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BREAKING THE BLUES

All songs written and published by Amy Blaschke

ASCAP Bird On A Lyre 2016


“Under My Skin”

Under my skin/I find you sinking in/All around me/

It's deepening/This feeling under my skin/Under my skin/I find some new place within/When you touch me/It's trembling/This feeling under my skin/While the dawn's away/I ask the moon to stay/I whisper when I say/Please take me over/Under my skin/A new vibration set to begin/Since you met me/It's echoing/This feeling under my skin/There's something shimmering/Not sure where it begins/Like a sheet of tin/Reverberating wind/Reaching in/Reaching in/Under my skin

 

“Falling For The Moment”

The fool will hope to win/Before the games begin/But tear the tape and you are in the moment/The hours you’re away/Heartache rules the day/But seconds from your skin I’m in the moment/Just leave me a little more/A little more of everything/A castle can feel small/With no crest on the wall/But seize the state and you are in the moment/Just leave me a little more/A little more of everything/I don’t believe in a beggar’s reprise/But I am willing to say please/Honey, please/My sleepless nights belong/To a longing you brought on/Each tear escapes falling for the moment/I’m losing sleep falling for the moment/Now I weep falling for the moment/Please

 

“Peace Keeping”

Slow down, I’m weeping/There’s new light in my eyes and it’s sweeping/Across every hour to the west/Clean up your mind, find your breath/It’s never love to lose/It’s for keeping/Turn around, I’m speaking/There’s new tone in my voice and it’s beaming/All through the air from my chest/To bring you my heart at its best/It’s never love to prove/It’s for teaching/I’m on your side/Let me go if I’m leaving/There’s no fight in my mind worth believing/If I need to be right, I’m a fool/Loosen your grip, play it cool/It’s never love to bruise/It’s for peace keeping

 

“Running My Heart To You”

Lately I’ve been wondering/One or two things about you/Are you honest? Are you true?/Do you feel the way I do?/Heaven knows I’ve played before/I know we are not brand new/Will you share your heart with me/A friend to cross the blue/All the same/I keep strumming/Running my heart to you/Lately I’m imagining/One or two things seem true/The kindness of your golden heart/And the way I feel with you/Heaven knows I try to wait/Let time and space accrue/Will you turn your eyes to mine/A friend to share the view/All the same/I keep strumming/Running my heart to you/Can you take me to that higher place?/All the same/I keep strumming/Running my heart to you

 

“Across The Sky”

Across the sky I see you waiting/I see you waiting/I see you waiting/Waiting for me/And you move me to the mystery/Like it’s the place I aught to be/When you went away you took the sun/Now I’m alone with everyone/Across the sky I see you waiting/I see you waiting/I see you waiting/Waiting for me/Another year and you’re still gone/I know you won’t be coming home/With someone lost you’re set to gain/A deeper love to lift the pain/Dreams hold the truth/Without form there’s no youth/Dreams hold the truth/Without form there’s no youth/Across the sky I see you/I see you waiting for me

 

“Breaking The Blues”

Oh, have you seen true love today/The giver is gone now, and I’m on my way/Nothing to do, there is nothing to say/Breaking the blues takes a lifetime this way/Oh, have you seen more than one way/The giver is gone now I’ve only today/Nothing to do, there is nothing to say/Breaking the blues takes a lifetime this way/Oh, have you seen spirit today/The giver is gone now I give it away/Nothing to do, there is nothing to say/Breaking the blues takes a lifetime this way/Wait for the truth/A chisel for stone/Gold fills your heart/Don’t go it alone/Wait for it…/We’ll meet in my mind/Oh, have you seen true love today/The giver is gone now I’ve only today/Nothing to do, there is nothing to say/Breaking the blues takes a lifetime this way/Breaking the blues

 

“Exploding Roses”

Left by the door as you move through the room/I’m still like the night in the dark of the moon/Inside my mind I go far away/Exploding roses in battle array/The charge in the air could burn down this joint/With passion and flame there must be a point/Inside my mind I go faraway/Exploding roses before they decay/My heart aches until my heart breaks/My heart aches until my heart breaks/You roll out your tongue and you’re clear to the edge/I keep the impressions as they’re left by each wedge/Inside my mind I go faraway/Exploding roses with each word you say/Exploding roses with each word you say

 

“Silver Linings”

