Who We Are When We're Standing

by Katie Buchanan

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released June 9, 2017

Written / Produced / Performed by Katie Buchanan
Mixed by Doug Schadt
Mastered by Heba Kadry

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Katie Buchanan New York, New York

Katie Buchanan is an indie-pop singer/songwriter and producer. She plays guitar loudly, drinks whiskey slowly, and writes songs that beg for a second listen. Her sophomore album, Who We Are When We’re Standing, will be released June 9, 2017.

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Track Name: Oh Lord
Lord I know I have always known
I have never been light on my feet
'Cause I make tracks and I say I'm coming back
When all I ever plan to do is leave

I just hit the road, broken heart in tow
And I will keep, keep her right on my sleeve
So I will always know how far I have to go
Until my words can do my work for me

Lord I know I have always known
I have never been easy to beat
'Cause I hit hard and I don't care if I scar
And I'd sooner die than dare admit defeat
Track Name: Floating
You were floating, so devoted
Keeping your feet from the ground
It's easy to fly when you're not afraid to drown
And I was holding, desperate knowing
My voice was only so loud
I was holding, I was holding out

But how could I know
No you don't make it easy to come around
And all you ignore
It's gonna wash ashore 'til there's a whole new beach in this town

So can you hear me now?

You were like some double edged knife
It's a wonder you ever got ground
It's easy to fly when no hand'll hold you down
Can we call it again, can we let it end
I've been waiting for anything else
I've been waiting, I've been waiting out

But how could I know
No you don't make it easy to come around
And all you ignore
It's gonna wash ashore 'til there's a whole new beach in this town

So can you hear me now?
Track Name: Stand With Me
I am not a martyr in my mind
If anything I am more a monster all the time
But I believe we are who we are
Who we let ourselves be

So I am not a fighter all the time
No I have seen how rage and anger rot away a spine
And I believe we are who we are
When we're standing

So stand with me
I can't be everything you need
But maybe I could be a piece
If you could just stand with me

I'm not angry anymore
If anything I have been a victim of the cure
But I believe we are who we are when we're trying
When we're trying

So try with me
I can't be everything you need
But maybe I could be a piece
If you could try with me
Track Name: Doubt in My Mind
I think I've been here before
Tuning fights in the war
The armies I could lead but I got nothing up my sleeve anymore
Not anymore

So I could lean on my gun
Or heed the order to run
But I'm looking at my feet planted firmly underneath
And I think that the battle is done

So I'm taking chances like I've never tried
And I'm making plans well after tonight
And my final stand has forfeited the fight
There's not a doubt in my mind

Go out and gather your dead
And I might crawl out of my head
But honor always seems like a badge that you don't need
Once you see all the damage it left

Chorus

If you take all you can stand all you can stand
All you can hold in your hand
It'll break as fast as it can as fast as it can
Over and over again
Track Name: The Song About You
I was born six feet tall weighing in in promises
I was born six feet tall an iron tower of self defense
And I love me a rule or two I love knowing what to do
But I don't know about you

You could make a mess of me and I'm not sure that I'd mind
You could make a mess of me and I'd still think you worth the time
And even knowing all I do, well I don't think I'd want you new
No time grew us beautiful fools

Don't you call this the start
We were just in the dark
Busy growing our hearts
No we were not who we are
Don't you call this the start
Not don't you call this the start
We were not who we are
Track Name: Time Is Not a Plan
Offer me what you can
Be it a heart or hand
Time is a violence I understand
But time isn't what we need
Time passes easily
Time is not a plan

Just leave me a line or two
Anything true will do
Love is a tactic you don't have to use
And devotion is all a show
And forgiveness a heavy tow
And I got some baggage I could stand to lose
How 'bout you?

Now I'm getting good and brave
But Lord who can tell these days
What good is armor when you're already safe
And I always know my place
No rules are not made to break
Yea I got my honor, I got my honor I got my name
Track Name: I Can Be
I can be bold
But I stick on my own
I'm a fighter afraid of what her fists hold
So I let go
Maybe this time I won't

I can be great if I watch what I say
If I stick my script tie my intentions are laid
Most days, it's all I have
But it's all it takes

If you push me away, I won't try to stay
No I will not mistake where we are for home
I'm wide awake and I don't play with fate
No I will not mistake what we are for gold

I can be brave
I'll hold what you give me but I won't take
If you need an arm's length that's okay
I don't want what you don't want at stake
Track Name: What Breaks A Heart
Tie it off I'm going home
I know what I said cut to the bone
But not all those words were my own
And what breaks a heart can save a soul

I'll leave you baggage at the door
I know I can't manage anymore
No I'm not who I was before
And what breaks a heart is not nothing to mourn

I don't believe that forever's what we mean
It's a lie we try to keep and known we won't
So don't you think that we deserve a little peace
If you have to, let it bleed, but let me go

Now it's a simple kind of show
You don't move much and the crow goes home
You gotta learn to love alone
And what breaks a heart can sometimes save a soul
Can sometimes save a soul
Track Name: Beginnings and Ends
Sometimes I make plans just to hold in my hands
To feel like you're real for the moments I can
But there's not a lot that I don't understand
I know what I've got, and I know where I land

They're beginnings and ends, but middles can bend
And even then it's a bitch saying what the difference is
Some crack and some mend, some you don't see again
But I want what's left of them, I want what's left of them now

Now I don't blindly believe in all that I see
But sometimes I admit that I might let the lighting lead
But shadows don't keep more than warmth upon sheet
They're born to bleed themselves dry