Weeds & Wildflowers

by Emily Zisman

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1.
Let Me 02:44
Let Me If I could right all of her wrongs I would undo all that she did But you would still look at me sideways And her apology is not mine to give If you could only hear me say “I love you” The way I mean it to be heard Then we could finally lean against each other And never say another painful word Cause I’m a mess when I am with you And I’m a mess when I’m alone But at least I am consistent At least I know what I must own So please be still And please try to believe me That I was put on earth to love you And all you need to do is let me All you need to do is let me She loved you once as I did I have no doubt her love was strong but when she fell from her own graces You thought it was you that she’d done wrong Now I am scared that you will drop me If I ever let go of myself I hope that I can still be my own woman After I’ve given you everything else Cause I’m a mess when I am with you And I’m a mess when I’m alone But at least I am consistent At least I know what I must own So please be still And please try to believe me That I was put on earth to love you And all you need to do is let me All you need to do is let me
2.
Seattle 04:01
I have memories of midnight hot springs suds float to me in my cold winter dreams. And on that moon-less night when the stars were right, and your eyes were turned to the sky. I let you run toward the setting sun, with the joy that you'd be home by dusk. But you came back late to a cold dinner plate with the news - it's our last night alone. I'm reduced by one, but that one was fun - and full of love that I never exclaimed. I'm driving up to Seattle to bring my boy back with me. We're driving back from Seattle eventually. So now what I'm taught is that love ain't thought but is free, beyond our control. Well you know I brought all the love I got in a sieve that leaked on the ground. With my own two hands I will work this land, bringing warmth and promise from below. I'm a mud-soaked blight on this clear starry night, 'cause I can't see the drops for the rain. So remembering you is all I can do to believe that I will love again. I'm driving up to Seattle to bring my boy back with me. We're driving back from Seattle eventually. So for now I rhyme just to bide the time 'till I see that you're looking for me. I'll write "sad to hear", and I'll lend an ear for a fee - come to the hot springs again. I'm driving up to Seattle to bring my boy back with me. We're driving back from Seattle eventually.
3.
A bottle of Bulleit And a bowl of rice Never drank so warm Never bit so nice I think of you whenever I am in this place With a bottle of Bulleit And a bowl of rice The senoritas are folkloring outside I want so much to join them But my rhythm ain’t right I’ve I could only barter one song of light For a bottle of Bulleit and a bowl of rice We came through here just you and me In the back of a pickup without windows to see We held each other through the blackest pitch They sent you back and left me naked in a ditch. Oh God help you If you come a-lookin’ for me I’ll be sittin’ right here But you will not see I’ll be crying for you through my sightless eyes Into my bottle of Bulleit And my bowl of rice Into my bottle of Bulleit And my bowl of rice
4.
Do you believe in Heaven above? Do you believe in love? Don't tell a lie, don't be false or untrue It all comes back to you Open fire, on my burning heart I've never been lucky in love My defenses are down A kiss or a frown I can't survive on my own If a boy walks in and draws her name in my heart I'll turn and run away Everyday we've all been led astray It's hard to be lucky in love It gets in your eyes, it's making you cry Don't know what to do, don't know what to do You're looking for love Calling Heaven above Send me an angel Send me an angel Right now, right now Send me an angel Send me an angel Right now, right now Empty dreams can only disappoint In a room behind your smile But don't give up, don't give up You can be lucky in love It gets in your eyes, it's making you cry Don't know what to do, don't know what to do You're looking for love Calling heaven above Send me an angel Send me an angel Right now, right now Send me an angel Send me an angel Right now, right now
5.
Second Place 03:47
I leave my home way too late, stay longer than I ever should have stayed. I worry that I missed my flight, but as it happens if was just delayed See I’m a lonely home girl, thought that I deserved of nothing more. But as I leave I hope I’m wrong - Is there everything or nothing else in store? You meet me at the airport just like a childhood friend you don’t forget. This strikes me as unusual cause you and I have never even met I wonder how you know me and you tell your story of a little bird I have no baggage with me so I carry yours, now isn’t that absurd? I listen to your dreams and I tell you most of mine I can recall But there’s a dream you haven’t heard, the only I thinks the most revealing of them all In you I see a traveler, you have been around the world and back again. I say our roads are different, you say all our roads are pretty much the same While you revisit childhood I leave behind my own and start anew This is how our ages cross and why I mind the difference a little less than you I listen to your dreams and I tell you most of mine I can recall But there’s a dream you haven’t heard, the only I thinks the most revealing of them all See in it there’s a boy about your height and dare I say, roughly your weight He looks just like you don’t ask me how I know I’ve never even seen his face Each time the place is different from the shopping malls to windless sails on the lake. But no matter where we are that’s not the point that I am trying to make. I listen to your dreams and I tell you most of mine I can recall But there’s a dream you haven’t heard, the only I thinks the most revealing of them all See this boy he’s just a dream and as I say, I don’t think dreams are true But you met me at the airport and I figured out just then that boy is you. So now that we have met, I hope we never go our separate ways. And even if we do I have my dreams, and that’s not bad for second place.
6.
Two Fools 04:16
From the dark side of the window Stands a man of time and wear Singing sweet songs to the willow Oh but she don’t seem to care He is often at that window With a cool glass in his hand Taking long pulls between verses As he accompanies her dance How can two fools fall in love How can two fools have the chance When one fool is a dancer And one is playing with the band From the dark side of the garden Sways a willow tall and round Making circles with her branches To a ghostly singin sound Between this lady long and rooted And this moment of a man Lies a love that’s leashed and languid And a dance they’ll never have How can two fools fall in love How can two fools have the chance When one fool is a dancer And one is playing with the band
7.
To Mom 05:22
