Foxhole Prayers

by Vanessa Peters

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H.L. I discovered Vanessa Peters and this beautiful album on a long drive with my wife, checking out some new indie rock at Bandcamp. We immediately appreciated Vanessa's warm and clear voice, the catchiness, the variety in song dynamics and the unaffected atmosphere. Only three weeks later we got and took the chance to watch her live on stage, enjoyed a fine acoustic set and even shook hands after the gig. I think this album will be our companion for quite a while now. Check out the rocking "Lucky" or "Get started", the touching "Fight" or the melancholic "What you can't outrun". Favorite track: Lucky.
Leslie Shaw
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Leslie Shaw This one is especially timely. Our American difficulties have us second guessing ourselves daily. Vanessa's introspection is so relatable. Thank you for this record. Favorite track: Just One of Them.
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Charles Olney An important record from one of my favorite artists. The melodies are top-notch and the production is high-quality. And the songwriting is amazingly deft. Peters is able to argue without ever coming across as didactic or judgmental. The music is driven sense of dread at the conditions of our world, but also infused with a deep and generous hope. It's a record that challenges us to stop being careless: to do something, no matter how small, to make the world a kinder place. Favorite track: Fight.
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--- Critical acclaim for "Foxhole Prayers" ---

⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Bolshy, blazing letters from the new front line." - MOJO

"A brilliant songwriter with a literary quality that makes her songs comparable to short stories, Vanessa Peters is Dallas’s Aimee Mann." - GuideLive

“A superb, socially-conscious album for our times” - Americana UK

"Her rich, seductive vocals remind me of Lucy Kaplansky and Canada’s under-appreciated Lynn Miles, and her instantly accessible songs—a mix of gorgeous ballads and well-hooked rockers—come loaded with pensive, clever lyrics. The instrumentation, which includes acoustic and electric guitars, mellotron, and drum machines, seems redolent of the great solo albums by Crowded House’s Neil Finn." - No Depression

"True to form, Peters combines pop, indie rock and lyrical storytelling to give us a sound that feels simultaneously fresh and familiar." - Glide

"A 'cozy coffeehouse feel-good,' Foxhole Prayers drips with magical, classic-style singer / songwriter allure." - Ink19

"...imaginative and metaphor-filled songs that inspire listeners and fellow songwriters alike." - Cowboys and Indians

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released October 5, 2018

produced by rip rowan and john dufilho.
recorded and mixed by rip rowan at electrofonic in dallas, texas from november 2017 - june 2018.
mastered by dave mcnair.

all songs written by vanessa peters (bmi).
published by another idol publishing (bmi).
“get started” by vanessa peters (bmi) and rip rowan (ascap) published by another idol publishing (bmi) and idol records publishing (ascap).

artwork by jackdaw russell.
art direction and layout by kathryn corlett.
vinyl layout by rip rowan.

a special thank you to those of you who are pre-ordering the album. it is inspiring to know there are so many folks who have our backs.

also, GIANT LOVE to everyone who subscribes to our fan club; it really does keep us going. those fine folks, past and present, are:

ed & janet lopez, craig & laurie adams, jim williams, ed campbell, dirk haun, scott & jamie ostdiek, kevin & joni larson, gary shaw, tom calhoun, miles poole, susan edwards, ashley pagnotta, mike silva, stefan valica, chris lewis, alan perry, marcy beasley, anke roggenbuck, jeremy albrecht, hugo dahl, anyse joslin, brian & roxanne miller, david & jennifer tinker, neff conner, vince voegeli, bill merrill, david fore, jessica & matt schunke, wim jannes, david & susanne granger, jill van sickle & leonardo prosperi, jeff organ, chris van gorder, john wilkinson, marie & george popichak, leslie shaw, houston & cody blankenship, randall & paula peters, steve & marianne allen, allen lucas, stefano fabriano, sara cenni, the mccrea family, mike jones, dario bonazza, michael davis, jim huddleston, margaret henslee, james taylor, pat & katy moran, daniel tito, ryan smith & andrea betts, patrick & mary grace fess, stephen mueller, heather worrell, billy & katie withrow, alex harden, sergio redaelli, monty daniels, chelsea ward, shelly minter, brian adkins, craig dupen, phil & carol burnett, david gaw, simon lellow, martijn de koning, stephen roberts, sarah henry, chris sims, ronnie de champs, jeanie silva, brooke & david kingery, filippo armellino, anne cecilia smith, paul chrisawn, giacomo contin, jim & sue williams, jeff kabacinski, and dario snidaro.

