Now Entering Liberty Heights

by Alice Bierhorst

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released January 1, 2000

Alice Bierhorst: Vocals, guitar, percussion
Jason Crigler: Guitar
Jeff Hill: Bass
John Mettam: Drums, percussion, vocals

Produced by Alice Bierhorst and John Mettam
Recorded by John Mettam at Running Girl Studio
Mastered by Rick Wilson at Olde West

Photography and Design by Monica Cohen (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: Lovable
Lovable
©2000 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Full of anger, soft as snow
A powder keg inside a glove
What's inside you'll never know
Outside the eyes are filled with love

Heavy limbs and feather heart
Sewn together like an oak
I leaned my back against the wood
First it bent and then it broke

CHORUS
LOVABLE
Fragile like a soap bubble
LOVABLE
Captivated by the slighted breeze
LOVABLE
At the first sign of trouble

Hard of hearing and soft of voice
The gentle art of flattery
Leaves the listener with no choice
But to long for sleep perchance to dream

Heavy limbs and feather heart
Sewn together like an oak
I leaned my back against the wood
First it bent and then it broke

CHORUS

Linger on the lonesome sound
Of words that I'm afraid to crack
If you knew the sound I heard
Would you try and take them back

Heavy limbs and feather heart
Sewn together like an oak
I leaned my back against the wood
First it bent and then it broke

CHORUS

LOVABLE
Hard of hearing soft as snow
LOVABLE
What's inside you'll never know
LOVABLE
Waiting for the whole thing to blow

La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Track Name: Shady Lane
Shady Lane
©2000 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Lazy Jane
It's all inside a photograph you never took
Pressed between the pages like flowers in a heavy book

SHADY LANE
inside your mind, shallow ditch that runs behind
Worn out doll, an aging girl, strolling down the brandywine

CHORUS
Look around
Look around
Look around
Look around
Look around

Pressed between your fingertips like a cigarette between painted lips
Silver foil of your smile, fading light of a long lost child
While away the summer days with picture shows and hopscotch games
Cradle full of colored rags, portraits stacked in shopping bags

CHORUS

Lazy Jane
The white-hot wheels of a bicycle, tar-caked heels
Buzzing bees of summer grass connect the dots along the path
Slippery rocks, a waterfall that no one knows is there at all
Dried up brook that takes you there, song of tombstones in the air

CHORUS

Everything you ever dreamed is buried in a single beam
Of sunlight on the windowsill, the sad song of the whippoorwill
Everything you every loved is stitched inside an unmatched glove
Waiting for a hand to touch
Track Name: Legendary Pillow
Legendary Pillow
©2000 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

There's the world just beyond my bedroom window
I hide my face in your LEGENDARY PILLOW

I've got nowhere to go
I've got nowhere to go

Days collide, time becomes a carousel
I hold on tight, dizzy from your magic spell

CHORUS
I've got nowhere to go
I've got nowhere to go
I've got nowhere to go coz
Everywhere I go I hear you
Calling me, chiding me, reminding me
I'm not alone
Follow me, you cling to me, begging me
To come back home

I'm not immune to contradictions in the weather
It may be June but still a chill slips through my sweater

CHORUS

It's such a shame that beggars can't be choosers
But in this game, the neediest are named the losers

CHORUS
Track Name: Backseat Driver
Backseat Driver
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

If you got everything that you wanted
Would you cry in your sleep
And linger over the good old days
When you were free to live inside your mind?

If you suddenly came
To the light at the end of the tunnel
Would you turn around, make your way back to the dark
And find a comfort in the nothing that you used to be?

CHORUS
BACKSEAT DRIVER
BACKSEAT DRIVER
You love the road
But you just can't take the wheel

If you dropped the ball and no one stooped to offer
Would you burn the last bridge, make your way back to the dark
And create timeless works of beauty
That no one ever sees

If you carry the weight of the world everyday
When you squint at the sun you'll see nothing but grey
And tell your tales of woe
To a dwindling audience

CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: Wonderful World
Wonderful World
©2000 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Where have all the shadows of summer gone
The wakeful hour at dawn
Anticipation, Fourth of July
The beating wings of the firefly

CHORUS
Oh, what a WONDERFUL WORLD
For a boy and a girl
What a beautiful mourning
When the light finally fades

The magic lantern of leaves on fire
The gauzy veil of the pyre
Trip the light fantastic to glory days of old
The constellations are turning cole

CHORUS

All the little ponies buried in the snow
Their steamy heads barely show
All the world's an ocean frozen like a stone
A sweeter world lies below

