All the Things That Go Missing

by Myla Smith

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Myla Smith's introspective debut album "All The Things That Go Missing" will sound like home for anyone who has ever known the contradictions of living. From the pain of "I wish you'd die alone with only me to dream of" on "Letter" to the magnificent, simple beauty of "Love Song," Myla's haunting soprano voices the fears and longings that envelop us all, and ultimately provides a message of hope for the restless heart. ("Sleep and dream for a thousand years...you don't have to be afraid")

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released December 21, 2006

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Track Name: Down In the Dark
LYRICS
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Now that the night is rolling in
Over the long day of youth
It is finally clear now
The sun blocked out the truth
       
And I cry, cry, saying why

This shovel I’m holding was my parting gift
So I could dig out a space
Under this mound I keep time with the hammer
Driving your last word in place

And I cry, cry, saying why

Roll over, roll over
Over me, down in the dark
I can see the traitor spark

You should have stolen all my property
You should have broken my arm
You should have cut my heart out
It isn’t keeping me warm

So I cry, cry, saying why
Cry, cry, saying why

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Music: Luke Smith and Myla Smith
Lyrics: Myla Smith
Copyright 2006 Sweeter Green Music
Track Name: Pin Up Girl
LYRICS
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I could fall asleep tonight
With you here to hold me tight
When I’m pushing you away
Promise me you’re gonna stay

I know, I know, I already know
But you try to love me even though I’m

Crazy, just a little crazy
Baby, you know there’s only one like me
So chase the monsters from my dreams
And my memory
And I’ll be the pin-up girl of sanity

I won’t let you hold my hand
You don’t have to understand
All you have to do is smile
Stay with me a little while

I know, I know, I already know
But you try to love me even though I’m

Crazy, just a little crazy
Baby, I know it isn’t easy
Just hold me close when I can’t breathe
And look at me that way
And I’ll be the pin-up girl of sanity      

I know, I know, I already know
But you try to love me even though I’m

Crazy, just a little crazy
Baby, you know there’s only one like me
So chase the monsters from my dreams
And my memory
And I’ll be the pin-up girl of sanity
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Music and Lyrics: Myla Smith
(c) 2006 Sweeter Green Music                                                   
Track Name: Love Song
LYRICS
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I don’t swoon when you say hello
Or fall to pieces whenever you go
Don’t need butterflies to let me know that I love you

How do others have lives to spend
Chasing after a rainbow’s end
When more treasure is in the friend that I have in you

Sweat has fallen from my brow
Onto telling irony
‘Cause now that I have what I want
I want it for you instead of me

Now the future is open wide
But it’s not up to me to decide
Rest in knowing that He will provide, and that I love you

Sweat has fallen from my brow
Onto telling irony
‘Cause, Baby, now that I have what I want
I want it for you instead of me

Now the future is open wide
But it’s not up to me to decide
Rest in knowing that He will provide, and that I love you

Now and then and on either side, Baby, I love you
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Music and Lyrics: Myla Smith
Copyright 2006 Sweeter Green Music
Track Name: Little Jenny Lyn
LYRICS
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Little Jenny Lyn, you ought to know
That the road you’re on is hard and slow
It is long, but every valley deep and river wide
Has another side, little Jenny Lyn

The yellow flowers that are in your hair
Will dry and blow away into the air
Do not cry.  Everything that's lost unto the wind
Will be made new again, little Jenny Lyn

What do I tell you, little Jenny Lyn, about the world I’m gonna leave you in
‘Cause I know if I tell you your heart will begin to die inside your skin

They will tell you that the heart of love
Is written in the stars above
That's a lie.  It's beyond the sky and your supply
And it will never die, little Jenny Lyn

What do I tell you, little Jenny Lyn, about the world I’m gonna leave you in
‘Cause I know if I tell you your eyes will begin to lose the light within

What do I tell you, little Jenny Lyn, about the world I’m gonna leave you in
All the things that go missing outside and within will all be new again

I am floating in the eventide
That flows into the other side.
I will fly, I will fly away. I must fly
But we don't say goodbye, little Jenny Lyn

We don’t say goodbye, little Jenny Lyn
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Music and Lyrics: Myla Smith
Copyright 2006 Sweeter Green Music
Track Name: Walking a Line
LYRICS
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Nobody should be lonely beneath this many lights
With their greatest ambitions so nearly in their sights
I know what I am meant for, and I’m happy to comply
But there’s a lingering desire I’m trying to deny                                          

Tonight I’m walking a line
A faded line

I want to hear you whisper things you try not to show
Things that you shouldn’t tell me, things I already know
But we will dance in silence and blame it on the beer
As the spaces in between us and the faces disappear

Tonight I’m walking a line
A faded line

What now may seem harmless will all start weighing in
And my heart will be too heavy to take me here again
I’ve got to face a mirror, I’ve got to take a stance
But I’ve got another quarter and time for one more dance

Tonight I’m walking a line
A faded line
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Music and Lyrics: Myla Smith
Copyright 2006 Sweeter Green Music
Track Name: You May Not Remember
LYRICS
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I keep it in the back of my head
The first time I saw your face
You manage to hide it quite nicely
But it’s something I haven’t erased
I hear you when you say you love me
I smile and look in your eyes
I suppose it’s not meant to be funny
But it’s hard not to laugh at such obvious lies

