Kiss Me When We Broke Up

by Gabrielle Marlena

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Kiss Me When We Broke Up is my first EP. It’s a bunch of songs about guys and friends, mostly about being angry at people, but also about not understanding people, then learning from people, missing people, and a little bit of self reflection.

Thank you to Katerina Gribkoff for the beautiful album art, and a shoutout to all of my friends who put up with my perpetual singing, especially Alyssa Gold, who had a special part in this EP. If I started to write more names, I wouldn't be able to stop (you know who you are). As a wise man once said, "Gabi, it's never just one song."

-Gabrielle

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released November 12, 2015

All songs written by Gabrielle Marlena

Vocals/Guitar/Piano - Gabrielle Marlena
Guitar/Piano - Antoine Martel
Drums - Mike Ardagh
Bass - Adam Burris
Violin - Gareth Dicker

Recorded at McGill Studios by Stuart Bremner
Mixed by Stuart Bremner and Gintas Norvila
Mastered by Gintas Norvila
Co-Produced by Antoine Martel & Gabrielle Marlena

Album Artwork by Katerina Gribkoff

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Track Name: Kiss Me When We Broke Up
if i had been this upset about something else two weeks ago
i would have gone to sleep in your bed
but i can’t do that tonight, it’s like we’re still in a fight
but it’s all just happening in my head

and i’m still mad at you
fixated on the fact that you
didn’t want show me off to your dad
and now it’s like I’m window shopping
for another, please someone stop me
'cause i need to cry in someone's bed

it’s like i have it completely backwards
i ended things because you didn’t care and you weren’t there
and now it’s over and i’m expecting you to be my crying shoulder
well this is the excuse that you were waiting for

10 years from now the only thing I’m gonna remember
is all the time you spent avoiding the things that mattered to me
you were the only one i asked to come to my show
and you were the only one that made excuses til you didn’t have to go

and i'm still mad at you
fixated on the fact that you
didn't want to show me off to your dad
and now it's like i'm window shopping
for another, please someone stop me
'cause i need to cry in someone's bed

and it’s like i have it completely backwards
i ended things because you didn’t care and you weren’t there
and now it’s over and i’m expecting you to be my crying shoulder
well this is the excuse that you were waiting for

and when i broke up with you, you said you probably deserved it
and how dare you, i didn’t need any of this shit
you say that everything happens for a reason
when it’s always working out for you
and it’s just because you kissed me and then left me there to bleed
yea and you kissed me, and you fucked me, and you held me, and you healed me
then you hurt me and you failed me, then you disappointed me and you broke me
you would’t kiss me when we broke up and it might have been cause we broke up
and the worst part is you blamed me for not making you a better person
like that was somehow my responsibility, how was that my responsibility
if I could've make you a better person, i’d’ve made you a better person

it’s like i have it completely backwards
i ended things because you didn’t care and you weren’t there
and now it’s over and i’m expecting you to be my crying shoulder
well this is the excuse that you were waiting for
Track Name: Something Gold
when I think of you I think of us
lying on the back of the bus
your body braced and safe between my thighs

my one hand grips your messy beard
and the other wipes the sweat from your forehead
i’ve got you in a chokehold of my love

i will bury my face into your hair
i wish i could take a photograph
of the way you smell right here right now

it could have been worse, you said, we could have never met each other
how’d that have been worse, i said, if you had never been my lover
i wipe my tears and put them on your face

you say nothing gold can stay
but my mother always says you just gotta make plans and they will happen
and then you said when you love something you gotta let it go
you said love, you said love, you said love

now i have seen a lot of men
all at different points in their lives
and you’ve told me your history, and i see that in other boys

and if we had met when we were both young
i probably wouldn’t have taken you home
you wouldn’t have sang to me as i lay there in your arms

i would have never met those wrinkly blue eyes
or heard you sing in my shower
i wouldn’t have a playlist under your name
or have this much to say

you told me there cannot be no consequence
so why’d you have to leave my nest
we are flexible, you can always stay with me

and you say you'll take a piece of me
and it will become a piece of you
but I don't want to be a million pieces of everyone I’ve ever met
and i don’t want myself to be spread around the world
i want you to take all of me instead of just a bit
you say who’s to say i won’t cross your path
i don’t want to cross your path
i want to be your path

when you pointed out
that we were based on irony
and i asked you if you wished it weren't that way
i wish we didn’t both avoid things so easily
maybe then i wouldn’t be singing this every day

