Discography 

iTunes Session Bright Morning Starts Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House Firecracker 40 Days EP Ruth Moody – Far and Wide Ruth Moody – These Wilder Things Heather Masse – Lock My Heart Ruth Moody – The Garden Nicky Mehta – Weather Vane Heather Masse – Bird Song Ruth Moody – Blue Muse Heather & the Barbarians - Tell Me Tonight
Down At The Sea Hotel Women of the World Acoustic The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom

Firecracker

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The Wailin’ Jennys – Firecracker 2006

  1. The Devil’s Paintbrush Road
  2. Glory Bound
  3. Begin
  4. Things That You Know
  5. Swallow
  6. Starlight
  7. Apocalypse Lullaby
  8. This Heart of Mine
  9. Long Time Traveller
  10. Avila
  11. Some Good Thing
  12. Prairie Town
  13. Firecracker

Firecracker, produced by David Travers-Smith, presents 13 new songs that beautifully showcase the instrumental versatility, deft songwriting, and ethereal vocal harmonies for which the trio has become known. It is a rich feast of fresh sounds and diverse styles, with songs like Mehta’s indie-pop influenced ‘Begin’,Moody’s roots-rocker ‘Things that you know’, and Chvostek’s plaintive country waltz, ‘Swallow’. 

“Fueled by the elemental power and transcendent glory of their honeyed three part harmonies, Firecracker is guaranteed to soothe your soul with its earthy passion and heartfelt compassion.” – Creem

“With a baker’s dozen of fresh, rootsy songs and their signature heart-stopping harmonies, The Wailin’ Jennys’ second recording should prove explosive for their careers.” – The Washington Times

“Firecracker doesn’t explode noisily, soon to be forgotten. It lingers like a warm fire.” – Goldmine

The Devil’s Paintbrush Road (Annabelle Chvostek)

I held on for so long
Dusty quaint old song
Things attach with glue
Live and die and gone

June flowers are so bold
On the devil’s paintbrush road
The devil paints a double life
And there I dare not go

Live and die and gone
Live and die and gone
The devil paints a double life
Live and die and gone

I’m not the cheating kind
It snuck from behind
Kicked in the door to someday
I can’t get her off my mind

All or nothing now
Might as well be true
Leave the dream of hearth and home
That never will come true

Live and die and gone
Live and die and gone
Leave the dream of hearth and home
Live and die and gone

Sweet wild road ahead
Sweet wild road ahead
If I lied and said that all was well
I might as well be dead

Single I was born
And single I will die
I’ll marry myself to the whole wide world
And never make her cry

Live and die and gone
Live and die and gone
I’ll marry myself to the whole wide world
Live and die and gone

Live and die and gone
Live and die and gone
The devil paints a double life
Live and die and gone

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Glory Bound (Ruth Moody)

When I hear that trumpet sound
I will lay my burdens down
I will lay them deep into the ground
Then I’ll know that I am glory bound

I’ll be travelin’ far from home
But I won’t be looking for to roam
I’ll be crossing o’er the great divide
In a better home soon I will reside

Hallelujah

When I’m in my resting place
I’ll look on my mother’s face
Never more will I have to know
All the loneliness that plagues me so

So I’m waiting for that train to come
And I know where she’s coming from
Listen can you hear her on the track
When I board I won’t be looking back

Hallelujah

 

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Begin (Nicky Mehta)

Hey, maybe the time
just wasn’t right to hang on
When are you gonna learn
Sometimes things turn instead of turn out

Hey, when are you gonna stand
Stop looking over your shoulder
Me, with a head full of words
And not one useful expression
Hey, let go

We, with holes in our hearts
Were whole at the start
Our story began
We film ourselves ’til the end
Try to suspend our lives in the dark

Hey, when are you gonna stand
Stop looking over your shoulder
See, there’s a sun in the sky
And a moon that will take us til morning
When are you gonna stand
Stop and begin this moment
Hey, let go
Let go

 

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Things That You Know (Ruth Moody)

It’s been a long time since you saw your home
Even those you call the closest
Have slipped away somehow
Feels like a lifetime you’ve been on the road
With so many miles behind you
You’d think you’d have left this world by now

