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In the Morning (Full Album)

by Jenna Ellefson

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1.
Forever 02:46
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
2.
Only For You 03:26
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Love Of Mine 03:09
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
6.
Somehow 04:13
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
7.
Wildflowers 02:47
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
8.
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
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about

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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