Songs from the Well

by Marca Cassity

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1.
Hallelujah 03:28
What appears as a betrayal Is truly a guiding light Veiled within the darkness An invitation to the fire Drowning, drowning I learn to breathe with all my might Dying, dying I fully choose life Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah With neglect comes a sacred yearning With decay soil for turning With abuse comes a wounding Within the wound lies a miracle healing Falling, within the falling Is the freedom to fly Calling, calling Brings a mother to the child Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Affirming and abiding Sends the angels eagerly flying And the universe realigning And the miracle materializing Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah What appears as a betrayal Is truly a guiding light
2.
Free 03:03
In the midst of the commotion She takes me to the ocean Feeds me a magic potion Sings songs of devotion I’m dirty from the city Torn up broke down and gritty She says that I look pretty And that I’m free to choose to be free And when it comes to heaven or hell I guess it all just depends on how I feel about myself And when it comes to love or fear Well one is an illusion only one is real Only love is real Only love is real And when I’m looking for something To ease my pain It seems that all I’ve got to do Is just drop the blame And when I find myself begging To the lord above It’s time to get up off my knees It’s time to choose love Love love love love love love love Love love love love love love love I’m free to choose to be free I’m free to choose to be free I’m free to choose to be free
3.
Disasters 04:33
You were having a great life You were having a real good time But your soul was lonely So you reached out to take my hand You wanted a sweetheart Maybe you wanted an angel But you got a woman who has walked through heaven and hell Disasters Require miracles And I’ve seen some miracles I have walked in and out of flames No big deal Cause only here and now is real Sometimes my memories My memories do betray Baby I’m sorry I left you that way Baby so sorry I left you that day I know that space and time Should make everything better But I think the great Divine Is all that will get us through I’m not asking you To believe in Jesus But darling I’m asking you To believe in us Disasters Require miracles So lets make a miracle We can walk right out of these flames No big deal Cause only here and now is real If you’re ready Then I’m ready to walk your way Baby I’m sorry I left you that way Baby so sorry I left you that day Baby I’m sorry I left you that way Baby so sorry I left you that day
4.
Burn 03:35
I need a new beginning I want ground Solid ground I need to build myself A new foundation Take this façade of myself And burn it down Burn Burn Burn It’s time to burn myself down It’s time to burn myself down My house is haunted My building blocks are cracked and broken Call in the wrecking ball Come on and level it all It’s time, it’s time to Burn Burn Burn yeah It’s time to burn myself down It’s time to burn myself down I have been believing in Illusion I’ve been living my sweet life in seclusion It’s time to open up my heart It’s time to open up my mind It’s time to let my body move and groove it all the time and Burn Burn Burn yeah It’s time to burn myself down It’s time to burn myself down It’s time to burn myself down It’s time to burn myself down
5.
Goodbye 03:38
Darkness, darkness All around Where shall I be found? Moonlight, star shine Glimmering hope down to me On this cold ground In the garden I wander A place I once knew well Here in the beauty Lost in the cruelty Of love’s final farewell Goodbye, my love Goodbye, my beloved I wish you freedom from your prison door The key to which I never found Fire, fire Funeral pyre The ashes of my grief Phoenix I am awaiting Your rising In your talons I will travel By your turquoise wings To a land far away From my tragic failing Goodbye, my love Goodbye, my beloved I wish you freedom from the war The peace I could never inspire Drowning in still water I reach for the surface Sunlight guiding me To my sacred purpose Releasing, releasing By my grieving All of this burden All is forgiven And I move forward As sure as this earth is turning Goodbye, my love Goodbye, my beloved I wish you freedom from the pain Which I could never ease I wish you freedom from the pain Which I could never ease Goodbye, my love Goodbye, my beloved
6.
Raven 04:09
