September Sun

by Samantha Farrell

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Like a Leaf 02:05
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
5.
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...
6.
Circles 03:37
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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

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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, WMVY

"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

"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

credits

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.

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Samantha Farrell Boston, Massachusetts

"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
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