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What Rises

by Caitlin Kraus

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1.
I've been trying to tame The wild, wild places in my brain But with the lights out, moon buried deep No rest by day and restless sleep I am sinking low I am sinking low But I could fight your blues, untie both your shoes Give you what you need, what you desire I could make a way no matter what they say I could turn the spark into a fire I could, I could, I could I could, I could, I could I've been looking 'round Searching for that moon in the fertile ground And when I find it, dig it up Pour its gold into your cup Wait for something to grow Do you think then you'd know Do you think then you'd know How to fight your blues, untie your own shoes Ask for what you need, what you desire? Could you make a way, no matter what they say? Could you turn the spark into a fire? Could you, could you, could you? Could you, could you, could you? I've been trying to reach you now But I'm falling, sinking down in this city I've been trying to reach you now But I'm falling out of synchronicity Yes, I'm falling, sinking down in this city Yes, I'm falling out of synchronicity
2.
There are things, there are things I would never do Paths I could never choose Even if I wanted to And there are words, there are words I would never say Oh, I could never pray The way that you do 'Cause I looked up, I looked up Above your shrine As he blessed the wine And broke the bread But I could see, I could see No angels there Just a cross to bear A cage of monsters And on the way down, on the way down I became something With claws and wings and a heart that sings Of death and seeing And believing that giving is receiving These days, these days You welcome me With love that I can see And open arms And your smile, and your smile Is so wide I swear I could climb inside And never cry It is a hat, it is a hat You give me to wear After you comb my hair And dry me off It is a pedestal, it is a pedestal You place me on But if I can do no wrong Then I cannot know right And on the way down, on the way down I become something With claws and wings and a heart that sings Of death and seeing And believing that giving is receiving And believing that giving is receiving
3.
Natural Fear 03:29
Afraid of the water My baby, don't cry It's a natural fear The shadows appear And your feet are dangling over Now I'm building a boat Just your size There's no room for me But look over and see Me waving from the shore Saying, you can go anywhere You can go anywhere You can go anywhere I know it's hard to believe Frightened of monsters Well, darling, so am I We both know they're real Hungry for the next meal Clawing at the door So I'm drawing a circle Around the bed Make up a rhyme Say it three times Pull the blanket up to your chin Saying, you can go anywhere You can go anywhere You can go anywhere I know it's hard to believe Trying to grow a garden But the ground is so hard It threatens to break Surely it's a mistake To plant such precious seeds So I'll remove all the stones Rearrange them one by one Build you a room Where you can bloom Roses growing through the floor Saying, you can go anywhere You can go anywhere You can go anywhere You can go anywhere You can go anywhere You can go anywhere
4.
Follow Me 05:29
Follow me down to the factory Do not be scared The other night did not feel right Now I have come prepared Underground, we won't be found The glowing city sleeps Knife in hand, you take a stand Against society Throwing rocks through windows Steady, take your aim Abandoned rooms, machinery You haven't any name And, without a name, I could just stay here Without a name, I could just stay here Follow me down to the creek So muddy and abused Take off your clothes, nobody knows For love, you can't refuse Broken glass, green water mouth Filled up and riding high Bleeding strong and something's wrong A spell cast in July Whispered softly in your ear "Become clay in my hands Wild, wild, come closer, child Give me one last dance" And, with this dance, I could take you With this dance, I could take you Follow me back to my house Come in, the water's warm Razor blade and rose parade I know just how to charm Pots and pans stacked all around The room is caving in Up the stairs, now if you dare Close your eyes and count to ten Arms and legs and poetry Brushing up against me Grace and style, she's worth my while But she's something I can't be And if I can't be, then I can become If I can't be, then I can become If I can't be, then I can become If I can't be, then I can become
5.
What Rises 03:19
