Maker's Mark

by Alice Bierhorst

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Atmospheric dream pop. The band you hear in a sunlit field under cloudy skies.

credits

released September 9, 1998

Alice Bierhorst: vocals, guitar, violin, percussion, extra stuff
Russ Blackmar: drums, percussion
Erik Pearson: bass, guitar, vocals, saxophone, percussion
Rick Wilson: bass on "I'll Feel Fine"

Produced by Alice, Erik, Russ and Rick
Recorded by Rick Wilson at Black Eyed Pig
Mastered by Guy Slater at Olde West

Art direction and design by Alice Bierhorst and Kevin Clarke
Photography by Erik Pearson and Jane Byers 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: Angel
Angel
©1998 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Tell me true
Can I believe my eyes
Can I believe in you
Do you feel
My touch the same
When I call your name

And if you stray
I'll send my heart
Send it out right away
To show you the way
Back home again
It's just around the bend

CHORUS
And now we walk closer to the angels
And now we walk closer to the warmth of the sun
And now we walk closer to the angels
Now we walk closer to the sun

Enchanted hour
We have a lifetime
To dance away
The sweetest song
It's not from above
It's right where we are

And if I stray
Will you send your heart
Send it out right away
To show me the way
Back home again
It's just around the bend

CHORUS

We walk closer
We walk closer
We walk closer
To the warmth of the sun

We walk closer
We walk closer
We walk closer
To the warmth of the sun

The warmth of the sun
The warmth of the sun
The warmth of the sun
The warmth of the sun
Track Name: Dark Horse
Dark Horse
©1998 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

When you're the DARK HORSE
You wish you had an eraser
So when you looked in the mirror
You didn't have to face her

That lonely twin
That answers to your name
And when you see her you understand
Why you're somehow to blame

CHORUS
You wanna know if it's all just a special effect
Does it show, all the years of silent neglect

When you're the DARK HORSE
They think you're made out of leather
They pound you with words of stone
And they expect you to weather

When you're the DARK HORSE
You can't peel off your label
And when you try to join them
They say there's no room at the table

CHORUS

When you're the DARK HORSE
Sometimes you hear bells
Bombs bursting in air
The sudden shock of shells

When you're the DARK HORSE
You don't sleep well at night
Always hoping to catch a ride
On an unearthly light

CHORUS
Track Name: Maker's Mark
Maker's Mark
©1998 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Where is the MAKER'S MARK
Embossed on an angel's wing
Where is the promised heart
An envoy of finer things

CHORUS
She floats, she floats up
She floats, she floats up

Where is the sweet surprise
Born in a lover's eyes
Traveling the slippery slope
Where privilege collides with hope

CHORUS

Nothing can touch her now

Where is the line between
Living a dream and just wasting time
Where is the secret key
To unlock the door, unfettered and free

CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: Down
Down
©1998 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

DOWN in the water
That's where she went DOWN
DOWN in the water
That's where she went DOWN

CHORUS
Where we all began, she went
Where we all began

DOWN in the water
That's where she went DOWN
DOWN in the water
That's where she went DOWN

CHORUS
She went, where we all began
I dream of salt water
Salt water
Salt water
Dreaming of salt water

DOWN in the water
That's where she went DOWN
DOWN in the water
That's where she went DOWN

CHORUS
She went, where we all began
I dream of salt water
Salt water
Salt water
Dreaming of salt water
Track Name: Daisy Chain
Daisy Chain
©1998 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Shoo-be-do-wah
Shoo-be-do-wah

You don't remember your real name
You go by an alias
All of your words come out the same
It's just a stupid game

You hear someone's wedding bells
They sound so far away
You jump like a circus dog through a hoop

And you've got this idea
That you can rise above the ordinary
Conquering all

Shoo-be-do-wah
Shoo-be-do-wah

You dot your "i's" with daisy chains
You slip into a trance
Where is the polka-dotted dress
That you wore at the dance

You watch the chemicals collide
You say you're a scientist
All of your world is one inch wide

And you've got this idea
That you can rise above the ordinary
Conquering all

CHORUS
But you get what you paid for
You get what you paid for
You get what you paid for

Shoo-be-do-wah
Shoo-be-do-wah

Where is Snoopy when you need a friend
He's on the other side
Of the tunnel in your dream
The tunnel in your dream

You want to hold your best friend's hand
And drink pink lemonade
Playing hopscotch in the sand

And you've got this idea
That you can rise above the ordinary
Conquering all

CHORUS

You get what you paid for
You get what you paid for
You get what you paid for

Shoo-be-do-wah
Shoo-be-do-wah
Track Name: Suspend Belief
Suspend Belief
©1998 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

