Leave Your Ghosts Behind

by Tara Dente

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This album is dedicated to Nanny, who knew before I did how important music would be; and to the women in Arizona who became part of me.

Great thanks to Andy, Collin, Chris, and Colleen — with you, a dream is now a reality; and to my family, for your constant love and light. Thank you to Allie for my tools; Ed for a stage; Liz for my sanity; Robyn for a mirror; Kathy for your encouragement; Aunt Tina for exposure to the guitar; Dave for your craftsmanship; and the local music music community for embracing me.

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released July 18, 2014

All songs written by Tara Dente except "The One Thing,” co-written by Colleen Dente

Tara Dente: Vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhrán (track 6), shaker (tracks 3, 6 & 8), djembe (tracks 1, 6 & 10), tabla (tracks 6 & 12), cLAVEs (track 8), bells (track 10), tambourine (track 5), brushes (track 12)
Collin Demos: Shaker (tracks 1 & 4), acoustic bass (track 5), tambourine (track 6), bells (track 10)
Lubomir Smilenob: Gadulka (track 7)

Produced by Tara Dente and Collin Demos
Engineered and mixed by Collin Demos in Point Pleasant, NJ
Mastered by Zack Spader at Channel Drive Studio in Point Pleasant, NJ

Album design and layout by Colleen Dente
Photography by Colleen Dente
Cover illustration by John Brandard from The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala by James Bateman, (c) 1837; Leaf taken from Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium, ca. 1839-1846; used under Creative Commons license 

Contact: booktaradente@gmail.com |  facebook.com/taradente  | @taradente

(c) 2014 Tara Dente
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. 
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Tara Dente is a folk/alternative guitarist, singer-songwriter and NJ native. Her second full-length album "The Gleaner", was released on June 2nd, 2017 and is available world-wide. Tara was nominated for an Asbury Music Award in 2014 and 2016 for Top Female Acoustic Act.

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Track Name: The One Thing
Always wanting what I can't have
Always wanting what I can't have
The light is green but I don't wanna go
And when it's red I plow ahead
Reaching for what's taken
Cuz those are the best ones
Timing's a bitch sometimes
But we just can't know these things

No matter how smart we are
No matter how much we do
Now matter how hard we try
We still submit to time

Never fully accepting
Cuz I'm busy regretting
Life is still moving on
These memories holding strong
This world is a big one
Ready to take you in
Suddenly this town's small
gotta find a new place to begin

No matter how smart we are
No matter how much we do
Now matter how hard we try
We still submit to time

Always wanting the one thing (one thing)
That's not there for the taking
Wanting the one thing (one thing)
That's not there for the taking
Even when taking it (taking it)
Would lead to it breaking
Wanting the one thing...
(x2)

End:
Wanting the one thing (x3)

Always wanting the one thing
That's not there for the taking
When the light is red
And I plow ahead
Reaching for what I want

But it just can't be (x5)
Track Name: Cracks
Walkin down the sidewalk and there’s cracks all by my feet
Grass is tryin’a grow through but it’s still to small to see
I think about my mind and how it’s similar to this
How all the stuff inside becomes lost in an abyss

I sift and sift and sift and sift and can’t come up with gold
I worry that this will repeat itself until I’m old
I call my lover on the phone, he doesn’t pick up then
He’s busy working while I’m at home slaving to my pen

I toss and turn for hours it’s another sleepless night
Thoughts composed of everything and anything in sight
When bed cannot console you it seems that few things can
When night betrays you nothing’s left; you’re left alone to fend

But worry not my lonely child; you’ll make it through these hours
You’ll look back on this lonely night and you will feel empowered
Daddy’s on the porch sanding down the stain
Mommy’s cleaning all the floors and all the windowpanes

Sometimes I just disappear, I can’t detect my space
I look into a mirror scanning for a trace
All I see are hints and clues, the lines around my eyes
Hinting at a time that I laughed or I cried
(x2)

Oooh

Don’t look now you’re growing up, you’ll be a big girl soon
And in time you won’t have to live in this tiny room
Walking down the jetty to the farthest rock I can
It’s funny how you feel far out while still next to the land

Fog consumes me and my view I’m drifting far away
Drifting far away
Drifting far away…
Fog consumes me and my view I’m drifting far away
And as far as I’m concerned this world has passed away

Oooh
Track Name: The Ground
Foxes have holes and birds have nests
But the Son of Man has no place to lay His head

We’re walking around upon the ground
Toiling, tilling, worshipping ’til we’re dead

But even on this ground there’s something to be found
Deep inside a seed waits to come to light

Live a lot inside your skin
Sink into your numbered days with Him
(x2)

