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BIO

19-year-old singer-songwriter Emma Friedman's songs are heartfelt, organic, and showcase her ability to tap into emotions and tell her unique story. Her folksy voice and style is reminiscent of Brandi Carlile with songwriting akin to Julien Baker. Originally from Connecticut, Emma now resides in Boston while studying at Berklee College of Music.

 

In May of 2016, Emma showcased her distinctive voice and accomplished songwriting at the Greenwich Town Party. At the festival, she opened for acclaimed bands Alabama Shakes, Carolyn Wonderland and Steely Dan. Shortly after, Emma was selected as a winner of the “Performing Songwriter” showcase at Berklee College of Music. Most recently, Emma released her second EP, "Swimming Lessons", during the summer of 2018. Emma’s wide-ranging influences include Brandi Carlile, Hozier, Bon Iver, Julien Baker, The Staves, and Ben Howard.

AUDIO

When It RainsEmma Friedman
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IslandsEmma Friedman
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Grey BlanketsEmma Friedman
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LYRICS

November

There’s a girl in my dreams

I like to call her November

She’s a lot like October

But goes by much slower than June

 

When I ask her to take a chance

Tear down her walls

No she doesn’t say no

When my heart is buried

She’s quick with a shovel

No she doesn’t mind snow

No She doesn’t mind snow

 

I’ve been searching for November

Got lost on purpose I’ll end up

Wherever I need to be

You know I’m no good keeping still

Maybe I’m foolish, maybe I’m sad

Maybe there are parts of me that aren’t all that bad

All I want is someone who makes me love better

All I want is someone who’ll stick through the weather

 

Every night that I look in her eyes

I remember I’m grateful

For long nights of not making sense

Coffee gone cold on the table

 

When I ask her to sing along

The part that she knows

No she,

Never says no

When my heart is buried she’s quick with a shovel

No she

doesn’t mind snow

No she doesn’t mind snow

 

Chorus 

I know these songs will never save me from a broken place

I know nothing will change from me dreaming

out loud

I know life takes it’s own course but lately I’ve been turned around

Still wait for the leaves to turn and fall to the ground

 

Chorus

Talk Me Down

If words are knives I swear I’ve been cut

Prose leaves no scars, no one’s the wiser

If passion burned I swear it’d burn me down on sight

How does it feel to be on fire?

 

You tell me these moments amount to something

Calloused hands don't die in vain

I’ll break my neck in search of better angles

How does it feel to not be in pain?

 

And I, am a victim, to this pen again 

And I, can't lose, oh my mind again

Don’t talk me down tonight

 

I’ve been screaming inside of a black hole

If nobody hears you, why are you calling?

I’ll strain my voice in case the silence needs me

How does it feel to not be forgotten?

 

And I, am a victim, to this pen again 

And I, can't lose, oh my mind again

Don’t talk me down tonight

 

Tonight just let me be

 

I know I could use some patience

but horses like mine cannot be held

Talk Me Down

Welcome to Wonderland (Nic's Song)

I watched the water swim around him

I watched the current pull him in

I stood in silence while his head was slipping under

I didn't know he couldn't swim

 

We were tired of never being enough

Young, weary, restless and out of luck

Light another match before this place comes crashing down

Before we drown

Welcome to Wonderland 

 

I jumped in and tried to save him

Lungs full of the oceans sweat

Tall walls of blue surrounding

Holding me back

I ain’t ready to go home yet

 

We were tired of never being enough

Young, weary, restless and out of luck

Light another match before this place comes crashing down

Before we drown

 

And oooh my darling just let go

And ooooh you’ll have a garden of your own

And oohhh If you wake and find me here I’ll be, I’ll be 

 

We watched the water swim around him

We watched the current pull him in

We stood in silence while his head was slipping under

We never taught him how to swim

 

Oh woah, we never taught him how to swim

Jow to swim how to swim

How

We never taught him how to 

Swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim

Welcome to Wonderland (Nic's Song)
November