from a Seed of Sand

by Sonia Tetlow

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This album was recorded analog on tape with no punches, edits or corrections in order to capture the music as it was played in the moment with all of its human imperfections.

All songs were composed and performed by Sonia Tetlow. The instruments were recorded one by one beginning with acoustic guitar as the rhythm track on which to build the song.

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released April 4, 2006

Sonia Tetlow: acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, percussion, saxophone, vox

Engineered by DeDe Vogt
Sound and Fury Studio (Atlanta, GA)
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering (Phoenix, AZ)

All songs by Sonia Tetlow.
©2006 SonicGrrl Music, BMI

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Track Name: Bittersweet
take this apple from my eye
I can't see for all the green
taste this mantra in my mind
turn the bitter into sweet

bitter into sweet
bitter into sweet

I could be most anything
but the constant that you need
(still) is it better not to have been
than to try to turn the bitter into sweet

bitter into sweet
bitter into sweet
Track Name: Leap of Faith
Come with me
It’s not as far as you think
Though love’s as hard as you think
And I can’t deny
Eyes open wide
Searching the skies

So we are
Bruised and scarred
Circling round our battlements
Sharpening our best defenses
Why
Can’t we try
Can’t we fly
Away
Away?

Come…
Track Name: Every Letter
Take these hands
Fill them up
Show me how to build with them love
Take this heart
Give it hope
Show me how to live and let go

Cuz I am fall
You are flight
I am blinders
You are sight
Show me love

Take this back
Give it strength
Show me how to shoulder my weight
Take these feet
Make them firm
Show me how to stand here unarmed

Cuz I am fear
You are faith
I am falter
You are grace
Show me love

Every letter
Open
Every letter

Take this mouth
Give it nerve
Show me how to speak and be heard
Take this heart
Shore it up
Show me how to listen with love

Cuz I am bone
You are ground
I am silence
You are sound
Show me love

Every letter
Open
Every letter
Open
Every one
Track Name: Comfort
Comfort
Come quickly
I feel like I’m drowning again
And I don’t know
How long I can hold my breath

I thought if I
Tried
My best I could carry us through
But it seems like
It’s never enough
For you

I know that I’m hard
I don’t mean to be
But it’s the saddest of scars
When you cut yourself free
Of me

I open
My window
To hear the leaves rustle with rain
And silence
This silence
Once again

When you’re falling alone
You never touch down
When you’re falling alone
You never
Track Name: Bone by Bone
Call me crazy but don’t cower in the woods here in the night
There’s no way in a word to forgive this land it’s price
There’s blood in the trees
Scars carved by the breeze
Find the stones smooth and round and swallow whole this hallowed ground

Oh mama take me home
Oh mama bone by bone

Dark and deep as the earth drinks the hole inside my soul
Through the lines of the pines my eyes wandered long ago
Call it pride or desire
Fist clenched in the fire
I am here still in the mirror though you see me not at all

Oh mama take me home
Oh mama bone by bone

Look in the wind there you will find me
Look towards the sun there I will soar
I am the first light of the morning
I am the thirst for ever more

What kind of woman would dare to want more than this world allows to her?
What kind of world would break the hearts and snuff the sparks of fearless girls?
There’s blood in the trees
Cast down upon my knees
But stone by stone beneath the weight I lick the taste of my precious pearl

Oh mama take me home
Oh mama bone by bone
Track Name: Ever Was
Cover your tracks
Don’t leave the light on in the basement
And if you ever start looking back
You better run
‘cause there ain’t nothing we can do
‘bout all the sorry things we done
‘cept take it in, suck it up and move along

it’s not that I don’t care anymore
it’s just I’ve tried for so long to make it better
that I can’t remember when it ever was

cover your tears
don’t let the light shine on your crying
you know if you ever find your way clear
I will run to you
But now there ain’t nothing I can do
While what you want lies torn in two
See, you got one hand on your heart waving goodbye

And it’s not that I don’t care anymore
It’s just I tried so long to make it better
That I can’t remember when it ever was
Track Name: Sunlight Moon
I don’t care about tomorrow
Said sunlight to the moon
‘cause tonight I’m going to borrow
all your mystery and mood
oh there’ve been times when I feel alright

I don’t want no nothing more
Then everything I got
‘cause with you I am whole my love
without you I am not
oh there’ve been times when I feel alright

and when the sunlight’s leaving
I’m coming after you

You gotta want what you wish for
When you dream your better dreams
‘cause when they come a-callin’
they will push you to your knees
oh there’ve been times when I feel alright

You gotta love like you ain’t dying
Live like you’re alive
‘cause what’s the use in crying
once you waste away the night
oh there’ve been times when I feel alright

and when the sunlight’s leaving
I’m coming after you

Keep coming
Keep holding on
Keep coming
Keep holding on

Keep you to your corner
And open up your eyes
Tell me what you see now
Is it the ghost of you and I
Oh there’ve been times when I feel alright

But I don’t cast no wicked shadows
I don’t give no cause to grieve
I don’t ask that much of you my love
I just want you to believe
That in time it’ll be alright
Oh in time it’ll be alright

Sunlight
Moon
Sunlight
Moon
Track Name: Whiskey Dream
I don’t want to be
Just a mother to your need
I don’t want to be
Just a lover for your grief

Cold comes the sun
Winter white through barren brown
Cold comes the sun
When truth alights without a sound

Don’t comfort me
I don’t want to believe
Don’t comfort me
While you dream your whiskey dream
Track Name: Mourning Rose
Careful when you cross the wind
Forward is a fickle measurement of time
Ever better once it’s been
At least you then know the what and when
Though never why

Rage
is just another
Face
Is just another
State
Of sorrow

Quiet now
Hope somehow
Slips softly down
Into your heart

I’m just so tired of the mourning rose
And knowing everyone I meet has one of her own
I want to rip the roots free
From our souls
And kiss the cuts that keep us bleeding
Weeping alone

Shame
Is just another
Name
Just another
Feign
For sorrow
Track Name: Quicksand
Constant company
(this) quicksand memory
home alone it’s bound to blow
careful where you bleed

how can you know this
before you’ve been around?
How can I believe this
When you never come around?

Call my name
Out loud
Let it go
Don’t make a sound
Call my name
Call my name
Don’t make a sound
Track Name: Beautiful Noise
I will be
By your side
Sleepless one
Lonely child
I have known
You so long
I won’t go
When you hide

It seems to me
The saddest song
Is one you won’t sing along
So take my hand
Raise your voice
And we will make
A sounding joy
Yes we will make
A beautiful noise