A Handful of Soil

by Lauren Mettler

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released October 14, 2016

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Lauren Mettler New York

Lauren's voice, nuanced and beguiling, captivates her listeners as she leads them through epic romantic ballads, comedic anecdotes, and poignant anthems. A versatile indie songstress, her repertoire displays shades of the blues, world music, and is sprinkled with sweet little ditties reminiscent of favorite jazz classics. ... more

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Track Name: Daisy
She hears the rooster crow
Rises to answer his impatient call
and she opens the gate
to allow him to graze
in the sunshine

“What does he wonder
and what is it he hopes to find?”
She dotes on him fondly
and revels in knowing his mind

So many chase
And chase things away
But she stands perfectly poised
with an animal grace
Creatures or people she treats them the same
And so they stay
Oh, Daisy trusts her instincts
and patiently shows me the way

She holds a dying hen
Won’t leave her side ’til she breathes her last breath
And she watches in pain
As the hen’s body strains
to move onward

Carefully wraps her
inside of her warm woolen vest
The hen cannot make a request
So she offers her best

So many chase
And chase things away
But she stands perfectly poised
with an animal grace
Creatures or people she treats them the same
And so they stay
Oh, Daisy trusts her instincts
and patiently shows me the way

Oh, Daisy trusts her instincts
and patiently shows me the way
Track Name: Milk & Honey
Oh, you’re worried
That I’ll overbook my stay
That I’ll turn your sights away
From you’re goin’
But I’m still so far from my journey’s end
I’m not looking for a home, I’m just lookin’ for a friend

And I don’t mind if I’m a wayfarer here
I don’t mind if I can’t stay
Just as long as you take me out of the rain
And offer me some rest along my way

And I can’t promise that I’ll want to leave
When the bell, it tolls my time
But if I must go, I’ll do so peacefully
If just for now, dear, I can call you mine

I know well that I could go it alone
The wind and the stars my only guide
But my tender heart could use the company
If I expect to travel satisfied

And I’m not askin’ you to stop and wait
If a brighter path you find
But if we’re both in search of some promised land
Well, maybe we’ll arrive there side by side

Trust me, I don’t believe I have reached
the land of milk and honey, milk and honey

I’ll help you if you try to help me to
the land of milk and honey milk and honey
Track Name: The Pathway of the Train
Our little home was made
So the pathway of the train tracks
Ran in through the front door
Out the back one
Beneath the kitchen table
The best that we were able
Obscuring what we couldn’t hope to hide

The planks and stakes ran by my bedside
“Oh, my little lady, you pay them no mind”
You told me as you cradled me and held so tight
But still their presence haunted me on sleepless nights

Ohh

Lord knows I’ve waited for my slaughter
Praying that that train would never come
But that whistle just kept blowin’ louder
Proclaiming that it had a fated course to run

Ohh

I’ve gone to lay me down where the train is sure to come
Now that I know there ain’t no use in runnin’
Won’t beg my home to spare
For the fair young maid who lived there
Was surely bound to perish either way

Ohh
Track Name: The Bear's Den
I wandered through the woods last night
and was startled by a monstrous roving bear
I froze in fear, but to my surprise
He drew my hand and pressed me to his side

And we stood there, only breathing
‘Til my panic finally subsided
And I gathered all my courage
To look up into his eyes

And he is not so terrible
He is not so terrible
He is not so terrible as it seems

He showed me in his humble cave
Pulled up a chair and offered me some tea
Then three young cubs huddled in
The smallest one he placed upon his knee

And they think him something vicious
But they have not seen his face
When he’s playing with his children
Or just how joyful his gait

Oh he is not so terrible
He is not so terrible
He is not so terrible as it seems

We nestled in to go to sleep
In strong protective stance he clutched me near
But in the last eve’s fleeting light
I glimpsed his visage, bound and worn by fear

And now sleeping in the bear’s den
You’d think I was out of my mind
But if you come close as I have
I am certain you’d find

That he is not so terrible
He is not so terrible
He is not so terrible as it seems
Track Name: Just As You Would
There’s no way to break it gently
that we don’t belong
There’s no way to say it kindly
that my God-given compass is wrong

This is not confusion
This is all I know
And the most important part of me
Why shouldn’t I let it show?

Why shouldn’t I rest in my love
Just as you rest in yours
Why shouldn’t I rest in my love
It seems but a matter of course
If you were in love, you’d do just the same
So how is it wrong if I call my love’s name?

I’ve two eyes to guide me
And my heart that pounds
Say the one who stands beside me
Is the greatest treasure I’ve found

I would offer myself blindly
Give my heart, my home
To lay in her light when I come home at night
Why shouldn’t I call her my own?

Why shouldn’t I lie with my love
Just as you lie with yours
Why shouldn’t I lie with my love
It seems but a matter of course
I’lll love her the same ’til the day that I’m dead
So how is it wrong if I lie in her bed?

