© 2019 by Emily Nancy Guthrie

Photographs by Rhiannon Sarah Photography

http://www.rhiannonsarahphotography.com/

Lyrics

Emily Nancy Guthrie & The Wildflowers EP

1. Alberta Eyes

 

Oh, oh, oh
Let’s go down in the river my love
Oh, oh, oh
And follow the tracks in the dust that my father’s bloodline here has left for me

Stretching out under wide prairie skies
Oh, sweet blue Alberta eyes

Well, my father
He is so proud
To be born on the river
You can’t miss him, he’ll shout it out loud

And my mother
She was born in the corn
But her parents were travellers
Took her down where the coulees are worn

Tracing hearts across High Level Bridges and five hour drives
They came together in the Champion City in ’85

 

Oh, oh, oh
Let’s go down in the river my love
Oh, oh, oh
And follow the tracks in the dust that my father’s bloodline here has left for me

Stretching out under wide prairie skies
Oh, sweet blue Alberta eyes



I was born in the gateway
In the fields of the sun
Broke my heart on the highway
And it hurt but I never did run

And while some, they may leave you
I was never the one who could just say goodbye
I’ll be with you always
Sweet blue Alberta eyes

Prairie skies, sweet Alberta eyes
Prairie skies, sweet Alberta eyes
Prairie skies, sweet Alberta eyes

Prairie skies, sweet Alberta eyes 

Oh my sweet Alberta eyes

Oh, oh, oh
Let’s go down in the river my love
Oh, oh, oh
And follow the tracks in the dust that my father’s bloodline here has left for me

Stretching out under wide prairie skies
Oh, sweet blue Alberta eyes

 

(Oh beauty you cradle us)

Oh, sweet blue Alberta eyes

(Oh beauty you cradle us)

Oh sweet blue Alberta eyes

2. Peg & Wayne

Peg and Wayne
Are down by the water
And all of their friends have gone home
They sit, their toes salty
And gaze at each other
While the lights in the ocean above
Begin to unfold

Peg and Wayne
Wrote their names on a picture
From a Polaroid camera that fell in the water
And all of the colours did run down the borders
Of the proof in their hands
That the day ever happened at all

All of the visitors walk by
And ask how they came to be
Buried beneath dust and riches
The nameless and lonely
Lonely

Wayne saw peg
In her bare feet and sundress
As the chill from the sunset
Held them in its embrace
And he thought to himself
As she covered her shoulders
When we’re old I will know 
All the stars on her body her face

Wayne held Peg
Danced them closer together
And the sand felt like sugar
Sinking softly below
For how long would he hold her in the cool evening summer

Photographed silhouettes are
All that we know

But their hearts were here
Without even a year
Without even a home
And no tomorrow


Peg and Wayne
Are down by the water
And all of their friends have gone home

They sit, their toes salty
And gaze at each other
While the lights in the ocean above

Begin to unfold

3. Always, Your Emily

When I wake to the snow

Fallin’ on down
Like a blanket of cold
On the mountain

I know that you won't
Be where you should be
Beside me

So I put on my winter coat
And gather myself
I need coffee and hope
That I will stay well
Oh I’m so far from home
And far from the shelter
Of your comfort

Oh this love from the start
Was like glue to my heart
Keeps bringin’ me closer to you
And although I’m away 
From this home that we’ve made!

I’ll stay true

Always, Your Emily

I get angry my dear
That it’s always so easy
To bring me to tears
I wish I was stronger
Could fight all my fears
And silence this enemy
Inside of me

But you ease my head
Nothing compares to those

 Words that you said when I’m

Begging for mercy
My beautiful friend
I don’t deserve to
Have one like you
But I do

Oh this love from the start 
Was like glue to my heart
Keeps bringin’ me closer
Oh-oh

 

Oh this love from the start
Was like glue to my heart

Keeps bringin’ me closer to you

And although I’m away 
From this home that we’ve made

I’ll stay true

Always, Your Emily

Always, Your Emily

5. Ladies of the Mountain

Love me on the rooftop
Take my beauty and my youth

Where no eyes can find us

Only hands will know the truth
Of my love for you
My love, my love, my love

Oo-ooh
 

When you’re a girl
Nothing tastes better

Doo-doo-doo...

La-da-da...

You’re out across the water

As I bring to life this child

Still I know you’re listening

To his singing new and wild

But that was long ago
I count the days in kisses as they fall
Now I sleep with ghosts
It’s easy when you love them most of all


There are my
Ladies of the valley, of the mountain, of the coulee, of the wall

And they whisper:

"Don’t you know it’s alright
Can’t you see the blood red
Don’t you know it runs deep
Don’t you know it’s all in your head"

 

"Don’t you know it’s alright

Can’t you see the blood red

Don’t you know it runs deep

Don’t you know it’s all in your head"

Sweet mother, don’t your worry
That tomorrow will betray
All the love you find as fleeting
For I know your strength will stay
Solid inside of you
And what you ask for then will come to you
Breathe in day and moon
And trust that what you’ve come to know is true

Lai-dai-lai-dai-da-dum...

4. Sailing South for the Summer 

There were only three of us!

Little Birds
Outside the window
Sailing south for the summer of sweet red wine

We were gonna make a good show of it

Dancing on the edge of eighteen

Young things
You have so much time, they told us

Sailing south for the summer of barefoot praise
Yeah we were gonna bring it on back home


And we picked the flowers one by one
And we strung them in our hair
And we read the sad words one by one
Melancholy dancing in the air

Now wait right here
Now wait right here

And every hour on the hour the clock would chime
To the skylark singing
Sailing south for the summer
Of freedom song
We thought that we could make it out of here with this
They called the names of the Northern girls
Like bells
Ringing out on a prairie sunday
Sailing south for the summer of what comes next
We were so sure that we were running the right way
And we picked the flowers one by one
And strung them in our hair
And we read the sad words one by one
Melancholy dancing in the air

Feet bring me back there
Words reach out to every door that I must open
Give me peace of mind
To find the love again that has been stolen
Swept away by time
I am not patient

I know I’m older
But it was I who stayed behind
For sailing south down to the summer

There were only three of us
Little Birds
Outside the window
Sailing south for the summer of sweet red wine
We were gonna make a good show of it
Dancing on the edge of eighteen
Young things
You have so much time, they told us

 Sailing south for the summer of barefoot praise
Yeah we were gonna bring it on back home