Silver linings on clouds gone by/Drying the tears I used to cry/Holding out for love I wanted/Holding out for love I wanted to stay true/Silver linings bring peace to my mind/Calming the nerves I used to grind/Holding on to memories I wanted/Holding on to memories I wanted to be true/Wings like an angel’s/Wrap around me now/Deep eyes that twinkle/From darkness laid down/Into the twilight of the dawn/Silver linings, I see them somehow/They’re always shining on here and now/Casting a glow on hope I wanted/Casting a glow on hope I wanted to come true/Wings like an angel’s/Wrap around me now/Deep eyes that twinkle/From darkness laid down/Wings like an angel’s/Wrap around me now/Deep eyes that twinkle/From darkness laid down/Into the twilight of the dawn/Silver linings

 

“Park By The Zoo”

Kissing you in the park by the zoo/Reaching out for somebody new/Losing the space between me between you/Now I really must ask you/Can your heart make a claim/When new love takes a name/Can your mind hear the truth/Letting go, all the love that fell through/Knowing now what I need to stay true/Setting aside what I lost and outgrew/Now I really must ask you/Can your heart make a claim/When new love takes a name/Can your mind hear the truth/When new love calls out to you/Like someone you’ve known before/Boy, you make it that much easier on me/Boy, your spirit just moves breezier through me/Now I really must ask you/Can your heart make a claim/When new love takes a name/Can your mind hear the truth/When new love/Calls out/To you

 

“Timeless Groove”

You live your life to chase the blues/Now your heart is broken like your dancing shoes/You give your life to break the blues/Now your body’s heavy like the evening news/Hold me, baby/Break these blues/I’ll tell you if it’s worth it/I’ll tell you if it’s worth it/Every time, every line/You will save your life when you sing the blues/And your soul will play on in a timeless groove/I’ll tell you if it’s worth it/I’ll tell you if it’s worth it/Every time, every line/Every time, every line

 

“Be The Love I Need”

I don’t see you/And I don’t know you/But I still miss you/And I still remember too/I don’t hold you/I don’t kiss you/But I still miss you/And I still miss seeing you too/But I guess for now I’ll get by somehow/And I’ll creep in a creed/To be the love, be the love, be the love/To be the love I need/I don’t think you/Or I try not to/I don’t do you/At least I try not to/I don’t hold you/I don’t kiss you/But I still miss you/And I still miss seeing you too/But I guess for now I’ll get by somehow/And I’ll creep in a creed/To be the love, be the love, be the love/To be the love I need

O P A L I N E


All songs written and published by Amy Blaschke. Bird on a Lyre ASCAP 2015. All songs produced by Brian Whelan. All songs engineered and mixed by Mark Rains. All songs mastered by Mark Chalecki. All songs recorded at Station House Studio; Echo Park, CA, February and March 2014, except track 7 recorded October 2012, February and March 2014.



Running into the Fire  3:31

Amy Blaschke - vocals. Brian Whelan - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synth. Mitch Marine - drums, percussion. Lee Pardini - bass.

 

We're running into the fire but I feel no flames/You're someone I could admire but burn in play/If only love could acquire a less painful way/We’re running into the fire but I feel no flames/We’re running into the fire but I feel no flames/You never let yourself tire when you're in the game/There’ll never be time tomorrow for your yesterday/We’re running into the fire but I feel no flames/We run run we do run run/We run run we do run run/We're running into the fire but I feel no flames/You lift your own head up higher so you feel no shame/There’s some power that's higher to remove your pain/We give our hearts to the fire and we walk away/We run run we do run run/We run run we do run run

 


O P A L I N E  3:51

Amy Blaschke - vocals, acoustic guitar. Brian Whelan - acoustic guitar. Jebin Bruni - keys.

 

Hang in the wind/Let your songs fill the air/Let the colors on your skin share the light/Hang in the wind/Let your dreams rise above/Let your notions of peace overcome/We still have a long way we gotta go/We still have a whole lotta love we gotta show/So take my hand/And love me now/Don’t count the sand/You’ll never know/If I try to tell you that honesty comes naturally/Would you defy your mind, you put-upon?/That’s all you’d win again/That’s all you’d win again/That’s all you’d win again/That’s all you’d win again/So I’ll never tell you that honesty comes easily/Could you accept your life and change your mind?

 


Come See About Loving Me  3:10

Amy Blaschke - vocals, acoustic guitar. Brian Whelan - acoustic guitar, slide guitar. Jebin Bruni - organ. Mitch Marine - drums. Brendan Buckley - drums. Lee Pardini - bass.

