Second Skin

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Thank you's to: Alex, for helping me craft this dream together, for enduring my moods and tangents, supporting my creative sparks and far-flung ideas, and for sushi runs. Mom, stepdad and grandparents for being loving and encouraging, and not scratching their heads when I decided to pursue this madness. Ate Faye for being the best big sister a spoiled little bunso could ask for. M-Top for helping me keep things in perspective and for being patient and understanding throughout the months this album was being written and recorded. Loads of gratitude to Michael Violago, Virginia Kamenitzer, Emily Tan, Billy Becerra, Don Lawrence and Tina Shafer. Thanks to the fans for listening and waiting patiently for my first full-length! Love to friends and family for egging me onward on this adventure and for Him, who made all this come to life.
- Alfa (2009)

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released July 31, 2009

All songs written by Alfa Garcia, except Tracks 8 and 10, which were written by Alfa and Alex Houton.
Produced, recorded and mixed by Alex Houton, Red Bank, NJ.
Additional record engineering by Craig Mawhinney.
Track 11 recorded at Shorefire Studios in West Long Branch, NJ.
Mastered by David Ives at 101 Mastering, Beverly Hills, CA.
Photography by Virginia Kamenitzer.
Special thanks: Bob Kelly for his late 1930's Gibson Kalamazoo Archtop acoustic guitar on Supergirl, and Kentucky mandolin on Isabelle.
Violin on Isabelle by Jorge Miranda.
French Hotn on Supergirl & Foot Out the Door by Dave Paterno.

Alfa sang, played piano, guitar and violin on this album.
Extra guitars and programming by Alex Houton.

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Alfa Los Angeles, California

Armed with a voice, an instrument, and a keen sense of crafting a song, Alfa has been hailed as "an artist who has a spectrum of colors in her palette, a songwriter with a knack for tickling a mainstream ear" (Music Connection) Her songs have been heard on E!, MTV, nationally-released films and Spotify Philippines' Viral Top 50 in 2016. Alfa has opened for Sam Smith, Us the Duo, and Howie Day. ... more

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Track Name: Supergirl
VERSE 1
Do not be scared of your own shadow
Be honest, girl, give it time.
But don’t wait
Until the chemicals fade.
You may be one of a million
But you speak and everyone listens
Your voice is a crater on the moon (bass fill)
Time to make your move

CHORUS:
Follow yourself, don’t waste your time
Throw your body into the fire
And come on, come on
Fly like you’re super girl.
Hold your heart like you hold your hand
If you doubt yourself ‘cause you think you can’t
Be my super girl.

VERSE 2
One man’s plans may give way, Don’t you sway
Hangin’ on by your voice
It’s an anchor in the sea
You won’t sink if you can swim

CHORUS

BRIDGE
I’m finally waiting; anticipating a change
While the tides pull in, and filter out – away…always I’m
Finally waiting; anticipating a change
And you can be my ticket out of here…

Follow yourself don’t waste your time
Throw your body into the fire

And come on, come on
Fly like you’re super girl
Hold your heart like you hold your hand
If you doubt yourself ‘cause you think you can’t
And even if you think you’re gonna fall
Even I’ve been through it all

Better follow yourself, don’t waste your time
Throw your body into the fire
Come on come on
Fly like you’re super girl
Hold your heart like you hold your hand
If you doubt yourself cuz you think you can’t
Be my super girl… be my super girl
Be my super girl…be my super girl.
Yeah… yeah.
Track Name: Love as Tragedy: A Play in 3 Acts
“Love As Tragedy: A Play in Three Acts”

Verse 1:
Act I was brilliant / We played our parts
so convincing and I still
Remember the lines
You had me going on first dates and I fell
Like Icarus falling away from the sun.

CHORUS
Now that it’s all over and done I notice
You just needed someone to play your damsel
Now that I can see things a little clearer
I feel sorry for the next girl
You will always see (you’ll always see)
Love as tragedy.


Act II was gripping
She came out of nowhere, storm in a teacup
The irony bare
You seem so honest
Playing your parts so convincing but she
Is speaking my lines.

Now that it’s all over and done I notice
You just needed someone to play your damsel
Now that I can see things a little clearer
I feel sorry for the next girl
You will always see (you’ll always see)
Love as tragedy.


Now that it’s all over and done I notice
You just needed someone to play your damsel
Now that I can see things a little clearer
I feel sorry for the next girl

Now that it’s all over and done I notice
You just needed someone to play your damsel
Now that I can see things a little clearer
I feel sorry for the next girl
You will always see (you’ll always see)
Love as tragedy.
You will always see (you’ll always see)
Love as tragedy.

