Sailor's Daughter

by Celia Chavez

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"Papa would go sailin’, sailin,
Far across the eastern sea..."

SAILOR'S DAUGHTER explores love, remoteness, and longing in a set of songs inspired partly by the life and adventures of my dad, a former merchant seaman, among other daydreams and memories.

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released July 1, 2007

Steven Elliott - acoustic and electric guitar
Tim Lefebvre - acoustic and electric bass
Daniel Mintseris - piano, Wurlitzer, melodica and toy xylophone
Daniel Sadownick - percussion
Tony Mason - drum kit
Kiku Collins - trumpet and flugelhorn, horn arrangements
Rob Clores - Hammond B3 organ
Violin - Lorenza Ponce

Ann Klein - guitar solo on "Vegas"
James Maddock - guitar solos on "Wishing Well" and "Vegas"


Engineered by:
Ron Allaire, Steve Geuting at Skyline Studios NYC, NY
Dave Swanson at the Junkyard and Spin Studios, NYC, NY
Scott Jacoby at Maze, NYC, NY
Robin Danar at Pollock Productions, Santa Monica CA

Mixed at Jammin' New York by Tim Hatfield with Michelle Barry

All songs (c)2007 Pequeña Maquina Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved with the exception of:
PT Barnum (c) 2005 lyric by Hilary Gardner and Celia Chavez, music by Celia
and Moon River, (c)1961, lyric by Johnny Mercer, music by Henry Mancini

original album design by Gabrielle Gewirtz / photography by David Serrano

Produced by Celia Chavez with much help from Ann Klein, Dave Swanson, Tim Hatfield, Robin Danar and all the musicians involved.

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Celia Chavez California

The tiny but mighty Celia Chavez has spent the past several years traveling the world as a 20-Feet-From-Stardom style backup singer to stars such as P!nk, Melody Gardot and Julia Fordham. She is currently a featured vocalist and duet partner in the touring band for Enrique Iglesias.
As a solo artist, Celia makes records in the tradition of 1970's Laurel Canyon; real musicians making real music.
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Track Name: Wishing Well
she waits in the dark
looking like a violin
he plays her heart
til his hands against her skin
make her sing

and more's the pity
she knows all too well
someday she's gonna hit bottom in her wishing well

she thirsts for him
like a flower rooted in the sand
he rains for her
filling up her outstretched hands
with contraband

and more's the pity
she knows all too well
someday she's gonna hit bottom in her wishing well

she prays for strength
in the morning as he drives away
she waves his hand
as if to cast a spell his way
to make him stay

and more's the pity
she knows all too well
someday she's gonna hit bottom in her wishing well
Track Name: Vegas
Baby have you been to Vegas
I keep hearing that it's grand
Tell me what you think
it looks like
And I'll draw us up a map
I will give you everything, babe
That I have left in the bank
Let's go, let’s go to Vegas
Get our tires stuck in the sand

Driving at a mile a minute
I will crash and you will burn
Where the winding asphalt banks
And the warning signs are stern
We make a blind-eye beeline
To our next hairpin turn
Gotta get ourselves to Vegas
Burn, baby, burn

We can stand in front of Elvis
And dress up all in white
We can make a drunken promise
And swagger at the sight
Of spun roulettes
and misplaced bets
Made in the middle of the night
When we’re starry-eyed in Vegas
Everything will be all right

When the lights go out in Vegas
And the desert sands grow cold
We will rub our eyes and wonder
Where is all the gold
When the charm won’t last forever
We’ll convince ourselves it can
It’ll leak like gas
Out the back
Of our stolen black sedan
Track Name: Call Me From the Road
This kills me more than i imagined
long distance you
homebound me
i'm not saying you feel different
but you're rolling down the road, and i have to stay

so please
call me from the road
call me from the road
call me from the road
tell me that you'll be home soon

I watched you heading out this morning
rolling your lonely up into your sleeves
with the kiss you swore you're saving only for me
and the promise in your voice makes me believe

when you
call me from the road
call me from the road
call me from the road
to tell me you'll be home soon

On a train to Philadelphia
Or a flight to Ohio
I can trace your travels anywhere you go
And I may only tell you
what you might already know
i'll be here dreaming you on back until
the day you
come on back home..

call me from the road
call me from the road
tell me that you'll be home
tell me that you'll be home
tell me that you'll be home
soon.
Track Name: Fear Of Falling Leaves
O the leaves will be turning soon
So the same for the waning moon
But things that fade can change their tune
If you leave them on their own

I can see the chill across your face
Your confusion at the planet’s ways
But the trees know there is no disgrace
To become disrobed

Will you stay to see the green again
Seasons change and seasons end
Why hide from clouds or run from rain
Rain is what the dry earth needs
Green is only one of many hues
Gold and crimson still can thrill and soothe
If you stay to see you’ll surely lose
Your fear of falling leaves

