Fool

by Annie Stela

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released March 1, 2007

All Songs copywritten 2007 Saint Zola(ASCAP)
Produced, Engineered and mixed by Bill Bottrell
Assistant Engineer: Mimi "Audia" Parker
Musicians:
Brian Macleod: Drums on all tracks
Dan Schwartz: Bass on Tracks 1, 2, 7, 9, 12
Bill Bottrell: Guitar on Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; Bass on Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8, 11; Synth and Mellotron; Drums on Track 11
Annie Stela: All Vocals; Piano; Xylophone on Track 2; Synth on Tracks 4 and 8
Lyle Workman: Guitar on Track 7
Sonus Quarter: All Strings, except Viola on Tracks 7 & 9 by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and additional Cello on Track 9 by Thia Saxton

Recorded at The Pass Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Except Track 10 recorded at Kung Fu Gardens, North Hollywood, CA
Mixed at The Pass Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC

All Songs Written By Annie Stela.

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Track Name: It's You
So when we all took our first breath
We lined up in a row outside and passed around the cigarette
Just babies squinting up at the streetlight
Whipsering about what 's coming next
And you said, "Just say you will, just say you will
You will, you will"

Oh, I may be young but I know when I love someone
When I love someone, and you said
"Oh, I may be young but I know when I love someone
When I love someone, and it's you."

Our ankles intertwined and then
Your hands were a beginning to my body's end
We kicked our shoes off and laid down in the grassy lawn
Still new enough to play pretend
And you said, "Just say you will, just say you will
You will, you will"

Oh, it's you
Why did I choose these mistakes, these mistakes to make?
Because it's you, oh, it's you
It never changed for me, it will always be.
Track Name: Keep Me Around
A list of my qualities to look over if you want
I'm trying to please you but if you won't I guess you won't
I can relax and have a good time
And wait for hte moment that you realize you should be mine

Keep me around, keep me around
I'm good for you
Keep me around, keep me around
You'll love what I do
Though it may not seem like it now
It's good for you to keep me around

My smile has its ups and downs but I"m generally a laugh
And you can bet I won't skip town and leave you with the aftermath
I can be possionate but not hang on
And if you feel you need your space just turn around and I'm gone

My smile's been trampled a time or two
So merely a footprint and I'm out the door on you
But play your cards right and one night I could belong to you
Track Name: Fool
I am sure this place is ruining me
All missed opportunities and looks across crowded rooms
And I never eat the right thing
I have silent nights with the tv
And conversations with my future as it looms

But most of the time, I just feel like I'm failing
All of my moments they don't add up, they just pass through
Most of the time, I just feel like a fool
A fool for leaving you

I am sure that I am brave and smart with pleasant smile and open heart
But that doesn't guarantee
And I can pick it up all on my own and prove it through my telephone
Shouting, "I'm a big girl, look at me"
For leaving you
And it's sunny all the time, and I cannot make it through.
Track Name: Over You
We're in your car, no heat in the cold
I'm waiting for you to tell me this has gotten old
I listen to the grind, the grind of the road below
Honey, I can't afford to make another mistake
So swallow your words because my heart's not gonna break

I'll get over you
I'll get over you
I just need a night to get over you

But does it have to be tonight while you're driving me back home?
My hands are out the window and the wind just blows and blows them
And we're faster than the highway, but my brain, my brain will not slow
Honey, I can't afford to make another mistake
So swallow your words because my heart's not gonna break

I'll get over you
I'll get over you
I just need a night to get over you

We're in your car and the sun's coming up
I'm waiting for you to tell me you are giving up
My eyes are closed, when do I know if enough is enough?

I'll get over you
I'll get over you
I just need a night to get over you.
Track Name: Counting Backwards
And the medal goes to you, my life is falling apart. You always said it would be true if I didn't take your heart. And you are nowhere to be found, but you're still laughing. Every time I turn around, I'm backtracking. I don't know a thing. No matter what this brings, my heart can't stand to sing. Oh, just a couple streets away, you sleep through the night. You're all out of things to say. Honey, that don't feel right. The toast is yours today, my heart is going back to the choice I could have made, to the balcony at night and the blanket of black. I didn't know a thing. No matter what this brings, my heart can't stand to sing. Oh, just a couple streets away, you sleep through the night. You're all out of things to say. Honey, that don't feel right. The sun's gonna set on this and I won't put up a fight. I'll pace and I'll fret and still the horrible heat of your light will be gone. Oh, no, just a couple streets away you sleep through the night. You're all out of things to say. That don't feel right.
Track Name: Lovesong
This is the love song you'll never hear
Just a warm breeze between my mouth and your ear

I know the look of a girlfriend
I know the hanging by
I know the "Hey, are you coming?"
It takes the whole of me to choke down my sigh

This is the love song you'll never hear
Just a warm breeze between my mouth and your ear

Just admit that for once there is no appropriate thing to say
By the look of you I think that maybe you enjoy it this way
Boys, you'll see here to your right our age old example of masochist
Hand me off the nametag and I'll take your place as first on the list

This is the love song you'll never hear
Just a warm breeze between my mouth and your ear

Just tell me when you're ready
See my shine in the corner of your eye
Can't you see you're bored already
But you just keep me on standby

