Cathy Young

Cathy Young

 Rhinebeck, New York, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Solo acoustic singer/songwriter. Originals mainly have a relaxed pop/rock feel (similar to Sheryl Crow,) but with a more optimistic point of view. I also incorporate a variety of styles (country, blues, jazz, reggae) to keep things interesting. Great stories and memorable, hooky melodies.

Biography

"Songstress gives it her all, whatever the stage." - John Barry, music writer for the Poughkeepsie Journal.
John had not planned on doing a review on my music; he was on his way to hear a band playing next door. But he heard me performing out on the deck of a nearby restaurant, and stopped in to see who was singing. My performance impressed him enough to write a review on me - instead of the band next door.
I have been playing for the past 12 years in the Hudson Valley, and I know how to give an audience what they want. I have a large repetoire of cover tunes , and hearing familiar favorites makes people feel good. But when I ask for requests, it is also very likely that I will be asked to play another original tune. My songs may be tales of my own experiences and hardships, but other people often tell me that I must have "picked their brain" - that my songs speak to them in a very personal way. And that makes people feel understood - which also makes them feel good.
Overall, my tunes have a relaxed, melodic pop/rock feel; but I blend in a variety of other styles (country, jazz, blues, etc.) to keep things interesting. Rod Ames, a Texas music writer, described my music as "refreshing, with a style all her own."
I released my first CD, Days Like These, in 2003. Co-produced with multi-talented Scott Petito, (who also played extensively throughout the CD,) the 12 original tracks center around the topics of love, life, and hope in the face of adversity. Wrote John Barry, "Days Like These" offers songs that could easily be climbing their way up the charts."
From the fast-tempo first track, "Mission," to the jazz-infused piano tune, "Into the Wilderness," "...it is the story behind each song that keeps the listener intrigued" (Annie Reuter, music writer.) "Bethany's Garden" is a haunting tale of longing and a woman's quest, only to find that her goal was not exactly what she envisioned. "The Wire" is a story about leaving your comfort zone and overcoming fear ("...don't look down," the listener is warned.) "Be Still and Know" is a gentle lullaby of a ballad about unconditional love. And the title track, "Days Like These," is the story of celebrating and appreciating a beautiful day - because you never know what tomorrow is going to bring.
I am currently working on my second CD, which I plan to finish by next fall.

Lyrics

Cancelled

Written By: Cathy Young

Tuesday morning, quarter to nine
Trying to get to work on time
I go to give you a kiss goodbye,
and then I see that look in your eye

It's not 'cause of snow, not 'cause of rain
Not 'cause of a big ol' hurricane
Not 'cause of the weather, or the flu
Today is cancelled just for you.

I didn't mean to disregard you baby,
but I've been working so hard.
We've got some catching up to do -
It's time for a little rendezvous

It's not 'cause of snow, not 'cause of rain
Not 'cause of a big ol' hurricane
Not 'cause of the weather, or the flu
Today is cancelled just for you.

Finally we're all alone
Honey, disconnect the phone
This house is under quarantine
Until I show you what I mean...

It's not 'cause of snow, not 'cause of rain
Not 'cause of a big ol' hurricane
Not 'cause of the weather, or the flu
Today is cancelled -

Yeah, it's not 'cause of snow, not 'cause of rain
Not 'cause of a big ol' hurricane
Not 'cause of the weather, or the flu
Today is cancelled just for you.
Today is cancelled just for you.

Mission

Written By: Cathy Young

Staring into the midnight sky, I feel an emptiness inside
I brace myself for a long, dark ride
How the hell did I get out here – so far away from what I hold so dear?
I made up my mind, now, and I’m gonna fly-

Nothing else matters now. I’m on a mission, I’m on a mission.
Nothing else matters now. Making my way to you somehow.

