Beautiful in Red

by Jessica Moore

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
04:34
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
4.
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
5.
05:52
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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

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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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