Out On A Wire

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Show Me What Love Is

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia
 

Crowded subway, Monday morning blues
Lost my Sunday, nothing much to do
I wasn’t giving, none given back to me
Till I met you, you have what I need

I was so blind I didn’t realize
I have been waiting for you in my life
To show me what love is

Days went by, where did they begin
Hypnotized, sometimes without end
I was hiding from the world outside my door
Always knowing there was something more
And I was living halfway never whole
You have embraced me down into my soul
To show me what love is

Now I’m high
A million miles
In a dream
Lay your hands over me

chorus

 
Lyrics

1. Show Me What Love Is
Eve Selis  

Memphis

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia
 

Take me home, home to Memphis
In the dead of the night
Where the still waters call me
I will meet him there tonight

I was raised up in a small town
Just my mother to shelter me
When my father hit the road I
Only knew him in my dreams

Well he died such a young man
Always running from those he loved
And all he left me were his stories
I drank his words from an empty cup

chorus

Well my success promised to lift me
In his search for freedom he let me down
Now I’m ready to forgive him
With the grace that I have found

chorus

 

(Dedicated to Tim and Jeff Buckley)

 
Lyrics

2. Memphis
Eve Selis  

Beyond The Moon

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia
 

When I think about the places I’ve been in my life
I look upon the lessons I have learned
And the time that I have wasted lost out in the night
Written in the pages I have earned

Crazy schemes and stolen dreams
Fade into my past
Foolish pride I couldn’t hide
Humbled me at last

When I have wings and I am free
And all my dreams come true
I’ll find you waiting there beyond the moon

When I think about the faces of everyone I’ve known
No one in this world compares to you
Now you’ve become my oasis someone to call my own
Gone from rags to riches gray to blue

Pumped up stars in fancy cars
In everything I planned
Led to lies and compromise
Still you understand

Chorus:

The lonesome ride the battle line
I see them start to fade
And every test I lay to rest
With peace that I have made

Chorus

 
Lyrics

3. Beyond The Moon
Eve Selis  

Foolish Heart

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia

 

Another day has gone by
Still you don’t call, feel like I could die
I want to know what’s going on
It hurts to think you might have moved along
It’s heavy in the air
I call and you’re not there

Now I’m losing again
You were never mine to win
All my sunny days grow dark

I’m standing here alone with a
Foolish Heart -Foolish Heart

Love is cruel, Love is blind
Couldn’t get you off my mind
The way you stopped me in my tracks
I didn’t bother looking’ back
I thought you were the one
All my lonely days were done

Chorus:

I thought you were the one
All my lonely days were done

Chorus

 
Lyrics

4. Foolish Heart
Eve Selis  

Out On A Wire

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia

 

In the name of light
In the name of faith
In the name of hope I will find my place
In the name of love
I will live my life
Out on a wire

I’ve been looking back lately
And it’s so clear to see
All the changes I’ve been through
Brought you here to me

I have loved without giving
I have lived without life
And my stillness of spirit
Is awake inside

Chorus:

My intent is perfection
Your perfection is grace
And when I stand before you
Nothing love won’t face

How many have come before you
With a life to reclaim
Though we all have our stories
We are all the same

Chorus

 
Lyrics

5. Out On A Wire
Eve Selis  

Indiana Summer

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia

 

Another Indiana Summer
It’s so quiet there tonight
A northern wind starts blowing
Across the painted sky

And your heart has been broken
As you watch the world go by
Then the clouds surrender teardrops
To the long goodbye

When the rain stops falling down
Keep your eyes upon the sky
If you listen you can hear
Heaven sigh

Press your face against the window
Let your dreams pour out of you
In the dimming of the daylight
Love was gone so soon

Minutes turn into hours
Silence broken by the rain
Believe in tomorrow
In loves refrain

Chorus:

In the stillness of conviction
Don’t you try to run
Don’t you try to hide
Feel a change on the horizon
It’ll be alright

Chorus:

All your prayers heard one by one
Let them rise up to the sky
When you listen you will hear
Heaven sigh

 
Lyrics

6. Indiana Summer
Eve Selis  

Union Mills

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia

 

I’ve been gone such a long time
Left my family and my home
I went looking for the answer
To settle down my restless soul

Searched the main streets and the back roads
Gettysburg to Baltimore
Saw a world so broken-hearted
Nothing there to call my own

I was born and I will die here
No more wandering from these hills
And my home is where my heart is
I found it here in Union Mills

I was young a wild spirit
No one here could understand
So I set out on the highway
Didn’t bother looking back

Light grew dim on my rebellion
I had enough by 21
Only home can fill my aching
Learned by following the sun

Chorus:

I’ve had my share of bitter cold
And I never felt so old
Till I found myself back home
I’ll reclaim it as my own

Chorus

 
Lyrics

7. Union Mills
Eve Selis  

Lonesome Tonight

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia
 

I’ve thought about it too many times
What would life be like with you
How much would I have to sacrifice
Doing all you want to do
I feel like I want to run and hide
Just to change my point of view

The truth is plain to see
I’m over you and I would rather be
Lonesome tonight

Torn between my mind and my heart
Hurting me leaving scars
You think love will overcome the pain
But it’s too late you’ll never change

And when I stop to think
I could never stay it’s clear to me
Lonesome tonight

Only so much that I could take
I’ll get out before it’s too late

The truth is plain to see
I’m over you and I would rather be

Lonesome tonight

 
Lyrics

8. Lonesome Tonight
Eve Selis  

Testify

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia
 

In stream of consciousness
Lately I can’t rest
I’m up and down and in and out and in
Can’t get you off my mind
Lord how I’ve tried
I can’t seem to think of nothin else

