Emilia Dahlin

Emilia Dahlin

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Wielding a voice that defies the size of her body and strong storytelling sensibilities, she weaves mesmerizing tales (complete with Greek myths, robotic messiahs, epic floods, and tax evaders)

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Biography

Wielding a voice that defies the size of her body and strong storytelling sensibilities, Emilia has carved out her name as a unique songstress, know for a genre-bending style that's all her own. She weaves mesmerizing tales (complete with Greek myths, robotic messiahs, epic floods, and tax evaders) with raw, rootsy folk and dynamic vintage jazz vocals.

Born on a small farm south of Boston to a musical instrument collecting father and accordion playing mother, Emilia was destined for a life of music. She started piano, formally, at the age of five and trained classically for the next thirteen years. It was Christmas day, 1996, when Emilia decided she wanted to play the guitar. She went up to the attic, pulled out a warped and worn guitar, that once belonged to her great grandfather, and started to play.

Fresh off a year-long journey 'round the globe, she's ripe with new material collected from and inspired by the countries and communities she visited.

Lyrics

Sad Affair

Written By: Emilia Dahlin

Maria, Maria,
her youngest, only two
exhausted all her options, there was nothing she could do.
When she left she said, "Be good and please don't cry"
as tears welled in her eyes.
And she said, "Remember Momma loves you.
Brush your teeth, and study hard.
I'm off to make us a better life
even if we must be apart,
we must be apart".

And it's a sad, sad affair
when latitude and longitude
hold you in despair
and it's a sad, sad affair
when the grief you're breathing daily's
almost thicker than the air.

Bajo una luna llena,
all quiet and still,
coyotes cross the border in the early morning chill.
Bodies pressed tightly in the back
while hope is taking over her fear.
And now the world has served her a sober pill
the swallows every day.
And somewhere, in some home she's made perfection
while her own life is dwindling away,
is dwindling away.

And it's a sad, sad affair
when latitude and longitude
hold you in despair
and it's a sad, sad affair
when the grief you're breathing daily's
almost thicker than the air.

Manuel, oh Manuel,
so honest and strong,
took a job that promised more
not sensing what was wrong.
Taken far away, his heart fell
as his fate came clear into view.
And now is back is bent from the weight of earth
he carries every day.
And somewhere, someone with golden fingers
will exclaim, "how lovely and how nice,
how lovely and how nice".

And it's a sad, sad affair
when latitude and longitude
hold you in despair
and it's a sad, sad affair
when the grief you're breathing daily's
almost thicker than the air.

#19

Written By: Emilia Dahlin

(Ode to an underground railroad house that was torn down to make way for a new Wallgreens)

"You might care more for me
if these walls could speak.
I just might be wood and nails to you,
but you've not seen half 'what I've been through.

I'm not wanted anymore.
None will pass again beyond the threshold of this door.
And though I'm benign,
my presence isn't worth your money of your time.

I have seen the changes growing in this little town.
Past iron works and railroad tracks the fields,
they ran abound -
right beside the river I, now, can't see at all
the houses and the trees have grown too tall.

People come to stop and stare,
salvaging valuables while rooms are all stripped bare.
But is my value in the wood?
Or is it in the struggles of the time that I've withstood?
I've seen the birth of babies
and the passing of the old.
Through storms I held the warmth and the light.
It was me who listened to the prayers
of children in their bed
in the stillness of the night.

I'm out of time.
I hear the engines starting
and the gears begin to grind.
But tell me this before I go...
when they die,
where do the souls of houses go?"

Discography

Stealing Glimpses, 2001
Emilia, 2004
God Machine, 2006
Rattle Them Bones, 2009

Set List

Rattle Them Bones
Home to Grey
Loneliness Is…
Daughter of Soil
Sad Affair
No End
Candy
Sleep Tight Willy
Captivated
Hang a Sign
Cast
Colorado Waters
Evangeline
August On Exchange
Blackwater
God Machine
La Fin

Shows run from 45min. - 1.5 hours.