You Had To Be There

by Kirstyn Hippe

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Scott Schulz This album features Kirstyn's versions of the songs she wrote for the original I Ship It. Crunchy guitars and drums expand upon her wizardfolk sensibilities. She is an important young songwriter to keep an eye on. Favorite track: Horcruxes.
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A mix of life, wizard rock, and extended versions of two songs from Yulin Kuang's short film I Ship It.


released June 22, 2015

This album would absolutely not have been possible without Andrew Streeter (and his wife Catherine), who added everything from guitar solos to vinyl static. They made it more than I thought possible and my gratitude is endless.


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Kirstyn Hippe is a 24-year-old musician and social media enthusiast currently residing in New York City. Please buy this stuff so she isn't broke. Really. I'm so broke please

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Track Name: You Had To Be There
I'm at least 5 hours away from everything I've known
Far enough for freedom but close enough to go
Home for a well needed vacation from
Fending for myself and waking up on my own
The city skyline was never beautiful to me
Till the day I had to leave

Sitting in a place where I've sat a thousand times
Nothing has changed but something isn't right
There's a weird kind of aura about these old places
Invisible shadows of other times and faces
The city skyline was never beautiful to me
Till the day I had to leave

Life is a series of "you had to be there"s
And I'm scared that I won't be there
Cause while I'm off in my own little world
Somewhere out there little girls are growing up

Days are moving slowly but time is flying by
This is where I'm meant to be but I don't know why
and all of a sudden I'm filled with these questions
Cause I'm just a kid giving bad first impressions
You don't know what you have until it's gone
But you pick yourself up and move on

(Repeat Chorus)

When is the next time we'll be together
Will it be tomorrow or will it be never
and how many hearts are you gonna shatter
When you grow up and you say the past doesn't matter

Life is a series of
Life is a series of

Life is a series of "you had to be there"s
And I'm scared that I won't be there
I think I'm even more terrified
That maybe one day I won't care
Track Name: Broken Wand
Verse 1
Hermione, tell me please what you're thinking
Sometimes when I look at you I think I'll melt
Hermione, tell me please what you're feeling
You're the one with all the answers, so, tell me

I know this isn't your standard homework question
But I'm dying to know
What's the arithmancy of you and me
and is it worth giving us a go?

I may be bad with flobberworms, but I could care for you
Is it crazy to think that you could love me too
I go mad when we're together, more when we're apart
It's like you used a broken wand on my heart

Verse 2
Hermione, I know this is unexpected
But I think we might just have a chance
Hermione, think of all the time I've wasted
All because I didn't have the nerve to ask you to dance

[Repeat Pre-Chorus + Chorus]

I'm sorry if I'm coming on too strong
I don't wanna mess this up
It's just that we've been friends for so long
But if you're ready to try something new
I could be ready to spend my days with you

[Repeat Chorus x2]
Track Name: Honeydukes (ft. Jon Cozart)
Hey, just wanted to say
That you take my breath away
More than any candy store
I’ve been to

You’re like a Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean
But a flavor in between the ones
That make you fall on your knees and cry
I’ll tell you why

I get a sugar rush whenever I'm with you
You're like nothing on the shelves at Honeydukes
Which may be filled with chocolate and sweets
But I know you've got them beat

Hey, you’ve got a way
Of saying everything I want to convey
Still, you know I will
Give it a go for you

I'd rather eat Puking Pastilles for eternity
Than live in a world where you're not here with me
Cause I think we make the perfect team
So I sing

[Repeat chorus x2]

We've got them beat
Track Name: I Don't Want You To Love Me
I don't want you to want me
But I want you to care
I don't want you to need me
But I need you when you're not there
I'm not sure what it is that keeps drawing me to you
I don't want you to love me
But I don't know what I want you to do

We fly around in circles, never touching down
And I stare with envy at the lives led on the ground
Cause no matter what we do we'll be among the clouds
Where the silence is deafening and my thoughts are way too loud

All of my friends told me
We could never last
It's not in me to argue but
I can't put you in the past
My head swims with all that we could be
I don't want you to love me
But I can't set you free

[Repeat Chorus]

I don't want you to love me
And I never did
All the times you tried I just
Ran away and hid
There's a wall between us that will never be torn down
So I don't want you to love me
But I still want you around

No, I don't want you to love me
But I want you around
Track Name: Horcruxes
I thought we were happy, you were like the Harry
To my Ginny Weasley, but you had other plans
You found someone new, a hotter witch to screw
I took that as my cue to start a band

Now I'm handing out the horcruxes of my broken heart
In a cardboard box that keeps tearing me apart
Stab them with a sword or set them aflame
So you'll never life forever and I'll forget you just the same

I thought you could be all that I ever needed
Guess I didn't know how wrong I was
So I'll look you in the eye and tell you just why
I'm standing here tonight, and it's all because

[Repeat Chorus]

Now I know that I never should've let you in
But there's still time to decide that I won't let you win

[Repeat Chorus x2]
Track Name: Just A Diary
Child, come, tell me your secrets
You can trust little old me
I would never hurt or harm you
My pages are blank, can't you see
That I am an open book, no preconceived notions
You won't be overlooked by me
Just call me diary

You don't know the name that's on my front cover
But don't let that fool you, I am a friend, and
Don't you listen to that advice from your father
My brain is concealed, but your heart's in my hands
I am an open book, though you might not remember
Who you are when you are with me

I'm gonna set you free
Only you know how you feel
No deciding what isn't real
Pick up a pen and we'll go through this together
Just until I can find someone better

You can't recall what you've been doin'
But my dear, that's no fault of mine
People do some crazy things
When their lives are on the line
Maybe you don't realize but you've given me a voice
Don't look so appalled, child, it was all your choice

I am free, I'm free, I'm free, you set me free
But I'm just a diary
Track Name: New York City
Everyone hates Times Square, but there’s comfort in the lights
Everyone hates tourists, but I love the awe in their eyes
It’s like they see the wonder that everyone forgot
I ignore their shuffling feet because I adore their thoughts

New York City, I’ve been running around like crazy
Desperately trying to breathe in everything you’re offering to me
Everything is crystal clear as you whisper in my ear
“Oh, you have to be here”

Live here long enough, you’ll become hard and jaded, or so they say
But I don’t think I could forget how I felt my first day
It’s like these mean streets opened up their arms and let me in
As if trying to say “It’s time for your life to begin” in

New York City, I’ve been running around like crazy
Desperately trying to breathe in everything you’re offering to me
Everything is crystal clear as you whisper in my ear, oh

And when the stage is set and when the lights go down
And a silence falls upon every person in the crowd
I know... I’ve found my home

New York City, I’ve been running around like crazy
Desperately trying to breathe in everything you’re offering to me
Everything is crystal clear, as you whisper in my ear
“There's no reason to fear, oh, you have to be here”