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1.
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?
2.
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
3.
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 how 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?
4.
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
5.
Move A Crowd 04:41
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 a 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
6.
Harder Girl 03:42
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
7.
This Goodbye 04:17
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
8.
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
9.
Sweetheart 03:55
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
10.
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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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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