Lying Awake

by Ellery

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Ellery, the husband-and-wife duo comprised of Tasha and Justin Golden, unleashed its Virt Records debut, "Lying Awake," in 2006. The album, produced by previous Grammy nominee Ric Hordinski (Over the Rhine, David Wilcox), showcased a band which, after five years of making music together, had finally found its musical center.

The band's debut was warmly received by the Cincinnati community, including a cover story in CiN Weekly, regular airplay on WNKU, and three nominations in the Cincinnati Entertainment awards. "Lying Awake" earned Ellery strong national recognition as well, including glowing reviews in national publications such as Paste Magazine and Performing Songwriter. "Long Coat On" was featured on Starbucks HearMusic, and the first single, "Anna," was featured on Paste Sampler #21 and played on AAA radio stations throughout the country and in the UK.

"Tasha and Justin Golden combine skillful, melodic instrumentation, intelligent but unassuming lyrics, and captivating vocals to make engaging indie pop on Lying Awake... [It's] music for the well-adjusted, music filled with alt-radio-ready piano, tasteful guitar and breathy vocals that flirt with melancholy but always climax with hopefulness." -Paste Magazine

"...The 11 emotionally charged, introspective, mid-tempo tunes smartly put singer Tasha Golden's smooth, pliable voice front and center to guide the soaring melodies, as her muted piano playing and the shimmering guitars and husky backing vocals from husband Justin Golden provide an earthy ballast..." -Performing Songwriter Magazine

"One of the few acts to come across my desk in a long while whose recorded work actually lives up to the hype surrounding it, this married duo of Tasha and Justin Golden make passionate, spiritually invigorating postmodern folk-pop that is as memorable as it is easy to swallow..." -Connect Savannah Magazine

"...The twosome's airy yet organic Pop has a soul-tickling emotional weight that many bands would die for. Starry-eyed yet also very grounded, Ellery's sound is romantic, dreamy, moving and flawlessly executed." -Cincinnati Citybeat Magazine


released April 4, 2006

Produced by Ric Hordinski
Recorded and mixed by Ric Hordinski, Mersey Beat Studio, Cincinnati, OH
Additional assistance by Phil Raath
Mastered by Richard Dodd, Nashville, TN
Photography by Michael Wilson
Design by Jeremy Cowart, Pixlegrazer

Tasha Golden: vocals, background vocals, piano, Wurlitzer
Justin Golden: background vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, tenor guitar, mando guitar
Ric Hordinski: electric guitars, loops, keys, percussion, stuffs
Amos Heller: bass
Josh Seurkamp: drums, percussion

Justin plays Taylor guitars and uses Elixir strings
Ric plays Rick Turner guitars, TEO Octave Twelve String guitars, and uses D’Addario Strings

Ellery is Tasha and Justin Golden

All songs by Tasha Golden, music by Tasha and Justin Golden
© & (P) 2006 Set Adrift Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Marketed by Virt Records LLC under exclusive license. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited by federal law. Virt Records LLC, P.O. Box 9142, Seattle, WA 98109.



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Ellery’s intimate, lush-pop songs have been heard in major motion pictures, TV dramas, radio, and taken them across the country over years of touring. Now based in Louisville, KY, the band writes and records between research, mixing projects, and indulging two cats. They make loud louds and quiet quiets. ... more

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Track Name: Anna
She was falling asleep with the light on, waiting
With her back to the door and the whole world fading
He was never no good if he'd leave her that way
But it's funny how that's never made this okay

Anna, hang on
There is more where all this came from

Well the news made her more than a name but barely
To the small town of Troy and the Carman family
Who were told it would be like it all was back then
That the world could pretend like it never happened


In your short life, you've lived a thousand times
You stood so brave, they robbed you blind
The truth is, there'll be harder times
And it's okay to say you're fine
But I'll be waiting back behind, and
You can make your troubles mine
Track Name: Be Like This
Your voice was soft
It always is
That’s why I thought
I’d get through this

Your fingertips
Light on my face
Felt like a kiss
That’s my mistake

I was staying up all night
Had every detail memorized
I felt my edges start to slip
I said I wouldn’t be like this
Said I wouldn’t be like this

I told you once
The braver half
Who I’d become if
You ever left

The less there is
Of me to show
The more I wish
You didn’t know


You moved too close
For me to think
Straight, and so
I let me sink

It’s not your fault
I wanted to
I built the walls
I can’t get through


And I apologize for
The way my eyes won’t leave the floor

Track Name: Song For Lovers
Nights like this were meant for lovers
That’s how they begin
Whisper soft like angel songs
That drift in on the wind

But it only takes a word
To make you shudder in your soul
And that’s all it took tonight
To leave us both like steel and stone

But I can’t live without you
Oh I know I made a mess
I cursed and cried about you,
I could not have meant it less
I could not have meant it less

We were never strong enough
To keep this in our heads
But we were never meant to say
These stupid things we’ve said

And I don’t trust me anymore
Than you can trust me now
Oh but I can’t help hoping good will come
Though I can’t tell you how


And I’m no good at this,
It’s like the story of my life
How I’ve been pounding fists
Against the one sure thing in mine
You’re the one sure thing in mine
Track Name: Arizona
Said he’s doing just fine
95, and biding his time
Empty notebooks and bottles of wine
Collecting newspapers and library fines

We’re talkin’ thousands of days
They came, they stayed, and faded lazy away
Left him standing with that look on his face
Knows he’s got too much and nothing to say

