Building This House

by Meghan Cary

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about

8 years, 5 homes, 1 husband, 2 children and many miles later, This album was born out of the joy of creating life - a brand new life. “Building This House” was born in our living room. Dubbed the “music room” by our children (who can’t help but call it as they see it), the living room is where I first gathered with three other musicians to see if we might have something to say together. We began by breathing new life into some of my earlier tunes and quickly realized that, as a band, we had a fresh point of view.

The songs on this record were gathered from all stages of my musical life and were in different states of disrepair when they were brought into this room and the loving hands of Peter, Jocko and Quint. In this room stories were told, grooves were born, and songs came into their own.

I never intended to make a 5th album…while raising two children under the age of five! But in the words of John Lennon: “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” Conceived, rehearsed and recorded in the stolen moments only a focused eye can find in the life of a young family, “Building This House” was a true labor or love inspired by the incredible talent of 3 generous musicians and the unrestrained glee of 2 children dancing to the tune of life. Welcome to our home. Come in, grab a seat and enjoy!

credits

released 31 January 2012

Meghan Cary – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Peter Farrell – Backing vocals, Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Guitar
Quint Lange – Backing Vocals, Drums, Percussion
Michelle Lordi – Backing Vocals
Jocko MacNelly – Bass, Guitar, Tuba, Banjo
Ron DiSilvestro – Toms “Building This House”

Produced by: Meghan Cary and Peter Farrell

Recorded and Mixed by: Ron DiSilvestro at Forge Recording, PA

Studio Manager: Larry Levine

Mastered by: Joe Lambert at JLM Sound, Brooklyn, NY

Executive Producer: Peter Farrell

All Songs Written and Lived by: Meghan Cary

Artwork: Molly Gravers at Ginger Graphics

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Track Name: Building This House
I am building this house Brick by Brick board by board
I am Building this house for my love
I am building this house for the family
The family we have not yet begun

I am plowing this field seed by seed, row by row
I am plowing this field for my love
I am sowing these seeds to feed a family
The family we’ll raise beneath the sun

I will raise these boards one by one
I will tend this field in the heat of the summer sun
I have just begun building this house

I am raising you up day by day, year by year
I am raising you up on my love
I am raising you up you are my family
A family sent down by God above

I will take each day one by one
I will teach you to climb each mountain as it comes
I have just begun building this house

I’m not afraid of a day’s hard work
I’m not afraid to dig down deep in the cold dark earth
I’ll dig deep to find what’s worth my time in this life
And build you this house

I will raise these boards one by one
I will lay these bricks in the heat of the summer sun
I have just begun building this house

Building this house
Seed by seed row by row
Building this house
Day by day, year by year
Building this house
Building this house
Building this house
Track Name: Lost You in the Light
On a clear and cloudless day
I think I see an answered prayer
But then I look again
I see nothing but the glare

So I turn and walk away
But my mind is playing games
I think I hear a voice
Someone calling out my name

I shade my eyes
And much to my surprise
Someone’s really there
Just beyond the glare
I guess I lost you in the light

So I turn and face the sun
And I try to clear my mind
But your hand is on my shoulder
And your voice comes from behind

I shade my eyes
And much to my surprise
Someone’s really there
Just beyond the glare
I guess I lost you in the light

The picture’s not complete
Without the lines where light and darkness meet
When I turn and face my shadow
It’s suddenly clear
You were always right here

I shade my eyes
And much to my surprise
Someone’s really there
Just beyond the glare

I shade my eyes
And at last I realize
You were always there
Just beyond the glare
I must’ve lost you in the light
I guess I lost you in the light
I guess I lost you in the light
Track Name: Thursdays
Last week we rode through the streets of New York City
Dodging cars in search of a bar where we could drink for free
Freedom was the treasure we were racing for all day
We both knew there'd be a price to pay

Our next day together is a movie in my mind
Holding hands and making plans for adventures yet to come
There'll be no talk of leaving this love we've found behind
I have you everyday in the movie in my mind

Thursdays in the park
Could it be enough to fill this empty well?
Sparkling days and dancing nights, is it all a dream?
I know your answer: only time will tell.
Only time will tell if this love will grow
Will it stay right here, or will we find the faith it needs
to let it grow? Or do we let it go?

If I could I'd read ahead and find out how this ends
It seems without a guarantee you'll stay up on your fence.
I can't promise what we have is the miracle you seek
And so I'll have to live for love one day a week.

Thursdays in the park
Could it be enough to fill this empty well?
Sparkling days and dancing nights, is it all a dream?
I know your answer: only time will tell.
Only time will tell if this love will grow
Will it stay right here, or will we find the faith it needs
To let it grow? Or do we let it go?
Thursdays in the park
Thursdays in the park
Track Name: Responsibility
She’s poor but she’s honest, she begs but she don’t steal
She offers me a blessing in exchange for her next meal
She must know what I’m thinking, the words that I don’t say
If I don’t acknowledge you, perhaps you’ll go away
Go away
I wish she’d go away

I see him on my corner, cardboard for his bed
He holds a conversation with the voices in his head
I like to think he has a home, a family somewhere
I pass him everyday and pretend that he’s not there
He’s not there
I wish he wasn’t there

And where do I go with this responsibility?
Who do I turn to to set my conscience free?
How can your eyes touch a perfect stranger?
The burden of your life, it can’t really
It can’t really rest on me
This responsibility
Can it really rest on me?
This responsibility?

