Invisible War

by Merry Ellen Kirk

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1.
Follow me In and around your head We'll journey on through What you feel inside And it's calling you on and on Knowing that you've waited All your life Follow me Into this wonderland And you'll discover What you know is right And it's calling you on and on (and on) Knowing that you've waited All your life Calling you on and on Knowing that you've waited for it All your life Calling you on and on (and on) Knowing that you've waited All your life Calling you on and on Knowing that you've waited for it All your life
2.
It's time to get up and face the day Don't try to fight those feelings you know are inside You want to cry, but you don't want to shed any tears Want to scream, but you want to hide behind your fears Let it out, let the rain run down Fall onto your hands and knees, your body on the groud You'll hold out, but there's no reason to hold in There are remedies around besides your cigarettes and gin Look around, see this invisible war It's here, why else would you be lying here on the floor? Listen loud, there's a nightlight here to save you That calls to every one of us when we are broken in two Let it in, let the lifelight win Don't fall deeper in this trap that you're already lying in You'll hold out, but there's no reason to hold in Look, here comes the light, crawl out of the dark and Let the lightflow in
3.
Lost 04:16
Do you mind, I've misplaced myself again
Do you understand my meaning?
Where am I, I don't know, but you do
Could you tell me where I'm going? There you go, you're (I'm) on a roll (You're so lost) I'm totally lost And I'm dreaming of why (What you searching for?) And it's something so far beyond my reach (Dream, dream) Du du (Dream, dream) I'm still searching, but I may not see (You may not see just so clearly as you think)
And I'm longing to find the way back home
'Cause I'm lost Do you mind, I've misplaced myself again
Could you tell me where I'm going? Close your eyes, spin in circles for a while Point me in the right direction please? There you go, you're (I'm) on a roll (You're so lost) I'm totally lost And I'm dreaming of why (What you searching for?) And it's something so far beyond my reach (Dream, dream) Du du (Dream, dream) I'm still searching, but I may not see (You may not see just so clearly as you think)
And I'm longing to find the way back home
'Cause I'm lost
4.
Blinding Me 03:15
Hello again, do you know who I am? It's so nice to hear your voice again Cause I've been looking in the mirror lately And I still think that I'm torn in a million pieces It's hard to say if it's give or if it's take But I know it's only seeing And what do I see, please tell me The dark is overwhelming But when I close my eyes, I see paradise And my eyes are blinding me I used to think that I would sail the seven seas And take a break from this reality Then again when reality's hardly a reality It's hard to see when you're dreaming And what do I see, please tell me The dark is overwhelming But when I close my eyes, I see paradise And my eyes are blinding me
5.
Time, like an arrow Floats in our minds Down, the falling sparrow Do you see how he flies? So do I Time, like a river Flows from your veins And life, like an iceberg Still remains the same There was a time when life was young Since then we've fought a thousand wars The happy daggers sing their song And they complain that life is short Gone, like the marrow That seeps from your bones Down, the falling sparrow Weeps and he groans There was a time when life was young Since then we've fought a thousand wars The fallen martyrs sing their song They cry in vain that life is short Time, like an arrow Floats in our minds Down, the falling sparrow Do you see how he flies? So do I
6.
My love Where are you? I'm falling so endlessly Like I always do My hollow heart If you have love Deep inside you If you have love Let it find you One day Will you see? You throw away the memories That hide away the truth My hollow heart If you have love Deep inside you If you want love Let it find you
7.
Go to sleep, softly now Trust me, surrender your heart Go to sleep, fast asleep These four walls Listen to me So soft, so sweet Listen to me So soft, so sweet Games we play, they feel so soft Things we let in through these four walls Let me in, won't you let me in? Let me in.
8.
Victory 03:55
There's a light beam Coming from the chimney And the chimney sweep said that You were the one that I always wanted And how could I forget that? There's a symphony Coming down the railway And it seems to be moving Quite slowly. Victory, will you sing a song for me? Cause I've been waiting far too long to be with you Rollercoaster Of a frequented memory But I'm sure I'm over that now Victory, will you sing a song for me? Cause I've been waiting far too long to be with you Victory, can you sing a song for me? Cause I've been waiting far too long to be with you
9.
This is my song of the open road, Advice for the young, memories for the old Many stories go untold That's why I'm singing my song of the open road. On foot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy and free, the world before me, The path before me can lead me anywhere I want to go. This is my song of the open road, Advice for the young, memories for the old Many stories go untold That's why I'm singing my song of the open road This road will end some day, So you must take the better way Don't waste another day This road will end some day, So you must take the better way To immortality This is my song of the open road, Advice for the young, memories for the old Many stories go untold That's why I'm singing my song of the open road Strong and content I travel the open road
10.
Sat in the corner of the garden grill With the plastic flowers on the windowsill No more miracles, loaves and fishes Been so busy with the washing of the dishes Reaction level's much too high, I can do without the stimuli I'm living way beyond my ways and means Living in the zone of the in-betweens I can see the flashes on the frozen ocean Static charge of the cold emotion Watched on by the distant eyes Watched on by the silent, hidden spies But still the warmth flows through me And I sense you know me well No luck, no golden chances No mitigating circumstances now It's only common sense There are no accidents around here I am willing, lay your hands on me I am ready, lay your hands on me I believe, lay your hands on me, over me Working in gardens, thornless roses, Fat men play with their garden hoses Poolside laughter has a cynical bite, Sausage speared by the cocktail satellite I walk away from from light and sound, Down stairways leading underground But still the warmth flows through me And I sense you know me well It's only common sense There are no accidents around here I am willing, lay your hands on me I am ready, lay your hands on me I believe, lay your hands on me, over me Over me
11.
You You're sitting on a wall Do you think that you might fall Down to the ground You You think that you're immune But you will find out soon enough Soon enough When something falls apart How do you even start To put the pieces back again? And will it ever be The way it used to be And will you dream again?

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"Merry Ellen's CD [Invisible War] is excellent. I like the single - Blinding Me - the best. It fits her voice and style of delivery to great effect I think. A great version of Lay Your Hands also!"
- Mark Isham, Grammy Award-Winning Film Composer

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released September 1, 2009

Produced & Engineered by Pete Warren.
Additional Engineering (drums) by Glenn Spinner.
Mixed by Glenn Spinner & Pete Warren.
Recorded & Mixed at “The Palette” in Franklin, TN.
Mastered by Hank Williams at MasterMix in Nashville, TN.
Bass by Jaymi Millard, drums by Jeff Bradshaw.
Artwork by Heather Pihl, Photos by Elise Inman & Tonda LeGarde.

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Merry Ellen Kirk Nashville, Tennessee

A young explorer at heart, Merry Ellen Kirk challenges the stigma of the formulaic love song, daring her audience to consider the world in a new light. A tale of heartbreak, fragility, tension, resolution, deep longing & what-could've-beens, Feather & a Leaf continues the dreamy artistic tone that we loved so much in Firefly Garden, to a poignant lyrical exploration of the human capacity to love. ... more

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