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New Road Home

(release date: March 17, 2019)

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Easygoing and intimate, “New Road Home” evokes a road trip through the mountains to both parts unknown and familiar milestones. With her luscious lyrics, satisfying storytelling, and signature crystal clear voice, Deborah Berg creates classic country songs with plaintive bluegrass echoes.

Recorded and produced at Ken Rich’s studio, Grand Street Recording in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Featuring:

  • Deborah Berg on vocals and acoustic guitar
  • Charlie Giordano on accordion, B3 organ, and piano
  • Richard Hammond on upright bass
  • Chris Tedesco on violin
  • Hugh Pool on dobro and vocals
  • Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin
  • Monica Passin on guitar
  • Ethan Eubanks on drums
  • Rich Hinman on electric and acoustic guitar
  • Sherryl Marshall, Stephanie Seymour on backing vocals

 No Rush

(release date: 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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WATCH

Merry Christmas to You - video by Johnny Jake

Lady Liberty (from "New Road Home") - video by Johnny Jake

"Long As I Got King Jesus" - featured solo with the Middle Collegiate Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir as part of "A Bold New Love," the CBS program that aired nationwide on December 24, 2018.

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


LYRICS

From New Road Home

1. New Road Home

Good woman
Steady and fine
Wild and sweet
Strawberry wine
Head full of questions
Heart full of answers
Starry blue sapphire eyes
Love was young
Wrong or right
When it’s done
No need to fight
Pack your guitar and drive all night
Time for moving on
Wo, time for moving on
She’s on a new road home
Free, roll down the window
No need to feel so all alone
You know how love,
Love can change everything
Purple mountains call her name
Majesty is nature’s game
Sticks and stones along the path only
make her stronger
Open arms that circle wide
Happy in the countryside
Trust your heart and light will shine
Faith on the mountaintop
Wo, faith on the mountaintop
She’s on a new road home
Free, roll down the window
No need to feel so all alone
You know how love,
Love can change everything
Still life erupting
Smudging the lines
Still life erupting
Mountain heather, alpine weather
Music playing, high, high peaks were
made to fly
Fly fly fly, ooh…
She’s on a new road home
Free, roll down the window
No longer feels so all alone
You know how love,
Love can change everything
You know how love,
Love can change everything
Oh yeah how love,
Love can change everything


2. You’re Gone
I tried to reach you today
Once more for old time’s sake
So hard to say goodbye and watch
you go
I know you said, “Walk away, there is
no more left to say,”
But I keep coming back around for
more
Sometimes I feel like I’m blind,
Reach out and touch ‘til I find
Where I can hang my hat and make
my bed
Only the sound of your name
The way it sings when I say it
Soothes the ache and burnin’ in my
head
The distance between the he and the
she
The you and the me, that sweetly bitter
brew
Measures inches, yards, feet, miles,
meters, streets
Bitter and sweet cook up beguiling
Too far from me
Too far to see
You’re gone, oh, you’re gone
Well I remember the night
Like it was not long ago
The way we laced our fingers, hand
in hand
You walked me out of the crowd
The music guided us down,
Both felt drawn to follow something
stronger
These eyes remember the color of you
as thunder and rain
Bolt of lightning charging through
the air
March to the water’s edge
Down to the days that remain
Weaving and a-bobbing in the stream
The distance between the he and the
she
The you and the me, that sweetly bitter
brew
Measures inches, yards, feet, miles,
meters, streets,
Bitter and sweet cook up beguiling
Too far from me
Too far to see
You’re gone, oh, you’re gone
The difference between the time we
had then
When freedom and youth was all we
knew
Measures inches, yards, feet, miles,
meters, streets
Bitter and sweet, cook up beguiling
Too far from me
Too far to see
Too far from me
Too far to see
You’re gone, oh, you’re gone
You’re gone, oh, you’re gone
You’re gone, oh, you’re gone
You’re gone, oh, you’re gone

3. Gamble Everything For Love

I hope the rewards of all that you have
gambled
Come back to you handsomely now
I hope you remember how well you
have handled
Gettin’ back on track
And not lookin’ back
How you gambled everything for love
Gamble everything for love, dear
Gamble everything for love
You’re the truest of blue and I treasure
you
Hope you gamble everything for love
There once was a time, it was not
long ago
You were clawing a grave all your own
It killed me to watch you fall in the
deep well
Edging closer to Hell
Devil don’t ring that bell
Please gamble everything for love
Gamble everything for love, dear
Gamble everything for love
You’re the truest of blue and I treasure
you
Hope you gamble everything for love
These clouds in the sky, they’re like
moments together
They’re only around a short while
What’d you see in the heat of that trial
by fire
A funeral pyre burnin’ bittersweet
and rue
Or a burnin’ desire to break through
To come back to me
And get back to you being you
I hope you’re in touch with your people
who love you
Shine a little light on them each day
Old timers remember, you battled
that war
When they ask how you pulled yourself
up off the floor
Say, “I gambled everything for love”
Gamble everything for love, dear
Gamble everything for love
You’re the truest of blue and I treasure
you
Hope you gamble everything for love
You’re the truest of blue and I treasure
you
Hope you gamble everything for love

