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released February 5, 2016

Rachel Drew, voice
Alton Smith, piano, keyboards (Rhodes, B3, Nord), mellotron, accordion, harmonium
John Mead, guitars
Steve Dawson, bass and guitar
Gerald Dowd, drums

Recorded at Kingsize Sound Labs
Additional overdubs recorded at
Kernel Sound Emporium
Mixed by John Abbey
Mastered by Blaise Barton

For tour dates and more, please visit racheldrew.com

All songs written by Rachel Drew
© 2016 Rachel Drew Music (BMI)
All rights reserved.

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Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots Chicago, Illinois

"...a strong modern take on rhythmic Memphis Soul, recalling Stax-Volt era performers like Carla Thomas, with doses of introspective folk, classic country, and the occasional pop-influenced flourish. In performance and on record, Rachel delivers intelligent lyrics in a soulful, heartfelt manner backed by a cadre of some of Chicago’s best working musicians." ... more

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Track Name: I Love You, Baby
I love you baby, in the middle of the day.
I love you baby, in spite of what you say.
I love you baby, all of the time.
But I know that baby, you'll never be mine.

I never imagined, I had no idea,
this would be something that I could feel.
Little by little, the ice melted down.
And I love you baby, so much I could drown.

Someday the wind won't blow so hard.
Someday my skin won't feel so starved.
I love you baby, all of the time.
But I know that baby, you'll never be mine.
Track Name: Beekeeper
Beekeeper, beekeeper, I don't understand.
Don't keep your secrets inside your sweet hand.
What do you do when all the bees start to swarm?

Will they listen to kindness, will they listen to me?
Will they fly, will they fly, will they fly up a tree?
What can I do to bring them back to me?

Is it a wave of your hand, or something?
Is it a wave of your hand, or something?

My burden is sweet, my burden is strong.
My burden is turning and my burden is long.
My burden is confusion and it's knocking the wind out of me.

Beekeeper, beekeeper, I try to be soft.
I try to be easy and not scare them off,
but sometimes no magic will bring them back to me.

Is it a wave of your hand, or something?
Is it a wave of your hand, or something?

Is it a wave of your hand, or something?
Is it a wave of your hand, or something?
Track Name: Moon Song
I am the night, I live in the cold.
My body is very, very old.
I dance around you, white and gold.
And I blaze, I blaze for you.

So many nights, you might see me smile.
So many nights, I've been smiling for a while.
I pull at you, and I beguile.
And I blaze, I blaze for you.

A silent dance, a silent heart.
Been falling right from the start.
I'm closer now, though we are far apart.
And I blaze, I blaze for you.

I am your moon, you are my sun.
Your oceans follow when I run.
I'll shape your mountains ‘til I am done.
And I blaze, I blaze for you.
Track Name: I Wait for You
Sunlight, how it moves across your face;
it’s all that I know about it.
Soft, your hands are warm over my skin.

Home is where we're close, I'm next to you.
It's all that I know about it.
You are here, I don't care where you've been.

I wait for you, and I wait for you. I wait for you, I do.
I wait for you, and I wait for you.

I'd stand in the bitter cold for you, I would.
Stand in the bitter cold for you, I would.

I wonder at the sadness in your laugh.
I don't know a thing about it.
I'd give you all the warmth inside my skin.

The beauty in your eyes and in your heart
are all that I know about it.
Arms around me, legs curled, all tucked in.

I wait for you, and I wait for you. I wait for you, I do.
I wait for you, and I wait for you.

I'd stand in the bitter cold for you, I would.
Stand in the bitter cold for you, I would.
Track Name: Jealous All the Time
I'm coming up with new ways to be jealous;
to be jealous, jealous all the time.
Your sideways whiskey glances, how they tell us.
You're so reckless, and sorrow fills my mind.

Oh, I could be the moon and be jealous of the stars.
I could be the sun and be jealous of my mars, oh.

All the love that isn't mine, I’m jealous all the time.
All the light I didn't shine makes me jealous all the time.
Jealous all the time.

I keep my dim room darker than the forest
of the darkest, lowest fairytale.
The shadows fill my head with thorns and sawdust.
There's nothing for us but shadows and sad tales.

Oh, I could be the moon and be jealous of the stars.
I could be the sun and be jealous of my mars, oh.

All the love that isn't mine, I’m jealous all the time.
All the light I didn't shine makes me jealous all the time.
Jealous all the time.
Jealous all the time.
Jealous all the time.
Jealous all the time.
Track Name: Bed in Which You Grow
I am the bed in which you grow, lamb that's seeking shelter.
We struggle and turn, and then are born, bellies on a tether.

Oh my bones, how they do break, lamb that's seeking shelter.
We struggle and turn in beds we make, sending yellow letters.

