Aqua Vitae

by Tiger Darrow

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Pierre Massé
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Pierre Massé Wicked production, beautiful vocals, wonderful versatility, and captivating variation. An album that truly draws you in, takes you for a thrilling ride, and then drops you off entirely satisfied. Favorite track: Aqua Vitae.
Steve Lawson
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Steve Lawson this is an extraordinary record - I love both of Tiger's other albums, and here she takes another leap forward. The production is incredible, the songwriting beautiful and the singing utterly beguiling. I'm a huge fan. You need this album. :) Favorite track: Swimming Upstream.
Dean McCarthy
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Dean McCarthy From the gorgeous aesthetic to the very intelligent songwriting, this is a fantastic collection of songs. This will be getting played in my car for days!! Favorite track: Sunrise.
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about

Aqua Vitae is Latin for "water of life."

This album is an exploration of the different facets of relationships, whether romantic, platonic, wonderful, terrifying, or even with the inanimate through the symbol of water.

Just as water is a necessary resource for life, I believe our relationships and interactions, not just with others, but with our surroundings and the elements that make up the foundation of our lives is equally as necessary. These interactions are what create a fluidity in our routines, our thinking, our creativity, and our inspiration and curiosity. They nourish us and help us to grow.

Aqua Vitae also means brandy.

Sorry to get all thesis-y sounding.

This record would not have been possible without the help of my amazing, incredibly talented team of artists, producers, and engineers who so generously donated their time and talents to make this record as beautiful as I feel it is. From the bottom of my heart, I cannot thank you all enough for making my dreams and visions as a songwriter come to life. And an equally special "thank you" is due to Phil Galdston, Dr. Robert Rowe, Dr. Ron Sadoff, and my family for providing me with constant encouragement and support throughout the writing and recording process. I love you all.

xo
Tiger

credits

released October 29, 2013

The Players:

Tiger Darrow- vocals, keys, cello, guitar
Andrew Orkin- guitar
Sarah Segner- violin
Michael Wright- drums
Drew Schultz- drums (on Lost and Found)
Gina Izzo- Flute
Aaron Irwinsky- flute
Daniel Hardaway- trumpet
Gaika James- trombone

The Production Team:

Tiger Darrow- Production & Engineering
Andrew Orkin- Production & Engineering on tracks 2, 4, 7, 10, & 11
Michael Wright- Production & Engineering on tracks 2, 4, 7, 10, & 11
Phil Galdston- Production on Lost and Found
Elliot Scheiner- Production & Engineering on Lost and Found
Charlie Rivera- Engineering on Lost and Found
Gina Izzo- Flute Production on Introduction and Interludes 1 & 2
Sam Tall- Production on Swimming Upstream

Mastering by Jacob van der Westhuizen, Benjamin Studio, South Africa
(www.benjaminstudio.co.za)

All songs written, recorded, and produced by Tiger Darrow at the nomadic MadCatter Studios.
Drums for tracks 3, 4, 7, 10, & 11 recorded and mized at Gloryvale Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Drums for Lost and Found recorded in Dolan Studios at NYU.

Cover Photo by Brian Gregory Wilson.

℗© 2013 Tiger Darrow

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Track Name: Sunrise
She was the sunrise
But he refused to get up
Cause the touch of her rays
Just wasn't enough
And even if he tried
He knew he'd only burn
Cause the beauty of her eyes
Is something that you earn

She saw the big picture
All he could see was her
But he couldn't hold his tongue
He was careful but so young

The philosophers say it's the wild part of her that wants you
And that she deals with it like fools do
Saying that she can't choose
Her separated lips send you up into the air without a parachute
Do you think that she can catch you?
Do you think she really loves you?

Fever blisters on your lips from the heat of the words that you've carefully sung
But when you light such a fire filled with heartache and desire
You let her smoke slowly fill up your lungs
She'll never let you burn and she'll pray that it won't die down
Because she needs you
Do you think she really loves you?

The philosophers say it's the wild part of her that wants you
And that she deals with it like fools do
Saying that she can't choose
Her separated lips send you up into the air without a parachute
Do you think that she can catch you?
Do you think she really loves you?

