Gun Metal Sky by Lori Lieberman

by Lori Lieberman

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released June 14, 2013

written and arranged by Lori Lieberman

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Lori Lieberman California

Leonard Cohen came up on stage with her and sang "Bird On A Wire". Don McLean invited her to participate in his doc, to tell her story of "Killing Me Softly". Judy Collins calls her a gifted songwriter. With her 15th CD release, she will be in concert at the Grammy Museum Oct. 19th for a special evening and retrospective of her lengthy catalogue. ... more

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Track Name: Early Wednesday Morning
Early Wednesday Morning (Lori Lieberman)

Early Wednesday morning
I came into this life
Wednesday’s child was full of woe
I guess that they were right

If I’d come here on a Monday
The future in my hand
But I’m just another stranger
In another foreign land

I tried to find the answer
In the stars, the infinite
I was a just a jagged puzzle piece
Looking for a place to fit

But all I got were questions
No one seems to understand
When you’re just another foreigner
In another Promised Land

Just another stranger
In another Promised Land

Another day she lays her heart out on the street
He says he loves her for the things she used to be
Oh fair of face and full of grace and oh so far to go
She’s Friday’s child, so good and mild
Just looking for a home
My home
My home
Going home

Early Wednesday morning
I came into this life
But Wednesday’s child was full of woe
I couldn’t get it right
If I’d come here on a Monday
The future in my hand
But I’m just another foreigner
in another foreign land
I’m just another stranger
In another Promised Land


Monday, Thursday, Friday would be fine
Just my luck, it’s Wednesday all the time
Monday, Thursday, Friday would be fine
Just my luck, it’s Wednesday all the time
In another Promised Land
In another Promised Land
Track Name: Another Galaxy
Another Galaxy Paul Simon and Brian Eno

On the morning of her wedding day
When no one was awake
She drove across the border
Leaving all the yellow roses on her wedding cake
Her mother’s tears
Her breakfast order
She’s gone, gone, gone

There is a moment, a chip in time
When leaving home is the lesser crime
When your eyes are blind with tears
But your heart can see
Another life, another galaxy

That night her dreams are storm-tossed as a willow
She hears the clouds, she sees the eye of the hurricane
As it sweeps across her island pillow
But she’s gone, gone, gone

On the morning of her wedding day
When no one was awake
She drove across the border
Leaving all the yellow roses on her wedding cake
Her mother’s tears
Her breakfast order
She’s gone, gone, gone
Track Name: Gun Metal Sky
Gun Metal Sky (Lori Lieberman)


Gun metal sky
Why did the sunlight leave me
Why did my garden dry and wither

Gun metal sky
The seasons come, the seasons go
And with them went my sense of wonder

Good-bye, good-bye
Good-bye to gun metal skies

Gun metal sky
Soft tones of indecision
No black and white
His world was silver-grey

Gun metal sky
He loved me like the color
Between the lines
The things he couldn’t say

Good-bye
These tears one day will dry
Good-bye to gun metal skies

Crystal rain is falling down
On my knees I’m praying now
If you ever cared for me
Don’t erase my memory
Crystal rain is falling down
On my knees I’m praying now

Gun metal sky
Why did the sunlight leave me
Why did my garden dry and wither
Gunmetal sky
The seasons come the seasons go
And with them went my sense of wonder

Good-bye
Good-bye
Good-bye to gun metal skies
Good-bye
These tears one day will dry
Good-bye to gun metal skies
Gun metal sky
Track Name: The Opposite Of Love
The Opposite Of Love (Lori Lieberman)

The opposite of love
It isn’t what I’ve always thought
It’s not the jaws of hatred tearing pieces of my heart
It has no hold upon me
Chains to pull or push against
The opposite of loving you
Is nothing
Indifference

You’re the opposite of love to me
It’s like you don’t exist
A boat on the horizon
Disappearing in the mist
A debit on an ATM
A meaningless expense
Not worth your common dollar
Or my last twenty cents
Last twenty cents…
Indifference

You’re the opposite of love to me
There’s no place in my heart
You could pass me on a crowded street
And I wouldn’t know who you are
You slowly chipped away at me
Till there was nothing left
And how you are and what you do
I couldn’t care less
Indifference


I’ve got nothing more to lose
Nothing can be won
There’s nothing you can do
That you haven’t already done
I’ve got nothing left to give
There’s nothing you can take
Once a heart’s already broken
It can’t break


The opposite of love
It isn’t what I always thought
It’s not the jaws of hatred
Tearing pieces of my heart
It has no hold upon me
Chains to pull or push against
The opposite of loving you
Is nothing
indifference
Track Name: When You Were Mine
When you were mine (Lori Lieberman)

When you were mine
I got down on my knees and thanked the stars up in the sky
For sending me a love true and divine
And now I know what it feels like to let go

When you were mine
I walked on a wire unafraid with you there
And I felt like I could fly
I miss the days you were mine

When you were mine
The demons that had moved into my life
Went for a drive
And I rented out their room for a while
And for a time
They were miles and miles away

When you were mine
I walked on a wire unafraid with you there
And I felt like I could fly
I miss the days you were mine