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Vanessa Peters Austin, Texas

Indie singer/songwriter from Texas. Musician, Italophile, Virgo, coffee nerd, food lover, bossy-pants, big ol' softie.
I've released 10+ albums and played over 1000 shows in 11 countries. I'm not done yet.

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Track Name: Get Started
I tried to sleep but it wasn't dark enough
I tried to read, I tried to write
but there wasn't enough light
I tried to meditate but couldn't still my thoughts
I tried to turn it down a notch
and found that I could not

so get started while you are young
cause it'll take 'til you are old
get started while you are young
it'll take 'til you are old

it's such a subtle shift
sometimes it takes years
to get the gist of how it changed
something so small caused the sequence of it all
to start a slow unraveling

so get started while you are young
cause it'll take 'til you are old
get started while you are young
it'll take 'til you are old

a map of every turn and twist
a map of every sign you missed
the sum of all your broken parts
the sum of every jump gun start
add it all up and you’ll find
you needed every single second
and there wasn’t enough time

so get started while you are young
cause it'll take 'til you are old
get started while you are young
it'll take 'til you are old
Track Name: Before It Falls Apart
the road is just one long diversion
a endless gravel coercion
coaxing you to think melancholy thoughts
leading you to distant places
where you’ll see only strange faces
and you could touch them if you'd just reach across

‘cause we've already come so far
we're closer than you think we are
and we could finish this but first we've gotta start
before it falls apart

the world we live in is so uncertain
everyone I know is hurting
most of us just trying to make it through the day
caught up in a constant deadline
we tell ourselves we're feeling fine
as we fill up the hive mind with nothing much to say

but we've already come so far
we're closer than you think we are
and we could finish this but first we've gotta start
before it falls apart

reach out and grab a hand
squeeze it tightly as you can
open your eyes, open your heart

‘cause we've already come so far
it’s closer than you think we are
and we could finish this but first we've gotta start
before it falls apart
Track Name: Fight
I feared failure for a long time
I suppose that I still do
I just ran out of armor, got tired of being poked and examined
submitted for approval but always found wanting
and I'm tired of always selling myself
of putting my best foot forward all the time
the rabbit I've been chasing is still farther away,
my shoes have come loose and I am tired.

but I never seem to remember
why I'm cut down by their words
I don't know how to keep my defenses up
I should be braver and I know that it's absurd

and lately I've just been in the corner
licking my wounds every night
get out there and fight girl, don't be afraid to bleed
crawl back towards the light
don't be afraid to show you need
smile less and show more bared teeth
get out there and fight girl
bring ‘em to their knees.

and I always had a hard time making leaps
even as a kid I'd spend hours with my toes
curled around the edge, terrified of being pushed,
and screwing up all my courage
and only when the others had grown bored and tired of waiting
the fear of being left alone
would push me towards the water, screaming all the way down
but it was never that bad in the end.

but I never seem to remember
that part of the lesson never quite sunk in
and I don't know what I'm so afraid of now
I don't know what I was so afraid of then.

but lately I've just been in the corner
licking my wounds every night
get out there and fight girl, don't be afraid to bleed
crawl back towards the light
don't be afraid to show your need
smile less and show more bared teeth
get out there and fight girl
bring ‘em to their knees
get out there and fight girl
bring ‘em to their knees
Track Name: This Riddle
I woke up resurrecting demons
smothered by the details we push way down
they always claw back to the surface
dead weight I can't drown

and I'm still clinging to the driftwood
floating past all the past I can't live down
surrounded by every lie I ever sold you
struggling to get to solid ground

a head full of all the bits I saved
and all the times I piled on the blame
can't let it go, I’m running out of space
paralyzed by the choices I made

like how we never used that great front porch
it had a tree growing straight through the middle
and you were a terrific problem solver
but not enough to crack this riddle

a head full of all the bits I saved
and all the times I piled on the blame
can't let it go, I’m running out of space
paralyzed by the choices I made

I woke up resurrecting demons
smothered by the details we push way down
they always claw back to the surface
dead weight I can't drown
Track Name: Foxhole Prayers
lying in the dark whispering foxhole prayers when all seems lost
if you could just make this one thing happen just this one more time, what would it cost?
and I know that this seems cheap and easy for me to come crawling to you at the end of the line
but I swear it's never been harder for me to pray than it was this time

foxhole prayers
the sky falling all around
surrounded by this fear
please don't let us down

to really give it over, you've got to let it go
‘cause otherwise you're still holding on
and empty hands are the hardest thing to still
when your hope is this far gone

foxhole prayers
the sky falling all around
surrounded by this fear
please don't let us down

we're all just children hurried out of school
holding hands and told to keep our heads low
and all of this just makes me weary
the woman in the backseat screaming
yes sir yes sir yes sir
can't anybody hear me?

