WZRD

by Ashley Hamel

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released January 9, 2019

produced by Michael Arafeh & Ashley Hamel
recorded by Michael Arafeh at The Coffeehouse, Middletown, CT

Ashley Hamel - vocals, acoustic guitars, ukulele, keys
Seth Faulk - drums, percussion, background vocals (Tracks 2, 10)
Jay Wiggin - electric bass (all except Track 2)
Bumpy Chimes - programming, electric guitars, hammond and vox organs, moog, percussion

The Howler written and performed by Josh Rubino

All songs written by Ashley Hamel,
except Track 9 (Victoria & Georgia Minnear), Track 10 (Ashley Hamel, Grace Kendall), and Track 13 (Ashley Hamel, Adam Dubberly)

artwork by Nixie Pixie, based off a photo by Jesse Newman


This album is dedicated to the wizard rock fans who never gave up on me.
Thank you ~

xx Ashley

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Ashley Hamel Hartford, Connecticut

Ashley Hamel is a singer-songwriter, improviser, and wizard rocker based out of Connecticut.

Her energetic live show combines her powerful pop vocals and heavy-handed rhythm guitar with strong songwriting and an infectious stage presence.

Her first full-length album, "WZRD" (Jan 2019) is a wizard rock concept album full of heart and a bit of a wink.
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Track Name: Love Cannot Be Sorted
I loved a Gryffindor
G
He taught me how to live in the moment
C
We would fly on his motorbike
G
He made me feel alive, like I was chosen

Am
Whispered fiercely all the love we'd see
Felt the passion in his heartbeat
But he couldn't focus his energy
G
And I tired of fighting for love

VERSE 2
C G
I loved a Hufflepuff
With gentle eyes and loving, warm arms
He's sensitive, his love's attentive
He didn't even know his own charms

Am --G
And late at night with the curtains drawn
I learned a humble heart can still be strong
But I knew it wouldn't be too long
Til I bruised him with my love

VERSE 3
C G
I loved a Ravenclaw
Or I should say I fell in love with learning
We conversed about the universe
I felt my heart immerse in total burning


Am --G
It seemed the nights would never end
Didn't know two minds like that could blend
But he would sometimes condescend
Like I couldn't match his love

VERSE 4
C G
I loved a Slytherin
He proved to be the most rewarding challenge
He amazed me with his piercing gaze
He taught me all the ways to use my talents.

Am --G
All the power I felt inside
In his arms was magnified
No matter how hard I tried
He didn't need my love.


BRIDGE / OUTRO

F G
But all of the Houses
Am C
Have given my heart
F G C
Nothing short of rewards
F G
And there's one thing that I know for sure… (it’s that)

F G
Love cannot
Am C
Love cannot
F G C
Love cannot be sorted
Track Name: Hey Dude (My Sister Tho?)
Hey dude, I thought we were cool
Thought it was gonna be me and you
Oh yeah, and Hermione too...

I tried for many years to ignore
what was happening
As soon as you walked through that door,
she was fumbling

My sister…
Really dude?

Oooo
I hope this won’t be mess
Oooo
I’m playing third wheel again

She got her sights on you
She gonna make a move
She thinks that you were meant to be
Why did you have to choose a girl
who’s related to me?

Hey dude, my sister done been through some sh*t
She been abused, and ever since...

She wants to get over that thing
that was done to her
Every now and again,
she needs a shoulder

My sister…
You better be around or else I swear to God!

Oooo
I hope this won’t be mess
Oooo
I’m playing third wheel again

You got your sights on her
You better be sure
You really wanna be a Weasley
If not, sh*t is gonna get weird
like really really quickly...

Cmon you're freaking Harry Potter! You coulda chosen any girl in the whole wide world, and I only got ONE sister! Huh!

Oooo
I hope this won’t be mess
Oooo
I’m playing third wheel again

You got your sights on her
And now it’s for sure
You’re really gonna get married
Oh well, I guess it’s only one more,
One more in the family
Track Name: Rodolphus
When I was young
There were many boys I'd kissed.
But then you came along,
And baby I could not resist.

Cause from the start,
I knew that you were pliable under my fingers.
I took away your heart,
I'm not liable for anything that lingers.

Rodolphus,
It's almost like I'm married to a slab of meat.
Rodolphus,
I love to take advantage cause you're so damn weak.

And with all of your commands,
All I can do is laugh.
You think that you're my man
But baby I wear the pants.

In Azkaban,
I was separated
From you and Rabastan,
But baby I was elated.

Cause being alone with my thoughts
Is better that being alone with you.
I'm taking what the Dark Lord taught,
Be prepared for some reckless abuse.

