The Parts Of Us That Still Remain

by Michelle Lewis

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Michelle collaborates with producer Anthony J. Resta (Elton John, Duran Duran, Shawn Mullins) on her newest release, with songs co-written by Nashville favorite Robby Hecht and LA sound designer Conan Skyrme. Recorded at Bopnique Musique in North Chelmsford, MA and Paramount Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA.

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released April 29, 2014

Produced by Anthony J. Resta and Michelle Lewis
Engineered and mixed by Karyadi Sutedja

Recorded and mixed at Bopnique Musique in North Chelmsford, MA and Paramount Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Vlado Meller at Masterdisk in NYC and Truphonic Recording in Charleston, SC
Cellos arranged, recorded, and performed at Cello Power in Los Angeles, CA
Drums recorded at Ryan Hoyle’s Live Drum Tracks in Los Angeles, CA
Photos, art and design by Anthony Shea

Michelle Lewis: vocals and acoustic guitars, nylon string guitar, toy piano
Anthony J. Resta: electric guitars, bass, drums, percussion, optigan, moog, piano, omnichord, random falling bells, broken lightbulb shaker, sci-fi mambo atmospherics
Steve Sadler: accordion (tracks 6 & 7), lap steel (tracks 1 & 8), dobro (track 6), electric guitar (track 5), mandolin (tracks 7 & 8), bass (track 5)
Cameron Stone: cello (tracks 4, 7, 9)
Greg Loughman: upright bass (tracks 1, 3, 4, 9)
Billy Novick: clarinet (track 4)
Nate Gonzalez: accordion (track 3)
Stevie Blacke: string quartet (track 10)

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==> New CD "The Parts Of Us That Still Remain" available now!

Michelle writes intensely visual songs, rich with melodic texture and emotional depth, and she performs with an unmistakable swagger. Too refined to call folk and too personal to call pop, her music surprises listeners who think they know what to expect from a singer/songwriter, and those who never expected to like one. ... more

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Track Name: Sorry I Forgot To Write
Sorry I forgot to write
I know it’s been so long since I
Let you in, in any way
It’s just that I’ve had enough
I’m growing tired, I’ve given up
Maybe there’s nothing left to say

But I still feel you in my breath
I think about your beauty all the time
We’ll always want one more chance
To get it right

Sorry I forgot to write
I know you’ve tried with all your might
To get me to come back around
It’s just that I fell in love
With someone else I put above
Everything else in my life

But I still feel you in my breath
I think about your beauty all the time
We’ll always want one more chance
To get it right

We hold onto the hurt
Don’t want it but to lose it’s even worse
And the parts of us that still remain
Keep pretending that everything’s the same
When we’ve changed

Sorry I forgot to write
To tell the truth, I haven’t tried
It’s easier to feel ashamed
I know I wasn’t there for you
We grew apart like lovers do
Baby, I can take the blame

But I still feel you in my breath
I think about you every single night
We’ll always want one more chance
To get it right
We’ll always want just one more chance
To get it right.
Track Name: Running Back Home
My friend is yelling that she’s gonna leave him
She just can’t take it anymore
There’s no use staying once you’ve figured out
You’re in a never-ending war

We say goodbye, I pull my coat up tight
My steps grow quick under the stars
I turn the key and I go inside
And let you hold me in your arms

Ooooo the way you love me baby’s got me running back home
Ooooo the way you love me baby’s got me running back home

I used to wander Broadway at night
Go in and out of every bar
Had no idea what I was looking for
But now I know you’re never far

Ooooo the way you love me baby’s got me running back home
Ooooo the way you love me baby’s got me running back home

And when you need to wander off somewhere
I know you’ll be running home too

Ooooo the way you love me baby’s got me running back home
Ooooo the way you love me baby’s got me running back home
Ooooo the way you love me baby’s got me running back home
Ooooo the way you love me baby’s got me running back home
Track Name: None Of That Now
Piles of laundry on the bedroom floor
Handle's broken on the bathroom door
There’re stacks of bills laying all around
Oh but I don't care about none of that now

The fridge is empty, the cupboard ignored
Gas light shining on my dashboard
There's gonna be traffic all the way downtown
Oh but I don't care about none of that now

It's easy to count up all that's wrong
When trouble's all that you can see
But all my worry disappeared
The first time that you smiled at me

My back is tired, my feet are sore
I barely make it to my front door
But I hear your voice and I turn around
Oh and I don't care about none of that now

It's easy to count up all that's wrong
When trouble's all that you can see
But all my worry disappeared
The first time that you smiled at me

My back is tired, my feet are sore
I barely make it to my front door
But I hear your voice and I turn around
Oh and I don't care about none of that now
I hear your voice and I turn around
Oh and I don't care about none of that now
I don't care about none of that now
I don't care about none of that now
Track Name: Just Like A Movie
Every girl dreams
For a love straight from an old Hollywood scene
With the moonlight in view
And someone to tell her “Here’s looking at you.”

