."
- Jess Phaneuf, WUMB

"Farrell, here more than ever, evokes the numbing swell of island rum, with September Sun again showcasing her capacity to weave lyrical rigor with sumptuous abandon.
Paying homage to love and landscape, September Sun is, in ways, similar to Farrell’s past work. Yet, there is something new here, something darker and more sinuous, blooming like black ink in water. On tracks like 'Heavy Hangs the Crown' and 'Lover’s Prayer' we hear a voice of dusk and smoke in conflict with the very ghosts their convergence has birthed.
This is an album undaunted by either the perils of growth, or the beauty that stems from its realization."
- Ben Evans, Fogged Clarity

"You can hear the smile or sorrow in her voice, and the other musicians play with mastery... 'Lover's Prayer' is beautiful, reminds me of something Nina Simone would have sung, and would have probably wished she had written."
- Kimmy Sophia Brown, The Noise Boston

"One cannot help but be drawn into this singer-songwriter’s world."
- Bill Copeland Music News

"Farrell’s voice…well it's nothing short of phenomenal. It has an immaculate quiver to it that shakes you along with it as it waves across strummed guitars and string arrangements. Soft but incredibly impactful. Her hushed whisper may seem innocent and pure, but she spits fire in her honeyed-tone that is anything but. It really burrows into your core... One of the best female singers I have heard…ever. Her voice has got it all."
- Brian Carroll, Red Line Roots

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released January 8, 2016

All songs & lyrics written by Samantha Farrell
#3 written by Samantha Farrell & Michael Valdez
#4 written by Samantha Farrell & Pete Durning

Produced by Chris DeSanty & Samantha Farrell
Engineered by Chris DeSanty at Melrose Studios, Arlington, MA
Steinway piano tracked at Studio V, Arlington, MA
Mixed by Pat DiCenso at Q Division Studios, Somerville, MA
Mastered by Mike Quinn
Album art by Mykim Dang

Samantha Farrell - vocals, flute, acoustic guitar on 6, 7, 10
Michael Valdez - piano, keys on 8
Erik White - vocals on 2, acoustic guitar on 1, 2, 3, 11, electric guitar on 1, 10
Laurence Scudder - viola on 1, 4, 5, 6, 11
Pete Durning - acoustic guitar on 4, 5
Jon Crowe - electric guitar on 5, acoustic, electric & classical guitar on 8
Keith Van Tutt II - cello on 2, 3
Mario Castro - tenor saxophone on 3, 9
Matt Murphy - upright bass on 6, 7
Jason Ennis - classical guitar on 9
Kafari - keys on 9
Ro Rowan - cello on 10
Ryan Fitzsimmons - vocals, acoustic & electric guitar on 1
Danielle Miraglia - vocals on 1

© Samantha Farrell 2016, Kitengia Publishing (ASCAP) All rights reserved.

Management: Artist Speak
contact: Michael Plen - artistspeak@me.com

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"Prodigious and undulating vocals that are delivered with rare, swinging passion."
- Relix Magazine

"A liquor-honey voice, deft guitar work, and slightly melancholic tones that meld to form an aching and elegant aural tapestry."
- Huffington Post

“Every syllable is a symphony.”
- Dr. Roland Wiggins

"She's probably the best female singer-songwriter you still haven't heard of."
- NBC Los Angeles
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Track Name: September Sun
All the world hangs heavy on the vine
A ripeness you can feel inside
I'm fading but my spirit is in bloom
September sun

I see the way the light hits your face
Shadows strong enough to leave a trace
A mortal's taste of eternity
September sun

Red wine
How it runs
Stay here with me
in the September sun

All the world can hear the curtain call
A beckoning, the children must return
Say goodnight 'cause winter's coming soon
September moon

Red wine
How it runs
Stay here with me
My Love
Red wine
How it runs
Stay here with me
in the September sun

