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ALBUMS + LYRICS

Lights

Produced and Mixed by Lex Price

All songs written by Heather Kropf

Band:
Heather Kropf - vocals, piano, Rhodes
Steve Moore - keyboards, piano, trombone
Tim Young - guitar
Lex Price - bass, percussion
Ian Fitchuk - drums, percussion, Hammond B3

 

Additional Musicians:
Luke Reynolds - keyboards
Pete Freeman - pedal steel

Joshua Grange - pedal steel, guitar

1. The Good Road

2. Ghost Town

3. Love Light

4. Dream of Dreams

5. Big Love

6. Winter Sun

7. Seven Times

8. Keep on Walking

THE GOOD ROAD

Getting to the point of leaving

Not so hard to find

You pick your destination

And leave the rest behind

The good road

Is the hard road

And the hard road

Is in your mind

The roller coaster ride

Goes ‘round one more time

I know about your sleepless nights

I known about the rain

I know something of what you love

And what you hope to gain

The good road

Is the hard road

And the hard road

Is in your mind

The roller coaster ride

Goes ‘round one more time

Spins one more time

Spins one more time

GHOST TOWN

You never say no

You just deflect the question

I'm not the enemy

No, and I've never been one

It's that voice inside your head

Yeah, I've got one too

She lays it on thick

With everything you do

And the world is tearing itself apart

Wildfires and broken hearts

And the boys with their hands up in the air

Saying don't shoot don't shoot

But this town means nothing

It's timber bones and brick for skin

Without you here

It feels like a ghost town I'm living in

A ghost town I'm living in

All the places we haunted

All the smoky bars, the restaurants

I remember just how it started

Then you said love's not what you want

It's that voice inside your head

Yeah, I've got one too

She makes case for keeping clean

From the mess that love would put you through

And the ocean coral bleaches

There's a fraying strand between us

And the trains they keep on running

Just like they always do

This town means nothing

It's timber bones and brick for skin

Without you here

It feels like a ghost town we're living in

This ghost town we're living in

You're the static on the radio

The station's live, there's no one on the phone

Without your love this place don't feel like home

It just don't feel like home

The world keeps tearing itself apart

Street fire and broken hearts

The boys with their hands up in air

Saying don't shoot don't shoot

This town means nothing

It's timber bones and brick for skin

Without you here

It feels like a ghost town I'm living in

A ghost town I'm living in

A ghost town I'm living in

LOVE LIGHT

The shape of you

The way you move

The love light in the eyes of you

I photograph

I do the math

But nothing comes equal

To the love light, to the love light

The things you say

The way they make me tremble, I tremble

I photograph, I do the math

There is no logic, no equal

To the love light, to the love light

THE DREAM OF DREAMS

On any other night

She’d be beside you sleeping

Of all the dreams she dreams

Her favorite ones are flying

Oo, flying over houses

Oo, floating over trees

Oo, she likes dreams like these

In any other year

She could hear you breathing

Could hear the rise and fall

And never dream of leaving

Oo, there is no other mountain

Oo, there is no other sea

Oo, she’d never dream of these

When you have found a home

You find your chest in hollow

It’s filled with light and spills

To change all your tomorrows

Oo, love is like a big wave

Oo, sometimes you can’t breath

Oo, but the dream won’t leave

It clears away all the sweet and bitter ties of yesterday

You catch a glimpse while you’re asleep

Comes a time you’re wide awake

You recognize it by the way that your heart aches

So you follow it no matter where it goes

Oo, over any mountain

Oo, over endless seas

Oo, riding on the big way

Oo, it’s the dream of dreams

On any other night

She’d be beside you sleeping

Of all the dreams she dreams

Her favorite ones are flying

BIG LOVE

I am the shelter and the storm

I’ll leave the light on for you

Played by the game of big love

I’ll leave the light on for you

I am the chaos and the calm

I’ll leave the light on for you

Brighter than a thousand suns

I’ll leave the light on for you

I want to be true

But I don’t know the rules

Are wise men just fools

For big love?

I am the body and the soul

I’ll leave the light on for you

Devoted underneath it all

I’ll leave the light on for you

I want to be true

But I don’t know the rules

Are wise men just fools

when it comes to big love?

