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Vulnerability and carnal desire go head-to-head on Elise Davis’ The Token releasing September 9 on Make The Kill Records & Thirty Tigers.

Story and storyteller are one and the same. “I really can’t express my vulnerable feelings – especially towards men I've had feelings about over the years,” Elise confesses, “But, I have no trouble writing down painfully honest lyrics about it.”

The Token puts a microscope on the southern dynamic between the sexes, and the Little Rock, AR native’s inner turmoil, founded on her life’s trajectory against a more traditional path. Elation and ache play a tug-of-war.

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released September 16, 2016

LABEL COPY FOR ELISE DAVIS THE TOKEN

1. THE TOKEN
Written by Elise Davis & Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
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2. BENEFITS
Written by Elise Davis & Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
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3. FINALLY
Written by Elise Davis & Aaron Espe
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // 2016 A Dog Ran Over My Shoulder (ASCAP),
All rights on behalf of A Dog Ran Over My Shoulder administered by Words & Music, a division of Big Deal Music, LLC
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. International Copyright Secured.

4. PRETTY GIRL
Written By Erin Enderlin and Elise Davis
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // Blue Spark Music (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing (ASCAP), Little Louder Tunes (ASCAP),
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5. PENNY
Written by Elise Davis & Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
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6. I LIKE IT
Written by Elise Davis & Jo Smith
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // Songs of Smack Blue (BMI), all rights administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI)
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7. RIGHT WAY TO ASK ME
Written by Elise Davis & Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
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8. MOTEL ROOM
Written by Elise Davis & Tammi Kidd Hutton
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // Mike Curb Music (BMI)
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9. I JUST WANT YOUR LOVE
Written by Elise Davis & Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
© 2016 Elise Davis (BMI)
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10. MAKE THE KILL
Written by Elise Davis
© 20136 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI)
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11. NOT THE END OF THE WORLD
Written by Elise Davis & Robert Lee Castleman
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // Farm Use Only Music (BMI)
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12. DIAMOND DAYS
Written by Elise Davis
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13. A LOVE I CAN RELY ON
Written by Elise Davis & Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
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14. I GO TO BARS AND GET DRUNK
Written By Elise Davis & Erin Enderlin
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // Blue Rigel Publishing (ASCAP), Sixteen Stars Music (BMI)
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15. COMING AROUND
Written by Elise Davis & Aaron Espe
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // 2016 A Dog Ran Over My Shoulder (ASCAP),
All rights on behalf of A Dog Ran Over My Shoulder administered by Words & Music, a division of Big Deal Music, LLC
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. International Copyright Secured.

16. POISON & SMOKE
Written by Elise Davis & Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
© 2016 Sixteen Stars Music, American Songspace (BMI) // Clinton Moore Wells (BMI)
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Track Name: The Token
If I could make you love me
If I could have your kids
A white picket fence, a life that made sense
That'd be the token

When I was just a girl
In a great big world
I was playing the part wild at heart 
What happened to her

Another exit sign
Another late night drive
I feel like a spark, a city in the dark
Most all the time

We spend our lives holding out for something
But I say we're broken and maybe knowing that's the token

A glass of champagne 
Money or fame
How it all starts to fade, in the bed that we've made
We're all just the same 

We spend our lives holding out for something
But I say we're broken and maybe knowing that's the token,
We spend our lives worrying about nothing
It's okay to be broken, and maybe knowing that’s the token
It's okay to be broken,

Maybe knowing that’s the token.
Track Name: Benefits
Watch the boy and girl lookin' all in love as they come in,
Wipe the grease off my hand on to my apron, and grab a pen,
She wants a burger, he just wants his coffee black,
Write down the order, wonder what its like to be in love like that,

I bet he buys her flowers for no reason at all, 
And in their house pictures of them on every wall,
She loves his mother, and her daddy loves him too,
I smile, hand them a check, head out the door into the night so blue,

When I get home
I let down my hair,
Pull of my apron and grab a beer,
Pick up the phone, I don't feel bad about it,  
Some say this kind of love is surely venomous,
I say he's just my friend, with benefits,

It's 10 o clock and I feel my night has just begun, 
Standing in a tank top in the kitchen baking,
He never turns me down comes running when I call,
Shows up with whiskey in his smile, and that's just my style, 

When I get home I let down my hair
Put on a record and grab a beer,
Pick up the phone, I don't feel bad about it,  
Some say this kind of love is surely venomous,
I say he's just my friend, with benefits,

When I get home I let down my hair, 
roll up a joint and i grab a beer,
Pick up the phone I don't feel bad about it,
I'm not knocking love I just haven't found it,
Don't have to whisper honey, no I can shout it, 
If I'm alone I know my way around it,
Some say this kind of love is surely venomous,
I say he's just my friend, 
I say he's just my friend,
I say he's just my friend,

With benefits.
Track Name: Finally
I take my shoes off at your front door
Leave my worries outside
Go up to your room
Slip in bed with you 
Turn off my phone and my mind, finally

Before I close my eyes I smile
Oh how i like it like this 
The curtain open, the silence broken 
With just a goodnight kiss 

