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 No Rush

released February 29, 2012

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"No Rush" features ten new songs from performing songwriter, Deborah Berg, showcasing her crystal clear voice and poignant lyrics. 

Basic tracks were recorded at Mission Sound Recording in Brooklyn with engineer Oliver Straus. The overdubs and vocals were recorded at Ken Rich’s studio, Grand Street Recording in Williamsburg.

Featuring:

  • Deborah Berg on vocals and acoustic guitar
  • Ken Rich on bass
  • John Putnam on guitar
  • Andrew Sherman on keyboards
  • Frank Vilardi on drums

Places Where I Dream

released 1999

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"Goin' Nowhere" - live at Rockwood Music Hall, February 29, 2012.

 


LYRICS

From No Rush

1. Face the Revolution

 

It seems the line’s just about to fall
About the time when the bridges burn
That solid voice sounds a little small
Nowhere to run now it’s time to learn

Not just a kid but not quite a man now
It’s hard to sit while they read your rights
They say we’re trying to understand you
Do they remember what it’s like?

Heading home to face the revolution
You’re overthrown and burning up inside
There’ll come a time when you can live your freedom but
All you can do now is wait, wait, wait.
All you can do is wait, wait, wait...

The line was tripped when the wires were crossed
No more a contest or a game
No cushion left now to break the fall
The price of privilege has got its pain

Heading home to face the revolution
You’re overthrown and burning up inside
There’ll come a time when you can live your freedom but
All you can do now is wait, wait, wait,
All you can do is wait, wait, wait

So take a seat warm by the hearth
Fire will melt the thaw
You’re tapping in to your own true voice
While the reckoning pays a call

Yeah, take a seat, warm by the hearth
Fire will melt the thaw
Your fragile heart melts in to mine
While the reckoning pays a call
And the reckoning pays a call to us all

 

2. Goin' Nowhere

 

Goin’ nowhere and gettin’ there fast
The one I wanted wasn’t made to last
Full tears fill an empty room
Sad and lonesome can’t end too soon

Found a photograph that tells it all
You left it there in our dresser drawer
The one you’re holdin’ when did she waltz in?
Guess I’m the fool for not noticin’

One day we’re tight lovers, nothin’ gets in our way
Next day we fight cuz someone else with you is
More than I can take
We’re goin’ nowhere

Thinkin’ maybe I’ll go travelin’
Won’t have to let nobody in
Find a little place upstate to rent
Indian summer, catch the leaves turnin’ red

Four good tires and open road
A change of scene will help me light the load
Too in love to read the signs
Open and willin’ … but blind

One day we’re tight lovers, nothin’ gets in our way
Next day we fight cuz someone else with you is more than I can take, you’re makin’ a big mistake
Don’t wanna waste my days away
Goin’ nowhere

All good things come to an end
Let’s stop pretending ‘bout us havin’ a good thing, oh yeah
The only good thing, is I’m ready now
To stop pretending

When we were tight lovers you were fire to my flame
Those days are gone but so are all the times you’ll cause me pain, baby I’m not the one who was blind on the run...
Goin’ nowhere

 

3. Free to Shine

 

We’re wishing on a star, holding hands tight
Streaming up from both of us, wish I may, wish I might
Ever stop to wonder why, why we wish and dream
What is there to find up there?
What is there to see?
What I see is you and me

I wish, I wish you all the richness of this world
To fill the four corners of the sky
So call, call upon the power in yourself
You’ll know it when it’s time
Remember who you are, feel free to shine

There’s a change in you, changing by the hour
Full moon pulling on the waves, stealing light from stars
Hasn’t all been easy, we’ve had our trying times
But if you needed me to come to you
I’d walk a thousand miles
a thousand miles to fill your heart with mine.

I wish, I wish you all the richness of this world
A sweet bouquet of love's perfume
So call, call upon the artist in yourself
You’ll know it when it’s time
Remember who you are, feel free to shine
Clouds cover up the sun, rain falls on everyone
After the storm clouds clear, I will still be here,
Ooh...

