Vanessa Lively

Vanessa Lively

 Austin, Texas, USA
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

Vanessa Lively's eclectic blend of folk & world music beautifully join heartfelt lyrics & soulful vocals. With a compelling mix of tempos and styles that embrace “hints of urban, world, Latin, funk and pop,” Lively’s songs fully capture her compassionate nature and love of community.

Biography

Artist and songwriter Vanessa Lively celebrates the mystery and joy of motherhood with Return to Waves, a new record of folk, world, and soft soul. Producer Paul Curreri introduces an ethereal mood to Lively’s organic sound. Synthesizers swell in Sade-esque waves around LIvely’s breathy voice. Simple songs of love and growth are given a shade of mystery. Curreri and wife Devon Sproule lend subtle and unusual harmonies.

Following a 2012 release with Continental Records (formerly Rounder Europe), Vanessa Lively has established a regular presence in Europe. At home in Austin, TX, Lively moves between community and family life, music and touring, and painting (her work is featured on the cover of Return to Waves). She was recently named one of the Top 10 Artist of the Year by KUNC in Colorado. Mario Tarradell of The Dallas Morning News writes, “Vanessa Lively is a true multidiscipline artist. She’s a singer, songwriter, musician and painter with a do-it-yourself attitude and a compassionate spirit.”

Lyrics

Alleluia

Written By: Vanessa Lively

We’re gonna rise above and break the chains that bound / We’re gonna rise up singing and spread more love around / ‘Cause when we free ourselves freedom can be found / So we’ll raise our voice together and make a joyful sound / And we’ll be singing

Alle Alleluia / We’re gonna rise above / Alle Alleluia / We’re gonna fill the world up with love

We’re gonna rise above and open up our eyes / We’re gonna rise up singing and change each others lives / ‘Cause when we reach out and take another’s hand / We’ll raise our voice together as we walk across this land / And we’ll be singing

Alle Alleluia / We’re gonna rise above / Alle Alleluia / We’re gonna fill the world up with love / Alle Alleluia Come on and take another’s hand / Alle Alleluia We’ll join you in this land / We’ll join you, I said we’ll join you in this land

Through the Veil

Written By: Vanessa Lively

I hold your pipe in hand and smell your scent again.
Can you tell me, is there a heaven?
Wherever you may roam, wherever you may fly
I will keep watching for you in the sky.

'Cause I need a sign
And I don’t know how to just get by
‘cause I need a sign.

On that day you left I could not find a way
To see through the veil to the light of day.
But I kept walking on, I’d listen for that song
And imagine you were saying “nothing’s wrong.”

But I need a sign
And I don’t know how to just get by
‘cause I need a sign.

At night I try so hard just to fall asleep.
I imagine you are sitting there next to me
And I see the silhouette of your smiling face.
Close my eyes and let myself drift away.

Wherever you may go, wherever you may fly
I will keep watching for you in the sky.

Honeybee

Written By: Vanessa Lively

I see you smiling at me, my sister lost without a key
Come fly a little bit with me.
We’ll share our history and past, we’ll fill the time with things that last
We’ll change all tears into a laugh.

How brave and strong you would be,
you crossed the waters o’er the sea
You left all things behind with me.
You went to teach the little ones,
you gave them smiles in the sun.
You taught them all the right from wrong.

Honeybee, Honeybee where is your family?
Did they leave you in a tree, Oh Honeybee?
Honeybee, Honeybee where is your family?
Is it not her and him and me?

I see you’re chasing the moon,
it came around a bit too soon
You changed your life up in the June.
And had you not agreed, then where would the flowers be?
We all have jobs here, don’t you see?

Honeybee, Honeybee where is your family?
Did they leave you in a tree, Oh Honeybee?
Honeybee, Honeybee where is your family?
Is it not her and him and me?

Honeybee, Honeybee where is your family?
Did they leave you in a tree, Oh Honeybee?
Honeybee, Honeybee where is your family?
Is it not her and him and me?

Honeybee, Honeybee where is your family?
Did they fly away from thee?
Honeybee, Honeybee where is your family?
Is it not her and him and me?

Let Me Rise

Written By: Vanessa Lively

In my reflection I see a beautiful flower / Radiate light for all to see / In my reflection you see a wilting flower / Time goes by, petals fall all around her

Still my strength lets me rise up from the ash / Layers cover everything from the past / And here we breath the particles in the air / So fine you can’t even see they’re really there

So I will rise for all to see that I’m a survivor / Won’t even look around to see if there is another / ‘Cause ash is ash and dust is dust and both will cover / But understand they have no weight but still can smother

So it’s my choice as is with yours to see the flower / That lies inside of me and you and has the power / To overcome the trials of this act of nature / That forces us to see through eyes that are much older

So let me rise, let me rise / I don’t wanna be leading this life / Filled every day with conscience thoughts against the rest / Constant negativity ruling out the best

In my reflection I see a beautiful flower / Radiate light for all to see / In my reflection you see a wilting flower / Time goes by, petals fall all around her

The Lost Boys

Written By: Vanessa Lively

Today we're gone, never coming home.
They came to the town scattering us around.
Mama went that went, Daddy went that way,
Sister went that way, hey hey.

Soldiers in the night, they put up a fight.
Had us running wild, each and every child.
Brother went that way, Sister went that way,
Cousins went that way, hey hey.

Now we're joining in, let the walk begin.
Were did our families go, will we ever know?
But we will walk this way, we will walk this way
We will walk this way, hey hey.

