A Chain Unbroken

by Vanessa Lively

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released January 1, 2008

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Vanessa Lively Austin, Texas

Vanessa Lively observes how strongly music connects people. Her music is an expression of that experience, filled with representative themes: “Community, living in solidarity with those around you. Feeling what other people’s struggles and joys are. Her latest album Uncovering Stones truly shows how she feels those connections deeply – and when you listen, you will, too. ... more

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Track Name: A Chain Unbroken
With words on my heart / People’s pain on my tongue / A mind, body and a spirit broken / So many things come undone / With lives passing by / All together we sigh for the hurt we see in their eyes / A reflection of all the lies

We keep telling ourselves / The water comes from no well / Source of life and we dispel / Cause we’re livin’ in a hell / A mind, body and a spirit broken / So many things still unspoken / Source of life is a chain unbroken / For all the things that we have spoken

So I wanna say

Hold her hand, hold his hand / Reach out and really take a stand / Breath on in to begin / One foot forward is how you start steppin’ in / Quiet lies, pass them by / Open hearts, minds to opportunity / Touch the water, make a sound / It all ripples ripples spinnin’ round and around

With words on my heart / People’s pain on my tongue / A mind, body and a spirit broken / So many things come undone / With lives passing by / All together we sigh for the hurt we see in their eyes / A reflection of all the lies

We keep telling ourselves / The water comes from no well / Source of life and we dispel / Cause we’re livin’ in a hell / A mind, body and a spirit broken / So many things still unspoken / Source of life is a chain unbroken / For all the things that we have spoken

So I wanna say

Hold her hand, hold his hand / Reach out and really take a stand / Breath on in to begin / One foot forward is how you start steppin’ in / Quiet lies, pass them by / Open hearts, minds to opportunity / Touch the water, make a sound / It all ripples ripples spinnin’ round and around / Around and around / Spinnin’ round and around (around and around) / Touch the water, make a sound / It all ripples spinnin’ round and (repeat)
Track Name: Shelly Fly
“Is there a light at the end of this tunnel,” she says / “‘Cause I don’t know why I keep hitting brick wall every time / I’m tryin’ to change my life, picking up pieces around / But something keeps coming my way and it’s bringin’ me down”

Life keeps on dealing her hands that she cannot refuse / The current is taking her down all the feeder streams / And history’s repeating itself each and every day / She’s desperately wanting someone who will take her away

But she wants to fly / She doesn’t know why / She wants to fly, Shelly fly / She wants to fly / She doesn’t know why / She wants to fly, Shelly fly

Well give her the strength to hold on to her own every day / Send her butterflies, flowers and winds that’ll show her the way / Whisper into her ear all those sweet nothings she’s longing to hear / Quietly drawing her into the mystery that you are near / ‘Cause I don’t know how to reach out and keep hold of her hand / But I wanna know she’s staying ready and willing to stand / I’ll close my eyes just long enough to know that you’re near / But she’ll close her eyes just long enough to start feeling her fear

But she wants to fly / She doesn’t know why / She wants to fly, Shelly fly / She wants to fly / She doesn’t know why / She wants to fly, Shelly fly / Fly Shelly fly / Fly Shelly fly / Fly Shelly fly / Fly Shelly fly
Track Name: Dignificada
Written by Lila Downs, Paul Cohen and Armando Villareal

Soy una mujer que llora, soy una mujer que habla, soy una mujer que da la vida Soy una mujer que golpea, soy una mujer espiritual, soy una mujer que grita

Hay en la noche un grito y se escucha lejano / Cuentan al sur es la voz del silencio / En este armario hay un gato encerrado / Porque una mujer, porque una mujer defendio su derecho

De la montaña se escucha la voz de un rayo / Es el relampago claro de la verdad / En esta vida santa que nadie perdona nada / Pero si una mujer, pero si una mujer, pelea por su dignidad

Hay morena / Morenita Mia / No te olvidare Hay morena / Morenita Mia / no te olvidare

Te segui los pasos niña hasta llegar a la montaña / Y segui la ruta de dios que los animas acompañan / Y segui los pasos niña hasta llegar a la montaña / Y segui la ruta de dios que los animas acompañan

Hay en la noche una grita y se escucha lejano / Cuentan al sur es la voz del silencio / En este armario hay un gato encerrado / Porque una mujer, porque una mujer defendio su derecho

