Terra Firma

by Barbara Marion

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Home, home, take me home. Home, home, make me whole. I feel the earth 'neath my feet, Grounded in roots so deep. Home, home, take me home. Home, home, make me whole. My terra firma, my need. Show me on further, my lead. Sunrise in the east, sundown in the west, Weary I seek, sleepless I rest. I hear the wind in the trees, Willing me on to believe. Sunrise in the east, sundown in the west, Weary I seek a life time quest. My terra firma, my need. Show me on further, my lead.
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I’m gonna grow me some flowers and pick a bunch And give them to myself Put them in a glass pretty and fair And put them on my shelf. I’m gonna play a little music, sing a little song And dance with me and no one else, Coz baby if you can’t kiss me like you mean it I’d rather be by myself. There’s a star in the sky Shining all alone Happy and bright in the night A million light years from home. It winks at me, I wave at it And raise one to our health, Coz baby if you can’t kiss me like you mean it I’d rather be by myself. You think of her, I think of him, I know just how it feels Tryin' to forget, years of regret Time never seems to heal. But now I’m here and so are you And there’s nobody else... But baby if you can’t kiss me like you mean it I’d rather be by myself. You better believe it, coz baby I mean it I’d rather be by myself I’d rather be by myself.
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Sunrise, daylight, Eyes wide, so bright, This could be the day. Sensing, feeling, Plotting, scheming. Today could be the day. I have seen it in my dreams, I can feel it in my bones, oh. High time, noon time, This could be my time, Sun climbs high in the sky Watching, waiting Always praying, For the first and only sign. Oh, this silence always screams, An emptiness that always leaves me lonely. I hear the deep call I hear the low roll Tremor through my fault line. Sensation mounting, Electric and counting, Flashes on the skyline. Where's my man? Here comes my man! On the horizon A monster arriving Hear my Prayers for Rain. Bring me the best-us Cumulonimbus Hear my Prayers for Rain. Boredom, dying, Mouth dry, starving, Another day goes by. Knees hurt, praying, Heavens keep saying, I'll be waiting, I'll be waiting For a thousand years... I have done my time again, Patience, a virtue in vain. It's over. I refuse virtue, Give me what I'm due, Reset the equation. Assemble the black clouds, A mighty clap so loud. Hear my declaration. Where's my man? Here comes my man! On the horizon, A monster arriving, Hear my Prayers for Rain. Bring me the best-us Cumulonimbus, Hear my Prayers for Rain.
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Tossing and turning on my pillow, Stupid o'clock is on the wall, Never knew the ceiling was appealing Never knew the floor was beautiful. I can't sleep, Let me sleep, For the night that is in it, I know that I can't win it, Let me sleep. I'm a fox, I'm a badger, I'm a night owl, I'm awake and Annie is my name. My eyes are so wide I'm on the prowl now, Looking for that thing to ease the pain. I can't sleep, Let me sleep, My body is aching, My mind keeps racing, Let me sleep. Oh, for the worry, I'm feeling kinda sorry For myself and the wine don't help at all. In the middle of the night My thoughts take on a life Of their own and my mind has gone AWOL. Why does the planet keep on spinning? When will tomorrow come around? Where is the end and the beginning? Who turned the quiet up so loud? I can't sleep, Let me sleep, For the night that is in it, I know that I can't win it, Let me sleep. Let me sleep, Sleep, My body is aching, my mind keeps racing, Let me sleep.
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Please don't leave me here on my own My family have long gone And I've got no place to call my home Please don't leave me here on my own I can lay my head down anywhere I'll be no trouble now oh, I swear But please rescue me from this despair Please don't leave me here on my own Got no home Got no tribe Got no tricks Got no ties No ears to hear No eyes to see No heart to feel No lungs to breathe Can you hear the sound of children sleeping? Let me curl among them for safe keeping In the warm comfort of their soft breathing Please don't leave me here on my own They talk of choices, they talk of freedom If it's a lonely life I don't need them Coz there's only love and so I'm pleading Please don't leave me here on my own Got no home Got no tribe Got no tricks I got no ties No teeth to brush No hair to comb No feet to run No hands to hold

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released January 20, 2017

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Barbara Marion London, UK

An acoustic balladeer, Barbara Marion happily sits on the fence between genres, giving a salute to Americana, a wave to the lounge music of the 40s & 50s and a nod to jazz. The result
is Easy Listening with Attitude – Babs' own, self described genre. It is a classic sound that captures a spectrum of influences ranging from Kirsty MacCall to Julie London, to the folk balladry of Luke Kelly.
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