Always seem to find myself on top of a mountain, dreaming of the sea. When I get to the ocean, I miss the mountains and the evergreens. No number of steel foundations could relieve me of my need for all of these So I’ll spend my days making my way from one to the other. To show my love for my mother, there is only her there is no other. So pack your bags, don’t forget your flags, remember where you came from. Hold on tight, never lose sight of all the battles you’ve lost Hope against hope that that’s not the last time you’ll stand in a rainstorm. You’ve only one chance to get it all back, no matter the cost. Twelve hour plane ride, 20 tons of fuel, a talk with an old friend. The flight was horrendous but god it feels good to see you again. Mother sends her love, gave up her very own blood so I could see you again. So let’s crawl back on our knees, feed our breath to the trees. Let us love her back, then. So pack your bags, don’t forget your flags, remember where you came from. Hold on tight, never lose sight of all the battles you’ve lost Hope against hope that that’s not the last time you’ll stand in a rainstorm. You’ve only one chance to get it all back, no matter the cost. One more well on a hill. One more gulf war or spill. One more tick on the clock. One more sedentary man. One more dead music program. One more cell on the block. Mama’s cryin again for all her derelict children, what a disappointment we’ve been. Mama’s cryin again for all her derelict children, what a disappointment we’ve been. So pack your bags, don’t forget your flags, remember where you came from. Hold on tight, never lose sight of all the battles you’ve lost Hope against hope that that’s not the last time you’ll stand in a rainstorm. You’ve only one chance to get it all back, no matter the cost. You’ve only this chance. Only this chance. Only this.
8.
Good Night 03:32
Woke up one morning in New Orleans With a pain in my head and Whiskey on my jeans But it’s alright It means I had a good night I said it’s alright it means I had me a real good night Woke up one morning in Chico State With smoke in my hair and a big smile on my face But it’s alright It means I had a good night I said it’s alright it means I had me a real good night Woke up one morning in a strange man’s bed I wasn’t wearing my clothes I was wearing his instead But it’s alright It means I had a good night I said it’s alright it means I had me a real good night Woke up one morning in New Orleans With a pain in my head and Whiskey on my jeans But it’s alright It means I had a good night I said it’s alright it means I had me a real good night
9.
Imagine 03:54
Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today... Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one
10.
I could love you I really could I could show you how good you could have it I would give you the whole wide world If you only knew If you only knew I would give you the sun and moon Look I have them right here in my pocket And I would hand them right over to you If you only knew If you only knew My inner cynic is giving my inner romantic the evil eye I used to be so good at this, now I choke each time I try And you are too close for comfort And I am to bold to hide So here’s the door When you’re ready to come inside I could tell you I really could If I could say the words to form this confession But this ol heart of mine has a tether on my tongue If you only knew If you only knew. That I could love you I really could If I could give myself permission to do it Maybe I’ll continue just to love you as I do If you only knew If you only knew
11.
Knockin' 05:07
If you come a knockin’, honey I don’t mind but if you’re not here for loving well baby don’t waste my time. There’s chicken in the fridge, half a bottle of wine, sit and eat your fill and give me what is mine. Chicken in the fridge, half a bottle of wine, sit and eat your fill and gimme gimme gimme gimme . Show me the money, show me the money, show me the money and the milk and the honey. I was watching your lips as we were walking you were talking. I wasn’t listening but watching your lips. I was watching your lips while we were walking you were talking. I wasn’t listening but watching your lips. Down to the corner store and right back up the stairs Down to the corner store and right back up the stairs
12.
There are so many years between us At least three thousand miles by bus I know I’ve no right to just show up But it’s California or bust. I hope you’re not angry Cause I don’t mean to make you mad I hope you’re at peace I hope you’re alone Cause I’m coming home I know that I gave no reason I just came and left with the season To you it must have felt like treason So I hope this news I bring is pleasing I hope you’re not angry Cause I don’t mean to make you mad I hope you’re at peace I hope you’re alone Cause I’m coming home I know it may have seemed like I could care less But with you I am happiest I never claimed to be flawless But to love you forever I will promise I hope you’re not angry Cause I don’t mean to make you mad I hope you’re at peace I hope you’re alone Cause I’m coming home I hope you’re at peace I hope you’re alone Cause I’m coming home
13.
If I could right all of her wrongs I would undo all that she did But you would still look at me sideways And her apology is not mine to give If you could only hear me say “I love you” The way I mean it to be heard Then we could finally lean against each other And never say another painful word Cause I’m a mess when I am with you And I’m a mess when I’m alone But at least I am consistent At least I know what I must own So please be still And please try to believe me That I was put on earth to love you And all you need to do is let me All you need to do is let me She loved you once as I did I have no doubt her love was strong but when she fell from her own graces You thought it was you that she’d done wrong Now I am scared that you will drop me If I ever let go of myself I hope that I can still be my own woman After I’ve given you everything else Cause I’m a mess when I am with you And I’m a mess when I’m alone But at least I am consistent At least I know what I must own So please be still And please try to believe me That I was put on earth to love you And all you need to do is let me All you need to do is let me

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Bringing her soulful voice to folk-Americana music once again, Emily Zisman returns with her second self-released album “Weeds & Wildflowers”.

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released October 27, 2014

Vocals: Emily Zisman
Guitars: Emily Zisman (with exception of Good Night)
Mixed and produced by Ryan Avery
Mastered by Dominick Maita at Airshow Mastering

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Emily Zisman San Francisco

Emily Zisman is a talented singer songwriter born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since picking up the guitar at the tender age of eight Emily’s musical journey has taken her all over the world. She has graced the stages up and down both sides of the United States and has performed internationally at festivals in Europe. ... more

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