Young (Long Play)

by GEENA

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about

young; a coming of age. it is neither forceful nor overly profound. it is wondrous, maddening and sometimes lonely. but it is also lovely, lovely, lovely.

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Andrew- Thank you for working tirelessly on these songs- I can't imagine this project without your vision and guidance. You're mad-good at every instrument in the book and you helped give me a voice that is uniquely my own. Thank you for everything.
Reuben- Thank you for hopping on board this project in a moment's notice! I can't thank you enough for these wonderful mixes

Huge thanks to Michelle Kim, Kayla Jennings-Rivera, Jackie Shihadeh and Nils Petersson whose contributions toward this project have been priceless. Special thanks to Vanessa Rottke, Kaylyn Mattick, Andrea Neff, Xan Marsella and all of my friends and mentors at the Clive Davis Institute (Bob Power!!!!), for listening to these songs in their early days and for understanding what this project means to me. There wouldn't be a record if it weren't for all of you.

Mom and Dad- Thank you for sharing your wisdom and for showing me what it means to love and persevere. You gave me the courage to finish this. Love always.

In a world where you are possible
my love
nothing can go wrong for us, tell me.
- Frank O'Hara

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credits

released February 4, 2016

Music and lyrics by Geena Kloeppel

Produced and engineered by Andrew Campbell (tracks 1-4)
and Geena Kloeppel (track 5-7)

Performed by Geena Kloeppel (vocals and acoustic guitar)
and Andrew Campbell (acoustic and electric guitar, synths, keys, bass, drums, banjo)

Tracks 1-4 mixed and mastered by Reuben Raman at Soundfarm
and Geena Kloeppel (5-7) (5 with Bob Power)

Photography by Michelle Kim, album art by Geena Kloeppel

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GEENA New York, New York

I’m a songwriter and a poet, a journalist and an essayist. I feel a lot of feelings, all of the time. I am brutally honest. I listen. Here are some songs I wrote, here is some music that cares.

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Track Name: Adam
"Dear Adam," I write quickly on a paper in a pile
I throw it on the wooden floor- the trail it lasts a mile
Your eyes they were as sunny as a long and warm July
My throat was stained with kisses and they linger in the night 

Adam, Adam
Adam, stay a while

Adam, even when it's dark the city is alive
I memorized your heartbeat when the sirens rang outside
I'll scribble down these thoughts again: "Dear Adam, did you lie?"
Our hands on the stone table, in my arms you used to smile

Adam, Adam 
Adam, stay a while

I am wearing colors now, oh, Adam, you would laugh
You'd tell me that I've lost my edge: yes I know I have
Dear Adam, think I'm almost fine, time took everything
Hollow, bruised but taller now, I'll live up to my name
I'll live up to my name, oh Adam

You're a ghost, I know it, sometimes close but then too far
Adam, I still smell your skin and taste you in the dark
I'll never mail these letters cause you know I'm far too proud
The snow's been gone a while now, the air is thick and loud

Adam, Adam
Adam, stay a while

Adam, oh Adam
Stay for a while
Track Name: Sun Also Rises
Farewell to your arms, I cannot find them
Morning will come, I cannot run
Sun also rises on other horizons 
Find a new home, new streets I'll roam

I opened my windows to you
I showed you a world of truth
But you left far too soon

I saw the future- he dreams in colors
You painted words on my shirt
Old man by the sea saw all that there was to see
You used to be happy

I opened my windows to you
I showed you a world of truth
But you left far too soon

Now I hear heartbeats, rhythms and melodies
Sometimes it's you, sometimes it's new
I am awake now, early the bell did toll
To wake a younger soul

I opened my windows to you
I showed you a world of truth
What's the use
Track Name: King + Queen
Awake is the night
She covers us and teaches us to tell apart wrong from right
To break, is alright
I learned to look for differences in different rays of sunlight 

Oh, tomorrow’s yours to keep

It's alright, to be king and queen of everything 
Between the bar and on the page
I've built myself a bigger stage 
Alright, you can be the one you never dreamed 
If only you can dare to see
The person that you're meant to be 
King and queen

Take back your mind 
There's no one worth another curse 
Upon your thoughts, upon your life
I'll try to find 
The pieces that were lost to time, to reason, song and verse and rhyme 

