Faith To Fall

by Kate Burkart

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1.
I’m sick of taking the high road it sure gets lonely up there Rising up above, showing everybody love Well guess what? Everybody really doesn’t care I’m sick of being the nice one worrying what people will think Well don’t look far, I’ll be at the bar Nice is gonna drive me to drink Don’t make waves, just be cool wonder who made up these rules Don’t make waves, just be nice count me out, it’s worth the price I’m sick of doing the right thing why do I have to belong? Break these chains before I blow my brains out two rights can make a damn good wrong Don’t make waves, just be cool tell me who made up these rules Don’t make waves, just play along I would rather play my song.
2.
03:01
Closer than ever as we fall apart we’ve got this breakup thing down to an art I tell you my secrets you give me advice the time that we’re buying seems well worth the price. But eventually…eventually You won’t be asking me “how did you sleep…how did you sleep?” I’ll wish that just once you would ask me again remembering how I slept better then. Talking is easy the silence is tough how will we know when we’ve had enough I dream I can’t reach you, then I awake and face a reality harder to take That eventually….I’ll have to see You’re not asking me “how did you sleep…how did you sleep?” it’s better if we don’t discuss it again ‘cause to tell you the truth I slept better then. And eventually…I guess you won’t be ever asking me “how did you sleep…how did you sleep?” and though I’ll feel grateful that we’re still friends I’ll have to admit I slept better then.
3.
04:05
Why do you always love me the most when you’re about to lose me? You’re either afraid or wanna get laid but I don’t think you mean to abuse me. But why is that when you want me the most? Am I prettier after I’ve cried? My hand’s on the door, I just wish I were sure what waits on the other side. Rockin’ in the night with your arms around me tight I can’t tell love from defeat If I’m getting burned, then I guess I should learn to admit that I like the heat… But why do you always need me the most when I’m finally ready to fly? You think you’re safe on the ground avoiding the sound of my voice saying goodbye Well, this is my voice saying goodbye This is my voice saying…goodbye.
4.
04:26
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around they say that when it crashes down it doesn’t make a sound Do you believe it? Can you conceive it? Well, if you don’t want to listen then you’ll never really hear You can’t be a witness if you wait too long for the truth to appear. If she’s alone while tears rain down so hard it seems she’s dying and no one’s there to comfort her does that mean she’s not crying? Do you absorb it? choose to ignore it? Well, if you can’t sense the pain in the one person that you love then you won’t be a witness when the storm clouds form in the dark sky above Open your eyes, but don’t do it for her what your heart denies is love that can endure If you’ll believe it, if you’ll conceive it open your heart, and feel what you might miss Let your light shine and find that you can be love’s witness If you feel it, you’ll reveal it… If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around don’t believe what people say, I know you’ll hear the sound If you believe it then you’ll conceive it.
5.
See you comin' and I cross the street Feel you runnin' and I move my feet Hear your voice and I disengage Won’t be the target of your rage See you comin' and I cross the street It’s tough to run in all this heat Well, maybe I could face you down if only I could turn around So it’s time to let go, time to move Once there’s nothin' left to prove Can’t wrap this one nice and neat So I see you comin' and I cross the street See you comin' and I cross the street Feel you runnin' and I move my feet Hear your voice and I disengage Won’t be the target of your rage See you comin' and I cross the street Recognize what I can’t complete Wish that I could take you on But the fact is that I’m not that strong So it’s time to let go, time to move Time to find a road that’s smooth Smart enough to know when I’m beat So I see you comin' and i cross the street
6.
Moving toward you, moving away Times like this, don't know what to say In a parallel universe I hold you tight the sky is black and the stars are bright Step through the door and into the room Voices fade, shadows loom Suddenly everything's moving too slow Your eyes meet mine, and there's nowhere to go If this is the dance I don't know the steps and all of these rules are far too complex I've never liked games where you need a disguise especially when I'm afraid of the prize The party's over, we move to the door Confirm our denial with eyes on the floor The only escape I can think of is sleep and the parallel universe where you're mine to keep
7.
The pictures that I take are always black and white I think I see things better that way Cuts out all the in between eliminates what might have been except, of course the shades of gray. To lean into the spaces that aren't black and white the moments that you can't define or separate the wrong from right The way that I think is often black and white Convinced that's the way to see what's true But waiting for the fog to lift reality can start to shift and suddenly I don't know what to do To lean into the spaces that aren't black and white The moments that you can't define or separate the wrong from right It takes true courage at the end of day to settle in between the shades of gray. They said as I got older I would see the light so I assumed that wisdom was the rule one free pass to clarity would happen automatically looks and brains and finally I'm cool To lean into the spaces that aren't black and white The moments that you can't define or separate the wrong from right It takes true courage at the end of day to find the grace to feel the space to settle in between the shades of gray.
8.
All alone when I can't sleep I pray my soul I'll get to keep Darkness tightens 'round my heart every night that we're apart I need the light, to see your face to pull me back back to that place back to that state of grace. Long ago at the edge of the cliff I never stopped to ask "what if" I knew that if I fell too fast you'd catch me and wipe out the past your hand would pull me back from space would pull me back back to that place back to that state of grace. But the spell gets broken all the time I feel worn threads unraveling It's hard to keep that state of grace alone when you are traveling so far...so far. I stare into the mirror when the distance seems too wide If I could just get through it, over to the other side I'd be gone without a trace safe forever in that place back in that state of grace.
9.
We're far away here, far away here We're far away here, far away here Drift beyond the mountains whisper past the woods sink into the water forget where we once stood lost all inhibitions dropped along the way lock the door, hide the key and promise we can stay Far away here, far away here far away here, far away here. The darkness drips with secrets reaching for a sky filled with constellations connecting you and I years from now remember the time that I was yours Temporary permanence is all I'm asking for While we're far away here far away here while we're far...far away here.
10.
03:59
I can't believe it took so long to get it through my head to see the bigger picture and accept where I've been led but when heartache turns to gratitude you know the tide has turned I'm laying down my burden I finally have learned (chorus) That you and I were destined to take the ride we took and I would do it all again I'd re-read that same book You split my life wide open shone a light so I could see all the roads ahead and all the faith you had in me so now I have to ask myself where I'd be today Without you there beside me every year and every day Because you and I were destined to take the ride we took And I would do it all again I'd re-read that same book Now it's time to let you go I know I've had my turn I'm sorry that I fought so hard and took so long to learn how you and I were destined It was just a matter of time but you can keep me in your heart and I'll keep you in mine. Because you and I were destined to take the ride we took and I would do it all again I'd re-read that same book But just as it was destined for our journey to begin it was just as destined that someday it had to end.
11.
You know that feeling stretch your arms out wide senses reeling across the great divide air resistance won't hold you in place falling backward there's nothing there but space But whatever you do, don't look back you can have it all close you eyes, just let go have the faith to fall Listen closely you won't hear a sound trust the silence and you won't touch the ground falling backward there's no need to be strong arms to catch you have been there all along So, whatever you do, don't look back you can have it all close your eyes, just let go have the faith to fall

