Beautiful in Red

by Jessica Moore

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debut solo album for Jessica

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released May 3, 2013

Jessica Moore :: vocals, banjo, piano guitar, body percussion, cup beat
Ryan Granville-Martin :: drums, body percussion on 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Gabe Levine :: guitar on 2, 3, 5; clarinet on 6
Tyler Belluz :: upright bass on 2, 5, 9
Abigail Lapell :: harmony vocals on 2, 4, 6
Lisa Bozikovic :: harmony vocals on 2, 3, 7
Colt Miller :: pedal steel on 1, 8
Breanna Pett-Moore :: tin whistle on 3
Heather Kirby :: bass on 7
Genie Sittig :: violin on 7

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Jessica Moore Toronto, Ontario

Jessica Moore is a singer-songwriter whose rich vocals and gentle lyrics are accompanied by her banjo, piano, guitar, and body-percussion. Drawing on indie, folk, and spiritual traditions, Jessica's debut solo album, Beautiful in Red, presents a soulful collection of songs. Her folk-duo with Gabe Levine, Charms, released a self-titled album in 2010. Influences include Lhasa de Sela & Gillian Welch ... more

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Track Name: All I Can Do To Stay Warm
Oh love, when you're far from home
I hover in doorways, I'm drawn to windows
silence spreads like the fall of a snow
and it's all I can do to stay warm

Three white owls above the lake
frost at the edges at the end of the day
the world is still as the dark closes in
on the most beautiful place that I've been

How long will the willows keep their leaves
how long, darlin', must I weep
the lake is clear and cold and deep
and it's all I can do to stay warm

On the morning when you're comin' home
the world's the most open, most shining thing
at this wide bright window two sparrows come sing
and we're all that we need to stay warm
Track Name: Beautiful in Red
All the trees are skeletons in black
every since I went away
and darlin' until I come back
I will only wear black and grey

and you'll say:
Baby you're beautiful in red
and baby you're beautiful in brown
but baby you're beautiful in black and grey too
with your long long hair hangin' down

Used to paint my lips ruby red
when we'd go out dancin' before the war
you'd spin me right across the floor in that two-step
and the whiskey made your eyes shine like stars

and you'd say:
Baby you're beautiful in red
and baby you're beautiful in brown
and baby you're beautiful out here on the dance floor
with your long long hair hangin' down

But I've been gypsyin' too long
my walkin' shoes are gettin' worn
oh help me find my way on down the dusty road
back to you - could you be my home?

and say:
Baby you're beautiful in red
and baby you're beautiful in brown
and baby you're most beautiful right here next to my heart
with your long long hair hangin' down
Track Name: Le Loup
J'ai entendu un bruit pendant la nuit, la nuit, la nuit
la chambre était toute noire au milieu de la nuit
da da da da da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da

J'ai entendu un cri pendant la nuit, la nuit, la nuit
c'était un hurlement d'un loup lointain et gris
da da da da da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da

Mais les loups lointains peuvent traverser les grandes distances
et cette chambre protégée peut être invadée par la souffrance
da da da da da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da

Ma tête est traversée par les cris, les cris, les cris
mon lit est invadé pendant la nuit, la nuit, la nuit
da da da da da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da

Et si je deviens un loup lointain et gris j'aurais de la chance
car les loups lointains peuvent traverser les grandes distances
da da da da da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da

J'ouvre mes oreilles grandes ouvertes pour mieux entendre la nuit
j'ouvre ma bouche grande ouverte pour mieux goûter la nuit
j'ouvre mes yeux grands ouverts pour mieux connaître la nuit
j'ouvre mon coeur grand ouvert pour mieux aimer la nuit
Track Name: The Kite & the Stone
Well I took the long way around
halfway up and I'm down
washed up on your shore

where you were a distant star
taking me in your arms
like you though I was yours

like you could have anything you want,
anything you want,
m-hm

Well one of us is a kite
flying up to the heights
tethered to a stone

and one of us is that stone
lying on the shore
where the waves comes slow

But who is the kite and who's the stone?
I think I know,
m-hm

Well this ain't my first rodeo
it's a game that I've known
for a long time now

and until I can feel you breathe
like your breath was in me
I'll just keep movin' slow

