Tell Me A Story

by Skylar Kergil

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Skylar Kergil is a transgender singer-songwriter, poet, and activist currently living and working in Boston, MA. This being his first studio produced EP, he collaborated with friends to bring a bigger sound out of his acoustic songs. Inspired by storytelling, Tell Me A Story explores themes of adventure, relationships, and gender. From an acoustic 'Take Me With You' to an upbeat, spoken 'Long Run (Pear Tree),' this EP was written during a time of discovering his youth had passed - looking back with nostalgia and forward with promise.

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released February 19, 2015

Written by Skylar Kergil - www.skylarkergil.com

Recorded & Mixed by Andrew Oedel - www.andrewoedel.com
Recorded at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst, MA
Mastered by Warren Amerman at The Rotary Records

Vocals by Skylar Kergil
Acoustic guitar by Skylar Kergil
Guitar, bass, cajon, piano by Chris Tripoli
Percussion by Bill Anderson
Background vocalists:
Amy Piermarini on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5
Winnie Lin on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5
Chris Tripoli on tracks 3, 5

Thank you to all who made this EP possible, especially my dedicated, loving and supportive friends and fans!

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Track Name: Take Me With You
Good morning in early morning
the sun comes and touches your skin
You’ve caught my, my attention
and so I move in your direction

So take me with you
Oh take me with you

We talk in, we talk in circles
No I’m not westbound today
You’ve got my, my attention
but I have nothing left to say

So take me with you
Oh take me with you
So take me with you
So take me with you

You’ve caught my, my attention
But that was not my intention
Track Name: Tell Me A Story
Strangers stare and they want to be the first to
ask for my life in one word
But it’s not that simple
Why do you care to know
am I a boy or a girl?

But I don’t care about the answers
The questions were boring
Please tell me a story

(1, 2, 3, 4!)

“What did your mom say?”
“What is your real name?”
“How about those drugs that you take?”
“And does your voice change?”
“How come you don’t feel ashamed?”
“What kind of love do you make?”

But you don’t care about my answers
Your questions ignore me
Let me tell you a story

Well, alright
Ask me anything you want to
and I will tell you the truth

My mom is my best friend
and this is who I am
All of it adds up to keep me sane
Yes, I’ve dropped octaves
‘cause I am a mountain range
and any kind of love is good enough to be made

But I don’t care about the answers
The questions were boring
Please tell me a story
Track Name: 2 AM
Where are you headed? Oh
Where are you going?
Is it everything you wanted? Oh
Are you being honest?

Hop late night trains into cities into wild night
life light fires
We’re on this quest, 20-something journey
but I’ve stopped taking in stride
I can taste the crisis on your lips
I’m losing myself in it
I can taste the crisis on your lips
and I’m loving this

2am no destination, no destination, no no no
Be my friend, until the very end
until the

Where are you headed? Oh
Where are you going?
Is it everything you wanted?
Are you being honest?

Step close the edge, there’s a word, there’s a
word, there’s a word for the urge
off platforms or cliffs -- to propel forward
But I hang onto youth
and I hang onto you
Can you taste the crisis on my lips?
Are you loving this?

2am no destination, no destination, no no no
Be my friend, until the very end
until the

2am no destination, no destination, no no no
Be my friend, until the very end
until the

Where are you headed?
Where are you going?
Is it everything you wanted?
A new beginning?

Where are you headed? Oh
Where are you going?
Is it everything you wanted? Oh
Are you being honest?

I can taste the crisis on your lips
I’m losing myself in it
Can you taste the crisis on my lips?

2am no destination, no destination, no no no
Be my friend, until the very end
until the

Where are you headed?
Where are you going?
Track Name: Make It Right
No I’m not always happy
but thanks for not asking
And I know this will take some time
to make it right in my mind
We came together though a winter’s fire
then lost it all to summer’s sighs
We both knew we could make it right
but we let it die, we just let it die

Though I’d like to make it right
it’s just not the place or time

How do you know if it is the end?
“We can still be friends”
but can we be friends?
Space heals if you give it a chance
but I fell in too, haven’t seen you since

And though I’d like to make it right
it’s just not the place or time
So as we walked right to the light
I turned to you to say goodbye

You held my bones up alright
then you’d lay them down, side by side
I haven’t slept through a single night
seen every second of this time

Though I’d like to make it right
it’s just not the place or time
So as we walked right to the light
I turned to you to say goodbye
(So I just say goodbye)
Track Name: Long Run (Pear Tree)
Spend so much time thinking about the long run
We don’t open our eyes during all the shorter ones

No, babe, I can’t tie any knots right now
I see love and I want to believe it but
I’m still untangling all these pits I’ve grown deep
down in my stomach, well
I am a pear tree, apparently
I want nobody yet they still appear next to me
Be my best friend, you can be my war
Something worth destroying myself for
No, actually wait no -- I’ve seen this all before
Love’s an addiction
and I’m sicker than I’ve ever been
So admit me, you can commit me
Fact check every moment in between
No tomorrow, just today
No plans, no flights to the UK
LA or DC, the leaves change and they want me to
leave, but I stay still and I stand still
Start every talk with the same spiel

Spend so much time thinking about the long run
We don’t open our eyes during all the shorter ones
It’s been a good time, we’ve had a lot of fun
So let’s open our eyes during all the shorter runs

Not a full sprint, I had a splinter
Still holding hands when I first met her
Back to back and overlap well
being alone is something that I can’t
No wait I can! I moved to Boston with all my best
friends, I’ve got no plans, and though this city haunts
me with ex-girlfriends
They just remind me of who I woulda been
if I wasn’t who I am
on my own

Spend so much time thinking about the long run
We don’t open our eyes during all the shorter ones
It’s been a good time, we’ve had a lot of fun
So let’s open our eyes during all the shorter runs

Well, take it easy
You can take it slow
There’s no need to rush
We’ve got nowhere to go

And take it easy
You can take it slow
There’s no need to rush
We’ve got nowhere to go, well

I just wanna grow, on my own
and find my way home

Spend so much time thinking about the long run
We don’t open our eyes during all the shorter ones
It’s been a good time, we’ve had a lot of fun
So let’s open our eyes during all the shorter runs

x3