'Cause we are the Lost Boys, We are the prisoners
And we're gonna fight for our right to this life
'Cause we are the Lost Boys, we are the prisoners
And we won't stop until we're done, no we won't stop until we're done
No we won't stop until we're done.

So today we're gone, never coming home.
And I'll walk with you until my day is done.
We will walk this way, we will walk this way
We will walk this way, hey hey

Digging Up Dirt

Written By: Vanessa Lively

In the morning, I'm feeling allright
Open my eyes and my wings will take flight
Here the words, in the wind blows my ear
All that I'm needing and wanting to hear

All the land just looks perfect to me
Things that I'm wanting to say and to see
Close my eyes 'cause I'm feeling okay
There is no spinning in my head today

And I'll be digging up dirt, uncovering stones
Follow the dirt all way down to the bone
And I'll be digging up dirt, uncovering stones
Follow the dirt all way down to the bone
Ay hey yeah yeah, yeah...

Maybe the only thing I need to hear
Is the silence again, it's so near
Laying hands on the ground once again
Sift my fingers through dirt and through sand

Feel the coolness of earth underneath
See the roots, the branches, the trees
I am covered in stillness again
My heart is leaping with joy from within

And I'll be digging up dirt, uncovering stones
Follow the dirt all way down to the bone
And I'll be digging up dirt, uncovering stones
Follow the dirt all way down to the bone
Ay hey yeah yeah, yeah...

Keep Me Strong

Written By: Vanessa Lively, Louise Juul (Denmark)

Keep Me Strong

So you think it’s gonna be right for you to go alone
Is it easier for you to run away and leave me on my own?

I can find myself. Love will help me on.
I can find myself. Love will keep me strong.

Had I known you wouldn’t be nice, I would have saved a little piece of me.
There is a veil within your eyes and I’m hoping that one day you’ll see.

I can find myself. Love will help me on.
I can find myself. Love will keep me strong.

All I have is all I need. And all you gave, I carry it with me.
All I have is all I need. And all you gave, I carry it with me, it with me.

So you think it’s gonna be right for you to go alone.
Is it easier for you to run away and leave me on my own?

I can find myself. Love will help me on.
I can find myself. Love will keep me strong.
Love will keep me strong.
Love, love, love keep me strong.

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Co-written by Louise Juul & Vanessa Lively, 2010

Part of Me

Written By: Vanessa Lively

Lying next to her, I feel the wind at my feet. I see the flakes in her hair, I see her bones and I weep because part of me wants to cry and part of me wants to be locked up inside my car driving away at full speed.

I don't know why some of us get to leave, some of us stay to fight and some of us just breathe. I want to be closer to them, I want them closer to me. Then I can fully be, I can fully be. I can, I can fully be.

Walk across the street, there's a gang of guys out there. They want to wash your car. They want to park you just right over there. But really all they want is to make an honest dime. And all they got on their bloodless hands is lots and lots of time. A whole lot of time.

I don't know why some of us get by so free. Some of us try and try, and some of us just bleed. I want to be closer to them. I want them closer to me. Then I can fully be, I can fully be. I can, I can fully be.

And what is it that we all want, as human beings I mean? We want to feel safe, we want to feel free. But finding ways to make an honest dime isn't as easy as it seems when the whole world is against you and against your dreams, against your dreams. Again & again & against your dreams.

Lying next to him, I feel the wind at my feet. I see the flakes in his hair, I see his bones and I weep because part of me wants to cry and part of me wants to be locked up inside my car driving away at full speed, at full speed. Driving, driving away at full speed.

I Am a Song

Written By: Vanessa Lively

I hear my voice, it's a thousand whispers
blowing through the trees like a gentle wind
I see my face, it's a still reflection
in the quiet waters where the river bends

And I, I am a song - gentle and still
But quietly strong
And I, I am the words reaching the ears
of all who have heard
all who have heard

I feel my hands, they're a tender cradle
for a baby bird fallen from the nest
And in my mouth, it's the sweetest nectar
Like a flower's center that leaves moths refreshed

And I, I am a song - tender & sweet
But lovingly strong
And I, I am the words reaching the ears
of all who have heard
all who have heard

I smell my scent, redolent of pine trees
in the mountain air just before the rain
I know my soul, it's the earth and music
that is ever present deep within my veins

And I, I am a song that is in the air
And boundlessly strong
And I, I am the words reaching the ears
of all who have heard
all who have heard

I hear my voice, it's a thousand whispers
blowing through the trees like a gentle wind
I see my face, it's a still reflection
in the quiet waters where the river bends

Discography

Uncovering Stones (2011) :: Recorded in Austin, TX
Canto y Cantera (2010) :: Recorded in Austin, TX (A tribute to the late Mercedes Sosa of Argentina)
A Chain Unbroken (2008) :: Recorded in Manchester, England
Let Me Rise (2007) :: Recorded in Quito, Ecuador

Uncovering Stones is receiving airplay on many stations around the world, as well as on Pandora Radio, Undercurrents & more!

Set List

Digging Up Dirt
Estoy Volando
Through the Veil
Honeybee
Jesusa
Sta Psila
Princess Song
Leaving Salinas
Kampana
Men In White Hats
Further to Fall
Shelly Fly
What do You Want?
Part of Me
I Still Believe
The Lost Boys
For the Miners
Playing Games
Baile Conmigo
Alleluia