The minutes pass by, oh, so slow. I’ve still got a long way to go.
The lights are on but no one’s home –oh, no, no
I never thought it would come to this- I never dreamed how much I’d miss
I made up my mind now, yeah, and I’m gonna fly-

Nothing else matters now. I’m on a mission, I’m on a mission.
Nothing else matters now. Making my way to you somehow.
To you somehow…

And it seems so long that I’ve been gone,
But now I know where I belong.

Nothing else matters now. I’m on a mission, I’m on a mission.
Nothing else matters now. Making my way to you, oh
Nothing else matters now. I’m on a mission, ooo, I’m on a mission.
Nothing else matters now, making my way to you
Making my way to you. Oh, yeah, making my way to you,
Making my way to you. Making my way to you.

Days Like These

Written By: Cathy Young


Did you see the sun shining, did you see the birds flying?
Did you hear the breeze gently rustling the grass?
Did you watch the kids playing, did you get up and join in?
Oh, the time goes by so fast.

And days like these make me glad I’m alive
They bring me the hope that I need.
Yeah, days like these give me the strength to survive
When the storm comes crashing down.
Bring a smile to my face and they turn me around
A hundred eighty degrees – days like these.

Well, life can be so cruel, but I have learned to
Keep my eyes open wide
And not take for granted a moment enchanted
I’ll treasure it deep inside.

And days like these make me glad I’m alive
They bring me the hope that I need.
Yeah, days like these give me the strength to survive
When the storm comes crashing down.
Bring a smile to my face and they turn me around
A hundred eighty degrees – days like these.

Saw the sun shining, saw the birds flying.
Heard the breeze gently rustling the grass.
Watched the kids playing, got up and joined in.
Oh, how I wish this day could last.

‘Cause days like these make me glad I’m alive
They bring me the hope that I need.
Yeah, days like these give me the strength to survive
When the storm comes crashing down.
Bring a smile to my face and they turn me around
A hundred eighty degrees – days like these.

Bethany's Garden

Written By: Cathy Young

A beautiful rider on a perilous flight
Eyes full of stardust on a moonlit night
She’s searching for a garden where love is for free
And wild roses bloom forever, called Bethany.

Hungry and aching, but too excited to care,
She stopped at an inn, and she asked the man there,
“Can you please, please help me; I won’t rest ‘til I know
The way to Bethany’s garden where the wild roses grow.”

The man turned to the west and he spoke, trembling with fear,
“High atop that mountain, there’s a garden I hear
Where gypsies dance in whirlwinds within walls of gold
And love is for the taking, or so I’ve been told,”

“But no one dare go up there,” and he turned in fright.
Too late to stop her; she vanished into the night.
Riding like a demon with wild eyes possessed,
She raced up that mountain that lay in the west.

High above the clouds, the wind in her face…
The golden walls before her, she opened the gates…
It was everything she asked for, but it sent her reeling back –
All the beautiful wild roses in the garden…were black.

TAke Me Or Leave Me

Written By: Cathy Young

I am no angel – I have no wings to fly
Oh, but you know I try, I try.
The pedestal that you had put me on – it may be gone
But listen now, listen now; I’ll tell you how I’ve changed
And hear me now, hear me now, ‘cause we can’t go on this way.

Take me or leave me. Oh, there’s no more time for
Fussin’ and fightin’ and messin’ with each other’s minds.
Take me or leave me. This is what I am,
So love me… if you can.

Seems like forever we have been standing here
Oh, paralyzed by fear, paralyzed by fear.
But the wind’s changing and it’s time to fly – if you want to try.
So tell me now, tell me now – tell me how you feel,
And trust me now, trust me now, ‘cause this time it’s for real.

So take me or leave me. Oh, there’s no more time for
Fussin’ and fightin’ and messin’ with each other’s minds.
Take me or leave me. This is what I am,
So love me… won’t you love me… if you can.

The Wire

Written By: Cathy Young

Walking on a wire, miles above the ground; don’t look down.
No gun pointed at my head, no safety net, and no regrets.
I walked away from everything I know
And left behind the world below
And sometimes, sometimes it seems so long ago.

