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A Piece of the Sky

by Tret Fure

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A Piece of the Sky I walk out onto the moon As I gaze upon this big round night And I wonder as I always do How the sun can make the moon seem so bright It’s a mystery to me It’s a mystery to others I can see It’s a reflection of our bodies Of our souls, of our hearts, of our hearts And I walk along the Noland Trail As it winds along the river to the sea And I marvel at the water As it runs so deep beneath my feet It’s a mystery to me It’s a mystery to others I can see It’s a reflection of our bodies Of our souls, of our hearts, of our hearts Raise your voice so high Like it’s a piece of the sky Let it rain down around you, let it rain Raise your voice so high Like it’s a piece of the sky Let it rain down around us all I stand out in the morning sun As I feel the warmth of springtime return And I thank my angels for another run Where I can touch the earth and taste the burn It’s a mystery to me It’s a mystery to others I can see It’s a reflection of our bodies Of our souls, of our hearts, of our hearts Raise your voice so high Like it’s a piece of the sky Let it rain down around you, let it rain Raise your voice so high Like it’s a piece of the sky Let it rain down around us all
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The Rain 05:30
If I stand out in the rain Will it wash away my tears Will a whole heart still remain When my anguish disappears If I let it truly drench me Will the waters then recede Will my anger be set free Or will the rain just all on me Will the rain just fall on me If I shout into the wind Will my cries be blown away Will a new life then begin Will my heart line be remade If I let the zephyrs move me Will my pathway be swept clean Will a find a voice to soothe me Will there be better dream Or will the wind just blow at me Will the wind just blow at me Chorus There’s hope in every sunrise There’s promise in a rainbow There’s freedom in a sunset made of gold And I imagine there are deeper dreams Deeper dreams ahead And more than I have ever said More than I have ever said More than I have ever said If I walk through fields of snow And let the snow drifts cover me Will it quiet me as I go Or will this hurt forever be If I make it through the storm Will a spring thaw touch my bones Will I finally feel warm This heart that longs for home Or will the snow just cover me Will the snow just cover me
3.
Bluebird 03:47
Bluebird When one door closes, another one opens It’s what they say to make you feel alright I really thought my heart was too broken Then you came into my life I had pain written all over my face I’d put warming signs all over the place There was no one gonna hurt me again No one I would cause any more pain Many days, the blinds were not open Many nights, my sleep was too thin The bed was bare, the pillows all frozen Then I felt you climb right in I had tear stained lines on the page I was still working through all of my rage There was no one I was gonna let in I’d failed before, I’d surely fail again There were no words When I had so much to say Like how I never thought I’d feel this way But if I hadn’t spread my wings again to fly You surely would have never caught my eye So it’s true when one doors closes, another one opens And in technicolor on the other side I really thought my heart was too broken Then you walked into my life And if bluebirds can fly over the rainbow Then why oh why can’t I
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With a smile that lights the world From the day that you were born I’ve seen it in old photographs Tattered but not worn You can fill a room with laughter And pleasure in your stories I treasure the first day I laid eyes on you You were called to be a mother And what a mom you’ve been I see it in the children And how they take it on the chin How they rely on you for love And constance in their journeys And how they treasure every day they lay eyes on you Walk with me now and forever You’re fifty and just starting over Stay with me now and ever more And will travel to the heart and back again I found you at a concert You stuck inside my brain I wrote you on a whim You wrote back and then again You filled my heart with joy That had left me in the night And I treasure every day I lay eyes on you
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365 days til the end. Then I start a new year and begin once again. I move 2 steps forward and one step behind Into the future with the past still in mind It’s the Zen of Being 12 times reminded of all that has gone The rise in a tone, a word in a song I close tight my eyes til they are blue once again Not really my color but a state I am in It’s the Zen of Being 52 reasons to step forward and move Not weak in my gait, not shy in my shoes I open my eyes to the brightness ahead No longer afraid, no longer afraid, no longer afraid 60 incentives, 24 times a day Minute by minute, in the most beautiful way A smile as I wake, a tear of pure joy A love I so cherish, three girls and a boy And the Zen of Being
