Valerie Sciarra

Valerie Sciarra

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
SoloPopSinger/Songwriter

Valerie Sciarra writes melodic pop tunes centered around her piano riffs. Her lyrics are straight forward and personal tales of life, the good, the bad, and the average. She has sometimes been compared to Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow and Marc Cohn in her style.

Biography

Valerie Sciarra was an influential member of the indie label group 223 Park, formerly known as OTC. 2001 saw the debut of their CD, Picture of You, on Phonton Records. Valerie was responsible for co-writing and arranging most of the bandÂ’s material, as well as playing keyboard and singing back up. 223 Park has shared stages with the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Cher. On her first solo project, Moon Over Jordan, she continues to write melodic, energetic tunes with a somber twist of one who knows better. Her own influences include Melissa Etheridge, U2, Sting, and currently Eric Hutchenson and Joshua Radin are big favorites. With a vocal quality like that of Shawn Colvin and piano riffs reminiscent of Marc Cohen, this CD promises to be an exciting start for her solo career.

Lyrics

Moon Over Jordan

Written By: Valerie Sciarra

I’ve been used, been kicked around
Somehow landed on solid ground.
There’s no way, I’d trade it all
Meeting you made it worth the fall.

CHORUS:
On that night, in the gravelly parking lot
Flood light was harsh on our eyes.
It seemed to me, like the moon over Jordan
Lit up the Long Island skies… You said you loved me.

We’ve been through both high and low
Sometimes scared that I would have to go.
Every time I feel that way
My memory takes me to that rainy day

CHORUS:
On that night, in the gravelly parking lot
Flood light was harsh on our eyes.
It seemed to me, like the moon over Jordan
Lit up the Long Island skies… I knew I loved you.

BRIDGE:
Every night there’s a moon for two lovers some place.
As you stood against the car, all it showed was your face.

As you sleep, I stroke your hair.
Moonlight makes me think that I’m back there
In that time, when we were free
Do you still dream the same as me?

CHORUS:
Of that night, in the gravelly parking lot
Flood light was harsh on our eyes.
It seemed to me, like the moon over Jordan
Lit up the Long Island skies.
On that night, in the gravelly parking lot
You grabbed me and looked in my eyes…. And said you loved me.

Minivan

Written By: Valerie Sciarra

MINIVAN
 
She was looking for a man strong and funny
In a time when it was cool to smoke.
He was looking for a chick, blond and sexy
Who would laugh at his only joke.

How could they know?

There they were across the bar, young and tipsy
Fueled by Guiness, he came in close.
Her laughter rose up through the crowd as their eyes met
He made a move, she did not oppose.

How could they know?
Where this would go?

CHORUS:
Can you tell me where they went?
Did they fade away and die?
And are they buried in their minivan?
Two souls living day to day
She got fat and he got grey
Would they change it if they had the chance?

How could they know?
How life would go...

Three years of marriage, then a kid, then another.
Soon the fighting was everyday.
The money never seemed to last but the bills did.
Middle class has its price to pay.

How could they know?
How life would go?

CHORUS...

BRIDGE:
When did it get to be like this?
Nothing happens when they kiss
They spend their free time driving kids
And fear they might be on the skids.
His joke's not funny anymore
And sometimes she's just a bore, then she says...

Can you tell me where he went, Mr. Cool and Calm and Sauve?
Did he die in our new minivan?
He said, 'Baby I'm still here! Can't you see me past the grey?
I don't smoke but I am still that man.

How could we know?
How this life would go?'

CHORUS out....

Run

Written By: Valerie Sciarra

he put the keys in the driver’s side door and debated which way she would go.
Make a left and be free for a while or a right down the path she would know.
There she sat with her hands on the wheel and the car gently idling in park
Leaving work she was frozen in time till she realized it had grown dark.

Rain started falling as tears wiped her face…

She made a right to that house she called home and the tension was building inside.
“Stop the car!” said a voice in her head but the Nissan continued to ride

“Please listen to me, now is your chance!”

CHORUS:
Run to a place you can’t see don’t you give it a thought.
Run till you can’t feel your feet like you’ll never get caught.
Is the grass really greener or is it black?
go and see for yourself. Just run.

She felt her right foot press down on the break and pulled off to the side of the road
How many times could she be in this place before something would make her explode?
“There’s nothing for you! Fool don’t go home.” Just…

CHORUS:
Run to a place you can’t see don’t you give it a thought.
Run till you can’t feel your feet like you’ll never get caught.
Is the grass really greener or is it black?
go and see for yourself. Just run.

BRIDGE:
In a field by the road what did she see?
A beautiful deer running free.
She put the car into drive and turned around
Heading straight out of town. Just….

CHORUS:
Run, run, run, run to a place you can’t see
Run till you can’t feel your feet like
Don't you look back.
You're a fool if you stay, you just go on your way and run.
There is nothing for you.
Go and see for yourself.

Everything

Written By: Valerie Sciarra

Everywhere I go
I see people who I know aren't where they belong.
Do you think they know
There's a turn they might have missed back down the road.

There's a man holding the hand
Of a woman looking away
From a child she had much too soon
In a dark place on a dark day.
And there are those who think
They have everything.

Everywhere I turn
I see people who are burned by what life brings.
Do you think they say,
"What's the point of getting out of bed today?"

There's a woman wearing a suit
Working for a man in a tie
Whose child is failing from school
But doesn't have time to ask why.
And there are those who think
They have everything.

Is it really fair to tell all our children,
"You can be anything you want."
Does anybody really know what that means?

Everywhere I see
I see people just like me who see it too.
And sometimes we smile
Just to take a break from the sadness for a while.

There's a child who's tuned out the world
With a man who sits far away
From a woman sending a text
On another family day.
And there are those who think
They have everything.

There are those who know it's not everything
And there are those who say,
"Everything gets in the way."

Okay For Now

Written By: Valerie Sciarra

There's a look in your eyes
That tells me you're gone.
I can't say I didn't know,
But I can't move on.

It started two months ago
When you came home late.
Something 'bout the boys at work
And no, I shouldn't wait.

But it's not that easy for me to leave
I wanna stay here in these memories
So I'll smile a big smile and I won't look in your eyes.
That'll be okay for now.

My friends wanna know
Why I'm still around.
How can I explain to them
I am frozen to the ground?

'Cause it's not that easy for me to leave
I wanna stay here in these memories
So I'll smile a big smile and I won't look in your eyes.
That'll be okay for now.

It's been dark for a while
And you're nowhere near.
I'll just read another book
And I'll wait for you here.

Can't even call my friends
They won't hear it anymore.
They tell me I'm wasting my life
I should have left you before.

But it's not that easy for me to leave.
I wanna stay here in these memories
So I'll try, I'll try, I'll try to smile and I won't look in your eyes.
That'll be okay, that'll have to be okay.
It's all I can do now.

Set List

Moon Over Jordan
Run
Everything
Happy for This
Crusin' Down the Road
Miss the World
Minivan

Additional 4 for longer sets:
Soulful Eyes
Tell Me
Because I Love You
Fly