Woodland Voices

by Kathleen Murray

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In her debut album, Woodland Voices, Kathleen tells about her process of self-discovery, spiritual unrest and “learning how it's not always bold to be alone.”

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released August 17, 2014

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Kathleen Murray Seattle, Washington

Kathleen Murray has been writing songs for over a decade. Her approach has evolved but remains true to its roots, as a form of process. Inspired by the farmlands and forest surrounding Santa Cruz, California where she grew up, her words summon memories of childhood naivete and simple truths. ... more

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Track Name: Fallen Branches
meet me by the fallen branches
meet me by the weathered stone
we all have a longing heart
and secrets to be tol
I am just a wondering stranger
longing to be known
learning how to let that happen
learning how
it’s not always bold to be alone
but I’ll stay away from love
that’s painted gold
I’m taking the longer road
please come with me
deeper than before
I don’t know what darkness holds
please come with me
help me find my soul
naive won’t work anymore
naive wont work anymore
I’m taking the longer road
please come with me
cause I can’t go on me own
questions upon questions
upon answers I don’t trust
the crumbling road and desert storm
fill my eyes with dust
I won’t understand it all
but can’t I know enough
to settle down my wondering heart
oh I’m not giving up
I’m not giving up
I’m taking the longer road
please come with me
deeper than before
I don’t know what darkness holds
please come with me
help me find my soul
naive won’t work anymore
naive wont work anymore
I’m taking the longer road
please come with me
cause I can’t go on me own
authenticity can’t be won
I must travel deep to see the sun
authenticity can’t be won
I must travel deep to see the sun
and I must travel deep to love someone
and authenticity oh it can’t be won
so lead me lead me
please come with me
please come with me
meet me by the fallen branches
Track Name: Barren Land
drowning in the waterless sand
where empty words talk of empty plans
we gathered our coins and put them in a jar
that shattered as we shook
the books from the shelf
with hopes written down
oh they’ve been burned
and blown to the wind
but how I learned to start again
how to run longer than I thought I could
how to see farther than the tree line
and you have stood on the countryside
with no idea of paradise
this barren land was all you had
this barren land was all you had
traveling on solid ground
hoping your feet land on something
that won’t break you down
well each step comes from one of two things
the good wolf or the bad wolf
which ever you feed
well we are known to be indecisive
and my bones they split in opposite ways
we are known to share
but one won’t eat the other
if you starve the wolf who really truly cares
how to run longer than
they thought they could
how to see farther than the tree line
you have stood on the countryside
with no idea of paradise
this barren land was all you had
this barren land was all you had
all you had
but you will see farther than the tree line
you will run longer than
you thought you could
you will see farther than the tree line
you have stood on the countryside
with no idea of paradise
this barren land is not all you have
this barren land is not all you have
this barren land is not all
it’s not all you have
Track Name: Doors
folly, are you still here?
you’ve been running round and round
for over a year
darling it should be clear
that folly don’t have you in mind
oh the silence aint a waste time
you wonder how to get in line
wonder how to get in line
at the door of
at the door of satisfied
mother, are you still home?
you’re afraid you’ll never see
or go where you wanna go
and your keychain of the world
is swinging low whispers,
come and meet my valentine
jump into a river side
cut ahead the restless line
get into the restless line
at the door of
at the door of running wild
You have every right to want to be free
But you are so determined to find the key
of doors that won’t open without me
I’ll tell you again
I am not a feeling
I am not feeling
so if you don’t feel me
it don’t mean that I’m not there
I’ll tell you again
keep on searching for the key
just know the doors won’t open
unless you’re opening the doors with me
know the doors won’t open
unless you’re opening the doors with me
welcome to the door of satisfied
welcome to the door of running wild
at the door of purpose
where tangled lies finally unwind
welcome to the door of mine
welcome to the door of mine
Track Name: Alive
looking back at photographs
we were just kids
foolishly in love well that was then
do you remember, do you recall how it feels
to look into a lovers eyes
all the moments you wish you could steal
I can dream about the future
I can analyze the past
but if asked how I’m doing now
couldn’t tell you where I’m at
do you remember, do you recall how it feels
to sit along the valley floor and rest assured
there’s a reason I’m here
cause when you don’t feel anymore
there’s a glimpse here and there
of a world standing cold
unmoved and unaware
you can hold on to nothing
cause nothing won’t leave your side
you say,
this world won’t give me answers
on how to be alive
look beyond the skyline
tell me what you see
people getting older
they’re falling to their knees
and they’re looking for an answer
they’re looking for freedom
cause this world hasn’t shown them
how to breathe in
how to breathe in
cause when you don’t feel anymore
there’s a glimpse here and there
of a world standing cold
unmoved and unaware
you can hold on to nothing
cause nothing won’t leave your side
you say,
this world won’t give me answers
on how to be alive
you can try a million times to satisfy your soul
but this hardened ground we’re praying over won’t see any growth
so tune your heart to loving others
and feel once more