De la montaña se escucha la voz de un rayo / Es el relampago claro de la verdad / En esta vida santa que nadie perdona nada / Pero si una mujer, pero si una mujer, pelea por su dignidad

Hay morena / Morenita Mia / No te olvidare Hay morena / Morenita Mia / no te olvidare
Track Name: The Only Day There Is
Looking out the window today / All I see is loads of grey / And I think of yesterday But then again I know that I should be / A little bit of better company / ‘Cause there’s people right beside me

So I’ll look today as the only day there is / ‘Cause there’s no other way to go through life than this / And I’ll be right here in the moment (so) I don’t miss / A single thing waiting / Waiting like a kiss

But then again I feel I’m in a dream / Every day a bit of suffering / And I sit inside my house and sing / ‘Cause then I think of what the days will bring / I talk and talk about what’s up the stream / But here and now is just a part of my dream

So I’ll look today as the only day there is / ‘Cause there’s no other way to go through life than this / And I’ll be right here in the moment (so) I don’t miss / A single thing waiting / So I’ll look today as the only day there is / ‘Cause there’s no other way to go through life than this / And I’ll be right here in the moment (so) I don’t miss / A single thing waiting / Waiting like a kiss
Track Name: Part of Me
Lying next to her / I feel the wind at my feet / I see the flakes in her hair / I see her bones and I weep / ‘Cause part of me wants to cry / And part of me wants to be / Locked up inside my car / Driving away at full speed / At full speed

And I don’t know why some of us get to leave / Some of us stay to fight / And some of us just breath / And I wanna be closer to them / I want them closer to me / And then I can fully be / I can fully be / I can, I can fully be

Walk across the street / there’s a gang of guys out there / They wanna wash your car / They wanna park you just right over there / But really all they want is to make an honest dime / And all they got on their bloodless hands is lots and lots of time / A lotta time

And I don’t know why some of us get by so free / Some of us try and try / And some of us just bleed / And I wanna be closer to them / I want them closer to me / And then I can fully be / I can fully be / I can, I can fully be

And what is it that we all want as human beings I mean / We wanna feel safe, we wanna feel free / But finding ways to make an honest dime isn’t as easy as it seems / When the whole world is against you and against your dreams / Against your dreams / Again and again and against your dreams

Lying next to him / I feel the wind at my feet / I see the flakes in his hair / I see his bones and I weep / ‘Cause part of me wants to cry / And part of me wants to be / Locked up inside my car / Driving away at full speed / At full speed
Track Name: This Small Little Town
The rain is falling / It keeps falling down / Soaking me to the core / The sky’s so grey I cannot see / And I cannot take much more

I walk up the hill clenching my teeth / Clenching my inner self / Can anybody possibly see me / Or am I somebody else

‘Cause the sun is hiding and it’s leaving no trace / And I can’t stand it anymore / Please, please won’t you show me your face / So I don’t walk out the door / Oh

So here you come to show yourself / And it’s not all I see / The sun shines the light on this small little town / And I see I’m suffering

‘Cause the people they talk about the same old thing / Everyone wanting more / And all I can do is just sit here and sing / So I don’t walk out the door

‘Cause the sun is shining and I feel the heat / And I can’t stand it anymore / Show me the reason that I came to this town / So I don’t walk out the door / ‘Cause now the sun is shining and I feel the heat / Please won’t you warm my heart / Show me the reason that I came to this town / ‘Cause you were here from the start / Oh...
Track Name: What Do You Want?
Do you want me to give and then give some more / Give till there really is nothing much left of me / Do you feel you can just take and then take some more / Take till there almost is nothing inside of me / Why don’t I just lie down on the ground lie face down for you here and let you walk over me / Then you’ll stand there and say it’s not good enough, say you’ll have better, then turn and then walk away

Well I love you / And I wanna give / But oh no, no / I can’t take much more of this

Let me tell you right now I’m no good I ‘m no good I ‘m no good at this kinda thing / But all that’s gonna change ‘cause I’m willing to show you / That there’s a new side of me / So you better stop closing your eyes and believing your lies / Learn to just give some more / You might see that there’s joy in the giving, there’s much more to living your life with an open door

