Songs of utter despair, guilt, empathy, lust, longing and​/​or hope

by Dana-Marie Battaglia

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Dana-Marie Battaglia's official debut full length album Produced by John MacArthur Ellis

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released September 1, 2011

Dana-Marie Battaglia: Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, String Composition and Synth Programming
John MacArthur Ellis: Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Pedal Steel, Organ, Percussion
Tim Bartsch: Cello
Geoff Hicks: Drums
Chris Ochs: Congas

Recorded at Nashcroft Manor, Ashcroft BC
Additional Recording at Dana-Marie’s Home Studio, Squamish BC.
Drums Recorded by Matt Roach and Assisted by Braden Kwasnicia at Vogville Recordings, Port Coquitlam BC
Piano Recorded at St. John the Divine Anglican Church on the HSPAA’s Grand Piano, Squamish BC

Engineered by John MacArthur Ellis
Additional Production and Engineering by Dana-Marie Battaglia
Mixed by Sheldon Zaharko and John MacArthur Ellis at Factory Studios, Vancouver BC
Mastered by Alex DeGrace at Suite Sound Labs

All songs written by Dana-Marie Battaglia
COPYRIGHT 2011 Dana-Marie Battaglia
All songs registered with SOCAN

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Dana-Marie Battaglia Vancouver, British Columbia

After travelling in and out of her vulnerable, passionate melodies and charming toe tapping grooves, you’ll understand what the phrase ‘emotional rollercoaster’ really means. With her sweet, energetic presence, captivating voice, and deeply honest expression, Dana-Marie Battaglia will rip your heart out and gently sew it back in. ... more

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Track Name: Gotta
Gotta find the day, gotta find the day, find the day, find the day
when I can do what I love.

Gotta find the moment, gotta make the moment, got a moment, got a moment
for some music?
For some music?

Gotta find the day, gotta find the day, the day that I can stay away
from all these hard things in life.

'Cause it seems every day, every day, every day is work and no play
and every day I'm wondering how I can
stay the hell away, away
from pain and heartache and work.

Gotta work, gotta work everyday
so I can pay
all my...
oh oh oh you know.

ba ba da ba da de da...

Gotta wish, gotta wish, gotta wish, gotta wish, gotta wish, gotta wish
I gotta wish on a star.

Gotta hope, gotta hope, gotta hope, gotta hope, gotta hope, God I hope
God I hope I believe,
I believe in you tomorrow.

ba ba da ba da de da...

Gotta find the moment, gotta make the moment, got a moment, got a moment
for some music?
For some music?
Track Name: Simply Let It Be
I never really knew
what I would do
when the time was right.
I'm really not surprised
that in my eyes
you can see me fight.
Your heart and dick are thrilled
and so fulfilled
but your mind's not clear.
And neither of us can tell
just what the hell
we're doin here.

And every day is changing,
our lives are rearraging,
and I don't know
if letting go
is right.

You've taken my control,
you're opening my soul,
you're taming all my fears,
but I don't want you here.
And every single day
I wish we'd find a way
to simply let it be
and set each other free.

I suppose it's nothing new
that you are through
spinnin' your wheels.
And I'm really not the type
to raise the hype
in what I feel.

And when the time is comin'
you'll be drummin'
up your past.
But it's really okay
cause like I say
it'll never last.

And I can't stop rearranging,
all the vibes that we're exchanging.
And I don't know if letting go
is wrong.

You've taken my control,
you're opening my soul,
you're taming all my fears,
but I don't want you here.
And every single day
I wish we'd find a way
to simply let it be
and set each other free.
Track Name: Unfaithed
I've given all I could to faith.
I've honoured all that's good and just.
But you say I'll still go to hell
'cause God's got only one way to tell

But I'm not afraid to die.
I'll hope for a reprieve
when I finally tell him why
I couldn't simply just believe.

They say there's only God's command.
That it's only His way in the end.
But He never showed me to my face.
He left us only humans to fight his case.

So I'm not afraid to die.
I'll hope for a reprieve.
When I finally tell him why
I couldn't simply just believe.

My question to you now God:
Is there only one way God?
Just give me a humble sign
I promise you I will resign.

'Cause I'm to afraid to die.
I'll hope for a reprieve
when I finally tell him why
it was so hard to believe.

