Elliot Caroll (EP)

by Elliot Caroll

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03:47
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04:20
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03:37
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04:22
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04:05

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released May 3, 2011

Produced and mixed by Michael Eisenstein
Except for Track 6 produced and mixed by Christopher Fudurich
Mastered by Hans DeKline

Guitars & Bass: Michael Eisenstein
Drums: Stacy Jones, Blair Sinta
Keys: Peter Adams
Bass: Curt Schneider

Recorded at:
The Rumpus Room in Studio City, CA
Deathstar Studios in Los Angeles, CA
Kingsize Soundlabs in Silver Lake, CA

Dreamed up in Canada

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Elliot Caroll Toronto, Ontario

In the early years of YouTube, Elliot Caroll's hooky hometown ode "Songtario" was deemed "the next hottest video to race around the interweb" by BlogTO. Her self-described bedroom pop music eventually brought her to LA, where she was urged to pursue pop songwriting.

Elliot's debut EP features Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Stacy Jones (Miley Cyrus, American Hi-Fi) and Chris Fudurich (Nada Surf).
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Track Name: The Bells
Been running for a long time
The difference is before I didn't have a destination in mind
Been pushing for a while now
Like a boulder up a hill
Some things that physics just don't allow

Take your coat off and take a seat
Take a good hard look at me
Are we where we're supposed to be?

I'd say but I don't know
Though I'm gonna make you proud you took me home
So let all the bells ring
I'm about to give you everything

The ultimate college try
We struggle to recall the reason why, so low, so high
Your demons were no match for mine
Now things are getting easy
You can sleep on whatever side you want
Either way you'll be waking up next to me

Take a deep breath and take a swim
Take a good hard look at him
Thinking maybe this might be it

I'd say but I don't know
Though I'm gonna make you proud you took me home
So let all the bells ring
I'm about to give you everything
So let me wear that ring
I'm about to give you everything

Come as you are as you do any way
I'll make us a house built for two like a fairytale
You won't have to find me
You know exactly where I'll be

I'd say but I don't know
Though it's true I'm gonna love you 'til you're old
So let all the bells ring
I'm about to give you everything
So let me wear that ring
I'm about to give you everything
Track Name: When I Sleep
I've been learning a lot about myself since I last saw you
When you let me off

You must have thought I didn't feel a thing
But it's just not true

I've been told that I don't tend to show much on my face

But you might have figured that
Just from looking at me
I was panicking but you probably knew



And I think we could've been

You're the one who put it in my head

Or maybe I'm just stubborn then

Can I be somebody else instead?


'Cause when I sleep

The story ends a little differently

I'm the person that you wish that I could be

Now I know I might have said a few things
That in retrospect don't make a lot of sense

Out of self-defense

I automatically try to play it cool

I've since come to seriously regret
My attempt to conceal
 that I fell for us
You're oblivious

Wish that you saw in me what I see in you



And I guess I'm struggling

There's still something tugging at my sleeve

But maybe I'm just stubborn and
I can't find a way to disbelieve

'Cause when I sleep

The story ends a little differently

I'm the person that you wish that I could be
In the dreams I have I'm changing

But every time I wake up I'm just me



I would give anything if I could just travel back in time

Be whatever you wanted me to be if we could rewind

'Cause when I sleep

The story ends a little differently

I'm the person that you wish that I could be
In the dreams I have I'm changing

But every time I wake up
Still I try but I’m mistaken
Every time I wake up I’m just me
Track Name: Leitmotif
I'll admit
I am in disbelief
To find myself this naive
Hoping we might connect

Should just quit
Welcome the sweet relief
Cue up the leitmotif
Rather than be direct

Cause what's the difference between a whisper and a shout
When either way the secret's out?

So I hope we have both learned something
Maybe at least then we'd be well-equipped
As for me I'm disappointed
But what can you expect
It's all in the script

Out of time
Prayed for some great delay
Leaned in and tried to say
I thought you were beautiful

Maybe I'm bad at the grand display
But why sing a serenade
When nothing is mutual

It wouldn't be fair to say I wasn't being clear
Without considering maybe you just didn't hear

So I hope we have both learned something
Maybe at least then we'd be well-equipped
As for me I'm disappointed
But what can you expect
It's all in the script

With all due respect
It's just a mobius strip
What can you expect
It's all in the script
Track Name: Say
Face down
Blood stains on the pavement
Pray that you'll be craving
Everything I gave you

Now you feel bad
Listen, if you're sorry
Please don't just ignore me
Make it good and gory

When your heart breaks for me
Grace me with some glory when you crumble for me, oh

Say
"Wasn't I good enough?"
"Didn't I prove myself?"
So I can say no
Say
"Wasn't I beautiful?"
"Isn't it true you want me back?"
I'll say no I don't

Don't blame me for how you took that
How you didn't push back
Or the way you looked at me

Okay, maybe we're not sorry
Rotting to the core
We’ll make it good and gory

When your heart breaks for me
Let me write the story when you crumble for me, oh

Say
"Wasn't I good enough?"
"Didn't I prove myself?"
So I can say no
Say
"Wasn't I beautiful?"
"Isn't it true you want me back?"
I'll say no I don't

You know what you've lost
Track Name: If You Don't Know
Bird on a wire
Captured and tired
I need to sleep
Caught in the tide
Something inside
Making us mean

Enveloped by this beauty
Whispering words threaten to hurt us
All in the end

Tell me something happy
Tell me something brutally unkind
Just make me believe it
If you don't know
I don't know

Somewhere we fell
So sick ourselves
Poured gasoline
Gravity snapped
Blacked out the trap on
Cinema screen

The universe is curving
Ghosts of the past
Pick up the glass and
Try not to bleed

Tell me something happy
Tell me something brutally unkind
Just make me believe it
If you don't know
I don't know

Birds are caged
You're free
Don't think you need to stay if you can't breathe

Tell me something happy
Tell me something brutally unkind
Just make me believe it
Just let it die if you still want to save us
But if you don't know
I don't know
Track Name: The Wake
Too much, too late, so stuck
Your touch, not fate, it's dumb luck
I'd look anywhere but up
Sometimes be stumbling backward
With no crutch, walk straight
Too much but it's too late

I'd always listen to you
But you never told the truth
I'd always listen to you
But you never told the truth

This scar, your deal, you had me
No love, not real, a tragedy
You're a Hollywood disaster
I ran, I should've run faster
Fading like a fallen star
You hide yourself from you who are

I'd always listen to you
But you never told the truth
I'd always listen to you
But you never told the truth

What is there left to say
Was it a lot to pay
Letting the life we built unravel and decay
Are we not meant to change
Alter and rearrange
No, that's just rest of us