We Come From The Same Place

by Allo Darlin'

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"The rapid growth from their self-titled debut in 2010 through this year’s masterpiece makes a strong case for Allo Darlin’s status as one of the best indie pop bands working today, having inherited the mantle of older stalwarts of the scene Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura. All tracks short and sweet, We Come From the Same Place is an exceptional release from a band to watch and who hold great promise." 9/10 Popmatters

"While they may never lose their tendency to peek over their shoulders and tell of the heart-filling past once in a while, and nor should they, it seems that Allo Darlin’ have decided that a step forward can bring a greater, more tangible joy, and for that, they should surely be celebrated." 8/10 Drowned in Sound

"Morris remains one of the most preternaturally charming songwriters working today, capable of wringing powerful universal sentiment from intensely personal sketches. These ones come delivered with a casual immediacy that makes you feel like you’re standing right in front of Allo Darlin’ in some tiny pub rather than hearing recordings from across the world." Stereogum

"Much has happened to Allo Darlin' since their self-titled album bounced into the world back in 2010. That they're still around, writing songs as complete and life-affirming as can be found on this flawless record, is something to cherish. Always looking forward, always moving on - and thank goodness for that." A Layer of Chips

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released October 6, 2014

Recorded at Soup Studios, London
Mixed by David Holmes and Simon Trought
Produced by Simon Trought and Allo Darlin’
Mastered by Noel Summerville
All songs written by Allo Darlin’
Published by Angular Publishing Ltd
Photographs by Jason Evans
Images post production by RJ Fernandez
Sleeve design by Paul Rains and Sam Ely
Elizabeth Morris: vocals, ukulele, guitar
Paul Rains: vocals, guitars, lapsteel
Bill Botting: vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar on ‘Bright Eyes’
Mike Collins: drums, percussion
Simon Trought: shaker on ‘Santa Maria Novella’

Special thanks and love to Simon, Giles, Sam and Dave at Soup, Jason, RJ and Sam for their help with the artwork, Darren for his beautiful words, Sean and Mike for their patience, friendship and support. Our biggest love and gratitude to those who live with us every day and make the ordinary extraordinary.

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Track Name: Heartbeat
Magnetic to me in a southern Spanish bar
Ordered another round of cheap Jägermeister
I dragged myself across a chipboard dancefloor
I didn’t know who I admired anymore

Maybe I should be alone
I can see my cover’s blown
Skipping out of time on repeat
Just like my heartbeat

I wake up early and I collapse in a heap
Thinking of the chance I missed
Last night I couldn’t sleep
It’s possible that I was too much for you baby
I wasn’t used to being on my own maybe

But it’s good to be alone
I can see my cover’s blown
Skipping out of time on repeat
Just like my heartbeat

Should we keep pretending this is never ending
I don’t think so
They say it just takes time
This time has got me on my knees

Do you remember when we felt invincible
I’m starting to think true romance is fictional
I wish I could make you feel better in my way
Get out of this place maybe go on holiday

But it’s good to be alone
I can see my cover’s blown
Skipping out of time on repeat
Just like my heartbeat
Track Name: Kings and Queens
In a dusty town of student bars
We sang our hearts out to a drunken crowd
They can call us what they want be we know
That we are the kings and queens of love

This is what it is to be young
The stillness of the warm night hums
I can’t pretend to be sure of myself
But I’ll finish the bottle with your help

And I wanted to impress you
And I think you knew
What we have, we know that they’ll never have
This is all I needed

I find it hard to put myself on the line
And the world is spinning wine
The consequence of this feeling
Sunburned lips reeling

On a bus, on a train, in a van on a plane,
Across the Pacific, caught in a dream
You can’t imagine how happy it made me
To look out in the crowd and see you smile at me

And I wanted to impress you
And I think you knew
What we have, we know that they’ll never have
This is all I needed

In a dusty town of student bars
You sang your heart out to the drunken crowd
They can call us what they want be we know
That we are the kings and queens of love
Track Name: We Come From The Same Place
The first snow’s melting on the ground
And I can see the breath in your silhouette
And I remember what it felt like to be warm
And to be safe in love