Believe.
Believe.
Believe.
Track Name: Unkind
The sharpness of my heart
has torn you apart
and you, oh you
don't deserve
what I put you through
and I don't think I know
how to stop.

You say
you don't mind,
that in your heart you know
I am kind.
But you can't see the evil I can bring
and the hurt you feel so far is just a sting
and I don't think I know
how to stop.

So somehow I hope
that you will start to cope
and you wont think of me at all
and the pain you feel will start to fall
and your dreams will fulfill
and I will sit here still
and wonder why I took so long
to let you go.
Track Name: The Struggle to Forgive
You tell me that
love's all around
and though some resist it
their path is still found
and life is what
we make it to be
and no one can hurt us
as long as we're free.

But you left out
the pain and the tears,
the people who hate
and prey on your fears.
You didn't mention
the most hurtful part
that some people thrive
on the despair in your heart.

You tell me that
others may fight,
that it's up to me
not to lose sight.
You tell me that
good always wins,
that when you're armed with love
you will stay strong within.

But you left out
the struggle to care,
that the strength i must search for
is so very rare
and no matter how much
I do my part,
someone will thrive on
the despair in my heart.
Track Name: Breathe
Breathe in my dear.
It will calm your fears,
calm your fears,
dry your tears,
calm your fears.

And it will go away.
It will go away.
Your pretty eyes will shine again.

Breathe out my love.
You will rise above,
rise above,
feel this love,
rise above.

And it will go away.
It will go away.
Your pretty eyes will shine again.
Track Name: Wish I Could
I wanna hold you baby
but I'm not free.
I wanna feel you darling
but I'm not free.

And you are so beautiful
and I wish I could be with you.

I wanna kiss you cutie
but I'm not free.
I wanna know you gorgeous
but I'm not free.
And I can tell by the way
your eyes are glued to my mouth
that you wanna know me honey
inside and out

And you are so beautiful
and I wanna be with you
'cause you are so remarkable
and I wish I could be with you.

Your life, your ways,
your truth, your faith…
I want to know you now.

'Cause you are so beautiful
and I wanna be with you.
Oh you are so remarkable
and I wish I could be with you.
Track Name: Lost All Meaning
The night lifts up the shade
and I feel myself to fade.
The stars circle the earth
and I don't know anything but hurt.

And everyday I'm wandering away.
I do not remember the way I came.
And everyday I'm falling away
and I don't know how to explain…

How I'm going to fix this
cause I don't think I know how.

The water baffles the brook.
The trees confuse the sky.
And you and I
stand here and watch the wind blow us around
and we don't want to ask why
or where we're going to land.

And I don't think I know how
I can fix this.

Give me a reason
to believe in good.
Give me some sign that
everything can be fine.
Cause I have lost all meaning.
I have lost all my sense in believing.
Track Name: Fallen
Mother of pain
why don't you try to tame
all your fears
your insanities?
Father of life
why don't you comfort your wife?
Can't you see
that she's not welcome here?

Brother of hope
will you please help me to cope
with this theme
of irony?
Sisters of fate
will you please teach me to hate?
'Cause it's hard
to keep forgiving.

'Cause I've fallen from grace
and I'm all over the place
but I'll try
yes I'll try.
'Cause I've lost my touch
because it hurt so much
but I'll try.

Father of strength
will you please wait under my plank?
'Cause it's clear
I'll need some help here.

'Cause I've fallen from grace
and I'm all over the place
but I'll try,
yes I'll try.

'Cause I've lost my touch
because it hurt so much
but I'll try.
Track Name: Misunderstood
"Misunderstood"
is what you say.
Unsure why it's so easy to portray
this weary sad,
reflective, mad
shell of existence.
It seems so wrong
but they're so consistent.
Though you are not what they think.

My sentiment has grown wary.
There's too much space
between your queries.
Are you next in line?
Do you have the time
to waste?
Do you have a poem to paste up
on the soggy leaking walls
of my heart?
'Cause you know, they'll fall off.

So move over and make room.
I like your gloom.
I want to sit here without remark.
I want to sit and enjoy your dark
and not budge,
not move,
not cry,
not live,
not die.
Hi... how are you?
Who... who are we?