To Kneel and Kiss the Ground

by Caroline Bauer

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released March 15, 2015

All songs written and performed by Caroline Bauer

Produced by Caroline Bauer and Peter Rodocker
Recorded and Mixed by Peter Rodocker (www.YellowRoomRecording.com)
Mastered by Kevin Nettleingham
(www.NettleinghamAudio.com)
Additional Engineering by Nathan Alef (Last Train Home and Untitled) and Mason Kline (Vegas)

Upright Bass: Milo Fultz
Violin: Anna Tivel
Mandolin and Ukulele: Peter Rodocker
Drums and Percussion: Anders Bergstrom

VEGAS
String Arrangement: Andy Page
Violin: Noah Jenkins, Amara Sperber
Viola: Bryce Caster
Upright Bass: Elijah Medina

Cover Art by Nadezda Fava

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Caroline Bauer Eugene, Oregon

Caroline Bauer is a folk singer-songwriter living and performing in Eugene, OR.

"'To Kneel and Kiss the Ground' is a kind of spring awakening, like crawling out of a cave of past relationships and feeling the sun hit your face for the first time — the sound is at once liberating, sweet and wistful."
-Eugene Weekly
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Track Name: Vegas
1. VEGAS

Loving you was like road tripping in a hearse
Every character we played so goddamn well-rehearsed
And each warning sign we drove by
Made me cling a little tighter to your curse

Meeting you felt like an answer to my prayers
I was every lonely girl at once, and every hungry stare
And I decided early on
There was no sin I wouldn't bear to be with you

Loving you was like stealing the keys to heaven
An endless heavy emptiness that I could believe in
When every other word became my one good reason
You didn't need to mean it

But leaving you felt like a car wreck in slow motion
An exercise in carelessness and sweet devotion
The life that flashed before my eyes
Was doused in poison
But I still think you enjoyed it

Your love was like being black-out drunk in Vegas
Like waking up to empty pockets on cold pavement
I'm not sure how I got here but I'm glad I made it
Yeah, I'm glad I made it
Track Name: Golden
2. GOLDEN

I wanted to give you
The best in me for the best in you.
And I wanted to give you
A place to sleep and a song to sing along to.
Cause you were so golden
I couldn’t understand the weight you gave me

We’ll feel better in the morning, darling.
We’ll feel better in the morning.

And I wanted to give up
The lies that I’d learned to trust so much.
And I wanted to give up
And crawl back into bed with you, my love.
But you were so golden
I couldn’t keep myself away.

We’ll feel better in the morning, darling.
We’ll feel better in the morning.
Track Name: Catch and Release
3. CATCH AND RELEASE

I’ve learned to throw my love away at anything that moves
For that’s the sort of target that my love best suits
I’ve learned a lot about the game and catch and release
And that the way I threw my love you could not keep your grip on me

I’ve learned to drain me eyes, lower my shoulders, run in place
And that to have the sun on your back just leaves shadows on your face
I can throw it with a sweetness and abandon, through and through
For I’ve learned to throw my love away at anyone but you

And I’ll learn to live within the arms of somebody new
And I will fill this empty place, and lick clean my open wounds
Yes, I’ve learned to throw my love away at anyone I choose
And I will never again give me love to anyone like you

I’ve learned a lot about the game and catch and release
And that the way I threw my love you could not keep your grip on me
Yes, I’ve learned to throw my love away at anything that moves
For I have learned to throw my love away at anyone but you
Track Name: Something in the Way
4. SOMETHING IN THE WAY

Something in the way your heartbeat brings about the calm
Something in the way that my hands fit inside your palm
And something in your eyes is like window light at dawn
Oh, something in the way

Something in the way you bring your coffee to your mouth
There's something in the way you love me that casts away all doubt
And something in this silence makes me want to laugh out loud
Oh, something in the way

Something in the way your voice is coming through the phone
There’s something in the way tonight and I’m sleeping here alone
And every time we say goodbye I hate to see you go

