Laura Glyda

Laura Glyda

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
SoloRockAcoustic

Laura Glyda is a singer/songwriter in every sense of the term. A powerful lyricist with compelling vocals and intense guitar sounds, her performance captivates audiences with honesty and experience.

Biography

Explosive vocals and rich guitar sounds aren't the only things that catch your attention when Laura Glyda performs. Her deep and direct lyrics keep you listening while her confidence in the spotlight keeps you watching. Above all, her songs ring out with truth, and the poetry you can find within that truth. Her music shines with integrity and wit, inviting the audience to connect with its sincerity.  Laura spent much of her early career in Boston, fronting the Laura Glyda Band and playing shows throughout the Northeast.  Since returning to Chicago in 2006, Laura has been immersed in the city's rapidly growing songwriter scene, performing both solo and with Urban Twang.  She released her first official solo EP, "After Everything and All This Time", in November 2014 and is set to release her next full album in 2016. 


Lyrics

Something You Said

Written By: Laura Glyda

Wait and see
Change doesn't come easily
I probably should get some sleep
I probably should go
I probably should secrets keep
Still, there are things you should know

I want to write you into ecstasy
And kiss you into song
I want to play you 'til my fingers bleed
And sing until we both belong
Though it's wrong

Lately, you've been running through my head
Baby, I've been looking for you
Maybe it was something you said
But you made me want to want you

Don't explain
These things I say to you I say
Because I say so much in vain
I wish there wasn't so much want
I wish I wouldn't wait for you
I wish I wasn't holding on
To every little thing you do

Lately, you've been running through my head
Baby, I've been looking for you
Maybe it was something you said
But you made me want to want you

And it doesn't always matter
Who you think you've been
There's always someone out there
To call you back in
And if this love is what you gave
Nothing ever stays the same
And bittersweetness never saves

Lately, you've been running through my head
Baby, I've been looking for you
Maybe it was something you said
But you made me want to want you

Wait and see

The Wife of Phineas Gage

Written By: Laura Glyda

Railroad's coming to this town
Overtaking these roads
Don't know where it's coming from
Don't know where it's gonna go

You were working on a line
Driving steel into stone
When a lightning flash of metal entered your mind
And rendered me alone

They said it was a miracle
That at all you survived
They said you would be you, but not you
They said, and I cried

I am the wife of Phineas Gage
Remembering is all that I can do
And it's not like people to change
Maybe just you

And all that I've been through
You will never know
And all that I can do
Is to let you go

I am the wife of Phineas Gage
Remembering is all that I can do
And it's not like people to change
Maybe just you

You will never be the same
You couldn't even try
You will never be the same
And neither will I

February's Valentine

Written By: Laura Glyda

I am a see-saw, I am overworked and underlined
I am a useless universe parading as the undefined
I am a thousand animated lives who've never seen the light
I am February's valentine
February's valentine
February's valentine
And it's broken, this little heart of mine

You are the sun in all its overzealous jealousy
You are the open ocean overturning water under me
You are a hopeful telescope just seeing what you want to see
You are April's foolery

Oh and who loves you when the timing isn't right?
Oh and who lets go in the middle of the night?
Well I won't hold out for any kind of divining light
This time

I am the only one who wonders what's in front of me
I am a pirate's poverty when all is lost upon the sea
I am a million stars above in hovering apology
I am January's perjury

Oh and who loves you when the timing isn't right?
Oh and who lets go in the middle of the night?
Well I won't hold out for any kind of divining light
This time

February's valentine, I'm February's valentine
And it's open, this little heart of mine

Shine

Written By: Laura Glyda

An empty highway in Chicago
And 3am has left me cold
Nothing but a steering wheel and a phone call
Are all I have of you to hold

I’ve got a losing streak
That stretches five states wide
But there you are, waiting for me
With open arms on the other side

I’ve been dark as night
And that’s been fine
You are light
And I don’t mind
Think I’d like going blind
This just might be our time to shine

It’s a blessing and a curse
Wearing my heart out on my heart
But baby, I’ve got a thousand words
And no place I’d rather be

I’ve been dark as night
And that’s been fine
You are light
And I don’t mind
Think I’d like going blind
This just might be our time to shine

An empty highway in Chicago
And 3am has left me cold
Nothing but a steering wheel and your phone call
This is all I have of you to hold

I’ve been dark as night
And that’s been fine
You are light
And I don’t mind
Think I’d like going blind
This just might be our time to shine