 

Give me love in the winter/So soft it's spring/I won't fight in the winter/Let’s bury everything/Come see about loving me/I‘m sad but I'm free/Give me love in the summer/So strong I'll fall/I won't fight in the summer/The crops are too tall/Come see about loving me/I’m sad but I'm free/If you've been chasing waterfalls/And waiting though he never calls/Forget it/No need to go get it/A magnet moves the earth to it/It stays in place, it never quits/Forget it/No need to go get it/Give me love through the seasons/So true it rings/I won't fight, there's no reason/I’m finished fighting/Come see about loving me/I’m sad but I'm free/Come see about loving me/I’m sad but I'm free

 


Through to Blue  2:56

Amy Blaschke - vocals. Brian Whelan - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar. Mitch Marine - drums, percussion. Lee Pardini - bass.

 

I will always be there/Always be there/I will always be there/You have got a friend in me/Got a friend in me/You have got a friend in me/But it takes so long to build a bridge to trust/So many friends, well they come and then they’re gone/So long/I will hold your hand/Smile and hold your hand/I will smile/I will hold your hand and smile/For you have found true love in me/Found true love in me/You have found true love in me/But it takes so long to build a bridge to trust/So many loves, well they come and then they’re gone/So long/You need not fall through/Cry or feel blue/Dry your tears/You need not fall through to blue/Fall through to blue with you/Fall through to blue with you/Fall through to blue with you/Fall through to blue with you

 


Walking with the Rise  2:40

Amy Blaschke - vocals, acoustic guitar. Brian Whelan - vocals, acoustic guitar, bass. Jebin Bruni - Mellotron, organ.

 

There’s a road I like to walk along sometimes/It’s dusty and it’s lonesome but it’s mine/And if I find some love of mine is leaving me behind/You can bet I’m kicking dust, walking with the rise/Meet me at the station if you’re kind/Drop me off or pick me up, just leave me peace of mind/For if I find some friend of mine is leaving me behind/You can bet I’m kicking dust, walking with the rise/I might be kinder if I just walk alone/Somehow with you there my feet just kick the stones/It’s not that I’ve no vision of a home/It’s just that lately I’ve these visions on my own/If I find some love of mine is leaving me behind/You can bet I’m kicking dust, walking with the rise/Oh, you can bet I’m kicking dust, walking with the rise

 

 

My Own Only  3:01

Amy Blaschke - vocals, electric guitar. Brian Whelan - Wurlitzer, electric guitar. Jebin Bruni - organ. Mitch Marine - drums. Lee Pardini - bass.

 

Some say love is an illusion, that there’s always someone losin’/If you’re not the fool then you’re the one that’s foolin’/Some say get out of the game if you can’t take the pain/What they don’t know is that pain’s my middle name/What’s killin’ you/It’s killin’ me too/And you and you and you too/What’s killin’ you/It’s killin’ me too/And you and you and you too/Some say love is found inside you, and I think that’s what I’ll cling to/Lord knows there’s no god to hang onto/Trust me I’m humble/And all I got is my humility/Trust me I’m honest/And all I got is my sincerity/Trust me I’m lonely/And all I got is being my own only/All I got is being my own only

 


All of One Love  5:11

Amy Blaschke - vocals, acoustic guitar. Brian Whelan - electric guitar, tambourine. Rob Douglas - bass. Eric Heywood - acoustic guitar, pedal steel. 

Jebin Bruni - keys. Joachim Cooder - drums, percussion. 

 

It’s all in the way you move/It’s all in the way you move/And I am not looking for anyone but you/An extension of that one true chord/We call upon the whitest dove/To teach us peace and bring us love/In hurried whispers of the wings I hear sung/“All of my love is all of one love — true love”/In hurried whispers of the wings I hear sung/“All of my love is all of one love — true love”/All of my love is all of one love — true love/Of all the things I’ve had to hold/They haven’t been that heavy/They haven’t been that bold/Of all the roads I’ve travelled on/They haven’t made me weary/They haven’t made me cold/All of my love is all of one love/All of my love is all of one love/And all those roads surely led to you

 


Shiver Wary  2:41

Amy Blaschke - electric guitar, vocals. Brian Whelan - acoustic guitar. Mitch Marine - drums, percussion. Lee Pardini - bass.

 

Battles won are lost/Still to a few/Relief seems just the cost/These hours past curfew/No, I am not a stranger/I know a way to win/But the hours point like daggers/And sharpen, sharpen, sharpen, shard pins/The dangers of the mind/Ghosts within, around/I let my mind run free/When you pause on sound/I grow shiver wary/No, I am not a stranger/I know a way to win/But the hours point like daggers/Now I know what’s on the way now/Now I know what’s on the way now/Now I know what’s on the way now/Now I know what’s on the way now/Shard pins sharpen/Shard pins sharpen/The dangers of the mind/Shard pins sharpen/Shard pins/Now I know what’s on the way now/Shard pins sharpen/Shard pins/Now I know what’s on the way now

 


The Line  4:29

Amy Blaschke - vocals, acoustic guitar. Brian Whelan - vocals, electric guitar, synth, piano. Mitch Marine - drums. Brendan Buckley - drums. 

