Heaven

by Alice Bierhorst

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Tough and tender, wily and wise, grit and whispers, the life of a nervy twenty-something soul in San Francisco in the 1990's.

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released February 12, 1996

Alice Bierhorst: vocals, guitars, violin, percussion
Erik Pearson: bass, guitar, vocals
Adam Weissman: drums

Produced by: Alice Bierhorst, Erik Pearson, Kyle Statham and Rick Wilson

Recorded by: Kyle Statham and Rick Wilson, Black Eyed Pig Studio, San Francisco, CA

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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: Get Under My Skin
Get Under My Skin
©1996 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Welcome to my armor; you're bumping up against it
Who said skin is a living organ
The only shivers that I get are in my mind
But in my wildest dreams you dig deep enough to
GET UNDER MY SKIN

Well I'm not the kind of girl who gives secrets out like candy
I play my cards close to my chest
But if I let you have a glimpse of what my heart can do
Would it scare you off and be more than we bargained
Or would you call my bluff and take me in your arms?

I take off my clothes while I'm reading you your rights
I'm not looking for promises that you'll love me for the rest of my life
I take off my clothes and I stand in my stocking feet
The world that we know isn't all that it's cracked up to be

CHORUS
Just be good to me
All I need's a little recognition, not your sympathy
Just some reassurance that you really see me
Just be good to me
You don't have to stick around until morning
Just be good to me and
GET UNDER MY SKIN

I'm a modern day heroine; impervious to pain, or so I pretend
But I'm sick and tired of self-control, where will it end?
Someday I'll get stuck in the "off" position then where will I be
Like a broken toy abandoned on the shelf
I'll feel like a broken toy, have to fend for myself

I take off my clothes…
I'm not asking for miracles when we turn out the lights
I take off my clothes…
I'm not looking for answers, you don't have to tell me what these kisses mean

CHORUS

You don't have to stick around until morning
You don't have to stick around
Just be good to me and
GET UNDER MY SKIN
Track Name: San Francisco, indie folk, indie rock, 60's pop, Liz Phair, Cake, Lovin' Spoonful - Chicken Farm
Chicken Farm
©1996 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Oh, no, now here we go again
You rear your ugly head
You like to interrupt me life
It makes you feel like you have one

What makes you think that I want you
You always talk and never do
You promise me the earth and sky
But all that spit lands in my eye

CHORUS
Send you back to the CHICKEN FARM
They pluck roosters there, don't they
Send you back where you belong
Where you can't do nobody harm

You say you know just where I'm at
I'm sorry pal, I can't relate
This isn't about love and hate
This is about getting along

You don't know what you want me for
You never felt like this before
You're like the boy who cried wolf

CHORUS

And maybe someday you'll make a good roast

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na

You keep talking round and round
Your words mean nothing they're just sound
You say that it's all existential
Yeah, that's right, so let me be

CHORUS 2x

And maybe someday you'll make a good roast

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Track Name: San Francisco, Pixies, Throwing Muses, Appalachian creepfolk, Kate Bush - Worry Doll
Worry Doll
©1996 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Turn around and watch me
Turn around and watch me
Blood looks black on black and white tv

Turn around and watch me
Turn around and watch me
Fingernails bitten down to the bone

Look at me I'm a WORRY DOLL
It can't be me
But I see my reflection - yes, it is
Look at me…
It can't be me
Have to stop this infection from spreading

Turn around and catch me
Turn around and catch me
Freefalling from the empire state

Turn around and catch me
Turn around and catch me
Flying like a moth searching for a flame

CHORUS

Turn around and wash me
Turn around and wash me
Baptize me in a bed of fire

Turn around and wash me
Turn around and wash me
Cleanse me of all these sins I've acquired

CHORUS
Track Name: Broken Drums
Broken Drums
©1996 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

These BROKEN DRUMS
Discarded hearts that we heap up in our corners
This arc of diamonds in the dark
Extinguished with daylight

These faintly beating
Keeps us alive like a motor
We're feasting on what remains everyday
Dimly conscious of their source

CHORUS
And I promised you I'd never grow old
I'd stay virginal, the child you admired
Like a mastodon frozen in time
I'd stay physical, a streak of white light

You said I'd never be trusted again
You said you'd haunt me until the end

These broken dreams
We let them burn down just like candles in the dark
These swallowed tears rusted inside
No longer graceful in our judgments

CHORUS

And I promised you I'd never grow old
I'd stay virginal, the child you admired
False promises never meant to keep
The world just kept on turning

These BROKEN DRUMS
Discarded hearts that we heap up in our corners
Track Name: ani difranco, alternafolk, Jane Siberry - Ours
Ours
©1996 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Getting on this train
It's the first day of the rest of my life
Or so they always say
And I'm inclined to believe them

But I've still got my name
And you've heard me rant and rave
How I'll never be anyone's wife
That tirade was my finest hour