Don’t let me sit through another minute
Cuz Act III’s the part that
I couldn’t get right.
And you’ll be persistent
‘til somebody gets it
But I don’t intend to find out tonight.
Track Name: Second Skin
“Second Skin” by Alfa Garcia © 2008

Verse 1:
I’m in love with love, they say
But I’m not sure it falls so neatly
She’s a little bit too strong
A bite too large to chew on,
Oh what a tragedy
Cuz I don’t wanna be alone anymore
If this means anything...

CHORUS
I’ll be the last thing that you hear
be the first thing that you taste
In the morning when you wake up
I’ll be the reckless love you wait for
the storybook you never
Stopped believing in.
I’ll be your second skin.

Verse 2:
And I’ll wear your heart on my sleeve
Never forget the way they feel
And do what you will tonight
You’re the only one who ever knew me
OH what a tragedy

Cuz I don’t wanna be alone anymore
If this means anything:

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
And when the world falls in
I’ll keep your peace of mind
I’ll wrap my arms around
your tired shoulders
And when the earthquakes come
I’ll be a steady rock
That you can walk on…

I’ll be the last thing that you hear
be the first thing that you taste
In the morning when you wake up, yeah…

I’ll be the reckless love you wait for
the storybook you never
Stopped believing in.
I’ll be your second skin.
I’ll be your second skin
I’ll be your second skin
Track Name: Don't Write Your Goodbyes
Don’t Write Your Goodbyes

You don’t know your way around my heart so don’t pretend you can read between the lines. I am a mystery, I’m a play, and I will set this stage

So take your chances

Don’t write your goodbyes when you fall in love
I’ll fall apart
I won’t write you a word when I fall in love
You’ll find out by some other way…

Underneath the truth to me and you
I’m fearful that I cannot fight you; Soften your steps, call me a liar; I’ll cast this mask aside

Just take your chances

And don’t write your goodbyes when you fall in love
I’ll fall apart
I won’t write you a word when I fall in love
You’ll find out by some other way…

Bridge:
I won’t be bitter, no
I will remember
I won’t be bitter, no
I’ve got a lot to learn, so…

Don’t write your goodbyes when you fall in love, I’ll fall…

CHORUS (x2)

Find out by some other, find out by some other
Find out by some other way.
Track Name: Isabelle
VERSE:
Isabelle waits by the window her eyes meet The sky in the afternoon glow She sees the sun even before it comes when the mountains give it away.
Down past the street is a church and a vineyard When she was a child she’d run through. Now she sits still while I play on piano The sun no longer moves.

CHORUS:
Isabelle tell me again Oh I remember your stories so well. How could I ever know? For you the world lived on in echoes

VERSE:
Often I’d find her asleep in the garden The one-eyed cat slept by her feet Then in a moment she’d rise and the old woman watched the sun took my hair; she’d say
Colors are what make a girl And this world is so fragile, so hold on for life. You have the heart of a child and I understood then That she was mine.

CHORUS:
Isabelle tell me again Oh I remember your stories so well. How could I ever know? For you the world lived on in echoes

BRIDGE:
Here when the sun meets the sky I can hear your lullabye:
“Cherie... toujours je t’aime pourquoi il n’y a rien de toi?
je reste toute seule la nuit et l’aube c’est moi sans autre...
jusqu’ a la fin du monde...

INTERLUDE

CHORUS:
Isabelle tell me again Oh I remember your stories so well. How could I ever know? For you the world lived on in echoes

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Foot Out the Door
“Foot Out the Door”

Verse I:
Don’t know if I trust you yet
To walk me into the dark
And I know a smile’s a smile
Despite my foolish heart

Pre-Chorus:
Now’s about time for us to take
A little more wine before I say…

Chorus:
I am the one with my foot out the door
Scared and confused haven’t been here before
You remind me love is a road that’s long
I’ve got nothing to fear at all. (pause)

Verse 2:
And I’ve tried to take my time
Without looking so far
But what good is a promise if
they stop where they start.

Pre-chorus:
Give me some room and leave me to
ponder upon impending doom…

Chorus:

I am the one with my foot out the door
Scared and confused haven’t been here before
You remind me love is a road that’s long
I’ve got nothing to fear at all. (extra hold)
Repeat Chorus

BRIDGE:
So calm these fears
My attempts to be rational
Are pulling in
The parts that waited ages …

Pre-Chorus:
Give me some room and leave me to
ponder upon impending doom…

2x Chorus

You remind me love is a road that’s long

I got nothing to fear at all.

(whoas)
Track Name: Wear Your Shoes
Wear Your Shoes

Verse 1: Mama says I laugh too much
But sometimes it’s just not enough
I guess I’m like a child who runs and hides.
You will look me in the eye
And it’s as if you see inside
All the worn out places that I tried.
You still listen anyway

CHORUS: I am dressed in my own jeans
They’re blue and bland and in-between
I’m trying hard to change my ways
It’s not as easy as it seems
But you stand perfectly in brighter shades
What I would do to be like you
What I would do if I could wear your shoes.