Lee Pardini - bass.

 

Alone these days and walking so slow/I hide my feet so you won’t cross the line/Is it safe to say now/This is not love, this is war/You all chide my distrust/But you’re slamming every door/I’m just calling out for truth/Any day now that lift will come/And the shadows all fade away/Fade away/No you won’t back me down/This is not love, this is war/You can’t string me along/Run me right out my own door/I’m just standing up for truth/No you won’t back me down/This is not love, this is war/You can’t string me along/Run me right out my own door/I’m just standing up for truth/So you won’t cross the line/So you won’t cross the line/So you won’t cross the line/So you won’t cross the line/This is not love/This is war/Any day now/Fade away/This is not love/This is war/Any day now/Fade away

 


Just Roses  3:23

Amy Blaschke - vocals. Brian Whelan - vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar. Jebin Bruni - harpsichord, keys. Mitch Marine - drums. Lee Pardini - bass.

 

Just a string of roses/No stem, no thorn, just roses/Just a string of roses/No leaves, no roots, just roses/And of all the things that run to you/Let me be the one that you run to/Just a string of roses/No stem, no thorn, just roses/Just a string of roses/No leaves, no roots, just roses/And of all the things you hope to be/Let us be a hope you share with me/I know you hope to be free/At least for sight and clarity/I know you hope for family/At least you share one hope with me/Just a string of roses/No stem, no thorn, just roses/Just a string of roses/No leaves, no roots, just roses/Just roses

 


Above All Oceans  3:14

Amy Blaschke - vocals, acoustic guitar. Brian Whelan - percussion. Jebin Bruni - keys.

 

Tender eyes, I can feel you/You’re always looking behind the tide/Your horizon comes to meet you/Beneath the ocean on the edge inside/Above all oceans/All things touching sky/Going on forever/Keeping us alive/Above all oceans/It’s later in the sky/All time passing freely/Through every sign of life/Sign of life/Above all oceans/Touching sky/Above all oceans/Nothing chained can truly break you/Even love dissolves the tightest links of pride/The truth will always swim around you/Catching lies that sink beyond the depths you hide/Above all oceans/All things touching sky/Going on forever/Keeping us alive/Above all oceans/It’s later in the sky/All time passing freely/Through every sign of life/Sign of life/Above all oceans/You and I/Above all oceans/Touching sky/Above all oceans/You and I/Above all oceans




DESERT VARNISH


All songs written and published by Amy Blaschke. 

Bird on a Lyre ASCAP 2013. All rights reserved.


*** LONELY CAHOOT ***

 

Solitude is a cold gun

Lonely cahoot 

 

Better run while your legs perform

Bang bang shoot shoot

 

And I was there on that lonely night

When you came to name your love

But I was scared and still with fright

So I wouldn't sign your love

 

Solitude is a cold gun

Lonely cahoot 

 

Better love while your heart performs

Bang bang shoot shoot

 

I don't think I understand

I keep trying to love one man

But time is short and on demand

Bang bang to boot 

 

Solitude is a cold gun

Lonely cahoot 

 

Better love while your heart performs

Bang bang shoot shoot

 

Lonely cahoot

Solitude

 

 

*** WHAT I'M ASKING OF ***

 

To give me the love that I'm dreamin' of

But turns out he's cold

Won't show me no love

That's not what I'm asking of

 

When you look for love 

Do you look to above

Or turn 'round your shoulder

Take love undercover

That's not what I'm asking of

That's not what I'm asking of

 

I once had a love that seemed like true love

But time made us cruel 

And wise became fool

That's not what I'm asking of

 

Now give me the love that I'm dreamin' of

One that is true 

Made for us two

Now that's what I'm asking of

Now that's what I'm asking of

 

 

*** SO SHADOWS NEVER RUN ***

 

I been a fool for many a stranger

But not my only son

I may seem cool but I only feel anger

Not warmth from yesterday's gun

                           

You cry to the lonely night and wish for anyone 

You cry to fool the light so shadows never run

You'll cry to fool a fight just to watch one run

You cry to the lonely night and wish for anyone 

To love

 

While I grow old and older still

I'll always be younger to some man      

And while my young love lies instilled

I'll still be older and wiser

 

You cry to the lonely night and wish for anyone 

You cry to fool the light so shadows never run

You'll cry till you fool a fight just to watch one run

You cry to the lonely night and wish for anyone 

To love

 

While I grow old and older still

I'll always be younger to some man

 

 

*** ONLY THE SPARKS ***

 

Hello again, it's nice to be alone

I'll stay if I'm in the zone

Lock all the doors. Silence my phone 

 

No one here gets to be

A tap on the back or a shoulder squeeze

Get off my back. Let it be

 

Only the sparks from the motor cars 

Call to me now in the night

Only the sky sees me now 

Lending me only some light

 

I need some light shining on me somehow

I need some light shining on me somehow

I need some light...