I’ve gotta Testify
I believe
I love you

Been down in the streets
Chokin’ in the heat
But somethin’s tellin me that you’re the one
So why am I afraid
It’s something I can’t change
Baby, I don’t want to let you down

Chorus:

Fighting the good fight
Trying to do what’s right
Won’t let this fall apart

The spirit that I feel
I know this love is real
Giving up my heart

Chorus

 
Lyrics

9. Testify
Eve Selis  

Carry Me

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia
 

The secrets you know I’ll never tell to them
I talk a good line to those I try to win
But Faith isn’t just a silly game to you
You know my name, my name

Carry Me
You’re the wind over the water
Carry Me
You’re a whisper in the breeze
Carry Me
When I’m in my darkest hour
Carry Me, Carry Me

How did I get from there to here and why?
I can’t seem to shake the bitter truth can’t hide
Healing is at you finger tips
They’re pressed upon my lips, My lips

Chorus:

Though I’m afraid to say the words I have inside
I know that you will always hear my cries
Carry Me

Chorus

 
Lyrics

10. Carry Me
Eve Selis  

Trail of Tears

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia

 

Lay your troubles down
Gone into the night
Let your worries fade
Away into my eyes

I can hear you
I am near you
From now on through the years
Love will find you
Love will guide you
Leave behind your trail of tears

Rest your gypsy soul
Stay with me tonight
Though you’ve been alone
I will call you mine

I can feel you
I can heal you
From now on through the years
Love will find you
Love will guide you
Leave behind your trail of tears

And I’ll whisper softly to you in the dark
And I’m telling you we’ll never be apart
And I know that you can hear my beating heart

Chorus

 
Lyrics

11. Trail Of Tears
Eve Selis  

Mary Mary

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia

 

Mary, Mary talk to him
Tell him I know I was wrong
Tell him he’s the one I need
Mary, Mary come to me

Mary, Mary go to him
Tell him that I love him still
I know that he’s everything
Mary, Mary pray for me

I saw his tear drops falling, the hurt deep in his eyes
And I knew that he was calling, all I did was hide
Somebody said come follow, and I will set you free
Then my life was empty, the fear had swallowed me

The wicked game I’m playing
A cruel sad affair
The pain that I am reaping
Leaves me bare

Mary, Mary come to me
Tell him that I didn’t mean it
Tell him it was my mistake
Mary, Mary comfort me

Mary, Mary pray for me
Tell him that I couldn’t help it
I know you can make him see
Mary, Mary comfort me

The world that I now live in, has led me far away
From the truth that I believed in, only yesterday
The whispers I’ve been hearing, and the lines across my face
Oh they’re telling my whole story, my humble fall from grace

The mess that I am making
A suffocating lie
I know my heart is willing
Help me try

Mary, Mary talk to him
Tell him I know I was wrong
Tell him he’s the one I need
Mary, Mary come to me

Mary, Mary pray for me
Tell him that I couldn’t help it
I know you can make him see
Mary, Mary comfort me
Comfort me, comfort me
Mary, Mary comfort me
Mother Mary come to me

 
Lyrics

12. Mary Mary (bonus)
Eve Selis  

Flowers In Her Garden

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia
 

She wakes up before sunrise
And wipes the sleep out of her eyes
Fingers brush her swollen face
Remembers how it got that way

She saw the guilt there in his eyes
And asked the things he couldn’t hide
Wants him to leave wants him to stay
How did love end up this way

She wonders what became of trust
The flame that died in each of us
She wants to finish what she started
She counts the flowers in her garden

A yellow moon is out tonight
It’s giving her her only light
She thinks about the hand he raised
And all his claims that he would change

Then they got down on their knees
And prayed to God to help them please
But when the night had come and gone
He had forgotten he was wrong

Chorus:

She slips into the morning grey
Knows she can’t go on this way
As she leaves she hopes to find
The little girl she lost inside

She wonders what became of trust
The flame that died in each of us
She can’t finish what she started
She counts the flowers in her garden
She can’t finish what they started
She counts the flowers in her garden

 
Lyrics

13. Flowers In The Garden (bonus)
Eve Selis  

I Still Believe In You

written by Eve Selis and Marc Intravaia
 

In the distant roar of thunder
We can see the passing storm
And we turn and stare in wonder
Tattered and worn

In the shadows and the darkness
Was a light that would not fade
Even in the coldest hour
Love finds a way

After all the rain is gone
After all the cryin’s through
After all the roads we’ve travelled on
I still believe in you

The forgiveness left us standing
Humbled by the silent strength
And we cast away the weakness
Love will not break

Chorus:

 
Lyrics

14. I Still Believe In You (bonus)
Eve Selis  

(1998)

This folk-pop-country-acoustic masterpiece was awarded 5 stars in SLAMM Magazine and was nominated for “Best Adult Alternative Album” in the 1999 San Diego Music Awards. Half the tracks were produced by Thom Wilson (The Offspring, Ricki Lee Jones). Remastered with three bonus tracks and new artwork.

REVIEWS

“Eve Selis is a musical force to be reckoned with. …Out On A Wire is a work of tender beauty and raw emotion…the most poignant and heartfelt work of her career…[the] arrangements are clean, spare and organic, with the focus properly honed in on Selis’ lemonade-and-whiskey voice.” (five stars out of five)
—SLAMM Magazine

“Selis blends soul fire, rock grit and gospel-tent fever into the most striking vocals of her career. These slow-burning tunes cling to your skin like wood smoke.”
—Night & Day

“Eve Selis has recorded a solo album that spins my head…world class stuff….an adult dose of life, love and faith from a world class singer that deserves to be heard by a much larger audience. Echoes of Maria McKee, Patty Smyth and Bonnie Raitt haunt these musical moments, but Selis has truly found her own voice now. It’s time for the rest of us to find her.”
—CCM Magazine

 

 
 
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