There Is Light

by Katie Dobbins

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Dobbins' sophomore album, There Is Light, contains remarkably honest songs that capture seasons of both hardship and joy, but hold onto the hope that light will always illuminate and overpower darkness.

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released March 29, 2019

Music & Lyrics by Katie Dobbins

Produced, Recorded, & Mixed by Sean McLaughlin
(Additional Recording by Zach Bloomstein)
at 37' Productions, Rockland MA

Mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice
at Peerless Mastering, Boston MA

Cover Art by Kris Dobbins Photography

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Katie Dobbins Boston, Massachusetts

www.katiedobbinsmusic.com

Boston based artist Katie Dobbins draws from a music palette of contemporary folk and new country to establish a genre uniquely her own. With the heart of a poet and a mastery of storytelling, her songs touch on elements of life and relationships in ways that lift spirits and challenge the soul. ... more

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Track Name: Photograph the Stars
It's one of those nights
So dark outside
I wish I could hide
But thank God for the moon
Oh I wish that you
Could see this

Every time I try to photograph the stars
I'm left with nothing but a picture of the darkness
Seems the only way to capture the lights
Is to look with my own eyes
Hold it in my mind
I invite you to come
I invite you to come
And see this

It's one of those nights
My dreams burn so bright
I'm feeling inspired
By this moon
Oh I wish that you
Could see this

Every time I try to photograph the stars
I'm left with nothing but a picture of the darkness
Seems the only way to capture the lights
Is to look with my own eyes
Hold it in my mind
I invite you to come
I invite you to come
And see this

Come see this light
It burns so bright
Come see this light
It burns so bright
Come see this light
It burns so bright
Come see this light

Every time I try to photograph these stars
I'm left with nothing but a picture of the dark
Seems the only way to capture the light
Is to look with my own eyes
Hold it in my mind
I invite you to come
I invite you to come
Track Name: Jeep Song
Take your foot off the clutch, easy now
Take that transmission down
I'll take you all over town
In this wrangly topless crown

Put your foot on the gas, easy now
Turn up that radio sound
We're singing all over town
In this wrangly topless crown

Don't stall on me
We're riding with the wind in our seats
Don't stall on me
I'm trying to believe

Turn your eyes to the window, easy now
Let that air blow around
There's views like this all over town
From this wrangly topless crown

Don't stall on me
We're riding with the wind in our seats
Don't stall on me
I'm trying to believe

I - I - I wanna be free, wanna be free
I - I - I wanna be free, can't we just be free

Don't stall on me
We're riding with the wind
Don't stall on me
I'm riding tall and free

Take your foot off the clutch, easy now
Track Name: Mountain Song
These stones are hard beneath my feet
The earth is pounding under me
A distant bird is echoing the song it sings

And I'm climbing higher
This is what I'm wired to do
I feel it burning
But I'm still yearning
To cover every inch of you

These roots are firm beneath my feet
The trees are towering over me
A tickling breeze turns into wind
It's taunting me

And I'm climbing higher
This is what I'm wired to do
I feel it burning
But I'm still yearning
To cover every inch of you

Ooooooo ooooooo
Ooooooo ooooooo
Ooooooo ooooooo
Ooooooo ooooooo

Here comes the wind
As it weaves through the trees
It's chilling my bones
It's shaking my hands
As it dances right through me

The sun's on my back
And it's heating through me
It's burning my skin
It's making me drip
As it exposes everything

Your world is vast for my small feet
Your stillness entices me
I'm addicted to the scent
Of wild reverie

I'm climbing higher
This is what I'm wired to do
I feel it burning
But I'm still yearning
To cover you

I'm climbing higher
This is what I'm wired to do
Feel it burning
But I'm still yearning
To cover you
Track Name: Unsent Letters
You stood at my grave
No tears on your face
Thought there'd be a trace
Of something

You planted a rose
But the dirt it was cold
You said I should let you know
If it grows

I have a letter I thought I'd give to you
It's a real sun-setter just beaming with truth
But don't you know words they are magic
When they're spoken they're woven into permanent fabric
That cloaks dreams
Or wreaks havoc that keeps unravelling

A long time ago
I wrote a book I never sold
'Cause some stories are better left untold

Just like how I have a letter I wish I could give to you
It's a real sun-setter just beaming with truth
But don't you know words they are magic
When they're spoken they're woven into permanent fabric
That cloaks dreams
Or wreaks havoc that keeps unravelling

There's so much I wanna say
There's so much I wanna say
There's so much I wanna say
But I'll say nothing

There's so much I wanna say
There's so much I wanna say
There's so much I wanna say
But I'll say nothing

