bright​-​colored

by priscilla and cheyenne

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1.
03:30
they say a honeybee has only got one sting the decision to use it is a final thing well a beating heart’s the same you gotta be sure before you give it away so where do you see yourself in sickness and in health? in an endless ocean you’re a little pearl there’s nobody like you in this sweet old world but no wonder you’re losing hope putting yourself under a microscope you’ve been choosing to see yourself as less than everyone else all we have is a moment like blades of grass in a field gone gone in an instant i wanna get it right all we have is a moment like flowers in a garden gone, gone in an instant so baby i can see myself choosing you above all else
2.
while i looked up at the blue one hundred leaves twirled to the ground amber and gold and ruby and green fell ‘round me like flowers for a queen i’ll picture you there with me one afternoon i visit in dreams a weathered canoe, the fragrance of leaves the little cedar river, mossy green the current bears us soundlessly through dusk waiting for your love to break the silence
3.
03:26
money for the train money for the bus and i’m broke again waiting in the rain silver falls on us and we smile again and luck has never been so kind to give you back the chance you left behind to give you back the chance you left behind children in the street it’s a sunny day glad it’s spring again wishing we could meet i wanna feel ok i miss you again and love has never been so blind to give you back the one you left behind to give you back the one you left behind i’m turning off my broken record and pulling up the roots of ruin but i’ll keep a memory of waiting in the rain as silver fell on us and we smiled again
4.
baby’s going away she’ll be leaving today ain’t no making believe that she’ll stay baby’s going away baby wants a new life she’s gonna give up this fight and you can’t try to hold her, you ain’t got the right baby wants a new life baby’s leavin’ again she says ‘it’s time to begin’ and if she’s gonna come back, she cannot say when baby’s leavin’ again the spiders sail into summer the old angels have gone away o small bird, when will it be your turn? that wide world waits for you today
5.
02:42
i’ve been wondering why do the seagulls cry over inverness like their hearts are breaking while the dream i’m waking from has to die the foolish dream of you and i now a year has gone since your boat went down you were never found in that black Ness are the stories true? did she carry you? ever deeper, ever further, ever colder? i’ve been wondering how do the seagulls know that in inverness you took me in your arms, promised you’d come for me to hear them cry you’d think those gulls were on my side all i want is a little peace to sit alone and to listen to the gulls of inverness
6.
baby i take it all back i take it all back i was out of my head baby i was out of my head out of my mind i take it all back i didn’t mean to make you cry i only tried to make you angry if you leave now, turn your back on me now, don’t look back just put your coat down just take your shoes off just shut that door now we both know you wanna stay
7.
how do you expect me to believe such a place exists on the same earth as the one i walk day in and day out with my head down and my back bent and do you expect me to believe such a face exists on the same earth as the one i walk day in and day out with my head down and my back bent under the weight every day i walk by the same sea that swallows fishermen, fathers and fortunes and i have little use for beauty or grace so don’t tell me of faraway places or of fine things, or beautiful ladies courted and cared for, holding their heads high things i’ll never know washing the same floors
8.
i keep this hope a brighter light than i have seen glowing inside and life is turning out to be less silken and fine than i had in mind and more like an old cotton dress in the summer on a clothesline frayed and faded wrinkled and tattered the older the cloth the more holes there are the more the sun shines through it the dream of a dream was with me awhile one day i will see for now it’s goodbye the end of our strawberry summer i keep this hope a greater life than i have seen growing inside
9.
04:12
i’ve been watching a flowerpot for signs of life looking for small reminders it’s gonna be all right i wonder if you can see me from the other path you walk if you saw me stumbling just a wayward little seed you might be ashamed of me i don’t know how long i’ve withered in this place just waiting for the sunlight to start a work on me oh everything will change any day like an amaryllis someone gave me once for christmas this is not gonna be the ending i’m gonna come up again gonna break through again gonna bloom again out of dust the crushing ground another life’s begun some day we all will rise like flowers in the sun some day we’ll be together again like flowers in the sun
10.
i’m gonna make myself a quilt of bright-colored patches sewn together by hand and wrap myself in it and wrap myself tightly and drift off to sleep with your voice in my ears dreaming of when dreaming of when dreaming of when you were here i’m gonna plant myself a garden of bright-colored roses foxglove and morning glory and walk through it slowly with wind moving my hair and listen for footsteps as my eyes fill with tears dreaming of when dreaming of when dreaming of when you were here

about

these songs are like 10 stones that tumbled around for years until some of the rough edges were knocked off, eventually revealing bright-colored insides.

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released April 1, 2014

the credits:

songs by priscilla medders/mechanic’s daughter music (ascap) except silver fell by priscilla medders/mechanic’s daughter music and cheyenne medders/dancing room (sesac)

recorded, engineered, produced by cheyenne medders at the court, cedarstone, club 703, home
co-produced by priscilla medders
mixed by melissa mattey at width music
mastered by alex mccullough at yes master
nashville, tennessee

string quartet (dreaming of when): arrangement and recording by allan douglas; contractor: david davidson

ghost choir (amaryllis): heather lawson, samantha lawson, charlotte lawson, george pendergrass, pam pendergrass, kyle gott, lydia gott, nathan gott, ellie gott, brandon ragsdale, matt fox, taylor burgess, rett wood, michelle bailey, annette rudolph

piano (i take it all back): shannon wickline

harp (flowers for a queen): natalie rogers

drums: will medders

singing, some guitars, jaw harp: priscilla medders

everything else: cheyenne medders

photography: jen mcdonald

layout: priscilla medders

"Bring the Day!," copyright © 1951 by Theodore Roethke; from COLLECTED POEMS by Theodore Roethke. Used by permission of Doubleday, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

the thank-yous:

thanks to chey. thanks to mom, julie, jule, joy, suzanne, stephanie, holly, laura, barbara, karen, many others who encouraged this dream. thanks to allan douglas, monty powell, anna wilson, kevin lawson, eric silver. thanks to sammy for the amaryllis.

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Priscilla and Cheyenne Nashville, Tennessee

Priscilla and Cheyenne Medders are a Nashville-based, newly-wedded duo with a shared love of folk music.

Having coincidentally moved to Nashville the same week from opposite ends of Highway 41—Cheyenne from Georgia, Priscilla from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan—the two initially met through friends and later connected through music.
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