If the trees can be this brave
For us it could be the same
To be naked in the cold and rain
Could liberate us all

So let go every branch and stem
Close your eyes try to be like them
Finding joy and color once again
In your own free fall

Green is only one of many hues
Gold and crimson still can thrill and soothe
If you stay I promise you will lose
Your fear of falling leaves
Stay with me to see the green again
Feel the grass beneath bare feet again
We will laugh when we remember when
We were afraid of falling leaves
we were afraid of falling leaves
don't be afraid of
falling leaves
Track Name: Snow
my window faces
the north and the east
the morning sun wakes me
he won't give me peace
there's room here beside me
but i guess you know
if it weren't for the sun
we'd be watching the snow

through the bare branches
in skies bleached and bland
the airliners float
as they ready to land
i know that people
come and they go
but i thought by now
we'd be watching the snow

cold grey days
stole summer away by degrees
still i thought that we'd
find a way to fight off the freeze

caught the storm on our tongues
tried to melt in inside
but none of our wishes
could make winter die
it came with the bite
but with none of the show

so i stand here alone
at my open window
missing your warmth
and watching for snow
Track Name: Dandelion
When I feel my fire dying
I remember Dandelion
Though she’s lost
All her bloom and her seed
Riding on the wind
She has everything
She needs

Once the belle of the bouquet
When the summer fades away
She opens wide
To embrace the next
friendly breeze
Riding on the wind
She has everything
She needs

Ooo...

Through the thorns and tangled vines
Up comes Dandelion
Reaching for the sun
Showing everyone
her means
And her sunny smile
That no man can defeat

Ooo...

Dandelion I need to know
How you make your blossom grow
How you stay
So beautiful and true
Oh Dandelion
I will follow you
I will follow you
I will follow you
Track Name: Sailor's Daughter
Papa would go sailin’, sailin
Far across the eastern sea
Every where he sailed he’d find them
All the gifts he brought to me
All the gifts he brought to me

Fragile dolls in fancy costume
Pretty jewels in pear-shaped jars
They were presents for a young woman
Not a little baby like me
Not a little baby like me

oooo...

Maybe he could see the future
Maybe he had plans for me
Maybe he saw a different daughter
Looking back across the sea
Looking back across the sea

I should have kept them precious
I should have stored them well
My poor old papa’s presents
If I had I’d have them still
If I had I’d have them still

ooo...

Now he no longer wanders
Or sails on any sea
Or remembers son or daughter
Only travels in his dreams
Only travels in his dreams

I should have kept them precious
I should have known damn well
My poor old papa’s presents
If I had I’d have them still
If I had I’d have them still
If I had I’d have them still
Track Name: P.T. Barnum
Dizzy and faded from whiskey and wine
This carnival spins inside of my mind
On a carousel of ne'er do well
You and me and P.T. Barnum

Wanting you nearer then wishing you'd go
Accepting deception as part of the show
On a tilt-a-whirl of boy and girl
You and me and P.T. Barnum

Every minute of every day
A sucker's born, that's what they say
But it’s freak fascination, can't look away
Can't pull away
Can't look away

From sequins and sugar and canvas on sticks
The net breaks our fall and we all get our kicks
In this two-bit show of touch and go
You and me and P.T. Barnum
You and me and P.T. Barnum
Track Name: Dream Of a Sailor
A sailor sleeps
Drunk on love and fantasy
When he wakes
Will he believe
How his dreaming set me free

A stolen shirt
And trousers too
A half filled purse and I’m on the run
To set upon
The ocean blue
To chase the ever rising sun

Oh...

He came to me
All smiles and sunburned skin
With tales of everywhere he’d been
And pocketfuls of gold
To buy my body and my soul

The bargain turned
When we lay down
Ran his yearning into ground
Then he slept
And so he could not see
The key to freedom I had found

Oh...

To lands I’ve yet to roam
Winds, oh carry me far from home
To salt and shell and calloused skin
This is where my world begins

Oh...

Ashore
A sailor sleeps
Drunk on love and fantasy
When he wakes
Will he believe
How his dreaming set me free
Track Name: My Love
My love
Is stronger than the sea
I marvel at the gifts he brings
To me

My love
With eyes of ocean blue
He brings me fear and ecstasy
and truth

But oh
I feel our ebb and flow
Like sand he pulls me from my distant shore
My love
Survives despite the storm
I surface in his waves
I am reborn

Our sorrows
Crushed by feet and hands
Becomes the seashell beach
On which we stand
My love
Survives despite the storm
I surface in his waves
I am reborn

My love
Is stronger than the sea
I marvel at the gifts he brings
To me

My love
Is stronger than the sea