Orange Days on Lemon Street

by Lex Land

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Lex Land's debut album, Orange Days on Lemon Street, was released in 2008 with songs written while the artist was 17-20 years old. Themes include loss of first love, unrequited crushes, and coming of age.

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released July 9, 2008

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Track Name: All We've Ever Done
It's not my imagination
you loved me once I know
we were weakened by the distance
'cause we couldn't find a road, so

Why are we walking now
when all we've ever done is run?
How can you let go so easily
while I'm still thinking you might be the
only one for me

You told me that I was different
and that you could never be just my friend
and you'd hold me close
and promise not to go
we'd fight right through this til we'd win
and I told you that I'd wait
as I handed you my fate
but you pushed me aside
and a part of me died, so

Why are we walking now
when all we've ever done is run?
How can you let go so easily
while I'm still thinking you might be the
only one

And you told me that you needed me
to prove how wrong the others were for you
yeah, and you told me that you had big dreams but I
never saw you see them through
yeah and I told you that I loved you
and I told you you were "it"
but I'm only trading words with you
and I've grown tired of fighting for something
you just don't care to do

Why are we sitting down
when all we've ever done is stand?
How can you turn your back to me
as I outstretch my hand?
Why are we silent now
when all we've ever done is talk,
And why are we walking now,
when all we've ever done
is run?
Track Name: Could've Had Me
Yeah if you wanted me
you could've had me
a long time ago
easier than you know

you were the sun
or the moon pulling the tide
you were the clouds
wrapping 'round my head in the sky

yeah if you wanted me, you could've had me...

oh you should'a seen me
on my knees all sad and cryin', no, but you never cared to look
you were too busy lyin'
so I professed my love
and was answered by an empty room
and now you're returning
begging me to forgive you

oh, but I'm sorry, babe, you could've had me
if you wanted me...
Track Name: Easy
You act like you wanna
but you say you don't
I'd even like to discuss it with ya
but you won't
yeah and half the time
you're on my mind
but it makes things go
a little more slowly, so...

if you like me, why don't you kiss me,
or let me down easy?
Won't you please,
please make it easy on me?
And if you want me, why don't you tell me,
or let me down easy?
Won't you please
make it easy on me?

I guess it's been a long time
so I'm hungry for love
and you know a little affection could
get the job done.
So won't you hold my hand
or be half a man
and tell me, honestly, how I
fit into your plans?

if you like me, why don't you kiss me,
or let me down easy?
Won't you please,
please make it easy on me?
And if you want me, why don't you tell me,
or let me down easy?
Won't you please
make it easy on me?

I'm not trying to push ya
but my heart is on my sleeve
and it's strange, since it's usually under lock and key
this isn't a game,
don't let me have taken it out in vain
don't make me sing another song
about how you're stringing me along!
Track Name: Sweet
I know I may seem tough
and that I can play rough
I may seem like I've got one point of view
but really I can be sweet too.

I can fight, and I can curse
but I can still find loneliness worse
I may seem a wisp of apathy
but really I can be sweet too

I can put you down just as much as I can lift you up
I can take from you as easily as I could give too much
I could brush your hair out of your eyes
and I could hold you close
and I could sing for you alone when all the lights are low...

I wanna be married in a church.
Not right now, but sometime soon.
I may seem impenetrably hard,
yet, really, I can be soft too!

And I wish I didn't think that you'd be good for me,
or that I'd be good for you
I may seem to be a sad pessimist,
but, oh, I can dream too...

I wanna be married in a church,
and I wonder about my groom
I may seem impenetrably hard
but really I can be soft too!
Track Name: As Much As You Lead
Well I always get my hopes up
a palm's length too high
With every step I get closer
I'm still stuck one step behind

yeah, but we're just too good at
never getting our timing right
so for right now I'll have to keep
putting my loving on standby...

As much as you lead
you know that I'll follow
today you come running I know that tomorrow
you could walk away from me in a second flat
but if I ever left you, I'd always come back
'cause I'm that kind of woman
and you're that kind of man

It's a long, lonesome circle
of us coming and staying and going our opposite ways
at least the quiet nights are easier
than these sunny empty days

yeah, 'cause at least when I'm sleeping
I can dream of you keeping me safe
of a someday so far, when I asked you
you'd finally stay
Track Name: Play in Reverse
One day we made a studio out of my living room
to kill some time recording songs
and I wore sunglasses when I sang the one about you
so you wouldn't misread my eyes and take it wrong

'cause in my music I can't sever
my association from our one-way romance
so I just try to not be too embittered
that I never stood a chance

You're the most heartbreaking thing to watch
dressed heart-to-soot as the ideal
Prince Charming from the stories of
Laurel trees and lethal wheels
I am not fair enough a maid,
a mere peasant in distress
your love a pretty fairy-tale
and I'm just too real, I guess.

