The Rogue Sessions

by Sarah Donner

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The Rogue Sessions is a polished live recording of twelve previous released tracks and two brand new tunes by Sarah Donner. The album has an energetic feel similar to her live performances.

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released May 20, 2013

Sarah Donner-vocals, guitar, baritone uke
Jay Buchanan-upright bass
Mike Batchelor-gentleman engineer

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Sarah Donner New Jersey

Sarah Donner is an indie folkpop star who has embraced her inner catlady. "The Motherf**cking Pterodactyl Song" which was co- written with The Oatmeal catapulted Sarah into weblebrity status with over two million views on YouTube. After stretching her legs with musical theatre, she picked up a guitar, abandoned her classical roots, and started rocking out (with fantastic breath support). ... more

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Track Name: Rogue
When you’ve lost time and patience
When you’ve gone rogue
When all the medication is lost along
with everyone you know
It’s time for celebration
You’re on your way
You’ve broken boundaries
And there’s no change without growing pains

Stop listening to the ghosts
Who only ever tell you “no, no, no”
‘Cause when you look at them you’ll just see through
They’re just prisoners of empty rooms

You’ve got your education
You’re on display
You’re searching every star, but what you find
Won’t fit inside a frame
It’s just a generation
That passed the hate
When they attack, baby don’t turn back
They won’t haunt you for long
You’ve got to be strong, be brave

Stop listening to the ghosts
Who only ever tell you “no, no, no”
‘Cause when you look at them you’ll just see through
They’re just prisoners of empty rooms
Track Name: Heartbreaker
You came sniffing ‘round the office looking for a friend
I was happy to oblige and offer benefits
No one’s counting but it’s been three months, two weeks, one day
You lay it on thick I like it
I sure hope you stay

You are a heart, heartbreaker
It’s hard to see you take, take, take her away
away from me

I don’t know you, but I want to if it’s all the same
I know all about your mojo nothing of your name

You are a heart, heartbreaker
It’s hard to see you take, take, take her away
away from me

doo doo doot doo

Corporate lawyers, corporate lovers, corporate anarchists
I have kissed you everywhere, and still some parts I’ve missed

You are a heart, heartbreaker
It’s hard to see you take, take, take her away
away from me
Track Name: Whalers and Sailors
Gravity’s stronger than all this fear mongering
but it’s more fun to be scared than tied down
That which divides us can also unite us
but irony went out of style and out of this town
out of this town

I get distracted and can’t be proactive
with scuppers and sails in my periphery
I will eat better before I eat butter
and season my quahogs with salt from the sea
salt from the sea

I’m fairly certain I’m more than what I hear
But I haven’t heard if it’s here or if it’s there
If someone asked me I’d be all they want
I’ll wait for you in the parking lot
I’ll wait for you in the car

I know the ocean it’s where I came from
Home is the smell of the beach at low tide
Once there were whalers, well now there are sailors
We all have ghosts in the back of our mind
back of our mind

Who will I marry and who will carry me
Into the ground and out of this life
Scatter me over the mouth of the river
let me dissolve like the stars into night
stars into night

I won’t be the lily maid who drifted off the shore
laid down in her boat and was heard from no more
Hurricanes will drown me before heartbreak does
Tape up the panes of love
Wait for the rain to come

I’m fairly certain I’m more than what I hear
But I haven’t heard if it’s here or if it’s there
If someone asked me I’d be all they want
I’ll wait for you in the parking lot
I’ll wait for you in the car
Track Name: South Africa
What’s in South Africa I’ve never been
Does sun shine on the bar where you drink your gin
You’ve been to Germany, You’ve been to France
I’d go to London if I had my chance

Oh ocean, why you separate
Me from my heart and provide no escape
Oh ocean, why you separate
Me from my heart

Your leaves to green while mine turn to gold
Your spring is young when my summer is old
We played guitars by the edge of the shore
We don’t catch our fish from the sea anymore

Oh ocean, why you separate
Me from my heart and provide no escape
Oh ocean, why you separate
Me from my heart
Me from my heart
Track Name: The Motherf**king Pterodactyl
He is the motherfucking pterodactyl
Here to tear you a new asshole

Yes it’s true he ate ten thousand lightning bugs
Kissing his bowel like a million hugs
He shat them out one phosphorescent night
Painting it like Christmas lights

