Katie Ferrara Live at the Hotel Cafe

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This is a live recording of Katie Ferrara's full band at the Hotel Cafe!

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released April 10, 2019

Main Vox and Acoustic Guitar: Katie Ferrara
Electric Guitar: Tom Mcnalley
Bass: Lauren Stockner
Cello: Ken Oak
Drums: Matt Bogdanow
Backing Vox: Marissa Lauren and Lucy la Forge

Live Sound Engineering: Kevin Rogers
Mixing: Ted Wulfers at 663 Sound
Photography: Justin Higuchi
Design: Ian Branch

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Katie Ferrara Los Angeles, California

"It begins with a bell-like shimmer of guitar followed a light strum and the sweet sonic purity of an angel caught absently singing a delicate melody to herself, unaware she has an audience. Katie Ferrara’s voice entrances with the fragile beauty of a blossoming rose and stirs the soul the way a gentle touch tingles flesh."-Allen Foster (Songwriter’s Monthly) ... more

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Track Name: Picking Apples (Live at the Hotel Cafe)
PICKING APPLES
BY KATIE FERRARA

I’m rooted in this place like an old oak tree
No matter how deep the cracks are
In my mind this house
Withstands time
Peel back it’s walls to find layers of love

And as I say my goodbyes
I look out the window one last time
We’re just

Picking apples from the garden
Enjoying memories forgotten
It’s the fruit of our past and our laughs keeping us together
Picking apples from the garden
See them falling one by one
In a place so safe and secure I can’t ignore the times we share together

Flashback to hot summers
Tip toeing down the stairs
Retracing my old steps as a child
In every room I find myself counting photobooks stored on shelfs
Then we pack them into boxes to rest

(PRE)

(CHORUS)

(BRIDGE)
Out leak memories that faded from this house
We renovate it as I go off on my own
Steady as an adult
Steady I will go

(REPRISE)
Cause we’re just
Picking apples from the garden
See them falling one by one

(CHORUS)
Track Name: How we Learn to Love (Live at the Hotel Cafe)
HOW WE LEARN TO LOVE
BY KATIE FERRARA

A kiss on the head
An unconditional touch
In dreams she’s waiting
Growing up we are searching
To fill ourselves
With the same feeling
It’s a never ending struggle to redeem the love we lost when we were young

I lived my life blindly and felt the fall
I climbed up the mountain of pain and sorrow
I have risked it all to realize
This is how we learn to love
Love, love
How we learn to love
Love love

Passion and red wine to numb my thoughts
Chasing for affection
Lost in the moment, forgetting myself
He was my everything one and only
It’s a broken road ahead till we find the light within ourselves

I lived my life blindly and felt the fall
I climbed up the mountain of pain and sorrow
I have risked it all to realize
This is how we learn to love
Love, love
How we learn to love
Love

Love, love
This is how we heal ourselves
Only time will erase our scars

I lived my life blindly and felt the fall
I climbed up the mountain of pain and sorrow
I have risked it all to realize
This is how we learn to love
Love, love
How we learn to love
Love
Track Name: Circles (Live at the Hotel Cafe)
CIRCLES
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY KATIE FERRARA

Verse 1
A Raindrop, river overflowing, sunset, sunrise
The gears keep on winding
I’m looking straight ahead, the girl I once was
The aging lines don’t define the core that grows within
We don’t have to pretend
We don’t have to pretend that our time is fleeting
The more things start to change
The more the stay the same
The more they stay

Chorus
Plus ca change plus ce’st la meme chose
Plus ca change plus ce’st la meme chose
Plus ca change plus ce’st la meme chose
We’re running, running running round
Plus ca change plus ce’st la meme chose
Plus ca change plus ce’st la meme chose
Plus ca change plus ce’st la meme chose

We’re running, running running round in circles

Verse 2
Is it safer to stand perfectly still?
The pain is familiar, what else could be out there?
Take one foot off the ground against gravity
You’re waiting for explosions an earthquake beneath your feet
We don’t have to pretend
We don’t have to pretend that our time is fleeting
The more things start to change
The more the stay the same
The more they stay

Chorus
Track Name: Lost in the Wires (Live at the Hotel Cafe)
LOST IN THE WIRES
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY KATIE FERRARA

Remember when we were 23 we used to speak
for hours and hours up on the phone
And back in 95 we used to stand in line
just to make that one minute collect call
Time as something that you didn’t mess with
Time was something sacred
Yea you couldn’t send a text just to cancel last minute
You had to commit commit commit commit

Where did we lose the connection?
And become static affection
Have better things to do
Instead of living the truth
Were lost in the wires
This is the digital desire
Yea we haven’t got a clue
There’s something deeper in you and me and me and you

These days I wish that I could fly away
Instead of sharing everything that’s on my mind
Keeping up appearances is harder than it looks
and the screen is never compromised
Always plugged in always in check
Online presence is affirmative
Yea you gotta send a text and respond within a minute
just to commit commit commit

