Katie Gosnell

Katie Gosnell

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Smart, soulful, sensual acoustic songs, straight to the heart.

Biography

Austin-based singer/songwriter Katie Gosnell weaves her soulful voice and rich lyrics with melodies that hook you and grooves that grab you. Songs penned and delivered with such a unique sensibility and honesty, you will swear that shes someone youve met before, a long time ago. Maybe she is a lot like you.

Smart. Sensual. Witty. Wise. Sweet. Sexy. Katies songs may inspire you. Delight you. Make you want to move your feet. Soothe a part of your soul.

Katies music is a diverse world of its own, found somewhere on the borders of folk, pop, blues, classic rock, and even country, like many of Katies early musical influences. She grew up listening to her parents records, spending hours in a rocking chair in the living room, singing along with artists from Waylon Jennings to Janis Joplin to Led Zeppelin.

Over the years, Katie found great inspiration by artists like Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Beth Nielsen Chapman. To Katie, its all about the song. A feeling. Giving a voice to a story.

Katie's path led her to Berklee College of Music and on to Austin in 2006, to plant her musical roots. She pursues her dream of writing great songs and bringing them to our ears.

Lyrics

Goodbye

Written By: K. Gosnell

Goodbye (c) Katie Gosnell 2007

Wine bottles in a shopping cart
At the corner liquor mart
I was jealous of them

They kept you company
Held your hand instead of me
Loyal friends to the end

I wish I could've given you a kiss
But you took every poison sip
And I didn't get a chance to say
Goodbye

There was broken glass around you
When they came in and found you
They said it looked like you had fallen asleep

You were only twenty-nine
Too young to die
You had promises to keep

Chorus

I took your picture off my bedroom wall
But I can still see your face there
And when I go to sleep I pray
That I can hold you someday

Chorus

Tell me what were your last words
Spoken or slurred
They were never heard

Poor Guitar

Written By: K. Gosnell

Poor Guitar (c) Katie Gosnell 2009

Poor guitar, you and me, we’re family
My brother gave you to me when I was 23
I couldn't make one pretty sound
I could barely hold your strings down
He said If I could play you, I could play almost anything

Poor guitar, now you’ve got a hold on me
Sometimes I wonder, am I playing you or are you playing me?
I take you to the Cactus Café
I sweat, I fumble, and shake
Even though I swear, you don't care about mistakes I make

Ooh yeah

Poor guitar, sometimes, you’re my one and only
You don't get jealous if I play another, you don't get lonely
You’ve heard all about my ex, am I gonna get over him yet?
But you’ll play those songs ‘til I move on and make another mess

I don't treat you right
because of me you’ve got scratches and scars
and I should practice more
but you’re not keeping score
you think I'm a rock star

Ooh yeah

You poor guitar, yeah, I guess you’re a lot like me
You’ve got some curves and a little nerve
and you’re trying to live your dream
You once were a little tree, yeah, you were a beauty
Someone understood you were more than wood, they just believed
Now we’ve come so far poor guitar

Crazy Girl

Written By: K. Gosnell

Crazy Girl © Katie Gosnell 2010

crazy girl
he left you crying in your underwear
and now he's gone and he just don't care
crazy girl, he never said he loved you

now you've got a wounded heart
don't you know that it's all your fault
crazy girl

your girlfriends want him dead
but you still wanna wake up in his bed
crazy girl, he never said he loved you

crazy girl
put down the peanut butter
curl your hair, say a prayer, call your mother
crazy girl, he never said he loved you

true love comes from the heart
no other anatomical part
crazy girl

crazy girl
his new lover walks right past
don't it cut you like broken glass
crazy girl, he never said he loved you

but he don't really love her
he just went out and got another
crazy girl

we've been through this before
all is fair in love and war
i can't soften the edge of truth
i'm in the mirror looking back at you
crazy girl
crazy girl
crazy girl
crazy girl

I Want to Dream About You

Written By: K. Gosnell

I Want to Dream About You (c) Katie Gosnell 2010

Streetlights buzz and the moonlight's blue
shadows fall across the ceiling
eyes wide open and I'm missing you
The alley cats are scheming

the neighbors may be counting sheep
but I want something sweet
I want to dream about you
I want to dream about you

I need a vision so I won't forget
my favorite place on the side of your neck
where I can rest and place one soft kiss
the little kind you can't resist

I want to dream
the kind that makes the windows steam
I want to dream about you
I want to dream about you
I want to dream about you
I want to dream

What's a girl gonna do
if I can't be right next to you...
My sheets are twisted on a raging sea
Sandman come and rescue me

I want to dream about you
I want to dream about you
I want to dream about you
I want to dream

I want this pillow to be your chest
to rise and fall with your every breath
when you're not by my side, I need a little lullabye
I want to dream about you
I want to dream about you
I want to dream about you
I want to dream
Oh Oh Oh yeah yeah yeah

Be a Good Girl

Written By: K. Gosnell

Be a Good Girl (c) Katie Gosnell 2010

crooked front teeth in a 2nd grade smile
fuzzy blonde hair not been combed in a while
a scar between her eyes from the corner of a TV set
and a pushy big brother who takes all he can get

be a good girl
be a good girl
be a good girl
be a good girl

she was more than a photo in her mother's locket
a little diamond tucked away in her daddy's back pocket
dreams made of sidewalk chalk washed away
by a man who made a promise but he's never gonna pay

be a good girl
be a good girl
be a good girl
be a good girl

is this what she was dreaming about
she fed on fairy tales and now the truth comes out
you get a little love but it's never quite enough you realize
the price of your dreams is one big compromise

Dust

Written By: Katie Gosnell

Drought in Oklahoma, 1932
The winds churn you up
The plows dug you loose
Dust

Billowing walls of powder
Black as midnight
Descend upon the town
Better shut them windows tight
But I still fight you
Dust

You're in my hair
You sting my eyes
You're on my pillow
When I rise
I can't hide from you
Dust

I still look for work
There's no horse to pull the plough
Daddy got out the only way he knew how
Ashes to ashes
Dust

You're in my hair
You sting my eyes
You're on my pillow
When I rise
I can't hide you
Dust

You choke the sunlight
Deny the rain
I sneak a sip from a whiskey jar
Anything to dull the pain
Dust

You're in my hair
You sting my eyes
You're on my pillow
When I rise
I can't hide from you
Dust
Black dust
Sand and dust
Dust

When I Die

Written By: Katie Gosnell

My body's in a padded box
White satins walls and a glossy top
My limbs are limp but I'm light and free
I'm dancing high above the trees

My spirit soars like a song
That's sweet and bright and lifetimes long
Carried by a gentle wind
Held in the hearts of my kin
Don't cry for me when I die
Cuz I just learned to fly

I somersault through the air
Cuz I'm no longer weak or frail
I paid my debts and said goodbye
with no regrets my eyes are dry
Don't cry for me when I die
Cuz I just learned to fly

Some may see this as the end
They don't know what's up around the bend
At the last beat of my heart
I got a brand new start

Don't cry for me when I die
Cuz I just learned to fly

You'll find me in a memory
Hear me sing in an old oak tree
Watch me dive beneath the waves
I'll greet you at the end of days
Don't cry for me when I die
Cuz I just learned to fly
I just learned to fly
I just learned to fly