Erin McCarley - Love, Save the Empty

by Matthew C. Miller on Dec 30, 2008 at 4:46 PM
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Erin McCarley - Love, Save the Empty

At first glance, one might think this is just another vocalist domed to be lost in the clouded clutter that is female pop rock, but one would be grossly mistaken. Erin McCarley's debut, Love, Save the Empty is a compelling mix of Garland, Texas-raised, San Diego, California-cut and Nashville, Tennessee-refined song writing.

Although her sound rests easily on the pop-rock side of things you can hear glances of many different aspects that let you know these songs come from the heart of a true songwriter. Each song on Love, Save the Empty is honed to perfection as an artist might have learned to do by their third or fourth album. Erin's songwriting is reminiscent of the dark, deep-in-thought, moodiness of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, but musically speaking the songs are uplifting and lend a sense of floating-in-air or driving around with the windows down and the music turned up.

The track "SleepWalking" finds Erin experimenting with different vocal effects and is easily the loudest track on the album. A great juxtaposition to the lyrical content of the song. A listen to "Lovesick Mistake" will certainly remind you of Sixpense None The Richer's Leigh Nash and a bit of investment into "Love, Save the Empty" will reward you with a wonderful soaring chorus and a funk-inspired rhythm section during the verses. it's a great song both musically and lyrically. It's a wonder how seemingly simple pop music can convey such weighty messages in unforgettable ways. There's not enough i can say about this album, each song is a treasure packaged in very radio-friendly 3.5 to 4.5 minute packages.

Love, Save the Empty
is set to release in brick and mortar stores on January 6, 2009, but if your interested in the digital version, you can pick it up on iTunes today. The first single, "Pony (It's OK)" has been chosen as the iTunes Store Free Single of the Week. So if your budget is still busted from Holiday excess, you can snag a great song by a lady that you are sure to hear a lot more from in the coming months.

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Track Listing:

1. Pony (It's OK) 3:26
2. Blue Suitcase 3:28
3. Sticky-Sweet 3:28
4. Lovesick Mistake 4:15
5. Love, Save the Empty 3:16
6. It's Not That Easy 4:22
7. Hello/Goodbye 3:58
8. Pitter-Pat 4:19
9. Sleepwalking 3:32
10. Bobble Head 3:23
11. Gotta Figure This Out 4:48
12. Pony (It's OK) - alternate version 3:25

 

"Pitter-Pat"

 

"Love, Save the Empty"

 

Lyrics:

Pony (It's OK):

You hold your head up to the sky
You say what kind of blue are you? Are you?
Then you ride your pony 'round and 'round
It’s diggin’ a hole, right through, right through

You stumble down a yellow brick road,
Spinning your shoes in the air, the air.

Then you, hold your breath, and count to nine,
Hoping that soon somebody will find you, find you,

Go on, go on, go on, the stars are watching,
Just say, just say, just say, what you’re feeling,
You know, you know, you know, you gotta take a bow and do it your way,
It’s okay-ay, ladadadadadadadada, it’s okay-ay, ladadadadadadadada

You’re 15 miles over the speed,
You’re going fast as you can after your daydream
Ohh

I might get sad, hurried away
Or have a serious talk with your, champaigne.

Go on, go on, go on, the stars are watching,
Just say, just say, just say, what you’re feeling,
You know, you know, you know, you gotta take a bow and do it your way,
It’s okay-ay, ladadadadadadadada, it’s okay-ay, ladadadadadadadada

It’s time for you to prove,
Within your ruby shoes
You deserve a smile with no regret,
Look at you,
Kicking off your shoes,
Dancing for the world to see,
You got the power to believe,
Open up and see,
And I’ll be free and fly away-aaayyy,

Go on, go on, go on, the stars are watching,
Just say, just say, just say, what you’re feeling,
You know, you know, you know, you gotta take a bow and do it your way,
It’s okay-aaaayyy, ladadadadadadadada, it’s okay-aaaayyy, ladadadadadadadada
It’s okay-aaaayyy, ladada ladada, it’s okay-aaaayyy, ladadadadadadadada

 

Blue Suitcase

blue suiutcase
o wise one
if you knew the answere why'd you ask the question?
o wise one
if you're such a someone
why do you give nothing to anyone
you wiggle your way into me time and again
you love to speak your mind
but now it's fair to say im not open today
to have my heart twisted

your blue suitcase is empty hey
its your way (x2)

o wise man
how do you get high man
you must be subsorbing
o wise man save me from your high man
i came for another of your stuck up drugs
my confidence says i am worth it today so try and change its mind
kiss your sweet girl away
you've found your bay
now you will know what lonley pays

your blue suitcase is empty hey it's your way (x2)

na na na na na na na na na na na na na (x2)

so tell me how does it feel to be so high above the clouds (x2)

and tell me how will it feel when no one cares what you're made around

your blue suitcase is empty hey it's your way (x2)
your blue suitcase is empty hey what's your way

wiso one if you knew the question why'd you ask the question

 

Sticky-Sweet - submit the lyrics

Lovesick Mistake - submit the lyrics

 

Love, Save the Empty

Little girls don't know how to be sweet girls.
Mama didn't teach me.
Little boys don't know how to treat little girls.
Daddy didn't show me.

