Made of Gold

by Juniper Ginger

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1.
In Late July 03:34
It’s too late to jam, the neighbors will wake up One well-timed phone call gets me out of bed and into something decent I’ll find your car outside We’ll shoot off and make the night feel so alive And we’ll laugh until the smoke gets in our eyes Lets go back a bit and set this scene up Picture yourself eating cupcakes on a bed of woodchips in late July Somewhere in between 8:00 p.m. or the stroke of midnight Cast of characters: the four loves of my life Pick me up at 5:30, it's show time Black ice and a pack of Benson golds are sure to keep us feeling dreamy We’re dreamers through and through Let's get famous, how about let's not go broke Or let's have no regrets cause I was broke before I met you
2.
Made Of Gold 05:40
When you're alone with me Do you feel entirely free? Is the whole world made of gold Or dusted in blue, a shade or a hue? Is it glistening in the daylight? Blocking the glare in your favorite chair By the window in this box we share You're peeking through the door While I'm emptying out my drawers Hide my cell phone under blankets My wallet and watch, my glasses and socks Does the sight or smell of a suitcase Make your ears bend, your hair stand on end? Too old to be fooled again It's easy to say and hard to do To spend three weeks apart from you Oh what I'd do, oh what I'd do to be there First Friday night in June and I'm getting us ice cream The only pair of sweatpants on Exchange Street And all of these people might have someone There's some that might not There's some that are always searching For a dream they woke up from And struggle to recreate in their day to day It's easy to say and hard to do To spend a whole lifetime looking for you Oh what I'd do, oh what I'd do It's easy to say and hard to do To spend a whole lifetime looking for you Oh what I'd do, oh what I'd do to have you
3.
I’ve been awake now for too long Silent phone burning holes in my palms And this perfume on my breath Says I’m taking this bottle to bed I’ve been a fool before, it's true I’ve written verses for a capital U Who put me through hell and back I’ve got that track on tape, too Let out the air and choke the lump Down your sore throat and cough it up Onto the banks of the old Fenton Three miles down, and two more back in I lost the car an hour ago With my sense of direction in the billowing snow See, I followed my heart, so I left my soul Back in your room twenty miles ago I’ve been a fool before, it's true I’ve written verses for a capital U Who put me through hell and back I've got that track on tape, too I’ve been a fool before, it’s true Pining to death for some version of you The one that I fell asleep next to And woke me today is the one I’ll see through
4.
You tiptoed down the stairwell feeling for either wall in the dark Stumbled into my room, now it’s time for a talk I clocked out early from the night shift, then transpired the mischief Broken locks, lucky ladders, spiked coffee, and they still let us walk A year later I sat at your wedding And I thought, man, I’m already married To the idea that I knew you back then So I went back for more torture once I learned four years wasn’t enough Still avoiding the future that they told me I was I found a voice out of faking confidence in a graduate course I paved my path with daily platitudes, said hey I’m moving north Two years later you passed through on vacation Your short time was mine for the taking I had this idea I was someone back when We skinny dipped in your backyard We shouted words at a dive bar I paid some guy to put ink in my arms Called it gravity to hold me down But just when you think you’re grounded You’re running circles around it All of that restlessness keeping the oil in your gears For the fear of the end of the stories of your best years Well I’ve got good one right here One day when your grandkids want stories You'll feel stiff, but you won’t feel boring You’ll say how you used to know someone back then
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released November 1, 2017

Love songs for hard times.

Juniper Ginger is Alex Millan
with Nikhil Dasgupta on keys

Recorded by Jud Caswell at Frog Hollow Studio in Brunswick, ME

Special thanks to Meagan Ferreira, Jason Lambert, Cheryl Markey, Samantha Duk, Katie Way, Laura Klepinger, Kim Church, Julia Estrada, Julian Haller, & Dave Jacquet

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Juniper Ginger Portland, Maine

Juniper Ginger is the solo project of Portland, Maine songwriter Alex Millan. Her songs are mostly honest stories about the people and places she encounters. When heard live, sparse accompaniment invites listeners to get lost in the poetry.

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