A Book Of Songs For Anne Marie

by Baby Dee

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Dennis Guldbrandsen At one hand such a fragile, delicate, and trembling vocal, yet powerful, unpolished, and insisting when it needs to be. Every song is a little lyrical fairy tale of life. Favorite track: As Morning Holds A Star.
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about

I am less the writer of these songs than I am their unfit mother. But for the efforts of four people these children of mine would never have escaped the cramped and stinking hovel of my mind.

Pepper Mcgowan first made me realize that songs have to be sung. David Tibet was a patient and forgiving surrogate father to them. Richard Guy was their great benefactor. And Maxim Moston became their beloved and caring uncle to send them out into the world well groomed and in their Sunday best.

credits

released March 1, 2010

Produced and arranged by Maxim Moston

Baby Dee - voals, harp, piano, accordion
Keith Bonner - flute
C.J. Camerieri - trumpet, French horn
John Contreras - cello
Alexandra Knoll - oboe, English horn
Rob Moose - mandolin
Maxim Moston - violin

Recorded and mixed at Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY by Bryce Goggin, assisted by Adam Sachs and Merrit Jacob
Additional recording done at Clockwerke Studios, Cleveland, OH engineered by Tom Gage, at Blue Room, Los Angeles, CA engineered by Tally Sherwood, and at The Spaceshed, Los Angeles, CA engineered by Josh Schwartz
Mastered at Kevorkian Mastering, New York City, NY by Fred Kevorkian

All songs composed by Baby Dee, arranged by Maxim Moston and Baby Dee
Stephen Freiheit, photography

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Track Name: Love's Small Song
Love's small song
Love's small song
Though my love is far away
I shall sing and wake the day

Love's small song
Love's small song
Though my love is ages gone
I shall sing love's small song
I shall sing and wake the dawn
Track Name: A Book Of Songs For Anne Marie
I'll make a book of songs for my Anne Marie
With every good beginning and every grateful end
And every grateful end to close upon a world of good
My arms to close upon a world of good

As nature's best pretense as her sweetest lie
That branch's furthest bud to reach a winter sky
To reach a winter sky and close upon a world of good
My arms to close upon a world of good

A garden gate of arms for a fertile field
I'll find a man to hold you as a fountain sealed
As a fountain sealed and close upon a world of good
My arms to close upon a world of good

As sunlight comes to sorry stone
So come, my love
And take this sorriest stone of all
To find a grateful place
That warm and sunlit wall
My arms to close upon a world of good
My arms to close upon a world of good
Track Name: Lilacs
With words that reach from star to stone
And lies as true as nature's own
My friends and I will sing a sea of merciful days

For the Lilacs have come
That bloom the whole year round
Friends remembered and lovers found
And lovers found

Arise, my love, and come away
For the winter's ruinous work is done
Arise my love and come away
For the earth has heard the robin's song
And welcomed every word
And welcomed every word

My friends and I will sing a sea of merciful days
For the lilacs have come
That bloom the whole year round
Friends remembered and lovers found
And lovers found

So good
Beyond all wishing
That even as we slept
Small voices, sweet to sing,
Did sing a promise kept

My friends and I will sing a sea of merciful days
For the lilacs have come
That bloom the whole year round
Friends remembered and lovers found
And lovers found
Track Name: Unheard Of Hope
Unheard of hope
As hands made big to give
Press small fingers round a coin
And say "Here. Take this. It's for you.
Mind now, don't lose it."

I'll take your heart
The one you thought was yours
And give you one to call your own
And say, "Here. Take this. It's for you.
Mind now, don't lose it."

A god's remorse
For a ruined world
Small voices made sweet to sing
And say, "Here. Take this. It's for you.
Mind now, don't lose it."

