Earthbound

by Alice Bierhorst

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Dark, hushed lo-fi song cycle a la Springsteen's "Nebraska" by way of Kirsten Hersh. performed and recorded by Alice Bierhorst under a New York City sidewalk.

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released February 12, 2002

Alice Bierhorst: vocals, guitar, drums, bass, percussion

Produced and recorded by: Alice Bierhorst

Art, design, photos: Alice Bierhorst

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Alice Bierhorst New York, New York

Alice Bierhorst is a visionary singer and songmaker. Ethereal and earthy, tender and tough, her music draws upon classical music, 60's and 70's pop, roots rock, Tin Pan Alley, and dreamy indie folk. Debussy, Kate Bush, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Nick Drake, Brian Wilson, Judee Sill in the mix. A voice clear and plaintive, airy and grounded, full of wonder, tenderness and love. ... more

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Track Name: Spring
Spring
©2002 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

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Darkness falls down all around us
You would think it was SPRING
Darkness falls down all around us
You would think it was SPRING

Snow falls down like stars
Filling in our footsteps
Burying our wounds behind
Smile through the tightness that
Pulls our voices shut
I dream of sheep
And the blind keep leading the blind

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Your eyes were hot with anger
Setting off small fires
Everything they touch melts down
All the lovely whiteness shrinks
Underneath your heat
Revealing only scarred and battered ground

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Standing by the fire
Standing by the heat
I wanna jump in the flames
And eat myself alive
The last sips of desire sting
In the back of my throat
I dream of sheep
And the blind keep leading the blind

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I can't close my eyes
I can't close my eyes
I can't close my eyes again
Track Name: Earthbound
Earthbound
©2002 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

This sweet town
Often mistaken for the moon
With names like Beauty
To hide the humble truth

This sweet town's
Got a hole a mile long
You can lose your reflection
If you're not that strong

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This fading light
It's gonna fail us if we let it
Slip away, forget us
These stolen stars
They're just like puppets on a string
But the sky don't mean a thing
When you're tied to the ground
When you're EARTHBOUND

This sweet town
Can pick you clean just like a hawk
Hovering at twilight
Feasting on loose talk
This sweet town
Where the water tastes like wine
It can make you drunk
It can surely make you blind

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My sweetheart
I found him nestled in the grass
With a handful of answers
So I never have to ask
Each new growth
How it roots me to my home
It can reach up and strangle me
So I never walk alone

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When you're EARTHBOUND
Track Name: At Sunset
At Sunset
©2002 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Everyday ends the same
A low whistle and you hear your name
In the distance faint and clear
You turn your headlights off and steer

CHORUS
Ahhhhhhhh
AT SUNSET
Ahhhhhhhh
AT SUNSET

Liquor flowing in the backseat
Hay blowing in the dying heat
When the dashboard starts to glow
Illuminates all the things you know

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Up ahead there's a ghost town
Sign says dead end, turn around
What you're looking for, it ain't here
You raise your hands up off the wheel

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Everyday ends the same
A low whistle and you hear your name
If you're lucky you'll die this way
Your feet nowhere near the brake

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Track Name: The Circle
The Circle
©2002 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Sleep, sleep, my darling
Do not wake, do not wake, do not
Sleep, sleep, my darling
Do not wake and do not pass this way again
Don't pass this way again, again

Sweet dreams, my darling
Do not try to shake or wake me
Sweet dreams, my darling
Do not cry and do not call my name again
Don't call my name again, again

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Until the last drops of forgiveness fall
And the rain comes down
And the rain comes down

All my life I've been running around
Spinning round THE CIRCLE for you
All my life I've been running aground
Getting stuck and coming unglued

Wake up, my darling
Spring came while you dreamt of flying
Dream on, my darling
Sun is tripping up and flying high again
So don't ask why again, again

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Track Name: Flood Song
Flood Song
©2002 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Over the hills and into the woods
Nobody there but me
Over the hills and into the woods
I'm free

Hissing of grass, a violent crash
Furious flash of white
The weight of the hoof
That runs from the muddy roadside

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I'm gonna run
I'm gonna run now

Feather and wing carried away
By the wind that consumes the nest
Perilous perch sent spinning to Earth
For a long rest

Steam overflows its barbed wire walls
Trembling toward the sea
The place is landlocked
Far as the eye can see

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Puddles connect and turn into pools
Crowded with maple keys
The more they collect
The more their capacity

When I'm soaked through I'll come home to you
Stretch out before the fire
Look through the glass
The water is rising higher

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Track Name: Sickle-Backed Mare
Sickle-Backed Mare
©2002 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

What will become of the SICKLE-BACKED MARE
She grunts and snorts, kicks dust in the air
She bears up nobly under the strain
Her coat steams up in the pouring rain

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

What will become of the broken girl
She flies like a feather released from the world
The morning rain makes a curious light
Suspended between day and night

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

What will become of the SICKLE-BACKED MARE
She grunts and she snorts, kicks dust in the air
And when she sees her on the ground
She bows her head, makes a mournful sound
Track Name: Dancing
Dancing
©2002 Alice Bierhorst

She's hovering
On the edge of the world
We're all talking too loud
She sways on our laughter
She's getting to be a pro
At looking busy in the void
Nobody knows what she's after
If we blink will she be here

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Nobody knows where she starts and finishes
Or if she just keeps going on and on
Nobody thought to ask her was she happy here
We'll just keep on DANCING after she's gone

She's getting drunk
Looking down her nose
Not out of arrogance
But to hide what she knows
Everybody does a double take
Did the air just change
Somebody made her exit
And nobody caught her name

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Not one of us lives forever
We're just borrowing these clothes
If we wake up on the other side
Nobody really knows
We're all just getting our feet wet
Next time we'll take the plunge
If there is no next time
At least we did this much

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Track Name: Naked Eye
Naked Eye
©2002 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Beauty calls and nobody hears
Trapped inside a snow globe
Beauty's whisper falls on deaf ears
Rushing past in slo-mo

CHORUS
Or so it seems
Where does the answer lie
Does something forgotten just die
Or retreat from the NAKED EYE

In the bustle of the world
Puzzle pieces scatter
On the wind their pictures unfurl
Til they're lost to matter

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Beauty falls and nobody wonders why
Things fall apart

Beauty holds the key to a heart
And a sense of belonging
For a moment the clouds swiftly part
And erase all longing

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Or so it seems
Only in the dreams can the blind
Finally see all that's hidden and lost
To the NAKED EYE
Track Name: Law of Averages
Law of Averages
©2002 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I'm breaking the LAW OF AVERAGES
The one that denies we're all infinite
A long roll of tape with flies stuck in it
Spoiling the ointment of happiness

I'm breaking the surface that we tend with care
Underneath something we don't dare
Disturb from its slumber
Release into the air

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Peace on earth will be delayed again
Peace on earth will be delayed again

I'm looking over my shoulder
Surveying the places I've been
I know that as I grow older
I'll long to see them again

I'm breaking the LAW OF AVERAGES
The one that condemns us to repeat
The same old mistakes
Again and again

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I get down on my knees and I pray for a blank slate
The kind where no dirty words can accumulate
The kind that you never have to wipe clean

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Peace on Earth will be delayed

If you don't know by now
If you don't know by now
You'll never see the day

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