Good Kids

by Helena Ruth

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Luke Words don't do Good Kids justice. I could call the songs on this EP haunting, or stirring, or among the best of indie music, and while I would be correct, I would still fail to describe all of the reasons I enjoy every song. You're Heartless (and I'm Full of Affection) and Alphonse are my favorites, and I'm eagerly looking forward to more in the future. Favorite track: Alphonse.
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Helena Ruth's debut EP, Good Kids, features five of her best songs from the last three years. From the aggressive and up-tempo "Good Kids" to the haunting "Ivory," these tracks represent Helena Ruth's dark, quirky style.

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released January 2, 2016

Lyrics and music by Helena Ruth
Piano arrangement for Ivory by Chad Stockslager
Produced by McKenzie Smith
Strings arranged by Buffi Jacobs (www.buffijacobs.com)
Sound engineering by Jordan Martin
Violin—Roni Gan (www.veronicagan.com)
Bass—Mike Luzecky
Guitar—Joey McClellan (twitter.com/joeymcclellan)
Keyboard—Evan Jacobs
Recorded at Redwood Studios, Denton TX (www.facebook.com/redwooddenton)

Cover photography by Raye Savage (instagram.com/raye_isabelle/)
Special thanks to Lori Nazareth (invivid.net) for assistance with graphic design

© 2015 Helena Ruth
℗ 2015 Helena Ruth

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Helena Ruth Olympia, Washington

Hey there! I’m Helena, and I love webcomics, gaming, animation, and most of all, music! While I hail from Dallas TX, I’m in Olympia WA right now while I attend college. I write original and fan music, which you can find here, on my SoundCloud, and on my YouTube. ... more

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Track Name: You're Heartless (and I'm Full of Affection)
You make my heart feel like it’s rotting in my chest
You got my mind rewired, I’m never at my best
So choke me in my sleep / and suffocate my woes
‘Cause I’ve dreamt in shades of pink since the last time that we spoke

But you’re heartless (and I’m full of affection) but you’re heartless
You’re heartless (and I’m full of affection) but you’re heartless!

Ooh! You’re sooo perfect
Ooh! You’re sooo sharp
Ooh! I’m not nervous
I’ve just got a rotting heart...

*Sigh* you make my heart feel like… it’s rotting in my chest
Oh, you got my mind rewired, I’m never at my best
So choke me in my sleep / and suffocate my woes
‘Cause I’ve dreamt in shades of pink since the last time that we spoke…

But you’re heartless (and I’m full of affection) but you’re heartless
You’re heartless (and I’m full of affection) oh, you’re heartless!

You’re heartless (oh, it’s nothing but affection) oh, you’re heartless!
You’re heartless (dear, it’s nothing but affection) I’m heartless

Track Name: Ivory
It was a long and silent cry
She spoke before she died
I never true knew why
I even tried
Then just ivory lips she left
To speak the words of the dead
And this was what she said, fast losing sight

When the heart does cease to beat
How long must the mind survive?
For only seconds split
Until the night
Or do agony hours ensue
To follow the light inside of you
Until it’s sudden through
Into the blue

It was a long and drawn-out sigh
I breathed before I died
I never true knew why
She even tried

Then just empty eyes I left
To see the world of the dead
As quietly she fled, out of my sight
Track Name: DOLLY
Dolly, oh Dolly... Won’t you be my baby?
Dolly, I’ve loved you... Since I first knew of you

And if I had your number, I’d call...
Every day, you know I would
And when you build up fences, so tall...
I’d crawl up your neighbors’ tree
Just to see that pretty face

Dolly, oh Dolly! Why must you ignore me?
Dolly, oh Dolly! Why can’t you just be kind to me?
Dolly, oh Dolly! I’m asking nicely
Dolly, oh Dolly! Why won’t you try and fall for me?

Dolly, oh Dolly! Why do you ignore me?
Dolly, oh Dolly! Why won’t you just be kind to me?
Dolly, oh Dolly! I’ve been asking nice-a-ly
Dolly, oh Dolly! Give it a try and fall for me
Don’t you know you owe that to me?
Why do you act so cruel to me?

Dolly, Dolly, Dolly, DOLLY
Track Name: Good Kids
Good kids live by the motto of “no witnesses”
Good kids are just bad in the bushes when nobody’s lookin’
Good kids don’t dare bare their teeth to anything that speaks
Sin on the sly, just to get by, can’t you see they’d be dissatisfied?

Well the bark ain’t nothin’ but the bite’s a bitch! 
So you’d better watch your lips, oh
They’re just waitin’ for a chance to snap
They’re just waitin’ for a “WHO SAID THAT?” oh
The bark ain’t nothin’ but the bite’s a bitch!
Ooh, oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh
The bark ain’t nothin’ but the bite’s a bitch!
Ooh, oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh

Good kids live by the motto of “no witnesses”
Good kids are just bad in the bushes when nobody’s lookin’
Good kids don’t dare bare their teeth to anything that speaks
Sin on the sly, just to get by, can’t you see they’d be dissatisfied?


Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh

When your rep’s like playing “sudden death,”
No second chances better do your best, oh
The bark ain’t nothin’ but the bite’s a bitch!
Ooh, oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh
The bark ain’t nothin’ but the bite’s a bitch!
Ooh, oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh

When your rep’s like playing “sudden death,” No second chances better do your best, oh, so,

Good kids live by the motto of “no witnesses”
Good kids are just bad in the bushes when nobody’s lookin’
Good kids don’t dare bare their teeth to anything that speaks
Sin on the sly, just to get by,
Can’t you see they’d be dissatisfied?
Track Name: Alphonse
Alphonse speaks like a riddle-writer
Hair blond, but burning gold in the sunlight, oh
Reckless fortune, oh, Alphonse
You shape-shifter, thought-sifter, oh, half-listener

Alphonse moves like a snake on the highway
Flash bonds and acrid smoke in the twilight, oh
Reckless fortune, oh, Alphonse
You star-wisher, toad-kisser, oh, half-listener

How reckless of fortune,
To think we’d be rid of you so casually…
You and fortune,
A more careless pair there’ll never be

Alphonse speaks like a riddle-writer
Hair blond, but burning gold in the sunlight, oh
Damn our fortunes! Oh, Alphonse
You shape-shifter, thought-sifter, oh, half-listener

How reckless of fortune, oh, Alphonse
You star-kisser, dream-fisher, oh
Alphonse…