With the whole world, watching him go
Saying live your life or leave us all alone
Us young ones with our never growing old
And his sun goes setting low - in Arizona

It was a Saturday night
He wiped his eyes and turned out the lights
Sixty years and then a silent goodbye
He still forgets and calls her name sometimes

He said he’s easy to please
Short sleeves and jeans with grease on the knees
When you’re outliving every one of your dreams
Don’t do no good to wonder what it all means


She said, “Baby, there’s never been much time
We’ve known it all our lives”
I think she was right
Track Name: Long Coat On
It was a long winter for Katie
And she had the worn look to show it
Her roof was old and leaking,
And she was tired of living below it

She didn’t know who lived above her
But this room below she knew too well
She’d read books of friends and lovers
And wanted stories of her own to tell

She had her long coat on
She had that look in her eye
She was wavin’ her hat in her hand
When she said ‘goodbye’

Her mama stood there gawking by the doorway
Would’ve never guessed she’d finally go
Saw her pack then leave behind her suitcase
Sat forgotten in the melting snow

So Katie was away to find her freedom
The winter held her in and let her go
When they said it was a big world, she believed ‘em
But I guess some people have to see to really know


It was a long winter for Katie
But one day Katie had her chance
And back home they never could stop saying
How she left and barely gave them all a second glance...

Track Name: The Simple Things
It doesn’t matter anyway
Any more than any other day
I wish it didn’t feel this way
I wish it didn’t feel this way

Of course you’re not the first to go
It echoed in us years ago
These things they happen slow
These things they happen slow

I saw you on the TV screen
They painted you an ugly green
We lose ourselves in simple things
It’s always the simple things

Like your brittle broken heart
But I think that’s the easy part
Doesn’t matter who you are
Doesn’t matter who you are

We feel it under every breath
To say it scares us all to death
But that don’t make it matter less
That don’t make it matter less

They love to beat you when you’re down
And spread the news all over town
Can what was lost ever be found
Can what was lost ever be found

It’s been a long and lonely rain
I listened to me say your name
And nothing in me feels the same
Nothing in me feels the same
Track Name: Know Better Now
It’s quiet in Kentucky
You never ask about me
I never thought about it
Until now

It’s cloudy out my window
Just another TV show
And noises in the hallway
Outside, and

I guess I know better now
That few things ever go
The way that we mean anyhow
That’s better I suppose

You thought that I was joking
When I said I was worried
I’d never love somebody
Like you do

It’s easier on some days
I keep me busy anyway
I read a lot on weekends
Downtown, and


I called while you were working
It’s easier than talking
For just so many reasons
And it’s funny how we speak so clear
While such a mess inside
I mean more than I’m saying here
You know that just as well as

Track Name: Inside My Head
It’s just a fear, unnamed
We shouldn’t have to do this to ourselves
we shouldn’t have to do it this way

You weren’t the first, allowed
To blow in like a wind over my soul
To roll in like a thundercloud

It’s all the same, who knows
I came in with a heavy, hollow hand
I came out with a brittle hope

And with my walls defined
More surely I could shake away my pain
More confidently draw the lines

So you will never get inside my,
See inside my head
You will never get inside my,
See inside my head

You took my hand, we sat down
You told me this was different than before
You told me you would stick around

But good intentions lie
Beneath the sacrifice they take,
Behind the guarded look in your eyes


I came prepared to fight
We shouldn’t have to do this to ourselves
I’m choking on what’s left of my pride
Track Name: Some Lovely Story
Sing a song, commemorate it
Everything you’ve lost
Write how long it’s always taken
Just to swim across

You were always blurry-eyed
You meant it how you said
Bending down, observing lives
As you pronounce them dead

Hero, Hero
Of some lovely story
Nobody ever wrote

Lean out from your tower, darling
Cast your shadow down
Spend your saved up hours, darling
Nothing matters now

You dreamt your sorrows welled like water
Washing all our flaws
One never saw a better martyr
Dying for applause


Maybe you’d have made it
Easier on us all
If you had never taken it
Upon yourself at all
Track Name: You'll Get Through It
Let him turn to go, let him tell you no
It’s coming
Fire in his shoes, saddest bit of news
It’s coming

Circle round again, lost and found again
Your story
Waiting up past dark, that’s your favorite part
Your story

I saw you with your back turned to imaginary crowds
I saw you with your head down, saying “nothing matters now”

You sigh,
Nothing to it
You lie,
You’ll get through it

Whistle to the tune, dance around the room
That’s something
Stand out in the rain, cry when you’re in pain
That’s something


You fight to stay awake,
Your dreams will likely drive you mad
But only cause you’re living like
One shot was all you had

Track Name: It's Alright
Remember how we chased it like shadows
Life was the ocean; we wanted to swim
Looking back now, it’s just how the path goes
They tell you it’s over; you never begin

We don’t give ourselves time - the way that we used to
To watch it all happen, unfolding in sighs
You’d think we were blind, the things we can see through
The things we look past when emboldened inside

But it’s alright now, it’s alright
The ghosts of our glories are gray-bearded guides
The sound of our sorrows has stirred us inside
(But) I think maybe I’ve never felt more alive

I asked you just once if you thought we could be found
You never did tell me; but I think I know now
Whatever ship comes, by dark sea or gray cloud
As long as the well’s deep, we make it somehow


I don’t know how to make peace or find it
We’re most of us stories we’re scared to explain
But what if there’s sound, somewhere caught behind this
A song we can sing while we’re lying awake