How We Want to Live

by Lisa Bastoni

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Nearby 03:19
Nearby Written by Lisa Bastoni and Sean Staples (c) (p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI)/Wesley Park Music (BMI) Everybody knows you til they don’t Some things you can’t see when you stand too close When you told me you were thinking of leaving town I guess I always thought I could find you hanging our And I never really saw it until now Chorus: You’re as close to me as a coat in the winter The family feel of a Sunday dinner The kind of love where you don’t even have to try I was wasting time in all the wrong places Sifting through a river of faces I was busy looking at the stars in the sky You were so nearby And with every empty hollow kiss Was a feeling of something that I might have missed And now it’s finally coming into view How there’s nothing I can say that you can’t see through And there’s nobody that knows me like you do Chorus And I’m sorry that it took so long to see It was all there, right in front of me So maybe you could wait awhile before you leave Chorus
How We Want to Live Written by Lisa Bastoni (c) (p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI) We sent them off to school with the last of the summer peaches Backpacks light and empty and their eyes full of dreams With a wave and a sigh, as we turned to go inside I said, “Did you ever think we would hear the house so quiet?” Chorus:
 We said we’d wait until the fall Don’t look now but here we are Are we ready to decide how we want to live All your life you have heard the same advice Don’t go with the girl from the broken home That was years ago, when you took a chance on me You said you needed to feel loved - I said I needed to feel free Chorus When we send them off to college, or work, or war, or marriage They’ll have backpacks full of visions of how love’s supposed to be Well, it’s harder than it seems, but I hope that they will see The times I was there for you, and the times you left the light on for me Chorus Together or apart, tell me what’s inside your heart Oh, we can wait until the spring I think we’ll be alright til then Chorus
Silver Line 02:55
Silver Line Written by Lisa Bastoni and Sean Staples (c)(p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI)/Wesley Park Music (BMI) I could have done the back and forth I could have stayed up all night I could have been there for you I’d shovel sand into the tide But you couldn’t even let me in And that’s no way to say goodbye Loving you is like falling down a silver line Chorus:
I spent a long time thinking about what you said Your words keep echoing in my head You know I felt alone for such a long time Hoping that things would change Standing out in the pouring rain You know you kept me waiting for such a long time I could have left it there Could have buttoned up the sail I didn’t want to wake Didn’t want to find these ashes in the mail Didn’t want to walk away Didn’t want to be like everybody else Loving you is like falling down a silver line Chorus But I never minded Loving you is like falling down a silver line
Never Gone to You Written by Lisa Bastoni and Felix McTeigue (c) (p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI)/Kobalt (ASCAP) You were a tender, crooked weed To be tended on the weekend Weakened by the pull toward the one Who couldn’t stay This is how you learned to love The ones who treat you badly Sometimes he says he loves you Sometimes he walks away Chorus: Wasn’t anything you said Nothing you did or didn’t do Maybe he’s gone But he’s never gone to you He’s alive, he’s alive He’s alive as a wildfire Full of ashes and desire When you’re tearing up the place And you see him from afar Sometimes someone shows you the pictures He’s playing in a bar With the lights across his face Chorus White Cliffs New Year’s Eve Sixty-nine to seventy He was young, what did he know He was sent away from home There’s a time to let it go He’s just a man wit problems And it’s not your job to solve them And even if you could He may never lay his eyes upon the child in your arms Or see you make something from nothing Turn something bad to good Chorus
Beautiful Girl Written by Lisa Bastoni and Felix McTeigue (c)(p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI)/Kobalt (ASCAP) A girl in the woods with a knife and a loaf of bread Comes upon a pack of wild hungry dogs She’ll use the knife to cut the bread Making sure they’re all fed And maybe save a little for herself Chorus:
It’s alright to be gentle And it’s alright to be kind It’s alright to be brave and scared I want you to know that I love you More than anything in the world I want you to know you are a beautiful girl And when you were a baby And I held you in my arms We’d look out at the stars together To the moon and back, I said I tell you now so you won’t forget So you’ll remember when the going gets harder Chorus And someday when you’re older, and you feel a little lost In the woods, with a knife and some bread I hope you’ll build a fire, spread your blankets in the sun I hope you’ll still see that there’s enough for you And there’s enough for everyone Cause it’s alright to be gentle And it’s alright to be kind And it’s alright to be angry It’s alright to change your mind And it’s alright to be fierce And it’s alright to fight And it’s alright to be happy It’s alright to cry when you need to cry Chorus
Take the Wheel Written by Lisa Bastoni (c) (p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI) I was down til you came back home I was below the baseline You carried me over a mountain so green I saw you shine in a new light There’s nothing like an old friend Chorus: You could make me cry or make me laugh Like an old love letter or a photograph I needed you to take the wheel Saying I love you isn’t even close to what I feel We can stay up all night We can talk about the river You can show me where it’s deeper than the sea I want you to know - you’re a part of my soul Or maybe that’s just the whiskey Chorus I never had the words for what you meant to me When I was sixteen, and you were seventeen Chorus
Dogs of New Orleans Written by Lisa Bastoni (c)(p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI) Hanging in the air outside your place Clouds of sugar at a certain time of day And all your neighbor’s dogs Come to your front yard You can try, but you can’t keep them away Chorus: All the dogs of New Orleans Rolling over at your feet I’ve seen you falling to your knees To kiss the dogs of New Orleans Would you forgive me if I stray I’ve been lost, and I never felt so lonely You don’t have to take me in But I could use a friend And I was hoping you might hold me Chorus There’s a hole in your ceiling And a gun in your top drawer You don’t have to tell me But what’d you do that for?
What’d you do that for? Your tin roof trembles with the rain I know I can’t stay but I’m so glad I came Just to be by your side, happy to be alive And satisfied for the moment Chorus
Walk a Little Closer Written by Lisa Bastoni and Sean Staples (c)(p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI)/Wesley Park Music (BMI) It’s starting to snow, and it’s bitterly cold And we’re walking through the woods along the stream I don’t know why we’re walking so fast I’m wishing it would last The light through the trees is like a dream Chorus: Doesn’t make sense my dear The feeling is loud and clear As the ice cold wind blowing through Doesn’t make sense my dear I just want to stay right here Let me walk a little closer Closer to you As we’re walking down the street With the leaves beneath our feet The smoke is rising from the chimneys along the way All the way back to my front door If I said I wanted more I wonder what you’d have to say Chorus Now the twilight is gone And the night is coming on Cold fingers feel like they’ve turned to stone It’s about all that I can stand Not to reach out for your hand Tonight there’s no reason to be alone Chorus
Workingman's Blues #2 Written by Bob Dylan (c) 2006 Bob Dylan, Special Rider Music (p) 2019 Lisa Bastoni There's an evenin' haze settlin' over town Starlight by the edge of the creek The buyin' power of the proletariat's gone down Money's gettin' shallow and weak Well, the place I love best is a sweet memory It's a new path that we trod They say low wages are a reality If we want to compete abroad My cruel weapons have been put on the shelf Come sit down on my knee You are dearer to me than myself As you yourself can see While I'm listening to the steel rails hum Got both eyes tight shut Just sitting here trying to keep the hunger from Creeping its way into my gut Chorus: Meet me at the bottom, don't lag behind Bring me my boots and shoes You can hang back or fight your best on the frontline Sing a little bit of these workingman's blues Well, I'm sailin' on back, ready for the long haul Tossed by the winds and the seas I'll drag 'em all down to hell and I'll stand 'em at the wall I'll sell 'em to their enemies I'm tryin' to feed my soul with thought Gonna sleep off the rest of the day Sometimes no one wants what we got Sometimes you can't give it away Now the place is ringed with countless foes Some of them may be deaf and dumb No man, no woman knows The hour that sorrow will come In the dark I hear the night birds call I can feel a lover's breath I sleep in the kitchen with my feet in the hall Sleep is like a temporary death Chorus Well, they burned my barn, and they stole my horse I can't save a dime I got to be careful, I don't want to be forced Into a life of continual crime I can see for myself that the sun is sinking How I wish you were here to see Tell me now, am I wrong in thinking That you have forgotten me? Now they worry and they hurry and they fuss and they fret They waste your nights and days Them I will forget But you I'll remember always Old memories of you to me have clung You've wounded me with your words Gonna have to straighten out your tongue It's all true, everything you've heard Chorus In you, my friend, I find no blame Wanna look in my eyes, please do No one can ever claim That I took up arms against you All across the peaceful sacred fields They will lay you low They'll break your horns and slash you with steel I say it so it must be so Now I'm down on my luck and I'm black and blue Gonna give you another chance I'm all alone and I'm expecting you To lead me off in a cheerful dance I got a brand new suit and a brand new wife I can live on rice and beans Some people never worked a day in their life Don't know what work even means Chorus
Pockets Full of Sighs Written by Lisa Bastoni (c)(p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI) Sunrise, sunset I got a feeling of something good That hasn’t happened yet A little bird flapping in my chest Been there for days Never seems to rest Chorus I am a long way from home I’ve got pockets full of sighs And silent moans I don’t need a souvenir I can picture it so clear Don’t touch the hottest part of the flame I get a fever every time I hear your name A little light flickering in my brain And I think “What’s the harm in dreaming?” Chorus It’s bittersweet, it’s incomplete I don’t know why I came all the way down here We can dance around these edges Keep it inside the lines I drew I don’t even know your favorite color But I’m gonna guess that it’s blue Chorus


