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Stone by Stone

by Tret Fure

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1.
Afterlife 03:58
You step outside, you just don’t know You step outside, you just let go And in that movement , in that fall In that instant it all comes to a halt Afterlife, afterlife We’re sitting here wondering what comes up Afterlife, afterlife You’re a little off, you’re not yourself You’re a little off, yYou call for help So it’s off to the doctor, off for some tests And it turns out to be more than just bed rest Afterlife, afterlife We’re sitting here wondering what comes up Afterlife, afterlife CH: One foot in front of the other One laugh longing for more One kiss blown to the one you love As you turn to choose which door will be the door You’re on the plane, you’re flying somewhere You’re on the plane, you’re slightly scared A little bit turbulent, a little rough air You’re holding your breath and saying a prayer Afterlife, afterlife We’re sitting here wondering what comes up Afterlife, afterlife Ch: So you get in your car, you’re on the road You get in your car, you’re headed home Suddenly headlights are headed right at you Somebody lost control Afterlife, afterlife We’re sitting here wondering what comes up afterlife
2.
I had a life It seemed so beautiful I had a home It was quite large There were two horses And a studio A great big fireplace I built the barn 7 acres In the country In '93 My mother died For 7 years Somewhat numbly We walked the pasture Stride by stride CHORUS It is amazing That life continues And stone by stone We move along I have a new life It too is beautiful I keep the old Inside my songs I had a life I lived in Madison I had a home And it was small But it was cozy It had a lot of sun I raked the leaves Come every fall For 10 good years It felt like home Until our lost love Left me cold I shoveled snow And did it all alone I kept my chin up Both brave and bold CHORUS Now I have a life Near the ocean I’ve traveled far For another shot And I have children And great commotion And a wife Who would have thought In all my years In all these miles And all the shoes That I have worn There is renewal Once in a while We die a little To be reborn CHORUS It is amazing How life continues And stone by stone We move along I have a new life It too is beautiful I keep the old Inside my song
3.
Monuments 03:06
Tear down the walls Tear down the monuments To end ignorance Is our main pursuit Take away the hatred Take away the arrogance Why can’t we all focus on truth Some say the past is the past That it’s no longer real But that only opens wounds That have never healed The result is the same Whether by force or a sleepy driver We all are complicit In the face of the survivors Tear down the walls Tear down the monuments To end ignorance Is our main pursuit Take away the hatred Take away the arrogance Why can’t we all focus on truth Each generation has questions Where they find different ends To make sense of a world On which their life depends So much goes unsaid When the saying is imperative How do we find our voice In this ever changing narrative Chorus As old as the civil war As new as black lives matters Society disrupted Democracy in tatters Celebrated by some And detested by others In the end we must remember We’re all sisters and brothers Chorus
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Far Too Fast 04:40
I look out the window, what do I see Nobody there, just a reflection of me 2020, the world full of woe We’re stuck here with no place to go So many friends are already gone I pull down the shades, afraid of the dawn Slivers of memories slip through the blinds How will we get through these times CHORUS Far too fast Far too vast Farther than we could imagine When we’ve all been touched by something that We can’t fathom Run to the door, lock it up tight A dark storm is brewing, boiling all night Swallowing all that stands in its way Pray for that brand new day CHORUS Look to the elders, the ones still here Let their words guide you, let go of your fear Pay close attention, don’t waiver or stray We’ll get to that brand new day So turn to the future, turn to the youth They carry the courage, they hold the truth Pay close attention, don’t waiver or stray We’ll get to that brand new day
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I love to watch your hands The way they smooth the cloth As you cut across the lines I love to see your eye As you’re imagining The finished design The artist and the writer Look how far we’ve come How the world shines much brighter Another turn around the sun We took a sacred vow Inside a hurricane The wind so overloaded We danced the very first dance Before our families Then the dance floor exploded Storm clouds were threatening as I walked in your door I looked in your eyes as I moved across the floor Wasn’t quite sure, wasn’t in my right mind But suddenly I saw blue skies Now we dance most days And we dream most nights I hold you while you’re sleeping If I had one more wish Well, it would surely be That time would treat us sweetly
6.
I watched you walk away And I watched us fall apart And I wondered how we’d get through it And how I’d ever regain my heart But the sun still shines And the rain still falls And the moon comes out And the birds still call And forgiveness is a powerful thing I can still hear those words And sense the pain in my heart But I don’t lie awake any longer Wondering how it all came apart Cause the sun still shines And the rain still falls And the moon comes out And the birds still call And forgiveness is a powerful thing And I wish you the best And I wish you so well And I hope you never, ever have to go through that hell But the beautiful thing Is that hell isn’t real It’s when you’re caught between the prayer and the wheel And because I let you go My still heart started anew And because I didn’t let my sorrow linger I found a whole new world and a love so true Cause the sun still shines And the rain still falls And the moon comes out And the birds still call And forgiveness is a powerful thing
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Old Tin Cup 04:15
My dear daughter You kept that old tin measuring cup The one that I so treasured That I couldn’t quite give up I used it most of my life It suited me just fine Measuring my ingredients Leveling to the line My dear daughter It was so dented and so worn But I used it every day Before even you were born Like an old friend I could count on It was something clearly mine But the thing I failed to measure Was time CHORUS I kept it all those years, now you keep it on display I didn’t want to part with it, I used it every day It measured life and love and food so fine For you it measures the passage of time My dear daughter I’m gone 27 years I know that when you hold that cup Your eyes well up with tears Now it measures all the Many ways you’ve grown A testament to all you’ve done And all the things you’ know CHORUS My dear daughter You've lived many of my dreams A singer and an artist And a good cook, so it seems When your time is done Will you also pass it on To Austin, or your daughter Or your son CHORUS
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God knows when they met But sometime during the war A flame flared up quite quick When he walked in her door A fantasy unspoken He was charged, she was sure They walked right up to each other Forevermore They married soon I know But when, I really can’t say They’ve left us all and gone off To another place But they bore three gorgeous children On the Adriatic Sea They walked right up to each other It was meant to be. Oh those old memories Oh those old days All I have is a photo And what little I’ve learned From a lower class, a poorer life And a mighty strong will They made their way to America Papa, he came first And he forgot to go back Nonon didn’t speak to him She was so mad Finally wrote, get home for us Or don’t you bother to come He got right back to the family Afraid they was done Chorus: All alone in a world They don’t know In a neighborhood that hated them For their differences But they managed with each other And grew strong despite the spite Welcome to America Papa died at 62 He had a bad heart At 83 Nonon played her last card From the photo, you would have thought They were much older than their days But that generation wore time In a different way
9.
When I was 11 years old We left our home in Chicago Traveling to the north, so far I didn’t what was in store Only knew I wanted more And that was when I got my first guitar 4 kids, my mom and dad Pots and pans, and football pads A davenport, twin beds and a dinette set A hot dog wagon from the Price is Right My dad won it on the show one night That was how we showed up in Marquette I hated leaving that one block street 30 kids, including me 4 years of playing in that empty lot Said goodbye to my best friend Don’t think I ever saw him again But this was not my choice, like it or not When I was 11 years old We left our home in Chicago Traveling to the north, so far I didn’t what was in store Only knew I wanted more And that was when I got my first guitar And that guitar saved my life A new chapter was in my sights Took it from my brother when he walked in that door Didn’t matter what new friends I made Just wanted that guitar to play Hell, we had already moved 4 times before When I was 11 years old We left our home in Chicago Traveling to the north, so far I didn’t what was in store Only knew I wanted more And that was when I got my first guitar
10.
I was minding my own business Chasing demons in my head While the devil was a foot Feeding off the dead Stripping off the tasty bits Devouring the best Just a few things I need to get off my chest Mindlessly we turn away The heart is stopped The skin is cold As we watch this tragedy unfold Endlessly, we turn our backs As the screams get louder The blood turns black A darkness the we knew was foretold But we can change it We can turn it into gold We can stop the hatred From sickening our souls We have the means Because love is on our side Always, forever and now We’ve all given permission For the bullies to misbehave Supporting them with silence Reticence and shame It’s time to raise the sword Time to show our might To throw back the curtains And let in the light
11.
Just one more game before I go Just one more chance to see a home run From my favorite team My favorite game Before I board the one way train Across that great divide. I know I’m walking the thinnest line The doctors told me I had little time At 99, it’s fine to be on my way But all I ask for is one more game I can’t wait to hear the play by play As I awaken grateful every day And I remember every player’s name And all I ask right now is one more game CHORUS Score by score and pitch by pitch A right field catch from a home run hit The crack of the bat and the ball in play How I loved that one more game I got my father’s cap, his cribbage board A favorite memory of a great low score His joy in the game and his competitive streak And a love that runs so deep So just one more game before he goes Just one more chance to see a home run From his favorite team His favorite game Before he boards the one way train Across that great divide.
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I can’t hear you from across the room I can’t see you from across the room How can I feel you from across the room Across the room I can’t hold you from across the room I can barely find you across the room It’s impossible to hold your hand across the room Across the room Is this the new norm, not my normal Not my choice, not my room I don’t want to live so far from you And only get to see you…on zoom I was getting comfortable next to you All my life I’ve wanted to be next to you Now I can’t even walk over to be next to you You’re across the room At least I can sing to you from across the room And you can tell me stories from across the room But I hate that I can’t hug you from across the room Across the room For me it’s inconvenient while people are crying The magnitude is brutal, people are dying Trying to be truthful, others are lying And I only want to see you… Is this the new norm? Not my normal Not my choice, not my room I don’t want to live so far from you And only get to see you…on zoom

