Silver Birch

by Little Wise

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released November 11, 2016

An independent release © Little Wise 2016. All rights reserved.
This album is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH.

All songs written by Sophie Klein, except ‘Favourite Song’ written by Sophie Klein and John Flanagan.

Recorded, mixed and produced by MEJU.
Mastered by John Ruberto (Mastersound).
Additional engineering by Richard Stolz and Luke Mullan.
Recorded at Bracken Road, Woodstock Studios and Salong Kontrolli.

Sophie Klein: vocals, guitars, bass

Ben Franz: Pedal Steel
Daniel Hobson: Bass guitar
Jude Perl: Piano, backing vocals
Kalju Tonuma: Backing vocals, percussion, guitars, other sounds
Liat Sifris: Backing vocals
Megan Bernard: Backing vocals, guitars, bass, organ, keys, other sounds
Paddy Montgomery: Mandolin
Pam Zaharias: Drums
Rosie Burgess: Backing vocals, bass guitar
Sal Kimber: Guest vocals on ‘Favourite Song’
Sam Lohs: Backing vocals

Artwork by Richard Roper.
Design by Roger Wadia & Matthew Colin.
Photography by Caitlin Bryan.
Studio photography by Alice Chipkin and Sophie Klein.


Thank you to MEJU and all the beautiful musicians, artists & technicians who contributed to this project. Thank you and big love to Liat, my darling family and my dearest friends for all your love, support and encouragement always.

Special thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia and all the wonderful crowdfunders who made this possible.

Our VIP passengers on The Little Wise Express:
Jude; Julie M; John G; Alison & Michael; Joel L; David; Di; Margot; Tamara; Doris; Lou & Barry; Ronli & Michael; Eitan & Rachel; Beck & Leigh; Deidre & Jacob; Dalit & Raph; Adiva & Michae; Lynn; Adam & Jess; Marion; Mark & Tim; Diane L; Esther C; Michael F; Simone O; Leon; Jo & Mitra; Helen G.

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Track Name: Sometimes
Sometimes

Sometimes you gotta pretend
Go though the motions
Til you get to the end
Out of that illusion
You’ll find something real

Sometimes you gotta make friends
Even with the enemy
In our midst
Out of the chains of resentment
Forgiveness sets you free

Sometimes
You gotta will it to be right
Sometimes

Sometimes you gotta begin
What starts with a whisper
Can bring down the walls
The perfect moment
Waits for no one at all

Sometimes
You gotta float until you fly
Sometimes

Sometimes you gotta give in
Lay down your burden
Bow your to the sky
Open your arms to your brother
Open up your eyes

Sometimes
You gotta leave it all behind
Sometimes
Sometimes
You gotta will it to be right
You gotta leave it all behind
You gotta float until you fly
Track Name: Under Water
Under Water

She said I spent my life swimming in a straight line
Kept my head above water most of the time
Now there’s too much weight for these two arms
Let the tide wash over and soak these scars

When you’re under water, everything moves in slow motion
When you’re under water, moving through time and space

She said I’ve been swimming now since the age of six years
And my father’s voice still rings in my ears
He said don’t let that water get into your eyes
You gotta keep them closed and let the world pass by

But when you’re under water, everything moves in slow motion
When you’re under water, moving through time and space
When you’re under water, everything moves in slow motion
When you’re under water, moving through time and space

Drowning’s never felt so free
This is where I’m supposed to be
I’m sinking but I’m thinking clearly now
It’s crystal, everything I see
I used to swim to get away from me
I was swimming to get away from me

But when you’re under water, everything moves in slow motion
When you’re under water, moving through time and space
When you’re under water, everything moves in slow motion
When you’re under water, moving through time and space
Track Name: Grab a Hold
Grab a Hold

She’s angry at the waiter again
He says ‘hold on a minute’
And disappears for ten

She’s not used to eating alone
With no one to distract her
Doubts are spinning out of control

