Beneath the Clay

by Muriah Rose

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Pamela Blunt I was captivated by the richness of Muriah's voice and her soulful lyrics. Looking forward to the whole album.
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Susan Resendiz On pins and needles!
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Tim Stovall Muriah's voice and her vision while tethered to the earth floats among the stars and dances with the angels.
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Craigory Bacon Muriah Rose hits the ground running with this gorgeous debut, comprising folk, country, Americana, and singer-songwriter forms recalling The Carter Family, Julie Miller, and The Byrds. Beneath The Clay is Appalachian music through and through, not only musically but thematically and emotionally. Her husband, Bill Mallonee, holds down the rhythm section and adds textured guitar, but Muriah’s voice and lyrics stand front and center in the spotlight, where they belong. Favorite track: Second Sight.
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"Beneath the Clay" has been 12 years in the making, the song "Here's to Heartache" being first penned in 2004 in Kentucky, and "Return" being written in the spring of this year in the high mountains of New Mexico. The album chronicles a journey between those two points and the many miles and changes along the way. There are songs about personal experience and revolutions, as well as stories about my family who have inspired me with their courage and resilience. Mother Nature and life circumstance slowed the recording of this album: a project I thought would take a matter of months took two years. But, as Lao Tzu said "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." And so it goes.

Thank you to my husband and musical collaborator, Bill Mallonee, for all the hours devoted to playing on, recording, mixing, and producing this album. You took my project as seriously as I did, and that means everything.

Thank you fans for your patience and encouragement.

And thank you, my sweet family, for making music such an integral part of life; my brothers and sister for being my very first fans; and Mama and Dad for buying me a guitar for my 21st birthday.

I finally did something with it.

Muriah Rose
2016

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released June 10, 2016

Muriah Rose: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, electric piano, organ, mellotron, accordion, string arrangements

Bill Mallonee: acoustic & electric guitars, baritone guitar, resonator guitar, lap steel, bass, drums, percussion

Produced by Bill Mallonee
Engineered & Mixed by Bill Mallonee
Mastered by Chris Bethea at Noiseblock Studios/Florence, AL

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Muriah Rose

Born in the South, offspring of a marriage between the Appalachian mountains and the Georgia coast, from a family of musicians (my last name really is Rose) married the songwriter and musician Bill Mallonee, toured the lower 48 for nearly a decade as his piano/harmony gal, before finally deciding to record my own album in our home studio out here where we've migrated in the great Southwest. ... more

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Track Name: Here's to Heartache
HERE'S TO HEARTACHE
Lyrics and music by Muriah Rose (Admin BMI 2016)

I drink my whiskey from a Bama jar
Pour my heart out on this here guitar
Close my eyes, wonder where you are
Drinking whiskey from a Bama jar

So here's to heartache
Everybody have a round
And here's to regret
And some tears to chase it down
And a bullet through the heart couldn't hurt half as bad
As losing your love and the life we could've had

I have these memories and they just won't fade
Tears and laughter and the life we made
And your eyes like the bright sunshine
Drinking your love like the sweetest wine

So here's to heartache
Everybody have a round
And here's to regret
And some tears to chase it down
And a bullet through the heart
Couldn't hurt half as bad
As losing your love and the life we could've had

And a bullet through the heart
Couldn't hurt half as bad
So choose your poison and don't look back
Track Name: Lonely Road
LONELY ROAD
Music and lyrics by Muriah Rose (Admin BMI 2016)

I had a dream, I couldn't put my finger on
Find someone to love and a place to belong
But the days and years kept turning
and I had nothing to show
Saw my dreams all burning
So I headed for the road

The woman I am is not the girl I used to be
Didn't know a thing about not knowing anything
And the savior was coming
but he missed that out-bound train
He got waylaid in Austin and now he plays for tips and drinks
It's a lonely road you get to know
When you're looking for your soul
Chase the next horizon and the promises it holds
On the lonely road

I had a dream it's still calling me on
Haven't found it yet, but I can hear it's distant song
The savior was coming
but he went and lost his heart
Got himself a straight job
but he can never look the part

It's a lonely road you get to know
When you're searching for your soul
Chase the next horizon and the promises it holds
On the lonely road
Track Name: Second Sight
SECOND SIGHT
Lyrics and music by Muriah Rose (Admin BMI 2016)

