Finally Home

by Kathleen Dunbar

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1.
Round and Round By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar I call the rain to me Let fall the rain on me Let it wash my tears away But my heart is gonna stay I call the lightning thorn I call the wild storm You might wonder why I do But I like the thunder too I call your love to me Sweet electricity That’s always how it goes Rain and thunder make things grow I send my love to you Through skies all baby blue I send my love to you Like a rainbow shining through I’ll be stone If you be sky I’ll teach you home If you teach me how to fly Chorus Round and round we go Round and round we go We are woven of love We are weaving our love – Round and round we go Round and round we go We are woven of love We are weaving our love We hurt and then we smile Hopin all the while We’ll stop feelin so alone And they’ll tell us come back home I call the rain in The freshness on our skin When it’s done let it begin Yeah, let’s do it all again I’ll be stone If you be sky I’ll teach you home If you teach me how to fly Chorus
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The Circle Returns to The Place Where It Starts By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar I sing you a song in the mornin A song in the mornin A song in the mornin I sing you a song in the mornin For you my dear I sing you a song I send out a dove in the mornin A dove in the morning A dove in the mornin I send out a dove in the mornin For you my love A dove in the dawn Chorus (the heart) Let the long road End in a homecoming Hard road – let it end in the heart You belong here my dear Always remember The circle returns To the place where it starts Let it all go, the shadows and cracks The thicket of briars The brambles and thorns I send you the softness of grass The pleasure of joy And the sweetness of home I send you the silver and blue The best precious red The gold of the dawn I send you my love and my heart You send me yours And the sweetness returns Chorus (my heart) I send you the freshness of mornin The scent of the roses The diamonds and dew I send you what’s best in the mornin Whatever you treasure I send it to you I send you a kiss in the mornin Send this in the mornin: Send laughter and love Whatever reminds you’re precious You’ll find it For you my love I send you a hug Chorus (your heart)
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Invocation 05:24
Invocation By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar I call your spirit And I call your soul I call you beauty I call you whole I call your heart, yeah I call it home I call your sweet flesh And I call your strong bone I call I call I call you all back home I call I call I call you back where you belong I call your healin And I call your givin I call your birthin And I call your livin I call your laughter I call your love I call the ground below And I call the sky above Come come we call you now Come come we call you now Come come come come Come come we call you now We call you, we call you now We call the broken ones we call the dyin We call the mean-hearted And we call the cryin We call the lonely ones We call the bruised We call the unknown And we call the used We call we call we call you all back home We call we call we call you back where you belong You who’ve known hard rain Who’ve known tears and war We call you to us when you think That you can’t take no more We name you wisdom We help your growin We call your sweet light And we call your knowin We call we call we call you all back home We call we call we call you back where you belong Bring your soul Here’s a place for you Bring your body and rest your bones Bring your heart Weave your love with ours We are your family – welcome home
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This is the Place By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar This is the place I say I’m a woman That it’s okay to love That it’s okay to say I love you There’s plenty of room for us all Each one born a precious pearl There’s plenty of room for us all Everyplace I can say I’m a woman And my heart is free to love To teach what it means to say I love you There’s plenty of room for us all. Each one born a perfect pearl There’s plenty of room for us all This is the body I dwell in as woman Sacred, delightful and whole I call you to join me in the power of loving There’s plenty of room for us all Each one born a beautiful pearl There’s plenty of room for us all
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Red Boots 04:00
Red Boots By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar My aunt had boots Pretty and red That she kept at the foot Of her great big bed When you grow up fine To a young woman true I’ll give you them boots When they call to you The boots helped me find Your Uncle Blue That’ll show you What a good pair of boots can do I growed from a girl I growed right fine She loved me like a mother All of the time She raised me strong She raised me true She raised me Just like a mother would do Chorus Rose, Rose Rose you gotta go To the valley down down To the valley down below Rose, Rose Put your boots on Get you down to the valley To the valley town I met a man The man met me I thought it would last Forever and a day My aunt she gave him A long sour frown Said honey that man’s leavin town She told me Rose I hope I’m wrong He’s a slippery fella He won’t be here long I asked her for the boots She said it wasn’t time Grow up a little more And they’ll keep just fine Chorus My lover broke my heart He said he had to go Said he found a new love In the valley down below I’m leavin you girl Gonna go gonna go And you’re never gonna see me No more no no I bought a pretty dress Thought his heart might change If I looked this way If I walked his way I bought a pretty dress But his heart went astray And I spent my money Yeah I spent it all in vain Dog barks Wakes up the town Owl goes hoo Spins her head around My lover’s new love She ran away I heard him sorrowin The other day He came up from the valley Came up not down Cried in his beer Cried all around town Wanted me back I said you gotta go You treated me unkind I don’t love you no more Chorus I worked real hard The season turned around The summer went rust And the rust went down Snow fell thick Froze the water in the well Spring came along And made the sweet buds swell How long a season No love for me My auntie says honey go down: Down down honey Go down below Down to the valley Where the sweet water flows Down from this mountain Where the cold wind blows Where the shadow falls down Honey go She gave me them boots The boots fit me fine I went to the rodeo Down in that valley town My heart full of sorrow Cuz I was left first But I started lookin round For to quench my thirst A man rode in On a wild black horse Wind and the weather Had used him worse But he cleaned up fine And his heart was strong And he kept me at the dancing Through the whole night long If you have a lover And he proves untrue Honey that man’s no good for you Bide your time, girl Take your boots down Get you down to the valley To the valley town Not for your old love Put for your new You’ll know him When he dances right up to you Now I’ve got a daughter She’s young and strong When she needs them boots She can put them boots on Chorus
