The Wishing Hour

by Lisa Bastoni

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Brett Gregory Lisa's 2nd album (Your First Sweetheart - 2004) has been my favorite of hers for many years, but this album... I am just at a loss for words at how good (and heartbreaking) this is. Please go listen for yourself. Favorite track: Remember Me.
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"Lisa Bastoni returns after 10 years to wow us with this amazing self-written vocal masterpiece...After taking an extended break to have a family, she is back with this amazing record, due to be released early in 2017. ‘’The Wishing Hour’’ is a fantastic record, user-friendly enough to be accessible to the layman but with a variety of textures to pick apart on every listen. I highly recommend it. 9/10 stars." -Americana-UK

"Ten cracking tracks...the songs are Americana of the highest order, think along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin, with high quality musos to match. (4/5)" -Maverick UK -

Lisa Bastoni had a thriving singer-songwriter career going until she took a break to start a family with her husband, novelist Christopher Boucher. Now, after nearly ten years away from writing and performing, Bastoni returns to music with The Wishing Hour (January 2017), an impressive new record produced by hit Nashville songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Lori McKenna/Anais Mitchell/Martin Sexton). The album features Bastoni’s longtime friend and collaborator, Red Sox organist Josh Kantor, as well as guest appearances by New West recording artists The Mastersons, singer Kelly Hogan (Neko Case/The Decemberists), Lula Wiles' Ellie Buckland, and John O’Reilly, Jr. (Mandy Moore/Jason Mraz).

While some of the elements of the album were recorded in different studios in New York and Nashville, all of the basic tracks at the heart of the record were recorded on a laptop in a corner of the the kids’ playroom of her Watertown, MA house in the wee hours of the night.

The ten tracks on this record -- including standouts "It’s the Staying that Hurts,""Weightless" and "Wichita" -- are a collection of starkly honest, beautifully crafted, and ultimately uplifting timeless Americana songs.

In the past, Bastoni has shared the stage with artists including Arlo Guthrie, Lori McKenna, Regina Spektor, and Little Big Town.

more info & tour dates: www.lisabastoni.com

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released January 27, 2017

(P) (c) 2017 All songs by Lisa Bastoni (BMI), except "Wichita," "Remember Me," "Halfway out of Michigan" and "Mary" by Lisa Bastoni and Felix McTeigue (ASCAP). "Shimmies and Shakes" by Lisa Bastoni and Christopher Boucher. "Ink and Needles" by Diane Cluck (BMI).

Produced by Felix McTeigue and Drew Guido.
Mixed by Drew Guido.
Mastered by Tom Hutten/Bionic Mastering.
Album artwork by Sarah Gay-O'Neill.
Photography by Caroline Alden.

Musicians:
Lisa Bastoni - guitar, vocals
Josh Kantor - bass, organ, piano, accordion
Drew Guido - drums, bass, guitar
Chris Masterson - guitar, vocals
Eleanor Whitmore - violin, vocals
John J. O'Reilly, Jr. - drums
Kelly Hogan - vocals
Ellie Buckland - violin
Naomi Sommers - vocals
Jason Szkutek - guitar
Jeff Butcher - guitar
Bill Hewett - bass

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Track Name: In This Town
Your headlights, they are shining on the sidewalks of suburbia
You’ve got cash in your front pocket and a bag on the dash
Silver lighter lying on the vinyl seat
As you roll yourself a cigarette, I say I’ve never been on this street

How’d you ever learn to play the blues in this town
How’d you ever learn to play the blues in this town
Well, your hands are reaching for me as the sun is going down
How’d you ever learn in this town

Down by the river, there’s a place where we can go
You can play me Robert Johnson - tell me everything you know
I know you’ve got a girlfriend - I know she’s prettier than me
This is nothing but a lesson in music history

There’s the turnaround
There’s the beat
There’s a vintage Gibson flat top
Right there in your backseat

How’d you ever learn to play the blues in this town
How’d you ever learn to play the blues in this town
Well, your hands are reaching for me as the sun is going down
How’d you ever learn in this town

In the morning you can pretend that you don’t know me
I will try to remember what you showed me
Right now, I’ve got a head that’s full of doubt
And you’re driving me home with my dress on inside out

