The Warming House

by Nehedar

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Dedicated to David Brockie

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released August 13, 2014

All songs copyright Emilia Cataldo 2014.
Produced by Craig Levy at the Little Pioneer Cider House in Brooklyn, NY
Violin by Craig Judelman
Trumpet by Jennifer Harder
Guest Vox on "Sadie Farrell" by Michael Hitchcock
Cover Art Courtesy of Carmen Park
Cover Design by Jacob Fine
Associate Producer: Daniel Tsadok

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Nehedar New York, New York

Nehedar is the project of multi-genre singer-songwriter Emilia Cataldo.

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Track Name: Is It Annoying
Is it annoying when I beg for my rights? You like the ones who never put up a fight.

Gonna take me to the river wash my curves away. Come out nothing but hard edges cause I want to play.

How can I help it if I want to be free? Without the boys on the block yelling at me.

Gonna take me to the river wash my sins away, come out ready for forgiveness for my darker days.

What can you tell me about rigging the game? Being entitled cause you came with a name.

Gonna take me to the river wash my sins away, come out ready for forgiveness for my darker days.

Gonna take me to the river wash the dirt away, come out ready for whatever's gonna come my way.
Track Name: Not Your Whipping Woman
I'm a farmer and a tanner, I worl hard and I work well
No one tells me when to start or stop with some damn working bell
In my home I keep it quiet had no visitors to tell until that damn traveler came

Well he told me he's a doctor from the city cross the hill
begged for lodging for the night he offered u.s. dollar bills
but before the night was over he got mean and he got killed
oh lord what now have i done

oh me, oh my, how i hate to see you cry
oh me, oh my, take him out and shoot him in the eye

well the sheriff aint my brother and the country wants my farm
but I swore my daddy I would keep my body out of harm
so I packed myself a horse and made a living selling yarns
oh lord what now have i done

I lived 10 years on the run, met a man, had a son
in a town called rapid river I got cornered with my gun
took a shot to save my life and took another for each one

oh lord what now have you done

I stared down that rapid river, rapids reaching for my life
and I swore if I could make it down that river with my knife
I'd get half as far as china fore they'd take me back alive
oh lord what now have i done

I am not your whipping woman I am not your whipping toy
I will teach you to go running with them no good backroom boys
I have done my share of running now I'm back in illinois
oh lord what now have you done
Track Name: Don't Look
don't look
I got a crazy thing to tell you
that girl she thinks she's gonna own you
and that's some kind of get out

don't look
she found her future in the phone book
made everything with a crochet hook
I think I gotta get out

I've never been in trouble before
I never knew what it meant to writhe on the floor
I've never been in trouble before
don't tell me what to do anymore

don't tell me what to do, don't tell me what to say, don't tell me where to be cause I can't take it any any any any anymore
Track Name: Come Into the Light
Hey, I saw a shadow in my dream last night
I know it was you hiding
I never got to ask so many things
they didn't seem important when
I could have asked anything

But won't you come into the light
I really need some insight
what scares me most of all
is to see the world through your eyes
and you're not by my side

life, it isn't perfect but it's what we've got
would you tell me if I lost the plot
I miss you
you brought me in this world to write a wrong
I do my best to write a useful song
without you

Now I've gotta do the impossible,
something I thought I would never do
and which you found fun
please of all the gifts that you've given me
I hope that one no one else can see
is in there as well

will you watch me try (watch me)
like when I was 5 (watch me)
will you keep an eye on things
reality's intimidating
Track Name: Loshon Hara Barbie
Sticks and stones may break my bones
but the things I say destroy me
I am not immune to loose lips sunk ships
I'm loshan hara barbie

the weak can be so cruel
the sparks play hide and seek
deflection is the name of the game
I want to root it out
stand proudly on my feet
and end this vicious cycle of shame

I bite my tongue so hard it bleeds
but that is not the answer
I don't want to be a hypocrite
a verbal necromancer

