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The Next Line

by Briget Boyle

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released September 21, 2018

Briget Boyle - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
Kyle Caprista - drums, percussion
Harlow Carpenter - trumpet
James DePrato - electric guitar
Geneva Harrison - vibes
Kimiko Joy - background vocals
Ben Misterka - lap steel
Jon Monahan - electric guitar
Lewis Patzner - cello
Michael Shiono - bass, Rhodes, B-3, Moog, piano
Tim Silva - background vocals
Renzo Staiano - acoustic guitar
Avi Vinocur - mandolin, banjo
David Zirbel - pedal steel

Trash Orchestra: Rachel MacFarlane, Robyn Li, Michael Shiono, Briget Boyle, Kyle Caprista

The Town Quartet: Mia Bella D'Augelli & Laura Keller - violins, Jacob Hansen-Joseph - viola, Lewis Patzner - cello

Executive producer - Tim Boyle
Producer - Michael Shiono
Recorded at Bird & Egg Recording Studio in Richmond, CA; Hyde Street Studio C in San Francisco, CA; and Airship Laboratories in Richmond, CA
Engineer - Nino Moschella
Additional engineers - Nahuel Bronzini, Jaimeson Durr, Briget Boyle
String arrangement - Michael Shiono
Production on "Keep It Simple" - Aki Ehara & Michael Shiono
Mixing engineer - Eric Oberthaler
Mastering engineer - Piper Payne, Neato Mastering
Studio assistant - Robyn Li
Session photography - Isa S. Chu
Cover photography - April Renae
Design - Bob Ciano & Guang Yuan Lim

I would like to thank my ever-loving and supportive spouse, Harlow Carpenter; my family: Tim Boyle, Karen Tobin & Brian Soucy, and Lyndsay, Martin, Mika & Val Cavanagh; Renzo Staiano; Monica Pasqual; Myles Boisen and Guerrilla Recording; Isa S. Chu & Mary Ford; Rachel MacFarlane; Kyle Caprista; Michael Shiono; Eric Oberthaler; Juliana Graffagna; Leslie Bonnett; Kelly Atkins; Michele Simon; Shira Cion; the cast and crew of Iron Shoes; Tim Silva; Tom Purtill; Caitlin Tabancay Austin; Kathy Black; Meg Anderson; Holly Shaw; and of course, Mali the cat and Pockets & Wallet the guinea pigs.

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Briget Boyle Oakland, California

Briget Boyle is a singer-songwriter based in Oakland, CA. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Briget began writing her own music at the age of 12. She is one of the preeminent vocalists in the Balkan and Eastern European music scene in the Bay Area, performing with renowned groups Kitka, Brass Menazeri, and True Life Trio. ... more

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Track Name: Magic Trick
I learned a magic trick
A disappearing act
A little hideout from the world
Displacing memories
Replacing them with remedy
A starry night, a cabin the woods

The air was cold in there
The middle of nowhere
I chose to listen from the start
Hours passed into days
The silence dripped away
I slowly came apart

I find I'm amazed, solitude

I sang of days gone by
I hummed a lullaby
Remembered how to breathe
No way to be misunderstood
Alone, me and the firewood
No one to hear me but the trees

I find I'm amazed, solitude

And now I'm mesmerized, enchanted by this exercise
There's no more normal left in me
My skeptic put to sleep
Awakened inner majesty
Finding alchemy

I find I'm amazed, solitude
Track Name: Pick Up
Don't you tell me I can't cry
I hear stories whispered in the night
The story starts with once upon a time
Can you tell me my next line?

The earth began to shake
Four a.m., forced awake
When the music finally sings
I'll start counting it like telephone rings

Pick up, pick up, pick up

I am naked at your feet
Drawn in by your radiant heat
Our home, the one thing that we know
Is built of bricks and colored indigo

I am crawling in my skin
Waiting on forever to begin
I am stuck in one day at a time
Take the call, report the crime

Pick up, pick up, pick up

Leave a message at the tone
I will call you when I find my home
Leave a message at the tone
I will find you when I find my home

The story starts with once upon a time
Can you tell me my next line?
Track Name: Middle We Meet
What could it possibly mean?
This broken ladder we're climbing
Each step is getting shorter
Our words are out of order

There's truth there behind your eyelids
A pale blue line surrounded
You took me across the ocean
We landed at true devotion

You breathe, breathe
Life, into me, onto you

A day is caught on repeat
Right in the middle we meet
Your lips and mine, perfection
We walk in the same direction

You breathe, breathe
Life, into me, onto you
Track Name: Salty Tears
Broken window
Smashed in while it was dark
Now you've got your hands up
It was so rainy
The night that you broke me in
Now I am waterlogged again

Oh as I drown
You're etched into my fears
I'm licking my wounds
And crying salty tears

Real love is a bird
That sings into my ear
And water that saves me
When death draws near
I was drunk on the elixir
That fell from your eyes to mine
Crazy glue sealed the broken me inside