How’d you ever learn to play the blues in this town
How’d you ever learn to play the blues in this town
Well, your hands are reaching for me as the sun is going down
How’d you ever learn in this town
Track Name: It's the Staying That Hurts
I have been gone
Too long
The gravel drive
The sound of wheels
Looking out a window
I was always waiting
You gave me what I needed
And it carried me away

Goodbye
It’s a blessing and a curse
To leave is easy
It’s the staying that hurts

Turn on the lights
As I’m walking through
Sweet memories
In every room
The house is dark
At the end of the day
I don’t know why
I ever went away

Goodbye
It’s a blessing and a curse
To leave is easy
It’s the staying that hurts

The record spins
The needle’s in the air
You’re on a white bed
Pink carnation in your hair
The love you gave
If I could give it back to you
Ten times over
That it might carry you

Goodbye
It’s a blessing and a curse
To leave is easy
It’s the staying that hurts
It’s the staying that hurts
Track Name: Wichita
This could be Kansas
In the middle of August
With the sunflowers and the heat
And the yard sale signs
And the bathtub Jesus
I am looking for redemption on these dusty streets

We could go this way; we could go that way
It makes no difference now
Keep holding on as long as you can
With your head in the stars and your hands on the plough

My thoughts return
To that night in Wichita
We had the Nashville Skyline blues
The sun came up
And we headed home
With matching bird tattoos

We could go this way; we could go that way
It makes no difference now
Keep holding on as long as you can
With your head in the stars and your hands on the plough

We were all broken dreamers singing from town to town
‘Til it was time to settle down
It was time to settle down

This could be heaven
Even without you
Though it’s hard to admit sometimes
I see morning glories
Climbing chain link fences
Always reaching for the sky

We could go this way; we could go that way
It makes no difference now
Keep holding on as long as you can
With your head in the stars and your hands on the plough
Track Name: Weightless
It was a hot summer Sunday
You were walking with your brother
You were walking in the water
Picking up one stone at a time
Pick them up, and drop them down
Nothing to slow you down
You just kick off your shoes
And walk on

You are weightless, my little brown eyed girl
You are weightless in this heavy world

You held out your hands
You watched the wind in the leaves above you
In the meadow by the river
In the clouds in the sky
I called out your name
It didn’t matter that you didn’t answer
You were safe as I watched you from the shore

You are weightless, my little brown eyed girl
You are weightless in this heavy world

And if I wasn’t tied to you
I think that I might float away
Sometimes I want to
Sometimes I do

All of a sudden
Your dreaming was interrupted
By a man and a woman
And a little white one-eyed dog
Who splashed you in the water
And you cried out for me
I went in to pick you up and we walked home

You are weightless, my little brown eyed girl
You are weightless in this heavy world
You are weightless in this heavy world
You are weightless in this heavy world
Track Name: Shimmies and Shakes
Those high beams of light
Shining in your eyes
I would do anything to keep them alive
I’m empty as a kite, rusted inside
But yes, yes, yes, I go along for the ride

We’re gonna find out how much this engine heart can take
Before it breaks, before it breaks
And if we’re gone too long, remember what’s at stake
The morning never comes - it shimmies and shakes

Take the long way
Refuse the suffer oil
Don’t let it get inside your air-cooled mind
Or your memory coil
And if you break down somewhere along the way
Whatever you do, don’t cloudy day

We’re gonna find out how much this engine heart can take
Before it breaks, before it breaks
And if we’re gone too long, remember what’s at stake
The morning never comes - it shimmies and shakes
Track Name: Remember Me
I want to stay up late
I want to wake up early
I want to watch the sun rise over the road
It’s been a thousand years
Since I’ve been anywhere
And I think another minute in this house
And I’ll explode

Remember me, so wild and free
Sleeping on the couch of a friend of a friend
I want to feel that way again

I want to move into a rundown triple-decker
Somewhere on the Cambridge-Somerville line
Where I can play my songs for free in a coffee shop
I’ll have six books to my name and I’ll feel fine

Remember me, so wild and free
Sleeping on the couch of a friend of a friend
I want to feel that way again

Hey, Miss Twenty-Two
I still remember you
Keep on doing what you do
Maybe you can keep a tighter hold on what’s true

