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Wide World EP

by Sophie Janna

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Thomas Méreur What a beautiful collection of genuine simple yet powerful folk songs! Sophie's voice is amazing, full of joy and sensitivity. This EP really takes me on a peaceful road trip across a sunny country side... Favorite track: Starlight (acoustic).
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1.
Wide World 03:59
I was awake / and you were asleep I was drowning in worries / a spinning wheel I turn away from you / 'cause I want to hide The morning I fear / so I keep it inside Won't you stay here / call this your home The world is too wide / to travel alone Songbirds are singing / to welcome the morning I see nothing but darkness / that I want to fade in I don't dare to tell you / in the light of the day My silly old dreams / they'll scare you away Won't you stay here / call this your home The world is too wide / to travel alone And then you wake up / and reach out your arm Pull me towards you / and make me feel warm There's no need for talking / it'll fall into place And gently your thumb wipes away / the tears from my face Won't you stay here / call this your home The world is too wide / to travel alone Won't you stay here / call this your home The world is too wide / to travel alone The world is too wide / to travel alone
2.
Starlight 03:34
Put up your tent beneath the glowing of the starlight Reminds me of year ago We had to make our camp out in the total darkness Right in the middle we didn't know Now I wonder where you are while you're not sleeping in my bed Put your arms round someone else, tell me where you lay your head The trees are arrows pointing up against the night sky And I wish that you were here To tell me names of planets, stars and constellations And make my worries disappear And I wish you could have tried a little harder to be mine I gave you all I had, and my heart was on the line Now I wonder where you are while you're not sleeping in my bed Put your arms round someone else, tell me where you lay your head I fall asleep surrounded by the conversation Of other lovers holding tight With no one else you'd sleep so well with me beside you And I'm lost without your hand in mine Now I wonder where you are while you're not sleeping in my bed Put your arms round someone else, tell me where you lay your head
3.
Here Now 04:17
I am like a child to your lead The water runs and I am in too deep The fields are wide and far away the sea I'm torn like the cotton on your sleeve 
 And I know not where you were and where you'll be 
I know not where you were and where you'll be 
 But we're here now, we're here now 

 When October comes you'll set the sails for me 
 A blackbird bowing down perilously 
 From branch to branch I'll climb till I can see 
 When a year has passed, what's fake and what is real

 And I know not where you were and where you'll be 
I know not where you were and where you'll be 
 But we're here now, we're here now 

 It was summer when I first saw your feet 
 And I liked the way they seemed to fit with me 
 So I dreamed a path where I thought you would lead 
 And that is when the bird begins to sing And I know not where you were and where you'll be 
I know not where you were and where you'll be 
 But we're here now, we're here now 


