Tiger Lily EP

by Alice Howe

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released November 4, 2014

All songs written by Alice Howe.

guitar, vocals- Alice Howe
dobro- Jim Horbett

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Alice Howe Seattle, Washington

Boston native Alice Howe has been called the “songbird of the Northwest.” Her dreamy and impeccably tuned voice is a seamless conduit for her crafted poetry. Rooted in classic emotive folk, with its stories told infinitely of love and loss, joy and sorrow, Howe’s songwriting is at once timeless and original. ... more

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Track Name: Tiger Lily
Waking up to a songbird is the best way that I know
Eyes as clear as a morning star, breeze blowing in from the backyard
I sleep in the nude but I sleep alone ‘cause I know it’s the bed of my childhood
And that solitude feels so good ‘cause it’s mine
The taste of that water is a drug and the smell of these hills is sweet enough to sustain me

And the longer the summer days go by the shorter they become
I came a few thousand miles just to see them before they’re gone
Tiger lily- there’s something about you
Tiger lily- take me home, flower child

I will write no more of writer’s block but only of summer stars
And the sound of the crickets in the trees around that have me reeling even now
When my hands are buried in those blossoms I know I could drown in that garden
And the weeds may have grown a little out of control but I don’t mind
Tempted as I may be to dig my feet down deep this is my time to be uprooted I know

And the longer the summer days go by the shorter they become
I came a few thousand miles just to see them before they’re gone
Tiger lily- there’s something about you
Tiger lily- take me home, flower child

In a dream I’m driving and the water’s rising fast
Pours right into my windows, and then I’m dry on a dirt road
No one else seems to be surprised but it’s been years since I’ve seen him
And he steps out of the woods like it’s no big deal smelling like gasoline
And out of the grass the crickets sound, rising up just as my wheels touch the ground

And the longer the summer days go by the shorter they become
I came a few thousand miles just to see them before they’re gone
Tiger lily- there’s something about you
Tiger lily- take me home, flower child

Take me home, take me home, take me home flower child
Track Name: As You Are
A cool glass of that spring water would save an outlaw on the run
And a good long swim in that cold river would wash a man of sin
Or so I used to think before you took a drink there
And it did not ease your mind

Oh you – I’ll take you as you are
I’ve been blue, it’s true – won’t you come on home?

Twenty acres on that green mountain would make a man feel like a king
And a real hard sweat with a real sharp blade would cure most anything
But now it’s clear to me that it was just the way
You kept your wilderness at bay

Oh you – I’ll take you as you are
I’ve been blue, it’s true – won’t you come on home?

If I wake in the night and you aren’t there I’ll know where to find you
And if I call out all you need to do is answer me
I don’t mind, just as long as you stay where you can hear me
And in the morning I’ll wake to your song

Oh you – I’ll take you as you are
I’ve been blue, it’s true – won’t you come on home?
Track Name: For Your Sake
There was a lion who loved a sparrow
And he bade her make her nest within his mane
And though his brothers did torment her
He vowed that he would always keep her safe
But as is the custom of her kind she flew away to warmer climes
And taking flight she sang her sad refrain

I never meant to let you down, to let you down
And for your sake I would repent
But I cannot change the way I am

There was a friar who loved a lady
And weekly heartfelt letters they’d exchange
She’d steal away to meet him by the river
And in the place of prayers he’d say her name
But faith demanded he deny the pleasures of a mortal life
And faithful to his vows he did remain

I never meant to let you down, to let you down
And for your sake I would repent
But I cannot change the way I am

Don’t put your faith in me
Bright star of my heart
It’s better now, you’ll see
That we are apart

There was a girl who loved the forest
And spent her days at play among the trees
And every night she’d be invited
To join all of the creatures in their games
But she grew up in part because that world of dreams no longer was
And it whispered as it lay among the leaves

I never meant to let you down, to let you down
And for your sake I would repent
But I cannot change the way I am
Track Name: Mile by Mile
And the sky rolled out before me
In a three hour sunset like nothing I had seen
Cuz the hills out in Montana make the mountains of my home
Look like banks around a quiet stream
But those streams have been my rivers, and wide enough for me
When to cross was just the matter of a swim
But when I saw the Columbia for the first time I could see
How you might drown before you reached the other shore
This ain’t New England anymore

And you whisper to yourself, you tell it to your lover
You say it to the road, you speak it silently
I’ll be better, I’ll be stronger
I will reach out my two hands and take this world between my teeth
I will catch my tears before they fall
And put them somewhere safe where I will not forget their taste
And if you are beside me when I lay my body down, then I am home

Those hours spent crossing South Dakota
Would make anybody wonder if the earth was flat indeed
And as we crawled along that highway, deprived of wings to fly
We accepted all that distance mile by mile
And I’ll be the first to tell you it’s a long, long way to go
But a journey that is settled in my heart
Cuz when I knew I loved you as deeply as I do
I had to leave my sense of distances behind
It’s how I knew that you’d be mine

Oh my love, didn’t I see this through
Oh my love, didn’t I keep my promises to you
There is hardly a thing that we can control
So at least I know this to be true
That I love you

And you whisper to yourself, you tell it to your lover
You say it to the road, you speak it silently
I’ll be better, I’ll be stronger
I will reach out my two hands and take this world between my teeth
I will catch my tears before they fall
And put them somewhere safe where I will not forget their taste
And if you are beside me when I lay my body down, then I am home
Track Name: Sky & Sea
Sky and sea, sky and sea
Blue all around me
I cast my line into you
Hoped I’d find something good
Sky and sea, sky and sea
Water all around me
I dove deep into you
Hoped I’d find something true

Ooh these are my only tools
I will use them if I want to
The same wind that takes you home
Will drive you right back out that door
So take a breath and fills my sails
And we’ll go, and we’ll go

Sand and stone, sand and stone
From the shores to build my home
I lit a fire there within
Hoping I might draw you in
Sand and stone, sand and stone
The solid centers of my bones
Leave the dark, bitter trees
To feed my fire, won’t you please

Ooh these are my only tools
I will use them if I want to
The same wind that takes you home
Will drive you right back out that door
So take a breath and fills my sails
And we’ll go, and we’ll go

Oil and wine, oil and wine
I met you there among the vines
The sun descends with every sip
Scarlet rises to your lips
Oil and wine, oil and wine
Fruits are scattered in my mind
These I gather, these I press
And what I offer is my best

Ooh these are my only tools
I will use them if I want to
The same wind that takes you home
Will drive you right back out that door
So take a breath and fills my sails
And we’ll go, and we’ll go