Good Music For You

by Gabrielle Marlena

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released August 11, 2017

Written by Gabrielle Marlena
Produced and Mixed by Katie Buchanan
Mastered by Doug Schadt

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Gabrielle Marlena New York

Gabrielle started writing music during her camp summers singing folk songs. When she was 12, she wanted to be Avril Lavigne, so she asked for guitar lessons. She moved to Montreal at 18 for school, and she found herself in the heart of an eclectic music scene where she was able to hone her craft. In 2016, she moved to NYC to perform and record her first studio album, Good Music For You. ... more

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Track Name: Good Music For You
You ask me if I’ve written any songs for you
But, babe, I told you a long time ago
I can only make good music when my heart is split in two
So I could never make good music for you

But now you say that you love me and it hurts really bad
Because I've got a plane ticket home
And we know that we are both going to fall apart
About a day after I leave you alone

And babe we’ve got FaceTime and messenger apps
And I know it’s not the same as you lying in my lap
But I’ll wait for you to visit and I’ll have you on my mind
While i desperately try to continue my life

Try to hold on to your smell and the weight of your chest
I’ll put your clothes in my closet and I’ll throw out the rest
Make a book of all the photos that I've taken of you
While we were eating our breakfast, and I’ll put them in my desk

And you should sleep with other people if they’re flirting with you
'Cause baby love ain't always what it's about
And I hate the idea of you going so long
Without the feeling of somebody else's mouth

But I want you to hate it, and I want you to be sad
When you wake up with somebody new
And I want you to call me while you’re walking on home
I’ll be going to sleep though it's morning for you

And babe we’ve got FaceTime and messenger apps
And I know it’s not the same as you lying in my lap
But I’ll wait for you to visit and I’ll have you on my mind
While i desperately try to continue my life

Try to hold on to your smell and the weight of your chest
I’ll put your clothes in my closet and I’ll throw out the rest
Make a book of all the photos that I've taken of you
While we were eating our breakfast, and I’ll put them in my desk

Now if you ask me if I’ve written any songs for you
Babe, I told you a long time ago
I’ve only ever made good music when my heart was split in two
But now I’ve written a little love song for you
Track Name: Your Little Handbag
I never had a lover to call my own before you
And baby trust me when I say I do adore you
But this isn’t me
Doesn’t feel like me, I gotta go home

And it’s like I’m too happy to pick up my guitar and sing
I never thought that love would make me give up my feelings
I miss my stress
I miss my friends
I miss my stress

And it’s like I’m your little handbag
I’ll be at your side 'cause you hold me so well
And it’s like I’m your chaperone waiting
I talk to your friends, show up at the end to take you home

I make all of my plans around your schedule
The train station is my new best friend
I’m addicted to your taste
So i’ll get it no matter the chase
I’m losing money, I’m losing sleep, I’m losing progress

And it’s like I’m your little handbag
I’ll be at your side cause you hold me so well
And it’s like I’m your chaperone waiting
I talk to your friends, show up at the end to take you home
And then you’ll love me, and you’ll leave me
And I’ll sit patiently waiting for you again
Track Name: The Bad Parts
Baby, I’m trying to remember the bad parts
And baby, will you send me a message that breaks my heart?
I need to hate you so I can finish this book

'Cause baby, i only have photos of the good parts
And baby, I keep on reliving what happened in the dark
Will you help me hate you so I can move on and stop scaring my friends

And I can’t go to bed without writing a brand new song about your love
And I tell all my friends that i’m okay, and I really wish i didn’t have to lie anymore
And then sometimes i put my hands on my chest and imagine that they’re yours
And i’m always upset, baby come over

And baby, you sent me a message that broke my heart
And i lay crying for a couple of days in the dark
But I don’t even hate you, and I still haven’t finished this book

'Cause baby, I only have photos of the good parts
And baby, I keep on waiting to show you this Montreal park
And I could never hate you, I don’t hesitate to tell you that

And I can’t go to bed without writing a brand new song about your love
And I tell all my friends that i’m okay, and I really wish i didn’t have to lie anymore
And then sometimes i put my hands on my chest and imagine that they’re yours
And i’m always upset, baby come over

