miriam crespo

miriam crespo

 Basel, Basel-Stadt, CHE
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

(singer-songwriting/nu-folk/pop)
her music is a metaphor for longing, a vagabond restlessness, loneliness and a never-ending quest. these brushstrokes define the images that she paints with her clear voice and uncluttered arrangements.

Biography

Her voice is warm and soft, her songs are a blend of folk-pop and Americana: sometimes quiet, vulnerable and melancholically dreamy, sometimes powerful and rough, but always authentic, like the singer herself - this is Miriam Crespo, a Basel based singer-songwriter with Spanish roots. She doesn't need any autotune effects or bare skin. Instead, she'll win you over with talent, wit and natural charm. Miriam Crespo composes all her songs and writes her lyrics herself, without exception – she has more than enough ideas. At the center of them all are powerful stories whose truths will get under your skin. She also has a knack for catchy melodies and ballads that are thought-provoking, but always bear a spirit of optimism.

Miriam Crespo only needed a nudge to take the decisive step out of the practice room. A fellow guitarist gave the singer the metaphorical kick up the *** and the necessary encouragement to present her songs to a wider public. She has been playing live on the road since mid-2012, and has performed at the Utica Music and Arts Festival in New York. She gained the attention of the media for the first time with her first EP ("this is not a demo - this is an EP") in 2013. Miriam Crespo's debut album, "In the bones all along", will appear in the spring of 2015. It was produced by Swiss producers Luk Zimmermann (Lunik) and Dave Muther (Anna Känzig, Bliss).

She has already released an advance track called "Thierry's Song". It gives a good impression of the singer-songwriter's deep emotional world. The song processes the shocking suicide of the husband of one of her close friends. "Even though it sounds totally cliché on paper, in real life the people involved are left with pain, guilt, anger, and a lot of questions without answers." explains Miriam Crespo. "With this song, I want to bring some light into a dark corner and simultaneously draw a bit of courage for myself –- one little song can hardly presume to do much more than that."

Lyrics

panamericana

Written By: miriam crespo

No, I don’t know
I don’t know
what the morning may bring
I don’t know
I don’t know
But I don’t care
I’m here with you
I don’t know
I don’t know

No, I won’t go
I won’t go
back to that other man
I won’t go
I won’t go
Cause who am I fooling?
He’s just a poor girl’s you
I won’t go
I won’t go

Guess that I’m
just a stray dog
with your scent
in my nose
running up your spine
Panamericana

First
to the south
here I am
standing at the end of the world
off you go, all your words
to the endless ice
sink in my oblivion

but the end
of the world
ain’t far enough
to erase all the
colors you stole
like a thief
from the rainbow
still shining bright

Guess that I’m
just a lonesome girl
with a 30 pound backpack
crawling up your spine
Panamericana

The road
what beautiful device
a track
for running men and mice
my compass
northbound
to your eyes
the stars
of Panamericana

Nothing
meets the eye
but the horizon
in this paradise
but your cowboys and indians
circle me from both sides
and you win again

No, there’s no need
for you to watch
this little runaway
cause the shackles
you forged
I wear at own will
like a precious gem

Guess that I’m
standing upside down
and my heart
dropped on my tongue
wishing you were still mine
you were still mine

The road
what beautiful device
a track
for running men and mice
my compass
northbound
to your eyes
the stars
of Panamericana

No, I don’t know
I don’t know

but no, I won’t go
I won’t go

No I don’t know
I don’t know

We’ll never know

something beautiful to dream

Written By: miriam crespo

Have I been forgiven
for the things I haven’t done?
Can I be forgiven
for the words unspoken?

How could you still love me
with that smile upon your face?

(And you said)

When I go to sleep forever I need
something beautiful to dream
baby when I go to sleep forever I need
something beautiful to dream

I reach for you darling
but I fear my arm’s too short
Wanna walk
but I’m frozen
Wanna talk
but can’t breathe

How could you be so patient
and never let go?

