ANGELS BEND CLOSER

by Jane Siberry

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Angels Bend Closer, Jane Siberry's first major recording in six years is a journey of the heart. a collection songs that will “dance on the palm of your spirit” and make your heart sing as we all “live the hope of the future today.”

Siberry crafts her storytelling while genre skipping through Folk, Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Rock, Electronic, Pop and at times a bit of Celtic.
Her voice is charismatic, vulnerable, soulful, sultry, intimate and powerful, often with an evocative quality that only great singers posses.

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released November 18, 2016

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Track Name: Walk On Water
I was standing at the back of a crowd
at the edge of the sea, a multitude
a single word
a hush would fall
I prayed that your gaze might fall on me
that my longing might part the sea of faces
and in my misery
I turned and walked away
come up my brother
come up my sister
come up my children
and walk on water with me
I walked away from that crowd
out along a long and dusty road
I saw a woman
she was lying there in pain
crying out to me
but I was so absorbed
in my own loneliness
are you not my brother?
I guess not yet
oh, to turn back the hands of time
I’m drowning in my shame
walk on water
come up my brother
come up my sister
come up my children
and walk on water with me
I’d give anything to hear your voice
to touch your hand, your hem, anything
I knelt down in hopelessness,
hopelessness, hopelessness
I’d give everything to feel your grace
to wash your feet, kiss your hem, anything
I knelt down in thankfulness
and then I felt virtue flow to me
come up my brother
come up my sister
come up my children
and walk on water again
oh, that was the night of nights
I stood against the sea
in that strange starlight
I felt the wind upon my face
I thought I heard my name
I thought I heard our names
Track Name: Living Statue (duet with k d lang)
let me be a living statue
holding all that life does send
let me be a living statue
knowing when to brace or bend
the eye within the hurricane
the spire within the spiraling storm
a gauge of love’s eternal promise
whispered through each dawning morn
let me be a living statue
stark against indifference
let all life move through me freely
joy and sorrow
pure, intense
let me know the faith
that knows no bounds
no meager-more my chosen sound
the sound of exultation
ever-upward countenance
though the jagged winds despair
to ever rise above the sound
so the human soul in rising up
still panics that we’ll drown
as you flowed through those before me
now I separate my rings
I consider this the lily
I accept all that this brings
facing fully to the wind
not turning from the hardest parts
let me be a living statue
fearless, though my pounding heart
let me be a living statue
holding all that life does send
let all life move me freely
joy and sorrow
pure, intense
let my blessings simply be
to know each moment blessing me
let me be a living statue
a pillar of love’s firmament
let me be a living statue
holding all that life does send
let me be a living statue
knowing when to brace or bend
let my blessings simply be
to know each moment blessing me
and let me be a living statue
holding all that life does send
Track Name: Dante
baby baby, baby baby
you went home for Thanksgiving
braced for the darkness
of the disconnected life
braced for the attacks from the easy chair
and when it was time to leave
you went to say goodbye
a flash went up your spine
instead you said, no one, no one
nobody, nobody
no one ever taught you but you know
baby baby, baby baby
and as you went to leave
he half rose up from his easy chair
and tiny flames licked the walls
and up your mother’s calves
a storm was comin
and you better get out of there fast
you went to say goodbye
a flash went up your spine
instead you said I thank you
for the things you sacrificed
he tried to curse you
but instead he begged forgiveness
and you held him as he cried
you are the rage of a lion
in a cage at night
the roar of a mother
bringing her baby back to life
baby baby baby, baby baby baby
and when you reached the subway
you stumbled up the stairs
confused by a different kind of pain
you drifted toward the track
and no one had your back
but the angels pressed
through the frightened crowd
someone screamed, a baby cried
no one told you, no one told you
but somehow you’ve always known
may you never be so alone again
may the subway tracks rise up
and throw you back to friends
may you feel the angels
bend closer
when you call
may you see your own beauty
as you see in us all
but beyond all this, beyond all this
the nobleness of gristle
the magnificent of grist
there’s just one thing
you need recall
and it is this
you always have and always will be well
Track Name: In My Dream
I’m running along with my father
he’s running like a boy
we’re running along in slow motion
and he falls in the leaves
like a child strong and free
in my dream
in my dream
I’m running along with my mother
she’s laughing like a girl
she’s telling me about
all her hopes and dreams
there is light in her eyes
she is open, she is wise
in my dream
in my dream
in my dream it’s October
and the leaves are floating down
like tiny yellow boats
each finding
their own unique, particular way
to the ground
I’m running along with my sister
