Closer to Home

by Closer to Home

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    First we would like to start of by sincerely thanking our families, friends, and dedicated listeners for believing in this project; without each and every one of you this tree would be lifeless and leafless. Secondly we would like to thank all of the talented pickers, picture takers (sorry for cutting them up!) and master planners for making these songs sound like the tunes we have been hearing in our heads and making the process unforgettable. Last but not least we would like to thank the beaten paths, endless forests, miles of open road and the beauty it brought to us that offered infinite inspiration that we sculpted into these songs. Each one of these tunes is really special to us just like all of you, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We hope we've made you as happy as the start of this journey has made us....Together in song with love, Mike and Emily
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1.
Sign me up and place the order Help me get across the border Tell my baby girl I'm coming home I'm coming home Cheap wine and cigarettes Can't help me forget All of these nights I've spent alone All alone My mind is spinning and the world is sinking slow the next time I see my baby, I won't let go I will not let go Lately I've been feeling blue Wondering what I'm going to do With all these tangled webs and roads I roam These roads I roam Thinking back to our first night And that old stop light Hoping that it would never change oh ain't love strange My mind is spinning and the world is sinking slow the next time I see my baby, I won't let go I will not let go Out here on this lonesome highway Souls get lost so lately I stay Following the compass in my heart, it's in my heart I'm coming home I'm waiting for you I'm coming home I'm waiting for you I'm coming home I'm waiting for you I'm waiting for you I'm waiting for you.
2.
Good Days 02:34
Going for a bike ride, down a long dirt road On our way to the river with our homemade fishing poles Wading in the water, losing track of time I heard the echo of my name it's time to come inside These are the good days They're the ones that we'll hold dear These are the moments That we'll carry through the years Time stops for nothing it will slowly slip away Hard times will come again so hold on tight to the good days Let's sit and watch the sun fade, into the salty sea Right beside this fire is exactly where we're meant to be Suppers on the table, momma's cookings fine go ahead cut me one more slice of dad's home made apple pie These are the good days They're the ones that we'll hold dear These are the moments That we'll carry through the years Time stops for nothing it will slowly slip away Hard times will come again so hold on tight to the good days
3.
Sitting on this loading dock on a smoking break but I'm on the clock Wondering is this all I've got or is there something more Waiting on the dinner crowd the voice inside my head got loud It said if you're going to go go now before this dream runs dry So I threw my apron on the bar and took my share from the tip jar I flew like freedom to my car I wished everyone well I'm finally on my way When I get there I'm not gonna stay They say nothing cuts you deeper then The things you have not done So if you need me just look towards the sun Cornered in behind this desk always daydreaming about what comes next I feel the tightening in my chest somebody help me breathe I leave those papers piled high cause there ain't no need for me to say goodbye There's just one way to learn to fly that is wind against your wings I turn the key I throw your mix-tape in I'm contemplating my next sin It's always this then back again but baby not this time Cause I'm finally on my way When I get there I'm not gonna stay They say nothing cuts you deeper then The things you have not done So if you need me just look towards the sun There was once a time or two I swore I was in love it's true The blade came and it ran us through our armor could not hold Now it's how I feel and how you felt on this cold conveyor belt How the stream runs to the river, when the ice begins to melt Cause I'm finally on my way When I get there I'm not gonna stay They say nothing cuts you deeper then The things you have not done So if you need me just look towards the sun If you need us just look towards the sun
4.
Now that the money's all gone I realized that I had it all wrong I'm dead broke but it ain't a sad song Now that the money's all gone Now that the money's not here Suddenly I'm seeing crystal clear What to let go and what to hold dear Now that the money's not here Hey hey hey There's always another day Oo oo oo We're not just passing through We're not just passing through Now that the well has run dry I took a breath and a long hard sigh The sun busts through that concrete sky Now that the well has run dry Now that the roof caved in It's much brighter than it might have been The weight was great but the wood was thin That's why the roof caved in Hey hey hey There's always another day Oo oo oo We're not just passing through We're not just passing through Looking through life's crystal ball Seems we're in this for the long hall Thought the future is still untold I know we've got riches That can't be sold Now that we're on empty We're right back where we're meant to be The load is light and this ride is free now that we're on empty Hey hey hey There's always another day Oo oo oo We're not just passing through We're not just passing through Now that the money's all gone I realized that I had it all wrong
5.
Take your reigns and chains off me All good things are wild and free There's a river flowing to the sea All good things are wild and free You can't fit a square peg Into a round hole There ain't no way to know which way a stone's going to roll I think it's time that you let go of all this false control And let it be All good things are wild and free There's a bird that's sailing on a breeze There's a whisper among willow trees There's a dog that's sleeping in the sun There's a place of peace for everyone Let go Of all your insecurities Hold tightly to someone that you love It's too short To not be who you want to be The rules are just illusions Somebody made up There's a girl that's dancing in the field Her body's moving how she feels There's a stop sign on the edge of town Tonight we're going to tear it down You can't fit a square peg Into a round hole There ain't no way to know which way a stone's going to roll I think it's time that you let go of all this false control And let it be All good things are wild and free All good things are wild and free
6.
Color Me 04:23
By the time I was two and could control my hands My mother she gave me a box full of crayons I stared at the pages of faces so bland The outlines of mannequin life I reached in and grabbed the first few I could find I remember she told me, stay inside the lines I drew the sky gold and the stars red as wine They spilled out onto the blank clouds Now I am grown in both years and height I have drank in the darkness, soaked in the light I've held to that string when the wind shook the kite For those who see me, in just black and white Color me sunshine Color me alright Color me anyway that you would like Color me kindly Color me gently Color me straight out of black and white Color me sunshine You're constantly busy always hurry up You've gotta make it on time or your world will erupt So you fly down the highway lead foot on the gas Ignoring the beauty you so often pass You've got plans in your head, things you will do But this 9-5 life's got the better of you Each side of your head holds a barricade Full of resentment and red is the shade Color me sunshine Color me alright Color me anyway that you would like Color me kindly Color me gently Color me straight out of black and white Color me sunshine Always moving forwards ferociously fast But this is not a race you only finish last When you ignore the song played by your heart's band Time to dust off the rust on that box full of crayons Color me sunshine Color me alright Color me anyway that you would like Color me kindly Color me gently Color me straight out of black and white Color me sunshine

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This album was recorded with love at our home studio, with a little help from all of our incredible friends and some elbow grease we have been able to get you the songs that have made our musical journey so much fun.

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released November 26, 2015

All songs written by Mike Herz & Emily Barnes

Mike Herz – vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, midi instrumentation

Emily Barnes – vocals, guitar, artwork

Jeremy Manjorin – bass on tracks 1, 3, 4, & 5

Mike Rose – drums on tracks 3 & 5

John Sepe – trumpet on track 1

Angela Gnecco- Pictures

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Closer to Home Newton, New Jersey

Closer to Home is the contemporary folk duo of singer-songwriters Mike Herz & Emily Barnes based out of northwest, New Jersey. These two artists combine heartfelt harmonies, penetrating songwriting and a natural artistic chemistry that makes for a captivating live show. The union of Herz’s rich vocals with Barnes’mesmering voice creates an inimitable sound and style that is turning heads. . ... more

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