17 West

by Sonya Heller

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    17 West is Sonya's third studio album. An American songbook. Romantic. Introspective.

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released January 13, 2017

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Sonya Heller New York, New York

Sonya Heller cut her teeth at NYC's iconic Bitter End in the afterglow of Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and Leonard Cohen, whose poetic genius sparked her very early on.
Rolling Stone.- "Sonya Heller Comes alive onstage"
Rootstime -"a singing songwriting Joan of Arc,guitar in her hand, voice as a weapon!"
Crossroads-"Listening to her we are carried away into the atmospheric universe of her voice."
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Track Name: The Mother
The Mother-(c)2013-Sonya Heller Music-ASCAP

Verse I

She who gave life to me
She who gave breath to me
She sang just like a bird
A harsh tone never heard
And spoke the kindest words to me

Verse II

She who gave life to me
She grew me like a tree
My branches thick and long
My roots run deep and strong
For her I sing this song today

Pre chorus

I’d have given everything to have you here today
I’d have traded all away my earthly wares

Chorus

You perched me high on that tree so I could find you in the distance
Pulse thru my veins so I could feel you in a heartbeat
You drew your face on my face so I could see you in an instant

Verse III

She who gave life to me
She knew just who I’d be
My voice a crystal bell
Thoughts deep as a well
For stories I have yet to tell

Pre chorus

I’d have given anything to have you here today
I’d have traded all away my earthly wares

Chorus

You perched me high on that tree so I could see you in the distance
Pulse thru my veins so I could feel you in my heartbeat
Drew your face on my face so I would know you in my Winter
And you will sing me home 5x’s

Verse II repeat and out

Oh She who gave life to me
She grew me like a tree
My branches thick and long
My roots run deep and strong
For her I sing this song, I sing this song.. today
Track Name: Mary Mary
Mary Mary (2012) Sonya Heller Music-ASCAP

Verse I

All my defenses
Come tumbling down
Ashes and leaves
Twirling round to the ground
Two days to Winter
I’ve been here before
One more chance at love
And one foot out the door

Chorus

Oh Sweet Mary full of Grace
Wash my hands wash my face
Dry my tears set my place
Lets break bread lets embrace

Verse II

Here in the wake
Of loves final call
Few precious moments left
To save my Soul
If there’s one part of your heart
Still open
Could I stand before you
One more time

Chorus

Oh Sweet Mary full of Grace
Wash my hands wash my face
Dry my tears set my place
Lets break bread lets embrace

Chorus

Oh Sweet Mary Mary full of Grace
Wash my sins my disgrace
Wash my hands set my place
And like a fool I swear I’m never go and
Never go break your heart again
Oh Mary, Mary

Bridge

Mary Mary ..Stay my love, Stay close to me
I’ll be true
For who would love
This sinner here
If not for Saints like you
Who would love this sinner here
If not for a Saint like you?
Mary Mary yeah
Mary My Mary Mary
Will you still love me
Mary Mary-
A Saint and a sinner
Oh Mary, Oh Mary
Will you still love me
Will you still love me
Oh mary mary
Will you still love me
Mary mary
Yeah, Yeah , yeah…yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Track Name: Can We Save the Day
Can We Save the Day-(c)2013-Sonya Heller Music ASCAP
Verse I

If I had a crystal ball
Would I really know it all
Could I find the words to say
Anyway anyway

Chorus

Could I save the day?
Could I save the day
Could I save the day
Today, today, mmm

Verse II

We are blades of grass
Blowin’ in the wind
With iron wills
And nerves of steel
Fighting for a dream
Fighting for a dream
to keep it real

Chorus

But can we save the day
Can we save the day
Can we save the day
Today whoa today

Bridge

With a little kindness,oh yeah
Can we stop the fighting oh yeah
Do a little prayin’, AMEN
Do a little prayin’ AMEN

Amen, amen a-a-a-a-amen amen
Don’t worry about tomorrow
Time is only borrowed
So go ahead, go ahead and
Lay away your sorrows
Today, is only yesterdays
Tomorrow
Today, we’ll find a way
Today the sun will stay
Today vamp and out
Track Name: I Do
I Do-(c)2013 Sonya Heller Music ASCAP

