long way home

by Donna Stolz

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released April 20, 2017

long way home was recorded* and mixed by Antonio Passacantilli at Wolvesinsound Studio.
*With the exception of all drum tracks- which were recorded by Robert Kretzschmar- as well as wide open and a few more instrument and backing tracks that were recorded at Casa Stolz. Mastered by Arnold Kasar at Calyx Mastering. All songs are written by Donna Stolz. Photography by Michael M Stockton. Graphic design by Förm.

Donna Stolz- all vocals; acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, accordion, toy keyboard, glasses of water/
Robert Kretzschmar- drums/
Benjamin Kriesel- banjo on songbirds, electric guitar on storm and shot my man, as well as some acoustic guitar for on and on/
Gidi Farhi- upright bass.

Thank you to all friends and loved ones near & far who helped this on the way.

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Donna Stolz Berlin, Germany

This Berlin songwriter will take you to meet wolves in a dark forest. Be careful, you might lose your way. There is a guitar and a voice that has teeth and words. Each word like bone-white-drift-wood waiting to be examined. Each song a place you will long to return to. ... more

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Track Name: on and on
every time we breathe in
we breathe in a part of every time
somebody else exhaled right in the same place

all these ghosts fill up our lungs
their stories on a journey
through our skin into our blood

on and on and on
feel them coursing through your veins & all around
on and on and on
wherever you go, they go hand in hand

we are all just trying
to make sense of people dying
people being born
and what comes after breakfast
if I'd been born a while ago
I think I could have made great sense
roaming through the prairie with the buffalo

on and on and on
loose your balance but keep waltzing round and round
on and on and on
'mongst pots and pans there's comfort to be found.

oooh

and all I wanna know
is that I won't have to go without the chance
to pass on some of what's been running strong
in my blood
and I guess that in the end all that we need
is a little luck
no path is ever straight we do the best that we can.
Track Name: storm
all I ever wanted
is for the swaying faces on my wall
to 'come real
gently shifting left than right
holding hands, one day
to simply step out of the shade
and come alive

the flowers on my carpet too
would be flying round and round the room
whilst the old men in my ceiling
nod their heads

all I ever wanted
is to be tough
like a grain of sand in your hand
just the essence of a rock-but
stuck between your teeth, good luck
trying to get it out

yet banks of sand just like a bed
a quiet place to rest your head
as the mountains meet the river
meet the sea

all I ever wanted
i was told
to seek outside my door
and on from there
road signs there were rather vague
early morning sun made way for night
and night brought storm

now everywhere fly newspapers
the politicians shake their heads
as the headlines of today
fade away.
Track Name: songbirds
make this a thing of lightness or a fortress no one can take
the thickest bush of brambles will host a flock of birds
go ahead run into darkness
sometimes we all want for some rest
make sure to bring some matches though
hold them closely to your chest

for in there your songbirds are singing
though your thicket it grows thicker by the year
worms and seeds and crumbs to thrive
it don't take much
to keep an itty bitty songbird alive

you keep busy growing briars
it's time to stand your ground these days
knifes all stacked at the ready
tread very carefully-they say
who would dare to tell you
waging war never made no peace
those battles just take it out of you
when your heart could do with ease

for in there your songbirds are singing
though your thicket it grows thicker by the year
worms and seeds and crumbs to thrive
it don't take much
to keep an itty bitty songbird alive

sun sets on an empty desert
inch by inch the ground sighs in relief
all critters coming forth
it's time.

for in there your songbirds are singing
though your thicket it grows thicker by the year
worms and seeds and crumbs to thrive
it don't take much
to keep an itty bitty songbird alive
Track Name: ocean will be ocean
You say, you're sure you been here before
constellation melt down same four walls
mouse got trapped
at your core you know
deep down nothing ever stays the same. same.

verdict's in
face the lion's lair
you gave it your all you lived your share
credit is due for the things we dare
outcome is neither here nor there.

watch the waves keep rolling in
the tide will ebb and flow
though it may be different rivers tumbling down
ocean will be ocean by the shore

through deep dense woods, down stream on a moat
rocky climbs and potholes in the road
miles and miles of open land you gotta roam
rivers will always guide you home

watch the waves keep rolling in
the tide will ebb and flow
though it may be different rivers tumbling down
ocean will be ocean by the shore

one shot for what went wrong
this moment's all i own
one verse to this song
the road ahead is long

one foot deep in sand
one foot firm on land
one eye on our hands
and one beyond the sky
Track Name: out of orbit
I am a planet out of orbit and I am floating
I am a planet out of orbit
and I'm going going gone

surely wish I knew where I was headed
kinda got no clue at all
all these glowing stars I been passing by
just hanging, waiting
for a fall

I am a planet out of orbit
and it is oh so quiet here
soundlessly falling
is there anybody near?

round and round and round
you see me spinning
through a deep dark endless space
hour after hour won't stop hoping
to see
another face
Track Name: shot my man
I had a man
oh but I shot him down
shot him down, shot him down, shot him down.

I'm not afraid
I am still walking tall
walking tall, walking tall, walking tall.

he can't hold me when I'm sleeping
he can't hold me now
he can't hold me when I'm hurting
he can't hold my hand.

I shot a man, oh I shot a man
shot a man, shot a man
shot my man

he was so purdy
with his big coarse hands
with his big coarse hands

since he's gone I keep on walking
walking till that day
when our savior comes acallin'
me to my own grave.

I had a man
oh but I shot him down
shot him down, shot him down, shot him down.

I'm not afraid
I am still walking tall
walking tall, walking tall, walking tall.
Track Name: hundreds of waves
Laura you're crossing the ocean
just water for hours and days
I watch you make popcorn in your bright red bikini
as you boat cuts through hundreds of waves

oooooh

I stood by the latter down in old Ballard where all the salmon return to
battling on against the current
some bite marked, some battered
I wonder if they'll make it through

oooooh

and I hugged you as you climbed out of the water
you shivered- the river was cold
sometimes you just gotta fall into the water
as long as we swim we don't fold

so i tested and I prodded
to make sure that where I'm headed
is not gonna lead me astray
I sailed the seven waters
but no storm could sink me
I'm ready now to call it a day.
Track Name: now
all I say, all I say is now
all I say, all I say is now
maybe it's the end of the world
the sky is falling
down down down down down

pushing, pushing without resistance is just falling
push me, push me- let me fall, fall fall
fall with me-follow me

where mountains meet the river I lay my head
soft moss on boulders for my bed
I have a fondness for broken things and ravioli
still taste best straight from the can
you'll always find me tending fires
even though I burn my hand
take my hand my friend

ooooh

all I say, all I say is now. all I say it's okay to fall.
step right on the back of the bike
it's been a long long long long long long time

hold on, hold on
life is rushing through and round you
forward, onward, down the road
it's time to sleep and you are on your way
and I am here to stay

here's to marks, to scars and the stars above our heads
feet under water, mind up in the sky
grab some logs, focus slipping
things get clearer by and by
I never thought I'd waver
I never wanted to have to say
goodbye.
Track Name: wide open
I would like to know you
would like to show you
who I am
I would like to barter
a little harder
if I can
to understand
arms wide open

I've said
and you've been saying
at least we have been
in my head
no one had better take you
from my side
til I'm dead
am I asleep
eyes wide open

I wish for more than choices
a clear direction
a map to go
I've lived in many houses
but there's always room to grow
just point the way
mind wide open