Sara Syms

Sara Syms

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandFolkAmericana

Influenced by artists such as Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin and Ray Lamontagne, Sara is returning to the roots of where she truly belongs. Raw, organic and heartfelt, she writes from the most honest, intimate and vulnerable place in her soul.

Biography

“Sara Syms lyrics, melodies & vocals are passionate, compelling, heartfelt & soul stirring. The result is pure aural beauty.” — Bob Leone (Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Following her highly acclaimed debut album, nominated for IMEA’s Americana Album of the Year, Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sara Syms’ sophomore release, is an artistic and personal breakthrough for the lifelong overachiever. Its 10 songs plumb the limits of her courage and fears to emerge as triumphant proof of Syms journey of musical self-discovery — a route that led her from her Chicago birthplace to the world’s concert stages as a child, into the realm of piano performance, onto championship figure skating and, finally, through the artistic and personal metamorphosis that’s resulted in the balance of beauty, grace, vulnerability and honesty captured in the stories on Way Back Home.

Produced by Chris Cubeta and Nick Africano and recorded at Brooklyn’s GaluminumFoil studio with a who’s who of Americana sidemen including drummer Spencer Cohen (the Lone Bellow), pedal steel player Thad DeBrock (Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega), and guitarist Jeff Berner (Caleb Hawley, the Ramblers). Haunting vocals and beautifully crafted arrangements sweeten 10 tales plucked from the grit and grind of real life.

The album opens with “Way Back Home,” which hangs on the shimmer of Syms’ voice and waves of gently cascading guitars. The blithe vocal melody and warm chorus of “Bright Dreams, Lonely Days” adds sunlight to that number’s lyrics about feeling swept by life’s complex currents. “Hard Work Pay” is an elegant duet for Syms and Africano, who penned the ode to perseverance in the face of personal trials, and “In Time” amplifies that theme. Its message of hope, echoed in Syms’ gently sung line “I’ll find my way in time,” provides a perfect ending for the album. 

Sara is currently managed by Lynn Verlayne and under the care of Brad Paul, former VP of Rounder Records and founder/past president of The Americana Music Association.

Lyrics

Waves Crashing

Written By: Sara Syms

collecting sea glass upon the sandy ground
makes me realize there's colors all around
while nature celebrates, why are some so quick to hate
heart doesn't understand problems faced across the land

now I can't fight these feelings anymore
now I can't fight these feelings anymore
like waves crashing, to the depths of the ocean floor

people claim they don't see black they don't see white
all too convinced they know the wrong just from the right
I see this world we're in, a light reflecting prism
splashes of color, mesmerizing rhythms

now I can't fight these feelings anymore
now I can't fight these feelings anymore
like waves crashing, like waves crashing
like waves crashing, to the depths of the ocean

someone please explain we're all just flesh and bone
each one a work of art, beautiful tones
if we could see not with our eyes but with our heart
we're so much more than what we judge from the start

now I can't fight these feelings anymore
now I can't fight these feelings anymore
like waves crashing, to the depths of the ocean floor

Dance On My Grave

Written By: Sara Syms

well my time is just around the bend
no need for sadness in the end
promise me darling, all I'm asking for
a sort of celebration, nothing less and nothing more

just dance on my grave
think of all the roads we've paved
dance on my grave when I'm gone
a darling when I'm gone

Well today is sweeter than tomorrow
but I beg, choose joy over sorrow
promise me darling, all I'm asking for
a sort of celebration, nothing less and nothing more

just dance on my grave
think of all the roads we've paved
dance on my grave when I'm gone
just dance on my grave
think of all the love we made
dance on my grave when I'm gone
a darling when I'm gone

watching over you, not so far above
flood your dreams with whispers
and fill your heart with love

just dance on my grave
think of all the roads we've paved
dance on my grave when I'm gone
just dance on my grave
think of all the love we made
dance on my grave when I'm gone
a darling when I'm gone
a darling when I'm gone

Fade To Blue

Written By: Sara Syms

yellow colors meet the blue
purple shade across the land
the way you smile, the way you smell
the scent you leave on my pillow

and though the sun goes down
something beautiful remains
and as the stars shine through
we'll all fade to blue
just me and you

the tide recedes but leaves behind
a memory deep inside my mind
the way you laugh, the way you cry
the subtle spark in your eye

and though the sun goes down
something beautiful remains
and as the stars shine through
we'll all fade to blue
just me and you

Devil Came Around

Written By: Sara Syms

devil came around wanting to talk to me
devil came around wanting to talk to me
you seem like an honest girl
I could surely rock your world
devil came around wanting a few small words with me

devil came around knocking upon my door
devil came around knocking upon my door
pack your bags it's time to go
to my home way down below
devil came around knocking upon that old oak door

if you think you're safe, you better think again
my friend, you are mistaken
if you think you're gonna run and hide
you will surely lose you mind

devil came around wanting to talk to me
devil came around wanting to talk to me
you seem like an honest girl
I could surely rock your world
devil came around wanting a few small words with me

devil hanging round the ceiling of my room
devil hanging round the ceiling of my lonely room
I will surely make you mine
conjure people all the time
devil hanging round the ceiling of that lonely room
yeah I will surely make you mine
conjure people all the time
devil hanging round the ceiling of that lonely room
devil hanging round the ceiling of that lonely room
devil hanging round the ceiling of that lonely room

In Time

Written By: Sara Syms

not sure where I’ve gone or where I’m going
not sure what I’ve learned or if it matters at all
been down more roads than I’d like to admit
searched far and wide for some answers

but who’s gonna tell me who or what I’m supposed to be, it can’t be me, it can’t be me

I’ve danced a slow waltz on my own
lost in the darkness of the places I have roamed
I’ve traded luck for a little bit of love
seem to think the answers lie in the ones I’ve lost above

but who’s gonna tell me who or what I’m supposed to be, it can’t be me, it can’t be me

I’ll find my way in time
I’ll find my way down these scattered broken lines
I’ll find my way even if it takes the rest of my days
I’ll find my way in time

Whisper to myself, gonna be ok
a wise man knows that dreams are never built in a day
brick by brick a path is formed
finding peace of mind, the rose before the thorn

but who’s gonna tell me who or what I’m supposed to be, it can’t be me, it can’t be me

I’ll find my way in time
I’ll find my way down these scattered broken lines
I’ll find my way even if it takes the rest of my days
I’ll find my way in time (x3)

Discography

Fade To Blue - May 2013
Way Back Home - Oct 2015