WITH LOVE

by Rosie Thomas

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released 14 February 2012

Produced by Dave Bazan & Blake Wescott
Recorded by Blake Wescott with Steven Aguilar and Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho in Seattle, WA

Additional Recording and Sometimes Love recorded by Devin Greenwood at The Honey Jar & an undisclosed location in Brooklyn, NY
As well as by Sam Beam in the great state of TX.

Mixed by Blake Wescott

Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI in Seattle, WA

Musicians:
Rosie Thomas
Brian Thomas
Casey Foubert
Blake Wescott
Dave Bazan
Jeff Shoop
James McAlister
Jen Wood
Josh Myers
Ty Bailie

String players-
Emily Ann Peterson
Brianna Atwell
Heather Bentley

Featuring Sam Beam on “Over The Moon” and “A Really Long Year”

All songs written by Rosie Thomas (Sing-Along-A-Rosie/ASCAP)
Except for 'Sometimes Love' written by the phenomenal Tim Miser

“Somewhere Over The Rainbow” Used by Permission 1939 EMI Fiest Catalog (ASCAP) (all rights obo EMI Feist Catalog admin by EMI Music Publishing)

Cover Photo by Danny Scales
Layout by Eric Fisher



Thank you first and foremost to my loving fans for your support and devotion, and for your courage to be vulnerable with me. I sure love entertaining you. Thank you Michael Corcoran, Chris Moon, Carla Sacks, Randy Grimmett, Stacey and Sky, Lisa Moran, Shawn Fowler, Sufjan Stevens, the great town of Colony Kansas, my brother Brian Thomas, my loving family and friends, all the talented musicians who played on this record, and to my adoring and encouraging husband, Jeff Shoop, who always has my best interest at heart.
Special thank you to Tim Miser for writing such a beautiful song.

Extra special thank you to Dave Bazan, Blake Wescott, and Sam Beam for inspiring me to push beyond what I thought I was capable of, caring enough to pull it out of me, and encouraging me to sing my heart out.

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Track Name: Where Was I
Where, oh where was I?
That springtime when you realized
That love had caught you by surprise

And where, oh where was I?
That November when your father died
What’s the first thought that came over your mind?
As you drove home
On your way home

And where, oh where were you?
Back in high school when I was broken in two
When my mother and my father were too
And I felt so confused,
Yeah I was so confused

And where, oh where was I?
That day you scraped your knee and cried
And your brother carried you one mile
All the way home, all the way home
All the way home, all the way home
Track Name: Over The Moon
When I think of your love
It puts a joy in my step
The way you play with my heart
Makes me your instrument

When I’m walking with you
Feels like I’m walking on clouds
And I always feel up just by you being around

Cuz you fill me with love, yeah you fill me with love
You fill me with love, and I’m over the moon
In love with you

When I think of your hands
When I think of your grin
The way you light up the room
Just by you walking in
Makes me feel like a child
Makes me sing out of tune
I get this beat in my heart when I’m lying with you

Cuz you fill me with love, yeah you fill me with love
You fill me with love, and I’m over the moon in love with you

I knew the first time you held my hand that it’d be you
Who’d come through, who’d come through

Cuz you fill me with love, yeah you fill me with love
You fill me with love, and I’m over the moon in love with you
Track Name: In Time
I get so tired of all the talking that I do
How my words just seem wasted on you
Maybe some day when it's all said and done
You'll finally find these words of mine were true

In time
Time

Yeah, I get so tired of all the pretending that I do
When inside all I do is long for you
I'm just waiting for the day
When I'm boarding the next train
And my name is called, and the voice belongs to you

In time
Time

Maybe it's over
What if it's over?
I guess I'll get over you in

In a little while I know I will get over you
Takes a little time, but in time I'll get over you
In a little while I know I will get over you
Just takes time but, in time I'll get over you
Track Name: Like Wildflowers
If I place my hope in all things that pass away
What have I shown for myself?
If love shows her face, and my life’s out of place
Will I be kind to myself?

Where, where will I go from here?

If it’s all about timing
Then I’m right where I should be,
And there’s no room for regrets
But often times I find
That my thoughts play in rewind
And won’t free me from the past

So, where will I go? Where will I go? Where will I go?

