Try to be True

by Andriana Lehr

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Recorded at Walden Studios, Beverly hills in 2010-2011.

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released October 12, 2013

All songs written and arranged by Andriana Lehr. Production by David Goodstein. Engineering by Jason Hiller at Walden Studios, Beverly Hills, CA. Mix by J.J. Blair at Fox Force Five Recordings, Los Angeles, CA. Mastering by Colt Leeb, IPR, Minneapolis, MN. Andriana Lehr - all rhythm guitars, vocals, piano (True Colors, Hold on Strong, Life Like a Movie), organ (True Colors, Lost the Map, Wish You Well, Connected), and glockenspiel (Lost the Map). David Goodstein - all percussion, piano on Lost the Map. Jason Hiller - all electric bass. Anthony King - all lead guitars. Michael Wincott - harmonica on New Beginning. Erik Kertes - upright bass on Bad Reception and Hold on Strong. Album artwork by Front Prospect Design. Photography by Angela Livieri and Katie Plummer.

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Andriana Lehr Saint Paul, Minnesota

Andriana Lehr was born the youngest daughter of a farmer in a small, South Dakota town. Despite having spent years as a city- dwelling songwriter, the artifacts of her childhood milieu can still be distinctly heard in her music. 2nd release, Artifacts, demonstrates the thoughtful maturity gleaned over years of dedicated work and careful observation of those great artists who have come before. ... more

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Track Name: New Beginning
Well I've been pacing 'round this empty house for days
but my steps don't seem to take me anyplace
and the path that I've tread deep into this carpet has been well laid
And I keep lookin' out these dirty windows
Hopin' I might see something that I didn't know before
Gain some clarity from behind these closed doors

And when my number comes up, I'm gonna heed that warning
I'm gonna take my place in line and start a new beginning
Until it all just ends

And all these people that I've come to know and love
Well they're the best assets I've ever had, but somehow it's not enough
And I keep holding out for more than I've goth
And all the lovers I've kept hidden in my bed
Well they do nothing to arrest all of the loneliness that manifests itself
inside my head

And when I'm finally called out I'm gonna heed that warning
I'm gonna come clean with the truth and start a new beginning
Until it all just ends

Well I've been writing on this same old song for days
But the words don't seem to get me any place
and I talk myself in circles tryin' to tell myself it's all okay
And if I ever feel I'm finally satisfied
Well I'll know that I've reached heaven and I'm no longer alive
dissatisfaction is how I managed to survive

And at the end of the road I'm gonna heed that warning
I'm gonna look back at my life with gratitude and reverence
and finally accept the end
Track Name: True Colors
You change with the wind
you're always slowin down, or pickin back up again
and I never know exactly when you'll be still

Your colors change with the leaves
you're always lookin so vibrant, or you're dead in the street
and I hope, again, someday we'll meet and things will have changed

You change with the seasons
you're like the sun movin' closer when it's summer again
but you're always finding reasons you can't stay

You change with the wind
you're always switchin directions, or you're pickin up spin
and I can't quite wrap my head around what happened

But if this is true love
then why does it hurt so much
You know I never thought love could be this tough
So just let your true colors show
And I swear I'll let this all go with the wind
Oh with the wind...
Track Name: Lost the Map
you've been up all night, your burnt out cigarette
and those heavy lines across your forehead
leave no guess to mind as to how you've been
occupying your time

fill your glass again, the bottle's empty
call your long lost friend, cuz ya feel so lonely
one heart, one hand can't cure this
vacancy you're feelin in your head

It's been a long day & you just can't escape
all this sorrow and pain (that pulses through your veins)

lost the map again, you're running on empty
don't know where you've been or where you're going
hard luck, knocked down, you're staring backwards
hoping that you'll never be found

needles scratch your pale complexion
weathered by each cruel injection
magnify your imperfections
you're running down that mirrored hallway
hoping that someday you will escape

It's been a long time coming when you finally dissolve into nothing
and melt yourself, you melt into the sun

put on your coat, and plan your escape
no more living in this bleak charade
you raise your hand, hail a cab
to drive off all this sadness
Track Name: Wish You Well
the first prediction, well it was wise
but our conviction was true love was on the rise
was it based on fact or fiction
well we'll never really know
if all the highs outweighed the lows

a noble conquest to free your mind
a vital question of the existential kind
try to grasp a better concept of the man you wanna be
you hope the answer will set you free
I hope the answer will set you free

with our history as friends
I can't do nothin but
hope that you can find yourself
with all the hardship on the breeze
to put myself at ease
I'll hold my breath and wish you well
wish you well...

