Sarah Eide

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"Visceral sensitivity, wrapped in bold song titles like 'Forgiveness' and 'Challenge & Victory', is the key to her trademark sound: introspection with great musicality. Swinging rock piano style and intellectually satisfying arrangements... Eide has a steadfast, empowering vibe along with sweet approachability." - OnAxis Music

Sarah Eide's self-titled album is a stripped down vocal/piano work, allowing the songs to take center stage. Perfect for a cold winter's night, this album is meant to give the listener an intimate feel of her writing and performance.

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released January 1, 2017

Piano/Vocal: Sarah Eide
All lyrics and music by Sarah Eide, except "Fishwife Advent", lyrics by Jennifer Jean and Sarah Eide, music by Sarah Eide.
Produced by Sarah Eide
Recorded at Tribeca Flashpoint College
Engineer: Yuri Lysoivanov
Engineer Assistant: Victoria Salazar
Mix/Master: Yuri Lysoivanov

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Sarah Eide Chicago, Illinois

A classical background coupled with a love for folk and roots music has led Sarah to writing songs that are daring yet familiar. Her lyrics are all at once raw, smart and intimate, wrapped in expressive melodies and driven by adventurous chord changes. Her songs dare question aloud spirituality, morality, relationships, societal standards, and where the line lies between right and wrong. ... more

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Track Name: Fishwife Advent
A storm stalks the shore
I push past our battened door
I made sure to tuck them in
before setting out to where we had begun

The gills break my skin
But it’s more then that, I feel a change within
As I plunge off the wharf
and I sing your name over that monstrous surf

And that picture stays with me
of your boat barely keeping you from that raging sea
I could trumpet this fact
instead I leap

You were nearly wrecked my love
You were nearly taken from what was a home to me
How can I keep you from the sea
and avert myself from smiling at irony?

Your blunt nosed vessel tilts
Cages vault off deck
and shatter against a swell
You could only grip the helm
Hesitate - there is no sound
There is no land

I hear you roar hardily
as my bowed body strains to keep you from the sea
I could trumpet this fact
instead I leap

You were nearly wrecked my love
You were nearly taken from what was a home to me
How can I keep you from the sea
and avert myself from smiling at irony?
Track Name: Shadow
I can’t shake you my shadow, no I can’t shake you
Following me everywhere, seeing every little thing I do
I can’t shake you my shadow, no I can’t shake you
You keeping me on my toes, you making me follow through

Darling your inclined to be just one step behind me
Never minding my pleas to turn the other way
I don’t you to see the rougher parts of me
I don’t want to have to worry about what’s on display

I can’t shake you my shadow, no I can’t shake you
Following me everywhere, seeing every little thing I do
I can’t shake you my shadow, no I can’t shake you
You keeping me on my toes, you making me follow through

My tiny silhouette, you won’t let me forget
the ways I affect you, you mimic my flaws
Seeing the things about myself I detest
is getting hard to digest
and got me feeling depressed

Cause, I can’t shake you my shadow, no I can’t shake you
You’re following me everywhere, seeing every little thing I do
I can’t shake you my shadow, no I can’t shake you
Keeping me on my toes, you making me follow through

Hey!

I can’t shake you my shadow, no I can’t shake you
You’re following me everywhere, seeing every little thing I do
I can’t shake you my shadow, no I can’t shake you
You’re keeping me on my toes, making me follow through

I can’t shake you my shadow, no I can’t shake you
Following me everywhere, seeing every little thing I do
I can’t shake you my shadow, no I can’t shake you
Keeping me on my toes, you’re making me follow through
Following me everywherem, seeing every little thing I do
Keeping me on my toes, you’re making me follow through
Track Name: Forgiveness (When These Things Come To Pass)
How do I unwind?
what’s been wound up so tight
Over centuries and centuries
Fist clenched hard, pink and white
How do I unwind?

I want to see myself
and try to reacquaint
with what’s left when I strip away
the varnish and the paint
I want to see myself

I want to know you,
and not like others do
Not like looking through
that twisted glass
called pleasantries and politeness
I just want to know you

When these things come to pass
all we’ll need
is forgiveness

I try to rewire my mind
go back in time and find
a piece to the puzzle
a reason or a rhyme
Prevent contingencies of a crime
I try to rewire my mind

No, a bandage will not suffice
This wound
will heal only when I come to realize
that the outward pain
is coming from the inside
No, a bandage will not suffice

When these things come to pass
When these things come to pass
all we’ll need
is forgiveness
Track Name: Challenge and Victory
The Challenge and the Victory
What’s in between is seldom seen in a hurry
The Challenge and the Victory
Just look to the future
when the present’s blurry

Deep water river runs peacefully
But who knows what happens downstream
It swirls down eddies, pounds on rocks
cascades down waterfalls
and goes through a lot
Wouldn’t you say?

