Vanity

by Brianna Gaither

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Oklahoma City native Brianna Gaither crafts a unique blend of vocally rich, emotionally charged and musically diverse indie pop with revealing sincerity. Vanity, the long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Love Is Patient, features 10 songs recorded in 10 months using 10 different producers and faithfully displays Gaither’s lyrical gifts and sonic adventurousness. Featuring the lead single “I Won’t Rest Until,” Vanity expands Gaither’s musical vocabulary and shines a light on the power of creativity, collaboration and honest songwriting.

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released February 25, 2017

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Brianna Gaither Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"Piano-led singer/songwriter fare rarely sounds this confident, powerful or memorable." (Independent Clauses)

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Track Name: Be Brave
Be Brave
(Written by Brianna Gaither)

Don't reach for my hand if you don't want my heart
I will not understand when everything falls apart
Stop making me smile; don't ask me to stay
Don't open the bottle of fancy campaign

Because I will blame you if everything falls through
And you never pushed me away

But if you love me, be brave and tell me
There is no reason to be afraid
I know it's not easy, but if you want me
Be brave and show me
I will not run away

Don't reach for my hand if you don't want my heart
I will not understand when everything falls apart
Don't keep me here guessing; don't put me in games
Don't leave me here questioning all that you say

Because I will blame you if everything falls through
And you never pushed me away

There's reason to go slow
When letting feelings show
The stakes are high I know
Between goodbye and I love you so
Track Name: I Won't Rest Until
I Won't Rest Until
(Written by Brianna Gaither)

I Won't Rest
No, I Won't Rest Until
My heart is still
My heart is still
My is -

Like a fish that is drowning in the ocean
Like a traveler swallowed up by the road
Like a love song wavering on the last note
Like a dying bird asking to be buried in the sky
So am I

Like the darkest blue of the lonely winter moon
All that he can do is wish he was the sun
Like the way it feels, a hamster on a wheel
All that he can do is run and run and run
Like a hopeful ending with its bittersweet goodbye
So am I

Like the morning dew that softly settles on the ground
Like the sun that slowly rests its head below the mountains
Gently lowered down
Gently lowered down

But I'll do my best
I'll do my best until
My heart is still
My heart is still
My heart is
Track Name: I Can't Make It Grow
I Can’t Make It Grow
(Written by Brianna Gaither)

Your love was planted like a seed in the garden
Her heart was harder than she knew
You saw her and you wanted her before
The seed grew
And she said:

I can’t make it
I can’t make it grow
Tell me everything you think I ought to know
I can’t make you
I can’t make you stay or go
But I will follow
I will follow you

Her love was captured by a sea of confusion
She tried to swim herself ashore
You saw her and you pulled her to yourself
And you said swim no more

Silence fell with quiet breathing
She stopped fighting you
She saw you and she wanted you before
She even knew
She’d said -

I will follow you home
Track Name: Wings of Wax
Wings of Wax
(Written by Brianna Gaither)

You flew me to the sun with wings of wax
And my flight back was not as pleasant as I thought it would be
The earth was keen to hold me in her arms again
As I lay silent in my broken dream

I know I never did confess to you my longing for redemption
No, I never did let you see in past my skin
I know I never did let you into that place that I keep hidden
But that’s alright, you weren’t worthy in the end

I welcomed in the wolf with sheep skin on his back
You had blood on your hands, but I only ever noticed the lamb
Then you flew away free as a bird
While I lay drowning in your poison words

Oh my Romeo, you’d have never laid your life down
You'd’ve seen lying there, and then slowly backed away
And in irony I’d wake up to my happy ending
With the man who wasn’t bold enough to stay
Track Name: Sweetheart
Sweetheart
(Written by Brianna Gaither)

I met you on a train going nowhere
We made it there and back before the sun was down
I met you in a place where I was so afraid
That my heart would never, ever be the same again

Sweetheart, you’re making me uneasy
The way you keep sweeping off my feet
I still haven’t found the ground
No, still haven’t found the ground
And you know I can be so afraid of heights
But please darlin’ just don’t put me down

With it written on your face
With your hand around my waist
You held me closer than I ever thought you would
Now my heart gets only bigger
And it’s pumping like a river through my veins
And I am not the same
Track Name: Our Side
Our Side
(Written by Brianna Gaither)

Darling I’m waiting, and I will wait here
Even if it takes one thousand years
Certain as night and as sure as the day
I will ask you to stay

I will always be on our side
I will always be on our side

Darling I’m waiting though life may run through
Darling I will not fight you
Holding my breath, I will wait by the door
And I’ll wait here forever more
And I’ll wait here forever more

Wait for the waves
They break in the silence
I’ll wait for the way
You choose to move

But I’ll always be on our side
I will always be on our side

Darling I’m waiting
And I will wait here
Even if it takes one thousand years
Track Name: Seven Days After Hello
Seven Days After Hello
(Written by Brianna Gaither)

It’d seem that the tide has turned
And I have learned something I never knew
Ya I been, been waiting now
Saying how I thought that I'd never find you

Now I will choose you forever
Anywhere you are I will go
I will never be the same, not ever
Not since seven days, seven days after hello

You say, that you've never felt this way
And I've never been so unafraid in all my life
Ya I know, ya I know, this is the only route to go
Nothing has ever been so right
Darlin' -

Hold me, in the morning
Dance me to the moon
I will love you my whole life through
There is no greater privilege
Than to spend my years with you
I will love you
I will love you
I will love you
Track Name: Psalm 57
Psalm 57
(Written by Brianna Gaither, Logan Rine, and Nathan Holliday)

I will cry unto God Most High
I will cry unto God Most High
Be merciful to me
Be merciful to me

Strong Tower, deliver me
Defender, have mercy

I will cry unto God Most High
Unto God who performs all things for me
Track Name: Let Yourself Be Led
Let Yourself Be Led
Written by Brianna Gaither

His eye is on the sparrow
He catches your tears in a bottle
He's numbered the hairs upon your head
So let yourself be led, let yourself be led by the Shepherd

He's led you away into the desert
He's laying you low in loving-kindness
The wounds of a friend can be trusted
So let yourself be led, let yourself be led by the Shepherd

His healing is superior to any brokenness we find our bodies in
His healing is superior to any hopelessness we find our souls in

Let yourself be led
Let yourself be led
Let yourself be led by the Shepherd

So lift your eyes to Him
The Author and Perfecter of our faith, our friend
And when your efforts fail
Remember that healing will prevail
Track Name: Vanity
Vanity
(Written by Brianna Gaither)

Am I beautiful
Even if you’re the only one who says so
Am I loved if
You are the only one who loves me
Am I good enough if
Only you should tell me that I’m good

Is it vanity
Or did you make me to long to be
Lovely and pleasing to you
Is it everything
I detest about the world and its
Fleeting beauty and distorted truth

Am I beautiful
Even if the mirror should say I’m ugly
Am I loved if
I don’t even love me
Am I good enough
If you should say I’m good, but you only

Is it fantasy
Or did you make me to long to be
Holy and perfect in you
Is it everything
I detest about the world and how it’s
Nothing, nothing like you