Only Everything

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Even in the darkest light, there's a story to be told

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released November 25, 2017

All songs by Elizabeth Hubbard

Elizabeth Hubbard: vocals, acoustic guitar, keys, bass
Alexi Glickman: electric guitar, bass, piano, keys, drums, percussion, backing vocals, ice castle

Produced by Alexi Glickman
Recorded at Magic West, Mill Valley, CA
Mastered by Kenny Woods

Album Art and Design by Chris Koehler

Everything in Pen thanks
Alexi
Vernon, Chris
the Hubbard-Archambault-Frank-Roggeveens
Walter, Helen, Hazel, Harry
Sarah, Mike, Ronen, Carnelius, Brian, Denise, Marlowe, Lynn, Herb, Vicki, Matt, Gigi, Adrian, Ariana, Karen
Ben Huff
Richard Yates, Terry Tempest Williams, Anna Lyndsey, Sonali Deraniyagala
and all the many healers who have crossed my path

For Harry
Every moment has a song

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Combining the pop sensibility of Big Star and narrative observations of Jonathan Richman and Aimee Mann, Everything in Pen’s songs cover many topics---war criminals, sexism, and Dave Eggers--through her unique lens as an obsessive reader. She sings the things you won’t say aloud, of the foolishness, the hopefulness and the almost unbearable humanness of us all. ... more

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Track Name: I Fell in Love
I fell in love in the bookstore
I did not know that it wasn't with him
He seemed oh so generous
That I forgot that he got it all for free
Didn't mind that the covers were missing
Didn't mind that he came home so late
I fell in love with the books that he brought me
He fell in love with someone else

I'm turning the pages tonight
I am turning the pages tonight

I fell in love in the bookstore
I did not know that it wasn't with him
But after hours of television
I see he does not like to read
But he had nodded in all the right places
He pulled my favorite authors off the shelf
I know it was love in the bookstore that day
For the rest I was kidding myself

I'm turning the pages tonight
I am turning the pages tonight
I'll be turning the pages tonight
Track Name: Ben
He says pleased to meet you ma'am
Sticks out his hand
It was the biggest hand I ever
He was the biggest man I knew

He pulled out my chair
I'm sure I scowled
I can take care of myself
I have been pulling chair just fine

But I didn't know what he already knew
Moments are far too few
When we can be kind to each other
I was hanging out
He stayed on the sides
We were both holding time
Could we be kind to each other in the waiting?

Well, I can't believe you're standing here
Where else would I be?
It is the start of the season
He says listen to everything that that girl says
She's one of the ones who care
And I wouldn't be here without her

But I didn't know what he already knew
Moments are far too few
When we can be kind to each other
I was moving on
He still held the line
I never thought to say goodbye
Could we be kind to each other in the losing?

He says I don't even like this game
I'll play it anyway there's people here I love
And you don't know just how lucky you have been
You can be anything and choosing is not a burden
Why do you act like it is?
I would give anything

But I didn't know what he already knew
Moments are far too few
When we can be kind to each other
I was moving on
He still held the line
I never thought to say goodbye
Could we be kind to each other in the losing?
Track Name: We Could Be Small
We could stay small
We could be small
We could be everything we imagine
We could be small above it all
Where we could orchestrate our surroundings

But sooner or later
I will have to run away
And sooner than later
You will be too small to see

So is this love?
Let's call it love
Cause it can have so many dimensions
And if this love might be enough
Then we should raise our expectations

Cause sooner or later
I will have to run away
And sooner than later
You will be too small to see
Sooner or later
I will have to run away
And sooner than later
You will be too small to see
This will be too small to see
I will be too small to see
Track Name: Won't Say Goodbye
And it seems you've learned these lessons to perfection
Any pretense every cost
They're all smiles every time you walk into the room
Where everyone knows everyone and nothing is enough

When you say that you've learned everything you know from me
i can't hear that as a complement
I'd rather paint this story in every shade of black and white
Than admit I saw it coming
Than to know i could prevent it

Won't say goodbye to someone who doesn't know I'm leaving
Won't wait around watching shadows climb the walls
Not trying to change your ways
You can keep all your conversations
I'm not Cassandra
Won't be Sisyphus

And if I've been your silent partner
In your silent game of everything's ok
I've never been the kind of person to give up
That's my failing
That's my failing

So ask me one more time to tell you all about my day
Cross me off your list
See I will make it so much harder than it really is
You're exactly who you've always been and precisely who you'll be