(but you said)

When I go to sleep forever I need
something beautiful to dream
baby when I go to sleep forever I need
something beautiful to dream

You saw
the shadow
and made it light
You saw
the ugly
And made it
something beautiful

When I go to sleep forever I need
something beautiful to dream
When I go to sleep forever I need
Something beautiful to dream

We rush through the day we live in
Crying ‘bout the long gone past
Running, breathless, towards tomorrow
As if that day’s gonna last

So when I ask about dyin’
and can’t help but cry

(then you say)

Don’t cry, darling
Don’t you worry about a thing

for I’d be the same man
without climbing the mountain
but I ain’t the same man
without you

I’d be the same man
without climbing the mountain
but I ain’t the same man
without you

Now when I go to sleep forever I got
something beautiful to dream
baby when I go to sleep forever I got
something beautiful

like you
to dream

this ain't the land

Written By: miriam crespo

is there a place
where I can sit
and get some rest?

and call my home
if just for a while

spring of water fresh
to quench my thirst

before the stone rolls down
on the road again

these dusty tracks
will lead the way
to the horizon

where they can’t reach
me with their stones

where their eyes
are more forgiving
and their fingers
are less pointing

and I can wash clean
that scarlet stain

no this ain’t the land
for us to name

no this ain’t the time
for us to claim

and this city don’t remember me
like I remember him
like I remember him

I’d carry your name
like silk and satin
on my skin

for happier
I’ve never been

than with my head
upon your shoulder
on a night train

while looking out
on the pouring rain

no this ain’t the land
for us to name

no this ain’t the time
for us to claim

and this city don’t remember me
like I remember him
like I remember him

well ain’t a broken heart
a poet’s best companion

his pen’s best ink
his engine’s fuel

but that guilt
down in my stomach
it imposes

a steady pace
on the road again

yes that guilt
down in my stomach
it imposes

a steady pace
on the road again

hold on tight

Written By: miriam crespo

There’s no use starting early
Answers coming as you go
There’s no use
Giving birth to another child
To fill the void
Between the shell and
The pearl

You don’t even know your name
You forgot
You can’t remember
You don’t recognize the frame
In which your life’s been set

The shoes you walk in are still shiny
The legs that carry you still shake
Yet you’re tired
Feel dark like empty pockets
Of worn out slacks
Between your hell and
This world

You don’t even know your name
You forgot
You can’t remember
You don’t recognize the frame
In which your life’s been set

Don’t
Don’t let go

Don’t
Don’t let go
Don’t let go

Don’t let go
Will you hold on tight

There’s no use starting early
Light is shining as you grow
There’s no use
Giving birth to another child
To fill the void
Between the shell and
The pearl

It all just remains the same
You slowly drown
You surrender
Don’t know how the play the game
Nor how to place a (halfway decent) bet

Don’t
Don’t let go
No no

Don’t
Don’t let go

Don’t let go
Don’t let go
Will you hold on tight

Just
hold on, hold on

Just
Hold on, hold on

Just hold on
Just hold on

Just hold on
Just hold on

Just hold on
Just hold on

Just hold on

perfect(ly gone)

Written By: miriam crespo

Tell me
How’s it going
with that other girl
it all seems
so perfect

perfect
is your two kid family
in your small town house

Perfect
Our noses
when we kissed

and perfect
our magic
without tricks

So perfect
the melody
of our song

perfect(ly gone)

So tell me
of the hopes you’re reselling
to the addicted in me
you paid them so cheap

well knowing
that when you call me
I run, I run, I run, I run

Perfect
Belt buckles
when we slow danced

perfect
our wordless
language

It was perfect
our world
without gravity

So perfect(ly gone)

And I run
When you call me
You know I run

I revolve
Around you
Like the golden sun

Perfect
Oasis
in the desert

Perfect
our feet
under the cover

It was perfect
our minds for telepathy

all perfect(ly gone)

Perfect
our hands in
each other’s pockets

perfect
our skins
for our fragrance

it was perfect
our island
in the ocean

Perfect(ly gone)

And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run

And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run

And I run

And I run

And I run
When you call me
You know I run

I revolve
Around you
Like the golden sun

And I run
When you call me
You know I run

I revolve
Around you
Like the golden sun

I told my heart

Written By: miriam crespo

Down in the deep blue valley
I’ll help you understand
I’ll let you be a man

Show you I’m just as needy
As the others will ever be
You won’t know it’s me

The sense we made
Was in our soft touching
But there are just objects now
Inanimate things

The last seed
The last corn of rice
When did it fall from our hands?
Why couldn’t we tell?