our pigtails flying free
we’re racing ahead
of our sweet baby brother
there is joy on our faces
we are sure of our places
in my dream
in my dream
and the dog runs ahead of us
always almost-out-of-sight
pulling us further
into the golden autumn light
a lighthouse for the family
following that sweet familiar tail
pulling us closer on the troubled
family trail
I’m running along with my family
we’re running through the leaves
we’re running along in slow motion
we are happy, we are laughing
no one’s missing
we are holy in my dream
in my dream
in my dream
we are holy in my dream
Track Name: Positively Beautiful
if I ever see you again
I will make sure that I say to you
I’m so grateful to know you, my friend
so grateful to walk this earth with you
I saw you when you were broken
I saw you when you were down
I saw you pick yourself up
and turn your life around
to positively, beautifully
make a joyful sound
I marvel, I amazed be
if I ever see you again
I will make sure that I say to you
my life was a leaf in the wind
‘til I saw what was possible with you
I saw you when you were broken
I saw you when you were down
I saw you pick yourself up
and turn your life around
to positively, beautifully
make a joyful sound
I marvel, I amazed be
positively beautiful
beautifully positive
positively astonishingly
inspiringly beautiful
if ever I see you again
I will make sure that I say to you
that I love you in the morning
and in the afternoon
I love you in the evening
and underneath the moon
but most of all, I love you
for wanting to see true
I marvel, I amazed be
if I ever see you again
I will say all these things
with a single rose
dear, dear friend
Track Name: Anytime (Ballad)
the hardest thing
I’ve ever done
was to stand back
when I wanted to run
after your tiny, unprotected back
but stand back I must
as you learn to trust
your wings
your heart
anytime anytime that you want me
I’ll always be here
anytime anytime that you need me
I’ll always be here
and in your darkest hour
I will always be nearby
through Love’s power
anytime anytime that you call me
I’ll always be here
anytime anytime that you miss me
I’ll always be here
and in your darkest hour
I will always be nearby
through Love’s power
I’ll always be here
I’ll always be here
I’ll always be here
for you
someday when I’m long gone
I’ll still always be here
somehow …
maybe in the wind
or maybe in the rain
or maybe in a song
or maybe in the sunshine
the beauty of a rose
a feather falling near you
the kindness of a stranger
to show that I hear you
I will always
I will always be here for you
always
Track Name: Morag
oh darlin’ …
arise from your mossy bed
leave your lichen dreams behind
the deer have left clear trails for you to find
lift the bough to the left
press the bough to the right
today has something special for you
oh darlin’, there’s a man a-knocking
on your door at midnight most days
he’s a handsome stranger with lots of wisdom
and he’s come to help you on your way
oh my darlin’, you have so
much love ahead of you
somedays you’ll feel like you can fly
or like Hercules standing against the azure sky
and other days you’ll feel like
you don’t have the will to carry on
to carry out your dreams
you’ll choke on truth
and your body will get sick instead
but the wondrous thing is
help is everywhere
and it comes in the strangest of ways
so poetic and poignant is the fare
like in springtime
when peeper frogs
rise from the mud
they’re happy, they’re laughing
they’re calling for love at the top of their lungs
like you thought you never could
and they did instead
healing is in the air
life is a precious ring given to us by love
to polish and shine with all we learn
with all we earn
like perhaps forgiving others and
getting on with loving ourselves instead
and shining will be the eyes of your friends
holding your perfection when you can’t
when you recant your soul
and descend into darkness
on your way to the miracle of spring
oh darlin’, the gift of your sensitivity
is truly a gift
though you’ll be told
it is a weakness, a handicap
in fact, you’ll be the sound of the ocean
before we see it
(you’ll keep us safe and on track)
but this also means
you’ll be standing in the village square
feeling nauseous and deaf
you’ll just be picking up what’s left
after all the hangings that took place there
oh my darlin, when things don’t make sense
when things feel desperate and insane
all beauty doomed
remember the choice
that’s always yours to make
in the blink of an eye, the all-seeing eye
you can choose to change
coal into diamonds
with compassion and love
and greater understanding instead …
and as we learn to do such things
with all our heart and soul and might
with the intensity of single sight
we’ll see things we’ve never seen before
they say we will do this and much more
we will have the healing hands
to help the ones we love
which will be every living thing
oh darlin, only touch the things that turn you on
let whatever makes you dark and
dull and drained be gone
even if people criticize and say you’re wrong
this makes for a life that’s beautiful and bright
a life that shines with your own light
a life where you wake up everyday
excited to be up and on your way
and that makes for a love of this world
where separation has no place
is replaced by the sound of bells
and wings, and the upsweep to grace
oh darlin’, there’s a man a-knockin’
on your door at midnight these days
Track Name: Mama Hereby
mama, are you listening?
