Merry Ellen Kirk

Merry Ellen Kirk

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandPop

"Merry Ellen Kirk's keyboards and vocals reflect the best of what we love about Kate Bush, Tori Amos, or Aimee Mann--- a little winsome, a little worried, a lotta charm."

Biography

Sometimes at night fireflies light up; and so we catch them and put them in a jar. Living beings they are, and lamps they become until they burn out and die. They serve one purpose--to entertain. A song holds within itself a certain power of the same measure. When it is created, it holds captive the thoughts and ideas, emotions and inner turmoil of its creator...over time the song grows and evolves, and though it may mean different things to different people, its final end is to give the listener pleasure. And so, here you are---my jar of fireflies.

**International Songwriting Competition finalist 2011 in the Performance category, semifinalist in AAA category.
**GoGirls Music SXSW showcasing artist 2010 and GoGirls MusicFest Nashville showcasing artist 2010.
**IndieGrrl Music Fest showcasing artist 2010 & 2011, Dewey Beach Chickfest artist 2011, & RedGorilla Artist 2011.
**Featured on BBC 6 Radio in 2009 (Fresh on the Net with Tom Robinson.)
**ReverbNation featured artist December 2009 (currently ranked #1 alternative artist in Nashville)
**OurStage #3 "Best of Pop" artist August 2010, seven Top 10 awards in Indie Pop, Folk, and New Age/World.
**International fan base with fans in 100+ countries worldwide.

Lyrics

All Your Life

Written By: Merry Ellen Kirk

Follow me
In and around your head
We'll journey on through
What you feel inside

And it's calling you on and on
Knowing that you've waited
All your life

Follow me
Into this wonderland
And you'll discover
What you know is right

And it's calling you on and on (and on)
Knowing that you've waited
All your life
Calling you on and on
Knowing that you've waited for it
All your life

Calling you on and on (and on)
Knowing that you've waited
All your life
Calling you on and on
Knowing that you've waited for it
All your life

Let the Lightflow In

Written By: Merry Ellen Kirk

It's time to get up and face the day
Don't try to fight those feelings you know are inside
You want to cry, but you don't want to shed any tears
Want to scream, but you want to hide behind your fears

Let it out, let the rain run down
Fall onto your hands and knees, your body on the groud
You'll hold out, but there's no reason to hold in
There are remedies around besides your cigarettes and gin

Look around, see this invisible war
It's here, why else would you be lying here on the floor?
Listen loud, there's a nightlight here to save you
That calls to every one of us when we are broken in two

Let it in, let the lifelight win
Don't fall deeper in this trap that you're already lying in
You'll hold out, but there's no reason to hold in
Look, here comes the light, crawl out of the dark and
Let the lightflow in

Lost

Written By: Merry Ellen Kirk

Do you mind, I've misplaced myself again
Do you understand my meaning?
Where am I, I don't know, but you do
Could you tell me where I'm going?
There you go, you're (I'm) on a roll

(You're so lost)
I'm totally lost
And I'm dreaming of why
(What you searching for?)
And it's something so far beyond my reach
(Dream, dream) Du du (Dream, dream)
I'm still searching, but I may not see
(You may not see just so clearly as you think)
And I'm longing to find the way back home
'Cause I'm lost

Do you mind, I've misplaced myself again
Could you tell me where I'm going?
Close your eyes, spin in circles for a while
Point me in the right direction please?
There you go, you're (I'm) on a roll

(You're so lost)
I'm totally lost
And I'm dreaming of why
(What you searching for?)
And it's something so far beyond my reach
(Dream, dream) Du du (Dream, dream)
I'm still searching, but I may not see
(You may not see just so clearly as you think)
And I'm longing to find the way back home
'Cause I'm lost

Blinding Me

Written By: Merry Ellen Kirk

Hello again, do you know who I am?
It's so nice to hear your voice again
Cause I've been looking in the mirror lately
And I still think that I'm torn in a million pieces

It's hard to say if it's give or if it's take
But I know it's only seeing

And what do I see, please tell me
The dark is overwhelming
But when I close my eyes, I see paradise
And my eyes are blinding me

I used to think that I would sail the seven seas
And take a break from this reality
Then again when reality's hardly a reality
It's hard to see when you're dreaming

And what do I see, please tell me
The dark is overwhelming
But when I close my eyes, I see paradise
And my eyes are blinding me

The Falling Sparrow

Written By: Merry Ellen Kirk

Time, like an arrow
Floats in our minds
Down, the falling sparrow
Do you see how he flies?
So do I

Time, like a river
Flows from your veins
And life, like an iceberg
Still remains the same

There was a time when life was young
Since then we've fought a thousand wars
The happy daggers sing their song
And they complain that life is short

Gone, like the marrow
That seeps from your bones
Down, the falling sparrow
Weeps and he groans

There was a time when life was young
Since then we've fought a thousand wars
The fallen martyrs sing their song
They cry in vain that life is short

Time, like an arrow
Floats in our minds
Down, the falling sparrow
Do you see how he flies?
So do I

These Four Walls

Written By: Merry Ellen Kirk, Pete Warren

Go to sleep, softly now
Trust me, surrender your heart
Go to sleep, fast asleep
These four walls

Listen to me
So soft, so sweet
Listen to me
So soft, so sweet

Games we play, they feel so soft
Things we let in through these four walls

Let me in, won't you let me in? Let me in.