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Drybone Ground By Kathleen Dunbar and Gawain Mathews Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar and Gawain Mathews I finally left on the mornin train I finally left on the mornin train I finally left on the mornin train Ain’t no good man causes that kind of pain I came from hungry valley, drybone ground The spring dried up in that drybone ground Life was nothin with him but the drybone ground Apple and honeyland is where I’m bound Chorus Yeah a bird on the wing is who I be The fruit and the branch and the blossom tree One locked door and another with a key Well the gristle and the bone and the ache is me He took his fist and he broke my door He took his fist and he broke my door He took his fist and he split the board And he stole my money right outta my drawer I wept on my scars like rain on dirt I wept on my scars like rain on dirt I wept on my scars like rain on dirt Tried to grow somethin good outta how I hurt Chorus Who I meet and where I make my bed The dreams that I carry half alive, half dead The devil and the angel talkin in my head Well the ones that grow are the ones I’ve fed I did what I could to keep the pain outside Said I hated life but I know I lied I had a half-smothered woman livin inside I’m tired of bein narrow guess I’ll open out wide Chorus
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There is No Darkness By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar There is no darkness that does not end at the dawn No precious soul here who was not born from flesh and bone Let all the worry that’s worn you down be gone Look into my eyes my love and know that you belong Some think that love is a thing you’ve got to hold It’s when you spend it my sweet that it turns to gold My heart’s a fortress for you that’s stronger than stone I offer you my hand to show you how to come back home Chorus I’ve been down that road too The one where the miles Wear out your shoes Come take my hand And dance with me awhile I’ll hold you in my arms And catch fire in your smile I’ll love you true as light I’ll love you long as stone I’ll love you hard as tears And real as bone When you close your heart when you put your love away Believe it’s not worth the risk or the price that you would pay I made my mind up my love a long time ago When you reach out for my hand I will not let you go Chorus
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Sweet Rain 03:36
Sweet Rain By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar The bark of the tree The green of the leaves My hand will always know Even if I went blind someday I bring me here, I meet you here In the rain – while the rain – let it rain While you sing – while I sing Sweet – sweet I bring my body in I move my body in I take my body in The sweet – sweet – rain Over and over and over and over again Over and over and over and over again The tree arches over me Sways over me Dances over me And we – sing The touch of you The light in your eyes I take deep inside like seeds To feed the fire of me I bring me here, I meet you here In the rain – while the rain – let it rain While you sing – while I sing Sweet – sweet I bring my body in I move my body in I take my body in The sweet – sweet – rain Over and over and over and over again Over and over and over and over again He comes up to me He walks up to me He moves up to me And we – sing The voice of the bird The beat of her wing Heart to heart she and I know We were both made to sing I bring me here, I meet her here In the rain – while the rain – let it rain While she sings – while I sing Sweet – sweet I bring my body in I move my body in I take my body in The sweet – sweet – rain Over and over and over and over again Over and over and over and over again She flies up to me She flies up to me She flies up to me And we – sing
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I’ll Take You Back By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar You showed up In the dark of the night Couldn’t find the light And fell on the landing . . . . . . I let you come in To my heart once more Stood in my nightgown And opened the door for ya I know you’re sorry I see it on your face Come on in There ain’t nothin to say Take off your boots And pull up a chair In this warm woman’s kitchen Where you’ll charm me for sure I’ll smile for your promise I’ll cry when you’re gone In this troubled old world We all wanta belong Chorus All this long night I’ll take you back I’ll take you back You can’t say yes And I can’t say no But we make do It’s a funny way to go It’s hard being human When you’re cold and alone One foot in a hole, Heart blind as a stone You circle back round to me Like water in a drain We pretend for a while We do it all again Cuz we match where we’re hurtin We match where we laugh We end up in this waltz At the cross of our paths Oh come on in honey There’s no harm I guess I oughta say no But I know I’ll say yes Chorus I won’t put the light on, Yet you’ll find my door We’re stuck here like honey We’ll do it once more As long as the moon burns As long as the world turns We’re tangled in ropes Of our fears and our hopes I’ll let you kiss me And I’ll kiss you back But this ain’t your home When your suitcase stays packed There must be a man Who will tell me “I’ll stay” I could meet him tomorrow But you’re here today Chorus
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Lonely Silverware By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar So you don’t love me Like I love you I could pretend to you That I don’t care Sittin all lonely in my kitchen Rattlin in my drawer Is all my lonely lonely silverware Chorus It’s all about control It’s all about control Whoever says yes loses The winner says no Your hips and your lips And your sighs and your eyes Look like a yes But they’re a no in disguise You say you’re shy You’re a boyscout so sweet Please take your time You’re confused and not complete You petted me like velvet Ignited me like fire You looked into my soul And you toyed with my desire You held the deep red edges Of my heart in your hand You kissed me like a girl Then you kissed me like a man You tied me up in knots Like a snake bone bow You gotta admit honey That it’s all about control Chorus I ache like an engine That don’t have any grease You tied me up inside your heart Won’t give me no release I love you like an angel With a fatal disease I’ll tell you no later But now I’m askin please My heart is as raw As a bird on fire I’m stranglin in your sweetness Like the truth inside a liar I’m a drink with no mouth for me A bullet with no gun But I love you like a pilgrim When god gets done Chorus So you don’t love me Like I loved you It don’t matter no more Cuz I don’t care Sittin all lonely in my kitchen Rattlin in my drawer Is all my lonely lonely silverware
