Here Today

by Alice Bierhorst

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released February 12, 2003

Alice Bierhorst: vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Jason Crigler: electric guitars, mandoguitar and mandolin
Jeff Hill: bass
Diego Voglino: drums

Produced by: Alice Bierhorst
Recorded by: Tom Choi and Atom Fellows at Realm New York
Mastered by: Ed Littman
Art, design, photos: Monica A. Crigler

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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: Merry-Go-Round
Merry-Go-Round
©2003 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Even in the quietest moments I'm shy
I don't know why
But I'm just so attracted to you
Even when I try to be honest I lie
Not by design
I'm just trying' not to look like a fool

I know that life's unsure
But I really wanna roll the dice
If my thoughts are unpure
I also have a dream that we could rise
And be so happy

CHORUS
You only get one ride on this MERRY-GO-ROUND
You only go around once, you said
And if you don't take a chance and open your heart
You're better off being dead

I tried to relax and just be myself
It didn't help - I keep wondering what's safe to reveal
If there's a heaven, this must be hell
But please don't go - I'm just about ready to spin the wheel

I know that life's unsure
But I really wanna roll the dice
If my thoughts are unpure
I also have a dream that we could rise
And be so happy

CHORUS

Even in the quietest moments I'm shy
You know why - I'm caught in a daydream of you
When I picture your face, I know I'm home free, it''s meant to be
All the long, lonely hours just melt away

I know that life's unsure
But I really wanna roll the dice
If my thoughts are unpure
I also have a dream that we could rise
And be so happy

CHORUS
Track Name: Run To You
Run To You
©2003 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

When I RUN TO YOU
When each day is through
All my faith is renewed

When I see you smile
I could run a thousand miles
There's nothing I wouldn't do

If I should ever lose my way
Here's hoping you will always call out my name

And I will RUN TO YOU
You will see me through
When my luck is coming unspooled

If I should ever lose my way
Here's hoping you will always call out my name

And I will RUN TO YOU
And I will RUN TO YOU

This world can be so cold
Promise me when we're old and grey
That the words that once consoled

Grow truer with each passing day
Here's hoping you will always call out my name

When I RUN TO YOU
When each day is through
The hours pass far too soon

If I should ever lose my way
Here's hoping you will always call out my name

And I will RUN TO YOU
And I will RUN TO YOU
And I will RUN TO YOU
I will RUN TO YOU
Track Name: Wishing Well
The Wishing Well
©2003 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
THE WISHING WELL

I'm wishing for a number
I'm wishing for a name
I'm wishing for something
That proves that we're not the same

La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
THE WISHING WELL

I'm wishing for a memory
I'm wishing for a souvenir
I'm wishing for a scrapbook
Where I can paste the years

THE WISHING WELL is hidden well
At the bottom of the hill
Under Spanish moss
In a clearing

La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
THE WISHING WELL

THE WISHING WELL is hidden well
At the bottom of the hill
Under Spanish moss
In a clearing

I'm wishing for an opera
I'm wishing for a play
I'm wishing for some grand stage
Where I can dream my life away

La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
La-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da
THE WISHING WELL

THE WISHING WELL is hidden well
At the bottom of the hill
Under Spanish moss
In a clearing
In a clearing
In a clearing
Track Name: The Hours
The Hours
©2003 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

All THE HOURS I've been gone
I promise I've been right here
Like a star that fades at dawn
Always to reappear

CHORUS
I've been rushing over rocks
Ferrying the weight of the weeping
I've been running through the wheat
Sifting out the chaff - I swear I'm only sleeping

All the days that you move through
I am right by your side
Like a mirror you peer through
I don't have to hide

CHORUS

When the final hour comes
I will take your hand
Step by step we'll climb the stairs
To the promised land

CHORUS

CHORUS
Track Name: Last Station
Last Station
©2003 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

There are two ways of going
One is strange places and
Stranger still faces
And the other is sit and wait
At the LAST STATION

It don't matter how fast you travel
The past will just unravel
As you hurtle through the blackness
To an unmarked destination

Count up all your blessing
And apply fresh dressings
To the wounds that keep weeping
As the sky goes flashing by

