Vacancy

by Kayla Parker

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Grief is something that stays with you. You don’t just wake up one day, and feel like yourself again—it changes the way you view yourself and the people around you. It can make you jaded and unable to see in color, because, suddenly, your eyes are open to all of the pain in the world, not just your own. There’s a constant feeling of, “this isn’t how it’s supposed to be” and wanting to make it right. Vacancy expresses a longing to go back in time and fill that void. I wrote each of these songs in a pensive state, experiencing memories as if they were happening right in front of me. While this album has a dream-like quality, it also has sobering moments that bring reality back into focus. Which is why the album ends with “Souls”:

// you can’t go back to the person you were when all we saw were stars / that girl walked away and that boy is gone / the souls in those bodies have moved on //

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released July 10, 2018

Music & Lyrics by Kayla Parker

Audio Engineered by Javi James

Produced by Javi James & Kayla Parker


Musicians:

Drums- Tyler Thorpe

Bass- Daniel Chiofolo

Acoustic/Electric Guitar- Brian Connely

Piano- Kayla Parker

Electronic Instrumentation- Micah Dixon, Kayla Parker, & Javi James

Vocals/Harmonies/Background- Kayla Parker & Javi James

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Kayla Parker's lyrical storytelling takes you on a musical journey through power ballads. Her unique use of poetic images and unforgettable melodies replays the harrowing moments of a broken heart. You can’t help but relate to the familiar feeling of loss while wandering back to your own experiences. ... more

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Track Name: Vacancy
Verse 1
a spare room I can't go in anymore
so I sit in the hallway on the hardwood floor
the sun is going down outside
and I don't think he's coming home this time

Chorus
are we just a memory?
a pile of dust in this vacancy
are we just a memory?
a pile of dust in the vacancy of my soul

Verse 2
oh, I know the bills are piling up
on the coffee table but I can't get myself up
it is almost dark outside
but I can't bring myself to turn on the lights

Chorus
'cause we're just a memory
a waste of space in this vacancy
oh, we're just a memory
a waste of space in the vacancy of my soul

Bridge
I need someone to walk in
and clean out the space he was in
I need someone to open the door
I can't get myself off of the floor

Down Chorus
are we just a memory?
a waste of space in this vacancy

Chorus
are we just a memory?
a pile of dust in this vacancy
are just a memory?
a pile of dust in the vacancy of my soul

Ending Bridge
I need someone to walk in
and clean out the space he was in
I need someone to open the door
I can't get myself off of the floor
Track Name: I Need Love
Verse 1
you're gone, you're not coming back
and I don't know where I am at
I can't find the car
and now he's gone

Chorus
I need love, I need trust
I need much more than this
I need love, I need trust
I need all you can give
someone who loves me

Verse 2
you're gone, everything is black
and all I see are tire tracks
oh, I am lost
and you are gone

Chorus
I need love, I need trust
I need much more than this
I need love, I need trust
I need something to give
someone who trusts me

Bridge
you took away my blue sky
you took away my peace of mind
and every day that goes by lacks color
you took away my blue sky
you took away my peace of mind
and every day that goes by lacks color

Chorus
I need love, I need trust
I need much more than this
I need love, I need trust
I need all you can give
someone who
I need love, I need trust
I need much more than this
I need love, I need trust
I need something to give
I need something to give
someone who trusts me
Track Name: Breathe (feat. Javi James)
Verse 1
rain is coming through the roof
and now there is nothing I can do
the water's almost to my knees
so tell me, tell me

Verse 2
how could it have come to this?
drowning in my picture-framed regrets
the water's risen past my knees
so tell me, tell me

Chorus
how do I breathe? (how do I, how do I, how do I breathe)
how do I breathe? oh (how do I, how do I, how do I breathe)
I'm in too deep (how do I, how do I, how do I breathe)
how do I breathe out slow

Verse 3
I can feel the rotted boards
one step and I'm falling through the floor
there is no one saving me
so tell me, tell me

Chorus
how do I breathe? (how do I, how do I, how do I breathe)
how do I breathe? oh (how do I, how do I, how do I breathe)
this water's deep (how do I, how do I, how do I breathe)
how do I breathe on my own

Bridge
everyone I love is so far away
most people would be fine but I am not okay
the night turns into morning ev'ry day
but I don't want to wait
no, I don't want to wait
just to breathe
just to breathe alone
Track Name: Closed Eyes
Verse 1
you're a gust of the wind
a layer of my skin
no one can see you but I know
there's a ghost haunting my home
when I turn out the lights
as I close my eyes
there's nowhere to hide
it's just you and I

