summer songs

by morgan heringer

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songs written about places during the summer of 2009

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released December 18, 2009

morgan heringer- ukulele & vocals, dustin carlson- electric guitar, ben seretan, chris roush, tom tierney and dan pirello- ukuleles, guitars, accordion, wurlitzer, banjuke, snaps & claps. produced & engineered by tom tierney and alex mead-fox at spaceman sound in brooklyn, ny

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morgan heringer Keene, New Hampshire

morgan heringer is a renegade self-harmonizing lover of literature, beauty and oddity. we make music for the sake of making it.

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Track Name: brooklyn summer song
we watched fireworks on the subway
you sang songs in my ear when no one was looking
i want you to stay, i want you to stay
here in brooklyn

we stood on the roof and we watched the sky
you pretended to ignore me but your arm touched mine
i want you to stay, i want you to stay
here in brooklyn

the heat from your skin burnt holes in mine
you said you were afraid to waste your life
but what are you afraid of
i want you to stay, i want you to stay
here in brooklyn
Track Name: kentucky summer song
you write me letters about swimming in a stream
and the fish they nibble at your toes
and the fish they nibble at your collarbones

the kentucky summertime is living within us
the kentucky summertime is living

you write me letters, you say youve been thinking of me
and you know i never missed you, till i stopped
to think that you might miss me too

the kentucky summertime is living within us
the kentucky summertime is living

and the fish they nibble at your toes
and the fish they nibble at your collarbones
Track Name: nashville summer song
you said you loved this summer because its been so mild
you said a person can be known by her weaknesses
i watched you fall in love ten times a day

and nashville wasnt very wild this year
because i wasnt there to dance with you
and nashville wasnt very nice this year
because i wasnt there to put you back together

you said you dreamed of oregon
the land of milk and honey
you said you dreamed of oregon
but you couldnt find the path to him
i watched you fall in love ten times a day
Track Name: chicago summer song
chicago was damp this summer
the sky in chicago was grey
we sat on the front stoop and you told me
that you wanted to run away
but then why do you stay

chicago, chicago, when will you come home
chicago

i wanted to see the country
but all i could think of was you
i waded out into the pacific ocean
and swam until all that i could see was blue

chicago, chicago, when will you come home
chicago

i want to see your face
and i want to hear your voice
and i want to say your name

chicago, chicago, chicago
Track Name: michigan summer song
i will get on a bus and ill meet you at the lake
i wont run into your arms but ill wear your favorite sweater

and i will meet you in michigan
yea i will recognize you by your shoulder blades

and we will sail a red boat on the green water
and we will swim to the bottom when our boat topples over

and i will meet you in michigan
yea i will recognize you by your shoulder blades

and we will build a house under the water
and swim with the fishes all around
yea we will build a house under the water
and stay there till our skin turns green and brown

and i will meet you in michigan
yea i will recognize you by your shoulder blades

cuz ive got michigan on my mind
oh ive got michigan on my mind
Track Name: cape cod summer song
ive been planting flowers
in the garden in the morning-time
i told you that i loved you
but i wont tell you that it was a lie

cuz cape cod might be nice when youre older
but when youre young its not that fun, yea
cape cod might be nice when youre dying but
im alive and i am young

you thought the way i looked at you
meant that i love you one and only
you thought the way i looked at you meant
i wanna have your babies

well cape cod might be nice when youre older
but when youre young its not that fun, yea
cape cod might be nice when youre dying but
im alive and i am young

ive been planting flowers, in the garden in the morning-time
Track Name: carmel valley summer song
im a drover, im not a wrangler
im a cowgirl, im not your baby
im a hand, yea, im not a herd and
i dont need you to do my work

well carmel valleys been looking pretty good
and carmel valleys been feeling pretty nice
and carmel valleys been soundin pretty sweet
these days

and the steers they raise their heads
towards the sky
and the heifers bat their eyes
as the birds sit on their spines

and carmel valleys been looking pretty good
yea carmel valleys been feeling pretty nice
and carmel valleys been soundin pretty sweet
these days

im a drover, im not a wrangler
im a cowgirl, im not your baby
Track Name: connecticut summer song
can we swim in a lake under the sun all day long
ill pretend to be a mermaid with my hair in knots
and i will feed you honey when you wake up
and i will sing you softly to sleep

connecticut was warm, and your skin looked so fine
like dandelions in the afternoon
connecticut was warm, the perfect place to go
and build a castle made of beehives in july