The cutters come
And a tree must fall
With a great forgiving rush of wind
And say, "Here. Take this. It's for you.
Mind now, don't lose it."
Track Name: Black But Comely
I'm black but comely
As a night shot with stars
I'm black but comely
As a night shot with stars
And I'm not a tree of sticks
No, I'm not a tree of sticks
But a forest of hemlocks and beeches
Of waters dark as wine from boundless reaches
Black but comely
As a night shot with stars

I tried to find you
And I missed you by a mile

The soldiers found me
And they took me for a whore

If I can't have you
I can love you just the same

I'm black but comely
As the smoke of home
I'm black but comely
As the smoke of home
And I'm not a tree of sticks
No. I'm not a tree of sticks
But a forest of hemlocks and beeches
Of waters dark as wine from boundless reaches
Black but comely
As a night shot with stars
As a night shot with stars
Track Name: And Anne Marie Does Love To Sing
And Anne Marie does love to sing
And Anne Marie does love the day
And I can't stop my heart
And I can't take my eyes away

And come the time of gentle light
And morning star does visit night
And come the time of gentle light
And evening star does visit night
One gentle light does have two names

And Anne Marie does love to sing
And Anne Marie does love the day
And I can't stop my heart
And I can't take my eyes away

And I did lose you
I did lose you
And where will I go now
And where will I go
And where will I go now?

So write my song with a triad bright as a belt of stars
Orion-like to run before the hounds
Orion-like, compelled by love to run
where love abounds
To run where love abounds
To run where love abounds

And write my song on the five black lines
of a bluejay's wing
And fly in winter's face a man to sing
Orion-like, by love compelled to run
where love abounds
To run where love abounds
To run where love abounds

And in the throats of gelded boys who sing
themselves to sleep
Let voices waken oceans deep
Orion-like, by love compelled to run
where love abounds
To run where love abounds
To run where love abounds

So patient wait the valley's bloom
And grateful sing the summer's end
With rose of sharon overgrowing
Overgrowing
Overgrowing
Track Name: Endless Night
As stars that shine unseen
To call the day their home
And make no thieving visit there
But live where songs come from
With open-throated arms
To hold you singing God's own song
Who writes a song must love to hear it sung
And gentle hope has made my song a reckless one

Can't hobbled words be made to rhyme?
With thoughtful reach of heart to take from killing time
A song so small
That endless night sweet evening's kiss recall?

And didn't kind and learned hands once write on broken bits of clay?
Those shards
That from a world of bliss did fall a world away?
And writing make a homely scroll to wear
That ruin's children, fathered by mistake,
Might find their good beginning there and sing

A song so small
That endless night sweet evenings kiss recall?

For Anne Marie I'd be a day
For Anne Marie I'd be a day
I'd be a day
For Anne Marie I'd be a day
Track Name: Set Me As A Seal
Here's truth
Your songs would make an angel choke
Here's justice
A robin eaten by a worm
Your very likeness lies in that rotten joke
And mercy is in the hiding of it

So set me as a seal on your heart
As a seal on your arm

For love is stronger than death
More jealous than the tomb
The embers of a fire, come from God
That all the water in the world could not consume

So set me as a seal on your heart
As a seal on your arm
Track Name: As Morning Holds A Star
There must be something wrong
For love's not choking on her song

There must be some mistake
When robins wake a winter day
There must be some mistake

Your smile
The horizon of my heart

To stammer out a day
Like a baby first time talking

Here I am
It's me
I'm here

And I'll hold you
As morning holds a star
If morning never held a star before

And I'll hold you
In grateful arms that sing
No more sad songs
No more
No more night skies
I've got a sunrise

An unquiet heart
A quieting hand has stilled
An empty cradle filled
No more sad songs
No more sad songs, no more
No more night skies, I've got a sunrise
A sunrise
A sunrise
I've got a sunrise
Track Name: Morning Fire
I am a house
Where dawn comes cold
And you, my love
My morning fire

And you, my love
You are my morning fire

Awake north wind
And come ye south
From cold horizons
Rise and run

Awake north wind
And come ye south
As March to find
An early Spring

Where we await ourselves
I know we'll touch
And I'll find you, my love
My morning fire
And you, my love
You are my morning fire

I am a house
Where dawn comes cold
And you, my love
My morning fire
And You, my love
You are my morning fire