Rise Up

by Erika Kulnys

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1.
I'm on Fire 02:32
I’m on Fire My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire Thunder in the trees is singing like a train that’s rolling in Just like the love I’m bringin’ time and time again My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire Wind in the trees is cryin’, cryin’ for the rain I’m just gonna keep you dyin’ to be with me again My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire Heat rolls through the forest rippin’ through the brush Gonna keep you askin’ for it ’til I let these waters rush Let these waters rush, let these waters Let these waters rush, let these waters rush My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire
2.
Love Me in the Morning Love me in the morning when you wake With your blackberry kisses form the hot pancakes Love me in the evening when you sleep With your red wine high and mountains in your dreams Love me in the afternoon at 5 With the gold, gold leaves and the sun still high Love me when the moon comes out at 8 On the bed where I’ll be waiting Love me in the sea on a sweet sailboat Where I’ll feed you cherries and we’ll never get old Love me on the beach with our sand-pail-kids And we’ll build a castle and live in it Love me in the spring with the daffodils and the wild roses on your windowsill Love me in the summer with our skin so hot and I’ll take you with all that I got Love me in the fall when we’re growing old We’re listening together to the radio Love me in the summer with our skin so hot And I’ll take you with all that I’ve got Love me in the winter, hold me deep and hold me when I fall to sleep Love me in the morning when you wake with your blackberry kisses from the hot pancakes
3.
Rise Up 04:02
Rise Up Where were you when the mountains quaked When the waters rose Were you awake? And where were you when the mother cried Giving up her child To the Holy State? And where were you When we marched in the streets? Where were you Were you keeping the peace? Where were you When we took the waters back? Where were you Did you have your mother’s back? Rise up Now is the hour Rise up Take back your power Rise up We will not wait We rise up today Where were you When the soldiers died Fighting for the truth Were you alive? Where were you When the towers blew When the temples burned Were you inside? And where are you When we march in the streets? Where are you Will you be the peace? Where are you When we take the borders back Where are you Will you have your brother’s back? Now we must rise up Now is the hour Rise up Take back your power Rise up We will not wait We rise up today Rise up Now is the hour Rise up Take back our Power Rise up We will not wait We rise up today We Rise Up Today
4.
Angel on the Road You're my angel on the road Where you go I will go Sing it soft and sing it low You're my angel on the road You're my angel without fear with the wind in your hair As the waves crash on the sand maybe I will understand You're my angel on the road Where you go I will go Sing it soft and sing it low You're my angel on the road When that truck came crashing down did you think you would drown in the feelings, in the hope? You're my angel on the road You were dressed so fine that day your collar up, you never strayed Your eyes ablaze, then cold You're my angel on the road You're my angel on the road Where you go I will go Sing it soft and sing it low You're my angel on the road
5.
Keep Your Feet Moving It's a hard road to follow and we all fall down But keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground If you're looking for forgiveness, if you're looking for the truth you can find the answers, they're all inside of you Just keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground You can be strong, you can be weak You can get along, you can go deep You can be right, you can be wrong You can be scared, and you can sing a song! Just keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground It's a good road to follow, the whole world round Reach inside and find your own sound It's a good road to follow, all of your dreams Let the ocean flow into the stream Just keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground You can be strong, you can be weak You can get along, you can go deep You can be right, you can be wrong You can be scared, and you can sing a song! Just keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground And it's your road to follow, by sun, stars and moon Keep your feet moving, and you'll get there soon It's your road to follow, to walk fall and run Keep your feet groovin' and keep having fun! Yeah, Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground Keep your feet burning, keep your feet on the ground Let the wheel keep turning and keep coming round Keep your feet burning, keep your feet on the ground Let the wheel keep turning and never shut down Keep your feet burning, keep your feet on the ground Let the wheel keep turning and don't make a sound Let the wheel keep turning and don't make a sound Let the wheel keep turning and don't make a sound
6.
Roaring for a Revolution The moon is a lion tonight With her mane shining oh so bright Roaring roaring for a revolution to split the darkness with her teeth Roaring roaring for a revolution so she can speak You are weeping in your bed The only roar you hear is in your head your house burned down you lost it all a spring a summer then a fall It's hard to know what ashes bring The resignation on the wind but then you hear something rustling in the night something alive and with a will to fight Roaring roaring for a revolution to split the darkness with her teeth Roaring roaring for a revolution so she can speak Remember the lion when you die When your tears are quiet inside Remember the bracing flick of her tail That breaks the bars of any jail Remember that quicksand disappears When the tide deafens your fears Remember you are the moon leading your own way to your own tune Roaring roaring for a revolution to split the darkness with her teeth Roaring roaring for a revolution so she, so we, so all of can speak So we can speak, so we can speak So we can sing
