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Here are five songs that I've pulled out of the woodwork and made rough recordings of in order to better give me an idea of what I want my next EP to be. I had people listen to these songs and vote for their favorite. The winner was "I Want You Here" and it will be featured on my next EP! Thanks everyone for your support <3

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released January 4, 2014

All songs written by Candace Griffin
Cover art by Kat Farnsworth

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Candace Griffin Janesville, Wisconsin

"Alternative and folky, Candace Griffin's music comes straight from the heart. As a songwriter, she takes inspiration from the life around her, and with honest words and acoustic-driven emotions, she puts her listeners right in the moment. You'll think the songs were written just for you." (Bio by Caitlin Wildhagen) ... more

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Track Name: A Good Thing
It's like I never heard your voice when you told me you wanted me.
It's like you never saw my face when I smiled.
It's funny how we talked like we'd last for eternity.
It's funny, now I know we'd only make it a little while.

When you're done being a wise guy
I think you'll notice I passed you by.
And when you get your head out of your ass,
You'll know you let a good thing walk past.

I spent most of the day listening to "Rumors"
Which you've never heard cuz you're so deep underground
I used to dream that we'd potentially be lovers
But now I'd like to believe there's something better to be found

When you're done being a wise guy
I think you'll notice I passed you by.
And when you get your head out of your ass,
You'll know you let a good thing walk past.

I could be better, I know I'm not the best.
But patching us up is just too much of a mess.
Delete my pictures, cuz I'm done trying to pass your test.

When you learn to talk without sounding pretentious,
Maybe I'll listen without rolling my eyes.
I could have given you something good, something precious.
But all I'm giving you now is goodbyes.

So when you're done being a wise guy,
That's when you'll notice I passed you by.
And when you get your head of your ass, you'll know...
That's when I think you'll know you let a good thing walk past.
Track Name: Silly Me
I should have seen it coming a mile away.
Should've known when I felt something when you looked my way.
Cuz I saw you standing there, and I could have sworn that was the night
That I had been waiting for. The moment it finally turned out right.

Well I've been wrong before. In fact, that's all I've ever been.
Just waiting and ready for someone to let me in.
But I don't want to frighten you or push you away.
I won't write you any love songs, cuz that's just too cliche.

Now it's stupid girl, you got your hopes up again.
Silly me for dreaming.

I try to keep my distance even if I'm sitting next to you.
Cuz I think it'd be better if you didn't have a clue.
But sometimes you glance over, and I could swear that you know.
And it's so hard to swim away, when I'm trying to go with the flow

Now it's stupid girl, you got yourself into this mess.
Silly me for wanting to confess

That all I want is you.
And I don't know what to do.
All I want is you.
But for now, dreaming's gonna have to do.

Sometimes when I'm dreaming, I can hear you singing me to sleep.
And I sing along with you, cuz it keeps me from having to speak.

I'm such a stupid girl, I guess this is what I get.
Silly me. Guess I'm not ready for happy-ever-after yet.
Should have seen it coming...
I should have known...
Track Name: I Want You Here
I was on the last boat out of Chinatown when I started missing you.
I just spent all my money, but I would have rather spent the time with you.
I heard last night you couldn't sleep, you should have jumped on the train with me.
But now I'm in another state, a windy city with a great lake, down by the Pier.
And I wish you were here...

I passed The House of Blues, and I couldn't help thinking one day I'll play there with you.
We'll take the town by storm, and it won't be long before our big debut.
But now I'm running for the train and no one told me it was gonna rain tonight.
I wouldn't mind so much getting wet if it was your hand I was holding, I'd be alright.
But you're not here...

And I wish you were here! Would you dance with me, dance with me in the puddles right here.
Have no fear! If we're too late and miss our train, we'll stay right here.
We'd laugh through the night, with you I'd be alright. I really want you here tonight.

And when I'm on the road, there's some sights I'd like to show you.
I play 20 Questions with myself, but I'd rather use them to help me get to know you.
When I cross the county lines and see the road signs saying "Come back soon"
I know that I will, but I won't turn around until my right hand seat is filled with you.
I want you here.

I wish you were here! It's getting late, keep me awake. Navigate and I'll steer.
Have no fear! If we miss our turn or crash and burn, at least you'd be near.
We'd laugh through the night. With you I'd be alright. I really need you here tonight.

I was on the last boat out of Chinatown when I realized I should have called you.
Now you're not here.
I wish you were here.
I really want you here tonight.
Track Name: Up In My Head
Fairytales only happen in movies.
And to girls prettier than me.
I'll be alone again tonight with a pen and some paper I'll only tear up.
The best parts will stay there up in my head.

I'm in a coffee shop, reading a book. And a guy walks up.
He says "I like what you're reading" and he pulls up a seat and we talk
About our favorite songs and our favorite shows and then he buys me a caramel macchiato.
And I start to believe I've found the one.

But just when he reaches for my hand, that's when I wake up and I understand that

Fairytales only happen in movies.
And to girls prettier than me.
I'll be alone again tonight with a pen and some paper I'll only tear up.
The best parts will stay there up in my head

I'm driving along, he's in the front seat of my car.
My head is cloudy like the smoke from the chimneys of factories we're passing.
I'll wanna kiss him at a red light but I'll just sit stalling. I'll wait too long and the car behind us will start honking.
And we'll just laugh and keep driving into the clouds.

But just when he reaches for my hand, that's when I wake up and I understand that

Fairytales only happen in my dreams.
And to girls luckier than me.
I'll be alone again tonight with a pen and some paper I'll only tear up.
The best parts will stay there up in my

Thoughts aren't that hard to understand.
I just want him to hold my hand
But that's too much like a

Fairytale. And those only happen in movies
Or to any other girl except for me.
I guess I'll be alone again tonight with a pen and some paper I just may tear up.
The best parts will stay there up in my head.
They're safe up in my head.
It's all in my head.
Track Name: To No One In Particular
Gave my all no matter the cost.
I wrote to you, you just wrote me off. I guess that's okay.
Didn't see me cry the day you left.
You just smiled and turned your head and drove away.
Moving on to bigger, better things.
You don't answer your phone when it rings. At least not when I call.
Every time you come around
Your mom has to tell me you're in town. You don't mention it to me at all.

When they say "Who are you writing all those songs to?"
I cannot say cuz you would never want to hear the truth
That "no one in particular" is you.

Hope it's nice in Minnesota.
You said to visit again if I wanna. But I don't think I will.
Cuz the last time I drove all that way, I spent all night till the break of day alone in my hotel.
But when I get in your face, you say you never meant to make me feel that way.
And I say, no regrets.
I say I'll never fall for you again, but it comes back around like a seasonal trend.
I just can't forget.

And when they say "Who are you writing all those songs to?"
I cannot say cuz you would never wanna hear the truth
That "no one in particular" is you.

Wish I never made you that stupid mix cd.
Wish I never told you all you meant to me.
Maybe then you wouldn't be so freaked out to see how good to you I could be.

Sometimes I wonder if the same things that remind me of you, remind you of me. I guess I'll never know.
If I write another song or two, don't worry, they're not about you.
And if you hear me on the radio...

When they ask "Who are you writing all those songs to?"
I'll refuse to say, cuz you didn't wanna hear the truth
That "no one in particular" was you.
It was you. That was you...
"No one in particular" was you.