He is the motherfucking pterodactyl
Here to tear you a new asshole

Yes it’s true his plumage is the best in town
All the ho’s touch his sexy pteroid bone
Oh yes it’s true he put the t-rex to shame
His pussy arms on that pussy frame

He is the motherfucking pterodactyl
Here to tear you a new asshole

Yes it’s true he enjoys his hobbies too
He smokes his pipe, rollerblades, and finds ladies to woo
Oh yes it’s true he rode with the Triassic crew
That includes lystrosaurus and plateosaurus too

He is the motherfucking pterodactyl
Here to tear you a new asshole

He is awkward on the floor
His feet are shit and his balance quite poor
He hooked up with a grizzly bear
They made love under the sea and everywhere
Then that bear gave birth to a motherfucking bear-o-dactyl
who might tear you a new-
so beware motherfuckers beware

He is the motherfucking pterodactyl
He is the motherfucking pterodactyl
Remember him, remember his song
Remember his tire iron and his enchanting thong
Track Name: Lovely, Lovely, Lovely
You fall more than anyone else I know
Hard ground brings you down to sticks and stones

You’re out of alignment
The sign’s meant for you to stay inside and

I would never want to take your place
So I will ask for a little more grace for you are
Lovely, lovely, lovely
standing

Moped, snow sled sped up your life
Slow it down some before you start to slide down

The scars healed, the skin peeled
I don’t want to wheel you out of here

I would never want to take your place
So I will ask for a little more grace for you are
Lovely, lovely, lovely
standing

The hazards of your situation
Strap in your thoughts and turn the brake on

I would never want to take your place
So I will ask for a little more grace for you are
Lovely, lovely, lovely
standing

I would never want to take your place
So I will ask for a little more grace for you are
Lovely, lovely, lovely
standing
Track Name: All My Guns
Cross the border from Pennsyltucky
Make a home in New Jersey
I’m just hoping someone will
See through me

I’m a hunter I’m a straight shot
Between me and you
I’m all I’ve got
Still I hide behind the forestock
Aimed at your heart

I would give up all my guns
If you would give me all your love
Spill the bullets on the floor
I won’t need them anymore

In the crosshair I can see you
You know I’m there, You barely move
You’re so stunning
Oh where you running to?

I would give up all my guns
If you would give me all your love
Spill the bullets on the floor
I won’t need them anymore

And the rocks that you climb
I am there just behind you
And the streams that you ford
I was there just before you

I would give up all my guns
If you would give me all your love
Spill the bullets on the floor
I won’t need them anymore
Track Name: Treeline
In my backyard I have boxes
I have spices and parked cars
In your backyard you have mountains
You have highway you see the stars

But I don't see stars from my backyard
oh but I believe that they are there
If you see one would you wish on it
for me here

Eyes on the treeline
Feet in the sand
These things surround me
and I can't breathe in,
But you won't see me in the valley

On your mountain you have branded
an initial monogram
In my window I have neon
not much brighter, but draws me in

If I don't make it to the summit
would you send someone down?
Call for backup if I can't make it up
on my own

Eyes on the treeline
Feet in the sand
These things surround me
and I can't breathe in,
But you won't see me in the valley

Eyes on the treeline
Feet in the sand
These things surround me
and I can't breathe in,
But you won't see me in the valley
Track Name: Dodgeball
When love was a serious word
I wore cuffs on my acid wash jeans
And we sat in the back of the bus
Stephanie, James, and Kris, you and me
And I knew you
And I would route

For the sports teams on the back of your shirt
Oh yeah, love was a serious word
All I wore were those no name brand Keds
Epitome of cool in retrospect
And I knew you
What I would do to

Be on your team in dodgeball
I was not the fastest, not the strongest
Running after dreams that were equipped with Nike sneakers
But I could never catch you, I could never catch you
‘Cause I was fat

When love was a serious word
I would alter my daily routine
Coincidentally to meet you in the hall before school
And give you the support that you’d need
To get through your attitude of

Worries mixed with pity, doubts and sorrow for tomorrow
Coupled with my silence and wishful thinking that I could bring
Everything you needed in a miracle wrapped in myself
But I could never catch you, I could never catch you

1997, 1998 were the days
I would hold myself up to the girls in charge, girls I knew
1997, 1998 were the days
I would hold myself up to the girls in charge, girls I knew

