Collage

by ellen cherry

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New songs that I worked on with producer Matt Collen at CommSounds. I'm introducing them, One Song at a Time as a FB live show every Wednesday through the months of April and May as we social distance during the COVID19 pandemic. Join me at:

facebook.com/ellencherrymusic at 4PM on Wednesdays

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released April 1, 2020

All songs written by ellen cherry
Produced and recorded by Matt Collen at CommSounds

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ellen cherry Baltimore, Maryland

Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry (lowercase letters intentional!) is a full-time touring and working performer based in Baltimore, MD. In 2017, ellen presents a new touring project called Portraits in Song that marries her love of storytelling and her passion for history through songs and portraits of interesting women in history to increase love and empathy for all. ... more

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Track Name: Walking On A Straight Line
I am sorry that I said that I am sorry, so, so many times.
You must forgive me as I wander on a path that is a circle, in my mind.
I could tell you that I’m walking on a straight line, as I always planned.
It never matters where I go because I always end up just where I began.

Walking on a straight line:
The saddest soul you’ll ever meet.
Walking on a straight line.
Guess I’ll just repeat.

I have used up all my ink in writing novels of my wrongs and my regrets.
This is helpful to remind me, and to never allow me to forget.
If I let go what would I do with all these hidden heavy bags of shame?
They are my First Place trophies to show you that I can be the winner of this game.

Walking on a straight line;
Sparked a flame so blue it burns.
Walking on a straight line.
It’s okay, I’ll never learn.

Walking on a straight line:
I could leave the past behind.
Walking on a straight line.
I roll the tape and I rewind.

I could tell you that I’m walking on a straight line quickly as I can.
It never matters where I go because I always end up just where I began.
Track Name: The Bottom of the Stairs
Sssssh
Quiet
Sssshhhh
Quiet
Shhhhhh
Quiet
Shhh
Quiet

The things I trashed in my distress
The hopes I smashed oh what a mess
There is time still to repair
If I step I upon the bottom stair

And if they sway or if they shift
This is no ordinary gift
A thank you rests upon my lip
I make it up another step

It makes me smile when I think how
I thought: Oh, I’ve reached the bottom now
I had miles left to go
My path lost in the snow

Sssssh
Quiet
Sssshhhh
Quiet
Shhhhhh
Quiet
Shhh
Quiet

All I trashed in my distress
My hope I smashed, oh what a mess
There is time to start repair
I step upon the bottom stair

And if they sway or if they shift
This is no ordinary gift
A thank you rests upon my lip
And I take another step

Sssssh
Quiet
Sssshhhh
Quiet
Shhhhhh
Quiet
Shhh
Quiet
Track Name: Queen of Spades
Light a candle for the love we lost
And the love we threw away
I was crackling like a wire crossed
On a dark and windy day
Thinking about the things I said
And all I didn’t say
Even though it doesn’t matter

Write a letter that I’ll never send
To an address that never changed
Can we have a new love story
With words we rearrange?
I promise I can learn to bend
Just like I learned to stay the same.
Even though I know it doesn’t matter

We built a house of cards, with a losing hand.

Another year has closed its eyes
My days spent playing games
Losing was my alibi
It wasn’t me, it was the Queen of Spades
The way it feels to tell that lie
The way a candle feels the flame

We built a house of cards, with a losing hand.

Light a candle for the love we lost
And the love we threw away
I was crackling like a wire crossed
On a dark and windy day
Track Name: This Little Bird
This little bird, without a word, starts a song.
You are the wire and you hum with desire to sing along.
How can you help yourself, you want her?

You cannot see the language of bees in the air.
Invisible things that you never had noticed were there.

How can I help myself? I want you.
How can I?
I know I help myself when I hold my breath and I eat my words.
But I can fly away:

Out through the window
And into the street
Onto the sidewalk
Where you and I meet
Up past the parking lot
where we first kissed
into the building
where i was dismissed
onto the stairwell
where you held my hand
up to the roof top
we make no demands
onto the lightning rod
put on your wings
here’s where we let go
everything

How can I help myself? I want you.
How can I help myself?
Track Name: I Don't Want To Know
Last I’d heard
you changed your course
Rearranged everything
Just like i was hoping for

I don’t believe my eyes
Cause I trust my heart
You’d fall for anything
Walking home in the dark

I don’t want to know
I don’t want to know
I don’t want to know

You’d better bet your life
I’ve got a love unchained
No one we’ve ever been before
Stands in our way

I don’t want to know
I don’t want to know
I don’t want to know

Please tell me
You found your way
Please tell me
We didn’t break

So long since past
When we held hands
Tell me do you miss this
Tell me do you understand

I don’t want to know
I don’t want to know
I don’t want to know

I don’t want to know (please tell me)
I don’t want to know (please tell me)
I don’t want to know (please tell me)
Track Name: Something Dull That Must Be Abandoned
Please forgive me
don’t forget me
Always worried
don’t you let me

Keep on breathing
Keep on thinking
Always writing
always singing

Heavy burden
make it smaller
Chin up back straight walking taller

This is the dream of the frightened the scared
The scolded the badgered the sad the unprepared
Not a book or a bird or a gem that is rare
But something dull that must abandoned

Looking inward light is beaming
Only sleeping never dreaming

Let the season pass you by
Let the knots become untied

You might fear you’re left behind
Had to be cruel to be kind

This is the dream of the frightened the scared
The scolded the badgered the sad the unprepared
Not a book or a bird or a gem that is rare
But something dull that must abandoned

Keep on breathing
Keep on thinking
Always writing
Always singing
Track Name: Weatherford Elementary
Hey Tyler, meet me in the street again.
It’s 1981, and it’s 8AM.
We can walk together down the block to the school.
You’ll remember me and I’ll remember you.

Hey Tyler, why don’t you ask the teacher for a pass?
Or better yet, just meet me on the walk home after class.
We can kick the dust up underneath the monkey bars.
We can spend homeroom playing hooky and counting cars.

It was my favorite thing to do:
To walk right next to you.

Let me quiz you on the planets and the stars,
While we poke holes for lightning bugs, in lids of mason jars.
You can ask me spelling words, written on my list.
You can tell me secrets: what you want and what you wish.

It was my favorite time,
Walking with your hand in mine.

Do you recall the cloudless sky and the little games?
Or what you wrote inside my book next to our middle names?

I remember walking slow.
You were my favorite thing to know.

Hey Tyler, it’s 1981, it’s 8am.
Will you meet me in the street again?
Track Name: Runaway Train
Call you up in the middle of the night
Like a firefly without a light
You were there like a slow torch burning
I was a key that could use a little turning
So tired that I couldn't even sleep
So many secrets I couldn't keep
Promised myself I wouldn't weep
One more promise I couldn't keep
It seems no one can help me now
I'm in too deep
There's no way out
This time I have really led myself astray
Runaway train never going back
Wrong way on a one way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I'm neither here nor there
Can you help me remember how to smile
Make it somehow all seem worthwhile
How on earth did I get so jaded
Life's mystery seems so faded
I can go where no one else can go
I know what no one else knows
Here I am just drownin' in the rain
With a ticket for a runaway train
Everything is cut and dry
Day and night, earth and sky
Somehow I just don't believe it
Runaway train never going back
Wrong way on a one way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I'm neither here nor there
Bought a ticket for a runaway train
Like a madman laughin' at the rain
Little out of touch, little insane
Just easier than dealing with the pain
Runaway train never comin' back
Wrong way on a one way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I'm neither here nor there
Runaway train never comin' back
Runaway train tearin' up the track
Runaway train burnin' in my veins
Runaway but it always seems the same