And then our song comes on shuffle, and I’m a puddle
And your shirt is sticking out of my drawer
And this movie, I swear it was written for us
And you’re not coming back 'cause you can’t take it anymore
Track Name: I'd Rather
I’d rather have you use me up and throw me out
Than walk politely past me on the street
I’d rather have you hurt me bad and yell at me loud
Than never hear you ask me out to eat

I’d rather cry a thousand times than cut you out
I’d rather love you for a week and then leave
I’d rather spend my money on your company
Than on all these things that i don’t really need

And you said baby, why would you want this?
And I hate it, but i hate not having you worse
And I would love to love you in a better version of us
But this is what I got and I swear i'm gonna make it work

You always say you wish you hugged me harder
So come hug me again, it’s easy
And when you’re kissing her know that I kissed you harder
But be nice to her and let her down easy

And it’s ok that you’re confused 'cause you’re far away
But that distance isn’t what it used to be
And you don’t think we're ready to leave but listen when i say
That we're more mobile than you think

And you said baby, why would you want this?
And I hate it, but I hate not having you worse
And I would love to love you in a better version of us
But this is what i got and i swear I'm gonna make it work
Track Name: Second Guess
Missing you is physically exhausting for me
And the truth is I don't think you deserve this music
And it’s always a question of whether it’s about who you are
Or what you represented to me

Were you the one who I wanted to love and support through it all
Or were you a temporary fix, were you a lesson to adore?

And I thought I could control your mind
That if I said enough, you'd see it
And I thought if I looked worried enough
That you'd turn around and complete it
But that's not how people work
And that’s not how loving works
I shouldn't second guess your words
I can't second guess my hurt
And i know I can’t control your mind
But if you change it
Will you come find me

They say there’s no such thing as finding the right person at the wrong time
That’s it’s just the wrong person, and I don't know about that
And I'm sorry that I was so selfish
But I was trying to lessen the pain
And it's hard to see clearly when you're lonely

Were you the one who I wanted to love and support through it all
Or were you a temporary fix, were you a lesson to adore?

And I thought I could control your mind
That if I said enough, you'd see it
And I thought if I looked worried enough
That you'd turn around and complete it
But that's not how people work
And that’s not how loving works
I can't second guess your words
I shouldn't second guess my hurt
And i know I can’t control your mind
But if you change it
Will you come find me
Track Name: Rescue You
I get embarrassed every time that I message you
I don't care if it's only once a week
You clearly have a life that’s forgotten me
And I've got to learn to get up off my knees

And then she tells me baby
No one’s gonna rescue you
And she tells me sweetheart I've been there myself it's true
I spent way too long waiting for an answer and a partner
And now i’ve forgotten how to put myself to sleep


I’ve never found someone to love when i was sad
I’ve never found someone to hold me when i was weak
It’s no wonder baby you’re having trouble connecting
'Cause you’re drinking and driving and falling out your seat

And then she tell me baby
No one's gonna rescue you
And she tells me sweetheart I've been there myself it's true
I spent way too long waiting for an answer and a partner
And now I’ve forgotten how to put myself to sleep

So I’ll hold a quiet funeral for the intimacy
And I’ll do my work and take care of myself
But I have fallen so deep into this foolishness
And it’s hard to explain to anybody else but you

And now you message me, say you miss me
Say you want to plan a reunion
But not to trust you, not to love you
And then you go back to your little nothing
In your small town with your dumb friends
I would hate you but babe it’s not easy

And then she tells me baby
No one's gonna rescue you
And she tells me sweetheart I've been there myself it's true
I spent way too long waiting for an answer and a partner
And now i’ve forgotten how to put myself to sleep
Track Name: Love Me Out Loud
Did you expect me to be happy for you?
When you told me what you were planning to do?
Board a plane to a place that was new
That was far away from both me and from you

How did you think that that would make me feel?
Use your head and tell me what is your deal?
Do you think about me now and again?
Can you get me out of your ginger head?

And I keep thinking about when you told me i couldn’t plan my whole life around you
And I got so mad and I got so sad and I blocked you away
But there are so many people now planning their lives around people who love them out loud
Was i less deserving? Was i less worthy? What did i do wrong?

And there’s a line in Avril song
You chose weed over me you’re so lame
I hope the festivals were worth all
Your long hours at the Bottle-O
You never even asked me to come back
You never even tried to write me back
And then you listened to my song and you cried
You told me heartbreak would help me write, and that was rude but you were right

And I keep thinking about when you told me i couldn’t plan my whole life around you
And I got so mad and I got so sad and i blocked you away
But there are so many people now planning their lives around
People who love them out loud
Was I less deserving? Was i less worthy? Was our love not strong?

