The Way Back

by The Merry Go Rounds

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released August 28, 2015

Caroline Walden - lead vocals
Chris Deese - percussion
Fielding Keeley - lead guitar
Jed Paz - percussion
Mitcham Tuell - saxophone, clarinet, piano, organ, guitar, backing vocals
Tanika Bantukul - violin, backing vocals
Thomas Speers - bass, flute

Additional acoustic guitar tracking on “Falling” by Alexander McIntyre.
Additional electric guitar tracking on “Daybreak” by Derek Liddell.
Bassoon tracking on “Daybreak” by Ryan Konopka.
Clarinet tracking on “Daybreak” by Nicholas Bond.
Group vocals on “The Way Back” tracked by Alexander McIntyre, Caroline Walden, Jed Paz, Nils Persson, Thomas Speers, and Sid Something.

Engineered & Mixed by Chris Deese.
Mastered by Greg Hendler.
Recorded & Produced at Under The Couch.

Special thanks to Andrew Joyce, Chad Miller, Derek Liddell, Greg Hendler, Jared McGrath, Lisa Rossi, and Michael Stearns for bonus track recordings. Bonus tracks engineered and mixed by Cody Sciara and Noah Kess, recorded at Zac Recording.

"First Dance" - music by Fielding Keeley and Chris Deese, lyrics by Caroline Walden and Mitcham Tuell
"Falling" - music by Mitcham Tuell, lyrics by Caroline Walden
"Daybreak" - music by Mitcham Tuell, lyrics by Caroline Walden
"The Way Back" - music and lyrics by Mitcham Tuell
"PB&Jam" - music and lyrics by The Merry Go Rounds
"Cafe Nola" - music and lyrics by Jared McGrath

© The Merry Go Rounds 2015. All Rights Reserved.

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The Merry Go Rounds Atlanta, Georgia

Indie pop-rock collective from Atlanta, GA.

Caroline Walden: lead vocals
Fielding Keeley: lead guitar
Jed Paz: drums
Mitcham Tuell: saxophone, synthesizer, vocals
Nick Bond: bass
Tanika Bantukul: violin, vocals
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Track Name: First Dance
He was young
And still in denial
But she made him smile
And that was enough

He’d been shy
Too anxious to ask her
But as he walked past her
He knew it was time

Saturday night
The dance joint on Del Rey
Is having a soiree
He said to her

Take my hand
Pull me close
Spin me round on the floor
Tell me that you wanna be
The only two people in the world
Dancing into the night

When she heard him ask
She felt her heart racing
Too nervous to face him
She turned away

But Saturday night
She went to the dance joint
In hopes that she’d push her
Nerves aside

There he was
Alone on the dance floor
He smiled when he saw her
And heard her say

Take my hand
Pull me close
Spin me round on the floor
Tell me that you wanna be
The only two people in the world
Dancing into the night

She took his hand
He pulled her close
They spun around on the floor
The spotlight shone down on them
When the joint shut down they were still
Dancing into the night

Take me out
Take me, take me out

Take my hand
Pull me close
Spin me round on the floor
Tell me that you wanna be
The only two people in the world
Dancing into the night

She took his hand
He pulled her close
They spun around on the floor
The spotlight shone down on them
When the joint shut down they were still
Dancing into the night
Track Name: Falling
It was midnight on a Monday
Your eyes were brighter than the moon
You took my hand and everything had never felt so right and
I was scared out of my mind

Pull me closer
Take me under
Make me breathless
Leave me helpless so I, I

Run, run, run, run
Before you catch me
Before you break my heart in two

Say you’re not sure what we’re doing
But we don’t have to decide now
But with one touch you send me reeling and I’m too far gone to
Ever let you give me up

Pull me closer
Take me under
Don’t stop coming round
Don’t give me up now, I

Run, run, run, run
Before you catch me
Before you break my heart, I
Run, run, run

My mind is racing I can’t fall asleep
I feel you lying next to me
Silent and sweet, lost in a dream
And with every peaceful breath you breathe
I know I’m falling even faster, faster
I’m in too deep, I’m in too deep
I try to make believe that I want you as much as you want me
Give me a sign, give me a reason not to run

Run, run, run, run
Before you catch me
Before I break in two, you said
“Run, run, run, run into my arms
I’ll never hurt you
I’ll put my heart in your hands
So just run…”
Track Name: Daybreak
When it rains they say it pours
Put a smile on, dry your eyes
Time heals all, move on
Say goodbye to yesterday

Try to force my lungs to breathe
Haven’t slept at all in weeks
Your voice haunts my dreams, whispering
Say goodbye to yesterday

The day you left the rain soaked our skin
You kissed away the fear
Said you’d always come back again

See the world in black and white
You stole the color with your smile
The shadows where you used to sleep sing to me
Say goodbye to yesterday

The day I still had hope for the best
You walked away
With half of me inside your hand

When it rains they say it pours
Slap a smile on, don’t you cry
Tomorrow maybe things will change
Say goodbye to yesterday
Track Name: The Way Back
So I hear you’re alone
I hear you’ve got no place to go
Well my friend
You can stay with me tonight

I’ve been looking for
I’ve been looking for a way
A way back home

When we talked on the phone
Said you were on your own forevermore
That’s not true
I'll come back for you

I’ve been looking for
I’ve been looking for a way
A way back home

I’ve been looking for
I’ve been looking for a way
A way back home

So I hear you’re alone
I hear you’ve got no place to go
Well my friend
You can stay with me tonight

I’ve been looking for
I’ve been looking for a way
A way back home

I’ve been looking for
I’ve been looking for a way
A way back home

I’ve been looking for
I’ve been looking for a way
A way back home
Track Name: PB&Jam [Bonus Track]
Well when I was younger they told me to wait
Said "child, you're so wild, learn to hesitate"
So for awhile I felt guilt for my sins
It's taken all my life just to forgive ‘em again

When I was young, living outside the city
Said "girl, all you must do in this world is stay pretty"
Now that I'm older I know it's a lie
It's taken all my life, it's taken all my life
To take it all back

All I want is someone to love me
Heaven above or hell below me
Said all I want is someone to love me
Heaven above or hell below me

I was a fool, was a fool for your love
So when you took it away, I thought "fair enough"
Now that I've moved on I know who I am
It's taken all my life just to remember again

I was impatient and prone to shame
I took my entire life and tried to throw it away
Now I am tryin' to forgive my own sins
And I've got all my life left to feel happy again

All I want is someone to love me
Heaven above or hell below me
Said all I want is someone to love me
Heaven above or hell below me
Track Name: Cafe Nola [Bonus Track]
Hard to explain, everything changed since the days when I called you Lola
and in Frederick MD, where coffee ain’t free, I got a cup at Cafe Nola
Got a graduate job, I’ve been acting a slob, and I spent all my money on a girl
You know I’d move along, except singing this song is sure taking all the time in the world

When nothing feels right,
and you sit alone and turn out the lights,
wanna feel as though someone hears you cry,
I’ve had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

When I was nine, taking my time, the sun was high and so were you
and then late in my teens I was traveling through scenes, glimpses of the past still rang true
now the city has lost a place in my heart it once easily occupied
now the scenery's changed, and except for the name, everything good just seems to have died

When nothing feels right,
and you sit alone and turn out the lights,
Wanna feel as though someone hears you cry,
I’ve had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

I’m not sure tomorrow is gonna be better
I kinda felt yesterday was the same
but mother as sure as I’m writing this letter to you, well, its looks like rain
yeah it looks like rain
So bring on the rain

So we wait, and we wait, at the cafe til' late
So we wait, and we wait, at the cafe for as long as it takes tonight