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Titanic Rising

by Weyes Blood

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1.
If I could go back to a time before now Before I ever fell down I’d go back to a time when I was just a girl When I had the whole world Gently wrapped around me And no good thing could be taken away If I still believed That hearts don’t lie You’re gonna be just fine But hey A lot’s gonna change in your lifetime Try to leave it all behind In your lifetime Born in a century lost to memories Falling trees Get off your knees no one can keep you down If your friends and your family sadly Don’t stick around Its high tide you’ll learn to get by Cause you got what it takes In your lifetime Try to leave it all behind In your lifetime Let me change my words Show me where it hurts
2.
Andromeda 04:40
Andromeda’s a big wide open galaxy Nothing in it for me ‘cept my heart that’s lazy Runnin’ from my own life now I’m really turnin' some time Lookin up to the sky for Something I may never find Stop calling It’s time to let me be If you think you can save me I dare you to try Lift the heart from the depths Its fallen to We all want something new But can’t seem to follow through Something’s better than nothing Or so that I thought Now I know it’s just one dream All these others gonna tear me apart Love is calling It’s time to let it through Find a love that will make you I dare you to try Treat me right I’m still A good man’s daughter Let me in if I break And be quiet if I shatter Gettin’ tired of looking You know that I hate the game Don’t wanna waste anymore time You know I been holdin’ out Love is calling It’s time to give to you Something you can hold onto I dare you to try
3.
Everyday 05:07 video
Wake up baby it's gettin’ late now Fell so hard like I always do I’m so scared of being alone It's true it's true I see you everyday But that’s not enough I got this seeker Runnin’ along a lonely line Always trying to make my keeper mine It gets me everytime And then again I might be fallen down Sailin’ off on my ships to nowhere Got a lot of things to clear away Got a lot of years of bad love to make ok It gets me everyday And then again it might just be me Then again love's not easy I need a love everyday I need True love is making a comeback For only half of us the rest just feel bad Doomed to wonder in the world's first rodeo You never let it show The other night I was at a party Someone sincerely looked at me And said is this the end of all monogamy And I said not today Then again, you might be right Then again sleep the night I need a love everyday I need Lay down my guy For a short time Heart cannot see My love is blind Lay down My guy
4.
Drank a lot of coffee today Got lost in the fray I gave all I had for a time Then by some strange design I gotta case of the empties The ruler of my world A lost forgotten pearl When fire leaves a girl Too burned to try My life Living on the fault line And at night I just lay down and cry The waters don’t really Go by me Give me something I can see Something bigger and louder Than the voices in me Something to believe Didn’t always do it right Might’ve left the heat on high Didn’t know I had any left Thought I finally met my death Gonna do all I can To stay away from the quicksand Gonna do all I can Nobody’s gonna love you the same way Some of us go astray I walked so far from them all Instead of dropping the ball I seem to carry so many The colors don’t align A question of time I seem to lose what I find Please give me a sign soon Really wanna find out the truth And at night I just lay down and cry The waters don’t really go by me Give me something I can see Something bigger and louder than the Voices in me Something to believe Something to believe
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Movies 05:53 video
This is how it feels to be in love This is life from above There’s no books anymore I’m bound to that summer Big box office hit Making love to counterfeit Why did so many Get a rise out of me I love the movies Some people feel what some people don’t Some people-watch until they explode The meaning of life doesn’t seem to Shine like that screen Put me in a movie and everyone will know me You’ll be the star you know you are The movies I watched when I was a kid The hopes and the dreams Don’t give credit to the Real things I love the movies I know the meaning I know the story I know the glory I love movies I wanna be in my Own movie I wanna be I wanna be The star of mine Of my own, my own
7.
No one’s ever gonna give you a trophy For all the pain and things you’ve been through No one knows but you Kinda crazy when you’re looking right through me There’s something forceful About your stare Just say the word and baby You know that I’ll be there I’m not scared And I see it so clearly That we play hard Yes we love our love Most of all But the timing’s spent In this situation circumstance I’ll see you around The next time you come to town I’ll see you around The next time you call You’re a demon with a scary picture I’m a dreamer and You’re a tiger Got a feeling our romance Doesn’t stand a chance Stand a chance to last You threw me out Of the Garden of Eden You lift me up just To let me fall hard Can’t stand being your second best And I see it so clear We play hard Yes we love our love Most of all But the timing’s spent In this situation circumstance I’ll see you around The next time you come to town I’ll see you around The next time you call Oh baby take a look in the mirror Oh baby take a look in the mirror Oh baby take a look in the mirror Oh baby take a look in the mirror And I see it so clear We play hard Yes we love our love Most of all But the timing’s spent In this situation circumstance I’ll see you around The next time you come to town I’ll see you around I’ll see you around I’ll see you around The next time you call
8.
There’s nothing left to keep By the bottles that broke you From the solace you seek Didn’t know you were one in a million Stuck inside the wall I’m wonderin’ how we ever got here With no fear we’d fall Taking all of our eyes Beauty A machine thats working Runnin’ on a million people tryin’ Don’t cry It's a wild time To be alive Turn around it’s time for you To slowly let these Changes make you More holy and true Otherwise you just made it complicated For nothing One in all A place for us to fall Living in the rising tide Our light A feeling that’s moving Runnin on a million people burnin’ Don’t cry Its a wild time It already happened Nothing you want to change more Heaven found And the lights went down Everyone’s broken now And no one knows just how We could have All gotten so far From truth Lost and tangled up in you Everyone knows You just did what you had to Burning much more than ever before Burning down the door It’s a wild time
9.
Picture me better I finally found the time to write you this letter To the stars and moon for you And it’s coming back soon Don’t need no money When your around And you’re making me act funny Can’t help to smile With those eyes you shine on me If only you could see You got it all in spades Got a lot of dreams and songs to say And hearts to break Waiting for the call From beyond Waiting for something with meaning To come through soon Picture us better We finally found A winter for your sweater Got a brand new Big suit of armor, its tough Since you left I’ve grown so much If I could’ve seen you Just once more Tell you how much you’re adored There’s not point anymore Waiting for the call From beyond Waiting for something with meaning To come through soon
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about

