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Sunlight (4:20) Piano, Fiddle, Drums, Bass, Mandolin, Harmonies

A rollicking fiddle and piano driven song about life’s adventures and the quest for love, and the maturity that can eventually come from both.



I was born of royal blood but I threw it all away
I left home when I was young, they couldn’t make me stay
I climbed the highest mountains and I sailed the deepest seas
Until I met a northern queen who pledged her love to me

I loved her like water I loved her like wind
I sang to her my soul but I couldn’t let her in
And she could not make me settle and she would not block my flow
She loved me like sunlight and then she let me go

And in the west I mined for gold and wrestled grizzly bears
I dove for pearl oysters and I lived on prickly pears
But in the southern mountains was where I fell in love
Struck in a summer rainstorm like thunder from above

She loved me like water she loved me like wind
She’d never take me with her only tell me where she’d been
And I could not make her settle and I would not block her flow
I loved her like sunlight and then I let her go

Now I’ve had love of every shape and all of it was fine
Sometimes it takes a few mistakes to know your own mind
I’ve chosen things I thought were great that tore my soul apart
Sometimes it takes a few mistakes to know your own heart

So love me like water, I’ll love you like wind
Sing to me your soul and I’ll take you where I’ve been
My heart, it longs to settle, there’s nowhere I want to go,
Let our love be sunlight so on and on it flows


from The List of Whales, track released January 5, 2014
Carrie Ferguson - piano, lead vocals
Jim Henry - guitar, mandolin
Garrett Sawyer - bass
J.J. O'Connell - drums
Zoe Darrow - fiddle
Elizabeth Donahue - backing vocals
Brian Bender - trombone



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Carrie Ferguson Northampton, Massachusetts

Carrie grew up playing an enormous upright, chocolate-brown piano. It had a darkly booming, slightly furry quality to it, like the weather in her hometown of Arcata on the North Coast of California. Ferguson credits its sonorous voice, combined with the perpetual fog and clamminess as instilling in her the baseline aesthetic of melancholic optimism that permeates her words and music today. ... more

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