vanwyck

An Average Woman

VanWyck Album Artwork
  1. An Average Woman
  2. Red River Girl
  3. Listen to You Breathe
  4. Bring it on Right
  5. My Sweetheart
  6. Europa Escapes
  7. To Feel Free
  8. By the Oak Tree
  9. Don't Talk to the Captain
  10. Sultan’s Square
  11. Whole again

Lyrics

1. AN AVERAGE WOMAN

Some girls build towers, others dig deep
Some pray to angels, some wait and see
Some girls stay quiet, some scream in your face
Some kill their darlings, some hesitate

And I, I was an average woman
I tried to do good, I tried to be kind
Kept my head above water,
most of the time, most of the time

Some girls eat fire, some stick to their guns
some dance on the tables and have all your fun
some girls have answers, some retaliate
some take on oceans, some take on fate

And I, I was an average woman
I tried to do good, I tried to be kind
Kept my head above water,
most of the time, most of the time

I struggled and failed and I laughed at your jokes
I came to your aid when you needed me most
I screamed like a fury in the dead of the night
And curled up beside you to make right

2. RED RIVER GIRL

The sun rises over the isle of men
after the hurricane the river rushes down
I guess I have been luckier than most
I got on to the riverbank

The sun rises over the isle of men
and red is the river after the hurricane
in this kingdom built on bone and marrow
of these children raised on guilt and sorrow

The sun rises over the isle of men
and the preacher said he’s done all he can
and to have faith in the powers that be
but my heart is empty and my hope is skin deep

This freedom I bought with obedience
this beauty I paid for in kind
and when this day passes
what will it leave behind
just another red river girl,
a red river girl, a red river girl

3. LISTEN TO YOU BREATHE

You’re wandering man, I’m a wayward girl
The gun in your hands don’t scare me off
I like the heat from the flames that you throw
Brushing my skin, willing me on

One day you’ll be mine to keep
I’ll rest my head on your chest
and listen to you breathe

So I pack up my bags and I move down the stairs
Cross the hall, through the door, cross the garden
I climb the fence into the forest
It’s dark but I know where to go, I’ll feel my way through it
My feet are strong, they’ll carry on, my hands able
I’ll reach them out and watch them catch them falling stars

Then you will be mine to keep
I’ll rest my head on your chest
and listen to you breathe

4. BRING IT ON RIGHT

The morning comes in jubilee
it rushes down the street
I’m just gonna follow it
leave it to my feet
Oh I’m gonna run
I’ll run fast, I’ll run wide
I’ll run wherever I want
Who’ s gonna stop me now

So bring it on, bring it on right
Give me my freedom, I’ll carry her high
I will be strong, I’ll be so strong this time
So bring it on, I’m more than ready now

The morning comes in colours bright
they shine for me and you
Pick them up and treat them right
That’s all you have to do
And you gotta run,
run fast and run wide
run wherever you wont
who’s gonna try to stop you now

Just bring it on, bring it on right
Give me my freedom, I’ll carry her high
I will be strong, I’ll be so strong this time
So bring it on, I’m more than ready now

And I still don’t know where I’m headed
I still don’t know how to not look back
I still keep waiting for a miracle
Something gonna keep me on the right path

5. MY SWEETHEART

My sweetheart lives in the forest,
where trees are tall and nights black,
where ravens crow in the morning,
at the end of the wayfarer’s path.

And when I go there a’ walking,
through the meadows and fields,
I hear my mother calling,
Girl you’d better watch your feet.

My sweetheart he makes me coffee,
strong bitter and black.
He lifts me up from the kitchen,
and carries me into this bed.

And there he whispers into my ear,
some of the sweetest words I have heard,
lifting me high from this treacherous earth,
feeding my soul, quenching my thirst,
feeding my soul, quenching my thirst.

