Drugs

by Myla Smith

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about

There are a lot of contradictory things about songwriter Myla Smith. Not the least of which is Drugs, the title of her forthcoming EP, which is less about popping pills and more about the ways we all attempt to fill the holes in our hearts with things that are less than real.

For Drugs, Myla worked again with James Joseph, who engineered and produced her last project, 2010’s double EP White/Gold. She first approached Joseph in late 2011, but his plate was full until May. The wait turned out to be a blessing – she took out her pen and guitar and started writing, and when they were finally ready to press record she had over 30 songs to choose from to ultimately conceive of a six-song EP.

The songs that emerged fit together in a way Myla may not have imagined when she first began writing.

“When you’re picking songs for a record, you always want there to be a common thread that ties them all together,” Myla says. “When I made White/Gold, I was getting married and also seeing some of my close friends get divorced, so that record deals heavily in the dual nature of relationships, the bright side and the dark side. Drugs was different. Each song is its own experience but together they tell a story from start to finish.”

She says it wasn’t until she had chosen the songs and laid them side-by-side that she realized just what she had on her hands.

“I had been thinking and writing a lot about different vices – why we have them, and more specifically, what happens to us when they stop working, because eventually they all do,” Myla says. “Drugs is a picture of people slowly reaching the end of their rope, the end of themselves, and letting go of their vices, their artificial pain relievers, their ‘drugs,’ in order to take hold of that incredibly scary and real thing called hope.”

Sonically, Myla says, Drugs is also a bit of a departure from her previous work. “To me, every song feels wide-screen cinematic,” she says. “I love using lyrical imagery to tell stories, and when those images get paired with sonic textures and instrumental choices that perfectly capture the mood you’re trying to create, its feels like a kaleidoscope coming into focus. That’s how I feel when I listen to the record front-to-back.”

Myla worked with a talented group of artists in recording Drugs, including her husband Richard Thomas, who played bass and cello on the record. The rest of the roster includes Timmy Jones on drums (Remedy Drive), Mark Trussell on guitar (Dave Barnes) and Jonathan Chu on violin (Skillet). Drugs was mastered by GRAMMY® winning engineer Brad Blackwood (Alison Krauss, Sara Bareilles, Maroon5).

credits

released October 16, 2012

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PUBLISHING: all songs written by Myla Smith (Sweeter Green Music [ASCAP] Copyright 2012)

PRODUCED, ENGINEERED & MIXED by James Joseph in Memphis, TN

ASSISTANT ENGINEER: Kirk Barkley

MASTERED by Brad Blackwood (Euphonic Masters) in Memphis, TN

MUSICIANS:
Myla Smith - lead vocals, BGVs
Richard Thomas - bass, cello, gang vocals
Timmy Jones - drums
Mark Trussell - electric & acoustic guitars
James Joseph - keys, synth, piano
Michael Coggin - piano
Kirk Barkley - percussion
Aaron Smith - BGVs, gang vocals
Candace Joseph - gang vocals

DESIGN by Hillary Butler

CONTACT: www.mylasmith.com

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Track Name: Slow Down
SLOW DOWN
(c) Myla Smith (ASCAP)

Make the coffee, make the bed
Make a plan to get ahead
and go go go, go go go
Make a face, make a fist
Make another laundry list
oh-oh-oh, oh
Every day is more confusing
It's a game and I am losing
The devil on my shoulder says

"Don't slow down
You're falling behind
You're already too old to get what you want out of life
Don't slow down"

Go to school so you can learn
How much money you should earn
Oh-oh-oh, Oh-oh-oh
You'll be the sum of your success
Oversleep, miss the test
No no no, no!
The winners with their eyes accusing
Let me know that I am losing
The devil on my shoulder says

"Don't slow down
You're falling behind
You're already too old to get what you want out of life
Don't slow down"

Smile big, dress the part
But the eyes betray the heart
Hollow, hollow
Fill it up full of stuff, has it ever been enough
No, no, no, no!
The busyness that I'm excusing
Is a drug that I'm abusing
But I don't have to let it rule me
The devil lies, he won't fool me
When he comes in close and says

"Don't slow down
You're falling behind
You're already too old to get what you want out of life
You're falling behind
You're already too old to get what you want out of life
You're falling behind
You're already too old to get what you want out of life
Don't slow down"
Track Name: Bad Boys
BAD BOYS
(c) Myla Smith (ASCAP)

Zips up his leather jacket
Puts out his cigarette
He's all, 'hey, baby, what's your name, I don't think we've met'
Leans in a little closer
So he can whisper in my ear
'this place is getting kind of tired, whatcha say we get outta here?'

All the bad boys
Are looking for a good time
Catch 'em looking my way
Baby, I'm not that kind
They don't know how to have fun
Without losing their minds
They don't know how to have a good time, good time, good time

I'd spot 'em back in high school
Smoking in the parking lot
All experts in indulgence
and not getting caught
It felt cool to flirt with danger
Til they flirt with all your friends
Break their phone because they're wasted
And never call again

All the bad boys
Are looking for a good time
Catch 'em looking my way
Baby, I'm not that kind
They don't know how to have fun
Without losing their minds
They don't know how to have a good time, good time, good time

When they get older they get haircuts
Start to look like men
They get bored and then get reckless
And that's where you come in

All the bad boys
Are looking for a good time
Catch 'em looking my way
Baby, I'm not that kind
I know how to have fun
Without losing my minds]
Yeah, I know how to have a good time, good time, good time
Track Name: Help Me!
HELP ME!
(c) Myla Smith (ASCAP)


Help me!
I got a hole inside
My heart is dry
I keep trying to fill it up
Lately
I think I might know why
My heart is dry
Nothing's ever been enough
If I'm honest with myself

Oh, What I really want is you
Oh, What I really want is you
Oh, What I really want is you
Oh, What I really want is you

Help me
Feel something new
I'm dying to
But nothing penetrates my heart
No one
knows me the way you do
I'm dying to!
But I don't know where to start
If I'm honest with myself

Oh, What I really want is you
Oh, What I really want is you
Oh, What I really want is you
Oh, What I really want is you

Help me!
Help me!
Help me!
Help me!

Oh, What I really want is you
Oh, What I really want is you
Oh, What I really want is you
Oh, What I really want is you
Track Name: Follow
HELP ME!
(c) Myla Smith (ASCAP)

I'm terrified
You tell me to come inside
Oh, I gotta follow
You crack the door
I wish you would show me more
But, oh, I gotta follow

After you
Wherever you go
I'm going too
Follow after you
Wherever you go
I gotta follow you

The narrow stairs
Are shaky and need repairs
Oh, I gotta follow
This enclosed space
Is making my heart race
But, oh, I gotta follow

After you
Wherever you go
I'm going too
Follow after you
Wherever you go
I gotta follow you

The wardrobe's full
Long coats made of fur and wool
Oh, I gotta follow
You pull me in
We're not coming back again
Oh, I got to

Follow after you
Wherever you go
I'm going too
Follow after you
Wherever you go
I'm going too
Follow after you
Wherever you go
I'm going too
Follow after you
Wherever you go
I gotta follow you
I gotta follow you