Loose Ends

by Katie Pederson

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released May 13, 2016

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Katie Pederson Ann Arbor, Michigan

Katie is a singer and songwriter from Ann Arbor, MI. Drawing from influences such as Sara Bareilles and Jon McLaughlin, Happimess was a true blood, sweat, and tears project. Self released and funded, Katie is eager to share the music she so loves to write, and is hopeful that this EP will only be the beginning of this musical journey. ... more

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Track Name: Consistency
These thunderstorms
They wane and wander
Similar to the days I’ve pondered
If youth and freedom hold the key
To contentedness and joy
Cause with each passing year I’m finding
It easier to keep unwinding
With every doubt and question still
Left without answers

So here I lay my heart to rest
My loneliness, my aching head
Too many things misunderstood
So many more to come yet
I’m not the first and not the last
To notice that as time has passed
The only thing remaining the same
Is how consistently life goes on
Track Name: Loose Ends
It’s all so familiar, it’s almost the same
The art on the walls still hang there without frames
I know all the faces in the pictures on your fridge
And my spot on your couch feels the same as it always did

I miss the days when the sounds of the city were our wake up calls
Where everything in us came so alive with the night fall.
And all that it took was a couple of footsteps to get to your door
I wish it was harder for me to remember how we were before

You were such a perfect distraction
When my world was falling apart
You did nothing but hold me together
As I fell for the safety in your arms.
I don’t want to hear another word bout how this just takes time
Everyone has their loose ends, and he’s just one of mine.

And at the beginning, felt I had nothing to prove
Everything about me settled into everything about you
I swore I would never regret it, you were all that I'd need
I'd find that the worst things for you are the hardest to leave

You were such a perfect distraction
When my world was falling apart
You did nothing but hold me together
As I fell for the safety in your arms.
I don’t want to hear another word bout how this just takes time
Everyone has their loose ends, and he’s just one of mine.

Close my eyes and now, all I see is you and me last summer
and I don't know why or how we ended up so far apart together
I don’t want to hear another word bout how this just takes time
Everyone has their loose ends

You were such a perfect distraction
When my world was falling apart
You did nothing but hold me together
As I fell for the safety in your arms.
I don’t want to hear another word bout how this just takes time
Everyone has their loose ends
Everyone has their loose ends
Everyone has their loose ends
and he’s just one of mine.
Track Name: Wildwood
I never meant to leave
It kind of happened by mistake
I often think how can this be
That life became this way
So far and detached from the home I once knew
So far and detached, away from all of you

Sometimes I’ll think of those long winter days
Sledding as if the cold was far far far far away
Or those warm summer nights, mason jars and fire flies
Playing hockey til dark fell, under the street light
I still taste the sweat, still feel the sting
Of cutting close to curfew, and running, running

Take me back
Cracked sidewalks and open fields
Millpond park and fishing reels
The pedestrian city, where I learned how to drive
Build forts in the forest, next to the zipline
Sat by the bay window, so much of my childhood
was spent here in this home
on wildwood

They put up those condos, we had a field day
Rode our bikes to the model homes, and played
House like the pros, we were better at it then,
We were better at playing house when it was just pretend
I still taste the sweat, still feel the sting
Of cutting close to curfew, and running, running

Take me back
Cracked sidewalks and open fields
Millpond park and fishing reels
The pedestrian city, where I learned how to drive
Build forts in the forest, next to the zipline
Sat by the bay window, so much of my childhood
was spent here in this home
on wildwood

I never meant to leave
It kind of happened by mistake
I often think how can this be
That life became this way

Take me back
Cracked sidewalks and open fields
Millpond park and fishing reels
The pedestrian city, where I learned how to drive
Build forts in the forest, next to the zipline
Sat by the bay window, so much of my childhood
was spent here in this home
on wildwood
Track Name: Who I Want to Be
I’ve lost track
Of the days
Where all is seem to do
Is lose the game
But just as fast
I can’t count the ways
That you pulled me to my feet again

Though I can't say, that any day's my favorite
I can't say that life is kind
All I know is you're the greatest thing
that's ever happened to mine

And when the sun shines I am who I want to be
As far as I know, it shines the most when you're next to me

I've been told
Life's complicated
and though that might be true
You've demonstrated
One exception to the rule
It's the simplest thing loving you

And when the sun shines I am who I want to be
As far as I know, it shines the most when you're next to me

You bring the beat to my heart you bring the heat to the spark and I don't wanna live another day without you
You bring the heat to the spark, you bring the beat to my heart and I don't wanna live another day without you

Thought I can't say that any day's my favorite
No I can't say that life is kind
All I know is you're the greatest thing that's ever happened to mine

