Cipher

by Geena Renee

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02:59
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04:00
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02:53
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released October 20, 2017

Cipher © 2017 Geena Renee. Music and Lyrics by Geena Renee; Vocals by Geena Renee; Piano for tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, and 8 by Geena Renee; Piano for track 9 by Mason McDowell; Additional vocals for tracks 1, 3, and 9 by Mason McDowell and Corry Loveday; Guitar for tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 by Stevo Ristano, Guitar for tracks 2, 3, 5, and 6 by Alex Frondelli; Bass by Andrew Friedman; Drums by Alex Frondelli; Trumpet by Carey Ozmun and Eric Frost; Clarinet by Michael Raia; Orchestration for track 8 by Geena Renee; Produced by Geena Renee and Jared Waters; Engineered by Jared Waters, Jesse Melito, and Darnell Jordan; Mixed by Jared Waters, Jesse Melito, and Matt Bracco; Mastered by Mike Kalajian; Photography by Natalie LaSpisa; Styling and Graphic Design by Natalie LaSpisa and Celina Marzullo; Makeup by Eylin Brea-Feliz.

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Geena Renee

Geena Renee is a 22 year-old alternative rock singer/songwriter from New Jersey. . Influenced by artists like Radiohead, Nirvana, Evanescence, and Regina Spektor, Geena has morphed genres to create a style all her own: art rock full of heartbreak. The hauntingly beautiful combination of her breathy voice with her electric guitar cathartically breaks listeners’ hearts, one note at a time. ... more

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Track Name: Safe Haven
I am a giver, expecting nothing in return
But a smile on your face only I can bring
I am a giver, because I want your love
And I want your love because you made me want it

Because you made me want it
Because you made me want it

Where’s my safe haven, where’s my safe haven
You should be giving, you should be giving
No second chances, no compromises
Where’s my safe haven, where’s my safe haven?

I am a rebel against my own skin
I am a master of self-destruction

Because you made me want it
Because you made me want it

Where’s my safe haven, where’s my safe haven
You should be giving, you should be giving
No second chances, no compromises
Where’s my safe haven, where’s my safe haven?

No warmth from your body could make me feel less cold inside
No gaze from your eyes could make me feel less dead inside

Because you made me feel it
Because you made me feel it

Where’s my safe haven, where’s my safe haven
You should be giving, you should be giving
No second chances, no compromises
Where’s my safe haven, where’s my safe haven?
Track Name: Meet Me on the Balcony
I took a step out onto the balcony
It was getting loud in there and I couldn’t breathe
But I never left
I wouldn’t leave unless you told me to
I never left
I wouldn’t leave unless you told me to

But I’m afraid you’ll leave me here
I’m afraid you’ll leave me here

Just say the word and I’ll take my ineloquent prose
And tuck it beneath my soul
Where no one can find it unless they
Swallow me whole

One day I will love myself without asking if it’s okay
One day I will love myself without asking if it’s okay

But I’m afraid you’ll leave me here
I’m afraid you’ll leave me here
I’m afraid you’ll leave me here
I’m afraid you’ll leave me here

One day I will love myself without asking if it’s okay
One day I will love myself without asking if it’s okay
But I’m afraid

I’m afraid you’ll leave me here
I’m afraid you’ll leave me here
Track Name: Midnight Oxygen
Hold me close and wait for the come down
Pick me up just to watch me fall again

You’re getting too close
You’re getting too close
Save your ignorance

Lend me your ears so I can tell my secrets
Of lowest lows and wavering innocence

You’re getting too close
You’re getting too close
Save your ignorance

At the eleventh hour
You’re my midnight oxygen
A line through my tired veins
To give me a fix I can have

Hold me close and wait for the come down
Pick me up, hope that I will breathe again
Track Name: The Ghost
Brown boxes, dust on a shelf
Cobwebs on my sense of self
Blurred visions of security
Convoluted poetry

I will give up the ghost
I will give up the ghost

Bandages on aging scars
Resistant to lies, symmetry of were and are
Past lovers’ wishes wrapped and tied with a bow
Over and over and over and over