can we stand under trees and their leaves all day long
ill pretend to be a priestess with my hair cut off
and i will pick the fruit from the branches above
and i will dance in circles and spirals in your dreams

connecticut was warm, and your skin looked so fine
like dandelions in the afternoon
connecticut was warm, the perfect place to go
and build a castle made of beehives in july

can we swim in a lake under the sun all day long
ill pretend to be a mermaid with my hair in knots
Track Name: sacramento summer song
sacramento was home, city of trees
we stood on the pavement and counted all the leaves
above us

and i would follow you into the foothills
i would follow your tracks in the brush
i would follow you into your mountain lair
and let you tear my skin right off

sacramento was home, city of trees
we stood on the pavement and
i asked you not to go from me

and i would follow you into the foothills
i would follow your tracks in the brush
i would follow you into your mountain lair
and let you tear my skin right off

sacramento was home, city of trees
it might not be the nicest place
but this is where i will be
Track Name: saint francis summer song
i see colors, what do you see
you say, nothing, i cant see you in the dark
and my skin is on fire, your hands are made of tree branches
kindling for the martyrs
ive seen so many colors

i see colors, what do you see
you say, nothing, i can see right through your bones
my skin is made of glass
stained like windows from the walls of churches
a monument to the martyrs
ive seen so many colors

st francis can you see me
wont you send the bunnies to save me
st francis can you hear me
wont you save a prayer for me
ive seen so many colors
ive seen too many colors

i see colors, what do you say
you say nothing, i cant see you in the dark
Track Name: mount vernon summer song
when will i see you, when will i hear you say my name
my body aches and the floor in this house
miss the sound of your tongue on your teeth

and im not gonna last much longer
unless you come back home

this summer has been long,
and maybe you will destroy me
but every person that i meet reminds me of you
because theyre nothing like you

and im not gonna last much longer
unless you come back home

cuz ive been waiting for you
i know it might not seem like ive been
waiting for you, but everything that i do
is just passing time until i see you again

and im not gonna last much longer
unless you come back home

cuz ive been waiting for you
yea ive been just passing the time
Track Name: portland summer song
waterfalls and bare feet, backyard dancing in the afternoons
we can plant a garden, and i will cook you breakfast
and you will pick me flowers, and we will put them
all around the room

when can we go back to portland
where you put your hands in my hair
when can we go back to portland
the air smells bluer there

now im stuck here in this city
and im feeling kind of lonely
cuz when i look well you dont see me
all you see is tall buildings

and where is the sky, oh where is the sky
where is the sky today

and when can we go back to portland
where you put your hands in my hair
when can we go back to portland
the air smells bluer there

and we can plant a garden, and i will cook you breakfast
and you will pick me flowers
yes, red and yellow, purple flowers
you would pick me flowers, and we would put them all around the room
Track Name: harlem summer song
you fell asleep next to me in the afternoon
and my hair was caught underneath your elbow, oh well
oh well well well
and ive forgotten what love feels like anymore
yea ive forgotten what love smells like on my skin

and harlem was just a train ride away
but everything is cheaper here
harlem was just a slow walk away
from everything i left behind me

we stood on the back porch, you proclaimed your tyranny
we watched the rain fall and you
offered up your bare skin to the sky
oh well well well
and ive forgotten what love feels like anymore
yea ive forgotten what love smells like on my skin

harlem was just a train ride away
but everything is cheaper here
harlem was just a slow walk away
from everything i left behind me

and ive forgotten what love feels like anymore
ive forgotten what love smells like on my skin
Track Name: d train summer song
ive fallen asleep on the train
a man said my baby says i love you
but your feets too big

ive fallen asleep on the train
you laughed out loud till you cried
and the tears rolled down your face
like painted pools, that collected at our feet

ive fallen asleep on the train
i dreamt i fell down a hole
into a world where we belonged together
oh lord why dont we belong together

and theres nothing like physical pain
to remind me that i am alive
oh lord why do i feel so alive
when youre standing on the corner
on the other side of the street

ive fallen asleep on the train
i woke up one day and summer was suddenly over
you said dont say to me
that summer is suddenly over

and theres nothing like physical pain
to remind me that i am alive
oh lord why do i feel so alive
when youre standing on the corner
on the other side of the street

and im taking the d train home
well youre taking the g train home
but im taking the d train home
and summer is over