Erin Muir

Erin Muir

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Winner, Best Female Artist of the Year! Rockwired.com.... Poet's Lovely Daughter, a collection of mysticism and sensuality, expressed in eclectic moments in their rawest and most honest form. "... between Annie Lennox's 'Diva' and Fiona Apple's 'Tidal'."

Biography

Erin Muir

Standing on the banks of the River Ganges watching the sun steep on the Indian horizon, Erin Muir found herself at a spiritual crossroads. Having spent her childhood studying classical voice and piano in rural Sauk Rapids, MN; then moving to St. Olaf College School of Music; leaving there to tour the U.S. in a 1973 Vogue RV with a rock band; running off with a Parisian cabaret; making the leap to Los Angeles; and then finding herself in Rishikesh, she sensed it was time to return home.

The moment Erin stepped off the tarmac back at LAX, she made an a-line for her guitar and submerged herself in the Mississippi blues. With the help of Bernie Larsen (Melissa Etheridge, Rickie Lee Jones, David Lindley), she arrived on the West side of the bank- soaked- with ten soul searching, torch burning, intimate songs that sealed her solo release- Poet’s Lovely Daughter.

Touching on her experience in India, Poet’s Lovely Daughter opens with ‘Supernatural’. Staccato strings melt into near-Eastern percussion while Erin’s contralto burns with influential wisps of Poe and Leonard Cohen. ‘K15’ is a sultry tale of love-gone-wrong; ‘Heart Given’ is largely autobiographical; the title track combines the stories of 16th Century prophetess Mother Shipton, Joan of Arc as well as various women who- either literally or figuratively- were burned at the stake. ‘Shadows and Silt’ invokes a floating Spanish Harlem; ‘Too Much’ an ambient mood; a reggae lilt softly rocks ‘Faith’; while childlike sing-song introduces radio-ready ‘Black Butterfly’. ‘Lost Among The Lilies’ spins a sordid fairy tale pitting a lower-register Fiona Apple against a Nick Cave acoustic feel. The album closes with ‘City in the Sky’- a distant glimpse into the near future.

Equal parts hopeless romantic, femme fatale as well as tragedienne, Poet’s Lovely Daughter marks Erin Muir’s artistic journey and echoes Sir Alfred Tennyson’s ever haunting words:
“’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.�

Lyrics

SUPERNATURAL

Written By: Erin Muir


Oh what love does when you’re torn up inside by your history
How it erases all your thinking that you know how life works
when the truth is you don’t know how
and when it doesn’t happen how you said it should
Love will open up your eyes to what is truly here

It’s all so unreal baby
a thousand nights of searching
through dreams to find you
and dreams were not meant to die
so let’s go on and on and on
a thousand lifetimes super
supernatural

In these lines I do not promise anything true or false
but in all ideas and in all songs hide the secret laws of love
in the mundane, the profound, the sacred and the low down
Love will open up your eyes to what is truly here

It’s all so unreal baby
a thousand nights of searching
through dreams to find you
and dreams were not meant to die
so let’s go on and on and on
a thousand lifetimes super
supernatural
(repeat)

K-15

Written By: Erin Muir


First, I know your secrets
Second, I know you lie to everybody
Oh, now, I shall immortalize you
is that unfair of me?

I see your mouth has my figs in it
I see your hands are empty
I see the fear in your eyes, baby
you’re starin’ right at me

Let’s not bear bones to the world, baby
do you really wanna be my slave
you’re movin’ where you’re not welome
you think I’m so quick to cave
First, I know your secrets
Second, I know you lie to everybody
My famous heart, that’s what you wanted
I shall immortalize you presently

I see your mouth has my figs in it
I see your hands are empty
I see the fear in your eyes, baby
you’re starin’ right at me

Weren’t you the one who held me all through the night?
Secretly hiding your intent to terrorize
Still just a girl, I learned to hide behind these eyes
Give back my life, dear captor, don’t I have a right?

