something good

by Martha Groves Perry

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Debut EP
EP Release Show 11/12/2016 Tix: marthagrovesperry.bpt.me
Website: marthagrovesperry.com

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released September 1, 2016

Martha Groves Perry - vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Kenny Schick - electric guitar, percussion, bass, toy banjo, keys, saxophone, dobro, baritone guitar, backing vocals
Sabine Heusler-Schick - backing vocals

dedicated with love to bill perry

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Martha Groves Perry California

Martha Groves Perry is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. Her original music has a straightforward, introspective, and sometimes edgy clarity, is a fresh mix of blues, rock, and folk with vocals that move easily from lyric to gritty. Her penetrating viewpoint ranges from unbothered amusement to fearless truth-telling.

As a vocalist and cellist, she toured with Michelle Shocked.
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Track Name: something good
Words & Music © 2014 Martha Groves Perry

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Something’s changed, rearranged, and it’s something good
Tossed about, sorted out, or just understood
Heart and mind realigned just like they should
‘Cause something’s changed…

V
Singing out, dumping doubt as best I could
Ease my mind, skip the lines just like I should
Make it new, follow through on the likelihood
That something’s changed…

C
No longer running away
No longer thinking they’ll pay
I’m making space in my head
For something, oh something…

B
Oooo Oooo freedom at last
Oooo Oooo owning my past
Oooo Oooo clearing my mind
Oooo Oooo trusting it’s time

V
One less face, fear erased where silence stood
Miles beyond, loosened bond and it’s oh so good
Time’s a thief, sweet relief ‘cause it’s understood
That something’s changed…

C
No longer running away
No longer thinking they’ll pay
I’m making space in my head
For something, oh something …

Oh something good
Track Name: colored pencils
Words & Music © 2012 Martha Groves Perry

V
Being in school and colored pencils and figuring out what to draw.
Can’t be too easy, must be worthwhile, requires an effort that is raw.

C
If I am short on air, it’s only because I refuse to breathe.
If I rise above despair, it’s because I’m committed to reality.

V
Being in ruins and broken plans and figuring out what went wrong.
Pulling back from the edge of collapse and owning up to the flaws.

C
If I am short on air, it’s only because I refuse to breathe.
If I rise above despair, it’s because I’m committed to reality.

B
Trying to make something of life, not have life make something of me.
Take hold of my colored pencils and fill in the part that’s me, you’ll see.

V
Being in truth and sweet discomfort and figuring out what’s my call.
Can’t be too easy, must be worthwhile, requires an effort that is raw.

C
If I am short on air, it’s only because I refuse to breathe.
If I rise above despair, it’s because I’m committed to reality.
Track Name: leave it alone
Words & Music © 2012 Martha Groves Perry & Greg Newlon

V
I just can’t leave it alone; I’m picking it to the bone.
I act as if the scab’s the thing, when the wound below is festering.

C
I can’t leave it alone, the scab that has grown
I’ll need a backbone.............. to let it all go.

V
I work you over in my mind, but you’re just one in a line.
It’s feeding my OCD to think you’re something that I need.

C
I can’t leave it alone, the scab that has grown
I’ll need a backbone.............. to let it all go.

B
Can’t rush, won’t heal, don’t care how it feels
patience , God’s time, your will, not mine
I will obey, it’s just so hard to take

V
I don’t get what I deserve. I don’t think I’d have the nerve.
I’m addicted to something I think; it’s really no different than drink.

C
I can’t leave it alone, the scab that has grown
I’ll need a backbone.............. to let it all go.
Track Name: i see you
Words & Music © 2014 Martha Groves Perry

V
I see you. Deep within that dried out shell a clear view
Peering through those shifting eyes you’re see-through
You plead for a witness to your pain
Your prison is banging in my brain.

V
It’s a secret. You held my gaze a long time and you told it.
It leaked out of your eyes, and I behold it.
More than you ever meant to tell.
You burden me with your private hell.


C
And I’m longing for my heart to sing
I’ll ring out like a bell; I’ve got so much more to tell
And I will be free.

B
Break out of your dried up shell; speak your truth all by yourself
Find your own escape from what you’ve hidden from yourself.
Leave me out of all your pain; I can do without the stain.
I need unadulterated liberty.

V
You’re hiding. I won’t try to seek you ‘cause I’m finding
To live my life without you is exciting.
I am no longer in your cage.
The best way to love is disengage.

C
And I’m longing for my heart to sing
I’ll ring out like a bell; I’ve got so much more to tell
And I will be free.
I hold the key.
I'm free.