No more distractions, or wasted time
will give you insight into what you want to find
no love or outside intervention
only discipline and space
from all the fears that fill your face

a misconception of what it is
to live and love someone until the bitter end
well truth lies both in form and formless
but the variety you seek
is less evasive than you think
it's less evasive than you believe

with our history as friends
I can't do nothin but
hope that you can find yourself
with all the hardship on the breeze
to put myself at ease
I'll hold my breath and wish you well...

I wish you all that's good
and to be understood
I never thought you would...

we were more than just friends
but I won't do nothin
but hope that you can find yourself
with all the heartache on the breeze
to put myself at ease
I'll hold my tongue and wish you well
Track Name: Hold on Strong
Here's a secret that I've never told
I'm afraid of being alone
When the night's so long, and the winter's cold
Well, you'd never know...

Every fiber and every bone
Inside my body fights to hold on
But I keep on fallin' now that you're gone
But I try to hold on

So when the dawn comes,
I keep on wakin' up, I keep on wakin' up
And when the night falls,
and I think I've had enough and I feel like givin' up
I'll hold on strong to thru morning

My head is on fire with memories of you
And my dreams, they are haunted, with the horrible truth
And there's just no escape, and I think it's no use
But I have to choose

So when the dawn comes,
I keep on wakin' up, I keep on wakin' up
And when the night falls,
and I think I've had enough and I feel like givin' up
I'll hold on strong to my memories of you

When the fighting is done, and when I've finally succumbed
I'm gonna look forward to seein' you
But until that day comes I'm gonna keep holdin on'

So when the dawn comes,
I keep on wakin' up, I keep on wakin' up
And when the night falls,
and I think I've had enough and I feel like givin' up
And when the dawn comes,
I keep on wakin' up, I keep on wakin' up
And when the night falls,
and I think I've had enough and I feel like givin' up
I'll hold on strong
Track Name: Try to be True
Faithfulness has never come too easy for me
Though I try to be good to you, my mind is always wandering
do do do do do do do, and I try to be true
do do do do do do do, do the best that I can do

I can't help I fell so hard at such a desperate age
In need of love, in need of touching, in need of someone I could taste
do do do do do, and then I met you
do do do do do, like my dreams had come true

And I came here with intent to be faithful, but instead
I got caught up in a rush, and gave up on true love
I gave up on true love

I've been spending days and nights with these thoughts inside my head
Unsure of how to lay it out so maybe you could understand
do do do do do, cuz I'm still in love with you
do do do do do, and I try to be true

On these cold winter nights when I'm locked up here inside
and I just can't take no more, and I need someone to hold
And you're a thousand miles away on a beach in F.L.A
And you can't be reached by phone day or night
And I start to come undone

Faithfulness has never come too easy....
Track Name: Life Like a Movie
I've tried for so long to be "simple"
oh I've tried for so long to be sane
but the more that I struggled, the more I felt troubled
and the more I became what I hate

I hurried through life like a movie
always anxious to see the next scene
and as the end was approaching with no resolution
I began to forget where I'd been

like the good times I wasted
with the good people I knew
and now I'm so disillusioned
to realize what I've got myself to

I gave up on every addiction
and I gave into being alone
and I realized the whole time I thought I was listenin
I was ignoring a voice of my own

I slowly came to the conclusion
that my life will be just what I make
and my views and perceptions, and vast self-deceptions
will be worthless if I'm not awake

so I'll try, everyday, harder
to be the change that I'd like to see
and I'll climb my up hill battle
and enjoy what's left of my journey

I tried for so long to be simple
and realized it's just a charade...
Track Name: One Day at a Time (Today)
god grant me the courage today
to accept all the things I can't change
and to always be thankful
even when all the painful
emotions are starting to rage, today

god grant me the vision to see
all the beauty laid out before me
and to not take for granted
all the things I've been handed
all my friends and my family

today, today, today

god grant me the courage to be
the change that I'm hoping to see
and to lead by example
and not to get trampled
by the norms of this society

today, today, today.....

but when the going gets tough
and I feel like effort I put forth is never enough
and when the powers that be are much for me
and I feel like just giving up
but I know that I'll be ok
if I can just make it through the day

god grant me the wisdom to know
when to fight and when to let go
and to walk away willing
and always forgiving
and letting compassion show

today, today, today
Track Name: Connected
Oh my best friend I know that you are troubled
I can see it in the shadows of your eyes
And I know that the future seems uncertain
And you're hoping the choice you made is right

Well I cannot assure you that everything will be alright
I can only gamble and lay my heart on the line
And be patient with you til you make up your mind

We made a pact and promised to be honest
and when the tides turned you said you couldn't stay
you need some time and so do I you ventured
as you packed your bags and turned and walked away

Well I will always love you til' the day that I die
I will be here to support you if only in my mind
and we'll be connected until the end of time