Hand and Hammer

by Ginger Doss

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This organic release of April 2010 features some of Ginger's most celebrated songs (Four Directions and Come Down, to name a few!). These favorites have been revisited with a special emphasis on capturing them with the intimate tribal feel as they are performed with piano and percussion. Add to that some new and never before released songs and you have an extraordinary collection. Also featuring Bekah Kelso on background vocals and percussion, Lynda Millard on additional background vocals, and Tabber Millard & Ryan Kelso on percussion.

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released April 6, 2010

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Ginger Doss Austin, Texas

If you like to be uplifted by a performance, if you believe in the power of music to heal, transform, and make a positive difference in the world, if you like to dance and drum around a fire and allow the energy of music to take you to a higher place then you and I could make some serious magic together. I strive to do this with my music. Its how I can serve the people and planet I love ... more

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Track Name: Wave
Wave on the water bending the sky
wave to me darlin don't say goodbye
wave of emotion changin my mind
wave on the ocean tear in my eye

Changing tide is low, is high
I'm seeing signs I'm reading minds
eb and flow its what you know
to make it so you just let go
Wave

Sending a sound wave
into your soul
Resonate heat wave,
audio flow
Riding a shock wave
into the dawn
Over the short wave
It won't be long

Changing tide is low, is high
I'm seeing signs I'm reading minds
eb and flow its what you know
to make it so you just let go
Wave
Track Name: Come Down
I am listening, I'm listening for you
I want to hear you speak to me
I bare my body between fire and sky
and wake my spirit now to rise
I am here and more than I am
have I been all that I can be?
Am I you?
I want you to show me
I want to be more than I ever dreamed

I stretch my arms across the sky
Can you hear me call your name?
I think it's time we walk together
Come to me I'm not afraid

Chorus
Come Down, Come Down
Come Down off of the mountain
when you hear the words are spoken in your name
Come Down, Come Down
and dance upon the earth
and for the moment let the veil between us fade

I am here
So born of the earth
and wind from heaven did complete me
bring to me a handful of stardust
that I can cast into my darkest night
and with your touch my heart unfolds
and blooms within a rose of love
and down my spine
the golden vine
will stretch my roots into the earth

Chorus

I stretch my arms across the sky
can you hear me call your name
I think its time we walk together
come to me I'm not afraid

Chorus
Track Name: Four Directions
From the center of the circle I can see
The world in all directions streaming out from me
with the eyes of my soul
I see my four reflections

As the infant in the east begins to open his eyes
the fire from within will ignite the sky
in this moment I am
my own creation

Growing wild within the south
let your nectar fill my mouth
I will drink of all desire
dance to miday sun my sire

Chorus
I can face the four directions
knowing all without, within
I can learn from these connections
for the world and I are one

In the west we go to sleep
merry part and merry meet
Oh you cannot give away what will be back
for even with the setting sun
a new day has begun
on the other side
and with what you have done
you will now decide

In the winter midnight north
let the mystery pour fourth
in the dark the light is seen
where I'm going
where I've been

chorus
Track Name: Magic
I spent my first years
learning my worst fears
and turning them into
the monster under my bed
it moved into my head
no was my first word
and stop was my second
out was my third word
and I learned to spell it

If I forgive you
what I've been through
it is me that is free
I can move easily
beyond that time
And if its too hard
to move forward
I am in my own way
open my eyes and pray
for a sign

Magic touch my life again
in a single breath
shinning in your eyes
and with the sun will rise
and a moment of revelation

Are we just physical
DNA particals
reacting to priciples
of a scientific conclusion?
Its very confusing
I know there's magic and power beyond this
I don't need ivy scholars to prove it

Is it a weird thing
when the phone rings
and old friend is calling
the one I was talking
about the other day
And if suddenly
something comes over me
could it be I am feeling
the things you are feeling
a thousand miles away

Magic touch my life again
in a single breath
shinning in your eyes
like a firefly
and a moment of revelation

When the blue veil of the day
it fades away and makes an opening
into space
I can see through my swirling bubble
the universe
drifters we in a sparkling sea

Magic touch my life again
in a single breath
shinning in your eyes
and far across the sky
and a moment of revelation
Track Name: Hanged Man
I started on my journey
as an infant soul
searching but not knowing of the end
gathered my defenses
burdened down my beast
never knowing hat would save me
was within

I stumbled through the darkness
fear was pounding
at my heart
See how hope when looked for
fades away
Feeling for my weapons
holding high my shield
I had to let them go to find my way

Chorus
I drew the hanged man
He's telling me
I must release it
all that's dear to me

When you gaze in the mirror
what do you see
look beyond your face
your eyes
Can you feel your heartbeat,
hear your soul?
You're alive

