We're Still Here

by Vanessa Contopulos

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released 10 July 2013
All songs written by Vanessa Contopulos

Vanessa Contopulos- vocals, guitar, ukulele and piano
Alex Dausch- guitar, bass, keyboard and percussion
Dan Sankey- fiddle and mandolin
Michael Fryer- low whistle
Laura Anderson- vocals
Betsy Hartman- harp

Produced, arranged, recorded and mixed by Alex Dausch at Studio Studios
studiostudios.net

Artwork and design by Megan Gilbert
megan-gilbert.com

Mastered by Brett Dennison at Firefly Studios

Dedicated to the memory of Nick Contopulos and to all those who are still here and continue to love

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Track Name: It's Love That Wins
Rock-a-bye mommy, rock-a-bye dad
Listen close for my singing when you are sad
The way that you held me each night in your arms,
May my presence hold you now and keep you warm

Rock-a-bye mommy, I'll sing you to sleep
Meet you in your dreams, kiss your face when you weep
Your tears they may dry and you will be brave
As you always were, that's the way you will stay

I'll be there when you laugh, there when you sing
I'll be there on the breath of the kindness you speak
And love is the final word in this
Don't you worry, it's love that wins

Rock-a-bye daddy, it's time now to rest
Remember how you held me close to your chest
Your eyes have grown tired from what they have seen
But tear stained eyes see more clearly

I'll be there when you laugh, there when you sing
I'll be there on the breath of the kindness you speak
And love is the final word in this
Don't you worry, it's love that wins
Track Name: Knapsacks
This is for all the ones
With hearts of gold
Who don't know where to place them
And this is for all the ones
With knapsacks full of dreams
Too heavy to carry

And baby this song is for you
You belong here, I know you do
Come and find your home with me
We'll be so free
La-da-da.....

This is for all the eyes
That take things in
And hide them deep inside
And this is for the secret souls
Afraid that time is making them old

And baby this song is for you
You belong here, I know you do
Come and find your home with me
We'll be so free
La-da-da.....
Track Name: Where You Live
Too many days spent wondering what you love about the morning
Too many nights spent wondering when I'll see you again
I don't know how you found me or if we found each other
But knowing that you love me makes the heart grow fonder

I wanna live where you live
I wanna sleep under your skies
If this is a dream that I'm in
I'm gonna sleep the whole night
There's a place we can go
Turn a house into a home
Take me by the hand if you wanna live where I live

You walked right into that door, I can't walk through anymore
You have left an empty space, nothing else can fill its place
Is it night where you are?
Do you see the same stars?
Take me by the hand if you wanna live where I live

I wanna live where you live
I wanna sleep under your skies
If this is a dream that I'm in
I'm gonna sleep the whole night
There's a place we can go
Turn a house into a home
Take me by the hand if you wanna live where I live

My dreams are changing, seeming to come true
I am doubting everything but you

I wanna live where you live
I wanna sleep under your skies
If this is a dream that I'm in
I'm gonna sleep the whole night
There's a place we can go
Turn a house into a home
Take me by the hand if you wanna live where I live
Track Name: Grace
Grace, Grace, what a beautiful face
You were just a child, I was the same
'Til you came into my life, read me your poetry
Grace, Grace, Grace, you're the meaning of grace
Grace, Grace, Grace, we're covered in grace

Grace, Grace, our lives are not the same
Grace, Grace, how do you smile through all that pain
Still you came into my life, changed me with your poetry
Grace, Grace, Grace, you're the meaning of grace
Grace, Grace, Grace, we're covered in grace

You live forgiveness undeserved
You speak in words I've never heard
You're the meaning of grace
We're covered in grace
Track Name: Waiting For the Rain
It's been dry now too many days
I've been hiding, waiting for the rain to come
Since you left nothing but sunny days, sunny days
Everything dry in me, dead in me
I'm waiting for the rain to come

Rain washing
Rain lighting
Rain changing
Something springing in me

I see that tree over there
I wanna grow like her but I'm so scared
I'm waiting for the rain
And when did I turn out the light inside my window?
I'm waiting for the rain to come

Rain washing
Rain lighting
Rain changing
Something springing in me

They say time heals this
But I don't want time like that
I just want more time with you
Track Name: Under Your Skies
Some places hold you
Some faces never let you go
Some smiles are magic
They tie a ribbon to your soul
And you are changed and can't let go

Some voices haunt you
Some moments life becomes so clear
Some memories stir you
Their traces cling to you for years
And you are changed and can't let go

I found my love under your skies
The skies are bluer there and bigger than my eyes
I found my heart in your child
When I think of God, I think of your smile

These nights when I have trouble sleeping
I dream of walking your red dirt roads
And your rhythms singing to my soul
La, la, la,.....

And you are changed and can't let go
Track Name: Questions
How many stars are up in the sky
Where do birds learn how to fly
How many tears fall when I cry
Who knows, who knows

When does a rainbow follow the rain
How does a kiss get rid of the pain
Which one is higher, the clouds or the planes
Who knows, who knows

Who loved you long before
Who dreamed of your sweet face
Who would give up everything to be with you in this place

Where does the ocean really begin
Why does a snake shed its skin
How does a story find its end
Who knows, who knows

Who loved you long before
Who dreamed of your sweet face
Who would give up everything to be with you in this place
Track Name: Unexpected Ways
I have been thinking about you
The way you see the world in all its many hues
And the way you bring me out of me
There's a beauty in this hidden mystery

And I've come to love the minor keys
They are the rain that makes the hills so green
And longer is better it seems when it comes to you and me
Gives me time to see
The unexpected ways your joy is changing me

I remember when we got the letter for the first time
I knew our lives would be intertwined
Because you were meant for me
You are here to help me see

And I've come to love the minor keys
They are the rain that makes the hills so green
And longer is better it seems when it comes to you and me
Gives me time to see
The unexpected ways your joy is changing me
Track Name: Let Me Be Your Hope
Baby, I've been scared
Baby, I've been losing sleep
Baby, I've forgotten how to dream

He said, my love, that's not the only truth
That's not the deepest part of you

Let me be your hope

Baby, I've been crying
My heart's torn up inside
Baby, I've forgotten how to dream

He said, my love, we will make it through
That's not the deepest part of you

Let me be your hope

Baby, I can't see
Past what's right in front of me
Baby, I've forgotten how to dream

He said, my love, let me help you trust
Who you are is enough

Let me be your hope
Track Name: We're Still Here
When the breeze is behind the trees
I remember what you mean to me
I'm getting by I suppose

When the green is in the grass
I can recall how you made me laugh
I'm getting by I suppose

Beautiful boy, what do you see now that you're free
We're still here
We need you near

When the twilight calls to me
I can recall how you used to be
I'm getting by I suppose

Beautiful boy, what do you see now that you're free
We're still here
We need you near

When the breeze is behind the trees
I remember what you mean to me