I will give up the ghost
I will give up the ghost

Faulty composure
Static rage
Wavering virtue
Unbalanced pain
Faulty composure
Static rage
Wavering virtue
Unbalanced pain

I will give up the ghost
I will give up the ghost
Track Name: Dandelions
One day I will be the girl I’ve always wanted to be
I’ll see the world through crystalline and fear nothing
There will be more than rosebuds inside of me
I’ll look in the mirror and feel something

When you said to me, “You’ll never love this life you’re living,”
I never thought I’d realize you were right
And if I had known that there’s much more I could be giving
The girl in me wouldn’t be this hard to find

One day I will be the girl I’ve always wanted to be
I will see in blues and reds and yellows and greens
I will turn myself inside out and let others see
I will be a character and not a figurine

When you said to me, “You’ll never love this life you’re living,”
I never thought I’d realize you were right
And if I had known that there’s much more I could be giving
The girl in me wouldn’t be this hard to find

But I’ve tried loving and I’ve tried jumping
For others, but never for myself
Love is blind and I’ve lost the light in my eyes
But I’ll keep searching and I’ll keep working
For dandelions in cavities
In need of light, in need of light to bloom
For somewhere there are dandelions in you
Track Name: A Science
After all of the seconds, all of the moments
I ran out of breath and tried not to show it
Marked my skin so your scars were my scars too
After all we’ve been through, I was a body to you

Burned my morals, shut my lips
Redefined what true love is
Did whatever you wanted me to do
After all we’ve been through, I was a science to you

Begged me to sleep in your bed
Then told me the next day our love was dead
Told me things felt wrong for a week or two
After all we’ve been through, I was a cradle to you

I was kisses and touches, skin and bones
Animalistic gazes and moans
Torn clothes and dirty sheets
Someone to call and somewhere to sleep

I was your undercover lover, minus the love
Because I was a stepping stone to you

After all we’ve been through
After I cared for you
Even though my heart was true
I was a body to you
Track Name: Flies
I just want quiet once in a while, I want silence all the time
I wanna hear these atoms sing
For I’m an atom in this world and I am full of sparks that fly
Fly, fly, fly

The noise never settles down until somebody dies
And by the time our ears pop out her face is full of flies
Oh, how pitiful
Oh, how pitiful
She was such a pretty girl

There was a girl who lost her way, she was tormented they say
I do not know her name
We do not speak of how or why, but we will bow our heads and cry
Cry, cry, cry

The noise never settles down until somebody dies
And by the time our ears pop out her face is full of flies
Oh, how pitiful
Oh, how pitiful
She was such a pretty girl

The noise never settles down until somebody dies
And by the time our ears pop out her face is full of flies
Oh, how pitiful
Oh, how pitiful
She was such a pretty girl
Track Name: Microscope
Are your teeth a little big, are they just too white?
Jump underneath the microscope
Are your legs a little wide, or are your jeans too tight?
Jump underneath the microscope

I’ll need paper, a pen, a ruler, a scale, a magnifying glass
Charts with decimals, percentiles, to show it to the class
Let’s blow up the frame, let the blemishes escape
From underneath the microscope

Do you have wrinkles when you frown?
Lines that scream your age loud
Jump underneath the microscope
Do your eyes droop down?
Are your feet as big as a clown’s?
Jump underneath the microscope

I’ll need paper, a pen, a ruler, a scale, a magnifying glass
Charts with decimals, percentiles to show it to the class
Let’s blow up the frame, watch perfection take shape
Underneath the microscope

No need to be ashamed, no need to have fright
Grab a needle, count to three, go under the knife

This will have to be ’til the next time we meet
Underneath the microscope
Let’s blow up the frame, watch addiction take shape
Underneath the microscope
Track Name: The Creek
Rust on my rosary
My rosary, I fetched from the creek
When my soul was still clean
You marked territory underneath

Pounds of makeup
A scarf I’d use improperly
If I had known you’d dispose of me

Stole every ounce of me
Every ounce of me you could hold
Captive in my own sheets
A sacred sanctuary

I’m not living
I’m just breathing air
I’m not this body
She’s been good to me, it’s not fair
Silenced her too
Stripped her too
He led her to
The side of the creek

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