Still there is a softness in the breeze
And golden light shines on us through the leaves
Honey-drenched and etched in memory
September sun
Track Name: Heavy Hangs the Crown
Heavy hangs the crown
Eyes cast towards the ground
And all the things we love
Will be our undoing soon enough

A burden or a gift
Either way too much for me to lift

You don't know a thing
About the trouble that I'm in
Fall without a sound
Heavy hangs the crown

I know that I've done wrong
I've waited too damn long
But I'm trying to make this right
Trying to get myself back in this fight

Something in you reminds
Me of things I've lost
and thought
that I would never find

You don't know a thing
About the trouble that I bring
Fall without a sound
Heavy hangs the crown

Cut through the static like a bolt
(A pair of hands around your throat)
Keep on running until I'm broken
(And it feels like you're about to choke)
Face the one thing you've been running from
Only then will this be done

You don't know a thing
About the trouble that I'm in
Fall without a sound
Heavy hangs the crown

You don't know a thing
About the trouble that I bring
Fall without a sound
Heavy hangs the crown
Track Name: Lover's Prayer
I quit drinking because
There is always a reason
To remember and to forget
Now I'm thinking too much
And alone in my head
On my third cup of coffee at 3am

And I don't want to sleep
Because that would be easy
I don't want to dream
Because it always brings me

To you
To you

I am walking these streets
In the light that is leaving
It's an ache that I've got memorized
All the birds have gone home
Singing songs of departure
This vast separation, I feel it inside

And silently I hold
This hope of reunion
The promise of spring like
A lover's prayer

To you
To you

And I don't want to sleep
Because that would be easy
I don't want to dream anymore
'Cause it brings me

To you
To you
To you
To you
Track Name: Like a Leaf
I'm waiting for the light to change
This world is beautiful and strange
Darkness waits, a deep embrace
I want to fall like a leaf

Oh my love, been waiting
For the light to change

My gown is made of Queen Anne's lace
My hair is spun of golden grain
It's lonely here, but I'm at peace
It's time to fall like a leaf

Oh my love, been waiting
For my life to change

I want to fall
Like a leaf

Oh my love, been waiting
For the light to change
For my life to change
Track Name: You Are Gonna Break My Heart
You are gonna break my heart

He always had the gift to know
Which way the wind was going to blow
Keener sight, intuition
They stayed away from superstition
She was the one who didn't care
And lived her life like she'd been dared
Cigarette between her lips
She said 'I hear you're dangerous'

You are gonna break my heart
You are gonna break my heart

And if I told you that I've seen
You my whole life inside my dreams
That your story's in my veins
Would you turn your head away?
She laughed and looked him in the eye
And said 'my love that's no surprise
Promise this, if we're condemned
Don't tell me how this will end'

You are gonna break my heart
You are gonna break my heart
All the time with you will never be enough
You are gonna break my heart

I saw sparks
I saw sparks
I saw sparks

And if you only get one chance
A single night, a single dance
Don't you let it slip away
Don't let it slip away

You are gonna break my heart
You are gonna break my heart
All the time with you will never be enough
You are gonna break my heart

You are gonna break my heart...
Track Name: Circles
The currents run, electric hum
The galaxy's own melody
A long look back over your shoulder
Space is a curve, the stars have learned
But yet we resist every turn
You know you only want to hold her

And we go 'round in circles again
And we go 'round in circles again

We spend our lives thinking in lines
Progress, a forward march through time
Always losing or winning
The serpent's tale is in its mouth
There's no way in, there's no way out
You wonder why and I'll keep spinning

And we go 'round in circles again
And we go 'round in circles again
And we go 'round in circles again
And we go 'round in circles again

'Round and 'round
'Round and 'round we go
Track Name: Song for Somnus
Now I lay me down to sleep
But Somnus never comes
I long for waters dark and deep
And I am skipping like a stone

My mind is playing tricks on me
And I can't get to sleep

I'm seeing things that can't be real
The phone's about to ring
Figures smiling in the black
Dismantling my sanity

