Faith Purvis

Faith Purvis

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Faith Purvis is a singer-songwriter and pianist. With sounds reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple, Faith Purvis weaves her own unique blend of folksy, bluesy contemporary pop and a late night New York piano style.

Biography

Faith Purvis has been performing her music consistently since 2002. The daughter of a classical pianist mother and a jazz guitarist father, Purvis was trying to play the piano at her house before she was old enough to reach the keys.

With songs ranging from a smooth, bluesy, lost-love lament to a honky-tonk style tune about an old Utah mountain man, Faith Purvis carries the audience through a vast musical landscape. A wispy, witchy serenade, a Chopinesque waltz, a wild, lusty rock song, a deep, sweet hymn to the open land of the West. She’ll take you there.

Calling the West her home, Faith Purvis grew up in Oregon and has lived in several other Western states. In 2002, she moved from the Northwest to Flagstaff, Arizona, where she recorded her first release, Songs for Canyons, an album infused with the spirit of the canyons and deserts of the Southwest.

Since recording Songs for Canyons in 2003, Faith Purvis has been supporting her release, playing in venues ranging from festivals to brew pubs to intimate coffeehouses, from Arizona to Texas. A move to Austin, Texas, in early 2005 has brought Faith Purvis and her music into the center of a vibrant music scene.

Lyrics

Cassiopeia

Written By: Faith Purvis

why would i have to lose you
why does anything die
why do i have to look up and see
there are too many stars in the sky

can you take my hand, love
can we go back to that place left behind
where we can walk and drift for hours
and never have to wake up from river time

we met up in the desert
and watched the sun burn up in the sky
and we walked all alone through the empty streets
and we dreamed the same dreams at night

and the cliffs were on fire
when the sun would set the alight
and the river ran through so slow and grey
and i can't get that river out of my mind

more than one time
i've said this is the end
and more than one time
you have let me come back again
i left you there in winter
with the snow still on the redrock hills
you were standing on the porch watching me go

and i couldn't give you a reason
i was never able to give you a reason
and i hope that you will forgive me sometime
why i left you there in winter
with the snow still on the redrock hills
you were standing on the porch watching me
leave you behind

why would i have to lose you
why does anything die
why do i have to look up and see
there are too many stars in the sky

we walked out in the desert
and lay down and looked up at the night
and we pointed out constellations
and cassiopeia rose for us and sparkled with light

can i have just one second
i don't know if you'll stay in my life
i need you to know that i love you
only this could give me peace through any kind of night

Fooling Myself

Written By: Faith Purvis

i've been fooling myself while you're here
trying to pretend you're not going away
i've been fooling myself while you're here
feeling like you're here to stay

we have 29 days
29 days and then you leave
i know we decided it would be this way
but i still can't get myself to believe that

this is how we end our story
this is how it's going to be
the atlantic ocean
will come between you and me

how old is this song
how many times played out in how many lives
somebody doing somebody wrong
somebody walking out into the night

this is not the latest story
this is not the breaking news
lovers got to go their own way
lovers go to sing the blues
still i feel like i'm sixteen years old
hiding myself up in my room
refusing to come down for dinner
when it's your heart that's hungry
who cares about food

i've been trying to find a way
between all the things i do to fill up my days
i've been searching for a way
to tell you all the things i never knew how to say

but what do you say besides i love you
what can we do besides watch time go by
how do you hold an evening
by the lengthening shadows of its own receding light

Cry of the Loon

Written By: Faith Purvis

this is the cry of the loon
fading out into the white sky at noon
this is the wing of the swallow
as it swirls to the ground

this is the last time you'll be here
take a long look at the wide open sky
take a last deep breath of the sweet air
and tell it goodbye

and sing me the song that your great
great great grandmother sang
when she first crossed these wide open plains
and sing me the song
that your great great great grandmother sang
when she first saw this place

this is the water that falls
comes pouring down these old cabin walls
this is the longest, the loneliest loneliness that you'll ever know

sing me the song that your great
great great grandmother sang
when she first crossed these wide open plains
sing me the song
that your great great great grandmother sang
when she first saw this place

this is the cry of the loon
fading out into the white sky at noon
this is the wing of the swallow
as it swirls
to the ground

Discography

Songs for Canyons, 2004
Live at the Long Days Cafe, 2004

Set List

Originals:

Fooling Myself
Cassiopeia
Old Man Moab / Wild Land
Street With a Lotta Trees
Cry of the the Loon
Cat in Your Lap
If Our Hearts be Warm
Between Here and the Sun
Fire-Eater
Lives That Aren't Mine
Mystery
Over the Edge
Canyon With No Name
Somewhere East of West
Ceremony
7 Years Have Passed

Typical Covers Include:

I Slept All Night By My Lover -- Greg Brown
Rainy Night House -- Joni Mitchell
Summertime -- George Gershwin
Michelle -- The Beatles

Set length variable -- 1 to 3 hours, 1 or 2 sets.