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Outside the box

This song is about loving yourself... believing in yourself and never giving up on your dreams...
Words and Music by Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2004

Intro
Verse One
I spoke to you the other day
You said I thought you would have moved on
I said why ´cause my name ain´t in neon lights
well it ain´t about the fame; it´s about staying in the game
and doing what you know you have to do

Chorus
And you can´t quit your soul no you can´t quit your soul
´cause there´s nothing there but darkness in that hole

Verse Two
Well I´m outside the box and even though I might get lost
I know that I´m never going back
´cause there´s so much more to see
and there´s so much more to be
and you know that I´m dancing in the light

Chorus
And you can´t quit your soul no you can´t quit your soul
´cause there´s nothing there but darkness in that hole

Outside the box, Outside the box, Outside the box

Verse Three
I´m drinking coffee for two while I´m smiling at you
And the hourglass is slowly coming down
You ask me where have I been
I say I´ve been to the moon
You say wow, oh wow

Chorus
And you can´t quit your soul no you can´t quit your soul
´cause there´s nothing there but darkness in that hole
no you can´t quit your soul no you can´t quit your soul
´cause there´s nothing there, no there´s nothing there,
no there´s nothing there but darkness in that
...Outside the box, Outside the box



Passion

After hearing Jane Bunnett and her band of Cuban musicians, I fell madly in love with Latin rhythms and wanted to write a song with that feel. I also felt that Latin people are very passionate, thus the name Passion....
Words and Music by Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2004

Percussion Intro
Verse One
Let the flame glow bright
Let the fire warm your heart
Come inside my arms
And let me be your lover tonight

Verse Two
We´ll make the clock stand still
We´ll make this moment last forever
Make me tremble at your touch
I want to be your lover tonight

Chorus
Outside the window it´s oh so white
The snows been falling through the night
I know we´ve been here all night long
But it only seems like a moment

Verse Three
The fires all but gone
But in my arms it rages on
Soon the sun will be shinning through
And you and I will bid adieu

Verse Four
Keep your love light burning bright
Till you´re in my arms again
I know it always seems so long
But the memory lingers on

Chorus

Guitar Solo with modulation

Chorus



A Love Unknown

My father and I were estranged for most of my life and I believe that was because he had grown up in an orphanage where he had not received any love.....
Words and Music by Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2006

Verse One
I never knew you, you never knew me
But who you were drew me there, who you were drew me there

Verse Two
And I listened from some distant place �cause my emotions were all spent
You didn´t know who I was, you didn´t even know

Verse Three
When I was young it would have stung but time has let me heal
And I think about what should have been and sadness fills my heart

Bridge
´cause you didn´t even know me, no you didn´t even know

Chorus
And I mourn your loss and I mourn my loss
´cause you didn´t even know me, no you didn´t even know

Verse Four
And I think about when you were young and the pain you must have had
Oh when they locked you away and there was no one to care

Verse Five
And I think how it had shaped your life in all you´ve said and done
And the love you never had and the love you couldn´t give

Bridge
The love you never had and the love you couldn´t give

Interlude

Chorus
And I mourn your loss and I mourn my loss
For the love you never had and the love you couldn´t give

Verse Six
Now you´re sailing in the big blue sky and now we´ll never know
could a love have ever been, could a love have ever been

Bridge
Could a love have ever been, could a love have ever been

Chorus
And I mourn your loss and I mourn my loss
For the love you never had, for the love I never had and the love we never shared



You Are My Woman, You Are My Man

This song was written for a friend of mine who was getting married and she had asked me if I would write a song for her and her future husband. After giving it much thought, I decided I wanted it to be a different kind of love song. A song about the love that develops after the honeymoon is over...
Words and Music by Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2004

Verse One
You are my woman, you are my man, come spend some time with me
I´ll tell you of my sorrow, I´ll tell you of my glee

Verse Two
You are my woman, you are my man, let me take you by the hand
I´ll tell you all my secrets, you´ll help me understand

Chorus
You´re everything I knew you´d be
And I´m over the moon for you

Verse Three
You are my woman, you are my man, I want to know your deepest thoughts
I want to help you fly so high and be all that you can be

Verse Four
You are my woman; you are my man, for all eternity
And every time I look at you I see me in your eyes

Chorus
You´re everything I knew you´d be
And I´m over the moon for you

Verse Five
You are my woman; you are my man for all the world to see
and even when we´re far apart you´re always in my heart
You are my woman, you are my man, you are my woman, you are my man



Loving From A Distance

I am in awe of the men and women who serve as peacekeepers and the fact that they put their lives on the line every day so that others may have peace. This song is dedicated to them and their families....
Words and Music by Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2004

