Chrysalis

by Heather Kropf

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released 17 June 2014

Produced by Heather Kropf and Jeff Berman
Engineered, Mixed, Mastered by Jay Dudt, Audible Images and Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Assistant Engineering by Stan Kleja, Audible Images
Additional Engineering by Skip Sanders; Jesse Naus, Red Caiman Media; Randall Venturini, DABR Studio
Musicians: Heather Kropf, Jeff Berman, Chris Parker, Randall Venturini, Pete Freeman, Jeff Grubbs, Ben Shannon, Ray DeFade, Skip Sanders, Joy Ike, Preach Freedom, Keith Hershberger, Shay, Chris Hannigan, Mark Williams, Douglas Witmer
Album Art: Harriet Taylor Seed

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Heather Kropf Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Singer-songwriter/producer Heather Kropf is an artist of unusual depth and insight, blending elements of folk, R&B and pop into a distinctive whole. Those qualities are refined down to their essentials on "Chrysalis," her fourth album, marking a breakthrough for her both personally and artistically. ... more

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Track Name: Ghost in My House
The streets are quiet
The snow pillows the sound
It’s Friday night
I changed my room around

He comes home late
I hear the car door slam
I go upstairs
He’s lying on the couch
He’s sleeping on the couch

Ghost in my house
Ghost in my house

Band widows and pendulums
Are counting out the hours

Ghost in my house
Ghost in my house

The room whispers of
Ruth and then
I go upstairs
Amazed how I can bend

How I can bend
How I can bend
Track Name: Out of Our Atmosphere
Out of our atmosphere
Out where the space could just dissolve you
yeah

Around the far side of the moon
What ships are docked there don’t you wonder
yeah, yeah, yeah

If it wasn’t for gravity
we would be something entirely different
In the future when they look at us
what will they discuss
will we be something special
Could we be something special at all

Out of my inner space
Out past the ways that I have fooled myself
yeah

Around the bend is not as fine
As being here with you outside of time
yeah, yeah, yeah

And if it wasn’t for the way that you love me
I’d be so uncertain
I’ve been looking at our stars
trying to read our cards,
Wondering if we’re something special
Could we be something special at all

Yeah, yeah, yeah

And if it wasn’t for gravity
we would be something entirely different
I’ve been looking at our stars
trying to read our cards
wondering if we’re something special
Could we be something special at all
Track Name: Mile Marker
Your gaze is like a tiger lily
I can feel your petals trace my shoulder blades
Feels like youth, like warmer weather
Like all the colors could run together

Mile Marker
Stepping stone or hearth stone
We’re all on our own
When it comes to making peace

My days I spend them in cafes
Casual conversation, one more cup of coffee
Keeps me hanging ‘round
Wearing your insights like hand-me-downs

Somewhere between here and New York City
I noticed you had turned away
It’s giving me that instantly familiar feeling
Razorblades confetti my reason
I play the mending game

Mile Marker
Stepping stone or hearth stone
We’re all on our own
When it comes to making peace

Are you my stepping stone, my hearth stone
Either way I never meant to put roots down where I roam
‘Cause when you go
They make that tender tearing sound
When you go
They give so easily
And there’s nothing left to win
There’s nothing here but me

Your gaze is like a tiger lily
But I bought my bouquet here in this city
And this morning I take my roses
Like I take my chances
Like I take my mile markers
My mile markers

Mile marker
Stepping stone, or hearth stone
We're all on our own
We're all on our own
When it comes to making peace
Track Name: Rain Quilt
I'll make a rain quilt for my love
of sage and smoke and burning cedar
of magic threads and tears in gathers
I'll make a rain quilt for my love

I'll make a rain quilt for my love
of starfish and seagull feathers
in tidepools on the hem of forever
I'll make a rain quilt for my love

For my love, for my love
to sail you down the sacred river
when we're tired of walking on water

I'll sew in the sound of mourning doves
and scraps of stories where we have fallen
and weave in mercy for all our longing
so you won't doubt that we are something

Oh my love, oh my love
I'll sail you down the sacred river
when we're tired of walking on water

The night sun and the pull of the ocean
the curve of Highway 101
and cliff rocks in the night rejoicing
for this rain quilt I've made to cover my love