Well I love you / And I wanna give / But oh no, no / I can’t take much more of this / I can’t take much more of this / I can’t take much more of this / I can’t take much more of this
Track Name: Jesusa
Estoy leyendo sobre una mujer / Y viviendo su vida tambien / Y aquí estoy tan lejos de ti / Pero yo puedo ver todo qué sufriste

Y ahora mi corazon esta llorando / Porque no puedo entender ni cambiarlo / Voy a cantar, voy a bailar, voy a dar el amor / Voy a gritar, voy a marchar, voy a rezar

Jesusa, Jesusa, Jesusa

Vives la vida como animal / Buscando comida, tienes que luchar / No tienes hogar en ninguna parte / Solo el suelo ellos van a darte

Y ahora mi corazon esta llorando / Porque no puedo entender ni cambiarlo / Voy a cantar, voy a bailar, voy a dar el amor / Voy a gritar, voy a marchar, voy a rezar

Jesusa, Jesusa, Jesusa
Track Name: Before Her Time
You were a flower cut before her time / It isn’t yours, it isn’t mine / To say how or when we return home / We need your love to warm our hearts / Send a light into the darkness in their minds they feel / A daughter torn

Oh Ashley look at what you’ve done for me / You want me to believe / You want her to believe / Oh Ashley can’t you see you set me free / A miracle to hold onto / A tiny glimpse for all to see / For all to see

So they need to know there was a time / A task undone, you were in line / To serve, to give the love / You love so free / To be an angel in disguise / We cannot see with earthen eyes / That by the love you gave / You set him free

Oh Ashley look at what you’ve done for me / You want him to believe / You want her to believe / Oh Ashley can’t you see you set them free / A miracle to hold onto / A tiny glimpse for all to see / For all to see

So we need your love to understand there was a time, there was a plan / And you had the strength to lend a hand / You pushed your life aside to be / A guiding light that all can see / And that is what you told me in the dream

Oh Ashley look at what you’ve done for me / You want him to believe / You want her to believe / Oh Ashley can’t you see you set them free / A miracle to hold onto / A tiny glimpse for all to see / For all to see
Oh Ashley / Oh Ashley / Oh Ashley / Oh Ashley / Ashley, Ashley
Track Name: Lullaby
Another star, a lover down / Another stone falls at my feet / Sky is grey, stone as cloud / There there on another cold street / And the writing on the wall, all the letters to my feet / Whispering everywhere a note to catch another’s dream

And fall, fall, falling down / Tumbling to the ground / And rise, rise up again / The whispering’s in the wind / I said the whispering’s in the wind

On another sad day she wants to play a whispering game at my door / And the feeling’s in the air making me make me want more / And I’ll never drown, no I’ll never fall / ‘Cause falling is fallen down stairs / And there, there’s another step, there, there’s another place / There’s another stone over there / And there, there’s another step, there, there’s another place / There’s another stone over there

And fall, fall, falling down / Tumbling to the ground / And rise, rise up again / The whispering’s in the wind / I said the whispering’s in the wind

Crimsony poses, big and white roses / Weaving together sweet melodies / A story she knows so well, a tale she thought she’d never tell / Singing her songs at my feet / And floating in the wind they’re there whispering in other’s ears tales and tells of other’s lives slowly, gently waiting there / It’s a story I know well, a tale I thought I’d never tell / Singing my songs at your feet

And fall, fall, falling down / Tumbling to the ground / And rise, rise up again / The whispering’s in the wind / I said the whispering’s in the wind
Track Name: Alleluia
We’re gonna rise above and break the chains that bound / We’re gonna rise up singing and spread more love around / ‘Cause when we free ourselves freedom can be found / So we’ll raise our voice together and make a joyful sound / And we’ll be singing

Alle Alleluia / We’re gonna rise above / Alle Alleluia / We’re gonna fill the world up with love

We’re gonna rise above and open up our eyes / We’re gonna rise up singing and change each others lives / ‘Cause when we reach out and take another’s hand / We’ll raise our voice together as we walk across this land / And we’ll be singing

Alle Alleluia / We’re gonna rise above / Alle Alleluia / We’re gonna fill the world up with love / Alle Alleluia Come on and take another’s hand / Alle Alleluia We’ll join you in this land / We’ll join you, I said we’ll join you in this land