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Three Generations of Leaving

by Single Girl, Married Girl

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1.
I’ve been walking on water Wasting all my time I’ve been calling your daughters Waiting on the line Oh, walking on water All my shoes are dry I’ve been walking on water All I do is cry Daddy, you left all your children Waiting on a lie Daddy, you left all your children All I do is cry I’ve been walking on water Walking on my own I’m walking to heaven Least they tell me so Daddy, you left all your children Waiting on a lie Daddy, you left all your children All I do is cry I’m walking on water Walking on my own I’m walking to heaven Least they tell me so
2.
So She Runs 04:05
Susie is a wanderer She brings her things along with her In the weathered satchel she wears upon her back On the search for something better Little Susie’s gone and set her heart on what she lacks So she runs So far away She just runs So she runs So far away She just runs Comfort, oh, she doesn’t know If, or when, its face will show So, Susie makes her home among the stars Following the path a moon takes Always gone too soon and she awakes to find her scars So she runs So far away She just runs So she runs So far away She just runs Running from the shattered pieces of her broken pride Running ‘cause her heavy heart has been opened wide Running to the grass that’s greener on the other side So she runs So far away She just runs So she runs So far away She just runs
3.
When you’re down When you’re out Every moment turns to an introspective investigation into yourself Can’t think about anything else So, I’ll be walking around Or, just sitting down I see your face in every puddle, I see myself in every shaking leaf I see ourselves in every simple thing I’ve been listening to old country songs I been drinking real good now Everything’s soft and still I’m a wreck cut loose I wish I Could blame it all on you Yeah, I wish I could blame everything on me But life doesn’t work that way One day you love, one day it goes away And I miss you Darling, I do I gotta stop at every corner to figure out my way Every step feels Like I’ve never Taken one before I’ve been listening to old country songs I been drinking real good, now Everything’s soft and still I’m wreck cut loose I’m a wreck cut loose
4.
Looking 03:11
She picked up She moved across town She wanted To be the girl who found her way in this big ol' world alone With one dream She had all her life The same thing Her mama once tried and failed at the age of twenty-nine She went looking for her place among the stars Everybody thought she wouldn't make it far But to prove them wrong, she told her stories well But some things she wouldn’t even tell herself She woke up She had a fright The same dream The very last time she saw her face when she was nine She stepped up She testified She wanted To be the girl to feel your love and never be left twice She went looking for her place among the stars Everybody thought she wouldn’t make it far But to prove them wrong she told her stories well But some things she wouldn’t even tell herself
5.
A Widow 03:47
Picked up and thrown, I’m nobody’s catch anymore Won’t dare to wear that velvet dress I adore Love don’t leave me, please retrieve me, I’m on the floor I can hear your shadow pacing by the door These old memories are coming back again They linger in my depressed mind These old memories, a night that never ends Will the light be mine again? Woke up and drove, like midnight roads I’m alone Warmed up, the engine hums, the headlights they know That I’m leaving, will they lead me away from home Or deceive me—please believe me, I mean to go These old memories are coming back again They flicker in my rear-view mind These old memories, this night will surely end There’s a sun around the bend
6.
Are you lonesome tonight? We can turn down those lights I know you’re scared to love Feels like you’ve lost before We can drive this all night We can run those red lights I know you’re scared to move Feels like your hands are tied We all come from different places, oh You and I are facing changes, oh Closing hands and crossing over, oh There’s no returning back from where we go, oh In a strange new half-light I will be your guide I know you’re scared to move We’ll find our way in time We all come from different places, oh You and I will face these changes, oh Closing hands and crossing over, oh There’s no returning back from where we go, oh
7.
Secret 03:15
Have you ever held back Something you knew was wrong Always biting your tongue Until you couldn’t taste anymore It was on your shoulders The weight of your words Like a loaded gun I’ve got a secret and I can’t keep it in Don’t know how long I can carry this sin I’ve got a secret and it’s wearing me thin Oh, it’s wearing on me, wearing on me, on me Have you ever looked back On something you thought was love You were biding your time Until you didn’t speak anymore Now you’re one year older But a wayward girl And you’re on the run I’ve got a secret and I can’t keep it in Don’t know how long I can carry this sin I’ve got a secret and it’s wearing me thin Oh, it’s wearing on me, wearing on me, on me
8.
Hurt Her So 03:29
There was a girl I knew Who couldn’t handle The petty things in life She was so fragile Upon entering a room Her feet entangled Blushing under her rouge She tried so hard to Brush off all her cares when she was alone Brush off every little comment Brush off all her cares when she was alone Brush off every little comment They hurt her so Hurt her so One day she said to me Her lips grown bolder Could I reveal her pain She hid so deeply Inside her hindered soul We looked down further For what could render her Unable to be able to Brush off all her cares when she was alone Brush off every little comment Brush off all her cares when she was alone Brush off every little comment They hurt her so Hurt her so They hurt her so Hurt her so
9.
Runaway 03:43
Though I tried and got real close, he wouldn’t let me in I burned in my heart for so long, that it’s a sin Then my eyes were laid open, and out went the flame I ran through the darkness—a road with no name I’m a runaway I’m a runaway I’m a runaway I’m a runaway Though I’m tired, my feet won’t stop, they won’t let me rest I burn to the beat of my heart and each breath Don’t know how far I’m going, our road has no end I’m alright with not knowing, but free to pretend I’m a runaway I’m a runaway I’m a runaway I’m a runaway
10.
Control 02:14
I step outside Take a breath in I know I shouldn’t follow you Down dusty roads where no one’s been But it feels nice To be naive On a road without a past Our memories are fading fast And we’re off Against the odds To find what we can’t hold We’ve lost control We’ve lost control We’ve lost control We’ve lost control I search the stars That fill the sky Underneath the hourglass In constant fear that we won’t last Can’t stretch the time That marches on Over sand and towards a light That disappears as we draw near And we’re off Against the odds To find what we can’t hold We’ve lost control We’ve lost control We’ve lost control We’ve lost control
11.
The Flood 04:07
Looking all over town for him My hope is fading dim Looking out for a boy, who can’t swim A needle lost in a stack Of needles lost at sea When I find my love at the oceanside How will I be relieved? Too many years have passed, they say Leave the sinner to his sin They say my love won’t win They sit dry there on the sunlit side With the river played for a wall But when the moon goes up with the rising tide The water touches them all Daylight finds him sleeping in In a vision so serene It belies the ugly truth about dreams Have you ever watched the sun come up Just before you’ve gone to bed It’s the prettiest lie, it’ll fill your eyes With every tear in your head