you say nothing gold can stay
but my mother always says you just gotta make plans and they will happen
and then you said when you love something you gotta let it go
you said love, you said love, you said love
and you say you'll take a piece of me
and it will become a piece of you
but I don't want to be a million pieces of everyone I’ve ever met
and i don’t want myself to be spread around the world
i want you to take all of me instead of just a bit
you say who’s to say i won’t cross your path
i don’t want to cross your path
i want to be your path
Track Name: This Human
i never even liked you
it was you who picked me out
and then I thought that i deserved you
and I would make the calls
decide when I'd be happy
use everything you had
i saw it like a charity
i was making you less sad

but then when I couldn't have you
all the lights went to the ground
the colors in the street changed
i couldn't hear myself talking
and it was hard to move my legs
so let me lie down in the parking lot
let the sun destroy my skin
i want these animals around me
cause i don't want to feel this human

and i waited so long to see you walk in my door
so i could tell you what to do
and tell you how to feel, make you want me
you don't know what you got til it's gone
is the truest thing that i have ever heard
i'm in my head, i'm in my head, i'm in my head, and every drink i have will make me more inside of my head
and i never even liked you

but then when I couldn't have you
all the lights went to the ground
the colors in the street changed
i couldn't hear myself talking
and it was hard to move my legs
so let me lie down in the parking lot
let the sun destroy my skin
i want these animals around me
cause i don't want to feel this human

and that time you texted me drunk
i had the world in my hands
i was sitting on a throne
my eyes glued to my phone
and like you said
you know that best
and now you're letting it to your head
it was never about you honey
it was just me being lonely

and i never even liked you
but then when I couldn't have you
all the lights went to the ground
the colors in the street changed
i couldn't hear myself talking
and it was hard to move my legs
so let me lie down in the parking lot
let the sun destroy my skin
i want these animals around me
cause i don't want to feel this human
Track Name: Something that Nobody Said
if I ripped out your lungs and put them on a pack
maybe that’d stop kids from smoking
or maybe we'd still just turn our backs

if I ripped out your heart
and put it on display
maybe that’d stop kids from fucking
or maybe we'd do it anyway

if I wrote out my story and put it in a song
maybe that’d stop kids from trusting
they’d wish they hadn’t all along

and i keep dreaming of your apology
thinking good of something bad
and i have never been this crazy
based on something that nobody said

keep acting five years old, I dare you
so I can be angry instead of sad
and i am really glad that this happened
we got some good out of all that was bad
and maybe I shouldn’t have spoken
i could be in a better place
it’s a shitty situation
we’d make a not so shitty face

and i keep dreaming of your apology,
thinking good of something bad
i have never been this crazy
based on something nobody said

get these places a new name
i've gotta get myself a new game

and i keep dreaming of your apology
thinking good of something bad
and i have never been this crazy
based on something that nobody said
Track Name: How Dark You Keep the Lights
we are sitting at the table
and i am trying to read
you make a joke you think is funny
i don't speak

you get annoyed and start to ask
if I'm feeling okay
if i had a difficult day
of course i did

do you know that everything is difficult
since everything is you
since you're all that's in my head
when i wake up and go to bed

you know that everything is difficult
since you became my friend
since you said let's make coffee
and you wanted to know me

and you are scaring me
you're scarier than i thought you could be
and i've been inside your head
and i don't like how dark
how dark you keep the lights

yeah you like to get real drunk
but you don't know how dumb you look
the stupid shit you say
could fill a motherfucking book

we agreed on this we said
i got you, and you got me
now the way it seems to be
is you're using me

you're using the space that i need for my own
you're using the words that you took from what i wrote
against me, against me

you're using the space that i need for my own
you're using the words that you took from what i wrote
against me, against me

oh, and you are scaring me
you're scarier than i thought you could be
and i've been inside your head
and i don't like how dark
how dark you keep the lights
Track Name: Everything's Greener When You're in the Fog
she is small
and from the world
she has learned to be bigger
to occupy a space
she’s gotta talk real loud
to make up for her figure
and i am not
and from the world
i have learned
that i have to be smaller
not to be in the way
to occupy no space
i have learned to grow in

and after all these days
that we have spent together
i have not yet learnt to forget about whether
i'm gonna win their hearts
as well as you could with my guitar
i'm gonna win their hearts
as well as you could with my guitar

and we grew up
in a similar family
a big old suburb house
and some dogs
we left the states
cause they told us to
told us there more
than sidewalks and cars
you found yourself
i drowned myself
in cover letters, books, and songs
well i’ll admit
i've got some shit over you
but everything’s greener when you’re in the fog

and after all these days
that we have spent together
i have not yet learnt to forget about whether
i'm gonna win their hearts
as well as you could with my guitar
i'm gonna win their hearts
as well as you could with my guitar