LIS HARVEY

LIS HARVEY

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

New American folk. "Spring-stream songs." (DIRTY LINEN) 2006 Kerrville New Folk Finalist & 2005 Falcon Ridge Folk Fest Emerging Artist.

Biography

In 2002, Lis Harvey set a Guinness World Record (TM) with her "Fifty State Tour": 52 solo shows in 50 US states in 60 days. That story landed her on CNN, NPR, and next to a giant pencil in Ripley's Believe It Or Not. In the years since, Lis has performed over 500 concerts and recorded four albums of "charmingly sophisticated folk-pop creations that, if you're not careful, will attach themselves to you before you realize it." [Isthmus Weekly] Her live show, says Dirty Linen, is "worth [every] bit of effort." Her new album, "Any Two Cards," is due out in April of 2008. It is the follow-up to "Porcupine," which won the 2005 Madison Area Music Award for Best Acoustic Album and All Music Guide's endorsement "as apt a summary of life's imperfection as anyone's attempted since Edie Brickell."

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Lyrics

White Linen Evening

Written By: Lis Harvey ©2004

Listen to this song:
http://lisharvey.com/mp3/porc-epic/12WhiteLinenEvening.mp3

She lead a decorated life
thirty years in the army, ten as a wife
known best as the widow who sat by the window
and you know the rest

How she took her own life
and they say her hand shook so bad,
she had to pull the trigger twice
ripping two holes though the white linen evening
that sing
ly-dy-dy-ooh...

Her son and his wife
they flew down from New York,
drove to Newport News
to bury the widow who sat by the window

They inherited her land
a hundred acres or more,
and deed in hand,
they walked through the meadow, yellow with flowers
that she grew alone.

And the son lead his wife
up the small hill where rested still
his father's life
under the deep earth that smelled like the dark summer nighttime.
though the faraway bells of the church sounded the noontime
they chimed
la-de-dy-dy-dy-ooh...

She lead a decorated life
thirty years in the army, and ten as a wife
known best as the widow who sat by the window
and you know the rest

We're all blessed with one life
and we've all got the right to do with it what we like
if just to hear something in the white linen evening
to make it sing
la-de-dy-dy-dy-ooh...

Far Away

Written By: Lis Harvey ©2004

Listen to this song:
http://lisharvey.com/mp3/porc-epic/02FarAway.mp3

How long have you been
taking the trash out in the cold night,
digging around on the old streets
behind my backyard?

Some things were left
lying around, neither lost nor found.
I never thought it'd come down to this.

I live far away from New York and LA.

How long have you been
hanging your smile out to dry,
dusting it off when you lie?

How long have you been
writing your memory like a pop song,
watching the ball bounce out the notes
of your alibi?

I live so far away
from New York and LA.

You’re wrong if you think I’ve
given up on us.
You’ve just given us away.

I live so far away
from New York and LA.
New York, New York
LA, LA.

Fish In The Pan

Written By: Lis Harvey

FISH IN THE PAN

Potatoes in the oven,
fish in the pan,
my hand touching your hand.

Something’s on the tip of my tongue,
you understand,
your hand touching my hand.

Mornings in the mountains,
noon in the sand,
my hand touching your hand.

Summer’s round the corner
when there is rain in the land,
your hand touching my hand,
my hand, my hand.

At a truckstop on the highway
we watched the Easter parade,
my hand touching your hand.

Soft-boiled eggs for breakfast
with a sweet marmalade,
your hand touching my hand.

Storm is getting closer,
maybe we should stay in the van,
my hand touching your hand.

Maybe it’s a windfall,
maybe a plan,
your hand touching my hand,
my hand, my hand.

Sometimes the world lets you off.
Sometimes the world falls in love.

Bodies inching closer.
Silent demand.
My hand touching your hand.

Something’s on the tip of my tongue,
but you understand – cuz –
it’s your hand.

Anything At All

Written By: Lis Harvey

ANYTHING AT ALL

Spiderman can crawl into a bank;
Spiderman can withdraw anything he likes.
But we cannot crawl - we learn to stand.
We learn to stand and then we fall,
and lose it all.

Wonder Woman won't wait by the phone;
She's got a lasso, she can rope her own.
But we cannot score - we learn to talk.
We learn to talk and how to watch
where we walk.

Anything, anything, anything at all.
Anything, anything, anything at all.

Nancy Drew can solve a mystery;
She puts her tears on hold and finds
the missing piece.
But we can't be found - we turn to dust.
The resurrection's a bust,
it's a bust.

We paint our heroes out in black and white.
Color in their lips and give them purple tights.
But we can't be drawn - we won't sit still.
We'e all hopped up on free will.

Anything, anything, anything at all.
Anything, anything, anything at all.

this is the last time

Written By: lis harvey

One bright day in the middle of the night Two dead boys got up to fight Back to back they faced each other Drew their swords And shot each other This is the first time This the last time I’ll say goodbye You, you’re always on my mind This is the right time to say goodbye You can’t stand the way I drive But you can’t wait to get inside Smooth as lanolin You can’t revise a perfect past A fairytale is built to last And you go your way I will go mine but we’ll be fused together Happily ever, yeah After the first time I thought there’d be no time to say goodbye But you, you’re sweet as a landmine Quit blowing my damn mind and say goodbye Hey jack be nimble You’re sharp as a thimble And I’m going in for your needles and pins The haystack is soaked through But I’m still looking for you Cuz it’s all I can do It’s all I really know how to do This is the first time This is the last time I’ll say goodbye You, you’re always on my mind Maybe it’s the right time to cut the line Or baby it’s the right time to make you mine This is the right time to say goodbye

