Out Of Car Wrecks & Hurricanes EP

by Mieka Pauley

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released March 1, 2006

Produced by John Alagia

Mixed by John Alagia and Brian Scheuble
Engineered by Stewart Myers, Mark Goldenberg and Brian Scheuble
Recorded at The Mousetrap, Louisa, VA
Mixed at The Village Recording Studio, West Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Dave Kutch

Mieka Pauley: Guitar and Vocals
Tyler Wood: Piano, B3, Wurlizter, Rhodes
Mark Goldenberg: Electric Guitars
Steward Myers: Bass, Omnichord on "The Way It Is"
Brian Jones: Drums
Rick Woolstenhulme: Percussion
John Alagia: Wurlitzer on "The Way It Is"

Artwork: Alexis Yraola
Thanks: Victor Campanile

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Mieka Pauley Brooklyn, New York

Mieka Pauley possesses a voice that flows like good whiskey and a frankness that makes Alanis Morissette look shy. She conjures up a sonic immediacy with the same masterful command as Ani DiFranco with driving, yearning melodies that stand alongside the work of Michelle Shocked, Neko Case and Emmylou Harris. ... more

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Track Name: Stronger
You fall in and out of all the thoughts that I have had today
Mostly, you're just in the way
You are simply watching some old fashioned black and white TV
He's all gold to me

I come back stronger
I come back stronger
That is all you'll see
The strong side of me

It's no wonder that your eyes are green, when you're so clearly blue
What kind of hell have you been through?
I could be sentimental, or righteous, but I don't have to be
Cause you're just cold to me

I come back stronger
I come back stronger
That is all you'll see
I come back stronger
I come back stronger
That is all you'll see
The strong side of me

Why me?
Why today
Any other soul
Any other day
Oh, another day

You fall in and out of all the thoughts that I have had today
Mostly, you're just in the way
You are simply watching some old fashioned black and white TV
He's all gold to me

We come back stronger
We come back stronger
That is all you'll see
It's all the same to me
We stand here stronger
We face you stronger
That is all you'll see
The strong side of us
The strong side of me
Track Name: The Way It Is
I can't believe the mess I'm in
Hope I don't end as I begin
I'm walking on, looking back
Speaking a code you cannot crack

Oh, what the hell, I'm clear as a bell
I'm probably screaming it as well
I've never been good, anyway
At not saying things I shouldn't say

The way it is, can't complain
I would love to drive you insane
But I'm not on your mind, it's in my head
And it's me who's insane instead

I'll count to three, I'll count to ten
Then I'm never talking again
Silence, please, won't you take away
These stupid words that ruined my day

The way it is, can't complain
I would love to drive you insane
But I'm not on your mind, it's in my head
And it's me who's insane instead

I'll be wishing on a random star tonight
You'll be sleeping under different skies tonight
And I'll pick you up when you don't fall
And I'll come running when you don't call

The way it is, I can't complain
I would love to drive you insane
But I'm not on your mind, it's in my head
And it's me who's insane instead

I can't believe the mess I'm in
Hope I don't end as I begin
Track Name: Faster
I found myself outside
Walking in the dark, and staring at the sky
I'll never understand how my life unfolds
But fate just is, fate does not console

Then they pulled me to the side
Put their arms around me, and led me inside
They told me I was not the only one in pain
But they console, they do not explain

Faster than I can spin
The word turns and changes again
Sweeter still, till the end
I still want it all again

And there beside me, in letters ten feet tall
The words of God were scrawled on the wall
But I was not oblivious, I chose to ignore
For words explain, words do not restore

Faster than I can spin
The word turns and changes again
Sweeter still, till the end
I still want it all again

And I could wait until
I regained my balance, and made the world stand still
But I would wait forever for my will to be that strong
And as I waited, the rest of my life would be gone

Faster than I can spin
The word turns and changes again
Sweeter still, till the end
I still want it all again

Faster that I can spin
The word turns and changes again
Sweeter still, till the end
I still want it all again
Track Name: First Stone
God bless me, I got my own
This child is rich, and all alone
Lady Day, sing away
You call back those days

Anyway, anyhow
I said it then, I mean it now
I struck the sole blow
And she threw the first stone

God damn these old familiar songs
Each note lingers as I go on
Lady Day, I waste away
Haunted by refrains

Anyway, anyhow
I said it then, I mean it now
I struck the sole blow
And she threw the first stone
Anyway, anyhow
I said it then, I mean it now
I struck the sole blow
And she threw the first stone

That stone
My past won't leave me alone
That song, that song
I can't help but sing along

Anyway, anyhow
I said it then, I mean it now
I struck the sole blow
And she threw the first stone
The first stone
Anyway, anyhow
I said it then, I mean it now
I struck the sole blow
And she threw the first stone
Track Name: Draped In Blue
In my head the gates are standing
In my mind I am out of time
In my head the mobs are chanting
What's there to find?

Even if I knew
A haven it's draped in blue
Cause I'll have to leave
If not now eventually

Somewhere else I left him standing
In my mind he's still standing there
He moved their souls and left them chanting
They'll follow him anywhere, anywhere

Even if I knew
A haven it's draped in blue
Cause I'll have to leave
If not now eventually
Even if I knew
A haven it's draped in blue
Cause I'll have to leave
If not now eventually

Once, I had a daughter
Raised her, loved her, and lost her
Everyone's got to leave
I wish you well, said I
I'll meet you next in hell, meant I
Everyone's got to leave

Even if I knew
A haven it's draped in blue
Cause I'll have to leave
If not now eventually
Even if I
New a haven I
Know I'd have to leave