This Won't Be the Last Time I Tell You

by Stefanie Haapala

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Hassles coz' it's so bloody good, fresh, inventive, infectious & soul stirring. Stefanie is terrific. The use of (subdued) trumpet amazingly clever. Haven't heard anything quite like this since (Melbourne's) "Gentle Persuasion" who employed French Horn to similar effect. I also love the strings. Late night, Tasmanian whiskey, new lover or just because.
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Every day, I am stunned by the complexity of our world. I tell stories to minimize the space between the things we have yet to discover, and the miniature, but extraordinary moments that exist on the ground.

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released March 21, 2016

All songs written and performed by Stefanie Haapala with:
Percussion by Dakota Peterson
Trumpet by Jordan Vale
Bass and Cello by Patrick Flynn
Piano on “Old News” by Eric Smith
Strings on “The Performer” arranged by Jordan Vale featuring:
Stefanie Bilidas-Viola, Alyssa Moskowitz-Viola, Allie Holden-Violin, Mary Clare Sherman-Cello

Mixed and mastered by Judson Branam IV
Art by Michelle Haapala

M+D: thank you for giving me the space and the curiosity to question the world around me
L.B: these have always been for you. I’ll never be further away than a glass coke bottle
MY A30 ALIENS: you make me a better human. Thank you
DAKOTA, JORDAN, + PAT: your time and endless understanding of my vision still amaze me. Thank you for being my copilots
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Gina Benalcazar, Michelle Haapala, Logan Knoper, Citizenshirt, my little blue car, and every single cup of coffee

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Track Name: Rosewood
Break me down on a Monday
just because you can
Then call me up on the weekend
when you’ve got more time on your hands

I’m trying to sort out the feelings
and the reasons that make my feet stay
Just as I catch you counting
the polka dots fixed on my face

I don’t know what to say

Cause you’ve got me burning up like rosewood in a forest fire, forest fire, my love
Track Name: Goodness Gracious
Goodness gracious baby,
you are beautiful
I will wrap you in the night with strands of cashmere wool

I’ve been waiting for you
to let go of the pain
Wash it down the kitchen sink and stop thinking you’re to blame

Goodness gracious baby,
you are beautiful

They say that words can hurt you
if you speak too sure
But baby saying nothing’s nothing like living anymore
Track Name: Old News
This is my late night song to you
I’ll lay my bones right at your stoop
When you have had enough,
you’re not sure what you’ve become,
I’ll tell you stories you once knew

This is old, this is old news
And these are all things that I’ve promised you

This is another piece of me
that I’m begging for you to believe
I know even if I swear,
you don’t recognize my stare
Cause I say most things quietly

This won’t be the last time, this won’t be the last
that I tell you I’ll be there when it ends
Track Name: The Performer
How do you feel about some place else
Cause honestly, I don’t feel all that well
The walls are caving in on me,
this silence is a catastrophe

You tell me to say just what I mean
How do I say you mean everything
I don’t care if this comes out broken
I just want to say it in the moment

Would you like to meet me at the top of the parking ramp
We’ll crane our necks and hold our breath as we peer over the edge

Cover your thumbnail with your sleeve,
but you can’t hide your face from me
I can lay low in the corner
or say the words and be the performer