You’ve seen more than they could ever know
No matter what they say
You’ve earned the right to be so bold
But this life it takes its toll on you
Every face around you looks so tired and so old

And you have not seen everything
You have not seen everything

But there are things that you know
Things that you know
From where you’ve had to go
Where you’ve had to go
Maybe soon you’ll find a place
To call your own
To call your home

You’ve walked a good mile in your brother’s shoes
‘Til your legs could walk no further
And your tired soles would burn
You know there’s peace somewhere around the bend
It’s been a long time coming
And you’re ready for your turn

And you have not seen everything
You have not seen everything

But there are things that you know
Things that you know
From where you’ve had to go
Where you’ve had to go
Maybe soon you’ll find a place
To call your own
To call your home

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Swallow (Annabelle Chvostek)

Oh swallow
What did you swallow?
You swoop so low
You come and you go

You flew right in from that ship on the sea
Pirate sails on the wind coming for me

You wooed me, pursued me
You hooked me, you booked me
I signed up my name
Said I’ll be your game

You got me, arrow shot me
Now come connect the dot me
And if you don’t want it
then free me, I will flee

Oh swallow
What did you swallow?
You swoop so low
You come and you go

Something, something
You think you got something
Something to show
For all that hellbent letting go

I got me a handful
A handful of pebbles
One ball of light
One shining flght

You glide on the air
You swivel and turn
Fast beating heart
What do I gotta learn?

Oh swallow
What did you swallow?
You swoop so low
You come and you go

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Starlight (Nicky Mehta)

I have come back to you broken
take me home
And my body bears this trouble
take me home
Take me back to my beginning
Before the hell of night set in
And I came to this border
take me home

I have toured the endless starlight
take me home
I have shattered under midnight
take me home
There are no vultures in this clearing
Except the ones who brought me here
And I’ll no longer feed them
take me home

Kingdom come, their will was done
And now the earth is far away
from any kind of heaven
Hallowed be these frozen fields
And every single one of us
still left in want of mercy
Take us home

Now the bells stand still and hollow
take me home
And no one has come to mourn me
take me home
Find me where I close my eyes
Beneath this sky of powerlines
And let me see us clearly
take me home

Kingdom come, their will was done
And now the earth is far away
from any kind of heaven
Hallowed be these frozen fields
And every single one of us
Still left in want of mercy
cTake us home…

 

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Apocalypse Lullaby (Annabelle Chvostek)

Hurricanes will come
Earthquakes break the walls
Oceans rise
Empires fall

 

Enter world, light unshown
Follow heart, follow home
Here we are, light unshown
One round heart, one round home

 

Spin the speed of light
Tetrahedron blue
One last paradise
You can make for you

 

Enter world, light unshown
Follow heart, follow home
Here we are, light unshown
One round heart, one round home

 

Faster than a ship
Further than bomb
See the glowing grid
Send love throughout the throng

 

Enter world, light unshown
Follow heart, follow home
Here we are, light unshone
One round heart, one round home

 

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This Heart Of Mine (Ruth Moody)

If all is fair in love and war
I haven’t seen the score
But it can’t be either of those

 

And all this time, thought I was in control
But fate she held her own
Even when I thought I chose

 

Now the coldest day of winter
Has made a home of my heart
It burns a cold right through me
Tearing me apart

 

When did I lose you?
It feels like such a crime
When did I lose all
The reasons for this rhyme
So many questions burning
In this heart of mine

 

A thousand memories
Of when and where
Four walls and a rocking chair
Our story sticking to my skin

 

A dusty wind
Blows through this broken frame
Echoes of your name
Shadows fall and night pours in

 

Now the coldest day of winter
Has made a home of a heart
Says it plans to stay forever
Just like you did at the start

 

When did I lose you?
It feels like such a crime
When did I lose all
The reasons for this rhyme
So many questions burning
In this heart of mine

 

Now the coldest day of winter
Is here and here to stay
And it burns a cold right through me
‘Round the heart you threw away

 

When did I lose you?
It feels like such a crime
When did I lose all
The reasons for this rhyme
So many questions burning
In this heart of mine

