Between The Lines

by Melanie Dewey

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This album is a compilation of stories gathered by singer/songwriter Melanie Dewey over the past three years of her life. She writes of growth, heartbreak, courage, victory, the art of learning, and most of all the art of loving. The title "Between The Lines" was chosen to represent the fact that there is always a deeper, hidden meaning behind every story, every song, and every word ever written. Join her in her ever-constant journey to read between the lines.

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released April 22, 2014

Produced by: David Lukens and Melanie Dewey
Mixed and Engineered by: Eric Fritsch
Mastered by: Vinnie Alibrandi
Artwork by: Peter Pascucci
Additional Album Artwork by: Marnie Carter, and Sam Centore
Additional Engineers: Nathan Curry, Andy Stockton
All Songs Written and Performed By: Melanie Dewey

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Melanie Dewey Syracuse, New York

Melanie Dewey's music can be described as alternative pop paired with lyrically driven country music. Melanie has a vast love for all genres, and under a previous project, VaporEyes, shared the stage with Brothers Past, and Zoogma. As a solo artist, Melanie has shared the stage with Teddy Geiger. Melanie's debut album "Between The Lines" is released April 22, 2014 followed by an east coast tour. ... more

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Track Name: Still
Coffee cup with a nervous twitch to match
drink it up but you know it ain’t gonna last
through the day ‘til I’m running on nothing
I’m not buying time, it’s buying me.
Overdrive, left lane all the time,
fast forward but I wanna rewind to last night
‘cause when I look into your eyes

It’s like the whole wide world,
has stopped in its tracks
we’re not going anywhere
let’s keep it like that
you’re summertime, moonlight, moonshine
just us in the dead of the night
like the second at the top
when the roller coaster stops
you’re the deep breath right before the drop
In a world so fast nothing ever seems real
I love how you make me still.

friday night, starting to feel alright,
crowded bar, cover band, neon signs
times like these yeah they help me unwind
but you give me a different high

CHORUS

When I’m caught in mile long traffic
bumper to bumper, you’re all that’s on my mind
and hours pass when I’m stuck in a meeting
I’m sitting still, but I’m restless for about tonight

CHORUS

I love how you make me
and I know you’ll aways make me still
Track Name: Love You Like Hell
Tongue tied,
when you’re here words seem to fly
around like butterflies
carelessly mixing my heart up with my mind
This feeling in side its, spreading like wildfire and,
I’m burning up for you tonight.

I know I’m not your typical,
maybe I’m a bit unusual,
I know that you’ve been hurt before,
but baby I can swear that I’m the cure

No I’m not your southern belle
no blond hair blue eyes on me now
but I got one hell of a story to tell
I can make you feel things,
make your heart sing
change the color on your mood ring
anytime you’re down or unwell,
I’m gonna love you like hell.

Okay, so I don’t always keep my cool
but baby, I don’t believe in love that follows all the rules
Yeah I’m a little bit crazy, but only for you baby,
so maybe, you’ll take a chance on me tonight

I know I’m not your typical,
baby I’m a bit unusual,
I know that you’ve been hurt before,
but baby I can swear that I’m the cure
CHORUS

It looks like the clock is tickin’
pounding to my hearts rhythm
speeding up every minute
and I think we’re a match made in heaven
baby time is of the essence
so I have a confession

You’re not my usual
no long hair, bright eyes
but baby I can tell that
I’ll never meet anyone quite like yourself
‘cause you make me feel things,
make my heart sing
change the color on my mood ring
baby I’ve fallen under your spell
I think I love you like hell
Track Name: How To Be A Woman
stuck here staring at these four walls
move ever so slightly
just to make sure my legs don’t
fall asleep into this nightmare I’ve been living
‘cause just one step from you and I lose
everything I thought I knew
I’m tugging slowly at my curls, I feel like a little girl

all this time I thought I was learning
how to grow up and be something
but I don’t know how to be a woman
and you don’t know how to be a man
‘cause you think that you can just close your mouth
and I’ll never know what you’re thinking about
I know I might not be a woman now
but you’ll never be a man.

they say silence makes you stronger
but my mind just wanders
aimlessly until I build a wall
of questions I can’t seem to get over
Maybe you’re the ghost that’s keeping watch**
on this castle deep inside my thoughts
telling me to act my age, funny you should say

CHORUS

You think that you can
just walk right through me
come on be a man
finish what you started baby
you always said I’d be your girl

CHORUS
Track Name: Murder He Wrote
small town, little house
penny kept to herself
so when he came around
it was a feeling she had never felt
in an instant,
he swept her off her feet
but you can’t fall in love with the devil
if you don’t wanna take the heat.

