refuge

by Lis Soderberg

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03:02
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3.
04:01
4.
03:48
5.
02:57
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04:15
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03:50
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03:11
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03:26

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1. goodbye 3:03
2. easily embraceable me* 3:18
3. refuge 4:02
4. little bird 3:48
5. girl OK 2:58
6. castaway 4:16
7. long night 3:51
8. nothing 3:12
9. a place to go 3:22
10. treasure 3:27

all songs by lis soderberg
(found objects music/SOCAN/ASCAP)
*except 2: lis soderberg/brent barkman/gwen swick
(found objects music/SOCAN/ASCAP/BMI)

© 2010

made in canada

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released September 21, 2010

produced by brent barkman and scott boyling

the band:

rob piltch: electric guitar (1,3,6,7,10); acoustic guitar (2,9); banjo (4); steel string (8)
ian de souza: bass (3,4,6,7,8,9)
randall coryell: drums/percussion (3,4,6,7,8,9)
warmflash: acoustic guitar (1,7,10), dulcimer (9), bass (10), piano (10)
mark korven: national solo (4)
brent barkman: keyboards, programming
lis soderberg: acoustic guitar (3,4,5,6,7,8,9)

audio & technical wizardry:

recorded at: TA2 sound + music; badger music; room 2708
mixed at: the orange lounge; blue sound
engineered by: scott boyling; paul offenbacher; erich preston;
dan horton (assisted by graham adams); russ mackay
mastered by: chad irschick at inception sound studios

all songs arranged by brent barkman (exc. "treasure"; clive desmond)
all vocals arranged by lis soderberg

cover photos/typography/layout: lis soderberg
inside photo original: allison janzen / www.allisonjanzen.ca
“love” painting by christina thoen; necklace by mariana sniezek

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contact: info@lissoderberg.com

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True stories (although not all of them actually happened). Quirky, melodic alt-folk-pop with hints of country & jazz.

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Track Name: goodbye
hello
i see you’re all packed up to go
just thought i’d drop by to tell you
this is something i will try to get used to

goodbye, goodbye
i wish you all the best
goodbye, goodbye
i’ll miss you

you changed
everything and it’s so strange
it’s so hard to tell you how
with only words but they are all i’ve got now

goodbye, goodbye
i wish you happiness
goodbye, goodbye
i’ll miss you


goodbye, goodbye
i wish you all the best
goodbye, goodbye
i’ll miss you
goodbye, goodbye
i wish you happiness
goodbye, goodbye
i’ll miss you

© 2004 soderberg
Track Name: easily embraceable me
you wanna know if you're loved by somebody
sometimes all that it takes is a touch
you are breathless with anticipation
but you try not to show it too much
 
easily embraceable me
do you feel the way that i do
easily embraceable me
wanting irresistible you
 
if i ask, will you tell what you're thinking
i would love to know what's on your mind
every word that you say to me fascinates
every move sends a thrill up my spine
 
easily embraceable me ...
 
for all the time i've spent on this obsession
it has been a one-sided romance
i have wanted to tell you so many times
now you're here and i'm taking the chance
you wanna know if you're loved by somebody
and you find yourself standing so near
i can't hide anymore from the way i feel
so let me whisper this in your ear
 
easily embraceable me ...

© 2009 soderberg/barkman/swick
Track Name: refuge
i ain't had no visitors
and i'm looking for a place to lay the blame
i'm safe here in my refuge
where everything stays the same
i ain't had no visitors
and i'm wondering if it was something i said
it gets so loud
here inside my head
and i'm waiting for somebody to come to my rescue
i just might drown in my refuge

well, i won't be no prisoner
so i found myself a place to call my own
where i was safe and protected
with an answering machine and a phone
i won't be no prisoner
but i find it hard to get outside sometimes
it gets so crowded
here inside my mind
and if i'm ever all alone in a roomful of friends
i might not stay till the party ends

oh oh oh oh ...
and i'm waiting for somebody to come to my rescue
i just might drown in my refuge...

i ain't no philosopher
but i've done a little thinking just the same
i'm still here in my refuge
where everything stays the same
i ain't no philosopher
but i can document a hundred points of view
and i will tell ya
between me and you
i got no way of telling wishes apart from the truth
and i just might drown in my refuge

i just might drown in my refuge
i just might drown in my refuge
and if i'm ever all alone in a room full of friends
i might not stay till the party ends

© soderberg
Track Name: little bird
little bird, you can’t fly anymore
all those cages clipped your wings for sure

all that sky, too far away for you now
and you can’t sing, not like before anyhow

little bird, all the places you have been
you can’t go back, it’s all behind you now but it’s not the end

little bird, you can stay here with me
and i’ll love you, be the best friend i can be

da dum dahh ....

