Chanticleer, Certain Hope EP

by Catherine Prewitt

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Includes two free BONUS TRACKS, The Ooh Song and All That I Can Do, recorded live at Lake Champion!

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released July 5, 2012

Produced by Catherine Prewitt & Daniel Smith
Familyre Studio, April 2012

All songs written & performed by Catherine Prewitt and featuring...

Alex Baron | percussion
Bethany Brooks | accordion
Eric Seligman | trumpet
James Preston | bass
Sarah Seligman | piano, organ, vocals

© 2012 Catherine Prewitt

Album art by Carter White
Mastered by TW Walsh

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Catherine Prewitt Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Catherine Prewitt is a Philadelphia-based folk singer and songwriter. Her background in poetry informs the delicate and precise language of every line, while her gentle voice encircles listeners like a hug. Her songs sing loudest at house shows and small listening rooms, or outdoors while the golden hour ushers in a summer night. ... more

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Track Name: Never Made For This
Never Made For This
I’ve gone west and back and the snow is still piled on these city streets
Try as it might the rain can’t seem to wipe this cold away
We’re all stuck in our spots, can’t get out of this town
but on a railroad or if we fly.
Likewise she’s not going anywhere. Her friends are praying for her;
they’re scared, they’re scared
Afraid to tell anyone ‘cause it’s too heavy to hold; afraid she won’t grow old

You were never made for this

We’re through now with action steps, with “What do we do?”
We just sit with wet eyes and we pick at our food.
When sin is real like this, we can feel it in our stomachs.
They won’t settle ‘til she’s better, they won’t settle ‘til she’s all right

You were never made for this

All of my eggs are in one basket; Lord, wrap your arms around her
Lord tell her that you love her; Lord bring her back to life.

‘Cause you were never made for this
Track Name: Mess We Made
It won’t take time, time ain’t enough
Time won’t make a boat for me when the waters get too rough
Time won’t make a bed for me to lie down safe at night
Time can’t root out bitterness; no, time won’t make it right

Won’t you help me clean the mess we made?
Show a little tenderness and quit this mean charade
Our hearts are knots of twine; they’re all tangled and frayed
Won’t you help me clean the mess we made?

And I can’t take another lover when my heart’s not right with you
These things will carry over, they’re not fair to put him through
I want reconciliation; want this thing to be redeemed
I want more and better life! I won’t settle for routine.

Won’t you help me clean the mess we made?
Show a little tenderness and quit this mean charade
Our hearts are knots of twine, they’re all tangled and frayed
Won’t you help me clean the mess we made?

They say, ‘Just don’t think about it;’ well I cannot change my mind
It’s a mess these days, I keep seeing your face, I think about this all the time
So if sturdiness and self-control I cannot conjure up
Where is healing for this frail and fainting buttercup?

Won’t you help me clean the mess we made?
Show a little tenderness and quit this mean charade
Our hearts are knots of twine, they’re all tangled and frayed
Won’t you help me clean the mess we made?

Jesus, help us clean the mess we made
Teach us to be tender, to be kind and unafraid
Our hearts are knots of twine; they’re all tangled and frayed
Jesus, help us clean the mess we made
Track Name: Chanticleer, Certain Hope
Wish that I could take your flowers in so I could feel their bloom
In the moments when the winter wins and all around is gloom
But buds spring forth! The promises, so vivid midst the gray,
with whispers "Sweet girl hold on hope!” while darkness turns to day.

Chanticleer, I will draw near and settle in your patches
Here I need reminding of the glory from the ashes

The gardener works the afternoon, a whistle on his lips
A quiet smile beneath his beard, power in his fingertips
To nurture life and loveliness in the tender toil of pruning
And secrets to young poets who are desperate for its meaning.

Chanticleer, I will draw near and settle in your patches
Here I need reminding of the glory from the ashes

It started in a garden and it ends up in the city
Where beauty will be piled high and the streets won't glare so gritty
And everything He once deemed "Good" will be cultivated better
And everything once broken will be puzzled back together
What was will be restored as if it never had gone rotten
And what can be will be ours and what is will be forgotten

Chanticleer, I will draw near and settle in your patches
Here I need reminding of the glory from the ashes
Where what was will be restored as if it never had gone rotten
what can be will be ours and what is will be forgotten
Track Name: Consider the Lilies
I’m not fine and everything’s not OK
I can’t even put on my clothes today
Remind me what’s what, will you please?
I’m coming back, I’m on my knees
So pull me in and fold my elbows
Beneath your arms, these great walls of history

Hold me now, tell me again, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.
Hold me now, tell me again, “Take heart for I have overcome the world!”

My hands shake from the weight of the load
Steady these small sacrifices
Enclose them between your palms
Those magnificent loaves—are they woven with fingerprints?

Hold me now, tell me again, “Rejoice with me! I have found my lost sheep.”
Hold me now, tell me again, “Rejoice with me! I have found my lost coin.”

Will you build my homes and write my poems?
Love my love and sew my children?
Paint the barn and weave the tangled yarn
Into a needlepoint story of all the things I do not yet know?

Hold me now, tell me again “Consider how the wildflowers grow”
Hold me now, tell me again, “Take heart for I have overcome”
Track Name: Heavy Love
If it shakes you, let it shake you; let love’s heaviness o’ertake you
Let it bring you to your knees
Let the world outside look on; they will tell you to get on
But don’t let ‘em turn it cheap

We are not made for love that breaks
So our hearts can barely stand it when we think of our mistakes
Two spirits firmly spun, now somehow come undone
So of course in the unweaving there is pain.

This won’t take a little time; you will have to rest awhile
Broken bird, you aren’t strong.
In the waiting He draws near; says, Beloved do not fear,
I will bear all that went wrong.

You are not made for love that breaks
So your heart can barely stand it when you think of your mistakes
Your spirits firmly spun, now somehow come undone
So of course in the unweaving there is pain.

Though your tears are still increasing, streams of mercy never ceasing will never let you drown.
Perfect Love that you desire, Steady Friendship you require
You have had them all along.

You are not made for love that breaks
So your heart can barely stand it when you think of your mistakes
Your spirits firmly spun, now somehow come undone
Draw near to me I’ll see you through this pain.

You are not made for love that breaks
Though your heart can barely stand it, you’re not caught in your mistakes
One day you’ll find your home, and you will finally know this love That never leaves and ever stays the same.

We were caught up, smitten kittens, tumbling forward, tunnel vision
Now I’m lyin’ on the ground
And my Father, if He wills it, will replicate the thrills;
He can do it all again