HEART GIVEN

Written By: Erin Muir and Bernie Larsen

I was born to the banks of the Mississippi
Born to the river and a life of golden sorrow
Break the news gently to my mother-
she’s gonna lose her daughter
a lonely road before me,
I got the music in my blood

Flow River/ Heart Given
Kneel Down and let me pray
There's no sinners and no winner
Just the light at the end of the day

loved a man once, deep and low and true
left one morning, split my heart in two
And all my aspirations,
I'm leaving them forever,
Find me a flowing current,
watch the water roll over the rocks

Flow River/ Heart Given
Kneel Down and let me pray
There's no sinners and no winner
Just the light at the end of the day

Oh, there's a thousand ways to escape the truth
Might as well be honest, it's only me I’m foolin’
Watch the light upon the water
Let it wash away my life
‘til the sun dries it forever
‘til the end of every tide

Flow River/ Heart Given
Kneel Down and let me pray
There's no sinners and no winner
Just the light at the end of the day

POET’S LOVELY DAUGHTER

Written By: Erin Muir


On the stony steps of the castle
walkway to an angel
she told me that she was the poet’s lovely daughter
had a message from my lover
ah, my lover, the poet’s lovely daughter

Feel it in your heart yet? No? She’ll drive you crazy
Feel it in your bones yet? No? She’ll drive you crazy
Feel it in your soul yet? No? She’ll drive you crazy…
She’ll drive you mad with love, so you better get… better get…. ready…

She read my palm and sent me walkin’
between the creases
I never loved a girl like that before
not like a friend but slowly somehow like an angel
ah, my angel, the poet’s lovely daughter

Feel it in your heart yet? No? She’ll drive you crazy
Feel it in your bones yet? No? She’ll drive you crazy
Feel it in your soul yet? No? She’ll drive you crazy…
She’ll drive you mad with love, so you better get… better get…. ready…

SHADOW & SILT

Written By: Erin Muir


When we first met
we had a fight
quantum physics
and life
you wanted love
so did i
and now forever
no end in sight

dance with me this dance of love
I cannot stop I never want to
Without you my heart stand still
between shadows and silt
you and I so beautiful
oh dance with me my love forever

you come away
and I go here
this constant dance
our love affair
where are you now
sink down below
find me again
untie these bows

dance with me this dance of love
I cannot stop I never want to
Without you my heart stand still
between shadows and silt
you and I so beautiful
oh dance with me my love forever

and now you enter
hearts on fire
burning forever
burning through time
now laugh at romance
now laugh at love
and yet you enter
enter the dance
dance with me this dance of love
I cannot stop I never want to
Without you my heart stand still
between shadows and silt
you and I so beautiful
oh dance with me my love forever
Lalalalalala……

TOO MUCH

Written By: Erin Muir


I’ll show you my heart
but it changes everything
So full of passion and yet
honest only when we sing
Worried how it’ll feel
if we lose
Too frightened of real
If it’s a game
I’ll play full out
I’ll ante everything

Too much, too much,
I know, I’ve heard it all my life
Too, Too
It never really mattered
to me, just with you
I thought I could show you
Who I am and how I feel and that you’d understand
And show me what this love is to you

Who then, are we?
Children of eternity…
What is this sweet, sweet pain that
Demands harmony
Let the sound of my voice
open your heart
wide as the sky
Greater than you dreamed
this life we lead,
oh won’t you try?

What about those nights we spent
drunk with passion at 4 am
making love in the hidden room
All these songs I write about you?
The secret chambers of my heart
Passion and love I want something more
I want you
You

Too much, too much,
I know, I’ve heard it all my life
Too, Too
It never really mattered
to me, just with you
I thought I could show you
Who I am and how I feel and that you’d understand
And show me what this love is to you

FAITH

Written By: Erin Muir


It’s a sign in the city of angels
Oh, please believe in love.
It’s a sign of your eternal heart that
You’re never giving up
On faith, a little faith,
it can’t be so hard to lose,
Just keep, a little faith for me
I’m asking you to give
Rose petals dropping from your fingers
We may lose them all, but I won’t let you fall

So …Come into my dreams any night
I welcome you to
Come into my heart anytime
I will open up my sky for you

