Love Stays On

by Eleanor Fye

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All music and lyrics by Eleanor Fye

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released February 1, 2011

Featuring:
Eleanor Fye, vocals/keyboards and percussion
John Jorgenson, guitars and mandolin
Gonzalo Bergara, acoustic guitar and bandoneon (8, 11)
Michael Rhodes, bass
Paul Ossola, bass (5, 6, 10, 12)
David Piltch, bass (8, 11)
John Catchings, cello (7)
Marcus Finnie, percussion (2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13)
Matthew Burgess, percussion (1, 4, 5, 12)
Sebastian Aymanns, percussion (8, 11)
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Written and produced by Eleanor Fye.
Recorded at Ben's Studio, Nashville and
Sunset Sound, Los Angeles (8, 11)
Mixed by Bill Schnee.
Mastered by Doug Sax with Sangwook "Sunny" Nam.

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Eleanor Fye brings an earthy sophistication to classic American Songbook and pop/rock tunes, or her own upbeat originals, whether backed by a jazz combo or accompanying herself on piano or ukulele.

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Track Name: Best Place To Hide
Best Place to Hide
© 2010 Eleanor Fye

I’ve discovered that the best place to hide
Is right in front of you
I’ve recovered from some childhood delusions
Things weren’t really true

And oh, it’s happening to me
No, no, no, no
That’s not the way things
Are supposed to be
Or maybe it is

I can tell that you’re intrigued by the prospect
Of unveiling me
I should let you know though
I’m not content to be a fantasy

And oh, it’s not where I should be
No no no no
That’s not the way that I should see
Or maybe it is

I see fire
I see rain
I see the ghost of John McCain
Oh now I see the sunny days
And oh, they’ll never end
No, they’ll never end

And oh, it’s happening to me
No, no, no, no
That’s not the way things
Are supposed to be
Or maybe it is

I’ve discovered that the best place to hide
Is right in front of you
Track Name: Big Girl
Big Girl
© 2010 Eleanor Fye

This is the year
She stopped sleeping with a teddy bear
She started growing out her hair
Made a sweater to wear

This is the time
Of her life they tell her
Seize the day
Play now, you won’t have to pay
It’ll be okay

And oh… [solo vocal]

She’s a big girl now
She doesn’t have to cry
She doesn’t have to wonder why
She just walks and waves
Hi and bye

She’s a big girl now
She doesn’t have to prove
She just has to move
On and on and on and on and on…

“This is the day
That the Lord has made,” her mother said.
“Rise and shine my dear, get out of bed
You can sleep when you’re dead.”

[chorus]

This is the moment
This is the moment she’s been waiting for
Her legs are shaking as she takes the floor
No need to wait anymore…
Track Name: Love, The End
Love, The End
Music and lyrics © 2010, Eleanor Fye

I waited there a while
And you never came
I felt a lot of things
Mostly shame

So I’ll go home by the liquor store
And grab myself a pen
And write you a letter
That I’ll never send

I’ll write in that letter
Dear, how I loved you so
I loved you so much
I had to let you go
When I called to see you one more time
I hoped we could be friends
But I guess I was wrong
Love, the End

[guitar/cello solo/duet]*

I’ll still think about you
As I wait in the rain
I got nothing to lose
And maybe nothing to gain

And I’ll pass on by the post office
On my way to the liquor store
And I’ll keep writin’ letters
Til I don’t feel that pain any more

*I’ll keep writing, Darling
How I loved you so
I loved you so much
I had to let you go
When I called to see you one more time
I hoped we could be friends
But I guess I was wrong
Love, the End
Track Name: Set Me Free
Set Me Free
Music and lyrics © 2010 Eleanor Fye

My heart is beating like an inmate on a prison door
I’m pacing back and forth but my feet don’t ever touch the floor
I’m dyin’ here
Oh, in the cage of my fear…

I remember being on the outside of these walls of shame
I outplayed the players and I beat the gamers at their own game
No one left to blame
Oh, now who’s left cryin’ shame

[Chorus]
Set me free
Set me free
Out on the open road is where I want to be
I been draggin’ all these chains around for so long
I just want to be set free

I waited all those nights to find the one who had the key
Only to find out that the one who held the secret code was me
Oh, mercy me…
Oh, no place left to flee

