Merrill

Merrill

 Portland, Oregon, USA
BandPopRock

Let's go back in time when the "song" ruled, when all that mattered was the way you felt when you heard the chorus speak to your soul. Let your spirit fly...it's Merrill: heart and face melting pop & radio rock at it's finest!

Biography

Packing houses since 2006 with self-described, “emotionally charged rock ‘n roll for the masses,” Merrill will pull you in and just possibly melt your heart. Whether it's with their high energy full band rock shows, or stripped down, intimate acoustic sets with Merrill Lite, these guys are full of energy and pure positive vibes.
While born and bred in the great city of Portland, Oregon, don’t be expecting your typical northwest grunge rock or melodic hipster tunes from the guys of Merrill. In fact, they pride themselves on offering an alternative sound from Grungetown by taking on a more classic pop-rock vibe.
When it comes to street cred, Merrill doesn’t fall short. In addition to playing regular shows throughout the great northwest, they have rocked the house as opening acts for bands such as Maroon 5, Counting Crows, and Augustana. They also played at the 2007 Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle among artists like Crowded House, Fergie, and Kings Of Leon and have received regional airplay for their song "The One Thing" off their first album Evolutions.
In fact, "The One Thing" was also selected as the “2010 Portland Song of the Year” by West Coast Songwriters (WCS), and went on to place second in the western US that same year at WCS’s annual songwriting competition. Fox Sports was also feeling the rock love when they signed a licensing agreement with Merrill for the use of their song, “Back 4 More.”

Lyrics

The First Time

Written By: C. Merrill

You put on quite the performance, it was a hell of a show
And if you were faking it, well I’d never know
But it’s time for you to go

And you say you’re sorry now
That you’re leaving for the best somehow

You keep going on and on, I really wish you would stop
And you can just save your breath because you’re cause is lost
Cuz I can’t be something I’m not

And you say you’re sorry now
That you’re leaving for the best somehow
But this picture you paint of yourself as a saint is a lie
Do you think I’m blind
Well, this ain’t the first time

It’s a shame that it’s over, it’s a shame it had to end
It’s a shame I even met you, or called you friend
And don’t even waste a minute of your time
If you’re ever worried about me, hell I’ll be just fine

And you say you’re sorry now
That you’re leaving for the best somehow
But this picture you paint of yourself as a saint is a lie
Did you even try
Well, this ain’t the first time

So long, goodbye, just pack your things and get out of my life
So long, goodbye, just pack your shit and get out of my life

Alive

Written By: C. Merrill

It started out so innocently, with me into you and you into me
But when I’m with you I lose all control, yeah you’ve swallowed me whole
And now I’m losing my soul, my soul

One of these day, I’ll finally have enough and I won’t crave your touch
One of these nights, I’ll finally find the strength to stand up and fight
We’ll be alright, if we just make it out alive

Little white lies so neatly arranged, they tell me I’m safe, they tell me I’m sane
But I know better, yeah I know the truth
You don’t care about me, and I just don’t need you, no more

One of these day, I’ll finally have enough and I won’t crave your touch
One of these nights, I’ll finally find the courage to stand up and fight
We’ll be alright, if we just make it out alive

Every day, you wreck me, you’ve taken everything I hold dear
Run away, get the hell away, before you make me disappear
And I push and I pull as I’m slipping further into this hole
I feel you pulsing inside my veins, I gotta quit this now before I go insane

One of these day, I’ll finally have enough and I won’t crave your touch
One of these nights, I’ll finally find the strength to stand up and fight
One of these day, I’ll finally have enough and I won’t crave your touch
One of these nights, I’ll finally find the courage to stand up and fight
We’ll be alright, if we just make it out alive

The One Thing

Written By: C. Merrill

Maybe it was just the timing was wrong
Or maybe you and I just don’t belong
Either way, you’re still gone

Maybe I was just a bit naïve
Or maybe you were just like a thief
Taking everything you wanted from me

At the end of another day
I close my eyes

Here comes the dawn a new day rising,
in the sky I see you shining
And you’re everything you want to be
But my heart is still waiting
While these dreams are slowly fading
And I wake up and you’re gone
And it’s so sad
Knowing you’re the one thing that I want that I can never have

Maybe I wasn’t good enough
Or maybe you needed to fell my touch
To make it through those times so tough

Maybe I was meant to play the fool
Or maybe what you did was just plain cruel
Making me fall in love with you

As I have another drink
I close my eyes

Repeat Chorus

Oh and it makes no sense
Why do I always do this
But there’s something about you girl
That keeps me hanging on

Repeat Chorus

Little Miss Pretentious

Written By: C. Merrill

You always have an opinion about everything you see
And you find yourself judging people constantly
You sit in those crowded rooms
You think you’re so damn cool
But you don’t have a clue and that’s what amuses me

You’ve got the clothes and the hair and everyone stares
Every time you enter the room
And all the guys that you meet, they fall at your feet
Just to be the next with you
But there’s a side that you hide, deep inside
That makes you cry yourself to sleep at night
Little Miss pretentious, you dirty little princess

You like to come home drunk
You’re a walking catastrophe
And all those pills you’re popping
leave you living in the land of make believe
And it’s so pitiful, oh but you’ll get what you deserve
And I just sit back and laugh
Cuz this train wreck amuses me

Repeat Chorus

Take a look in the mirror
Tell what do you see
Is it getting clearer
That no one’s coming for you
Not after what you put them through
You’ll just keep on falling faster
What a beautiful disaster

And it’s plain to see, you’ll be the death of me

Repeat Chorus

You dirty little princess
You dirty little princess
Oh my dirty little princess

Loves of Yesterday

Written By: E. Johnson/C. Merrill

Verse 1
It was the end of summer
I can still see your face
When I told you that I love you
I never thought it'd cause this much pain

Verse 2
I can still hear you say (It was the end of summer)
Memories fade to grey (I can still see your face)
The way you smell, the way you taste (When I told you that I love you)
Now I'll never be the same (But it's ok)

Chorus
I wanted you to know
Even though it's over now
I don't regret those days
I wanted you to know
Even though it's over now
Today wouldn't be the same
Without the loves of yesterday

Bridge
My time with you has taught me so much
We were just two kids living on love
But sometimes, love just ain't enough

Repeat Chorus

Discography

A Beautiful Disaster (LP) 2010
Evolutions (EP) 2008
The One Thing 2010 (Regional Airplay)

Set List

Set list varies based on the show. We are able to play anywhere from 45 minutes to 4 hours if necessary.