Field Notes From Another Place

by Noelle Micarelli

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released March 19, 2017

music & lyrics by Noelle Micarelli
dulcimer, guitar, vocals: Noelle Micarelli
bass, percussion, sounds: Chris Plante
produced by Chris Plante at CP Pro Audio

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Track Name: Field Notes From Another Place
I have discovered a species of moth
it has wings as wide as my hand
she flies through the window and covers the lamps
and leaves a black stain where she lands

Oo, this tangled land

there are things I know that you know
things I’ve tried my best to hide
the sigh in the data, the storm on the coast
the way that the moth sees the light

Oo, this burning night

I have studied all I can, my child
I have brought you to this land and I’ll decide
the way back home

Oo, we’re all alone

I came because I wanted to learn
you came because I asked you to
listen for the thunder in the bright red sky
someone will remember you

Oo, me and you
Oo, me and you
Track Name: Comic Book Girl
waiting for a break in the rain
waiting for the moment to change your lane

I came home
from the wasteland

heroic and triumphant like a comic book girl
created outta nothing like a comic book girl

hey!

what if it's just more of the same?
this is not the moment to change your name

maybe home
is a wasteland

chosen from the rabble like a comic book girl
uneasy in the saddle like a comic book girl

hey!

light 'em up light 'em up light 'em up baby
you can destroy the sun
lighten up lighten up lighten up baby
you're not the only one

bang! pow! hey!

everybody here knows my name
everyone here knows how the game is played

baby, home
is a wasteland

stopping armageddon like a comic book girl
dead on page eleven like a comic book girl

hey!
hey!
hey!
Track Name: Going Home (Song for Kara)
The train out of New York is shuddering to life
I’m leaving now, I’m heading westward
it’s too late to change my mind
I’d have left a note, but your bed’s emptier than mine
and this whole city feels too quiet like a house after a crime

I’m going home, going home

baby, it’s hard
when it ends before it starts
you walked across the bridge while I walked uptown
to find somewhere that wasn’t in the dark

and the lights were still lit in Times Square
and I could see the string that tied my heart to your heart

I’m going home, going home

that was the winter we were buried to our eyes
I dig out my parents’ car and then I thank God you’re alive
you always loved the city more than I could if I tried
but can’t you see the stars now that there isn’t so much light?

I’m going home, going home

baby, it’s hard
when things just fall apart
you walked across the bridge while I walked uptown
carrying your sweater in my arms

and the lights were still lit in Times Square
and I could see the string that tied my heart to your heart

I’m going home, going home
going home, going home
Track Name: City on a Hill
Winthrop stood before his flock
his beard was coming in, his face was lined
he said God most holy and wise
in his providence hath so designed

that we should be a city on a hill
we’ll be the light

we’ve never had a winter like this
but when spring arrives, I’ll be a bride
from the earth so barren and hard
he will be watching us with swollen eyes

when you are a city on a hill
you cannot hide

Mary gave birth in a national park
Teddy Roosevelt said, baby,
do you come here very much?
and then she burst out of her body
like a geyser, hot to the touch

you can have your city on a hill
I’m out to lunch

this man who wears a jacket of wool,
I will marry him before the tide
Satan’s washed away with the stream
all my laundry now is clean and dry

when you are a city on a hill
you are the light

when you are a city on a hill
you must survive
Track Name: On My Way To You
rain falls in the summertime
on my head as I’m
on my way to you

sleeping in my car at night
everything’s alright
on my way to you

the places I have never been
the arcade games I didn’t win
the only thing that matters now is you

you’ll be waiting on the stairs
babe, I’m almost there
on my way to you

things are gonna be okay
in another day
on my way to you

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