And I told my heart to break in silence
But it didn’t wanna listen
To what I had to say
To what I had to say
To what I had to say

What silent storm raged through this
Town we called our home?
Washing us ashore

Shoulder to shoulder
Back to back
Strangers to ourselves
Left with nothing else
But the haste
And all the shame
We know our way around
These ghostly still streets

And I’ll press my lips
Hard on your lips
So as to put all my will
Into loving you still

Chorus
And I told my heart to break in silence
But it didn’t wanna listen
To what I had to say
To what I had to say
To what I had to say

The charcoal sky
Will give no guidance
Nor the peace we are missing
To keep the ghosts at bay
To keep the ghosts at bay
To keep the ghosts at bay

for tonight

Written By: miriam crespo

For tonight

I
How do you make round fit
In a square hole?
I admire you for that
That I adore

When the broken glass
That you make me swallow
Doesn't go down easy
Yet I keep coming back

Begging for more
I keep begging for more

II
You'd rather be stabbed by a street pimp
To save a bloody whore
Just to be noble and distinct

Rather than give in to the calling
Of simply loving me
And be a fallible man

Chorus
So I'm saying goodbye
For tonight
For tomorrow I'll have forgotten
That I promised to be strong
So long, so long

Bridge line
If that makes it easier
When your head rests on your pillow

III
I guess I'm too healthy
To be really needy
Whereas she doesn't eat
But only smokes your love

I said I guess I'm too healthy
To be really needy
Whereas she doesn't eat
And only smokes your love


Chorus
So I'm saying goodbye
For tonight
For tomorrow I'll have forgotten
That I promised to be strong
So long, so long

End
If that makes it easier
When your head rests on your pillow

If that makes it easier
When your head rests on your pillow

If that makes it easier
When your head rests on your pillow

If that makes it easier
When your head rests on your pillow

lullaby for a sleepless night

Written By: miriam crespo

I
9 drawers to check
In twenty seconds
But just one is holding
The key to your heart

One life to wreck
Many years, I reckon
And each one is leading
Us far apart

II
Lines in your face
Show you’ve been waiting
For signs of love
I just couldn’t give

Burn in disgrace
Silently craving
The dance and laughter
Of when I still lived

Chorus
Sail away
Sail away
Sail away with me

Take my hand
Take my hand
Take my hand and lead

III
Love me to death
My rips are crushing
Shake me, awake me
And make me bleed

If my last breath
The sails is brushing
Cradle and rock me
And I might believe

Cradle and rock me
And I might believe

Cradle and rock me
And I might believe

Chorus
Sail away
Sail away
Sail away with me

Take my hand
Take my hand
Take my hand and lead

End
9 drawers to check
In twenty seconds
But just one is holding
The key to your heart

your house is clean

Written By: miriam crespo

I
Master of deception
Lord of disguise
The duke of small talk
With the crowd you rise

You’re tricking perception
The fools are wise
You say you run, when you walk
And I’ll pay the prize

Chorus

Your heart is neatly stowed away
Wind blows, you lean
Your soul is aching
But your house is clean

Baby your house is clean
Baby your house is clean

II
Illusion, delusion
You’re stretching time
Betting on the future
Gambling with mine

Intrusion, confusion
Of a twisted mind
Headed to collision
You say you’re fine

Chorus
Your heart is neatly stowed away
Wind blows, you lean
Your soul is aching
But your house is clean

Baby your house is clean
Baby your house is clean

Baby your house is clean
Baby your house is clean

III
Fake slight right, turn sharp left
And leave no trace
Of your breathless rat race
Home in no place

Chorus
Your heart is neatly stowed away
Wind blows, you lean
Your soul is aching
But your house is clean

You fold your feelings, put them aside
Crowd roars, you sing
Your heart is breaking
But your house is clean

Baby your house is clean
Baby your house is clean

Baby your house is clean
Baby your house is clean

perfect(ly gone)

Written By: miriam crespo

I
Tell me
How’s it going
with that other girl
it all seems
so perfect

perfect
is your two kid family
in your small town house

Chorus
Perfect
Our noses
when we kissed

and perfect
our magic
without tricks

So perfect
the melody
of our song

perfect(ly gone)

II
So tell me
of the hopes you’re reselling
to the addicted in me
you paid them so cheap

well knowing
that when you call me
I run, I run, I run, I run

Chorus
Perfect
Belt buckles
when we slow danced

perfect
our wordless
language

It was perfect
our world
without gravity

So perfect(ly gone)

