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Light Up the Dawn

by Emily Best

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1.
Selfish heart, leave him alone. He’s not yours, he’s not yours to own It’s hard I know but let him go Selfish heart, you wanted him from the start You saw a good man and you put him on a shelf So you could keep him for yourself A house by the sea, dog on the beach Feeling your hand in mine even when you’re out of reach In our house by the sea, but it’s a Selfish dream, Cracked and broken bursting at the seams You know I hold it down so hard I want to scream So you don’t know about my selfish dream What if what if what if what if this love is real It’s been so long since I met you it’s how I feel What if what if what if it could be real love What if what if what if it could be enough For you for you for you I’d a lifetime But for now I’ll just dream it’s fine But for now I’ll just dream it’s fine
2.
You wrap it up like it’s a precious thing You tie it up with string But I hope it won’t last Since it’s a piece of someone else’s past Somebody told me that if I was Just a little smarter I’d be With the men upstairs in their suits Somebody told me that if I was Just a little taller I’d see What’s going on in that room Oooo… I hear the rain falling hard on the window pane And everything, stops for a while I hear your words carried on the drops falling on the ground And I try not to, remember the sound when Somebody told me that if I was Just a little smarter I’d be With the men upstairs in their suits Somebody told me that if I was Just a little taller I’d see What’s going on in that room Room… Words get trapped here deep in my bones Weighing me down, They don’t make sense or feel like my own I’m trying not to hear the sound when… Somebody told me that if I was Just a little smarter I’d be With the men upstairs in their suits Somebody told me that if I was Just a little taller I’d see What’s going on in that room Ooooo…. Somebody told me that if I was Just a little smarter I’d be With the men upstairs in their suits Somebody told me that if I was Just a little taller I’d see What’s going on in that room Gotta light up the dawn when the dark night Keeps us from finding our way through the trees If we don’t fight it then we’ll never be free Gotta light up the dawn when the dark night Keeps us from finding our way through the trees If we don’t fight it then we’ll never be free Gotta light up the dawn when the dark night Keeps us from finding our way through the trees If we don’t fight it then we’ll never be free
3.
LOVE // in progress Verse 1 He doesn’t love anymore He doesn’t love anymore He took his things and he walked out the door He doesn’t love me anymore Verse 2 She left yesterday She bought a ticket and she flew away She said that she’d stay, suddenly she had no more to say Now she’s gone away She left yesterday Chorus What is a love The kind of love that leaves you weak What is a love A love that makes it hard to speak What is a love That lifts you up to let you down I don’t want that now Verse 3 Feel like a stranger in this space (space) Starting to feel like I’m out of place (out of place) You got me thinking, that I could be erased Now I’m out of place I’m running out of space Chorus What is a love The kind of love that leaves you weak What is a love A love that makes it hard to speak What is a love That lifts you up to let you down OUTRO What is a love Leaves in then night without a sound What is a love (love) Builds a home just to burn it to the ground What is a love (love) Makes you stranger in your hometown I don’t want that now No What about a love That puts both feet on the ground What about a love That makes you sing out loud What about a love That has your back when you’re falling down
4.
Aria 04:24
Aria Intro (spoken) Can you say, I am beautiful? - “I’m beautiful” I can do hard things. - “I do hard things.” I am kind. - “I’m kind.” I am strong. “And strong.” And brave. “And brave.” I love myself, “I love myself.” I love my mummy, “I love my mummy.” I love my daddy, “I love my daddy.” And I love auntie Em. “and I love Auntie Em.” Okay, good job. Verse 1 Your mind is a story book Ready for adventure everywhere you look I call you up so we can go out and play Or talk about all you learned today Chorus Aria, Aria When life gets hard, We will never be far apart Verse 2 Waited for you for such a long time For so long you were on our minds You came into the world just like a flash of light You were the sun on a dark December night Chorus Aria, Aria When life gets tough You will always be enough Verse 3 Will you go sailing on the open sea? Or fly around the world like a bumble bee? Will you grow tall just like an apple tree? The one in your garden that started from a tiny seed Chorus Aria, Aria When life gets tough You will always be enough Bridge There may be times when you feel small Or get a feeling you don’t like at all Remember that this will always get better The sun will come out after the stormy weather Aria.
5.
Easier 05:19
Without you, I was walking uphill both ways in the snow Without you, I was hitting every red light on my way back home Without you, the days would slip by fast and the nights so slow Without you, the leaves on the trees were green but they wouldn’t grow You make it easier You make it easier I still find it dark these days when the clouds roll in and they won’t go away But this rain weighing me down that makes it hard to stay in this town It feels lighter when you’re around You make it easier You make it easier Easier Easier Don’t get me wrong, I could sing a song With just one voice Don’t get me wrong, I could do it all alone But if I had the choice, you I’d want it to be Easier You make it easier Easier Easier Without you, I was walking uphill both ways in the snow.
6.
Verse 1 There must be some kind of reason for this There must something that I missed Like a bird on a wire, you watched as I caught fire Verse 2 There must be some kind of mistake Cause this is so much more than I can take You were someone I adored now I don’t know you anymore Chorus If you were dead, if you had died instead I think it might worse to see a ghost in a body that still works In a body that still works but refuses to be kind In a body that still works, but left the man I knew behind Verse 3 I used to hope your dreams would come true You know I really wanted them to, Now I don’t wish anything for you. I never wanted it to be this way, I hoped it would look different today But you can’t take back what you didn’t say Chorus If you were dead, if you had died instead I really wonder if it’s worse to see a ghost in a body that still works In a body that still works but doesn’t know how to love In a body that still works, but will never be enough It will never be enough Outro You change the truth, you change your mind Change it all inside Change the story every memory so you can sleep at night You change the truth, you change your mind Change it all rewrite Every memory, change the past so you can sleep at night You change the truth, change your mind Change it all inside. Change the story, every memory You keep telling lies You change the truth, you change your mind Change it all rewrite You keep lying to yourself so you don’t have to be kind.

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Light Up the Dawn. An exploration of the concept of love and accountability.

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released April 8, 2022

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All songs written/arranged/produced by Emily Best

Emily Best: rhodes, wurlitzer, piano, organ, rhythm guitar, vocals/BG's
Robin Layne: marimba, congas + auxiliary percussion (Tracks 1,3,4)
Alison Gorman: trumpet / flugel horn (Tracks 1,2,4,5,6)
Dominic Conway: tenor saxophone (Tracks 1,2,4,5,6)
Gavin Youngash: lead guitar (Tracks 2,3,4,5)
Ellen Marple: trombone (Tracks 1,2,4,5,6)
Meredith Bates: violin (Tracks 1 + 3)
Jesse Gander: tambourine (Track 2)
Paul Rigby: pedal steel (Track 1)
Elisa Thorn: harp (Tracks 1 + 3)
Rob Thomson: bass (all songs)
Peggy Lee: cello (Tracks 1 + 3)
Max Ley: drums (all songs)

Recorded at Raincity Recorders, Vancouver BC
Oct 2020-Jan 2021
Engineered, mixed, and co-produced by Jesse Gander
Mastered by Jamie Sitar of Outtatown Sound

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Emily Best Vancouver, British Columbia

A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Vancouver B.C., Emily Best’s distinctive melodies and orchestral leanings paint a backdrop that intermingles the driving energy of jazz and rock with the familiar nostalgia of 1960's southern country-soul. Her songwriting delves unassumingly through jazz, pop, folk and rock with earnest lyricism that ponders the human condition. ... more

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