Thursday Morning Alleleu

by Kathleen Tracy

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1.
The hills are shot with sun and rain the world all green and golden this burden I’d been carrying I forgot what I was holding Coming up over the rise catch your breath at the view oh the world’s a heartache baby, and the world is this too the world is the likes of you And now I’ve lost the key to a house that I don’t need to live in any more it’s something in the way you look at me the shadows fade into the edge of something sweet We never know, starting all over again what we might open up into but here’s my ticket baby, let me on that ride with you, I want all of those rides with you Cause now I’ve lost the key to a house that I don’t need to live in any more it’s something in the way you look at me the shadows fade into the edge and now I’ve lost the key to a house that I don’t need to live in any more it’s like the sun is shining down on me the shadows fade into the edge of something sweet We never know what we’ll open into but here’s my ticket baby let me on that ride with you
2.
Thursday morning, rain is pouring we’re getting ready for the day breakfast over, my daughter rises clears her plate and walks away With such grace, it takes my breath takes my mind from my to-do’s I stare out the window and sing alleleu The dog watches as she sits down to put her black boots on hoisting up her giant backpack we hug and kiss and then she’s gone I call out be all that you are the way I always do I stand at the doorway and sing alleleu as the day comes to claim me I sing alleleu
3.
rocks and their stories, the things they could tell first the glacier pressing it down then the ocean rolls it round and round getting skipped ‘cross the water kicked down the street and into the gutter laid to rest where I’d dropped my keys getting into the car in the rain oh the world is very very very old and I am very very very small and how come it’s so easy to forget how we are all connected to it all rocks and their stories the world is always trying to speak I drive off to the grocery store bedazzled by the mystery
4.
sometimes it’s easier now sometimes it’s easier now the wolves that used to circle round find their beds and settle down and I don’t need to call out your name sometimes when the cup comes around I take a sip and pour out the rest when the train whistle leaves my heart be in my chest I don’t need to call out your name when the train whistle leaves my heart be in my chest I don’t need to call out your name how to live in a world without you learn to live in a world without you to live in a world without you
5.
03:16
Is it ok with the pilot if I ride on the front of the plane up into the starry night? there’ll be nothing in between me and infinite space and the feeling everything will be alright But I’m still standing standing on the ground yea I’m still standing standing on the ground doo doo doo… So I step out to the garden on a cold winter day I hadn’t been there for a while what’s all this growing from the seeds that I’d sown abundance reaching to the sky While I’m still standing standing on the ground yea I’m still standing standing on the ground doo doo doo… Is it ok with the pilot if I ride on the front of the plane up into the starry night?
6.
02:13
my girl is reading at the table the dog is laying on the floor I’m putting things away and waiting for the tea kettle to boil the buds are swelling on the magnolia forsythia beginning to bloom I’m grateful for the way the three of us just breath together in this room deeper than a sense of belonging stronger than the ties that bind how did I get to be living here in the watermelon heart of life knowing nothing lasts forever so why look ahead or behind better take a coat when you leave dear, it’s colder than it looks outside nothing’s gonna last forever so why look ahead or behind better take a coat when you leave dear, it’s colder than it looks outside
7.
04:12
look at the river, the way the river’s flowing say you don’t like it? that’s just the way it’s going makes you wanna shake and shiver you’re gonna stand and deliver anyway, anyway, anyway it’s just a pencil it’s just a piece of paper you could be feeling a little smarter, little braver always endless complication you simplify the equation anyway, anyway, anyway
8.
03:48
Forsythia, how can you be so brilliant to make a color like that so yellow against the winter sky? what can we do that could possibly compare to that turning water, light and air into food, into a flower oh this beautiful world, why so little love to give oh this beautiful world, why so little love to give red winged blackbird, you sing so eloquently I can hear spring awakening inside your song chickadee, you may be a bit like me clinging tenaciously and poised, ready to strike oh this beautiful world, why so little love to give oh this beautiful world, why so little love to give Forsythia, how can you be so brilliant to make a color like that so yellow against the winter sky?
9.
04:45
Sometimes things don’t fit together right Wait it out and you’ll see the light of day hey hey hey Hold your lonely broken heart things fall together and they fall apart Hey hey, it’s just another day Hey hey hey, you gotta let it sway Like a tree in the wind, the crows flying every which way Hey hey hey, you gotta let it sway You gotta feel what you feel and find what’s real and let it sway Sometimes it’s the last thing you wanna do To reach down deep and find something new hey hey, but there’s no other way You see the writing’s on the wall You gotta play from where the monkey puts the ball, hey hey and get back in the game Hey hey hey, you gotta let it sway Like a tree in the wind, the crows flying every which way Hey hey hey, you gotta let it sway You gotta feel what you feel and find what’s real and let it sway Hey hey hey, you gotta let it sway hey hey hey, you gotta let it sway
10.
won’t you talk with me ‘round the corner girl,mmm won’t you walk with me ’round the corner girl, mmm you know as well as me the wall is crumbling down it won’t take much to step around ’round the corner girl you’re tugging at the curtain ’round the corner girl, mmm time is short, and that’s for certain ’round the corner girl, hoo hoo everything is happening in the same space so come on out and take your place ‘round the corner girl come on out and take your place ‘round the corner girl, ooo ooo come on out and take your place ‘round the corner girl

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Everyday vignettes mingle with folk/pop/jazz excursions on this jewel box collection of wry, poignant, lyrical songs.

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released November 1, 2016

Kathleen Tracy: vocals, ukulele, acoustic and electric guitars
piano, jarana, harmonium
André Bearfield: Hammond B3
Joe Patterson: drums (1)
Clint Hoyler: electric bass (1)
Larry Jones: drums (3, 5, 9)
Steve Kim: upright bass (3, 5, 9), Wurlitzer (5)
Phil White : tin whistle (4) uilleann pipes (8)
Linda Severt: percussion (5, 8, 9)
Brian Kent: saxophone (5, 9)
Bill Panks: violin (7)

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Kathleen Tracy Seattle, Washington

Kathleen Tracy is a Seattle-based musician who writes and sings songs about the beauty and mystery of the world with humor, intelligence and lyricism. She has released five independently produced recordings. In addition to her solo career, she composes for and leads choruses, creates music for theater and dance, inspires her students, and leads workshops. Her website is www.kathleentracy.com ... more

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