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Three Generations of Leaving chronicles the trials and traumas of three generations of women from the same family. Spanning several decades, it begins with the religious matriarch of the family being abandoned by her husband and children, and then follows one of the daughters as she flees from one bad situation to the next, and a granddaughter, who is estranged from her mother and looking inward for answers.

Each of the women are of their time: the grandmother a rural 1950s housewife and homemaker devoted to her husband, the daughter a rebellious teen of the 1960s who survives and flees several bad relationships and a religious cult, and the granddaughter an urban, introspective, but troubled young woman grappling with unrealistic expectations and societal standards in a digital world.

Musically, the style and arrangement, song-to-song, attempt to convey or suggest the generation and family member being depicted.

When writing this album, we didn’t know how much it resembled our own life - loss, moving on, change, self-doubt, making art, hopefulness, love. When looking back on each of the songs, it is apparent that we were going through something (or really lots of things), we just had to get to the other side to gain perspective.

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released November 19, 2021

© ℗ 2021 More Songs Publishing

All songs by Gary Knight and Chelsey Coy (More Songs Publishing, ASCAP), except “Walking on Water” and “So She Runs,” by Chelsey Coy and Shannon Söderlund (Shannon Söderlund, ASCAP); “Wreck Cut Loose,” by Daniel Morosi (Daniel P. Morosi, ASCAP); and “Looking,” by Gary Knight, Chelsey Coy, and Charlie Rauh (Rauh Sounds Publishing, ASCAP)

Chelsey Coy (vocals and banjo)
Shannon Söderlund (harmonies and background vocals)
Charlie Rauh (acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
John Gray (upright bass, electric bass)
Oskar Häggdahl (drums, percussion)

Haruka Horii (violin)
Callie Galvez (cello)
Philip Kronengold (organ)
Thad DeBrock (pedal steel and baritone guitar)
Mary Lattimore (harp)
Burt Levine (banjo on “Control”)

Produced by Tom Gardner
Recorded and mixed by Tom Gardner at Rift Studios
Additional recording by Pierre de Reeder at 64 Sound
Mastered by Joe Lambert
Photography by Anna Azarov
Design by Jonna Isaac

“The Flood” is dedicated to the memory of Michael Thomas Knight

This album is dedicated to the memory of Michelle Levine

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Single Girl, Married Girl Los Angeles, California

L.A.-based pop/folk/Americana outfit Single, Girl, Married Girl writes songs that are simultaneously beautiful and devastating with poetic, perceptive lyrics that astutely capture what it means to be human.
For fans of Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kit, Jenny Lewis, Lucius, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac
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