Street light falls on your face 
I'm in the right place, finally

Finally all I see is whats real and in front of me
Finally I don't need a reason
Finally

I'm in your kitchen, I'm frying bacon 
Birds are singing outside
I'm brewing coffee, making it real strong
It was a late last night

Look how the dust is dancing
In the sunlight

Finally all I see is whats real and in front of me
Finally I don't need a reason

Finally all I am is light foot and fancy free 
Finally I don't need a reason
Finally

Pull up a chair and good conversation
Lets keep it real for awhile 
I'm in a good mood you're such a cool dude
And we got nothing but time 
Finally.
Track Name: Pretty Girl
I know she curled her hair knowing that you'd be here
I bet she spent an hour just picking out a dress to wear
Thinking that you would care
About how it fit her body, while you’re looking at mine

Pretty girl don't be sad
i hope you don't think of me too bad
It’s not a game that you lost
Just a bullet that you dodged 
Train wreck that you got off
Trains gonna wreck and you got off

I keep drinking like I'm not seeing her watching you watching me
Last night you laid her down, now she's just a used to be
I don't know whats wrong with me
I keep giving in when I shouldn't be

Pretty girl don't be sad
I hope you don't think of me too bad
It’s not a game that you lost 
Just a bullet that you dodged
Train wreck that you got off
Trains gonna wreck and you got off

Tonight when I get in his car and I'm looking out the window
I'm thinking about that girl at home just crying in her pillow
And I wish that that was me
I wish that I was free

Pretty girl don't be sad
I hope you don't think of me too bad
It’s not a game that you lost
It’s just a bullet that you dodged
Train wreck that you got off
Trains gonna wreck and you got off
Track Name: Penny
I toss penny and make a wish, watch it sinking in,
Threw all the change that I had left, said to hell with it,
I leave your house with nothing but a smile and old makeup,
Messy hair, high heels, and your favorite t-shirt,

Don't want you to think that I'm too sweet,
Honey I'm a lot of things but I ain’t naive,
I’ll never beg you to be with me,
But ill wish for it on a penny, 

I leave the door unlocked again, incase you wander in,
Sleepy head in my bed I don't care where you been,
Or where were going, I just want you to kiss me now,

Don't want you to take your eyes off me, 
Honey I'm a lot of things but I ain’t naive,
I’ll never beg you to be with me,
But ill wish for it on a penny, 

If it all goes wrong I think we still could get along,
Just know, for now, it’s on,

in my heart I hope that you're falling for me too,

Don't want you to think that I'm too sweet,
Honey I'm a lot of things but I ain’t naive,
I’ll never beg you to be with me,
But ill wish for it,
You know I’ll wish for it,
I’ll wish for it,
On a penny.
Track Name: I Like It
I see how you always see it, when he touches my back,
Don't know why but when you're watching I don't wanna touch him back, 
We’re all here at the same party and at the same table too,
For no good reason I start feeling like I don't like the girl with you,
Tonight,

All the sudden my dress feels wrong and I don't know what to do with my hands 
me another drink and he kisses my cheek and you're noticing and I don't why, 
But I think I like it, 

I start moving around this room talking to everybody there but you,
Over-animated in conversation, drinking more than I usually do,
Tonight,

All of the sudden everybody's talking and you walk in and I can't even hear
you are coming closer we're shoulder to shoulder, the night got your bolder and I don't know why,
But I like it,

Have I let it show on my face?
I know I got to fight it but its hard to hide it when I like it, 

All of the sudden we're lost in each other, it feels like there are no others there
just this moment we're in here alone I don't know for how long,
But I know I like 
I know I like it. 
Track Name: Right Way To Ask Me
I think of you when you're not around
You only call me when you're down
But it’s okay I don't fall hard
Yeah you took me but not my heart

There’s a right way to ask me
There’s a right way to ask me
for my love
for my love
don't you want it, don't your want it,
don't you want it, don't you want it, 
my love, my love,
my love

Sometimes you drink then you get mean
But I don't let it bother me
‘cause I just leave you let you be
You’ll come around eventually

There’s a right way to ask me
There’s a right way to ask me
There’s a right way to ask me
for my love
for my love
don't you want it, don't you want it,
don't you want it don't you want it,
my love, my love,
‘cause I want it, yeah I want it, 
yeah I want it, yeah I want it,
your love, your love,
your love.
Track Name: Motel Room
It's not how I ever pictured it would be, 
No talk of houses, babies, or future happenings,
Just your brown eyes and my weak knees,
For just a little longer can we stay in this smokey place?

i know it’ll all be over soon
The sun will chase away the moon
Our love is like a short stay
Our love is like a motel room

It’s not sweet like what I seen on a movie screen,
No pretty bottled wine, just dull lights and some sheets,
I’ll pretend the way it is don't bother me,
At least tonight your heart is beating a little faster with my touch,

I know it’ll all be over soon
The sun will chase away the moon
Our love is like a short stay
Our love is like a motel room

You make room for me in this bed,
You don't make room for me in your head,
You're just using me and why I don't care I don't know yet,

I know it'll all be over soon
The sun will chase away the moon
Our love is like a short stay 
I know it’ll all be over soon
The sun will chase away the moon
Our love is like a short stay
Our love is like a motel room
Track Name: I Just Want Your Love
The other day I caught myself asking,
do I even know who you really are?
The other day I sat alone wondering,
do you even know who I really am?

