Sarah Olson

Sarah Olson

 Potomac, Maryland, USA
BandFolkAlternative

Sarah Olson, Alternative Folk Music with an edge. This artist is the real thing. There is no doubt of the depth of talent in Sarah's music when she takes out her guitar to play. The power of her songs will move you to the core.

Biography

Sarah Olson, Alternative Folk

Call it folk music with an edge.

With soulful vocals and a universal message, Los Angeles-based singer songwriter Sarah Olson has found a growing fan base and caught the eye of established singer songwriters in California.

Her first set of songs, released on iTunes in December 2005, rose on the folk chart immediately, landing her in the top ten along with Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens. Olson recorded her first album, "Maybe I Can Change", this summer. It includes three of the four original songs from the short album.

"This is my dream," Olson said. "I'm living it."

Olson grew up in Washington, D.C. and began writing music at age 13. She played in D.C. area clubs as a teenager, then lived in New York and Colorado, working as a nanny, bartender and housekeeper to support herself while songwriting.

She wrote one of her most popular songs, "Hold Me Now," at age 19, while strumming on her mother's guitar in the middle of the night.

She was discovered as an artist while cleaning the house of an owner of a Los Angeles-based record label.

Olson moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to start from scratch as a songwriter, where she released the live short album that rose on iTunes. Since then, she has been playing for packed audiences and performing live on radio. She launches her first college tour this fall.

Olson earned a degree in guitar from the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, and owns the music publishing company Roadtrip Publishing.


Lyrics

Maybe I Can Change

Written By: Sarah Olson

Maybe I Can Change

I don’t know what I was thinking
I forgot who I was talking to
You know that I would take It back as fast and it slipped out before I could think
So I won’t bother with I’m sorry
Sometimes late just isn’t better than never
I can’t undo what I’ve already done, but I’ll try not to do it again
I’ll try not to do it again

Cause I was wrong but I know that you forgive me
Probably won’t be long
Until I do the same thing I just did
But, I could try to change
Maybe I can change

I wish you could here me thinking
Is there a way for you to feel my intentions
If only I could just be seen as well as I always seem to be heard
I don’t want to be too careful
My feet are killing me from walking on eggshells
I guess if I could try to think before I speak that I’d be better off
I guess I’d be better off

Cause I was wrong but I know that you forgive me
Probably won’t be long
Until I do the same thing I just did
But, I could try to change
Maybe I can change

Are you gonna keep me
Just say you will
Maybe you could meet me in the middle of some change

Cause I was wrong but I know that you forgive me
Probably won’t be long
Until I do the same thing I just did
But, I could try to change
Maybe I can change

I could try to change, maybe I could change

Words and Music by Sarah Olson ©2006

Heart Shaped Bruises

Written By: Sarah Olson

Heart Shaped Bruises

We were fast friends
And I liked you better
I should have run fast for cover with my feet still on the ground
It was a hard end
I’m so predictable
How could I let myself go again, again.

I’m flying under the radar
I’m hiding in plain clothes
My blood is shaking my body
My heart it hurts my bones
Your tongue is killing me with kindness
Cutting through my skin
Leaving me with heart-shaped bruises

I swallowed a hard stone
It tastes so bitter
There’s nothing like a lesson learned a second time the hard way
I’ll wash my mind now
With my back against the brick wall
While a part of my soul is screaming but it never makes a sound

I’m flying under the radar
I’m hiding in plain clothes
My blood is shaking my body
My heart it hurts my bones
Your tongue is killing me with kindness
Cutting through my skin
Leaving me with heart-shaped bruises

I won’t suffer long
Pretty soon I’ll drop these rocks that are my pieces
And I won’t remember how you tread upon my heart
For your sixty minute mile

I’m flying under the radar
I’m hiding in plain clothes
My blood is shaking my body
My heart it hurts my bones
Your tongue is killing me with kindness
Cutting through my skin
Leaving me with heart-shaped bruises, Heart-shaped bruises

Words and Music by Sarah Olson ©2006

Crush

Written By: Sarah Olson

Crush


I’ve got a crush on you and I don’t want you to know about it
Not yet
Your eyes are just as blue as the ocean in my heart that I’ve been hiding
From you

I backed away again cause I never did like the water hot
I’d dip my toe right in if I ever thought that I could catch you

