Perfect Love Song

by Lisa Prank

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1.
03:09
fell out of a dream into your arms for a moment I pretend I’m home if I lay still enough it almost feels like we’re in love by now I know this isn’t my first rodeo by now I know nobody wants to take it slow and you don’t wanna be in love means you don’t wanna be in love with me I’m talking so loud when I’m drunk and I hope I didn’t say too much you pay me compliments all night we won’t remember by the morning light by now I know this is the rodeo I chose by now I should know not to get lost in your show ‘cause I don’t wanna be in love means I don’t wanna be in love with you but I’m still here and so are you
2.
I can’t calm down take it all personally do we work this out ‘cause we’re too afraid to leave? you act so tough while I am brokenhearted knew it was love before it ever started I crossed all my fingers I knocked on wood I lit a candle for something good you’d drive all day just to see me for a night wonder if they know about the way we fight I wake you up intuition finds the reason you won’t shut up convince me not to leave I cross all my fingers I knock on wood I light a candle for something good I held my breath every day for a year the words I read still haven’t disappeared I stack up books and lovers in between the way it felt to be trapped in our sheets I cross all my fingers I knock on wood I light ten candles I draw more cards delete your number I ask the stars for something good
3.
02:10
4.
02:41
I don’t wanna feel this yet knocking on the doors in my head pulling all the sheets off our bed I don’t wanna feel this yet I don’t wanna regret time we spent kissing in the car until the song ends I don’t wanna feel this yet I don’t wanna miss you yet I don’t wanna forget how we met played at that house that got torn down made tea and you slept on my couch I don’t wanna miss you yet so hold me tight so I can sleep tonight and in the morning I will ignore it all again I don’t wanna give up yet the dream I built for us in my head a dog and pancakes in the morning with you that didn’t seem boring I don’t wanna give up yet I don’t wanna miss you yet I don’t wanna feel this yet
5.
02:54
always sad in the in-betweens before the doors open before the sun sets before the summer bats flew out from under the bridge and I walked by just in time I’m living on these little signs believing in the magic I can find got away but the memory remains street signs all point out the ways I was hurt but didn’t say I never learned how to get mad say it out loud it won’t burn your mouth say it out loud it won’t burn you down then cry a little, wait for the sun to come out can’t see the stars from anywhere in this town the moon’s the only one around and I don’t wish as much as I used to but I wish I could sleep like you I never learned how to get mad so I lie awake, lie awake and nothing ever really goes away
6.
don’t know what I need, but I need too much are there any words that could clear this up? could you ever hold me tight enough? baby I don’t sleep without your touch instead of sheep I was counting things I should’ve said but I was too hurt to think will I ever be enough for you? staring at the doors you could walk through for three short months, the sky’s so blue I’m living for the highs, what else is new? you could have anyone at your fingertips but baby what I want is on your lips do I need too much?
7.
03:15
they say love is a flower I’ve heard love is a ghost maybe love is the way we feel when we’re home maybe love is one moment sometimes love is a bomb I say love is the job everyone wants I know I do and baby I’ll clock in with you I will work hard for our love I can’t promise forever even though I believe I can’t promise you heaven but with you I will dream of something new that we can build of something true maybe love is a battlefield or a magnifying glass but whatever this thing is I just wanna make it last
8.
02:11
you said it for the first time walking in Nashville on a Tuesday night November, the cool breeze grabbed my waist and smiled at me you looked into my eyes and fed me such pretty lies but it doesn’t matter anymore our dreams are washed up on the shore I’ll keep my IUD and you will keep on lying to me we’re too broke to have a dog somehow we talk about growing old the world that you built me I wanted so bad to believe and I did for a little bit I miss the normal things you made me wanna do cooking breakfast, making up with you but it doesn’t matter anymore our dreams are washed up on the shore I’ll keep my IUD and I’ll forget the way you kissed me
9.
cried in a hotel wishing I was home cried when I got back longing for the road trying to think of ways I could miss you less can I let my heart escape my head? I am never writing unless something is wrong still I keep on hoping this is some perfect love song and we’ll go on and on now that I’m all in I never dip my toe cause my heart just jumps when I say go forgot the words to every sad song if I tell you now it’ll come out wrong thinking of the stars that night how they shone so bright couldn’t make out constellations lost in their light and they went on and on
10.
it doesn’t feel like it used to driving down Brighton to whatever show was happening I can see it clear in the rear view used to know everything about you now you’re a picture on a screen we’d drive around just to hang out now I wanna tear those condos down so at least it would look the same I felt so free in that memory moonlight, empty streets You and me I know that I could call you we could try to talk about what’s new what’s your job? how are you sleeping? who loves you? but it wouldn’t feel like it used to jumping the fence to that swimming pool like anything could happen now I live in a new town I know someday I will miss the way that it feels now
11.
know what was happening all this time you tried to make me think it but I wasn’t losing my mind for months I holed up in our bed I was messing up the covers you were messing with my head go back in time tell myself to leave at the first lie go back in time drive myself away I wanna scream the truth about you I wanna scream the truth guess I understand your jealousy my friends weren’t the problem you were just projecting on me and all those times you went home early it kills me still but at least now I see it clearly now I see you clearly you should find someone less psychic than me I’ll always miss our highs, but I saved my life by leaving I wasn’t losing my mind
12.
03:01
I wanna be that picture on our wall laughing in a photobooth before I knew what I know now I wanna feel that smile on my face back when your eyes could look at me that way but I’m a sleepless night unwanted firework that keeps you up with circular fights I cry and cry I could’ve been the promise that you keep a piece of cake hands in the warm breeze I should’ve been like that planet far away we looked at through a telescope distant enough to see you’d never change cause you’re a door shut tight your back is turned I shiver, waiting for the light you never turn around you lie and lie I wanna be a brand new pair of shoes a rare guitar someone you wouldn’t do this to
13.
02:06
I’m falling for dogs on the streets again I’m calling you and you listen the moon is walking me home tonight I’m starting to think everything’s all right but I’m still fighting with my head why do good things fill me with dread? I wasn’t always afraid of heights I’m a plane used to cancelled flights but you are always on time trying to name the color of your eyes but they keep changing like I change my mind and I can’t kiss you enough times should we meet in your dreams or in mine?