And I keep thinking about when you told me i couldn’t plan my whole life around you
And I got so mad and I got so sad and I blocked you away
But there are so many people now planning their lives around
People who love them out loud
And I am deserving, and I am worthy, and I’ve been all along
Track Name: Smoking Gun
Do you remember when we said goodbye you said
You wished you could keep a piece of hair right off of my head
So you could remember how it felt

So I cut it off and mailed it to your house
And I’m so curious if you have thrown it out
It’s almost been a year now
I can't remember how you smell

And you went off to Europe with your boys
And I got off with plenty other boys
But I’m still waiting, anticipating someone like you

And it’s summer now, that piece of hair has almost grown out
How did you get over me, how?
'Cause every time i put my hair in a bun, that piece fall out and reminds me of love
I’m still a smoking gun

And you have changed and you’re just fantasy
You’ve probably spent all year smoking weed
But I just keep breaking, anticipating someone like you

And this one guy, I found out he has a kid
And the other probably fell off a fucking cliff
'Cause he hasn’t responded to any of my texts

And this other one looks a little bit like you
And when he kisses my back it feels like you did too
And I'm pulling him, and he’s pushing back
'Cause he has shit to do

And it’s summer now, that piece of hair has almost grown out
How did you get over me, how?
'Cause every time i put my hair in a bun, that piece fall out and reminds me of love
I’m still a smoking gun

And it’s confusing 'cause i know that it wasn’t perfect
I remember feeling lost and asking, was it worth it?
But love is an addiction
I just want someone to listen, someone like you
Track Name: Percolate
My favorite coffee shop is closing a block from my house
And I hope that the others stay 'cause I can’t lose much else
If i have to make my own cold brew i swear I’ll move out
Because coffee in a mason jar doesn’t feel like the right thing now
You used to make it percolate
And bring it right to my mouth
And I don’t want a latte from anybody else
And that Courtney Barnett song will be stuck in my head until you
Get out of Melbourne, get back in my bed

Percolate
I’ll let my heartache
Percolate

And I'll be your crazy ex-girlfriend for as long as I need
Until I fall for the next one, get swept off my feet
And I'll yell out my feelings, and you’ll hear me somehow
And it comes in waves, honey, and the waves are so high right now
I'm feeling my heart beat a thousand times a minute
And i want you so bad, I’m not afraid to admit it
And it happens when I travel
When I'm sitting on the train
and i just walked so far to my house in the rain
When I'm waiting for a car, when I look up and see a plane
I’ll be reminded of your lips on the day we parted ways

Percolate
I’ll let my heartache
Percolate
With every heart you take
Percolate

And I forgive you for taking the space that you need
But I won't let you go without feeling me bleed
And it's been a long long time
And I won't be young forever
And I've tried them all out
And I swear that I've never
Looked up to someone's heart
The way I looked up to yours
Wanted to rip off their clothes
And throw them on the floor
And baby let yourself come back to where you belong
In the arms of a girl who wrote you a thousand songs

Percolate
I’ll let my heartache
Percolate
With every heart you take
Percolate
Track Name: Delusional
I'm sorry that I met him
I'm sorry that I left
I'm sorry that I loved him for longer than I should have said
I'm sorry that I'm lonely
That I never feel full
I'm sorry my emotions are delusional

But I won’t keep my head underwater anymore
Now I’m at a stranger’s house lying facedown on the floor
And I won't put my life off for someone to hold my hand
And I won't wait to grow up until I've found another man

It's not complicated
What goes on in my head
It's all out of the textbook
I'm stuck in 2010
I create stories, try not to move on
Every new beginning I hold onto 'til it's gone

I'm sorry that I text him
I'm sorry I need sex
I'm sorry that I tell him about other men
I'm sorry that I kissed him
Sorry he doesn't care
I'm sorry that I'm talking about it everywhere

But I won’t keep my head underwater anymore
Now I'm at a stranger's house lying facedown on the floor
And I won't put my life off for someone to hold my hand
And I won't wait to grow up until I've found another man

I'm sorry that I met him
I'm sorry that I left
I'm sorry that I loved him for longer than I should have said