Appalachian Eyes

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Appalachian Eyes - Ten Cent Poetry. Produced by Grammy Award winner, Neal Merrick Blackwood. Written at Penland School of Crafts, NC. penland.org All songs copyright © 2015 Chelsea Lynn La Bate.

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released February 25, 2016

Featuring Chris Rosser, Lyndsay Pruett, Charlie Baker.

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Ten Cent Poetry Asheville, North Carolina

Chelsea La Bate is a poet, composer, songwriter, performer, author and radio host. She likes sparkly things. She constructs songs with colored markers, a notebook, a mountain dulcimer, a banjo and a guitar.

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Track Name: Appalachian Eyes
Appalachian Eyes

You're singing to the night sky
Eyes perched above my head
The marks of your melody
Made by the hands of your breath

If love leads to action
How will we ever rest
Finger moving over old strings
Buffalo hearts in our chests

If heaven is a place
Where everything goes right
And love is a shape
That never knew any lines
Can I keep you in a state
Where what has lived never dies
May we leave this place
With Appalachian eyes

You're gleaming in the daylight
Old barns smearing by
Blackberries on the fence lines
The sun drawing pictures on your
closes eyes

CHORUS

You're gleaming with a banjo
Blue light on your face
Is the key to living simply
Simply dropping out of the race


We're singing to the night sky
Buffalo hearts in our chest

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Track Name: Last Word Queen
I’d never force you from the forest
Heist the hatchet from your hands
I’d never pull on all your fingers
If you didn’t want to dance
I’d never show my naked body
if you truly needed sleep
‘Cause you’re not my little play thing
And I never want to be
your Last Word Queen

I’d never put you in the spotlight
if that song was just for me
Or blow smoke rings in your face dear
If you got down on one knee
I’d never shoo you to the shoreline
if that’s not where you longed to be
‘Cause you’re not my little play thing
And I never want to be
your Last Word Queen

I’ve watched you draw your pictures
in invisible ink
I hear every word you’re saying
even when you don’t speak
I’d sit and wait for your final answer
if it took the longest week
‘Cause you’re not my little play thing
And I never want to be
your Last Word Queen

So even though I’m your ally
Please correct me where I’m wrong
Shine a light on all the places
I can’t reach you with my song
Your love is my horizon
And I’m your shoreline pine
Though we share the same bright sky dear
I’d never try to make you mine

I’d never force you from the forest

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Chelsea Lynn La Bate
Madison Ave, Asheville, NC
Track Name: Night Time Moonshine
Night time, Moonshine

Night time, moonshine
A banjo and no road signs
All the way from Boone to Spruce Pine
Will I find you sleeping there

Night time, moonshine
I won't take it if it's not mine
I'll climb if I can't I can't fly
See the mountains from both ends

Night time, moonshine
Fireflies by the roadside
Well we always seem to get by
On a horseshoe and a prayer

Night time, moonshine
Pockets full of four leaf clovers
I'm so glad you're coming over
We'll see the mountain from both ends

Chelsea Lynn LaBate
For Elliot Z
Penland School of Crafts, NC
Saturday. July 26, 2014
Track Name: Be Here, Be Blessed
Be Here, Be Blessed

What do we do now that we've enough food in our bellies
And the fields are still high with wheat
What do we do now with all of this wood on our fire
And this love crackling 'round our feet

What do we do now with this gold light in our eyes
And the blessings of our family
Hovering over us like loyal fireflies
Or the branches of the poplar tree

Chorus
But the battle is over find your rocking chair
Close your eyes love and take a rest
Though the water may rise and take all we know
For now be here be blessed

Call the neighbors over
Fill their bowls and their glasses
Set a table for twelve in the yard
We've got more than nine seasons to last us
Feed all who've been working to hard

Chorus

We've got more questions
than any answers
We've got more scars than stars
Everything that ever passed through our fingers
Was never ever really ours

Chorus

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Chelsea Lynn LaBate
For my folks - Russ and Sooz. Here's to 30 years.
Track Name: Too Precious to Drown
When all your ones add to zeros
and there’s no one left to hate
You spent the night with the time keeper
And still got to work too late
When you’ve inherited the Queen’s key
but there’s no lock to be found
You being to think this treading water
is just a lower way to drown

When the messages you sent her
never ever went through
and all the street lights in your hometown
only blink a brilliant blue
When the leaders of the new world
never stop to look around
You begin to think this treading water
is just a lower way to drown

When the heat of last night’s fever
vows to stick and linger
And the ring he knelt down to give you
Keeps slipping off your finger
And the road withholds its blockades
in the folds of its soft curves . . . .
And the memos of the angels
lie on the tongues of crows

