pink elephant

by gracie folds

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recorded in seven hours and fifty nine minutes

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released August 19, 2016

carson dtf and micah doucette: album cover
ben folds: hand claps
dave way: recording and mixing

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gracie folds Los Angeles, California

i make up songs and i write them too

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Track Name: harper
she comes from a fake butter family in larchmont
i was glad to be in a place where things went missing easily
i bet she's in a restaurant under the heat lamp she had moved
she hates the sound of time passing

she never reads the articles, just headlines and she tells me all the things
that i told her yesterday and suddenly it's different because
now she agrees with me
she's always drowning in the water that she doesn't drink
she wears headphones to go to sleep

but she's not crazy unless her mother tells her that she's crazy

she takes pills for all the things that aren't wrong with her
just to play on her strengths
she puts herself in other people's shoes and she gets blisters
she will fill a silence quickly and completely
she just wants you to always be happy

but she's not crazy unless her mother tells her that she's crazy
she plays the same three chords faithfully
and at the same time longs for more variety
but it's better than being alone
better than being a bore
better to do what you think you must love than be happy
she deserves real answers and clarity
which incidentally is exactly what she gets
she just loves to misinterpret it
cuz she's so scared of being along
so scared of being a bore
too scared of doing the things that she loves to be happy
Track Name: emily
if there was a way i
could help you without enabling
your chronically bad behavior
without giving you someone to show off
your arm
and the scars
you think made you who you are
helped you make art

i wish i could show you
you don't need a reason
to make what you want to make
or a list
detailing a long history of abuse
or a tendency to self destruct

i know, i know
i know it's not fun to be the things you're supposed to be
and i know it's not funny to me
when you say
you'll die
in the blink
of an eye
you say no one will notice
you say no one will notice
you say no one will notice but me

i wish i could make you
put on your big girl pants
but you are incorrigible
i can be sucked into that whole
constantly on my phone
in case you decide tonight's the night
and you want to say goodbye

i know, i know
i know you'll get better if that's what you want to be
and i know you can be successful, dead, or happy
and i can't
be here
to watch
you go
in any of those directions
i can't be your protection
i can't be your protection

decline call.
Track Name: nathan
if you stutter, shhh, and listen
things will happen and you can hear them
what will happen if you're never famous?
you say you'll cross that bridge if and when you come to it

back when comic sans was cool
i'm pretty sure that caring was too
and i wasn't a finger tip away

sitting alone on the pavement
you wait for your older friends to save you
picking at the holes in your pockets
you'll lose so many others before you break and patch it

back when comic sans was cool
sleeping was easy and eating was too
and i wasn't a finger tip away
i wasn't a finger tip away

burning holes in your hands with cigarettes
you feel like a person you've only just met

showing up at two in the morning
you know that it's late you just wanted to see me

back when comic sans was cool
i'm pretty sure that caring was too
back when comic sans was cool
sleeping was easy and eating was too
and i wasn't a finger tip away
Track Name: kevin
didn't see it coming
cuz i wasn't looking
in the right direction
i was not expecting
this
to be com
ing from you

every day i'm scared
that you will figure out
that this song is about you
i don't know what to do
to
make you feel
less at home

i'm sorry, i know, you're a very nice guy

but i find it strange
that for such a nice person
you and everyone else
has to keep reminding me
just how nice
that you are

funny how some people just let themselves in
put their feet on tables
ask personal questions
i can't imagine
being that
confident

i'm sorry, i know, you're a very nice guy

sitting on the sidewalk
waiting at the bus stop
listening to your album
there was no escape route
you say you respect me
but you don't

if i say not now
then you will ask me when
and if i say nothing
then you will press and press
and we have far too many mutual friends
for me to not ever
they say, 'it's fine, you're moving cross the country,'
it's just my luck that he is moving with me
and if la is too small
massachusetts won't be big
enough

i'm sorry, i know, you're a very nice guy

if you think that this song just might be about you,

stop.