The image on the tarot card
is asking me
Can't you see the answers
are inside of you
Cut the ties that bind you
all along you held the key
The journey's there to make
you learn to fly

chorus
Track Name: She Wolf
I will sing
of the fearless
and the tribal she wolf
dare to hear her calling
the fear of falling
a hollow walk
bane or blessing
it hard to mark
bane or blessing
it's hard, mark not

silence
like the moon glow
on the fresh fallen snow
here lays the hunger
under what you know

woe to the hunter
who never learned to pray
with this kill the shepherd will
end the wolven way

she is a hunter, a lover, a mother
she fights her family
and the life she knows, she wolf

she lays where she once stood so proud and free
shot down by a mortal soulless
disease
woe to the hunter
who never learned to pray
free at birth to roam the earth
now she counts her days

she is a hunter, a lover, a mother
she fights her family
and the life she knows, she wolf
Track Name: Sister
Sister made me go
Fast asleep and begging to know
where you going?
what you gonna do?
sister made it through

Sister let me speak
take your foot out and use your mouth to breath
why walk when you can fly
why talk when you can sing

Chorus
Sister how will I ever show you?
You're half way whole...

Sister shut me out
the margaritas, the mind chatter
and the random acts of doubt
Are you fighting me?
Are you scared to know?

Chorus

Bridge
I am made of the past
and I'm how you will last
I am always and only now
I am one with the world
not just one with this girl
I will follow and I will lead
I'm your soul
I'm your soul
sister
Track Name: It's a Lie
Your smile of innocence and virtue
is so much more than meets the eye
It's a lie, it's a lie, it's a lie
over and over and over
I've had enough of you tonight
I cannot let this one slip by

Chorus
You can't see
through the white
dancing in your eyes
it's not you any more
its the powder in disguise

I try my hardest not to hurt you
I tell myself to look away
It's a lie, it's a lie, it's a lie
over and over and over
Although my love for you won't die
I cannot let this one slip by

Chorus

Your life
you can make it good
when will the mirror crack, the mask

One dreams that friends will last forever
I saw no different light on you
years gone by you and I
will you ever forget

Chorus
Track Name: Consequence
In the back room in the office
I see the men gathered round their table
with ink from a whale and paper from a tree
they write a letter for progress, progress
so I sit in the corner taking minutes from the meeting
they pay me so I have to
I stare out the window and watch the trees swaying
they're planning to cut you I think

Chorus
When will we ever learn the consequence
its so hard to watch I want to go with you

Sometimes I put on my backpack
and head out to the wilder parts of Austin
or at least I did until they put up a fense and a sign
that says "private" private
so I look at the surveyors instead of the scenery
as they stake the heart of the landscape
ad watch as the bulldozers
take away mother
in a place where I stood as a child

Chorus

In the back room in the office I see the men
gathered round their table
with blood from the sale of paper from a tree
they write a letter for progress progess
Well they bleed you and deceive you
take your life force from you
and spill it on you shore
and watch as the sea bird is drowning in oil
still trying to find her way home

Chorus
Track Name: Teacher
Alone again
the pain comes washing over me like rain
in a land already flooded
time again
for lessons learned
and strength to break the damn
And how can I be tame
when the wild in my soul remains

Teacher come to me
Teacher set me free

Along the path
I happen on the demons I must face
and the light and the choice
on and on
my journey takes me through the twisted wood
And how can I
be still
and know the boundless reaches of my will

Teacher walk with me
Teach me endlessly

Sense the rush
the feeling that comes over me when I
realize I'm not alone
and instantly
I know that you and I in truth are one
Take the journey to
your inner lands
and touch the light within you
without your hands

Teacher I am free
The Teacher lives in me
Track Name: The Tor
And as I break through the mist
I see the Tor
The worlds are drifting
where is my power

Laughing and dancing at beltane,
I knew it was you by the fire
Where are we now?

In the back of my mind
in the mist beyond time
hangs a veil
to shroud the tale
of lives long past
and it holds me fast

If history repeats itself
maybe it's we who're the same
If her story could be told
maybe the balance of earth could return

Raising a toast
at the renaissance festival, 1989
the sun had gone down and the shops were all closing
the patrons had all but gone home
Slowly the rennies appear in their finery
to run with the wolf and to dance with the moon

Chorus
One world away from the old world and I still feel
If I had a time machine I would try
And I know the reason we all choose to be here
we have the keys that will save this time

And as I go from the Tor I call the wind
To bring us back to this place again
The first time I saw you I felt it
my soul did remember your eyes
Look at us now

I touch your hand
and embrace the land
And I search the sky
for the wings I left behind

If history repeats itself
maybe it's we who're the same
If her story could be told
maybe the balance of earth would return

Raising a toast at the kings feasting table, 1389
the sun had gone down and the torches are burning
We summon the bard to perform
we drink of our wine and our love and our song and
return to our chambers to dance with the moon

Chorus