Simple Stories

by Erin Alanna

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This album is a collection of songs I have written over my years in high school, and each song tells a different story. Some stories are from my own experience, others are songs about people, or parts of life that I find important or interesting. I hope you enjoy!

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released June 22, 2016

Album art designed by my lovely friend Stephanie Guralnick

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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: Puzzle Piece
Sometimes I feel isolated kicking back and letting go
And sometimes I feel complicated keeping others in the know
And sometimes imperfection is the path I choose
But sometimes I wish I knew how to lose

Sometimes I feel like I’m only second best to you
Sometimes I feel like I’m only pushing on through
And I can’t seem to get you out of my head
Sometimes I wish that I was someone else instead

Because all these pieces of my puzzle
Can’t seem to fit and line up evenly
And all these pieces of my puzzle
Don’t seem to match up with yours
So round and round and round it goes
Waiting for the lines to fit, but they never will because
My edges are jagged, and yours are perfectly carved into my heart
And all I can do is see the puzzle fall apart (x4)
The puzzle falls apart

Do you ever have those dreams where you can’t move you’re paralyzed
And if you do can you escape or do you stay there victimized
Sometimes I feel like I’m only giving in to lies
Sometimes I wish I could fly

But all these pieces of my puzzle
Can’t seem to fit and line up evenly
And all these pieces of my puzzle
Don’t seem to match up with yours
So round and round and round we go
Waiting for the lines to fit, but they never will because
My edges are jagged, and yours are perfectly carved into my heart
And all I can do is see the puzzle fall apart (x4)
The puzzle falls apart
Track Name: The Reason Why
Watch the girls growing up
Fall in love with boys and can’t wake up from their nightmare
Every day
Little girl’s not a girl, he’s a boy
And he can’t stop the noise screaming in his head
He won’t want to stay

Broken bodies face the music
Killing hope and finding reasons to destroy them

They’re falling faster than you’ll catch them
As their breath is leaving
As they go on their own
They’re falling faster than you’ll catch them
And they only need you to accept them
Don’t turn away
Don’t lose faith
They will trust you and defend you
They’ll help you and depend on you to love them
When they’re alone
Mm

Tiny child little boy
Don’t you cry life’s a ploy to get you to man up
Don’t say a word
Little voice small girl
Can’t you tell that the world’s not ready for you yet
Seen and not heard go sit and look pretty

Broken people hear the music
Kill their hopes and find some reasons not to love them

They’re falling faster than you’ll catch them
As their breath is leaving
As they go on their own
They’re falling faster than you’ll catch them
And they only need you to accept them
Don’t turn away
They’ll lose their faith
If you don’t trust them and defend them
They’ll never lean on you to love them
When they’re alone
Ooh
Track Name: Light
She sits on her own with her heart on her sleeve
The magic she casts is lost they can’t see
She talks without words and listens to silence calm

She loses her mind as the days fly away
Listening to lovers she has nothing to say
People around her are nothing but talk

She found a hiding place in dark
And she was brought out quiet and still
The love that she cast had left its mark
Birds and bees and willow trees

Close your eyes and hear the words unspoken
Clear blue skies can leave these scars unopened
I hear you in the air the silence we shared
I feel you through the night you still bring me light

She is only a girl falling deeply in love
But losing her senses relief never comes
She can’t keep the secrets that she was meant to be sharing

She cares until careless the pain is too strong
Falling from victim to laughter to longing
The change wasn’t lost on the souls left to spare her

Close your eyes and hear the words unspoken
Clear blue skies can leave these scars unopened
I hear you in the air the silence we shared
I feel you through the night and you still bring me light

I sit all alone with my heart on my sleeve
The magic you cast is gone I couldn’t see
You slipping away
It’s okay to let go give in
Just hope until hopeless the pain will abide
I couldn’t forgive you but I couldn’t stop trying
Maybe the choice isn’t yours to decide

Just close your eyes
Clear blue skies
I hear you in the air the silence that we shared
You hold me through the night
And maybe you’re the one who brings me light
Track Name: Live
I sink down the path and I watch it glisten
Low in the ground I am falling through
Give in to temptation into the dark
Grow older as you wait for the light

Tonight is the night of the end of the world
Tonight is the dawn of another way
Tonight is the moon shining so far away
Tonight is living, tonight is breathing again

I capture the way your eyes seem to wander
Cold conscious and calm more than I ever thought you’d ever be
You watch as I leave
You wait for me to grieve

Tonight is the night of the end of the world
Tonight is the dawn of another day
Tonight is the moon shining so far away
Tonight is living, tonight is breathing again
Track Name: Going Through
I walk down the hall
Waiting for the chime to ring
I sound the call
And let my fate sink in as the door shuts behind me

I am trapped in a room full of people that I know
I am trapped in a world that I am lost in
I sound the call
I will go away
Soon as I get through it all alone

No one can help me now
This is the part I face on my own
If you wish to see me soon
Don’t give up on this chance to improve and
Go through (x4)

I walk to the world outside
The rocks on my back rest heavily now
As the day sets into night
I make the same mistakes I’ve made every single time

I don’t know where I’m going to
I don’t know what I’ve done
I don’t know whether I will be
The victor or the fallen but I’ll
Go through (x4)
Track Name: Worth
Days come days go when did I start feeling low?
You know I know the way this goes
The antidote is something no one knows

We are fighting
Just for the right to speak
We are dying
For the right to breathe

