Unfinished Houses

by Esther Golton

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Jerry Rockwell
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Jerry Rockwell This album is a true masterpiece of songwriting, dulcimer playing, arranging with a kind of chamber music feel (as on "Emily"), and ace production. You will feel Alaska in all her chill and raw natural beauty! Favorite track: Emily Has Compassion Fatigue - 3 Blind Mice Cover.
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1.
In Reasonland, the emperor came down To the water's edge Said I don't know where I'm bound I've got emeralds and rubies sewn into my gown But I am sadder than the diamonds in my crown Chorus: So will you lay me down in a fiddler's cloud And float me out to sea Let my aching head be still Let me surrender to your will Float me out, deliver me A mighty king came down to the sea Said I have won every battle that I please I've got a hundred-man battalion They all fall down at my feet But there’s a songbird who will not sing for me Chorus I wanna fly out to your center I wanna sink down into your gold I wanna go down without my dagger I wanna shed these clothes The preacher's wife knelt down by the waves Said for your love and salvation I have prayed I am a tired tightrope dancer I wanna go no more this way Just give me something, a penny for my faith
2.
We kept a rope hidden under the brush on the hillside Sneakin' in at dusk, we were going for a wild ride Hitchhiker tangled tail, swatting at the deerflies Gimmee a leg up Celia, I'm sitting so high Honeysuckle summer air, wrap your hands in golden hair Arms along his sleek neck, nothing like a back so bare Click your tongue, squeeze the legs, heels dig in, nostrils flair Galloping up that hill, rope for reins, we don't care See ya later Mom, I'm going to Shadu... Climb on up, find a perch on that worn-out wooden post and rail Sittin' there for hours, watchin' daisies... Well, Celia says “Let's jump that fence,” I smile a one time “What the hell” It's dark enough, we won't get caught, just don't tell” See ya later Mom, I'm going to Shadu... Before the stunt we agree if someone comes we'll hit the trees I'm on the ground, pull off a rail, crickets chirp, no hint of breeze Celia's up, a hoof stomps loud, announcing our bold decree Suddenly bright headlights glare, the moments freeze... We're hiding in the bushes, not breathing But we're very much alive Shadu's gone back to grazing As the car pulls out the drive We're giggling at the sky... See ya later Mom, I'm going to Shadu...
3.
A hoedown philosopher wrote to the newspaper After he’d wronged a girl, left her cryin’ His letter to the editor, which never was published, Said only this: Life must be filtered. Chorus: Nobody promised us crystalline clarity Nobody modeled us simple sincerity There’s only one murky conclusion that I can see Life must be filtered It’s just like the story of Alice in Wonderland She didn’t understand all the madness She jumped down the rabbit hole, came back a different soul Muttering that life must be filtered Chorus I’ll hitch up my skirt with a Cheshire Cat grin I’ll ditch the White Rabbit and dance with his twin And when I am thirsty I’ll fill up my bottle And drink to the truth that a filter can’t throttle I’ll drink to the truth that a filter can’t throttle Chorus Like Alice, I’m wondering just what has come over me This is a rather strange hoedown philosophy But there’s only one murky conclusion that I can see Life must be filtered Yes, this is a rather strange hoedown philosophy Life must be filtered
4.
Written by Danny Schmidt http://dannyschmidt.com I remember on the days when I was happy all the time Of the forest and the fray but I was happy all the time And the honeysuckle buds all dripped the sweetest love And I never lost the taste ‘cause I was happy, I was happy all the time I lived inside a log but I was happy all the time With the lizards and the frogs but I was happy all the time And I always ate at dawn and I always slept till dark I guess I worked too hard but I was happy, I was happy all the time I danced beneath the moon ‘cause I was happy all the time With the beavers and raccoons cause I was happy all the time And the sycamores would chaperone and flash approving teeth And herons cheered me on ‘cause I was happy, I was happy all the time Bubble baths and parties I was happy all the time With berries and Bacardi I was happy all the time Is it darkness that inspires us, or passion that requires us To have to stay so loose to be so happy, happy all the time A river of retsina I was happy all the time And though the bank was sorta seedy I was happy all the time So I piled high the stones until the river kindly rose Well dam it all cause I was so damn happy, happy all the time I took the time to breathe ‘cause I was happy all the time Among the root buds and the weeds cause I was happy all the time But the peat moss and the leaves took turns with both my feet Until my toes took root and I was happy, I was happy all the time I begged upon the seasons I was happy all the time To strip my rhymes and reasons I was happy all the time And the winter rained like razors and the summer burned like bees And my skin grew thick as bark ‘cause I was happy, I was happy all the time There was fire in the forest I was happy all the time To cleanse our closets for us I was happy all the time And my branches were the first to embrace the scalded earth And my middle opened wide ‘cause I was happy, I was happy all the time Now there’s a girl inside my chest and she seems happy all the time Untethered and undressed and just so happy all the time And all the frogs and all the lizards tell her tales of droughts and blizzards And the soil ‘neath her toes just feels so rich And just so happy
5.
In the city of unfinished houses Candles are chasing their flames The windows are dusty and frameless And plywood holds onto its stains In the city of unfinished houses We residents flicker and flare Our eyes become blind to the careless Untended mistakes everywhere We live in unfinished houses Shelfless, trimless and bare Emptiness echoes around us You see, fire cannot burn without air
6.