And when the sun shines

When the sun shines I am who I wanna be
As far as I know it shines the most when you're next to me
Track Name: Different Couches
I’m missing the days of
Ignorant bliss
When I was unaware of
The safety surrounding us

When all is stripped away
Nothing is the same
I’m trapped inside my mind
When every single day
I’m dying when I wake up
Babe I'm walking on a thin line

Cause I've been
sleeping on a different couch, different bed, different house
Every night to keep my sanity
I've been sleeping on a different couch, different bed, different house
Trying to remember how to breathe

I'm going back to where I started
Everything that I have
Is in the backseat of my car
I'm looking at this life I've been given
and I'm scared to find that
I don't want it anymore

Every now and again, I drive by that old house
And every face behind every wheel of every car is the likes of him, haunting me now
I've lost who it was I was trying to become but I am
dying to be free
I am picking up, every single one of those scattered little pieces of me

Cause I've been
sleeping on a different couch, different bed, different house
Every night to keep my sanity
I've been sleeping on a different couch, different bed, different house
Trying to remember how to breathe

I'm going back to where I started
Everything that I have
Is in the backseat of my car
I'm looking at this life I've been given
and I'm scared to find that
I don't want it anymore

Cause I've been
sleeping on a different couch, different bed, different house
Every night to keep my sanity
I've been sleeping on a different couch, different bed, different house
Trying to remember how to breathe

I'm going back to where I started
Everything that I have
Is in the backseat of my car
I'm looking at this life I've been given
and I'm scared to find that
I don't want it anymore
Track Name: Over You
Find myself stuttering
For the words I should say
Find myself wondering
If you’ll ever look my way again
And I’ve had years
To process this, get you out of my head
Oh I’ve shed tears, tried to move along but I’m stuck here instead
Getting over you.

You’re resurfacing
Back in my life
And I am repressing the memories
Or rather failing to try
You can’t expect me
To just leave the door closed
When I’m dying to see
If we have a choice of road,
I'm getting over you

Tried to leave you behind, tried so hard to forget
Replay it all in my mind, far too abrupt of an end.
Tried to rationalize, but I’ve got nothing to lose
Keep saying I’m fine just want to tell you the truth.
Wish you would come to my house, wish you would call me outside
Kiss me on the mouth, say you'll give this another try
Wish you would come to my house, so I could open the door
And I'd tell you I’ve never loved you more.

Before today
It had been awhile
Since I’d seen your face
and now I’m putting out a fire
We’ve come so far
Going opposite directions
Forgive my heart
For having opposite intentions
Than getting over you

Tried to leave you behind, tried so hard to forget
Replay it all in my mind, far too abrupt of an end.
Tried to rationalize, but I’ve got nothing to lose
Keep saying I’m fine just want to tell you the truth.
Wish you would come to my house, wish you would call me outside
Kiss me on the mouth, say you'll give this another try
Wish you would come to my house, so I could open the door
And I'd tell you I’ve never loved you more.
Track Name: Here
Every street, every sidewalk every path that I'm on
Feels like I'm walking through our past
When he was next to me
My head fit perfectly, had its own place on his shoulder

And every road was blocked by orange cones
On the way to those apartments, I had two that felt like home
To put it simply, I am trapped by the memories
Of how we got here now

I've been looking for a door, but I can't even find a window
Don't want to be here anymore, but I've got no place else left to go
I can't keep staying here, for staying's sake
Cannot salvage what's left of the mess that we made
And it's a risk that I'm willing to take
To get lost along the way
It's just too hard to be here now

There was stillness on Delaware avenue
A dark symphony of silence that as of now resembles you
And all the time I spent at the monument
Writing melodies for no one

I loved that stale scent of old cigarettes
That would leak in from all the neighbors
Through those painted over vents
We were happy then
I'm not sure where or when or how we got here now

I've been looking for a door, but I can't even find a window
Don't want to be here anymore, but I've got no place else left to go
I can't keep staying here, for staying's sake
Cannot salvage what's left of the mess that we made
And it's a risk that I'm willing to take
To get lost along the way
It's just too hard to be here now

But I can't keep staying here
Oh no I can't keep staying here
I can't keep staying here

I can't keep staying here, for staying's sake
Cannot salvage what's left of the mess that we made
And it's a risk that I'm willing to take
To get lost along the way
It's a risk that I'm willing to take
To get lost along the way
Track Name: Runaway Train
Runaway train
Where you going
Is it alright with you
If I ride along
I’m not really sure what I’m after
But for now you look like a good home.

Runaway train
Take me with you
I wanna fall in love again
In a quaint little town, where no one knows me
And I can find my way again

Cause I hear that this life is beautiful
And you’ve seen a lot of the world
I wanna live something meaningful
Could you tell me where I should start
Runaway train.

