Whisper

by Sonja Malton

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Eliza Grafton
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Eliza Grafton Sonja's unique blend of guitar and vocals is just amazing. I love hearing her perform any chance I get. Favorite track: Once Upon a Time.
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Greg I had the extreme pleasure of taking part in a festival of the arts with Sonja, and watching her live was just amazing. I couldn't stop playing her songs in my head. Favorite track: I Lost a Shoe.
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released January 29, 2014

Additional vocals, keys, and percussion by Noemi Parenteau-Comfort

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Track Name: Best of Me
I fumble, I turn and fall down
I hit the ground, uneasy on my feet
I tremble, afraid of stepping out of time
Every sway is clumsy, every motion incomplete
But when you move, girl, you move me

I'm kinda lazy, and I'm more than kinda slow
But when I see you, girl, to catch you I would go, go, go
Just picture me leaping, slow-motion, dramatic twirling through the air
And you can laugh if you want to, 'cause it'd be funny
But I wouldn't really care
'Cause when you move, girl, you move me

So I will dance for you
Crazy, clumsy, quirky as I may be
Yes I will dance for you
I may not be the best, but you can bet you'll always get
The best of me

I stand on sidewalks just watching people pass me by
Feeling kinda dizzy, thinking "they can move, so why can't I?"
Scared of looking foolish, I stand stock still
Never joining the motion, but take my hand, and for you I will
'Cause when you move, girl, you move me

So I will dance for you
Foolish, self-conscious as I may be
I will dance for you
I may not be the best, but you can bet you'll always get
The best of me

Every step you take, my body's shaking
And somewhere way down deep, where I was once asleep
My body's waking
Baby, I was lame, stuck in freeze-frame, until you came to me
Look into my eyes, and realize
Baby you are everything to me

So I will dance for you
"Head over heels" as I may be
I will dance for you
I may not be the best, but you can bet, you'll always get
The best of me.
The best of me.
Track Name: Once Upon a Time
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10...
Once upon a time I was nothing
Once upon a time I was no one at all
Once upon a time I was nothing
But once upon a time a breeze was blowing
And it was soft and it was warm and so it filled my lungs
I came into this world red-faced and screaming
But you held me knowing something big had just begun

And I would cry time and again
But you would smile and say
"Just count to ten, my love
Just count to ten"

Once upon a time no one was listening
Once upon a time I was all alone
Once upon a time no one was listening
But once upon a time I heard you singing
And it was calm and it was strong and so it filled my soul
And there was something beautiful worth hearing
And suddenly the world just didn't seem so cold

And I would cry time and again
And you would smile and say
"Just count to ten, my love,
Just count to ten...

Count to ten and close your eyes
And remember that I love you
And even when you need to cry
You can feel my light above you
Just hold my hand
And start again
The world won't end it in the time it takes
To count to ten

Take a breath when you do wrong,
Take a breath when you've been done wrong
I am here, and you're so strong
Don't push the world away
I'm asking you to stay
'Cause who you're gonna be tomorrow
Isn't how you feel today"

Once upon a time I saw you weeping
I never thought that such a thing could ever be
And all the while you thought that I was sleeping
Once upon a time someone was dying
And once upon a time you tried to spread your wings
But heavy hearts will make it hard for flying
But take my hand and we can do most anything

I have cried time and again
So now it's my turn to smile and say
"Just count to ten,
Count to ten

Let's count to ten and close our eyes
Remember that I love you
So even when you need to cry
You can feel my light above you
Just hold my hand
And we'll start again
The world won't end in the time it takes us
To count to...

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10...
Track Name: Who Knew
Bare toes treading carefully down
A little path of rocks
Dim flashlight leads us around to the dock
At way past midnight
And it hard to see
But it's easy to breathe
We fill our lungs with wild tranquility

We're just a little boat in the middle of the bay
While everyone's asleep
An open sky and it's getting hard to keep
Myself from gasping
'Cause now it's easy to see
And so it's hard to breathe
'Cause our lungs are held 'cause it's so astonishing

'Cause there's no moon
But there's oh, so many stars
Who knew
There could be so many stars?
Do you
Know just how fortunate we are?
Who knew
A night like this could exist, let alone be ours?

It's hard to think this was just another
Ordinary day
'Cause now I see you in extraordinary light and there's nothing to say
but "holy wow"
How lucky can I be?
And I don't wanna breathe
For fear of blowing away this
Surreal serenity

And then laughing
All our clothes are tossed away
And then gasping
We just leap into the bay
An insignificant two
Astounded and frozen outside time
Who knew
In such a grand expanse there was even a chance that you'd be mine?

