Goldfeather

by Sarah Goldfeather

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Sarah Goldfeather is a Minnesota-born, Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and violinist. "Goldfeather" is her first EP, where unusual but catchy melodies are woven together with layers of rich vocal harmonies. In a backdrop of lush bluegrass scenery, her lyrics are un-mailed letters to people in her past and present, though the words are universal.

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released January 6, 2014

Written and performed by Sarah Goldfeather

with: Mary Beth Alexander (ukelele and vocals), Jonathan Harris (double bass and vocals), Benjamin Lee (banjo and vocals) and Dylan Mckinstry (mandolin, guitar and vocals).

Recorded and mixed by: Matt McCorkle
Mastered by: Joe Lambert
Album art by: Athena Currier

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Track Name: Dead Sea Water
I thought I was dreaming when I heard the news
Left me staggered and confused
Sitting on my sofa, fighting back the tears
Hadn't thought of you in years

When I think about you
Makes me cry
Feels like Dead Sea water
In my eyes

I was sleepwalking all through my routine
Floating on from scene to scene
Recalling all the times when the boy with flaxen hair
Occasionally returned my stare

When I think about you
Makes me cry
Feels like Dead Sea water
In my eyes

We weren't very close, but I won't forget your smile
Though it has been quite awhile
Once I had adored you, so impish and carefree
You won't know what you mean to me

When I think about you
Makes me cry
Feels like Dead Sea water
In my eyes

Wish that I could say goodbye
I just want to let you fly
Track Name: Jars on the Shelf
Jars on the shelf, dusty and old
Sealed them myself, never turn cold
Keep them confined where I can see
Safe in my mind you'll always be

Visions of you
Soak through the brine
Murky and few
I call them mine

You were so green, fresh off the vine
Barely eighteen, and you were mine
Brazen and profane, molding my desires
Can't really explain how it expired

Visions of you
Soak through the brine
Murky and few
I call them mine

Jars on the shelf, dusty and old
Sealed them myself, never turn cold

Visions of you
Soak through the brine
Murky and few
I call them mine

Visions of you
Soak through the brine
Murky and few
I call them mine

Since we've been apart I've been losing my mind
Bereft of all reason but not yet resigned
I don't know what to do without you

Since we've been apart I've been losing my mind
Bereft of all reason but not yet resigned
I don't know what to do without you
Track Name: I'll Wait
I'm waiting for my true love to return to me again
It seems that he is just another fair-weathered friend

Da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da
Da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da

I'll sit right here beside the door await the turning key
Can't entertain the notion that he won't return to me

Da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da
Da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da

I wish that I'd been cooler tempered earlier today
It ended with him storming out me begging him to stay

Da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da
Da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da

Wound tight inside my fickle mind true reason is obscured
Perhaps someday I'll learn to be a little more mature

Da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da
Da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da da-da

I'll wait
I'll wait
I'll wait

How can I meet your needs without surrendering my own?
I may be proud but too much pride and I will be alone

I love you darlin', please come back, with patience you will see
That I'll become the better person that I want to be

I'll wait
I'll wait
I'll wait

(violin solo)

I'll wait
I'll wait
I'll wait
I'll wait
Track Name: How Can I Claim?
How can I claim that I know who you are?
Now I can see that I've kept you so far
Can't really say that I've tried all that hard
How can I claim that I know who you are?

Thought I knew you through and through
But I know only one part of you
What's the use of being obtuse
A stubborn quality?
I see you the way I want you to be
This is why you always disappoint me

I can only see you from my own point of view
It makes it hard to get to know the real you

How can I claim that I know who you are?
Now I can see that I've kept you so far
Can't really say that I've tried all that hard
How can I claim that I know who you are?

You one seemed so smooth and cool
But time showed you had made me a fool
Once tender and nice, you've now turned to ice
Where went the fire I fed?
You never would do the things that you said
Your words did not confirm the life you led

I can only see you from my own point of view
It makes it hard to get to know the real you

How can I claim that I know who you are?
Now I can see that I've kept you so far
Can't really say that I've tried all that hard
How can I claim that I know who you are?
Track Name: Come Tell Me Bout the Civil War
Come have a seat upon my chair and tell me bout the Civil War
I'm well aware I'm lacking basic knowledge that I can't ignore

My wit is rotting gently, I disengage my mind
But when you speak of Grant and Lee
Everything feels fine

My lifetime wisdoms seem to span just one inch wide and one inch deep
The fleeting memories of what I've learned are harder now to keep

My wit is rotting gently, I disengage my mind
But when you speak of Grant and Lee
Everything feels fine

Sit, tell me your history, I'll learn it all someday
Wish I knew more than I do, what can I say?

I'm filled with such a sense of sick suspense as you recount bloodshed
I feel like General Hooker when the cannon ball concussed his head

My wit is rotting gently, I disengage my mind
But when you speak of Grant and Lee
Everything feels fine

Sit, tell me your history, I'll learn it all someday
Wish I knew more than I do, what can I say?
Track Name: Silver Dagger
Don't sing love songs, you'll wake my mother
She's sleeping here right by my side
And in her right hand a silver dagger
She says that I can't be your bride

"All men are false," says my mother
"They'll tell you wicked loving lies
"And the very next evening they'll court another
"Leave you alone to pine and sigh"

My daddy is a handsome devil
He's got a chain five miles long
And on every link a heart does dangle
Of another maid he's loved and wronged

Go find another tender maiden
And hope that she will be your wife
For I've been warned and I've decided
To sleep alone all of my life

Don't sing love songs, you'll wake my mother
She's sleeping here right by my side
And in her right hand a silver dagger
She says that I can't be your bride