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released August 16, 2019

The Missed Connections are:
Magen Tracy: vocals, piano, keyboards
Tamora Gooding: drums and percussion
Stud Green: violin, mandolin, cello, and backing vocals
Mike Oram: guitars and backing vocals
Sam Spencer: bass

And featuring:
Juliana Hatfield: backing vocals on “Move a Crowd”, “This Goodbye”, and “Is It Enough?”
Josh Kantor: Hammond organ on “Dirty Little Secret”, “Miss the Life”, and “Is It Enough?”
Craig Small: guitars, backing vocals, and additional percussion on “Sweetheart”, “Color the Air”, and “Harder Girl”

All songs by Magen Tracy except “Fortune-Found Lover” by Elizabeth Herman Tracy. Copyright 2019 BMI.

Produced by Ed Valauskas except “Harder Girl”, “Color the Air”, and “Sweetheart” produced by Craig Small.

Recorded by James Bridges at Q Division Studios with additional recording by Caitlyn Bongiovi except “Sweetheart” and “Color the Air” recorded by Pat DiCenso and “Harder Girl” recorded by Andy Pinkham at Mortal Music. Additional recording by Craig Small at A Small Studio and Dan Nicklin at Henley Row.

Mixed by Pat DiCenso.

Mastered by Mike Quinn.

Album Art and Photography by Jenny Bergman, Secret Bureau of Art and Design.

Thanks to our endlessly supportive friends, families, and album backers, including: Gerald Tracy, Eric Donohue, Richard Herman, Cassandra Silvia and Willa Spencer, Nancy Delaney, Mom–Joan Gooding, Charlotte Huffman, Beth Oram, Erica Mantone, Erin Gennett, Chad Raleigh, Susan and Deborah, John Doherty, Calliope and Thalia Barry, Mike King, Francis Sullivan, The Kellingers, Paul Armstrong, Abbie Barrett.

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Soulful vocals, poignant songwriting, and piano-driven rock with a strong dash of sleazy swagger and alt-country twang.

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Track Name: Is It Enough?
I like you a lot, I might say
But I like a lot of people these days
And it's beautiful when you don't give a damn about anyone
What's the point of losing yourself
If you can't rely on anybody else
So don't tell me I'm breaking your heart if I never said anything
To pull you in

Do I make you crazy?
Do I make you blush?
Would you say I'm amazing, and is that enough?

I like you a lot and I know
Because I want to see you everywhere I go
I want to tell you the stories I swear I would never tell anyone
It's hard to pretend I don't care
Imagining your fingers in my hair
You're so beautiful when you're telling me just what I'm doing wrong
Not for long

Could I run something by you?
It's the best we can do
Would you say I inspire you to be someone new?

Who would you blame?
It's just a sign of the times that we're in
And we'll be fine if we make it out on time
Believe it or not
I've come closer than this but I've never been caught
So hold tight tonight

I'm glad I got into your head
I was nothing to run to instead
And I won't change your life I'll just turn it around for a little while

Do I make you crazy?
Do I make you blush?
Would you say I'm amazing, and is that enough?
Track Name: Dirty Little Secret
When I met you we both said we were bad people
I remember thinking one of us was right
There’s another empty bar where I can meet you
We never did know how to end a night
Now the lights are coming on, there’s another room til dawn
I’ve seen it all before but I don’t mind

Call me your dirty little secret
Name a time, tell me where
Break it down, before you break it
Better still, remind me why I’m here

When I met you we both felt like we were drowning
I remember learning quickly how to swim
I was never very good at sleeping sober
Or waiting for the light to come back in

Call me your dirty little secret
Name a time, tell me where
Break it down, before you break it
Better still, remind me why I’m here

In a year or two or ten
We’ll look back on these again
Tell each other and ourselves we’re doing fine
But do you ever miss those days,
Bad decisions we both made
I might, but not enough cross the line

Now the lights are coming on outside of Austin
And I'm cleaner than the stories I could share
I’m glad I could convince you it meant nothing
In time for me to realize I care

Call me your dirty little secret
Name a time, tell me where
Break it down, before you break it
Better still, remind me why I’m here
Track Name: Miss The Life
I'm not sorry for the way I left
Won't weigh the memory with regret
Romanticize a troubled past
But I miss the life I thought I'd have

I'm not sorry that I lost my way
A different role for any day
I couldn't ever take that back
But I wish I'd known a better path
And I miss the life I thought I'd have

Lights go down on summer sand
I breathe you in and out again
I'll never falter
But I may wonder
Do you miss the life we built back then?

I'm not angry when I'm looking back
On a dozen dreams that didn't last
But after all the lights go black
I'll remember who we made it last
And I'll miss the life I thought we'd have

Seasons change, my life unfolds
And time goes on, it takes a toll
I'll never falter
But I may wonder
If I had the chance to take it back
Could I make the life I wanted last?
Or would I only miss the life I thought I'd have?
Track Name: (Even The Good Guys) Fall
What's wrong with misdirection?
Are your misplaced affections
So far gone that we can't go on?
You never dreamed so large but
You never fell so hard
And lost so much that you couldn't trust

Like you, like me
We could be anyone, we could be anyone
Like you, would you agree
We could be anyone, we could be anyone

What's wrong with second chances?
Are your discreet romances
Too well played to be tossed away?
I only needed time but
You wanted neon signs and brighter lights
Just to prove I liked

Liked you, like me
We could be anyone, we could be anyone
Like you, would you agree
We could be anyone, we could be anyone

History shows us no one can hold
Even the good guys fall
Nobody loses whether you choose this
Even the good guys fall

What's wrong with trying harder?
Are we too battle-scarred
Or too off track and we can't get back?
When will you have enough of
These things that build you up
But tear me down?
Can't you just be proud?