Oh how it burned
You're etched into my fears
I'm licking my wounds
And crying salty tears

Please just use your crowbar
The next time that you come around
Make it quick and painless
Leave your glass on the ground
Track Name: Breathless
She woke up breathless
She was born this way
Her mother prayed to God
Please, let her stay
I woke up breathless
Yet again today
Some days it seems I'm going nowhere fast
So God, get out of my way

If only each day would end
Without her falling toward the edge
She would wake up and forget
This feeling isn't over yet

You made her restless
Stole her soul every day
Rendered her lifeless
Till she found her way
The road, it widened
Her faith was a stream
That turned into a river
Now there's room to dream

If only each day would end
Without her falling toward the edge
She would wake up and forget
This feeling isn't over yet
Track Name: Before Your Eyes
I remember sneaking in after dark; he held my hand
We sauntered through the park; I knew that you would never understand
I think that was a moment when I learned to lie
I was always fighting you as you sang your lullabies

I sat at your black piano; you loved your wooden rocking chair
I was not much smaller then, but I had longer hair
Even though you loved the look of my messy curls
You always tried to find the way to tame your wild girl

You tried to raise me right
You taught me how to fight
Then I grew up right before your eyes
Can you just let go and realize
That I learned from you just how to be and what to do
Let me be the one to choose
I promise I'll try and do right by you

Every morning started with a mirror serenade
Into my hairbrush, I was the little mermaid
I tried my hardest to sound just like you
To be the beauty you pushed into view

I remember growing up and learning how to love
The mystery in all the things we dream of
I'm starting to feel it now between my toes
It's clear you've taught me everything you know
Track Name: Who Are We To Blame?
The man at the top has no name
The man at the top, he has no shame
The earth beneath our feet is writhing in pain

The ocean's edge begins to climb
The clouds are forming, the change denied
They've outlawed words

Who are we to blame?
Who are we to blame?

Every day is feeling like a movie
The kind where the plot is mostly gloomy
Where did we go wrong and what should we believe?

We raise our flags and speak our minds
But the institution left us behind
Cutting rungs from the ladder they told us to climb

Who are we to blame?
Who are we to blame?

The water's poison, the air not much better
Oh and look now, inclement weather

Who are we to blame?
Who are we to blame?
Track Name: Sank the Seas
I fell down down down
In a round round robin
I heard bottle breaking sounds
I fell down down down down down down down

On the ground ground ground I sat
The stars looked bright and yet so flat
You wandered round round round the woods
Secretly stealing all you could

Oh you sank the seas
And drowned the core out of me
Oh where are you now?
Where are you now?

I searched from dusk until sunrise
Nothing there but cold, cold eyes
The wind blew softly through the night
Ran me right out of time

The day was calm and still
It captured me against my will
Turn around now, look at me
The fallen fruit of the apple tree

Oh you sank the seas
And drowned the core out of me
Oh where are you now?
Where are you now?
Track Name: Pray for Daybreak
He held a gun to my face
And I learned just how fear tastes
Like coal, it sticks to my skin
Whittles me down till I am paper thin

He was so young, a shadowed face
Just after midnight in the wrong place
He took my phone, he took my home
And any feeling of being safe alone

Will someone wake me from the dream
Of that metal pistol?
It's burned into my mind
I used to sleep peacefully before the crime

I tried to yell, to scream
To wake up anyone who could hear me
There was no other way to protect myself
I kept my pride tucked away on the shelf

Will someone save me from the dream
Of that metal pistol?
It's burned into my mind
I used to sleep peacefully before the crime

I beg you to tell me why it happened to me
To test my faith or humility
Inside the neighborhood behind the lake
I learned to pray for daybreak
Track Name: Heart-Shaped Mirror
There's a heart-shaped mirror in my chest
It's covered over with a bulletproof vest
It's got jagged edges that protect
The parts interior I tend to neglect

That heart-shaped mirror fell to the floor
Just when you were looking, looking for more
I pulled on the heartstring, saying stay right here
But I've never been good at being a puppeteer

Look closely and you will find
A piece of me that you left behind

I remember the time back in Santa Fe
We had a free-for-all of come what may
The sandy pink earth and the yellow aspen trees
Are just like a mirror to a former me

Look closely and you will find
A piece of me that you left behind

I won't be broke for much longer, I say
I pack away pennies with each passing day
That heart-shaped mirror, I carry it with me

Look closely and you will find
A piece of you that you left behind
Track Name: Keep It Simple
Whisper in my ear
Tell me I look stunning today
Kiss me, my dear
There are no games to play
I know you know
That we have so much time
To be grateful
For all the treasures we find

Keep it simple

Hold me at bedtime
Chase all my monsters away
Wake up together
Ready to face each day
How did we find this
Without even looking around
Show up and listen
Stand here on solid ground

Keep it simple

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