about

Lisa Prank is a true-blue romantic. In fact, “I’m very preoccupied with romance,” songwriter Robin Edwards admits. On her second full-length for Father/Daughter Records, Perfect Love Song, Edwards acknowledges the ultimate joke of love: that there is no perfect, so you’ll get tripped up while chasing it—but what else could possibly be more rich, more exhilarating, more everything, skinned knees be damned? Stitching together pop-punk panache and pillow talk introspection, Perfect Love Song finds Lisa Prank not in pursuit of the flawless impossible, as the title may suggest. Rather, she’s interested in the entire experience of love and learning through it. “I never learned how to get mad,” Edwards sings on the reflective “Get Mad”—but she did learn how to write totally gratifying pop songs about it. Perfect Love Song is an album that takes a soft-focus gaze at romance’s sharpest points and edges, both the exciting peaks and the scary cliffs.

As Edwards was navigating a drawn out, Lifetime-movie level heartbreak, she found herself drifting back towards the home she had in her friendships. She moved back into her old room in storied Seattle punk house, Spruce House, sharing a door with Tacocat’s Bree McKenna (who’s also her bandmate, along with Julia Shapiro, in the supergroup Who Is She?). She’d knock and ask McKenna for feedback on songs, who wound up playing bass on the record. To produce, Edwards tapped close friend and indie pop legend Rose Melberg of Tiger Trap, The Softies, and Go Sailor. Melberg’s artistic alignment and personal closeness to Edwards gave her near psychic insight into Lisa Prank’s sonic goals, but at enough remove to provide breakthroughs to Edwards at stuck points (Melberg also co-wrote “Telescope,” and sang harmonies on several tracks). It was a collaboration that felt like coaching, leading her achieve her ideal polished-punk sound, alongside Ian LeSage who engineered and mixed the record at the Vault Studios. Recording was fun, too. Friends were around, creating the kind of lighthearted, mutually supportive feeling one needs surrounding them feel like themselves again after retrieving their heart back from a breakup. Lisa Prank’s last record, Adult Teen, used a Roland MC-505 drum machine, for Perfect Love Song, she traded it in for real life drummer, Tom Fitzgibbon.

Writing Perfect Love Song was Edwards’ opportunity “to personally say all the things that I wanted to say, or wish I had said.” In “Scream the Truth,” a gaslighting extinguisher anthem about reclaiming your sanity, she gets to be mad on her terms: “I wasn’t losing my mind,” she sings. Says Edwards, “it’s about being frustrated seeing someone else navigate the world as a very surface-level nice person who is performatively feminist and social-justice minded, but knowing the truth of how they treat people in their personal life.” The opening track, “Rodeo,” likens the searing, sinking-in feeling of a post-fight realization—“‘cause ‘I don’t wanna be in love’/means I don’t wanna be in love/with you”—to the dangers and desires of the spectacle of love. “By now I know/this is the rodeo I chose,” she sings, electing to get back on her horse and ride, acknowledging the pain that’s part of that game.

“I wish a different emotion was so alive and exciting to me,” Edwards laughs, “but love is just the one that feels so visceral and consuming.” Perfect Love Song explodes the roller coaster snapshots of romance in bursts of poppy neon bright color, with Edwards’ cheeky perspective polished to full pop-punk shine. And the mission of that genre, one could argue, is to keep on bopping along through the bullshit of life. To stay buoyant, to find fun in the big what-ifs and whatevers. It what keeps the dream Lisa Prank afloat: as she sings on “Constellations,” “still I keep on hoping this is some perfect love song/and we’ll go on and on and on, and on and on, and on.”

credits

released October 4, 2019

Produced by Rose Melberg

Engineered and mixed in December 2018 & January 2019 by Ian LeSage at the Vault in Seattle, WA

Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering

The Lisa Prank band is…

Robin Edwards- guitar/vocals
Bree McKenna- bass
Tom Fitzgibbon- drums
Rose Melberg- backup vocals, rhythm guitar on “Telescope”

All songs by Robin Edwards, except “Telescope” by Robin Edwards & Rose Melberg

Design by Faye Orlove, cover photo by Grayson Whitmire

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