Modern Mythology

by Chelsea Coleman

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1.
This Thunder 04:04
all my fears and all my faults all my jumping in, ready or not, baggage and all and all these years and all these wants from the tip of my tongue to the top of my lungs and all my wishing wells ran dry and all these dams I've built, all this wondering why and all these tears and all these calls all my rambling on, standing up tall, and pacing the halls and all these rights and wrongs don't play along and all these plans I've made move on but if I'm good enough smart enough then I won't be swayed by the rushing wind or the settling dust If I think hard enough strong enough then I won't fall in love and I won't blush but this thunder rolls over me and it rumbles and rattles till I sing, till I sing and this thunder calls out my name and it overwhelms me with wonder again after all the pain and all the cost will I write it off, will I fall out of touch, find a place to stop and after all the rain has time to wash and these hands will scrub until these bones are buffed, till I'm clean enough and all these years I've known I'm just alone and all these hands I hold can't carry me along but if I'm good enough smart enough then I'll never be broken by the bow, I'll stretch tight and I'll hold If I think hard enough strong enough then I won't have to feel nothing at all but this thunder rolls over me...
2.
I've been wearing my heart on my face these days everybody's falling in and out of love with me I've been giving so much and taking what's been coming to me don't you know not to get attached to me don't you know not to fall in too deep cause I'm a little sensitive and you can expect me to leave the minute you put your expectations on me 
oh wearing my heart is wearing me out swear someday I'm gonna shut the whole thing down it's wearing me, wearing me, wearing me, wearing me out I've been waking up happier and stronger these days yeah everybody's wondering what's gotten into me in other words other wonders other thunder rolls and rumbles through me don't you know not to get attached to me don't you know not to fall in too deep cause I'm a little sensitive and you can expect me to leave the minute you put your expectations on me oh wearing my heart is wearing me out... don't you know not to get attached to me don't you know not to fall in too deep cause I'm a little sensitive and you can't expect me to be everything and everyone that you can't be oh wearing my heart is wearing me out...
3.
I wanna want you babe but I don't wanna need you babe because you'll just go away and I wanna love you but you know I don't wanna need your lovin', 'cause you'll just go away oh you'll just up and go away I fix my supper and I say my grace but I ain't wishin' nobody's hearin' what I say no those prayers have all gone away and when I lay in bed at might I ain't wishin' nobody was a'holdin' me tight no those dreams have all gone away oh they've all up and gone away but what if I don't need no one to say it's alright what if this feeling so numb, it goes on all night what if I don't need no one to read my mind what if I'm just alone and what if that's just fine now when I come to see you babe this time I'm the one who's leaving on that train you knew I couldn't stay cause I've got friends and family to tend to and I've got other things I'd like to get to before they walk away gotta catch 'em before they all walk away but what if I don't need no one to say it's alright what if this feeling so numb, it goes on my whole life what if I don't need no one to read my mind what if I'm just alone and what if that's just fine what if I'm just alone and what if I'm alright
4.
Michael 04:52
I've got this power, don't you know it's true and I'm so scared I'm gonna use it against you all the games those men taught me to play well I learned them too well and I'm scared of myself oh Michael don't let me pull the rug out from your wide eyed dreams guard your heart and be ready for me oh baby be strong when I treat you weak all the strength I worked so hard to find well I'm afraid I won't know how to hold back the wildfire all the nights those men taught me to fight well they put this fire in my eyes oh Michael don't let me... baby hold on when I let you go, hold on
5.
do you remember the time at mother's house when you let the songbirds fly into the amber clouds and as the sunlight pierced their feathered blue you told me they'd rather die free than live caged in this dusty room so how 'bout I'll be the song and you'll be the flight and I'll be the lamp post and you'll be the nightingale just don't fly away now 'cause I'll be strong and you'll be wild and I'll be grown up and you'll be stoned out of your mind just don't fight me now and when I look back now there's something I can't pin down but these memories of your crazy magic are all that I have now sister you've got a spell on me that won't let go how I wish I could understand what happened so long ago do you remember the look on father's brow when you punched him in the shoulder and ran out of the house and as we watched you crying in the street I said father why is it her instead of me 'cause I know I'll be the road and you'll be the winding and I'll be the rope and you'll be the uncoiling just don't run from me and when I look back now there's something I can't pin down... so I'll be the song and you'll be the flight and I'll be the one who stays up all night and I'll find a husband and I'll raise a family and I'll be the house you knock down when you're angry and I'll be the deep roots and you'll be the ragged shoes and I'll be the one who stays caged in this dusty room oh sister you've got a spell on me that won't let go how I wish I could know, how I wish I could know
6.
Johnny 04:49
Johnny you told me not to come calling I said Johnny I'm not just a fair-weather friend I'm coming over gonna hold your hand when I found you you were playing the blues hanging over your porch with a bottle of makers mark did you want me to take it from you Johnny I wrote you a song sweetest song I wrote for anyone do you want me to play it for you you curled up in your soft green chair rocking back and forth with your hands clutching your hair did you know how much I loved you right there maybe it was the booze, maybe it was the song maybe it was the truth, hit you too damn hard but you locked yourself in your little room crying over your daughters and your wedding band did you want me to break down the door break it down and save your drunken heart maybe it was a ruse, maybe there was no gun maybe it was for the bruise you left on my arm maybe it was a ruse, maybe there was no gun maybe it was for the bruise you left on my arm when you found me, I was crying a stream hiding out in my car thinkin' 'bout nine one one did you want me to call 'em did you want me to call someone I remember then, thinking Johnny my friend I'd do it over and over and over again if you wanted me to, did you want me to
7.
you're shaking, I can feel you heart's waiting for the other shoe when you realize that I can't hold on to all the great clay ribs that God gave you so I make pretend that I'm above you my heart's aching for the other shoe when you realize I can't hold a candle to the great blonde angel on the pedestal we get caught up in modern mythology warmed by the fire of the same old story that it's the ones like you and me who do the hurting oh baby please, please don't believe everything they say we both want what we can't have we don't see the fence, we see the greener grass and our whole lives we won't be satisfied cause the right one's always standing on the other side we get caught up in modern mythology... please, please, please, please, don't believe everything
8.
it's a silly fine little line we walk when my strumming hands get tired and my voice is shot we've been waiting for the line to cross over to the dark do you want it to or not well it's a fickle senseless rhetoric we talk when my whiskey breath is warm but the mic is hot we've been waiting for the heat to drop and sink into the fog do you want it to or not wait don't go so far, I wanna catch up to where you are let there be dark, let the sun rise fall well it's a tricky tipsy delicate dance we trot and my weary feet are following like a fox we've been waiting for the light to wash over all we've lost do you want it to or not wait don't go so far, I wanna catch up to where you are let there be dark, let the sun rise stop still the waves and walk, I wanna be where you are
9.
when you're done convincing me and I'm done convincing you honey you know we're just gonna do whatever we're gonna do when I'm done crying over things that ain't true when you're done fighting against the wings that lift you when I'm done lying about the diamonds in my shoes oh honey you know we're just gonna do what ever we're gonna do I won't hide my devotion, I won't cover my love with a cold ambivalence or readiness to run I am buffalo abundance, readiness to give my whole damn body was built for it so you can take your sweet time testing the depths of my love my tears, they are fleeting, and my God is enough and you know I'll keep on walking, I'll move steady on through cause honey you know we're just gonna do whatever we're gonna do and I won't hide my devotion... so the gifts you've been receiving, you can keep them bones and all don't you know when you take the buffalo, you take the buffalo whole so I won't hide my devotion...