Chorus
I can't sleep with a light
I can't breathe without a humidifier
clearing the air
imagining you are there
in the dark I believe
you will come back to me
but if it's all in my mind
I will see you behind closed eyes

Verse 2
you're a gust of the wind
cutting through my skin
no one can see you but I know
there is someone inside my home
when I turn out the lights
as I close my eyes
we're running out of time
but right now it's you and I

Chorus
I can't sleep with a light
I can't breathe without a humidifer
clearing the air
imagining you are there
in the dark I believe
you will come back to me
but if it's all in my mind
I will see you behind closed eyes

Bridge
I can't sleep
I can't sleep
I can't sleep
I can't sleep
I can't sleep when I'm alone
I can't sleep with a ghost
I can't sleep when you're not home
I can't sleep
I can't sleep when I'm alone
I can't sleep with a ghost
I can't sleep when you're not home
I can't sleep

you're a gust of the wind
Track Name: More to Say
Verse 1
what if I told you that I'm still in love?
what if I told you right now is enough?
there's always a reason to give up
I'm sorry that I was the one
I'm sorry that I was the one
to give up on us

sorry, sorry

Chorus
don't you let me slip away
I have so much more to say
don't you let me walk away
why don't you stay?
don't you let me slip away
I know you have more to say
don't you let me walk away
why don't you stay?

Verse 2
what if I told you, you once believed in us?
what if I told you, that I'm not giving up?
there's always a reason to fight for who you love
I'm sorry that I was the one
I'm sorry that I was the one
to give up on us

sorry, sorry

Chorus
don't you let me slip away
I have so much more to say
don't you let me walk away
why don't you stay?
don't you let me slip away
I know you have more to say
don't you let me walk away
why don't you stay?

Bridge
'cause I still want you
I still want you
oh, I still want you in my life
I still want you
I still want you
oh, I still want you in my life

Chorus
so don't you let me slip away
I have so much more to say
don't you let me walk away
why don't you stay?
don't you let me slip away
I know you have more to say
don't you let me walk away
why don't you stay?

why don't you stay?
why don't you stay?
why don't you stay?

what if I told you that I'm still in love?
Track Name: I Will Remember You
Verse 1
I walked out in the street
and watched the cars spin out around me
you left me in the rain
and I demanded to feel the pain
of losing you

Chorus
I will remember you walking by my side
like I will remember you falling behind
I would have waited the rest of my life
but you changed the pace and I
could not change your mind

change your mind, oh no

Verse 2
flashing lights reached the scene
as smoke divided our priorities
oh, I stood out in the rain
and watched you diminish
all of my pain

Chorus
but I will remember you walking by my side
like I will remember you falling behind
I would have waited the rest of my life
but you changed the pace and I
could not change your mind

Bridge
you left me in the cold
I waited alone
you left me in the freezing cold
and I stood there alone

Chorus
But I will remember you walking by my side
like I still remember you falling behind
I would have waited the rest of my life
but you changed the pace and I
could not change your mind

you changed the pace and I
could not change your mind
Track Name: Souls
Verse 1
I can't go back to the person I was
when all we saw were stars
the sky has changed and the moon won't shine
it's gotten darker, no stars are out tonight
and you aren't here tonight

Verse 2
I watch the clouds float over my head
cloaking the light of the moon
oh, I wish I could wish on a star in the sky
but the night is empty and so am I
how I wish I could see you tonight

Verse 3
you can't go back to the person you were
when all we saw were stars
that girl walked away and that boy is gone
the souls in those bodies have moved on
but at night you can hear them talk
Track Name: I Will Remember You - Duet (feat. Javi James)
Verse 1
I walked out in the street
and watched the cars spin out around me
you left me in the rain
and I demanded to feel the pain
of losing you

Chorus
I will remember you walking by my side
like I will remember you falling behind
I would have waited the rest of my life
but you changed the pace and I
could not change your mind

change your mind, oh no

Verse 2
flashing lights reached the scene
as smoke divided our priorities
oh, I stood out in the rain
but you never noticed I was in pain

Chorus
but I will remember you walking by my side
like I will remember you falling behind
I would have waited the rest of my life
but you changed the pace and I
could not change your mind

Bridge
you left me in the cold
I waited alone
you left me in the freezing cold
and I stood there alone

Chorus
But I will remember you walking by my side
like I still remember you falling behind
I would have waited the rest of my life
but you changed the pace and I
could not change your mind

you changed the pace and I
could not change your mind

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