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Where did you go, how did it end You were my lover and my best friend Though all these years pulled us apart Somehow you stayed inside my heart All those times I will remember, I always will In the remembering is the thrill, oh the thrill You were the one who made me laugh in those years And now I’m left with a bucket of tears. I watched you go, though I was the one who walked away You said you loved me, but I couldn’t stay I loved you back but I had things to do The way you cared for me got me through The years have slipped away, look at them fall I’m still on the road, still answering that call You were the one who made me laugh in those years And now I’m left with a bucket of tears. You had a piece of my heart, you knew me better than anyone else But something took you from me and me to myself We saw each other, time and again Time never passes between friends Though we drifted apart, & went each our own way I still can picture most of those days You were the one who made me laugh in those years And now I’m left with a bucket of tears. So rest in peace my friend, I’ll say farewell I’ll hold the hurt and the heart swell My tears are falling like Oregon Rain Falling again, again and again You stayed behind and I let you go We were so young, what did we know You were the one who made me laugh in those years And now I’m left with a bucket of tears.
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At 12 years, I am newly formed Quaking in the light My first guitar in hand My first real dream in sight I knew that I was meant for more Than nine to five foot answers I chose to let my heart strings sound At 18, I was on my way I left my home behind Traveling farther than I’d been A new found sense of time Lucky in my liberty With luxury left behind I wouldn’t have it any other way The calling of the artist’s way Is never much a choice If you choose the steeper climb Following your voice Rewards are more than rent that’s paid Pretty clothes and cars To me there is no greater joy Than playing my guitar At 35, I had a band Electric fingers flew Heading out for weeks on end We were music through and through We played in major concert halls The crowds were all on fire And all my perfect dreams were coming true Now I’m in my sixties My journey still unfolds I take my music everywhere I’m always on the road Though I long for home To sleep in my own bed I’d probably dream of this hard life instead The calling of the artist’s way Is never much a choice If you choose the steeper climb Following your voice Rewards are more than rent that’s paid Pretty clothes and cars To me there is no greater joy Than playing my guitar
8.
Halfway down the highway I stopped to stretch my mind As I looked down that long road My shadow crossed the center line I don’t always know where I am going On this troubled, cobbled trail And I hope I win your heart today Cause tomorrow I may fail I take this wheel I walk along the edges I leave a little bit of me Everywhere I go When I take this wheel I hope it turns me home Cause I know that home is you Halfway cross the country Is another state of mind I never see the boundaries But they cross me every time I always know where I have been Burdened by the borders I hope I hold your heart today Cause tomorrow’s a new order I take this wheel I walk along the edges I leave a little bit of me Everywhere I go When I take this wheel I hope it turns me home Cause I know that home is you Halfway through my life Another map in hand I choose another road And once more cross this land And I feel much less afraid As i move on down the line And I hope that you will trust our love This life is yours and mine
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The Door 03:24
He stands at the door, taps on the window Pointing to somewhere he’d rather be “I need to be there”, he says over and over But there is somewhere you cannot see Tall and so strong and so physically well To look from a distance, you really can’t tell That most of his memories have gone from his life Forgetting most things except his daughters and wife And sometimes that slips down the slippery slope And you sit here burdened with your desperate hope What cruel conditions wake him each day Sometimes he’s here, then it all falls away And nothing makes sense in his mystified mind Words have all failed him, there’s no sense of time It all slips away, then a moment so clear “I’m back, I’m back”, is what you long to hear A prayer and a plea and a cry in the night You can’t make it work though you fight the good fight You wish it were as easy, as easy as this To bring back the prince takes one little kiss
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My Best 03:50
If I had stayed at home If I had had 2 kids How would my life me different than the one I own If I had stayed at home If I had had 4 kids Would I have been much different in my tone If I had never left This place that meant so much If my family had fulfilled me like they do Oh wait...perhaps I’m already living that life too Perhaps the longing is The fact we don’t have tools To unlock the many lives we own Perhaps our longing is just a memory Because our memories always take us home If we never leave Can we come home again If we never cross a boundary or road Perhaps we cross so many times We just don’t know Space and time and circumstance This is how the world unfolds Sometimes more deeply than we know If I ever stop, if I ever quit If I ever end my search by tooth and bone I would not be true to my own truths And I would never find that place that I call home I am happy here, I have found a perch By definition it’s a place of rest What comforts me, at this time of life, I feel my best
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My house I leave open My faith lies with friends If I can’t trust my instincts I’ll lose in the end I’d rather take chances Than be on my guard That side of the moon is too dark That side of the moon is too dark I can run from the fire Turn my back on the wind Hide from the rain But not from my friends I’d rather risk injury Than be on my guard That side of the moon is too dark That side of the moon is too dark

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released May 9, 2013

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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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