And I know I have been holding out, and now something’s got to give
But these pictures on your wall make it all seem so out of reach
I’m afraid I’ll fade away
And I have to fight the urge to run away

Please believe me I’ve never said this before
When we have an awkward call at the airport
It seems crazy I know, but I’ve got this idea that we’ve met before
And we come from the same place

When I tell you these things
I’m really talking to myself
I can’t say everything will be ok
I’m just trying to make it through another Tuesday

It gives you goose bumps on your skin
I can’t talk my tongue is tied
You’re not feeling very well, and I can’t tell
If I’m sleeping or awake again, or dreaming, or awake

Please believe me, I’ve never said this before
When we have an awkward call at the airport
It seems crazy I know, but I’ve got this idea that we’ve met before
And we come from the same place
Track Name: Angela
If I had more than a penny
I’d take this flight to New York City
And come see you in your apartment
And try not to be another disappointment

Oh Angela
You were born with the darkest eyes that have seen it all
And the hardest thing we ever have to learn
Is when those we love don’t love us in return

Well I want to drink some wine, and I want to kick off my shoes
Dance in my stockings in the kitchen with you
And you can drink me under the table
I’ll go along with it, so you can forget I’m not him

Oh Angela
You were born with the darkest eyes that have seen it all
And the hardest thing we ever have to learn
Is when those we love don’t love us in return

I know that we are friends
I don’t know where love goes when it ends
But lovers come and lovers go
I’d like to stay and I wanted you to know

Oh Angela
You were born with the darkest eyes that have seen it all
And the hardest thing we ever have to learn
Is when those we love don’t love us in return
Track Name: Bright Eyes
When I watched you get undressed that was my Achilles heel
Then you took my cigarettes so what else will you steal?
Do yourself a favour, start before you tear yourself apart
Recent events make this heart unwind
And I’m aware I am a southern witch, but I’m predisposed to your kiss
When I’m with you I leave the dark behind

Do you believe in fun? (I surely do)
Do you believe in love? (I do if you ask me to)
I feel better hanging out with you
And I was dreaming (you’re always dreaming)
I found a reason (baby don’t start teasing)
Bright Eyes here’s to looking back at you

And when the sun gets up I’ll bring you marmalade
And in the afternoon we’ll drink lime in the shade
Somehow I have found myself lost in this circumstance
But you go to great lengths to tell me this is not a romance
What’s the hurry don’t you see?
The best part’s in not knowing
We can take our time
You don’t have to worry

Do you believe in fun? (I surely do)
Do you believe in love? (I do if you ask me to)
I feel better hanging out with you
And I was dreaming (you’re always dreaming)
I found a reason (baby don’t start teasing)
Bright Eyes here’s to looking back at you
Track Name: History Lessons
I don’t believe in fate but I’ve been feeling differently of late
Caught in a wave I didn’t catch and no turning back
And if I began to doubt that I had any room left for you in my heart
To my surprise I’ve realised I’m lost in this crowd

You’re studying history to know where you’re coming from
No idea where I was headed, but I feel the weight it’s strong
And I believe we can make it, but the burn has left its mark
You can try and live in the moment, and I’ll contain my rebel heart.

I’ll take the day off work I said, my coffee cup left a ring on your A-Z
These sacred streets lead us to the aquarium
You want to see the Lion King, I want to feel the light you bring
Jellyfish glow so fluorescent, I let myself begin

You’re studying history to know where you’re coming from
No idea where I was headed, but I feel the weight it’s strong
And I believe we can make it, but the burn has left its mark
You can try and live in the moment, and I’ll contain my rebel heart.

And this city has a memory, but it banks on its history
And places come and places go, I feel stronger letting go
But I want you to remember this
What came before doesn’t have to have been the best
Present becomes the past you realise what you’ve missed

You’re studying history to know where you’re coming from
No idea where I was headed, but I feel the weight it’s strong
And I believe we can make it, but the burn has left its mark
You can try and live in the moment, and I’ll contain my rebel heart.
Track Name: Half Heart Necklace
This lights of this town spell H-E-L-L
Nothing ever happens here I can tell
Your mother said you were born with haunted eyes
I look at you with the eyes of a child

There’s nothing to do
But my love is true
This half-heart necklace is for you

We can go out walking when it gets dark
You can take me in your father’s car
I hope losers can come out on top
Because I don’t ever want this love to stop

There’s nothing to do
But my love is true
This half-heart necklace is for you

Now they question my intelligence
They tell me you’re a bad influence but I know that you’re...