 

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Long Time Traveller (Traditional)

Ye fleeting charms of earth
Farewell, your springs of joy are dry
My soul now seeks another home
A brighter world on high

 

I’m a long time travelling here below
I’m a long time travelling away from home
I’m a long time travelling here below
To lay this body down

 

Farewell kind friends whose tender care
Has long engaged my love
Your fond embrace I now exchange
For better friends above

 

I’m a long time travelling here below
I’m a long time travelling away from home
I’m a long time travelling here below
To lay this body down

 

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Avila (Nicky Mehta)

Oh sweet peace, never have you fallen
never have you fallen upon this town
Oh sweet peace, never have you fallen
never have you fallen upon this town

The black crows are loaded
with the call of things discarded
the ribboned shard of battle
And everything burned
Have they forgotten we live here
Do they think that we gave up
lay down and grew over
weeds at every turn

Oh sweet peace, never have you fallen
never have you fallen upon this town
Oh sweet peace, never have you fallen
never have you fallen upon this town

I will not rest
until this place is full of sunlight
or at least until the darkness
is quiet for a while
And we will not wait
for that murder to come calling
The night will simply fall
and the morning will rise

Oh sweet peace, never have you fallen
never have you fallen upon this town
Oh sweet peace, when will you come calling
when will you come calling upon this town

 

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Some Good Thing (Nicky Mehta)

Think of this heart as an old accident
A hardened hit and run
Looking ahead but just a little scared
To keep all eyes on the road

Can you be sure
Will this be some good thing
Lucky stars to reckon appear again and again
Can you believe all that has brought you here
You say come on baby let’s go ahead and live

Who ever knows if love’s a sleight of hand
Will it hold up to the light
And do you ever stop unravelling a happy end
With a mind still wound up from a fight

Can it be real
Will it be some good thing
Weathering the fortunes
What those stars are gonna bring
Will it stay true
Will we both see the whole thing true
You say come on baby let’s go ahead and live

Bird on a wire or heart in your hand
Looking for a place to find some rest
If you batten it down it’s not living at all
Leaving’s just a different kind of death

Could you believe
Will this be some good thing
A place to lay your head down
And the will to look again
Could it be true
Will we both see the whole thing true
You say come on baby let’s go ahead
Come on baby let’s go ahead
Come baby let’s go ahead and live

 

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Prairie Town (Ruth Moody)

When it rains it snows in this prairie town
There’s a good three inches on the ground
It seems I’ll be losing any peace I’ve found

 

I see your face all over this town
But I know you’re nowhere to be found
You’re far away, you’re safe and sound

 

Far from this prairie town
Far from this prairie town

 

So leaving seems the thing to do
When I’m here I’m lost in thoughts of you
And in my dreams I’m city bound

 

But if you ask me to come to you
To leave these fields and these skies of blue
You know I’d be leaving my sacred ground

 

Leaving this prairie town
Leaving this prairie town

 

No one’s love comes close to yours
Nothing’s what it was before
My eyes are heavy and my heart is sore

 

Leaving this prairie town
Leaving this prairie town

 

When it rains it snows in this prairie town
And we just watch it fall to the ground
And wait for love to come around

 

So ask me in that way you do
And I’ll leave these fields and I’ll come to you
And watch my heart as it breaks in two

 

I’m leaving this prairie town
I’m leaving this prairie town

 

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Firecracker (Annabelle Chvostek)

A is for apple, B is for blind
I jumped so fast I left the ground behind
You set your sights homeward
And you are more than wise
It’s late night heading into morning

 

You can get used to almost anything
Deep sea eyes, porcelain skin
Love’s sweet nests and their boxing rings
It’s late night heading into morning

 

Firecracker, firecracker
Sparkling in the sky
To those of us who saw
Looked like the fire should die
Knowledge pulls the reigns against
The bliss that I once knew
When you set your sights on me
And the firecrackers flew

 

Ocean of friendship, diamonds far and deep
We still talk of the future
Remembering soft sleep
A is for apple, apple of my eye
It’s late night heading into morning

 

Late night heading into morning

 

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