In the Morning

by Jenna Ellefson

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This album was recorded in its entirety at Jeanot's house in NE Portland, Oregon over the course of 2011, but it was very many years in the making.

I first began writing songs not knowing I would feel called to release them, but as a way to create a little world I could dwell in. A way to capture beautiful, fleeting things and somehow feel I could hold them for a moment as my own within words and music. In a way, I was singing to myself. I wrote love songs to others as I'd want love sung to me. I wrote sad songs as a way to understand the hurt and make it seem somehow less. I always just wanted to create a soft, sweet and gentle thing to somehow combat all the harsh and hard things that can exist in everyday real life.

After I wrote maybe my fourth full song I realized I wanted to try to do more, to try to make music a priority in my life. To try to share it. I felt I almost had a responsibility to my handful of songs. I learned as I went. I laugh looking back, I didn't even fully understand a chord progression when I wrote "Forever"...it was all a beautiful discovery, little by little. I discovered the patterns, the chords my songs were asking for and I discovered a path to take.

One by one, I met the people that would populate this album, who believed in my voice and my words and who graciously and generously added their own voices and music to mine. I still don't know if they know what that meant to me. How much I had ached for the kind of expression they were granting me by helping my songs come to life.

When I was little I had a quite a time making it through the night without waking up terrified. My mom would patiently come in and sit with me, and no matter what time of night it was she would say "just close your eyes for a little while. It's almost morning. When you hear the birds singing you will know it's getting to be morning and you are alright."

I named this album "In the Morning" because I made it with the hope that it might be a soft little light to counter the darker parts of things.

-Jenna

Jenna and her Sweet Band feature country, bluegrass and folk influences, a subtle use of vocal harmony and intricate melodic phrasing.

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released February 9, 2012

Jenna Ellefson vocals, banjo
Sam Howard vocals, upright bass
Anna Tivel vocals, violin
Amanda Breese vocals, guitar

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jeanot Lewis-Rolland
Photography by Kiki Leflar

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Jenna Ellefson Portland, Oregon

Jenna grew up in lush Oregon, beside waterfalls, amid tall trees and foxgloves. One flowery spring, on a whim, she bought a little banjo...and suddenly all the poems she had been scribbling, and all the melodies she had been humming, and all the beautiful places she had seen spilled out over its little plucky strings and finally...she had songs to sing. ... more

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Track Name: Forever
This morning birdsong
woke us up
so many birds sang
so that one small voice
could find us

It’s all the small and
little things
that take you off guard
with subtlety
and suddenly
it’s all so clear
that nothing
means more
than you to me

I will put my hands in your two hands
and stand my feet with your two feet
forever is just one word
but you said it to me
oh, to me

count the stars
across the sky
going out for miles and miles
but they can fall
I’ve seen it happen

the giant earth goes
spinning on
tomorrow so many
things could be gone
we always thought
could only last

but these words I say to you
I won’t take back

I will put my hands in your two hands
and stand my feet with your two feet
forever is just one word
but you said it to me
oh, to me

forever is just one word
but you said it to me
oh, to me
Track Name: Only For You
Oh dear if I called you mine
I would call all the world mine
and I would sing it to the birds in the trees
and thrill as they sang it all back to me
oh, oh, oh

I’d walk right up to the edge of the sea
and sing to the fish swimming in the deep
I would tell them all listen here
now I know what it means to love

Oh the sunrise is only for you
all the day long, only for you
and night falls only for you, just for you

Morning comes so bittersweet
I heard myself saying your name in my sleep
you feel like home like a truth I can hold
and I’d hold you so close to me

Night casts out that net of stars
all across the blackest dark
I saw you there in the sweetest dream
oh love won’t you wake up to me

Oh the sunrise is only for you
all the day long, only for you
and night falls only for you, just for you

All the blue in the sky above
and all the rain that fills the sea up
I will wait right here in between
waiting for you to see

Oh the sunrise is only for you
all the day long, only for you
and night falls only for you, just for you
Track Name: Oh My Darling
The sweetest song I’ll sing to you
you go your way I’ll go that way too
A sweeter love than I’ve ever known
I am home wherever you go

When you lay down in fields of clover
to watch your dreams
take shape in the sky
mine will be the hand your holding
I’ll be the one that’s by your side
I’ll be the one, baby, by your side