So now it’s time for leaving, without leaving it all behind
Pass on your childhood flag but keep a strong child heart
Friendship lights the path. Walk together now

I wish, I wish you all the richness of this world
The steady thrum of humming humankind
So call, call upon the wisdom in yourself
You’ll know it when it’s time
Remember who you are, feel free to shine
Free to shine
Free to shine

 

4. Maybe Tonight

 

See you, shadow in the moonlight
Will I hear your soft sigh?
Maybe tonight
Starlight draws me in to your love
Something I am sure of
Maybe tonight

Sweetheart, coming up behind you
Swear I’m gonna find you
Maybe tonight
See you down along the tree line
Misty under tall pine
Maybe tonight

Beautiful longing, ooh
Haunting each heartbeat still
On and on and on

Meet me by the weeping willow
Branches laced in moon glow
Maybe tonight
Kiss you, lips that taste of sweet wine
Stay with me for all time
Maybe tonight

Beautiful longing, ooh,
Haunting each heartbeat still
On and on and on

Meet me by the weeping willow
Branches laced in moon glow
Maybe tonight
Kiss you, lips that taste of sweet wine
Stay with me for all time
Maybe tonight

 

5. Tattoo'd

 

You are a tattoo inside me, imprint of a many colored thrill that always sticks around
Something in your basic nature leaves a strong impression I can feel, you’re fun to be around

I’m a sucker for fine art
Here’s lookin’ at you
Clever how you stole my heart
You’re a thief who leaves me clues, lots of clues

I know that you’re full of fire and I like the way you change my mind and open up my heart
Knockin’ at my door at midnight in the pink or only in my dreams, you keep me after hours

I’m a sucker for fine art
Here’s lookin’ at you
Clever how you stole my heart
You’re a thief who leaves me clues, lots of clues

Ooh, tattoo’d in my heart is a love like timeless art,
I felt it right from the start

I know that you’re full of fire and I like the way you change my mind and open up my heart
Right beside Van Gogh and Miró we can show the light we feel inside, a classic work of art

I’m a sucker for fine art
Here’s lookin’ at you
Clever how you stole my heart
You’re a thief who leaves me clues, lots of clues

Ooh tattoo’d in my heart is a love like timeless art
I fell in right from the start

 

6. No Rush

 

In many ways you’re like a flower
Ripe, open, ready to grow
In many ways you’re like a flower
Ripe, open, ready to grow
No rush, no rush, no rush
Don’t rush the process

‘Neath the petals and pine needles,
New seed, moist and warm
‘Neath the petals and pine needles,
New seed, moist and warm
No rush, no rush, no rush
Don’t rush the process

Ahh... beautiful path, down to the smallest detail
Beautiful path, down to the smallest detail
No rush, no rush, no rush,
Don’t rush the process

Thunderstorm or lightning fire
Fire and rain renew
Thunderstorm or lightning fire
Fire and rain renew

No rush, no rush, no rush,
Don’t rush the process

 

7. Reappear

 

Like washing berries in a sink
Or tying a small shoe
The simple things remind me of you
Hands on the piano, personal touch

Moments draw you near
Words disappear
Just to feel how you love, it’s like you reappear
And I can feel you here
It’s like you reappear and I can feel you here

Sounds from the kitchen
And recipes too
The simple things remind me of you
Water the garden and watching it grow

Moments draw you near
Words disappear
Just to feel how you love, it’s like you reappear
And I can feel you here
It’s like you reappear and I can feel you here

Oh a lightning bolt came from the sky
We didn’t have much time to say goodbye
My turn to cry

A little child no more, full grown
Yet all I want’s mama’s hand to hold
Crossing these roads sometimes

Singing out a greeting or having a laugh
The simple things keep bringing you back
Kiss into heaven, taken and given

Moments draw you near
Words disappear
Just to feel how you love
It’s like you reappear and I can feel you here
It’s like you reappear and I can feel you here

 

8. Distance Between Us

 

Can you hear me now,
now we’ve got this distance between us?
So much for the vow, til death do us part

Am I coming through, do you know I keep trying to reach you?
Tell me one more time, you’ll miss me too

Oh lord, please, I need saving
Save me from myself
At least give me something to hold on to
Like the touch of his hand leading me to dance
When the band starts to play our favorite waltz
Round and round, can you hear, hear me now?

