We Don't Need Roads EP

by Lianna

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about

My first EP!

I've been working on this for a couple years, with very liberal grace periods between songs. The tracks are in order of when they were written ("To a Mad Scientist" way back in 2013, "Capable" in 2014, "Bad Egg" in 2015, and "Me and My" most in 2014, the rest in 2016), which should give the album a sort of sequence.

The album's about a lot of things, but the main idea is "comfort in chaos". Chaotic characters who have more of a head on their shoulders than the world they're thrust in, even if their morals are really grey, can seem even more capable and able to "protect" for some odd reason. "Capable" is the oldest recorded track on here, as well as the simplest; I wrote it with the mindset of "very standard pop tune", which I felt captured this theme.

Sidenote: Most of the inspiration for this album came from Amanda Palmer, Muse, and Devin Townsend, while "Bad Egg" especially was inspired by John Vieira's "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" off his album An Orange Haze of Dawn, which I helped mix and master!

credits

released February 13, 2016

All songs composed, performed (piano, bass, MIDI, ukulele, voice), and produced by Lianna

the Rick and Morty/Dog World theme song was quoted at the beginning of "Bad Egg", originally composed by Ryan Elder and Justin Roiland, published under BMG Rights Management (US) LLC.

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Lianna Bethesda, Maryland

I am a jazz pianist, writer/composer, singer, and aspiring producer, here to share my personal music and producing endeavors, from rock and metal to pop ballads, to even some electronic experimentation.

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Track Name: To a Mad Scientist
Four sets, and laboratory
Chem sets, obligatory
Headsets, connecting you to me

Weakness surrounded by the
Sadness of bitter nihilists
Genius is synonymous with madness

But don’t you laugh at my table
My table laughs at me
My table breaks cacophony
I’m capable of everything

When will you teach us all your
Reasons for feeling taller
Tell me, how does it feel to shame everyone?

Mornings are plagued with bags on
Your eyes, the tired nights need
Fireflies to put you back to sleep

But don’t you dare blame meaning
It never hurt your wife
You’re playing with fire and burning ice
You play god and damn him all the time

Fix all the kinks, but you’re fresh out of drinks
Your Bailey-flavoured pain
Passed out on the deck, you’re all incorrect
No stranger to disarray

To a mad scientist
To a mad scientist
To a mad scientist
To a mad scientist

Find another partner in hopes of feeling lost
Is bravery all worth the cost
Of feeling like you’re double-crossed?
Track Name: Capable
It was just an average night
Devin sang his Coldplay right
If I’m lost can you find me?
You make everything so easy

Have I given up my life to you?
Have you catalyzed my regression?
Still it pains me to say I did miss you
Reality is just beyond repression

I feel so lost without you
You’re so capable, I know it’s true
When I woke you were no longer beside me
You’re so capable without me

I know I will never meet them
Still they’re in my REM
Vicarious comfort zone
How could you leave me all alone?

I am not alone in this world
I face everyday like a privileged girl
To the world you might mean nothing
But to someone you may mean the world

I felt so lost without you
You’re so capable, I know it’s true
When I woke you were no longer beside me
You’re so capable without me

And I’m whining

Self deprecation is the short way to an artist’s heart
Track Name: Bad Egg
( Rick and Morty/Dog World theme song, used as a quote, originally composed by Ryan Elder and Justin Roiland, published under BMG Rights Management (US) LLC, and used under mechanical license )

Cut it, shred it, think it, I’m on fire
Feed it, lead it, need a force for hire

Find life in high, and I’ll fly to the sky
My life a lie, gotta find heaven’s eye

Make a mark, I keep my heart in a drawer
I can’t take this ego trip anymore

Alright, you win, I’ll face end and begin
5 after 10, and where have you been?
Where have you been?

They never understood me, I will lock my heart away
Then seal the door and take all the money that they can pay
And we’re free, I’m free
“Bad egg” they called me, let’s see how they greet me at the door
They take all they can get but they won’t get me anymore
And I’m free, so free

Mark it, make it, take it, two halves were cropped
He stared at me so long, my heartbeat stopped

I’ll do just fine, I’ll be there in the sky
My truth so high, but it shines like a lie
Like a lie

They never understood me, I will lock my heart away
Then seal the door and take all the money that they can pay
And we’re free, I’m free
“Bad egg” they called me, let’s see how they greet me at the door
They take all they can get but they won’t get me anymore
And I’m free, so free

They never understood me, I will lock my heart away
Then seal the door and take all the money that they can pay
And we’re free, I’m free
“Bad egg” they called me, let’s see how they greet me at the door
They take all they can get but they won’t get me anymore
And I’m free, so free
Track Name: Me and My
Pardon me, I will not be pardoned
Lord Almighty, my heart has hardened
Versions of me depart the departed
Oh

Forced to create that which I don’t
Underestimate, he’ll talk back, he won’t
I was just too late, now everything’s my fault
Oh

But he’ll run that race again
Danger’s our new best friend

Now I’m alone, me and debauchery
Now I’m alone, him and his Scotch and me
Now I’m alone, with my debauchery

Take another, I’ll force down my art
He is your brother in need of a heart
Count them together, add them to the death chart
Oh

But we’ll run that race again
Danger’s our new best friend

Now I’m alone, me and debauchery
Now I’m alone, him and his Scotch and me
Now I’m alone, with my debauchery

Another world has the joined the story, he says “don’t you dare”
He takes my pen from my hand, says “no one else can compare”
He’s closing the walls on me, my story can just stand and stare
I know it isn’t going anywhere, oh
I know it isn’t going anywhere, oh
I know it isn’t going anywhere

Now I’m alone, me and debauchery
Now I’m alone, him and his Scotch and me
Now I’m alone, with my debauchery

Debauchery

Be my translucent guide through the stars
Blow my transparent mind
Break the doors that block me to your brain
I’m not sure I’ll like what I find

It’s an addiction, you’re my addiction, it’s an addiction