Scandinavia

by Michaela Thomas

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1.
Amsterdam 03:40
Summertime is lovely And the sun is flowing honey on our minds Blanketed with laughing And the sound of waves crashing all around I will not return to Amsterdam without you I will not return to South America without you now Overlooking bridges with the water Flowing softly on our shores You were not expected but Your eyes are dancing me across the floor I will not return to Amsterdam without you I will not return to Scandinavia without you now Rain, oh rain, oh rain… When you are away Grey, oh grey, oh grey… Rain, oh rain, oh rain When you are away So come and stay Come and stay Summertime is lovely And the sun is flowing honey on our minds You were not expected but I think you’re someone I was bound to find I will not return to Amsterdam without you I will not return to somewhere I call home without you now
2.
Lineage 03:20
Taken from a severed form This hand is reaching forward Opening and closing with the day And all it can’t contain The matter and the mate to have and hold And old stones Take, repeat, pattern keep We are not alone Blood and bone, ages of our fathers Surface now and grow Southern sweet, the sullen air would rise And wrap around us Days we spent in warmth and water claim A future love would make Our bodies float away and give us hope, A new home Take, repeat, pattern keep We are not alone Blood and bone, ages of our fathers Surface now and grow All we know Taken from the wreckage of our family home Let it go Can we forget what was shown? Take, repeat, pattern keep We are not alone Blood and bone, ages of our fathers Surface now and grow
3.
Fire 02:44
Grey smoke and ash Fields haunted as This earth is waken up Sail on these seas Bring love to me I’m haunted by your eyes When I feel this fire in my bones I am shaken by all you want Don’t mistake me I just need love I’m not the same You call my name I feel it rising up When I feel this fire in my bones I am shaken by all you want Don’t mistake me I just need love No use fighting No use running from this now, it overcomes I’m not frightened But your face is all I see and I am lost When I feel this fire in my bones I am shaken by all you want Don’t mistake me I just need love
4.
Wolves 03:50
When the wolves came They were waiting at our doorstep I had thought you would stay Now your faces start to look the same When the snow came There were footprints in the forest I had thought you would stay Now the days all start to feel the same Cause you came quick as the dawn Then vanished like the sun in Scandinavia I’m held here by a dream And you couldn’t be further away from me When the spring came I was far away and dreaming I had thought you’d return When the rains all made the world green again But you came quick as the dawn Then vanished like the sun in Scandinavia I’m held here by a dream And you couldn’t be further away from me Away, away ooohhh… Away, away ooohhh… When the wolves came You were already saying goodbye
5.
Modern Age 03:24
Modern age I can’t see where I fit in your pages Callous days Close my eyes and the silence erases And I don’t bother any day to be anything Sleep and dreaming have allowed me a place to breathe Till all my scheming one day falls apart I can’t keep you locked up with my faults Take in stride All the paces they put me to making Run and hide From the series of blows I am facing And I don’t bother any day to be anything Sleep and dreaming have allowed me a place to breathe Till all my scheming one day falls apart I can’t keep you locked up with my faults Don’t mark me the same When I’m made for older days Modern age I can’t see where I fit in your pages
6.
Down in the reeds Swallowed by summer I wasn’t ready for coming of age Wrestled with lies I’m just a dreamer But I never close my eyes When it all comes back around And I see you standing in city skyline Will I fall Or will I be safe with you? I chase you like smoke Drowned in the desert I’ll find some reason to not be me And if I let go Take it or leave it You’ll be the first to know When it all comes back around And I see you standing in city skyline Will I fall Or will I be safe with you? Down in the reeds Swallowed by summer I wasn’t ready for coming of age
7.
Dreaming of a place to be With my love, truly Cause where I’ve been is darkest hour And dawn of day is coming, coming, coming I have spent torturous nights But when I awake you are near me Cause what I need is to be found And to be free for the morning, morning, morning Dream on, dream on… Sun will rise, day is new All our past forgotten Shake off shadows, open windows All our failures forgotten Dream on, dream on…
8.
Nesodden 02:52
I was walking by the river You were staring at the wall Well if we change then we’re still changing And our days have come and gone Don’t be afraid Love will stay In the sea I’m still the same And I’m waiting, oh, for you You were sitting by the window I was writing in the yard Can’t deny the seeds I’m saving Can’t deny the dreams I’ve had Don’t be afraid Love will stay In the sea I’m still the same And I’m waiting, oh, for you Somewhere inside you the seasons have changed And you’re trying to make a sound Tomorrow your reasons will fade till you don’t know The way to save it all I was walking by the river You were staring at the wall Well if we change then we’re still changing And our days have come and gone
9.
Winter 03:29
Sun fails the sky It’s cold in the wintertime When I wake I don’t know where I am We shared a home A bed and a tablecloth Now your name keeps faulting on my tongue Thought I had grown, but now I know The child in my heart You take me down from my throne And tear me apart Love comes and goes But you were the first to know All those places I would run and hide Thought I had grown, but now I know The child in my heart You take me down from my throne And tear me apart Start all over

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all songs by michaela thomas
except "lineage" by michaela thomas and jimmie linville
produced by jimmie linville and daniel mcmahon
engineered by daniel mcmahon, with zach staas
recorded at the midwest sound in rockford, il
additional recording at bobbywood in nashville, tn
mixed by daniel mcmahon
mastered by justin perkins at mystery room mastering in milwaukee, wi

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released September 4, 2014

vocals and acoustic guitar by michaela thomas
various guitars including baritone electric and lap steel by daniel mcmahon
additional electric guitar by jimmie linville
harmony vocals by molly parden and erin rae mckaskle
drums by darren garvey
keys by daniel pingrey

"the lady of shalott" by john william waterhouse
album design by matthew holmen

thank you to each artist who contributed his or her time and talents to this album. thank you mom for nashville, bluegrass, and your voice, dad for the dylan/young/stevens sing alongs, and a special thank you to jimmie for making this record happen.

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