Safe and Sound

by Sara Melson

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This album is the product of some very fruitful and symbiotic collaborations; these tracks are a bit of a departure for me, and they stretch me in new directions. The album was mixed and mastered in Beachwood Canyon by the extraordinary Rick Parker (Lord Huron, The Ravonettes, BRMC), who also produced the majority of the songs. Strings are courtesy of strings wiz Stevie Blacke (Beck, Rhianna, Colbie Caillat), And I got a chance to record up in beautiful Ojai, California, in a peaceful orange grove, with the mega-talented Oliver Newell (He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister), who has converted a vintage airstream trailer into a magical music studio. So if you happen to detect the sound of crickets in the background, you’ll know why. It was a very inspiring and memorable place to make music.

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released September 9, 2016

All songs written by Sara Melson, BMI;
Copyright Song Children Publishing, BMI 2016
except:
Feel You / Safe and Sound - by Sara Melson and
Stevie Blacke, Kiwidog Publishing, BMI
For Your Love - by Justin Webb,
Harsh Moon Publishing, ASCAP
Smile - by Sara Melson and Justin Webb
No Expectations - by The Rolling Stones
Thank You - by Led Zeppelin

Mixed and Mastered by Rick Parker at The Sandbox Studios, LA

Production:
Rick Parker, The Sandbox Studios (Safe and Sound,
So Thankful, Nuclear Sun, additional production
on El Matador Beach and Walk It Alone)
Oliver Newell, Off the Gridley Studios
(No Expectations, Thank You, So Thankful - reggae version)
Stuart Brawley, The Backyard Studios (Walk It Alone)
Stevie Blacke, Blacke House Studios (Feel You)
LemJay Ignacio (Go Where It’s Warm)
Alec Dixon (El Matador Beach, All In Vain)
Justin Webb (Smile, For Your Love)
Joshua Merrill (Inside Our Circle)

Sara Melson: Vocals/ Piano/ Guitar/ Backing Vocals/ Keys
Rick Parker: Keys/ Guitar/ Bass/ Drums (Safe and Sound, So Thankful); Guitar (Nuclear Sun)
Oliver Newell: Keys/ Guitar/ Bass/ Programming (No Expectations, Thank You, So Thankful - reggae version)
Stevie Blacke: Strings (El Matador Beach, Smile); Bass/ Drum Programming (Feel You)
Justin Webb: Piano (For Your Love); Guitar/ Bass (Smile)
Cal Campbell: Drums (Smile, For Your Love)
Wendy Wang: Additional Backing Vocals (For Your Love)
Joe Ayoub: Bass (El Matador Beach, For Your Love)
Alec Dixon: Drums (El Matador Beach)
Lemjay Ignacio: Keys (Go Where It’s Warm)
Jonny Polonsky: Electric Guitar (Go Where It’s Warm)
Richard Gowen: Drums (Go Where It’s Warm)
Tim Walker: Pedal Steel (All In Vain)
Stuart Brawley: Mellotron/ Organ/ Guitars/ Programming (Walk It Alone)
Joshua Merrill: Drum Programming (Inside Our Circle)

Cover Photo: Bryony Shearmur

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Sara Melson's insightful and inspiring lyrics and unique, distinctive voice led Yahoo Music to choose her as their "New Buzz Artist," calling her "one of the most fearless singer-songwriters on the planet." Her timeless, infectious, songs blur boundaries between folk, rock, pop, and country. Sara's songs have been featured in numerous film & TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy. ... more

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Track Name: El Matador Beach
I held your heart on El Matador Beach
Breathing with the waves
Birds flew ahead just out of reach
In the shade beneath the cave

A girl in pink and yellow danced by
In the land of golden youth
I love you so much that it made me cry
For the sad, sad joy of the truth

Oh, hear the waves, washing clean away
Inhaling and exhaling, day after day

Try as we might, we'll never, ever control the ocean
Stop the day from becoming the night,
The minutes from drifting in motion

Oh, hear the waves, washing clean away
Inhaling and exhaling, day after day

Where are the moments past
Oh, they didn't last
And I learned too late

So many seashells kept
So many teardrops wept at the hands of fate

Oh, hear the waves, breathing on and on
They're not gonna pause for a moment
After we are gone

Oh They're not gonna pause for a moment
After we are gone
Track Name: For Your Love
For your love
I'd give up everything I've got
Although it might not be a lot
It's what I've got to give

And you know
Every morning when you wake
Doesn't matter if you make a mistake
'Cause I got to forgive

'Cause your love
It's like heaven raining in from above
It's like nothing I could ever dream of
It's like heaven raining in from above

Oh I'm going to spend my life with you
And do anything that you want me to, my love
When heaven rains in from above

'Cause nobody loves me
Nobody loves me
Nobody loves me like you

For your love
I'd sail across the ocean blue
I'd do anything you want me to
For your love
For your love