We are skipping down a winding road.
Let my love go with you where you go.

I am the bed in which you grow, lamb that's seeking shelter.
We struggle and turn, and then are born, bellies on a tether.
Track Name: I Never Would
I never would hold you too close.
I never would think of you the most.
Some people say I'm up to no good,
but I never would, I never would.

I never would be a stain on your heart.
I never would make you fall apart.
Some people think I won't do as I should,
but I never would, I never would.

I'd never hurt any part of you.
I'd never say what is untrue, not to you.

I never would never see you again.
I never would never be your friend.
Please don't make me misunderstood,
because I never would, I never would.
Track Name: I Wish I Was the Snow
I wish I was the snow,
with nowhere else to go,
and nothing left to do
but fall.

Not minding where I go,
I'm such a carefree snow,
not minding where I finally
fall.

On wings,
the wind's sweet wings,
it's such a gentle ride.
I'm soft,
I'm breakable,
I'm breakable inside.
But I don't mind.
I don’t mind.

I wish I was the snow,
with nothing on my back,
and nowhere else to go
but fall.

I'd fall upon the ground,
I'd finally settle down.
Not minding that I'm in
a mound.

On wings,
the wind's sweet wings,
it's such a gentle ride.
I'm soft,
I'm breakable,
I'm breakable inside.
But I don't mind.
I don’t mind.
Track Name: Shoe That Doesn't Fit
Well, it’s always something, and it never ends.
I never get back anything I spend.
In playing games I can never win, I never win.
You, you are the shoe that doesn't fit.

Breaking up is always hard to do,
especially when it's breaking up with you.
I can never seem to see it through. It never ends.
You, you are the shoe that doesn't fit.

Some day I will never say your name again,
and one day I won't remember how or when.

I don't know why you'd give me so much pain,
but it must be you ‘cause here it is again.
I hate that it's become so damned ingrained. I'll never win.
You, you are the shoe that doesn't fit.
Track Name: Lovely in Her Bones
I knew a woman lovely in her bones.
She bent with the kindness she offered, like a bow.
I will remember her kindness.
I will remember her kindness, heaven knows.

She cut up the apples she gave us in pieces to share.
No makeup, no frills, and no fashion, just pins in her hair.
I will remember her kindness.
I will remember her kindness, heaven knows.

The bird flies out.
The bird flies back.
The bird flies out, heaven knows.

Sometimes on a breeze I can hear her sing for the wind.
And in my own face I can see her, see her skin.
I will remember her kindness.
I will remember her kindness, heaven knows.

I knew a woman lovely in her bones.
Track Name: I Remember
Oh I remember,
we used to watch
the autumn leaves
falling down.

Oh I remember,
a half warm breeze,
my soft-skinned knees,
your arms so brown.

Your eyes were burning,
our hearts were yearning,
I remember.

There was no sadness
on my face,
no not a trace.
Not a trace.

The sun was soft
in your embrace.
There was no darkness
to displace.

Your eyes were burning,
our hearts were yearning,
I remember.

Why do I think of that fall?
There's no reason,
none at all.
None at all.

Oh, I remember
late night walks,
and your big talk,
I remember.

And how the breeze,
no longer warm,
chilled my skin
in its storm.

Your eyes were burning,
our hearts were yearning,
I remember.
I remember.
I remember.
I remember.
Track Name: One Day
No, I'm never going to walk away and leave you behind.
Nothing's ever going to change the way I feel or change my mind one day.
One day...

There's a place for you inside my chest that no one else could fill.
There's no end in sight to loving you, I know I never will one day.
One day...

I hope it's me you'll always want to see in the middle of the night.
You can lean on me. I want to be the one to hold you tight one day.
One day...
Track Name: Swirl of the Sea
I can remember a feeling so small,
inside a seashell like nothing at all.
Nobody's child, nobody's love.
Scraping a bottom, already gone.

But who, who pulled me through;
holding on through the night?
You, in the swirl of the sea,
holding on like a song.

I can remember you watching me,
tearing my hair out, set out to sea.
You kept me going, this feeling so small.
Under my pillow, like nothing at all.

Who, who pulled me through;
holding on through the night?
You, in the swirl of the sea,
holding on like a song.
Track Name: When We Were Young
I'll make up my mind and choose to be grateful
before we're done.
Before the light falls under the table;
under the sun.
Never forget, never forget;
we were so young.
A gentle reminder, under the table;
under the sun.

I'll meet you again at a quarter to three
under the door.
Where we began, when we were young,
young like before.

On my way down, I'll try to remember
how it could be.
How we could know and finally surrender,
finally be free.

I'll meet you again at a quarter to three
under the door.
Where we began, when we were young,
young like before.