The years take on a color
A patina like any other form
Of wear and tear like oxygen
Burns iron down to rust

There are two ways of going
One is strange places and
Stranger still faces
And the other is sit and wait
At the LAST STATION

It don't matter how fast you travel
The past will just unravel
As you hurtle through the blackness
To an unmarked destination

Count up all your blessing
And apply fresh dressings
To the wounds that keep weeping
As the sky goes flashing by

The years take on a color
A patina like any other form
Of wear and tear like oxygen
Burns iron down to rust
And dust to dust
And dust to dust
And dust to dust
Track Name: Here Today
Here Today
©2003 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

What's that letter in your hand
The ink is nearly dry
I turn away so you won't see me cry
And pray it's just a dream

CHORUS
All I want to tell you is
We may be HERE TODAY
And gone tomorrow

All the records in the world
Are singing bout a boy who's left a girl
I cover my ears, I close my eyes
And pray it's just a dream

CHORUS

When you first came in my life
I thanked my lucky stars
Now the curtain falls and shadows fill the night
I pray it's just a dream

CHORUS
Track Name: See Me Ride
See Me Ride
©2003 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

All over the world
From around the county
They're coming in droves
They're coming on foot
They wanna SEE ME RIDE

A light rain is falling
They're lining the roadside
Craning their necks
To get a look inside
And SEE ME RIDE
They wanna SEE ME RIDE
They wanna see me
Wanna see me

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na etc.

Behind the wheel I finger the mirror
Tighten the angle til I can't see any clearer
They wanna SEE ME RIDE

Wherever I'm goin', I know I'm looked after
Far from the valley, far from the laughter
They wanna SEE ME RIDE
They wanna SEE ME RIDE
They wanna see me
Wanna see me

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na etc.

Where I am going nobody can follow
It's far from the crowd, it's out of the hollow
They wanna SEE ME RIDE

You may be wondering where I learned to drive
It's not any secret, it's how I stay alive
They wanna SEE ME RIDE
They wanna SEE ME RIDE
They wanna see me
Wanna see me

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na etc.
Track Name: Emerald City
Emerald City
©2003 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

There is only one way out of town
The track has grown muddy and tamped down
Heads of the flowers are bent to the ground
Pointing the way out of town

CHORUS
The water tastes bitter
The morning always breaks sweet
In the distance, EMERALD CITY
Always just out of reach

Over yonder three cows on a rise
Swatting their halo of flies
They're not simple, they're simply surprised
It's stunning to be so alive

CHORUS

Every heart not yet broken will be
Pierced by the arrow of time
Drawn by forces nobody can see
We purchase each day at a time

CHORUS
Track Name: Something Good
Something Good
©2003 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I'm quietly asking for SOMETHING GOOD
You knew that I would
I'm quietly searching for a recipe
It's the devil in me
I keep searching
I keep searching

CHORUS
If you finally got what you never had
I got a feeling you might throw it all back
Throw it all back
Like a fish on a line
Like a bird on a wire
The thing that keeps us alive
Is an unmet desire

I'm not indestructible - I'm made of straw
I burn at the stake
I'm way too combustible and after all
It's my fatal flaw
I keep burning
I keep burning

CHORUS

I'm quietly asking for SOMETHING GOOD
You knew that I would
I'm quietly searching for a loaded gun
To shoot at the sun
I keep searching
I keep searching

CHORUS

I'm quietly asking for SOMETHING GOOD
For SOMETHING GOOD
For SOMETHING GOOD
For SOMETHING GOOD
Track Name: All Bets Are Off
All Bets Are Off
©2003 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Where do we go from here
When we have tasted the first tear
ALL BETS ARE OFF
ALL BETS ARE OFF

Can we be counted on to make the grade
Where we have failed so many times
ALL BETS ARE OFF
ALL BETS ARE OFF

CHORUS
I can't give more than I can find
I'm scrambling to throw something together
All I know is something that I can't define
But when the sun pours out of our patch of sky
I think we can rise

What if the bough beneath us bends too far
Under the weight of such sweet promises
ALL BETS ARE OFF
ALL BETS ARE OFF

CHORUS

CHORUS

I think we can rise
I think we can rise
I think we can rise