Through the wind and rain, through the storms that blow, on I go.
Don’t stop; no time to take a rest.
Don’t catch your breath – it’ll be your death
But my back is tired and my feet are numb
And the days pass by, one by one
And sometimes, sometimes I feel the warmth of the sun…

And sometimes I remember a time when I could fly
And I feel it coming again
And I’ll soar over mountains, I’ll climb ever higher
But today, today…

Sometimes I remember a time when I could fly
And I feel it coming again
And I’ll soar over mountains, I’ll climb ever higher
But today, today…
I walk the wire
Don’t look down
Don’t look down

Little Song

Written By: Cathy Young

If I could, I’d steal you away to a secret place
Where the sun shines brightly all day
And the gentle breezes caress your face
As we’re sippin’ margaritas with our feet in the sand.
Yeah, that’s where I wish we could be
But things haven’t turned out the way I planned.
I can’t take you anywhere, ‘cause I haven’t got a dime
So all that I can do is sing you this
Little song of mine.

If I could, I’d take you back before the day you were born
And let you start your life over
In a place where you’d be safe and warm
And you’d grow up knowin’ how beautiful you are
The love that shines within you
Wouldn’t be buried under all those scars.
There’s nothing I can do or say to turn back time
So all that I can do is sing you this
Little song of mine.

Yeah, there’s nothing I can do or say to make everything all right,
So all that I can do is sing you this
Little song of mine.
Yeah, all that I can do is sing you this
Little song of mine.

Hey Baby

Written By: Cathy Young

Hey baby, how you doin’? I hear you saying everything is fine
Don’t know who you’ve been foolin’, cause I can see that you’re lying
It comes so naturally – say what you got to, what you think they’ll believe.

Hey baby, where you goin’? I see you heading for the door
When will you be knowin’ you don’t have to run anymore?
Nobody’s chasing you – I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true –
Those days are through

Take a step and don’t look back, ‘cause there’s gonna be some changes
The pieces will come together one by one.
Take a step and don’t look back; it’s time to turn some new pages
And one day you’ll see how far you’ve come.

Hey baby, I know you’re scared, now – so much is strange, so much is new
But soon you will learn how to lose the demons haunting you
And you will see who you are – you’re not just a victim of war
There’s so much more, cause you’re a shining star

So, take a step and don’t look back, ‘cause there’s gonna be some changes
The pieces will come together one by one
Take a step and don’t look back; it’s time to turn some new pages
And one day you’ll see how far you’ve –

Come out of the darkness, into a better place
Out of the depths of the blackest night
Out of the darkness, into tomorrow
Tell yourself it’ll be all right.

Come out of the darkness, into a better place
Out of the darkness, into the light
Out of the darkness, into tomorrow

Tell yourself it’ll be all right –
Tell yourself it’ll be all right –
Tell yourself it’ll be all right.

Follow My Heart

Written By: Cathy Young

You saw me walk on by- long hair and a crooked smile
I lit up your world – you had to have me for your girl
I didn’t know anything about love
I only knew what was expected of me
But I told you, I told you right from the start…
I’ve got to follow my heart.

I tried so hard to be good, and play my part
But I had to break free ‘cause it was just killin’ me
I know it hurt you when I went away
But understand me, I just couldn’t stay, baby
I told you, I told you right from the start-
I’ve got to follow my heart.

I’ve got to follow my heart, oh yeah.

There were so many times you turned your back and covered your eyes
So you could believe I’d love you the way that you loved me
Please believe me, you’re not to blame
Some emotions you just can’t tame, baby
I told you, I told you right from the start
I’ve got to follow my heart.

I know it hurt you when I went away
I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t stay, baby
I told you, I told you right from the start-
I’ve got to follow my heart.
I’ve got to follow my heart.

I'll Be There

Written By: Cathy Young


A fragile heart, a distant smile, be careful not to get too close.
Some had tried from time to time, but never when you needed it most.
With no one there on whom you could rely,
You learned…to keep it all inside.