The current, you cannot resist
No matter how hard you struggle
you will give into it
We all are so anxious
fighting our way to success
We all are so anxious
but without the zeal we will not make it through

Deep water river runs peacefully
But who knows what happens downstream
It swirls down eddies, pounds on rocks
cascades down waterfalls
and goes through a lot
Just to reach
the heart of the ocean
Track Name: How You Gonna
Spending one to many days feeling high and dry
Picking up the pieces gets harder each time
I would be the first to say you live a privileged life
But happiness is relative to the state of your mind

So, how you gonna play the cards you’ve been dealt?
And how you gonna sail the ship that your forefathers built?
And how you gonna do the things that your able and willing?
I said, how you gonna live this life that you’ve been giving?
I said, how you gonna live this life that you’ve been giving?

Don’t you ever tire of yourself loathing narration?
You’re the only master of your fate
Well, I would be the last to say you should lower your expectations
But don’t you ever underestimate these words

How you gonna play the cards you’ve been dealt?
and how you gonna sail the ship that your forefathers built?
and how you gonna do the things that your able and willing?
I said, how you gonna live this life that you’ve been giving?
I said, how you gonna live this life that you’ve been giving?

How you gonna play the cards you’ve been dealt?
and how you gonna sail the ship your forefathers built?
and how you gonna do the things your able and willing?
I said, how you gonna live this life that you’ve been giving?
I said, how you gonna live this life that you’ve been giving?
I said, how you gonna live this life that you’ve been giving?
Track Name: The Gift
I watch it on a screen
I see it unfolding
and all at once I feel the way it changes me
The sadness and the fear, these unwanted guests are here
there’s nothing I can do to make them disappear

But he said,
“You can take my wife. You can take away the life we had
But I don’t grant you the gift of my hatred.”

We can share our sorrow
We can share our pain
Everything’s just borrowed
and what we give will be returned again
So be strong
and think about tomorrow

He said,
“You can take my wife. You can take away the life we had
But I don’t grant you the gift of my hatred
You can take this joy from me and my boy
You can take everything
But we won’t grant you the gift of our hatred
No, we won’t.”

When faced with trying times
a few of us will find
a strength inside
to put the cycle to an end
A light at the tunnel’s end
Track Name: Prodigal Son
I’ve packed my bags, I’m leaving home
Into the wilderness, all alone
I leave a home that was built to last
I think it’s time I left the nest. I say
“I’ve packed my bags, I’m leaving home
Into the wilderness, all alone.”
“Why leave a home that was built to last?”
They say with tears in their eyes, feeling helpless

“We made this with you in mind. Why leave it behind?
Haven’t we taught you well? Was this all just a waste of our time?”
Well, I know this home was built to hold
Built with hands other than my own
Built with blood and sweat and bone
but not my own blood and sweat and bone, oh no you see

I am a prodigal son, the one who squanders everything you’ve done
I’m self-aware of what I’ve become, yes I am
I’m the lesser of two, the lost one, thrown to the wind, work left undone
And strangely self-aware of what I’ve become, yes I am
I’m your prodigal son.

What I’ve learned is not a waste, it gave me grace
But that food you made me mother, mmm
it gave me the taste
And what I’ve learned was not a waste
It gave me faith in myself
But those boots you gave me father
Well they’re helping me walk away, walk away.

You see,
I am a prodigal son, the one who squanders everything you’ve done
I’m self-aware of what I’ve become, yes I am
I’m the lesser of two, the lost one, thrown to the wind, work left undone
Strangely self-aware of what I’ve become, yes I am
I’m your prodigal son

“Who will feed you and who will clothe you?
Who will love you and who will hold you?
No one else can love you as their own”
Well, who will need you and who will please you?
Who will succeed you and who will be you?
I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know

I am a prodigal son, I’m a self-proclaimed lost one
watch me squander everything you’ve ever done, I am
a lesser of two, the lost one
thrown to the wind, work left undone
I am … I am … I am …
Track Name: Easy
No one could ignore you
Brandish your words like you flourish a sword you
hold it up proud and high, swing it down hard
Smile and watch the sparks fly

You use me as your reference when you find yourself defenseless
and give me your reverence when I’m on your side
You are a master of manipulation crafter of selfish stipulations
Leaving us all hang out to dry
hang out to dry

It comes easy for you
It comes easy, my love
It comes easy for you, my love
It comes easy

Your waiting for things to be cut down to size
You want even the score, an eye for an eye
Then when things go your way it is all is fair
In love and war there’s no need to share
the pity or the blame, the credit or the name
Well, either way, the outcome is the same
The outcome is the same

It comes easy for you
It comes easy, my love
It comes easy for you, my love
It comes easy

Well every now and then, in the dark of the night
you will think to yourself “It’s time to change my life.”
Well honey you know that I will be right by your side
if you change
But things don’t never change so

easy for you
It don’t come easy, my love
It don’t come easy for you, my love
It don’t come easy
It don’t come easy
It don’t come easy
for you, my love