You are the shadow and the fight

I’ll leave the light on for you

You won’t make everything all right

I’ll leave the light on for you

If I want to be true

There are different rules

Only wise men are fools

For big love

I am the tempest without form

I’ll leave the light on for you

When you’re tired when you’re worn

Find the light on for you

If you want to be true

There are different rules

Only wise men are fools

For big love

Be a wise man be a fool

For big love

I am a wise man I am a fool

WINTER SUN

For Will

The boys are playing ball at the court

Between the melting drifts of snow

Under the winter sun

The holidays are long over

You never gave me what I wanted

You always gave me these beautiful and useless things

They feel like luxuries

Maybe someday I’ll see like you

In the distance

There’s a glow coming up from the valley

In the distance

Lights are Kennywood

Lights are Kennywood

The carousels they go around

The kids are all screaming

They’re unafraid of making sound

Everyone’s happy then

Climb a hill out on the edge of town

Where the gravestones meet the sky

We all go there from time to time

When we’re full of how come or what for

Or just to look around

In the distance

Lights are Kennywood

Lights are Kennywood

Oh I’ve always been a little bit reckless

Within my soul

Like a tumbleweed or a prairie fire

I’ve been saying I can’t get nowhere

Without the wind or oxygen

You said it’s all right here

Just go down to the valley

You’re always giving me these beautiful and useless things

These necessities we need to live

Maybe someday I’ll see like you

In the distance

Lights are Kennywood

Lights are Kennywood

Walk past the boys playing ball at the court

Between the melting drifts of snow

SEVEN TIMES

Seven times circle your desire until the walls come down

Seventy times seven ask for the forgiveness

And each time you’ll find, each time you’ll find

She offers it to you

Here in this dance of madness where your dreams come alive

It splits your heart for the sake of love

On this day you’ll find, on this day you’ll find

Seven times

Seven times circle your desire until the walls come down

Topple the indecision, don’t you know it is forgiven?

She will offer this to you

Don’t you know that

She can see you through

Can you be so blind

You can be so blind

You can be so blind

Many times you run from the things that matter most to you

It’s a way to leave without walking out the door

It’s a way to stay without offering more

But this time topple the indecision

Don’t you know it is forgiven?

Forgiven

KEEP ON WALKING

“I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and I’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.” - Frida Kahlo

There’s a little stone I keep inside my pocket

That my fingers are turning

To remind myself I am already home

You’re the reason

I keep on walking

Make this fragile sound

Keep on walking

Keep on walking

Until you come around

Keep on walking

Leave my story that I’m telling far behind

It’s not here now

Leave the stories I imagine in my mind

Never fear how

Keep on walking

Making choices I believe

Keep on walking

Keep on walking

‘Cause I’m tired of being deceived

Keep on walking

Love me a little

I adore you

When nothing seems to be just what it seems

Just keep waiting

’Til you see a crack that shows a little light

It’s not fading

Keep on walking

It may break and it may bend you

Keep on walking

It may mend and it may end you

Keep on walking

Make this fragile sound

Keep on walking

Keep on walking

Until you come around

Keep on walking

Love me a little

I adore you

Chrysalis

Produced by Heather Kropf and Jeff Berman

All songs by Heather Kropf

Band:

Heather Kropf - Rhodes, piano, vocals

Chris Parker - guitar, drums

Pete Freeman - pedal steel

Randall Venturini - bass

Jeff Berman - dulcimer, vibraphone

Additional Musicians:

Jeff Grubbs - bass 

Ben Shannon - guitar 

Ray DeFade - drums 

Skip Sanders - Hammond B3 

Douglas Witner - guitar looping

Joy Ike, Preach Freedom, Keith Hershberger, Shay,

Chris Hannigan, Mark Williams - vocals

1. Ghost in My House

2. Out of Our Atmosphere

3. Mile Marker

4. Rain Quilt

5. Sweet Liberty

6. Want You Back

7. Harvest and Snow

8. Old House Show

9. Poison for Water

10. Valentine

GHOST IN MY HOUSE

Arranged by Douglas Witmer

 

