The Walls of Pompeii

by Juliana Finch

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released March 18, 2014

recorded & mixed at Evers Sound Studio in Nashville, TN

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Juliana Finch Durham, North Carolina

Pie-fueled indie folk.

Juliana Finch “sounds the way a good bourbon tastes.” A North Carolina-based singer/songwriter with strong Americana roots, Juliana earns her spot in a long tradition of storytelling songwriters with a sultry, soothing voice and carefully crafted lyrics. ... more

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Track Name: Ashes
We got drunk and read graffiti from the walls of Pompeii
and toasted to the ruin waiting in the light of day
Intoxicated by the moment more than from the wine
knowing that all good things, they fall in time

I said...
Hold me like there will never be another night
There's no need to pretend that anything's all right
Hold me like the only word we know is goodbye
'Til the ashes fall from the sky

And when the clouds come, there'll be no time to save ourselves
So when the fire rains down I can only hope I've loved you well
If we're going down together at least it'll all be over fast
You know a love like this just burns to hot to last

I said...
Hold me like there will never be another night
There's no need to pretend that anything's all right
Hold me like the only word we know is goodbye
'Til the ashes fall from the sky

And in two thousand years will the evidence still be here?
Will our beating hearts be found layered underground?
Will people pass by with tears in their eyes
and know that this was real and say
yes, this is how it feels

Hold me like there will never be another night
There's no need to pretend that anything's all right
Hold me like the only word we know is goodbye
'Til the ashes fall from the sky
'Til ashes fall from the sky

Hold me... 'til ashes fall from the sky
There may never be another night
There may never be another night
Track Name: What You've Done
There's a look in your eyes that I recognize
and that pair of shoes, well, I've worn them too

You got hit with the real thing when you were just having fun
now you're sitting here reeling from the things that you've done
what you've done

what you've done is break a heart that's willing
you were so scared of what you'd become
now you can't seem to shake that feeling
that she was the one
so you're putting all these miles between you
'cause all you know to do is run
can't take the chance she might see you in spite of what you've done
oh, what you've done

and now comes the critical part
what you choose to do with your heart
risk the bite and the sting
or go chase the next shiny thing

what you've done is break a heart that's willing
you were so scared of what you'd become
now you can't seem to shake that feeling
that she was the one
so you're putting all these miles between you
'cause all you know to do is run
can't take the chance she might see you in spite of what you've done
oh, what you've done

open up and heed the call
open up, don't you know everybody's scared?
everybody's scared to fall

but you've got to have a heart that's willing
you got to be who you'll become
you got to risk it all for that feeling if she is the one
if you take back the miles between you
and tell her you don't want to run
well, I'm willing to bet she'll forgive you for what you've done

but you've got to have a heart that's willing
if you have a heart that's willing
if you have a heart that's willing to be undone
Track Name: The Ghost
the light in the next room makes me stop in my tracks
it looked the same way when I met you, I can't help looking back
the air turns cool in this haunted town
every leaf a memory drifting down
the song of summer replaced by a high lonesome sound

I'm not gonna say I wish I'd never known you
god knows that ain't the case
but fall rushes in and your spirit comes walking this place
September's when I miss you most
it's when I feel the ghost

don't wanna close my eyes tonight, don't wanna lay down my head
cause I know that I'm just gonna see you again
ten years have passed just like a day
the wound as fresh as when you went away
it's all I can do to fall on my knees and pray, hey hey

I'm not gonna say I wish I'd never known you
god knows that ain't the case
but fall rushes in and your spirit comes walking this place

maybe I'll make it this year without crying for you every day
then when the winter gets here I can send this phantom on its way

I'm not gonna say I wish I'd never known you
god knows that ain't the case, no
fall rushes in and your spirit comes walking this place
September's when I miss you most
September's when I miss you most
September's when I miss you most
it's when I feel the ghost
Track Name: Impasse
On the outside looking in
Wondering where the end begins
Are we more than just our time?
Am I wasting all of mine?

I can't move from this place...
I can't move from this place...

Can't remember where we started
Now we're both just brokenhearted
In this struggle no-one wins
Same old lovers in new skins

We won't move from this place...
we won't move from this place...

We're broken, you know, like that city in the desert
built just for show and not for shelter

But you won't move from this place...
You won't move from this place...
You won't move from this place...

Would I rather burn than freeze?
Do I aim for the stars or do I aim to please?

Can I move from this place?
Can I move from this place?
Can I move from this place?

I can move from this place...
I can move from this place...
I can move...
Track Name: The Other Girls
Sitting up on the roof at our parents' house
counting the days until we can get out
One more Monday is coming on fast
for the small town survivors at the head of the class

They asked were we fine
We said yes every time
Hoping that someone would see through lie

We were the other girls raised on pretending
that there was a part for us in that storybook ending
But now that we're grown we see we're not alone
What do we find?
The other girls were here all the time

Pushing on through, keeping our heads down
Dodging sticks and stones with our hearts on the ground
Running out of places to keep all that shame
Until just one someone calls us by our name

I see who you are
and I know your scars
because they're the same ones I've got on my heart

We were the other girls raised on pretending
that there was a part for us in that storybook ending
But now that we're grown we see we're not alone
What do we find?
The other girls were here all the time
The other girls were here all the time
The other girls are here all the time

Sitting up on the roof at your parents' house
You're counting the days until you can come out