I have a letter I wish I could give to you
It's a real sun-setter just beaming with truth
But don't you know words they are magic
When they're spoken they're woven into permanent fabric
That cloaks dreams
Or wreaks havoc that keeps unravelling

You stood at my grave
Released all the blame
I heard you say
Wake up
Track Name: The Muse
Wake up again in the same old place
Get yourself ready for the same old day
Moving along at the same old pace
You're telling yourself that you like it that way
This routine is wearing thin
But sometimes in life it's just easier to blend in
That's what you tell yourself to keep on going

You're searching and running away from the truth
Trying to hold onto someone else's news
Dying to just get out of your shoes
All because you're frightened by the muse in you

Looking around at the same old faces
Moving along in this never-ending race
So many shots that you'll never take
No room to risk making mistakes

You're searching and running away from the truth
Trying to hold onto someone else's news
Dying to just get out of your shoes
All because you're frightened by the muse in you

Whispers, can you feel the whispers
The whispers beneath your skin
Feel the sound now
There's a pulse pushing out of you
It's rising and it's getting louder louder

Oh the whispers, can you feel the whispers
The whispers beneath your skin
Feel the sound now
There's a pulse pushing out of you
It's rising and it's getting louder louder

Oh quiet that sound
Quiet that sound
Quiet that sound

Quiet that sound
Quiet that sound
Quiet that...

You're searching
You're running away from the truth
You're dying
Why are you dying to get out of your shoes
You're frightened
Why are you scared of that muse?
Track Name: Bring on the Fire
They said when will you learn
If you play with fire you're gonna get burned
But if you don't you may never feel the heat at all
I'd rather burn alive than be too afraid to fall
Bring on the fire

There was a rebel of a man down in Tennessee
Was told only whites drink this tap for free
He sat down poured a glass anyway
In court a week later he was shackled in chains
Said yeah I'm gonna do it again
Drink that water 'til my dying day

They said when will you learn
If you play with fire you're gonna get burned
But if you don't you may never feel the heat at all
I'd rather burn alive than be too afraid to fall
Bring on the fire

She loved him with all of her might
Didn't care that her skin was white
They got married in the hot summer sun
They thought she was crazy, losing her mind
But she kept her heels and her head held high
Said that love was worth her life

When will we learn
When will we learn
When will we learn
When will we learn

It's not about glory, it's not about fight
I wanna do something with meaning tonight
But there's fear in our hearts from these words in our minds
To overcome that we need one hell of a fire

They'll say when will you learn
If you play with fire you're gonna get burned
If you don't you may never feel the heat at all
I'd rather burn alive than be too afraid to fall

I don't wanna be too afraid to - too afraid to fall
I don't wanna be too afraid to - too afraid to fall
I don't wanna be... too afraid to fall
Bring on the fire
Bring on the fire
Bring on the fire
Bring on the fire
Track Name: Little Light
The tea kettle is whistling
The birds outside the window are singing
I've got pancakes on the stove
Acting like you don't have to go
I'm picking out the plates and the napkins

Let me tell you a story about my weekend
I'll play for you a song that I just wrote
Lay across my lap, pretend that this isn't the last time
Let me get a blanket, you look cold

Is this the last time
Feels like the first time
Is this my real life
Feels like a dream that I don't like
Let me hold you while we cry
You'll always be my little light

I'm picking out my clothes from my closet
Looking for my key I think I lost it
Draw mascara on my eye, pretend that this isn't goodbye
I'm putting on my rings and my necklace

Is this the last time
Feels like the first time
Is this my real life
Feels like a dream that I don't like
Let me hold you while we cry
You'll always be my little light

I know that tomorrow when I wake up
You'll be the first thing I think of
It'll be a while before I'm able to see
This is not a dream

This is our last time
But it's my first time
Picturing real life
Without you by my side
Let me hold you while we cry
You'll always be my little light
Track Name: Memory Lane
You bought a big old house
Filled it with a lover and a cradle
I'm sitting here alone
With my notebook and piano
Everyone I know keeps moving on
To Memory Lane

Memory Lane take me far away from here
All my pain shrinking in my rearview mirror
I wanna go to Memory Lane

You sold your fancy car
Traded for a nice nurse and a wheelchair
Said all your goodbyes
Moved somewhere and I don't know how to reach ya
Everyone I love keeps moving on
To Memory Lane

Memory Lane take me far away from here
All my pain shrinking in my rearview mirror
I wanna go

To Memory Lane take me far from here
All my pain shrinks in my rearview mirror
I wanna go
Can we go