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Klondike Joe 02:34
Klondike Joe By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar Klondike Joe, Klondike Joe Way up north in the ice and snow Oh-oh, oh-oh oh-oh Klondike Joe Klondike Joe got a house made of ice He lives in it and he thinks it’s nice Oh-oh, oh-oh oh-oh Klondike Joe He says come on in pull up a skin Sit right down and tell me how you been Oh-oh, oh-oh oh-oh Klondike Joe Klondike Joe, Klondike Joe Way up north where the cold winds blow Oh-oh, oh-oh oh-oh Klondike Joe Joe got a sled dog name of Jack He pulls him into town and then he pulls him back Oh-oh, oh-oh oh-oh Klondike Joe Drink a little whiskey, play a little cards Careful goin home cuz it’s snowin real hard Oh-oh, oh-oh oh-oh Klondike Joe Klondike Joe, Klondike Joe Way up north with the Eskimos Oh-oh, oh-oh oh-oh Klondike Joe When it’s dark, winter full of storms We all want someone to keep us warm Joe did, oh-oh oh-oh Klondike Joe Joe found a woman, love got a hold Her smile in the morning was better than gold Oh-oh, oh-oh oh-oh Klondike Joe Klondike Joe, Klondike Joe Way up north where the cold winds blow Oh-oh, oh I’m happy for you Joe
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I Send Out My Love By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar I feel the earth below Sky above and earth below All day and all night They are always there (Repeat) I feel the people that I love All around me, all around me I feel the people that I love They are always there (Repeat) I send out my love To everyone and everywhere I send out my love My love is always there (Repeat)
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My Cowboy’s Gone By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar Chorus I miss my cowboy My cowboy’s gone I came home He couldn’t follow me along Hey honey out In the wide world gone Can you feel my love On the wild wind blown? You made the stars In the heavens above Shine down in beauty Shine down in love You pledged your heart Your heart to me In your cowboy prayer On the wide prairie In the mornin you said That your heart had closed Pain was all It had ever known You could only be true To your solitude And hear no more That I love you You told me how Your life had changed When you saw my face And spoke my name Tears in your eyes Oh you bid me go You could not follow Mm-m your love home You gave me myself As I’d never known before Wild and free And strong and sure And though you’re far These thousand miles When I think of you Please know my heart smiles For my life It too was changed When I saw your face And spoke your name Chorus
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Rainman’s Daughter By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar Sweet water Melting air Quicksilver laughter from The Rainman’s lair Who could think to keep thee Raincolored – dreaming Slip away with slim hands Vanishing Seeming to – laugh . . . With your dark eyes glimmering Lingering O-mouth wet Vermillion – singing . . . Faintily – fading To a wraithe – to a wisp The Rainman’s daughter Has dissolved in mist . . .
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You’re Finally Home With thanks and love to Julie Murphy By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar Intro/Ending What are my shoulders But the place where my wings are You know what wings are They’re our own sweet arms unfolded Spread out wide They’re our own hearts Broken open wide As s a child in bed in my family home Darkness was a hole with no end Whenever I crawled out they were fightin And I fell right back in I had a mamma who was never loved And a daddy who went to war My mamma’s house was never a home And daddy couldn’t love no more Chorus You told me let your heart break You told me you’re safe now You told me we’ve taken you in You never have to do it By yourself again You told me come on now You told me hold on now You told me you belong with us You made it love You’re finally home I want to let out the hurt there’s blood in my veins Then I might as well bleed If I turn into iron and I don’t want nothing Then there’s nothin I need When I’m down in the darkness I want to talk But I never know what to say Down in the darkness I want to love But I also keep love away I spent a lot of years hidin or tryin too hard A lot of time hopin for more I can live by my love or live by my fear Whatever I choose I get it back and more Life is here where I am now With the warm rain on my skin If I want love then I give my love And I let love right back in Chorus Intro/Ending
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Send You Love By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar Send you love in the mornin Send you love when you open your eyes Send you love in the mornin Send you love when you open your eyes Send you peace in the evenin, my dear Send you peace when you’re closin your eyes Send you peace in the evenin Send you peace when you’re closin your eyes Send you hope in the darkness Send you hope when you are alone Send you hope in the darkness Send you hope to welcome you home Send you joy in the spirit of love Send you joy with arms spread out wide Send you joy for you just as you are Send you joy from all that’s alive Send you love in the mornin Send you love when you open your eyes Send you love in the mornin Send you love when you open your eyes
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Angel Boy 04:20
Angel Boy By Kathleen Dunbar Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar Chorus My heart has love to give – give me back the same I fell in love with the green-eyed angel with the hair of flame He has the shoulders of a man and skin as soft as a child A voice so sweet but the blood in his heart is wild He says honey come and drink from a cup of joy That’s how he talks my angel boy It’s wonderful under the sweet spell of his smile I want to stay all tangled in his curls He is the angel loved by all of the girls You never had the real McCoy Till you’ve loved a green-eyed red-haired boy He’s sugar and fire and the trainwreck end of this world Chorus I decided he was trouble and I stayed away for a while But he kept hangin round with the honey trap of his smile Sayin don’t spend your life livin all lonely Waitin on your one and only You know what’s best will only be here for a while You worry when you stay worry when you’re on the run If you spend your life in worry it’ll all be gone Well we’re all half alive we’re all half dyin All half laughin and all half cryin Might as well enjoy the ride before it’s done. Chorus He said honey if I stay the passion’ll soon be gone Love is like a peach you pick it then it’s done Let the sweetness run and drip now Honey I’m here so let it rip now The only way you’ll ever keep me is in a song When I’m with him I’m as happy as a child with a brand new toy I hope the ache of love will take and not destroy me Well, he might be the devil but god employed him He kisses like an angel and I enjoy him I never had no candy dandy as my angel boy Chorus

