A Smile in the Mind

by Mary Edwards

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WHITE JUMPSUIT Revelations Technicolor poems Condensation Rollin’ down the Bel Air windows ’77 Reservations Rosé colored glass Conversation Tellin’ everyone it’s spendour in the grass Seventh heaven ‘Cause if it really was that way I’d be drivin’ down LaBrea Boulevard funkin’ in L.A. Laurel Canyon Should’ve come of age Staten Island Couldn’t hold me back—the place where I was raised ‘67 And if it really was that way I’d be sittin’ in my white jumpsuit sipping Chardonnay Laurel Canyon Should’ve come of age Staten Island Put me on the map—the place where I was raised And if it really was that way I’d be sittin’ in my white jumpsuit sipping Chardonnay
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Landing 03:33
LANDING I’d like to show you something If you’re not afraid to fly I can take you to the higher heights I want you to meet a friend of mine She knows what you mean to me I talk about you all the time She comes from a place full of love and understanding She lives in a house where the sixth floor’s on the second landing (Could you be the one?) I’m taking off into the sky Why should I walk when I could fly You take me to the higher heights I want you to soar beside me Like you do when in my mind I feel you with me all the time We come from a place full of love and understanding and we’ll find a space where we both can make an easy landing Let me be the one And we’ve just begun To look up and see the sky formations And the clouds are passing by us Being around you always gets me high Everyday’s a new day And the world is right beside us Even though the time, it seems to fly
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YOU HAD ME AT HELLO If I seem familiar there’s something that you should know you’ve captured me from the start you had me at hello and if the words don’t come together it’s not that I’m tongue-tied all I know is it’s alright I know that I’m falling in like We talk for hours breaking the day from night just as I’m sure of this moment our bodies and minds align and if our words don’t come together we can see it in each other’s eyes the timing couldn’t be more right you know we are falling in like
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Camden 03:55
CAMDEN I didn’t want to fall in Camden Locks though the prettiest road had an ugly turn I was blindsided I was blindsided By wanting more than you could give When I thought that you already did If it weren’t for that passerby Who saved me with her winsome smile I’d be short-sighted So short-sighted While searching for your love That you took from me and hid Oh, why did you run And not send for me when I lost my blood Did it hurt you more When I hurt too much? As I lay here in recovery With the memories soaking the sheets You were exciting You were excited By loving me the way you did What a miracle of life you give I can’t imagine how to die But the pain for me just won’t subside I’d be so frightened I’d be so frightened Of losing myself To the thought of losing you
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SYMPATHETIC MAGIC It was a matter of time before she took her heart and belongings away you stood at the door and cried but you got smart and realized you’re too sentimental she’s just superficial your sympathetic magic cast a spell it was a matter of days before she saw the smile and wiped it off your face you raved and you ranted she took you for granted you thought she knew you but you had it coming to you the sympathetic magic casts its spell one of these days you’ll understand making love don’t make her the only woman in the world one of these days you’ll find that’s what you get for being so kind
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SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT In the morning I lay awake Turning the pages of my former mistake Cast my heart to the wind, and I’m longing again Could I be not far behind in your mind? Don’t blame love, you’ve got something to do with it You had it all but you couldn’t go through with it Taking you place in the morning Is the memory of you in the sheets that were freshly laundered You gave a handful of fragmented goodbyes While clinging to your friends as if in junior high And you try to run away from your shadow in the sun And you say the world has hurt you, but you’re not the only one
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"...evocative of epic 1960s cinematic soundtracks combined with the poetic intimacy of the 1970s singer- songwriter era..."
—Time Out Magazine

"...sensually nostalgic..."
—Corinne Drewery, Swing Out Sister

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released June 20, 2007

Composed, arranged, performed and produced by Mary Edwards

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Mary Edwards New York, New York

Mary Edwards is a composer, songwriter and sound artist whose projects range from recordings and performances "evocative of epic cinematic soundtracks combined with lyrical intimacy..." (Time Out NY), to immersive environmental and architectural sound installations. Themes of temporality, impermanence, nostalgia, longing, childhood and the natural world are interspersed throughout her work. ... more

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