foxhole prayers
the sky falling all around
surrounded by this fear
please don't let us down
please don’t let us down
please don’t let us down
Track Name: Just One of Them
High on my perception of others' misdirection
I sit here in the dark, judging quietly
America once meant something to me
home of brave and of the free
where if you worked hard, we all believed,
things would go your way eventually

but that ragged dream is full of holes poked through
and the threads left behind don't hang true
and I am deafened by my silence in the face of so much need
I thought I was a honest man but truth be told
I'm just one of them

I came out east to make myself
in this giant lonely city bursting at the seams
with swarms of lonely people and piles of lonely dreams
and I remembered what I told you as I left
the last thing that was said
a bad driver's only safe ’til she meets another head to head

and our ragged dream is full of holes poked through
and the words left behind don't ring true
and I am deafened by my silence in the face of so much need
I thought I was a honest man but truth be told
I'm just one of them

we all get caught up in celebrity
pulled out of reality 'til we can't tell what is real
and what is not and I am torn
between two versions of me
one is rich, the other's free
but you were worth much more than this
much more than them and all their carelessness

and this ragged dream is full of holes poked through
and the threads left behind don't hang true
and I am deafened by my silence in the face of so much need
I thought I was a honest man but truth be told
I'm just one of them
Track Name: Carnival Barker
the war was done and money flowed like black oil from the ground
there was a tempest in a teapot dome but it didn't make a sound
in every town you could find a talking head to tell you how it'd be
how america could really turn a profit if we'd only set her free

but there was this carnival barker we were all warned about
they told us to steer clear of him when he came to our town
you'll get a circus, history told us, if you vote for a clown
but the grifters pitched their tents and the good word got drowned out

so maybe round the edges he was a little rough
but he had a pitch and he said his lines and talked real tough
and they put our country up for sale, waved a flag and called it truth
now I lie awake at night wondering what we'll do

‘cause there is this carnival barker we were all warned about
they told us to steer clear of him when he came to our town
you'll get a circus, history told us, if you vote for a clown
but the grifters pitched their tents and the good word got drowned out

playing both sides perfectly until they had us beat
now they're filling coffers in their towers and taking down main street

and there was this carnival barker we were all warned about
they told us to steer clear of him when he came to our town
you'll get a circus, history told us, if you vote for a clown
but the grifters pitched their tents and the good word got drowned out
Track Name: Trolls
they're lurking under bridges
breeding in the dark
feeding indecision
weakening your heart

they’re counting on your kindness
to catch you off your guard
raising up an army
of trolls in the backyard

and the battle lines are clearly drawn
you know which side you're on
but it'll take a long long time to beat them
and you know which path to choose
you know the bullies always lose
but it'll take a long long time to beat them
a long long time to beat them

it’s like a poisoned dart
straight into your heart
and with every beat
you feel it sting inside

the situation’s dire
the wizard sold us out
everything’s on fire
we’re burning up with doubt

and the battle lines are clearly drawn
you know which side you're on
but it'll take a long long time to beat them
and you know which path to choose
you know the bullies always lose
but it'll take a long long time to beat them
a long long time to beat them
Track Name: What You Can't Outrun
the wreckage is all cleared up now
there's nothing left of the scene and order's been restored
the fury died down quickly, no longer paid any heed
and all of this tragedy's got us bored

but I'm left cleaning up the mess they made of you
and asking what I could've done
if there was something I could’ve said
but in the end you're what you can't outrun

you were living in the past
with no idea it was never coming back
it must’ve seemed so close there at the end
as you watched it slip through the cracks

and I'm left cleaning up the mess they made of you
and asking what I could've done
if there was something I could’ve said
but in the end you're what you can't outrun
I guess in the end you’re what you can’t outrun

the careless ones who trashed your heart
they smashed up everything
then headed home

now I'm left cleaning up the mess they made of you
and asking what I could've done
if there was something I could’ve said
but in the end you're what you can't outrun
and in the end it’s the lies you can’t outrun
I guess in the end you're what you can't outrun
I guess in the end you’re what you can’t outrun
I guess in the end you’re what you can’t outrun

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