This is the love song you'll never hear
Just a warm breeze between my mouth and your ear.
Track Name: Believable
Sitting in the car, talking with the window down
See the bottom of your pant leg as it brushes with the ground
And I feel sick with this thing
I have to swallow and pretend to look around
This is a fiction I've created
I am cutting down a forest of words I'm not allowed
And I have fields of propositions that I've gated
And I only let them go if I can sing them to a crowd

I guess that I wanna be believable
But the catch in my throat is the consequence of being full
Of choices I can't make
And levers I can't pull

Just across the table you're feeding me with talk of inner confidence
You're taking me upstairs, introducing me to people I have not seen since
And I'm wearing these bracelets to weigh down the shaking in my wrists
I'm trying my best but sooner or later you'll notice this

I guess that I wanna be believable
But the catch in my throat is the consequence of being full
Of choices I can't make
And levers I can't pull

You'd say that I deserve this, you'd say I'm asking for it
Will I choose to hold it back
Or will I pound this wall until the surface
I guess that I deserve this, I guess I'm asking for it
Will I choose to hold it back
Or will I pound and punch until the surface cracks....

Sitting in the car talking with the window down
See the bottom of your pant leg as it brushes with the ground
And I feel sick with this thing
I have to swallow and pretend to look around.
Track Name: Past Due
I don't have the strength
My heart breaks after the standard length of time
And I don't need a constant complication
Or your quiet ruminations
On an us that tests my patience

So just give up on me
Just give up
Just give up on me

It's warm with his skin against my arm
And I can close my eyes against the ways I did you harm
I'm so sick of apologies and poor, poor you
But look at me
Is this the way you want our last hour to be?

So just give up on me
Just give up
Just give up on me

Oh, just say what you need
And I will pull it off me even if it makes me bleed
Oh, I'm no longer yours to persuade
You keep holding up my light
And insisting it won't fade

Just give up on me
Just give up
Just give up on me
Give up, give up.
Track Name: I'm Around
Home
In my old bed
With the new sheets
I suppose I could have known
That my new life
Would bleed out onto these old streets
Where the trees hang to the ground
And there's never any sound
After nine
And my dad watches the news
On a couch that's worn and used
And he laughs at the wrong times
Oh, the wrong times

She's letting go
In a cold snow
On a windy day
And we line the streets below
And despite my coat

I feel like I could blow away
I am swallowing the air
That only tastes this way out here
In this town
And all that I can do
Is just stay in her view
So she knows that I'm around
I'm around

I get back home
And this new place has an old feel
Out on the porch I'm still alone
But if I look, then they're real
All around me they appear
Coming on a night so clear, falling down
They're the ghosts of me and you
Open up and let them through
'Cause they'll always be around.
I'm around.
Track Name: Breathe Through
Can I pull this from the air? Do I have the strength to fight?
Or will I hold my tongue till it passes through the long and balmy night?
And a mother sets the table, cleans the dishes with her hands
Passed down through the poking and the prodding
And the "don't let this get in the way of your plans"

Oh, when it hits me all I can do is just breathe again and breathe through
Oh, when it hits me all I can do is just breathe again and breathe through

Can I hope for the something more? Can I hope for something real?
Standing tall in the backyard, praying to my trees for something to feel
And I hear him pulling up, I hear the door slammed in
The slow whistle of his cigarette and all I want is to peel the paint from his skin

Oh, when it hits me all I can do is just breathe again and breathe through
Oh, when it hits me all I can do is just breathe again and breathe through

And I Can't let it go, can't let it go
This is the last time I'll feel it there
Can't let it go, because I know
Even if I shut my blinds he's still out there,
Still out there.

Oh, when it hits me all I can do is just breathe again and breathe through
Oh, when it hits me all I can do is just breathe again and breathe through
And forget the me and the you.
Track Name: Pull Back
My heart will not slow
Bringing it home, keeping it home
And darling you know I only shine when I'm alone
When no one can see the sparkle
I light up my own dark, I'm full
I'm full of throb and sway
But I can't give you much today

Pull back, just pull back
Cause all of my shields eventually crack

Can I hold a candle
To late night bar talks
To flying off the handle
To flip-flop shuffle when you walk
When beautiful moments come around
I'll do my best to knock them all down
I am full of build and collapse
But I can't stay because of that

Pull back, just pull back
'Cause all of my shields eventually crack
Pull back, 'cause all of my shields eventually crack
And it's too close and it's too real
And I'd let it pour out at my throat
But I'm too scared, too scared to feel
I am pressed against your face
And all I can think is where is my hiding place?
Track Name: Carry It All
Hold me up
I'm going to fall, stumble and fall
'Cause I've had enough
Of trying to carry, carry it all

A pile of blankets
A row of prayer books
My silence thanks him
With slow smiles and long looks

Keep me close
Or I'll get away, just slip away
And there's so much more
You need to know if you stay

A floor of white
And a bed of red
And a house to hold
All the words we've said
A pile of blankets
A row of prayer books
My silence thanks him
With slow smiles and long looks

I move on
I move on
And I am so happy, now I can see where I've gone.
I'll hold you up
And you'll never fall, you'll never fall
Cause we have enough to carry it all
Carry it all.