Do you lie at night on a bed of fire
With your eyes closed tight against the flame
Do you shut your ears to the music of the spheres
and the bright moonlight
that knows your name

'Cause the words go down like honey
But they burn your heart like a flame
You can't run away
from what the Spirit has to say
close your eyes and see the way

Can't help but see
these colors I see
They come over me
And flood my soul
The sky a pyre
with white horses on fire
And the Green Ghost spilling through the trees

And the words go down like honey
But they burn my heart like a flame
I can't run away
from what the Spirit has to say
close my eyes and see the way

I stand alone
A million stars are my bones
I will not be moved from my place
No one hears what I say,
Come the day
they'll remember me and be dismayed.

'Cause the words go down like honey
But they burn your heart like a flame
Don't run away from what the Spirit has to say
Or the bright moonlight that knows your name
And the bright moonlight that knows your name
And the bright moonlight that knows your name
Track Name: Kentucky
KENTUCKY
Lyrics and music by Muriah Rose (Admin BMI 2016)

It's not in the clean life,
and I know it's not in fear
The blessing came somewhere between
the cigarettes and beer
Somewhere in the moment you take a long look inside
the full moon over Kentucky
or the train passing by
Never seen so many rainbows as I have this year
Not afraid of these storms anymore
What do I care?
'Cause rainbows shot through with sunlight
is the best that it can get
There's thunder in the distance now
and I cannot forget
you, your body is a song
I'll sing it everyday
sing it my whole life long
And here we walk a narrow way
between the sacred and profane
and I am not ashamed
I am not ashamed

Rolling down the highway in my beat up car
Gillian's on the radio now, she's singing a gospel song
about how there's purpose
even in this mess
And long before I walked out that door
he'd already left

And you, your body is a song
I'll sing it everyday
Sing it my whole life long
And here we walk a narrow way
between the sacred and profane
And I am not ashamed
I am not ashamed
I am not ashamed

It's not in the clean life
and I know it's not in fear
You strung yourself up for love
washed away the tears
Track Name: Shine
SHINE
Music and lyrics by Muriah Rose (Admin BMI 2016)

Born on the mountain
Raised in the woods
Momma and Daddy did the best they could.
I married a man, had a few children of our own
He up and left me, had to make it alone

I did what I could, I did what I must
When you got nobody, you got nobody to trust
I did what I could yeah, I did what I must
When you got nobody, you got nobody to trust

Feed the workers coming up out of the mine
Got me a car so I run a little shine
Clothes my children wear are made by my hands
The prayers they hear me say help them understand

I do what I can, I do what I must
When you got nobody, you got nobody to trust
I do what I can, yeah, I do what I must
When you got nobody, you got nobody to trust
My girl Frankie, she's just 15
Married a devil, handsome and mean
He hurt their baby, he hurt my Frankie too
With a hand full of iron I taught him what he should not do

I did what I could, I did what I must
When you got nobody, you got nobody to trust
I did what I could yeah, I did what I must
When you got nobody you got nobody to trust

Cynthia, oh Cynthia, huntress of the Moon
Jealous man coming to take my life too soon
Let my soul fly to heaven, 'cause I'm ready to go
tell the Good Lord up above what He already knows
I did what I could, I did what I must
When you got nobody, you got nobody to trust
I did what I could yeah, I did what I must
When you got nobody, you got nobody to trust
Track Name: Nothing
NOTHING
Lyrics and music by Muriah Rose (Admin BMI 2016)

When I recall how I knew it all
I am ashamed of my own pride
'Cause I did no good
doing what I should
These wasted days
are lost for life

And what you've got
I don't want it anymore
Life's too rich
and it's way too short
What you've got
I don't want it anymore
'Cause it's nothing I was hoping for
So much to regret
even when you've done your best
to live a life of worth
Days etched in your skin
When you're gone the rain and wind
wear 'em all away

And what you've got
I don't want it anymore
Life's too rich
and it's way too short
What you've got
I don't want it anymore
'Cause it's nothing I was waiting for
We go driving through the night
past those lonely porch lights
People all asleep
Feel their dreams slipping by
hear their voices as they sigh
secrets that they keep
secrets that they keep