What rises to the surface is never false It is glowing and live An ember warm and bright So go and take hold Let it bloom and unfold When you've nothing left You've nothing left to lose What rises to the surface may sink again Call it dead and missing Pair of cold lips kissing It is easy to feel So detached and unreal It is easy to fall apart Place me on the tightrope Where I find my voice Light a fire behind me So I have no choice Give me space And a little more time A steady, strong hand And a brave, balanced mind I know it's a lot to ask, but I think I can make Something beautiful out of this mess Out of this mess Give me your blessing now Give me your blessing now Give me your blessing now Give me your blessing now
6.
Dead Man 04:46
I know it's time to go I know it's time to go But I'm afraid of losing roots and ties I had so much to say to you I had so much to say to you But I was silent for a long, long while Oh, float me down on the boat he built With his own hands, in his own time After the howling storm On the river borne, those gentle arms Past the shed where the horses sleep By the oak grove, where the moon glows There I'll catch by the old boxcar You will find me in the leaves I put my dreams up for sale I put my dreams up for sale Half-worn and dog-eared through the years I listened to you the first time I listened to you the last time Your voice opened doors I could not see But from a cage everything looks the same It is the train that brought me here Oh, that ceaseless track, forbidden to look back Without a name the nights are long But the fire burns and I return To the place from which I came From the other side, I will reply You must listen carefully A circle has no end And seeing me in this new light I think you could believe I think you could believe I think you could believe I think you could believe
7.
By Dark 03:16
How does it feel at the top of it all? Is it just as you imagined Or do you still feel small? What do you see at the top of the hill? Are you hungry for more Or did you eat your fill? And there's no shame Full-fledged and illuminated In the light and it's morning time And, by dark, you'll be somewhere new It's everything you dreamt you'd do Was it just a path of pretending? And all this time, I thought it true And never-ending So which stories will you choose to bury? I can't decide which I will hide Or carry with me And there's no shame Full-fledged and illuminated In the light and it's morning time And, by dark, you'll be somewhere new It's everything you dreamt you'd do But nothing ever satisfies And there's no shame Full-fledged and illuminated In the light and it's morning time And, by dark, you'll be far away I never got the chance to say
8.
Down to You 03:00
At this close range Such a holy terror In retrospect Just another error From far away You could never find me But at point blank You see it's not hard to blind me Shoulda opened my mouth Shoulda let the words come out, but you know I always take the blow instead So don't let this go to your head It doesn't all come down to you It doesn't all come down to you It doesn't all come down to you I can often seem A cowardly lion Unless I hear That it's someone else a-crying You're well aware I fight to win Unless winning's gonna hurt someone So go play possum, go play dead Go have your bit of fun Shoulda opened my mouth Shoulda let the words come out, but you know I always take the blow instead So don't let this go to your head Shoulda opened my mouth Shoulda let the words come out, but you know I always take the blow instead So don't let this go to your head Go to your head It doesn't all come down to you It doesn't all come down to you It doesn't all come down to you It doesn't all come down to you It doesn't all come down to you
9.
Locket 03:29
She took away the town She took away the taste in my mouth She took away the map and the wings And the strings that held me together And the strings that held me together She made the clock on the wall disappear She left whispers ringing in my ear She made me believe that I was ten feet tall And that all I needed was love And that all I needed was love You put it in jars, you wrote it in your books Defined it by numbers and numbered good looks Saw so much through your magnifying glass Counted so high, did you count too fast? Counted so high, did you count too fast? You put it in a locket, you wrote it in the bathroom stall Defined it by have-nots when you could have it all Saw so much from your tower, from your post Did you see that I need you the most? Did you see that I need you the most? Ahhhhh, ahhhhh Ooooo, ooooo You put it in a locket, you wrote it in the bathroom stall Defined it by have-nots when you could have it all Saw so much from your tower, from your post Did you see that I need you the most? Did you see that I need you the most? Did you see that I need you the most? Did you see that I need you the most?
10.
