Sarah Donner

Sarah Donner

 Princeton, New Jersey, USA
SoloAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Guest on NPR, Mountain Stage Newsong Earlybird Winner, Kerrville NewFolk Finalist

"Sarah Donner is the indie-folk songstress you wish you could be. Shes got badass fingerpickin skills, stunning vocal harmonies, sharp lyrics, classical training and a small army of foster kittens." -Hypetree

Biography

Sarah Donner is an independent singer/songwriter creative type who fosters kittens and isn't afraid to use them on the internet. Her newest album Black Hole Heart was crowdfunded by her fans who raised over $14,000 for that project, as well as her new electronic band Kittens Slay Dragons. Her songs teeter back and forth between playful, nerd core, and ballads, all tied together with bright melodies and driving, energetic instrumentals. Sarah Donner’s music has been featured on Conan O'Brien's blog, NPR, Buzzfeed, i09, Showtime, and CBS. "Sarah Donner and the Sleepy Kitten" and "The Motherf**cking Pterodactyl Song" (co-written with The Oatmeal) catapulted Sarah into weblebrity status with over four million views on YouTube. Sarah Donner is a graduate of Westminster Choir College. After stretching her legs with musical theatre, she picked up a guitar, abandoned her classical roots, and started rocking out (with fantastic breath support). Her music has been nominated for the OUTAwards, Kerrville Emerging Artist Awards, and she was the early bird finalist with the Newsong Mountain Stage Competition in 2014. When she is not touring, Sarah Donner rescues kittens, teaches privately, and paints portraits. 

Lyrics

Someday

Written By: Sarah Donner

Can you look close at nothing
until you find something, in there, in there, in there?
If stars could talk what would they say?
they're just expired fire and so far away
from me, from me, from me

CHORUS
and I know you're waking up to the light
when everything's broken
no fights left to fight
and someday you'll leave me
yes someday you'll fly
but someday is not tonight

Deserts of paper crossed by these men
I'll search for truth again and again
and again
I'll go with you to these parts
to your highest high and your hardest hard
your whitest white and your darkest dark

CHORUS

Jonathan

Written By: Sarah Donner

Jonathan I saw you soften on the day that your mother died
A callus and shell fell right off you
We sang carols. It was Christmas time
and I, I
I held your hand in my hand, we lit candles and silently said goodnight.

I could not be half the man that you are
for one thing I don’t have the parts
But I have your tendencies, I have your calluses
I am a piece of your heart
and far, far
Far as I wander I’m still your daughter, we’re under the same bright star

Daddy I don’t see you often enough because we’re both working so hard
You said that I have gone further than you, but it doesn’t feel that far
Some, some
Someday we’ll both sing on top of a mountain and then we will call it our start
Someday we’ll both sing on top of a mountain and then we will call it our start

Treeline

Written By: Sarah Donner

TREELINE

In my backyard I have boxes
I have spices and parked cars
In your backyard you have mountains
You have highway you see the stars

But I don't see stars from my backyard
oh but I believe that they are there
If you see one would you wish on it
for me here

Eyes on the treeline
Feet in the sand
These things surround me
and I can't breathe in,
But you won't see me in the valley

On your mountain you have branded
an initial monogram
In my window I have neon
not much brighter, but draws me in

If I don't make it to the summit
would you send someone down?
Call for backup if I can't make it up
on my own

Eyes on the treeline
Feet in the sand
These things surround me
and I can't breathe in,
But you won't see me in the valley

Eyes on the treeline
Feet in the sand
These things surround me
and I can't breathe in,
But you won't see me in the valley

All My Guns

Written By: Sarah Donner

All My Guns

Cross the border from Pennsyltucky
Make a home in New Jersey
I’m just hoping someone will
See through me

I’m a hunter I’m a straight shot
Between me and you
I’m all I’ve got
Still I hide behind the forestock
Aimed at your heart

I would give up all my guns
If you would give me all your love
Spill the bullets on the floor
I won’t need them anymore

In the crosshair I can see you
You know I’m there, You barely move
You’re so stunning
Oh where you running to?