People come, people go, but so often they betray.
The best of intentions are fine, but they never seem to stay.
You couldn’t reach out, couldn’t find a friend
But those days have come to an end.

When you need me, I’ll be there; here is a hand you can hold.
When your burdens are too heavy to bear,
I’ll help you carry, carry the load.
When you need me, I’ll be there; love will make a way,
And together you and I will walk on to a better day.

Days are hard, nights are long; each one is agony.
I see the tears behind your eyes, and the wounds that won’t heal.
Well, you can pour out your heartache, you can pour out your pain,
Then, I will tell you again;

When you need me, I’ll be there; here is a hand you can hold.
When your burdens are too heavy to bear,
I’ll help you carry, carry the load.
When you need me, I’ll be there; love will make a way,
And together you and I will walk on to a better day.

When you can’t reach out, I will reach in-
I won’t let go my friend…Oh, no, no!

When you need me, I’ll be there; here is a hand you can hold.
When your burdens are too heavy to bear,
I’ll help you carry, carry the load.
When you need me, I’ll be there; love will make a way,
And together you and I will walk on to a better day.
And together you and I will walk on to a better day.

Into The Wilderness

Written By: Cathy Young

One foot in front of the other, one day at a time
I can see the reason, but there’s no rhyme.
No turning back from the journey, now that it’s begun
Oh God, what have I done?

Walking into the wilderness
No path ahead I can see
Walking into the wilderness
Trusting you to guide me.

I hear the songs in my heart longing to be free
But now, there’s no harmony
So keeping my eyes on the horizon, I stumble on alone
Heading into the unknown.

Walking into the wilderness
No path ahead I can see
Walking into the wilderness
Trusting you to guide me.

I know this time will take me through the blackest night
But I go by faith and not by sight.

Walking into the wilderness
No path ahead I can see
Walking into the wilderness
Trusting you to guide me

Be Still And Know

Written By: Cathy Young

There is nothing that you can do to change my love for you.
No fatal mistake can separate my heart from yours –
You don’t have to hide, my child.

There is nothing that you can say to make me turn away.
No angry word that I’ve heard can touch the love
I have for you inside, my child.

So be still and know; I will not leave you.
From now ‘til the end of time, I’m yours and you’re mine.

There is no place that you can go in heaven or below,
Where if you run, I will not come and carry you home –
My arms are open wide, my child.

So be still and know; I will not leave you.
From now ‘til the end of time, I’m yours and you’re mine.

So be still and know; I will not leave you.
From now ‘til the end of time, I’m yours and you’re mine –
You are mine.

Eyes On You

Written By: Cathy Young

Here I am, wakened from the desperation of a broken dream.
Now I’m learning what it means to put my life in your hands
And not build on the sands, where a wave can wash my castle away…

Here I am, waiting for your light to shine upon my face
Depending on your grace to live each day for itself
And leave tomorrow on the shelf; just to trust in your plan for me.

With my eyes on you, I will not stumble
With my eyes on you, my vision’s crystal clear
With my eyes on you, even when my world crumbles
I can see eternity… with my eyes on you.

Here I am, rejoicing in the comfort I have found
In my weakness, you surround me with love, with a hope that never fails,
You’re the wind that fills my sails, and when I can’t go on, you carry me.

With my eyes on you, I will not stumble
With my eyes on you, my vision’s crystal clear
With my eyes on you, even when my world crumbles,
I can see eternity… with my eyes on you.

And when I don’t understand, I put my life in your hands
And I trust in your plan for me.

With my eyes on you, I will not stumble
With my eyes on you, my vision’s crystal clear
With my eyes on you, even when my world crumbles,
I can see eternity… with my eyes on you, oh…
I can see eternity… with my eyes on you
Keeping my eyes on you, sweet Jesus
Keeping my eyes on you.

Discography

Days Like These - full length CD released 2003

Set List

I tailor my set list to fit the venue. Typical gigs include 2-3 sets, and generally last 2-3 hours. I have also played at parties/receptions, ect. for 4+ hours.