Fates

by Johanna Warren

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released October 29, 2013

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All songs by Johanna Warren

Johanna Warren- guitar, vocals, flute, clarinet
Bella Blasko- vocals, piano

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Co-produced by Bella Blasko and Johanna Warren.

Recorded by Bella Blasko at Dioramaland in Hudson, NY with additional tracking at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY.
Mixed by Bella Blasko at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY.

Mastered by Sarah Register at The Lodge in New York, NY

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Cover photo by Gretchen Heinel - gretchenheinel.com

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Track Name: Both Worlds
“A” was the letter he carved in my heart with his cold metal instrument
And red was the blood that rolled down my forehead after I had another incident

Gray was the color of our dead skin when we exfoliated thoroughly
And clear was the water that washed it all down the drain so we wouldn’t have to see

Take my hand in your two hands; I’ve got no one
You’re the best of both worlds

Deep was the hole I’d lain myself down in before you came to my rescue
Now deeper is the ocean I’d swim across holding my breath just to get to you

Take my hand in your two hands; I’ve got no one
You’re the worst of both worlds
Track Name: We Fell
How can we get so lost in the light?
I’m waiting to make up for lost time
‘cause I’m awake for what feels like the very first time

How long have you been hiding here in plain sight?
I’m trying to resist your gravity, but for nought
I’m a luna moth drawn to your light

You fell into my life like a jet engine through a roof
And I fell down a mountain, I got this broken heart as proof,

So tell me where did you go so late last night?
I woke up without you next to me; I wandered out
like a crazed ghost into the moon light

You fell into my life like a coin a wishing well
And I fell silent as a snowy field and instantly under your spell
Track Name: My Storm
You think you know that it is but it's not
You got away with it til you got caught
It is what it is but it's not what you thought

Savor the scent of a fruit cracking open,
the sound of the soft, sacred words that were spoken,
the spindle prick and the kiss by which you were awoken,
and the taste of the blood from the glass that was broken

You were gone before I ever even got to know you
So what should I do with this song?
It was for you, but now I'll never get to show you

You told me you'd always protect me from harm,
Rock me to sleep, keep me safe, keep me warm
But I wondered, while wrapped in your strong, stubborn arms
Are you my shelter or are you my storm?

You think you know what it is but you don't
You're gonna get over this but I won't
You're gonna get over this but I won't
You're gonna get over this but I won't

You were gone before I ever got a chance show you
that I could be true, but I was wrong
when I said I never even got to know you

'Cause I know you, I know you, I know you

I know you better than the red apple knows the green worm,
better than the yellow jacket knows the swarm
But one thing I don't know and may never learn
Are you my shelter or are you my storm?
Track Name: To the Bone
True love never waits
for the opening of the gates;
it rattles in its cage,
spills its blood over scribbled pages

and staining your sad prose,
spreads like a rose.

I misplaced my friends—
hands were shaken, chapters ended.
Call me what you will;
I could have kept them all and still

be stranded in this strange,
terrible place.

True love never waits
for a verdict from the Fates;
it shakes you to the bone,
throws you on the street and gives you a home.
Track Name: Everyone I Know
Pitfalls surround this humble home
and I was awoken by the sound of the wolves
howling at my door

Two words hung trembling from her grayish lips
and I felt ashamed to have been a part of it
After all was said and done
After all was said and done

So I know you think you've got it bad
But you'll be alright
Everyone I know has got it wrong
But I think you've got it right

Footfall down the halls of your consciousness
Drives you mad and bludgeons your budding confidence
How will you win the war?
How will you win the war?

So I know you think you've got it bad
But I like you fine
You're the only one who's ever yours
But i want you to be mine
But i want you to be mine
Track Name: Your Glow
my malaise was molten metal
twisting into golden petals
kiss me softly like a sparrow

suck my soul like mellow marrow
your glow, yellower than yarrow,
burns me like a stinging nettle

oh what a harrowing ordeal
to have a brain and have to feel
love and pain and fear and sorrow

buried below freezing barrows
bellows billowed blazing arrows
blowing birds in noisy kettles

you send my signal through your pedals
sad sediment slowly settles
behind your gray eyes so cold and narrow

steal what you cannot borrow
soon today will be tomorrow
throw away whatever isn't real
Track Name: Woods
Lost in the woods,
with every step I took
I felt you there with me

I raised your kiss
to my thirsty lips
and laughed as it ran down my throat

I'll never forget
the Payne's grey day we met:
a dove with a bell in its beak

A strange, ancient song
that blossomed on my tongue
led me to a hidden stream

A cold, fickle breeze
knocked me to my knees
and the salt on my skin turned to smoke

But the memory still lingers
in the valleys of my fingers:
a cut paper heart, a broken bell

So I raised my hood
and walked into the woods
to gather flowers in a basket to bring home
Track Name: Past Tense
I went away for months, or maybe it was years;
my house was overrun by fears.

But while I was not home,
I left a faucet running
and i wont call it "hope,"
but I'm still alive, so that's something

One thing I learned after so many months or years:
regret is the past tense of fear

And I know memories
are like running water
and I don't want them to freeze,
but I could use something to hold on to

Strange faces in the crowd...
and you walk around like you own this town

In my kaleidoscope heart,
you're a shard of fire
and I won't call it "love,"
but there's more to it than desire
Track Name: Have to Lose
With forsythia bursting into bloom,
I first set foot outside of my cobweb-covered room

O, lonely road
O, lovely road

All roads lead nowhere; it doesn't really matter which you choose.
The more you love, the more you have to lose.

O, lonely road
O, lovely road

Take what you want
I will keep what you don't
Just don't leave before you've said
Whatever you came to say...

Because you're never coming back home
Once you go away