High & Mighty

by Angie Atkinson

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released November 10, 2015

Music and lyrics by Angie Atkinson*
*Friday Skin - music and lyrics by Angie Atkinson and Ryan Murvin
*Just By Being You - music and lyrics by Angie Atkinson and Whitney Tacker
Arrangements by Angie Atkinson, Coyote Anderson, Dan Crowley, Casey Heuler, Max Maples and Ryan Murvin

Produced and engineered by Dan Crowley
The Motel Room Studios, Long Island City, NY
Mastered by Scott WIlson
ScratchStudio, Westchester, NY

©Angie Atkinson 2014 (ASCAP)
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Angie Atkinson New York, New York

Angie grew up in the small town of Starkville, Mississippi. She was always a city girl at heart, but she brought that country-fried realness with her to NYC when she moved there in 2009.

Combining metropolitan sophistication and grassroots grit, Angie created her own unique urban cowgirl sound.

Her powerhouse vocals & pull-no-punches lyrics cut straight to the heart.

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Track Name: Jezebel
Bloodlettin, wet and sticky summertime
I'm sweatin' all over your sheets
You better come and get 'er, ooh baby I'm
Takin' off so honey gimme that heat

Oooo you know it feels so good
Kiss me, rock my body, hold me tender like a lover should
Oooo you know it feels so nice
Giving you my sugar while I'm breathin' in your Old Spice

Hey there cowboy, I'm not lookin' for the sunset
I'm a Jezebel, painted lady, famous, and I got a lot to do
Sadder and wiser but my eyes ain't lost that shine yet
I'm still Jezebel, baby, but I'm givin' what I got to you

Cool mornin', wakin' up and makin' sweet
Love to you 'fore I hit the road
I'm torn and worn down and you're the best
Rest stop, on top, watchin' you explode

Oooo you know we burn so bright
Lick my wounded body, tell me everything is alright
Oooo you're so damn big and strong
Well, disaster never lasts so baby give it to me all night long

(repeat chorus)

The last time I let someone claim me
He tried to tame me, blame me, had the
Audacity to cast at me the first of many stones
This ain't my first time at the rodeo
So rip my dungarees off a little faster but keep them
feelings slow 'cause you know I know I'll be walkin' home alone

(repeat chorus)

-ama 7/2013
Track Name: Friday Skin
Friday, skin and breath and laughing
Dancing like we were insane, don't
Feel the world around us, we are
Stars and we are shooting into

Saturday, a warm a soothing
Sigh, a blanket wrapped until the
Fear creeps in and chokes me, holds the
Pillow to my face

All week long I'm thinking of you
Forcing me to be enough for
Myself and not want you, to fill
Up the empty spaces left by

Shit that went down way before you
Stumbled tripped into my line of
Vision, don't forget yourself girl
This is not a race

Ooo ooo oh oh, ooo ooo oh oh
Leave well enough alone
Ooo ooo oh oh, ooo ooo oh oh
Turn off your fucking phone

And throw that Molatov into the
Haunted house inside me, watch it
Burn down; from the ashes, I am
Rising up to meet this life and

Meeting you halfway across a
Lifetime of decisions, and not
Always searching your blue eyes for
Signs that you might leave

So kiss my now before I start to
Doubt, start disbelieving I'm re-
Ceiving the right message, not just
Static, interference and my

Pressing need to trust again to
Violently leap into that vol-
Cano, let me smolder; baby
Needs this fire to breathe.

Ooo ooo oh oh, ooo ooo oh oh
Blood and sinew and bone
Ooo ooo oh oh, ooo ooo I'm not
Made of fucking stone

This is a hell of my own creation
This is divine fornication
This is a sticky situation
This is a hell of my own creation

(solo)

This is a hell of my own creation
This is divine fornication
She be a sticky situation
This is a hell of my own creation

Friday, skin and breath and laughing
Dancing like we were insane
Don't feel the world around us; we are
Stars and we are shooting into
Track Name: Just By Being You
The floor’s so cold that I can barely feel my feet
And the tears at the back of my throat never tasted so sweet
And the shirt that you left in my room smells like a sexed-on sheet
And the sound of your steps on the stairs are in time with my heartbeat

The wet of your kiss on my lips is getting cold and dry
And the teapot whistle has faded from a scream into a sigh
And my dreams followed you out the door and kissed your back goodbye
Is it the ache in my head or your leavin’ that makes me want to cry?

Just when I felt alright again
Just when I told myself we were through
You made me feel alive again
Just by being you

The thought of your crooked smile is making my face frown
And I’m missin you so deep it’s enough to make me drown
And my own sighs are so loud that I can’t hear a sound
And the way we were so right is bringin’ me way down

The wind’s still blowin’ through the window you left open when you walked away
And I can’t seem to take off the clothes that I wore yesterday
And a voice in my head is screamin’, baby please stay
Is it just my room or my life that lies in disarray?