And who knew
That water could be so warm?
And who knew
That I would find a home
In you?
Yet here we are and we've only just begun
Well who knew?
In a world where there's so much wrong
We've somehow found a bit of perfection
Track Name: Inspired By
Yesterday I saw a man
A man I had seen every day before yesterday and
He offered me his hand
But I refused to recognize his face
So he went away
But what good came from staying still?
There was so much there to fill me
But I didn't know I was empty

Yesterday I wore my shoes
To walk a floor I've walked a hundred times before but
It did not want me to stay
'Cause my shoes were getting in the way
Of hearing what it had to say to me
So I left it be

Yesterday I let go one big sigh and saw a city fall down
And I said "Wow, look how big I am!"
Inspired by just how tall it seemed that I could stand
I thought I was the sky
Then I cried when there was nowhere safe to land

Yesterday I watched my mother smile
Telling stories through her open arms and open eyes and
Suddenly, well there was the sky, there was the world
And then there was I
Just a crying little girl
Inspired by her open eyes I held her hand
And I said "Wow mum, look how small I am"

Last night I dreamed I found my wide and wond'ring baby eyes
When I opened them to see the morning sky
As it had never looked before
I took his hand, he smiled, and we ran barefoot for a while
And sang the music booming from the floor

Today I said "hello"
To someone that I did not know
Looking through my mother's eyes I'm inspired by
The too-long while it took to see
The world is bigger than me.
Track Name: Whisper
Remember when we made a bed
From ratty blankets in that unfinished shed in my backyard
Before the fall had really fell
Remember how we watched the stars up through the naked rungs
And we let the summer wind just fill our waking lungs
And I've never been so wide awake
And I have never breathed so well

But whisper, whisper
'Cause someone else is sleeping
Now listen, listen
'Cause while we're wildly keeping calm
Our silhouetted hearts are beating heavy, hard
And then we're gone
But I won't tell anyone

We midnight danced out in the street
No music, all the sound was rhythm scraping feet
And laughing sighs
And there were never any cars
Then it was cold and so we ran down empty rooms and halls
And see how the echos ring
And shadowed corners boom and call
And invite affection in the dark
'Cause after all, the night is ours

But tiptoe, tiptoe,
'Cause someone might be listening
But don't go, don't go
I feel your body twisting in fear
As all the world is loud, resisting heavy, hard
But I'm right here
And I'm not going anywhere

The moon is bright and it's alright if you go home tonight
The tide is something you can't fight when weary, unsteady
The room was cold when whispers told you how you would unfold
But unravel all you need 'cause I will hold you until you're ready.

Remember when we made a bed
Could we now make a life instead?
Shh... you can answer in a whisper
Track Name: No Words
No words; no words to speak
Just eyes; just eyes and the deep, deep
Deep, deep breathing
The deep, deep breathing

No words; no words to hear
Just hands; just hands and we're
Still just breathing
The deep, deep breathing
Deep and heavy breathing
No words

Eyes closed; eyes closed out there
On the whole imperfect world
But in here; in here eyes open
And I see the world's most perfect girl
And she is breathing
So I can keep on breathing
Eyes closed

Your heart; your heart you open wide
For only me to see
So there; there upon I rest
The most restless parts of me
I lied; I lied when I said
I wasn't thinking anything
But I; I just wanted to take in
All the quiet that you bring
So let's just keep on breathing

'Cause I sleep; I sleep better when you're there
And I run; I run my fingers through your hair
And breathing is easy
Breathing deep and heavy
Breathing is easy
Steady, deep, and heavy breathing
Deep, deep breathing

I tried to shed the mask of insecurity I wore
Then I cried 'cause my happiness was sore
Your smile, your lips, your eyes,
Your love
Your... love
Your...

No words
Track Name: Away from the City
I'm running away from the city
Away from the power lines and the neon signs
And the grand designs of people who don't know
They're only itty bitty in the grand scheme of things

I sink my toes in
A quiet lake that no one goes in

The afternoon I'm spending on the river
I've met a loon, and I'm floating with her
The lily-pads and reeds are whispering underneath
The bow of my canoe

Everything is beauty as the world is singing to me
But all I see is you

It's hard for me to sleep
Without you with me
But I feel you in the deepest waves as they're keeping time
So as the music starts to sweep in
I get my balance steady
Somewhere, you're dancing too
So I dance with you
And I think I'll sleep just fine
Fine tonight
I think I'll sleep just fine

The sleeping bag is comfortable
But it would be more so if it were tightly pulled
Over you and me and we had all we'd ever need
And there was nowhere else to go

It's hard for me to sleep
Without you near me
But I can feel you in the deepest grooves of my smile lines
So I'm laughing underneath
And I know you hear me
'Cause somewhere, you're laughing too
So I laugh with you
And I think I'll sleep just fine
Fine tonight
I think I'll sleep just fine tonight

