House of cards (the lost acoustic mix)

by Emily Baker

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I always been keen to express the sadness in this song. It's about trying to hold things together for everyone else, so getting that sense of tension through the backing vocals, tremolo guitar and gradual rhythmic build was really important.

I forgot this existed but found it when I was interviewed by the delightful Roifield Brown.

Enjoy.

lyrics

paper hangs and peels from cardboard walls,
the glass made ceilings just revealing the effect we cause,
splintered doors on hinges beg to fall,
with paint thats flaking,
the minutes taking their toll on the settling of scores,

we’re bricked up,
locked down,
falling on ears that never hear you out,
hemmed in,
in this tumble down,

i’m resting on the king and queen of hearts,
holding onto jokers in the dark,
oh in this house of cards i’m getting ready ‘cos its falling through,
i’m fixing up the roof to save this place,
but caught between the honour and disgrace,
oh in this house of cards i’m getting ready,
in this house of cards i’m getting ready,
in this house of cards we’re ready,

water wash regret from curtain call,
should be the time thats ticking but its stubbornly sticking
and we’re in between flaws,
oh and i’m lonelier than i had bargained for...
it’s like there’s concrete setting round a memory forgetting
what we came along for,


oh and we’re bricked up,
locked down,
falling on ears that never hear you out,
hemmed in,
in this tumble down,

i’m resting on the king and queen of hearts,
holding onto jokers in the dark,
oh in this house of cards i’m getting ready ‘cos its falling through,
i’m fixing up the roof to save this place,
but caught between the honour and disgrace,
oh in this house of cards i’m getting ready,
in this house of cards i’m getting ready,
in this house of cards i’m ready before it falls...

we’re two feet apart in the heart of what we call home,
and we’re standing on egg shells,
we’re watching the bell jar drown,
and as you take my hand through the sands you’ll say you already know,
that in this house of cards we’re all getting ready,
in this house of cards you’re getting ready,
in this house of cards we’re ready,

oh, jokers in the dark,
oh in this house of cards i’m getting ready ‘cos its falling through,
i’m fixing up the roof to save this place,
but caught between the honour and disgrace,

oh in this house of cards i’m getting ready,
in this house of cards you’re getting ready,
in this house of cards we’re all getting ready,
in this house of cards we’re ready before it falls...

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released December 12, 2016
Just me...

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Emily Baker Brighton

From the glacial beauty of Northern Lights to the homesick strum of Tennessee, you’ll hear the echoes of Carole King, Ryan Adams and K.D. Lang. These nine heartfelt songs detail love, ambition and human fragility – all told through Emily’s distinctive, soulful voice.

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