Spring is trying to show
But there’s snowfall on the primrose
Now’s the time we wait for new life to grow

Oh lord, please, I need saving
Save me from myself
At least give me something to hold on to
Like the touch of his hand, leading me to dance
When the band starts to play our favorite waltz,
Round and round, can you hear, hear me now

 

9. Paris Skies

 

Rise and shine sleepyhead
Surrender sleep, your siren song
Morning sunlight warming up a city’s heart
Open the curtain so our dreaming can begin again
Take it in
Paris skies

Luscious café, steamy start
Take my hand to walk the hundred steps up to Montmartre
Stop and window shop, we need to take our time
Local characters, they drink their wine and stand to give a toast and sing a lover’s lament

Love’s the reason we’re together
May we never grow apart
In Notre Dame we light a candle in the dark
For the ones who we've lost
For life in our veins
Moments like these in the City of Light

Wild Ranunculus in Fall
Dot the cobblestones at Père Lachaise
Yellow flowers spread their cheer amongst the tombs and crypts
Oscar Wilde, your fans come by to plant a lipstick kiss
In thanks for you living free
Under Paris skies

Ooh, we’re the people in the paintings
We’re the lovers in the park
In Notre Dame we light a candle in the dark
For the ones who we’ve lost
For life in our veins
Moments like these in the City of Light

Every journey has an end but every ending has a start
Surely someday we’ll be back to see these sights
At least please our memories can catch a breeze
And fly us through the twilight to
Paris skies

 

10. Warm at Night

 

Bright lights, big city I hear you calling to me now
Yellow cab headlights shine, New York skyline guide me home

I’ll keep watch for falling stars
Streaming streetlights or meteor showers
Cross the water when I go
Always find you, I want you to know
With you I’m home

We talk a lot
Over phones and tables
And what we got
Lovin’ without fail
Woven through these days like a well made blanket
Love that’s meant to last
Keeps us warm at night
Keeping us warm at night

Hey babe we made it home
Got a place to curl up tight
Workin’ hard every day,
Sharing pillows every night

Never thought I’d be the one
To talk about the power, the power of two
Lonely nights are gone
New day dawning, the wee morning hours,
Love this waking up with you

We talk a lot, over phones and table
And what we got,loving without fail
Woven through these days like a well made blanket
Love that’s meant to last, keeps us warm at night
Keeping us warm at night

Maybe I’m dreaming
Angels winking from the ceiling
Kiss me before I wake
Love ever after
Rapture is laughter
The cure for any heartache

Don’t know what I’d do
If I had to be without you now
Doesn’t matter where live
It’s how we live and how we vow
To spread love around

We talk a lot over phones and tables
And what we got, lovin’ without fail
Woven through these days like a well made blanket
Love that’s meant to last
Keeps us warm at night
Keepin’ us warm at night


 

From Places Where I Dream

Wild


Did you know when you were younger
Trying to understand
What it meant when they said child
You’re behaving out of hand?

Were you free to dream and wonder
Imagination child
Could you fly through rain and thunder
And chase the fire down?

Wild Wild Wild

Was it dark when you were dreaming
Asleep in childhood’s bed?
Nightwinds blowing softly breathing
It blew inside your head

Sycamore and weeping willow
They held you in their arms
Down below the cerebellum
You felt it in your heart

Wild Wild Wild

They did not know how they shut down your soul
Now it’s harder to know just how to begin
Walk down your road and you let go of more
Of the stuff that won’t let you cross over again
Cross over again

We were very different then
Open possibilities
Something happened we grew up
To responsibilities

Was it time that made you tame,
Did our changes start to freeze?
Do you yearn for where you came,
When we slept beneath the trees?

Wild Wild Wild

High Vibe Ride


As a girl I used to travel
Put out my thumb and hitch a ride
Never knew what my life would take me thru
I only hoped I’d be alright

Pray to the spirits, take me to safety
I’ll play harmonica
And see the country while I’m

Waitin’ for some high vibe ride
Waitin’ for some high vibe ride
Feel it in the wind, callin’
I’m waiting for some high vibe ride

So many days left me wantin’
A sense of peace or love or home
Still I couldn’t stop the travel if I tried
This free spirit was all alone
Pray to the spirits, take me to friendship
I’ll cook for everyone
And tell my stories while I’m

Waitin’ for some high vibe ride
Waitin’ for some high vibe ride
Feel it in the wind, callin’
I’m waitin’ for some high vibe ride

Oh, it’s easy to feel lonely
Don’t have to travel to be lost
Some moonless nights only darkness was my friend
But hope is soft like clinging moss

Pray to the spirits, take me to love
Down by the sycamore
I won’t forget you but I’m

Waitin’ for some high vibe ride
Waitin’ for some high vibe ride
Feel it in the wind, callin’
Waitin’ for some high vibe ride.

