Better Versions

by Tara Vaughan

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released March 1, 2011

All songs by Tara Vaughan

Alexander Koutzoukis - Producer, Mixing Engineer
Alex Green - Assistant Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer

Tara Vaughan - Vocals, Piano
Charlie Laubacher - Guitar
Michael Bean - Bass
Zach Camara - Drums
Penn Rosen - Harmony Vocals (on Stay)
Alex Green - Background Vocals
Alexander Koutzoukis - Background Vocals
Loretta Allen - Background Vocals
Lo Barreiro - Background Vocals

Cover artwork by Ryan Tantillo


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Track Name: Till Death
please sir don't you walk away, don't you walk away, don't you walk away
it's been a long, hard day
and please sir don't you take me, don't you take me seriously
i can't be held responsible for what this running mouth will say

sometimes, so lost in my mind, i get hard to find, get so hard to find
so adept at running away
well i am a girl who has it out for this whole damned world
while you're the sugar that makes this bitter pill easier to take

but i get so tired of this tangled everyday
so tired of this continued fall from grace

i wanna love you like a tim burton movie, baby
blushing corpses, these piles of shaking bones
bodies fragile but these souls are too tough
till death do us part ain't enough

please sir won't you take my hand, try to understand, won't you understand
i'm not going away
misleading portraits of a carefree youth, well i know the truth, oh i surely do
i'll love you more with wise old age

when your hair turns grey
when your gout kicks in, i'll always stay

when your eyes get tired, and you're running out of plans
they'll never pry you from these cold dead hands
Track Name: Temp Savior
cold floor pushing feet, waiting on a shower that leaks lukewarm
your own bed, so warm and so far
passing up on subtleties, you're acting like someone will take you away-- outlook's not too good today

moved in three months ago, bushy tailed, guitar in tow
but you're still living out of boxes on the floor
when does this place become home?

and you're looking at me like you're gonna find some meaning
well honey i hate to break ya but everything around here is fleeting

and i'll find a way, but it won't be pretty
we gotta figure out which something is missing
but for now, i can't be too sure
so i'll be back and forth between these temporary saviors

feet kicked up on the front porch, late in the afternoon
fall is slowly slipping in, an excitement simmering beneath this still-summer skin
and you say i'm just feeling reckless, fall in boston makes me restless
well nonetheless, there's something venom in this light that's fading

and you're looking at me like you're gonna find some meaning
well honey i hate to break ya but this is real blood i'm bleeding

said i'm waking up and breaking down,
we're all just marching toward the ground with bittersweet loves and glories
this can't be my body, no this is not my face
this is not my life, forget this time and place
Track Name: Good Morning Goodbye
you meet me at the station, i'm stopping in on my way back up to boston
a one night engagement, i'm only passing through
your cologne smells the same, you're dressing better but still smile like you mean it
you remind me of the old you, i smile like i mean it too
i smile 'cause i mean it, too

and here comes the part where you remember how good it is to know me
walking in the dark this thick, sweet night
here comes the silence because we both know this won't last forever
that too-familiar silence, it happens every time

and the sun's coming up but i'd spend the morning with you
my flight's in the morning but i'd miss it if you asked me to
oh the sun's coming up but we're living by the streetlights
it's always stop, baby go when we say good morning goodbye

start from the outside, we'll work our way back to the middle
you remind me that letting go can be alright
did i forget my passport? you seem offended but you find it in my suitcase
now we're driving to the airport in the almost-light

don't give in to this changing sky, just hold me close while the world goes by
throw your arms 'round my body, i wanna feel you breathe
don't let me leave

we get my bags from the trunk, and you remind me that my passport's in my pocket
you kiss me on the forehead, and i say 'thanks for the ride'
Track Name: Fools Rush In
i have bled all that was left in me, 'til i had nothing at all
always felt like i was waiting on something
something missing from a sepia dream i'd known so well

i have shed all that was weighing me down, faced the day weary soul simplified
still i wondered if there was something more than what i had
something outside of a life i'd built to be mine

but what you do to me is something new completely

sunshine at my side, can i tell you what it's like
to sit still in a state of beautiful motion
i'd say anything just to see you smile
your captive audience all the while, i am for you only

i would give all that i have taken just to watch your chest rise and fall
wise men say only fools rush in
but wiser women have been fools for lesser things

and what you do to me, it's crazy

and i know the day is cold as it is long
there's not much money made in me singing silly love songs
but the winter settles down and the sun lingers on
and i will keep, i will keep you love in my arms
i will keep you love in my arms
Track Name: Better Versions
don't break, just find me back at the beginning
before you'd take the best of me, the best of me
cold hands, traitor heart frantically beating
you were, like the summer, warm but fleeting
how you'd change to me, how you'd change me

those days, my mouth was like a loaded gun and i'd swear i could fall in love with anyone
but i know now, you're not anyone

you say we'll be better when we're older
but your benevolent words don't compete with your endless supply of cold shoulder

oh, can't wait on each others' better verisons
though it kills me to think of walking away now
someday you're gonna chalk me up to experience
but you were a big one, just so you know

don't shake, just trace the story here on my
arms ache to hold you, to feel your skin on mine, but there's never enough time
and i'd try to cut these lines that run so deep
but your eyes alone would bring me to my knees
there's just nothing i can do, when it all comes back to

you say we'll be better when we're older
but while you keep my body warm, my heart gets colder

can't keep, can't keep on like this
love me now or let me let go
Track Name: Stay
two things i have to say before i go
it's those three little words that always jump right out my throat
four long years i've spent here, in the shadow of us wondering
if you really were the one

now that i've put words to it, it's all crashing down
this rental house turned cold battleground
quite uncertain if i do or i don't when it comes to you
my greener grass is always blue

how do i know that i'm not just biding my days
how can you say that your happiness won't stand in mine's way
all i can tell from here is that it hurts when you leave, when you leave
so stay

don't stop, tell me i'm wrong again
don't know why doubt over comfort is what i'm pulled to defend
falling in the cracks, don't tell me to relax
it's not your life to waste

as near as i've come to perfect, but i'm so scared of being stunted
being stilled by absence of perspective
want to freeze this as it is, come back for front porches and kids
but everything changes, we're both changing

how do i know if i'll ever think it's the right way
how can you say that you'll feel the same for always
i'll just be wondering quietly if you stay, if you stay
so leave
Track Name: Things I Said (Live)
you're almost broken
these scattered words are falling out my mouth now like pinpricks to your skin
the ones left unspoken are the only thing that keep us pushing back and forth
searching for frayed ends

and i know, i know, i know, i know i don't want to miss you when you're gone

so i'm holding on like the worn-out latch on your slammed door
and these foolish scars we wear like badges of honor
'cause we'd both suffer forever with the hope of one beautiful day
still we'll never learn to say what we're really thinking

each conflict avoided, each word saved up
turning over in my hands 'til it's too late to have any meaning
i'm almost faded, and each shot that goes down gives a license to my mouth
wouldn't have said it better, anyhow

still i know, i know, i know, i know i don't want to be the one who tears you down

next time, i'll think twice before i keep my mouth closed
i'll get it right before this bottle gets it wrong for me
this fight is my own device, born of my own foolish pride
i say next time i'll stop there, and i swear i'd get down on my knees
but i never do a thing

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