Annie wasn’t ready
to leave home just yet
but he knocked on her door
her worries jumped the fence
they rode into the sunset
and together they both sang
but you can’t ask for a grand exit
without going out with a bang.

Whoah, everyone told her
to keep lookin’ over her shoulder
but she was dead when he wrapped her heart
inside his twisted fingers.
Whoah, tall dark handsome,**
written all over his ransom
note, wherever he rode, murder he wrote.

Danielle was smart as hell,
but her head was always in the books
confused, subdued,
when this boy started givin’ her the look
sooner or later
he won her over with his smarts
but she should have thrown up the red flag
when he said breakin’ hearts was an ancient art

CHORUS

Sandra was a dancer
in a famous bar down south
a little too mysterious
so no one ever asked her out
but one man loved a challenge
so he asked to be shown around town
but when he looked into her eyes,
he fell in love for the first time...

whoah, something in her eyes spoke to him
whoah, that twinkle of sin mixed with innocence
whoah, he thought he’d never be alone again
but oh, she had other plans for him

‘cause whoah, everyone told her
to keep looking over her shoulder
so she was ready when he tried to
wrap her heart inside his fingers
whoah, tall dark handsome,
doesn’t do much for a dead man, oh,
karma has spoke, ‘cause murder she wrote.
Track Name: For What It's Worth
3 am, and I’m home again.
I’m alone again, and it’s cold again.
Turn up the heat, and tuck myself in.
Damn this single bed, damn this state I’m in
All these lights they come, crashing through my head,
And where have you gone to my old friend?

And how many faces have passed through my door?
I can’t seem to fight them anymore, ‘cause…

For what it’s worth, you’ve stolen my heart completely,
And I can’t take it back, it’s yours for the keeping,
So I’ll throw away everything about love,
I’ve ever known, ever hoped,
‘cause it’s easier being alone.

Yeah I’m stoned again,
Yeah this high is sinking into my bones again,
And I guess I am happy, can’t you see me smiling?
I remember you, and your worn out shoes,
You were happy too, but that memory fades to black and blue,
And it hurts now just to think of you.

And how many faces have passed through my door?
And what the hell are they looking at me for?

For what it’s worth, you’ve stolen my heart completely,
And I can’t take it back, it’s yours for the keeping,
So I’ll throw away everything about love,
I’ve ever known, ever hoped,
‘cause it’s easier being alone.
Track Name: Why We Cry
take me somewhere old
somewhere that feels like home
said the woman to her husband late one night in bed
the place where I met you,
where we danced beneath the moon
it chokes her up just thinking about the past, knowing she cant go back.

His job wears him thin
9-5 and next to no living
he sneaks out of bed late every night
stares up at the sky
watches as the stars collide
starts to cry as he wonders why he’s been living like this

honey it’s fine
let your worries march slowly down in lines
from the corners of your eyes,
it’s alright, to want something so damn much**
you don’t know where to put your love
but you can’t keep it all inside
that’s why we cry.

a little boy, just thirteen
won’t settle for less than his dreams
a pair of boxing gloves, a life inside the ring
but when he loses his first match
he fakes a smile the whole ride back
the car pulls in, he runs upstairs, and feels the tears roll down his chin

All the times I let it bottle up
praying with all my might not to come undone
but we can’t keep the rain from falling down
and we can’t help but fall in love with the sound

I look into the mirror
see my face but I’m not there
cause I’ve spent so long believing I’m not good enough to make it
But this time I wont listen
I know they’re talking, but I can’t hear
blood sweat and years of fighting back tears
are coming to an end.

CHORUS
Track Name: Between The Lines
It’s 4 a.m. I can’t sleep
‘cause every time I start to dream
these visions take the shape of
lives I once lived.
Can you please explain
why I always find you there
in the darkest places
in the middle of my fears

somehow you make it all go away
and I’m drawn to you like the night longs for the day.

Boy can’t you see you’ve got me
hanging by the threads of our story
and it’s unwinding now, the pages write themselves
it’s just so easy
And honey it feels like
I’ve known you my whole life
Everything I thought I knew, it starts to fall
when you read
between the lines of my heart.

