Emma Langford

by Emma Langford

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Emma Langford's debut self-titled EP

1. You Are Not Mine
2. The Seduction of Eve
3. Closed Book
4. All You Want
5. Tug O' War
6. Goodbye Hawaii

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released June 18, 2016

Emma Langford sang lead vocals, backing vocals, made trumpety mouth noises on Goodbye Hawaii, and played guitar on “Eve”

Clint Fitzgerald added piano, percussion, lapsteel & guitars

Karl Nesbitt played bodhrán, bouzouki, & flute

Peter Hanagan plucked and bowed the double bass

This EP was created thanks to the amazing support of friends, fans and family who contributed via Fundit.ie

Arranged and Engineered in Dunmanway by Clint Fitzgerald
Co-Produced by Clint Fitzgerald & Emma Langford
All Music & Lyrics written by Emma Langford
EP Artwork by Finn Harper & Jacob Stack
Artwork layout by Ken Coleman
Mastered by Wav Mastering

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Emma Langford Limerick, Ireland

Emma Langford is a folk singer-songwriter from Limerick, Ireland, with a distinct wry and reflective style of penmanship and delivery.

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Track Name: You Are Not Mine
I bear scars you don't care to see,
They're not in clear view but they're so dear to me
And those are scars I would not remove
for that I have loved and lost they are my proof

so if we go out dancing tonight, I want you to know that it's alright
You can dance with whoever you want to, it's fine,
I am not yours, and you are not mine

She watches him watch her crossing the floor
And we all know you'd love to have kissed her once more
But that oul love was never to be
You were not yourself and she was not she
You were not yourself, and I set you free

so if we go out dancing tonight, I want you to know that it's alright
You can dance with whoever you want to, it's fine,
I am not yours, and you are not mine
I am not yours and you are not mine
I am not yours and you are not mine

Heartbreak and liquor play games inside your head
Signs are made, and signs are misread
and I'm sorry my boy, but I've been here before
and you bear the markings of a boy I could adore
And I will only break your heart in turn and that is sure
So if we're dancing I'm best left ignored

so if we go out dancing tonight, I want you to know
It's fine, it's alright
You can dance with whoever you want to, it's fine,
I am not yours, and you are not mine
I am not yours and you are not mine
I am not yours and you are not mine
if I am not yours, then you are not mine
so if I am not yours therefore you are not mine.
Track Name: The Seduction of Eve
The first night in a drunken haze we got lost in the crowd
two spies beyond the others' lines invading
you promised to be on my side, you swore your life for mine
my insurance as I watched my bulwark fading

And I surrendered all too quickly to a man of many names
Who had plotted excavations where my thoughts were
And I wondered now and then if things would ever be the same
Or if anything remained beyond the water

We sat upon a fallen tree one sunny afternoon
side by side, silent, surveying a patch of no mans land
And gazing at the wreckage, said the war would wind up soon
And the thoughts of my lost brothers he made silent with his hands

And I surrendered all too quickly to a man of many names
Who had plotted excavations where my thoughts were
And I wondered now and then if things would ever be the same
Or if anything remained beyond the water

I asked you once in confidence to never leave me be
You made me swear I knew us to be better
Than my every self-destructive fears, my insecurities
And we shook on that and turned and watched the weather change

And I surrendered much too quickly to a man of many names
Who had held me ever since I can remember
And I wondered now and then if I would ever feel the same
Or vanish onward with the season come December

So I wonder did you ever really care that much to me?
Was it all another epic you were writing?
Another chapter to write down and then scratch out before they'd see
the heart beneath the hardy buck there hiding?

So I don't care that much these days for who it is that you became,
I never held him, so I hold him no ill feelings
But I wonder now and then if things just might've been the same
If I were happy never to break that glass ceiling

And I don't mind, no I don't mind
I'm just trying to find my piece of mind.
Track Name: Closed Book
You're a closed book, and I can't read your meaning
Written in your sullen looks, as you stand up there screaming
And I lie awake wondering talking in my head
Is it real, is any of it more than me?
Or am I a dead man walking?

