Terri Stilwell

Terri Stilwell

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Terri Stilwell is a passionate, soulful, fun & inspirational pop/rock singer/songwriter/guitarist who’s voice and songs have been compared to Joni Mitchell and her lyrical wittiness, Natalie Merchant’s compassion, Janis Joplin’s soul & India.arie.’s refreshing insight.

Biography

Terri Stilwell is a passionate, soulful, fun & inspirational pop/rock singer/songwriter/guitarist who’s voice and songs have been compared to Joni Mitchell and her lyrical wittiness, Natalie Merchant’s compassion, Janis Joplin’s soul & India.arie.’s refreshing insight. Her debut CD, One True Thing, is a musical journey about the life of a woman taking charge of her own destiny through friendship, love, positive self image and a desire to change the world‘s status quo. “Life,” a song about owning your every moment, inspired the soundtrack for The Spyder; a short film by Susan Renee Hamilton which made its debut at the 1999 The San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Terri Stilwell is a relentless live performer commanding the attention of audiences from intimate coffeehouses to world festivals with her acoustic guitar and engaging vocals. Terri is a veteran of LA girl-bands including The Color Wheel and Mad Man's Drum. Last year, Terri joined a choir of hundreds to perform Beethoven's “Ode To Joy” at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for the Northern California Culture Festival : A Buddhist Celebration Of Diversity, Non-Violence & World Peace. Thousands gathered to hear the choir and see a performance of the musical REV IT UP. Terri also performed with the Silicon Valley Trio at the The 2nd Annual Earth Charter Summit at The Ikeda Auditorium in San Francisco.

Terri Stilwell is currently completed her EP, Terri Stilwell, with a full band behind her. “Save Yourself” and “B Natural” are pure pop/rock hits while “Seduction“ has a bluesy feel to it. Recently, she is hard at work writing new material and has been joined onstage by drummer, bassist, Karinne Figueroa, who fills out Terri’s sound live as she prepares to play with a full band when the third CD, Simply Believe is released. Terri is currently the host of the San Francisco SongsAlive Showcase and always keeps her fans posted on her upcoming live shows on her website at www.terristilwell.com. and myspace.com/terristilwellband

Lyrics

Save Yourself

Written By: Terri Stilwell

SAVE YOURSELF

I woke up today with so much joy in my heart
Yeah, I thought, I thought it would explode
So many demons, I’d always battled with them
Now I find my FAITH INSIDE and will forever embrace them

And now I fly, and now I fly
If your boat is going down, down, down
And there’s no one to be found
Save Yourself Save Yourself

I woke up today with the realization
I alone, am responsible for changing my life
Let go of all my guilt, let go of all my pride
Let go of my ego and now I’m HAPPY INSIDE

And now I fly, and now I fly
If your boat is going down, down, down
And there’s no one to be found
Just Save Yourself Save Yourself
Save Yourself Save Yourself

If your boat is going down, down, down
And there’s no one to be found
If your boat is going down, down, down
And there’s no one to be found

You’ve got to Save Yourself
You’ve got to Save Yourself
You’ve got to Save Yourself
You’ve got to Save Yourself

Save Yourself

Words by Terri Stilwell 2003

My Little Giant

Written By: Terri Stilwell

My little giant
Heart of a lion
All you really need is love
Don't be afraid
My little trooper
Live your life the way you dream

Chorus:
If you try with all your might
Face your darkness
Cherish your light
You can change the world

Wake up little dreamer girl
Eyes of brown and curly hair
All you really need is love
Beautiful princess
Disney fairytale
Become the ruler of your world

Chorus:
If you try with all your might
Face your darkness
Cherish your light
You can change the world

bridge
Green Grass and skies of blue
Forest trees and oceans too
Beautiful Universe we love
Beautiful Universe we love

Hey golden cherub boy
With torch in hand
Would you shine a little light my way
Strength of character
Light of humanity
All you really need is love
All you really need is love

Chorus:
If you try with all your might
Face your darkness
Cherish your light
You can change the world

Van Gogh

Written By: Terri Stilwell

OH VAN GOGH
TAKE US TO WHERE YOUR IRISES GROW
OH VAN GOGH
WE UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS TO FEEL ALONE

TAKE US TO YOUR SUNFLOWER FIELDS
PAINT FOR US WHAT YOU FEEL
COLOR IN OUR MINDS EYE
YOU DON’T HAVE TO HIDE YOUR SOUL
VAN GOGH