Remember


A warm breeze through the curtain blows
Gentle on my skin
This Indian Summer is calling me in
I watch you from the doorway so fine
And so free
The scent of your sweat mixed
With sweet prairie breeze

Remember

We met at your sister’s
I was only seventeen
The call of your wildness was all I would need
A piece of your spirit
Got caught up in mine and twines
‘Round my memory
Like leaves on the vine

Remember

Lives cross and pass
Like two birds in the blue
Still this wild country
Reminds me of you
In moonlight, don’t forget
In this life, don’t forget

Remember

I wooed you for the feeling
Never wanted someone before
The touch through our clothing
Sleeping on the floor
Yeah, back in those old days
When nothing lasted long
Desire booked the passage that carried us along.

Remember

Lives cross and pass
Like two birds in the blue
Still this wild country
Reminds me of you
In moonlight, don’t forget
In this life, don’t forget

Remember

Danger In The Garden


Yellow Butterfly, fly so free
You may not see the net that takes you down
Daddy Longlegs too, they may find you
And pull your legs to watch the suffering

When I was just a little girl I thought that I would
Rule the world
A gallant thought that slowly rode away
A perfect world, a gentle path, a day where we all sing and laugh
A time to fly away

But there is danger in the garden, danger in the garden
Mama, warn your sons and daughters ‘bout that danger
Yeah, danger in the garden, danger in the garden
Mama, warn your sons and daughters ‘bout that, danger in the garden

Woman with a view, I found a way
The sun would guide me, since you wouldn’t say
Changin’ with the moon, the nights were long
But I grew stronger
And I was alone

There is a power in this soul I worked so hard to find again
I knew it when I was a girl but I forgot it for a while
A perfect world, a gentle path, a day where we all sing and laugh
A time to fly away

But there is danger in the garden, danger in the garden
Mama, warn your sons and daughters ‘bout that danger
Yeah, danger in the garden, danger in the garden
Mama, warn your sons and daughters ‘bout that danger in the garden

There is a power in this soul I worked so hard to find again
I knew it when I was a girl but I forgot it for a while
A perfect world, a gentle path, a day where we all sing and laugh
A time to fly away

But there is danger in the garden, danger in the garden
Mama, warn your sons and daughters ‘bout that danger
Yeah, danger in the garden, danger in the garden
Mama, warn your sons and daughters ‘bout that danger in the garden

Places Where I Dream


Full moon on the water
Showin’ off the pines
Hold me ‘til the morning
Love me ‘til I shine

Pebbles in the shallow
Shimmer like a pearl
Water rushin’ over
Unconstrained and pure

These dreams I’m having. These quiet dreams
Asleep I’m living in places where I dream to be

Cool breeze in the evening
Music on the porch
All I ever wanted
Everything and more

I touch you on the covers
Just to know you’re there
Weight and warmth and body
Calms me down to rest

These dreams I’m having. These quiet dreams
Asleep I’m living in places where I dream to be

City full of sights and sounds, where I cannot hear my own voice
Anything you could ever want, ‘cept for maybe a little less noise
And you better hurry so you don’t look lost

Darlin’ have you lately
Rested in the pines?
And did you hear the big wind
Blowin’ through last night?

Well, I can feel the changes
Like weather comin’ thru
Time will push the river
And we’ll all be carried too

These dreams I’m having. These quiet dreams
Asleep I’m living in places where I dream to be

About Bridget


Mother and baby were downtown
I saw ‘em walking my way
She looked so tired and rundown
But her eyes had something to say

She walked up and asked me to help her
I knew this world had treated her cold
Beggin’ for mercy and holding an angel

And the question that lingers when
I think of that stranger
Will they rise from it someday?

She had no ring on her finger
Her boy was tiny and scared
They couldn’t stay in the shelter
No place for babies in there
We both knew she’d have to keep pushin’
Not to be buried by the weight of the world
That little boy was her pride and glory

And the question that lingers when
I think of that stranger
Will they rise from it someday?