4.
Nightfall 03:25
I remember the first time you came to my door And I told you all my heart was pouring out I was worrying about the guy that I lived with at the time And you laughed so loud you chased my fears away That was thirty months ago in a place I left below When I followed you all this way I’ll be home before nightfall and I’ll sleep in your bed And I dream of all the things we'll never have I will take my lead from you I will jump in if you do And I realize how fortunate I am That I get to call you my friend And we hear the freight train in the morning When lightning is coloring the sky And the cedars in the yard are a million miles apart And the rain falls but everything stays dry I’ll be home before nightfall and I’ll sleep in your bed And I dream of all the things we'll never have I will take my lead from you I will jump in if you do And I realize how fortunate I am That I get to call you my friend There's a river and it's called the Colorado And it flows where no riverboat can go But you know that you and me like the water we are free So please let me lighten your load And I’ll be home before nightfall and I’ll sleep in your bed And I dream of all the things we'll never have I will take my lead from you I will jump in if you do And I realize how fortunate I am That I get to call you my friend
5.
I remember the first time you came to my door And I told you all my heart was pouring out I was worrying about the guy that I lived with at the time And you laughed so loud you chased my fears away That was thirty months ago in a place I left below When I followed you all this way I'll be home before nightfall and I'll sleep in your bed And I dream of all the things we'll never have I will take my lead from you I will jump in if you do And I realize how fortunate I am That I get to call you my friend And we hear the freight train in the morning When lightning is coloring the sky And the cedars in the yard are a million miles apart And the rain falls but everything stays dry I'll be home before nightfall and I'll sleep in your bed And I dream of all the things we'll never have I will take my lead from you I will jump in if you do And I realize how fortunate I am That I get to call you my friend There's a river and it's called the Colorado And it flows where no riverboat can go But you know that you and me like the water we are free So please let me lighten your load And I'll be home before nightfall and I'll sleep in your bed And I dream of all the things we'll never have I will take my lead from you I will jump in if you do And I realize how fortunate I am That I get to call you my friend
6.
I was awake And you were asleep I was drowning in worries A spinning wheel I turn away from you 'Cause I want to hide The morning I fear So I keep it inside Won't you stay here Call this your home The world is too wide To travel alone Songbirds are singing To welcome the morning I feel nothing but darkness That I want to fade in I don't dare to tell you In the light of the day My silly old dreams They'll scare you away Won't you stay here Call this your home The world is too wide To travel alone And then you wake up And reach out your arm And pull me towards you Make me feel warm There's no need for talking It'll fall into place And gently your thumb wipes away The tears from my face Won't you stay here Call this your home The world is too wide To travel alone Won't you stay here Call this your home The world is too wide To travel alone The world is too wide To travel alone
7.
Put up your tent beneath the glowing of the starlight Reminds me of year ago We had to make our camp out in the total darkness Right in the middle we didn't know Now I wonder where you are while you're not sleeping in my bed Put your arms round someone else, tell me where you lay your head The trees are arrows pointing up against the night sky And I wish that you were here To tell me names of planets, stars and constellations And make my worries disappear And I wish you could have tried a little harder to be mine I gave you all I had, and my heart was on the line Now I wonder where you are while you're not sleeping in my bed Put your arms round someone else, tell me where you lay your head I fall asleep surrounded by the conversation Of other lovers holding tight With no one else you'd sleep so well with me beside you And I'm lost without your hand in mine Now I wonder where you are while you're not sleeping in my bed Put your arms round someone else, tell me where you lay your head
8.
Green grow the laurels and soft is the dew Sad I was darling on parting from you Perhaps in the future our love will renew We'll love one another and promise to be true I passed my love's window both night time and day I passed my love's window both night time and day And the looks that he gave me a thousand would slay And the looks that he gave me a thousand would slay I wrote my love a letter and he wrote me mine I wrote my love a letter and he wrote me mine Saying keep your love letter and I will keep mine And you write to your love and I'll write to mine Green grow the laurels and soft is the dew Sad I was darling on parting from you Perhaps in the future our love will renew We'll love one another and promise to be true

about

This EP contains four solo songs that I worked on with Hannah Jakes & Nicholas O'Brien from Upcycled Sounds Studio, as well as three acoustic versions of the same songs recorded at Janos Koolen's Studio Doornenburg (except Here Now, because there is already another acoustic version of that song out there with my duo The Lasses)! To make it an even number I decided to also add a new version of 'Laurels', which I've been playing with Janos Koolen on clarinet during live gigs this year. The acoustic version of 'Starlight' is accompanied and arranged by by the amazing Kaspar Laval on bouzouki!

The official release show will be May 12th 2022, at De Vorstin in Hilversum. Hope to see you there!!!

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released December 3, 2021

All songs written and performed by Sophie Janna

PART A:
Backing vocals, synth, piano, sound design: Hannah Jacobs
Electric guitar, drums, extra instruments: Nicholas O'Brien
Violin: Joseph O'Keefe
Arranged, recorded, produced and mixed by Upcycled Sounds (upcycledsounds.co.uk)
Mastered by Felix Davis at Metropolis Studios London

PART B:
Guitar, banjo, mandolin: Janos Koolen
Bouzouki: Kaspar Laval
Recorded and mixed by Janos Koolen at Studio Doornenburg
Mastered by Janos Koolen at Studio Doornenburg

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Sophie Janna sings traditional-inspired, soothing songs that make you forget where you are.

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