Open Road

by Diane Patterson

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released February 23, 2018

Open Road
2018

: produced by :
Mike “Nappy” Napolitano

: drums and percussion :
Terrence Higgins

:bass:
: keys of various shapes & sizes :
Todd Sickafoose

: guitar, Come on Rain :
: backing vocals,
Shape of Your Sorrow :
Ani DiFranco

: guitar Tracks 6, 7 & 8 :
Al Torre

: drums & perc, Come on Rain :
Janelle Burdell

: backing vocals 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 :
Alice DiMicele

: horns on Baby Loves Love :
Max Ribner, Ben Ellman,
Charlie Halloran

: piano on Resolved :
Julian Waterfall Pollack

: vocals, guitars, ukuleles :
Diane Patterson

All songs by Diane Patterson
except Raven, by Marca Cassity


Thanks and blessings to these stellar musicians who’ve joined me and the songs, at home and abroad, in studios both fabulous and humble, wherever you may be. May these songs and recordings be worthy of your expertise and devotion.
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Thanks to Ani and Nappy
for hosting us and most of this recording in your
New Orleans home studio.
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All Blessings and Thanks to Martín Prechtel
for massive inspiration in the making of this record, with stories that seep into my lyrics.
Thanks for teaching us to put our little feet on a path toward deep grief and praise. May these songs and the singing of them feed and re-member the holy Ones who feed us.
Thanks Martín — wonderful teacher, author, husband and father — for stories of the boog - the sacred deer, of ancient Mongolia, of rich nomadic life on the steppe, with music, beloved and terrifying life-giving animals, holy Altai mountains where one respectfully dare not tread,
mare’s wine,
whose intoxication
makes the drinker laugh,
and never fight,
and so much more.
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Thanks to Marca Cassity
for granting me permission
to record her
mighty medicine song, Raven.


While this record was being made,
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard was
doing her part at Standing Rock, as the owner of the land where the DAPL pipeline defiles the Missouri River, to co-lead a movement based on non-violence, on prayer, and on a deep respect for the land and water that goes beyond what we were ever taught in this lost culture but which is LIFE to us. We know it when we see it, and who can blame us for walking toward it. Thank you.

Sacred Stone Camp
burns an ember bright.
Be kind, stay in prayer,
stay non-violent
::
Thank you dear seed-planter and teacher Rowan White
for these words:
Stand with the water,
Where true power lies
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Thanks to
my beloved Sheba,
my baby loves love,
without whom
none of this would be
quite so shimmering,

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Diane Patterson Ashland, Oregon

Folkgoddess Diane Patterson sings the world awake with powerful voice and revolutionary lyrics. Her sincere spirit and roots storytelling plant seeds of respect and justice. She’s fueled by music-as-activism and love-as-revolution. Made in New Orleans, Diane’s new 2018 album features Mike Napolitano and Ani DiFranco. ... more

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Track Name: Rogue River Highway
Rogue River Highway

This river, this road, this place I know home
I know the elders and the trees,
Sing for the rain in the summer heat
I greet the sun most every day
Sing for the children where they play
But I don’t know if I’d live a day
If I was forced to go away

FromRogue River Highway
Rogue River Highway

I’m calling out to the refugees
I know you love your homeland
I know you’ve had to leave your home
I know they’re waging war on your home
They want to build a pipeline through your home
May your journeys be swift and safe
May you be welcomed with warmth and grace
May your angels guide you well in flight

Rogue River Highway

I don’t know if I’d live a day
If I was forced to go away
But I would pray for a miracle with the good people in flight
Yes, I pray with the refugees, strong as I might
May all come good, come safe, tonight

Rogue River Highway
You’re the light as you weave across the valley
Carry us on home
You’re the light as you weave across the mountains
Carry us on home
You’re the light as you weave across the grassland
Carry us on home
You’re the light as you weave across the waters
Carry us on home
You’re the light as you weave across the desert
Carry us on home
Track Name: Spliff Song
Spliff Song
by Diane Patterson

Don’t judge me while I smoke this spliff
It’s been crazy, just remember this,
Sacred chances are, good people rise again
Dead branches fall down in the wind

Everybody gotta stand in their own body
I got to stand in mine
Everybody gotta stand with the Water
Where true power lies