If my life had its way
Oh how simple it would sway
Like wildflowers in the fields
I wish I could learn from the flowers and the ferns
How to take things as they come

How, how will I grow?
Oh how, how will I grow?
Oh how, will I grow from here?
Track Name: Two Worlds Collide
I cried on my birthday
Was broken to pieces
And everyone noticed
So I made up some reasons
And just when I thought I had more to bring
Well, you tell me you want different things
And I don’t believe you
Or I didn’t want to

And it’s unfair
When two worlds collide
One goes for broke
One walks the line
Yeah, it seems so unfair
To wait your whole life
For someone to finally take a stand for you
And you’re still waiting in line

Now I can’t hear music
And I can’t take train rides
And I can’t remember
The last time I felt right

And I want the movies
And I want the love songs
And I want forgiveness
Yeah I want to move on

And it’s unfair
When two worlds collide
I meant what I said
And you barely tried
Yeah it seems so unfair
To wait your whole life
For someone to finally take a chance on you
And your still waiting in line

Well I know, (I know, I know) I gotta let go. (I gotta, I gotta)
Well I know, (I know, I know) I gotta let go. (I’ve got to let you go)
Yeah I know, (I know, I know) I gotta let go
Track Name: 2 Birds
We were young we were barely 19
Going places that we have never seen
So I packed a flashlight and the camera
2,000 miles to California

We packed our clothes in paper bags
We made mix tapes of our favorite bands
I remember my father in the driveway
I could tell that he was putting on his brave face for me

As we drove far away
Stayed any place for free
I picked up a nickel on the train tracks
We had songs we liked to sing
And we tape recorded things
Tied ribbons round the trees to find our way back

We stopped in every small town we came across
We slept in motel parking lots
I remember Montana and the big sky
I remember how she stood there with her arms held open wide

As we drove far away
Stayed any place for free
We pulled over when we saw the sunflowers
And we both carved our names
In a fence along the way
And Sharon honked the horn at every state line

We were young and we, were just beginning our lives
Like 2 birds set free for the first time
Not a penny to our names
And our dresses were handmade
We picked flowers and sage
And dried them in
The dashboard of the car
Track Name: Is This Love
Is this how it begins?
Spending hours in the car being friends
Is this love?
Can it be?
When I wasn’t looking around
He came to me

Now every place that he goes I’d like to be
There are thoughts that he only shares with me
Every dream that he has I would help him reach
I would love him, I could love him
If he ever let me

Is this love?
Is this love?
When all I ever want to do is lift him up
Is this love?
Can it be?
Every part of me that’s missing he completes

Now every place that I go I’d like him to be
Though he’s always walking way ahead of me
He may run he may hide, but he never leaves
I would love him, I could love him
Yes, I would love him, I could love him
If he ever let me
Track Name: Back To Being Friends
How I wish that I could just believe
That things were meant to be the way they are
Something tells me something isn’t right
And all I want to do is find out where you are

How I wish that I could just recall
What brought on the fall for the two of us
Maybe then all this would make more sense
And my whole life would not feel this torn apart

If we went back to being friends
What would it do
What would it mend
When we were meant to be so much more
If we went back to being friends
I’m not convinced this heart would mend
Cuz being friends wouldn’t be good enough

How I wish that I could just go back
To that time when we first met
And everything was clear
If only I could get a second chance
How I’d change each circumstance that led us here

Now that it’s over
How I wish that I had told you more and more
How much I loved you so
But how could I have known
That you’d leave me here alone
And I’d never get the chance to really let you know

If we went back to being friends
What would it do
What would it mend
When we were meant to be so much more
If we went back to being friends
I’m not convinced this heart would mend
Cuz being friends wouldn’t be good enough
Track Name: A Really Long Year
Yeah it’s been a really long year
Flew to Oklahoma
That’s where he got down on one knee
When I called my mom she was in tears
The day we pulled out her wedding gown
She hadn’t looked at it in 40 years
And I, I watched her reminisce for awhile
Just 19 and walking down the aisle

Yeah it’s been a really long year
Made new friends in Kansas
Watched my grandpa be an auctioneer
Brother made that farm look like a dream
The marching band played in the parade
And all the bridesmaids in the trolley waved
And I, I watched their faces for some time
And somewhere over the rainbow was my life

Somewhere over the rainbow
Over the rainbow
Skies will be blue
Somewhere over the rainbow
Over the rainbow
Dreams do come true

Yeah it’s been a really long year
Laura had a baby boy while I was travelling in Germany
Mother lost her friend in summertime
Before she went to be with the Lord
She told my brother she’d find him a wife
And I, when I heard that story how I cried
Cuz I could hear the longing in his voice
I could see the hope in his eyes
Yeah, I could see him dancing with his bride

Yeah it’s been a really long year
Never thought that I would see the day
I’d dance with grandpa on my wedding day
Track Name: Sometimes Love
Sometimes love’s a paper tiger
That haunts you in your bed
Sometimes love’s a two fist fighter
That lands you on your head

When it comes
Don’t try to fight it
There’s nothing you can do
It finds you when it does, and leaves you when it wants to

Sometimes love’s a perfect poem
That words have never said
Sometimes love’s a big disaster
That leaves you good as dead

When it comes
Don’t try to fight it
There’s nothing you can do
It finds you when it does, and leaves you when it wants to

So when I come
I’ll come insisting
You hear the thing I say
Do not run
Do not resist me
Don’t look the other way

We have time
We have tomorrow
We don’t need reasons why
Now you have to decide