[Chorus]
Track Name: Five Feet From Paradise
Five Feet
Music and lyrics © 2010 Eleanor Fye

Running through the woods
Can’t stop to walk
I got an eye on the trail
One on the clock

Leg cramp takes me
Right off the trail
I’m gonna take a stretch
Gotta find a rail

A few more steps and a spot I’d never seen
A babbling brook surrounded by oh so much green

And I thought…
Who knew that a bad situation
Could take me to such fascination

Five feet from paradise
You know I never thought I’d be so close
It’s so nice
Five feet from paradise
And I’m takin’ some time
To take it all in
Five feet from paradise

Friends dragged me out
One Friday night
I didn’t wanna go but was
Too tired to put up a fight

Next thing I know I’m looking
‘Cross the bar
And I see your eyes
Shining like two bright stars

Standing right there in just a matter of feet
Was just the kind of person I’d always wanted to meet

And I thought…
Who knew an annoying situation
Could bring me such a sense of elation

[Chorus]
Track Name: Sing Myself To Sleep
Sing Myself to Sleep
Music and Lyrics, (c) 2010 Eleanor Fye

I don’t need no lame excuses
‘Bout why you can’t come out tonight
I know that words have multiple uses
I get the messages alright

You say you wish for something
But your life reflects a different way
I guess I’ll stay and talk things over
Give it another day

Could be you’re doin’ me a favor
The songs keep comin’ in every flavor
And after I pray the Lord my soul to keep
Guess I’ll just sing myself to sleep

Maybe this is just a phase
Maybe I should wait and see
Or maybe I should find my rage
You shouldn’t do these things to me

Why do you make that promise
When you know you’re gonna let me down
I promise I’ll be here tomorrow
I hope you come around

[Chorus]

I always dreamed I’d have a night
In shining armor
Someone to hold me steady til the morning light
But now I’m lying here with no one there beside me
To tell me everything will be alright

If I take a big step back
Will I laugh at my fragility
And if I take a different tack
Will you sail away with me

You say you wish for something
Now c’mon, you gotta make it real
I want to know just what you’re thinking
Want to know just how you feel

[Final Chorus]
Could be you’re doin’ me a favor
The songs keep comin’ in every flavor
And after I pray the Lord my soul to keep
I might just cry myself to sleep

And after I pray the Lord my soul to keep
I’ll try to sing myself to sleep
Track Name: She Flies
She Flies
Music and lyrics © 2010 Eleanor Fye

Out of the darkness
She comes with a light
Holding on
Pressing on
Wanting to get here

When she arrives
There’s a whole other fight
In her head
In her bed
Struggling to stay here

Dive in the ocean
To learn how to fly
Slowly discover
Some fears are a lie

Take to a cloudbank
Before it is rain
See the invisible
Map of the pain

[CHORUS]
She flies
She flies
Open her eyes as she touches the sky
She flies
She flies
She flies

They say for her safety
They’re clipping her wings
Holding down
Pressing down
Wanting to keep her

Undeterred now
She defiantly sings
In her heart
A new start
Chasing the next rings

Learning to float in the
Swell can be tough
Panic can set in
When waters are rough

When dolphins swim past
They look in her eye
Seeing their joy makes her
Just want to cry

[CHORUS]
Track Name: Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
© 2010 Eleanor Fye

Your watch is still on Buenos Aires time
Another day wishing you were mine
You seem to leave something here each time
A watch, a heart, I even found a dime

And oh
Buenos Aires
Oh
Buenos Aires

You didn’t call at all while you were gone
Why is it that I have to make you wrong
It’s just that I’ve been waiting for so long
My faith is tired
That’s why I wrote this song

Oh
Buenos Aires
*Oh
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires

Someplace I want to go
But where I’ve never been
Will I be just visiting
Or will I find myself home again?