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Tret Fure has released her 17th album, “Stone by Stone”. This is definitely her most mature and thoroughly thought provoking CD to date, The material ranges from folk, to blues, to jazz, to rock with her retro song “Across the Room’, a pandemic inspired tune. The title song is a beautiful autobiographical look at love through the lens of time. Don’t miss this new release!

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released November 3, 2020

Tret Fure- vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar and ebow
Janelle Burdell - drums, percussion, udu
Mark Goldstein - electric bass, upright bass, piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3, electric guitar
Chelle Fulk - violin
Kristen B Jones - cello
Karen Ashbrook - hammer dulcimer
Gina Forsyth - violin
Cathy Fink - banjo
Leigh Pilzer - soprano and alto sax
Charlie Pilzer - accordion

Strings arranged by Amy Shook

Produced by Tret Fure and Charlie Pilzer
Recorded at Tonal Park Studios in Takoma Park, MD
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Charlie Pilzer
Photography by Brock Switzer
Cover Design by Tret Fure

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Tret Fure Newport News, Virginia

Tret Fure began her career at 16, singing in coffeehouses in the Midwest. At 19 , she moved to LA and within a year was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”.  In 1973 she recorded her first solo album on MCA/UNI Records, with Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. 
Tret has released 16 acclaimed albums in her long career..
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