Verse One
Word came today I´m leaving in a fortnight
I´m going to some foreign land to help to build the peace
And though we´ll be far apart you´ll always be in my heart
And always in my thoughts

Verse Two
And though I will be fearful, your love will keep me strong
For you opened up your heart right from the very start
And you gave me all your love so let´s never lose the trust
That took so long to build

Chorus
And while I´m away just remember what I´ve said tonight
And when you´re lying in your bed oh, oh, oh, oh
Keep loving, keep hoping, hoping I´ll be home quite soon
Keep knowing; keep showing that your love for me, your love for me is true

Verse Three
And I´ll be thinking of you every minute of every day
From my first cup of coffee till when I turn out the light at night
And I´ll hope and I´ll pray that you´re doing okay
And I know you´ll make me proud

Chorus
And while you´re away, just remember what I´ve said tonight
And when you´re lying in your bed oh, oh, oh, oh
Keep loving, keep hoping, hoping you´ll be home quite soon.
Keep knowing; keep showing that your love for me, your love for me is true
...Word came today



Beauty

My mother inspired this song for she always took the time to admire and appreciate her surroundings.......
Words and Music by Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2005

Chorus
Beauty, I said beauty is all around you...everybody now...
Beauty, wow beauty is every where you look

Verse One
See it in a young girl´s smile; watch it in an old man´s grin
Hear it in a young boy´s laugh; it´s all around you

Verse Two
See it in a tree shaking hands with the wind, hear it a chick-a-dee´s dee dee dee
Watch it in a firefly dancing on a summer´s night; it´s all around you

Chorus
Beauty, I said beauty is all around you...everybody now...
Beauty, wow beauty is every where you look

Verse Three
Smell it in a lilac´s scent floating on a springtime air
See it in a red sky at night, a sailor´s delight; it´s all around you

Verse Four
See it in a swooping bird; hear it in gurgling newborn child
Feel it in a warm summer rain, it´s all around you

Beauty
Beauty, I said beauty is all around you....everybody now...
Beauty, wow beauty is every where you look

Verse Five
Feel it in a snowflake landing on your nose, see it in the glow from a haloed moon
Watch it in a helping hand; it´s all around you

Verse Six
Beauty flows within you, beauty flows without
Beauty flows within you, so let it flow out

Alto Sax Solo

Modulate to Chorus,
modulate again to last Chorus




All I Need Is You

After looking at the songs I had written for this CD and realizing that most of them dealt with serious issues I thought it was time to write a fun love song....so this is it.....
Words and Music by Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2006

Intro
Do do do do...do do do....do do...do do do do
All I need is, all I need is, all I need is you

Verse One
I don´t need diamonds or pearls; I´m not one of those girls
I don´t need a big fancy house or even a luxury boat
All I need is you

Verse Two
I don´t need a trip to the south; I´m not one of those girls
I don´t need designer clothes or trips to a spa
All I need is you

Chorus
You to hold me, you to love me, that´s all I need
You to want me, you to need me, that´s all I need

Intro

Verse Three
I don´t need filet mignon; I´m not one of those girls.
I don´t need a trip to the moon or even a silvery moon
All I need is you

Verse Four
I don´t need the finest perfume; I´m not one of those girls
I don´t need smooth satin sheets or spending time with a shrink
All I need is you

Chorus x 2
You to hold me, you to love me, that´s all I need
You to want me, you to need me, that´s all I need

Repeat Intro



We Will Find A Way

About ten years ago a friend of mine was diagnosed as HIV positive and at the time things didn´t look very good but I am happy to tell you that after years of taking proper medication, he is in remission. This song was written shortly after his diagnosis.....
Words and Music by Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2005

Verse One
When the telephone rang that night, it broke the silence in the room
And when I heard your trembling voice I knew something wasn´t right
Then you told me you were ill and there may not be much time

Verse Two
Through the tears and the fears we´re searching for a miracle
Staring at the darkness but we won´t take no for an answer
And we won´t let this pain keep us down for we still have time

Chorus
We will find a way to make it through; we will find something to hang onto
We´ll climb the highest mountain till the light comes shinning through
For love is on our side and the universe is our guide

Verse Three
Every day there´s something new; they´re coming close to a breakthrough
So we´ll hope and pray and do all that we can do
And we´ll hold each other tight as we continue the fight

Chorus
We will find a way to make it through; we will find something to hang onto
We´ll climb the highest mountain till the light comes shinning through
For love is on our side and the universe is our guide
For love is on our side and the universe is our guide

