“Dora” lyrics: “Do I Qualify”

Anne’s manager Krista here. We thought it would be fun to share the lyrics (aka Claire poems) from “Dora,” song by song, leading up to the album’s release next week. Here’s the first in the series, for “Do I Qualify.” We hope you will share in the beauty of Claire’s wonderful words with us! Do you have a favorite line? Post it in the comments below!

Do I Qualify?

Do I qualify as mad for carrying a magnifying glass?
I’m not sure what got me started
I stop to peer at a weed
The rings that wrap a worm
Veins of a wind-blown feather

Do I qualify as vain
Staring in the mirror
Looking into my eyes?
Enquiringly blue irises change color
Depending on the weather

Do I qualify?
Do I qualify?
Do I qualify?

Madness is nothing more
Than a perfection of being alone
We hide so much for fear of losing little
Do I qualify?
Do I qualify?
Do I qualify as mad for carrying a magnifying glass?

Am I professional standing at the sink?
For years my back turned
So no one would see me cry
Do I qualify as mad?
As mad?

What happened to you boys?
Could I ever have loved you enough
So you might not leave at any moment?

Don’t pull the no-goodbye
The no-goodbye
Do I qualify as mad for carrying a magnifying glass?
I’m mad for carrying a magnifying glass
I’m mad for carrying a magnifying glass
Do I qualify?

Celebrate with me!

Hi there, store

I don’t know about you, but I have, at times, been guilty of forgetting to celebrate things. I will often move right on to the next thing and I’m not sure if I don’t think I deserve to enjoy a moment or have a party (ouch!), but lucky for me, I’ve learned from friends, family & other cultures that it’s WAY OKAY to celebrate and that ANY excuse is a good one! :) Oh good!

Given the cold weather (for some of us, even more of a reason), this February, I invite you to find a reason to celebrate (whatever you want: Valentine’s day, your birthday, the fact that you have heat during this cold winter or whatever you could possibly be exuberant about!). And, if you want, share the reason below in the comments (I’d love to know both what and how you plan to celebrate).

I’m thinking maybe we can spread some warmth around hearing about what other folks are relishing and choosing to bring to the forefront of their awareness!

I also invite you to join me anytime between Feb 13th-22nd in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Maine, Seattle, or via Livestream (see below) in the comfort of your own home where we can celebrate whatever you want… old memories, that we survived this winter, fill in your reason here _______ with old and new songs!

Here’s a little video I made of some memorable moments from when Black Notebook and Give In came out, 10 and 12 years ago (was it that long ago?) because I thought it would be fun to celebrate their release anniversaries (why not?) on Feb 15th with a show at Club Passim playing all of those old tunes!

Black Notebook & Give In Anniversary Video

Please join me for an evening of music, delicious food, tea, wine or beer OR if you prefer, cuddle by your home fire and join us via Livestream! Details below…

FEB 15th CD RELEASE SHOW (5pm) & ANNIVERSARY SHOW (8pm)

Feb 15th 5pm

CD RELEASE SHOW for DORA

(plus songs from Honeycomb & Blazing Red)

For tickets, visit http://www.clubpassim.org.

For the Livestream, visit http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/3058-anne-heaton.

Feb 15th 8pm

BLACK NOTEBOOK & GIVE IN ANNIVERSARY SHOW

For tickets, visit http://www.clubpassim.org.

For the livestream, visit http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/3059-anne-heaton.

Celebrating is like saying, “Yes I like being alive and I’m not waiting for a better moment!” Come as you are and don’t forget your boots!

Love,
Anne

PS: At the NYC and NJ shows I’m supporting one of my favorite songwriters and one of my dearest friends, Melissa Ferrick!

Check out the tour dates page for details!

“Sunday Nights” song lyrics

Quite a few folks have asked me for the lyrics to the “Sunday Nights” song I sent out via video last week so here they are… xoxo, A

“Sunday Nights”

It’s been a while since you dreamed big
I guess you’ve accepted the path your on
Out on the island
Dreams roll in on waves
You see them first but they just keep going

You’ve learned all the New Age wisdom
So you find a smile sometimes
But it’s such a long line of Sunday nights
From our easy chairs we ask what might
Have been had we not lost our birthright

It’s like trying stop a wave in motion
It’s like trying walk on top of the ocean
No you can’t change anything going all the way back
They were hungry
They were hungry

Out on the island, you’ll hear a friendly tone
You can catch a ride from anyone, you don’t need to know them
But you know how it goes, how rare a happy end
So you take solace in old songs and poems

You’ve learned all the oldest wisdom
So you can get by in a bind
But it’s such a long line of Sunday nights
From our easy chairs we ask what might
Have been had we not lost our birthright

It’s like trying stop a wave in motion
It’s like trying walk on top of the ocean
No you can’t change anything going all the way back
You feel hungry
You feel hungry

You’re blessed
You’re blessed
You’re blessed
You’re blessed…