But we don’t have to worry too much
‘Cause Bogart and Bergman got nothing on us

I love the way our plot is unfolding
You turn a silver screen into gold
I can’t believe that you would choose me
‘Cause you made our life just like a movie

Well some like it hot
Some need the adventure an action flick’s got
Some prefer drama scenes
Each couple has their own favorite theme

But if there were one to describe you and me
I think we define romantic comedy

I love the way our plot is unfolding
You turn a silver screen into gold
I can’t believe that you would choose me
‘Cause you made our life just like a movie

And so the story goes
One day you did propose
And as we stand here in black and white
I can’t help but think it’s a wonderful life

I love the way our plot is unfolding
You turned our silver screen into gold
I can’t believe that you would choose me
‘Cause you made our life
Yes, you made our life
Yes, you made our life just like a movie
Track Name: Run Run Run
From the Colorado mountains
To the California sun
I won’t stop until I get there
I will run, run, run

I’ve been lonely for a long time
Always searching for someone
Still not sure what I am looking for
So I will run, run, run

There’s no use in making plans
‘Cause there’s no telling what to come
Just when you think you have a chance
The strings you’ve tied all come undone

I have loved you since I met you
Always knew you were the one
If you need me I’ll come get you
Yes I will run, run, run

There’s no use in making plans
‘Cause there’s no telling what to come
Just when you think you have a chance
All the strings you’ve tied have come undone

I have loved you for a long time
Always knew you were the one
If you need me I’ll be by your side
Yes I will run, run, run
Yes I will run, run, run
I will run, run, run.
Track Name: Paris
Lately I’ve been thinking
I don’t care if I live or if I die
You say, “Let’s go to Paris, babe
forget about your troubles in the sky.”
Some things you can mend with glue or tie with bits of string
Others you can try your best but it won’t do a thing

Now you know that I love you
You’re the only thing I ever miss
But something in me is breaking, babe
that ain’t no trip to Paris gonna fix

Lately I’ve been wondering
what’s the point of living, anyway?
You bring me twelve pink roses
say they help to melt the blues away
Well something in me now has turned a darker shade than that
And it’s do hard to fade a stain once it’s gone to black

Now you know that I love you
You’re the only thing I ever miss
But something in me is aching, babe
that ain’t no dozen roses gonna fix

Lately I’ve been wishing
for all these hopeless thoughts to leave my mind
You say, “Let’s go to Paris, babe
you can leave your worried head behind.”
Well I have tried to outrun other sorrows in my past
Funny how those demons have a way of coming back

Now you know that I love you
You’re the only thing I ever miss
But something in me is dying, babe
that ain’t no trip to Paris gonna fix
Something in me is dying, babe
that ain’t no trip to Paris gonna fix
Track Name: Something That Simple
"You need more color in your life," he said
before he walked out the door
Well, black and white's been fine most of the time
until you realize it's all grey inside

I need to find
a way to start living and not just survive
But I can't define
something as simple as wrong or right

"You've got to make up your mind," he said
before he hung up the phone
"'Cause if you don't yet, you'll soon have regret
and then it'll be too hard to ever go home."

I need to find
a way to start living and not just survive
But I can't define
something as simple as wrong or right

Right now I feel like I'm losing touch
How can you tell if you what you've got
will ever be enough

"You should move on with your life", he said
as I walked out the door
"You will be fine, it only takes time
for your head to figure out what your heart wants more."

I need to find
a way to start living and not just survive
But I can't define
something as simple as wrong or right

Mmmmm mmm mmmm...
Track Name: Goodbye
Well I’ve packed what’s mine, by the door it’s waiting
You left a hole inside everything worth taking

Falling down once more, and my body’s aching
All I know for sure is that my heart is breaking

And I know how hard we tried
And I know it’s probably time to say goodbye

Must be cold outside, see my body shaking
I’ll use my hands to hide that my heart is breaking

And I know how hard we tried
And I know it’s probably time
And I know you’re not so blind
to see we’re bound to say goodbye
Goodbye
Track Name: Broken
Looks like I might
be losing my mind once again
Too hard to fight
this restlessness aching inside
And you hold on tight
to promises made in the past
to you, my love

Well I didn’t know then
that I was broken
I never would have
wrestled your heart to the ground
Never again
will my heart
make a sound

My chest feels weak
caving in making a hole
So dark, so deep
that I can’t climb out of and you,
You wait patiently
for something I may never give
to you, my love

Well I didn’t know then
that I was broken
I never would have
wrestled your heart to the ground
Never again
will my heart
make a

Sounds like
this is goodbye

Well I didn’t know then
that I was broken
I never would have
wrestled your heart to the ground
Never again
will my heart
make a sound.
Track Name: Lost In LA
I’m lost in LA, tonight, without you
This city seems empty, my heart torn in two
Things start to blur, can’t tell them apart
There’re no stars in the sky, the freeway’s so dark
Please don’t go to Reno, Tahoe or Sparks
‘cause I’m lost in LA without you

I’m lost in LA, tonight, without you
I’ve walked down on Melrose and Sunset Avenue
Wandered the Getty and it’s maze made of art
Saw Paramount Pictures where Popeye got his start
Who’ll take my photo by the Hollywood Stars?
See, I’m lost in LA without you

Stay here tonight
don’t get on that flight
that takes you far away
from me

I’m lost in LA, tonight, without you
This bed feels so cold, my heart sore and blue
Don’t go to Reno or Tahoe or Sparks
‘cause I’m lost in LA without you
I’m lost in LA without you