Runaway train
Tell me your secrets
I wanna feel love again
I wanna find what I’m after
I wanna be whole again

I hear that this life is beautiful
And you’ve seen a lot of the world
I wanna live something meaningful
Could you tell me where I should start

Runaway train,
Sound your alarm
Let the folks know
That we’re barreling on
Not sure if I’m ready yet
To step off or down
So with your permission
I think I’ll just stick around.

Runaway train
Don't you ever get tired
Of turning your wheels and carrying loads
You hardly slow down, have but one track to follow
Don’t you wish all the time you had just a few roads?


Cause I hear that this life is beautiful
And you’ve seen a lot of the world
I wanna live something meaningful
Could you tell me where I should start
Runaway train, you've seen a lot of the world
Oh and I wanna live something meaningful
Could you tell me where I should start
Runaway train
Track Name: Sun and the Moon
It's been nice coming home to you
at the end of the day
But the only reason I still do
Is cause he asked me to stay

Maybe it was the way that he said my name when he told me goodbye
Helped me see that as long as he's been a part of my life
I haven't stopped loving him
Oh i might never stop loving him

So I'll keep driving
Til the sun and the moon stop
Fighting for space in the sky
Once again once again I am
Looking out for the end cause you are
Too far to have, but close enough to keep me wondering

There's nothing left of this city
But the pieces that once made it home
All the nooks and the crannies
That I only know
Because you showed them to me

So I'll keep driving
Til the sun and the moon stop
Fighting for space in the sky
Once again once again I am
Looking out for the end cause you are
Too far to have, but close enough to keep me wondering

From St. Louis to Boston
The further I go, the more that I miss him
One goodbye, one kiss
Get out of my mind I wanna forget that
One night in one sky, a few stars aligned
Only to scatter with the sunrise

So I'll keep driving
Til the sun and the moon stop
Fighting for space in the sky
Once again once again I am
Looking out for the end cause you are
Too far to have, but close enough to keep me wondering
Track Name: Don't Want You Back
Do you sing to her
Like you used to sing to me
I bet your eyes don’t leave her’s when she speaks
And I meant it when I said
That I just want you to be happy
But oh how I wonder, when you are with her
Are you ever thinking of me

I can’t stay in this small town
With it’s big city people
I’ve been thinking out loud
But lately my thoughts and I are feeble
I’ve been trying to move on
But you’re just one problem among several others
And I don’t mean to hold on
But you were the only one who could put me back together

Why did I let you go?
Took oh so long to see
That this is a lonely road
Without you here beside me
Why did I let you go
If only I had seen
Now it’s too late I know
So I’ll repeat til I believe

Don’t want you back.

There’s a memory in my mind framed
Of us driving together
Singing “Stop This Train” over your little red car’s speakers

Why can I not let go
Of seemingly meaningless moments
They add up so fast though
All at once crashing over when I least expect it

Why did I let you go?
Took oh so long to see
That this is a lonely road
Without you here beside me
Why did I let you go
If only I had seen
Now it’s too late I know
So I’ll repeat til I believe

Don't want you back.
Track Name: I Will Sing
Maybe I’ll move
To the hills of Ireland
Try to learn how not to prove
Myself to anyone
Maybe buy an instrument
That I don’t know yet
Pour my soul and my sentiment
Pour myself into learning it

Maybe I’ll head on
Head on to Chicago
Find some friends I can lean on
Find some hope for tomorrow
Cause if home’s where the heart is
Won't you tell me where’s mine
Cause the truth of the matter is
They’re both hard to find

One of these days I’ll break free from the cage
Throw all the cast iron off & away
But try as I might, oh and try as I may
To cast off my burdens, seems they’re here to stay

Maybe I’ll head down
Head down to the southern coast
And get lost in the ocean
In my grandfather’s boat
Walk along the shoreline
Feel the earth neath my toes
And I'll head the tide's warning
As it comes and it goes

One of these days I’ll break free from the cage
Throw all the cast iron off & away
But try as I might, oh and try as I may
To cast off my burdens, seems they’re here to stay
Oh but I will sing
Every line
Every melody
Til I’m finally free
Of all of the trouble this life seems to bring

My family’s getting older
And so am I
And we are living further
Apart than I’d like
So maybe I’ll head up north,
To colder skies
Live with only the kind of warmth
Seen in my baby sisters eyes

One of these days I’ll break free from the cage
Throw all the cast iron off & away
But try as I might, oh and try as I may
To cast off my burdens, seems they’re here to stay
Oh but I will sing
Every line
Every melody
Til I’m finally free
Of all of the trouble this life seems to bring