She takes another bite as she closes her eyes
The weight of her past decisions pulls tight
No end is in sight as it dawns on her why
She deserves everything and more in this life

She is perfect
She is whole
She sees her chance
To grab a hold
She is weightless
And she knows
To grab a hold you’ve got to let it go

Leave the calculations aside
Let the others worry
Leave those doubts behind

Take the time that you need
Soak yourself completely
In life’s eternal

Future in new light
As a spark flickers inside
Looking beyond just what’s in front of your eyes

She is perfect
She is whole
She sees her chance
To grab a hold
She is weightless
And she knows
To grab a hold you’ve got to let it go
To grab a hold you’ve got to let it go
Track Name: Then Again
Then Again

Moments of clarity don’t come no more
That red guitar just hangs on my wall
Ever since I heard the worst of news

I shuffle my feet as the day goes by
Another day ends with the longest of sighs
I miss those sweet summers that never end

Then again there’s the open road in front of me
Then again there’s the owls that are nesting in my tree
Then again there’s my love, she watches over me
Well I guess that’s why they call it bittersweet

Well I caught the blues just like you caught the flu
From my head down to the soles of my shoes
I’m a little girl once again, please hold me

And my life, it’s like a river
And the current it’s just getting quicker
Hold me nearer, hold me dearer, draw me in

Then again there’s the open road in front of me
Then again there’s the owls that are nesting in my tree
Then again there’s my love, she watches over me
Well I guess that’s why they call it bittersweet
Track Name: Don't Hurry Back
Don’t Hurry Back

Sorrow comes out of the woodwork
Sorrow comes out of the stone
My kids are all but grown up now
Don’t you know, the shop is closed
Couldn’t compete with the big store down the road

Thanks for your letter and your phone call
You always had quite the nerve
I don’t mean to sound ungrateful
You always gave more than I deserve
I always take more than I deserve

Don’t hurry back
Why do it tomorrow
When you can do it further down the track
Don’t hurry back
You’ve got a good thing going on there
Do you wanna mess with that?

You know it’s not long til I’ll be drinking
At the RSL like my old man
These days I have time for thinking
A little too much time on hand
But not enough to do it all again

I’m letting go of times gone by
I suggest you do the same
But it always comes around again

Don’t hurry back
Why do it tomorrow
When you can do it further down the track
Don’t hurry back
You’ve got a good thing going on there
Don’t wanna mess with that

Sorrow comes out of the woodwork
Sorrow comes out of the stone
Track Name: Silver Birch
Silver Birch

You told me about the time when you gave birth to me
When you left the house those birch trees were bare and skinny
Your baby girl was born ten years after your last
So you wrapped me up and took me home and those silver trees greeted us with green leaves

Through sleepless nights you nursed me, your touch soothed my cry
My sisters watching over me and dad by your side
As the years moved along you grew me up wise
Times of doubting, times of trying, but peace most of the time

I am an old soul
But I have young bones

As the years brought us closer at once everything turned
A dark cloud of sickness became your concern
Through sleepless nights we nursed you, our touch soothed your cry
Me and my sisters watching over you, dad always by your side

I am an old soul
But I have young bones
I am an old soul
But I have young bones

You didn’t finish what you started, you left before your time
There was so much here for you and love filled your life
I’d call you if I could and tell you all the news
Tell you how those birch trees are greening and how I miss you still

I am an old soul
But I have young bones
And somehow this feeling in my throat
Gets a little too much to handle

Oh silver birch, you anointed my birth
But as you burst into green
Slender and lean
I am missing a part of me
You are a part of me
You are a part of me

I’ve got your ring on my finger, got your hands, got your eyes
With courage I go back to where your body lies
As I leave with a tear and a word and a smile
I look over my shoulder and see sapling birch trees standing in line

I am an old soul
But I have young bones
I am an old soul
But I have young bones
Track Name: Favourite Song ft. Sal Kimber
Favourite Song