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The essence of Kathleen's old soul shines through her songs in a deep and simultaneously lighthearted way. Her rich voice and mystical storytelling create music that awakens a deep connection to life. Skott Freedman of Indie-Music.com says "Musical purity rarely found these days,” April 2008. Kris Larsen of OnlineRock says, "This is a great album by a talented musician who, like the heroine in ‘Red Boots,’ is going places fast,” May 2008. Girlistic Magazine calls it “Must Have Music,” Spring 2008.

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released December 13, 2007

All songs by Kathleen Dunbar
Except Drybone Ground by Kathleen Dunbar and Gawain Mathews
Arranged and Produced by Gawain Mathews
Engineered by Gawain Mathews and Chris Fletcher
Recorded at Yonas Media West, Oakland, CA
Mixed by Dan Feiszli at What's For Lunch? Recording, Albany, CA
Mastered by Ken Lee at Ken Lee Mastering
CD Direction/Design by Michael Snyder
P & C Sing Like A Bird Music/ASCAP

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Kathleen Dunbar San Francisco, California

You may notice my songs are about angels and devils, birth, life, death, about creation and crumbling destruction—the troubles we humans get ourselves into and the choices we make—some of them funky, some of them ending in the dark, others rising into the light of morning. Touching, humorous, spellbinding storytelling—my songs brings you into the irony, the tragedy, and the possibilities of life. ... more

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