The Magician's Wife

by Clara Berry

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Produced by Bradford Swanson. Copyright Clara Berry 2013. All songs written by Clara Berry - phonoberry publishing - ASCAP except "Hard Times Killing Floor blues" composed by Nehemiah Skip James - Wynwood Music Co. (BMI) - all rights reserved; used by permission.

Thank you to everyone who made this album possible, especially to Brad Swanson who put in countless hours perfecting this project and teaching us an immeasurable amount. Many folks donated their time to make this happen and we could not be more grateful. On this album you’ll hear Joe O’Neill on drums & percussion, Elisabeth Hodge on bass, Liz Lawrence on pedal steel & baritone guitars, Jonathan Bousquet on saxophone, Jessica Davis on violin & viola, Jeremy Van Cleave, Eric Weiss & Chelsea White on violin, Allyn McCourt on viola, Alycia Barcelou & Sean McKenna on cello, Erin Morrill & Maria Price on trumpet, Kevin Green on french horn, and Liam Sheehy on tuba.

Mastered by Jonathan Wyner at M-Works in Cambridge. this album was recorded in the studios at The University of Massachusetts Lowell; special thanks to William Carman, Alex Case, Jeremy Houle, William Moylan, Alex Ruthmann, John Shirley, Dave Stipe, Justin Wall, Alan Williams, Amy Dinsmore and Mike Testa. Thanks to Assistant Engineers Nick Foudi, Kevin Green, AJ Johnson, Zach Robichaud, and Jamie Tagg.

We would be remiss if we did not thank our teachers: Thomas Stumpf, Tom K, Fred Buda, Jeff Fischer, John Kerr, & Joe Micarelli. Thanks to our families for their support and putting up with…a lot: Tom Berry, Gail Lynde, Lydia Berry, Phil & Gail O'Neill, Catherine O'Neill & Daniel Lundquist.

And last but not least our amazing supporters: Katey Anderson, John Arnos, Justin Baker, Melissa Baker, Zoë Baker, Marco Barber Grossi, Kenneth L. Barcelou, Steph Barrak, Colleen Berry Becker, Brian Berry & Beth Pavlicberry, Patrick Berry, Steve & Beverly Berry, Robert Blais, Deanna Champagne, Caroline Cotter, Cindy Crowley, Mike Effenberger, Jon Ericson, Christopher Forgione, Charlie Gaylord, Russ, Katie, Max & Jake Grazier, James Giddings, Jenny Hall, Steve & Sally Hoffman, Ianna Hondros-McCarthy, Matt Iannotti, Eleanor "Mimi" Languirand, Joe & Wendy Languirand, Julie & John Languirand, Stéphane Lasfargues, Kathy Lebrun, Josh, Melissa & Jack Lynde, Stan & Laura Lynde, Patrick Mean, Joe & Angel Micarelli, Kay Moss, Jack Nork, Anna Pearson, Sofia Poonawala, Kori & Kyle Rathbun, Deb & Mark Robinson, Kristy Robinson, Cathy Sanders, Tony G. Scida, Matt Smith, Dave & Debbie Steuerwald, Thomas Stumpf, Peter & Ann Swanson, Kathleen & Scott Taggersell, Eva Walsh, Ruby Sarah Wilkinson, and Mardie Womeldorf.

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released October 15, 2013

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Track Name: Air Traffic
air traffic control
i'm coming down
was waiting on your word
flying round and round

this may not be
the best timing
but the heavens are full
and i need the ground

air traffic control
if you were in my place
if you could feel my wings
you too would fall from grace
so blessings or not
i'm coming down
the heavens are full
and i need the ground

take off your oxygen masks
and your life jackets please
there'll be only pain
if you survive the seas
kiss your neighbor goodbye

let go of your seats
let go of your seats

empty promises
false words that you said
come tumbling down
from bins overhead

limbs broken and scarred
hearts opened and marred
to find who we are
they'll dismember our bones
and take us apart
take us apart
take us apart
take us apart

let go of your seats
let go of your seats
Track Name: Your Moon
lo the green acre
your father passed along to you
and how my bones shake dear
to think of how we used to use it
yet nothin' i say
is gonna change your mind

pasting my pebbles to your moon
darling my darling i don't know what to do
running on
running on
Track Name: Boys
they are young a beautiful
and everything is clean
and the leaves at night don't rustle
with the passing of a dream