For my love, for my love
to sail you down the sacred river
when we're tired of walking on water

I'll sail you down the sacred river
for we're tired of walking on water
Track Name: Sweet Liberty
Nothing here but me
Everything I had is gone
The back up plan
The basement stash
Everything I had is gone

I think I’ll be
Someone I’ve never been before
Not this woman
Who’s lying on the floor

Surrender
To sweet liberty
Surrender
To sweet liberty

The caviar the cold hard cash
Everything I had is gone
The friends who had my back
The favours and the slack
All gone

I take my burdens
Down to the river’s edge
Wash them clean
Give them wings instead

Surrender
To sweet liberty
Surrender
To sweet liberty

I've been trying to hold on
When it all let’s me go
I've been tryin’ to get it back
But that’s not how it flows

So I’ll take my burdens
Down to the river’s edge
Wash them clean
Give them wings instead

Surrender
To sweet Liberty
Surrender
To sweet Liberty

To sweet liberty

Nothing here but me
Everything I had is gone
Nothing here but me
Everything I had is gone
Track Name: Want You Back
You were always on my mind
Save you
I wish I could turn the tide
Like that

We could drown in unspilled tears
Or breathe through
Sinking through the years
Love you

Oh how I long for a steel-toed summer
To kick this ritual of ruin
To kick this habit of hunger
Sometimes September remembers all that we lack
I want you back

All the secrets that you keep
Keep you
When the winter gets you deep
Wait for

All the colors of the desire
All forgiveness for the liar
Show me how to fan your fire
Show me how
Show me how

Oh how I long for a steel-toed summer
To kick this ritual of ruin
To kick this habit of hunger
Sometimes September remembers all that we lack
And the world turns on and
I want you back

All the secrets that you keep
When the winter gets you deep
Show me how to fan your fire
I want you back
All forgiveness for the liar
I want you back
You were always on my mind
I want you back
I want you back
I want you back
Track Name: Harvest and Snow
Last night it came to me in threes
The face of love, of lack, and you
You were standing in my harbor
Your back turned to the water
Throwing off shadows & sorrow
I see you now

You’re so lost
I’m so found around you
How could we have known
Every seed that we had sown
Yesterday
To centuries ago
Over and over
Harvest and snow

I shook my love, I shook my lack
But I never could shake you back
We were spinning in a milky way of silence
Spinning to heal from the violence
Of being born, of being born
I need you now

You’re so lost
I’m so found around you
How could we have known
Every seed that we had sown
Yesterday
To centuries ago
Over and over
Harvest and snow
Track Name: Old House Show
Let’s go down to the old house show
Ask all the amateurs what they know
Let’s go down to the 4H Fair
The demolition derby man is there

Life flies by when the workday’s done
Let’s go out and have some fun
Sitting on the porch sipping lemonade
Or off with your honey in the shade

You’ve been working far too long
Trying not to get it wrong
You can always put things right
Just come out with me tonight

Life flies by when the workday’s done
Let’s go out and have some fun
Roller derby, rock n’ roll
Black lights at the all night bowl

Life don’t mind it, if you unwind it all
Life don't mind it, if you unwind it alal

Ooo, Ooo

Life flies by when the workday’s done
Let’s go out and have some fun
When you’re sitting on the porch sipping lemonade
Or off with your honey in the shade

Life don’t mind it, if you unwind it all
Life don't mind it, if you unwind it all
Track Name: Poison for Water
If a stranger gave you a vial of poison
Told you drink it down
Would you do it?

If a neighbor told you to poison the water
To kill off your sons and your daughters
Would you do it?
Would you do it for money?

What would you do for money?
What would you do for money?
When you feel the lack
Do they have your back?

If you had a palace in a garden of paradise
And you had chance to nuke all the land
Would we do it?

Would you be the one for pieces of silver
To tell all your friends tomorrow'd be better
Would you do it?

What will we drink when we can’t drink the water?
What will we drink when we can’t drink the water?
Where will we go
When we don’t have a home?
No home

So the man came to our town
He offered us money
And we all lay down, gave him purchase
We begged him to do it

And even now he poisons the water
And even now we're killing our daughters
And if you don't want poison for water
How will they know if you don't say so?
Say so
Say so