Standing on the platform
I blush at my naiveté
I used to say it was the stupidest thing
To get on with someone else

I was annoyed at the world of lovers
They always looked the same
Glassy-eyed and dumbstruck
What gives them such privilege

CHORUS
And I can't be your girlfriend everyday
Humor me from time to time
Sometimes I just have to get out in the street and
Pretend that this world is still just mine

I'm wearing this navy blue pinafore that I loved
When I was four years old
Somehow it just seems fitting
On this last day of my childhood

It's not that I won't be a kid anymore
I'm the same as I was just yesterday
But all the rules have changed
And I don't know how to play

CHORUS

I keep tripping on pronouns
What was mine is now yours
All the old conditioning
Just leads my foot right to my mouth
I'm convinced this world runs on pronouns
In a million ways that we don't understand
His and hers and mine and yours
Scariest one of all, OURS

Getting on this train
Nothing ever felt so right
To draw a line in the sand
Say that was then, this is now

That was the introduction
And this, this is the body of the work
I don't know where to start
But I know I'm in good company

CHORUS

I can't be your girlfriend everyday
I'm sure that you're of the same mind
Sometimes we just have to get out in the street and
Pretend that this world is still just OURS
This world is still just OURS
This world is still just OURS
Track Name: Tender Is The Night
Tender is the Night
©1996 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

TENDER IS THE NIGHT
Tender is the...
And all the other girls know
All the other girls

TENDER IS THE NIGHT
Tender is the...
And all the other girls know
All the other girls

All the other girls know
They know now
They know now
They know now

TENDER IS THE NIGHT
Surrender to the...
And all the other girls know
All the other girls

All the other girls know
They know now
They know now
They know now

Volumes about you
Volumes about you
Volumes about you
Volumes about you
And oh, how they fly
Right out of your hand

TENDER IS THE NIGHT
Tender is the...
And all the other girls know
Track Name: Bodies In Motion
Bodies in Motion
©1996 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I'm floating in timeless space
I'm noting this gracious place that you provide
With just one touch
With just one touch

A call to grace in a landscape strange and lush
Where was I before
Where was I before

This moonwalk is taking me
Where life begins and everything spins and sings
The stories that endure
The stories that endure

CHORUS
BODIES IN MOTION that exert no pressure
Always come to rest on the same plane

Now I walk downtown and nothing's holding me down
Gravity snaps, gravity
Now I walk downtown and nothing's holding me down
Gravity

CHORUS

I'm floating in timeless space
I'm noting this gracious place that you provide
Where thoughts have wings that heal and cure
And the mysteries that made me blind fall away
And restore my eyes

CHORUS
Track Name: The Map
The Map
©1996 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Take this map and walk out of here
There's nothing I can give you
Nothing more than this

Take these arms and wrap them around you
They'll keep you warm forever
Wherever you may go
Wherever you may go

CHORUS
All that I ask is that sometimes you look down
All that I ask is that you keep your eyes on the ground
For me
Keep them on the ground
For me
Keep them on the ground

Take these eyes from the back of my head
They'll be your eyes in darkness when there's no end in sight
Take these words - they've said all they can
When you call and no one hears you, take them out again

CHORUS
Track Name: I'd Do Anything
I'd Do Anything
©1996 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

CHORUS
I'D DO ANYTHING for you
Just name your price
And I'll slash it in two
Just to prove that I'm nice
I'D DO ANYTHING for you
Just to prove that I'm right
Of mice and men
I could talk all night

I'D DO ANYTHING for you
Doesn't matter where or when
You're my best friend
Now pay the price

I open up the door - it turns me on
I lie down on the floor - it turns me on
I walk down the hall - it turns me on
I listen through the wall - you know it turns me on

CHORUS

I'D DO ANYTHING for you
I'D DO ANYTHING for you

I sit up on the bed - it won't be long
I live inside my head - but it's not that strong
I know everything inside - so sing along
Of mice and men you know I've read a lot

CHORUS

I'D DO ANYTHING for you
I'D DO ANYTHING for you
I'D DO ANYTHING for you
I'D DO ANYTHING for you
Track Name: Lullaby
Lullaby
©1996 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Darlin', darlin', darlin'
I can't get to sleep
Won't you tell a bedtime story to me
Darlin', darlin', darlin'
I know you'll understand
If I close my eyes while I'm holding your hand tonight

CHORUS
LULLABY and good night baby
Sleep tight all night long
When you awaken the sun will be shining
Through your bedroom window and on your sleepy head

Darlin', darlin', darlin'
The night is closing in
The stars are warming' up and the moon is marching in
Darlin', darlin', darlin'
The night is all I know
Won't you help me please, won't you help me to go to sleep

CHORUS

Darlin', darlin', darlin'
I'm so scared of the dark
Won't you help me light sleep's sweet spark
Darlin', darlin', darlin'
Oh, where are you now
If you ever leave me, don't know how I'll ever get back to sleep

CHORUS