Victorian America

by Emily Jane White

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released October 9, 2009

Emily Jane White - organ, guitar, percussion, piano, arranger, composer, vocals, producer
Josh Fossgreen - bass (upright)
Jennifer Grady - arranger, cello, vocals
Ross Harris - arranger, drums, mixing
Wainwright Hewlett - producer, engineer, mixing
Carey Lamprecht - violin, arranger, vocals
Jake Mann - arranger, bass (electric)
Henry Nagle - pedal steel, arranger, guitar (electric)

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Track Name: Never Dead
*Never Dead

Sun, morning sun,

Never Dead, on the horizon
I’m done with night I’m done with black
and please morning come to me
just last night bad news it blew right through me…
Come, friendship come
Never Dead
Perhaps just neglected
Oh dear god, he took himself out so coldly
He said that the world expects too much too much from me…

Oh in the way it felt honestly
And oh, how those trains pass so quickly
And I never saw it, coming round the bend
No regret in the end…

Gone, are you truly gone, but you’re never dead
Perhaps just connected
To something like the wind that passes through me
And the wind translates your whispering oh for me
Just last night bad news was given to me

And this fact is still too new, too new to me
Track Name: Stairs
*Stairs
Mama don’t leave, mama don’t stay, we don’t know what game to play
This baby calf fell to earth, we don’t know just what she’s worth
Mama don’t leave, mama don’t stay, we don’t know what game to play
This baby calf fell to earth, we don’t know just what she’s worth…

At the top of the stairs, with a crash she hit the ground, she fell backwards
Backwards without a sound, backwards without a sound
With a backhand at night, with a crash she hit the ground
She fell backwards, backwards without a sound, backwards without a sound…

Until she hit the ground…
Until she hit the ground…
Oh leave me here to stay, I was meant to die this way
Oh leave me here to stay, I was meant to die this way

And the wind rolled, and the rain came, and we all know
It was not my way
And the wind rolled, and the rain came, and we all know
It was not her way

Oh Katherine, are you in heaven now?
Oh my Katherine, are you in heaven now?
Oh sweet Katherine, are you in heaven now?
Oh my Katherine, are you in heaven now?

‘Cause, I was once just like you and how it grew and how it grew
And all these dreams of human beings and all these wells, all these springs
I just don’t know what to do, what to do, what to do…….

Mama don’t leave, mama don’t stay, we don’t know what game to play
This baby calf fell to earth, we don’t know just what she’s worth
Oh oh oh oh oh……
Track Name: Victorian America
*Victorian America

Women at home in Victorian America
Women at home in Victorian America
I lost my lamp in Victorian America
It was the brightest, light I’d ever seen

She lost her home in Victorian America
It was the biggest thing she’d ever known
And it was there, she lost hope in America

I hope that you listen up America
Now that the bones are laid upon the grave
A giant flood took Louisiana
but it took more than just the city of New Orleans

Women at home in Victorian America
Women at home in Victorian America
I lost my lamp in Victorian America
It was the brightest, light I’d ever seen
Track Name: The Baby
*The Baby
Tin roof rusted now, tin roof rusted now
Tin roof rusted, the old man’s been busted now

Oh I held the baby in my hand
I held the baby in my hand
The baby was so tiny
It fit in the palm of my hand

And the wind did howl and the wind did moan
Oh dear darlin’ you’re not alone
The wind did howl and the wind did moan
Oh dear darlin’ you’re not alone

Oh the devil came between she and I
Oh on the floor I did lie
Why did they take her?
What did they say?
Why did they take her?
Take her away, take her away….

Oh I was swimming with the birds
I was swimming with the birds
And out of a dark forest I heard words
Oh, Sing on sweet stranger

Oh the devil came between she and I
Oh on the floor I did lie
Why did they take her?
What did they say?
Why did they take her?
Take her away, take her away….
Track Name: Frozen Heart
*Frozen Heart
Walk out, into the room
There are ghosts dancing with you
No worry, they know the tune
Bright night, no moon…

There’s a wolf under the bed
Hiding head, behind a curtain
Unjust right, in a violent heaven
Lights out…

Lying down under the stairs
Hearing noise, that isn’t there
A forgotten, nameless action
Silence, come undone
Walk on, skeleton….

Blood and tear, don’t know your name
Insincere, photograph made
Take away, oh quietly refrain
No pulse dyin’ art, behold your frozen heart
No pulse dyin’ art, behold your frozen heart
Track Name: The Country Life
*The Country Life

I used to be an acrobat, bent back and forth to please and all of that
I don’t do that anymore, I will show you what these legs are for
I’m living the country life, just me and the moon in a love so dirty

Weep winding oh willow tree
Come over here and wrap your legs around me
I’m not the barer of bad news, I just felt the salt in all of these wounds
Like the wind winding through the tree, oh a subtle aching moan
Small death taken from me

Hold it now, you’re not the only one I love
Sing it loud, message sent from above
Hear it now, oh oh oh, because….
I ran faster than the dark, oh I ran harder, from the start
Oh and here you are….
Oh and here you are…
Track Name: Liza
Liza

Oh I woke up today, and the red sky had warned me away
Oh I woke up today, and I thought that death had swept me away
And I said hey, hey liza, where have you been where have you been?
I’ll see you, I’ll see you again….