Face down, on top of your bed.
Oh why did I give it up to you?
Is this how I shoot myself up high,
Just high enough to get through?

Again, the false affection.
Again, we break down inside.
Love save the empty.
Love save the empty, and save me.

Sad boy, you stare up at the sky
When no one's looking back at you.
You wear your every last disguise;
You're flying, then you fall through.

Again, the false attention.
Again, you're breaking inside.
Love save the empty.
Love save the empty, save me.
Love save the empty.
Love save the empty.

Stars feel like knives,
They tell us why we're fighting.
Storm, wait outside.
Oh, love, hold us together.

Love, save the empty.
Love, save the empty.
Love, save the empty.
Love, save the empty, and save me.
And save me.

 

It's Not That Easy

You want me to be the God up in your sky
You want me to be that apple of your eye
So sweet to think you could make you mine
Well...it's not so easy

You want me to feel revival in your touch
You want me to feel everything you're dreaming of
But darling, I'm tired, I'm all used up
It's not so easy (2x)

My love, this is more than I can give
This is more than I can take
My love, don't wanna let you in to be another mess of me
I don't trust me with loving you

I wish I could be that diamond you've waited for
I do believe when you say you won't take what isn't yours
But if I were you I would walk right out that back door
It's not that easy, I'm not so easy

My love, this is more than I can give
This is more than I can take
My love, don't wanna let you in to be another mess of me
I don't trust me with loving you

Don't wanna pull the fog over your eyes
Don't wanna string you up and out to dry
Don't wanna pull the fog over your eyes
Don't wanna string you up and out to dry
Don't let me lock you up in this circle of my mind

My love, this is more than I can give
This is more than I can take
My love, don't wanna let you in to be another mess of me
I don't trust me with loving you

I don't trust me with loving...you

 

Hello/Goodbye

Hello, goodbye
good day, goodnight
you love, you hide
Why?
You spring, you fall
turned on, turned off
what's wrong, what's wrong, love?

you say
you don't know, you don't know
you don't know.
you say you don't know
you don't know, you don't know what's on your mind

I'd love to hear you say
anything but silence
you're unaware that I'm so tired
And I've tried to understand
am I the only one cares here?
I can't let you, let you disappear

Oh oh oh oh

You seem at ease
then climb your trees
you're different colors
On the age I hope
Inside I choke
I'm falling under, oh

What am I, what am I to do?
What am I, what am I to do?
When you fly too high

I'd love to hear you say
anything but silence
You're unaware that I'm so tired
And I've tried to understand
am I the only one who cares here?
I can't let you, let you disappear

Oh, oh oh oh

I'd love to hear you say
anything but silence
You're unaware that I'm so tired
And I've tried to understand
am I the only one who cares here?
I can't let you, let you disappear
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, I've tried to understand
am I the only one who cares here?
I can't let you, let you disappear

Pitter-Pat

Dug the moon into the ground,
Turn this bedroom upside-down tonight.
I took my faith and I breathed it out,
Walked right through a cloud of flashing lights,
Bright light.

Pain takes my heart's place.
The love we made, we can't erase it.
Don't want to face it.

Pitterpat, the angel on my shoulder is haunting me tonight.
Tick-tock, the clock is getting louder, ready for me to decide.

I've lost my sense of right and wrong,
When justified, my soul to carry on.
I feel so damn good to write off the rules,
but when a new day breaks, I'm left a fool.
I'm such a fool.

Pain takes my heart's place,
Your sweet, sweet love,
I can taste it,
But still can't face it.

Pitterpat, the angel on my shoulder is haunting me tonight.
Tick-tock, the clock is getting louder, ready for me to decide.
The angel on my shoulder is haunting me tonight.
Tick-tock, the clock is getting louder, ready for me to decide.

The sun is coming down on me;
Could fate be so unkind?

Pain takes my heart's place.
The love we made remains.

Pitterpat, the angel on my shoulder is haunting me tonight.
Tick-tock, the clock is getting louder, ready for me to decide.
The angel on my shoulder is haunting me tonight.
Tick-tock, the clock is getting louder, ready for me to decide.

SleepWalking - submit the lyrics

Bobble Head - submit the lyrics

 

Gotta Figure This Out

I separated my heart from my head
To feel out whats inside
I don't like what i see
So i say good night

Dont wake me cause I;m dreaming in color
Black and white is not my friend
Candy-coated figures hold me in my bed

I've never been so deep inside a shadow
I've never been so insecure of what i know

I've gotta figure it out
I need a story to tell
Where's the feeling I long for
I've gotta figure it out
Before i lose you, love

Big city streets are calling me loud
Their busy keeps me high
This quiet town is wearing me down tonight
I know that i should stay here for awhile
Listen to the sound of my shakey heart
Looking for gold in the ground


I've never been so deep inside a shadow
I've never been so insecure of what i know

I've gotta figure it out
I need a story to tell
Where's the feeling I long for
I've gotta figure it out
Before i lose you
Before i lose you, love

It's not OK to make you wait
To make you wonder why I
Can't hold you close, can't give you hope
That this will be alright
I wanna make it right

I've gotta figure it out
I need a story to tell
Where's the feeling I long for
I've gotta figure this out
I need a story to tell
Where's the feeling I long for
I've gotta figure this out
Before I lose you
Before I lose you
Before I lose you, love

 

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