Ode to the Sea

by Donna Vatnick

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released September 10, 2013

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Donna Vatnick Boston, Massachusetts

Inspired by nature and story-telling, Donna Vatnick blends folk, jazz, bossa-nova, and acoustic styles into her original pieces. Her first album, Ode to the Sea, was inspired by growing up on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Rolling on the waves of change is always challenging; songwriting is a comforting companion for a wandering rower. ... more

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Track Name: Ode to the Sea
Take me in
Forget this crowd
I swear they’ve never in my mind
Felt so loud

Timeless one
Where do you end?
Is the horizon your lover
Or your bed?

But the depths of your eyes
I’ll never know
For you swallow half the sailors
And guided half home

And you ripped the shores
In between
Still, you’re the only one
I believe in

I was once this holy
Girl who knew her way
This was once the only
Place where I could pray
Lord, I pray, lord
To sail away

Oh, the moon and the sun
Be my guides
For my restless bones lie
With the tides

Blue and green
In between
Still, you’re the only one I believe in

But the depth of your eyes
I’ll never know
And your kiss comes as surely
As it goes

Where will you hide?
Where will you run?

I was once this holy
Girl who knew her way
This was once the only
Place where I could pray
Lord, I pray, lord
To sail away

Ocean wide, ocean blue
Pulls me straight to you
And we’ll swim between
The galaxies and we’ll
Carve our names between the tress
And understand why we were
Given this time to
Believe in something

I was once this holy
Girl who knew her way
What is this I’m holding?
Maps don’t give me strength,
No, I pray, lord, to sail away
Track Name: Evolution of an Almost Love
We built an island in the sky
Between two lanes of candy cane traffic
Always laughed at passerbys saying
They were only jealous

That we have found
The golden fields
You felt so warm
Under my skin

Penny for your thoughts you say
A price you’re never willing to pay
My heart is poisoned with suspicion
You’re a walking contradiction, babe

But you run so smooth
Down my throat
Wish I could love you
Without turning to stone

Darling I can take no more
You took my heart with you
Out that door

So I’m left here waiting, wishing
Maybe someday you’ll be different
What for?

You have found a fold
In my bones
I can’t love you
Without turning to stone

Now I have to keep my distance
Our island in the sky falls to Earth
Holding on to all the pieces
Trading pain for what it’s worth

How can I say goodbye?
How can I say goodbye?
Track Name: When Babel Fell
There were three stars
In the sky when Babel fell
We thought we could win
This war against ourselves

They said:
You two are as famous
As the city’s newspapers
Did you know?

Said:
If anyone could make it
To the heavens,
You two would hold the gold

So tell me something
I’ll understand
We built a tower
On quicksand
And we should’ve never
Built so high
We should’ve never
Tried to touch the sky

And as the bricks began
To fall to the ground
We swore but we never
Made a sound

We thought we could win
This war against ourselves
We were foolish to believe
That we could win

If you’re looking for the Holy Grail
The first place to look
Is between their eyes
If you’re looking for the gates
To heaven, they would
Never disguise

So tell me something
I’ll understand
We built a tower
On quicksand
And we should’ve never
Built so high
We should’ve never
Tried to touch the sky

Now, we don’t speak
We don’t speak,
We don’t speak,
We don’t speak,
The same language

When Babel fell
When Babel fell
When Babel fell
Track Name: Two Birds on a Wire
I haven’t spoken in three days
But I don’t have much to say to anyone

Birds are sitting on the wire

Licking each others feathers
Getting ready to send my letters
To the one I said I love

Oh, they whisper so,
Do they know?
Oh, the whisper so,
Do they know what I don’t know?

I used to sing with them, with the freedom of their wings
Now how I envy them, with the bending of my limbs
I used to sing with them, our words were taken with the wind
And by surprise, I can’t rescue him,
I write him letters

from the darkness of the night
from the two birds on the wire

It all goes back to stardust
And you and I we nothing once
Now, I’m living in this neverland forevermore

I haven’t gone outside
Oh my aching soul is tired

Birds are calling from the wire

I’m running out of ink
And without it I cant think

Oh they whisper so,
Do they know?
Oh, they whisper so,
Do they know what I don’t know?

It all goes back to stardust
And you and I we nothing once
Now, I’m living in this neverland forevermore

Green and red skyline then
As we bled between the moon
And the stars where the pieces created
This movement of light
Two birds on a wire

It all goes back to stardust
And you and I we nothing once
Now, I’m living in this neverland forevermore
Track Name: The Pirate
Seagulls perched upon the mast,
Could this mean land at last?
I've got a map in my hand
Steering by the skyways, moving so fast

And as you write your letters, I only wish to kill for treasures
When my wicker burns out, and my candle cries
I see the sunrise

Over the distance, over the distance
Your eyes haunt me swiftly
I wish I could be free
Over the distance, over the distance
Your lips were like rubies
Diamonds pierced through me

Forget me I beg, forget me I beg
Your heart of gold for me to guard,
I stole it instead
So heavy to my feet
I am anchored to the sea

Sea salt lingers on my skin
And seashells line my windows
Still havent touched that note you left
Saying I'm your widow

And as I write you letters
You only wish to kill for treasures
When my wicker burns out
And my candle cries I see your eyes
Your eyes

Over the distance, over the distance
The eyes that once knew me
Now see right through me

Over the distance, over the distance
Your lips were like honey
But you wanted money

I'll forget you I swear,
Forget you I swear
You put my heart in a locket forever to wear
Heavy emptiness
My heart is at your feet
I am anchored to the sea
Track Name: Stories About Your Wife
The room is dimly lit
It’s a calculated trick
And you can come and sit beside me
There room for two to fit

And you smile with your eyes
Though it comes as no surprise
The liquors sitting thick
It’s a calculated trick
Uh huh, isn’t it?

But I’ll play along with your silly game
‘Cause in the end, it’s all the same
We’ll go dancing after dark
Then we’ll stroll through the park

And you’ll spill your soul
Say you’re afraid of growing old
And find comfort in my eyes
But my youth is my disguise
Uh huh, ain’t that right?

I will never be your soldier
I will never be your queen
I am not a tortured painter
Though sometimes it may seem

You can throw me down a well
Or you can sit me on a shelf
And tell me stories about your life
Tell me stories about your wife
Ooh

You say you work in finance
Romance? No chance! No chance!
Say you’ve never met someone like me?
I find that hard to believe

A million other girls could be standing on their toes
Just listening to your woes, just listening to your woes

You will never be my soldier
You will never be my king
You won’t even be my prince
You won’t even hear me sing

I’ll sit you on a shelf
And then I’ll throw you down a well
And watch you sink between the stones
Making wishes on your bones
Mhmmm

You’ll wake up on a park bench in the morning
And I’ll be gone
And you’ll be on
Your way
Back home