Playground

by Erin Alanna

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This is a little EP featuring five songs about things I experienced as an adolescent (hence the name "Playground"). All of the songs are sung and performed on the ukulele. I had a lot of fun making this, so I hope you enjoy!

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released January 13, 2017

Album art credits go to the lovely and talented Olivia Maria

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Erin Alanna

Hello! I am a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Chicago. I have always loved music, and as an actress (in addition to being a musician), I also love storytelling. I hope you enjoy my music!

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Track Name: Golden
what are you supposed to do
when the only thing that’s keeping you alive
is still broken bent and wasting away
and you’re not sure you could survive
without something holding you out there
keeping you breathing
keeping you real
without something keeping you hearing
to keep you from leaving
to keep you feeling
golden

oh oh (x2)

when you don’t know how to think
and you tear apart conclusions in your mind
you learn that what you know is what you are
and what you are is something meant to hide
without sounds and scales holding you right side up
keeping you solid
keeping you sane
without something keeping you listening
keeping you insisting
that you have to be
golden

oh oh (x4)

I’m worth something
more than just the noises
so what if I hear voices
screaming something worse
I’m worth so much
someone who can make it
I wont let them break this
pattern that I’ve made

oh oh (x4)
Track Name: The Game
You spoke
Words cut
And I watched as the bridges burned down

We were
Two friends
And then everything got turned around

Suddenly I’m not sure where I stand
And you’re so far away
And I don’t know what to say

You watch
Me fall
And don’t say a word no you don’t say a word

But back before we knew our names
When we played these games for fun
Then it got so real and it came so fast
And I don’t know if it’s done
Or if it’s just begun

Ooh

Time flies
Worlds collide
People are more than what they seem

Best worst
Love hurts
And you’ve stopped telling me your dreams

But back before we knew our names
When we played these games for fun
Then it got so real and it came so fast
And I won’t know when we’re done
Have we just begun?

Ooh

Back before I knew your name
You played the game and won
Then I knew your world and in a flash
I knew I had to run
Track Name: Complicated Story
She crawls from the bottom of the ocean
just to hear your voice and
She follows every word you say
You
You don't even look back

She breaks the moment that it starts to get
A little tough and
She stakes her whole life on a story
She's not even telling you
You want her too

One day boy meets girl and look
a friendship forms so easy
But wait a picture cannot fit into a broken frame
And you
You want her to

So this is the part where the girl goes off on her own
This is the part where the world feels so damn cold

But as it unfolds or so I am told it's better
Into the snow and through all the changing weather

A light can only keep on shining
If it's given warmth so
I'll try to melt the ghosts away

And all the while I'll find who I am without you
I will be stronger than I would be beside you

Cuz this is the part where the girl goes off on her own
This is the part where the world feels so damn cold

But soon it will end and I'll lend myself to better
In time it will heal and I'll learn to bear the weather
Track Name: Lies I Tell Myself
I'm not sick its just my allergies
so sorry if I sneeze on you
if I go to bed at 2 am I won't be tired in the morning
thats just how my body is supposed to work
signing up for 30,000 after school activities wont take up 90% of my time
if I start this episode now I can totally still do my homework before the dawn comes around

la la lies I tell myself to get to sleep at night
la la la la lies that I tell myself so I will be alright

i read more than i watch tv
thats totally a thing
and I definitely have the money to splurge on this utterly pointless thing
rhyming a word with the same word in a song is just poetic
and not a sad excuse not to find a rhyme
and watching eight episodes of friends in a row is absolutely a good use of my time

la la lies I tell myself to get to sleep at night
la la la la lies that I tell myself so I will be alright

that crush that I have is totally rational
and it's gonna happen if I just wait around
and not doing my homework at all is not going to affect me negatively in any way
not remembering the lyrics to my own songs is normal
and everyone improvises songs on their guitars
and I only take a few selfies a day
and it's not at all an obsession that I have
every single person loves show tunes as much as I do
and it's not weird at all
I totally have my future under control
I'm not breaking under pressure, to be perfect, oh
and I’m so prepared to be an adult
I totally know how to do taxes they’re really easy
and becoming an actress is a stable career choice

la la la lies i tell myself to get to sleep at night
la la la la lies that i tell myself so i will be alright

But who am I kidding right?
Track Name: How To Survive School in One Minute
days come and days will go
and I'm still feeling fine
all I need is some friends along the way
the lovely people in my life

cuz I know they care
and I know they try
to be there to help me through

and I know they're there
when I need to cry
and I'll be there when they cry too

school will start and school will end
and I'm still doing fine
cuz my friends will be there every day
they are always by my side

and I know that they
believe the same
in harmony we'll reach for the sky

and together we
will be on our way
they'll stay forever on my mind