The things you say hold me
steady me until I’m floating
deep past the point of
understanding.
Most things come with challenge
but you and I we’ve struck a balance
the ups and downs, always come back around)

Baby let them say what they will
‘cause we know they’ll never feel the way we feel

I know that it’s a long shot
but I know that we could beat the odds
when the world slips through my hands
I know that safe in yours I’ve got a place to land

CHORUS
Track Name: Little Bit
It was your typical fairytale
boy meets girl kinda magic
she was his sideline sweetheart
blowing him kisses while he was catching passes
the football only fueled his dream
to join a lifelong military team
on graduation day, when he came clean
and she broke down and begged him not to leave

he took a ball point pen
got down on one knee and held her hand
drew on her finger a wedding band,
and said babe, I ain’t gone yet

But even if we only have a little bit
life is made up of those little moments
I wanna take the little time we have for now,
you and me, let’s make it count
I wanna little man running in our yard
looks a lot like you, and a little like me,
baby can’t you see
I’m down on my knees,
I’ve only got one wish
Love me, if only for a little bit.

Just a few weeks after the wedding
he got called into training out west
then she started feeling funny,
the doctor told her “honey, better make room for a kid”

nine months later she went into labor,
and he took the first flight back home
ran as fast as he could into the waiting room,
staring into the eyes of his son, he said

even if we only have a little bit
life is made up of these little moments
I wanna take the little time we have for now,
you and me, let’s make it count
I can see you now running in our yard
you look a lot like her, and a little like me,
baby can’t you see,
I’m down on my knees,
I’ve only got one wish
Love me, if only for a little bit.

She prayed every night, she asked god why
do people risk their lives for love? Do good men have to die for love?
She wished that she could stop time, and rewind.

The letter said that he was killed in action
flying high, in his little fighter jet
It came in little waves, the grief the pain and the tears she cried for her son
but his smile reminded her of what the little things had done, so she looked up, and said

Even if we only had a little bit,
my life is made up of those little moments
I won’t forget the little time, we had at all
babe I swear I’ll make it count
We’ve got a little man running in our yard
looks a lot like you, and a little like me,
baby can’t you see,
the love you’ve given me
has made my world so big
just cause you loved me, if only for a little bit.
Track Name: Thought I Knew
do you notice when you stop and look
your life is like a boring book
the middle stretching on and on
no climax just around the corner from you
so you walk around until you’re blue
and you try and enjoy the view.

But everywhere I turn, I’m lost
this maze is turning me to dust

‘cause I thought that I knew everything
until you showed up at my door
and the night I let you in my bed
I knew that I was done for
I never knew what the sun could do
until it lit up your face
and I never thought the world could turn so slowly
until you walked away.

When I try to put these thoughts to words,
they flutter in my head like birds
each one of them trying to speak,
but one by one I shut their beaks
‘cause they won’t form a line you see,
or wait their turn, those selfish things

but at least they make me feel at home.
and with them here, I’m not alone.

‘cause I thought that I knew everything
until you showed up at my door
and the night I let you in my bed
I knew that I was done for
I never knew what the sun could do
until it lit up your face
and I never thought the world could turn so slowly
until you walked away.

just tell me one thing, do you miss me
do you miss me, oh?
and every time it rains, do you wish we
were trapped inside with nowhere else to go,
not bothered by the cold?

CHORUS
Track Name: Love This Life
Woke up on the wrong side
dreams from the dark half of your mind
clock says it’s eleven but really it feels like seven
and the perfect days seem harder and harder to find

Pour yourself a coffee to go
can’t remember where you parked last night, so you walk real slow
praying for an inch of luck
to fall into your cup
but it’s just rain
ain’t that perfect, babe?

lover girl, don’t you fight
all the lows ‘cause they make highs
worth every single lie
we’re just like you barely getting by
but we’re learning to love this life
we’re all learning to love this life
one day at a time
(learning to love this live chant)

Maybe your house feels all too small
your bed it seems to big since they been gone
maybe you miss your mother
the way she’s been missing your father
it’s all relative
I swear it is...

CHORUS

one day at a time, just keep holdin’ on, and follow
the light, every single day it grows twice as strong
I’m sick and tired of waiting for love to
find me...
but then I remember I’m still learning, so

I’m laying down my arms tonight
let the lows do what they might
some day it’ll be alright
‘til then I’m barely getting by
but I’m learning to love this life,
learning to love this life,

CHORUS

Learning to love, learning to love this life...