Let Me Sleep

by Alyson McNamara

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1.
After Hours 05:07
Let it all out Say what you mean Let it all out Say what you mean Ooh Take a deep breath How does that feel Take a deep breath How does that feel Ooh We’ve got work to do And after hours are through I’m going home with you All the lines are blurred Beginning and end are just words Another page has been turned Roll your shoulders back Do you like that Roll your shoulders back Do you like that Ooh And when you come down Will you find me When you come down Will you find me Ooh We’ve got work to do And after hours are through I’m going home with you All the lines are blurred Beginning and end are just words Another page has been turned Another page has been turned Ooh Let it all out Say what you mean Let it all out Say what you mean We’ve got work to do And after hours are through I’m going home with you All the lines are blurred Beginning and end are just words Another page has been turned We’ve got work to do And after hours are through I’m going home with you All the lines are blurred Beginning and end are just words Another page has been turned Another page has been turned Ooh
2.
Waiting 03:40
Silence in the other room Patience is an empty tomb Waiting, waiting for you This single pane of the thinnest glass Rattles as happy people pass Waiting on nothing too exact We’re not meant to be I refuse to see That you’re chasing me around the room Maybe we’re something else So hard to tell Maybe we’re useless looking to be used Gotta come to There’s a voice coming from outside Should I look or cover up my eyes Waiting for someone to despise We’re not meant to be I refuse to see That you’re chasing me around the room Maybe we’re something else So hard to tell Maybe we’re useless looking to be used Gotta come to Gotta come to Gotta come to Gotta come to Gotta come to
3.
Shutting down We’re closing up shop Leave the ground This baby’s had enough Singing Someone’s singing I can hear it Laughing Someone’s laughing With my dearest Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Bundled up Just leave a couple coins I’ll arrive With money for the boys Swimming I’ll be swimming If I don’t pay Rocking Ferry’s rocking To The Great Bay Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mm Carry me Let me sleep Mm Warm again It’s not the end.
4.
I’m right here I’m right here and you could take me I’m right here I’m right here and you could take me I’m right here I’m right here I’m right here I’m right here Right here Right here Just reach out Just reach out and you could touch me Just reach out Just reach out and you could touch me Just reach out I’m right here I’m right here I’m right here Right here Right here I’m right here I’m right here I’m right here I’m right here Right here Right here I’m right here I’m right here I’m right here Right here Right here
5.
Keeping the books and cutting ties Drop in the bucket where your enemies lie Left you for dead, I’m cold at best It’s only time It’s only time It’s only time It’s only time You are a rock and I, a puddle Sad little ripples, ever so subtle Leaving grooves all over you It’s only time It’s only time It’s only time It’s only time This is not another apology After a while I know they lose their meaning This is a promise that I’ll try harder to make you feel like a human with feelings It’s only time It’s only time It’s only time It’s only time It’s only time It’s only time It’s only time It’s only time
6.
Do you want it straight, should I water it down If you don’t get here soon, over and out If you stop by the store could you grab a snack Promise that I got a job, I’ll get you right back I’m just looking for a little time Close the door and hit the light Easy does it, let’s do this right I wanna get to know you we got all night Take the road that winds around All the pretty shops on Dundas West, I’m just around the corner from the Laser Quest Can’t miss the house, we call it Garbage World I know it looks scary with the tarp at the front but I assure you it’s nice in my place at the top I’m just looking for a little time Close the door and hit the light Easy does it, let’s do this right I wanna get to know you we got all night I’m just looking for a little time Close the door and hit the light Easy does it, let’s do this right I wanna get to know you we got all night I wanna get to know you we got all night
7.
That's Today 04:30
Overload, under fire I’m a joke, you’re a liar Mmm Mmm Corner light could be lower A place to hide, a prison goer Mmm Mmm Don’t be fooled, it’s all an appearance, a mask I’m afraid to look, I’m afraid to ask And that’s today That’s today That’s today That’s today Tiger tiger, little sheep Who am I kidding, don’t make a peep Mmm Mmm Did I miss the boat, I was lying upstairs Watching videos in my underwear And that’s today That’s today That’s today That’s today Mmm Mmm
8.
Look at you making plans Handling other hands But what goes up must land Mmm Be a good little pet Tidy up all you shed And don’t you dare forget Mmm Faithful company Why must you wrong me What’s the definition of a good deed I took you for granted and you took me for a good read Isn’t it kind of strange How it’s all taken place We’re facing different ways Mmm Faithful company Why must you wrong me What’s the definition of a good deed I took you for granted and you took me for a good read
9.
Worry Not 00:52
Worry not for me Not for them or he Put the rot to sleep
10.
You were never a liar You just wanted to find her There are so many ways And you told her today You found a new embrace Has your bed been colder Now, without her shoulder I was there last year Just frighten your fear I’m mine, you’re yours, we’re here Why should we do what we’re told Time’s running out, feeling old Don’t believe what they said You can sleep when you’re dead Won’t adhere to the fear Won’t be sold La la la la la la... You are not the only one Who’s feeling lonely but It always seems that way When your heartstrings fray I’m truly here to stay Why should we do what we’re told Time’s running out, feeling old Don’t believe what they said You can sleep when you’re dead Won’t adhere to the fear Won’t be sold
11.
It's Easy 03:41
I can make the bed, it’s easy It’s easy You can go ahead, you please me You please me Will it ever stop, this wanting You’re haunting every thought In every crowded room, I feel you I feel you I know you feel it too, we’re both new We’re both new I’m out of ideas this time Just be mine Could it really be this easy It’s easy

about

“That was a huge lesson for me: if it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it,” says Alyson McNamara about “After Hours,” the opening track of her latest release Let Me Sleep. It’s a song that Alyson wrote nearly ten years ago and it was almost included on her 2018 album We All Heard Nothing. But the sonic layers and quick tempo of the 2018 version didn’t sit right with her so she scrapped the song.

Over the years, “After Hours” blossomed into something new and the version heard on Let Me Sleep has a hazy and laid-back vibe that sets the introspective mood of the entire record: “Take a deep breath,” Alyson urges. By the end of the track, she is revitalized and, ready to take on whatever comes next, declares: “Another page has been turned.” Let Me Sleep marks a new beginning for the Toronto-based indie-folk musician.

credits

released June 4, 2021

All Songs Written by Alyson McNamara
Recorded, Mixed, and Produced by Daniel McNamara
Mastered by Brock McFarlane at CPS Mastering
Recorded at Taurus Recording, Toronto, ON

Musicians:
Alyson McNamara - Guitar, Piano Vocals
Daniel McNamara - Bass, Piano
Kevin Richards - Drums, Percussion
Daniel Hass - Cello
Dave Monks - Backing Vocals, Additional Guitar

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Alyson McNamara Toronto, Ontario

Alyson McNamara is a Toronto-based singer songwriter.

Her new record "Let Me Sleep" features a fresh, stripped down sound.

“Through performing as a trio, I realized how much space there was left for my vocals,” Alyson explains. “I was always curious about where the middle ground was between having that full-band sound and maintaining the intimate feeling of watching a singer-songwriter.”
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