Envy of the Agile Heart

by Sara Riley Mattson

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Christa Upton This album is full of lyrical melodies, lush harmonies, and fun beats. The lyrics are at once “girl next door” and yet profound, expressing truths universal to the human experience. The raw emotions expressed so poetically grab my spirit, and I could relate immediately. Sara Riley Mattson’s artistry shines in this beautiful folk album, Envy of the Agile Heart. Favorite track: Envy of the Agile Heart.
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1.
North Star 04:17
We wouldn't know if the North Star burned out long ago The space between The light that we've seen Still points the way and that's okay by me And in between when the star died And the last of the light arrived Reaching the summit and heading back down I know where I am and then I get turned around It's a hard night and first light Knowing it's wrong and knowing it's right Between loss and letting go and letting in It's the first breath and saying goodbye There's plenty of light still reaching my eye The mare's mane falls to her back And skydiver's always make me cry We wouldn't know if the there's just one day left in this show The arctic ice crackles and sighs The eider dives and a wisp of light arrives The winter sun has journeyed so far away Dusk is lasting days and days Still there's light to find the way It's a hard night and first light Knowing it's wrong and knowing it's right Between loss and letting go and letting in It's the first breath and saying goodbye There's plenty of light still reaching my eye The mare's mane falls to her back And skydiver's always make me cry
2.
Ocean 03:35
Shadow sits high upon a leafless tree Singing so hauntingly the song that is inside of me I thought to join him Protected by his cage of branches Inside the cage Is the only place where I feel safe You can hurt me You can wish for suffering To take me under But it won't release you I'm sick of trying to protect you and lately I'm come to believe that I've got to sing to keep on singing And I want to swim across the ocean I might not even have to come up for air And I've been pretending I wasn't choking Pretending that I didn't care you left me there To call the moon... And hide from sun And after losing track of one To have to choose to fight or run To hear the sea But miss the sigh To climb to the clouds But miss the dying of the night ... And I want to swim across the ocean I might not even have to come up for air I've been pretending I wasn't choking Pretending I didn't care you left him there I've been pretending you aren't broken Pretending I didn't know you lost yourself there
3.
Joshua Tree 03:46
The dried lake bed The sky is painted purple and red The climbing and diving of a fighter jet So delicate in the light of sunset The rain comes in sheets across the lake And floods the hard and cracked landscape And thousands of flowers then do wake So delicate in the light of day Chasing the light night after night The earth draws me near And night draws the curtain Rest easy my dear, you belong here
4.
The once forgotten shadow in moonlight Erased by the projects of men Is standing before me as clear as day And the shadow of you is real again I'm envious of the agile-hearted Afloat on the winds of reverie But the winds blowin' through And I'll go, too I can't let you go The tether is all that's left of me I just can't let you go Who's to say I'd end up free anyway? I strum my guitar in the desert at midnight The crickets sing backup The moon is the spotlight I don't know why I had to sing I'm not sure that I've ever known anything
5.
Fight 04:05
I'm tired of the fight Tired if dressing wounds and rebuilding ruins Tired of fighting for yesterday's dreams Whitewash the canvas And breathe to believe that my heart's still beating I'm tired of fighting Who said fighting is the right thing You're tired of fighting too And I only really want to fight for you I'm walking on and walking tall The clock is stopped upon the wall I'm not aggrieved that love ain't free 'Cause free to me is knowing who to fall into Journey's end is where there's fire But on the way is where we burn
6.
I went looking for the happiness of fireflies and theme park rides Of spotting a pod of orcas swimming by your boat I went looking of bliss and this occurred the other day to me That’s just sugar high happiness and that’s fine But you gotta pay the fine Moving forward ‘n’ moving back, we’re really spinning round and round Flying towards Andromeda at 300,000 miles per hour The search for endless days of smiles at the cost of really living life The turning of the planet gives us day And it gives us night There’s a long list of attempts I’ve had to not feel sad and not feel bad. Religion couldn’t save me from the nature of the world Chocolate mousse and fancy booze couldn’t do it either It’s just sugar high happiness has this fine But that’s fine
7.
Hard Day 03:24
The path before me is made of bricks that I have laid I stepped off long ago the path that was already paved Bricks are made in fire But I’m so very tired Of taking licks upon this trip I just want to rest for awhile It’s been a hard day in a hard week of a hard year Like a tidal wave in the air the winds of fate have brought me here It’s a hard day in a week and the wind took what I thought would be And I don’t know, whoa, what’s to become of me The years before these have taken all I worked to save And left me a worn and empty weathered vase There is healing in the fire But I’m so very tired Of taking licks upon this trip I just need to rest for awhile I always thought there’d be something more I thought the next turn would be easier I always thought I’d figure it out But I’m not so sure anymore
8.
We were walking in the rain No shoes on my feet The water drips down my hair To meet the street We’ll climb and climb ‘til we see all five peaks Then watch as the river empties to the sea The courage to breathe out The courage to breathe back in I begin again and then you do the same The red rocks shift and run away I lie back and think I might be okay You might be okay too The storm surge swept away the land But the sea remained A prison in my mind And untouchable time The lost years The numb years The how the hell do we get through these years fear I’ll take you back to the you you thought you’d lost forever I’ll take you back, I’ll take you back Just hold me tight tonight I might need you to do the same

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released August 20, 2015

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Sara Riley Mattson Rapid City, South Dakota

I'm a lifelong musician. The daughter of a deep-thinking poet and a harmony-obsessed choral singer. I grew up on the music my parents grew up on...Beach Boys, Beatles, Carole King, Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, The Everly Brothers, and The Temptations. When you mix that with my classical piano and choral training I think you can hear where my style comes from. I like things that are fun and hard. ... more

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