I want to fall in love with a stranger
He’s gonna kiss me after the show
We’re gonna find someplace to talk and if he’s willing to get lost
We’re gonna see how far this thing can go

Remember me, so wild and free
Sleeping on the couch of a friend of a friend
I want to feel that way again
Track Name: Rabbit Hole
Last night I heard the humming of the moon behind the trees
Felt the warmth of California, riding on the breeze
And I thought of you for the first time
In what felt like centuries

I don’t even have your number now, but even if I did?
And though I knew it by heart back when we were kids
If I had any feelings left for you I’d keep them hid
‘Cause I moved on and on and on

There’ll be no walk down memory lane
There’ll be no midnight call for old time’s sake
And I’m not slipping down that rabbit hole again

Were we singing in the streets somewhere in Spain?
Were we laughing in the hotel shower, running out of change
If that was really you and me, I don’t know
I couldn’t say, and don’t you think that’s strange?

And the last time at the airport, you had your dark sunglasses on
I flew home to my mother’s house and I wrote you a song
And then I picked myself up, caught a bus back to Boston
And I moved on and on and on

There’ll be no walk down memory lane
There’ll be no midnight call for old time’s sake
And I’m not slipping down that rabbit hole again

And if by chance you cross my mind, it’s only by mistake
It’s like that old jean jacket that you lost in the lake
We couldn’t see it at the bottom; we might assume that it’s still there
Either way I’m sure by now you’ve got yourself a new coat to wear

But, oh, how I loved you with an unprotected heart
And how you blew it wide open when you busted it apart
That was the best thing that you did - I can see that now
All I know is: I moved on, although I don’t remember how

There’ll be no walk down memory lane
There’ll be no midnight call for old time’s sake
And I’m not slipping down that rabbit hole again
Track Name: Halfway out of Michigan
Lie down let me tell you a story
Let me cover you and keep you safe and small
Can’t you see those dark clouds gathering?
Can’t you hear it on the TV down the hall?

Oh, if we could be halfway out of Michigan
Like blackbirds in the snow
Oh, if we could be halfway out of Michigan
For some reason, I can’t let it go

Today I saw my kitchen floor was dirty
And I went to fill my bucket from the sink
My little boy, standing right beside me
Reaching up and asking for a drink

Oh, if we could be halfway out of Michigan
Like blackbirds in the snow
Oh, if we could be halfway out of Michigan
For some reason, I can’t let it go

Isn’t that the way, isn’t that the way
Isn’t that the way

Why do I feel so helpless
Why do I feel so unworthy of this love
There is poison in the water in Michigan
And they’re telling me it’s clean enough

Oh, if we could be halfway out of Michigan
Like blackbirds in the snow
Oh, if we could be halfway out of Michigan
For some reason, I can’t let it go
I can’t let it go
Track Name: Mary
Once upon a time, I was the new girl
And Mary let me borrow all her clothes
Introduced me to Meat Loaf’s daughter, Violent Femmes
And she brought me to shows
Mary and I, we used to climb
To the roof in the middle of the night
We drank lemonade and vodka
Stolen from her dad’s shelf
Mary, you made everything all right

Someday you’ll fly, and no one’s gonna get in your way
Someday you’ll fly, and no one’s gonna get in your way

Mary loved the beaches down in Ockracoke
She always talked about going back
Mary’s dad, he had a temper
You never knew his angle of attack
So Mary, let’s keep quiet, let’s keep still
Let’s take a white sand dollar from your windowsill
Break it open and you will find five little white doves hiding inside

Someday you’ll fly, and no one’s gonna get in your way
Someday you’ll fly, and no one’s gonna get in your way

And it’s one for the gentle, two for the kind
Three for the peace someday you’ll find
Four for the pain and five – just for staying alive

Mary left at first light
With her backpack, and her hair still wet
And that man, he never laid a finger on me
But there was always the threat
He was always yelling, blocking my door
But in that little yellow house
I learned to play guitar
Mary was my sister; she was my friend
I’m almost glad I never saw her again

Someday you’ll fly, and no one’s gonna get in your way
Someday you’ll fly, and no one’s gonna get in your way