An Average Woman - album

by VanWyck

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AN AVERAGE WOMAN     Some girls build towers, others dig deep
Some pray to angels, some wait and see Some girls stay quiet, some scream in your face Some kill their darlings, some hesitate And I, I was an average woman I tried to do good, I tried to be kind Kept my head above water Most of the time, most of the time Some girls eat fire, some stick to their guns Some dance on the tables and have all your fun Some girls have answers, some retaliate Some take on oceans, some take on fate And I, I was an average woman I tried to do good, I tried to be kind Kept my head above water Most of the time, most of the time I struggled and failed and I laughed at your jokes I came to your aid when you needed me most I screamed like a fury in the dead of the night And curled up beside you to make right
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RED RIVER GIRL The sun rises over the isle of men After the hurricane the river rushes down I guess I have been luckier than most I got on to the riverbank The sun rises over the isle of men And red is the river after the hurricane In this kingdom built on bone and marrow Of these children raised on guilt and sorrow The sun rises over the isle of men And the preacher said he’s done all he can To have faith in the powers that be But my heart is empty, my hope is skin deep This freedom I bought with obedience This beauty I paid for in kind And when this day passes What will it leave behind Just another red river girl A red river girl, a red river girl
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LISTEN TO YOU BREATHE You’re a wandering man, I’m a wayward girl The gun in your hands don’t scare me off I like the heat from the flames that you throw Brushing my skin, willing me on One day you’ll be mine to keep I’ll rest my head on your chest And listen to you breathe So I pack up my bags and I move down the stairs Cross the hall, through the door, cross the garden I climb the fence into the forest It’s dark but I know where to go, I’ll feel my way through it My feet are strong, they’ll carry on, my hands able I’ll reach them out and watch them Catch them falling stars Then you will be mine to keep I’ll rest my head on your chest And listen to you breathe
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BRING IT ON RIGHT The morning comes in jubilee It rushes down the street I’m just gonna follow it Leave it to my feet Oh I’m gonna run I’ll run fast, I’ll run wide I’ll run wherever I want Who’ s gonna try to stop me now So bring it on, bring it on right Give me my freedom, I’ll carry her high I will be strong, I’ll be so strong this time So bring it on, I’m more than ready now The morning comes in colours bright They shine for me and you Pick them up and treat them right That’s all you have to do And babe you gotta run Run fast and run wide Run wherever you want Who’s gonna try to stop you now Just bring it on, bring it on right Give me my freedom, I’ll carry her high I will be strong, I’ll be so strong this time So bring it on, I’m more than ready now And I still don’t know where I’m headed I still don’t know how to not look back I still keep hoping for a miracle Something gonna keep me on the right path
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MY SWEETHEART My sweetheart lives in the forest Where trees are tall and nights black Where ravens crow in the morning At the end of the wayfarer’s path And when I go there a’ walking Through the meadows and fields I hear my mother calling Girl you’d better watch your feet My sweetheart he makes me coffee Strong bitter and black He lifts me up from the kitchen And carries me into this bed And there he whispers into my ear Some of the sweetest words I have heard Lifting me high from this treacherous earth Feeding my soul, quenching my thirst Feeding my soul, quenching my thirst My sweetheart he never asks me When I’ll be back He knows I will come running Down the wayfarer’s path And then he’ll whisper into my ear Some of the sweetest words I have heard Lifting me high from this treacherous earth Feeding my soul, quenching my thirst Feeding my soul, quenching my thirst
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EUROPA ESCAPES Europa escapes, gathers her lakes Her mountains and hills and sets of for the gates Done with your maudlin, your all night marauding Your self serving ardour and rage She gonna find her somewhere new Where the women are brave and men true Where they treat her body good Love her and feed her and shield her Caress her and thank her and please her Hold her and hug her and heal her Like you have forgotten to Europa escapes, closes the gates Shut with a bang just as loud as she can Gathers your outlaws, your exiles your havenots Gives them the keys to your courts She tells them to burn it down To tear all your towers to the ground And she’ll find her someone new To love her and feed her and shield her Caress her and thank her and please her Hold her and hug her and heal her like you have forgotten to What’s stolen will one day steel back What’s waged at the dagger will fall into it What’s lied to will break from the truth What’s taken by force will never be yours Liberty, liberty, liberty, save yourself for me