Oooh

Foxes have holes and birds have nests
But the Son of Man has no place to lay His head
Track Name: Rustic Love
Where do you go at night
Where do you go at night
Where do you go at night
Track Name: You'll Walk Away
Mmmm

I use words, you use notes
And I am so afraid that you won’t know
Exactly what I, I am trying to say
Just waiting for that fateful hour that you’ll walk away

I use conversation, you use chords
I sit here and question it all and you’re just sure
You see in colors, I see in shapes
Something tells me that you’ll be gone once my color fades

Oooh

I see mountains, you see hills
I am overwhelmed and you’re just still
Either our differences will mend up these cracks
Or we’ll just fall apart and I’ll see your back

Oooh

I use words, you use notes
And I am so afraid that you won’t know
Exactly what I am trying to say
Just waiting for that fateful hour that you’ll walk away

You’ll walk away
Track Name: Whispering/Yelling
Whispering, yelling
Eyes open and closed
Stars were just in the sky
Now the sun rose

Walking then running
Jump and then fall
Mothers and fathers
Their children they call

Call, call, call, call, call, call, call (x4)

It’s been too long since someone has said
“You are my love, dear, and this is our bed.”
My face is cold now,
No lips have touched
No one to sing to the songs that I love

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love (x4)

Life can be up and then it is down
We never know which one will come ‘round
People are mean, people are nice
It’s nature’s game to roll the dice

Oooh

Whispering, yelling
Eyes open and closed
Stars were just in the sky
Now the sun rose

Walking then running
Jump and then fall
Mothers and fathers
Their children they call

Call, call, call, call, call, call, call (x4)

It’s been too long since someone has said
“You are my love, dear, and this is our bed.”
My face is cold now,
No lips have touched
No one to sing to the songs that I love

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love (x4)

Life can be up and then it is down
We never know which one will come ‘round
People are mean, people are nice
It’s nature’s game to roll the dice

Oooh
Track Name: Girl on the Hill
Up through the grass
Side of the hill
She sits and waits
Perfectly still

Nothing has come
Nothing has gone
She sits and waits
Looking for dawn

Girl on the hill
Where are you from?
Why do you wait
Though nothing has come?
The town is all grown
and seen you grow too
Now they are all gone
But you have not moved
They are all gone
But you have not moved

Weeds start to grow
A ball around her
A fair warning they give
We don’t decipher
Please, girl on the hill
Come down from your throne
We’ve nothing for you
You’ll die here alone
We have nothing for you
You’ll die here alone

But she twiddles her thumbs
Plays with the grass
Crosses her legs
Bats her lash
Nothing has come
Nothing has gone
She’ll sit here and wait
Looking for dawn
Sit here and wait
Looking for dawn

Sit here and wait…

Girl on the hill
Come down from your throne
Go into the world
And wait no more

Oooh (x4)
Ahhh (x4)
Track Name: Blazing Sun
Growing in the blazing sun
Melting into the ground
Pink and purple and orange sky
Makes me think that I can fly
Turns into a studded blue
Stars and planets and nightbirds too

Oooh
Track Name: Waves
When the rain comes down it’ll be alright
When the sun comes up it’ll be alright
When the moon comes out it’ll be alright
When the waves are high it’ll be alright

Oooh

When the children grow it’ll be alright
When their beds are empty it’ll be alright
When the floorboards bend it’ll be alight
When your body aches it’ll be alright

Oooh

When you find your lover isn’t right
When you question everything in sight
When your whole perspective changes light
Just know that I’ll be alright

I’ll be alright (x4)
Track Name: Enter In
There’s a little doorway to my mind
There’s a little window to my heart
There’s a little pathway through my eyes
Leading you into my secret place

I cannot control just who will enter
Some will knock and others won’t even see
Secret places found by those who’re looking
Only curious will stumble in

Icicles from winter now are melting
So too are the ones around my heart
Bleeding through the trees I see the sunshine
I feast on it until I’m filled with light

Ice from ‘round my doorway now is melting
Windows dusted off and opened wide
Leaves are cleared from off the pathway through my eyes
Now there’s room for love to enter in

Now there’s room for love to enter in
Now there’s room for love to enter in
Track Name: Leave Your Ghosts Behind
You gotta leave your ghosts behind
You gotta leave your ghosts behind
For they will follow until the end
Unless you burn the threads

It doesn’t matter where they’re from
It doesn’t matter from where they come
All your ghosts leave you just the same
In a box with no courage and no name

If this is all a dream
You’re ghosts aren’t as big as they seem
A weak piece of thread is the only path
That binds you to their wrath

So you gotta leave your ghosts behind
They’re neither funny nor are they kind
They feed on fear and drink your tears
You gotta leave your ghosts behind

You gotta leave your ghosts behind

Oooh