'Cause your love
It's like nothing I could ever dream of
It's like heaven raining in from above
It's like heaven raining in from above
Track Name: No Expectations
Take me to the station
And put me on a train
‘Cause I got no expectation
To ever pass through here again

Once I was a rich girl
But now I am so poor
But never in my sweet short life
Have I felt like this before

My heart is like a diamond
But I throw my pearls at swine
And as I watched you leaving me
You packed my peace of mind

Our love was like the water
That splashes on the stone
Our love is like our music, babe
It’s here, and then it’s gone

So take me to the airport
And put me on a plane
‘Cause I got no expectations Lord
To pass through here again
To ever pass through here again
To pass through here again
Track Name: All In Vain
Love, surrender your power
Trust your basic instinct in your basest hour
See yourself as always young
Open eyes to everyone

Value all that has come and gone
And then forget your scales
Just play your song

Sing, sing, sing, release your hold
Day by day we all grow old
Draw yourself a healing bath
Let the tears fall down, remembering to laugh

Hear your breath and sound of the rain
At the end of the road
It’s all in vain
The ambition is in vain

Hear your breath and sound of the rain
At the end of the road
It's all in vain
It's all in vain
Track Name: Smile
I'm doing a little experiment
Figuring it out - in any event
Wonder what’ll happen
If I smile at everyone

People shuffle by me looking at the ground
Acting like there's nobody else around
When I smile in their direction
They lift their eyes to mine, and it's done

Everybody passing by me on the street
No matter how scary, when we meet
I smile at everyone
I smile at everyone
And everybody smiles back at me

Open up your eyes
Hoping you would try
If you ever thought about it
Where have we ever got without it
You can try to hide
But the world can see you laughing in your eyes

People look away when you wear a frown
You look a lot better when you turn it around
Wonder what’ll happen if you smile at everyone

So open up your eyes
You might be surprised
If you ever thought about it
Where have we ever got without it
You can try to hide
But the world can see you laughing in your eyes

I smile at everyone
I smile at everyone
I smile at everyone
Smile at everyone
I smile at everyone
Smile at everyone
And everybody smiles back at me
Track Name: Feel You
I feel you inside all the way inside
I hear you far away inside of me
And I can't hide

I dream you are all the way inside of me
Way up inside of me sliding your way in
It's where you live
And where I give you all of me

I need you love, all the way inside of me
Way up deep inside of me
Where my river flows
Because you heal me
From way up inside of me
Way up deep inside of me, babe
Where no one else can go

Oh yeah I feel you so far inside of me
So hold me close and I will go where you go
You can confide in me, come inside of me
'Cause I already know

And I feel you all the way inside
I feel you, you make me cry

I feel you
Feel you
Track Name: Nuclear Sun (piano version)
Maybe the damage has been done
Looks like the ending has begun
So flick your cigarette into the mess
Walk right by the homeless guy
Careful not to catch his eye
If nobody's looking, why confess

The ride is fast and it won't last
And it's already in the past

Squinting at a fluorescent screen
Thinking about what's already been
When outside the sky is turning brown
Worship the idols of Seventeen
Children in makeup on magazines
Oh when did it all turn upside-down

The ride is fast and it won't last
It's already in the past
And the nuclear sun is blazing overhead
Turning the sky white and red

The ride is fast and it won't last
It's already in the past
Old habits die hard, but it's in our cards
It's here at last, at last

And the nuclear sun is blazing overhead

The ride is fast and it won't last
It's already in the past
Track Name: Go Where It's Warm
I go to kiss you, you turn to the side
One little move and I crumble inside
I don't know why I ever tried to love you

Your eyes are closed, you’re far away
Dreaming about some other day
Pretending I'm not your friend, I'm somebody new

I gotta go, I gotta go
I gotta go where it's warm
'Cause the winds of change
Are blowing through
I gotta go where it's warm
Where I don't have to perform
And I'll be far, far away from you

I'm leaving behind the hesitant kind
Ones who screwed with my heart and my mind
Not quite as sexy as it seems

And I'm going to find the sweetest touch
The one who loves me oh so much
The eyes that gaze upon me as in dreams

I gotta go, I gotta go
I gotta go where it's warm
'Cause the winds of change
Are blowing through
I gotta go where it's warm
Where I don't have to perform
And I'll be far, far away from you

I still believe in impossible bliss
I'll never, ever again have to plead for a kiss
'Cause someone is going to love me when I'm grey
Won't tell me the truth, just tell me I'm cute anyway

I gotta go, I gotta go
I gotta go where it's warm
'Cause the winds of change
Are blowing through
I'm gonna go where it's warm
Where I don't have to perform
And I'll be far, far away from you

Oh, I'll be far, far away from you
Yeah, I'll be far, far away from you
Track Name: Safe and Sound
The day's been long
Trying to belong
Sending ourselves everywhere
Chasing time