So don’t you tell me I’m not worth it
I won’t let you break me apart
Don’t ask me if I dare to
Don’t ask me if I’ll swear to your heart

We’re fighting for the right to fight

School’s end what a trend who cares she called you whore?
It’s good I’m fine though the words all intertwine
I can’t stop shaking that I’m worthless

And we are fighting
Just for the right to live
And we are screaming
Just so that someone hears

So don’t you tell her she’s not worth it
We won’t let you bring her down
Don’t tell her that she needs it
Even though there’s no one else around

We’re fighting for the right to fight

We are crying even though no one can see
We are wishing we could stop and let it be
If you listened than you’d hear that

We are telling you you’re worth it
Even when nobody else will
And we hope that you will see it
Especially when you’re standing still and all alone

Because we’re fighting for your right to the fight
Ooh
Track Name: Something to Believe in
This room still feels so empty
Can’t catch your attention but it’s fine
Right there you stare I follow
Swallowing pride is a talent of mine
And I turn away for just a moment
Just a single moment and it’s gone
What’s there you’re staring into shadows
And I’m trying to reach you I’m trying to find

Something to believe in
A sign that this is real
And a way that I can feel alive again
I’ll make up what I need and
When everyone succeeds
We’ll be okay, we’ll reach the end

I know there’s something to believe in
Something that’s gonna guide my way
I’ve seen the signs and I know there’s something to believe in
And I’ll believe it every day

Suddenly you’re distant
And I can’t even seem to start
Give in give up it’s all been said before
To even the score I have to play the part
I can’t look away for fear I’ll lose you
I don’t want things to go back the way they were
I’m sure you’re forty miles off already
But I’m still holding on, I’m still searching for

Something to believe in
Something I can trust
Something that just keeps on going strong
I’ll get all that I need and
Determined to succeed
I’ll reach the end…I’ll reach the end.

There’s gotta be something to believe in
There’s gotta be something to guide my way
Show me a sign that there is something to believe in
Cuz I’m still breathing every day

Show me something to believe in
Show me somebody who sees
Cuz all i wanted was a person to believe in me
That’s what i see
Track Name: Big Bad Wolf
Woke up at seven now it’s fifteen and late
Gotta catch my ride but I can’t seem to concentrate
Gave up my morning gave up my night
Tell me I’m wrong but it feels so right
And I can’t let it seem to cross my mind

Went through the day got up to play and fell into routine
And now I’m running away

What are we running from
Who are we fighting for
A cloak of red to mask our deceit
Who are we hiding from
Where is the monster to face
Taken by the big bad
Big bad wolf (x2)

I’m being swallowed up
I’m being swallowed down
And yet I can’t complain because I’m still around
I’m being swallowed up
I’m being taken in
And I can feel the wolf crawling crawling under my skin

Tying my hair back and the windows are locked
Talking is stressful and this is harder than you thought
Stand in the spotlight and you’ll burn to the ground
And everybody shouts but there is no one around

Get through the day, get up and say that this is your routine
Just keep on running away

What are we running from
Who are we fighting for
A cloak of red to mask our deceit
Who are we hiding from
Where is the monster to face
Taken by the big bad

Big bad wolf (x2)

I’m being swallowed up
I’m being swallowed down
And yet I can’t complain because I’m still around
I’m being swallowed up
I’m being taken in
And I can feel the wolf crawling crawling under my skin

Give us a warning and don’t dare to look back
We all have our problems but there’s no time to act upon it
Stick to tradition stick to ambition but take no time at all
We might be there to catch you when you fall

Got through the day, but there’s no time to play, you must stick to routine
You can’t keep running away

What are we running from
Who are we fighting for
A cloak of red to mask our deceit
Who are we hiding from
Where is the monster to face
Taken by the big bad
Big bad wolf (x2)

I’m being swallowed up
I’m being swallowed down
And yet I can’t complain because I’m still around
I’m being swallowed up
I’m being taken in
And I can feel the wolf crawling under my skin
Track Name: Constellations
I still keep the words you said
They are under lock and key
I still remember what they meant
That day you told me who I’d be

And I cried
And you sang it was meant to be

I don’t know how things got this way
Complications played their part
Still I’d known just what you’d say
When I told you that you had my heart

You said oh
It’s gonna be okay

What we had was real
What we had was good
And it made me feel
The way I knew I should
And now we're just constellations

I don’t know if you remember
It was cold and you were sure
Through the storm you would defend her
And I would be there I was yours

You said oh
I won’t let go

What we had was strange
But it still made sense to me
And now so much is changing
And I finally see
That we were always meant for constellations

ooh

Maybe I’ve just got it wrong
Maybe it was just a fluke
Maybe I’m done writing love songs
And maybe that is what was true

And you
And me
Are constellations (x2)
Track Name: Three Twenty Two
Three twenty-two and the people say
It’ll come to you in the usual way
But you never know what you’re gonna hear
So sit back relax and play it by ear and

Let the music flow through your head
It’s not easy but remember what I said
Remember the good times remember the bad
It’s okay to remember what we had

And smile for a while
It’s okay it’s alright

Three twenty-two and the people say
That the world is such a difficult place
But all I see is you and me
And what we’ve done and what we’ll be
All the people say (x2)

Three twenty-two and the people say
That you’ll never know when it falls into place
But I’ve picked up the pieces they’d all gone askew
And now I know just what to do
All the people say (x2)

Three twenty-two and the people say
That love is such a marvelous thing
I won’t believe it till I see that it’s true
Cuz all I know is I like you
All the people say it’s okay