To & Fro

by Lizdelise

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about

All these songs are my interpretation of stories told to me by nomadic street kids in Portland, Oregon. A portion of the proceeds will go to Outside In, a Portland organization that works with youth living on the street.

Reviews
"Nothing is held back, nothing dressed up. Struggle, endeavour and resilience walk hand-in-hand, each story standing or falling on its merits. Much of its power comes from the Liz de Lise’s brand of Americana folk blending tradition with innovation, and of course her uniquely absorbing voice, which adds a necessary intense edge." Tom Franks
folkwords.com/folkwordsreviews_93334.html

"From start to finish "To & Fro” (EP) by Liz de Lise delivers the Psychedelic Soulful Gyspy Folk mojo and is a consistently uplifting 6 Track release...The writing, playing and singing abilities of Liz de Lise and her contributors literally blew me away. Her amazing approach to songwriting and multi instrumentation approach is something millions of people should gravitate towards." Cyrus Rhodes
www.musesmuse.com/mrev-lizdelise-toandfro.html

credits

released July 29, 2014

© ® 2014 Bocage Music Publishing, LLC www.bocagemusic.com
Liz de Lise: Guitars, vocals, chain
Louis deLise: Accordion, marimba, percussion, piano, Wurlitzer sample
Jonathan DeLise: Featured soloist, “Ode”
Hannah Goodman and Dana Schwartz: Background choir, “Star Fire”
Tracy Grammer: Background vocals, “Home/less” and “Strangers”
Lyz King, Emily Morse, Skyler Volpe: Background choir, “Pan” and “The End”
Steve Beskrone: Double bass, “Ode” and “Home/less”
Aqeel Bhatti: Tabla, “Pan”
Mirjam Ingolfsson: Cello, “Home/less” and “The End”
Bruce McFarland: Banjo, “Strangers” and “Star Fire”
Jess Molan: Double bass, “Strangers”, “Pan”, “Star Fire” and “The End”
Allan Slutsky: Mandolin, “Ode” and “Strangers”
Additional singers and swarthy crew, “Ode”: Timothy Bretschneider, Jim DeLise, Jonathan DeLise, Ella DeLise, Olivia DeLise, Hannah Goodman, Elena Marino, Josh Mayer, Emily Morse, Justin Totora, Dana Schwartz, Skyler Volpe


All songs written by Liz de Lise
All songs arranged by Liz de Lise and Louis deLise
Produced and recorded by Louis deLise
Assistant producer and recordist: Liz de Lise
Mastered by Peter Humphreys of MasterWork Recording
Artwork by Catherine Monahon, Emma Podietz, and Alicia Toldi
Typography and layout by Alicia Toldi
Photo by Hadley Brooks¬

To my family and the old and new friends who made this album possible: Your hard work and generosity are the cornerstone of this album. Thank you.
To my pals: the creativity you inspire abounds. You make me laugh, you help me grow. Thanks for coming to see me play.
To my family, my brothers, sisters-in-law, and Theresa: you are a constant source of love and delicious meals. Salut!
To mama: for your sense of humor. You speak the truth.
To Professor Anthony Graesch: Thank you for believing I had something worth sharing.

To Eliza and Catty: Thanks for letting me tag along on the road trip. ’Twas the beginning this journey.

To the Portland friends and street kids: your warmth and openness will stay with me forever. If you are reading this, drop me a line, wherever you may be.

And to Dr. dad: This has been quite the journey. Thank you for the special lullaby. Best graduation present ever.

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Track Name: Ode
Come with us love, bring your music to play
Here take a smoke, drink your troubles away
So I followed him down to the end of the line
Becoming a ghost, marching in time

If you know Dylan’s name, you know my name too
In your eyes I see a soul, pretty and true
So, why won’t they listen to your melody
And so his story unfolded for me.

I grew up strong where the sun never sets
But when people scorn me they seem to forget
I too was born of a woman who yearned
And a father who cursed me, so I made him burn

But, the fire it found me, and I was detained
Caught up in cages and irons and chains
Where was the woman who once gave it all?
Abandoned and reckless, I chose to fall

And I dream of pirates and hippies, galore
Perhaps in my childhood, I wished for more
But, today I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been
And I can’t wait to see you again

Midwest and married, a child in tow
Factory job, far too much blow
She laid beside me and asked for the truth
And so I told her, and she cut me loose

I searched for the fire in southwestern plains
I found it in shamans with northwestern names
Welcome to my town, these folks keep me fed
My penthouse is public, no need for a bed

And I dream of pirates and hippies, galore
Perhaps in my childhood, I wished for more
But, today I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been
And I can’t wait to see you again

He showed me the secrets beyond my front door
And I asked the same thing his wife asked before
Are you happy like this, do you feel free?
He said all that has happened is what’s meant to be

And I dream of pirates and hippies, galore
Perhaps in my childhood, I wished for more
But, today I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been
And I can’t wait to see you again
Track Name: Home/less
Do you long to be still
Town to town and train to train
Might just drive a kid insane

Freedom is not attained, you say
Unless you live from day to day
A week’s too long for you to stay

