Tall Tales

by AMBER

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released March 2, 2015

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AMBER Toronto, Ontario

Music should be personal, touching, fun, sad, elating; singer-songwriter Singer-songwriter Amber’s songs range from upbeat, quirky numbers to softer, sweeter tunes that grab at your heartstrings. Using piano and guitar accompaniment to weave stories, she makes honest and interesting music that crosses a gamut of moods and circumstances in a style that touches primarily on pop and folk. ... more

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Track Name: Grave Robber
Moving by moonlight it’s the middle of the night
and I’m out hunting for some earthly delights
my tools of the trade a shovel and an oil lamp
the howling wolves would surely scare a more timid man

I am a complicated man
I am as normal as I can stand
I am pretty unique
I’m a grave robber and I always will be

They say you can’t take it with you when you go
someone failed to mention that to these fine folks
day in, day out, have no doubt
rain or shine I’m here sluggin' it out because

I am a complicated man
I am as normal as I can stand
I am pretty unique
I’m a grave robber and I always will be

Tip toe, you oughta know
tip toe, to move like a ghost
just so nobody knows that you’re a grave robber, a grave robber

Folks think you’re crazy when you dance with the dead
I’ll foxtrot with Frankenstein if it pays my rent
no, times aren’t easy and my landlord’s a thief
it’s not like these corpses have a lingering need for things

And I am a passionate man
I am humble as I can stand
I am pretty unique
I’m a grave robber, a grave robber
a grave robber, a grave robber!
Track Name: Big Red Suitcase
Take your big red suitcase and get out the door
I don’t want to see your face around here no more
there’s a big, wide world out there to explore

So say goodbye to your mama and all of your friends
you’ll see us again when your journey has come to an end
but not until then

Oh oh oh, everywhere you go
oh oh oh, you’ll grow

It would do you good to feel the wind on your face
the sun on your skin and to laugh like when you were a baby
and so full of grace

I hope that you feel the green grass on your toes
the sand through your hands and the smell of beautiful roses
you deserve it you know

Oh oh oh, everywhere you go
oh oh oh, you’ll grow

You need to know that the darkness follows you wherever you go
but in every space between there is light

So take your big red suitcase and get on your way
tomorrow’s never going to be as good as today
so fly, fly away
Track Name: Before April
Before April you wore a lot of black and grey, and stared out the window helplessly at the rain
before April those awful rainy days, they kept your smile away
before April you used to quote a lot of Yeats, and you always wore melancholy on your face
before April you were married once, now I don’t think you’ll ever be the same

I want to tell you everything you want to hear, but I, well, I’m a lousy liar dear
and I want to hold you in my arms, but I’m a lousy lover too
you need someone less like you, you need April

Before April you never talked about May, or anything else that anticipated brighter days
before April it was always black and blue and there was never any hope of convincing you that

I want to tell you everything you want to hear, but I, well, I’m a lousy liar dear
and I want to hold you in my arms, but I’m a lousy lover too
you need someone less like you, you need April to bring you peace again.

I want to tell you everything you want to hear, but I, well, I’m a lousy liar dear
and I want to hold you in my arms, but I’m a lousy lover too
you need someone less like you

Before April there were lots of things to say
Track Name: Teardrop
You said you’d rather feel sad than nothing
I would rather have you sad than not at all
Can this alchemy fix you? Did it fix me? Oh oh. Oh oh.

When will you care about you as much as I do?
I can’t recall a time I didn’t see right through you
Can this alchemy fix you? It didn’t fix me. Oh oh. Oh oh.

If a single teardrop falls down my face for all the plans we’d make, all the plans you’d break

I want to feel the way that you feel
with your heart and your ocean full of teardrops
but I just have one, but I’ll give it all to you
‘cause I’d rather have a sad you than nothing at all
Track Name: Secret Spaces
Shadows settled on a secret space
collecting dust until they get rearranged
yes we’ve been here before, can’t recall what that was for
shadows settled on a secret space

Raindrops falling on a window pane
I settle in to take the blame
love suppressed by pain, couldn’t get it back again
raindrops falling on a window pane

Every time you go I don’t know why
every time I sigh it’s because of you
everything I feel is a lie
everything I feel is a lie

A winter wind blows through every corner of this place
corrupting every precious memory that we made
the heart remembers pain, and doesn’t give love back the same
a winter wind blows through my veins
Track Name: Whisper
Every time I turn around you’re standing further away
Every time I hold your gaze I can feel you trying to escape

Oh, oh, oh, it’s in the way you walk
Oh, oh, oh, it’s in the way you talk
Oh, oh, oh, you don’t need me anymore

Every time I hear you sigh I feel the space between us growing deeper
Every time I close my eyes I realize you were barely there in the first place

Oh, oh, oh, it’s in the way you walk
Oh, oh, oh, it’s in the way you talk

You were always but a whisper in the night
passing through like summer wind, you’re a restless sigh
I know I never will erase you from my mind, but I’ll try. I’ll try.