The walls are falling around us, the walls are tumbling down
the walls are falling around let them all fall down,
we all come tumbling down
Track Name: Flying
Up up up in the air, up up up in the air
what was settled now is not
things i knew i now forgot

yesterday I was there
happy without a care
but I jumped out of my tree
oh what will become of me?

will I fall right down to the cold hard ground?
or stay right here in the air
I don't know a thing about flying
And when it's all over where will I be?
another ledge or another tree
jump for joy or hit the ground crying
I still don't know a thing about flying

tired of changing my mind
unsure most of the time
and just when I think I'm done
something sends me back to one

try to take it in stride
not get caught up in pride
cause with every twist and turn
something's lost and something's learned

what goes up must come down... i've been trying to find my way around
what goes up must come down... they say...
Track Name: The Warming House
Didn't need no phones to text no.
Just knock on your window
Never know what's coming next oh
All those teenage crescendos

Oh the storms were loud and sudden
But we were cool and sullen

We'd skate to the water's edge ooh
when the city's unfriendly
you'd show me the highway ledge oh
it was all elementary

There were never repercussions
not skinned knees or concussions

Cause we were so young that we could fly
past the sordid dramas of our lives
to the warming house
but we would
never take the train
just sing for our lives in the acid rain.

It was our teenage echo chamber
where we could nurture our own natures
never be ashamed never be afraid

what did we want to be back then?
just lived in the moment
can we go back again? oh
i think the house is still open

But I don't want to drive there
I just want to arrive there
Track Name: Watch the World Burn
No one wants to know your name
no one wants to see your shame
no one wants to know that you are crying in the rain

Every person is an uncharted land
civilization was a terrible plan
I'm of the opinion that we will fall right where we stand

and who knows what we're doing?
who knows who we are?
just another face in the crowd
past the point of wishing,
past the point of hope
past the point of no return
watch the world burn.

happy birthday is a terrible song
nobody likes it but they sing right along
eyes full of jealousy throats full of greed

open the presents and gobble the cake
smile for the camera for history's sake
we're in american the land of the take
Track Name: The Tree
The tree is dying
the trunk won't stand
the seeds multiplying
to take root in a new land

the lake is dry now
where we would play
and no one cares to be there for the one that got away

lets climb to the top of the tree
on the weakest branch
you and me
it's time to give up on the dream
drop to the ground
where we should be

the change was subtle
the distance grew
from what you wanted to be to the things you had to prove
but I'll still be here
because it's ok
and everyone can still blame the one that got away

i don't have the strength to stop it
i only have the mind to know
you've gone too far down that dark road
and i've gone too far to save you
i won't let you bring me down
but look for me i'll be around
Track Name: The Ballad of Sadie Farrell
Come listen to my story of a girl you ought to know
A lassie in New York over a hundred years ago
Sadie Farrell was a girl you wouldn't ever want to meet.
Sadie the Goat would ram her head into your gut if she met ya on the street.

She ruled the 4th ward with a heart of stone
Made victims of poor travelers alone

Sadie Farrell had a rival at the Water's Street bar
A 6 foot lady bouncer by the name of Gallus Mag
Mag had a way with customers who'd taken it too far
One day she had her way with Sadie -bit her ear off in a scrag

Sadie Farrell then left the bloody 4th ward
she saw the Charles Street Gang at a sloop attempting to board
They clearly needed her help, so she took over the gang
Hijacked ships took raidin trips while the old jolly roger swant

Oh what a terrible time to live riverside
In a mansion or a farm, Sadie was coming to do ya harm
If she captured ya son who can you thank?
If Sadie takes to liking ya she won't make you walk the plank

For one summer they ruled just one summer and then
The farmers took arms, set to get their revenge.

Sadie Farrell went back to the bloody 4th ward
The famed queen of the waterfront
Reclaimed her ear where it was stored
She made a truce with old Mag in the end
Wore her ear around her neck and used her booty to brew some gin.

Sadie Farrell 1869 they would have you believe she was never alive
But don't you be fooled, cause she still roams the streets
Teaching lessons to the boys who expect her to be nice and sweet.