Is our guide the universe is our guide

Is our guide the universe is our guide



THE SEA

My mother sent me this poem a long time ago...it had no title and no author.
She had sent it to me because she knew how much I loved the ocean and even though I haven´ t lived by the sea for a long time...it continues to have power over me.....
Words Anonymous and Kate Ashby-Craft
Music Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2006

Intro

Verse One
I know the sounds of the surging sea the bite of its winter cold
The sting of wind blown spume on cheek the sunset splash of gold
I know the way the breaker curls just before it dies
And tangled bits of broken life where driftwood mutely lies

Chorus
Oh the sea it calls to me
It´s in my bones it´s in my blood
Oh the sea it beckons me
It´s forever in my soul

Verse Two
I know the smells of kelp and mist the shapes on the tidal sand
The limitless spread of horizon´s rim washed rocks on the edge of land
I know the flavour of salty spray red clouds and sun at dawn
White streaks on the backs of breaking waves left from a storm long gone

Chorus

Solo

Verse Three
I´ve watched the boulders in the swash and showers obscure the cape
The endless grey of a stormy sea as scudding clouds change shape
I know the sparkle of sun on waves the hiss on the sea of rain
Half blown cries of gannets and gulls ah-my spirit is there again

Chorus X 2



No Love Here

This song was inspired by the book "Dead Man Walking".the story of Sister Helen Prejean who serves as a spiritual adviser to inmates on death row In the U.S.A.
Words and Music by Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2004

Verse One
It was a moonlight night that brought them together
Two lovers and a stranger their paths did cross
The stranger was a crazed one and he took their lives that night
He didn´t even know it, he didn´t even know it

Chorus
No love here, no love here, no love

Verse Two
The stranger has served his time and yet his end is nigh
Soon you´ll take him from his cell and final darkness he will face
You will think that justice will be done so let the blood sport begin
You may think that justice has been done but now there´s blood upon your soul

Chorus
No love here, no love here, no love

Solo

Verse Three
Three families stand in silence; their tears are what bind
They come from different sides of the same story
Their children died a senseless death; they leave them with no answers
Only anguish in their hearts, only anguish in their hearts

Chorus
No love here, no love here, no love here



Memories Of You

I am very passionate about animals, especially wildlife and one of the most rewarding experiences of my life was raising an orphaned raccoon from the age of four weeks till sixteen months when he was successfully released back to the wild. He was a real joy and will always have a special place in my heart.......
Words and Music by Kate Ashby-Craft
Copyright 2006

Verse One
One day you came to me so young and so sweet
And the things that you did endeared me to you
And oh how I´d laugh at all that you´d do
From sunrise to sunset you´d always surprise

Verse Two
You liked shinning things so my pots were your toys
In my garden you´d help I´d dig a hole so would you
Up a tree you would climb but then you couldn´t get down
On the roof you would lie and gaze at the stars

Chorus
Now all that I have are memories of you
Now all that I have are memories of you

Verse Three
Now you and the cat were not best of friends
But the dog loved you dearly and let you climb on her head
And teaching you to forage was the most fun of all
And on my shoulder you´d lie and dream raccoon dreams

Verse Four
Watching you grow was a wondrous thing
And the trust that you gave meant more then you´ll know
But then you were grown and I knew you must go
For the call of the wild was calling you home

Chorus

Bridge

Now sometimes at night I think that I hear you
And I run to the window but you´re not there

Chorus

Verse Five
As time passes by I wonder how you are
And I´m hoping you´re safe and living your life
And oh how I wish that I could see you again
But deep in my heart I know that you´re gone

Chorus X 2


Un Canadien Errant

This is my favourite traditional folksong....it is about the failed rebellion of the French over the English in what is known today as the province of Quebec and the young French men (mostly farmers) who, if they weren´t caught and killed, fled across the St.Lawrence River to the U.S.A. to live the rest of their lives in exile never being able to return home. Their love for their homeland was so passionate.
Antoine Gerin-Lajoie
(public domain 1837)

Verse One
Un Canadien errant banni de ses foyers
Once a Canadian lad exiled from hearth and home
Parcourait en pleurant des pays etrangers
Walked in a foreign land tearful and so a lone

Verse Two
Un jour triste et pensif, assi au bord des flots
Down by a river wide, he spent so many days
Au courant fugitive il adressa ces mots
The water rushing by heard him proclaim this phrase

Interlude

Verse Three
"Si tu vois mon pays, mon pays malheureux
If you reach Canada my home and native land
Va dis a mes amis que je me souviens d´eux
Please speak to all my friends so they will understand"

Verse Four
"Non, mais en expirant, o mon cher Canada!
Canada my dear Land as I in exile lie.
Mon regard languissant vers toi se portera
My thoughts will be of you until the day I die"