Small Songs

by Shelley Smith

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Some songs I've been sitting on for a few years, as you can tell by the ages referenced in songs, 19, 21 etc. All recorded one after another sitting at my kitchen table on the voice memos app on my iPhone 6. Minimal editing (i.e. adding some reverb) on GarageBand.

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released September 6, 2016

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Track Name: See You There
Well I haven't left my house now in just about three weeks
I haven't said a word somehow about this I can't speak
Sit in bed all alone, sit in bed curtains drawn
Waiting for some peace

I don't care much about things that used to be
Of the utmost importance to me
Waiting for the day I can finally say
I'm done

Ooo I no longer care
Ooo I will see you there

A friendly face is hard to go out & seek
The pushing & pulling is much too much for me
Another day, another face, opportunities
Oh well, one more wasted week

Go to work, work all day, making money
In the end what's it for? No family
Hope or pray wish or stay what's it gonna be?
I'm done

Ooo I no longer care
Ooo I will see you there

Ooo What's it like to care?
Ooo Will I see you there?

Ooo I no longer care
Ooo I won't save a chair
Track Name: Rootless
I met you at 14
& I left you at 19
it was the hardest thing i'd ever do (or ever done)

I couldn't stand it at the time
Between the shards of what was yours and what was mine
In the space of that almost crash

More pain and heartache than i could take at such a tender age

Oh everytime I find my feet
& feel solid on the ground
The earth is pulled from underneath
& I'm rootless, rootless yeah
Everytime I fall & fall
Too uncautious to halt
Instead of earth, soft & warm
I'm rootless, rootless yeah
(To a fault)

I met you at 19
And thought you were the one
In a year we parted ways, oh

You left me reeling & confused
Tossed aside & abused
& burned up by the sun

Pulled up by the roots, just like the other ones

Oh everytime I find my feet
& feel solid on the ground
The earth is pulled from underneath
& I'm rootless, rootless yeah
Everytime I fall & fall
Too uncautious to halt
Instead of earth, soft & warm
I'm rootless, rootless yeah
(To a fault)

Will I meet you at 23?
Wait for you plant your feet?
In the garden of my heart (at the start)

Or should I pour concrete
So nothin/nothin/nothing could ever grow
Never open up my soul

So i'd never be a sinner in a sinners bed

Oh everytime I find my feet
& feel solid on the ground
The earth is pulled from underneath
& I'm rootless, rootless yeah
Everytime I fall & fall
Too uncautious to halt
Instead of earth, soft & warm
I'm rootless, rootless yeah

Everytime I fall & fall
Too uncautious to halt
Instead of earth, soft & warm

I'm rootless, rootless yeah x4
(To a fault)
Track Name: Make Me
its been 20 years and I’ve got no home
and I know the worst is yet to come

its been 20 years and I just don’t know
about the world, about me

and you sit there, in your tower
and you tell me to figure myself out

well ive been waiting
for a helping hand
but its never gonna come

so make me your tragedy
and ill be rotting inside

make me a life lesson
take me and hide away

o ooo ooo
o ooo oo
o ooo ooooh

so make me your tragedy
and ill be rotting inside

make me a life lesson
take me and hide away
Track Name: Blue
There's a sadness
On your birthday
When there's nothing
To be happy about

You try to make
Your parents proud
But a bottle of pride
Doesn't always go down

& you're blue
you're blue

there's a gladness
On a wednesday afternoon
when there's nothing new
To confuse or abuse

the blues
the blues
the blues

There's lies you tell to children
As you tuck them into bed
You'll grow up show up know up hope up
To get them to sleep

There's nights you lay up thinking
Will I be happy healthy selfless wealthy?
Before you dream

of the blues
the blues
the blues
the blues
the blues

There's a sadness
On your birthday
When there's nothing
To be happy about

You try to make
Your parents proud
But a bottle of pride
no it won't go down

when you're blue
Track Name: Things That Are Wrong (Explicit)
Everything is shit
Everything is shit
Everything is shit
Today

Everything is crap
Why won't you call me back
Will my father die
Today?

Sitting here alone
beside my telephone
I'm wondering where this goes
When I'm all alone
In my mind

Everything is bad
I'm feeling oh so sad
I failed another class
Today

Havent seen my best friend
In a couple months
We haven't been to brunch
Today

Sitting here alone
beside my telephone
Wondering if you'll call
Oh I know that I'll fall
Again

Sitting here alone
beside this telephone
not a call or a text
or a single swipe right yes
today

Everything is shit
I am 21
This is what life is?
Well it's not very fun
Today