(Chorus)

Wish I could turn back time
And stare at the sky
These are our simple delights
That’s keeping us alive

Were lost in the wires
This is the digital desire
Yea we haven’t got a clue
There’s something deeper in you and me and me and you
Track Name: Ocean Eyes (Live at the Hotel Cafe)
OCEAN EYES
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY KATIE FERRARA


Don’t throw me a line
Don’t throw me a rope
The water is high and the wind is so cold
If I let go of the sails and crash into the unknown
I could drown in the depths below

I want to get lost in your ocean eyes
And get swept up by the raging tide
My heart in first
Forget what I learned
There aint no looking back
I want to get lost in your ocean eyes

Now I’m far from the shore
I can see the horizon
The sun blinds my sight
There’s nothing to guide us
I can’t feel my feet touch the ground
The only sound that will save me now
Is the howl of the wind as it’s breaking me down

I want to get lost in your ocean eyes
And get swept up by the raging tide
My heart in first
Forget what I learned
There aint no looking back
I want to get lost in your ocean eyes

Don’t reach out cause I’m falling
Far too fast in the blue beneath me
Won’t you lay me down where no one can find us, find us
Track Name: Living in Black and White (Live at the Hotel Cafe)
LIVING IN BLACK AND WHITE
BY KATIE FERRARA

Turning over a new leaf
These days I don’t remember who I used to be
New Friends, new faces I’ve never seen
Like dying light, they fade from me

It’s hard to believe the year’s over
Looking back on a photograph
As the seasons change and my memories fade
I am living in black and white

Resolutions and champagne
We toast to a new clock to count down the days
Yet I’m stuck here in love with the statue of time
He won’t let me go as we head towards midnight

It’s hard to believe the year’s over
Looking back on a photograph
As the seasons change and my memories fade
I am living in black and white

I know there’s a new horizon
In color is where I will go
Until then
I’ll cherish this moment, filling my heart with gold

A smile remains though I can’t see the lines
An image in my mind that’s waving goodbye
Track Name: Weightless (Live at the Hotel Cafe)
WEIGHTLESS LYRICS
WRITTEN BY KATIE FERRARA AND JUNE CARAVEL

What if we could get rid of all in our lives that weighs down on us?
If I could let go of everything what would I really need?

I have the feeling I am weightless
I lift my feet off the ground
Weightless
Can’t bring me down bring me down bring me down
Weightless
I’m flying in the sky
Weightless
Take me higher, take me higher, take me higher
Higher, higher, higher, higher

What If all I needed was just love and you by my side?
My heart open, I roam the world with joy and a smile

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
I have faith in people
Chance encounters and wanders
I have faith in people
I’m not afraid to wander

(Chorus)
Track Name: Saturn Returns (Live at the Hotel Cafe)
SATURN RETURNS
BY KATIE FERRARA


I look up to the sky to the place of my birth
In the heavens above lies a star that comes back to
The point where it first drifted far from the sun
Saturn returns
And what have I learned?

Will I change my ways?
Leave behind the child in me?
Or will I stay the same and repeat all my mistakes?

How many lives will it take?
To stand with my head up and face my heartbreak?
How many lives will it take?
I don’t know
It’s an uncertain road

I have turned 29 years old on this day
One more year and I’ll be 30 they’ll be looking at me singing
Where is your husband your house and your kids?
Maybe I’m not living the life I’m supposed to live?

Will I stay the same?
Well it’s freedom I crave
Let the child within me dream
She is longing for relief

How many lives will it take?
To stand with my head up and face my heartbreak?
How many lives will it take?
I don’t know
It’s an uncertain road

I look up to the sky to the place of my birth
In the heavens above lies a star that comes back to
The point where it first drifted far from the sun
Saturn returns
And I’ll let it burn
Track Name: Break Free (Live at the Hotel Café)
BREAK FREE
LYRICS BY KATIE FERRARA

As we float up in flames
Memories slip away
The nails fall out of place
Feel the freedom as we break break break break break

It starts by burning bridges
To light the way through the ash in the air
Through the ruins we can start a new vision
We give it up we give it up we give it up to build a new frame of mind

From this new foundation
An open heart faced towards the fire
These connections we built then
Are long gone with the wind we say goodbye

It starts by burning bridges
To light the way through the ash in the air
Through the ruins we can start a new vision
We give it up we give it up we give it up to build a new frame of mind

No you can’t change a person
You gotta let go of a lie
Strike a match and watch the pavement
Crack before your eyes
Yea we’re breaking free

Yea we break break break break break break break break break break break free
Ye we break break break break break break break break break break break free

It starts by burning bridges
To light the way through the ash in the air
Through the ruins we can start a new vision
We give it up we give it up we give it up to build a new frame of mind
Frame of mind

Yea we break break break break break break break break break break break free
Ye we break break break break break break break break break break break free

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