Co-written with John Flanagan
Guest vocals by Sal Kimber

I caught your eyes across the room
Now I know you feel the way I do
I dance with him eyes locked on you
It’s been years since I’ve felt love so new

I never wanted to be anything but true

You are my favourite song to dance to
You are the secret tune that I keep locked away
You are my favourite song to dance to
You are the secret tune that I keep locked away

I thought I had my plans laid out
The picture now is clouded in my mind
You dance with him eyes locked on me
We’re alone for one moment in time

I never wanted to be anything but true
How can I change my life
Cos right now
I want to hold you

You are my favourite song to dance to
You are the secret tune that I keep locked away
You are my favourite song to dance to
You are the secret tune that I keep locked away
You are the ringing of the church bells
You are the purest hymn that echoes through the night
You are my favourite song to dance to
You are the secret tune that I keep locked away
Track Name: As One
As One

We’re no good at talking
Talking on the phone
I am always distracted
You can never get time alone

I never thought I would love you
I never thought we could open that door
I never thought I would love you
We took a long drive and said it all

And I do appreciate
And I do appreciate
That you and me were made
That you and me were made
As one

We sat for hours in your living room
Talking and smoking and playing songs
You touched my hand and I woke up
I couldn’t wait to get you on your own

Now I sit alone in our living room
Scratching tones at the end of the line
I don’t want to speak, I need to be with you
I need to get you home and on your own

And I do appreciate
And I do appreciate
That you and me were made
That you and me were made
And I do appreciate
And I do appreciate
That you and me were made
That you and me were made
As one
As one
Track Name: Precious
Precious

I’m not usually one for adventure
More of the stay at home kind
But I got shaken up good as ever
I went out of my way just to find

A way to switch of altogether
Or to switch on a part of my mind
So I left my home, left my shelter
You gotta change up these things from time to time

I got no seatbelt, got no life jacket only
Got my name, got a few dollars on me
I wear no hard hat, got no bulletproof vest on
I cling to this life like the last day of spring
How precious it is

Now I’m here where there’s grace in the chaos
And the street chokes with volume and fumes
But my mind is quiet and still here
Free of the clutter that used to consume

I got no seatbelt, got no life jacket only
Got my name, got a few dollars on me
I wear no hard hat, got no bulletproof vest on
I cling to this life like the last day of spring
How precious it is

So I’m checking out in order to check in
Signing off in order to sign in
Trying to gain on the distance I strayed
From myself, from the here and the now

I got no seatbelt, got no life jacket only
Got my name, got a few dollars on me
I wear no hard hat, got no bulletproof vest on
I cling to this life like the last day of spring
Like a baby’s tight grip
Like a lover’s last kiss
How precious it is
Track Name: Stairs
Stairs

When I think back now
Those stairs were the lifeblood
The beating heart
Of my family home

Second only to
The kitchen table
Where conversation
Was tangled threads out of control

Twenty-something years
Life goes up, goes down them
Sometimes I trip, I stumble
But I don’t fall

In sleeping bags as kids
We would slide down them
It’s a wonder that I survived
Those stairs at all

If I could climb them now
I’d climb them all the way up to you
And I would tell you all about
How we’re all doing now
And how we pass the days
It’s funny but I guess life goes on somehow

When I’m in doubt
I let my feet go walking
Somehow time again
I end up at Bracken Road

I stare up as all the memories
Echo through me
Like pouring sand
I cannot grab a hold

I recall you loved
The view outside your bedroom
High amongst the Birch
You made your home

If I could climb them now
I’d climb them all the way up to you
And I would tell you all about
How we’re all doing now
And how we pass the days
It’s funny but I guess life goes on somehow

And when one day
I have a house to call my own
A warm and loving home
When I quit this life of roaming around

If I could climb them now
I’d climb them all the way up to you
And I would ask you all about
How we’re all doing now
And how we pass the days
It’s funny but I guess life goes on somehow
It’s funny but I guess life goes on somehow