Verse I

I love…The sun in the window
Tracing your body
Next to mine
I love
How you move in the night time
Like velvet and lightening, sweets
On the vine

Chorus

I do, I do , I do
I do, I do, I do
I do, I do love you

Verse II

Your love was
Food for my Soul
I came to you hungry
Life on the line
Your love
Has set me a table
Fruits from the orchard
A feast so divine

Chorus
I
do, I do , I do
I do, I do, I do
I do, I do, I do

Bridge

Love is Eternal
Love is Perfume
Like bees to the honey
And me back to you
Love is Eternal
Only time moves on
There’ll be a heart shaped flower
and a Valentine. That says…
Two become one where the stars align….

Chorus

And I do, I do
I do I do I do
I do love you

Out with Verse

And I love the Sun in the window
Tracing your body next to mine
I love how you move in the nighttime
Velvet and Lightening, sweets on the vine
Velvet and Lightening, sweets on the vine
Tracing your body next to mine
Track Name: Travelin' Troubadour
Travelin' Troubadour (c)2013 Sonya Heller Music ASCAP

Verse 1

We got this dance down To a tee
I know it’s you you know it’s me
I live here and you live there
We got space with room to spare
Some are skeptic some confused
We don’t follow all the rules
We got love without the fuss
some would have it just like us

Verse 11

Well I’m too young to be old
I’m Way too old to be young
I’ll never tire of this road
or trading dinners for a song
Though I know I’m strong enough
To go and live this life alone
I’m not out to wear a badge
Or prove I made it on my own

Chorus

Sometimes I wonder was it right
Holding on to you so tight
But no matter where I roam
When I’m with you it feels like home.

Verse III

My Soul is restless to the core
I’m your travellin troubadour
My map is laced with broken hearts
I never finish what I start
Just when my tricks were wearin’ thin
You found me out still you took me in
You said your heart’s an open door
You’re my travelin’ troubadour

Chorus

Sometimes I wonder was it right
Holding on to you so tight
But no matter where I roam
When I’m with you it feels like home.
You could not love me more
No you could not love me more
‘Tis you that I adore
For what remains in store

I’m your travellin’ travellin
Troubadour…oh…travellin’ travellin’
Troubadour
Track Name: The Door
The Door

The Door-©2013-Sonya Heller Music-ASCAP

Verse I

The train it came I watched as
One by one The lovers ran
Into each others arms
My eyes fixed on The door
For just one more hopin’ ‘gainst hope
That you would still show
Just like the last time
And the time before
‘til the last train left the station
And the whistle blew

Chorus
2X’a Wooh ooh ooh

Verse II

You said that you would
Come for me
You’d be there on the 3:15
I wore my Sunday dress
The one you liked to unzip at night When you laid me down
And said you’d marry me
The next time ‘round
And you’d take me away
From this hell hole town
And the whistle blow

Chorus
4x’s Wooh.,hoo hoo

Yeah the whistle blow

Bridge
The Church girls always ask me when you gonna settle down.
I say when the right boy comes along.
Don’t wait forever
(4 x’s) For the time will pass you by

Verse III and out
The train it came
I watched as one by one
The lovers ran
Into each others arms
My eyes fixed on the door
For just one more, just one more.

The train it came, the train it came.The next one came, and the next one came
The train the train…
Track Name: Save Us All
Save Us All
Save Us All-(c)- 2013 Sonya Heller Music-ASCAP

Verse I

We watched the rising tide
The moon she lit the sky
She kissed us with her warm good bye
Hailed the wind and set
The sky on fire
She set the night on fire

Verse II

The flood gates lost their pride
They broke and opened wide
And memories came floating by
Photographs and Grammas lullaby

Chorus

Oh…Save us all …Save us all

Verse III

The buildings once stood tall
They laughed at natures call
They built monoliths and concrete walls
But as we rise so shall we fall
As we rise, so shall we fall