You said I'm nothing without you
That we couldn't find the truth
If we weren't standing side by side
With our arms wrapped round our youth

I said there's washing to be done
You said we won't come clean
That living leaves a stain
That my good deeds won't erase

CHORUS
I'll be your girl
I'll walk in your world
I'll dream your dreams
I'll build a roof
Over our heads
To make it real
I SUSPEND BELIEF
I SUSPEND BELIEF

You're a counter of stars
You made the constellations
We're all waiting to be born
In this alien nation

I see we're growing old
You insist we haven't changed
In your mind we're ten years old
And that's how we will remain

CHORUS

I've seen so many people in this world
Enough to make an educated decision
That you're going to be evil for me

You brag how easy it's all been
That the best things in life can't be forced
I forgive your arrogance
We both know how hard it is to stay on course

Someday you'll want a child
Something half you, half me
Can I stretch this net
To deceive all three

CHORUS
Track Name: I'll Feel Fine
I'll Feel Fine
©1998 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I'LL FEEL FINE
I'LL FEEL FINE
I'LL FEEL FINE
I'LL FEEL FINE

You make a mockery of love
When you try to realize
That script in your head

I see behind your eyes
It hurts to see you so revealed
But what can I do

I'LL FEEL FINE
I'LL FEEL FINE
I'LL FEEL FINE
I'LL FEEL FINE

The sand is running out
Of the hourglass we designed
Did you have this in mind
We've run out of…

I walk with my head hanging down
I'm so glad that there's nobody around

Set me free
You've got nothing on me
I'm in a cage nobody can see
Set me free

I'LL FEEL FINE
I'LL FEEL FINE
I'LL FEEL FINE
I'LL FEEL FINE

You're the laughingstock
All decked out in your finery
You hide out in your room
All holed up in your…

You make a mockery of love
When you walk that tightrope
And you keep falling down
And you're only an inch above the ground

Set me free
You've got nothing on me
I'm in a cage nobody can see
Set me free

Set me free
Set me free
Track Name: Sleepwalker
Sleepwalker
©1998 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

SLEEPWALKER
It's ok
Fire's out and you're safe
Inside my arms
Safe from all the harm in the world

SLEEPWALKER
You climb the walls
Chasing shadows down the halls
But the fire trucks are all gone
And there's nothing left to burn

Firestarter in your swaddling clothes
Where you got it no one knows
Someone must have given you a light
And it grew and grew

SLEEPWALKER
It's no game
Holding hands with a flame
You cry inside
Coz smoke gets in your eyes

This ring of fire
It grows higher and higher til you can't escape
I take your pillow away
So you won't suffocate

SLEEPWALKER
It's ok
Fire's out it's much too late
To be awake
It's too late to be afraid
Track Name: Water's Edge
Water's Edge
©1998 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Take me down to the winter garden
Where nothing grows and everything fades
Take me down to the bottom of the ocean
Where light escapes and comes out of your eyes

CHORUS
At the WATER'S EDGE
There is nothing you can do
At the WATER'S EDGE
There is nothing you can do
At the WATER'S EDGE
There is nothing you can do
But close your eyes
Close your eyes and pray

Before you dive into the quicksand of a lover
Write all the names of your friends on your hand
Coz when you drown in the sickness of another
You never know if you'll come up for air

CHORUS

And it takes its toll

I can't see you
I walk through you
You're just a space that I once knew
I see through you
Your eyes - there's nothing going on

Take me round to the local hero
When he holds court, we all gather round
When he's walking through this world on fire
The light's so bright he has to look down

CHORUS
Track Name: Home
Home
©1998 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Balloon in the sky
Marooned in the sky
Consumed with the popular lie
That if you could loosen up the grip of love
You would rise, rise, rise
Straight up to the sky

You beg for me to push you away
On a swing you touch the sky
Come home again
Makes me dizzy to watch, it's a seasick game
Someday you'll jump leave me standing here
Holding onto the chain

CHORUS
Nothing ever seems to be good enough for you
You always change
It's just another phase you're going through
Look around
We're all lonely
Isn't it lovely
To be free

Desire can come unwound
Tangled up in false endings that drag us down
But the world outside sticks around
This time will be the last time
That you make me hate everyone in this town

CHORUS

Balloon sinks to the ground
Guess you lost your momentum when the wind died down
If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound
What you think at first is clapping
Is just your heartbeat finally come unbound

CHORUS

Look around
One and only
In the land of the brave
Home of the free