I don’t know why it’s so hard for me
to let myself be loved

When I just want your love
Every single night
Every single day
I just want your love

Golden day, the sunshine on my face,
I may be slow, but darling it’s not a race,

I don’t know why I keep pulling away
from what I’m reaching for

When I just want your love
Every single night
Every single day
I just want your love

I don’t know if I’ll ever find a way
to show I feel the same

I don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know
I just want your love
Every single night
Every single day
I just want your love
I just want your love
I just want your love
Track Name: Make The Kill
Make the Kill
Written by: Elise Davis

The party had started everyone was talking to me,
I had your t-shirt on, I’ve been wearing it a lot these weeks,
I had my hair let down and a whiskey in my hand,
But I was thinkin bout you while talking to another man,

I wanna make the kill
I wanna take some shots
I wanna make out with a new boy in this parking lot
I wanna go to sleep tonight without feeling bad, honey,
I wanna make you mad

The night got later and the lights got dimmer baby,
And there’s a couple guys in here I think might wanna date me,
So I walk through the party trying to look happy,
Because I'm not gonna let you take another night from me,

I wanna make the kill
I wanna take some shots
I wanna make out with a new boy in this parking lot
I wanna go to sleep tonight without feeling bad, honey,
I wanna make you mad

A couple guys on the back porch going to get stoned,
I tried to say no ‘cause I knew I was driving home,
Now I'm high on the living room floor of this old party,
Looking at the other boys thinking about how you let me down,

I'm gonna make the kill
I'm gonna take some shots
I'm gonna make out with a new boy in tho parking lot
I'm gonna go to sleep tonight without feeling bad, honey,
Wish I could make you mad

But when I try to make you mad,
it only makes me sad.
Track Name: Not The End Of The World
Fucked up mascara, 
Hard sleep in my eyes,
In a broke motel mirror,
My chin looks held high

Asphalt and gravel,
Call out my name, 
No conversations,
Except with the rain,

It’s not the end of the world I know
I’m still standing here 
It’s not the end of the world I know
But I can almost see it from here

If I knew all the answers,
I wouldn't need lies,
And I’d stop taking chances,
With your body and mine,

It’s not the end of the world I know
I’m still standing here
It’s not the end of the world I know
But I can almost see it from here
Track Name: Diamond Days
Her long hair, 
bright under that sun there,
And she kisses him,

Her red lips,
down to her thin hips,
and she's laughing,

I chose to take my time she chose to take his name,
Some day I might wish I would have done the same,
But who am I kidding

The long haul,
back down to Arkansas,
with a restless head,

Long nights,
singing under blue lights,
then going home alone,

I chose to take my time she chose to take his name,
Some day I might wish I would have done the same,
But who am I kidding

I chose to take my time she chose to take his name,
Some day I might wish I would have done the same,
Done things a different way,
But who am I kidding?
Who am I kidding
Who am I kidding
Track Name: A Love I Can Rely On
Coffee smile in the summer rain
Pink clouds roll through another day
Into a sky as blue as it is gray 

I see the light behind your eyes
You tell me everything is gonna be alright
It’s new but it’s something I want to get used to 

If you want to wrap your arms around me
Honey you should know exactly what I need

I want a love
the kind of love that don't come easy
built to last not a fire that freezes
when the flowers fold and the cold winds blow
I want a love
one without a stupid TV on
long nights with a bottle of whiskey
I don't need a sky filled up with diamonds
just a love I can rely on

Can't see what’s ahead of me
But hey it ain’t such a bad way to be
Don’t they say nothing good ever comes for free?

If you want every little piece of me
Darling you should know exactly what I need

I want a love
the kind of love that don't come easy
built to last not a fire that freezes
when the flowers fold and the cold winds blow
I want a love
one without a stupid TV on
long nights with a bottle of whiskey
I don't need a sky filled up with diamonds
just a love I can rely on
just a love I can rely on
just a love I can rely on
Track Name: I Go To Bars And Get Drunk
Sometimes I need a glass of whiskey 
Sometimes I need two or three
I like the smell of stale cigarettes
I don't care if you judge me

I go home alone sometimes
sometimes I don't go home
sometimes I think you can think about it too much
so I just go to bars and get drunk

I'm not looking to talk to no one
but that don't mean that I’d be rude
I'm not looking for an answer
or someone to answer to

I feel bad about it sometimes
sometimes I don't feel so bad
sometimes I think you can think about it too much
so I just go to bars and get drunk

I go home alone sometimes
sometimes I don't go home
sometimes I think you can think about it too much
so I just go to bars and get drunk

Sometimes I need a glass of whiskey 
Sometimes two or three
I don't care if you judge me.