Mally Smith & The Fertile Void

by Mally Smith

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about

life is worth fighting for
love is worth something more

to have someone to hold and cry
to be someone to ask her why
why she holds so close to her heart
the fertile void, her endless dark

to have a shoulder to kiss upon
to be an ear when day is done
to hear him when he speaks his truth
the fertile void, his endless youth

he'll fight until the very end
for her life, for his best friend
together they will soar and fly
the fertile void, their endless sky

credits

released December 9, 2013

All songs © Mally Smith 2013


THANK YOU...


to all the amazing musicians who lent their artistic voices to the fertile void - you breathe so much life into these tracks, thank you so much...

Tom Bianchi: bass, harmonies and tambourine
Laurence Scudder: viola
Meryl Ayres, Patrick McCann, Danielle Miraglia & Erik White: harmonies
The Burren Stompers: stomps 'n' claps :)


to Jamie Meditz and Leon Godwin (www.lionnerd.com) for the incredible photographs and artwork - thank you for creating something so much more than I could have ever hoped for!


to Mom & Dad - thank you for all of your love and support!

Tom Bianchi (www.24hourtom.com) - engineer, producer and friend - I couldn't have done this without you...


and finally to everyone who has shared art, breath and love with me over the past five years - you are a huge part of these songs, and a huge part of my heart... thank you for all you have given me.


Love,
M



~"The fertile void" was first introduced to me during my yoga teacher training at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (www.kripalu.org) a year and a half ago. My teacher, Devarshi Steven Hartman, passed on the concept which he had learned from Brahmanada, Dr. Don Stapleton, founder of Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.

The fertile void is described as a period of time in the ongoing cycle of transformation - after a challenge, then resistance to the challenge, and impending chaos - when one faces the substance of the transformation. It is in the fertile void where the real questions arise, where the potential for growth and life is at its highest. Often, we humans try to rush this process; we want answers and we want them now. But if we are able to trust the process and allow it to unfold naturally, then we can integrate our experiences and find a new foundation to stand on.

This album is my attempt ask questions to which there may be no answers, allow my journey to unfold beneath my feet and to dive into the fertile void with an open heart.

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Mally Smith Boston, Massachusetts

Mally Smith is a singer-songwriter living in Somerville, MA. Reminiscent of Shawn Colvin or a young Joni Mitchell, Mally combines tasteful guitar playing and poetic lyrics with a voice that will melt your heart. Mally released her first solo album on December 8th at The Burren in Davis Square. ... more

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Track Name: Ticking Clocks
all that stuff, all those things
pack your bags time is moving
forward on and on it goes
soon we'll go along with our clothes

and the books you know, take them off the shelves
keep them for yourself, I've already read them
find the spoons that meant so much to you
mine would never do, I'll keep on moving

that first time we moved in and stayed the night
you filled the walls with our life, I carved out the sky
then the boats and the flocks, and all those ticking clocks
like time bombs on our watch, pushing us off

from the life we knew and all I thought we'd do
erased, fallen through the holes in the boxes
space and time hold hands as they pass us by
my hands are tied and yours keep on moving

all that stuff, all those things...
time is moving
Track Name: If You Were a Boat
if you were a boat you'd rock and you'd float
and I'd love you so as I do now, I do now
and I'd want to be the sails, you see
so you could be free to travel around, travel around

i wont be the anchor
you will feel my love

if you were a stove you'd flicker and glow
and I'd love you so as I do now, I do now
and I'd want to be the kindling, you see
the flames would leap, the smoke would curl 'round, curl all around

i wont be the damper
you will feel my love

if you were a home
I'd be the window
open me, and breathe

so when you're a boat and you have to go
I'll still love you so as I do now, I do now