when you feel once more
you see glimpses here and there
of a story untold so bright and so aware
you can hold on to something
that never leaves your side
you’ll say,
I finally found the answer
on how to be alive
when you hold on to something
that never leaves your side
you’ll say
I finally found the answer
on how to be alive
Track Name: Settle Down
caught alive on a fishing wire
you better do some explaining
of why you want me
cause I’ve never been here before
and the world I know is unchanging
and full of stone
should I fight it if I’m not comfortable
should I fight it if I’m not comfortable
and he said,
settle down
you won’t figure out
why the world is turning
your wondering heart is slowing you down
and I can’t watch it anymore
I won’t watch this unfold
so even if you’re not comfortable
let me hold
let me hold you
the greatest love in all of history
is mine for the taking
it smothers me but I still hesitate
smothers me and I can’t walk away
smothers me and suddenly I feel safe
should I fight it if I’m not comfortable
should I fight it if I’m not comfortable
and he said,
settle down
you won’t figure out
why the world is turning
your wondering heart is slowing you down
and I can’t watch it anymore
I won’t watch this unfold
so even if you’re not comfortable
even if your heart is cold
even if your mind isn’t sold
let me hold
let me hold you
hold me like I’m your cherished one
I don’t need some one else
to complete my longing heart
you satisfy you set apart
so even if you’re not comfortable
even if your heart is cold
even if your mind isn’t sold
let him hold
let him hold you
Track Name: Renewal
here in the same room somebody fell in love
I don’t feel it I’m having trouble with trust
trying to hold on to what they say
is already holding me
trying to hold on to what I can’t see
well I wish I could escape my thoughts
I’d set them down and I’d take a walk
and I’d feel nothing
oh I’d feel nothing
oh I’d feel nothing
more than nothing at all
nothing more than nothing at all
nothing more than
nothing more than nothing at all
here in the same room
stuck on a battle ground
caught in the movements
of the unknown and unbound
well if you gave me mind
that won’t settle down
a renewal would be nice
turn these thoughts around
a renewal would be nice
turn these thoughts around
turn me around
cause I wish I could escape my thoughts
I’d set them down and I’d take a walk
and I’d feel something
oh I’d feel something
oh I’d feel something
more than nothing at all
something more than nothing at all something more than
something more than nothing at all
here in the same room somebody rose above
learned to let go of what it is
and what it could become
well as soon as I lay down my gun
I’ll join you in the clearing in the sun
I’ll find a peace of mind
where the battle’s won
Track Name: Snowstorm Dance
I didn’t know my left from right
in the middle of a snowstorm
middle of the night
still can feel your hand around mine
cause you were in the middle
of a snowstorm too
and we’re separated now but I hold on to
your confidence we would make it through
make it through
we’ll make it through
he and I had eyes and a mouth
two hands we used to conquer ourselves
and the words we spoke never amount
to how we felt
cause being real with how you feel
it’s a dangerous game
but you can’t conceal our monologue
where we went wrong
I was wrong
I was wrong
but light emerged at the fallen tree
the weathered stone it beckoned me
to take a seat so I can breathe
oh fallen tree and weathered stone
will you beckon me to be alone?
cause I’m wondering
where my wondering went wrong
oh will I spend eternity wondering
where my wondering went wrong
is there grace in our questions
is there grace in our song
there’s grace in our song
there’s grace in our song
Track Name: Will It Last
in between the sycamore and maple tree
I won’t wait I won’t wait anymore
somewhere now the light
meets the end of the road
you’ll be fading
you’re chasing gold
settle down after a long day
you won’t look me straight in the eyes
you won’t concentrate on your despises
I’ll ask you now
and I asked you then
do you know what you’re living for
do you know what you’re working towards
will it last you a lifetime or even a night
I don’t think so
I don’t think so
not against the act itself of working hard
just the trap of a lifeless job
cause reaping what you sow
doesn’t always pay off
but we can reap an everlasting love
carry on now with an open ear
and a heart for those who are far and near
you can open up to the unknown fears
and ask yourself
please just ask yourself
do you know what you’re living for
do you know what you’re working towards
will it last you a lifetime or even a night
I don’t think so
I don’t think so
well darling we could run away
empty pockets bills unpaid
simple minded day by day
we’ll live in a place with no fences
simple minded day by day
we’ll live in a place with no fences
if we cry at least we’re alive
and if we starve we’re doing it right
if we die we’ll find what’s on the other side
the other side
If we cry at least we’re alive
and if we starve we’re doing it right
If we die we’ll find what’s on the other side
the other side
the other side
but for now we’ll just live our lives
Track Name: Woodland Voice
fallen hearts standing tall
crippled feet running far
tangled lies and who we are
are not two in the same
how did we let them get away
when will we realize
we’re not to blame
we’re not to blame
busy street empty house
buried deep can’t get out
you begin to think you need
a savior now
but honey you were going down
honey you were going down
honey you were going down
long before you hit the ground
long before you hit the ground
well who’s to blame for the way things are
for the shadows on our eyes
the beauty in the dark
well the woodland voices are calling out
they’re calling out to one and all singing,
don’t keep chasing
what’s already holding you
the inner voices lived before you knew
we’ll say,
don’t keep chasing
what’s already holding you
the voices heal a heart that isn’t true