I would give up all my guns
If you would give me all your love
Spill the bullets on the floor
I won’t need them anymore

And the rocks that you climb
I am there just behind you
And the streams that you ford
I was there just before you

I would give up all my guns
If you would give me all your love
Spill the bullets on the floor
I won’t need them anymore

Going Under

Written By: Sarah Donner

GOING UNDER

In a way you’re going under
In a way it’s all been done before
In a way you lost your thunder
In a way it’s a closing of a door

In a way you’re breaking even
In a way it’s barely making up
For the time you wasted drinking
From a cup it’s never full enough

And I don’t know what frames the pictures in your mind
or the walls that you hang behind
I hope that you will find
a way to paint outside the lines

You could say it’s what you live for
You could say it’s breathing at it’s best
In a way I can’t believe that
You would trade in all your thoughts for his

And I don’t know what frames the pictures in your mind
or the walls that you hang behind
I hope that you will find
a way to paint outside the lines

You already set yourself out to sea
You see who told all your secrets to me

And I don’t know what frames the pictures in your mind
or the walls that you hang behind
I hope that you will find
a way to paint outside the lines

The Pilot

Written By: Sarah Donner

If I could fly away in my own airplane
I’d plot a course to where you are
And land it at your gate
If I had a train I’d lay track night and day
The line would lead straight to you
And that’s where it would stay
And if I had a ship I’d sail it to your port
Your current’s strong and I belong
On your rocky shore

But waves that could lead you home
Just wear down the sand from stone
I know you’ll see one day
All the things in my way

So I’m afraid of heights, I never earned a pilot’s license
And I missed that train, I don’t know when the next one’s coming in
I won’t learn to swim, the water’s deep but I just wade in
Up to my knees I won’t go far if I can’t see my feet

But waves that could lead you home
Just wear down the sand from stone
I know you’ll see one day
All the things in my way

Break it to me now
If there’s a map then I will make it
Get up off the ground
If I have to I’ll hitchhike

But you are smart and brave
You could find a way to save this
Your telepathic brain
Can see that I’m the one who’s struggling
Look down from your great height
See how I’m climbing?

But waves that could lead you home
Just wear down the sand from stone
I know you’ll see one day
All the things in my way

The Cycles The Circles

Written By: Sarah Donner

THE CYCLES THE CIRCLES by Sarah Donner

Born from the ashes and torn from the branches you are
Here under pressure and out of adventures I am
And I can’t wait for something different

You could take flight, take me up on the back of your wings
This crippling distance has blistered the soles of my feet
And I can’t wait for something different

Burdens poured on me
Like all the water from all the sea

The cycles, the circles they suck all the instinct from me
I roll up my sleeves to fight back, but I’d rather stay clean
And I can’t wait for something different

Burdens poured on me
Like all the water from all the sea

When I fall from the sky
I am just metal and wire
But the air in your bones lifts you higher and higher and higher

Now I am not saying that I am the dangerous type
Typing is dangerous when you only see black and white

Burdens poured on me
Like all the water from all the sea

Burdens poured on me
Like all the water from all the sea

Lovely Lovely Lovely

Written By: Sarah Donner

You fall more than anyone else I know
Hard ground brings you down to sticks and stones

You’re out of alignment
The sign’s meant for you to stay inside and

I would never want to take your place
So I will ask for a little more grace for you are
Lovely, lovely, lovely
standing

Moped, snow sled sped up your life
Slow it down some before you start to slide down

The scars healed, the skin peeled
I don’t want to wheel you out of here

I would never want to take your place
So I will ask for a little more grace for you are
Lovely, lovely, lovely
standing

The hazards of your situation
Strap in your thoughts and turn the brake on

I would never want to take your place
So I will ask for a little more grace for you are
Lovely, lovely, lovely
standing

I would never want to take your place
So I will ask for a little more grace for you are
Lovely, lovely, lovely
standing

Overrated New Year

Written By: Sarah Donner

Overrated New Year

Christmas coloured morning
red bags and silver tags and we’re all glad to be
Gathered in the same house
Sleeping when it’s cold outside

Here we are together
glass of red and breaking bread, overfed and feeding
The simple conversation
Relating with relations awhile
an overrated New Year, our promises put on trial

Oh come ye faithful, hopeful children
No one here is blameless, no one else can take this
guilt and burden turn it into
Kindness that compels us, someone else could us
how to trust

Searching for the switches
to ignite electrics; it wavers, it flickers
and with a flick you unstick the stubborn night
The darkness that still lingers
You fingers finger for the light

Oh come ye faithful, hopeful children
No one here is blameless, no one else can take this
guilt and burden turn it into
Kindness that compels us, someone else could us
how to trust

Stillness with the sunrise
All alone and still unknown your phone won’t be
Shattering the silence
It’s pricessless this perfect peace
And butter on your breakfast can’t replace the things you need

Oh come ye faithful, hopeful children
No one here is blameless, no one else can take this
guilt and burden turn it into
Kindness that compels us, someone else could us
how to trust

Discography

That Is a Pegasus (2014)
The Rogue Sessions (2013)
Fossil of Girl (2011)
Typing Is Dangerous (2010)
The Sleep You've Been Missing (2009)
Reluctant Cat Lady (2007)