4. Muddy Weather
Solo and single on a Saturday night
Got the highway and nowhere to go
Here’s hoping someday I’ll be gettin’
it right
Won’t keep ramblin’ down this rainy
road alone
I thought by now we would be chillin’
time
With a life so fine, sippin’ rosé wine
All I got’s these wipers keeping time
To a steady beat of empty open road
At least you’re giving me time to think
things over
How could I let you go?
I’d cover tracks if I could win you back
But this ol’ muddy weather makes it
hard, y’know
Sweet dreams aligned and we were
doing fine
Made a lotta love and wishes comin’
true
Stay together baby one more time
Settle in to the good life, me and you
Love is like taffy when it’s pullin’ time
And it turns out I’m not the stretchin’
kind
All I can think about is easy time
Guess that bargain I was holding up
fell through
At least you’re giving me time to think
things over
How could I let you go?
I’d cover tracks if I could win you back
But this ol’ muddy weather makes it
hard, y’know
Ooh, the clouds are lifting in this
highway sky
Hundred thousand tiny shiny specks
of light
New morning breaking in a soft sunrise
There is nothing more restoring than
this sight
Be still and know the sun’s about to
shine
Take it as a sign of our love divine
Hand to God, you are the reason why
I am willing to be changin’ ‘cause of you
At least you’re giving me time to think
things over
I’ll never let you go
I will make tracks and I will win you
back
Cuz this ol’ muddy weather’s turning
into gold
I will make tracks and I will win you
back
Cuz this ol’ muddy weather’s turning
into gold


5. Meet Me In The Middle
I remember the first time I saw you
Those bright eyes were twinkling at me
You stepped up and said, “Let’s go
dancing”
A move that was meant to be
We floated across the dance floor
Your body so close to mine
You whispered softly to me,
“Your touch is familiar and fine”
And I wondered if you could tell
So quickly from the start
From the moment you led me out on
the floor
I was already holding your heart
Say you’ll meet me in the middle
When the music begins
Step out of the shadows to feel real
love again
The stars must have all been aligned
When they shone down upon me and
you
From then on, we went on together
But we hung up our dancing shoes
Tell me why would we ever close that
door?
Never take another turn on the dance
floor?
Someone’s tired, raising kids, or
working late
Little reasons that got in the way
Say you’ll meet me in the middle
When the music begins
Step out of the shadows to feel real
love again
I look at our family portrait
Your eyes are still velvety true
How, after all of these good times,
Could I let go of dancing with you?
Only love re-ignites the spark
Starry nights, stolen kisses in the dark
Love is why I will meet you in the
middle
Where we take care of each other’s
hearts
So this time, I am the one who is asking
This time, it is my turn to start
Will you meet me-meet me in the
middle?
Will you meet me- meet me in the
middle?
Please darlin’, meet me-meet me in
the middle
Where we can take care of each other’s
hearts
Say you’ll meet me in the middle, when
the music begins
Step out of the shadows, to feel real
love again

6. Lady Liberty
Time to do it, yeah
Do me justice, yeah
Glory be, people, I’m your
Lady Liberty
Rest in me, people, I’m your
Lady Liberty, people
America, home of the brave
Sweet land of the free
I’m your home girl out on the waves
Holding down your history
See me stand in an ocean of blue
New York Harbor home
Torch in hand, I’m guiding you
Ellis Island, welcome
Ring, ring, let freedom ring
Declare the truth
We are the people
The red, the white, the brown, the black,
and blue
Time to do it, yeah
Do me justice, yeah
Glory be, people, I’m your
Lady Liberty, y’all
Rest in me, people, I’m your
Lady Liberty, people
You do what you gotta do
Don’t forget all the love that we got
for you
Recognize yourself in the he and the she
Who are not like you and me
“Give me your tired and poor, your
huddled masses yearning to be free”
Immigrants and refugees
Send your homeless, torn, and tossed to
me, yeah yeah
Ring, ring, let freedom ring
Declare the truth
We are the people
The red, the white, the brown, the black,
and blue
Time to do it, yeah
Do me justice, yeah
Glory be, people, I’m your
Lady Liberty
Rescue me, people, I’m your
Lady Liberty, yeah
You and me, people, we are
Lady Liberty
You and me, people, we are
Lady Liberty, people