You were never mine to keep, still I hoped that you’d want to keep me
every time I fall asleep it’s only you that I see in my dreams

Get out of my head
get out of my head
get out of my head
get out of my head

You were always but a whisper in the night
passing through like summer wind, you’re a restless sigh
I know I never will erase you from my mind, but I’ll try. I’ll try.
You were always but a moment passed in time
disappearing from my sight as you took flight
I know I never will erase you from my mind, but I’ll try. I’ll try.

Oh, oh, oh
Track Name: Black Wings on a Magpie
By day I tell my tales, I weave my words, I sing my songs
by the time the sun has set I’ll be long gone
every troubadour out on the road lives a life alone

And have you ever truly felt cold, cruel eyes in judging scrutiny?
wicked is the jackals tongue, and sweet
there does exist in me a moral code, make no assumptions please

Like black wings on a magpie, by the night I fly
chasing silhouettes and echoes, it’s time to say goodbye

I wander aimlessly from place to place, from town to town
few welcome me, and so I leave without a sound
I wonder if it’s in the tarot cards that I could settle down?

Like black wings on a magpie, by the night I fly
chasing silhouettes and echoes, it’s time to say goodbye
Track Name: The Second Time
When we meet again will you recognize me for all the
changes I have been through since I last saw you?

When we meet again will I know you same as when I loved you
then, just like today?

When we meet again will I still remember what you taste like in the
rain? When the sun comes down again will it be the same?

I find leaving is harder the second time

If you’re all I know of Montreal, why does it still call? Why’s it feel like home?
If home is where the heart is, then surely mine’s alone.
When it was time to say goodbye I couldn’t look you in the eye, ‘cause it’s hard

I find leaving is harder the second time

Go on and pick your poison, come on and watch me soften

I find leaving is harder the second time
I find leaving is harder the second time

When we meet again will you recognize me, now I’m different?
Track Name: Kissing Strangers
Did you know my name before you came into my life?
Did you hear me say I felt alive? Every whisper, every sigh?
Did you hear my heart sing a beautiful thing into the sky?
Would you touch me once again, I need to feel alive?

We’re too busy kissing strangers, telling lies, telling lies, telling lies.

Did you feel exposed to open up, or did it feel sublime?
We need to know we’re not alone in life, every moment, every time.
Did you hear my heart say, “it’s a beautiful day to be alive”?
Would you touch me once again? I need to feel something real inside.

We’re too busy kissing strangers, telling lies, telling lies, telling lies with our tongues,
trying to be someone.

Dress the part and devise an airtight alibi
They don’t know it’s a show, but you were always in disguise.

We’re too busy kissing strangers, telling lies, telling lies, telling lies.
We’re too busy missing danger, afraid to feel alive
We’re all too busy kissing strangers, telling lies with our tongues, trying to be someone.
Track Name: Nothing is Better Than Right Now
Look, look at the sun; it’s shining down right onto you.
Look, look at my face; nothing is better than right now.

Oh you make me weary. Oh don’t bring me down.
Oh you disappoint me, ‘cause nothing is better than right now.

Look, look at that light; it’s shining down right onto you.
Look, look at her smile; nothing is better than right now.

Oh you make me weary. Oh don’t bring me down.
Oh you disappoint me, ‘cause nothing is better than right now.

The moon lights up the sky even on the darkest nights
You shine down on me, that’s how I stay in the light; you’re my moon.

Oh you make me weary. Oh don’t bring me down.
Oh you disappoint me, ‘cause nothing is better than right now.

Look, look at the sun; it’s shining down right onto you.
Look, look at her smile; nothing is better than right now, you’ll see.
Track Name: Bright Orange
Bright orange I blame you for the bastardization of everything blue
You waltz in here with your charm and grace. You just have to put everything right in its place.
You say don’t hold on to old things, Mama gets angry and the bird won’t sing.

Bright orange how could you make us believe in something that’s not true?
You’re happy and shiny and you look new, but that doesn’t fare well for my friend blue.
You say don’t hold on to old things, Daddy gets stoic and the bell won’t ring.

I’m spinning ‘round and I can’t touch the ground and I’m afraid to open my eyes.

Bright orange I love you and I don’t know how you could convince me to
Maybe you could give me a clue; blue has been wondering just what to do.
You say don’t hold on to old things, former lovers are saddened but they were just flings.
Track Name: Juniper
Go on and take it off
Go on and let me in
You’ve been lying to yourself
But I see right through you

You’re not alone, Juniper
You’re not alone, though you think you are
Everyone knows, everyone knows
Everyone knows you’re disarmed

I don’t know why you’re running scared
I am right here and I’ll protect you
When the storm hits I’ll hold your hand
Won’t you let me, won’t you let me?

He won’t hurt you, Juniper
He won’t hurt you anymore
Everyone knows, everyone knows
Everyone knows you’re a star

I want to hold onto you a little bit longer
and I want to touch you a little bit softer

Go on and take it off
Go on and tell me you’re safe

I will love you, Juniper
And I don’t care what you say or do
Everyone knows, everyone knows
I will love you ‘til the end