My mind is playing tricks on me
And I can't get to sleep

Somnus come, take me to your room
Lay me down, snowy gown
The morning's coming soon

My lover rests, his rhythmic breath
Turns gently in his dreams
While I'm at war, quarter of four
As lonely as a soul can be
As lonely as a soul can be
While Somnus smiles mockingly

My mind is playing tricks on me
And I can barely sleep
My mind is playing tricks on me
And I can't get to sleep

Somnus come, take me to your room
Track Name: Long Night Coming
A long night is coming
Full of things that hurt
And if I make it through
Then I will prove my worth
It's time to meet the gaze now
The music must be faced
The mirror's had enough
Of you looking away

And I'm scared to put my cards down on the table
To show how weak my hand has really been
But I know how this will go if I don't soon get control
And show my demons who the boss is

There's no such thing as rock bottom
That darkness knows no depth
It likes the taste of you
And wants you as its pet
Where there is a hunger
That no man or food can quell
You know there's work that must be done
And you must save yourself

And I'm scared to put my cards down on the table
To see what kind of person I've become
But I'm pushing over stones so sunlight can hit the cold
And something green and beautiful might grow
And I'm tired of all the talking
This world that's full of shadow and disguise
I'm opening my chest so finally I can rest
And honesty can look me in the eye
Track Name: Tuesday Night
Working late again
On a Tuesday night
And the train's running late
She'd rather walk than wait
Feeling trapped inside
An accidental life
Still behind on the bills
Is this how life's supposed to feel

And down a darkened alleyway
She hears the music play
Hears it play

Doorman lets her in
With a knowing glance
And she's drawn to the stage
While shadowed dancers sway
Call it mystery
Thank the fates or chance
On a Tuesday night
A certain song can save your life

And for a moment they are lost

On a Tuesday night
On a Tuesday night
Just a Tuesday night
On a Tuesday night

On the surface we
Can spend our days
While the crushing routine
Drains the life from the dream
But there's magic in
This mundanity
Walking home next you know
You could be tumbling down that rabbit hole

Where you'll remember what you are

On a Tuesday night
On a Tuesday night
Just a Tuesday night
On a Tuesday night

Tuesday night, night
Track Name: For Beauty's Sake
Always plagued by vague anxieties
Past regret and fleeting memories
(I didn't know how far I could fall)
(Until I nearly lost it all)

I fly my ship and crash it on the rocks
Waltzing with this ancient paradox
(To know the darkness and the light)
(To walk with them both by my side)

Yes, your heart will break
And only then realize the stakes
Only love can soothe the ache
Chase beauty for beauty's sake

When chaos seems much more than I can stand
A quiet song reminds me who I am
(The way he looks at me)
(The way he makes me believe)

A field of flowers dancing in the wind
The moonlit sky, a distant violin
(Forgives the day its sins)
(Moments of timelessness)

Yes, your heart will break
And only then realize the stakes
Only love can soothe the ache
Only love can soothe the ache
Only love can soothe the ache
I'll chase beauty for beauty's sake
Track Name: Some Crazy Dream
We're all in the gutter
But some are looking up
The odds will make you shudder
Are you passing through or stuck
All the things that could have been
Just won't do for me
Tell me that I'm brave
Or call it stupidity

Ask the fates for kindness
All along the trip
Plead with gravity
To release its iron grip
Walking close to the edge
Be careful not to slip
I'll take my chance with happenstance
And hold on with clenched fists to

Some crazy dream
It's not as crazy as it seems

You find out the hard way down
That no one really cares
A thousand fathers of success
An orphan when you fail
An embarrassment of riches
To have someone waiting there
To take your hand through storm and stand
At your side when you sail

Sometimes it's better not to know
What you're getting into
So it is the burden and the joy
Of golden youth
Run until the sun goes down
Looking for some truth
But if you knew how hard it'd be
Would you ever choose

Some crazy dream
It's not as crazy as it seems
Some crazy dream
It's not as crazy as it seems