so hand me back that gun i've got a bone
to pick with each and every one of them
hand me back that gun i've gotta show them

oh boy you better hold fast to your claim
it's based upon your father's father's father's father's father's attitude
oh boy it's your favorite shade of grey
just because your father's father's father said it doesn't make it true

that we are the weaker fairer sex
and we devalue upon opening our legs

they are young and beautiful
and everything is clean
and the leaves at night don't rustle
with the passing of a dream
Track Name: Go Slow
go slow
bones are shaking
all the old folks breaking up
the new molds
holmes you're older
and i don't give a shit
about the skin
on your teeth

hold me till the sun
goes down on you
i said hold me till the sun
goes down on you
cause it will follow, the night

onwards to the night
Track Name: The Magician's Wife
reachin' for your arms again
i find you at the pavement's end
their curves as i'd remembered them
a daisy coyly hidden in your sleeve

but you'll not trick me
this time with your handkerchief
my dear

for i am
the magician's wife
and to be fooled
is my lot in life

mumblin' incantations in my hand
draw the curtain closed and be my man
Track Name: Hard Times Killing Floor Blues
hard times are here
everywhere you go
times are harder than they've ever been before

you know that people are drifting
door to door
they can't find heaven i don't care where they go

people if ever i can get up off this
old hard killing floor
lord i'll never get down this low no more

you know you'll say you had money
you'd better be sure
hard times'll kill you drive a lonely soul

hard times are here
everywhere you go
times are harder than they've ever been before
Track Name: Waltz For My Victims
i'll give you silence
in the wake of the beast
allow you to ponder
these weapons i weep

in the end its for nothing
or so i'd like to think
as i'm waving my daggers
and torches and all-around unhappy things

and it's a shame it's a pity
that my wires are crossed
that i blame you but can't quite condemn you
and want you for it ever more
Track Name: Stella
stella's slinking down the sidewalk
the bad boys say they're gonna bring her back
some day

better run fast now
better make your great escape

on and on and on they whisper
spiraling hope and spitting answers dear
but like your tongue tied mothers
and your paper plane fathers

they will throw hearts away

stella's slinkin' down the sidewalk
the bad girls say she better figure out her place
better run fast now
better make your great escape

pushing the pencils
for grey hairing men
that will smile at her kindly
but never consider her their own

does she remember her mother
or forget where she came from
the smell of his belt
or the taste of his fist on her skin

lean lean lean lean lean lean
lean lean lean lean lean lean
on me
Track Name: Miss Molly
don't be alarmed miss molly
i was just wondering
if you'd be coming back
or if you'd keep on suffering

cause see it's you whose word
their eager ears are hanging on
and see it's you whose lips
they set their lonesome hearts upon

don't be alarmed miss molly
heads may turn but that's alright
they cannot know that in your breast
their grows an appetite

they cannot know that you would
easily cast them all aside
they cannot know that in your wake
a crouching tiger lies

and you would turn them all away
yes you would turn them all away from you
oh you would turn them all away
what will appease you
Track Name: The Bad Guys
I was sneakin'
into your garden late at night
to see if the sapling
that i had planted caught the blight
that all of the maples
in all the neighborhoods nearby
had quietly succumbed to
on the backdrop of the pale moonlight
and while I was sneakin'
into your garden late at night
it caught my attention
in the silhouetted dim lamplight
that you were kissin
somebody who was kissin back
and it was not my reflection
though I felt your lips upon my neck
and i'm alone alone
but rooted here with a leaf caught in my throat

it's a fine line darling
between what's wrong and what is right
and sometimes the bad guys
have not got evil plans in mind
yes most times the bad guys
are fellas just like you and i
who didn't have their wits about them
when the storm came rumblin at them
did you now

alone alone
but rooted here with a leaf caught in my throat
yes i'm alone alone
but rooted here with a leaf caught in my throat
Track Name: When This Mountain
you come in sailboats that float on tears
made of hope and drawn from fear
you sail away till destiny
calls you to her slender knee

caught on sails of distant lies
comes the wind of better times
but upon the parting of this sea
you find there really was no need

fall in a little closer darling
as far from the earth as it may seem
together we'll make a softer landing
so into this bottomless ravine
we go, because
there's really nothing you can do
when this mountain crumbles for you
crumbles for you