released September 20, 2019

Lisa Bastoni - How We Want to Live

Produced by Sean Staples.

Recorded at Side Hill Sound (Waltham, MA).

Engineered by Dave Westner.

Featuring: Lisa Bastoni, Sean Staples, Mark Erelli, Rose Cousins, Naomi Sommers, Josh Kantor, Chris Anzalone, Dave Westner, Kit Buckley, Michael Bean, and Lula Wiles' Eleanor Buckland, Isa Burke, and Mali Obomsawin.

Drums, bass, and Lisa’s vocals were recorded by Dave Westner at Side Hill Sound, Waltham, MA. Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin’s parts were recorded by Felix McTeigue and engineered by Brian Charles at Zippah Recording, Boston, MA. Rose Cousins’ vocal recorded by Daniel Ledwell at Echo Lake, Lake Echo, NS. Mark Erelli’s vocal recorded by Mark at home. Naomi Sommers’ vocal recorded by Lisa at home. All other recording by Sean Staples at Wesley Park Studio, Somerville, MA. 

Mixed by Sean Staples. 

Mastered by Dave Westner.


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Lisa Bastoni Northampton, Massachusetts

Lisa Bastoni is a 2019 and 2020 Boston Music Award nominee (Folk) , and winner of the 2019 Kerrville New Folk Contest. "Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin." (Maverick-UK). She lives in Northampton, MA.

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