Kathy Moser

Kathy Moser

 Stanhope, New Jersey, USA
SoloFolkAcoustic

“Music for a better world is an accurate description of Kathy Moser’s music," says Mary Sue Twohy, program director on Sirius XM says "Listen for hints of Suzanne Vega and a solid Woody Guthrie heartbeat.”

"Some of the most amazing, amusing and insightful topical songs around. Her way with an audience is nothing short of fantastic" Mike Space, Godfrey Daniels Like: Ani, Joni, John Prine, Neil Young and Snoopie.

Biography

Kathy Moser has been in love with music and Planet Earth as long as she can remember.  Her introduction to folk happened at Girl Scout camp, which led her to the coffeehouse scene.  Distressed by her inability to play guitar
while sitting on that ubiquitous four-legged stool found on every folk stage, she wandered over for a record or two into something looking a little more like rock.  But realizing she missed her tribe, she wandered back to her acoustic roots with a guitar strap and never looked back.

On Earth Day (April 22nd) she is releasing her album Some 1 Like U nationally.  In what may be the first release of its kind, half of the Some
1 Like U
 pressing is CD-free.  Fans will be able to purchase a copy that contains all the stuff they love about albums -- including lyrics, photos and stories -- with a download card, instead of a CD. This dramatically reduces the environmental impact of the project. 

Produced by Tom Prasada-Rao, the album features performances by Andy Goessling (Railroad Earth), Buck Dilly and Cary Cooper on 8 original tracks and covers of songs by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Peter Meyer and Death Cab for Cutie.

An award-winning songwriter, engaging performer and passionate environmentalist, Kathy is dedicated to bringing positive change to the world through music both on and off stage.   Mary Sue Twohy, program director on Sirius XM says Music for a better world is an accurate description of Kathy Moser's music.  Listen for hints of Suzanne Vega and a solid Woody Guthrie heartbeat. 

 In addition to the music, the album has a mission called Neutrals Not Enough, which aims to help people respond effectively to climate change while also improving their quality of life.  The biggest impact on the environment of the music business is the audience traveling to the shows.  To date, through a combination of education and bribery, Kathy's audiences have carpooled more than 1,200 miles to her concerts.  This win-win solution benefits fans, festivals and venues and the planet. 

In 2014 Neutrals Not Enough is also going national, inviting other musicians and venues to join in and encourage their audiences to carpool to concerts.  All DJs who receive the album also get a pre-printed PSA to help their listeners get involved.  Miles carpooled will be tracked and updated on the website Neutralsnotenough.com

kathymoser.com 908-591-4541 kathymoser@mac.com

Lyrics

Some 1 Like U

Written By: Kathy Moser

Someone Like You
Copyright Kathy Moser 2007
kathymoser@mac.com, 908-591-4541, kathymoser.com

What if it turned out to be true
that the only one who could save this world was you
And furthermore that every time you help someone else
The one you end up helping the most is actually yourself
It’s like love, it’s like laughter
You can’t measure these things
So dream every dream and grow really big wings

Cause there’s no getting out, there’s no where to go
This is the only world you and I are ever going to know
So why not make it someplace we want to live
We make a living from what you get
We make a life from what you give

the world, the world is down on her knees
Right outside that door begging somebody please
bust a move, make a stand, there’s so much to do
what the world needs right now is someone like you

I know it’s a hard world to stay awake and alert
So much pain, so much darkness, so much fear, so much hurt
But please, please stay strong, stay alive, stay real
Build a castle from your friends, go tell people how you feel
Because your emotion is fuel baby, just like gasoline
You can use it to drive an awesome world changing machine
But those same emotions, those same emotions, kept locked down inside
That gasoline it’ll burn you alive

That’s the cutting, that’s the huffing, that’s the drinking, that’s the dope yo
That’s what we do when we think there’s no hope, no
But it’s a big fat lie you and I’ve been told
That there’s nothing we can do, that this whole deal’s remote controlled

When the world, the world is down on her knees
Right outside that door begging somebody please
bust a move, make a stand, there’s so much to do
what the world needs right now is someone like you

The solution is so simple, but it’s so seldom heard
When there’s kids dying in our schools for just one encouraging word
And there’s a reason, there’s a power, there’s a gift to being kind
What if someone had just been really nice to those 2 kids from Columbine
Cause the kids who don’t fit in are going to save the day
What we need right now is people who can think some different way
And the kid who finally cracks the code and hands us all the cure for cancer
Is going to have the mind of a freak, that’s how they’ll find the answer
It’s Matisyahu, Amelia Erhardt, Dr. King, Van Gogh
Ani DiFranco, Einstein Edison, and Michelangelo yo

