Town Hall Live Sessions

by Phia

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released December 1, 2018

Filmed and recorded by Andrew Watson (semiconductor-media.com).
Mixed and mastered by Nicholas Lam (facebook.com/triceratapes)
Produced by Phia

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Phia is the entrancing DIY-art-pop music project of multi-instrumentalist songwriter and composer Sophia Exiner.

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Track Name: Denim (Town Hall Live Sessions)
I’ve heard of you, what you can do
You make something beautiful
Out of the things left behind
By those taken before their time

I can’t throw out that bag of wool
So make of it what you will
It sits upstairs gathering dust
My memories slowly rust

Please take it away
All the words I didn’t say
All the anger deep inside me
And weave it masterfully

I want it blue like denim
Green as the ocean
Red for the colour in the sky
Yellow like the candle
That flickers with the notion
Brown for the truth in her eyes

Your hands they touch a thousand dreams
I see the lines across the years
Wounded hearts so much thought lost
How can you bear the cost?

Please take it away
All the words I didn’t say
All the anger deep inside me
And weave it masterfully

I want it blue like denim...
Track Name: Oxide (Town Hall Live Sessions)
My home is a cathedral filled with giant, gypsum crystals
Trapped inside and latent, waiting quietly and patient
For 60,000 years I’ve been, the hottest of degrees I’ve felt
Eating all the iron and sulfur, manganese and copper oxide

Oxide, oxide, oxide

You’re travelling to other planets, exploring and you’re taking samples
Flying back with vessels filled with alien soil and metals
As you cheer those on their return, their contribution to you all
You won’t see all you’ve brought back, you won’t know what you have lacked

Oxide, oxide, oxide, oxide, oxide, oxide, oxide

The gift of life can give and it can take away
the gift of love is life but who’s is it, who can say?
Track Name: Washed Away (Town Hall Live Sessions)
I see my family tree how it sprouts and grows/Then unnaturally it withers and slows/Some branches fall when they're ready to die, others are cut back in their prime/Some branches fall when they're ready to die, others are cut back in their prime

My eyes hurt as I try to read every name/Every date of birth and final resting place/My fingers trace along the page as I imagine the choices and the games they played/My fingers trace along the page as I imagine the choices and the games they played

Like trying to hold back a dam with one hand or count on the beach every grain of sand/It's a flood of voices we can't hear them all, we're gonna get washed away gonna get washed gonna get washed away

Neither here nor there, a start, middle or an end/Can't see the forest for the trees it's always just around the bend/I see you in my sisters hair, when I look in the mirror I see you there/I see you in my sisters hair, when I look in the mirror I see you there

Like trying to hold back...
Track Name: The Woman Who Counted The Stars (Town Hall Live Sessions)
I have a galaxy in my back yard/I go outside and I can see the stars/I hung up the fairy lights from nail to hook/to remind me to remember to always look/I counted the stars in the sky/I counted them by hand and by eye/I tallied them up and subtracted, divided and multiplied/Mathematics seemed my only friend/But I could divine the heavens/I discovered there weren’t nearly enough for it all to stay together/How do we stay together?/How do we hold together?/How do we stay together?/I rotate and I collide/I make mistakes but I'll survive/Comets shoot and meteors soar/Women work and we explore/She counted the stars/She counted them by hand and by eye/She tallied them up and subtracted, divided and multiplied/Mathematics seemed her only friend/But she could divine the heavens/She discovered there weren’t nearly enough for it all to stay together/How do we stay together?/How do we hold together?/How do we stay together?/ It pushes you down, immutable as gravity/But the universe is more than you’ll ever see/ It pushes you down, immutable as gravity/But the universe is more than you’ll ever see/I counted the stars in the sky…

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