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Sparrow

by Tara MacLean

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1.
Sparrow 05:08
Spent my life Looking for a missing piece Desperate for some release I heard a call From deep inside I was lonely I was tired I was empty uninspired I hit a wall Something held me Showed me to myself Spent last night Lookin’ for you in my bed But you left before I said that you could go Scream and shout “til I’m pity partied out Looking more like I’m about to be alone Something changed me Saved me from myself It’s the arrow in the bow The sparrow and the song The marrow in the bone Nothing’s unforgivable When you let go Sparrow Spent my money on a guitar and a pen And a book to write it in So I could find All along I was just missing a song I had everything I needed all this time Somehow I am Finally myself It’s the arrow in the bow The sparrow and the song The marrow in the bone Nothing’s unforgivable When you let go Sparrow Sparrow When the bow breaks Way up high You can fall or you can fly Trust the wind Trust the wind and open sky It’s the arrow in the bow….
2.
Turn the light out Close the door Looking at the ceiling from the floor Sooner or later It was gonna catch up with me It’s only failure If I don’t feel everything And when the ground falls beneath me I’m gonna fight I’m gonna hold on to the edge For dear life I’m gonna lay here in the dark Lay here in the dark Lay here in the dark until it gets light Love I hear you call You don’t look like I thought you would would at all Love you’re all I have left In this unfillable night of emptiness And when the ground falls beneath me I’m gonna fight I’m gonna hold on to the edge For dear life I’m gonna lay here in the dark Lay here in the dark Lay here in the dark until it gets light Love, This is gonna sting I can feel the wounds are opening Cause love, you are everything Teach me how to bow when I am breaking And when the ground….
3.
It seems so far to go It took so long to get here Now I'm saying things I swore I'd never say And I'm afraid again I thought I had it in me I used to be so sure There I was stronger than ever And here I am blaming the hurt And if I fall I will find a way back to my hands I'm the only one who can help me find my feet again Sweet little fighter Sweet little scar Sweet little fire In my heart It seems so easy now Everything I dreamed about when I was a child It looks like a good thing's here And I think I'll stay for a while And if I fall, I will find a way back to my hands I'm the only one who can help me find my feet again You came in screaming And never stopped to listen to your one and only prayer A place for you somewhere Sweet little fighter Sweet little scar Sweet little fire In my heart And if I fall I will find a way back to my hands I'm the only one who can help me find my feet again And if I fall…
4.
Caught in a mirror Looking through sympathetic eyes I'll come to the conclusion That believers are sinners in disguise And I was blind And if you ask me I'll keep saying that I am fine So just don't ask And when you see me I'll keep Flashing that winning smile Cause that's my mask Now I don't know what to believe This girl made of steel with Her heart on her sleeve Looking for someone To love and leave me That's me Caught on the floor now This bottle in my hand In the confusion It seemed the safest place to land Now I can't stand Everytime I'd think of you I'd start to cry well not this time And if you see me You will know that the years went by And they weren't kind Walking the line on this highway of shame Tied to the tracks expecting a train So much to lose and no one to blame but me That's me That's me That's me So if you see I'll keep flashing that winning smile Cause that's my mask And if you ask I'll keep saying that I am fine So just don't ask But now I don't know what to believe This girl made of steel with Her heart on her sleeve Looking for someone To love and leave That's me
5.
Captured in a photograph In black & white Her hair brushes her shoulders As she leans to turn out the light She's warm and you can feel her But she can't feel you No she's just too numb to move Captured in a photograph Without a frame I see you standing tall But I see no face to blame And did she say she loved you Well you know that's really nice Because they say that when she cries Her tear drops turn they turn to ice Let her feel the rain Won't you let her feel again Feeling through the pain Won't you let her feel the rain Upon her face Let her feel the rain Won't you let her feel the rain Upon her face Captured in a photograph Inside her eyes She'll wrap you in her blanket And then she'll tell you some lies And you will kneel before her At her altar in the trees Because they say no matter who you are She'll bring you to your knees Let her feel the rain…
6.