Cause there’s something in the way your fingers tangle in my hair
There's something in the sound of footsteps coming up the stairs
And anywhere that we are I’m at home in your sweet care
Oh, something in the way
Track Name: Last Train Home
6. LAST TRAIN HOME

Waiting up for the last train home
This is not enough for my hands to hold
I am giving up,
I am letting go
Of our hours of lead
And our hours of gold

Waiting up is a waste of time
I could stay up waiting for you all night
But you won’t call my name
You won’t say you’re mine
We are losing touch
I am falling behind

And it’s not enough
To say you’re still in love
With me
Cause that’s just so greedy
No it’s not that easy
And it’s not enough
To say you’re still in love
Cause how can you love what you’ve given up?
How can you still love what you’ve given up?
How can you say you love what you walked away from?
(Guess you realized it a little late, love)

Waiting up, sitting in my bed
I traded my gold for this heart of lead
It is bleeding out
It is almost dead
And I can’t stop thinking about
That thing you said

Waiting up for the last train home
This is not enough, I am growing old
Track Name: Untitled
7. UNTITLED

You took the words right out of my mouth.
You took the breath out of my lungs.
We were still together when I wrote you this song,
But I don’t want to sing about us.

You took the wind right out of my sails.
You drove your point home then drove me away.
Spent all my money without knowing the cost,
So I don’t want to sing about us.

You took the softness away from my skin,
Mistook my faith for some gullible whim.
Took me for granted, but enough is enough.
I don’t want to sing about us.

You took my heart and stuck it up on a shelf.
I loved you and you only hated yourself.
I burned all your promises and now they’re just dust
Cause I don’t want to sing about us.

Yeah we were still in love when I wrote you this song.
Tell me, how’d you get to be so stranded and lost?
I’d tell you why, but I already forgot.
And I don’t want to sing about us.

You took the words right out of my mouth.
You took the breath out of my lungs.
We were still together when I wrote you this song,
But I don’t want to sing about us.
Track Name: The Moon
8. THE MOON

You’re why I saw the moon last night
And what a sight to see
I would have missed it
But you insisted
You’d spend the night with me

You’re why I saw the moon last night
You woke me from my sleep
It swung real low
Above the oak trees
It felt just like a dream

And when I close my eyes
Oh, when I close my eyes
I can see you
I can see you

And when I open up my heart
Oh, when I open up wide my heart
I can feel you
I can feel you

You’re why I drank that wine last night
A bottle just for me
The room was spinning
My face was grinning
From ear to ear it seemed

You’re why I drank that wine last night
And stayed awake til three
Cause there’s no comparing
Catching you staring
From across the room at me
Track Name: Burnside
9. BURNSIDE

Lightning fills the sky and the night finally broke its fever
Wondering if my love for you could grow any deeper
Somewhere in the east the nights ablaze with forest fires
Just tell me when you’re tired, and we can go to sleep

Whiskey burns my throat, the bottle makes a home for flowers
We get paid by the hour so each payday feels like Christmas
Sweat drips down my chest, and I forget to say I’m sorry
Please lay your burden on me, I don’t know how else to pray

But I don’t think that I could ever be all that scared of you,
Standing at the sink in bare feet gathering water in handfuls

The windows open wide and my minds a book of dog-eared pages
Now tell me: what’s your favorite part of being alive?
Track Name: Honey
10. HONEY

Hope you find home,
Hope you're gone when I come.
Hope you're gone when I come.

And you're where I run.
Where I run to for the comfort,
And the lack thereof.
You're where I run.

And while I was sleeping,
You stole away to where the honey bees are hiding,
With the sky below you.

You drew me in,
And dusted my lashes with pollen,
While I clung to your abdomen.

Now you're filled with sweet things,
And I'm left with wax hair and bent wings,
And the scent of your leaving,
Disappearing.

And I felt the stings.
It's a distant feeling.
Won't you take me to where the honey bees are hiding?

Hope you find home.
Hope you're gone when I come,
Hope you're gone when I come
Back for more, honey.