Rodolphus,
It's almost like I'm married to a slab of meat.
Rodolphus,
I love to take advantage cause you're so damn weak.

And with all of your commands,
All I can do is laugh.
You think that you're my man
But baby I wear the pants.

You're only good for two things,
And one is providing a song.
The other is obvious
But that doesn't even last that long...

Rodolphus,
It's almost like I'm married to a slab of meat.
Rodolphus,
I love to take advantage cause you're so damn weak.

And with all of your commands,
All I can do is laugh.
You think that you're my man
But baby I wear the pants.
Track Name: Hufflepuff Puff Pass
INTRO
Dm Gm C F - C (at turn-around)

VERSE
Dm Gm C F - C
Oooh, it’s been a long week
I’m feeling like I need
Something

I been feeling so stressed
My O.W.L. test made me feel like
Nothing

I - I got this friend
No he ain’t no Slytherin
But he sho is nice

He - he can help us unify
Body spirit and mind
But for a price

CHORUS
Dm C Am Dm
Hufflepuff puff pass, pass it to the right
We all hang out on Friday night
We don’t care, there ain’t no muggles in sight
Cause we’re all here, gettin high

Hufflepuff puff pass, pass it to the left
Serpent, Lion, Raven,
We all know there’s no contest:
Huffle-puff’s the best

VERSE 2 (now stoned)
Dm Gm C F - C
Woahhh I’m diggin on this bean bag
It feels like I’m sinking in sand
It’s really bitchin

But I - I could use a little sustenance
Now all makes sense
Why they’re next to the kitchen

CHORUS
Dm C Am Dm

BRIDGE - surfer rock
F Am Gm C
Hufflepuffs seem shy
But they’ve got business strategy
And nobody asks why
They’re so good at Herbology

Ohh Hufflepuff’s our guy
They’re always chill, they’re always mellow
Let’s give em all high fives
Give it up now for that black and yellow

(HIGH FIVES)

CHORUS
Dm C Am Dm

OUTRO (verse)
Dm Gm C F - C
Track Name: Look At Me
You’re sweet and you were kind
And you didn’t deserve
The life you had before you came to school

But I was wrong
You obviously belong
To Slytherin and I feel like a fool
(For trusting you)

Those words you throw away
The friends you think you’ve made
There’s something you should say
Before it’s too late

You know you’re just like James
Stubborn not to change
And now it’s tearing our friendship apart

Does it make a difference
If I’m a Muggleborn?
You said it doesn’t make a difference at all
(But you know it did)

How long you’ve held it in
That secret you’re hiding
You’ve loved me always
Haven’t you, Snape?

Look at me
Tell me
Anything, anything

Look at me
Look at me
You can tell me
Anything, anything

Those words you throw away
The friends you think you’ve made
There’s something you should say
But now it’s too late

And now you live a life
Alone, full of regret
The bravest man that I have ever met.
Track Name: Bring Them Home
Well the clock strikes twelve and one and five
Looks like it’s getting time
For you to come a’running home to me

I’ve cooked, I’ve cleaned, I’ve swept the floor
Done this many times before
I hope you’ll be the next thing that I see

Oh, bring him home
Bring him home
Oh, bring him home...

I had a fearful dream
Dark marks and children’s screams
I had to check their beds to make sure

Pillows with no indents
Echoes of the years they’d spent
Before we ever heard the word “war”

Oh, bring them home
Bring them home
Oh, bring them home
Bring them home

Oh, it’s impossible to know
If they’re safe tonight
But oh, this clock’s able to hold
The nine hands of my life
Soon I’ll hold them tight
Track Name: Waiting
You said that you would care for me
That you’d love me
That I was wanted

I hoped that you would look me in the eye
That you would recognize me
Where it counted

So I try my best to be patient
I know that someday soon it’s gonna come
In the meantime I am aging,
And I’m Asian (I thought that you should know)

I keep waiting
And waiting
And waiting
For an answer… x2

I’ve learned that sometimes people say things
That are partly bullshit
To feel inspired

I’ve spent a whole damn lifetime tryna fit in
Wishing you would put your money where your mouth is
Now I’m tired

I don’t wanna win by complaining
I shouldn’t have to - I thought I was enough
But all that I am saying
Is I’m still Asian (Yeah that’s still going on)

I’ve gone from angry to broken-hearted,
I wanna stop
Just like it is with my mother,
I’ll never be enough

It’ll never be enough

In the midst of all this waiting,
I’m out-pacing, leave you in the dust
So I’ll look you in the face and
Say I’m wasted waiting on your love

I’m through with waiting
And waiting
I’m not waiting
I’m moving on.

I’ll find my place in
The distance
I’m not holding
My breath for anyone

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