OH VAN GOGH
IT TAKES COURAGE TO FACE YOUR OBSTACLES
VAN GOGH
WE UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS TO BE TRUE TO YOUR SOUL

TAKE US TO YOUR SUNFLOWER FIELDS
PAINT FOR US WHAT YOU FEEL
COLOR IN OUR MINDS EYE
HOW TO LAUGH AND HOW TO CRY
VAN GOGH

OH VAN GOGH
WE UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS TO FEEL
ALONE...ALONE...ALONE
YOU’RE AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE
AND YOU CUT OFF YOUR EAR
GO INTO A FIELD AND SHOOT YOURSELF
PLEASE LET THE END BE NEAR
NO ONE WILL BUY YOUR PAINTINGS
NO ONE UNDERSTANDS YOUR PAIN
AND THEN YOU DIE A LONELY MAN

OH VAN GOGH
TAKE US TO WHERE YOUR IRISES GROW
THEY GROW, THEY GROW
VAN GOGH...... YOU DON’T HAVE TO FEEL ALONE

The Player

Written By: Terri Stilwell

THE PLAYER
NO SWEET SURPRISE, ONLY ALIBIS
JUST SAY SOMETHING AND REALLY MEAN IT
YOU ALWAYS HIDE BEHIND
WHAT YOU DARE NOT DEFINE
YOU MIGHT JUST BLOW YOUR COVER
NO MORE SUGAR COATED WORDS
I CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST HEARD
YEAH YOU NEVER FOLLOW THROUGH

CHORUS
LET ME DOWN EASY
YEAH I’VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE
NO MORE TALL, TALL TALES
I’M TIRED OF DANCING AROUND YOUR WORDS
WE TURN, WE TURN, WE TURN AND FALL

NO MORE CHARADES, NO MORE SEEK AND HIDE
SPIN THE BOTTLE, THROW THE DICE
YOU GOT ME CLOSE TO POSTAL
MY FINGERS ON THE TRIGGER
DROP A BOMB ON ALL YOUR LIES
IN MY BOAT OF HOPE, ON THE RIVER OF HAPPINESS
WELL I GUESS IT’S MY FAULT TOO

SOLO
OUT WITH CHORUS: LAST LINE
I JUST WANTED TO BELIEVE IN YOU

No Borders

Written By: Terri Stilwell

It's become pretty obvious to me
I've got to change my ways of thnking
Take away all the labels
Let's all join hands
United we will stand

Chorus:
America home of the free
there are no borders
between you and me

When you suffer, I suffer too
when you rejoice, I rejoice with you
Look out for your neighbor
Let's all join hands
United we will stand

Chorus:
America home of the free
there are no borders
between you and me

It's time to say, no way to war
no generalizations, no stereotypes
We'll work our way through it
with dialogue
working towards peace the most beautiful fight

C'mon Everybody- let's all join hands
United we will stand

Chorus:
America home of the free
there are no borders
between you and me

Sleeping Angel

Written By: Terri Stilwell

Love is deep sleeping angel
you hurt yoursel, you hurt me too
there once was a light so bright in yur eyes now the truth has become jaded traded for a veil of injustice and compromise
The touch of your hand it once sparked life, now it chills me to the bone, do you feel alone?
lost in the mystique of a cosmetic world adrift on a silver lined cloud
have another drink, yeah drop another pill, lose yourself

chorus:
Oh sweet sleeping angel, adrift on a silvery blue sea, open your eyes or you'll fall over the edge, come in from the cold, it's time to come home

The chain of karma you entwined for yourself, does it feel tight around your neck? You suffer fools and are blind to the cause and effect, you're living in a world that barely skims the surface, the mirror of truth it tells no lies, where have you misplaced your eyes trading your truths for alibis where have you misplaced your eyes? Are you happy now? Just what have you found?

chorus:
Oh sweet sleeping angel, adrift on a silvery blue sea, open your eyes or you'll fall over the edge, come in from the cold, it's time to come home

Discography

One True Thing- 1999 Acoustic Debut
Terri Stilwell- EP- 2004

Set List

Original Song List:
My Little Giant
One True Thing
Be Your Own Columbus
Van Gogh
The Player
Light Into Darkness
Treasure Tower Street
Life
Lost
My Little Giant
Simply Believe
Save Yourself
B Natural
Under My Skin
Shark Song
Open Road
BiteMouth
SHINE
Free to Love