Soften Forever

by Soften

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released June 14, 2019

Soften is Brianna Kelly, Jon Delvaux,
Andrew Aragon, and Corey Waddell
All songs written by Brianna Kelly and Soften
Live-tracked in February 2019 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,
Sayler Park, Cincinnati, OH
Mixed and overdubbed March-April 2019 in Northside, Cincinnati, OH

Produced by Brianna Kelly and Jon Delvaux
Mixed and Mastered by Jon Delvaux
Engineered by Jon Delvaux and Justin Golden

Cover photo: Natalie Jenkins |
Insert: Julia Warner and Eric Blyth |
Cover Design: Brianna Kelly |


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Soften Cincinnati, Ohio

four-piece tender nuggets from cincinnati, oh

brianna kelly | jon delvaux | andrew aragon | corey waddell

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Track Name: Undo
loosely like a halo
If you say so
I’ll follow where you lead
it’s time to let go
of the echo (of)
a bell once struck in me

loosely round your shoulders
I am older
but I still feel the same
it’s time to release this
all these pieces (of)
a thing I can’t contain

I wish I knew now
what I knew back then
and I wish I knew then
what I know now
the wind through the pines
oh, she used to sing through me!
but lately she sighs
tells me to slow down

when does it begin?
(I climbed up that holy hill)
the death of innocence,
(and this is what I found,)
and where does it start
(I pressed my feet on)
the birth of wisdom?
(holy, holy, ground!)
said I wish I knew now
what I knew back then
and I wish I knew then
what I know now
Track Name: Cold Call
you are the queen of the island
but you dumped all your friends in the sea
and now you can rule over nothing
well that sounds awfully boring to me!

go on and burn all your bridges
burn your sage while we swim somewhere new
Hark! The Great Mystic has Spoken!
but now there’s no one left to listen to you


well that was a cold call

we’re gonna have a fun party
no one wants you out there
struggling all alone
we’d be so glad if you joined us
but you have to descend from your throne!

well that was a close call
Track Name: Sun Comes Out
when the sun comes out
when I stand on solid ground
make some meaning in the clouds
well it starts slipping like a rock
out from under my feet
crashing like a landslide into the sea

and if to be pure in heart
is to desire just one thing,
well it’s to wisdom that I cling
but I was searching for
the kind that wouldn’t sting
a hand upon my shoulder affirmingly
but now it’s slipping down my back
through cotton seams
clawing at my ribcage for something
choking any joy that’s left in me
pressing to the bottom of the sea

and like a dog that sighs
curled in the folds of her own hide
I thought I’d make a home inside
but now she’s begging
for a scrap on the kitchen floor
licking off the dirt of an open sore
pawing at the frame of a wooden door
Oh, let’s go take a walk by the river shore
splash a heavy rock into the rushing stream
for mercy is a river indifferent to me

when the sun comes out...
Track Name: Iridescent
I can’t, I can’t keep you for myself
heard the ocean’s roar inside a shell
surely, you have loved like this before
arms outstretched across the ocean shore

so here we are...
and how blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see the waters part
we steal away
just like a couple giddy kids on a
breezy summer day

but I can’t, I can’t keep you for myself
no I can’t, I can’t keep you at all

I turn to you
across the faces on the mount of beatitudes
you lift your eyes
illuminated by the sea
and the iridescent sky
as if to reply,
“I feel like a child
I am floating in time,
I am found in your eyes”
Track Name: Forever, Completely
if it weren’t for you,
I would have buried my truth inside
and let it lay sleeping
but then you came and warmed the dark
inside my heart as if you’ve always
known me completely

you said “let’s go for a walk,
I will listen even if you won’t talk
And I know the strength of your heart,
but I’ll hold the pieces
when you’re falling apart”

and if it weren’t for you,
I’d still be searching for myself
in every passing elation
but then you came and looked me in the eyes
unafraid of what you’d find behind the curtain

and when I’m drowning in noise,
you calm the waters with the
sound of your voice
you always pick up the phone
to remind me that I’m never alone
you’ve always asked me to stay
when I’m ready just to throw this away
and you know my darkness is strong,
but the light will always overcome

I will always love you
I have always loved you
I can’t stop loving you deeply

and even if I can’t be with you
I will always love you,
forever completely

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