Oxygen

by Alice Bierhorst

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beautiful, atmospheric, hall-of-mirrors dreamscape of love and sacrifice.

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released June 6, 2001

All songs performed by Alice Bierhorst (vocals, bass, drums, guitars, backing vocals, violin, percussion) EXCEPT "Butterfly", performed by Alice Bierhorst and John Mettam

Special effects on "Oxygen" and "Nobody's Sun" edited by John Mettam

Produced by Alice Bierhorst and John Mettam
Recorded by John Mettam at Running Girl Studio
Mastered by Jason Crigler at The Goathouse

Photos: Alice Bierhorst and John Bierhorst
Design: Jill Bressler

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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: Row
Row
©2001 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Ghostly doll besieged with eyes
Room grows hot, you're paralyzed
You sink down
Spinning voices in the void
Whispering, you're paranoid
You sink down
Shove off into the water and ROW

CHORUS
Rock-a-bye the baby
Cut your engines, float downstream
Rock-a-bye the baby
Til you hear the mermaids sing

All around the past looms large
Rushing past like passing cars
Hallowed places now taboo
Doors once open close to you
You sink down
Shove off into the water and ROW

CHORUS

All your life you've been resigned
To the web of fate's design
Now a turning in the road
Leads you far from all you've known
You sink down
Shove off into the water and ROW

CHORUS
Track Name: Not the One
Not the One
©2001 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I am NOT THE ONE
To make you feel alright
I am not the girl
To get you through the night
I'm no one's lightning rod
I can't help you to realize
The dreams that you depend on
When you close your eyes

CHORUS
I know a little about
The way things go here on Earth
I don't mind telling you
You're a real great guy
For what it's worth
I know a little too much
For your own good
If I could trade all my bad times in for better
Don't be so sure that I would

You're sincere
You've only seen the light
You've never had unwanted arms
Hold you in the night
Your sympathies run strong and clear
Like sun stripes on the floor
They'll guide my way out of the blue
As I turn to close the door

CHORUS

Now everyone's got a secret heart
Separate from the rest
Longing for a life apart
From life's brief reckless mess
Now everyone's got a fantasy
An impossible ideal
Sandcastles crumble to the sea
When the truth's revealed

CHORUS

I am not
I am not
I am NOT THE ONE
Track Name: Oxygen
Oxygen
©2001 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Count the candles on the cake
Thousand fires kept awake
By OXYGEN
Everything you ever wanted
Springs to life inside its fountain
Silver spray

OXYGEN
It's alright, it's alright

Half-detected cataract
On the way it all goes black
Fades away
Dreams denied and exhaled breaths
Everyday a million deaths
Hurled into space

OXYGEN
It's alright, it's alright
OXYGEN
It's alright, it's alright

Christmastime is here again
All your wishes wed to pen
Spelled out plain
The snow is brighter now
You will find your way somehow
Lay your claim

OXYGEN
It's alright, it's alright
OXYGEN
It's alright, it's alright
Track Name: Butterfly
Butterfly
©2001 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

BUTTERFLY
Why do you think that you don't deserve to fly
Way up high where all can see
But instead you choose to hide

CHORUS
Is it because of the hole
Where the stuffing used to go
There's nothing inside
To keep the sadness at bay
Drive the darker voices away
That keep telling you lies

BUTTERFLY
Why do you listen to those who do you harm
And you shy away from those who welcome you
With open arms

CHORUS

That keep telling you lies

BUTTERFLY
Why do you hold on so tightly to the past
That makes you cry
Living in shadows that broke down memories cast

Is it because of the drum
That's been pounding since you were young
And makes you feel small
Couldn't it be that the words
That have held you in their thrall
Might mean nothing at all
Might mean nothing at all
Don't mean a thing after all
Track Name: On A Clear Day
On A Clear Day
©2001 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

ON A CLEAR DAY in June
You looked round your room
With a quiet sense of despair
When all that you dream
Is beckoning you
You simply have to go there

CHORUS
What would you lose
If you were to fly away
Finally free to belong
To the one you longed to love

On a clear night in June
Transfixed by a point
Beyond the nearest star
Held by its beam
The believer believes
No distance is too far

CHORUS

What would you lose
What would you lose

ON A CLEAR DAY in June
Though the reasons weren't new
They suddenly conspired
To drive you to flight
With no promise of light
Just a premonition of fire

CHORUS
Track Name: Lullabye
Lullabye
©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
Track Name: Nobody's Sun
Nobody's Sun
©2001 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Monday morning and it surely looks like rain
Paper taxis spinning slowly down the drain
Without warning but you shouldn't feel surprise
Clouds are forming pulling vapor from your eyes

CHORUS
And love, love won't save anyone
Coz love can't be NOBODY'S SUN

Monday morning and the water surely stains
All you jokers caught without umbrellas again

CHORUS

Monday morning and it always feels the same
All you joiners, someone's always left out of the game

CHORUS
Love can't be NOBODY'S SUN
Love can't be NOBODY'S SUN
Track Name: Nowhere Else
Nowhere Else
©2001 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Morning becomes you
Taps lightly on your shoulder
Just a quick embrace to start the day
Where does the time go
Another nighttime older
But we grew young along the way

CHORUS
NOWHERE ELSE but here
NOWHERE ELSE but here
Could be half as sweet as this
NOWHERE ELSE but here
NOWHERE ELSE but here

Outside the window
The clouds hang low and full of rain
Your footsteps echo
The key turns and once more it's plain
That wherever we go
There's only one reliable place
Where the slings and arrows
Can't follow, they can't follow

CHORUS

I can't imagine how we made it
All of those days
All of those days before
We had anywhere at all

Day breaks beneath us
The Earth is dark and still above
And when she leaves us
They'll be another day to love

CHORUS
Track Name: Big Star
Big Star
©2001 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

If you'll accompany me
I'll show you where I live
It's not far from here
It's a place that always forgives

CHORUS
I don't want to play the BIG STAR for you
I don't want to play the BIG STAR
The words just ring untrue
I don't want to play the BIG STAR
But if you ask me to shine on you, I will
You know I always will

There are millions of ways
That lovers make amends
For the rest of my days
I pray that we'll always be friends

CHORUS

I may seem out of reach
But I'm always near at hand
Just whisper my name
I'll come running wherever I am

CHORUS
Track Name: I Believe In You
I Believe in You
©2001 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

It's alright, it's ok
I understand
In the light of day
You're not the man I saw in dreams
But I still believe in you

It's alright, don't despair
There'll come a day
When a change in the air
Will ease your mind, bring down the rain
And I'll still believe in you

What was I supposed to do
I really loved you
And it broke my heart in two

It's alright, it's ok
We'll disappear
But not fade away
So have no fear, you're in my blood
And I'll always believe in you

What was I supposed to do
I really loved you
I believe that I still do