little bird, all the places you have been
you can’t go back, it’s all behind you now but you can start again

you’re the most precious thing i’ve found
and there’s some beauty
you may not have been
close enough to see before
here on the ground

yeah, there’s some beauty
you’re now close enough to see
here on the ground


© 2004 soderberg
Track Name: girl ok
what a surprise to see you
here where all the lovers come to
under a melon coloured sky
i'm in the mood for walkiin'
you can do all the talkin'
while all the other girls go by

if that's okay, then anything you say
is what i wanna hear
if that’s all right, just say the word
any word will do, and i will stay right here

i wonder where you were last night
oh yes, you told me that, that's right
out with the boys, i should have known
had lots of fun, now did you
what did you all get up to
me, i just watched tv at home

and that's okay, 'cause anything you say
is music to my ears
yeah that's all right, just say the word
any word will do, and i won’t disappear

i had, for your information
a meaningful conversation
with someone who says he knows you well
you're gonna laugh when you hear this
he said he saw you last night kiss
somebody at the Taco Bell ...

.... yes, i'm okay, i will be, anyway
i just need a moment here
don't say a word, not another word

please just forget i told you
what our friend said about you, it's
only circumstantial evidence
it’s true, you’re much too charming
your smile is so disarming
& i'm standing here with no defense

what's that you say, it's getting late
how long have we been here
is that the time, i didn't realise
i gotta run, before you whisper in my ear
any parting words that i don't want to hear

© soderberg 2008
Track Name: castaway
i set sail one night for nowhere
lookin’ for a light profound
and there was nothing when i got there
high and dry on shaky ground
the wind was cold, the ocean rolled

i’m a castaway, waiting for the light of day
thought i’d find myself a message in a bottle
but it must have blown astray

i was looking for salvation
i was searching for a cause
i thought i’d had a revelation
alcohol was all it was

and when there is no hiding place
the journey’s there upon your face
there are things time will not erase
and time has many castaways

you can sit at god’s own table
but you might not get your fill
there’s a lesson in this fable
a lesson learned against my will
the moon shone bright that endless night

i’m a castaway, waiting for the light of day
thought i’d find myself a message in a bottle
but it must have blown astray
it must have blown astray
cause it didn’t come today


© lis soderberg
Track Name: long night
long night
hold tight
this might
be a lonely ride
head low
head out
head for any place in sight
now do you believe in
all the things you’re working for

let’s go
real slow
just so
there’s no room for doubt
inside
insight
(just) in time
for you to clear out
but you can’t get away from
all the things you’re working for

everything has its meaning
everything has its price
every day is a new beginning
if you’re wiling to sacrifice

explore
once more
before
choices disappear
so close
so what
so far
between there and here
sometimes it’s hard to believe in
all the things you’re working for

long night
hold tight


© lis soderberg
Track Name: nothing
you say nothing, and i agree
nothing says it so completely
so we let it ride, let it ride on the wings of a butterfly

you say nothing, i can’t argue
talk it over, there’s no need to
we let it go, under the bridge where waters flow

ain’t it funny how the time goes

you say nothing, and i sympathize
can’t imagine otherwise
we let it be everything it is for you and me

ain’t it funny how the time goes
you’re everywhere the wind blows
i feel like i’ve discovered
what only silence knows


© lis soderberg
Track Name: a place to go
a candle burned one starry night
a life upturned and you took flight
the end of the road’s so far away
a candle burns now to this day

life is hard, this much we know
but a friend in need has a place to go
and if you’re losing to your fears
rest assured i will be here

you can’t see what’s best in you
but i who know and love you, do
you thought you’d left me far behind
but i’ve held you close for all this time

life is hard, this much we know
but a friend in need has a place to go
and if you’re losing to your fears
if lonely days turn into years
rest assured i will be here

i heard a sound i thought i knew
opened the door, but it was not you
ever the hopeful one i’ll be
that the end of your road
will lead to me

i hope you’ve finally healed your pain
i hope you’re feeling good again
and i wish the glow this starry night
was on you and me in candlelight

life is hard this much we know
but a friend in need has a place to go
and if you’re losing to your fears
if lonely days turn into years
rest assured i’ll still be here
i’m holding on and i won’t let go
i’m holding on and i won’t let go


© lis soderberg
Track Name: treasure
you offered me treasure
it was made to measure
and i, i accepted
changing names and faces
temporary places
in time, we're reflected
thank you for all the lovely things i carried home
wishing you a lovely journey wherever you roam

from a conversation
a destined nation
and you, unexpected
to the earth returning
for some higher learning
and meaning, resurrected
nature reclaiming what is rightfully her own
a meeting of the minds, a river of stone upon stone

ahhh ahh ahhhh ...

you offered me treasure
it was made to measure
and i, i accepted
thank you for all the lovely things i carried home
wishing you a lovely journey wherever you roam
thank you for all the lovely things i hadn't found
wishing you a lovely journey, i'll see you around


© soderberg 2008