And So She Sang

by Elizabeth Etta

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1.
Spyglass 03:33
Oh the spyglass that I have is a worthy tool indeed It shows me a million miles across the foamy sea But this spyglass cannot show me what I long so much to see The heart of my true love, wherever she may be Oh the compass in my hand is as true as e’re I’ve owned It guides me along my way beneath that fickle dome But this compass cannot guide me in this question that I hold Does she think of me? I would that it were so Oh the schooner that I sail, from mast to solid keel Rides the waves with grace, she let’s me take her wheel But this boat cannot compete for this sailor’s promise sealed For my lady fair, despite her heart concealed Oh the North Star in the sky is a constant friend in cheer He talks to me of hope, he takes away my fear But the North Star cannot tell me what I long so much to hear Does she wait for me upon that distant pier?
2.
20 hours of practice never is enough for this game There's always something more Something more to be unsatisfied with getting in the way She knows it's a dance, she knows it's a short life on stage Raspberry lips, unbelievable sky-high kicks Ballerina Meena Jane Eating less, using more, come what may She may need a hero come preserve her from her coach Always telling her, "Don't mess up that plie" Muscles hard as walnuts, makeup thick as paint on that face Of porcelain skin, the grace of which, now where do I begin? Prima donna on her way It's a messed up kind of fate A messed up kind of love affair you're in today 'Cause you gave her your heart, she gave hers to a classic art Ballerina, come my way Ballerina Meena Jane
3.
Shenandoah 04:13
Oh Shenandoah, I hear you calling Away, you rolling river Oh Shenandoah, I hear you calling Away, I'm bound away, cross the wide Missouri Oh Shenandoah, I love your daughter Away, you rolling river For her I'd cross your roaming waters Away, I'm bound away, cross the wide Missouri Oh Shenandoah, you mighty river Away, you rolling river When she rolls down her topsails shiver Away, I'm bound away, cross the wide Missouri Oh Shenandoah, I love to see you Away, you rolling river Oh Shenandoah, I love to see you Away, I'm bound away, cross the wide Missouri
4.
900 Miles 03:24
I'm walking down these tracks with tears in my eyes Trying to read a letter from my home If that train runs me right, I'll be home tomorrow night I'm 900 miles from my home And I hate to hear that lonesome whistles blow I'll pawn you my watch, I'll pawn you my chain I'll pawn you my gold diamond ring If that train runs me right, I'll be home tomorrow night I'm 900 miles from my home And I hate to hear that lonesome whistles blow The train that I am on is a hundred coaches long Hear the whistle blow a hundred miles If that train runs me right, I'll be home tomorrow night I'm 900 miles from my home And I hate to hear that lonesome whistles blow I'm walking down these tracks with tears in my eyes Trying to read a letter from my home If that train runs me right, I'll be home tomorrow night I'm 900 miles from my home And I hate to hear that lonesome whistles blow
5.
My love was a soldier He was handsome and tall My love was the brightest light In a world full of dark He gathered all the moonlight Into the stone I wear on my breast He kissed me once on my lips And disappeared into the west The river is swift and the mountain is high The howling wolf, mournful and wild The cedar is tall and the ocean is wide But not as wide as the ocean that I cried I loved my soldier I loved my golden boy He filled my heart so With pride and joy The river is swift and the mountain is high The howling wolf, mournful and wild The cedar is tall and the ocean is wide But not as wide as the ocean that I cried
6.
How many days have I seen? How many more have I still to go? How many hills have I climbed? Every road that I take becomes steeper Every pain that I face reaches deeper Every joy leads to you, to you I know now nothing stays the same I see that I still have so much more to learn When I am ready to leave Leave this world full of struggles and sorrows Will I find myself worthy of the truth? Find a land full of light, bright and new? Find a heart left with nothing more to rue? Have I this to look forward to? Will the angels bring me to you?

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released July 14, 2016

All songs written by Reika Hunt, except tracks 3 and 4, traditional songs arranged by Reika Hunt.
Recorded by Ted Waterhouse, mixed and mastered by Rick Sutton at Sutton Sound Studio.
Cover art by Monika Forsberg. (www.walkyland.com)

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Elizabeth Etta San Luis Obispo, California

Singer/songwriter based in Central California. Also part of the critically-acclaimed Japanese Americana band Pirates Canoe.

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