So what if it turned out to be true
That the only one who could save this world was you
Cause there’s no getting out, there’s no where to go
This is the only world you and I are ever gonna know
And the world the world is down on her knees
Right outside that door begging somebody please

Take your heart in your hands, just make one thing change
Once you do I promise you that you will never be the same
Become a living example of what someone had in mind
When they named our species human kind

Bust a move, make a stand, there’s so much to do
what the world needs right now is someone like you

someone like you, yes it’s true, you know we do

what the world needs now is someone like you

Straw, Clay, Wood and Stone

Written By: Kathy Moser

Verse 1
The bird builds its nest high up in a tree
It’s beautiful, simple and strong
The bird builds a nest that fits right in
Like the harmony part to a song

Pre-chorus
I want a home like that, simple and true
I want a home like that for me and you

Chorus
So let it shine on everyone,
we’ll heat our homes with light from the sun
let it shine, everybody come on home
we’ll build from straw clay wood and stone

Verse 2
The bee builds its hive in heart of a tree
An apartment house so sweet
The bee builds a hive that’s beautiful to see
A home that’s good enough to eat

P-C
Chorus

Bridge
Now there’s a mansion on the hill built almost every day
I would not want to build my house that way
The ransom on that mansion will never go away
They’ll have to pay and pay and pay and pay and pay

Verse 3
Now I’m not here to suggest we go back and live in caves
But why do we build these houses that turn us into slaves
When all we really need is to be warm safe and dry
Tucked into the earth with a good view of the sky

Verse 4
I’m gonna build a house that lies light on the land
That the birds and the bees can both understand
I want to build a house that sets me free
I don’t want to work for my house, I want my house to work for me Chorus

Marvin

Written By: Kathy Moser

Form – verse – chorus – verse – chorus - ½ verse – bridge – verse - chorus

I was minding my own business, not that I have a lot of business to mind
It was Tuesday, I was in the garden eating leaves in the sunshine

When all of the sudden, for no particular reason I started feeling ill at ease
the season for molting is way past gone I must have some new weird caterpillar disease

So I decide I’ll go find Edith, Edith always knows what’s going on
I look everywhere that I can think of but Edith, oh poor Edith, she’s gone

Now I’m feeling sick, worried and dizzy, so I pick a place to lie down
I stick my four back feet on a shady branch and let my head hang towards the ground

Chorus
Maybe I was just dreaming, Could be my imagination
but a voice just kept repeating, these are the blues of transformation

It gets worse, and I start shedding, no I mean really, on and on and on
Like every single bit of skin I’ve know and been slightly fond of
Every single bit of it is gone

Turns out my inner child is actually a shiny bright green
I haven’t had this bad a day since I was a larva
I know you know what I mean

Next my skin starts to harden, and I start feeling trapped
Anyone who tells you they enjoyed their cocoon, they are full of crap

That’s when things get really weird and I start to come apart
Talk about a breakdown baby, I’ve got no lungs no brain no heart

Chorus

When I finally wake up, I’m trapped and in the dark Trapped in the dark and all alone,
I tell myself self as soon as I get myself out of hear I am going home

I look for a door but there isn’t one, I have no idea what to do
There is no way out of here, the only way out is straight thru

So I push and I kick and I bite and I scream and I push and I pull…. And I’m out

I can’t believe it, I’m still in the garden, but somehow everything has changed
There’s something sticking out of my back, oh no, good god wings?

I stretch my legs, hey what happened to my legs, I had 16 now ten of them are gone
One thing I can tell right away is I’m gonna need a new way of holding o
Marvin, you look marvelous, what a beautiful proboscis you’ve got
You turned out fabulous, Marvin, I must say, you are hot

Edith, it sounds like Edith, Edith, what happened to you
I’m a butterfly now Marvin and you, you are too

No you haven’t been dreaming
This is not your imagination
It’s been me that’s been repeating these are the blues of transformation

Windows on the World

Written By: Kathy Moser

Windows on the World

Key of Gm BPM = 76 form V-C-V-B-V-C
VERSE 1
I know why the sky was so blue, Heaven’s doors were open wide
As three thousand souls came flying through,
stunned to find themselves on the other side
I know why the rain never fell, it was falling from our eyes
I don’t know what the time will tell, but I know nothing can disguise