CHORUS

The bitter roses of early Spring
Each breath seems to sting
A hidden blueprint suddenly reveals
The latest turn of the wheel

CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: Light Don't Know the Difference
Light Don't Know the Difference
©2000 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

We begin
At the dimming of the day
The lights down on the corner
You don't see which way they change

And the hand across the table
Abruptly pulls away
And the voices that surround you
You don't hear what they say

And the LIGHT DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
And the LIGHT DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
And the LIGHT DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

And in the morning
Before break of day
You're stranded at the edge
Of the bed you share, awake

And the hand across the blanket
Abruptly pulls away
And the voices that surround you
You don't heed what they say

And the LIGHT DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
And the LIGHT DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
And the LIGHT DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

The sun shines, the rain falls
And no one hears your distress
People pass, stare straight ahead
And no one sees what's in your head

And when it's over
You pull slowly away
Crying to the corner
Coz you won't be back this way

And the hand in the mirror
Grows smaller and disappears
And the lights down at the corner
They change between your tears

And the LIGHT DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
And the LIGHT DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
And the LIGHT DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

The sun shines, the rain falls
And no one hears your distress
People pass, stare straight ahead
And no one sees what's in your head

The rain falls, just like before
But now you're closing, closing the door
The sun shines like yesterday
But this time it fades away
Track Name: Swimmer Boy
Swimmer Boy
©1997 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

SWIMMER BOY
The summer is here in the shade of your stare
SWIMMER BOY
You dissolve all my fear in the salt of your skin
SWIMMER BOY
Make me more than I am, I can't wait to begin

CHORUS
I've been waiting in the wings
Biding my time
Just to deliver these lines
I want to breathe your tall glass of water

SWIMMER BOY
There's so much to say so keep reading my lips
SWIMMER BOY
It's all in the weight of my fingertips

CHORUS

SWIMMER BOY
SWIMMER BOY
And you keep asking me
If the pool is empty
And I want to tell you
I'll never ever let it run dry

SWIMMER BOY
Did you think you were wrong, it was all in your mind?
SWIMMER BOY
I knew all along but I tried to deny

CHORUS
Track Name: Waiting Room
Waiting Room
©2000 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I'm battered and busted
This mechanism is rusted
I don't believe anymore
In paperback stories
Extolling love's glories
I only know nothing's sure

CHORUS
I hope that we can find the ones
We're meant to love someday
And never be lonely
I hope that we can find a way
To rise above this place
To a room that's always waiting

I wrote you a letter
Because I thought it was better
That we only exist on the page
There's nothing more daunting than
A sore lack of wanting and
Before the first glance it's too late

CHORUS

These humble contortions
And willful distortions
Deliver a promise unfilled
If only "we" meant "two"
But soon we'll forget who
Lost in a world that won't stand still

CHORUS

Always waiting
Always waiting
Always waiting
Track Name: Today
Today
©2000 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I was born
With the sun in my eyes
When the lights went out
This world's a rude surprise
I was born
Halfway underground
But I loved my arms
They'll never let me down

I had dreams
I had dreams
I had dreams
And they all came true today

We were made
Of smoke and dust
Why weren't we made
Of stronger stuff
Why weren't we made
Of glass and steel
Then we couldn't bend
Then we couldn't feel

I had dreams
I had dreams
I had dreams
And they all came true today

CHORUS
When you smiled in my direction
All of the words I've been stumbling on
When you smiled in my direction
Form a line, make the sweetest sound
Of the dove

You are mine
You are mine
You're my shooting star
My funny valentine
I am yours
All through the night
I'll mend you when you tear
Make you come out right

I had dreams
I had dreams
I had dreams
And they all came true today
I had dreams
I had dreams
I had dreams
And they all came true today

CHORUS

When you smiled in my direction
My feet never gonna touch the ground again
Track Name: Deep In His Heart
Deep in His Heart
©2000 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

What will become of the poor boy
Lost in a world of his own
Standing apart from the madding crowd
Alone

Nobody knows what he lives for
He's like a ghost on the lam
But he is made up of flesh and blood
Just like any man

CHORUS
Oh, I can't believe
What he's been dreaming
Deep, DEEP IN HIS HEART
He rules the world

Love is a brave innovation
A bicycle built for two
He reinvents it for me each day
Brand new

CHORUS

I nearly hurried right by him
Lost in a world of my own
But in a glance I felt all the love
That I've never known

CHORUS

Deep, DEEP IN HIS HEART
He rules the world
DEEP IN HIS HEART
He rules the world