Let It Find You

Written By: Merry Ellen Kirk

My love
Where are you?
I'm falling so endlessly
Like I always do
My hollow heart

If you have love
Deep inside you
If you have love
Let it find you

One day
Will you see?
You throw away the memories
That hide away the truth
My hollow heart

If you have love
Deep inside you
If you want love
Let it find you

Victory

Written By: Merry Ellen Kirk

There's a light beam
Coming from the chimney
And the chimney sweep said that
You were the one that I always wanted
And how could I forget that?

There's a symphony
Coming down the railway
And it seems to be moving
Quite slowly.

Victory, will you sing a song for me?
Cause I've been waiting far too long to be with you

Rollercoaster
Of a frequented memory
But I'm sure
I'm over that now

Victory, will you sing a song for me?
Cause I've been waiting far too long to be with you

Victory, can you sing a song for me?
Cause I've been waiting far too long to be with you

Song of the Open Road

Written By: Merry Ellen Kirk

This is my song of the open road,
Advice for the young, memories for the old
Many stories go untold
That's why I'm singing my song of the open road.

On foot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy and free, the world before me,
The path before me can lead me anywhere I want to go.

This is my song of the open road,
Advice for the young, memories for the old
Many stories go untold
That's why I'm singing my song of the open road

This road will end some day,
So you must take the better way
Don't waste another day
This road will end some day,
So you must take the better way
To immortality

This is my song of the open road,
Advice for the young, memories for the old
Many stories go untold
That's why I'm singing my song of the open road
Strong and content I travel the open road

Lay Your Hands On Me

Written By: Peter Gabriel

Sat in the corner of the garden grill
With the plastic flowers on the windowsill
No more miracles, loaves and fishes
Been so busy with the washing of the dishes
Reaction level's much too high, I can do without the stimuli

I'm living way beyond my ways and means
Living in the zone of the in-betweens
I can see the flashes on the frozen ocean
Static charge of the cold emotion
Watched on by the distant eyes
Watched on by the silent, hidden spies

But still the warmth flows through me
And I sense you know me well
No luck, no golden chances
No mitigating circumstances now
It's only common sense
There are no accidents around here

I am willing, lay your hands on me
I am ready, lay your hands on me
I believe, lay your hands on me, over me

Working in gardens, thornless roses,
Fat men play with their garden hoses
Poolside laughter has a cynical bite,
Sausage speared by the cocktail satellite
I walk away from from light and sound,
Down stairways leading underground

But still the warmth flows through me
And I sense you know me well
It's only common sense
There are no accidents around here

I am willing, lay your hands on me
I am ready, lay your hands on me
I believe, lay your hands on me, over me
Over me

When Something Falls Apart

Written By: Merry Ellen Kirk

You
You're sitting on a wall
Do you think that you might fall
Down to the ground
You
You think that you're immune
But you will find out soon enough
Soon enough

When something falls apart
How do you even start
To put the pieces back again?
And will it ever be
The way it used to be
And will you dream again?

Discography

"Invisible War"
--Available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster, etc., or as a physical CD.
--Featured in various podcasts, indie music blogs worldwide.
--Now streaming on Pandora, Jango, Last.fm, Women of Substance Radio, and other online radio stations as well as some college and indie radio stations worldwide.

"Do You Hear What I Hear - EP"
--Available on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster, etc.

"The Firefly Garden"
--A growing collection of song demos from Merry Ellen Kirk currently in fan-funded production stages, available at http://merryellenkirk.bandcamp.com

"The Shakespeares - EP"
--A duo EP with Aaron Krause
----Available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster, etc.

Set List

"Firefly Garden"
"Tonight"
"Song of the Open Road"
"Blinding Me"
"The Falling Sparrow"
"Candy"
"Masquerade"
"Victory"
"Do You"
"Let the Lightflow In"
"Field of Dreams"
"When Something Falls Apart"

"Dear Prudence" - Beatles
"Us" - Regina Spektor
"God Only Knows" - Beach Boys
"Make You Feel My Love" - Bob Dylan