She holds a baby to her breast. Her hand reaches to me
She asks not for herself, but for her hungry family
I lose her voice so easily within the city sounds
But the cooing of a baby makes me stop and turn around
I turn around
Thank God I turn around

But now where do I go with this responsibility?
Who do I turn to to set my conscience free?
How can your eyes touch a perfect stranger?
The burden of your life, can it really
Does it really rest on me?
This responsibility
I believe it rests on me
This responsibility
I believe, I believe, I believe it rests on me
I believe, I believe, I believe it rests on me
This responsibility
It rests on me
This responsibility
It rests on me. It rests on me
Track Name: I Might Miss You
Red Texas dirt still clings to my shoes
As I travel these white concrete streets
A soft Texas smile warms up my heart
It just might touch every stranger I meet

I’ve criss-crossed this continent so many times
Every hello begins with goodbye
Leaving is something I’ve learned how to do
And I never thought I might miss you

I always leave Austin exhausted unwound
Full of a freedom and ease
Big Texas sky holds on in my mind
I close my eyes I feel the warm Texas breeze

I’ve carried you along with me so many times
Your laughter, a touch, a look in your eyes
Never before has this longing come too
This time I think I might miss you

I might miss you
I might miss you
This time I think I might miss you

I’ve walked away from you so many times
I’ve learned that goodbye is said best with a smile
To my surprise I’ve broken that rule
And this time I think I might miss you

I might miss you
I might miss you
This time I think I might miss you
Track Name: Through Walking
Leave me alone
Can’t you see it’s killing me
Leave me alone
Step back into my memory
And when I lay me down to sleep
Won’t you please stop haunting me?

I’m making plans
They don’t include you
I’m making plans
This time I’m gonna see ‘them through
All I ask of you
Let me do what I’ve gotta do
Because I’m through walking with your ghost

I’m through walking with your ghost
I’m through walking with your ghost

No promises
Life doesn’t give them
No promises
Still I’m gonna trust in love again

Gonna open up my heart
Gonna let somebody in
I’m through walking with your ghost

I’m through walking with your ghost
I’m though living like the best I’ve ever had
Is come and gone
I’m moving on
I’m through walking with your ghost
I’m through walking with your ghost
I’m through
Track Name: Invitation
You scare me when you stand so close
I've grown accustomed to being alone
I run when I mean to stay
I don't know why. I'm just made that way
I've kept my distance so safe so well
I have stumbled but I never fell
I've danced this dance alone so long
If you want to join me
You'll have to be strong

I can't promise I can stand right here
And let you love me, you know I know this fear

It keeps me running but hold on tight
If you don't give in then I just might
Stand my ground and let you be
The one to reach this part of me

Make your way
Make your way inside me
I'll look up and I will see you
Don't give up
You've almost broken through

I can see you from behind this wall
Take one step closer and it might fall
It might fall and I might crumble too
But if you take my hands I can walk right through
Through the rubble into your arms
Taste you touch you with all your charms

Make your way
Make your way inside me
I'll look up and I will see you
Don't give up
You've almost broken through
This is an invitation...

To make your way
Make your way inside me
Inside me
Inside me
Inside me
Track Name: Darker Song
It's a much darker song, it’s a much sharper pen
It's not about longing or losing again
It’s an old rusty chamber that used to house gold
Rattling and empty it's stories all told

Can I take a step back and remember a time
When meter meant nothing and words didn't rhyme
Can I be the young lover still thrilled at the touch
Of a warm sleeping back after loving too much

Can I live in the touch of your hand for a day
Before blaming this business and running away
Stilted and small they drop on the page
These words once were rivers now dried up with age

And how can I tell you
And set myself free
From these circling thoughts
That are strangling me?

It’s a much darker song it’s a muc
Track Name: Moon Song
You weren’t expecting to hear from me
But there’s something outside you just have to see
I thought it might be worth a call
It’s so full and bright right now
But when you look again it could be so small
And I didn’t want you to miss the moon
No I didn’t want you to miss the moon

By the way I think it’s great
You’re getting married. I got the word yesterday
Everybody thought it would be you and me
But I was so busy searching back then
That I looked right past what I should’ve seen
And I didn’t want you to miss the moon
No I didn’t want you to miss the moon

Her pale clear light is strong enough to pull the tide
Away too soon
And I didn’t want you to miss the moon
I guess I really called to let you know
Something that I should’ve told you long ago
That no one’s ever loved me like you do
Like you used to…
And I didn’t want you to miss the moon

You weren’t expecting to hear from me
Track Name: Live!
I pass a graveyard I cross the street
I cross a railroad I lift my feet
I touch the roof and my angel comes tumbling down.
Freedom is just not looking for reasons
Look at the moon or the changing seasons
Who told them they were right or they were wrong?

I may never know how I made it this far
But wherever you go, there you are
I’m going to live like there’s no tomorrow
I’m going to love like there is no sorrow to fear
It’s all coming clear.

Sun comes up on a beautiful morning
I see my life spread out before me
Set me up with those wings, I can fly
Who says there’s no second chance?
I have a lifetime to learn this dance
I’ve made a plan to live until the day I die.

The wind may blow and the rain may fall
I’m gonna jitterbug right through it all
I’m going to live like there’s no tomorrow
I’m going to love like there is no sorrow to fear
It’s all coming clear.

You have loved and you have lost
So you’ll play it safe, but at what cost?

You’ve gotta live like there’s no tomorrow
You’ve gotta love like there is no sorrow to fear
It’s all coming clear
It’s all coming clear
It’s all coming clear
It’s all coming clear

I’m going to live like there’s no tomorrow
I’m going to love like there’s no tomorrow
It’s all coming clear
It’s all coming clear
It’s all coming clear
It’s all coming clear