I wore Keds with my penny loafers
Oh yeah, love was a serious word

Now you’re working in an office with fluorescent lighting
All your writing never took you further than your pregnant girlfriend
That was the end. Now no one brings you presents like cards and coffee
Wouldn’t that be pleasant and suburban like central heating
Did you forget me? ‘Cuz I could not forget you. I could not forget you
...and now, you’re fat.
Track Name: The Pilot
If I could fly away in my own airplane
I’d plot a course to where you are
And land it at your gate
If I had a train I’d lay track night and day
The line would lead straight to you
And that’s where it would stay
And if I had a ship I’d sail it to your port
Your current’s strong and I belong
On your rocky shore

But waves that could lead you home
Just wear down the sand from stone
I know you’ll see one day
All the things in my way

So I’m afraid of heights, I never earned a pilot’s license
And I missed that train, I don’t know when the next one’s coming in
I won’t learn to swim, the water’s deep but I just wade in
Up to my knees I won’t go far if I can’t see my feet

But waves that could lead you home
Just wear down the sand from stone
I know you’ll see one day
All the things in my way

Break it to me now
If there’s a map then I will make it
Get up off the ground
If I have to I’ll hitchhike

But you are smart and brave
You could find a way to save this
Your telepathic brain
Can see that I’m the one who’s struggling
Look down from your great height
See how I’m climbing?

But waves that could lead you home
Just wear down the sand from stone
I know you’ll see one day
All the things in my way
Track Name: Spreadsheet
Stop your swearing I don’t need an echo
of my silent thoughts I beg you
to be safe
don’t complain

My ears cannot hold your anger
They’re still full of yesterdays

Easter baskets full of guns and chocolate
line the hallways of department stores
I can’t save
all these strays

My ears cannot hold your anger
They’re still full of yesterdays
You could cradle my exhaustion or
Teach it to behave

All my good deeds never made it
To the spreadsheet where you keep track
of our faults and flaws

Spread all the love that is in your budget
Don’t waste interested on ancient grudges
I can’t save
all these strays

My ears cannot hold your anger
They’re still full of yesterdays
You could cradle my exhaustion or
Teach it to behave

All my good deeds never made it
To the spreadsheet where you keep track
of our faults and flaws

All my good deeds never made it
To the spreadsheet where you keep track
of our faults and flaws
Track Name: Waterdown
How many lessons did you learn from this year
And how many more will it take
To make my path straight?

I drive by intentions waving at the roadside
Screaming for attention, let us in, let us ride
But I pretend I didn’t see them

There’s no time for dreaming, some time for believing
And a lifetime for change

Change the curtains, change the corners
Change the stories that define you
Waterdown your memory so much you find you
Change

You’re not dropping hints to what the future will be
You’re holding onto your cards
It’s harder to smile

I lost my application, it got lost in translation,
The date it’s too late for recommendations
Well maybe next year

Motivate my motivation
So I can move from this stationery state
And change

Change the layout, change the water
See how honesty refines you
I’m the daughter of a circle on a downhill generation

How many lessons did you learn from this year?
How many more will it take?
Track Name: Someday
Can you look close at nothing
until you find something in there, in there, in there
If stars could talk what would they say
They’re just expired fire and so far away
from me, from me, from me

And I know you’re waking up to the light
when everything’s broken no fights left to fight
Someday you’ll leave me yeah
Someday you’ll fly
but somday is not tonight

Deserts of paper crossed by these men
I’ll search for truth again and again
and again and again and again
Oh I’ll go with you to these parts
To your highest high and your hardest hard
and your lightest white and your darkest dark
To your highest high and your hardest hard
and your lightest white and your darkest dark
To your highest high and your hardest hard
and your lightest white and your darkest dark

And I know you’re waking up to the light
when everything’s broken no fights left to fight
Someday you’ll leave me yeah
Someday you’ll fly
but somday is not tonight
Track Name: The Cycles The Circles
Born from the ashes and torn from the branches you are
Here under pressure and out of adventures I am
And I can’t wait for something different

You could take flight, take me up on the back of your wings
This crippling distance has blistered the soles of my feet
And I can’t wait for something different

Burdens poured on me
Like all the water from all the sea

The cycles, the circles they suck all the instinct from me
I roll up my sleeves to fight back, but I’d rather stay clean
And I can’t wait for something different

Burdens poured on me
Like all the water from all the sea

When I fall from the sky
I am just metal and wire
But the air in your bones lifts you higher and higher and higher

Now I am not saying that I am the dangerous type
Typing is dangerous when you only see black and white

Burdens poured on me
Like all the water from all the sea

Burdens poured on me
Like all the water from all the sea