I wont be the anchor
you will feel my love
Track Name: Train
the mold I made to fit his frame was broken
shattered by the cry
of the train bound for the south
that took him from my life

from high above he held my strings
he tugged at my heart
pulled me close and let me go
I fell into the dark

glue wont hold, tape just folds
I can't make him stay
glue wont hold, tape just folds
he has gone away

the heavy pound of steal on the tracks
beats back against my lungs
as the train leaves it picks up speed
this love is done

glue wont hold, tape just folds
I can't make him stay
glue wont hold, tape just folds
he has gone away

the mold I made to fit his frame was broken
Track Name: Running
from here to there
I came running for you, running for you
my heart cried out
still it came running for you, running for you

when the bombs exploded loud
I could only hear your voice in that crowd

so I went from here to there, running

from then 'til now
I've been loving you, loving you
but oh somehow
we couldn't make it through, couldn't make it through

a bomb exploded loud
and my voice got lost in that crowd

still I went from here to there, running

going barefoot now
into the thickest clouds
all I know is now
run so fast so proud

from here to there
I came running for you, running for you
Track Name: The Spider's Song
my eight legs grow tired
of pulling this thread
I am strong, but terrified
that I was wrong

you warned me of wind
said a storm would do me in
I just kept on pulling and pulling and pulling
on my silk

you sat there as I kept spinning
for all those years
took my hand, we danced between the dew drops
on every strand

though you warned me of wind
said a storm would do us in
there we were just pulling and pulling and pulling
on my silk

a storm came
with its driving rain
the web fell, it fell

my eight legs grow tired
of pulling this thread
still I pull, and though you've gone
its all I know

there may still be wind
and a storm might do me in
I have to keep on pulling and pulling and pulling
on my silk
Track Name: Lazy One
lazy one, lazy one
oh baby I'm the lazy one

money, I hate the thing
green and sleazy, does it make life easy
oh what do is it bring?

lazy one, lazy one
oh baby I'm the lazy one

I just wanna sing my song
make my heart go rum tum tum

lazy one, lazy one
oh baby I'm the lazy one

does that make me crazy?
green's got ya so hazy
oh well pretty baby let me show you what lazy means

sing it, I'm gonna sing it...
make my heart go rum tum tum...

lazy one, lazy one
singing to the grave, I'm the lazy one
Track Name: Little Bullet
empty hands wont make a mark
covered eye still find a heart
I have climbed over these walls
only to find you were never here at all

a little bullet got a hold of my heart
the shot runs wild

no man's land can be so loud
how did the end sneak by the crowd?

I feel so young, startled but old
you're not here, there's nowhere to go
am I even standing anymore?
a hollow gift, the lead I left
beside the walls you built so tall
you'll find the pieces if ever you come back

of that little bullet that got a hold of my heart
still there

a little bullet got a hold of my heart
the shot runs wild
Track Name: Mulberry
lavender, jasmine, rosemary
peach and pear, apricot, then there's me
tarragon, strawberry, thyme
in my tree is where I hide

everyone just walks past me
I am not what they want or what they see
oh but I am more than this bitter taste
I could be the sweetest escape

I know there is
someone somewhere
out there, for me
they will find me
they will pick me
and I'll be free

so in my tree I will wait patiently
for the day when they will come and reach for me

cause I know there is
someone somewhere
out there for me
they will find me
they will pick me
and I'll be free

lavender, jasmine, rosemary
peach and pear, apricot, then there's me
Track Name: Joni
Joni you better take this out of my hands
the match and the candle now
Joni I'm not like you, but I wish I could be
'cause maybe then his heart would bow

maybe he'd be sure

if I could fly on and die on, and never look back
then the things that might have been
wouldn't haunt me, they taunt me and smother me down
oh Joni, did you ever win

leaving him?

oh but Joni I love him
and he can't give in
I know you'd tell me to run
but this fire must burn

Joni you can't take this out of my hands
the match and the candle now
Joni I'm not like you and I never will be
I'll put my heart on the line for this vow

Joni, I'm sure
Track Name: Eggshells
broken, broken
eggshells I walk on
I walk on

screaming, screaming
kettle cries on
it cries on
you're gone, gone

oh no, I don't know
what you've done
with our love, with our love
you just gave up, you gave up

heat in LA is too much for me now
but I can't go or stay here I just wait for you

broken, broken
eggshells I walk on
Track Name: Alaska
oh Alaska, oh Alaska
with your sad August song
summer's ending, my sweet Alaska
winter will be long

you played your part, Alaska
when you held my heart

oh the eagle, oh the eagle
breath in your wings
follow the Kenai, my brave eagle
see what it brings

counting stars, Alaska
thought they were ours

the deepest ocean, the deepest ocean
I have ever known
dark waters of your ocean
drench my soul

but you held me close, Alaska
when the waves did roll

but oh Alaska, oh Alaska
with your sad August song
summer's over, my sweet Alaska
now that you're gone

did you know, Alaska
a year ago
that you'd go?