Alison Wood

Alison Wood

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Smart pop: intelligent, empathetic lyrics paired with soulful pop melodies.

Biography

In her career to date, Alison's work has encompassed both music and theater; the musical 4AM is her first venture combining these as a writer. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in Dramatic Literature, she worked in professional theater for several years as director, teacher, actor, and stage manager. From there Alison shifted her focus to music, writing and recording two albums and playing live shows with her band in Boston and New York. Recently she's been adding film to the mix as she's taken a break from performing to focus on her writing and other creative efforts.

In 2006 Alison released her first full-length album, At Arm's Length: a pop-rock disc with a folky soul. Her sophomore effort, Fairytale Endings Aside (Nov. 2007), represented a return to the piano playing of her childhood and a step forward into a more soulful expression of the melodic pop sound established on her debut. Her focus on pairing intelligent, empathetic lyrics with catchy pop melodies has earned her notice around the greater Boston area and NY/NJ, where she enjoyed her music-filled childhood. She's brought her warm, energetic stage presence to such venues as Club Passim, the Paradise Lounge, the Knitting Factory and the Lion's Den, and her songs can also be heard on iTunes and Internet radio station Pandora.

Now Alison's excited to be getting to know Austin, TX, the live music capital of the world. She's new to town, but looking forward to seeing what the music scene really has to offer (in addition to the awesome honky tonk). Watch her calendar for dates to start popping up around Austin.

Lyrics

Goodnight, L.A.

Written By: Alison Wood

Goodnight, L.A., I'm on my way
I've got a plane to catch, yeah
Good morning, where are we today?
Another city, looks the same
New faces in half light
All look like drawings
New places by twilight
Is that you calling?

I'm short on time, long on moments to rewind
Flying by, longing
I'm short on time

I'd just as soon stay in this room
Another week, maybe two
But they say there's too much to do
If I'm to see this thing through
"Just smile and be charming"
They say like it's easy
"Be sweet and disarming"
If only you could see me

I'm short on time, long on moments to rewind
Flying by, longing
I'm short on time

It's like I'm running blindfold
No wonder I'm falling
There's no time to grab hold
I hope it's you that's calling

I'm short on time, long on moments to rewind
Flying by, longing
I'm short on time

Goodnight, L.A., I'm on my way
I've got a plane to catch, yeah

The Hardest Part

Written By: Alison Wood

Spent a day lost in my head
Drove away, never going back
Going nowhere, long highway
Really don't care, never going back
Someone told me I was broken
Took away the rope my life was hanging from

Ten long years I gave that place
I'll walk away, never going back
No more tears I'm gonna waste
I'm on my way, never going back
No one told me I could cut, run
Seeing everything gone out from under me

I leave today
I'm finally making the stand I should've taken from the start
I'm on my way
I can't stop shaking
Who decided letting go should be the hardest part

Say goodbye and take it in
One last look before I'm gone away
Stop a sigh and fake a grin
Just look forward
Think about tomorrow, don't leave room for sorrow
Own this choice, it's all yours
There's nothing here to mourn

I leave today
I'm finally making the stand I should've taken from the start
I'm on my way
I can't stop shaking
Who decided letting go should be the hardest part

No one knows what dreams may come
When all is said
What's done is done and can't be undone

No one gets to say I'm broken, gets to take away from all the things I've done
All the things I've worked for
I'll decide my own score
I'm leaving by the front door so they can watch me go

I leave today
I'm finally making the stand I should've taken from the start
I'm on my way
I can't stop shaking
Who decided letting go should be the hardest part

Going Nowhere

Written By: Alison Wood

When did we choose sides
I’m not sure that I like what I got
‘Cause I’m not gaining ground
I’m not even in the race
Did I miss the day
When the rest of the team learned to play
Thought I knew all the rules
But I’m losing just the same

Nobody said, nobody said
This was gonna be fair
So try again and try again
Keep on going nowhere

I don’t like this game anymore
But I’m in all the same
Now I’m learning to lose
And they say that that’s halfway

I’m banging my head on a wall
And all I get is pain, pain
I’m banging my head on a wall
There’s no way in, there’s no way in

Discography

(music and lyrics for 4 A.M. The Musical)
Fairytale Endings Aside (2007)
At Arm's Length (2006)
The Barefoot EP (2005)

Set List

can play sets from 2.5 minutes to 2 hours