Doesn’t anybody care anymore?
Poor, poor, poor
Doesn’t anybody care anymore about Bridget?

Well I’m a wife and a mother
My babies sleep warm at night
Nobody waitin’ on welfare
No Daddies leave in the night

But I know the job can get lonely
And I know how much it all takes
But never once have we hungered

And the question that lingers when I think of that stranger
Will they rise from it someday?

Doesn’t anybody care anymore?
Poor, poor, poor
Doesn’t anybody care anymore about Bridget?

Dakota Sweat


Downright real, those feelings we had
Down by the frozen lake
Sky the color of steel, a sweat lodge
made of rocks and sage
We’d come to pray

I got past the point of no return
Down by the frozen lake
Heart beating fast, like winds across the open plains
I was blown away, blown away

What was it that drove the message in?
The winter fire or ancient history ghosts?
Prayers to both the earth and the four winds
Learn to love what touches you the most

Dakota, Dakota sweat...Dakota, Dakota sweat

I felt high surrounded by a hut so dark
We couldn’t see
And one by one, a pile of stones kept red with fire
Were splashed for steam

Heaven and Earth came alive for me
I felt the faith beneath the trees
The moon above was beaming soulfully
As it shone down on the frozen lake

Dakota, Dakota sweat...Dakota, Dakota sweat

Sally


Sally I think of you
Friends forever
From a time when language was new
Babies when I met you
But even then darlin’
Even then I knew I’d protect you

So many years pass by and gather
Like fallen leaves
Some days just scatter past

You hold the memories
You rake ‘em up under trees
Yeah you gather those memories
For me

Forever young, girls with flyin’ manes
There’d be no one who could catch us
Or pull in our reins

Alive and free
We grew up strong
And rode our phantom stallions
Across Nebraska lawns

So many years pass by and gather
Like fallen leaves
Some days just scatter past

You hold the memories
You rake ‘em up under trees
Yeah you gather those memories
For me

Lovers and families and long goodbyes
Life’s surprises
You never shut your eyes
God gives us daughters and takes ‘em too
The strongest love shows up to
Pull you through

Sally I think of you
Friends forever
From a time when language was new

Glacier & Blue


Mystical attraction up the road ahead
Sight of rock and mountain
Takes our breath away
Spirits free
We stop to view the scene
They meet and rise
Red mountains to crystal skies

Jagged fit
Complement
Glacier & Blue

Physical attraction by that shimmer lake
Feel the satisfaction of your sound embrace
Holding me
We’re grounded like the trees
And side by side
Together but not alike

Jagged fit
Complement
Glacier & Blue

I am surprised
Out on a road trip
Come back realized
Your smile and your touch
No mountain or meadow could hold in my love

They meet and rise
Red mountains to crystal skies

Jagged fit
Complement
Glacier & Blue

Lessons to Learn


My baby child
Strong like the sun
I raise you kind
And I teach you not to hurt no one

Piece of my heart
Soft like a breeze
I watch you grow
And I wonder ‘bout the sights we see
Yeah the sights we see
The lessons you learn

Yeah, there’s a whole other side you don’t know
Well a lot of this world’s pretty sad
And I get afraid of the dark myself
But I’ll try to keep you safe from anything bad

My shining star
So much ahead
You go on now and lay your troubles
On your little bed

Yeah, there’s a whole other side you don’t know
Well a lot of this world’s pretty sad
And I get afraid of the dark myself
But I’ll try to keep you safe from anything bad

I’ll do my best
To understand
How some can love and others live
With clenching hands
Yeah, with clenching hands
The lessons you learn

Misty


Look at me
I'm as helpless as a kitten up a tree
And I feel like I'm clinging to a cloud
I can't understand,
I get misty, just holding your hand

Walk my way
And a thousand violins begin to play
Or it might be the sound of your hello
That music I hear
I get misty the moment you're near

You can say that you're leading me on
But it's just what I want you to do
Don't you notice how hopelessly I'm lost
That's why I'm following you

On my own
Would I wander through this wonderland alone
Never knowing my right foot from my left
My hat from my glove
I'm misty and too much in love

Just misty. And I'm too much in love