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 I’ve got some honey And it feels good in my mouth But Mama needs some loving and communion But I’m left hanging too far south So I breathe in the air Invoke the water Honor the earth Burn in the fire Breathe in the air Invoke the water Honor the earth Burn in the fire It’s ok that it turned this way I can always use time for myself Time to develop self-love as a habit Cause you sure cain’t get the from no one else Oh, I hang out with my diseases I can cure 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 Breathe in the air Invoke the water Honor the earth Burn in the fire Sometimes I feel like an angel Sometimes I feel like the devil Sometimes I am free Sometimes I am bound I have been recruited, I’ve been persecuted And it just seems to keep coming ‘round Yes, but 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 I invoked the water I honored the earth I burned in the fire I breathed in the air I invoked the water I honored the earth I burned in the fire Breathe in the air Invoke the water Honor the earth Burn in the fire Breathe in the air Invoke the water Honor the earth Burn 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
7.
Tree 02:43
I asked a tree To help me And it is It its own time I asked a tree To help me And it is It its own time Time, keeps messing with me in my mind My mind, keeps messing with me all the time So I asked a tree To help me And it is In its own time
8.
Declaring 04:24
I found myself by the roadside Watching my life go by I asked a thousand questions And heard myself answer with a thousand lies Surrounded by people I could never seem to get to know We all traded love for fear Somewhere a long time ago No need for war anymore We are mistaken In the time that we are taking All that there is is love There’s no question There’s only proclaiming No need for war anymore And no more begging God For the changes All that there is is love I’m not asking I am declaring Everybody says do unto others As I would have them do unto me But it’s hard to pull it off When you don’t even know what the hell you need So I take a precious moment Take a moment to gather ‘round All of these children inside of me Hanging at the lost and found No need for war anymore We are mistaken In the time that we are taking All that there is is love There’s no question There’s only proclaiming No need for war anymore And no more begging God For the changes All that there is is love I’m not asking I am declaring Finding my brothers and sisters Amongst the strangers Knowing there’s only one Frees me from the danger True life, true love, true self True life, true love, true self No need for war anymore We are mistaken In the time that we are taking All that there is is love There’s no question There’s only proclaiming No need for war anymore And no more begging God For the changes All that there is is love I’m not asking I am declaring
9.
Mother 03:56
I must stop I must stop I must gracefully, lovingly stop Got to go I’ve got to go To what is left of my home I must stay there I must pray there While the water comes in through the roof In this house of rot wood and ruin It’s time for a little home improvement Mother is here now Mother is here, now Mother is here now Mother is here Mother is here now Mother is here It’s never too late for mama to come home Teach the demons to dance with the ghosts Teach the children to pick up their clothes Hold the rebels up to the light Fight the devil with all of my might In this house of push and shove It’s time for love Mother is here now Mother is here, now Mother is here now Mother is here Mother is here now Mother is here, It’s never too late for mama to come home Never too late for mama to come home Never too late for mama to come home
10.
Root 04:04
Root yourself in the earth, woman Come on now and root yourself deep in the earth, woman. You’ve had the trials and the tribulations And the deepest violation But here you are Beautiful and strong You’re gonna laugh out loud and sing your song And root yourself Root yourself Come on now, root yourself Deep in the earth, woman Find the answers in the rising of the sun Honor your ancestors and beat the drum Light the fire put your hands in the dirt And soon you will find your true worth If you root yourself Root yourself Come on now and root yourself Deep in the earth, woman Root yourself in the earth now Take it way down Root yourself in the earth now Take it way down Root yourself in the earth now Take it way down Root yourself in the earth now Take it way down Way down, deep down, way down Way down, deep down, way down Way down, deep down, way down Way down, deep down, way down Root yourself Root yourself Come on now and root yourself Deep in the earth, woman Tap into love deep in your chest Look at yourself the worst the best And cry, cry, cry, cry and some more ooo yeah Show the evil spirit the door And root yourself Root yourself Come on now and root yourself Deep in the earth, woman Root yourself Root yourself Come on now and root yourself Deep in the earth, woman
11.
Bells 04:39
Singing of where I’m from My heritage, my blood Red earth, blue sky The lightning of my Grandmother In my heart there lives a drum Beating into the sound of bells Ancestors on my tongue Singing songs from the well Sky people rising from the reign of terror Children of middle water Singing our prayers In our hearts there lives a drum Beating into the sound of bells Ancestors on our tongues Singing songs from the well