Won't you step down from that throne? Leave your puppet shows alone Leave behind your gems and throw That robe into the fire Won't you climb down from that tree? At least throw down a rope for me The view is nice, but I haven't seen Your face for a year or more All the disillusionment All the words that I have bent Such pretty rhymes, but what use is it? I was waiting for the world to come to me Waiting for the world to come to me Can't we stop playing at these games? It's hide and seek with different names I'm willing to take all the blame If you're ready to take my hand Can't you look away from the stars? Keep your telescope and magic cards Keep your books and dreams and sacred art But remember to step outside those walls All the disillusionment All the words that I have bent Such pretty rhymes, but what use is it? I was waiting for the world to come to me Waiting for the world to come to me I have seen you walking home Casting shadows, throwing stones Lips moving, but you're alone Trading blows with a former self All the disillusionment All the words that I have bent Such pretty rhymes, but what use is it? I was waiting for the world to come to me Waiting for the world to come to me Waiting for the world to come to me
11.
I came here to find a little place to hide A little hole to call my own With a different language nobody knows But you came scratching at my door And showed me what a heart is for And I do believe That love will set us free And the chains that bind our feet to the ground Will someday be our wings Now the shadows settle, but the light we keep inside Moving through our bodies Nestled closely in the night But where do you send your dreams, my darling? I want to follow close behind And I do believe That love will set us free And the chains that bind our feet to the ground Will someday be our wings But I don't know the way No, I don't know the way But you and I will make love stay Yeah, you and I will make love stay Yeah, you and I will make love stay
12.
At the end of a long dream You were waiting for a sign You were wishing for a way to stay inside Where time won't fail you And words won't dry up And song is always within reach Close your eyes, spin 'round three times Take a book from off the shelf Open up to any page and help yourself Choose any sentence Or any image How do you relate to what you see? On the rise, the sun, the moon The steadfast planetary view The ancient ones above Easy to forget what's there With false light shining everywhere It's time to let go of Anything that weighs you down Way back when you hit the road There was nothing that could stop you From traveling past the gates, beyond the clock Just turn it off now Let the sand run out You can go most anywhere In your hand, you hold the map All your highways painted blue All the backroads rolling by that you once knew Are hallowed ground And you are bound To nothing more than open sky On the rise, the sun, the moon The steadfast planetary view The ancient ones above Easy to forget what's there With false light shining everywhere It's time to let go of Anything that weighs you down The unnecessary worry No need to be in a hurry No need to be in a hurry
13.
Full Bloom 04:29
Look again, look closer and Tell me what you see 'Cause I am trying to be What you're needing now Won't you show me how To feel again, breathe it in Trust in everything In love's uncertainty? And I'm in full bloom As you fill the room But you're most vulnerable When your heart is full It's an open field made alive and real When you step inside Won't you step inside? If you step inside When you step inside If you step inside Honor, please, an honest touch All that I inquire Is what you desire Don't leave me wondering And I will try to bring All of me to all of you Transparent as I go 'Cause I am trying to show you Something true Let me talk to you But you're most vulnerable When your heart is full It's an open field made alive and real When you step inside Won't you step inside? If you step inside When you step inside If you step inside

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First full-length album
All lyrics & music © 2020 Caitlin Kraus

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released August 21, 2020

Recorded, produced, mixed, & mastered by Bernie Nau
at Peachfork Studios (Pomeroy, OH)

- Except for tracks 6 & 10 -
Released on Keeled Scales (Austin, TX)
Recorded & mixed by John Michael Landon at Estuary Recording (Austin, TX)
Mastered by Cory Allen at Altered Ear (Austin, TX)

- Except for track 4 -

Recorded & mixed by Adam Remnant (Athens, OH)

Photograph of Caitlin (age 3) by Mark Kraus

Edited Photograph by Derrick Nau

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Caitlin Kraus Athens, Ohio

Originally from Columbus, OH, Caitlin Kraus is a singer and songwriter living in Athens, OH. Kraus has performed her music solo and with a band over the past decade. Her music is melodic, largely lyric-based, and falls within indie-folk/alternative genres. ... more

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