And see you again on Memory Lane
Yeah, call you my friend on Memory Lane
Relive it again on Memory Lane

Can we go
I need to go

Memory Lane - ooooo
Memory Lane - ooooo
Memory Lane

I'm driving down Present Street
Take me to Pleasant Street
Track Name: Home Without Walls
You bring light into my world
You bring light into my world
And I'll never let it go

They say nothing lasts forever
And that's just how it goes
But love can't be measured
So I have hope

Cause you built me a home
You built me a home

You built me a home with no walls meant for keeping me in
There's no roof to stop me from soaring
There's no locks on these doors they are always open
And this foundation is firm in my bones
You built me a home
You built me a home

And when I'm alone
I'm not alone
I'm never alone

Cause you built me a home with no shades so the sun always shines
And there's no insulation, our warmth is inside
There's one thing you made sure of
That's that we always had light
We have light in this home
Light in this home

And when we have nothing
Well, we still have everything
There's no such thing as nothing
In this home

You built me a home with no borders, no property lines
There's no taxes we owe on this beautiful life
And if home's where the heart is
Thank you for living in mine
I love this home
I love this home

Home's where the heart is
Home's where the heart is
Home's where the heart is
Home's where the heart is
Home's where the heart is
Home's where the heart is
Track Name: Stitch by Stitch
Doctor doctor put your gloves on
This one's gonna be a big one
We're starting a new life today
Starting a new life today
Lay down slowly mama
It'll only be a little longer
You're gonna need some stitches
But your baby's gonna be okay

And she went stitch by stitch
Fold by fold
The things she's making
They happen slow

The blanket that you cuddle up with
The heart-shaped pillow that brings you comfort
All the costumes you dressed up in
The hemming on your pants today

She's got you stitch by stitch
And fold by fold
The things she's making
They happen slow

Stitch by stitch
Fold by fold
She may never tell you
But she wants you to know
She may never tell you
But she wants you to know

Long drive, mama I need a long drive
Long drive, I need to talk to you
I need to talk to you

So we're driving slow
An old back road
Pouring your heart out
It feels so broke
Driving slow
She pulls you in close
She's dropped everything for you
Like she always does

She's got you stitch by stitch
And fold by fold
The heart she's mending
It happens slow
Stitch by stitch
Fold by fold
She may never tell you
But she wants you to know
She may never tell you
But she wants you to know
Track Name: Believe
My roof is crumbling down
Shingles fall to the ground
There's no help to be found
My walls they are caving
I am just craving a way to get out

Buried in the rubble
All this trouble is weighing me down
Sending all my prayers
To the One I've been reading about

Cause I know...
We gotta believe that there's freedom on the other side of this
We gotta believe that tomorrow morning the sun will rise again

I talk about freedom
I talk about healing
I talk about love
But I feel so defeated
Like I keep on meeting
The same damn walls

I need something brighter
Something tighter to help me hold on
Tired of all of these hurdles
Tripping me up from the life that I want

But I know...
We gotta believe that there's freedom on the other side of this
We gotta believe that tomorrow morning the sun will rise again
We gotta believe that there's freedom on the other side of this
We gotta believe that tomorrow morning the sun will rise again

I believe
I believe
I believe
No matter what I see
No matter what I see

I believe
I believe
I believe
No matter what they say
No matter what they say

Cause we gotta believe that there's freedom on the other side of this
We gotta believe that tomorrow morning the sun will rise again
I'm gonna believe that there's freedom on the other side of this
I gotta believe that tomorrow morning the sun will rise

I believe
I'm gonna believe
I gotta believe
No matter what I see
No matter what I see

Will you believe with me?
Cause we gotta believe
I'm gonna believe
No matter what they say
No matter what they say
Track Name: There's a Light
There's a light inside
And it shines, yeah it shines
There's a light inside
And it shines, yeah it shines so bright

When the shades open in the morning
And the rays come through the window cracks
And you hide your head under the covers
Cause you want the darkness to last
Just a little longer, just a little longer

But that light shining in the morning
You can tell it's not going nowhere
So you pull your squinty eyes up
Blinded by this beautiful day

But not everybody's ready to wake up
Not everybody's ready for a cup
They don't really wanna see
Anything but their own sheets
But do you wanna do something?

There's a light inside
And it shines, yeah it shines
There's a light inside
And it shines, yeah it shines so bright

But they don't really wanna see
The light that's bursting at your seams
All you gotta do is tell me
Do you wanna be something?

Cause they don't wanna see the light
They don't know what's wrong from what's right
All you gotta do is tell me
Do you wanna do something?

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