We listened to the whole session in reverse
after we'd finished that night
and I heard my songs un-sing themselves,
and inside me all wrongs were made right

suddenly I'd never told you how I felt
I never wrote that stupid song
I never drunkenly kissed you
and I never thought twice when you looked my way too long
I never fell asleep in your arms on my floor
I never felt a rush at your smile
I just never considered you that way...
I listened and dreamed all the while-

that you and I were closer still
than maybe we could ever be now
and we're still making music at my place
and enjoying each other somehow
so let's spend the hours
preserving the day
for future reference, when it'll be all I think about anyway
and when I listen back I'll try to remember your face in the light
of my side table lamp, protesting the darkness of night

as I, too, mourn tomorrow,
and the death for which today is due
and hope I might get to live my ever-after
with someone at least a little like you.
Track Name: Favorite
It's almost as though
the minute I forget your name
you call me on the phone
and I have to stutter through
another pointless conversation with you

and then when it ends, silence ensues, 'cause
neither of us knows
what more to say or do.
will you never be real with me again,
now that we've gotta just go on pretending that we're friends?

you said I was your Favorite
of all your loves
and that ours would surely make it.
you said I was your Favorite
lover
have you gone now and found
another?

Lately I've been trying hard,
to just get by, you know,
doin' what I've gotta do
to get you off my mind.
Don't feel too much anymore,
but isn't that what sex is for?
Lose myself in fighting all
the heartbreak that's in store.
And when the morning comes,
and your arms are empty
and sunlight's crashing on your sheets
are you reminded of me
or do you wake and face the day
without a second glance and where your
loving lady lay?

You said I was your favorite,
of all your loves,
and that ours was gonna be the one that made it,
that I was your favorite
lover,
did you appreciate it?

So I press my ear near to your voice
'cause it's as close as I can get
You ask me if I'm seeing anyone,
I tell you I'm not ready yet

You said I was your favorite,
of all your loves,
and that ours is gonna be the one that makes it,
that I was your favorite
lover,
and that there could never be another
Track Name: Countless Songs
you seek quality not quantity
that's what I've accepted gracefully
so I smile happily
as you slip a pretty girl your number right in front of me

and I'd like to see you lighter, a little less gloom in your face
and as much as I would love a chance to try it'll never
be my place

so I stop to wonder
what this feeling would sound like for sure
but I know my countless songs
don't compare to a stranger's simple word

one step and you were smitten
a smile was all she had to do
and you know, I can't really blame you
'cause I'd noticed her before too
and if you never want what you have
then you'll never want me
regardless of who I am or the things that I think

so I stop to wonder
what this feeling would sound like for sure
but I know my countless songs
don't compare to a stranger's simple word

and I know if I were a little different things might be a little different
but then I wouldn't be myself
this might not seem as real
but you know, the closer that I get to you
the farther away I feel.
And the only question in the mix, was if you felt a spark,
not for your permission to kiss you in the dark
but I guess I was just deluded so forget everything I said
it must've been some fantastical dream I thought up
all alone
in my head
Track Name: My Fault. Your Mistake.
You gave me good steps to follow
and I wish I could fill your shoes
I wish the apple fell closer to the tree
You gave me a branch to perch on
but it's time for me to take control
this isn't about you, just gotta try life on my own

and when I see fathers proud and smiling
I choke from shame and grief
and only wish I could be a source for your relief
we've both done each other so much wrong
I've made mistakes too big to fix
and maybe regardless of what I'd like
we just don't mix

and if you knew about my songs
maybe this would mean something to you
the only thing I care about
the only thing I want to do
the only thing that sets me apart
the only thing that makes me me
slowly spelling out my heart
for everyone to read

I'm sorry that I hurt you
and I'm sorry that I let you hurt me
but your little girl
is gonna change the world
you'll see...
you'll see.
Track Name: How Often?
Why do I feel like I'm giving something up?
Closed window, open door.
Even his writing looks like mine.
Somehow I've hit the floor.

Taking a chance when I'm not sure
on something new
but will he tell me I possess every quality
he'd ever looked for in another human being too?

How often does this come around?

And he said, "you're the unobtainable."
And now I'm the enemy, 'cause I couldn't decide, and he said,
I knew from the minute that I sat down next to you that you could
never, ever be mine.

Taking a shot, get myself off of this silver screen
but will anyone else ever tell me just how much they feel it means?

How often does this come around?

and I guess I sorta knew
it was too good to be true
but when it's right in front of you you never really see it do you
and I was just afraid of the things we could be
and that they'd be bigger then we could conceive
and maybe I'm crazy for thinking that you might'a been
perfect for me but you always say just what I want you to
if this is what I think it is I'm gonna have to change my plans
'cause I don't want to go on with anyone but you

how often does this happen?

how often does this come around?
how often will I feel this found?
how often will I hear the sound?
how often does this come around?
Track Name: What I Want From You
I see you everyday
it's a natural thing
a natural thing I would like to avoid
questioning
except that at every touch
a spark is ignited I'd die to ignore
but due to no fault of mine my eyes and my voice keep
begging you for more...

this is different from everything else
I can feel it
in how I think
the days are structured around your steps and it's hard for me
to decipher
what you see
so I'll wait for the pass
that'll never be made
feel sorry you left and keep
wishing you'd stayed
but if I only got you for a little while
that small bit of time
would be fine...

but then as soon as I start to dream
I'm stopped in my tracks by reality
'cause really why would you ever want me?
why would anyone ever want me?

I don't know what I want from you yet
but please stay a while and watch the rain
I don't know what I want from you yet
but let's just sit outside and watch the rain
I don't know what I want from you yet but
I'd love to stay awhile and watch you rain
and I don't know what you want from me yet, but,
please, stay a while and watch me rain