how a habit grows

Written By: lis harvey

There’s plenty of time Take it easy You can show me what you’ve got There’s plenty of money Reach in and touch it, baby Maybe we should knock these over More often Two kinds of slimjims One pack of snoballs and a paper rose This is how a habit grows How it grows How it grows There’s something you don’t see everyday A gas station open with no cashier There’s something for you And you are something for me I’ve never felt so Unalone Two kinds of slimjims One pack of snoballs and a paper rose This is how a habit grows How it grows How it grows Yeah ooh-a-ooh There’s light up ahead It’s time to turn in now Get a shower, get some sleep There’s light in my head But I don’t wanna think now Leave the talking to the people on tv One pack of snoballs This is how a habit grows How it grows How it grows This is how a habit grows How it grows How it grows This is how, how it grows

everybody is a cowboy

Written By: lis harvey

You can have anything that you want If you keep the price tag on Baby steps Summer dress Everyone gets a tattoo Just to feel new You won’t meet anyone half as smart Or as fun as the one who first took your heart This is it Count your chips Cuz everyone’s shooting the moon And calling for you Everybody is a cowboy Everbody’s all in Everyone piles their chips on the table to win mm hmm You lost your mind in an April breeze I watched it float away With the cottonwood Tighten the reigns and lie low Whoa Whoa whoa whoa If I were calling the shots If you were here but you’re not You’d tip your hat I would tip back And nothing would ever change No one would die No one would die Everybody is a cowboy Riding her horse til it’s dead in the yard And nobody gets very far But we’re all at the bar A ten gallon hat is a sieve Chewing on rawhide to live A body needs water Everybody is a cowboy Everbody’s all in Everyone hides her chips in her pocket to win, to win Everybody is a cowboy Everbody’s all in Everyone piles their chips on the table Everyone piles their chips on the table Everyone piles their chips on the table to win, to win

Discography

2004 - Porcupine
2003 - Something On You (Limited Edition)
2002 - Topography
2000 - Human After All
1999 - Teen Angst (out of print- iTunes only)

-- ACHIEVEMENTS --
* 2006 KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL "NEW FOLK" Finalist

* 2005 FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL Emerging Artist

* 2005 MADISON AREA MUSIC AWARD for "Best Acoustic Album" (Porcupine)

* GUINNESS WORLD RECORD - "Fastest to play a concert tour in all 50 United States" (52 shows in 50 US states in 60 days)

* 2005 PRAIRIEFEST SONGWRITING CONTEST - Winner

* 2005 & 2006 TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL "Troubadour Competition" - finalist

* 2004/2005 MADISON CitiARTS Signature Grant Recipient (supported by the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS and the WISCONSIN ARTS BOARD)

* 2004 MINNESOTA FOLK FESTIVAL "New Folk" Performer & Finalist

* 2004 OTTAWA FOLK FESTIVAL Live Auditions Winner & festival performer, Ottawa Folk Festival's "One Fret Less" award winner

* 2003 JAM MUSIC MAGAZINE Awards Nominee:
"Best Female Artist"
"Best Folk Artist"
"Song of the Year" (for "White Linen Evening")

* 2002 ACOUSTIC CAFE'S "One To Watch"

* 2001 SIBL (SONGS-INSPIRED-BY-LITERATURE) Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist

-- BIO, cont'd --

Born in Boston in the late seventies, LIS HARVEY grew up listening to a wild array of composers. Chopin, The Story, Paul Simon, Glen Philips, The Cure, Willie Nelson, and Juliana Hatfield are some of her more recognizable influences. Classical training and a fierce literary background also contributed to her repertoire. The result is alt-folk americana, with an indie exoskeleton - the kind of music you'd expect to find on repeat in a cab bound for Vegas.

An Erlendahle Records recording artist (her own label), Lis is also the founder of a benefit tour for women's shelters, Will Folk For Food. Her music can be heard on radio stations in the US and Canada, where her latest record charted among the TOP FIVE FOLK/ROOTS ALBUMS on the Galaxie Network. She has shared the stage with Denali, Alana Davis, Dayna Kurtz, Louise Taylor, Girlyman, Tracy Grammer, Melissa Ferrick, Ember Swift, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, and many others.

-- RADIO/AIRPLAY FOR "PORCUPINE" --

* One of the TOP FOLK ALBUMS of July, according to FOLK DJ in 2004 (two full months before the retail release), alongside Loretta Lynn & Natalie Merchant

* XM SATELLITE RADIO features "Porcupine" on Channel 51 - Unsigned - and on the RADAR Report.

* One of the TOP FIVE International Folk/Roots Albums of October 2004 (up from #8 in September) on the Galaxie Network (CBC's Canadian satellite radio)

-- DISTRIBUTORS --

iTunes
Goldenrod Music, Inc.
The Orchard
Borders Books & Music
Amazon
CD Baby
Folkweb

Set List

Lis usually plays a 60-75 minute set. Set list varies - always a mix of new and recorded material. Sample set list from a headlining show:

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FAR AWAY
LA SONG
IRON OR LOVE
LIGHT AS A FEATHER
SHE DROPS HER LIPSTICK
WHITE LINEN EVENING
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME*
NOTHING RUDER
HOW A HABIT GROWS
WHISKEY WINE
COWBOY
SUNDAY AFTER SUNDAY
PLANES FALL
TIME AFTER TIME*
WEAK SPOT
LIFE IS FATAL
ONE FOR THE ROAD
FISH IN THE PAN
ANYTHING AT ALL
ORDINARY SOLDIER*
COULDN'T STAY TRUE
JOSEPHINE
NOT LIKE YOU
PORCUPINE
ONE BRIGHT DAY
SAY GOODNIGHT

Lis performs the occasional cover. Artists include Cyndi Lauper, Jennifer Kimball, Tom Waits, Duncan Watt, Yip Harburg, and more...