Big Sky Country

by Sofia Talvik

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1.
02:56
Take a long look now in the mirror Take a long look inside don’t be bewildered It all changes with time we all lose our shimmer Take a long look now Aha-aha Aha-aha Take a deep breath now you’ll need it later Fill your lungs with the air your ancestors have breathed It will fill your soul it will make you stronger Take a deep breath now Aha-aha Aha-aha Seal your heart with faith for coming seasons Hold your sweetheart tight for all the reasons you can think of tonight and you will bond together Seal your heart with faith Aha-aha Aha-aha And if you’re scared to try, you will lose your power You can find it inside, you can find it now Aha-aha Aha-aha Take a long look now Take a deep breath now Seal your heart with faith Aha-aha Aha-aha
2.
I've seen the Blue Ridge Mountains rise tall I've heard the San Francisco sea lions call I left my heart in a dirty old bar in Laramie, Wyoming, I slept in my car And there were days when I thought; this is it I couldn't go forward, yet I couldn't quit I wrote this song with my love behind the wheel but no matter how I sing it, it won’t tell you how I feel From the red fields of Texas with their oil below to the big sky country of Idaho I traveled the highways where memories roam of greatness and dreams but now I’m going home I felt the California sand between my toes I smelt the sweetness of a Portland rose But there ain't nothing that compares, you know, to the big sky country of Idaho From the red fields of Texas with their oil below to the big sky country of Idaho I traveled the highways where memories roam of greatness and dreams but now I’m going home In the heart of Alabama Walter kept his house exactly as it was when his mama was alive And thirty thousand miles and four hundred something days has left me with an everlasting love for this place And there were days when I thought; this is it I couldn't go forward, yet I couldn't quit I wrote this song with my love behind the wheel but no matter how I sing it, it won’t tell you how I feel From the red fields of Texas with their oil below to the big sky country of Idaho I traveled the highways where memories roam of greatness and dreams but now I’m going home I’m going home
3.
Many were the nights I stayed with you when I should've been going home Many were the days you promised me Still I ended up alone I believed the words you spoke to me even though I saw their emptiness I thought that if I waited long enough they’d finally match your sweet caress Let the day clear our deeds as our souls forgiveness plead Put my heart in shallow ground till the right one can be found I sailed this boat an ocean wide for you to see what you’d been looking for But there was nothing on the other side And nowhere to call home no more Let the day clear our deeds as our souls forgiveness plead Put my heart in shallow ground till the right one can be found Let the sun dry our tears soften grief throughout the years Here I stand on solid ground Dusty heart and empty hand Many were the nights I blamed myself nothing I could do to make amends But there was nothing I could save you from I leave with dusty heart and empty hand Let the day clear our deeds as our souls forgiveness plead Put my heart in shallow ground till the right one can be found Let the sun dry our tears soften grief throughout the years Here I stand on solid ground Dusty heart and empty hand
4.
03:36
It’s the sunlight shining in through your window now in the morning, her boots by your bed, the warmth of her hand It is summer and everything’s beautiful still you wish you were dead There’s no changing of the seasons in this golden land no leaves turning red on the trees, no bite in the air There’s no darkness in where to rest your weary eyes, to rest your weary eyes You gave up drinking, you thought things would get better then colors be brighter, voices be clearer, turns out you were wrong You’re thinking of giving your mom a call then you remember she’s gone It’s always sunny here in this golden land And her smile is so warm and so is the touch of her hand If only you could feel it, all this beauty surrounding you still you wish you were dead
5.
Is it because I can’t have you because I let you go I was the wiser of us two but I was a fool for you All the things I can’t tell you that you already know what do they matter now and what do they mean anyhow And the rain beats like a thousand tapping feet on my roof I never thought I’d miss you so And the hail beats like a whip until my skin is raw I deserve it ’cause I let you go The way you used to hold me I still think about that But you’d always let me go so finally I did too I lie awake at night thinking; It’s not a matter of the hearts It’s what you choose to do And you chose to let me go And the rain beats like a thousand tapping feet on my roof I never thought I’d miss you so And the hail beats like a whip until my skin is raw I deserve it ’cause I let you go It’s your choices that define you all your actions that refine you who you are, who you’ll be if you’ll stay, if you’ll leave And the rain beats like a thousand tapping feet on my roof I never thought I’d miss you so And the hail beats like a whip until my skin is raw I deserve it ’cause I let you go I never thought I’d let you go Is it because I can’t have you Because I let you go
6.
03:31
Starwalker, he’s a friend of mine You've seen him looking fine He’s a straight talker, he’s a Starwalker Don’t drink no wine Wolf rider she’s a friend of yours You've seen her opening doors She’s a history turner, she’s a sweet grass burner And a dog soldier Holy light, guard the night Pray up your medicine song Oh, stake dealer you’re a spirit healer Keep going on Lightning woman, thunder child Star soldiers one and all, oh Sisters, brothers all together Aim straight, stand tall Starwalker, he’s a friend of mine You've seen him looking fine He’s a straight talker, he’s a Starwalker Don’t drink no wine
7.
02:50
My heart is bursting at the seams It’s too crowded with you there Please leave or I will burst into flames tonight I will light up the town and the sky chest cracked open like a bonfire Burning for you in the night like a bonfire, like a bonfire My heart is bursting at the seams It’s too full to keep you there and I have nowhere left to put that love anymore Too close to the flames and the heat Ashes smeared over my chapped dry lips Burning for you in the night like a bonfire, like a bonfire
8.
Close your eyes, press your fingers to the wall Say your goodbyes to the one you loved most of all She may hear or she may not It’s the only chance you've got Hold her hand, still so small and warm in yours Scattered like sand, washed away to different shores She may be or she may not She’s the best thing that we've got And we’ll always keep you here we’ll always keep you here Close your eyes, rest your head and drift away She’s waiting there on a lovely summer day And those sterile walls will fade to Jasmine, Rose and Sage And we’ll always keep you here we’ll always keep you here
9.
Oh, not a word not a sigh that can’t be heard But once the dust has kissed your feet you are married to this wayward beat Oh, give me a home, where the buffaloes roam Oh, endlessly blue This is where I’ll stay with you With a sky so big it’s overwhelming Can you be my writer for a happy ending Oh, give me a home, where the buffaloes roam Oh, I will grow old I will lose my faith I’m told But once this sight has touched your eyes you are married to those endless skies Oh, give me a home, where the buffaloes roam Let me stay here, with the stars dear Let me stay here, with the stars dear Let me stay here, let me stay here Oh, give me a home, where the buffaloes roam
10.
04:05
Going down the same road again that I walked a thousand times before Oh, you keep leading me as though it’s new but I can’t do this anymore I thought that things would change eventually That I would find a purpose to this life That this fairground would be filled with lights for me And that I could be alright Falling down the same holes again That I thought I covered up last night Oh, it seems I’m digging them when I’m asleep Something about it just ain’t right Flying over all the obstacles that are piling up in front of me This fairground could be filled with lights for me but I’m blind and cannot see, are you lighting them for me Someone said that the cracks in you are there to let the light shine in I wonder if they’re enough to lighten this life if I’m not shining from within And even though they’re becoming more and more I feel just as broken as before if this fairground is a fiction of my mind I’m not sure there is a cure will you find me a cure Going down the same road again that I walked a thousand times before Oh you keep leading me as though it’s new but I can’t do this anymore I thought that things would change eventually that I would find a purpose to this life that this fairground would be filled with lights for me and that I could be alright
11.
03:33
The face you keep hidden under your bed The fear that sometimes makes your feet go numb The awful things you never said I know you now You’re scared of doing something bad You’re scared of losing something you could have All the stuff that makes you mad I know you now The summer sunlight in your hair The fire in your eyes when you go mad That worn out sweater that you wear I know you now And that is why I love you The things you thought I never knew The darkest parts you tried to keep from me I saw the good and bad in you I know you now And that is why I love you so