© 2013 Tiger Darrow
Track Name: Swimming Upstream
And if I put it out there
I know you'd take my heart away
But would you ask me to stay?
Or would you just fade away

The fish, they scatter
When the droplet hits the water
They're not scared by state of matter
But of the ripples that it brought here
From the tears I can't afford to shed
I've been living in my head

Now we're swimming upstream
Living in a rough dream
Would you run, would you believe me?
Or think I give it up too freely?
Now we're swimming upstream
Living in a rough dream
Joined by nothing but a feeling
When words have got me reeling

If I wrote it down now
Would you ask to erase your name?
Would you see it's still the same?
Just hung in a lovelier frame

The birds, they whisper
On a telephone wire
Cause when the breeze begins to blister
They can't fly any higher

Now we're swimming upstream
Living in a rough dream
Would you run, would you believe me?
Or think I give it up too freely?
Now we're swimming upstream
Living in a rough dream
Joined by nothing but a feeling
When words have got me reeling

© 2012 Tiger Darrow
Track Name: I'll Love You More
Please break my heart
I’ll hide away until you’d like to start
Your words are sharp
But the blades won’t cut us both apart
I’ll love you more
When you walk out the door

All the wisemen said to get you out of my head
But I’m conflicted instead by all these hours in bed
Thinking we belong and where did I go wrong
I’ll love you more
When you walk out the door

I feel your breath upon my neck
And your fingertips across my shoulder blades
But my heart won’t feel the pain until I hear you say that we are lost
I’ll love you more
When you walk out the door

© 2013 Tiger Darrow
Track Name: When Summer Dies
When your soul rumbles low
And the earth starts to go
And the flowers forget to grow
And the flowers forget to grow

Don’t lose your head
When grey grows to red
Fall out of bed
And love someone else instead

Sometimes pain makes the logic numb
Sometimes hurt makes your tongue go dumb
And your heart beats loud like a marching drum
And your heart beats loud like a marching drum

Don’t lose your head
When grey grows to red
Fall out of bed
And love someone else instead

You’re climbing up the things
That used to tear you down
The wind is harsh but still
You stay and hold your ground
You’ve searched through all the books
But truth won’t make a sound
And you can hardly sleep
Until the answer’s found
Sometimes pain makes the logic numb
Sometimes hurt makes your tongue go dumb
And your heart beats loud like a marching drum
And your heart beats loud like a marching drum

© 2013 Tiger Darrow
Track Name: Love Me Blind
Dear Mr. Frost, must you paint my heart so beautifully?
Convince my mind, buy some time, your words infect me, rob me blind
Dear Mr. Frost, I'm lost, though you say it's clear for me
write my summer songs before they're gone and winter says I'm wrong

When the snow begins to fall, where's the warmth to melt it all
away When you're left to beg my heart to stay?

Paint me
Decorate me
Put me on a pedestal and tell me that you want me still
Break me
Come back and save me
Lie to me, but love me still, and tell me that you always will
Print my name within the subtext of your mind
Don't be so forward in the prologue of our time
Love me blind

Dear Mr. Frost, my heart's been mapped out carefully
My hiding spots, and all my thoughts laid out for you to see
What is the cost of careful love versus sanity
When you budget time, you seem to find you'll better afford the mind

When the winter turns to spring, you'll seek the fortunes that it brings

Paint me
Decorate me
Put me on a pedestal and tell me that you want me still
Break me
Come back and save me
Lie to me, but love me still, and tell me that you always will
Print my name within the subtext of your mind
Don't be so forward in the prologue of our time
Love me blind

Dear Mr. Frost, I hope that someday you will see
My summer songs are dead and gone and cast out on the sea

Paint me
Decorate me
Put me on a pedestal and tell me that you want me still
Break me
Come back and save me
Lie to me, but love me still, and tell me that you always will
Print my name within the subtext of your mind
Don't be so forward in the prologue of our time
Love me blind

© 2013 Tiger Darrow
Track Name: Home
When we first met, I'll never forget
How the promise in your eyes shined like diamonds in the sky
Tell me what you want, and I'll ask you why
You can have it all if it makes you cry
You say pretty things for a pretty girl
That you would give me the whole damn world
Take me to the fast lane to give it a try
While everybody else is just waiting to die