Take me skyward on that grey ghost dance
Then dive I naked on the earth I stand
True purpose burns with grief and praise
Just live this day before it melts away

Take me willingly to stand on the front lines
Cause I’ll die free before I’ll let you leave me behind
Sacred Stone Camp burns an ember bright
Be kind, stay in prayer, stay non-violent
Track Name: If There Are Words
If There Are Words
by Diane Patterson

If there are words to help me
Love my feminine form,
Let me speak them
If there are words to help me
Love more,
Let me sing them
If there are words to help me
Heal my body and mind,
Let me speak them
If there are words to help me
Open my heart,
Let me sing them

Words have power,
Words have might
Words can build or
Words can fight
Words of love are here to teach
Words can help the lonesome meet
If there are words

If there are words to help me
Nurture a child,
Let me speak them
If there are words to help me
Defend the wild,
Let me sing them
If there are words to help me
March on,
Let me speak them
If there are words to help me
Dance along,
Let me sing them

Words have power,
Words have might
Words can build or
Words can fight
Words of love are here to teach
Words can help the blind ones see
If there are words
Track Name: Full Moon
Full Moon
By Diane Patterson

Full moon, I’ll be home soon
To bright eyes and lullabies
Whenever I dream

Coming home is a bittersweet
Of labors, loves across the sea
And searing sunrises
Teaching the soul of me
All my prayers but one were met
On a journey I took to myself
Sparking the life in me
Waking me, setting me free
So I can be
Home to this warm fire

Full moon
Hearts bloom
Songs fly
Good spirits rise
Whenever I see

Take me down to the river
Where we swim in the summer
What will the river tell me now that
All’s been broken
And set free
Take me out to Table Rock
Where the Old Ones live
I gotta give my mana back to them

Full moon, I’ll be home soon
Track Name: Baby Loves Love
Baby Loves Love
by Diane Patterson


Baby baby, you love me so good
Baby you love me just like you should
No matter what danger in this crazy world
My heart is quaking for you, bearded girl

Baby!
Baby loves love
Baby!
I cry and cry like a dove

When you whistle for me I come running
Because you love me like no one has done it
Jealous fools are watching, they don’t matter
Look outside at the times we’re chasing after
We were born, mysterious one
In a love song, with a war raging on
I wanna know your mind
Like the land knows the Sun
Come and warm me, babe
With honey words from your tongue

All the pretty girls want you
Cause you’re crazy and kind
But when you strap on that thing
We’re gonna close all the blinds
Track Name: Raven
Raven
by Marca Cassity

I am craving flying with the raven
Cause she takes me between the two worlds
She’s got magic in her dark wings
In her heart lies the blue pearl
I am hungry and I got some honey
And it feels good in my mouth
Mama needs some loving and communion
But I’m left hanging here too far south

So I breathe in the air
Invoke the water
Honor the earth
Burn in the fire

Well, it’s ok that it turned out this way
Cause I can always use time for myself
Time to develop self-love as a habit
Cause you sure can’t get that from noone else
I hang out with my diseases, I can sure them good as Jesus
When I find my own true self
Well, that makes people nervous, but I do it nonetheless
Cause I think it’s what we came here for

We came to breathe in the air
Invoke the water
Honor the earth
Burn in the fire

Sometimes I feel like an angel, sometimes I feel like a devil
Sometimes I am free, sometimes I am bound
I have been recruited, and I’ve persecuted
And it just seems to keep coming round
I am not afraid of the man today
Cause he revealed himself in a past life interaction we had
Make no mistake, he burned me at the stake
But it did not hurt that bad

Because I breathed in the air
Invoked the water
Honored the earth
I burned in the fire

I am craving flying with the raven
Cause she takes me between the two worlds
She’s got magic in her dark wings
In her heart lies the blue pearl
Track Name: Eagle Feather
Eagle Feather
by Diane Patterson

Hey yea yea yea
Hey yea yea yea
Hey yea yea yea
Hey

Lift an eagle feather to the sky
Lift a long bow of your mind’s eye,
Draw that bow back,
Let that arrow fly,
Landing like a lullaby

Like a waking dream in your mind’s
Like a vision streaming from the star world
To my own world
It’s a prayer in flight
Healing like a lullaby