7.
Love's Not Wasted (free) 04:06
Love’s Not Wasted Just south of Detroit I was thinking of you again about that time you read my mind and jumped in for a swim You lost your glasses I dove in and found them in the black sea I gave you your sight to see in the night what did you give me? Love is wasted on the wicked but love’s not wasted on the wise You couldn’t take it You just kicked it with all your dirty lies I’ve gone and grown and sung on all the stages I’ve lost my pride, I’ve lost my mom You’ve gone to get your doctor of fears and of rages so you don’t have to love no one Love is wasted on the wicked but love’s not wasted on the wise You couldn’t take it You just kicked it with all your dirty lies Now you can write prescriptions from the bottle that you ran from I’m loving someone else And are you feeling grand now? Or is something missing now that you’re all by yourself Love is wasted on the wicked but love’s not wasted on the wise You couldn’t take it You just kicked it with all your dirty lies Love is wasted on the wicked but love’s not wasted on the wise You can take it You can lick it Just open up your eyes Open your eyes
8.
Carolina 02:48
Carolina Saw an eagle today, you know I can't stay I'm gonna go where the mountains call my name Where my Momma grew up and my Daddy can't find me Alone, where the mountains call my name Carolina, Tennessee West Virginia calling me I will find you in the pines in the forest of my mind I'm leaving today, I'm on my way I'm gonna fly where the eagle calls my name Where I first fell in love 'neath the white willow tree Gonna cry where the eagle calls my name Carolina, Tennessee West Virginia calling me I will find you in the pines in the forest of my mind And I know that life ain't easy It's just a dream So I go where you baptized me in the stream Carolina, Tennessee West Virginia calling me I will find you in the pines in the forest of my mind Carolina, Tennessee West Virginia calling me I will find you in the pines in the forest of my mind Carolina, Tennessee West Virginia calling me You will dance close with me in the forest of my mind
9.
Hummingbird 03:03
Hummingbird   Hummingbird to the nectar of my soul you came without a word Knocking on my door I thought I heard a hummingbird   But you flew so quickly across the country In the great migration to the south I reached out to touch you But I found nothing Just an empty promise from your mouth Hummingbird to the nectar of my soul you came without a word Knocking on my door I thought I heard a hummingbird You returned so swiftly An emerald in the sky Our love’s a mystery that changes as the years go by I’ve come to understand There is no greater plan You will go as you wish Can’t hold you in my hands I will learn to stand Winter   Hummingbird to the nectar of my soul you came without a word Knocking on my door I thought I heard a hummingbird  
10.
Burning the Furniture We were burning the furniture to keep warm We were learning that this life’s not our turn I can’t hold you/I can’t hold you anymore We were skating on ice so thin it cracked You held my hand but not my back And I told you, I told you, No more This time of year when the trees turn This time of year when the fire burns I can’t hold you, I can’t hold you anymore We were making a love across the land We were singing like seagulls in the sand I can’t hold you/I can’t hold you anymore But I’m wishing you peace, I’m wishing you joy I’m wishing you freedom from the noise And I’ll love you, I‘ll love you no more This time of year when the trees turn This time of year when the fire burns I can’t hold you/I can’t hold you anymore We were burning the furniture to keep warm
11.
Honeysuckle 04:16
There’s a part of me that’s changing and a part of me that’s dying And a part of me goes sailing through my fears I could stay with you ‘til morning I could take my love home early I could hold your hand forever and go waltzing through the years If I run, will you find me where the honeysuckle’s blooming Trying to chase down all the pieces of my soul And if I fall, will you catch me? Will you lay me down in silence? Let the misty tumbling memories take me home If I follow with the river will it take me to the ocean Will I find you waiting for me by round the bend I have seen the raven flying I have seen her circle slowly I have seen your face a thousand times Born upwards on the wind If I run, will you find me where the honeysuckle’s blooming Trying to chase down all the pieces of my soul And if I fall, will you catch me? Will you lay me down in silence? Let the misty tumbling memories take me home I can always feel the whisper of your love when it’s beside me You’re as open and as gentle as the sky You’re a constant source of wonder You’re a never-ending blessing You’re a bright star in the morning When I open up my eyes If I run, will you find me where the honeysuckle’s blooming Trying to chase down all the pieces of my soul And if I fall, will you catch me? Will you lay me down in silence? Let the misty tumbling memories take me home
12.
Sacrifice 03:52
Everything in life has a sacrifice Some folks have kids and others play guitar Some folks have it all and others they just fall never understanding who they are You were Mars and I was Venus Galaxies between us Stars at war, who's keeping score? lifetimes couldn't teach us Everything in life is a compromise you can't always get what you want sometimes You can mine for gold, but everyone grows old Will you be mine? I was Jekyll and you were Hyde always running in disguise two halves of the same person Babe, we're both hurting Open your eyes Everything in life takes a little time You do your best and that's all You learn to love, you learn to thank the stars above and then you fall Everything in life has a sacrifice truth and beauty we live for You can give all that you got inside cause you always got more Everything in life has sacrifice you can have kids and play guitar you can have it all and you can fall understanding who you are

about

Watch the title track here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sCTmwyKHcs

