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Hard to Sleep, Easy to Dream (LP | 2017)

by Airling

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So hard to sleep, but so easy to dream So hard to fall asleep, but so easy to fall for your dreams And you take me by the shoulders Tell me I’m the one with choices Want the world to keep on rolling Bury her, you know she can’t hold us all, hold us all And your words fall on my vacant heart Got me thinking that I am just a body, oh I am just a body That can make you happy for a little while You will drown in love But I am just a body, oh I am just a body No soul, no soul So quick to give it all, but won’t answer that call How can you love someone if you don’t love yourself? Float in, and out, the mind’s not present at all And you take me by the shoulders Tell me I’m the one with choices Want the world to keep on rolling Bury her, you know she can’t hold us all, hold us all And your words fall on my vacant heart Got me thinking that I am just a body, oh I am just a body That can make you happy for a little while You will drown in love But I am just a body, oh I am just a body No soul, no soul No soul, no soul I wish that I could give my life, instead of you, instead of you I wish that I could hold your heart The broken beat, beats in the dark I wish I could fight it, the angels’ crying to sleep that night because of you And your words fall on my vacant heart Got me thinking that I am just a body, oh I am just a body That can make you happy for a little while You will drown in love But I am just a body, oh I am just a body No soul, no soul No soul, no soul
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Baby, lately, oh you’re so crazy Is this a concept you can sink your teeth into? Lately, baby, oh you’re so crazy Is this a concept you can sink your teeth into? What would you bear? Would you bear it all? Would you give it all for an intangible thought and… Would you let me be chaos? Would you promise to be kind if I said I want you, want all of you And I’ll take care of you I’ll take care of you If you were mine and I was yours, talk until our lips bleed Baby, lately, oh you’re so crazy Is this a concept you can sink your teeth into? Lately, baby, oh you’re so crazy Is this a concept you can sink your teeth into? Your body it lays Just a vessel so we’ll leave it here for two days And let the spirit fly out of your mouth Into each and everything around Is that just a love bite or a reason to write home? But I’ll take care of you If you were mine and I was yours, talk until our lips bleed Baby, lately, oh you’re so crazy Is this a concept you can sink your teeth into? Lately, baby, oh you’re so crazy Is this a concept you can sink your teeth into? If you were mine and I was yours, talk until our lips bleed If you were mine and I was yours, talk until our lips bleed If you were mine and I was yours, talk until our lips bleed Baby, lately, oh you’re so crazy Is this a concept you can sink your teeth into? Lately, baby, oh you’re so crazy Is this a concept you can sink your teeth into?
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Move Me 03:35
I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits with mine With mine, with mine, with mine Slow crush, it grows as we move closer Talk trash, it flows You say you want me But you can't get it back 'cause the feeling is gone No, you can't have me back, not now that I'm stolen I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits Hearts lush, just motion in my mind cage Talk, touch, come move me like you wanna Feel the beat, bring it back 'Cause the feeling is gone And you get it back, not now that I’m stolen I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits True love with somebody, alright for the one night of bliss I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits with mine With mine, with mine, with mine At night, shake your body just to lose your mind You’re coming up in bruises City of the ruined, honey Honey lotus, dancing oh like a fool yeah But you’re golden, moving fast, hand right down my back I’m soulless so you wanna move me You wanna move me You wanna move me, honey I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits True love with somebody, alright for the one night of bliss I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits I’ll borrow your body if only to see how it fits with mine With mine, with mine, with mine
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Baby, give me all you got And love will make you fall to your knees And you will fall again I don't really know where I'm going But I'm honest, I want this Take me by the hand, I need you around, alright And my hands wanna heal You can see in my eyes But you know it's a stretch 'Cause they fall by my side It's your body, so choose if we are flying tonight And we're up, and we're up Until we're coming alive And you take the bullet Put it in your mouth and Soak the words until you're armed Baby, give me all you got And love will make you fall to your knees And you will fall again I don't really know where I'm going But I'm honest, I want this Take me by the hand, I need you around, alright Is it a fear of love, or a fear of mine? So let our bodies make the rhythm that we're feeling inside It's your turn, so choose if we are flying tonight And we’re up, and we’re up Until we’re coming alive And you take the bullet Put it in your mouth and Soak the words until you're armed When you're wrapped in someone And you can’t deny them Load it up into your gun, alright Baby give me you got And love will make you