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Growing up in Sweden her music has always had a special tint of her Scandinavian heritage, making her a favorite among music lovers, but her 16 month, and 37 state long tour, through the USA (in an RV) has moved the new album closer to the Americana tradition. The adventure on the road spurred a lot of emotions, both those of triumph and joy, but also those of self doubt and defeat - all of which found their way into the songs of ”Big Sky Country”.

”Even though this young lady is from Sweden, I’d place her at the forefront of the American vanguard. One listen will tell you why and how.” - Rob Ross, PopDose.com

Living like a musical nomad, moving from place to place, slowly but steadily building her audience through her heartfelt and personal performances she got to experience the USA in a way few people do. The people she met opened their homes and hearts to her and some of them even made it into her songs. But the new album is not a diary from her tour, it’s more of a storybook of emotions, new and old in which everyone can find their own place.

Recorded in Sweden, Germany and the U.S over the course of four months the album is now being released in the U.S and Canada in April through Caroline/Universal. Although simple and acoustic, the album sounds full but not overbearingly so. Twangy electric guitars and tasteful banjo fills highlights in just the right places, as Sofia’s own acoustic guitar provides the steady base of the songs.

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released April 14, 2015

All songs written by Sofia Talvik, except ­“Starwalker” by Buffy Sainte-Marie (Kobalt Music). Vocals and ­acoustic guitar Sofia Talvik, electric and acoustic guitar, dobro and lap steel Marcus Högquist, bass Janne Manninen, drums and percussion Joakim Lundgren, banjo John Bullard, violin Mathis Richter-Reichhelm. Guest musicians on “Give Me A Home” - David Floer: cello, Jozsef Nemeth: piano. All other instruments by Sofia Talvik. The Big Sky Choir Boys: Jonas Westin, Isaac Cheong, Jim ­Magdefrau. Produced by Sofia Talvik. Recorded in Mahoni Studios, Berlin, Recipe Music Studios, Stockholm. Mixed and mastered by Mathis Richter-Reichhelm. Graphic design by Sofia Talvik.

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Sofia Talvik Gothenburg, Sweden

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music that has been described as neo-folk. She is a veteran performer with 8 original full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. ... more

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