Sleep on me, babe
Safe and sound
Breathe on me, babe
Your arms around

I feel your chest
Rise and fall
In the end, babe, this is all
We're found, we're family now

Sleep on me, babe
Safe and sound
Breathe on me, babe
Your arms around

With eyes half open
Words unspoken
Safe and sound

Feel our fingers intertwine
You bring me peace of mind
Let's drift away

Sleep on me, babe
Your arms around me
Dream on me, babe
So glad you found me

Our eyes wide open
Our words unspoken
Safe and sound

Rest here now
Rest here now
Rest here now
Track Name: Inside Our Circle
When your eyes met mine
When your eyes met mine
The room went still
Inside our circle
The eye of the storm
I'll lay you down, yes I will

When your eyes met mine
The room went still
Inside our circle
The eye of the storm
I'll lay you down, yes I will
Inside our circle
Me and you

Inside our circle
Me and you
Inside our circle

When your eyes met mine
Inside our circle
Track Name: So Thankful
When I awaken from a scary dream
And find you lying next to me
I feel so peaceful, calm and so serene
About the life ahead of me

No more Christmases alone and blue
Same with Valentine's and New Year's too
I never, ever thought I'd see the day
When every day's a holiday

Oh I'm so happy that I met you
I'm so thankful you are mine
I don't know what I did so right to get you
And it feels divine

Oh sweet baby, baby you're the best
You came along and slayed 'em, all the rest
And I never, ever would have guessed
I'd hit the jackpot big time in this life

Oh I'm so happy that I met you
You make it so fun to be alive
And I'm so grateful that I get you
Until the end of time

How I love it that you love romance
You love to kiss and smooch, make love and dance
And yes you're brave enough to take a chance
'Cause you know what's important in the end

And when you hold me tight so close and true
Oh I'm so thankful that you love me too
'Cause you're the best thing that I ever knew
Forever you will be my favorite friend

Oh I'm so happy that I met you
I'm so thankful you are mine
And I'm so grateful that I get you
You make me shine

I'm so happy that I met you
I'm so thankful you are mine
Track Name: Walk It Alone
The first fire of fall
The coyotes call
An owl surveys the city

It's a challenging climb
And there isn't much time
Before the sun goes down
Seems like a pity

Up here there's no one around
Lights come on over town
The wind sounds just like the sea

I wish that you could see
The orange-purple sky
The moon coming out of the clouds
Even now after everything
I would run to you
If only I wasn't so proud
But I walk it alone

Shadows cross the hills before me
Another evening in L.A.
Try to remember
That all is passing
Stars light up, then they fade away

Birds are all crying and I keep on trying
To forget that you're not here with me

Oh I wish that you could see
The orange-purple sky
The moon coming out of the clouds
Even now after everything
I'd still run to you
If only I wasn't so proud
But I walk it alone

Birds are all crying and I keep on trying
To forget that you're not here with me

Oh I wish that you could see
The orange-purple sky
The moon coming out of the clouds
Even now after everything
I would run to you
If only I wasn't so proud
But I walk it alone
Track Name: Thank You
If the sun refused to shine
I would still be loving you
When mountains crumble to the sea
There will still be you and me
There will still be you and me
There will still be you and me

And so today my world it smiles
Your hand in mine, we walk for miles
And thanks to you it will be done
You, to me, are the only one

Kind man, I give you my all
Kind man, nothing more
Little drops of rain whisper of the pain
Tears of love lost in the days gone by

Our love is strong
Here there is no wrong
Together we shall go until we die
Inspiration is what you are to me
Inspiration - look and see

And if the sun refused to shine
I would still be loving you
When mountains crumble to the sea
There will still be you and me
You and me
We walk for miles
There will still be you and me
My world it smiles
For you and me
For you and me
You and me
Track Name: So Thankful (reggae version)
When I awaken from a scary dream
And find you lying peacefully
I feel so grateful, calm and so serene
About the life ahead of me

No more Christmases alone and blue
Same with Valentine's and New Year's too
I never thought I'd ever see the day
When every day's a holiday

Oh I'm so happy that I met you
And I'm so thankful you are mine
I don't know what I did so right to get you
And it feels divine, it feels divine

Oh sweet baby, baby you're the best
You came along and slayed 'em, all the rest
And I never, ever even would have guessed
I'd hit the jackpot big time in this life

Oh I'm so happy that I met you
You make it so fun to be alive
And I'm so thankful that I get you
Til the end of time, til the end of time

How I love it that you love romance
You love to kiss and smooch, make love and dance
And yes you're brave enough to take a chance
'Cause you know what's important in the end

And when you hold me tight so close and true
Oh I'm so thankful that you love me too
Oh you're the best thing that I ever knew
Forever you will be my favorite friend

Oh I'm so happy that I met you
And I'm so thankful you are mine
And I'm so grateful that I get you
It feels divine, you make me shine

I'm so happy that I met you
I'm so thankful you are mine