fall to your knees And you will fall again I don’t really know where I’m going But I’m honest, I want this Take me by the hand, I need you around, alright Baby give me you got And love will make you fall to your knees And you will fall again I don’t really know where I’m going but I don’t really know where I’m going but And you take the bullet Put it in your mouth and Soak the words until you’re armed When you’re wrapped in someone And you can’t deny them Load it up into your gun And you take the bullet Put it in your mouth and Soak the words until you’re armed When you’re wrapped in someone And you can’t deny them Load it up into your gun, alright Baby give me you got And love will make you fall to your knees And you will fall again I don’t really know where I’m going But I’m honest, I want this Take me by the hand, I need you around, alright Baby, give me all you got Baby, give me all you got
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I'm honest when words leave my lips I promise there ain't nothing in that a kiss And you know, I love you but I'm not a fighter I promise there's nothing I this I want you, you're the only one that I breathe with And you know, I love you but I'm not a fighter I'm honest when words leave my lips I promise there ain't nothing in that a kiss And you know, I love you but I'm not a fighter I promise there's nothing I this I want you, you're the only one that I breathe with And you know, I love you but I'm not a fighter Have you really woken with last night’s dress on, girl? Have you really got what it takes to do the right thing, love? Oh, you think my heart beats in my eyes I look at you and sigh I feel sorry for you I sigh, I feel sorry for you, you, you I'm honest when words leave my lips I promise there ain't nothing in that a kiss And you know, I love you but I'm not a fighter I promise there's nothing I this I want you, you're the only one that I breathe with And you know, I love you but I'm not a fighter Maybe it's good if it hurts, and the pain will be worth it Take the beauty of love and choke it in your palms I know your heart beats in your eyes One look from you, I'm high I feel something for you So high, I feel something for you I'm high, I feel something for you So high, I feel something for you, you, you I'm honest when words leave my lips I promise there ain't nothing in that a kiss And you know, I love you but I'm not a fighter I promise there's nothing I this I want you, you're the only one that I breathe with And you know, I love you but I'm not a fighter I’m honest when words leave my lips (Hang me up with the stars, slow it down) I promise there’s nothing I miss (Hang me up with the stars, slow it down) I’m honest when words leave my lips I want you, you’re the only one that I breathe with And you know, I love you but I’m not a fighter
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Be still, my brain needs time to soak it up My heart's an empty cup One day is not enough Take time to care for all the things you love My heart's an empty cup It's time to fill it up (Be still, my brain needs time to soak it up) Be still, my brain needs time to soak it up My heart's an empty cup One day is not enough We’re pieces of one body Two ripples in an ocean I’m feeling everything you’re feeling Let’s be bold and be revealing Be still, my hands Though it’s not enough And they’re pulling you under Can you stand up? Do you stand for love? Only accept the love you think you deserve Drink it from a cup And you don’t know what you’re worth It’s time to fill it up I’ve forgotten how to pray for an empty heart And I’ve been haunted by the time that you give to hurt I’ve forgotten how to pray for an empty heart And I’ve been haunted by the time that you give to hurt Heart's an empty cup It's time to fill it up We’re pieces of one body Two ripples in an ocean I’m feeling everything you’re feeling Let’s grow old and be believing
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Far Away 03:45
What am I supposed to do without all this trust 'Cause I don’t trust you anymore Everything you’ve ever said has turned to dust Then you open your mouth and I’m all like But what am I supposed to do with all of this truth I can see it playing in slow mo The convo’s jumping all up and down I’ll be damned if I am to stick around Oh boy, you must think my head is full of air You must hope my head is full of air Yeah, well if it was well I’d fly far from here Far away from all your lies and chains I’d float far from this city Follow rivers and fly with things Find a light where everything’s pretty Find a place where you’re not in it Oh I’d float far, float far, far away Float far, float far, far away How am I supposed to breathe with all of this smoke climbing up through my rib cage? Everything you want me to be, I am and more But you turn your cheek and I’m all like But what am I supposed to do to validate this love? 'Cause I don’t know you anymore You’re always pulling me back and forth You keep me bouncing all wall to wall Oh boy, you must think my head is full of air You must hope my head is full of air Yeah, well if it was well I’d fly far from here Far away from all your lies and chains I’d float far from this city Follow rivers and fly with things Find a light where everything’s pretty Find a place where you’re not in it Oh I’d float far, float far, far away Float far, float far, far away Float far, float far, far away And don’t you think that all of this love that we feel Is just too painful to ever be real? You think that all of this love that we feel Is just too painful to ever be real? Oh I’d float far, float far, far away Float far, float far, far away (And don’t you think that all of this love that we feel) Float far, float far, far away (Is just too painful to ever be real?) Float far, float far, far away (You think that all of this love that we feel) Float far, float far, far away (Is just too painful to ever be real?) You think that all of this love that we feel Is just too painful to ever be real?
