Lisa Fraser

Lisa Fraser

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAlternativeFolk

A singer-songwriter in the truest sense of the word, Lisa’s sound merges folk, rock, searing vocals, intimate lyrics, and a songwriting style all her own. Sit in for her head-turning live performances. Lisa performs solo or with a band.

Biography

Shows that soothe and sting, that delight audiences with power, hum, and croon are Lisa Fraser's forte. The stage becomes a platform for launching guitar and piano-based songs that braid together hearty portions each of folk, pop, Americana and blues. Lisa's voice is the show stealer though, and parades above her strong songwriting in confident tones that remind listeners of Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Natalie Merchant and at times even Helen Reddy. And though traditional influences run deep, Lisa's music draws from both the familiar and the strange: her lyrics, melodies, and performance style run together to make a strikingly unique species of sound.

Lyrics

Only Dreams

Written By: Lisa Fraser

Oh the fire came and I was mighty still
Still behind the fountain and the trees
Quiet in my jacket, quiet in my shirt
Quiet in the heat of a mighty fire but I could not move
For the color raining over me

Oh the teacher came and I was mighty still
Still in my desk waiting for the bell
Quiet on the sidewalk quiet on the street
Quiet under skies that were beautiful but I could not
Pick up the brush to paint what I had seen

You learn oh you learn all your life to quiet a restless heart!
And it doesn't take all you have to put it away
They're only dreams and it's only the pressure of dreams that makes you tremble
When you reach up to turn out the light

Late into the night and I am still awake
Wide awake with fire in my arms
Feeling to my fingertips the world, bold and bright and beautiful to me
But just out of reach, morning comes early

You learn oh you learn all your life to quiet a restless heart!
And it doesn't take all you have to put it away
They're only dreams and it's only the pressure of dreams that makes you tremble
When you reach up to turn out the light

Oh and to be fair, I didn't want it.
I could take or leave the things you whispered to me
(Oh and to be fair, it's all I wanted, all I wanted)

You learn oh you learn all your life to quiet a restless heart
And it doesn't take all you have to put it away

Sunday Morning

Written By: Lisa Fraser

I figured out why I get out of bed when they go down
The heavy part of me still sleeps and the lighter gets around
But I believe between the sunsink and the sunrise up
There is a place where you still sit and maybe that's enough

I think as I lay down tonight on the kitchen floor
About that shirt that light blue cotton shirt of yours
And funny that a shirt a cotton shirt can take my mind
To all this room, to all this space, the place you left behind

And I believe that you are watching me from on high
And on high is what I say when I mean that you are right behind me now
I believe you are watching me from on high
I believe the sun still shines over me

Sunday morning comes around and I put on my best
Thickness of a winter coat over numbness in my chest
Forgive me if I fade a bit to watch the whiteness fall
Summer might not come again without you here at all

Steady now I feel myself begin to gently fold
Time again to push away the love I cannot hold
Something about emptiness that changes you inside
Changes like a river and this water it is wide

And I believe that you are watching me from on high
And on high is what I say when I mean that you are right behind me now
I believe you are watching me from on high
I believe the sun still shines over me

Remember November and the yellow
Gold fall and all of the trees
And the Titans started fighting when they said you'd have to go
Be careful, go gently, I love you, I love

And I believe that you are watching me from on high
And on high is what I say when I mean that you are right behind me now

Children Who Know

Written By: Lisa Fraser

On her way home she stopped in Houston
Told the club she'd play a blues song for the crowd
To the empty room she sang her story, broken love, broken glory
Giant world for her and a baby girl

And she didn't want to pour her heart out
No one was there anymore
So she packed up her guitar and walked softly to the door

Dark sky, moon bright, don't be afraid of the words I write
Oh beloved life is good for children who know just what they would
Breath in, carve out, don't be afraid of the words I shout
Oh beloved life is ease for children who know just what they please

China sounds nice she tells a lady who talked all night
Thinking maybe she'd end up there
And as the bus slows she says politely lets keep in touch
Steps off lightly and grabs her things and she wonders what morning brings

Baltimore will come tomorrow, roll in at just about four
And she can't help thinking bout her mama at the door

Dark sky, moon bright, don't be afraid of the words I write
Oh beloved life is good for children who know just what they would
Breath in, carve out, don't be afraid of the words I shout
Oh beloved life is ease for children who know just what they please

Time has come, reaches slowly, takes the wheel
Even though she aches inside
And all she is and all she will be reaches out to a degree she's never known
And tells her she's almost home

And the girl that she held inside her, beautiful beautiful girl
Says she wouldn't want to change the journey for the world

Dark sky, moon bright, don't be afraid of the words I write
Oh beloved life is good for children who know just what they would
Breath in, carve out, don't be afraid of the words I shout
Oh beloved life is ease for children who know just what they please

Our Local Star

Written By: Lisa Fraser

Come get your things together, we’ll take a long ride
So you can think and I can get outside
Across the dirty Hudson, into the Garden State
I need a new translation, your heart’s about to break

Our local star is gonna find us
And it will burn the dark away

Treading the sunbright waters, above the darker deep
You say you’ve thought a lot about the way we sleep
That we don’t wake up until we are shaken
And we fight against the light that we love
Only to slip back under the surface of it

Our local star is gonna find us
Our local star is gonna wash us in fire
And it will strike the night behind us
And it will burn the dark away

Passing the dogs and yard birds, passing the days this way
Sunlight across our shoulders, the stripes of night and day
I never thought that we’d get so far from home, never knew I’d be a face you wouldn’t run to mama
And we are changed completely, yes we are different now but

Our local star is gonna find us
Our local star is gonna wash us in fire
And it will strike the night behind us
And it will burn the dark away

Discography

Only Dreams
Midday Songs

Set List

Variable length, original material.