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Thank you, Nino Moschella, for helping me turn 4 years and 3 bands worth of material into a cohesive solo album. Thank you, Kendra McKinley, for bringing my vision for The Songbird's Spell to life. This song has been the closest to my heart for so many years and I would not have entrusted it to anyone else. Thank you to the beautiful fleeting collaborations that were The Gospel Flats and Reunion. I'm glad we captured the magic that these particular constellations evoked. Thank you to my dearest ones who have provided so much moral support, Morgan Bolender, Lina Turiya, Josiah Johnson, Aviva Lipkowitz, Cat Munroe, Mia Carlone, Ned Buskirk, Aaron Glass, Trevor Bahnson, Eleanor Henderson and Jon Jackson. Biggest thanks to Graham Patzner, for helping me see this project through for the last 4 years, for growing with the challenges and transitions, and staying committed to learning how to work together in a good way. Thanks to Otis Coleman Patzner for being a great studio baby, and letting me do this thing. Endless thanks for the generosity, time, and talent from the whole Picchi Patzner family, and last but not least for my folks and their partners for your unconditional love and support, Marty & Linda Coleman and Kathy Coleman & John Levine.

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released October 26, 2017

All songs written by Chelsea Coleman
All songs engineered and mixed by Nino Moschella
Mastered by Matt Boudreau
Tracks 1, 2 & 4 produced by Nino Moschella and Chelsea Coleman
Track 5 produced by Kendra McKinley and Chelsea Coleman
Tracks 3 & 8 produced by Graham Patzner and Nino Moschella
Tracks 6, 7 & 9 produced by Chelsea Coleman
Performance credits listed with song lyrics

© ℗ 2017 Chelsea Coleman [ASCAP]. All Rights Reserved.
Recorded with Nino Moschella at Bird & Egg Studio
Artwork and Photographs by Nika Aila States

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Oklahoma grown singing-songwriting powerhouse, Chelsea Coleman, creates sanctuaries out of songs, wherein her audience is moved, humbled, and exalted. A courageous and vulnerable storyteller, she invites you to endure open heart surgery, skillfully mending your heartache with strands of golden thread. Each listener leaves more integrally woven in to the tapestry of humanity. ... more

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