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Move into the light I’m seeing more than just your body More than just the air you take that makes your blood keep running And I wanna love you like you’re all mine And we’re gonna hurt and it’s alright The physical kind of loving Is not enough without the soul You’re so much more than a vessel You can give what you don’t know There’s no fast way out when I’m feeling down But your whole heart’s laid out And now, I’m coming round And I wanna love you like you’re all mine And we’re gonna hurt and it’s alright You’ve got the kind of love that has got me fighting more than a little Tell me what you wished for Tell me, did you feel this coming? It’s the kind of innocence that lingers, makes my blood start running Your physical kind of loving Is not enough without the soul You’re so much more than a vessel You can give what you don’t know And I wanna love you like you’re all mine And we’re gonna hurt and it’s alright You’ve got the kind of love that has got me fighting more than a little And I wanna love you like you’re all mine And we’re gonna hurt and it’s alright You’ve got the kind of love that has got me fighting more than a little And as you fall, I will collect you (I could never let you go) And as you fall, I will collect you (I could never let you go) And as you fall, I will collect you (I could never let you go but) We’re gonna hurt and it’s alright And I wanna love you like you’re all mine And we’re gonna hurt and it’s alright You’ve got the kind of love that has got me fighting more than a little And I wanna love you like you’re all mine And we’re gonna hurt and it’s alright You’ve got the kind of love that has got me fighting more than a little
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Bloodshot blue eyes roll back I’ve got so much love for you That I’m failing life for the first time I could die here with angels’ cries And you could watch me cry listening to The National I could fall in love every time I hear a sad song Just because I’m high, don’t mean my mind is liquid You could look to God, and drink to make you feel good But whatever you do, you cannot bring her back But I can fill the gap if you want me to I can fill the gap if you want me I have both fear and hope I heard it in my mother’s voice when she spoke Inspire me like an accelerant Quick to breathe the flame deep in your lungs And you could watch me cry listening to The National I could fall in love every time I hear a sad song Just because I’m high, don’t mean my mind is liquid You could look to God, and drink to make you feel good But whatever you do, you cannot bring her back But I can fill the gap if you want me to I can fill the gap if you want me I could fill the, I could fill the (and you could watch me, I could fall in love) I could fill the, I could fill the gap (and you could watch me, I could fall in love) I could fill the, I could fill the gap
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Hurt you last night Don’t know what I was thinking Don’t know what I been drinking You love me despite All the dreams escaping from my mouth in the dead of the night And if I’m here but I’m lost, would you own me? Though it’s not what I want, you still hold me Hide and seek late at night You’d recall Lie to me under sheets Trace it all Diving deep, I cannot speak And beauty’s old Shut the light out, shut the light out Shut the light out, shut the light out Hold on to her gently 'Cause I don’t wanna risk it with only love as my witness Come love me despite All the stars escaping from my eyes in the dead of the night And if I’m here but I’m lost, would you own me? Though it’s not what I want, you still hold me Hide and seek late at night You’d recall Lie to me under sheets Trace it all Diving deep, I cannot speak And beauty’s old Shut the light out, shut the light out Shut the light out, shut the light out I’ll look out for your heart if you look out for mine I’m still feeling the same, still feel that I need you Look out for your heart if you look out for mine I’m still feeling the same, still feel that I need you And if I’m here but I’m lost, would you own me? Though it’s not what I want, you still hold me Hide and seek late at night You’d recall Lie to me under sheets Trace it all Diving deep, I cannot speak And beauty’s old Hide and seek late at night You’d recall Lie to me under sheets Trace it all Hide and seek late at night You’d recall Lie to me under sheets Trace it all Diving deep, I cannot speak And beauty’s old Shut the light out, shut the light out Shut the light out, shut the light out
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Roma Rose 01:51
When you think of me, do you think of me badly? 'Cause I am consciously trying to love you better When you think of me, do you think of me badly? 'Cause I am consciously trying to be a better one To keep you safe from harm Your eyes are full of hurt And I want to take it all, take it all So I can finally breathe Knowing you’re free to leave Though I can love you better Just wanna love you better And I can love you better Just wanna love you better Know I can love you better One day I’ll love you better