It’s a lonely wandering night, I can’t do this
with anybody else
Even if it seems as though it’s
killing us, that’s just a lie they say
To keep us from faith
It can’t be so hard to lose
Just keep a little faith for me
I’m asking you to give
Rose petals dropping from your fingers
We may lose them all, but I won’t let you fall

So … Come into my dreams any night
I welcome you to
Come into my heart anytime
I will open up my sky for you

BLACK BUTTERFLY

Written By: Erin Muir


Hiding in my cave
waiting for the sun
singing songs and sleeping
curled up next to my gun
I waited, I waited- and when nobody came, I shouted

Black Butterfly take me to the sky, I see the ruin
ashes of love
in the city, chimneys burnin' brewin'
Black Butterfly can't you see the world ain't so far from sugar painted red on the wall-

Lit a match to see a while
beasts and angels on the wall
little fly in my ear
sun don't shine in caves at all
I waited
I waited
and when nobody came I shouted

Black Butterfly take me to the sky
I see the ruin
ashes of love in the city, chimneys burnin' brewin
black butterfly can't you see the world ain't so far from sugar painted red on the wall

time moves so slow
cold moves me to sorrow
malaise and my gun
a risky combination
I waited... I waited...
And when nobody came I shouted…

Black Butterfly take me to the sky
I see the ruin
ashes of love in the city, chimneys burnin' brewin
back butterfly can't you see the world ain't so far from sugar painted red on the wall

LILLIES

Written By: Erin Muir


All my life I lived inside a worried fairy tale
Secretly believing in and fearing it was real
And I was sleeping beauty
Lost among the lilies

How do we say we’ll be kind today
You’ll love me that way
Just like I do
Sat in the tower
Watch for the hour
wait for things to turn to sour
like I don’t want to
Who am I
who tells these lies
Seriously I- I do
I do- I do- I do- I do

Tonight the truth unfolded in a thousand starry skies
The constellations of my life beyond my sightless eyes
And I was sleeping beauty
Lost among the lilies

How do we say we’ll be kind today
and that things can change,
but they don’t
sat in the rain
watch for the train
wait for things to change
but they don’t
Who am I
who tells these lies
Seriously I- I do
I do- I do- I do- I do

Who are the strong ones?
we are the ones we’ve been looking for
Who are the mighty
we are the ones we’ve been waiting for
where is the love?
tell me I’m the one, the one you’ve been looking for….

How do we say we’ll be kind today
You’ll love me that way
Just like I do
Sat in the tower
Watch for the hour
wait for things to turn to sour
like I don’t want to
Who am I
who tells these lies
Seriously I- I do
I do- I do- I do- I do

CITY BEHIND THE SKY

Written By: Erin Muir


In dreams/ presidents/ speaking/ in tongues
labyrinth/ your face/ your voice/ salvation
waking/ confused/ alarm/ did you
where are/ the real kings/ leaves in/ the trees

We are in the city behind the sky
We are in the city of Babylon
Come into the tower where you’ll lose your mind
Come America, love

Driving/ To Work/ Something/ Inside
brush it off/ fantasy/ radio/ talking
homeless/ wandering/ freedom/ in dreams
wonder/ when is/ this day/ ending

We are in the city behind the sky
We are in the city of Babylon
Come into the tower where you’ll lose your mind
Come America, love

We are not in modern times
we are of the golden age
Come into the sky where the bright stars shine,
Come America, Love

through the day/ memories/ of a dream/ beautiful
nighttime/ sky of stars/ a city/ emerging
the broad gate/ opening/ all souls/ rejoicing
wish it/ were real/ heart is/ opening

We are in the city behind the sky
We are in the city of Babylon
Come into the tower where you’ll lose your mind
Come America, love

We are not in modern times
we are of the golden age
Come into the sky where the bright stars shine,
Come America, Love

How do you get there? Lose your mind-
through the heart of a phoenix on fire
Come America, come America
come America, love

Discography

Poet's Lovely Daughter- Spinout 2009

Set List

10 songs from the record, plus other originals, a few covers. Between 45 minutes to 2 hours.