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LEAH LAVIGNE

 

If actions speak louder than words, Leah Lavigne’s songwriting embodies and speaks more of her than any worded description. Leah is a moving ballad written with melancholic whimsy, she is an empowering anthem speaking to social change, a spunky tune of heartbreak built upon playful pizzicato strings, and a charming universal ukulele love ditty. Her genuine and charismatic delivery engages listeners as she reveals to them her different ways of thinking and feeling, different approaches genuine to the diverse experiences of life and various versions we have of ourselves.

 

Her sometimes somber sensitivity is reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, she infuses elements of Jazz giving her Soft Pop a groove that is Norah Jones or John Mayer-esque, she maintains an often light Indie delivery similar to Ingrid Michaelson, and adds some Kate Nash quirk for flavor.

 

The 20 year old singer-songwriter is currently based in New York City as she attends New York University. The soul that can be felt in her songs makes it easy to believe there might still be something in the water back in Motown/Detroit, where she claims her roots.

 

Leah Lavigne's self-titled, debut EP was released in July of 2011. In November of 2014 she released her sophomore album, Peripeteia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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PERIPETEIA

by Leah Lavigne

/per-uh-pi-tee-uh/ - noun
a sudden reversal of fortune.

Peripeteia can leave you feeling on top of the world, and it can leave you feeling quite the opposite. This album is a collection of songs reflecting upon some of the ups and downs I have experienced. For me, the most important piece of this project is the final track, Dreaming. No matter how good or bad life seems at the moment, dreams are something that should not be compromised. Let them keep you reaching when you are feeling good and let them keep you afloat when life is weighing you down. Do not lose your hope; do not lose your vision. “There’s so much left, what’s still ahead, so let’s keep on dreaming.”

Easy

Well we laughed, and we cried

And you made it seem easy

 And you made me think, maybe

It was time to love again

 

Well we talked, and we sang

And this peculiar little thing happened

When you held me close and I knew

This was no mistake

 

And it was easy

You made it easy

And just being there by your side

Everything felt so right

It was easy

Oh oh oh oh oh

Easy

 

And I was convinced

I was fine without a him

But then you filled the piece of my foolish heart

That I never knew was missing

 

And it was easy

You made it easy

And just being there by your side

Everything felt so right

It was easy

Oh oh oh oh oh

Easy

It was easy

Oh oh oh oh oh

Easy

 

Live while you're alive

I watched a man

As he walked

Laps and laps ‘round his

Apartment building

           

Said to myself

Why doesn’t he go look at the world?

Why, doesn’t he find himself bored?

Then I asked myself the same

 

Nobody can live forever

An ending always must arrive

The whole thing’s bitter sweet my darling

But I promise, I will live while I’m alive

 

When you look out at the future

What do you see

Is there enough

Light to show you all the possibilities

 

When you look here around you

Are you even aware

Are you blind and uncertain

Of all the beautiful things

 

Nobody can live forever

An ending always must arrive

The whole thing’s bitter sweet my darling

But I promise, I will live while I’m alive

 

Life is what you make it

Go and find your happiness

The only limits are the ones you give yourself

Make the promise that you’ll live while you’re alive

So just promise that you’ll live while you’re alive

 

 

Remember who you are

Looking out there at the sea

Trying to decide

If it’s half full or empty

As the sun closes its eyes

 

I’m trying not to lose any sleep

As my mind runs around everywhere

To try and fill all the empty

That I won’t admit is there

 

And when you find the ceiling

Staring back at you

And the clear horizon

Fails to tell the truth

Remember who you are

And when you’re scared of trying

‘Cause you’re scared you’ll lose

when you’re holding on 

For what feels overdue

You have come so far

Remember who you are

 

When it’s time to decide things

And you can’t convince your conscience to stay

And you’re stuck second-guessing

 ‘Cause everything’s astray

 

You find the ceiling

Staring back at you

And the clear horizon

Fails to tell the truth

Remember who you are

when you're, you’re scared of trying

‘Cause you’re scared you’ll lose

When you’re holding on

For what feels overdue

You have come so far

Remember who you are

Remember who you are

 