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The lush and emotionally fragile debut album from Hannah Shepherd, aka Airling. Produced by long-time collaborators Graham Ritchie (Emma Louise, Holy Holy) and Tom Iansek (Big Scary, #1 Dads), the album explores concepts of fear, pain and death. For Airling, the album was about "aligning my thoughts and emotions with songs and words. Trying to live life free of fear while still acknowledging its existence and exploring its pain. Learning to love myself so I can explore my ability to love others and my potential to create".
The album goes right into dance and RnB worlds across singles such as "Not a Fighter" and "Move Me", but also tenderly shows off Airling's more vulnerable, indie folk origins in the stripped back "A Day in the Park" and "Far Away" (a beautiful duet with Emma Louise).

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released April 28, 2017

All songs written and performed by Hannah Shepherd, Tom Iansek & Graham Ritchie.
Co-writing by Emma Louise on “Far Away”. Co-writing by Greg Chiapello on “Shut the Light Out”. Co-writing by Mark Zito on “Vessel”.
Co-Produced and engineered by Tom Iansek and Graham Ritchie.
Recorded at Mixed Business, Melbourne. BellBird, Melbourne and Elysium Studio, Brisbane.
All songs mixed by Tom Iansek at BellBird, Melbourne.
Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, NYC.
Compiled by John Ruberto at Mastersound Studios, Melbourne.
Drums performed by Christopher Port on “Take Care of You” and “Give Me All You Got”.
Synths and vocals performed by Mark Zito on “Vessel”.
Backing vocals performed by Emma Louise on “Far Away”.
Additional drum programming by Billy Bodean on “Take Care of You”.
Spoken word by Peter McMahon from Hypnotherapy Queensland.
Cover artwork by JAW
Layout and design by Dan Thomas, Uncle Slam

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This album is for my Roma Rose.

I would like to thank Tom and Graham for giving every bit of their hearts and minds. And to Papa Nige Shepherd, Zach Shepherd, Tom Fraser, Jo Syme, Molly dog, Peter McMahon, Melody Forghani, Grant Gillies, Tom Riordan, Evan Davis, Andy Gumley, Billy Bodean, Greg Chiapello, Christopher Port, Tess Cawley, Emma Louise, Tom Snowdon, Thelma Plum, Nat Lanyon, Jessalee Gidman, Kell Priest & John Kenny.

Without these beautiful people, my dreams would stay inside my head.

Love, Hannah

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