The phantom zone, the parallax, the upside down—there is a rich cultural history of exploring in-between places. Through her latest, Titanic Rising, Weyes Blood (a.k.a. Natalie Mering) has, too, designed her own universe to soulfully navigate life’s mysteries. Maneuvering through a space-time continuum, she intriguingly plays the role of melodic, sometimes melancholic, anthropologist.

Tellingly, Mering classifies Titanic Rising as the Kinks meet WWII or Bob Seger meets Enya. The latter captures the album’s willful expansiveness (“You can tell there’s not a guy pulling the strings in Enya’s studio,” she notes, admiringly). The former relays her imperative to connect with listeners. “The clarity of Bob Seger is unmistakable. I’m a big fan of conversational songwriting,” she adds. “I just try to do that in a way that uses abstract imagery as well.”

“An album is like a Rubik’s Cube,” she says. “Sometimes you get all the dimensions—the lyrics, the melody, the production—to line up. I try to be futuristic and ancient at once, which is a difficult alchemy. It’s taken a lot of different tries to get it right.” As concept-album as it may sound, it’s also a devoted exercise in realism, albeit occasionally magical. Here, the throwback-cinema grandeur of “A Lot’s Gonna Change” gracefully coexists with the otherworldly title track, an ominous instrumental.

Titanic Rising, written and recorded during the first half of 2018, is the culmination of three albums and years of touring: stronger chops and ballsier decisions. It’s an achievement in transcendent vocals and levitating arrangements—one she could reach only by flying under the radar for so many years. “I used to want to belong,” says the L.A. based musician. “I realized I had to forge my own path. Nobody was going to do that for me. That was liberating. I became a Joan of Arc solo musician.”

The Weyes Blood frontwoman grew up singing in gospel and madrigal choirs. “Classical and Renaissance music really influenced me,” says Mering, who first picked up a guitar at age 8. (Listen closely to Titanic Rising, and you’ll also hear the jazz of Hoagy Carmichael mingle with the artful mysticism of Alejandro Jodorowsky and the monomyth of scholar Joseph Campbell.) “Something to Believe,” a confessional that makes judicious use of the slide guitar, touches on that cosmological upbringing. “Belief is something all humans need. Shared myths are part of our psychology and survival,” she says. “Now we have a weird mishmash of capitalism and movies and science. There have been moments where I felt very existential and lost.”

As a kid, she filled that void with Titanic. (Yes, the movie.) “It was engineered for little girls and had its own mythology,” she explains. Mering also noticed that the blockbuster romance actually offered a story about loss born of man’s hubris. “It’s so symbolic that The Titanic would crash into an iceberg, and now that iceberg is melting, sinking civilization.” Today, this hubris also extends to the relentless adoption of technology, at the expense of both happiness and attention spans.

The track “Movies” marks another Titanic-related epiphany, “that movies had been brainwashing people and their ideas about romantic love.” To that end, Mering has become an expert at deconstructing intimacy. Sweeping and string-laden, “Andromeda” seems engineered to fibrillate hearts. “It’s about losing your interest in trying to be in love,” she says. “Everybody is their own galaxy, their own separate entity. There is a feeling of needing to be saved, and that’s a lot to ask of people.” Its companion track, “Everyday,” “is about the chaos of modern dating,” she says, “the idea of sailing off onto your ships to nowhere to deal with all your baggage.”

But Weyes Blood isn’t one to stew. Her observations play out in an ethereal saunter: far more meditative than cynical. “I experience reality on a slower, more hypnotic level,” she says. “I’m a more contemplative kind of writer.” To Mering, listening and thinking are concurrent experiences. “There are complicated influences mixed in with more relatable nostalgic melodies,” she says. “In my mind my music feels so big, a true production. I’m not a huge, popular artist, but I feel like one when I’m in the studio. But it’s never taking away from the music. I’m just making a bigger space for myself.”

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released April 5, 2019

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