 

DOuchebag

So you proved me wrong

And now I feel like the biggest fool

Because all along

I thought that there was something more to you

 

So you caught my eye

Something ‘bout your smirk, something ‘bout your little smile

And I must admit

If there’s something you got down than it’s your style

And you just came off

So cool, so chill, so comfortable

Had that sweet talk down

You knew how to make me feel special

 

Oh oh oh oh

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

Oh oh oh oh

 

But you’re just a douchebag

Nothing more, nothing less

Arrogant and stuck up

You have no respect

Yeah you’re just a douchebag

And it’s time you know

That you screwed up, and I moved on, and it’s because

It’s what you asked for

     

And maybe there’s really something

more deep down inside you           

And you were told to put up

walls and masks to hide you           

So much of me wants to

believe you’re really different        

But you wouldn’t let me in

And the only you I know

 

Is a douchebag

Nothing more, nothing less

You’re just a douchebag

Walking ‘round here breaking hearts now right and left           

Douchebag

With no respect

Doo doo douchebag

You’re a douchebag, douchebag da doo doo doo

 

Doo doo doo, doo doo doo douchebag

Doo doo doo x2

You’re a douchebag

You’re a douchebag, douchebag doo doo doo

 

Doo doo doo, doo doo doo douchebag

Doo doo doo x2

You’re a douchebag

You’re a douchebag, douchebag doo doo doo doo

 

 

regrets

Is it okay to have regrets

‘Cause I still think about you sometimes

I find my self wondering what if

I find myself asking why

 

All these things that I

should’ve said          

Nothing now but

regrets

 

And I see you with her

Everywhere that I turn, it’s always you two

I pretend it don’t hurt

‘Cause we’re friends and I can’t really blame you

And I smile tell you both that you’re so cute

Because that’s what a friend is supposed to do

But I know that we both can see right through

Can see right through

 

Look my way and you’ll catch me as I turn my head

You can think what you want or you can just leave me unread

You’ve moved on and I’m thinking I should do the same

One problem, these regrets, they just won’t go away

 

And I see you with her

Everywhere that I turn it’s always you two

I pretend it don’t hurt

‘Cause we’re friends and I can’t really blame you

And I smile tell you both that you’re so cute

Because that’s what a friend is supposed to do

But I know that we both can see right through

Can see right through

 

Is it okay to have regrets

‘Cause I still think about you sometimes

I find my self wondering what if

I find myself asking why

 

 

 

Right next to you

All I can see

Is that you’re the one for me

And I’m looking at you

And my smile keeps on slipping through

 

Time, time goes on

Say wait up, and then it’s gone

 

But I will stay, stay right here

Right next to you

And things may change

But I’ll be there, the whole way through

 

Look me in the eyes

Hold me oh so tight

How much I love this

Seal it with your kiss

 

Oh ooh oh x4

 

And I will stay, stay right here

Right next to you

And things may change

But I’ll be there, the whole way through

 

And things may change

But I’ll be there, the whole way through

‘Cause I will stay

I’ll stay right here

Right next to you

 

dreaming

I don’t know how

Long it’s been since

I last saw your face

 

Memories that

Were so vivid

Now they’ve all turned gray

 

But maybe we should catch up

Maybe we should get together

Maybe we should hang out and

reminisce

                       

Go back to those days I

Can’t forget

And for a minute

Forget all this

 

Waiting for the

Night to fall to

Look up at the stars

 

We could count them

Almost reach them

But they were too far

 

And we said we’d keep on dreaming

Even when it’s hard

Never thought that life’s next chapter

Could tear it apart

 

But maybe we should catch up

Maybe we should get together

Maybe we should hang out and

reminisce

           

Go back to those days I

Can’t forget

And for a minute

Forget all this

 

There’s so much left

What’s still ahead

 

So let’s keep on

Dreaming

 

x2

Ooh

Ooh ooh

Ooh ooh

Dreaming

 

 

There’s so much left

What’s still ahead

So let’s keep on

Dreaming