Broken Flowers

by Leah Hunter

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released April 17, 2012

Recorded live by Andrew Huang, at his house, in January 2011
Overdubs recorded by Andrew Huang
Mixed by Lodewijk Vos at Trash & No Star
Mastered by Shawn Jurek at Shawn Jurek Mastering
All songs written by Leah Hunter

Original Artwork by Joy Broadbent
Layout and design by Melissa Dalton and Trent Hunter

Acoustic guitars - Leah Hunter, Noah Slater
Background vocals - Leah Hunter, Laura Wood
Electric guitar, melodica - Trent Hunter
Bass, pedal steel - Andrew Huang
Drums, shaker - Michael Wood

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Track Name: Because We Had So Much More Living To Do
I can't do this alone, can't go back to the house
Where we lived and we loved and we laughed
Because when I close my eyes all I see are the smiles
That we shared when you were there with me

Now there's no use in thinking that you would ever leave me
But this is too hard to bear
Because we had so much more living to do

It's not real, it's so sad, you were the best thing that I had
Ten years of memories we made
Love never came easily but you were loved when you were with me
And I know I'll never let that go

Now there's no use in thinking that you would ever leave me
But this is too hard to bear
Because we had so much more living to do

Now when I close my eyes all I see are summer skies
And your face smiling down on me
But that night was so cold and you were tired and alone
And I know you didn't want to go

Now there's no use in thinking that you would ever leave me
But this is too hard to bear
Because we had so much more living to do
Track Name: Lilac
Soft spoken Asian girl
Always dressed in lilac and wool
Always treading softly
Always whispering

You have a sharp look in your eye
I can't tell if you're upset
Or maybe just determined
To do the best you can

I become obsessed with things, working here
You speak so gently, it relaxes me
And I feel like I'm melting

Once I was driving in a van
And I saw lilacs growing by the road
They were blowing in the breeze
They were glowing in the sun

I almost cried, they were so beautiful
You make me feel like that
You speak so gently, it relaxes me
And I feel like I'm melting
Track Name: 100 Dollars
You are so honest
Unlike any other
And I feel so different
When I sing along with you

You are so perfect
You don't even swear
But I will say things about you
That hopefully you'll never hear

Like, she's faking this whole scene
What she says is not what she means
She's faking this whole scene

Without you this would not do
People come here just to listen to you
You will make one hundred dollars
And lots of fame and desperate followers

Is this fulfilling a prophecy?
Or is this hyway robbery?
In any case, I can not see
Just what is in this for me

She's faking this whole scene
What she says is not what she means
She's faking this whole scene

I know I can't find you in there
Because I know I can't find you in here
I know I can't find you in there
Because I'll always find you everywhere
Track Name: Don't Go Away From Me
Think fast, how else can you last?
This is the question that came into my mind
Play dead. Roll up into a ball. Cradle your head.
From bullet words that kill

Someday this will end
Someday this will all go away

Please don't leave me here
I've got many, many years
I've got to get out of here

I can't see compassion in their eyes
I can only see the wickedness inside
Don't walk away from me
Just don't walk away from me
Don't go away from me
Just don't go away
Track Name: Simon Peter
I break my bones against the waves
When I get to you I don't know what to say
I walk with you through dark hallways
Just being near you slays my heart every which way

It beats for you

I fight through waves to get to you
I put on my coat though it won't help me to get through
I leave my paddles in the boat
I can't swim too well so I hope that I can float

And my heart
It beats for you
Track Name: 1970s car
I will arrive at your house
And go down to the river to cry
Where there are definitely ghosts
From sad old years gone by

It's just that I've come here one last time, to say goodbye
It's just that I've come here one last time

And I will always crave your history
Will I recover from so many mysteries

I can picture you at your prom
I can picture you in your wedding dress
Your nineteen seventies car
Did you dream of a life of happiness?

Of happiness and smiles?
Well, you took my joy away

And I will always crave your history
Will I recover from so many mysteries
Maybe someday I'll make things up to you
Maybe someday I will learn the truth

Hold me Jesus because I am lost
It's the first time but not the last time that I will say goodbye
Track Name: Pink Roses
The apples are gone, all ripe for the picking
And so is my song, because I can't sing no more
My best friend she left, left me down in my backyard
Dying of Love, on my swingset hands

Sometimes you can't believe the hand life has dealt you
You don't even feel like a person on those days
Invisible girl so scared and so lonely
Lost and abused, broken and shamed

Now I used to think that my daddy loved me
But he loved the drink more than this girl
He's scared to die and meet his maker
And I don't know why but I'm scared for him too

For me to find, he left pink roses
The smell in the night was fresh and alive
He put them next to my heart when I was dying
He put them next to my grave when I couldn't cry
Track Name: The People
You asked me to stay and I wondered how long
It was just the other day when my feelings got strong again
And I wondered what changed in your attitude
And I wondered why, and how long you'd be in this good mood

Now I hate six o'clock 'cause that's when you're coming home
I'd rather sit here in the cold and the dark all alone
Than put up with your lies and put up with the fights
I can't put up with this shit for one more night

I'm running around here and it's getting so cold
I want to keep my conscience clear 'cause they're getting so old
The people

The feeling comes back no it won't go away
I can't stand to feel it even for one more day
Now I'm going numb and I can't even cry
The whole thing's your fault so please don't ask me why
Track Name: O Come O Come Holy Fire
O come o come holy fire
O come and wash up clean

O come o come sweet Jesus
O come and make your spirit known
It's been too long and we've been waiting
So please come and lead us home

O come o come all ye faithful
O come and let him fill your cup
You look like you're feeling heavy
Under burdens you just won't give up
Track Name: The Night Is Long
Every time I talk to you
I feel pieces of me coming back
Part of me is melting
Inside you washed me clean
And I know people who don't trust that

I don't want to be your lady
I just want to be everything to you
You want to take me by the hand
And lead me home and give me life
And be in the light and become whole

The night is long, but that's where I see you
We will fall in love, under the moon
You will hold my head while I fall asleep
And tell me it's okay to be sad

Once, a long, long time ago
You were so sad and you cried out loud
I was not there to hold your head
To see your tears to hear your final breath
To weep over your body after your death