Written by Lyndon J Connah, Alex Grayson and Garry Wonfor AKA 3 Blind Mice Emily, can you hear the dodo call? Remember me? See the doormat has a new disease Pizza eats a million trees Emily, the sky is finished with us and the sea Is bruised and swollen with the memory Of every god-forsaken anchovy Chorus: Emily I know you love blindly Emily I know you think kindly The gentle breeze of summer in your hair And so to the news the world is dying The pundits decree we all start crying But Emily’s in love and does not care Emily’s so in love the world’s not there Emily, God alone in broken heaven calls to me What in hell on earth is come to be He weeps; we leap to reap his prophecy Emily, Emily, Emily You know I love you too and that it’s killing me Please give me strength to know a way to feel I either watch the news or make the meal Chorus I heard on the news the world’s undone And we’re all on our way to kingdom come But Emily just made a cup of tea Emily can we live minutiae I won’t believe the sky is holed If you can disbelieve the poisoned sea Emily I’ll love you if you love me
7.
05:21
In the end if I should know the green that springtime grows, The sheen of moon on snow, the trees auburn and yellow, I would have lived a good life, oh a good life And in the end if I have found that straight things can be round, The music in all sound, the feel of fertile ground, I would have lived a good life, oh a good life Louise she’s a dancer on trapeze You should see her, she flies with ease Her long brown hair, swingin’ through the air She has her own dance company Yeah, the critics love her Strangely now, she doesn’t care I got some news back in July We were all surprised, they said She’s got a tumor in her head She was only 31, I was the same age So much doin’ to be done Oh Louise You got me thinking She has a short time to live well I asked her what she wanted “Learn more dances” she said “And maybe simplify my life, So I’ll be ready All this stuff I own is meaningless” The doctors say that when they’re done It’s possible that she’ll be mute or blind It depends on what they find Conversation might be gone, no comprehension Take my life, don’t take my mind Oh Louise You got me thinking Philadelphia’s so far I can’t just hop there in my car I don’t know what to do Send a letter write a song It all seems trivial and wrong I guess she’s alone… me too… Louise You got me thinking And in the end if I have found that straight things can be round, The music in all sound, the feel of fertile ground, I would have lived a good life, oh a good life
8.
02:08
Love is easy when it’s you and me It’s breezy as bubbles in the air From our very first kiss on the porch that night We were a magical pair Love is easy for you and me It pleases me to see the ways you shine Let’s build a house together Let’s garden till we’re sore Then we’ll tango like tulips ‘cross the floor BRIDGE: Our friends are kind of jealous They ask “Don’t you ever fight?” “Not too often. Things are mellow.” There’s only one topic we like to avoid: Should the paint in the kitchen be that particular shade of yellow? Love is easy when it’s me and you You can tease me when I’m surly, or blue It’s no wonder we gave birth to the cutest kid on earth Our wedding day is making even Sorrow smile too… I’ve never felt less lonely, I’ve never felt more free This love has made us rich with its simplicity Our love is easy Our love is easy So easy when it's you and me
9.
01:39
Hey there, Sugar. Do your thing. Paint the red to gray. I’m feelin’ bad, so lay me down and kiss my cares away. I want to feel your soothing touch, your sweetness on my tongue Deliver me from gravity my delicious honey bun. You put your arms around me, you whisper in my ear. You fill my mind with candied thoughts and then you disappear A temporary rescue from the wily ways of men I say thank you, Sugar, you have saved me from this world again.
10.
I have all the room I need My bed is wide enough for three I can stand up tall and stretch my arms up high I can step outside and wander through the trees I have all the room I need. I have all the light I need It’s dark outside but I can read One small flame will let me gaze upon your face That always was enough for this old human race I have all the light I need. I have all the time I need Life is long and rich and green I’ll walk slowly till I’m old and bent and gray Then I’ll smile a knowing smile that says “It’s all okay” I have all the time I need I have everything I need
11.
Lyrics by Bela Bodnar and Esther Golton, Music by Esther Golton The teacher said I came from Primordial Soup You know that really threw me for a loop It might have been tomato, or maybe potato With a dash of lightning juice The preacher said I came from Adam and Eve Poof! The human race, they did conceive Had to be incest right off the bat But the preacher, he don't talk about that There's more in the pot than DNA There's a kind of sweet and salty essence that comes to play These ingredients are all my own Mysterious spices mixed with flesh and bone I don't know the recipe To make a woman like me Maybe the secret's in the sauce Or maybe it's just in the toss Pass that bowl Scott..... What kind of dressing do ya got?
12.
03:08
Pull the shades down No moonlight, cold shadows Bitterness and sorrow There’ll be fog tomorrow
13.
02:59
We stood in line We said hello We didn’t know about tomorrow A perfect sky Lit up your eyes You cracked a smile as we waved goodbye Fly away through the snow covered hills Unafraid I see you smiling still Silver wings The runway’s clear What’s behind the clouds, you merry pioneer? You belong To this wilderness Safe and strong, you raised the bar for all of us Fly away through the snow covered hills Unafraid I see you smiling still

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Unfinished Houses, Esther's debut studio production, is an unconventional delight. The dulcimer surprises you, sometimes playing jazzy chord progressions that seem impossible for a non-chromatic 4-stringed instrument. The flute improvs are both lush and spare. Esther’s voice is vivid, pretty, and pronounced. These songs encompass heartfelt stories. poetic soundscapes, and quirky philosophical musings.

The CD contains contributions from a variety of musicians including a moving harmony and layered guitars by Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman on “Keli Mahoney”... a song memorializing a well-loved Alaskan bush pilot with whom Karen and Pete flew around Denali.

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released September 12, 2007

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Esther Golton creates music that satisfies the quest for something delightfully different & diverse. Her voice is "silky smooth, precise and winsome." Add an unusually intricate use of the mountain dulcimer, stunningly fluid flute, & melodic, colorful writing, strengthened by formal studies in flute, jazz & composition. Peter Mulvey has praised her work as "solid, beautiful, vibrant...inspiring. ... more

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