Peaceful warrior
You are the brave one
Standing out on the edge
Balancing on the ledge
Open that crack like a wedge
And step through
Watch your bright dream coming true

And when the women rise up
In the world
They’re moving forward for peace now
In the twelfth hour
It’s a psychic might
Bouncing off the mirrors or their minds
Track Name: Open Road
Open Road/To Corral
by Diane Patterson


Little boog sitting on a hill
Watching all creation
Jig and Reel, Jig and Reel
Watching all creation
Jig and Reel, Jig and Reel

Starlight, sunrise, living on an open road
Rainfall, hoof fall, living on an open road
Moonlight, mare’s wine, Living on an open road
Over high mountain pass
Following an endless sea of grass to corral
With songs in our throats and stories of old, told
Living on an open road
Altai magtal
Living on an open road

Swallow’s flown, seeds sown, living on an open road
Bird song, moving on, living on an open road
River song, while I’m gone, living on an open road
Over mountains and seas now,
Following songs, on our long ride home
Because every ride out is a long ride home
Living on an open road
Altai magtal
Living on an open road
Track Name: Shape of Your Sorrow
Shape of Your Sorrow
by Diane Patterson

What is the shape of your sorrow?
What is the shape of your sorrow?
Scars that heal with time and scars that don’t heal
Scars that go away and scars that stay
What is the shape of your sorrow?

Where were you that night when shots rang out in Orlando?
Where were you when the queens and kings of Pulse
Died on the dance floor?
Where were you, and was your hand on the trigger too
Because you hadn’t separated your hatred from your fear?
Where were you when loneliness and shame took a young man’s heart?
Where were you when loneliness and shame turned him into walking sorrow?

What is the shape of your sorrow?
Tears that fall on your guitar
What is the shape of your sorrow?
Tears that fall on your guitar
What is the shape of your sorrow?

Mine is shaped like a heart bent into a tear drop
falling on the dance floor
Mine is shaped like a heart bent into a tear drop
Falling with the souls, and the blood, and their bodies
Mine is shaped like a heart shaking on the dance floor
Mine is shaped like a heart, simple free,
Simply you, simply me
What is the shape of your sorrow?
What is the shape of it?

Tears that fall on your guitar
Nonviolent revolution
Tears that fall on your guitar
We’re here, we’re queer
Tears that fall on your guitar
Black lives matter
Tears that fall on your guitar
El pueblo unido
Tears that fall on your guitar
Jamás será vencido
Tears that fall on your guitar
Nonviolent revolution
Track Name: Come on Rain
Come on Rain
by Diane Patterson

Come on rain, come on down
Come on dance upon this ground
Come on rain, come on down
Come on, make that holy sound
Come on rain, liquid life,
Come on, kiss your earthly wife
Let your love skin tru her skin
Come on, quench her thirst again

So many days and nights out praying
Down on my knees in the desert like child
Alone, running wild
All of those days and nights out praying
Looking for rain and forgiveness for a child
Alone, running wild
What have I done I asked of my mother
What have I done, I cried of my father
I’m just a child alone running wild

I’m child of earth alive in a body
Gazing into the embers of a fire
Singing, I’m not alone
I’m a child of earth awake in a body
Gazing into the loving eyes of Gaia
Singing I’m not alone
We are children of earth awakened in body
Gazing into this circle made of love
Singing, We’re not alone
Track Name: Resolved
Resolved
by Diane Patterson

I keep on thankin the holies for the power to stand up
Magical and medical, political and spiritual
I keep on thankin the holies for the courage to stand up
There’s healing in diversity that’s bringing out the best in we

On a summer day, I’m like a castaway
On a lonesome forest hill listening for songs
Spilling over the landscape, songs
And i’m quiet as the wild living all around me
And the voices of machines disperse, dispell, in silence
The sister of divinity, silence
And I’m naked there, sharpened in the fire
In the absence of a prescribed notion,
That’s where I’m going
I got a meetin with my maker, I’m going

I’m resolved to honor the happiness in everything
So I honor the earth
There’s a little ending to a really big suffering, ending
So I stand with you in healing and forgiveness
With waterbirds and fishes, buffalo and eagles
For slowing down the war machine, eagles
For slowing down the war machine in me
For slowing down the war machine in me

I’m resolved in silence
I’m resolved in chaos
Resoved

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