Oh the dragging of her feet
Made live music for the ghosts in the street
And in silence she did weep, to the rustle of her mind’s own defeat
And I said hey, hey Liza, where have you been, where have you been? I’ll see you, I’ll see you again…

Oh I woke up today, and the grey sky had painted a smile on your face
Oh I woke up today, and I thought that death had swept me away
And I said hey, hey liza, where have you been, where have you been? I’ll see you, I’ll see you again

Oh I woke up today, and the red sky had warned me away
Oh I woke up today, and I thought that death had swept me away
And I said hey, hey liza, where have you been where have you been?
I’ll see you, I’ll see you again….
Track Name: The Ravens
The Ravens

The bats drop night in, a sunken skull imprint of our bodies on the bed
A plaster mold it seems, delicate, enshrined, a masterpiece, left to die
Here we go again, a splitting of the wood, carved and thinned
Until there’s nothing left, but some shavings and an album that you left, behind

Oh my broken bones, crippled and thrown to the wayside…

But we weren’t in it to win
Our love it grew and died, begin again
And a violent wind, ripped the wave from the shore
And I know that you caved in, and surrendered to your cold and brutal nature
And so I walk the line, to the beating of this never ending lie


The ravens they fly low, death a ubiquitous member
And knock forever more, or just break down the door to this labyrinth
Of your twisted heart
But I am just like you, selfish and abused
There is a shadow that stalks my hide

But what do you do with this skin? A home in which you live, it’s insufficient…
But we weren’t in it to win,
Our love it grew and died, begin again,
And a violent wind, ripped the wave from the shore
And I know that you caved in and surrendered to your cold and brutal nature

But you know I understand, so I’ll drop the ball from up on high
And watch it descend, growing ever further from my eye
And so I walk the line, to the beating of this never ending lie…
Track Name: Red Serpent
Red Serpent

She’s not sailing, alone, anymore
The red crimson, has knocked down her door
To the beat chime, baby won’t you ring it again

She’s not wanting, to crawl out of her skin
The red serpent has climbed up, he’s gone in
Devil’s gateway, baby won’t you enter again

Keep that baby, oh mother make me
Keep that baby, oh mother make me

It’s the only thing I’ve done, to keep justice up above
Oh father, you let me down
Oh father, you let me down

The winds are oh so silent now
To the beat of a drum held in your hand

You can’t make me, no
You can’t, can not make me, no
You can’t, can not make me, no

Keep that baby
Oh mother make me
Keep that baby

Oh mother make me
It’s the only thing I’ve done, to keep justice up above…oh oh….
Track Name: Red Dress
Red Dress

Sing loud, where does the model undress now?
She’ll drink whisky for breakfast and cigarettes for lunch

Warning, what is this red dress you’re unfolding?
And who gave it to you, and told you to undress for the empire?

Walking, out in the garden at night
Clothing falls from you, just as soft as lantern light

Watching, from a tower on high
Looking over the town, eyes up, mouth open wide

Warning, what is this red dress you’re unfolding?
And who gave it to you and told you to undress for the empire?

I fell deep, I fell down, I fell down in the well….
I fell deep, I fell down, I fell down in the well….
Track Name: A Shot Rang Out
A Shot Rang Out

Oh a shot rang out, fire up above, there’s one leg left that you stand upon
My body will not break me, into the tomb, nationally
Oh the veil is thin, covering your eyes, in blue and red and black and white
Apocalyptic sun down, the hand that brought the wall down
Sirens ring people flee all around
Covet and hide what you’ve found

Oh an iron mouth, closed at the door, there is no truth spoken here anymore
A bloody battle we have become, and rampant is the state, all laws are undone
Oh speak now you forgotten son, ‘cause in the belly of this beast we’re not all one

Oh I walked out of the tavern, and a big weight hit me and I woke up next to you

You said you’re lost well that makes two, dreamers we aren’t few, but I don’t want to bury my dreams with you
Track Name: Ghost of a Horse
Ghost of a Horse

Running around, wearing a gown, my love hit the ground, and soon, I caught up

Needles and pins, where have I been, my heart says let me back in, but my chest,wants to cave in

Oh take, please take these words, out of my mouth.

Mary Magdalene take this cross off my back now

A ghost of a horse, follows me to the edge, oh the edge of the barn where my faith is buried deep in the ground

I lay into the piano with the pedal pushed down, it rings and it pounds and my heart, oh it sweeps the ground

Oh violin strings they break, oh break to the sound. Of horse bones that carried me, oh into this town. Oh take, please take, oh take me please away from this crowd, and I will show you, the beauty of silence in sound

But where, oh where, is my deep barking hound? ‘Cause the beauty of my love is unfound, and where oh there, in the silence now, oh I wave the boats away from me now, and I saw the ash poured off the bow

But where have I been and what did I do? I let love in, now I’m left, with my friend old blue. But where have I been and what did I do? I let love in, now I’m left, with my friend old blue