The streets are quiet

The snow pillows the sound

It’s Friday night

I changed my room around

He comes home late

I hear the car door slam

I go downstairs

He’s laying on the couch

He’s sleeping on the couch

Ghost in my house

Ghost in my house

In my house

Band widows and pendulums

Are counting out the hours

The hours

Ghost in my house

Ghost in my house

The room whispers of ruth, and then

I go upstairs amazed how I can bend

How I can bend

How I can bend

OUT OF OUR ATMOSPHERE

Out of our atmosphere

Out where the space could just dissolve you

Yeah

Around the far side of the moon

What ships are docked there don’t you wonder

Yeah, yeah, yeah

If it wasn’t for gravity

We would be something entirely different

In the future when they look at us

What will they discuss?

Will we be something special?

Could we be something special at all?

Out of my inner space

Out past the ways that I have fooled myself

Around the bend is not as fine

As being here with you outside of time

Yeah, yeah, yeah

And if it wasn’t for the way that you love me, babe, I’d be so uncertain

I’ve been looking at our stars,

Trying to read our cards, 

Wondering if we’re something special

Could we be something special at all?

And if it wasn’t for gravity

We would be something entirely different

I’ve been looking at our stars,

Trying to read our cards, 

Wondering if we’re something special

Could we be something special at all?

MILE MARKER

Your gaze is a tiger lily

I can feel your petals trace my shoulder blades

Feels like youth, like warmer weather

Like all the colors could run together

Mile marker,

My stepping stone or hearth stone

We’re all on our own

When it comes to making peace

My days, I spend them in cafes

Casual conversation, one more cup of coffee

Keeps me hanging ‘round

Wearing your insights like hand-me-downs

Somewhere between here and New York City

I noticed you had turned away

Giving me that instantly familiar feeling

Razorblades confetti my reason

I play the mending game

Mile marker,

My stepping stone or hearth stone

We’re all on our own

When it comes to making peace

Are you my stepping stone or my hearth stone?