21, chewing on my bubble gum, Momma says I've gone astray, but honey, I'll write home to say

Carry my words through your bones
'Cause they're the only piece of me that you could ever own
And even if they hurt, the world is still gonna turn
And maybe this time my heart won't burn
But now I'm leaving home

I was your pretty little girl in bubble gum dress
Clinging to your arm and tryna not act too impressed
With the gold you got me dripping in, the wine you've got me sipping in
The castle that you built for two, Now what's a girl to do
And when you came home, eyes of stone
I was sitting on your throne, looking at the mess I made
Gazes locked, gun cocked, pointed to my head
Running from the bed and out the door I said

Carry my words through your bones
'Cause they're the only piece of me that you could ever own
And even if they hurt, the world is still gonna turn
And maybe this time my heart won't burn
But now I'm leaving home

Speeding through the night with the top down
Stop round turtle creek falling on the hot ground
Reaching for the cellphone
Call home, hear the empty ring tone
Desperate for your voice to say

Carry my words through your bones
'Cause they're the only piece of me that you could ever own
And even if they hurt, the world is still gonna turn
And maybe this time my heart won't burn
But now I'm leaving home

© 2013 Tiger Darrow
Track Name: Washed Away
I'm broken, I'm hollow
With no one to follow
I'm hiding within my own skin
I'm reaching, I'm coping
I'm seeking, I'm hoping
I'm looking for warmth, I'm looking for light

I can feel life beating through pain
Links come together forming the chain
No we're not so different
What's been washed away
Has left us the same, has left us

I'm broken I'm hollow
Will you be the one we follow
A beaten dirt path is better than ocean
I'm reaching I'm hoping
But I'm breathing I'm coping
There's a lighthouse on shore, it's calling me in

I can feel life beating through pain
Links come together forming the chain
No we're not so different
What's been washed away
Has left us the same, has left us

I'm broken, I'm hollow
with no one to follow
I'm hiding within my own skin

I can feel life beating through pain
Links come together forming the chain
No we're not so different
What's been washed away
Has left us the same, has left us

© 2013 Tiger Darrow
Track Name: Aqua Vitae
Bending over backwards
Slurred emotions so it won't hurt
In the morning when your light is too bright for my eyes
Funny how your touch is
What brings me pain and comfort
And my heart begins to beat with the heat of your sighs

Spinning circles, oh I'm swimming in the comfort of the words that you say
Seeing double, oh you're trouble but, my darling, you are guiding my way

And my body's heavy, but your spirit it can lift me, so I'm begging you stay
Oh hold me tighter, set my weary bones on fire, be my aqua vitae

Kisses laced with liquor,
Loosened lips will quiver
The plunge is getting quicker
Through the depths of whispers
Should I fight it or just drown in the tears that you cry

Spinning circles, oh I'm swimming in the sorrow of the words that you say
Seeing double, oh you're trouble but without you, I won't find my own way

And my body's heavy, but your spirit it can lift me, so I'm begging you stay
Oh hold me tighter, set my weary bones on fire, be my aqua vitae

© 2013 Tiger Darrow
Track Name: Lost and Found
I’ve these dreams that we’ve been running away
With nowhere to stay
I never know what happens when they all fade,
They’re just dreams anyway
But if you’d like to convince me otherwise,
I’d let you try
If you’d like to convince me otherwise,
I wouldn’t mind

Waking up, staring into your eyes

And I don’t wanna stop this feeling
Falling from the sky,
I’m stealing moments of your time
For glances of your smile,
So please just stay a while
Please just stay a while

You once told me when the birds start to sing
That they’re singing for me
I laughed it off, but now I’m starting to feel
Like they really could be
And their tune has repeated in my head
For the hundredth time
The melody sings your name back to me,
So I really don’t mind

And I don’t wanna stop this feeling
Falling from the sky,
I’m stealing moments of your time
For glances of your smile,
So please just stay a while

Can’t feel the ground
When you’re around
You’ve got me lost and found

And I don’t wanna stop this feeling
Falling from the sky,
I’m stealing moments of your time
For glances of your smile,
So please just stay a while

© 2013 Tiger Darrow