Lydia Witman

Lydia Witman

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Alternative pop, generally with an Americana/folk feel but sometimes reaching out with global rhythms or rising into the electronic atmosphere... Evocative of Cat Power, Norah Jones, Portishead, Bjork, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell...

Biography

Lydia had performed with various groups as a singer for 16 years, studied classical piano for 14 years, and been writing poetry for 10 years before she combined these interests and started writing songs. She has recently studied jazz piano with Virg Dzurinko. Although her musical hero is Tom Waits, she could never imitate him! Instead, her sound conjures a range of likenesses that includes Cat Power, Norah Jones, Portishead, Bjork, and Kate Bush.

Her song "Cleo's Dream" made it to the semi-finals of the 2005 International Songwriting Competition.

She currently lives and performs in the Philadelphia area.

Lyrics

Movement of Wing

Written By: © Lydia Witman

oh cities of ash
fiery scars
whitest silence
silence of stars

breezes burning
waves of fire
borne from seeds of wrath
we sowed

and yet beneath the embers
movement of wing
the eye emerges
bird of hope--who heeds you now
who heeds you now
who heeds you now

oh grant us cool water
water of peace
grant us the garden
where we can all sleep
the lion beside the lamb
the snake in the tree
maybe this time
we won't lose the key
we won't lose the key
we won't lose the key

and yet beneath the embers--
movement of wing
the eye emerges
bird of hope--who heeds you now
who heeds you now
who heeds you now

This is a Chapter

Written By: © Lydia Witman

under a new moon, I'm in my car
a long way from home like a motherless child
the faster I go, the farther I am
from you my love and all that we share

and this is a chapter in the story of us;
a few more pages and there we will be
I'll kiss your neck as you are getting dressed
and you'll be just as I remember

under a full moon, I'm in the yard
coming back home like a wandering child
each step I take, I'm a little bit closer
to you my love and all that we share

and it's been a chapter in the story of us;
a few more pages, who knows where we'll be
I'll kiss your neck as you're getting dressed
and you'll be just as I remember

this is the shape of my longing for you
this is my dream of a happy return
this is the plot as it twists and it turns
this is my shape when I'm longing for you

and this is a chapter in the story of us
a few more pages, and there we will be
I'll kiss your neck as you are getting dressed
and you'll be just as I remember

Shatter

Written By: Lydia Witman

there they float, they are perfect spheres
clear and calm as glass
words of peace, thoughts of joy
fragile happiness that you break

you shatter them, oh you scatter them
you shatter them, oh you scatter them
you cannot let their beauty be
no, you cannot let their beauty be

we are figures made of clay
our fingers bear no claws
we have no shield against your word
our minds are open to your call

and you shatter them, oh you scatter them
you shatter them, oh you scatter them
you cannot let their beauty be
no, you cannot let their beauty be

I don't understand what holds you back
from peace you know is there
peace holds fire and peace holds pain
peace will win the battle again

again, again, again

Flicker

Written By: © Lydia Witman

here in the dark
I'm a small flame
and I am a moth
searching for me
circling 'round myself in the shadows

’cause I need to find light
and I need to find warmth
to bring me back from the deep
when my heart sleeps

I'm sorry that
I don't always see your light
when it's shining there for me;
I can feel your heat
but I'm blind and I'm fumbling, fumbling
and it's not your fault

and I need your love's light
and I need your love's warmth
to bring me back from the deep
when my heart sleeps

I think of the days
when we wander
in a waking dream of petals and poetry
and we are awake--
we flutter and fly
we flicker and sigh

’cause we need light to live
and we need warmth to breathe
to keep us from the deep
when our hearts sleep

Discography

"Cleo's Dream" and "Reves de toi (Dreams of You)" aired on WXPN in Philadelphia.

Video for "Flicker" in production [Director: Alana Kakoyiannis]

Set List

Original songs: Flicker, Reves de toi (Dreams of You), Rearrange, Cleo's Dream, Winter Waltz, Holiday Beach, This is a Chapter, What Remains, Movement of Wing, Shatter.

Covers include Tom Waits' "Burma Shave" and Terry and McGhee's "Up Sometimes Down."