There's soot marks on my sweater
As the coals start dying down
And separate, but together
We both lay down
And it smells so damn divine
Like smoke and cedar
So I sink deeper into the passing time
And the stars align and I know you're mine
So I think I'll sleep just fine
Fine tonight
I think I'll sleep just fine tonight
I think I'll sleep just fine... etc.
Track Name: Gravity
Hold me down
I am strong
But not as strong as you
Or gravity

So pick me up
I feel so heavy
Breathe me in but don't say
You need me

How many times is one too many?
How many lungs get to breathe my body?
How many falls will push me right over
Until I go over the edge of it all?
Into a pit of hands
That's where my body always seems to land

Push me back
Against a wall
I've felt them all before
It's nothing new

But if you lay me down
The ground will burn me
So spin me round
It'll be OK as long as you can't
See me

How many crimes do I silently carry?
How many knives get to brush my body?
How many smiles has it been since I went over?
And over, and over, and over, and over
Into another stranger's dance
Another fine romance
My private pit of hands

Take your control
I was not quite whole to begin with
Then leave me cold
'Cause I have sold you all of my skin
Without a word
So no one heard a thing

You can touch me here
But never breach me
Pull me near
But don't expect to teach me
To obey
I may freeze and so I may stay
But you should know this is not OK with me
Some day I'll be strong as gravity
Track Name: I Lost a Shoe
I lost a shoe
What will I do, what will I do?
I can't go anywhere without a shoe to take me there
What will I do, what will I do? I lost a shoe
What will I do? I lost my shoe

I'm blaming you
'Cause I thought of you and away I flew
My shoe fell through the air, it could have landed anywhere
Away I flew when I thought of you, I though of you and I lost my shoe
'Cause away I flew when I though of you

I'm losing sleep
I'm counting sheep but I'm losing sleep
You came into my head when I was getting into bed
I'm counting sheep but I'm losing sleep
'Cause I thought of you and away I flew
Away I flew and I lost my shoe
What will I do, what will I do?

I've lost my mind
I'm feeling fine, but I've lost my mind
I spent the day thinking up lovely things to say
I'm feeling fine, but I've lost my mind
I've lost my mind, so I'm counting sheep
I'm counting sheep 'cause I'm losing sleep
'Cause I thought of you and away I flew
Away I flew and I lost my shoe
I'm blaming you, I lost my shoe
What will I do, what I do?

I'll marry you
If you say "I do" then I'll marry you
You took my mind and sleep and shoe but whoop-di-do
We'll make it through
Don't miss your cue to say "I do"
You say "I do" and I'll marry you
I didn't really like the shoe
But I like you
So I'll marry you with just one shoe
That's what I'll do, that's what I'll do

I lost a shoe, but I got you
Track Name: Turns to Green
Mending my perforated conscience
I'm heading down that huge expanse
Of concrete and painted lines
And staying to the right

Look forward, all the lights are twinkling
Look back and laugh
'Cause the city doesn't even know I'm leaving
Everybody's trying to go some place
But not as nice a place as me

'Cause I'm going home
I'm going home

Now I know I made the right decision
Even though I wanna go, I know that I could always return
But still there's water blurring up my vision
Thinking of unfinished bridges I may have just burned

But I'm not alone
'Cause I'm heading home
I'm going home

And so the grey turns to green
And air turns to clean
And sad is just a place that I have seen
The grey turns to green

I'll sing out across the highway
And pretty soon I'll be just fine
See, I've been in the very right place
But at the very wrong time

So I'm going home
So I don't have to be alone
I'm going home
To you

The dim turns to bright
And the falling turns to flight
And lonely's just a place that I have been
But now the grey turns to green
Track Name: Another Night
Inside my bedroom ceiling
There lives a little mouse
And when my head is reeling
He lulls me to sleep with little sounds

And I will drift away
To the symphony of little mouse breathing
And I'll allow him to stay
'Cause I wouldn't want to hurt his little mouse feelings

It's just another night
Lying on my bed
It's just another night
With music in my head

There is a girl in the walls
She's fifteen years old
She listens to me play my guitar

Occasionally she calls to me
But I don't answer anymore
By the time she's me she says she'll a big, big movie star

It's just another night
Memories all around
It's just another night
With music to be found

And if I don't see anyone today I don't think I'd mind
It's just that people can be so loud and I'm of the quiet kind
And you always say things like
"I love you more than you could ever know"
But I wanna know
It's a long way down to the ground from this
Pedestal

In between my pillows and sheets
I've made a fort, "No boys allowed"
It's designed to hide from eyes that try so hard to understand me

There's nothing to see from my nose to my feet
No imperfections to be found
But if you want inside, just close your eyes
And I'll sing so you can see me

It's just another night
Nothing left to feel
It's just another night
With music to heal me

It's just another night
Of ceiling, walls, and bed
Of mouse, and girl, and head
Of nothing left to be said.