Danya River

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1.
02:44
I’m turning in my sheet there’ll be no more ghosts in this town You won't have to hunt me down You'll never know how lost I've been I’ve been dead and back again All I did was starve myself a cemetery in my mouth Until I was a skeleton of the woman I had been CHORUS I just want to run, I just want to run. I just wanna run to you. I just wanna run. I just want to run. I just want to run to you. Sometimes I see your truck go by and every time I start to cry I blow my cover one more time 'cause I say I don't care, but I'm lying CHORUS I am really missing you and find I’m always running to men who almost who feel like home ‘cause I don’t want to feel alone I don’t want to be alone a princess with a broken throne waving from the catacombs CHORUS I’m turning in my sheet there’ll be no more ghosts in this town You won’t have to hunt me down
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Kisses and milk I crave your long embraces Your vast unwavering eyes untie me like shoelaces ahh... CHORUS: How could I tell you? What if you knew how much I care? I want to inhale ‘til I burst into a million molecules of air You touch my face and I glow like a firefly And we weave winding trails as we twirl into twilight ahh... CHORUS How could I tell you? What if you knew how much I care? I’m gonna inhale ‘til I burst into a million molecules of air
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03:50
When I was eating peaches Mama called me on the phone She echoed like a drifter She said "Baby, please come home, I need you home” In my unraveled sweater in my ageless stomping boots I drove home to Mama to see what baby girl could do To see what I could... CHORUS: Home, home going home Bone by bone going home Home, home going home Bone by bone I'm going home He was in the kitchen Mama fed him with a spoon and how his eyes are sparkless and my father cannot move What am I supposed to... CHORUS ...bone by bone he's going home Up we lifted Papa From his wheels onto the bed and I read him stories like he did when we were kids like he read when we were... CHORUS ...bone by bone we’re going home *NOTE TO READER: “Bone by Bone” is fictional and loosely based on the life experiences of a dear friend. My own dad is in excellent health.
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I'd rather be at home with you, Love making bubble moustaches in our double bathtub And I could kiss you all night until we fall asleep to the bathroom nightlight CHORUS: I'd rather be with you I'd rather be with you rather be with you Just you wait ’til we get bored I will start picking fights and play punk music on the harpsichord And then we'll get a fake divorce and you can have the goldfish if I get the Ouija board CHORUS We'll let the whole world in let the whole world in We’ll let the whole world and swallow it whole We'll let the whole world in let the whole world in We’ll let the whole world You're my new love every day The earth, making gentle pirouettes in the boundless arms of space as we get lost in the ballet spinning 'til our breathless silhouettes soften into grey CHORUS
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If you must go, then you must go Only you know how to find your way Even if this takes you all night, through secret lives and into day CHORUS If you don't live the life you dream who else will, who else will? Who else will live the life you dream? When the slow beacon starts to burn And winter turns from ash to green You, my love, are the one to part the deadest sea and pass between CHORUS You are an arrow in the dark And you are its lucky mark And in the marrow of your heart You know everything you need CHORUS
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I rode the Zephyr I boarded in Denver my savings tucked in a wad in my sneaker Utah was flying past the window beside me sweeping away all the clutter that confines me going to... San Francisco where graceful people can't find parking and resort to circling seven days a week past the houses, Painted Ladies swaying gaily from the hills down onto Mission Street Here at the station I've lost my tempo You, my love, lead me to a palace in the Castro I meet the master, a lord in leopard and lace who gives us red wine and lets us crash at his place in... San Francisco where graceful people can't find parking but prefer their walking seven days a week past the houses, Painted Ladies swaying gaily from the hills down onto Mission Street
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02:53