Bridge
And I run
When you call me
You know I run

I revolve
Around you
Like the golden sun

Chorus 3
Perfect
Oasis
in the desert

Perfect
our feet
under the cover

It was perfect
our minds for telepathy

all perfect(ly gone)

Chorus
Perfect
our hands in
each other’s pockets

perfect
our skins
for our fragrance

it was perfect

our island
in the ocean

Perfect(ly gone)

end
And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run
And I run

And I run

And I run

And I run
When you call me
You know I run

I revolve
Around you
Like the golden sun

And I run
When you call me
You know I run

I revolve
Around you
Like the golden sun

Thierry's Song

Written By: miriam crespo

I
They built his house
quite close to the water
and to the moods of the tide
he easily gave in

Sometimes he rose
and sometimes he retrieved
he was difficult to grasp
but oh, so beautiful

Chorus
Why did you turn off the light?
now I can’t see you no more
You know I
don’t like this darkness

But I guess it’s the only way
that you can
get some rest

II
Willing he was
but so unprepared
and all his longing
made him feel so damn unfinished

I heard of his talents
And I heard his rage
his slender figure and troubled eyes
I saw once or twice

Chorus
but why did you turn off the light?
now I can’t see you no more
You know I
don’t like this darkness

But I guess it’s the only way
that you can
get some rest

but why did you turn off the light?
now I can’t see you no more
You know I
don’t like this darkness

But I guess it’s the only way
that you can
get some rest

get some rest

Bridge
When he left
He made no speech
but that of his
carved wood

and our hearts
replied
with suspended
question marks

with suspended
question marks

Chorus
Why did you turn off the light?
now I can’t see you no more
You know I
don’t like this darkness

But I guess it’s the only way
that you can
get some rest

So why did you turn off the light?
now I can’t see you no more
You know I
don’t like this darkness

But I guess it’s the only way
that you can
get some rest

get some rest

dry sand

Written By: miriam crespo

I
how come trouble fits me like a glove?
but not love?
can’t find the life line
to fit my palm

you feel uneasy when the water’s calm
no soothing balm
will quiet the voices
or ease your mind

chorus
but I will gladly follow you
to places you will take me
by the hand

yes I will gladly follow you
to places you will take me
by the hand

but you
run through my fingers
like dry sand

II
I'm the castaway in your shaky cup
but you're not growing up
to see we're shipwrecked
a losing game

chorus
but I will gladly follow you
to places you will take me
by the hand

yes I will gladly follow you
to places you will take me
by the hand

but you
run through my fingers
like dry sand

III
did you drop me by mistake this time
like a rusty dime
the pearl sure fell
from that gelid shell

from heaven to hell
just tell me why
oh, tell me why

we must untie
and nullify

just tell me why
oh, tell me why

we must untie
and nullify

final chorus
but I will gladly follow you
to places you will take me
by the hand

yes I will gladly follow you
to places you will take me
by the hand

but you
run through my fingers
like dry sand

but you
run through my fingers
like dry sand

but you
run through my fingers
like dry sand

from afar

Written By: miriam crespo

I
I can be faster than lightning
when there’s nothing to prove
I can be brave as a warrior
when there’s nothing to lose
but when it comes to disclosing
the things I gathered
for you in my heart

just when we think skies are brightening
that voice compels me to move
my chessmen back to my kingdom
where I’m the queen of all rules
where strong mules carry the burden
my mouth lacks courage to gush out
to you

chorus
so, close your eyes
it’s just words
that we’re speaking of

which don’t come out
when we need them the most
so for now
we’ll be strangers
on stairways
living one flight apart

guess I’ll keep loving you from afar
guess I’ll keep loving you from afar

II
your laughter resonates gently
in the shell of our home
your shadow flickers and shimmers
on the white concrete walls
that are closing in on me
making me feel so slight and so small

I catch a whiff of your scent
in the revolving door
that you so gallantly danced with
a couple seconds before
and after all timing’s everything
nothing matters more

chorus
to me than you, close your eyes
it’s just words
that we’re speaking of

which don’t come out
when we need them the most
so for now
we’ll be strangers
on stairways
living one flight apart

guess I’ll keep loving you from afar
guess I’ll keep loving you from afar

guess I’ll keep loving you from afar

bridge
what separates dream from reality
is just a thin sheet of mirrored glass
your reflection
a prism of golden light
that's blurring my sight

(off: that’s blurring my, blurring my, blurring my sight)