 

Darkness wins when it begins

But never you mind just be on time

When you smuggle your mind over state lines

 

Some Ones here try to be

Something they bought or aught to be

Get off your spot. It's not TV

 

Only the sparks from the motor cars 

Call to me now in the night

Only the sky sees me now 

Lending me only some light

 

I need some light shining on me somehow

I need some light shining on me somehow

I need some light shining on me somehow

I need some light shining on me somehow

 

 

*** OVER AND OVER YOU ***

 

I've tried creams to keep the shades from showing through

But I can't hide the circles 'round my eyes

 

No, there's just about nothing I can do

When it comes to loosing sleep

Comes to loosing sleep

Loosing sleep

 

My eyes keep circling

My eyes keep circling

Over and over you

 

When it comes to loosing sleep my eyes just weep

And I guess those tears just circle into view

 

Keep circling 

Keep circling

Over and over you     

 

Keep circling 

Keep circling

Over and over you     

 

It's no single you

Just each one of you

Leading me down some lost yesterday

 

No use thinking how

Times long over now

Might have changed the view

 

Keep circling

Keep circling

Over and over you  

 

Keep circling 

Keep circling

Over and over you

Over and over you

 

Over and over 

Over and over you

 

 

*** FOOLS FOR GOLD ***

 

Wind through the hills past the snow

To the desert down below

You found me there

 

Mountains so high 'gainst the sky 

And you touch me by and by

You found me there

 

I've never seen a road 

More open than it is untold

And there's nothing being owed

Just a pair of fools for gold

 

Well it's simple and it's true

I've grown so sweet on you

Since you are here

 

I think I heard that too

"I forgot I was ever blue"

Since you are here

 

I've never seen a road 

More open than it is untold

And there's nothing being owed

Just a pair of fools for gold

 

Well I've never seen a road 

More open than it is untold

And there's nothing being owed

Just a pair of fools for gold

Just a pair of fools for gold

Just a pair of fools for gold

 

 

*** GOIN' TO BODIE ***

 

I know that it started before it began

Lust and affection for one simple man

 

So "goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie"

"Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie"

 

If not for the gold then at least for the pan

I'll dig forever for a piece of this man

 

So "goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie"

"Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie"

 

I'm going to Bodie 

I'm going to Bodie

 

You know that I'll stay true to you

You got me layin' plans

You know that I'm possessed with you

This ghost town understands

 

If not for the gold then at least for the pan

I'll dig forever for a piece of this man

 

So "goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie"

"Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie"

 

I'm going to Bodie 

I'm going to Bodie

 

You know that I'll stay true to you

You got me layin' plans

You know that I'm possessed with you

This ghost town understands

 

I know that it started before it began

 

 

*** LIKE A GHOST ***

 

The battlefield is plenty cold

The battles here have all been told

 

And so like a ghost 

I haunt my post

And never leave

With nothing no one to serve

One to serve

 

If this has been your life

You clean your riffle every night

You haven't been unlike me

And it's true

That day will never come

 

In the dream it's time to fight

The same old dream I have each night

 

And so like a ghost 

I haunt my post

And never leave

With nothing no one to serve

One to serve

 

If this has been your life

You clean your riffle every night

You haven't been unlike me

And it's true

That day will never come

 

 

*** BEGGARS & THIEVES ***

 

If I could share something with beggars and thieves

Well it would not be prideful, no they'd never believe

 

And if one day you saw me with chains on my wrists

Well I would not boast prideful or tighten my fists

 

If I could share something with beggars and thieves

Well it would not be prideful, no they'd never believe

 

And if one day you saw me with gold on my hands

Well I would not boast prideful or polish my brands

 

Oohs

 

If I could share something with beggars and thieves

Well it would not be prideful, no they'd never believe

 

And if one day you saw me no shoes on my feet

Well I would not boast prideful or stand indiscreet

 

Oohs


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All songs written by Amy Blaschke (c) 2013 Bird on a Lyre ASCAP