Oh my baby, won’t you let me know you
better than I know myself
Oh my baby wont you let me show you
I’ve got a heart only you can fill

Oh my baby
say you’ll go with me
under stars and the yellow moon
oh my baby
oh my darling
oh nothing compares to you

Lay my hope in your quiet arms
lay my love against your beating heart
lay the world baby at your feet
if you say you’ll stay with me
baby say you’ll stay with me

Oh my baby, won’t you let me know you
better than I know myself
Oh my baby wont you let me show you
I’ve got a heart only you can fill

Oh my baby
say you’ll go with me
under stars and the yellow moon
oh my baby
oh my darling
oh nothing compares to you
Track Name: Sparrow's Lullaby
Like a light
like a fire
sparrow singing through the sky
won’t you let me

Put your hand
on my heart
can you hear it
you don’t have to ask me

Oh, I’ll be here
when you lay down
and I will be here holding your hand
while the night drifts away
and I will be
here with you at the day

Tighter than lamb’s curls
closer than whispered words
I will hold you
white clouds
blue sky
wishes made on dandelions
I was made for you

And I’ll be here
when you lay down
and I will be here holding your hand
while the night drifts away
and I will be
here with you at the day

Some people leave
oh some people leave
mmm hmm, but not me

Oh, I’ll be here
when you lay down
and I will be here holding your hand
while the night drifts away
and I will be
here with you at the day
Track Name: Love Of Mine
Looking out at the blue rain falling down
so little so long to go without
sweet sunshine every time you smile
keeps me alive
love of mine

white stars are just beyond my reach
above a old world that I might never see
but galaxies spin in your blue eyes
and keep me alive
love of mine

love, love, love, don’t give up
love, love, love just look at us
love, we’ll find a way
we’ll be okay
we’ll be alright
mm- hmm

three little birds
are singing at the top of their lungs
but these days, my baby
it’s so hard to rise above
but I’m here with you
and that’s proof enough
we’ll be alright
love of mine

love, love, love, don’t give up
love, love, love just look at us
love, we’ll find a way
we’ll be okay
we’ll be alright
love of mine

love, love, love, don’t give up
love, love, love just look at us
love, we’ll find a way
we’ll be okay
we’ll be alright
love of mine
Track Name: Somehow
I walk the city streets
I walk alone
walk them alone
let some mad hope take hold
they’ll never lead me home

stop right there baby
I wanna look up at your face
so beautiful there baby
I’d give so much to stay

I’ve been looking low and high
somehow I still lost sight

so I’m hanging up all the dreams
that I had hung
on somebody else
I'll wipe my own tears away
but I have to save myself

so much lies in between
all that we dream of and needed before
we had almost enough
it’s just not enough anymore

so I’ll be looking low and high
somehow I will find it this time

oooh, oooh, oooh
oooh, oooh, oooh
Track Name: Wildflowers
snow on the mountain
roses in a jar
tell me you love me
never break my heart

honeysuckle blooming
beneath the cherry tree
put a kiss on my lips
and run away with me
put a kiss on my lips
and run away with me

wild honey on the hillside
wildflowers at our feet
trade a copper penny
for a little silver ring

I’ll ride the driving pony
you ride the big grey horse
put your hand in my hand
I’ll put my hand in yours
put your hand in my hand
I’ll put my hand in yours

wild honey on the hillside
wildflowers at our feet
trade a copper penny
for a little silver ring

I’ll ride the driving pony
you ride the big grey horse
just put your hand in my hand
I’ll put my hand in yours

what the light of morning finds
when the red rooster crows
nothing but our footprints running
through the field
where the lavender grows
nothing but our footprints running
through the field
where the lavender grows

snow on the mountain
roses in a jar
tell me you love me
never break my heart

honeysuckle blooming
beneath the cherry tree
put a kiss on my lips
and run away with me
Track Name: Over The Mountain
Oh my love
has gone over the mountain
Oh my love
has gone to the sea
Gone to sail that wide ocean
Oh my love will come for me

Oh I watched
a snowy winter
Melt into
a blooming spring
Now the golden leaves are falling
Oh my love will come for me

In the night
I hear him breathing
Hear him singing
in the day
Oh they say the ocean took him
Never more to speak my name

Like the flowers
that are blooming
Looking out
across the sea
I am waiting on this mountain
Oh my love will come for me
Oh my love will come for me