The Story

Written By: Laura Glyda

These days keep rolling on
And I still feel the same
And all of these goodbyes
They are tethered to my soul

But words of love have lost their way
Inside this weary heart
And I wonder when I’ll be whole

And if all we do just gets tangled, then untied
I’ll pay my dues, and at least I’ll know I tried
I guess love is just a story that’s written in disguise
It was just the kind of story I could never write

You were a beacon
Of laughter in the dark
Just when I believed I could still believe

But words and spit and hate and shit
Were all that you could ever give
To me

And if I were you, I’d run away and hide
It was never true that you loved me and you tried
I guess love is just a story that’s written all in lies
It was just the kind of wrong I could never right

They say that you can’t look for love
That one day, it just calls
And all these smoke and mirrors
They will just turn into fog and walls

And if all that’s true, then someday, I’ll do right
And I’ll know it’s you when I open up my eyes
I guess love is just a story that’s written in the skies
It was just the kind of story I could never write

Oh, I could never write
Won’t you help me get it right?
I could never write

A Little More

Written By: Laura Glyda

I can see from here that you've been thinking
But as far as I can tell, you're not alone
If you could only talk the way that you've been drinking
You'd fill up volumes with the things I'll never know
And you will never know

Is it enough to say that we all had a vision
Of the way we all believed that we would be
Time reveals the cracks in our religion
But that doesn't mean you've got nothing to believe
You could believe in me

Could it be that we don't show
All it is we're meant to know?
All I want is to let it go
All I need is for you to love just
A little more

Can you even feel the weight that you are under?
It hangs above you and it clouds your point of view
Falling far behind, well baby, it's no wonder
I'm never so alone as when I am with you
And I am here with you

Could it be that we don't know
All it is we're meant to show?
Maybe you'll just let me go
When all you need is for me to leave
A little more
Is all we need
To get it back to you and me
Maybe then, we both will see
All we need is just to live
A little more

I can hear the whispers of division
Calling out beneath the troubles we hold close
Love can steel the tempers of decision
You can take your time, but please just let me know
If you will let me go

The tides of time can hold you in their grip, and
By the ankles of your issues, drag you down
I can offer you my hand if you are slipping
But if you don't kick, we'll both be left to drown

Self Reliance

Written By: Laura Glyda

Lord, gotta make myself my home, oh lord
Lord, gotta make myself my home, oh lord
See, the place I'm from's been dead and gone
I got to move it in before movin' on
Lord, gotta make myself my home, oh lord

Lord, gotta make myself my Pa, oh lord
Lord, gotta make myself my Pa, oh lord
You's a workin' man, don't mean a thing
If you spend your money on diamond rings
Lord, gotta make myself my Pa, oh lord

Lord, gotta make myself my Ma, oh lord
Lord, gotta make myself my Ma, oh lord
Well, a womb don't mean that your heart's all good
I taught myself more than you ever could
Lord, gotta make myself my Ma, oh lord

Lord, gotta make myself my man, oh lord
Lord, gotta make myself my man, oh lord
Got to trust myself like I trusted you
Before you met that woman and run her through
Lord, gotta make myself my man, oh lord

Ooooh, got to be my song
When life and love, they gon' do me wrong
Got to sing it loud, got to sing in true
Got to sing for everything that I been through

Lord, gotta make myself my love, oh lord
I said, lord, gotta make myself my love, oh lord
Can't love yourself, can't love no one
And I'll be tryin' 'til doomsday come
Lord, gotta make myself my love, oh lord

Lord, gotta make myself my home, oh lord
Lord, gotta make myself my home, oh lord
Don't need no bricks, no roof, no walls
I got myself, honey, that is all
Lord, gotta make myself my home, oh lord
Lord, gotta make myself my home, oh lord
Lord, gotta make myself my home, oh lord

Silent No More

Written By: Laura Glyda

Somewhere in between
The breaking of the morning and the secrecy of night
I am seeking inspiration
In the quiet, waking light
I am still, but I'm moving
I am bound, but I'm free
In every moment there is beauty
And this is all I can see

I will be silent no more
This song is just what I've been aching for
And these words will bring me home
I am no longer alone and silent

There is water on the window pane
There is crimson in the sky
There is passion in these footsteps
That I release as I walk by
I am still, but I'm breathing
I am bound, but I'm free
In every movement, there is beauty
And this is all I can be

I will be silent no more
This song is just what I've been aching for
And these words will bring me home
I am no longer alone