Erika Kulnys connects deeply to audiences with her powerful voice, authenticity, innovative piano work, and infectious joy.
A contemporary singer-songwriter, Erika works across genres to write heart-opening songs that have won much attention on her native soil in Canada. Her last album, Angel on the Road, won Music Nova Scotia’s 2015 Inspirational Recording of the Year, stayed in the Top Ten on local charts, was a finalist in CBC’s Searchlight Competition for Canada’s best new artist and received international airplay. In 2014 Erika was a finalist for Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards for her song, Had to Come Home.

Erika’s sixth studio release, Rise Up, is a social justice-themed album, recorded at Signature Sounds by Mark Thayer (James Taylor, Josh Ritter, Richard Shindell) and featuring musicians Dave Mattacks (Paul McCartney), Laurie MacAllister (Red Molly) and Jim Henry (Mary Chapin-Carpenter) to name a few. Rise Up travels through folk-pop, Americana, and rock to explore the depths of human love and suffering, and calls us to unite globally for peace and equality. Throughout, Erika’s songs reflect universal human experiences with passion and acute honesty, while the album’s production uses the many colours of strings, dobro, percussion, and harmonies to create a living landscape of sound and story.

Though her roots grow deep in story-telling folk traditions, Erika is also classically trained, a poet, composer and a performance artist who challenges boundaries. Erika grew up in Nova Scotia singing in choirs and then went on to study music composition, piano, and creative writing at the United World College (NM), Oberlin College and Conservatory (OH), and won a Watson Fellowship to participate in groups working for social change through music in Ireland, Venezuela, Jamaica, Brazil and India. She worked with revolutionary bands in Venezuela, recording and touring through small villages in the Andes, and performed with Battakare, an ensemble of youth in Sao Paolo who create and perform samba-in uenced hip hop. She volunteered at a school for disabled children in India, and studied folk music’s in uence on the peace movement in Northern Ireland.
This year Erika will be one of the featured performers appearing at Copenhagen Pride’s Under the Rainbow event and the Copenhagen Songwriter’s Festival. She will tour Rise Up through Denmark, Germany, Ireland and England this fall, through the northeast of Canada and the US in October-November, in Cuba in January/February 2017, and across the US and Canada from March-June.

“By possessing the ingenious intellect and activist zeal of Ani DiFranco combined with the poetic skepticism of Leonard Cohen, Kulnys is artfully cementing her place in the history books of artistic heroes of our time...”
SHANNON WEBB-CAMPBELL, CANADIAN MUSIC JOURNALIST AND POET

“Erika’s new album, Rise Up, is an incredible body of work. Inspiring, beautifully melodic and soulfully rhythmic.”
CHERYL PRASHKER, PRESIDENT NORTHEAST REGIONAL FOLK ALLIANCE

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released August 18, 2016

Rise Up
All songs by Erika Kulnys except Honeysuckle by Carla Gover (used with permission), I'm on Fire, by Emily Keener and Erika Kulnys, and Hummingbird by Cameron Molloy and Erika Kulnys
Recorded at Signature Sounds Studio by Mark Thayer
Mastered by Ian Kennedy at Sugarfit Sound

Erika Kulnys: vocals, piano, acoustic guitar
Kirsten Maxwell: back-up vocals on Rise Up, I’m on Fire, Angel on the Road
Laurie McAllister: back-up vocals on Rise Up, Love’s Not Wasted
Katie Key: back-up vocals on Rise Up
Jim Henry: electric guitars, acoustic guitar (Honeysuckle), mandolin & dobro:
Drums, percussion, piano (Love Me in the Morning): Dave Mattacks
Richard Gates: electric bass
Ian Kennedy: violin
Catherine Bent: cello
Shay Williams: violin on Rise Up

Artwork by Erika and Graphic Design by Shayla Miller and Erika

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"...ingenious intellect and activist zeal of Ani DiFranco with the poetic skepticism of Leonard Cohen, Kulnys is cementing her place in history...ballad-aesthetic of Tori Amos...craftsmanship vast as the Atlantic. Spin the cheekiness of Dolly Parton with overt sexuality of Kinnie Starr, and toe-tapping rhythms of Colleen Power to conjure up her multi-dimensional talents.” - Shannon Webb-Campbell ... more

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