Won't say goodbye to someone who doesn't know I'm leaving
Won't wait around watching shadows climb the walls
Not trying to change your ways
You can keep all your conversations
I'm not Cassandra
Won't be Sisyphus
Track Name: Only Everything
There weren't any signs
There was not a time
When I could get my things and get ready
It came in a flash
And it was not a dream
All that I knew started fading

There weren't any signs
There was not a time
When I could get my things and get ready
It came in a flash
And it was not a dream
All that I knew started fading

Even in the darkest light there's a story to be told
What remains when there's nothing left
Only everything
Only everything

There weren't any signs
There was not a time
When I could see it's here, come get it
It felt like a flash
And it was not a dream
All that I knew started fading

Even in the darkest light there's a story to be told
What remains when there's nothing left
Only everything
Only everything
Track Name: Circle Not a Line
Cause it's a circle not a line
I hate to break it to you honey
But you've always been yourself all of this time
You think that you'll be going backwards but you're still on course
Set your path and settle back
It's just a matter of time
When it's a circle not a line
Track Name: I Agree With Her
I don't think you want the truth from me
Though it's the truth for which you ask
You assume whatever truth I bring
It's gonna make you feel less bad
What's so wrong with feeling bad at least
When something hard is going on?
What's so hard with feeling wrong at least
When you have done somebody wrong?

I can't claim to understand the ways of these heart-broken men
They're crying over that one
And they're hanging out with their new other
They've got friends of friends
And just in case and maybe whens
Backup plans for backup plans
And I wonder what letter I've been

I agree with her
She should have left you long ago
There isn't any pretty way to say
You don't deserve her love

Why would you want to erase the gift
Of everything you're going through?
When you just keep moving on like this
Don't you see what that does to you?
What's so wrong with feeling sad at least
If she has meant something to you?
You're expecting so much more from me
Than I am ever gonna tell

I can't claim to understand the ways of these heart-broken men
Who're crying over that one
And they're hanging out with their new other
They've got friends of friends
And just in case and maybe whens
Back up plans for back up plans
And I wonder what letter I've been

I agree with her
She should have left you long ago
There isn't any pretty way to say
You don't deserve her love
Track Name: You Don't Have To Tell Me
Yes I know it's getting better
You don't have to tell me
Just because it's getting better
Doesn't mean it's as it should be
Is it ever as it should be?
Maybe this is the new should be for me
You don't have to tell me

Yes I know that it's still harder
You don't have to tell me
Just because it is still harder
Doesn't mean I'm learning anything
These lessons stay a mystery
Misunderstanding everything I see
You don't have to tell me

You don't have to tell me you would die if you were me
You don't have to say anything but I need you to let me

Yes I know that it seems fine now
You don't have to tell me
Just because it's seeming fine now
Doesn't mean this night won't tear me down
I won't take this for that much longer
Seconds and forever are the same
You don't have to tell me

Yes I know I cannot give up
You don't have to tell me
Just because I will not give up
Doesn't mean this is a test of wills
And if I try harder than I will
Fix everything that will not work for me
You don't have to tell me
You don't have to tell me
Track Name: Maybe
I don't know what to do with them
They keep coming
They keep coming in
I could count them classify them
No one's coming
No one's coming in

Maybe some memories
Are more than anyone should bear
Sweep up this roadside
I'll keep them safe
I'll keep them

It must be an instinct that we all have
Something happened
Something happened there
Count the headlights count the streetlights
Count the signs
They'll all notice
But they can't know what happened to get us here

Maybe some memories
Are more than anyone should bear
Sweep up this roadside
I'll keep them safe
I'll keep them

Cause accidents breed accidents
On that we can agree
And I swear I'll touch all of their names
You won't have to
And I won't have to know

Maybe some memories
Are more than anyone should bear
Sweep up this roadside
I'll keep them safe
I'll keep them
I'll keep them
Safe.
Track Name: Everything Is Alright
I can't put my finger on it
But everything is alright
I'm taking no for an answer
And everything is alright
If there's a moon I don't see it
There are no stars
I don't need you to believe it
But everything is alright
Even if it isn't
Even if it isn't
Even if it isn't

I'm hearing all your suggestions
Everything is alright
Some things defy explanation
Everything is alright
See I've had to work so much harder than this
To get what I want
There is no point in resisting
Everything is alright

So I am not taking more questions
Everything is alright
See I didn't think I would feel this
But everything is alright
Even if it isn't
Even if it isn't
Even if it isn't

I can't put my finger on it but everything is alright
I'm taking no for an answer
Everything is alright
I can't put my finger on it but everything is alright
I'm taking no for an answer
And everything is alright
Everything is alright
Everything is alright
Everything is alright

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