East of the Sun

by Emily Keener

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These finely sculpted songs are rooted in tradition but experimental in delivery. Emotional lyrics and honest musicianship pay homage to The Songwriter, while filling the listener’s soul with the good vibes of Americana and Rock. A new journey begins…

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released March 7, 2015

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Emily Keener Wakeman, Ohio

Emily Keener is a seventeen year old singer/songwriter (from Cleveland, OH) with a thing for Paul Simon. She plays her dad’s old acoustic guitar, and can fill a room with her unique style.

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Track Name: East of the Sun
I woke one morn with guilt on my chest
For my prince and my castle were gone
And I laid on a little green patch in a wood
With a bundle of rags from a long, long time ago

Well, I stumbled and fell, and I broke every spell
And I wish I’d have known what I‘ve learned
For my lover’s to marry another
Unless I can find the edge of the earth
Oh, what a long, long way to go

He said
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
There’s a castle on a shoreline
And a rose garden, too
For it’s you who ought to have me
And I’ll have no one but you
East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Well, I walked many miles and I rode on the wind
'Til I threw myself at your door
And I twisted and bargained with trolls that were guarding you
And told them, oh, what a long, long way I’ve come
But they still wouldn’t budge

You said take heart and you tore them apart
And we sang with the joy of the day
For our love is true, you were lost and
I found you anyway
But that was a long, long time ago

East of the Sun and West of the Moon
There’s a castle on a shoreline
Now a wee baby, too
For it’s you who ought to have me
And I’ll have no one but you
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Track Name: Let It Shine
This is the day that the Lord has made
Let it shine on me
The sun is shining bright and even brighter off the lake
Let it shine on me
This earth is so far from the milky way
But there's a smile on my face
So let it shine

I am a lover of the Universe
Let it love me too
I am a lover even when it hurts
Baby, love me do
I'd shower my love all o'er the earth
If I knew it would work
I'd shower my love

Let it shine and show'r your love
Let it shine and show'r your love

This is the day that I find my peace
Let it find me too
This is the day that I find my peace
May your peace find you
This is the day that sets me free
And this peace
Is gonna pull me through

This is my prayer for you, my friend:
May you always sing
This is my prayer:
May you never guess what life might bring
May you smile and laugh at the little things
And my friend
May your laughter ring

Find your peace, let laughter ring
Find your peace, let laughter ring
Let it shine and show'r your love
Let it shine and show'r your love
Track Name: To Die
The sun is rising high above the creek
The stars are fading back into the sky
The waters playing softly at my feet
I haven't lived enough to die

I had a dream I laid down in my grave
It was dark down there inside
I watched my father bury my brother yesterday
He hadn't lived enough to die

Make me an offer on my time
Who knows how much I've got left anyway
Grab my shoulders and shake me back to life
'Cause the trees sure look beautiful today
Maybe I'll be one of them someday

The sun is rising high above the creek
I've been counting all the stars up in the sky
The wind is blowing softly 'round the flowers at my feet
Oh, what a world we live in just to die
Track Name: Before I Met You
His smile could light up a thousand dawns
And it makes my world seem much darker than before
The stars in the sky match the sparkle in his eyes
And it makes a word or two mean so much more than before

Before I met you, darling
Before you changed my world

The lights in the city they shine for you and me
The love in my heart makes the air all around us so sweet
When you took my hand and we started to dance
I was lost in your embrace
When cheek against cheek the passionate breeze had its way
And carried us away

Before I met you, darling;
How did I live
Before you changed my world?

Senza di te la mia vita non ha senso
Senza di te la mia vita non ha senso

Before I met you, darling;
How did I live
Before you changed my world?
Track Name: The Train
Save me a spot on the train 'til I get there
I'll let you sit by the window to be fair
I have been waiting a very long time
So save me a spot on the train

Brush all the dirt from my clothes 'fore I get there
Brush all the knots in my hair 'fore I get there
I've been in battle and I'm painted with blood
So please brush the dirt from my clothes

Mountains upon Mountains
Upon fields of flowers grow
I am waiting, I am waiting
For the joy that I will know

Wipe all the tears from my eyes when I get there
Hold me and say "It's alright" when I get there
I want to see clearly the kingdom he's made
So please wipe the tears from my eyes

Now is the time that we journey to get there
Now we will surf o'er the stars 'til we get there
The tide has been pulling a very long time
I hope there's a spot on the train

Mountains upon Mountains
Upon fields of flowers grow
I am waiting, I am waiting
For the joy that I will know

Mountains upon Mountains
Upon fields of flowers grow
I am waiting, I am waiting
For the joy I've never known
Track Name: The Captain
Rest, there is rest where I'm going
Peace, beyond the white waves
On the shore all the people are singing
Sweet verses to send me away:

Sail on, sail on
The Captain sails on

Roundabout petals of lilies I tread
Kissed by the beams of the moon
Softly they touch upon dreams in my head
And sing me celestial tunes:

Sail on, sail on
The Captain sails on

Gently I drift toward the sun
As the current lulls me along
Echoes of laughter and rhythms of love
Sing me a memory song:

Sail on, sail on
The Captain sails on
Sail on, sail on
My Captain sails on
Track Name: It's Alright
Early in the morning I'm up and on my feet
Before I even open up my eyes and stop my dreams
Late in the evening I'm fading off to sleep
To rise up with the sun again and pay for the air I breathe

It's alright; It's alright
It's alright, Lord, I know it's gonna be alright
I got Jesus in my heart
I got plans up in my mind
And I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be just fine

Once I had a love and he was perfect as can be
I am not his wife because he didn't care for me
Now I am on my own and I am lonely but I'm free
And my heart is on display for the whole damn world to see

It's alright; It's alright
It's alright, lord, I know it's gonna be alright
I got Jesus in my heart
I got plans up in my mind
And I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be just fine

Judgment day's a-rollin faster than I'd like to say
Now Jesus is my Savior but I got some dues to pay
I haven't been to church and sometimes I forget to pray
But I'm pretty sure that I will see the light one fine day

It's alright; It's alright
It's alright, lord, I know it's gonna be alright
I got Jesus in my heart
I got plans up in my mind
And I'm pretty sure I'm gonna see the light

It's alright; It's alright
It's alright, lord, I know it's gonna be alright
I got Jesus in my heart
I got plans up in my mind
And I'm pretty sure I'm gonna see the light
And I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be just fine
Yeah I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be alright