But I know that each time we lay down
those kite strings are tightening round
my heart and yours

so until one of us lets go
let's just keep movin' slow
like the waves on the shore

m-hm
Track Name: Mercy
Well I left my home, went out all alone,
down the long winding road
and the things I did see weigh heavy on me
and there's no one to help carry this load

Mercy, oh have mercy on me
a girl in search of the songs
mercy, oh have mercy on me
I've been on the road too long

And on the plains the rains never came
and the river was only a dream
I met a man lyin' parched on the sand
cryin' 'water, water, oh please'

'Mercy, oh have mercy on me
a man whose well has run dry
mercy, oh have mercy on me
lest I should thirst til I die'

And on the sea, the waves roll and heave,
I woke up on board a boat
there was a girl who'd sworn off the world
and these were the words that she spoke - she said:

'Mercy, oh have mercy on me
for loving so false of a man
mercy, oh have mercy on me
I'll die before I ever love again'

Where there once was a wood, the redwoods once stood,
and eagles would come to rest
I found a boy who had no use for joy
for sorrows had made him their nest

'Mercy, oh have mercy on me
a boy who will forever grieve
mercy, oh have mercy on me
without the forests there'll be no reprieve'

I left my home, went out all alone
down the long winding road
and the things I did see weigh heavy on me
and there's no one to help carry this load

Mercy, oh have mercy on me
a girl in search of the songs
mercy, oh have mercy on me
I've been on the road too long

I've been on the road too long
I've been on the road too long
Track Name: Sweet William
When will you come, sweet William?
The sun sinks low and chill
the grass is overgrown and the monarchs all flown
and you still have not come, my Will

We have walked along together
down the green and winding hill
and all as we spoke, your wondering brought hope,
and I loved all your questions, my Will

You are but a seed, sweet William,
not yet a breath in the lung
and the song that I sing will be just the thing
to bring you to be, my Will

There are dreams we build in secret
and a tree of those secret dreams
and we shake on the tree to see which ones will be
oh the ones that we'll see into fruit

When will you come, sweet William?
All the branches but one are bare -
you're a dream of yourself held close in myself
on the dreamer's high shelf, my Will

I know you will be coming
down the long gold path ahead
and how long you will take is how long I will wait
for my darling boy, my Will
Track Name: I Won't Stop Running
You don't know what it is, what it is that's eating you
you call me up from two thousand miles away, tell me you're feeling blue
baby don't worry, don't you worry, I will ease your troubled mind
there is no hurry, the place where we're going is somewhere outside of time

And I've stopped running
I won't stop running til I'm all the way back to you

All those years I spent searching, looking for somebody who
was not afraid to look deep inside, not afraid to see it through
I was so worried til you came along and eased my troubled mind
now there is no hurry, the place where we're going is somewhere outside of time

And I'll lay you down
in a field beyond right and wrong
I won't stop singing
til you know every part of the song
I've stopped running
I won't stop running til I'm all the way back to you

The best parts of living are the ones that push us to become most true
well I'll swear on my lifetimes I've never known someone as true as you
there is no need for you to worry, I am gentle and I am kind
so lay down your armour, leave off your harshness, let your heart be here for a while

cause I've stopped running
I've stopped running
I've stopped running
I won't stop running til I'm all the way back to you
Track Name: Shooting Stars
I drove to the country, saw nine shooting stars
the trees in the night river were blacker than tar
and my life was in the air all around
and stars fell to the ground

Those memory-keepers race down from above
they cause me to remember just what I'm made of
and this night passes sure as shooting stars
as sure as the beating of our hearts

I've stood at the cliff's edge, I've seen the sea of love
I've leaned into warm arms and felt stars move through my blood
but now is not the season for love
and I don't know if the memory's enough

My body's been wastin' in this long lonesome spell
and the tenderest ribbons seem to tie me to the swell
with the source of my life all around
but the star of my heart still to be found
Track Name: Everything, now
I'll be the one to walk with you
as leaves turn to gold I'll walk with you

I'll be the one to wait for you
if you are held up for a while I'll wait for you

I'll be the one to write to you
I'll send this letter by fire to you

everything, now, is a letter to you

The sun goes down and I go on
without you

I'll be the one to dream of you
each time I lay me down I'll dream of you

I'll be the one to long for you
as waves pour over the shore I'll long for you

we are built to lose everything

This life rolls by and I go on
without you

I was the one to walk with you
and I am still the one who walks with you

and everything, now, is a letter to you
the sun on this web, the birds in their blue