Lay It Down

by Krista Herring

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"Lay It Down" is an album created against the odds. Despite severe injury to one of her fingers on her guitar chord hand in the middle of album production, Krista managed to retrain herself to play without the finger in order to finish the album. Drawing from her personal (and very human) experiences, Krista has created an album that speaks to the heart of the listener, and turns human frailty and clumsiness into beautiful art. It is a completely independent, home-grown album set to impress even the most discerning of listeners.

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released August 1, 2009

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Krista Herring Portland, Oregon

This California native songbird has traveled the country from the East to West coast, sharing her soulful prose and bittersweet melodies. These days, when not on the road, she spends most of her time reveling in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, near Portland, OR. ... more

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Track Name: Free
In my life, there’ve been times when I couldn’t breathe; truths I just couldn’t see, and the light fell from my eyes. But in time I grew tired of all these games; couldn’t take any more pain, so one day I made up my mind. I am free. No one is holding me down. Angel child, if you’re feeling all alone, go inside to find your home, casue no one can bring you your joy. Maybe try not to think about what is missing. Just become that which you seek. And life will become beautiful. You are free. No one is holding you down. You can run if you please. If you fall to your knees, you’ll find a way off the ground. Everyone falls sometimes. Everyone sees the night. The pain was designed to direct us inside, and happiness is something you have to decide. Gotta know your own mind. Not till then will you find that you were the one in control all the time. You were free.
Track Name: Your Letter
I got your letter today
It came from half a world away
You said, "Baby, you sang to me on the train
All 9 hours through the headphones
As we rode on through the rain

I've been thinking about everything
I've been wondering what I have to bring

And I miss you, baby, more every night
It just feels a little lonely on this train tonight
As I ride across the ancient landscapes
All the ghosts seem to haunt me
And I'm thinking of you"

"So much irony," you said," in such a beautiful place
See, all the eyes are sad, my love
Still searching for some grace
I've been trying to find the love, just a trace
So, I close my eyes, and see your face

And I'm really not sure why
But I think I just might cry

I miss you, baby more every night
And I can't remember why I'm on this train tonight
As we ride on through the rain and wind
I can feel the love you send
Are you thinking of me?"

I put your letter down
I looked up at the stars
Said, baby can your hear this sound?
It's the beating of my heart
And every beat belongs to you

And I miss you, baby, more every night
I'm thinking of you as you ride that train tonight
As you glide across the ancient landscapes
I can hear you whisper to me
"I'm thinking of you."

I got your letter
But now I need you here
So come home soon
I'll be here, waiting for you
Track Name: Deliver Me
He's got tunnel vision
But I want to fly above ground
I cannot tie these wings up
But I just can't see the way out

(chorus)
Deliver Me from this darkness
Lift the veil from my eyes
Deliver me as this fortress
Crumbles now, lift me high

You're the light in my bedroom
But now I've forgotten the sun
I can't see life without you
But does that make you the one

(Repeat chorus)

Well, I thought that surrender
Was all that I needed to do
So I gave in to love
But Love was a bird and she flew

I can't hear what they're saying
And I can't see where to go
All I know
Is you

Deliver Me from this darkness
Lift the veil from my eyes
Deliver me as this fortress
Crumbles now, lift me high
Track Name: I Let You Go
You,
you’re out on the town tonight,
living it up
under the twinkling lights.
And I haven’t seen your face
in two hard days.
But I have no room to complain.

‘Cause I let you go.
But I still miss you, babe.
Used to be the one you’d hold,
but I think it’s better this way,
‘cause I can’t be the one you need.
Oh, but God,
your scent is still on the sheets.

So much to do, you say,
so little time.
Maybe I never even crossed your mind.
But I guess it’s good,
you’re moving on just fine.
So, I’ll ignore this empty space inside.

‘Cause I let you go.
But I still miss you, babe.
Used to be the one you’d hold,
but I think it’s better this way,
‘cause I can’t be the one you need.
Oh, but God,
I still feel your hand on my cheek.

I woke up this morning,
reached out my arm,
but only pillows met my hand.
I close my eyes again and
pretend that I don’t care
that you’re not there.

‘Cause I let you go.
But I still miss you, babe.
Used to be the one you’d hold,
but I think it’s better this way,
‘cause I can’t be the one you need.
Oh so why is this heartache tearing at me?
Doesn’t it know
that I let you go?
Track Name: Crucify Me
This song is a message to all the oppressors

Who would silence the voice of the heart

Keep us living scared in the dark (pause)


(v1)You don’t understand and so you slap my hand

And take away the love that you can

But you don’t give a damn how happy I am

You were happier when I was miserable

But fit your model of a nauseating, suffocating, perfect fucking world


(v2)But I’m not afraid of you anymore

And I won’t be an emotional whore

Change who I am to get the love I need

No that’s not me and I won’t bleed at your hand anymore

(prechorus)

I never gave you permission to judge all my decisions

You nailed me to this cross, now I bear it on my soul

(You wanna) crucify me. Through this darkened glass is all that you can see

With my back against the wall, I won’t take it anymore. I won’t bleed.