My sweetheart he never asks me
when I’ll be back
He knows I will come running
down the wayfarer’s path

And there he whispers into my ear
some of the sweetest words I have heard
lifting me high from this treacherous earth
feeding my soul, quenching my thirst
feeding my soul, quenching my thirst

6. EUROPA ESCAPES

Europa escapes, gathers her lakes
her mountains and hills and sets of for the gates
Done with your maudlin, your all night marauding
your self serving ardour and rage

She gonna find her somewhere new
where the women are brave and men true
where they treat her body good
love her and feed her and shield her
caress her and thank her and please her
hold her and hug her and heal her
like you have forgotten to

Europa escapes, closes the gates
shut with a bang just as loud as she can
gathers your outlaws, your exiles your havenots
gives them the keys to your courts

She tells them to burn it down
To tear all your towers to the ground
And she’ll find her someone new
To love her and feed her and shield her
caress her and thank her and please her
hold her and hug her and heal her
like you have forgotten to

What’s stolen will one day steel back
what’s waged at the dagger will fall into it
what’s lied to will break from the truth
What’s taken by force will never be yours

Liberty, liberty, liberty, save yourself for me

7. TO FEEL FREE

Caught you dancing with your coat on
in the hallway of your mom’s home
saw you singing with your eyes closed
when the rain came down
Sometimes it’s easy to feel free
Sometimes it hurts
But darling you can lean on me and I’ll be

Your soldier, your armour, your haven, your homeland
your truth seeker, your truce keeper, your all is quiet now

If you want to I’ll come over
and I’ll hold you tight
Rest your head upon my shoulder
You can close your eyes
Sometimes it’s easy to feel free
Sometimes it hurts
But darling you can lean on me, and I’ll be

Your soldier, your armour, your haven, your homeland
your truth seeker, your truce keeper, your all is quiet now

So you can let go, let go, let go, let go, let go

8. BY THE OAK TREE

If you want me, if you need me
You can find me where you left me last time
By the oak tree in the meadow wide
I’ll be singing a lullaby

When you’re weary, and you’re out of hope
You can find me where you left me last time
By the oak tree in the meadow wide
I’ll be singing a lullaby

Hush now child, don’t you cry
the road is long, the mountain high
just keep walking, keep walking
and you will find me, where you left me last time
By the oak tree, in the meadow wide
I’ll be singing a lullaby

Wherever you are, whatever you do, I’ll be with you
Tracing the steps that you take in the heavens above
And when you get lost, my hands will guide you
So keep on my love, keep on my love

If you want me, If you need me
You can find me, where you left me last time
By the oak tree, in the meadow wide
I’ll be singing a lullaby

9. DON’T TALK TO THE CAPTAIN

Don’t talk to the captain, he wears his heart upon his sleeve
And once he starts talking, we will never leave
We’ ve been stuck here on these cold rocks for way too long
Waiting for the old man to steer us home

Don’t talk to the captain he’s got a troubled mind
He’ll tell you of his great love how she set his soul on fire
How he met her in the harbour in the early morning hours
How she curled up the ladder, made him forget that he ever
had to get us out

Sure we like being on board
but we all just want to get home soon, home soon
Oh we like being on board
but we all just wanna get home

Don’t talk to the captain, I wish you well
And up here on these cold rocks, nothing good ever fell
So join us in the lobby and have a drink or two
But don’t invite the captain, it’d be a foolish thing to do

Sure we like being on board
but we all just want to get home soon, home soon
Oh we like being on board
but we all just wanna get home

10. SULTAN’S SQUARE

We used to dance on Sultan’s Square
After we brushed each other’s hair
We used to drink from the fountain’s head
In the emperor’s garden or have you forgotten

Your hair in the wind
Your eyes on the clouds
your hands like a garland
weaving me onward

Fare thee well sacred city
your dust and dreams are all I can carry with me
fare thee well, fare thee well, fare thee well

We used to dive in the dead of the night
from the top of the bridge into the abyss

The water so cold
But you were so strong
How could we have worried
How could we’ve been wrong

Fare thee well sacred city
your dust and dreams are all I can carry with me
fare thee well, fare thee well, fare thee well

11. WHOLE AGAIN

I still see you walking that grey dirty street
A knife in your pocket, no shoes on your feet
The night was your ally
The stars were your tools
You said they’d look out for you
But that’s something they failed to do

And I’m here, still waiting for a sign
For you to make things right
To come back and pick up the pieces of our fractured hearts
And make them whole again, whole again, whole again
Make them whole again

I still hear you laughing that big carefree laugh
No chip on your shoulder, no weight on your back
And how I believed you, how I thought it was true
You were invincible, and I was invincible too

But I’m here, still waiting for a sign
For you to make things right
To come back and pick up the pieces of our fractured hearts
And make them whole again, whole again, whole again
Make them whole again