please put your tea towel down
this is the most important thing I’ve ever said
I love you as my mother
I love you as no other
but the pain we cause each other is killing me
can we hereby agree
with love and dignity
from now on my life is fine
and you are free
you know, anytime you come to me with love
my arms will always be open
all the times I lay my head upon your lap
your hand upon my forehead brought such comfort
such treasured memories
as are so many still
but across this kitchen table words are hurting
can we hereby agree
with love and dignity
from now on my life is fine
and you are free
you know, anytime you come to me with love
my arms will always be open
don’t worry about my health or my weight
my body is just fine
don’t worry about what other
people think of me
just laugh about my ways
and be glad that I have faith
and for what time is left
let’s just enjoy each other’s company
let us hereby agree
with love and dignity
from now on my life is fine
and you are free
don’t cry, mama
this is not goodbye
not at all
try, mama
be light, mama
like with your friends, mama
be light with me too
you know, anytime you come to me
with love (or not)
my arms will always always always
my arms will always be open to you
Track Name: Anytime (R & B)
the hardest thing
I’ve ever done
was to stand back
when I wanted to run
after your tiny, unprotected back
but stand back I must
as you learn to trust
your wings
your heart
anytime anytime that you want me
I’ll always be here
anytime anytime that you need me
I’ll always be here
and in your darkest hour
I will always be nearby
through Love’s power
anytime anytime that you call me
I’ll always be here
anytime anytime that you miss me
I’ll always be here
and in your darkest hour
I will always be nearby
through Love’s power
I’ll always be here
I’ll always be here
I’ll always be here
for you
someday when I’m long gone
I’ll still always be here
somehow …
maybe in the wind
or maybe in the rain
or maybe in a song
or maybe in the sunshine
the beauty of a rose
a feather falling near you
the kindness of a stranger
to show that I hear you
I will always
I will always be here for you
always
Track Name: Geranium
I don’t remember a box
I don’t remember a bow
I do remember
a gunnel
ribs
thump of paddle
I do remember women’s voices
and being carried across the water
shoreline
white pine
ravens
wilderness
I don’t remember where I was
when I first was lifted up
I don’t remember where I was
when I first held the cup
I only know that you were there
I looked into your eyes
and there I saw a world so …
I don’t remember a bow
I do remember a box
the box much smaller than you
when you were born
your father stumbling once
carrying your box across the lawn
I do remember the minister’s shoes
and a lawn-mower nearby
a drop of dew
geraniums
and the crumpled kleenex
in my mother’s hand beside
I don’t remember where I was
when I first was lifted up
I don’t remember who I was
when I first held the cup
I only know that you were there
I looked into your eyes
and there I saw a world
so beautiful
so full of love
and hardship, too
I held my breath
and with the breath of God
I came rushing through
Track Name: Hide Not Your Light
the first time I saw you
you would not stop to talk
your fierce determination
was going to get you to the top
then the mountain became
as a blade of grass
lowering you to the delphin sea
can one’s heart
can one’s heart break
can one’s heart break
even as it bursting be?
I love you, yes I do
I love everything about you
I love how you laugh in your sleep
how you smell of roses when you weep
I love your style
your wide-open prairie smile
hide not your light under a bushel
the next time I saw you
I saw that you had changed
you’d pulled the darkness ’round you
and hid yourself away
liquified by ancient tides
you waited quietly
can one’s heart
can one’s heart break
can one’s heart break
even as it bursting be?
I love you, yes I do
I love everything about you
I love how you laugh in your sleep
how you smell of roses when you weep
I love your style
your wide-open prairie smile
hide not your light under a bushel
the last time I saw you
you’d changed your name to Liberty
your fierce determination
as you twisted to break free
and when you finally unfurled in glorious victory
can one’s heart
can one’s heart break
can one’s heart break
even as it bursting be?