And I’m not the only one
I’m not the only one

Who can see through the pictures you’ve painted
And can hear over all of the noise
Well, you may not remember, but I sure do
And I’ll never forget the real you

You let me climb out to the edge
I’d be all right with you there
But you held a sharp blade behind you
Now you’re watching me fall through the air
I’ll make sure you’re safe in your castle
Though I don’t suspect you’ll know
But I’m through giving you my treasure
I’m not stupid, I’ve seen where they go

And I’m not the only one
I’m not the only one

Who can see through the pictures you’ve painted
And can hear over all of the noise
Well, you may not remember, but I sure do
And I’ll never forget the real you

And I’m not the only one
I’m not the only one

Who can see through the pictures you’ve painted
And can hear over all of the noise
Well, you may not remember, but I sure do
And I’ll never forget, I’ll never forget, I’ll never forget the real you

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Music and Lyrics: Myla Smith
Copyright 2006 Sweeter Green Music
Track Name: To Franklin and Back
LYRICS
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On her own, and she’s got a plan
And a new man who’s got plans of his own
Just a boy, but he thinks he knows
How daddies should act when you’re with them alone
He watched the mirror go under the door
Frowned when his key didn’t work anymore
Stared at the mask that was hiding her face
Off on his own to a frightening place

Town after town
Settling down where he first heard his name
Giving it a try                       
And finding out some things are always the same
Second chances come along but once in a while
But being a father was cramping his style
Proving again there’s only room for one
Either your lover, addiction, or son

Twenty years going by
Really can fly at a hundred and two
Shaken out of my dreams
Somehow when the phone rang I already knew
That’s why I’m headed to Franklin and back
That’s why my clothes are unusually black
They’ll cry and they’ll say that we’ll see him one day
But you don’t know where things go once you’ve thrown them away
You never know where things go once you’ve thrown them away
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music and lyrics: Myla Smith
(c) Sweeter Green Music 2006
Track Name: Turning Circles
LYRICS
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Sarah’s laughter moves down to her legs and renders them useless to stand
In slow motion sinks down to the rest and covers the sun with her hand
This bittersweetness is easy to hide
She keeps it behind her smile
She’s watching the moment from the other side
Cause it all will be gone in a while

Sarah’s turning circles
Round and round she goes
She keeps looking back, eyes closed

Sarah carefully crosses her driveway as the world around her changes its hue
Burning leaves freeze her feet to the ground invoking a time she once knew
Sarah can’t breathe for the pain in her chest
When she thinks of those times in the past
Beautiful memories of days she loved best
Just remind her that nothing can last

Sarah’s turning circles
Round and round she goes
She keeps looking back, eyes closed

Colors of autumn for the leaves that have died
She can’t seem to reconcile
Watching the moment from the other side
It all will be gone in a while

Sarah’s turning circles
Round and round she goes
She keeps looking back
Sarah’s turning circles
Round and round she goes
She keeps looking back, eyes closed, eyes closed

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Music and Lyrics: Myla Smith
Copyright 2006 Sweeter Green Music
Track Name: Letter
LYRICS
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There are so many things to say
And nowhere left to say them
So I talk to my guitar
You know he’s never let me down
And so it goes another year,
Writing songs that you will never hear,

‘Cause you didn’t want a letter
You didn’t want a call
You didn’t want anything at all

Over and over
And over again
I try to forget
But forget to begin
I think I could get over you
If I only wanted to

But you didn’t want a letter
You didn’t want a call
You didn’t want anything at all

Take me to your time machine where I am always twenty-two
And fifteen dollar mirror balls feel like a dream come true
Before we had to worry about making up my mind
Where love and desperation and our arms are intertwined
Where people looking everywhere for anything that’s real
See something in a pair of eyes
They cannot name, but recognize

I wish you’d die alone
With only me to dream of
I wish I’d never known
Love isn’t really blind
I wish you’d have a better life
Than you would have had I been your wife

But you didn’t want a letter
You didn’t want a call
You didn’t want anything at all
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Music and Lyrics: Myla Smith
Copyright 2006 Sweeter Green Music
Track Name: Chosen Family
LYRICS
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I will live to lift you up
With a heart as overflowing as my cup
In the haven where my heart is truly free
In the arms of my chosen family

I will live as I am dead
Like the One who turned my frozen heart to red
Now that life that was so freely given me
I give for my chosen family

You are mine, and I am yours
While the ebb and flow of this brief life endures
By the power of the holy Trinity
You are my chosen family
You are my chosen family
You are my chosen family
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Music and Lyrics: Myla Smith
Copyright 2006 Sweeter Green Music
Track Name: Deep Magic
LYRICS
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Through every glass break the golden skies
They fill your heart, your head, your eyes
Turn your face up to a brilliant Sun
And you feel what love has done.

Restless heart, why indulge your fears
Sleep and dream for a thousand years
In the deep magic that you did not choose
The love you cannot lose

You don’t have to be afraid
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Music and lyrics: Myla Smith
Copyright 2006 Sweeter Green Music