Chorus

Oh….Save us all …Save us all

Music bridge

Verse IV

I pray for brighter days
Your pain be cast away
The sun to shine and dry your eyes
And know that sometimes mercy comes disguised…

Yes...know that mercy comes disguised

In wisdom from the wise

Thru Mother Natures eyes

In wisdom from the wise

Like Grammas lullabies

Grammas lullabies

To save us all

Save us all
Track Name: I Was There
I Was There
I Was There-(c)-2015-Sonya Heller Music-ASCAP

Verse 1

I was there when the lights went out
I was there when we went without
There we were no ones favorite Son
Two blissful misfits on the run
Warmer against the coldest dawn
In innocence granted only to the young

Chorus

I was there...

Verse II

You kissed me in the forest glen
We lay across your featherbed
Lived on wine and cigarettes
The Snow came down in shades of wonder
Two Peacocks of another color
We never touched the ground

Chorus

I was there...

Bridge

Light and darkness joined as one
You met me where the Moon spoke to the Sun
On silken stone from the riverbed
We walked across the earthen moss
Silent barefoot trails to cross
I felt your hand
I heard your thoughts
Like hushed tones in the mist
Hushed tones in the mist

Verse

I was there when the lights went out
I was there when we went without
There we were no ones favorite Son
Two blissful misfits on the run
Warmed against the coldest dawn
In innocence granted only to the young

Chorus and out....

I was there
I was there
I was there
Track Name: Long Way Home
Long Way Home
Long Way Home-Sonya Heller-©2011-Sonya Heller Music-ASCAP

Verse I

A weed is just a flower
On the wrong side of town
So I won’t stay here
If you don’t want me around
When halls are haunted
On a once hallowed ground

Chorus

It’s a long way home sometime
I’ll pack my bags and well I’ll
Sing my walkin’ song
On the long way home sometime

Verse II

Well you can’t fight the weather
When the winds blow strong
Nor two waves crashin’
With the comin' of a storm
We’re just two soldiers still at war
With what went wrong

Chorus

On the long way home sometime
My feet are tired but they’ll still
Get me where I’m goin’
On the long way home sometime.

(Instrumental)

Verse III

Well I’ll give thanks to my maker
When my time is at hand
An’ I promise postcards
When I reach the promised land
If I don’t make it I’ll let
Moses take my hand

Chorus

On the long way home sometime
Up on that mountain, well
The view is simply grand
On the long way home sometime

For weed or flower
We’re all flowers in the end
On the long way home sometime

Bridge

Sometime, sometime, I feel so far, I feel so far
Oh sometime, yeah sometime, I feel so far, I feel so far, I feel I feel I feel, I feel…

Chorus and out

It’s a long way home
It’s a long way home
It’s a long way home…sometime…
Track Name: The Gates of Grace
The Gates of Grace-(c)2012-Sonya Heller Music-ASCAP

Verse I
When I'm walking towards the Gates of Grace
Will you hold my hand, so nothing aches
And send my soul with birds that sing
And don't let go 'til I get my wings

Verse II
For you loved this fool with bad front teeth
Who danced to the right with two left feet
Wore mismatched clothing that fit too tight
Had dreams that kept her up at night


Pre-chorus

And those two old Crows at the foot of her bed
Who wouldn't fly away 'til the coffee was made
She spoke too much and he spoke too little
Maybe in Heaven there's a place in the middle

Chorus
Thru the Gates of Grace
The Gates of Grace

Verse III
With the best intentions and an open heart
Sometimes things just fall apart
but I promise now as I promised then
This journey takes us to the end

For there's be no Moon without the Stars
Just an empty shelf with an empty jar
No one here to take your place
No one here to help me chase


Pre-chorus

Those two old Crows at the foot of my bed
Who wouldn't fly away 'til the coffee was made
I spoke too much and you spoke too little
Maybe in Heaven there's a place in the middle



Chorus
Thru the Gates of Grace
The Gates of Grace

Bridge and out...
I will wait at the Gates of Grace for you
I will wait at the Gates of Grace for you
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu-hujah
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu-hujah