Merissa Wilson

Merissa Wilson

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

"A voice that is so captivating shouldn't feel so accessible," says one fan. My new album, Trading Dreams is a sweet compilation of songs about the mountains, my ancestors, and of course, love. Check it out and come trade dreams with me. merissawilson.com

Biography

Born at the base of the Teton Mountains, Merissa’s roots run deep in the land that reaches to her homesteading ancestors 5 generations back. She carries this tradition forward and writes songs that express the love she has for this unique mountain valley and the adventures it brings to her life.

Music was a major part of her upbringing, playing the piano and singing at every opportunity, but it wasn’t until after she left home that Merissa swapped out the piano for a guitar, and began playing folk music. She was content to play other people’s songs for several years, but leave it to a break up to push the emotions right out of her heart and into the lyrics and music of her first hit, I Was Happy. Although the songs that followed have all taken their time to evolve, she rarely has an experience anymore that she doesn’t think, “That would make a good song.”

Compared to musical icons such as Joan Baez and Nancy Griffith, and with major influences including Patty Griffin, Dar Williams, and Martha Scanlan, Merissa’s songs cover a broad range of genres such as folk, blue-grass, rock, and sometimes even a little spoken word. Manager Matt Lucia uses one word to describe her music, “Connected. Whether to a place, a person, or an experience, Merissa gives everyone the feeling of connection through her writing such that they can’t help but feel connected to these things themselves.”

Catch her solo for soul-soothing tunes or performing lively mountain melodies with other local musicians and family in the heart of the Tetons.

Lyrics

Worth the Dime

Written By: Merissa Wilson

My dear, Rosa Vivian
I’m just sittin’ here wondering when
I’m gonna hear from you I’ve read your last letter way too many times
Come on write me, ain’t I worth the dime?

I dreamed of you the other night
Oh I dreamed of you, what a sight
I’d like to dream my whole life through of such things as that
You in a georgette dress and me in my cowboy hat

Well, I sure am down on that song
But everywhere I go it comes along,
Just one more time, it moans
Well it’s too late for that, ‘cause I’m here all alone

My dear, Rosa Vivian
I’m just sittin’ here wondering when
You’re gonna write back your old man, I need to know that you’re still there
If not please send some girl’s address who cares

I went to church and then came home
I spent another dreary Sunday all alone
I’m lonelier than the cold here,
And did I tell you it’s been damn cold this year?

When we get home we’ll make up for lost time
Next summer we’ll stay up late every night
Now you go tell your pa so he will know and won’t interfere
We can pretend to get married like last year

My dear Rosa Vivian
I’m just sittin’ here wondering when
You’re gonna quit these games, and treatin’ me just like a toy
Get on home, to your Wyoming cowboy
I said get on home, to your Wyoming cowboy
With lo's of love, from your Wyoming cowboy

Please Stay

Written By: Merissa Wilson

I’m biting my lips to taste the last of your kisses
For one more night with you is all my heart wishes
I still feel your hand on my back, your breath on my cheek
I don’t know what to do, you’re making me weak

I never knew it could be, something so real
But when you pull me in close, I know what I feel
Even when you are gone, you’re still everywhere
I hear your words in my head, I smell you in my hair

I’m at home in your arms, yet still fearing inside
Do I give you my heart, I don’t know what is right
But I’ll close my eyes, let you take me away
Believing inside all the words that you say
Please stay

Before you came along I was such a mess
Why I was ever alone makes no sense
‘Cause you know just what to say, you know just where to touch
I’m never going back, to the way that it was

Forget the three unholies, I don’t live like that anymore
I can’t hold back what I’m feelin’, it’s you I adore
My heart beats faster, and faster, and faster, and faster, and faster
Until those words, escape my mouth

I’m at home in your arms, yet still fearing inside
Do I give you my heart, I don’t know what is right
But I’ll close my eyes, let you take me away
Believing inside all the words that you say
Please stay

Trading Dreams

Written By: Merissa Wilson

I live a life that others might think
Is like living in some kind of dream
I got a house with a view, and a good job too
But I’m still alone without you

And I’d gladly trade this dream that I’m living
For the one, with you in it

I admit that I’m proud and it’s hard to let go
But despite my devotion it’s best that you know
I’d give it all up with one word from you
Walking hand in hand is how we’ll get through

And I’d gladly trade this dream that I’m living
For the one, with you in it

I love my life, I admit that I do
I just want someone else to love it too
I want someone to lead me and I will pursue
I want someone to need me and always be true

And I’d gladly trade this dream that I’m living
For the one, with you in it

Now don’t get me wrong by the tune of this song
I’m grateful each day of my life
But one of these nights when I close my eyes
Can I wake with you by my side?
And then one of these nights as you close your eyes,
I’ll sing you to sleep as your wife

And I’d gladly trade this dream that I’m living
For the one, with you in it
Yes I’d gladly trade this dream that I’m living
For the one, with you in it

Tangled

Written By: Merissa Wilson

I am tangled can’t get loose
I am tangled through, and through
I am tangled but what’s the use
‘Cause I am tangled up with you

I am tangled every day
I am tangled in your ways
I am tangled if you stay
But I’d be tangled if you when away

‘Cause despite our differences
It all works out somehow
And I don’t think there’s anyway
This knot we’ve tied could ever come out

I get tangled when we sleep
I get tangled in the sheets
We are tangled you and me
We are tangled up real deep

I get tangled in the night
And still I’m tangled in the light
I am tangled up alright
I might be tangled up for life

‘Cause despite our differences
It all works out somehow
And I don’t think there’s anyway
This knot we’ve tied could ever come out

I am tangled can’t get loose
I am tangled through, and through
I am tangled but what’s the use
‘Cause I am tangled up with you

Old Friends

Written By: Merissa Wilson

You’re heart and my heart are very old friends
Walking a path that seems to never end
Sometimes forward and sometimes back
Sometimes I just completely lose track
But the miles don’t matter and neither does time
‘Cause wherever your heart is, there is mine

We’re gonna catch crawdads and sing songs we both know
Like “You get a line, I’ll get a pole.”
We’ll sing Jimmy and Nanci, we’ll put on our own show
How we ended up together, well I, I just don’t know
But on the journey through this wilderness of life
I know I’ll be just fine with your heart next to mine

You’re rising up like a bright sunflower
I’m shouting out like a morning star
I prayed I’d never forget what they said
Other times I wished I could get it out of my head
‘Cause I’ve known pride and other times shame
Help me to honor my name

And when you ache with loneliness
I send you poetry of love from Hafez (who said)
I will not let the sadness possess you
I’ll gladly borrow all the gold I need to get you back (and he said)
Run like hell my dear from anyone taking part
Trying to crush the sacred vision of your beautiful, beautiful heart

And through the years, despite the fears
I wrap my laughter up like a gift
I write these words, I sing these notes
And tie it all together with a ribbon of my hope
And through the wind this song I send
From my heart to yours my dear, my dear old friend

Discography

Trading Dreams (2008)
Boots of Spanish Leather (Bob Dylan cover) was recently showcased Sirius Satellite Radio on the Disorder Channel Bob Dylan Hour (June 8, 2008)

Set List

Typical Set List (mix of originals and covers)
Worth the Dime
Only in the Past (Be Good Tanyas cover)
Love me in the Light
A Thousand Tiny Pieces (Sean Hayes cover)
Old Friends
Trouble in the Fields (Nanci Griffith cover)
Tangled
Forgiveness (Patty Griffin cover)
Please Stay
One More Dollar (Gillian Welch cover)
Trading Dreams
Across the Great Divide (Kate Wolf cover)

2 sets of 40 minutes (flexible)