I sleep on rocks sometimes but I wouldn’t mind if you were there beside me
Right there
I’d stay awake all night just to look at you and hold you up against me
So close

I backed again cause I never did like the water hot
I’d dip my toe right in if I ever thought that I could catch you

I’m so scared that I could crumble from your passive stare
And I would die today to kiss your lips and smell your hair

I caught your eye today and I almost had to tell you that I love you
Cause I do
But I’ll keep it to myself because I never know what someone else is thinking
Of me

I backed away again cause I never did like the water hot
I’d dip my toe right in if I ever thought that I could catch you
I backed again cause I never did like the water hot
I’d dip my toe right in if I ever thought that I could catch you

Words and Music by Sarah Olson ©2006

Last Saturday

Written By: Sarah Olson

Last Saturday

You hit that shot dead center last Saturday
My tongue was tasting the mud before you even finished
You watched me hang out to dry last Saturday
That’s just the way that it works, is all you had to say (all you had to say)

Speak to me like I’m the one you always wanted
And all I needed was some time to bring out what’s inside (last Saturday)

I think I took a new turn last Saturday
And uphill is ok with me, that’s how I like to play
And you thought I’d reached a plateau last Saturday
But you went and blew your own ride, so put your thumb away

Speak to me like I’m the one you always wanted
And all I needed was some time to bring out what’s inside (last Saturday)

I’ll transcend all your ashes with my fire
One day you will wish you had waited, for the song to be over

You hit that shot dead center last Saturday
My tongue was tasting the mud before you even finished
You watched me hang out to dry last Saturday
That’s just the way that it works, is all you had to say (all you had to say)

It’s all you had to say (last Saturday)
It’s all you had to say (last Saturday)
It’s all you had to say

Words and Music by Sarah Olson ©2006

Hold Me Now

Written By: Sarah Olson

Hold Me Now

Well I don’t have any money
I don’t have any job
But I’ve got a brain, I’ve got two hands, I’ve got a big old dog
And I’m spending all my time like it was money in my hands
And their ain’t a town, I’ve been around, that I wouldn’t go again

Hold me now
Tell me that you’ll always be around
I don’t know if you love me and maybe you don’t want me but
Hold me now

Well I’ve played the bars
I’ve played the streets
I’ve play the people that I meet
I’ve been abroad and I’ve been to God and I’ve been on easy street
But hard knocks are a coming, I’ll dangle from a tree
But I’ll place the bet and won’t forget to end up on my feet

Hold me now
Tell me that you’ll always be around
I don’t know if you love me and maybe you don’t want me but
Hold me now

And I don’t know if you love me
Maybe you don’t want me but
Hold me now

Words and Music by Sarah Olson ©2006

Revolving Door

Written By: Sarah Olson


Revolving Door

Seems so strange to me
Why we run
From the setting sun
It’s not so hard anymore
How we all go that revolving door
While we

Film the torment, and
Bring the baggage, while
We abide by ourselves
So I’ll just
Hold my hair back and
Breathe the silence and
I won’t go there anymore

Is our nature this way
Cause we go and drink our wine and drive to play
But are we serving anyone
Or will we all break down with the damage done.
To our

Angry children, and
Cast-off elders, while
We abide by ourselves
So I’ll just
Run my course of my
Fleeting progress, and
I won’t go there anymore

How much longer until we question our ways
And I wish that I’d go grow stronger when I think about my days
Long gone we are, long gone

Seems so strange to me
Why we run from the setting sun
It’s not so hard anymore, how we all go that revolving door

Words and Music by Sarah Olson ©2006

Discography

"Maybe I can Change" - Album released Oct. '06
Crush
Last Saturday
Maybe I Can Change
Heart Shaped Bruises
On the Inside
Paper Dolls
Picture Frame
Anything at All
Hold Me Now
Revolving Door
You Belong to Me

"Acoustic Sessions in LA"- live EP released Dec. '05
Hold Me Now
Anything At All
On The Inside
You Take Me Down

Set List

60 Minute Sets
Maybe I can Change - Album
Crush
You Take Me Down
Boiling Over
Last Saturday
Maybe I Can Change
On the Inside
Paper Dolls
Anything at All
Hold Me Now
Revolving Door
You Belong to Me
Cover Tunes