Oh, what a strife
To deny the greatest joy of my life
‘Til death do you part you’ve solemnly vowed
So tell me now, why shouldn’t I?

Why shouldn’t I marry my love
Just as you’ve married yours
Why shouldn’t I marry my love
It seems but a matter of course
Couldn’t find a better match if I planned
So how is it wrong if I take my love’s hand?

How is it wrong if I take my love’s hand?
Track Name: Right Along With It
Oh, the world is aching
She can hardly catch her breath
Oh, her lovely heart is breaking
She’s given us her all and we’ve pressed her near to death

There was a time when man could read her face
Those who would press their ears to the ground
To discern her whispered words
Can they still be heard?

Or are we killing them right along with it?
are we killing them right along with it?
Killing them right along with it?

Oh, my mother taught me
To be grateful for what she gave
And if I in turn disgraced her
Then she’d swiftly turn back and she’d take those gifts away

There was a day when people knew her grace
Those who were taught from the day they were born
To kiss the beast they struck down
Can they still be found?

Or are we killing them right along with it?
are we killing them right along with it?
Killing them right along with it?

Oh, the world is trembling
If we bend her more, she fears she’ll break
Her desperate plea she’s murmuring,
and if a woman tells him no, a man has no right to take

There are so few who still can read her signs
And what will become of them when she’s shackled and shorn,
are they sure to die by her side?
Our only chance to understand her
Is to listen to those in which she confides

And we’re killing them right along with it
Yes, we're killing them right along with it
Killing them right along with it.
Right along with it….
Track Name: Sifting Through the Darkness
Oh, my teacher
I have taken all you’ve taught me here for naught
For all you know, and for all I’ve showed
It appears I damn forgot
All the care you took to show me
that your lovin’ sure was true

Oh my darlin’
Oh my dear
I forsook what we’ve been through

And from here on out you’d better bet
I pledge to do my best
’Til I have done you proud, my friend
I swear I will not rest
For the lessons that we tided
Through the sunshine and the rain

Oh my darlin’
Oh my dear
I will do justice to your pains

And whether life has written
that we two may love again
In greater strength and fuller stride
The two of us will stand

For in sifting through the darkness
We will surely find what shines
It is not one another
but the past we leave behind

Oh my darlin’
Oh my dear
If you need a reminder, I’ll be near
Oh my darlin’
Oh my dear

Oh my darlin’
Oh my dear, I’m still here
Track Name: On My Knees
I've got my seeds
I've got my fallow field
The sun above me shines
The promise of a yield

I've got my plow
Daylight gleams off the steel
It's got the blades to turn this earth
But it ain't got no wheels

I've got fields I need to plow
I've got secrets underneath
My task lies before me
and my limbs cannot afford relief
Oh I've gotta get down on my knees

This land is wild
Rough and overgrown
Friends say if I knew what was best
I would have left it long ago

But this land is mine
The ruts and rocks I've known
If they tell me I can't turn straw to gold
then I'll sew my plot alone

I've got fields I need to plow
I've got secrets underneath
My task lies before me
and my limbs cannot afford relief
So I've gotta get down on my knees

My seeds are few
This ground is cruel I know
But it's the only land and the only chance
I've got to help them grow

The dirt is hard
Fortune don't visit much
But if I lay her a proper bed
Perhaps I'll win that lady luck

I've got fields I need to plow
I've got secrets underneath
I will not leave here
But I will not stand in disbelief
So I've gotta get down on my knees
I've gotta get down
I've gotta get down
I've gotta get down on my knees
Track Name: The Silence That Follows
The silence that follows
Is one I can bear
Oh, I’ll sit and whisper
Sweet love to the air
My unfailing witness
Leave me in the dark
Leave me here in longing
For I’ve torn you apart

And the silence that follows
is one I can take
If it means you will heal from
my gravest mistake
My light in the darkness
Leave me here behind
If out in the distance
Your peace you will find

The silence that follows
Creeps under the door
Where your tender footsteps
Will not tread anymore
It is here I must stay dear
While you crest the far hill
And although I have hurt you
I’ll be loving you still
Track Name: This One's For the Road
Come to me
One last time to me
I have let my cannons down

Come to me
Don’t run from me
I can’t stand to send you away while there’s still tears in your eyes
I lashed out at the world and somehow you got caught in the blows
I’ve come to show

That you haven’t lost my heart
That the strength you knew in me
Has not vanished in the fray
For I know you must be free

Let me hold you in my arms
Though our time here will be short
Kiss me once before you go
This one’s for the road

Come to me
One last time to me
We don’t have much time to spare
It won’t be long before you sink beyond the horizon, my dear

I knew from the day you arrived,
one day you’d have to go
But even so

To love you brought me more strength
than I ever knew I had
To reach you come what may
Is the thought that held me fast

Which is why I stand before you,
Now I know you won’t forget
Keep it safe and hold it close
This one’s for the road