There are things outstanding Weighing on me hard Places right beside me That seem to be too far There are voices I remember And words in me resound Music washes over me Though I can’t hear a sound There are tables set Beds are made It seems I let Them slowly fade Here I am at winter’s birth Called to from beneath the Earth These frozen songs Beneath the street Biting shoes Trip at my feet Once my face Scrapes on the dirt No one asks If I am hurt There are things outstanding weighing on my heart Places right inside me that seem to be too far There are ghosts that I remember and they brush against my skin They keep moving closer to me trying to get in The tables set the beds are made seems I let them slowly fade here I am at winter’s birth called to from beneath the Earth These frozen songs beneath the street Biting shoes trip at my feet once my face scrapes the dirt no one asks if I am hurt There are things outstanding I must put away There’s a life behind me begging me to stay all the choices I have made take a toll that I have paid I have paid
7.
Last Kiss 04:41
I don’t know where you have gone I don’t know how to go on Without you I’m not strong I was wondering if you’d mind Telling me one more time How I shine In your eyes Your last kiss Was it all you hoped it would be Your last kiss How I wish it could have been me To kiss you last I was wondering if you thought It was worth the price or not You paid your way You always fought back I know everything you’d say Every time I feel afraid Or lose my way I feel your faith In your last kiss Was it all you hoped it would be Your last kiss How I wish it could have been me To kiss you last So fast, so fast Before we grasp the pages tear So fast, so fast We disappear into the air
8.
Frightened of the shadow on the wall I think it looks a bit too much like me Search my life for evidence of truth Can you hear me Can you hear me now? Terrified my tongue will now betray All the lies that I'd been taught to say Searched your eyes for evidence of love Can you hear me Can you hear me now? Can you hear the child tears Whose paradise was taken from his hands Can you hold him in your arms And tell him that you'll try to understand When there's no way in hell you can Can you hear me Can you hear me now? Afraid to break the silence in the room Disbelieving faces stare me down Searched the world for evidence of faith Can you hear me Can you hear me now? Can you hear the child tears Whose paradise was taken from his hands Can you hold him in your arms And tell him that you'll try to understand When there's no way in hell you can Can you hear me Can you hear me now?
9.
Check your weapons at the door You don't live here anymore But a heart cannot repent When it doesn't know it's spent it's lifetime Beating itself to death And there you are, still as stone Stretching skin over bone Well, they say I've lost my will But I'm just standing still In a world that swallows cowards For the crime of killing time I'll be checking out the scenery From as high as I can be, oh, oh Come, let faith be your garden Always changing, always still Still breathing, oh And there you are in my mind Pale from living underground Divided and divided until No one can be found Nothing left to break down And I'll be checking out the scenery From as high as I can be, oh, oh Come, let faith be your garden Always changing, always still Still breathing, oh I'll be checking out the scenery From as high as I can be, oh, oh Come, let faith be your garden Always changing, always still Still breathing, oh Check your weapons at the door You don't live here anymore Well, they say I've lost my will But I'm just standing still In a world that swallows cowards For the crime of killing time Ooh, still breathing
10.
Say the words break my heart Touch my lips with your fingers And push them apart Put your hands in my hair And pull me down Well you're nothing but a stranger To me now 'Cause I'm long past feeling And I'm too far gone Staring at my ceiling I know silence better Than anyone Say my name And look away Take a breath take a bow And take the train Say your piece And say goodbye You will regret that alibi Cause I'm long past feeling And I'm loading my gun Staring at my ceiling I know silence better than anyone

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released March 31, 2023

Produced and mixed by Daniel Ledwell
Mastered by Archive Mastering

Vocals/ Acoustic Guitar- Tara MacLean
Guitars/Bass/Synth/Piano- Daniel Ledwell
Lumitone- Leith Fleming-Smith
Drums- Michael Belyea
Violin/Viola- Kinley Dowling
Cello- Natalie Williams-Calhoun
Saxophone- Ian Sherwood
BG Vox- Jenn Grant, Kinley Dowling, Catherine MacLellan, Harmony Wagner, Tara MacLean, Alicia Toner,
Sheldon Elter, Kristi Hansen

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Tara MacLean Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Canadian singer/songwriter Tara MacLean has been an internationally renowned and award winning recording and touring artist for over 25 years.

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