Misunderstood you’re not a criminal
But what I’ve done is unforgivable
And I know nothing ever stays the same
So I’m telling you I want to share your name

Then we can leave
Then we can leave
My half-heart necklace is for you
Track Name: Romance and Adventure
I read cover to cover
Romance and adventure
It was all a waste of time
Can’t get you out of my mind

And I just couldn’t believe
You’re now someone else’s baby
Put it on the shelf
Replace with someone else

And when you say these things to me
And you open up your arms
I don’t only think of me
I’m just tired of being strong

Early in the morning
I received the warning
Sure as night becomes the day
Romantics end up the same way

I saw you in the prism
Reeling against realism
Hide in fantasy
You wave back at me

And when you say these things to me
And you open up your arms
I don’t only think of me
I’m just tired of being strong
Track Name: Crickets in the Rain
Back in 1992
Sometimes dreams really did come true
I kissed you in a swimming pool
Your lips were sweet from the Juicy Fruit

Later as a refrain
I heard crickets singing in the rain
And the Weather With You, floating through
Fluorescent blue lights in the haze

And nothing feels the way it did before
And I am grateful for that
The truth is when I realised I loved you
It was like everything I had ever lost had come back*

Driving round in your car
Start to feel a little older
And somehow I learned to never accept
The things that I didn’t deserve

Walking past the reservoir
And the place where he fell when he saw the stars
I tried to hold on tighter to you
But I felt you slip through my grasp

And nothing feels the way it did before
And I am grateful for that
The truth is when I realised I loved you
It was like everything I had ever lost had come back

And the night is warm, you turn a sprinkler on
There’s an apricot sky over the city lights
And I have a sense that somehow this will end
But I am going forward, never to go back again

And nothing feels the way it did before
And I am grateful for that
The truth is when I realised I loved you
It was like everything I had ever lost had come back

Last saw you in a carpark
Reading Joan Didion in the dark
“It’s easy to see where things begin
It is harder to see where they end”

*This line is inspired by a line in a poem written by Nayyirah Waheed, from her collection Salt.
Track Name: Santa Maria Novella
I see your eyes burning with frustration and wet with tears
So I take you for a walk, and our footsteps together will free the talk.

A city radiating light, it feels like we’re in black and white
Did I sound convincing? Bitterness has no place here.

And I know that no-one likes a tourist I feel like I’m one here
And I realise of course, we’ll criticise what’s corny
But I like the way it looks, and I think you’re brave.

It’s hard to overcome, but it will cut you like a knife
In the middle of the night, when you should be sleeping
But you just stare at the ceiling.

Past countless souvenir shops, tried hard to make you laugh
By Santa Maria Novella, I remember how.

And I know that no-one likes a tourist I feel like I’m one here
And I realise of course, we’ll criticise what’s corny
But I like the way it looks, and I think you’re brave.

In an orange alley, I can hear the auto-tune echo from a radio
It all sounds the same, but we don’t know the names

And I know that no-one likes a tourist I feel like I’m one here
And I realise of course, we’ll criticise what’s corny
But I like the way it looks, and I think you’re brave.
Track Name: Another Year
As I board a no-frills plane, confidence starts to wane
Hands tighten on the rests when the engine makes a test
And when the wheels tuck under, my heart is louder than thunder
Above is relentless blue sky, below trees capped with snow

And as I race through the sky I wonder, at 500 miles an hour
Will it be worth the pain? What if my heart breaks up again?
We blink and before we know it, another year goes
Another year will lead us back here, in another year we won’t be alone

And when we finally land, can’t feel my fingers or my toes
And I don’t know if I will have the courage to say “hello”
We blink and before we know it, another year goes
Another year will lead us back here, in another year we won’t be alone

And I’ve been staring at you so long, my tea’s gone cold
And I can recognise these scars for what they are
We blink and before we know it, another year goes
Another year will lead us back here, in another year we won’t be alone.