And what you've got
They don't want it anymore
Life's too rich
and it's way too short
What you've got
They don't want it anymore
'Cause it's nothing they were wishing for

No, it's nothing
Track Name: Cumberland Blue
CUMBERLAND BLUE
Music and lyrics by Muriah Rose (Admin BMI 2016)

For William Moscow Rose 1920-2010

Blue smoke rising over the wildwood mountains and fields
You came a long way from the mines to driving those 18 wheels
And we miss you since you've been gone, remember all your songs
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
and the Wabash Cannonball
I hear them all

So comb your hair one more time
and tie on your shoes
And take that leaving train for home
in the Cumberland Blue

I didn't know the trials you came through
That's the price of being young
You moved away from your mountain roots
to make a better life for those you loved
And as I drive these far highways
I remember all your songs
The high and lonesome sound of the people I come from
and their love

So comb your hair one more time
and tie on your shoes
And take that leaving train for home
take that leaving train for home
take that leaving train for home
in the Cumberland Blue
Track Name: Little Lights
LITTLE LIGHTS
Lyrics and music by Muriah Rose (Admin BMI 2016)

Can't see the forest for the trees
can't see the trees for the fire
Light turns to rolling darkness
kills the thing that it inspires

Heard that you had gone for good
Let me know you're home safe through the wire
And if you can't, a flock of doves will do
Let me know you made it to the other side

Cause all we see are little lights
arrange and rearrange
And even when we hold on tight
everything will change
and change again and change
and change
and change

Pantomime of life goes on
Shadows duck and flicker on the screen
and even when that final curtain falls
we're left wondering what it means

Cause all we see are little lights
arrange and rearrange
And even when we hold on tight
everything will change
and change again
and change
and change

Turn and turn again
the things that you can touch
are the things that will end
That love unseen will never part
Doesn't make sense to your head
means everything to your heart

All we see are little lights
arrange and rearrange
And even when we hold on tight
everything must change
and change again
and change
and change

Everything is a little light
arrange and rearrange
And even when we hold on tight
everything will change
and change again
and change
and change

All we see are little lights
arrange and rearrange
And even when we hold on tight
everything will change
and change again
and change
and change

All we see are little lights
arrange and rearrange
And even when we hold on tight
everything will change
and change again
and change
and change
Track Name: Grace Notes
GRACE NOTES (Admin BMI 2016)
Music and lyrics by Muriah Rose

On the road, fourth of July
Fireworks blossom against that Wyoming sky
We all cheered, but the babies all cried
I’m just taking grace notes tonight

Stepped in a bar, neon lights
Band played Poncho and Lefty
brought tears to my eyes
The rodeo riders all danced with their wives
I’m just taking grace notes tonight

We’ve got bodies made of the stuff of stars
but they’re clumsy and easily scarred
Tender heartbeat beneath the clay
We always mean more than we ever say
Go to bed, kiss goodnight
Laugh at ourselves as we turn out the light
Hold your hand in the darkness, it’ll be alright
I’m just taking grace notes tonight

We’ve got bodies made of the stuff of stars
but they’re clumsy and easily scarred
Tender heartbeat beneath the clay
We always mean more than we ever say
Forgive me sweetheart when I don’t get it right
I’m just taking grace notes tonight
Track Name: Return
RETURN
Words and music by Muriah Rose (Admin BMI 2016)

We know that it's a cruel world
We're all fighting a battle of the heart
Every hello means a goodbye will come someday
And it seems like a mean trick
like it comes to nothing at all
But there wasn't a moment wasted that was spent loving you

What can we hold on to except for love?
What can we hold on to except for love?
When this aching trend is reversed
and spring comes to the universe
Hear your laughter in the next room
run to see you again
And feel my spirit rise in the consolation of your eyes
And remember nothing is lost that can't be found if sought again

Here we're walking helpless
Here we're all fools to hope
But courageous hearts will love despite the cost
And if I could I would
do it all over again
Only wish I could tell you I love you just one more time

What can we hold on to except for love?
There's nothing to hold on to except for love?

When this aching trend is reversed
And spring comes to the universe
Hear your laughter in the next room
run to see you again
And feel my spirit rise in the consolation of your eyes
And remember nothing is lost that can't be found if sought again