T​.​B. E​.​P.

by Total Babe

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supernerd90 These songs are so well written and performed, both in studio form AND live. You can feel the soul and the story in each line. It's been so long since I've listened to an album in which every song brought either a smile to my face or a tear to my eye (currently crying to Catch on repeat). I love your music and can't wait to hear more of your creations 💕 Favorite track: Catch.
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1.
Prayer 02:39
A woman took my father’s name; I do not know her well. I have no wish to let her in and no kind words to tell. Blood is blood; kin is kin. Has my debt been paid? Deep this rift I did not begin in a base I did not lay. I hungered for knowledge of God. I wanted to be good. And my daddy he was so proud when I did preach the word. Man is man; lies are lies. Has my trust been won? I will worship open skies but not your holy Son. ‘Cause I believe in little things- hidden speckles of light That sparkle in these city streets when I walk them at night. Truth is truth; love is love. Has my heart been saved? Beauty lies not up above but in these roads we’ve paved.
2.
We drove like we were on the lam From Georgia into Alabam’ My cracked tooth ached from the cold The cotton looked like fresh-fallen snow You joke of having restless legs The three of us have restless heads We don’t know where we ought to be But we are dreading the coming week. But don’t you be sorry, ‘cause this is God’s Country. Beer cans and cigarette butts, The carcass of an orphaned mutt- We saw a tear well in your eye. Out here they don’t much value a life. And I am so sorry they call this God’s Country. But a lady knows when to leave So we packed up and headed East. It is so rare I make a friend. I usually regret my weekends So don’t you be sorry, ‘cause this is God’s Country No don’t you be sorry. Now we’ve seen God’s Country.
3.
Baby I got legs that go all the way down to the floor And I got every man in this barroom wishing for more Yeah I had a drink or maybe a few You can't tell a lie if you don't know what's true And maybe I could find something better to do with my time But why try 'Cause I'm no good with you but I'm worse without you Don't say how much I miss you when I talk about you And I could easily take him home, but tell me what for When I can break anybody's heart but yours No, it don't take much to be a temporary midnight queen But under all my makeup is a mean streak like you've never seen I've held a lot of hands both warm and cold But none of them feel like the hand I want to hold And being young is making me feel tired and old So I guess I'll just stay home 'Cause I'm no good with you but I'm worse without you Don't say how much I miss you when I talk about you I try to fix the wreck and make it worse than before And I can break anybody's heart but yours You know my mama told me baby that ain't no way to be But all I see are jokers since you made a fool of me So I'll borrow a heart for awhile and then I hand him back the pieces with a crooked grin I swear he'll be the last but then I do it again And I'll learn but who knows when I'm no good with you but I'm worse without you Don't say how much I miss you when I talk about you I won all the battles, but you still won the war 'Cause I can break anybody's heart but...
4.
You told me love would be a ship unsinking So I called you captain; I was your first mate How can I cry that your love is unthinking With water in my lungs 'cause I jumped ship too late Time after time you make rhyme sound like reason And you hear the truth when you tell me a lie You hear the truth when you tell me a lie How can you see when you're blinded by visions How can you speak with your tongue in two parts You walk unscathed from your vicious collisions Why do you play when you're gambling with hearts Every time you choose rhyme over reason You hear the truth when you tell me a lie You hear the truth when you tell me a lie Once I was blessed with a sense of direction A magnetic center that pointed to home Now the line is too fine between harm and affection And I'm lost at sea wherever I roam Rhymes over time start to sound just like reason Now I hear the truth when you tell me a lie I hear the truth when you tell me a lie
5.
Catch 04:01
I felt borrowed, like a book you meant to read But you got distracted and abandoned my story. I assumed my word was safe on it's yellow, tattered page. If you can catch it, then you can keep it. It's of no use to me. I felt empty, like a box on Christmas Day Nestled in the paper that you've not yet thrown away. And the gift I held within is out of my hands again. If you can catch it, then you can keep it. I really have no say. I felt muted like an ad that plays between Re-run episodes that you've already seen. And I fear I'll always be observing another actor's scenes. If you can catch it, then you can keep it. It might as well be free. Could I be reborn, like the wet ground in the spring? See the branches blooming and the birdies spread their wings. I did just fine on my own; sorry cannot claim me as his home. If you can catch it, then you can keep it. It ain't my song to sing. If you can catch it, then you can keep it. It ain't worth anything. If you can catch it, then you can keep it. I'm giving it away. If you can catch it, then you can keep it. I'm gonna be ok.

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released January 6, 2018

All songs written by Meg Brooks and Emily Backus. Produced and mixed by Paul Stevens at Chez Charlie. Mastered by Damon Moon at Standard Electric Recorders Co.
Meg Brooks- vocals, acoustic guitar, found percussion, body percussion
Emily Backus- vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, kazoo, found percussion, body percussion
Paul Stevens- drums, percussion, piano, rhodes, singing saw

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Total Babe Atlanta, Georgia

Emily Backus and Meg Brooks became Total Babe thanks to some determined and encouraging mutual friends, light internet stalking, a musical blind date, and a shared affection for songs that make you say “oof”—the punch-in-the-gut, roar-in-the-throat, tug-on-the-heartstrings, tell-yourself-the-truth, joyful-noise songs. Teachers by day, Emily and Meg have the earliest bedtimes of any band you know. ... more

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