(v3)What’s ironic about the situation

Is it’s your fear of your own damnation that

Leads you to do to me what you’re afraid they’re gonna do to you

But I refuse to be part of this hell that you choose

It’s safe but it’s sick, and it’s sad and so thick with fear
Repeat chorus

Into break (same chords as intro)

Why do we create such misery and hide our hearts away where no one can see

It doesn’t have to be so lonely any more


(prechorus one and a half times)

How can you judge what you don’t know?

It’s only your fear that’s running the show

And in your inability to see

You crucify me

(Chorus to out)
Track Name: Out of My Head
You’re gonna come back once you see
How much you love and need me
How wrong you were to leave
And then these voices
Will finally let me be

Why won’t he come
Why won’t he stay
Why can’t I just make it all okay
You are gone
Still, you haunt my night and day
Your ghost just will not go away

Get out of my head
Get out of my life
I see all the ways that you mess with my mind
I’m tired of these games
Not living this way
No more to say
This is goodbye

Turn on the lights
Turn on the sound
This emptiness
Is getting too loud
Feel like running
But I hit the ground
Your sickness
Is taking me down

It’s okay
It’ll be alright
I’m laying you down
Tonight

Get out of my head
Get out of my life
I see all the ways that you mess with my mind
I’m tired of these games
Not living this way
No more to say
This is goodbye
Track Name: Lay It Down
Come walk with me love
But you're gonna have to lay it down
All these burdens
The fear, the pain
The ways to keep it out
Stand up where you belong, it's time
The wind is at your back
Feel it lift you, let it go
Feel the walls begin to crack

I know you want to lay it down
The weight of the world
Will sink you till you drown
I know you want to lay it down
You just don't know how.

So follow me, Love
When you cannot see the way
All you need, Love, to know
Is you're going home
Come leave behind these sleepy ways
This endless night, and find the day
Somewhere the sun has not turned black
Pack your dreams into this bag
Leave your fears and
Baby, don't look back

I know you want to lay it down
The weight of the world
Will sink you till you drown
Breathe it in and breathe it out
Trust me now...
Track Name: Summer's Heat
You are haunting my dreams, the waking and the sleep. Your ghost it follows me. Your words echo in my ears, melting all the fears, the ice of all these years. (chorus) And you said, “You are the ocean, alive in the night. With the moonlight upon you, may the sun never rise.” You said, “I’ll be the boat to carry it home, this sweet love. And I will not go off course, sure as the stars are above. Paradise is on that shore, and I am drunk on your kiss love, but still thirsty for more.” (end chorus) I have waited so long for spring to come along and claim this song. Summer’s Heat is on your breath, a promise to be kept someday yet. May I never be sober. May I never wake up. May I stay here forever and drink from this cup, God willing, Love. You are haunting my dreams, the waking and the sleep, in summer’s heat.
Track Name: Breakdown
I was on my way today when the car broke down. Guess I’ll be a little late, just a few days. I’ve been hanging in no man’s land, got no place to go and I’m wondering where I stand with him. (chorus) So, take me for a ride somewhere far away where we can forget this life. Darlin’, let’s go have another drink. It’s been a long five months and I just don’t want to think tonight. (end chorus) I’ve got jagged little pill on play for the last few days, where I turn when I’m feeling lost. I’ve lost my way. And it’s far too easy for me to go astray. In this storm my boat is tossed, and I pray… Does nothing stay the same anymore? If it’s not one thing, it’s another for sure. Will I make it to the other shore? Will I make it for sure?
Track Name: Already Home
Feel the burn
These winds that churn
A storm brews inside
There’s nowhere to hide
From the truth of the tide

Shadows fall
No protection
Are these walls
There’s nothing to do
But look at the truth
And love yourself through

Pre chorus:
You’ll lose yourself
In this sea
If you don’t learn
To swim beneath

Chorus:
And it’s alright
If you need to cry
Those beautiful tears
That prove you’re alive
Let go and know
You’re already Home

I feel your pain inside
Your hands tremble in mine
I know you’re afraid
To let go of this place
That’s held you so safe

But here I am tonight
Arms open wide
And I won’t forsake
This beauty that wakes
As every wave breaks

Repeat pre chorus and chorus

Break:
Love never left your side
Just an illusion of the mind
That rendered you blind

Repeat chorus
There’s nowhere to go. You’re already Home.