Verse 2: True to form
I’m back to who I was before
Afraid of showing who I am
To the world.
You always tell me just enough
To help me out and build me up
I’ve been ignored but you’re not one to judge
Even if I’m so far gone…

CHORUS

Bridge: I would be invincible
Remarkable, meaningful
Nothing in the world would be impossible
I’d be unstoppable
Travel at the speed of light a million miles, I could fly

I am dressed in my own jeans
They’re blue and bland and in-between
I’m trying hard to change my ways
It’s not as easy as it seems

CHORUS
What I would do to be like you, what I would do if I could wear your shoes
What I would do to be like you, what I would do
if I could wear your shoes.
Track Name: Hazy-Eyed Troubadour
Hazy-eyed troubadour
Sing me a song on your 12-string
Running on ideals and all of the pretty things
That you believe in.

I tend to overthink
Watching my words on a TV screen
Fitted in my head, I’m subtle but I can’t help falling …

CHORUS
Oh what a pair we make
Better than pieces of puzzle games
they would fit perfectly in a world of gray
But oh – the colors we’d paint
Oh the colors we’d paint. (pause after 1)

VERSE 2
Doesn’t make sense to them
To you it’s all or nothing
Your mind is intense burning
Patterns into my silhouette

And we tend to disagree
On everything but frankly
It’s for a moment – it never lasts I’m still falling…

CHORUS
Oh what a pair we make
Better than pieces of puzzle games
they would fit perfectly in a world of gray
But oh – the colors we’d paint
Oh the colors we’d paint

BRIDGE
It’s you and me against the world.
Beside each other every turn
Have I found someone to be somebody to?
To dive into?

Oh what a pair we make
Better than pieces of puzzle games
They would fit perfectly in a world of gray
But oh – the colors we’d –
Oh what a pair we make
Better than pieces of puzzle games
They would fit perfectly in a world of gray
But oh – the colors we’d paint
Oh, the colors we’d paint
Oh, the colors we’d paint.
Track Name: I Won't
“I Won’t” by Alfa Garcia © 2008

Verse 1: On the floating pier we held our thumbs to the sky
Blocked out the moon, uncovered secrets in the dark
You told me how you’d go and save the world
And somehow we’d find ourselves togethere again

Pre-chorus: Too strong, too fast
To keep safe in our hands
We’re here by chance
Did we ever understand?

CHORUS
How do we walk away, as if this never happened?
How do I fool myself when I’m trying to move on?
Why are we letting go, to keep ourselves from falling?
How do I say goodbye?
I won’t.

Verse 1: On the drive back home the thoughts escaped from my lips
Do you sometimes think there is no point to this?
Tomorrow you’ll be gone on a plane to somewhere
Maybe years from now you’ll call my name on the street

Pre-chorus: Too strong, too fast
To keep safe in our hands
We’re here by chance
Did we ever understand?

CHORUS

Bridge: And as for me, I’ll be fine
I’ll stay here and pass the time
And you’ll try to just forget
We’re probably too different.

Breakdown: How do we walk away, as if this never happened?
How do I fool myself when I’m trying to move on?
(FULL) Why are we letting go, to keep ourselves from falling?
How do I say goodbye?

CHORUS
I won’t (4x)
Track Name: Home to Me (Live in-Studio)
Home to Me (by Alfa Garcia. Copyright © 2008. )

Mother came home late
Closed the backyard metal gate
And then walked into the house
Not a word or a sound.

She saved herself a place by the TV
and a plate of her favorite mistakes
and a tall glass of dreams.

Chorus:
Where her daughters all have gone?
She don’t know but she thinks that
One day they’ll come home calloused and bruised
With the world on their fingertips
She is home to me.

All the boys and girls
Years ago in their own world
Now they’re workin’ 9 to 5 and it’s an ordinary life
But I’ve been staring at my feet to take me where I’ve never been
So I can make her proud of me
and she’ll know this wasn’t all for nothing.

Chorus:
Where her daughters all have gone?
She don’t know but she thinks that
One day they’ll come home the depth of the ocean
Standing all by themselves
She is all I need…
She is all I need…

Bridge:
When I look in her eyes: unspoken sacrifice
Through her weary bones she hides inside a smile
and when you tell I am just the same I find I smile the same way.

Mother came home late
Closed the backyard metal gate
Then she walked into the house
Not a word or a sound.

She saved herself a place by the TV
and a plate of her favorite mistakes
and a tall glass of dreams.

Chorus:
Where her daughters all have gone?
No, no she don’t know but she thinks that
One day they’ll come home calloused and bruised
With the world on their fingertips
The world on their fingertips…
The world on their fingertips

She is home to me.


(by Alfa Garcia. Copyright © 2008. )