There's a dreadful fish, and through my blood-stream swimming,
Whispering your written words, the worst of which I'm dreaming,
and I stand and raise an empty glass to your wisdom unexplained
Is it real, is any of it more than me?
Have the words and letters changed?

There's a reason well that we don't turn your pages
Locked up in your chosen hell, you've rolled the rock of ages
And I turn and face a camera with the focus ever shifting
Is it real, is any of it more than me?
Are we more than lost souls...
Than lost souls, drifting?

At least I came, didn't I?
And I was there, wasn't I?
And now I'm here, aren't I?
And what more can you look for
In these eyes,
in these eyes,
in these eyes of mine?

So I lie awake wondering
and I stand and raise an empty glass
And I turn and face a camera

And I lie awake wondering, talking in my head
Is it real, is any of it more than me? Or am I dead...
Is it real, is any of it more than me? Or am I dead...
Is it real, is any of it more than me? Or am I dead man walking?
Track Name: All You Want
There is nothing stunning about me
No illusions or delusions for the world to see
Voice like velvet floating to the floor
Make it a dress when I care less, no more.

You say we may not be perfect
But in good time we'll work it out
You should get a job, marry, do it all in the right time
Waltz in circles before walking the line

Is this all you want? Is this all you need?
Is this all you want? Then that's all you need.

I have no GPS, no plans for this life,
No sense of direction and no sense of time
What good is navigation when every day is a revelation?
This head might be crazy, but at least it's mine.

Is this all you want? Is this all you need?
Is this all you want? Then that's all you need.

And now's the time to redefine
The things you thought you knew

Flirt outright with the wrong guy... Be the one to tie his tie
Wish on passing cars... laugh at shooting stars
Just be stupid sometimes, get burnt in the summer time!

If that's all you want, then that's all you need
If that's all you want, then that's all you need.
Is this all you want? Is this all you need?
Is this all you want? Then that's all you need.

Then that's all you need x4
Track Name: Tug O' War
I find it hard, so hard,
To get through the day,
Without worryin' and panickin'
Letting time slip away

In my heart there's an angel
Oh for putting up with me
And he's pushing me and pulling me
Through my anxiety
And in my mind there's a devil
On my shoulder to the end
Through my worry and my panic
Saying she's my only friend

I find it hard, so hard,
To get through the day,
Without worryin' and panickin'
Letting time slip away x2

Guess there's no way of knowing now
What a new day will bring
But that doesn't stop my mind from
Imagining
And there's no way of planning for
What might or might not be
But that doesn't stop this tug o' war
Between the devil and me

I find it hard, so hard,
To get through the day,
Without worryin' and panickin'
Letting time slip away x2

And I try hard to keep reminded
Of the here and the now
But I just don't have the patience
To silence the doubt

I find it hard, so hard,
To get through the day,
Without worryin' and panickin'
Letting time slip away x2
Track Name: Goodbye Hawaii
You know the funny thing about the day you realise who or what you are
Is that by the time it happens you're prob'ly not that anymore
And the funny thing is logic states for things to break they first must fall
And like any small or precious thing, you give nothing or you give all

I can't give you any more than that, I don't trust my clumsy feet not to make me fall flat
and the heart's the only muscle tissue - little known fact - that don't know how to heal itself if you cut it in half
so don't cut it in half

we spend our days in endless cycles of lust to oxytocin
never stopping to think about the space between us that we've chosen
well I can give my mouth, and my ear, but I can't give you my hand
cos though you're oh so understanding you can never understand

I can't give you any more than that, I don't trust my clumsy feet not to make me fall flat
and the heart's the only muscle tissue - little known fact - that don't know how to heal itself if you cut it in half
so don't cut it in half

so I will hand you cellotape and superglue, and staples
and I'll help you hold the pieces in place til you're fit and able
I can never be a surgeon cos my stomach's far from strong
but I hope my bedside sympathies suffice to help you moving on

I can't give you any more than that, I don't trust my clumsy feet not to make me fall flat
and the heart's the only muscle tissue - little known fact - that don't know how to heal itself if you cut it in half
so don't cut it in half
no don't cut it in half
I can't give you anymore than that