7. Sliver of a Moon
We have no plan
We have no clue
But if I had my druthers
You’d be who
I’d be coming home to
Curl up on your couch
Cinnamon tea
When the summer sun starts fading
I’d wear your softest shirt
Wrapped around me
The only thing there’s left to do
Is to pray I find a way
To get back to you but we both know
Our chances ‘bout as slim as that ol’
Sliver of a moon
Back in the day
We were crushed out
And beautiful together
So free and proud
We stood out
Young hearts
Tryin’ hard to trust
But those wild, wild horses
Could not adjust
Love in the dust
The only thing there’s left to do
Is to pray I find a way
To get back to you but we both know
Our chances ‘bout as slim as that ol’
Sliver of a moon
Northern Star to guide me
Compass point of light
Promise you will find me in the
Filigree moonlight
Hitching my hopes high
Catch a glimmer of that sliver of a moon
Sliver of a moon
Years gone by
To hear from you now
Those same strong feelings
Circle ‘round
When we meet in town
I think I know
The hardest truth
That all my indecision
And all my choices too
Couldn’t keep me from you
The only thing there’s left to do
Is to pray I find a way
To get back to you but we both know
Our chances ‘bout as slim as that ol’
Sliver of a moon
Sliver of a moon
Sliver of a moon


8. Bet on the Horses
Oh sister, my sister, tell me what’s
wrong
Why’d you come see me down here on
your own?
What is the trouble, how you’ve come
undone?
A hard life begins in your eyes
Little sister, tell me no lies
Oh brother, my brother, I won’t lie
to you
I’m fired up and wired and I can’t see
things through
You think I could stay with you, just
for a while?
It’s beginnin’ to dawn, what I done
I left with my life and his gun
Hey now, let’s go bet on the horses
It ain’t over yet and it’s bound to get
worse, so
Don’t leave me now, I need to wager for
place on the
Dapple or Bay, safe ‘til Judgement Day
Let’s put all we got on the Gray
Let’s put all we got on the Gray
I fought him hard this time, I swung
and I kicked
He was waving his pistol, one hand
‘round my neck
I could not take more of his dangerous
ways
With strength from the angels above
I shoved him and shot with his gun
Hey now, let’s go bet on the horses
It ain’t over yet and it’s bound to get
worse, so
Don’t leave me now, I need to wager for
place on the
Dapple or Bay, safe ‘til Judgement Day
Let’s put all we got on the Gray
Let’s put all we got on the Gray
I know that the sun does not shine
upon those
Who will wrap up their secrets like the
spider and the fly
Sister of mine, it was only a matter
of time
Before all this unraveling would end
with your life
If time is a tempest, this storm’s ragin’
fast
Sure as I’m standing here, this too
shall pass
I know in these pinelands a man can
get lost
A ghost in an old mining town,
Where secrets lie buried in the ground
Hey now, let’s go bet on the horses
It ain’t over yet and it’s bound to get
worse, so
Don’t leave me now, I need to wager for
place on the
Dapple or Bay, safe ‘til Judgement Day
Let’s put all we got on the Gray
Let’s put all we got on the Gray
Let’s put all we got on the Gray
Let’s put all we got on the Gray


9. When I Slow Down
Look for a new direction
This walkin’ in circles is bringing me
down
Before the news at 10:00
I’ll be loading the Rogue and leaving
this town
Just because they say I have to leave
now
Doesn’t mean I won’t be passing
through
Filled a jar with broken glass buried
under your porch, for you
Dance in a new dimension, I tell myself
when I slow down
Dance in a new dimension, I tell myself
When I slow down
When I slow down
Wish I hadn’t fallen back
To what it was that busted me first
Didn’t think they’d even notice
Those little deals to pad my purse
Just because I violate probation
Doesn’t mean my whole life is through
Filled a jar with broken glass buried
under your porch, for you
Dance in a new dimension, I tell myself
when I slow down
Dance in a new dimension, I tell myself
When I slow down
When I slow down
Used to have a house in town
Down in New Orleans
Spell bottle buried underground
Protects the place from unlucky things
I am gonna miss these seaport sunsets
Miss my crew, my sanding tools
Any prayers you wanna offer
This messed up kid
I surely could use
Dance in a new dimension, I tell myself
when I slow down
Dance in a new dimension, I tell myself
When I slow down
When I slow down
When I slow down
When I slow down
When I slow down



10. Full Circle
Leave it alone, it will find a way
Never fails, never ends
Hold it tighter, it may slip away
Little birdies in the hand
Oh
Open emptiness
Love is all
Love is free
Free
Freedom flies so high
While you’re with me
Traveled the world to come back again
Fit the lock, bend a knee
From beginning to the end again
Same song in a different key
Now
It is your turn now
Take a bow
Take a stand
Sweet
We got company
We didn’t plan
So,
That is all we know
Love is all
Love is dear
Hear all there is to hear
When love is near
Leave it alone, it will find a way
Never fails, never ends
Hold it tighter it may slip away
Little birdies in the hand


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

1. 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

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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?

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

 
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