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To Feel Free 03:37
Caught you dancing with your coat on In the hallway of your mom’s home Saw you singing with your eyes closed When the rain came down Sometimes it’s easy to feel free Sometimes it hurts But darling you can lean on me and I’ll be Your soldier, your armour Your haven, your homeland Your truth seeker, your truce keeper Your all is quiet now If you want to I’ll come over And I’ll hold you tight Rest your head upon my shoulder You can close your eyes Sometimes it’s easy to feel free Sometimes it hurts But darling you can lean on me and I’ll be Your soldier, your armour Your haven, your homeland Your truth seeker, your truce keeper Your all is quiet now So you can let go, let go Let go, let go, let go
8.
By the Oak Tree If you want me, if you need me You can find me where you left me last time By the oak tree in the meadow wide I’ll be singing a lullaby When you’re weary and you’re out of hope You can find me where you left me last time By the oak tree in the meadow wide I’ll be singing a lullaby Hush now child, don’t you cry The road is long, the mountain high Just keep walking, keep walking And you will find me, where you left me last time By the oak tree in the meadow wide I’ll be singing a lullaby Wherever you are, whatever you do, I’ll be with you Tracing the steps that you take in the heavens above And when you get lost my hands will guide you So keep on my love, keep on my love If you want me, If you need me You can find me, where you left me last time By the oak tree in the meadow wide
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DON’T TALK TO THE CAPTAIN Don’t talk to the captain He wears his heart upon his sleeve Once he starts talking We will never leave We’ve been stuck here on these cold rocks For way too long Waiting for the old man To steer us home Don’t talk to the captain He’s got a troubled mind He’ll tell you of his great love How she set his soul on fire How he met her in the harbour In the early morning hours How she curled up the ladder Made him forget that he ever Had to get us out Sure we like being on board But we all just want to get home soon Oh we like being on board But we all just wanna get home Don’t talk to the captain I wish you well Up here on these cold rocks Nothing good ever fell So join us in the lobby And have a drink or two But don’t invite the captain It’d be a foolish thing to do Sure we like being on board But we all just want to get home soon Oh we like being on board But we all just wanna get home
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SULTAN’S SQUARE We used to dance on Sultan’s Square After we brushed each other’s hair We used to drink from the fountain’s head In the emperor’s garden or have you forgotten Your hair in the wind Your eyes on the clouds Your hands like a garland Weaving me onward Fare thee well sacred city Your dust and dreams are all I can carry with me Fare thee well, fare thee well, fare thee well We used to dive in the dead of the night from the top of the bridge into the abyss The water so cold But you were so strong How could we have worried How could we’ve been wrong Fare thee well sacred city Your dust and dreams are all I can carry with me Fare thee well, fare thee well, fare thee well
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Whole Again 04:21
WHOLE AGAIN I still see you walking that grey, dirty street A knife in your pocket, no shoes on your feet The night was your ally, the stars were your tools You said they’d look out for you But that’s something they failed to do And I’m here, still waiting for a sign For you to make things right       To come back and pick up The pieces of our fractured hearts And make them whole again, whole again Whole again, make them whole again I still hear you laughing that big, carefree laugh No chip on your shoulder, no weight on your back And how I believed you, how I thought it was true That you were invincible, and I was invincible too But I’m here, still waiting for a sign For you to make things right       To come back and pick up The pieces of our fractured hearts And make them whole again, whole again, Whole again, make them whole again

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released January 19, 2018

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VanWyck Amsterdam, The Netherlands

With her warm voice, rich lyrics and sober alt-folk craft Amsterdam singer-songwriter VanWyck has drawn comparisons with Leonard Cohen and Nathalie Merchant. Her debut album
'An Average Woman' was released in 2018 to raving reviews. Her second album 'Molten Rock' also reached an international audience. A third album of intimate lockdown songs, God is in the Detour was released in 2020.
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