III
by night all cats are grey
wise men say to the innocent
child running wildly
with nowhere to stay

or to turn to for advice
that couldn’t help
neither young men nor mice

end
close your eyes
it’s just words
that we’re speaking of

which don’t come out
when we need them the most
so for now
we’ll be strangers
on stairways
living one flight apart

so come on now
close your eyes
it’s just words
that we’re speaking of

which don’t come out
when we need them the most
so for now
we’ll be strangers
on stairways
living one flight apart

guess I’ll keep loving you from afar
guess I’ll keep loving you from afar
guess I’ll keep loving you from afar
guess I’ll keep loving you from afar
guess I’ll keep loving you from afar

yellow post-it

Written By: miriam crespo

I
I’ve got a post-it in my pocket
and it tells me what to do
e.g. to not let go of things matter
like my furry cat or you

II
others try to make a million
but I can only think about
the bazillion things
that I would love to do with you

chorus
such as a) love, love, love
and b) steal a car
and then c) more of some
of the things mentioned above

such as a) love, love, love
b) dance under the stars
and then c) all the things
that are written on my yellow post-it

III
a problem shared’s
a problem solved
but I say important things
are best
prioritized and neatly organized
on a clean to do list

chorus
that says a) love, love, love
b) kiss on the boulevard
and then c) more of some
of the things listed above

such as a) love, love, love
and b) play bonnie & clyde
and then c) all the things
that are written on my yellow post-it

that are written on my yellow post-it

bridge
some might have the looks
some crooks might have the muscle
some might have the money, honey
while we’ll still have to hustle
and bustle
for that winning buzzer beater
that screams

final chorus
a) love, love, love
and b) a trip to Rome
and then c) more of some
of the things described above

such as a) love, love, love
and b) sing bad 90ies songs
and then c) all the things
that are written on my yellow post-it

love, love, love
and b) recite some sappy poems
and then c) more of some
of the things mentioned above

such as a) love, love, love
and b) laugh at our crudest jokes
and then c) all the things
that are written on my yellow post-it

that are written on my yellow post-it

that are written on my yellow post-it

slogan

Written By: miriam crespo

I
I'll be a different kind of woman
If you'll let me try
I'll use a different kind of slogan
To advertise
The price
Of my heart in your hands

II
I only seem to understand it
When you kick me hard
Don't seem to comprehend the language
Of a gentle hand
Romance
On burnt and branded skin

Chorus
Come on, come on
We could be having so much fun

Don't make me run for cover
Don't over think this

Well done, well done
But you are fooling no one

We'll buy now and pay later
Lovers and haters

Bridge line
Lovers and haters

III
There's no one blinder
Than he who will not see
They say but I see clearly
That we both choose to believe
Cause we
We wear our lies so well

on which we dwell, our drunken hell
we raise when sunrise comes

there goes the poor love of two strangers
in the night of day
away, the song of ho-hum


Chorus
Come on, come on
We could be having so much fun

Don't make me run for cover
Don't over think this

Well done, well done
But you are fooling no one

We'll buy now and pay later
Lovers and haters

End
Lovers and haters
Digging deep craters
Keeping the gates closed
for serpents and gators

I told my heart

Written By: Miriam Crespo

I
Down in the deep blue valley
I’ll help you understand
I’ll let you be a man

Show you I’m just as needy
As the others will ever be
You won’t know it’s me

The sense we made
Was in our soft touching
But there are just objects now
Inanimate things

The last seed
The last corn of rice
When did it fall from our hands?
Why couldn’t we tell?

Chorus
And I told my heart to break in silence
But it didn’t wanna listen
To what I had to say
To what I had to say
To what I had to say

Interlude melody

II
What silent storm raged through this
Town we called our home?
Washing us ashore

Shoulder to shoulder
Back to back
Strangers to ourselves
Left with nothing else

But the haste
And all the shame
We know our way around
These ghostly still streets

And I’ll press my lips
Hard on your lips
So as to put all my will
Into loving you still

Chorus
And I told my heart to break in silence
But it didn’t wanna listen
To what I had to say
To what I had to say
To what I had to say

Interlude melody

Final Chorus
And I told my heart to break in silence
But it didn’t wanna listen
To what I had to say
To what I had to say
To what I had to say

Interlude melody Instrumental

What silent storm raged through this
Town we called our home?

Discography

this is not a demo - this is an ep (2013)