CHORUS
That it’s time for a change,
look out the windows on the world and you rearrange
It’s time that we know, we live in a glass house, in a glass world
And there is no where to go

VERSE 2
In churches mosques and temples, all around this town
We say goodbye to our family and our friends
Nothing to even lay in the ground, it’s so hard to see where this ends
We look at our children and we so want to say,
everything’s gonna be alright
We’ll build a world where a clear blue day
doesn’t mean they can’t sleep at night

BRIDGE
People all around me, they come tumbling down like buildings
Like towers that we thought would always stand so high
In these times that make no sense, holding days that last forever
We are crushed beneath the beauty of the clear blue sky

VERSE 3
Now I’ll never tell you that I think it’s right
But someone’s gotta ask why those men
Left their countries, left their families, and flew all the way here to die
An eye for an eye’s gonna leave us all in the dark
Blind to the truth, no where is a world apart
Look out the windows, tell me what do you see
Where are the twin towers of justice and liberty?

CHORUS

The Future's In the Mirror

Written By: Kathy Moser

The Future’s In the Mirror
© words and music Kathy Moser 2012

The future’s in the mirror
Everyday a little clearer
Listen close and you can hear her
And what she’s trying to say

The future’s voice is quiet
Makes it easy to deny it
But time is on her side
She’s gonna ride you like a song

I know you don’t believe the things she tells you
Somehow you don’t believe in time
So you won’t buy the truth she wants to sell you
Those she looks you in the eye you swear she’s lying

the future doesn’t need you to believe her
The future’s just trying to place the call
Like gravity does not need your permission
If you won’t watch where you’re going
One day you’re gonna fall

I think you felt it coming
You lived life back turned and running
Like you knew you were becoming
What she always said you’d be

You died of thirst out on the water
And I your only daughter
Sat and rocked beside my father
As the future rolled right on past

The future doesn’t need me to believe her
The future’s just trying to place the call
The future has my full attention
I believe in gravity because I watched you fall

The future’s in the mirror
Everyday a little clearer
Listen close …..can you hear her

City of Dreams

Written By: Kathy Moser

City Of Dreams
© words and music Kathy Moser 2012

On a train to New York City
Riding the rails of her dream
Leaving everything she’s ever known behind

Grand Central Station
More people than she’s ever seen
Midwest farm girl statue searches for a sign

The buildings climb so high
They leave canyons in their wake
From the bottom you can barely see the sky

From the top of those buildings
They say you can see forever
One makes it there for every million that try

In this city of dreams
She came carrying her heart
City of dreams
Never sleeps, it’s never dark
But it’s true you know the stories that they told
These streets are paved with all those dreamers’ souls

On the subway after work
Holding her head in her hands
Black and white, 8 X 10

It all comes down to this
Everything she missed
Everything she did to offer it up again

The line stretches out, wraps around the building
A hundred other dreamers in the rain
Their whole life to get here and when this night is over
99 numbers and one name

the man driving the taxi, the waitress at the bar
they came here once upon a time following a star
they sang when they were hungry, they danced when they were cold
and they pounded down this pavement til they turned it into gold

on a train from New York City
the rails of her dream
take her back to her Midwest home

Grand Central Station
Across the platform, through the window
She see a young dreamer stepping out alone

Head back, eyes closed heart open wide
As her train slowly pulls away
For that girl across the platform
And everyone how makes it this far
She prays every dreamers dream has it’s day

In this city of dreams
She came carrying her heart
City of dreams
Never sleeps, it’s never dark
But it’s true you know the stories that she told
These streets are paved with all those dreamers’ souls

The Weatherman

Written By: Kathy Moser

The Weather Man

The weather man’s making me crazy
I was so normal before
Why is there a channel for weather
When it’s right outside everyone’s door

I want my Tuesday refunded
I did what they said, I got burned
I stayed home the whole day for nothing
I wrote this song and I learned that

The reason they call it the weather
Is they don’t know whether or not,
it will rain or will snow or be sunny
whether it will be cold or be hot

CHORUS

When they predict the precipitation
Causing the cancelization
of all of the transportation
across this whole damn nation

when they talk and they talk all day
the only nice thing I can say
is my what an imagination
I wish they’d take their medication

CHORUS

Why not a channel for grass
Is it growing slow or fast
How bout a channel for air
How else will we know that it’s there

When there’s something that you need to know
When you’re getting ready to go
look outside and see what you see
and then act accordingly

CHORUS