Just when I felt alright again
Just when I told myself we were through
You made me feel alive again
Just by being you

And now the tears are in my eyes and they’re rainin’ onto you
And no matter what you say next, baby, please let it be true
‘Cause my heart and my head are fightin’ over what I need to do
And all I really know is that I need you

Just when I felt alright again
Just when I told myself we were through
You made me feel alive again
Just by being

Just when I felt alright again
Just when I told myself we were through
You made me feel alive again
Just by being you

oh no no
Track Name: Misspent Youth
Let's talk about your misspent youth that you say you never had
But maybe baby being a good boy man ain’t so bad
What exactly did you feel that your life was missing
That you thought kissing the prettiest girl in the room was a gonna, gonna help you find?

You laugh about your misspent youth, your west side summer nights
But aren’t cha such a big grown boy man now, takin’ me in the glow of your root beer lights
What exactly did you think would happen when you tapped my keg of secrets
Did you think you could drink me down and then spit me out and then leave it all behind?

That echo that you’re hearing in that hollow place inside you
Is the stomping of my worn bootheels
You lost me, you paid the cost for being afraid
You said you didn't need the needin but you'll never know how good it feels
'Cause darlin’ I’m the best mistake that you never made

Whatcha know about a misspent youth, 'cause honey you can't tell the truth from the lies
And I wish that I could wash the sight of my nekkid body right off of your eyes
I'm revoking your permission, tearing up your membership card

'Cause honey you ain't nothin but a chicken shit, coward of Queens County,
yella-bellied, lily-livered, never even knew for a second
how to hold a real woman, and I'd slap ya cross the face
just one more time if I didn't know you like it that hard.

Ow!

You got yer plain Jane, White House, bed & breakfast, and your paycheck bigger than mine
Well at least I know who the hell I am and I'll take that over money anytime
Don't matter that you're six foot two when it comes down to it honey that don't make you grown
And I might be lonely right now but darlin you're the one who's gonna be alone

That echo that you’re hearing in that hollow place inside you
Is the stomping of my worn bootheels
You lost me, you paid the cost for being afraid
You said you didn't need the needin but you'll never know how good it feels
'Cause darlin’ I’m the best mistake that you never made


Whatcha know about a misspent youth

Ah-whatcha know about a misspent youth, awww yeah!
Track Name: Not That Guy
I’m crawlin’ in my skin from wantin’ so bad just to touch you
And to take back all the crazy things I’ve said
I’m fallin’ over with all this pre-adolescent uselessness
And dizzy from the noise inside my head

This is supposed to be the fun part, but I’m starting to feel like
Oh, God I cannot concentrate on anything
‘Cause all I think about it is you, I don’t know what to do
And I am starting to have trouble breathing

I want you to hold me and look into my eyes
And say without a sound what deep down I already realize
You won’t make me cry ‘cause you’re just not that guy

I’m shakin’ like a leaf, fragile from grievin’ over all the ones
Who left my heart sad and broken
You said let’s take it slowly somehow knowing that I wanted you
To not let me make that mistake again

You watched with soft amusement while I stuttered, lost my words
And blushed so red each time you said my name
But you tread oh, so lightly, I’ll bite my tongue, you take my hand
And together we’ll ease back into this game

I need you to help me keep my feet on solid ground
I want to feel in each touch how much you want me around
You won’t make me cry ‘cause you’re just not that guy

I’m a master of beginnings; it’s the holdin’ on that breaks me every time
And I’m so afraid of winning that I’m losin’ my mind

Oh, I need you to let me know now that I haven’t read you wrong
Kiss me til I believe what I’ve been hopin’ all along
You won’t make me cry ‘cause you’re just not that guy
You won’t make me cry ‘cause you’re just not
You’re not that guy
Track Name: Having Said It
I told you that I loved you and you walked right out of the room
You said that I was wrong, it was my fault, it was too much too soon
You said you wanted space and you had found yourself a place
Where all you wanted was to be alone
And I wish I could erase the memory of that look on your face
And the anger echoing in your tone

And now my heart is aching And I just want to howl at the sky
Pull my hair and throw myself against the walls Until I know why
You had it in your hands, someone who loves and understands
But you just turned away
‘Cause you had other plans, this was a chance you couldn’t take
You left me standing there with nothin’ to say

Lost in the middle of the road is where you left me
And I may not have looked before I crossed but I don’t regret it
Having said it
Even though you told me to forget it

Oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh

You said that I should learn from my mistakes but baby I don’t know how
‘Cause there is no such thing as maybe someday, all we have is right now
Do you really believe that leaving all of this behind is the only remedy
Or were you just deceiving me on all those precious evenings
When you said that all you wanted was me?