Like you, like me
We could be anyone, we could be anyone
Like you, would you agree
We could be anyone, we could be anyone

History shows us no one can hold
Even the good guys fall
Nobody loses whether you choose this
Even the good guys fall
Track Name: Move A Crowd
I could find you in a crowd
I could meet you on the stairs
Turn the radio up loud
And pretend we're never here
I had set you in my sights
Months before you knew
I could meet you on the stairs
But the rest is up to you

You can tell me that it's right
From our corner of the room
How the music and the nights we share
Only help our bodies move in tune
You can join me in the light
Show them what we do
I could never move a crowd
Like the way I did with you

Comes I time you can't explain
Far too much to change to leave your world
If we never tried again
Even then I'm more or less your girl

So leave with me tonight
Show me what you do
I could never move a crowd
Like the way I move with you

In the morning comes the crash
And inevitable rain
Was the quiet and the calm we lack
Worth the passion and the pain?
So stay with me tonight
All the things we do
I could never more a crowd
Like the way I move with you

I could never move a crowd
Like the way I did with you
Track Name: Harder Girl
Did you want me to show up on your doorstep
A bottle in my hand
Screaming at the windows
Make you understand
Did you want me to get mad, make a scene
Tear out of this bar we're in
Oh, that's not the way I play

Cause I know this song as well as you
I used to like them crazy, too
Before I was a harder girl
If I told you once it's twenty times
The grass is greener on my side
Living strong but loving blind
I think I'll find
A harder girl

Did you want me to tell you that I need you
In a line, or two, or four
Look over my shoulder
As I'm walking out the door
Were you better off without the talk
Before you crossed the line she's drawn
Oh, that's not the way I play

Cause I know this song as well as you
I used to like them crazy, too
Before I was a harder girl
If I told you once it's twenty times
The grass is greener on my side
Living strong but loving blind
I think I'll find
A harder girl

I think that the difference was
I wanted to save them all
While you were filling space with someone else
I can look at the brighter times
Mountains before she's mine
While you keep feeling sorry for yourself

Cause I know this song as well as you
I used to like them crazy, too
Before I was a harder girl
If I told you once it's twenty times
The grass is greener on my side
Living strong but loving blind
I think I'll find
A harder girl
Track Name: This Goodbye
It's better the icicle melts
It's better than this
It's better they love what they have
And not what they miss

Flowers fade
Brighter than lights on your shoes
This goodbye
Was never intended for you

It's colder here inside than out
The icicle's thinned
But the harder I try to stay out
The more I gave in

Flowers fade
Brighter than light on your skin
This goodbye
Was only intended for him

Keep running around
Inside your roses
Is that what he said
I was late
Not gone, just wrong
Is that where he told you I was

It's better to leave at the door
Before he arrives
But I told you plenty before
You'll always be mine

Flowers fade
Brighter than light in our past
This goodbye
Was never intended to last

This goodbye
Was never intended for you
Track Name: Color The Air
A clear sky tonight
The trees shape the light
I'm writing again about you
A lifetime ago we played house
Built a home
I may never know how much was true

So tell me you don't even miss me tonight
That's the bitterest thought I can bear
Tell me again, then let it rain
Color the air

I'm filling this room with my voice and a tune
I may never know how much you hear
With words paradoxically caught in my throat
I may never know when you came clear

So tell me you don't even want me tonight
That's the bitterest thought I can bear
Tell me again, then let it rain
Color the air

Sweet talk
By the fires we walked
I remember the heat
You remember the cold
Windblown
All the women I've known
Have been easy to love
But harder to hold

So tell me you don't even want me tonight
That's the bitterest thought I can bear
Tell me again, then let it rain
Color the air
Track Name: Sweetheart
She had a forceful hand
I was her biggest fan
Every master plan she made it look so easy
It would have been so simple to impress me
But her secret's never what I hoped to find

Like a freeway ride until you hit the skids
She said 'smile pretty, make the most of it'
I'm a sweetheart, baby, til you hit that switch so you wait

I'll take my pretty hands
Make a battle plan
You can take a stand with us or you can watch me
Cuz when you raise your hands you make it harder
And every time you smile just makes it worse

Like a freeway ride until you hit the skids
She said 'smile pretty, make the most of it'
I'm a sweetheart, baby, til you hit that switch so you wait
I've got a long fuse burning with a brighter light
She said lean in, you've got another side
I'm a sweetheart, baby, til they cross that line so wait

When you raise your hands you make it harder
And every time you smile just makes it worse

Like a freeway ride until you hit the skids
She said 'smile pretty, make the most of it'
I'm a sweetheart, baby, til you hit that switch so you wait
I've got a long fuse burning with a brighter light
She said lean in, you've got another side
I'm a sweetheart, baby, til they cross that line so wait
Track Name: Fortune-Found Lover
A fortune-found lover
I dreamed that he entered my life
And my life was a dream
Some friends in a house
And a garden that grew all year long
With tomatoes and greens
Our kittens grew fat
And our children grew tall
But we didn't grow old, not at all

We only grew younger and wiser
And stronger and then
As the years passed along
We started to thin and grow clear
As a stream in the spring
With a melting snow song
The light that shown in our faces
Reflected the light
That we built our lives on

We had sunlight to laugh by
And moonlight to dream by
And fire to sing in the cold
And candles that burned by our bed
Where we loved every night
Til each night had grown old
And after the candles burned out
We would lie side by side
And together we'd dream

A fortune-found lover
I dreamed that he entered my life
And our life was a dream

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