Oh, tomorrow’s yours to keep

It's alright, to be king and queen of everything 
Between the bars and on the page
I've built myself a bigger stage 
Alright, you can be the one you never dreamed 
If only you can dare to see
The person that you're meant to be 
King and queen

Take me to the nearest train
I'll plan a daunting, long escape
When nothing really matters anymore
But queens don't run and kings don't fly 
We can only watch the sky and change the course of the night 

It's alright, to be king and queen of everything 
Between the bar and on the page
I've built myself a bigger stage 
Alright, you can be the one you never dreamed 
If only you can dare to see
The person that you're meant to be 
King and queen

King and queen
King and queen
Track Name: Million
A thousand messages from you to me
Some letters and some poems you said I should keep
I keep you on my shelf
I know it's not good for my health

And there's a million things that I can still remember
And there's a million things I don't wanna let go
And if I kept this up, I’d have a million questions
But there's enough reasons I should let you go
I'm letting go 

One more inhale, exhale in your ear
One more kiss beneath my collar bone
One more time tell me it's not meant to be
One more time tell me you'll always love me

Hurry home my love, darker skies cry above
Yeah she's been far too strong since it all went wrong
Hurry home my love, why can't I be enough?
Oh it's silent now, you took the life from this town

And there's a million things that I can still remember
And there's a million things I don't wanna let go
And if I kept this up, I’d have a million questions
But there's enough reasons I should let you go
I'm letting go

(Hurry home my love, darker skies cry above)
(Hurry home my love, you won't always be young)
(Hurry home my love, does the rain leave you numb)

And there's a million things that I can still remember
And there's a million things I don't wanna let go
And if I kept this up, I’d have a million questions
But there's enough reasons I should let it go
I'm letting go
Track Name: Lights
I burnt my lips last night
Trying to taste you in another light
I lost my mind last night
Trying to see you from another height

I don't want you to speak
It's easier

I gave you a home
In the back of my mouth
Ashes on my tongue
You rest there with the light, the light
You rest there with the light

I feel you on my fingers
And I wanna lick them clean
Inhale every trace of you
Until you're running through me

We do not speak
It's easier

I gave you a home
In the back of my mouth
Ashes on my tongue
You rest there with the light, the light
You rest there with the light

I smell you everywhere
Just like poison fogs the air
I see your eyes in all of theirs
Walking home in deafening stares

I gave you a home
In the back of my mind
Ashes on my tongue
You rest there with the lights, the lights
You rest there with the lights
Track Name: March (Acoustic)
new york
too cold for march for my taste
snow should not be falling
wondered if it'll ever get warm
the sun deluded

collide
still skip it then force myself to listen
blame myself, take everything back
skip it, shouldn't be listening
it's not healthy

strand
open on a sunday at 9pm
didn't think it would be
didn't think I'd see you there
I didn't but walked through the stacks full of hope
read the harvard encyclopedia of music

battery park
full of tourists, ugly as usual
I feel like an outsider, don't linger
still get lost, shouldn't be allowed
to wait for the subway alone

greenwich village
a memorial to all that was
all I thought we had
holding your hand in the snow
coffee and ramen and your arm around me
in the park- kissing in the library
can't look at anything

you
by the fountain, wearing those sunglasses
like in union square- same coat, same shoes
which I miss, and I can't wear mine
that look the same anymore
reading some book, doesn't matter which
but I loved you

me
too sad all the time
haven't really woken up since february
still feels like a daze, still feel the red light
still see your face inches away from mine
still kiss your neck, still run my fingers through
your hair in my sleep

new york, new york

new york
too cold for march for my taste
smells weird again, too much garbage on the street
everyone walks and no one gives a damn
Track Name: Lunar (Acoustic)
Put me to sleep in your bed
I'm drowning you're a masterpiece
Oh my, oh me
Keep on breathing, your lips open me

Oh me, oh my
Didn't know much about desire
Until I left in the heat

Met you in a lunar state of mind
You're mine, you're mine, you're mine
Met you in a lunar state of mind
You're mine, you're mine, you're mine

I am a dream in your head
Oh-so-vivid when you kiss my neck
He said, he meant
Couldn't block out the voices in his head
You're mine, you're mine, all mine
You're mine, you're mine, you're mine

Met you in a lunar state of mind
You're mine, you're mine, you're mine
Met you in a lunar state of mind
You're mine, you're mine, you're mine