Lost in the middle of the road is where you left me
And I may not have looked before I crossed but I don’t regret it
Having said it
Even though you told me to forget it

No no no no no, oh, oh, oh

Lost in the middle of the road is where you left me
And I may not have looked before I crossed but I don’t regret it
Having said it
And you know I never will forget it
Track Name: This Rollin' Wave
Sittin' in a rainstorm, under your blue umbrella
Tellin' stories, laughin' til we cried
You bought a yellow cupcake, I think you needed something
To do with your hands

I guess it just got too real, you said, "Baby, it's been real swell,
But I think it's time that we got off this ride"
And I stared at the glass cases full of sweets but only tasted bitter
Tears…oh shit, well there go all my plans

And it's not like I believed in happy ever after
But if I did I'd want it to be you
And I'd thought we'd ride this rollin' wave just a little more
But we crashed and burned and sizzled on the shore

The fact that you were so kind, well it only makes it harder
But you caught me with my ardor open wide
And damn it, I knew better than to let myself fall head first
Into fallin' for you

You'd told me from the get-go that you just weren't ready
But in that moment, you still got misty-eyed
So at least I can take with me as I ache for all our yesterdays
You might be achin' too

I miss our high teas and the low moans you made each time we touched
But I'm high and mighty, and gettin' over you
So let's just ride this rollin' wave for as long as we can
You don't gotta be my lover, but you'll always be my man

The parts of me I was afraid to let you see were risin' with the tide
And the safer that I felt with you the more that I was feelin' terrified
We crested and you said it's best to let it rest, and honey I let you decide
When I told you I'd be OK with not holdin' you, I guess I lied

This fucked me up way more than I ever could have imagined
I didn't mean to feel so much for you
But I guess it all comes down to timing in the end
And I hope that baby you'll always be my friend

I hope you catch that golden train you're chasin' after
And I can't wait to see all your dreams come true
Til then let's ride this rollin' wave into night
One way or another everything'll be alright

In a rainstorm….oh, oh
Laughin’ til we cried
Track Name: Great Expectations (Buried In My Wedding Gown)
Just keep living, just keep breathing
Keep on folding up your t-shirt
Use my hands so I don't lose my mind

Just hold on with open palm
And know no matter what I'll carry on
I've been through so much worse in my time

My body is so small in your big hands
I'm standing on the edge, the precipice
And I'm scared to look down
I'm just one tiny step one breath one kiss away
From finally saying no I won't be

Buried in my wedding gown
Buried in my wedding gown, oooh

Now I'm tossing and I'm turning
As I'm sleeping in your t-shirt
Sweating choices I know can't be undone

Voices calling, girl you got this
Oh I miss your strawberry kisses
I may love you but that don't make you the one

Can't meet your eyes as I let go of your hands
I'm standing tiptoe in a tear storm
And I'm scared we're gonna drown
So give me one more kiss before I walk away
I'm finally saying no I won't be

Buried in my wedding gown
Buried in my wedding gown
Buried in my wedding gown
Oh oh oh

Buried in my wedding gown
Buried in my wedding gown, oh oh hey

Lovers on the street, they look just like we did not so long ago
Driving drunk on our own heat and living like there was no fucking tomorrow
I said I just want my life to happen, you said baby it is happening right now
Well I reckon it is, and I reckon I'd stay if there was a one day, a maybe, a somehow

So I keep working, keep on healing
As I'm peeling off your t-shirt
Dirt under my nails from digging through fear

Slapped your face, you kissed my palm
And though I know that we'll both carry on
I wish we hadn't ended up here

I thank you for each night spent in your hands
This was my best year in a long time
Guess I'll see you around
No look over my shoulder as I walk away
'Cause you and I both know I won't be

No no I won’t be, no I won't be buried in my wedding gown



ama 11/11/2013
Track Name: Red Bandana
Well it turns out it wasn't a gunshot, just a splinter
A tiny little scratch but it's hurtin' all the same
And my guns are still blazing but they're only .22s
Battered and bruised with only myself to blame

I walked right into a trap of my own making
And I burned all the bridges that I crossed along the way
I laid down my hand but you didn't understand and now it's me who's all confused
And I'm comin' up losing no matter how I play

Ok so
I'm giving up, I'm leaving this town
On the first wagon train that I can flag down
Pack my red bandana with all my hopes and dreams
I'm walkin' away, and I'm letting go
Of all the sweet and tender feelings that I'll never know
'Cause my red bandana is burstin' at the seams