Either way, I never meant to put roots down where I roam

‘Cause when you go

They make that tender tearing sound

When you go

They give so easily 

‘Til there’s nothing left to win

There’s nothing here but me

Your gaze is a tiger lily

But I bought my bouquet 

Here in this city

And in the morning I’ll take my roses

Like I take my chances

Like I take my mile markers

My mile markers

Mile marker

Stepping stone or hearth stone

We’re all on our own

We’re all on our own

When it comes to making peace

RAIN QUILT

I’ll make a rain quilt for my love

Of sage and smoke and burning cedar

Of magic threads and tears in gathers

I’ll make a rain quilt for my love

I’ll make a rain quilt for my love

Of starfish and seagull feathers

In tide pools on the hem of forever

I’ll make a rain quilt for my love

For my love

For my love

To sail you down the sacred river

When we’re tired of walking on water

I’ll sew in the sound of mourning doves

And scraps of stories where we have fallen

And weave in mercy for all our longings

So you won’t doubt that we are something

Oh, my love 

Oh, my love

I’ll sail you down the sacred rivers

When we’re tired of walking on water

The night sun and the pull of the ocean

The curve of highway 101

And cliff rocks in the dark rejoicing

For this rain quilt I’ve made to cover my love

For my love

For my love

To sail you down the sacred river

When we’re tired of walking on water

Sail you down the sacred river

For we’re tired of walking on water

SWEET LIBERTY

Nothing here but me

Everything I had is gone

The back-up plan

The basement stash

Everything I had is gone

I think I’ll be someone I’ve never been before

Not this woman who’s lying on the floor

Surrender to Sweet Liberty

The caviar the cold hard cash

Everything I had is gone

The friends who had my back

The favours and the slack

All gone

I take my burdens down to the river’s edge

Wash them clean give them wings instead

Surrender to Sweet Liberty

I been trying to hold on 

While it all lets me go

I been trying to get it back

But that’s not how it flows

So I’ll take my burdens down to the river’s edge

Wash them clean give them wings instead

Surrender to Sweet Liberty

Nothing here but me

Everything I had is gone

WANT YOU BACK

You were always on my mind

Save you

I wish I could turn the tides

Like that

We could drown in unspilled tears

Or breathe through

Sinking through the years

Love you

Oh, how I long for a steel-toed summer

To kick this ritual of ruin

To kick this habit of hunger

Sometimes September remembers all that we lack

I want you back

All the secrets that you keep

Keep you

When the winter gets you deep

Wait for

All the colors of desire

All forgiveness for the liar

Show me how to fan your fire

Show me how, show me how

Oh, how I long for a steel-toed summer

To kick this ritual of ruin

To kick this habit of hunger

Sometimes September remembers all that we lack

And the world turns on

And I want your back

I want you back

All the secrets that you keep

When the winter gets you deep

Show me how to fan your fire

I want you back

All forgiveness for the liar

I want you back

You were always on my mind

I want you back 

I want you back

HARVEST & SNOW

Last night it came to me in threes

The face of love, of lack, and of you

You were standing in my harbor

With your back turned to the water

Throwing off shadow and sorrow

I see you now

You’re so lost

I’m so found around you

How could we have known,

Every seed that we had sown

Yesterday, to centuries ago

Over and over

Harvest & Snow

I shook the love, I shook the lack

But I never could shake you back

We were spinning in the Milky Way of silence

Spinning to heal from the violence

Of being born, of being born

I need you now

I’m so lost

And so found around you

How could we have known,

Every seed that we had sown

Yesterday, to centuries ago

Over and over

Harvest & Snow

OLD HOUSE SHOW

Let’s go down to the old house show

Ask all the amateurs what they know

Let’s go down to the 4H Fair

The demolition derby man is there

Life flies by when the workday’s done

Let’s go out and have some fun

Sitting on the porch sipping lemonade

Or off with your honey in the shade

You’ve been working far too long

Trying not to get it wrong

You can always put things right

Just come out with me tonight

Life flies by when the workday’s done

Let’s go out and have some fun

Roller derby, rock n’ roll

Black lights at the all night bowl

Life don’t mind it, if you unwind it all 

Life flies by when the workday’s done

Let’s go out and have some fun

We’ll be sitting on the porch sipping lemonade

And off with our honeys in the shade

Life don’t mind it, if you unwind it all

 

POISON FOR WATER

If a stranger gave you a vial of poison

Told you to drink it down

Would you do it?

If a neighbor asked you to poison the water

To kill off your sons and your daughters 

Would you do it?

Would you do it for money?

What would you do for money?

When you feel the lack

Do they have your back?

Do they?

If you lived in a palace in a garden of paradise

And you had a chance to nuke all the land

Would you do it?

Would you be the one for pieces of silver

To tell all your friends tomorrow’d be better

Could you do it?

What will we drink when we can’t drink the water?

And where will we go when we don’t have a home?

No home

So the man came to our town

He offered us money

And we all lay down

Gave him purchase

We begged him to do it

And even now he poisons the water

And even now we’re killing our daughters

And if you don’t want poison for water

How will they know if you don’t say so?

Say so, say so

(THE WOODS ARE YOURS AND MINE) VALENTINE

Let’s take the long road home

Get lost along the way

The moon is in the sapphire sky

We have so many words to say

Let’s take the long road home

I’m not ready for the end

The city air is almost sweet

Tonight the wandering is our friend

The woods are yours and mine, Valentine

So close like the breath of a lover

Your voice is the sound I am after

Two hearts drifting nowhere in particular

Let’s take the long road home

Smile at the song on the radio

Sing out for all the beauty that this world can hold

Nomads, with no plans of getting old

Let’s take the long road home

La, la, la….  

The woods are yours and mine

The woods are yours and mine, Valentine

Hestia

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Produced by Heather Kropf and Randall Venturini

All songs by Heather Kropf

This album features acoustic, reimagined versions of 6 previously recorded songs (songs selected by fans from full-band CDs, "Sky" and "What Else is Love") as well as 5 new and unreleased songs. 