Cargo trains and strangers’ names
I long to learn, but fear they’re beyond my reach
Secrets of the streets and untouched lands
Is this what you planned
All along

The name your mother gave does not fit
Name yourself so it’s just right
You're reborn on summer nights

Able limbs and sound of mind
The public eye is blind at best
As you beg them to invest

Cargo trains and strangers’ names
I long to learn, but fear they’re beyond my reach
Secrets of the streets and untouched lands
Is this what you planned
All along

You play games
With the pennies they throw
Drink the night
With the Willamette flow
Sorry you had to go

Do you long to be still
Town to town and train to train
Might just drive a kid insane
Track Name: Pan
Cast out
From his home state
Nowhere to go but up, and up
On his father’s land
He could not sedate
The same voice that had driven him up, and up, and up…

His namesake the same
As the little boy who never changed

He said unto me

I will farm the land
‘Til the end of my days
As soon as I stop
My rambling ways

Mount Shasta
Moon blocked sun
The beating drums, her teenage grace, and they were up, and up, and up
But, to ramble
Is to be one
And so he came to this port town, up, and up, and up...

His namesake the same
As the little boy who never changed

He said unto me

I will farm the land
‘Til the end of my days
As soon as I stop
My rambling ways

So, what now
You’ll hop a train out of town
Your foot’s on the mend
But couldn’t you use a friend

Manifest all you need
Ask and you shall receive

Calls himself a Jedi, he can summon all the powers of his mind
Forget the guilt and obligation; hedonism is his bride

But I can’t help but speculate that he must miss his mother and his bed
And little brother, and Mount Shasta lover, based on all those things he said

All those things he didn’t say
Is freedom the same as running away?

He said unto me

I will farm the land
‘Til the end of my days
As soon as I stop
My rambling ways
Track Name: Strangers
Mom went looking
For the dad I never had
Married in the desert
Lost to Burning Man

Three months of higher education
Then the Rainbow Family came
Traded my books for a backpack
Skipped town and changed by name

Never felt I quite fit
Anywhere, it seemed- until this
Family of strangers
A company of dreams

And no matter how many times I leave
Portland always calls

These strangers are strangers
With faces I know
A family of strangers
With every town, it grows
These cities are perfect
Man’s most valiant try
Why else would we come back
To smoggy streets and skies

See them passing
Wary-eyed and bleak
Can there be no breaching
These walls that make us weak

So, I play on
A quiet melody
If they’d only stop time
Perhaps they’d finally see

And no matter how many times I leave
Portland always calls

These strangers are strangers
With faces I know
A family of strangers
With every town, it grows
These cities are perfect
Man’s most valiant try
Why else would we come back
To smoggy streets and skies

Home is where the heart lies
Burried in a stranger’s smile
But if home is where the heart lies
Why are they surprised that
I left mine

These strangers are strangers
With faces I know
A family of strangers
With every town, it grows
These cities are perfect
Man’s most valiant try
Why else would we come back
To smoggy streets and skies
Track Name: Star Fire
Life’s feeling different out on the road
Friend or foe, how could you know?
Your Lucky Charms ran out on you
Were they true, the gypsy tales he spun you?

Life becomes tiresome, working 9 to 5
On Portland streets, you come alive
But, life becomes tiresome, watching him spange
Ain’t that strange
Either way we live, we’re always begging for change?

Oh, my, my, my Star Fire, where’d you go
Oh, my, my, my Star Fire, where’d you go

Can’t leave the county, you’re father’s too ill
But you’re scared to be alone, so you can’t sit still
Mom was a drinker- will her fate be yours
Without your man, you’ll lose yourself, on these Northwest shores

Oh, my, my, my Star Fire, where’d you go
Oh, my, my, my Star Fire, where’d you go

The city streets aren’t shaped the same as last night
I’m sorry, love, but it was time to take flight
I’m sorry that you had to go and take flight

Oh, my, my, my Star Fire, where’d you go
Oh, my, my, my Star Fire, where’d you go
Track Name: The End
The seasons don’t change here
And the leaves don’t turn
And the fires burn
And the bellies yearn
For something good to eat

Music reigns here
Keeps it lush
Silken and plush
She orders the hush

When summer ends

When the summer ends I’m gone
But when the summer ends I’m gone
To a place where you don’t know my name

Name, you don't
Name, you don't

Hey, man, can I bum a smoke
Take this trinket in exchange
It’s from a pirate on the Cascade
Mountain Range
Just rolled into town the other day

And how came you to Portland
By foot or by gondola train
For, in the summer it never rains
And our gypsy lives are sustained

The Redwood Roads twist and bend

When the summer ends I’m gone
But when the summer ends I’m gone
To a place where you don’t know my name

Have I ever been in love
Well, sure, her name is Freedom
She is what you make her
You cannot forsake her
Because you and she are one

And I feel what you feel
That inner tumult and turmoil
To reconcile my raising
With these new dreams I’m chasing
Before the journey’s end
Before our journey’s end

Name, you don't
Name, you don't

But when the summer ends

When the summer ends I’m gone
But when the summer ends I’m gone
To a place where you don’t know my name
To a place where you don’t know my name