The Vigil

by Alice Bierhorst

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Sixties-inflected pop folk art soulfulness!

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released December 12, 2007

Alice Bierhorst: vocals, percussion
Jason Crigler: guitar
Anton Fier: drums
Greta Gertler Gold: piano, backing vocals
Rob Jost: bass
Noe Venable: backing vocals

Produced by Alice Bierhorst & Jack McKeever
Recorded by Martin Bisi and Jack McKeever
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian

Design by Alice Bierhorst with Jill Bressler
Photos by Alice Bierhorst and Rob Price
Plaster cast by 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: Do You Dream
Do You Dream
©2007 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I'm always dreaming that you're dreaming of me
I'm always dreaming bout the way it could be
When our little boat sets sail on the see

CHORUS
DO YOU DREAM about me?
DO YOU DREAM about me?

There is a place that everyone knows
It's not a place where everyone goes
Where the more that you love, the more that it grows

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I'm always dreaming that you're dreaming of me
I'm always dreaming that one day I will see you in my dreams

Someday I'll show you what it means to be free
I'll take your hand, you will follow my lead
And we will have everything that we'll ever need

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Track Name: Thank You
Thank You
©2007 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I wake up in the morning
My head's in a cacophony
I turn it over to you and you
Turn it into a symphony

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I just want to THANK YOU
You really know how to dance
I just want to THANK YOU
You always give me a chance
When I need a chance

Sometimes I feel like I'm
Living in a different time
I look over at you
I can tell that you can read my mind


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I just want to THANK YOU
You really give me relief
I just want to THANK YOU
You always help me believe
What I need to believe

You came out of the blue
Like a golden-haloed angel of love
Pulled me out of my blues
And way up into the stars above

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I just want to THANK YOU
You really give me relief
I just want to THANK YOU
You always help me believe
What I need to believe

I just want to THANK YOU
You really know how to dance
I just want to THANK YOU
You always give me a chance
When I need a chance
Track Name: I Will Always Love You (When I'm Alone) original version
I Will Always Love You (When I'm Alone)
©2007 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

There's no honor in deception
But the heart can not be bound
For every rule there's an except
And a reason to be found

I can never say the words
You can read them in my eyes
For fear of being overheard
I can only whisper lies

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I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
When I'm alone
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
This world is not our home
I can never love you in company
But I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
When I'm alone

The hours pass so quickly
Of hidden moments life is made
And the wheel is ever-turning
Spinning softly to the grave

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The night may be long
And the storm may be strong
I won't steer us wrong
We'll sail clear to the end

Now the leaves are gold and burning
As the summer slips away
But the heart will keep on yearning
For the will to find a way

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Track Name: Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, sixties pop, Brill Building, classic - I Don't Want To Be Free
I Don't WantTo Be Free
©2004 Alice Bierhorst/BMI, Bill De Main/Jollybottom Music/Bug Music/ASCAP, and Nicole Jenkinson/PRS

Everywhere I go I see your face
Everywhere I go I hear your name
Lost in another lonely crowd
I turn around
And I see

I DON'T WANT TO BE FREE

Every little word rings in my ears
All the things we did down through the years
All of the lovers hand in hand
Like we used to be
Now look at me

I DON'T WANT TO BE FREE

I always thought that I could make it on my own
But it's no good, living your life all alone
Wish that I had known before

If only we had a second chance
I'd make you see how it could be

I DON'T WANT TO BE FREE
I DON'T WANT TO BE FREE
I DON'T WANT TO BE FREE
Track Name: Come Little Baby original version
Come Little Baby
©2007 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

COME LITTLE BABY
Come into this strange world
You are such a brave girl
To grace us with your life

Rest from your journey
Your body must be weary
Now the day is turning
Stay and rest awhile

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COME LITTLE BABY
All the world's a-sleepin'
Far across the heavens
Deep into the night
You will be a teacher
You will an anchor
You will meet the darkness
And fill it with your light

COME LITTLE BABY
Come and let me show you
All the ones who knows you
Will know you all your days

So you'll never go hungry
For love and affection
We will help you carry
Carry the weight

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COME LITTLE BABY
Life's a grand illusion
A beautiful confusion
Sweet and sad combined

Don't worry 'bout the sorrow
Live like there's no tomorrow
Love until your heart breaks
Then love a little more
Track Name: folk rock, Fleetwood Mac, mystical, Stevie Nicks, driving song, seventies soft rock - The Vigil
The Vigil
©2007 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

Do you delight in open water
Do you delight in scattered fortune
Keeping a vigil
So far from home

All of the answers tucked in corners
Between the stones, making mortar
Keeping a vigil
So far from home

Now the room is empty
But the band plays on
Rolling back the years
Til the break of dawn

This stretch of road, a charcoal ribbon
Always at night thoughts come unbidden
Keeping a vigil
So far from home

Now the room is empty
But the band plays on
Rolling back the years
Til the break of dawn
Now the singer
Has become the song
It all falls away
Then the moment's gone
The moment's gone

Now the room is empty
But the band plays on
Rolling back the years
Til the break of dawn
Now the singer
Has become the song
It all falls away
Then the moment's gone
The moment's gone
Track Name: The Secret
The Secret
©2007 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

The sun rose early the day was fine
I stepped down to the waterline
The sun rose early the day was fair
Pressed my lips to the water there

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The water is clear and the water is cool
Descends from the highest mountain pool
The water is cool and the water is clear
The only one my secret to hear

No one knows and no one sees
Sunrise finds me on my knees
Press my lips to the wandering brook
Words spill out like from a book

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My love for you will never die
But if we meet I'll be struck blind
My love for you is a burning thing
I can only sigh and sing

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Track Name: So Alone
So Alone
©2007 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

I have my pride in the morning
Somehow it died by the evening
I've been SO ALONE
I've been SO ALONE

I've got a smile for everybody
I'd walk a mile to help somebody
I've been SO ALONE
I've been SO ALONE

CHORUS
If you walk in my shoes
Don't be surprised if you're singing' the blues
If you drink my wine
Don't be surprised if you lose your mind
If you shed my tears
Don't be surprised if you're crying for years

Everywhere I go I hear the laughter
Everyone I know is happy ever after
I've been SO ALONE
I've been SO ALONE

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I've been SO ALONE
You know it goes without saying
I've been SO ALONE
Don't you know I've got no one to help me
Carry the load
Carry the load
Carry the load

I have my pride in the morning
Somehow it died by the evening
I've been SO ALONE
I've been SO ALONE

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I've been SO ALONE
I've been SO ALONE
I've been SO ALONE
Track Name: Anchors Away
Anchors Away
©2007 Alice Bierhorst/BMI

The sailor takes the captain by the hand
And says, "look, land".
Even in the darkest night there's a light
In the sand

CHORUS
ANCHORS AWAY
ANCHORS AWAY
ANCHORS AWAY
ANCHORS AWAY

Curling in the furnace are the leaves of yesteryear
Shooting blanks into the sun with a gun you can't hear

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Please don't turn away
Please don't turn away
Even when the cord is turn and frayed

All this fatalism
I don't believe it all comes down
To tiny little numbers
Etched in grooves that make no sound

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