Terra Firma

by Barbara Marion

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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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Track Name: Terra Firma
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.
Track Name: Kiss Me Like You Mean It
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.
Track Name: Prayers for Rain
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.
Track Name: Poor Annie Can't Sleep
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.
Track Name: Please Don't Leave Me Here On My Own
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