about

“I’m sick of taking the high road... it sure gets lonely up there.”

So begins Kate Burkart’s "Faith To Fall". The challenge: how to keep the faith and not take a fall? It’s that kind of figurative thinking-out-loud that inspired the eleven original songs on singer / songwriter / bassist Kate’s debut album.

The tracks span wide stylistic territory: from bittersweet and countrified (“The Most,” “State of Grace”) to British-inflected folk baroque (“Parallel Universe”) to pan-cultural polyrhythms (“Cross the Street”) and less-is-more fortitude (“Faith to Fall.”)

Some of the San Francisco bay area’s best players were brought into the studio by producer Jerry Becker (Train) for "Faith to Fall". The instrumentation includes Wurlitzer and Hammond keyboards, Mellotron, cello, pedal steel, Taurus bass pedals, and an impressive array of vintage acoustic and electric guitars.

Burkart’s songs find some of their roots in Americana, country, folk and singer-songwriter genres, with influences from such personal favorites as Lucinda Williams, Lisa Germano and Emmylou Harris. Still, for all its lyrical and musical range, the album presents a cohesive, organic sound that’s unadulterated Kate — direct, introspective songwriting, exploring themes of love, faith, and loss. Her voice combines strength and sweetness, with an honesty that brings the songs and the listener closer. Retaining the intimacy of the lyrics was crucial when recording her vocals, Kate says. “I wanted the words at the forefront, and to create the feeling that I’m singing right next to your ear.”

Our favorite songs work in intangible ways; they’re distinguished by a determination to acknowledge the darker edges of experience. "Faith to Fall" honors both the joy and heartache of life, and will stay with you…no matter what road you’re on.

credits

released May 25, 2010

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The players include:

Kate Burkart – electric bass, vocals

Jerry Becker (Train) – Acoustic & electric guitars, Hammond B3, Taurus bass pedal, piano, Wurlizter

Jim Bogios (Counting Crows) – drums on “Destined”, “Shades of Gray”

Kyle Caprista (Elliot Randall Band, Megan Slankard) – drums, percussion, backup vocals

Matt Henry Cunitz (All Ones, John Vanderslice, Ralph Carney) – Upright bass on “State of Grace”, analog synth, bul bul tarang

James DePrato (Chuck Prophet) – Electric & slide guitars

Steven Epstein – pedal steel

Yair Evine (Maude Maggart, Victoria Williams, Spencer Day) – cello

Daniel Schacht (Jolie Holland, Eddie Gale, Ryan Auffenberg) – Fretless bass on “Parallel Universe”

Megan Slankard – Additional vocals on “Witness”

All songs © 2010 Kate Burkart

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