I’ll help you find your footing
we will learn the worth of dirt
There’s a kingdom in every seedling
There’s a wand in every word
When all your ones add to zeros
love can still be found
This river will float you
You’re too precious to drown

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Chelsea Lynn La Bate
Track Name: I'm Coming Over
You have no roof, to table no shoes
No window for the wind to blow through
I’m coming over, I’m moving
I’m coming over, I’m moving

You have no numbers, no land line phone
No papers, no networks no garden gnome
I’m coming over, I’m moving in

Chorus
You say the moon’s your lover
The sky your house
The river your blood
The stars your mouth

You have no mirror, no closets, no plans
No chest of drawers no picket fence
I’m coming over, I’m moving in
I’m coming over, I’m moving in

Chorus
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Chelsea Lynn La Bate
Track Name: Blue Ridge Lullaby
Blue Ridge Lullaby

Season has changed
I don’t hear you anymore
playing your fiddle
on my front porch
Grandfathers Mountain at our side
cooing our blue ridge lullabies
cooing our blue ridge lullabies

You take the lows, I’ll take the highs
the road rolls out, but don’t you cry
I’ll sing to the North, you sing to the South
Harmonies made miles from our mouths
Harmonies made miles from our mouths

They’ll be a time, when we’ll meet a again
distance can’t break the bonds of friendship
They’ll be a time when we’ll meet again
Send me your song

Season has changed
I don’t hear you anymore
playing your banjo
on the old barn floor
Grandfathers Mountain at our side
cooing our blue ridge lullabies
cooing our blue ridge lullabies

Chelsea Lynn La Bate
Track Name: The Great Divide
The Great Divide

Make a fire so we can eat. 
Drop your pack, unpack the meat
We have mountains to go 

Knot the ropes around the tree
Fill the bottles, boil leaves
Our boots are frozen with snow

Chorus

We're crossing over the Great Divide
Falcons soaring in our eyes and the
Stars stitched on our foreheads

We're crossing over the Great Divide
Where our forefathers lie   
Their faces forming in the snow
Mountains and mountains to go    

What has been learned 
from the neckline of the ferns
Does any of this even matter?

What have we gleaned 
from the campaign of the streams
Does our music make it any better?

Chorus
We're crossing over the Great Divide
Loyal mules at our sides
Stars stamped on our foreheads
We're crossing over the Great Divide
Where our Great grandmothers lie
Their faces forming in the snow
We have mountains and mountains to go    

Make a bed so we can sleep
Zip the tent. Turn down the sheets.
Moths are diving in our lanterns.

In the night we will meet those 
those who are felt instead of seen
Their faces forming in the snow
We have mountains and mountains to go

Chorus   

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Chelsea Lynn La Bate
For Alex, Addy and Beast.
Hanger Hall, Asheville, NC
Track Name: The People's Fire
The Passing of the People’s Fire

Take me to every single place that I have ever felt love
Bathe me in bright faces push a song into my lungs
I’ve seen in all the four directions affections never been won
By driving my horse into the sun

Unfold the untold glory of our small town machine
oil up it’s gears and let its valves gently gleam
Fly high the flag of friendship send the vampires on the run
This is how freedom is won

The foundation of wealth is made of breath and time
Suspended by surrender and galaxy light
Slip your shoes off on my front porch. Sing into my eyes
This is the passing of the people’s fire

Take me to every single place. . .

Now I’ve testified for beggars with stale bread in my hands
Signed up to build an empire then let the wind take my plans
Taken on a whole army with no bullets in my gun
And I tell you, my freedom was won

Take me to every single place that I have ever felt love
Light the candles on the table, pour some wine into my lungs
I’ve seen in all the four directions affections never been won
By driving my horse into the sun

Chelsea Lynn La Bate
Track Name: Small Town Memories
Small Town Memories

Lower me down from the crown
Of the ivory tower
Wash the shadows from my hands
Make me forget everything
I was working for
Before I stepped foot
On your fertile land

Tangle up my lines
but please don't punish me
For wanting to live clean and free
I've tried every elixir in
Their fixer-her-up store
I'd rather keep my
Small town memories

Chorus
Cause I was born on a farm
In the harvest moon season
I was raised to confide
In the company of trees
You walk by my side because
I know you believe in my
Small town memories

I climb up to your bedroom on a thorny vine
While the guardians are fast asleep
We'll find the pleasure in the measuring of crooked things
We'll find the treasures in our
Small town memories

Chorus

Meet me in the garden
amongst the dirt and the snails
We'll learn the words of slowness
With black lined fingernails
I've been all around the world and
This is where I want to be
With you and our
Small town memories

Chelsea Lynn La Bate