I am washed away, you are a masquerade
Thicker words have made a lesser man than you to stay
I am left to waste night disguised as day
And I cannot satiate
This is the price we pay when all we pray is all we take
Do you fade or stay awake?
There is so much I can say

It's you that I'm finding
In the shadows and the dawn
I know that you are willing to walk
This road that I am on

I will be silent no more
This song is just what I've been aching for
And these words will bring me home
I am no longer alone and silent

This Forgiveness

Written By: Laura Glyda

This may be my one regret
Oh, the way it all ended so
Despite this time, oh I can't forget
How we could have better let each other go

And we're living with the mystery of
What you and I could almost be, love

So it seems you've said everything
And here, I've said not a thing at all
All this time feels like gravity
But in the end it's still your words that make me fall

If only you could understand
Just how sorry I truly am

We didn't get it right the first time, love
Oh, and there may never be another
But this life is short, there's just so little of
This forgiveness, could we find it?
Could we find it for each other?

There's a streetlight in Boston reminds me of you
But it's a thousand miles and ten years away
It's a masochistic habit, to go looking like I do
Just to take me back, to make me feel this way

Still your heart weighs heavy on mind
After everything and all this time

We didn't get it right the first time, love
Oh, and there will never be another
But this life is short, there's just so little of
This forgiveness, could we find it?
Could we find it for each other?

This may be my one regret
Oh, the way it all ended so

Where We're Standing

Written By: Laura Glyda

Was it my fault?
Could it have been easier?
Or is it every goodbye that runs us through?
Love is just time
And we are just seasons
And the sun is setting South of where she used to

But oh, there's more to love than loving
The way we never did

Lay it all down for me here, baby
Let it all out for all that we've been through
Couldn't we love from where we're standing?
I know it ain't much, but it's all that we can do

Was it for naught?
Everything we were?
If it was fleeting, it was brilliant, too
Maybe you're right
And you had your reasons
We are defined by all and everything we do

But oh, this storm is ever coming
And the break in the clouds is where we live

Lay it all down for me here, baby
Let it all out for all that we've been through
Couldn't we love from where we're standing
I know it ain't much, but it's all that we can do

Is this all?
This passionate fever
That you and I will never, ever drift into?
I am the gall
You are the dreamer
And this is me just reaching out to you

Lay it all down for me here, baby
Let it all out for all that we've been through
Couldn't we love from where we're standing
I know it ain't much, but it's all that we can do
All that we can do

Pray For Rain

Written By: Laura Glyda

I can sit here and hold my breath
I could lie down and wait for days
Put my faith in whatever's left
'Til the rest starts to fade away

I can hold out for better things
Look away just to wait in vain
Wait for sun and the light it brings
Or I can kneel down and pray for rain

Are you looking for salvation?
Someone to clean your hands?
I could use some inspiration
Someone to understand
I can wait in silence and see what tomorrow brings
Or I could love you 'til the end of things

Beneath the heat of a desert sky
In a garden where nothing grows
Where the salt from the tears you cry
Crust the lips of the life you chose
I am alive as I'm standing here
Though the ground is so dead and plain
I could hope that beauty just appears
Or I can kneel down and pray for rain

Are you looking for salvation?
Someone to clean your hands?
I could use some inspiration
Someone to understand
I can wait in silence and see what tomorrow brings
Or I could love you 'til the end of things

I can kneel down and pray for rain

Hold My Hand

Written By: Laura Glyda

Once I had a dream I was the ocean
Large as life and gentle as the wind
When I woke, I only saw water
Cold as ice and drawing me in

Will you hold my hand?
Will you take me up?
I could understand
This is all I've ever wanted

You, I know, I thought I heard you crying
Longing for a time you never knew
I could be the one you love
We are destined just by what we do

Will you hold my hand?
Will you take me up?
I could understand
This is all I've ever wanted

Will you hold my hand?

Discography

After Everything and All This Time (2014) - Laura Glyda
A Little Truth (2004) - Laura Glyda Band 


Set List

Silent No More
Something You Said
February's Valentine
And I Do
Willing
This Fire
My Own Way
Saving Grace
Where I'm Coming From
Mother
I Ain't Down
Something You Said
Alone
One Woman Army
If You Only Knew

One full set, or two 40-minute sets

Including covers, can perform 2-3 hour set if necessary

Covers include:

Patty Larkin
Counting Crows
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Chris Isaak
Ryan Adams
Kathleen Edwards
Sheryl Crow
Dave Matthews