I sing like a diva in the shower And rock out to the radio in my car Clearly, my talent is a miracle And someday you will know that I’m a star CHORUS: I could be a rockstar, too and they’ll love me like they love you I could be a rockstar, too and they’ll love me like I love you Don't you know how good I look in leather black mascara running down my face I’m slaying my critics with a stratocaster Banging my head to the drum and bass I was built for strutting in the spotlight and winking at the hotties in the crowd They love the way I shake my wicked booty My voice bewitches like no other sound CHORUS I'm the one who everyone admires and all the hipsters copy my hairdo See my photo in the tabloid paper sporting my new cobra tattoo Though I am the ambassador coolness it's my modesty that shocks them all I will never say that "I'm the next big thing" ‘cause that would be admitting that I'm small CHORUS I sing like a diva in the shower And rock out to radio in my car Clearly, my talent is a miracle And someday you will know that I’m a star
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03:21
You can't go fishing for long ‘til you catch something Maybe a fish or a song you'll catch something Surely you could throw it back again or you could dine Or let it hang gasping on your line while you decide Come on, come on, come on Let's go fishing You can't go walking for long til you meet something Maybe a scar on the road sets your soul stumbling Surely you could keep on marching by and then be gone Or let love press the archives of your heart and move along Come on, come on, come on let's go walking You can't go fishing for long ‘til you catch something Maybe the spark that you lost illuminates everything Surely you could dampen it again, or you could shine Or let it fade on you fishing line while you decide Come on, come on, come on let's go fishing
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You are an arctic refuge and a hundred words for snow Or maybe you're a lost volcano and I'm growing where you used to flow But see I sprouted where you left a thousand pieces of my heart behind And now I finally have the confidence to ask you where your love was all this time, all this time Ooh, all this time, ooh I am not a child anymore I am nineteen turning twenty in July The years have peeled away my fury and I’m shaking like a newborn butterfly Though you may never be the father that I wished I had had and though my brothers may never forgive you I'm still praying that I can, I promise you I can Ooh, for all this time, ooh Though you never told him I'm alive I thought I'd give a call to meet your dad And when I heard his anger ring I think I finally knew why you have been so sad Ooh, all this time, ooh *NOTE TO READER: “All this Time” is fictional and loosely based on the life experiences of a young woman I once met. My own dad is a loving, devoted, and ever-present father.
10.
04:12
I will give you my Excalibur you wield it like no other king can Twist the blade, undress my heart where you can heal your battled hand CHORUS: Lay me down my king Warrior, I will lay you down Lay me down my king Warrior, I will lay you down I will lead you where I wish I did not live Will you plant me violets there? and fold me in the dawning of your arms? Will you catch my weary tears? CHORUS Restless One come rest with me Lay your vigil down Love's the treasure of your wanderings May love bejewel your crown CHORUS ...Warrior, I won’t let you down I will give you my Excalibur You wield it like no other king can
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I stopped writing letters when you died. I stopped waiting for the evening tide. I don't think I even cried 'cause I was dead but still alive. I am dead but still alive in this Loneliest Lifetime But I've been living like I'm fine I'm planting all my own road signs but Love, I may as well be blind without you Love I may as well be blind In this Loneliest Lifetime Everything we dreamed we'd be is now a wingless melody. Love is lost, and I am here where every twilight lasts for years and even tears they are not mine in this Loneliest Lifetime And I feel dead but I’m still alive in this Loneliest Lifetime And I pray you’re my Angel in this Loneliest Lifetime

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released January 1, 2011

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Music & Lyrics by: Danya River

Produced & Engineered by: Michael Hynes; www.NomaticStudio.com
Recorded at: Hideout Studios; Austin, TX
Mastered By: Brian Lucey; Magic Garden Mastering; Columbus,OH

THE MUSICIANS:
VOCALS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, PIANO: Danya River
DRUMS: JJ Johnson, Rob Kazanel, Nina Singh
KEYBOARDS: Bukka Allen
ELECTRIC GUITAR: Rob Gjersoe, Billy Cassis, Michael Hynes
BASS: Michael Hynes
TOSCA STRING QUARTET: Leigh Mahoney (violin), Tracy Sieger (violin), Ames Asbell (viola),
Sara Nelson (cello)
CELLO ("Loneliest Lifetime"): Michael Shay
STRING ARRANGEMENTS: John Mills

Photography by: Benjamin Buren; www.AliveStudios.com
Graphic Design by: Lindsey Ridinger; www.LindseysCanvas.com

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