Alicia Murphy

Alicia Murphy

 Long Beach, California, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Alicia Murphy is a folky hybrid of singer-songwriter and indie rock band. Her all-original songs feature harmonies and her rhythm guitar, with a touch of punk-pop, occasional twang, even a few raps now and then and her passion for the environment shines through in many of her quirky, upbeat lyrics.

Biography

Alicia Murphy’s all-original songs feature her unexpected, quirky lyrics and fierce rhythm guitar, while her passion for environmental conservation often shines through.

She released her first studio EP It Is and It Isn’tproduced by Jaffee (Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers) and Ran Pink at Fonogenic Studios in Van Nuys, CA, in 2012 and toured with that EP extensively across the West Coast.

She has since released two more EPs, The Water Garden (2014) and Towns, Cities, and Little Ditties (2015)Both EPs feature corresponding zines that include song lyrics, articles, and creative writings compiled by Murphy relating to the overarching theme of each musical project.

Murphy is currently working on another EP/zine project, A Daydream Worth Saving, as well as her debut full-length studio album, Subject to Flooding, set to be finished Fall/Winter 2015.All of her music and zines are self-published and self-released.

 Murphy has performed at a range of venues and festivals since 2009, sharing the stage and studio with an eclectic assortment of musicians along the way, including Matt Chamberlain, Rami Jaffee, Minnie Driver, Joseph Arthur, Daryl Hannah, George Watsky, Ben Sollee, Kimya Dawson, Open Mike Eagle, and Mother Falcon.

She most often performs as a trio along with her band featuring harmonies and percussion from Sé Reed and bass from Mike Gewehr.





Lyrics

Be A Doctor

Written By: Alicia Murphy

When I was four
I told my Dad
That I want to be a doctor
But I guess back then,
I must have been
A helluva whole lot smarter

I lost my sandwich
on the way back home
And I was sad and you were mad
And I know it’s all my fault
I’m wating for that moment
In time when it is silent
So I can apologize
For all of my mistakes

Oh just ignore
The wind, the roar
The thunderstorm
Inside my mouth
I’ve learned a lot from
Broken hearts
and smart remarks
don’t get you far

Sitting on a chair
For seven hours straight
Isn’t the way I like to spend my Saturday
So I’ll come home and write a song for you
And try to make yer dreams come true
Don’t expect the burnt CD
To burn through you
Or burn through me
We have to be the best that we can be
Or not

Oh just ignore
The wind, the roar
The thunderstorm
Inside my mouth
I’ve learned a lot from
Broken hearts
and smart remarks
don’t get you far

If we happen to find peace of mind,
Or even just a red stop sign
At this point
Really anything will do
We’ll know that it’s a message
From the strange god that we love
But we’ll judge the situation and
Mess it all up
I’ll forward a mass email
And try and tell the whole world
But I bet you that they’ll all press delete
And we know in the back of our heads
That the day will come with death
But all we care about is now
(now, now, now)

Oh just ignore
The wind, the roar
The thunderstorm
Inside my mouth
I’ve learned a lot from
Broken hearts
and smart remarks
don’t get you far

When I was four
I told my Dad
That I want to be a doctor
But I guess back then,
I must have been
A helluva whole lot smarter

Appreciating

Written By: Alicia Murphy

Oh we’re staring at the stars
And laughing
While our fingers are drawing
All the constellations
And they’re staring at the earth and laughing
But still appreciating
All our humble limitations

We’ve got all the time in the world
And all the world in time

Will soon make up its mind
So sit still and be patient
Take time to contemplate
This silly world we’re living in
And hoping for more days like this

Oh we’re driving down the 405
In a silent compromise
To meet our expectations
And the sunset is so orange and bright
That we can’t help but rise
To the ultimate realization

That this is the life that we’re living for
And I’m so in love with life,
That I’m living it more
And hold up I felt it
When you said those words
Oh sweet, love, love, love

Oh we’re staring at the stars
And laughing
While our fingers are drawing
All the constellations
And they’re staring at the earth and laughing
But still appreciating
All our humble limitations

That this is the life that we’re living for
And I’m so in love with life,
That I’m living it more
And hold up I felt it
When you said those words
Oh sweet, love, love, love

Makes Me Feel

Written By: Alicia Murphy

Write yer diction down
Turn around, upside down
In my gut you make me feel
Oh I’ll just say it, so surreal

And the weather outside
Oh it gets me everytime
When I look in yer eyes
Oh it melts me inside
And the sun when it comes out

It warms away my doubt
And when I look at you
I can’t think of anybody else

All I see are purple skies
I might go blind but that’s alright
Oh I wanted to stay
But I choked on my words
And they took me to emergency

And the weather outside
Oh it gets me everytime
When I look in yer eyes
Oh it melts me inside
And the sun when it comes out
It warms away my doubt
And when I look at you
I can’t think of anybody else

What you say goes and
I like it when I know
Left from right
Day from night
And my ears are tired
But my mind’s on fire

And the weather outside
Oh it gets me everytime
When I look in yer eyes
Oh it melts me inside
And the sun when it comes out
It warms away my doubt
And when I look at you
I can’t think of anybody else

Raindrops

Written By: Alicia Murphy

Listen to the raindrops
Droppin droppin
Droppity drop yea keep droppin
Listen to the raindrops
Droppin droppin
Droppity drop yea keep droppin

You smirk at yer desk
Cuz you think they taught you
Everything and you think you’ve got it

Yea you think yer cool
Cuz you think you got it

And everyone in the world is tired
And triple shot coffees just don’t do it
Yea everyone in the world is tired
Too bad they don’t look outside to get through it

And we’re all on this ball together
Livin in the cloudy weather

Listen to the raindrops
Droppin droppin
Droppity drop yea keep droppin
Listen to the raindrops
Droppin droppin
Droppity drop yea keep droppin

I’m pretty sure the world’s not stopping
Not matter who you are or where yer working
Yea I’m pretty sure the world’s not stopping
No matter yer car or hair or yer skin