Oh
Buenos Aires* …

Your watch is still on Buenos Aires time
Another day goes by
I’m wishing you were mine
Another day
Another dream
Another scene
Another scene of breathless reuniting

Oh
Buenos Aires* …
Oh...
Track Name: Hold That Old Guitar
Hold that Old Guitar
Music and lyrics © 2010 Eleanor Fye

I didn’t wanna go
To the party that night
Didn’t want a date
Didn’t want to stay out late

When I did show up
He was cold alright
Maybe he could see
That you were into me

And when you picked up your guitar
To play a song for me to sing
I wanted to be that instrument
More than anything

Touch me like you touch that old guitar
Play the songs that you know always pull
The strings of my heart
Just wrap your arms around me
And I’ll always be yours
If you hold me like you hold that old guitar

I know she hurt you
Knocked your heart around
Sometimes the most beat-up ones
Make the best sound

And every scratch and nick
Can sweeten the sound
And make better music
When a new love is found

And when you picked up your guitar
To play a song for me to sing
I wanted to be that instrument
More than anything

Never underestimate
The power of a touch
Just a gentle strum of fingers on skin
Can mean so much

CHORUS
Track Name: Don't Turn Your Back
Don’t Turn Your Back On Your Own Heart
Music and lyrics (c) 2010, Eleanor Fye

Remember that letter you never wrote
The calls that you never made
With every missed opportunity
Another brick was laid

The walls that could have built our house
Now stand between us tall
And we’re standing empty-handed
When we could have had it all

Don’t turn your back on your own heart baby
Don’t let these moments pass you by
When life if offering joy and laughter
Why do you turn away and cry?

In every rain that falls on me
Is a drop that grows the tender seed
So even if you turn your back on me
Don’t turn your back on your own heart

Our love is one that could change the world
Make ‘em lay down their guns and grin
But before that victory flag is unfurled
You battle yourself to win

You can lie alone in the bed you’ve made
But please don’t lie to me
Maybe you don’t need me
As much as you need to be free

[chorus]

I forgive you mostly for what you haven’t done
I’m grateful for the times that were deep and true and fun

[chorus]
Track Name: Love On Your Feet
Love on Your Feet
Music and lyrics © 2010, Eleanor Fye

Why don’t you release yourself
And put your worries on the shelf
You may not get another chance
So step up and enjoy the dance

Well you know the present is your greatest gift
So give your leathered soul a little lift
Ya gotta love on your feet

Now don’t be ‘fraid to look uncool
Some things you just can’t learn in school
You got to find out what you need
Then choose to follow or to lead

Cuz you know the present is your greatest gift
So give your leathered soul a little lift
Ya gotta love on your feet

Put your hands up
Stick your tail out
Shake it all up
Scream and shout
Track Name: Popcorn
Popcorn
Music and lyrics (c) 2010, Eleanor Fye

Popcorn sittin’ on the edge of the bed
Big hands cradlin’ his hungover head
Mmmhmmm…

Popcorn still got a smile on his face
Rememberin’ how he got to her place
Mmmhmmm…

Popcorn’s poppin’
And the lines are droppin’
And the sign says stop
And he just rolls on through
Hoo – di – doo

Popcorn’s got a little
Salt and butter, got a
Fine long body
And a wonderful mother
Uh huh

Popcorn says he’s the salt of the earth
Been real tall since the day of his birth
Mmmhmmm…

[chorus]

Popcorn carryin’ a big suitcase
Not gonna stay in one single place
Mmmhmmm….

Popcorn poppin’ all over the place
Every new girl has a different face
Mmmhmmm…

[chorus]
Track Name: Love Stays On
Love Stays On (Cast of Characters)
Music and lyrics (c) 2010, Eleanor Fye

Trust died yesterday
Hope’s packin’ his bags
And he’s leavin’ right after the funeral

Faith’s still hangin’ on
Tryin’ to make sense of it all
Tryin’ to be strong

And love, love, love
Cleans up for another day
Doesn’t try to make the others stay
And after they’ve all gone their way
Love stays on

Honor drove in from another state
Always complainin’ the food’s not that great
Everybody’s glad he won’t stay too late
They all know sometimes you gotta love the hate

[chorus]

Peace no one’s really met before
Has there ever been an open door
She doesn’t feel welcome and leaves pretty early though
Then once she’s gone everybody wants some more

[chorus]

And love, love, love
Lyrical
Beautiful
Magical

Love, love, love
Immeasurable
Impossible
Impractical

Love, love, love
Undeniable
Exceptional
Radical

Love, love, love
Love stays on…

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