I love you, yes I do
I love everything about you
what you might consider a weakness or a flaw
we consider uniqueness, real and right for you
we love your style
your wide-open prairie smile
hide not your light under a bushel…
someday you might
need your own light
to see
hide not your light under a bushel
Track Name: Beyond Plus One
the waving hands as the train arrives
the silent awe of a brand new life
the wagging tail of a little friend
oh, all the precious things we love plus one
beyond beyond beyond
beyond beyond beyond
the rescued worm in the April shower
the perfect shell from the robin’s bower
the ancient tree watching o’er the home
oh, all the precious things we love plus one
beyond beyond beyond
beyond beyond beyond
and the sweet and sad of our mortal toil
become the lights of our mortal coil
lighting your way ‘til day is done
the out bound train as it rounds the bend
the silent room when the music ends
the wagging tail ‘til the very end
oh, all the precious things we love plus one
beyond beyond beyond
beyond beyond beyond
oh, all the precious things
we love plus one
all the precious things
we love plus one
Track Name: Everything You Knew As A Child
you’re sitting in a cafe, feelin’ good, havin’ fun
you’re watching a tiny sparrow
hopping on the table
and you’re feeding it some crumbs
you look up and see someone watching you
with disgust and fake hygienic fear
you knock the table over as you stand up saying
it’s just a sparrow
is there anyone sane around here?
everything you knew was good and true
when you were just a child
it hasn’t gone away
everything you knew was right to do
when you were just a child
it hasn’t gone away
we watched you catch your first fish
and then we watched you cry
we watched you make a wish for the world
as you freed a butterfly
then you closed your beautiful forehead
and opened up your book of life
trying on the clothes of being
a rebel, leader, conformist, pleaser, victim
just tryin’ to get it right
everything you knew was good and true
when you were just a child it hasn’t gone away
everything you knew was right to do
when you were just a child it hasn’t gone away
everything that you love
everything that you trust
everything beautiful
as you knew in the beginning
so you shall know once again
as you finally overturn the tables
of the press of throng in the temple within
there’s a fire building inside you
burning off dross and straightening
out the track
you’re starting to hear music again
and when you lose your taste for salt
you won’t look back
everything you knew was good and true
when you were just a child
it hasn’t gone away
everything you knew was right to do
when you were just a child
it hasn’t gone away
everything you knew was good and true
when you were just a child
it hasn’t gone away
everything you knew was right to do
when you were just a child
it’s just been waiting for you
it’s just been waiting for you
Track Name: Send Me Someone To Love
send me someone
send me someone
send me someone to love
someone whose kiss I could understand
and who would understand mine
someone whose hips I could understand
and who would understand the rhythm of mine
someone who understands the power
of making love divine
send me someone to love
send me someone
send me someone
send me someone to love
someone whose lips I could understand
and who would understand
the language of mine
someone whose silence I could understand
and who could understand the love within mine
someone who cares more for seeing true
than wanting to be right
send me someone to love
send me someone
send me someone
send me someone to love
someone who won’t become immune
to my charm over time
someone whose first strength
is the strength of their spine
someone who won’t mind
a ménage-a-trois
you and me and God
for God is great, God is good in bed
send me someone
send me someone
send me someone
tonight
Track Name: The Great Train
you know, when the great train
of freedom comes
no one will be left behind
not the least of sparrows
nor those on their darkest flight
all shall be lifted up into the light
and the stable doors will open
and from cages bird will fly
and the animals will talk to us like they used to
not like this
like THIS
when the great train of freedom comes
when every village bell starts to ring
when every whistle blows in the valleys below
when people look up listening
and angels shall enter the building
with music on their lips
placing stars on our foreheads like a kiss
not like this
like THIS
when the great train of freedom comes
when wealth will be who you are
not what you have
when common sense will guide instead of fear
when we can stand
with honesty and love before the mirror
when all sisters and brothers
stand together
against separation from each other
when in all living things we can hear
the angels sing
when we know, really know that
love is everything
and the butterfly flies between
buildings bright
across the empty lots and through the
barbed wire
then up towards the snowy mountain pass
holding holding
like THIS
like THIS
when in all living things
we can hear the angels sing
when we know, really know
that love is everything
you know, this great train of freedom
has come a long, long way
over a long, long time
right to where we stand
here
together
today