Thursday Morning Alleleu

by Kathleen Tracy

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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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Track Name: Something Sweet
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
Track Name: Thursday Morning Alleleu
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
Track Name: Rocks and Their Stories
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
Track Name: I Don't Need to Call Out Your Name
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
Track Name: Pilot
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?
Track Name: Morning Song
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
Track Name: Anyway
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
Track Name: Forsythia
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?
Track Name: Let It Sway
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
Track Name: 'Round the Corner Girl
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