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Marca Cassity's fourth independent release, "Songs from the Well" is a tribally-funded collection of 11 folk rock spirit songs, that delivers a positive message with Native nuances that speaks to overcoming hardship through resilience, in connection to nature, humor, love, compassion, spirituality, and heritage. The album, recorded at world-renowned Bay area based Fantasy Studios, and produced by Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls, Carly Simon), features guitarist Adam Levy (Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones), bassist Paul Olguin (Mazzy Starr) and drummer Dawn Richardson (4 Non Blondes). For this recording, Marca Cassity was honored to have been recognized by the Osage Nation with a tribal artist grant. The grant provided half of the funding for the project, and the remaining funds came from contributions by fans and supporters through Indiegogo.

Growing up on the Osage reservation in Oklahoma, Marca learned early on about resilience through struggle and persecution. Born a two spirit Indian of mixed heritage in the midst of a blue collar bible belt, Marca’s youth was filled with life challenging adversity. Ostracized, and having outgrown their small town, Marca set out on their life’s journey, studying with spiritual teachers and musicians from around world, eventually becoming a trauma nurse and later a trauma specific counselor for Native American families in San Francisco.

Through their trauma work and spiritual study, Marca became in awe of their own and others resilience. Always writing and producing music, this is Marca’s first album that musically explores resolute human strength with native nuances and the reclamation of their heritage as a way of healing. In the past decade, Marca has been embraced by their people in Oklahoma in a wonderful way, and the pain of the past along with the joy of the evolution is the wellspring from which their latest album springs forth.

The lead off track “Hallelujah” with its percussive rhythm and sage words, “What appears as a betrayal is truly a guiding light,” shines as a beacon on the overarching theme of the album, meditating on the spiritual aspects of forgiveness that allow one to grow, move forward and “ fully choose life.” Producer Julie Wolf joins in backing vocals on the spirited and liberating “Free” with a chorus reminiscent of her work with the Indigo Girls, and adds her beautiful piano work on the touching ballad “Disasters.” On “Goodbye” and “Raven,” Marca’s love of traditional Osage singing, drumming and powwow music from all different nations, as well as the writing influences of musical contemporaries such as Joan Armatrading, Mary Gauthier, and Gillian Welch are evident in their songwriting and instrumentation choices, that blend and weave throughout. The closing track "Bells,” is a heritage song, and features the dance bells of traditional Osage dancers. This summer Marca was honored to sing “Bells” at the inauguration of the new tribal Chief and Congress people on the Osage reservation and was the featured artist on Bay Native Circle radio show in Berkeley.

The album title “Songs from the Well” was inspired by a cousin’s near death vision of a box of unrecorded songs written by Marca that she found in the well house on their Osage Great-Grandmother's land. Thirteen years after their cousin’s vision, Marca sifted through their song catalog to record this album, and realized these eleven tunes were the songs from the well. The well that allowed their to return full circle, home, and back to their roots.

For more information check out: www.marcacassity.com

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released October 7, 2014

Produced by Julie Wolf at Fantasy Studios
All songs written by Marca Cassity
Recorded and mixed by Adam Muñoz
Additional recording by Julie Wolf
Mastered by Ken Lee at Ken Lee Mastering
Photography: Teresa Meade
Design: mchl vandenBerg

Marca Cassity: acoustic guitar, vocals, backing vocals
Adam Levy: acoustic guitars, electric guitar
Dawn Richardson: drums and percussion
Julie Wolf: keys, accordion, backing vocals
Paul Olguin: bass
Michaelle Goerlitz: percussion
Green Huse: backing vocals
Rachel Garlin: backing vocals
Kate Wolf: hand claps
Cici Kinsman: hand claps

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Marca Cassity Oakland, California

Marca Cassity is a bringer of acoustic soul spirit songs. Raised up in rural Oklahoma of Osage Indian heritage and blue collar sweat, hard work is no mystery to them, and it shows in their art and expression.

Marca's early musical influences include Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, and Neil Young.
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