I could run through fire

Walk across a wire
You would break my fall

When you were mine
I lifted up the cap I wore in shame
Held my head high
And took a breath, one step at a time
You showed me how
And I’m stronger for it now

When you were mine
I walked on a wire unafraid with you there
And I felt like I could fly
I miss the days you were mine
Track Name: He Needs You
He Needs You (Lori Lieberman)



You see it in the distance
It was always in your mind
And it beckons like a beacon
Through the bitter taste of night
And you want to travel to it
But the madness keeps you blind
He says he needs you

All along the highway
Past a hundred exit signs
With your sweater and your make-up
And the cut above your eye
He’s got more magic up his sleeve
And he won’t stop till you believe
He needs you

Twenty dollar bills inside your pocket
Twenty ways to live that life you wanted

Sitting at a counter
You’re a stranger with no name
You’re not a part of anything
No story to explain
Why all your wasted stabs at love
You threw them all away
Because he needs you

Twenty dollar bills inside your pocket
Twenty ways to end up where you started

You pull out of the truck stop
Sound of gravel on the wheel
A left turn takes you anywhere
A right turn makes you kneel
With a letter in your duffel bag
Saying good-bye is such a drag
It bleeds you

Twenty dollar bills inside your pocket
Twenty times he’ll call you
You can’t stop it

You see it in the distance
It was always in your mind
And it beckons like a beacon
Through the bitter taste of night
If you make it by the break of dawn
He’ll hardly know that you’ve been gone
He needs you
Track Name: More Than This
More Than This (Lori Lieberman)


We’re more than the town we’re from
More than this love that we couldn’t give up
Not just the names that defined our lives
Somebody’s husband
Somebody’s wife
These things beneath the skin
Acts of grace and acts of sin

We’re more than these
We’re more than these

You’re more than the slam of the door
More than the tone at the end of the phone
Not just the stories that they’ll believe
Not just your checkered history
You’re more than the last thing you did
More than the secrets that couldn’t stay hid

You’re more than these
You’re more than these
You’re more to me

You think that I don’t know but I know
You think that I don’t see, I do
I watch you live your life
And face each day with a brand new fight
You gather up your strength
And you will go to any length
To comfort me
To shelter me
You’re there for me
You’re there for me

We’re more than this town we’re from
More than this love that we couldn’t give up
Not just the names that defined our lives
Somebody’s husband
Somebody’s wife
These things beneath the skin
Acts of grace and acts of sin

We’re more than these
We’re more than these
When will they see
We’re more than these
When will we see
We’re more than these
More than these…
Track Name: My Baby Needs A Shepherd
My baby needs a shepherd
She’s lost out on the hill
Too late I tried to call her
When the night was cold and still
And I tell myself I’ll find her
And I know one day I will
My baby needs a shepherd
She’s lost out on the hill

My baby needs an angel
She never learned to fly
She won’t reach sanctuary
Just by looking at the sky
I guess I could have carried her
But I didn’t even try
My baby needs an angel
She never learned to fly

Oh I ran so far through a broken land
I was following drummer
Beating in a different band
And somewhere on the highway
I let go of her hand
Now she’s gone to somewhere
Like her footprints in the san

Toora loora lo
First the seed and then the rose
Toora loora loora lye
My kingdom for a lullabye

My baby needs a pilot
She has no magic wand
To help her part the troubled waters of the Rubicon
But in my soul I know she’ll have to go this one alone
After all that is the only way she’s ever known

But there is no lamp in all this dark
That could chase away her shadow
From the corners of my heart
I pray she rides a dolphin
But she’s swimming with the shark
Out where none can save her
Not even Noah and his ark

Toora loora loora lo
To the cradle comes the crow
Toora loora loora li
My kingdom for a lullabye

My baby needs a mother
To love her to the end
Up every rugged mountain and down every road that bends
Sometimes I hear her crying
But I guess it’s just the wind
My baby needs a mother
To love her to the end
Track Name: Takes Courage
Takes Courage (L. Lieberman)

Takes courage, it takes a lot
To trust someone, to give your heart
To hold on, to let it go
To walk away, to walk alone

A thousand trials in a single day
We’re humans in our human race
We stay, we leave
We rejoice, we grieve
We take a path when the road’s unclear
The ups and downs year after year
When we believe tomorrow comes we’ll start again

Courage, more than I thought
Not just medals of honor, Lancelot
Takes courage to face each day
To get lost in a storm and find your way home

We lose, we win
We give up, we give in
Take a path when the road’s unclear
Ups and downs year after year
Still we believe tomorrow comes, tomorrow comes

We’ll start again
Even though our hearts are breaking
Start again
When there are still more tears to cry
On and on this world will keep on turning
From a little light, comes a little light
Shine a little light


We jump out of airplanes
We run into buildings filled with flames
And hold on through hurricanes
And ask for courage, and pray for strength

A thousand days, a thousand trials
A thousand ways, a thousand miles
We let love in even if it hurts again and again
Walk away and say good-bye
Start again one more try
And we believe tomorrow comes
Tomorrow comes
Tomorrow comes

Take courage, take heart
Take courage, take heart
Give a little light, shine a little light
Take courage, take heart