Musicians:

Heather Kropf - piano, vocals

Vince Camut - guitar, dobro, pedal steel

Keith Hershberger - guitar, vocals

Benny Benack, Jr. - clarinet

Paul Tebachneck - vocals

Elisa Kohansky - cello

Kathleen Costello - clarinet

1. Kite

2. Downtown

3. Joy Comes Like the Morning

4. Grace

5. Madrigal

6. Shine

7. Devolving

8. Edges of the Day

9. Our Lady of Constant Motion

10. Come Around

11. Red Sky

JOY COMES LIKE THE MORNING

She holds the heat in her heart of hearts

And you've been running around for years in the cold and dark

As a crow flies over an open field

You will take this flight tonight and see what the journey yields

Maybe joy, joy

Joy comes like the morning

I believe in second chances

I believe that grace advances

In the calendar of days

Take a couplet from the page

and breath into it

'Till its heat becomes your own

'Til there's joy, joy

Joy comes like the morning

Joy comes like the morning

When you've been east to east, and west to west

You've been gone so long forgot why you left

Now you're winging over an open field

Back to the heat that she held for you

Joy, joy

Joy comes like the morning

Joy comes like the morning

Joy comes like the morning

Joy comes like the morning

Comes like the morning

Let it comes like morning

GRACE

That was her cigarette lying by the front step

I can tell by the color of the lipstick stain

What I know of grace is that she's heavily made up

Looking through the keyhole

No one asks her in

There she goes, she was standing right beside you

There she goes, who knows if she'll be back this way again

That was her cigarette lying by the front step

She's looking through the keyhole

No one asks her in

Dusty in the corner lies the last forgotten I love you

Rusty as an old nail and tearing every seam

Now there's loose change and it's lying all over the floor boards

What lasts and what gets rearranged

There she goes, she was standing right before you

There she goes, who knows if she'll be back this way again

Dusty in the corner lies the last forgotten I love you

What lasts and what gets rearranged

Can't you hear her calling, she's been calling

When the heart has nothing left to lose she comes calling

Calling, calling you

Presidents and senators think they live in my country

They think this land is lines and words

But I think that everybody's living in the space between

I think everybody knows the reasons why they need her

There she goes, she was standing right beside you

There she goes, who knows if she'll be back this way again

Will you let her go past all ways she's known you

Will you let her call you home

She's looking through the keyhole

You're gonna ask her in?

DEVOLVING

Take a match to light the candle

I could burn the whole place down

Put the dog on the leash now

The winter wind is whipping 'round

Some days I'm just devolving
Other days I'm still the same

I have squandered all you offer

Crank the furnace high, open the windows wide

Let the winter wind blow cold now

To clear the evidence of what's gone down

Some days I'm just devolving

Other days I'm still the same

Paint the walls a perfect yellow

Write a note take all the blame

Because every good intention takes us 

One more step from heaven

One more step, I swear

Some days I'm just devolving

Other days I'm still same

OUR LADY OF CONSTANT MOTION

Our lady of constant motion keeps the laundry going

Emails to send and bills to pay

These strange devoltions

In the spaces underneath

Are fault lines and fissures too wide to breach

Our lady of lost liberty keeps those little wars raging

There's truth to spin and webs to weave

And fear to be waging

Keep the people guessing

In the space underneath

Are fault lines and fissures too wide to breach

So lady of weary constance you could let your guard down

And lean into ocean breeze

Let is soften your hardened heart

We could slip outside ourselves

Disappear into no space between us

But there's all this work, there's all this work to be done

So lady constant blindness can't you feel the friction

Of living in constant motion

Keep the laundry, keep the emails sending

Keep the little wars raging and the people guessing

All the while love is waiting

All the while love is waiting

RED SKY

Dad had a good way to be

He fell in love with the sea

He push off from shore and into the blue

Where only horizons hold you

And a red sky at night, it's a sailor's delight

Red sky in the morning

Sailors take warning 'cause Mom got a call far away from the shore

And the family came with her

And I used to blame her

But you can't choose what you're given

I got a red sky, mmm mmm mmm

And there are no words for red afternoons

More violent and restless than the blues

It's a cancer it's a flower

All scarlet like a fever

And if you ever leave here take me with you

We'll push off from shore and into the blue

And even as our thoughts were of the road

The corn grew high under a red sky

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